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One year, one month and twenty five days . . .GO!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So, I stepped on the scale this morning. Then I picked myself up off the floor and went to Zumba! My highest weight ever. Even higher than my heaviest pregnancy. 207.6. Not where I envisioned my life. Of course, I never expected an illness to turn my life upside down. Graves disease is no fun and of course I cannot have the normal symptom of losing weight easily. Oh no, I have to gain it just by looking at a cheeseburger! Treatment was scary. I was told the treatment would kill my thyroid and that my metabolism would tank. I would have to watch what I eat and get plenty of exercise. The alternative was to risk a heart attack because my primary symptom was a racing heart that liked to skip a beat. So, I swallowed the little pill full of radioactive iodine and prayed. I had few side effects. Some foods tasted funny for a couple of months but that was pretty much it. Three months later and my thyroid levels are back to normal. I follow up at the end of August.

So, now I have no excuses. My levels are normal. My heart rate has returned to normal. I am almost weaned off the blood pressure medication and both doctors have ordered me to start exercising. My journey back to my healthy status has begun and now it is time to get moving. I have done some exercising in the last month but it is not as consistent as it needs to be. I have decided to make my journey public. My friends will likely grow tired of reading about what I am eating and what kind of exercise I am doing but a few friends have recently lost weight and one thing they had in common is this: They all posted meals and workouts on Facebook. They posted weight loss numbers and gains. They talking about their plan everyday. And they were successful. They look amazing and they made it look easy. I know it was NOT easy. Seriously, who WANTS to say no to that icy cold Cosmo or that delicious chocolate cake? And some days you just want to lay in bed instead of going for that run. But that is part of what got me into this mess. So, it will not be easy. Many people around me are likely to cry. I will likely cry. But I don't want to feel old and decrepit and the ripe old age of 38.

Besides, I only have one year, one month, and twenty five days to run a marathon!
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LUCIEE1 6/29/2013 8:01AM

    You have what I don't have the will and the fortitude to exercise and I have always been impressed with your determination. You will succeed and you can talk about it as often as you like since this really is all about you and your health. You are the priority and that is what is important. Go Shell Go emoticon

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MCFITZ2 6/25/2013 3:19PM

    emoticon You are taking your first baby steps now. Be patient with yourself and just keep moving. emoticon

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DIANAOR1 6/25/2013 1:15PM

    Good luck to you emoticon sometimes we get knocked down but we get back up again. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHARMER 6/25/2013 12:56PM

    You can do it!!

I blogged pretty much every day and sometimes twice a day or more when I was in weight-loss mode. It helped me immensely. Don't feel guilty about it. Just do what you need to do for you!! I still blog pretty regularly. It helps keep me on track. So if it helps you, have at it!!

What's Dr. Suess say?? Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind?

Something like that anyhow.

Good luck!!!! And AWESOME goal for a marathon!!! One day I'll get there. :)

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BOOKWORM27S 6/25/2013 12:45PM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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