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Saturday, November 09, 2013

I have been taking the thyroid medication for about 40 days now.
Initially I noticed that I had a lot more energy and stamina and less body aches. I also slept better and was able to handle stress better. There seemed to be less stress-induced eating.
Due to those changes, I was able to increase the frequency, length, and intensity of my
work-outs. I also noted that my hunger increased noticeably! I needed something to fill my tummy and just wasn't getting that from lean protein, fruits and vegetables (primal eating).
I added whole grains and beans to the menu. I also am including starchier vegetables which are OK , but it seems not encouraged, in primal (yams, squash, beets). This has really been satisfying. Since doing this, I have felt great! I was really intellectually sold on the primal idea, but it just wasn't cutting it for my body. If I need to categorize my eating, I guess my food is falling in the "clean eating" category. I am not a tracker and not much of a calorie counter. I really do seem to do better when I can sense what my body needs and go by that. But I would say that my overall carb intake has increased and I think this is working much better for me. I just don't think that the low carb works well for me, especially with my metabolism kicking in and my exercise times increasing. More carbs also seem to support my emotional/mental well-being a little better. As a result of these changes, my fiber intake has drastically increased. Yes, we all know how fiber is good at getting things moving and cleaning out the system! Which also means I have to make sure I drink enough fluid!

My weight appears to have stabilized at about 2 pounds lower than when I started on thyroid medications. Just as an FYI, my weight is within the "normal" category........
5'5" tall, age 64 , 138 pounds now with waist 28 1/2"
(When I started Spark over a year ago, I was 152 pounds and my waist was 33")
Truthfully, I still can't believe that I ever got my weight below 140 pounds and my
waist under 29" . For vanity sake, I would like to get my middle trimmed just a little bit more. But..... I might be about as far as I can reasonably go, not sure.......in which case my strategy will be maintenance with goals that are performance based.

I am currently trying to figure out a good work-out plan and also hone my eating strategy a little more. My main goal is health and wellness!
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    You are doing so well - lots of little adjustments make up for one BIG adjustment which means much change ahead! Love it!
    1371 days ago
    Congratulations you already have my dream weight and figure.Your eating sounds really balanced and healthy x
    1376 days ago

    You have such a wonderful plan for yourself and the best part is that you KNOW what your body needs. That is great information. You have come a long way and you must be so proud of yourself! I appreciate your health eating style, that's for sure.

    Love, Ginger

    PS Thanks for your constant support on my blogs!
    1377 days ago
    You are doing phenomenal!!! Keep pushing.
    1377 days ago
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    it is wonderful to be n such a great space, well done
    1378 days ago
    Sounds like the thyroid medication is doing the trick and your adjustments are working. So glad to hear it!
    1378 days ago
    Oh Missus, I never realized that you're in a normal category. I'm happy for you!
    I'm also happy to hear about the positive changes you've made and are noticing.
    I too liked the idea of primal eating when I heard of it but soon realized that it isn't for me. I also hear that it's dangerous to be in ketosis. Plus I've been a vegetarian for 18 years or so and I really do not believe that eating meat and eggs etc. is healthy.

    1378 days ago
    Wow, you sound really tuned in on what is good for you and that is inspiring. I also like to feel what my body needs and I too like carbs, or to put it another way, my body does not like going without carbs. I also like my food warm - although I do have a lot of raw foods, but I feel really good when I have a lovely warm meal packed with vegetable nutrients and a carb such as pasta, bread, even legumes but the quantity needs to be there for it to be satisfying. You are doing real well emoticon emoticon
    1378 days ago
    It sounds like you have it figured out. Good for you!
    1378 days ago
    We are all a continuous work. That is great that you are getting your eating strategy figured out, as well as your exercise plan!

    1378 days ago
    After not eating meat for almost 30 years I started to crave it. I have added a little to my diet. Good for you listening to your body and not following a trend. You Sound perfect. Healthy should always be our goal ;)
    1378 days ago
    Inspiring blog thanks for sharing
    1378 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you are doing the right thing for your body. I can't do low carb either.
    1378 days ago
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