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The Game Has Changed

Thursday, February 21, 2013

When I first joined Spark People, I was in the middle of losing weight, learning how to swim and how to become a triathlete while balancing a job, kids, and elderly parents. Several thing have changed. My kids are now in college, my father passed away, my mother is in an institution with Alzheimer's, I can swim, I am a triathlete, I have lost weight, I am regaining weight, I was diagnosed three days ago with Hoshimoto Thyroiditis and gluten sensitivity...and I have screeched to a halt to re-evaluate.

Recently I have found my bike sitting more and more. I want desperately to go riding and although the weather has offered a few perfect days, I have found myself making excuses. I thought it was because I have recently completed five century rides this last year and I just needed a break.

I started hiking every other weekend with my best cycling buddy, Maggie and we started taking my dog Cisco with us. He loves hiking, in fact he has found his true niche in hiking and absolutely adores it. I have found a reason to fore go the last couple of opportunities. Maggie was busy and I was......

My diet..well I stick pretty close to my "diet" because I have cholesterol issues and take Lipitor for it. I hate Lipitor, although my body loves it and responds to it well (my cholesterol is currently 100), I hate taking it because it makes my muscles hurt. I am always sore and stiff. Of course I also have had both knees rebuilt and any time the weather changes, I feel it. Lately, I have been either totally not hungry or starving to death and there has been nothing in between. I have not lost much weight in a year and decided it was because I have not really focused on my diet?

Unlike Spanky, lately I have not truly needed a haircut. A couple of years ago I had shoulder length hair. Now it is short and I thought and people agreed that because I was always swimming, my hair became brittle from the chlorine. Sounded plausible, but Silver does not have a year round pool and I only get to swim in the summer. How come it took me so long to wonder about my hair? I can add brittle nails and super dry skin to the hair issue..always thought water was hard on the hands as well.

Lately, I have found myself laying around more often. I was patting myself on the back and congratulating myself for listening to my body. I thought I had finally conquered the "listen to what your body is telling you" part of endurance sports. I might still be having trouble with this after all.

The last couple or rides I have done I found myself struggling to stay with the group. In fact, I was struggling just to finish the ride. Luckily I had a doctors appointment to get the old cholesterol checked. When I met with the doctor and was told my cholesterol was fine, I found my voice and began voicing some concerns. Once the flood gate opened, I found myself listing off numerous symptoms, crying, and conveying an intense sense of frustration. I told the doctor that I was doing crossfit with my cycling buddies. We had worked twice a week for over a month and all the ladies were excited to be toning up and losing weight. Losing weight? I have gained five pounds. In fact I had gotten down to 140 pounds two years ago and I have slowly but surely gained it back and then some.

So, I was sent to the lab for a blood test. Three days ago, my lovely doctor called to let me know that I have Hoshimoto Thyroiditis and gluten sensitivity. I admit that for a while, my world collapsed. It is rebuilding itself currently and although I hate to admit it, the diagnosis answers many of the "things" or symptoms I have endured the last 4 years or so. My doctor checked my thyroid before numerous times and nothing ever showed up.
So now I am reading. I am working on developing a gluten free diet that is compatible with the requirements of a Hoshimoto diet. Did you know that veggies are good for you but that cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens should only be eaten if cooked if you have Hoshimoto? I am learning! Yup, the game has changed. I know the symptoms of my disease now..lethargy, lack of energy, dry hair, nails, and skin, skin rashes, not sleeping, NOT losing weight, forgetfulness (not a pleasant thing when Alzheimer's runs in the family) etc. The game is changing and I am not depressed. I am determined to take the right medications and alter my lifestyle so that I can set as many rules of the game as I possibly can. I know my Spark buddies and this website will help me!
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    Wow! That's a lot to handle. I'm glad you are taking the time to learn all about it and figure out what you can/cannot do. My sil has gluten intolerance and has been totally gluten free for a couple of years. She is so happy to have her health back, though. I know it is tough for her at times, but worth it! (She'd get debilitating migraines.)

    Anyway, my prayers are with you and I hope you start seeing new energy, new hair, etc! emoticon
    2205 days ago
    It took a decade for my low thyroid levels to show up. It is a challenge, but one that you can conquer.
    2213 days ago
    So Sorry I'm late reading your blog Pat. I ended up in the Hospital with Pneumonia and my Asthma and high blood pressure. I too have put my healthy life on hold. Together emoticon and get back on track. Best wishes to you dear friend.
    2214 days ago
  • HEYRED221
    You have done so well and I know you will get past this hurdle as well. Don't beat yourself up over what you haven't done, etc, be proud of everything you have done. Its just another life change but I think you will be ok. You are definitely in better health which hopefully will make things a bit easier. Take care my friend!


    2215 days ago
    I'm glad you got a diagnosis and a plan to treat it. So glad you opened up to the doctor. I have low thyroid, and was diagnosed with it about 3 1/2 years ago after previous tests had shown nothing. But the fatigue and a lot of other symptoms were there. So now I take medication and it helps. It's hard to admit that there might be something wrong sometimes, and just keep trying to overcome it. But now with treatment you will hopefully get back to the person you want to be but not able to because of the symptoms interfering. Good luck to you as you learn to adapt, and hopefully soon you'll be back to biking like you want to.
    2215 days ago
  • BILL60
    You hang tough and get back into the game soon.
    2215 days ago
    I wish you all the best as you take on this difficult challenge.
    It's hard but I know you can do it.

    2215 days ago
    Low thyroid can also cause your muscles hurt, hopefully you'll start to feel better soon.
    2215 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2013 8:28:54 PM
    Take one day at a time. Do your best.

    2215 days ago
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