The Spark Difference
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have been a member of the spark community for almost three months now...and on thyroid meds for about two months now...
Some of the things I have noticed are that I have sooo much more energy finally...I remember waking up in the morning and counting how many hours it was going to be until I could go to bed (thanks to my underactive thyroid and pancreas!) Now I try to think of things that I can do to enjoy my day my four year old. I really am able to enjoy her...instead of just sticking her in front of the TV. We've already been to the beach twice, gone to a working farm to pick veggies and see the animals, gone to the zoo, and had playdates. Thats more probably than I was able to do with her all winter.
I am way more conscious about what I eat. I look for the healthy thing on the menu or most times if I have something less than healthy I have planned for it in my day. Meals, though I make them, aren't as big a deal at my house, it could be grilled chicken salad for dinner, or burgers with salad for me and fries for them. Food though planned for, is far less a priority. Now if I think about certain foods- high sugar or carb, I think if I eat too much of this I am going to get sleepy and feel sick...and typically will skip or minimize the amount I have.
At the gym, when I went back, I was soo disgusted with myself...so frustrated at how I let my endurance and ability slip away. I would struggle to do 30 min on the ellipitcal. Now I can do 45 to an hour. Now I can do spin class withough dying. I am challenging myself with the C25K program. I can jog 5 straight minutes....5 minutes may not seem like alot to you, but to me its alot...I don't think I was really built to be a runner...I am really big busted so I think it makes it harder. But I figure if I continue to work at it...no matter how long it takes me...I will get there.
I am so grateful for the support I have received on Sparkpeople. In the beginning, when I first found out I had hypothyroidism the support and information I received on this website was amazing. I don't know of another place on the web where I could have found so much info, and so many others like me. When I am having an really offday or feeling frustrated, there is so much support here. I know I am going to reach my goal this time. I just know it.