MJREIMERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJREIMERS MJREIMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Doing well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272527 I've been reading a lot of how to eat and when to eat. I've decided that I'm throwing it all to the wind and going back to what I used to do. I will log what I eat and stop eating at 8:00 P.M. I will spend less time on the computer and more time outside or moving in some way. I'm going to start doing yoga a few times a week and continue my running. <BR> <BR> Today I ran 7.78 miles on a trail. I loved trail running. A friend of mine invited me and although I've ran this area before, I reall... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:53:49 EST The ongoing journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271163 Sometimes I love this "health" journey and sometimes I despise it. I'm in the more despise mode right now. I'm not sure what else to do, but I keep plugging away. My body seems to have taken on a life of its own. I won't go into details, as it won't help anyway. <BR> <BR> However, I'm giving myself today and tomorrow before I hit it hard again. I'm not going to jump off the end of the pier, just not worry about every bite. Then, I'll recommit to me. I realize that I have to return to my very... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:47:34 EST Changing it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268529 I went for my last "nice weather" run last night. It was perfect running weather and I got down right around dusk. I wore my reflective ankle straps and stayed to the sidewalks once the sun started to set. <BR> <BR> I've decided that since I hate running in the dark, I'll run after school in the neighborhood. Tonight, I'm changing it up. I'm starting to do some yoga, too. I am getting stiff, so I thought that may help. I'm hoping it will help with my running, as well. <BR> <BR> I also want... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:46:42 EST Coffee runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267362 There is are "Coffee Runs" going on around my city. You meet at various local coffee shops, go for a 5K run, and then order coffee (optional). All the runs are free, unless you want to buy a cup after you are finished with the run. <BR> <BR> If you participate in four of the six scheduled runs, you get a free coffee mug! I love coffee so free runs and a free coffee mug makes for a running Mako. I figured it's also a way to get me out and running through December. I hate the cold and any inc... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:50:22 EST Seeing the light. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264739 The world seems upside down for some people. They aren't happy with the outcome of the election. There are protests in the streets, people feel hurt, and some feel nonexistent. I, myself, had to console some young people that are truly afraid and saddened. <BR> <BR> Today the sun came up and I am alive. Today, I choose to see the light. I will live in gratitude for what I am blessed with. I will live in a way that will give hope to others. I will live with my door open wide, the leaf in the... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:32:27 EST The day after. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263178 I can feel that I pushed myself yesterday. I LOVE this feeling. My calves are really sore, but that is expected after my "ballerina pose." I was walking to get some Gatorade as I felt cramping coming on. As I was walking both my calves tightened and my toes pointed straight downward. I apologized as I grabbed a fellow runner that I did not know. I was starting to fall straight backwards. Two others helped sit me down and stretch me out. It took only about 90 seconds, but boy was it humerous. ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:02:55 EST Running with sparkfriends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262867 Today I ran my first half marathon in over a year. I had the pleasure, and honor, of running with ONEKIDSMOM. She has a been a huge support to me! She came to my city to support my son's ROTC as they fundraised to go to France to march in a parade. She showed me two HM starting points and she and, SPINNINGJW, come out to cheer me on on the second day of the Double Half Mary. (Two HM in two days.) <BR> <BR> I have wanted to run with her since I began running three years ago. Today was great! ... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 16:36:17 EST Sparkfriends rock. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261291 Once again, sparkfriends rock. I was thinking about a "Mommy makeover." A tummy tuck, lifting the girls, a little off here, and a little off there. <BR> <BR> I was surprised by the comments of support. Lots of people saying, "Why not?" and "Go for it." I'll admit, I can think of many other things to spend the money on and I probably won't do it, but I am still surprised by the reactions. <BR> <BR> I hadn't even thought of how my hypothyroidism may come into play. Thanks for that thought, J... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:11:53 EST Mommy makeover? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259988 I've never been one to look for a quick fix. I don't mind putting in some sweat equity to achieve my goals. However, the commercial for a "mommy makeover" caught my curiosity. I don't know if it's age, loss of muscle, my hypothyroidism, or that I am just noticing it more, but I have loose skin. It's on my arms, I think I can thank my grandma for that. I have the little spare tire around middle, also known as a muffin top, and a little on the outer and inner thighs. Oh, and I've always want... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:56:31 EST Long trail run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258991 Ok, the word long can be relative depending on the person saying it and those that run. <em>211</em> I am running the Good Life Halfsy with ONEKIDSMOM next weekend. I am so excited! <em>244</em> She has been an inspiration to me and a huge supporter. Now we are running together. <BR> <BR> I'll admit, I'm hoping that I don't hold her back. I know she is competitive, as I am, but I am about 3 minutes/mile slower than I was two years ago. Injuries and my hypothyroidism weight gain has p... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:54:33 EST Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254384 I had two realizations lately. 1) I ran another 10 mile run and felt great at the 11- 12 minute mile range. I have come to accept the slower time because my body doesn't complain and I just feel really good at the end of my runs. Maybe it's also age and the realization that my past activities are coming back to "haunt me." Thirty plus years of training horses have made those old injuries come back when I push my body too hard. I love to run and as my cousin told me, "No looking back..focus ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:55:57 EST I put me in the equation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250667 We all have good intentions. We plan on working out in the morning, but then we're too tired to get out of bed. We will work out after work, but it gets dark so early. It's too chilly; we have too much work to finish; the kids need help with their homework, on and on and on. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting until a little after 6:00 last night. I knew the weather was turning cold and rainy and I wanted to get out and run. I really don't like to run in the dark, but I thought about a route that woul... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:58:55 EST I'm moving and so is the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248884 I ran almost 6 miles yesterday. My average was 10:50 minut miles with a couple closer to the 10 minute mile range. I was pretty happy with that. It felt good and my joints weren't complaining. <BR> <BR> I'm also seeing some results on the scale. I am finally seeing those numbers get smaller. It's four pounds and it's taken a while, but I am happy! I'd still like to see a few more "leave me." I had to really crack down and go back to eating like I used to before my hypothyroid diagnosis. I... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 15:32:17 EST I did it! Twice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245894 I am happy to say I did it, twice. I got two runs in tonight. <BR> <BR> I went out by myself and went 3.7 miles at a pretty good pace, for me, 11:22 minute miles. I can always feel it when I go faster now a days. <BR> <BR> Then, I went out with my daughter. We went 1.61 miles at a 12:30 minute mile pace. She hasn't run in a loonngg time, so she was happy just to get out. <BR> <BR> The only downer was a car. I was leading and was running as close to the edge of the road as I could get. Th... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 20:44:45 EST Finding time to run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245355 It's been a busy week and weekend. I was hoping to get a run in, but no such luck. I hate running in the dark anymore. Between the cars not paying attention and just feeling a bit vulnerable as I get older, I'd rather it be light out. <BR> <BR> That being said, it makes it difficult to find time to fit one in after work. Yesterday was a day of helping a friend move 100 bales of hay, yard work, and deep cleaning my car. Of course, Husker football, too. <BR> <BR> Today was a trail challenge ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:25:32 EST 700 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242874 Today is the 700th day that I did 30 minutes, or more, of exercise. As a teacher, it isn't difficult since I am up and down hallways and at recess everyday. Don't get me wrong I like my streak and intend to keep it going. However, I need to start my own streak of smart eating. I have gotten a little off track as of late. Eating after 8:00 pm, splurging on ice cream a little too often, and not sticking to my eating plan. I do pretty well, but always have that "one day." Here's to new stre... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:29:57 EST I rode. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5d3ed6f-26a0-4c27-b2a3-b52c2a0de56e.jpg"> <BR> This is my back piece. The brown horse was my heart horse and soul mate for over 30 years. The black horse was got for my daughter when she was 13. Today I rode my daughter's horse with my "horse friends." We boarded our first horses together for about 16 years. That was mmany moons ago, but we are all together again. Our horse club always called us the Three Amigas. Today the Three Amigas rode... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:54:24 EST My sleeve is finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240375 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0c738ba-fafa-4774-a646-7b5817a64889.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76ee6489-bdce-45f4-a64c-b0d2162d228c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6cfdad8-69da-4f58-9b3c-0c823c519cd5.jpg"> I had my last tattoo session tonight. My sleeve is finished! My husband designed the tree and if you look in the branches, you will see my kids' names. Hunter, Noa, Hogan, & Leif. The water and trees, along with ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:24:11 EST Blog challenge: Who/What do I miss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238938 ONEKIDSMOM presented a blog challenge and it made me think. Of course, the first I thought of missing were the "whos." My grandparents would have loved my kids, but they both were gone before I was even married. My dad is one I miss immensely. His love and guidance was an important part of my upbringing. It should be noted that my dad adopted me, at the age of 13, when he married my mom. He is the only Dad I have/had and he was a great one. <BR> <BR> The others I miss is my dog and horse. I ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:00:11 EST Another year on this earth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235039 Today is the 49th year that I've been on this earth. I am getting to an age when I can look back and reflect on this journey called life. <BR> <BR> The past really doesn't matter. Rather we come from rich or poor, tall or short, college educated or high school graduate, it really doesn't matter. Our history does mold us, but it doesn't choose our path. We do! <BR> <BR> Some have never had to worry about their weight or health, but as we can all see there are plenty of us that do. Ultimate... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:09:48 EST My first race post hypothyroidism. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233459 This morning I ran the 10 mile Peak to Peak run. I ran with a friend that almost bailed on me. She said she wasn't prepared and I really didn't feel prepared, either, so I told her we could be unprepared together. It was a slower pace than I am used to, 13 minute miles, but it was exactly what I needed! I proved to myself that I can still run and that I still love it! I ended the day buying a much needed new pair of running shoes! Running here I come...well, more running. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:00:21 EST Numbers and iodine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232701 The numbers on the scale have finally started getting smaller. I still have a ways to go, but I find this very motivating. Today is 9/9 and at 9:09, new changes are supposed to happen. I hope so and I'm ready for it! Maybe I'll lose 9.09 lbs!! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Do any of you with hypothyroidism take iodine? I've been doing some reading and it seems that a lack of iodine contributes to thyroid problems. I'm really thinking of adding a probiotic and an iodine supplement to see if I fe... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:42:19 EST I have to prove it to myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232564 At the beginning of this school year, I caved in and bought some bigger pants. I hated to do it, but it was really necessary. I also bought one pair of bigger running shorts. I bought a size medium so that I will be more comfortable running on Saturday. <BR> <BR> The gal I was running with on Saturday, was going to drop out. After texting back and forth and assuring her that I was no more prepared than she is, she changed her mind and decided to run. We may do a run/walk series, like Gallow... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:16:19 EST Seminar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232158 Last night a fellow teacher and hypothyroid and I went to a seminar about our "condition." It had a lot of good information, a few pieces that I didn't know being so new to this. However, at the end out came the forms to sign-up for a consultation, at a discounted price, of course. It was tempting, but I'm sure it would get really pricey and insurance didn't cover it. He mentioned labs that aren't normally done in a doctor's office, thus not being covered. <BR> <BR> I've read some new infor... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:08:59 EST A good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230221 It was a typical Sunday, except that I went on a run. I ended up at the bike trails and found out that I love trail running. I've done it before, but they were "races" and it was with friends. <BR> <BR> Today it was just me. I could hear the birds singing and the bugs making noises. I could hear the traffic from the nearby street and the cheers from the soccer fields. I ran over seven miles total, but it sure didn't seem like it. Even the hills didn't seem to be as "bad" as when I run the s... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:43:26 EST A 1:00 A.M. run by a crazy mom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229568 Things are going ok. I'm still not losing the weight that my lovely thyroid issue has put on, but, I'm still trying. <BR> <BR> I've had several "child challenges" of late. My oldest two kids are both adult women. My younger two are boys, ages 18 and 16. <BR> <BR> The 18 year old is a senior in high school and is a good kid. He's completed a summer of an intern electrician program and was asked back for next summer. If all goes well, he'll continue on and will be a journeyman in three year... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:03:57 EST Regrouping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226203 I got the results of my most recent blood work and it was in the "normal" range. So I guess I have the med that works for me. I've felt pretty good, but the weight hasn't budged. <BR> <BR> However, I am regrouping. Now that I know my med is working, it's time for me to get back "to work" for me. I'll admit, I've lapsed, a little, in the eating area. I guess I thought it would just start coming off when the med was "right." That has not been the case. <BR> <BR> I have received a lot of adv... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:06:00 EST Looking for answers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222952 I mentioned that my daughter suggested going vegan and like many of you, I've read that soy is not a good thing for those of us with thyroid issues. There are many other forms of protein, legumes, beans, avocado, the combo of black beans and rice, etc. However, I'll admit I love cheese, fish and chicken. So far I'm just eating my normal "clean" and hoping that tomorrows blood draw gives some answers. <BR> <BR> I've also read that going with the med Synthroid instead of the genetic equivalent... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:40:20 EST Struggling and thigh rubbing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221440 *Disclaimer: NOT a pity party blog. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with my hypothyroidism. I go back for a blood draw in a week and will ask to get the "real med" instead of the generic. I've heard that can help. My oldest also mentioned trying to go vegan. I've read that can help, too. <BR> <BR> I went for a run today. It was not a "fun run." It was a struggle. My body was complaining a lot and shouldn't have been. (A sign that my meds may not be where they need to be.) My knee was compla... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:47:44 EST More steps on this journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217828 Yesterday was BUSY! It started by having a pet sitting client dropped off and watching to see how he gets along with the new pup. Then, I helped some friends load their moving truck. They are moving to Mississippi and only had two hired guys to help. Off to get some work done on my sleeve. (One more session to go.) I went to an open house for a new homeowner in Lincoln. Finally, home to recoup from the tattoo session. <BR> <BR> Then came this morning. My arm is swollen, like usual, and my kn... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:21:41 EST Healed so it's time to run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216935 My knee has improved immensely the last week or so. It hasn't hurt on the couple of short runs I've done and it only is mildly annoying when I am on the floor on all fours. <BR> <BR> I have committed to running a 10 mile "race" the second Saturday in September. This gives me roughly about a month to get ready. I have no doubts about finishing. The gal I am running with is much shorter than I and her pace is just a tad slower than mine, at this time. It will be a great way to prepare for my ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:26:03 EST A new family member. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b7374a3-eef6-4fff-859a-d87962fae1ee.jpg"> We got home and picked up a new family member. I had arranged for a friend to pick her out of a litter. She is doing great! The only "negative" is she does look like a previous dog we had. She is my youngest son's pup, but I caught my husband calling her his girl. He acts like he didn't want her and he always says that he doesn't care, but he loves her. Now if she'll sleep through the night! Her nam... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 22:47:19 EST Home again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213825 The DH had a great time on our couplecation. We spent four days in and around Colorado Springs. We visited Garden of the Gods, the Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and drove Pike's Peak. It was so nice not watching a clock! <BR> <BR> We ate at all local eateries and it was oh, so good. I ate smart and watched portions size. I am still frustrated about the scale, but I am doing all I can. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of nature that is so vital for me to "recharge." <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:03:09 EST Going on a couplecation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208947 Thank you for all the kind words on my "bittersweet blog." I appreciate all the kind words. <BR> <BR> All four of my kids have jobs and are working almost daily. My husband decided that we needed a couplecation. So he and I are going to Colorado for a few days. I believe we are leaving all the furkids home, too. It will be our first vacation, just the two of us, since we've had kids. <BR> <BR> We are staying in the Garden of the Gods and will be hiking them. I believe we will be taking the ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:12:12 EST A bittersweet Sunday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206466 Yesterday, was bittersweet. It was the fifth anniversary of the death of my horse. I had her for over 30 years and she was with me for so many life changes. Middle school, high school, college, picking my husband, teaching four kids to ride and one to love horses, and when my kids started becoming more independent. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6cbc0c5a-de2b-453b-be6c-07b32ae1462b.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a84260a-78ab-4cfe-8630-b6e... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:41:49 EST Feeling better and a good lesson. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205330 My third child turned 18 on Friday. Wow, does life go fast! It has been a time of fond memories, smiles, some melancholy tears, and pride of how all of my kids are growing up. It also reminds me that I'm not getting younger and that presents some self reflection. <BR> <BR> I've been a bit frustrated that I can't run, but I have been power walking and improving my pace to around 14 minute miles. (Without my dog with me.) <BR> <BR> I've noticed that I'm starting to gain muscle tone again. I'... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:19:13 EST I need to be smarter, but two lessons noted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204445 Yesterday I left Halo at home so I could see what my pace is without him. It was humid, but there was a nice breeze so I decided to just keep walking. I was doing well until I went up a street that was lined with trees and the breeze was gone. By the time I got to the top I was getting light headed. Luckily I was almost home. <BR> <BR> I stopped several times the next couple of blocks and put my head down. When I was about four houses from home, I noticed a MUD truck had driven off, turned a... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:11:04 EST Seeing improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202263 I am learning how to eat with my hypothyroidism. I've discovered that I can't eat a lot of carbs for breakfast. That means no cereal and toast. If I do, I will fall asleep as soon as I sit down. So I make sure I have a good portion of protein to start my day. <BR> <BR> I also have to watch how much sugar/processed foods I eat. I will feel "off" and really "heavy," as well as that sleepy feeling. I still eat a piece of cake or fried chicken on occasion, but I kind of like having an excuse not... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:21:53 EST Wow, I'm not the only one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200346 I know I shouldn't be surprised, but sparkpeople are awesome! I really appreciate the support and the sharing of stories. One never thinks about others being in the same situation, but unfortunately many of you are where I am. <BR> <BR> Some have gained a little weight back, some of you can't run any longer due to life's circumstances, some of you are recouping from an injury and are waiting to get back out there, and some of you are seeking other alternatives. I would never wish anything "b... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:40:12 EST Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199812 The knee is improving, but oh so slowly. However, I feel better! I've been walking with my dog, Halo, every morning. I let him dictate how long since it's been so hot and humid. We've been averaging 14 minute miles. I can walk faster without him, but I love his company. I'll have to go out without him so I can see how my pace is solo. My cousin walks HM and fulls, but she has a 12 minute mile pace. I'll have to train more to get to her speed! Walk in today, check. Eating well, ch... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:55:54 EST Knees and knowing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198701 I finally gave in and went to the doctors. I had an x-ray and I was told that I have arthritis in both knees and almost bone on bone in the left. She gave me exercises and recommended a knee sleeve. It was recommended to limit my running. I have two "races" this year that I am committed to doing and then, we'll see. It was recommended not to run more than three days a week. <BR> <BR> My daughter called, just like I figured she would. She apologized if she was disrespectful, which she wasn't... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:32:47 EST Still at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197940 I am still at it. I'm eating well and exercising. I still can't run and am wondering if I need to go see a doctor about my knee. It's getting better, but oh so slowly. I really want to run and be reading for these "races" that I have coming up. <BR> <BR> My 21 year old returned from Europe June 30th. She is now in the "adult world" by graduating from college. She's put in many applications so now it's a wait and see. She is a good "kid," but drives me crazy by leaving her stuff all over the ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:44:50 EST Frustrated, but I'm not giving up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195530 I ate a little more than I had planned, yesterday. It tells me that I really need to work on the mental part of this. (I guess we always do!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am quite frustrated. I have now put on 10 lbs. I know not all of it is because of my thyroid issue. I have not eaten exactly how I should. It doesn't matter why, but I know what I have to do. I have to eat better. I know that 80% of this journey is how we eat and I need to do better and I will. <BR> <BR> Once my knee heals I will ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:01:03 EST Happy 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194558 I started the day with something new. I did a 20 minute yoga video. It feels good, but I've got to get out and take Halo for a walk before all the festivities begin. I need to be very smart about my eating today. No excuses, anymore! I can lose this added weight even with hypothyroidism! <BR> <BR> Have a fun, but safe July 4th. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:38:44 EST Changes, round 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193723 My oldest daughter daughter is HOME! She spent a month in Europe. She was all over Germany, that was "home base" while she was there. She has friends that she stayed with and she went with her best friend. They also went to Amsterdam, Italy, and Spain. <BR> <BR> My daughter loved it, but she is so glad to be home! It's true that you appreciate home much more once you've traveled. I am so glad she is home, too! Now it's time to get a job and start paying off those student loans! Real adult l... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:00:36 EST Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192091 Well, the doctor increased my Levothyroxine to 75 mcg. Hopefully, I will lose the weight I've gained and not fall asleep everytime I sit down. Today I went ice skating for the first time in about 35 years. I did better than I thought I would. I only fell once, but fell hard on my knee. It's now swollen and really sore. It hurts above the knee, under the kneecap, and behind my knee. If it doesn't improve in a few days I'll go to the doctor. Obviously, running is out for a while and with it... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:10:38 EST 1001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189857 Today my log in streak is 1001 days. I have never committed to something that long, but this is a good streak for me. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with trying to get the 5 lbs. off that my body seems set on keeping. I eat within my calorie range and exercise at least 40 minutes a day. Many days it's walking, but I'm still moving. <BR> <BR> I go in Monday to check my numbers for my thyroid. I am going to ask about going on the meds without the fillers and see if that helps. I really can... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:02:44 EST Boot Camp Almost Kicked My Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183046 I went to boot camp with my younger, 19 year old, daughter tonight. It was somewhere in the mid 90's and humid. I was doing pretty good until the last rotation. Then, "it" hit me! <BR> <BR> That feeling that I drank way too much water. The light headed feeling. That time when your body is better sitting down than standing up. I finished, though! We did one cool down and then left. I had my daughter drive home with the AC on high. I felt better by the time we pulled into the garage. <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:57:45 EST I got busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181745 Summer school started and my class is basically the same as the one I had in the fall. A more challenging group, but good kids. <BR> <BR> I was able to run once. Same time per mile, shorter distance, but it felt much more difficult. Some runs are like that. It has been in up to 105 heat index this week, so not much opportunity to run. I simply can't do the heat like I used to. I can still run, though! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get to a boot camp this week, but we'll see. All I can do is keep ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:53:15 EST A change of plans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173261 First, I have to share that I ran 8 miles!! I averaged 11 minute miles. I will take it! Secondly, I have spoke to many people today and continued to research hypothyroidism. After doing such, I don't think I'll be able to manage my condition on my own. The most encouraging data I read said it took 9 months to 2 years to figure it out and then under a doctor's eye. <BR> <BR> I could tell I didn't take my meds today. After I ran, I took a nap. Then, I ran to the store for a few items and then... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:15:36 EST