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!