So as my luck would have it instead of losing weight with Graves’ disease like most I have gained weight! I thought because I wasn’t being strict with my healthy eating and 5-7 day a week exercise routine that I was gaining weight. I did acknowledge that my appetite had increased tremendously. At first I thought it was just Over eating due to PMS. Then I realized that it was going beyond that. I had no control. Normally when I set my mind to something I can gain control fairly easy. After seeing the endocrinologist I learned that a symptom of Grave’s is increased appetite. It’s due to the over activity of the thyroid and your body signal’s it needs food to compensate for all of that activity. This makes sense but I guess in some cases your body doesn’t signal to over eat you in turn loose weight. I of course I lucked out with the opposite. I try very hard to eat healthy but allow myself to enjoy some treats. That is the life I was living when I reached my goal weight and was in the maintenance phase. This is not helping me to loose weight but to maintain what I currently am. As hard as it is not to be 140lbs I don’t think I look unhealthy or unattractive! I was told by many I was too skinny at 140lbs but we all know we need to be the weight we are comfortable with! I would like to loose some weight especially before summer but now my goals have changed. I just want to educate myself more on this disease and find the best way to live a healthy life with it.
I am not the first with this disease or the symptoms I am experiencing so I will get to the bottom of what is best for my body! I hope whatever you are struggling with you can be easy on yourself and not allow others to judge you! Remain around friends and family that will truly support and love you! With life’s complications you may unfortunately learn that some people you thought would love and support you won’t. You will gain clarity! You will be hurt and maybe even mad but trust me when I tell you that this is a good thing! Believe what they are showing or telling you! Be happy you now know who is really there for you and live your life appreciating those who really care capable of being there for you 100%! Know your worth and love your yourself fully!
On our journey to a healthy and fit life there are always stumbling blocks! As I told you in one of my blogs I have experienced a few! My journey has veered away from my strict healthy eating and fitness because of my fathers cancer. I stopped putting myself first and my time is very limited. Bad habits also started to surface. More recently my mind has been very foggy. Sometimes when I speak I am not always able to get the words out that I know I want to say. I walk into a room and don’t remember why I am there. Now we all do stuff like this. Most times it’s just because we are so busy and have so much on our minds! These things combined with hair loss, irregular heart rate, anxiety, feeling overly hungry all of the time and extreme tiredness I thought that life was just getting in the way of my journey! Now listing these things for you seems lengthy but all very easy things to write off as problems we all sometimes go through as a result of general life stuff.
I was having another medical issue and asked for additional bloodwork to be done. As a result I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease. If you know me you may know that I do NOT like to take medicine of any sort. I have seen an endocrinologist that I like very much. I agreed to try a low dose of medicine twice a day for one month. I am currently doing my research to find an alternative to medicine that will fit with my lifestyle. I write this to tell all of you when you hit a stumbling block you may need to take your time to get up but when you do be fearless! Get up! Educate yourself. Ask questions! Research! If you know something about this disease please reach out. Don’t disregard the signs your body gives you!
The universe threw me another curveball but this will not keep me down!
What motivates you? What keeps your motivated? We all wish it was easy to lose weight and get into an exercise routine. There has to be something that motivates us. Is it that your clothes don’t fit? Is it what someone said to you or how they looked at you? It really doesn’t matter what it was that brought you to this journey. It is what keeps you motivated to stay on this journey. It is NOT a diet. It is a journey to a healthier you. It is a fitness and healthy food journey. Learning how to do what is your normal routine of shopping and cooking will be your first hurtle. You crave what you know. Your mind and body needs to be retrained. You have to learn what is healthy and what good portion sizes are. Finding different ways to cook that are healthy and new recipes that will be exciting. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Dreaded exercise…I say dreaded because so many people tell me they don’t know how to get started. Just start by moving! Take the dog for a extra long walk. Use half of your lunch hour and take a walk around your work parking lot. Join a gym that works for your life. Make sure its affordable, that you are comfortable there, they have a childcare so you can commit to going without excuses. Don’t be intimidated. Walk into the gym and be confident. Hop on a machine push the green start button and start moving. Commit to staying on the machine a little longer every time. Put the resistance up as you get into a routine.
I used to reward myself with food. I still do occasionally but before you can start with food rewards you have to meet your weight loss goals and really be in a good head space about your journey so you can have perspective. In the beginning that is just not something that is easy. No cheat days! Let your reward for weight loss be to get higher goals and set aside money to buy yourself a article of clothing or fun piece of inexpensive costume jewelry. Reward yourself with time..set aside some time to just sit and watch a mindless show, read a book or take a bubble bath! This journey you are embarking upon can be so rewarding! Just stay the course and if you veer off get right back on track. Don’t let any time go by…not a minute! The longer your off track the more weight you put back on or gain and gaining is so much easier than taking if off! I believe in you!
So we are about to go into March…I can smell spring:) Spring means we are that much closer to wearing less clothes! No more baggy sweaters and sweats! Get on track. If your journey has remained on track then I say keep on keeping on. Don’t forget to switch up your workout routines for the best results. I switch up my routines every month to month and a half. Right now I am focusing on glutes and abs. I add cardio and arms in but my main focus is glutes and abs. Find your target areas on your body that you want to work on and work on perfecting exercises to get you to your goals.
Don’t hide behind your sweaters anymore. Get your diet right! This is a journey. Remember even if you have gotten off track its ok! Just take every opportunity to get back on track. Don’t say I will start tomorrow. If you realize your off track the next thing you put in your mouth should be the start to getting back on your journey. It starts with picking the right foods to cook. Preparing your foods so you don’t set yourself up for failure when time gets in the way. Commit to exercise! If you exercise the weight will come off quicker. If you have an injury or reason your can’t workout than your food has to be on point! Follow me on pinterest! I have a board for healthy recipes and a board for exercise routines. I know how difficult it can be know what to cook or how to cook so if you follow me you will see I have tried several recipes on my board. Drink your water and if you haven’t tried it yet try drinking hot green tea each day.
Today I wanted to reach out to tell you once again about my Jaybird Reign fitness tracker. When the trackers first started getting big I had no desire to have one. I figured I push myself enough I don’t need to keep track of steps. So after a long time I finally began to research them and the Reign stuck out to me. It really did things that the others don’t offer. It has a go zone that every morning you do a heart rate test and it tells you how ready your body is to workout. They also offer go zone reps that you can call and they will help you meet your goals.
The Jaybird customer service people have been so so helpful to me and so generous. If you are thinking about a fitness tracker please check out this one!
It’s the weekend! Stay on track. Do your shopping and cooking for the upcoming week.
So it’s been a while. Sorry about that! It is a new year and many make resolutions or promises to themselves. A lot about weight loss and fitness. Don’t set yourself up for failure! Do the research…don’t be lazy! You can only change if you do the research and pick and choose what will actually work with your lifestyle. Get on the internet, go to the library! Read up on recipes, find out how many calories you should be taking in to lose the weight you want. Read up about different programs that you can apply to your life. Find out what foods you should be eating. The only way it will work to lose weight and keep it off is to learn how to shop, cook and eat healthy. Learn balance so you can enjoy the things you love but still stay on a healthy journey.
Fitness is another key factor to this journey. You will lose the weight faster if you incorporate some sort of fitness to your daily life. Everyone has a level that they need to begin at. If money is an issue and you can’t join the gym then get outside and walk, go to the mall and walk. See if your cable network offers exercise programs. Find alternatives to the exercises or moves to fit your level. No excuses!
Drink your water! Half your body weight in water a day!
So you started your journey. You can do this strictly with your diet or you can incorporate working out into this journey! I suggest both. Let’s say you choose to hit the gym. Now you are there…the real struggle begins. It may be out of your comfort zone or intimidating. Do not zone out. This journey is for you. You have to want this. You have to want it more than your afraid of it. Get on a machine push the green quick start button and set a short term goal! Challenge yourself to get to that short term goal and surpass it! Crushing your goals will become the only thing on your mind instead of the laundry you have to do or the errands you have to run. Doing this will keep you accountable and motivated. You will be able to say you did it and hopefully want more!
I don’t believe in a cheat day but if that is how your journey is set up I suggest you work out on that cheat day because if you get on the scale or out your pants on the next day and they are tight….was the cheat day worth it? We all know how hard it is to loose a pound or two so that crap you ate on your cheat day I am guessing wasn’t worth it. If you balance your diet and exercise plus do not deprive yourself you won’t feel the need to go over board on one single day.