I'd joined Spark People years ago and then gone quiet. Almost seven weeks ago my blood tests showed that I have hypothyroidism. It explains a lot! Mood swings (including two days of being in tears a week), very tired, low energy, dry flaky skin, insomnia earlier in the year, foggy brain, not being able to think or concentrate, or remember and more. I've been taking medication since then, and am due to have another blood test to see where it's at now.
The area where I have surprised myself, and others (and confused more) is exercise! I've long been a keen walker, and had been walking 10km (6.2miles) twice a week for some time. A friend challenged me to run in a 10km fun run, at which I laughed at. However, one day I thought I'm walking quite fast, I'll try a little jogging. Then I tried 2 min jogs (which was all I could manage)/5min walks and so on for a while, and gradually built it up. Once I reached 5km, I started to admit that I was giving it a go to others. My sister, who used to be a keen runner when she was younger (and hasn't exercised too much for nearly 20 years. She's been busy with 5 kids) also wanted to join me. We've been an encouragement for each other! About three weeks ago we both completed the 10km fun run... jogged all the way, no walking! We're now trying to maintain that fitness and are looking into the next one.
What baffles some people (myself included) is that if I don't have energy, how do I manage to jog that far? Truth is I did a lot of training before I knew what I had, and thought I was tired and needed a good holiday! Admittedly it was also helpful when I was very irritable (which I was frequently the month before being diagnosed)... I let off steam on the track!!! Also, I never actually felt good running (like my friends say they do), I always felt terrible, and admittedly would rather have a nap... but I enjoyed reaching mini goals along the way, and stepping up to each challenge. I do tell myself to keep going a lot... it's a huge mental battle! I haven't lost one bit of weight, unlike my sister, but have been stable all year with the exercise. But I am fitter!
Now, my aim is to try and live the best in spite of hypothyroidism!
"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of those that matter the least"
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