Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fitness Thoughts

No recess today for my 6 year old daughter. No recess every Thursday and every Monday! Not to mention all the times they cancel it due to rain or cold temperatures (Meh! It’s in the 30s. We can’t let them outside!) And think how much that 15 minutes of outdoor time was doing to counteract all the crap that my kids are subjected to (un-natural colored birthday cupcakes, daily snacks where parents send in chips and cookies, commercials on TV for sugar cereals, deluges of candy for each and every holiday, and begging and begging to go to McDonalds where they could eat loads of chemicals to cover the taste of the substandard foods.) I feel bad for families just an income bracket or 2 below us that can’t afford to send their kids to ballet, tap, soccer, gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, baseball, basketball, and swimming like we do. I feel pretty responsible for their fitness as well as my own.

My muscles are currently atrophying as well at the current moment. I have gotten hit by a really bad flu. I still feel dizzy standing up or speaking louder than a whisper.

However, I do have an update: I am turning 40 in just over a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An alarm went off in my head when I realized that a few weeks ago. At the time, I felt like I had tried everything. Weight watchers 6 times, allergy diet, caveman diet, thyroid medicine, and I still wasn’t losing weight. So I decided to give it one more shot and go Old School. Just logging calories. And lo and behold, after the first week, I have lost almost a pound!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!

So just like my daughter can’t control whether the teacher allows recess, and just like I can’t control the fact that my body will not let me walk on the treadmill right now, I feel a distinct increase in my self-esteem. The negative self-talk is getting countered with “HEY! LAY OFF! I’M DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!”

And it’s working! So far so good. I’ll keep you updated. J

Monday, February 15, 2010

Why am I irritatable, can't lose weight, and have brain fog?

I think I just found a book that embodies the reason I named this blog "It's Just Not That Simple."

The title doesn't explain very precisely what the authors mean, but a better title might be the title I chose for this post: "Why am I irritable, can't lose weight, and/or have brain fog?" Fuzzy refers not to physical fuzz like a stuffed animal :) but to brain fog, fuzzy, unclear thinking.

Yesterday I began the book, then without stopping read as fast as I could until I could could not read any more. It TOTALLY hits the nail on the head of what is wrong with me!!!! There are symptom questionnaires in the book, and apparently, I have symptoms for all three conditions, which are all hormone imbalances. The overweight problem is probably an under-active thyroid, the irritability is probably under-active or exhausted adrenal glands, and the brain fog, or more specifically for me- profound depression- is probably a deficiency in progesterone.

I feel really blessed to be piecing this together, I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to the full solution every day. I have been visiting a physicians office that is "integrated," meaning they use natural as well as purely medical therapies. The natural medical community is advocating more and more that people need thyroid medicine, even if their tests show "normal," like mine did. The book actually says the thyroid blood test is not even very accurate, but they suggest a salivary thyroid test instead, or a blood spot thyroid test. (For details, read the book. I'm afraid I can't pontificate on the technical stuff.)

But I highly, highly, highly, highly recommend the book, if you've been having any of these symptoms because it can save you from years of suffering & feeling like "half a person."

My new doctors have discovered that I am hypothyroid and have EXTREME adrenal exhaustion. They didn't test my progesterone levels, but I have been taking natural bioidentical progesterone from a vitamin store on my own with the result of a definite lift in my mood.

The authors also have a website, which I suggest you check out while you're waiting for Amazon to deliver your book (seriously, it is worth every penny of the ten bucks! Buy it!)

I'm sure it will take a while for me to feel better, as well as for that to show up on the scale, but I feel like I am now on the right track. I'll update you as time goes on with progress in the journey, as always. :)