Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Today is one of those days where I busted out one of my special pumpkin spice keurig cups to get me going in the morning. Another dark rainy day! Anyone else just want to curl up with tons of blankets and a book on days like today? I really struggle to wake up and feel invigorated lol. Anyone? Just me?
Things are getting really busy at work. I like it, no complaints there, and it is helping me not snack so much. But it does make me a bit more tired and stressed out on top of all of the outside stuff going on. I’m trying to manage it in healthy ways. I’ve got gym time booked for each day the rest of this week and a new recipe for from-scratch roasted red pepper soup on the menu for dinner tonight. My lunch and snacks are packed. I have a very odd urge to go shopping… it’s like my stress knows I planned out everything else so it’s trying to find any outlet it can? Hah.
I had my annual doctor’s visit yesterday. I know, I feel like I am always at the doctor’s these days. I paid $200 out of pocket yesterday for the doctor. I can’t afford any more stinking doctor’s appointments! But they are a necessity, right? Especially when they help you. I’m actually really glad that I had this yesterday because the timing was right.
My thyroid, unfortunately, is out of whack. I have to go get half the blood drawn out of my body to prove it, but I knew it inside and my doctor confirmed it yesterday. This thyroid thing is SO HARD to talk to people about, because I feel like everyone thinks I am crazy. It does affect me more than it should. It is hard to describe to people how off I feel most days, and it’s an internal only disease, so what people can and can’t see isn’t always clear. I’m constantly tired, I can’t lose any weight, I have been feeling increasingly foggy lately and waking up in the middle of the night out of the blue with sweats/panic. What people see outside is a sleepy, sort of mumbling, overweight person. I sort of forget about the thyroid stuff until it gets too much to ignore, when it rears its ugly head like it is doing right now. The good thing is that once I grow a pair and get my blood drawn, we will be able to address it and hopefully get it back in line.
The other thing that came up yesterday was about my tummy. Since I recently had three rounds of antibiotics in two months, my tummy is like all kinds of messed up. It is getting inflamed and causing me a TON of discomfort. It is embarrassing! My doctor suggested going gluten free for a while, as they believe gluten inflames the gut as well. I know I could stand to cut carbs, but I guess I feel like I don’t know enough about the gluten stuff to confidently quit it right now. She suggested doing some research and going to Wegmans and standing in the gluten free aisle to check everything out. Anyone have any resources or helpful information on going gluten free? Do you think I could go gluten free like Monday-Friday or like 80/20? I’m always hesitant to go black and white off a food because my brain has a hard time with it.
I know I am getting back into the groove and want to help my body out as much as possible. I saw some older people at the doctor’s office yesterday and they reminded me of how important it is to take care of myself. I also really want to feel like ME again. Slowly but surely, I think it is coming back. Dare I say my pants are a little looser today too?!
Last weekend I finally got back outside for a walk/jog (aka WOG). It was 70 degrees and sunny, I just HAD to be outside, and my boyfriend suggested taking it the next step. You’d be surprised, I actually put up a bit of a fight. I’m scared to get back into jogging, walking is fine. Not sure why my brain can’t get over that. We compromised that we’d only run downhill or straightaways (our neighborhood has some CRAZY uphills that scare me). We started off really strong and then about halfway through, my tummy was just like – no. At this point we’re like in the woods and nowhere near a “resting place” so we had to take it easy to walk the rest of the way home. We did five miles in an hour with the slower pace, but point being – we moved five miles outdoors on a gorgeous Saturday morning. Last night at dinner my boyfriend said that was his favorite part of the weekend and how good it felt and I had to agree. I think we’ll be doing it more often! Thank goodness for springtime!
So that is what is up with me these days! Busted thyroid & tummy, leaning towards gluten free, and getting back in the groove. Boom!
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"WOG" is my new favorite word.
That is all.
1514 days ago
You can do it!!!!
1514 days ago
Stef - it is so important to keep up with your health and going to the doctor, so kudos to you! Sorry to hear about your thyroid and stomach issues. I agree with SquirrellyOne that going Gluten Free is very difficult and quite expensive....but your health is important!! Good luck with whatever you choose to do. I think there might be a SP group or some info on going gluten free that you could also check out.
1515 days ago
Hope you feel better soon. Have you considered a probiotic to help put some of the good bacteria back in your body since you were on antibiotics for so long? My dr. told me to take one when I was on antibiotics for an infection. I've actually continued on with it b/c it seems to help with general bloating issues. I think that you are in the Balt area and I went to Mom's Organic up in Timonium they were very helpful I'm sure Whole Foods as a good assortment as well.
1515 days ago
No you are definitely not alone. This weather is horrible. Confession: while I did wake up with a terrible headache yesterday feeling overall icky I called in sick even though I probably could have sucked it up because the weather just was SO conducive to staying in.
Anway, I'm sorry about your thyroid but so glad you got the workup. Hopefully they will be able to get an action plan to balance you out. As for the tummy/antibiotic issues I've had that problem before and unfortunately sometimes you just have to let it run its course. I've asked my doctor about it and while its only one opinion, I was told the probiotic pills do not have enough to really do much...but I think there is a more potent version you can get from the pharmacy. Otherwise, I'd still try to eat probiotic yogurts and bananas and lots of water. I don't know about going gluten free :(
And for the record, though we haven't met, I really doubt people see you as a sleepy mumbly overweight person. Dont be so hard on yourself! From what I can tell you have way too much perk and personality.
1515 days ago
I totally hear you on the thyroid. It has the ability to really mess the heck out of a person. I went through what you went though back in October. I was a complete wreck before I made it in to the Doc and we realized it was the thyroid meds that needing some readjustment. I feel for you because it is rough and most people just don't get how severely it can impact you.
Congrats on getting back into the groove! Woo hoo!
If you go the gluten free route, definitely let us know how it goes. People swear by it but I haven't taken the leap yet. It definitely would take some dietary reorganization to accommodate!
1515 days ago
I was really hesitant of the gluten free thing too but I've looked into it a bit and its pretty legit. But the problem is that just because something is gluten free, doesn't meant its healthy. There's a lot of processed gluten free stuff out there that aren't going to help you lose any weight. There's a book called Wheat Belly that would probably be pretty eye opening for you.
Recently, I've become extremely convinced that most health problems we have are food related and the solution is change in diet. With few exceptions in my personal opinion. Have you watched many food documentaries? Let me know if you're interested and I can recommend some.
Now I know this is probably way out there for you, but have you thought about doing a juice fast? I've heard a lot of people say that juicing fasting fixed their thyroid problems. I know it's a bit extreme but it's not like off the planet extreme. There's tons of good resources to check out and success stories. It's worth looking into.
For me personally, I would so much rather deal with stuff homeopathically than with medicine. If you're taking a lot of antibiotics, you should also be getting probiotics. Get some raw organic apple cider vinegar and do a couple shots of that everyday. It will help your stomach. There's a lot of other natural ways to get probiotics.
Sorry you've been feeling icky but good for you for making good choices!
1515 days ago
At least now you know a little about what's going on and can take measures to change it.
Google "gluten-free" and that'll show you what foods to avoid. Just take it a day at a time. You're getting there.
1515 days ago
The thing with gluten-free is that the processed foods that are "gluten free" aren't any healthier than the regular types (sometimes, they're worse).
1st observation: I FEEL THE SAME WAY! IT'S GREY HERE AND I DON'T WANNA! :p
2nd observation: I assume you've tried probiotics? Activia is expensive and has a lot of sugar, but there are lower-sugar, less expensive options. Or you could go the whole way and try kefir (my coworker SWEARS by it for her son). It's more expensive than milk, but has no lactose and you can make more at home from the culture in the store-bought version :) - Kefir, like probiotic yogurts, can help rebalance the bacteria in your gut, which might help you!
3rd observation: going gluten-free is a lot of work, a pain in the butt, and very expensive, even if you cook everything at home. A bag of gluten-free oatmeal will set you back almost 3 times what an ordinary bag would. If you want to try gluten reduced, you can either eliminate wheat products (pasta, bread) and replace them with homemade versions that aren't totally GF (aka, buy oatmeal and make it into flour by grinding it in a coffee grinder: easy to make bread from that) or spend an (unfortunately) inordinant amount of money on products which often have more sugar or fat to make up for the lack of gluten.
1515 days ago
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