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Changes require adjustments!

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 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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    You are doing so well - lots of little adjustments make up for one BIG adjustment which means much change ahead! Love it!

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QUEENOFCUPS9 11/11/2013 12:22PM

    Congratulations you already have my dream weight and figure.Your eating sounds really balanced and healthy x

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SUEPERWOMAN 11/11/2013 8:30AM


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!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/10/2013 1:29PM

    You are doing phenomenal!!! Keep pushing.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/10/2013 10:58AM

    emoticon emoticon
it is wonderful to be n such a great space, well done

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KALIGIRL 11/10/2013 8:44AM

    Sounds like the thyroid medication is doing the trick and your adjustments are working. So glad to hear it!

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CHRISTASP 11/10/2013 6:27AM

    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.

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    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

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RHYMESWITHBABY 11/9/2013 11:38PM

    It sounds like you have it figured out. Good for you!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/9/2013 10:34PM

    We are all a continuous work. That is great that you are getting your eating strategy figured out, as well as your exercise plan!


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SILVERWITCH59 11/9/2013 7:56PM

    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 ;)

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DOVESEYES 11/9/2013 7:51PM

    Inspiring blog thanks for sharing

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/9/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are doing the right thing for your body. I can't do low carb either.

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