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Skinny COW?

Skinny COW?

I get the point of the brand name Skinny Cow, but seriously folks? This is NOT helping folks like me to get skinny. Yes their less calories, maybe even a few less grams of fat; but over all their still a diet killer… still hate saying “diet,” but couldn’t think of another good word to use in it’s place. I’m trying to live a healthy and cleaner (food speaking) life while enjoying the freshness of the food grown by hand and made without preservatives. I’m not successful 100% of the time. I struggle with keeping my eating priorities where they should be… I could list a million + reasons/excuses why, but it wouldn’t change anything. Until my desire to live a healthier life is stronger than my desire for my immediate need to be met, success and clean living won’t be mine. It’s a choice. It’s my choice. No one out there can make it for me. It’s mine alone to choose. I’ve been given some great encouragement lately and thought I’d end this post with a quote by Oscar Wilde.

“What often seem like bitter trials, are often blessings in disguise!”

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~ One Tough Chick ~

~ One Tough Chick ~

Okay, so I borrowed my trainer’s name for me… but I’m giving him credit. Thank you “Mr. Get Navy Fit Smith!” Your friendship as well as fitness leadership have really encouraged me to keep it up!

Working on your fitness is a daily job. You don’t just lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life by returning to the couch. It’s hard! It’s darn hard sometimes. I know it, and you all know it too. I think that’s the hardest part for most people; “keeping their head in the game.” I know it is for me when my home life is stress central. No one has to be (quote), doing anything wrong… life just gets crazy at times and we lose focus.

I’m being reminded daily by loved ones and friends alike that my journey isn’t a one-time deal and then it’s back to the TWINKIES! No, this journey of mine (or new life-style) is one of healthly living. That includes everything from the choices I make in eating, to those in my fitness routine and daily living. I don’t want to be on a DIET for the rest of my life. I want to learn and maintain a healthy outlook on the choices I make in my life.

A dear friend said to me the other day that my “mind” will check out long before my body does… Now he was referring to my fitness goals, but I also interpretted it this way: I can give up after one mistake, or I can use that mistake to learn, grow and further my goals for a healthy and happy life.

I’m going to go will the latter. I want to live A HAPPY & HEALTHY LIFE.

One of My Motivations…

One of My Motivations...

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days folks. It’s been a busy week for the family. Dad has had work issues, mom has had mom issues and sweet Noah has had the Special Olympics!! I wanted to take a moment and brag on my son (a mother’s right you know) and it gave me the idea for this blog post. Not only does he bring unimaginable joy into our lives, he is also a big motivator for me to succeed in my weight loss journey. Back to the bragging part: my son, who hates crowds, noise and exercise of any kind actually battled it all and ran the 50 meter dash. AND HE WON IT!  This was such a huge achievement for him; especially considering that last year in the same event he panicked and fell to the ground when the starting gun went off.

So back to my motivation:

I want to be around (and not couch potato around) if you know what I mean! I want to be here for him as he grows into a young man, runs another race and reaches all the potential that God has for him out in the world. I won’t be able to do those things if I can’t even get myself or my body up and moving. Nor will I accomplish anything if the only walk I ever take is to the refrigerator! When thinking today about all my son accomplished, it brought tears to my eyes. It made me realize how much he has to overcome every day just to function in this world that can be largely noisy, inconsiderate and totally overwhelming for him due to his autism. And yet here I sit, complaining that I CAN’T…. I can’t lose weight! I can’t stop eating! I can’t go to the gym enough! I CAN’T! I CAN’T! I CAN’T!  I came to the conclusion that the only person getting in my way is ME! The only nay-sayer is ME! The only obstacle is ME!

So if my sweet 13-year-old son who battles daily just to do the basics can muster up enough guts to run a race in front of a crowd of people on a hot day ; why can’t I get off my duff and get serious?  I CAN. And I have my son to thank for reminding me that I CAN!

On another note, my husband and I have to consider many things regarding the future for our son. One of the biggest motivations I consider with my whole journey in weight loss is being able to care for my son long after his 18th birthday. You see, our son will most likely live with us all his life. Now we have set up a special needs trust for when the time comes that dad and I are no longer here. That being said, we are both very well aware that as we are aging, we need to stay in as tip-top shape as we can to take care of our son. Again, “couch potato not really the best option!”  

I’ve said a lot in this post. Shared a lot of what my family life is like at home. When it comes down to it, I needed a reminder of my motivation for taking this journey. Please don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of personal motivators that I need to be holding onto and bringing to the forefront. But my son, my sweet young man is definitely tops of the list for this mom. I love him dearly and cannot imagine life without him!

Have a great night all!

Oh Boy!! Here we go….

Hello friends and fellow bloggers. It’s been a trying week, but one filled with answers as well. For that fact, I am grateful.  Lots to share and not quite sure where to start. I guess I’ll go with my recent health struggles and the weight gain over the last year.  Sometimes life at home can get a little crazy; that’s code for I’m going to eat wrong and gain a lot of weight. Excuses – no, reasons – yes! When you find yourself in the position to raise a special needs son, life changes for the entire family. That has certainly been the case for our family. I’m not saying there are not good, even wonderful times; because there are. It’s just that in times of crisis and meltdown, you tend to put your own needs aside for the needs of your child. In that respect it isn’t much different from raising a typical child. It’s just that the intensity can be overwhelming when dealing with a child with moderate/severe autism. At times you don’t even see the meltdown coming, you turn your head and it’s upon you!! It’s like taking a peaceful walk through the forest, and then WHAMO, you get hit by a truck!! You’re thinking “what the hel…, where did that just come from….?” Back to the craziness at hand, the part that has grown this woman from 150 to 206 pounds in a little over a year!!

Health issues: Well I finally got the ALL the results back from the nurse practitioner I’ve been seeing; she’s an amazing lady by the way!! It appears that I am extremely gluten intolerant and my thyroid levels extremely low; hence the name hypo-thyroid and I’M GAINING WEIGHT! She also mentioned that my gut health looked terrible and I’ll be starting a prescription strength pro-biotic to help put some healthy bacteria back into my system. I also began taking a bio-identical thyroid medication this morning (for the first time) called Armor Thyroid. It is a natural version of thyroid medication closest to the human bodies. It’s the last part that I’m most worried about, the gluten intolerant part… Why am I worried? It goes back to what I was describing for you in raising a child with special needs. The daunting task of completely changing my diet and reading every label scares me. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just that I am already overwhelmed with taking care of my son’s needs on a daily basis. O’, and did I mention, he only goes to school about 3 hours a day??? It doesn’t leave me much time to do the basics, let alone adding one more thing to the list.

I’m trying not to be down. I have the answers I need regarding my health. I have options! For that, I am grateful. Wish me luck, it appears my gluten free adventure is starting! For those fellow bloggers who might have this same issue; I would appreciate any/all advise from recipes to lifestyle changes you’ve made….

Many thanks!!

F2F2F

Comfort Food a la ME…

Comfort food

The following is a description of “me!”

Comfort food = may be consumed to positively pique emotions, to relieve negative psychological effects or to increase positive feelings…

It’s crazy how emotions play such an intricate part of our daily issues with food. I don’t know if I can adequately put into words how very true this is for me. Each emotion, good or bad triggers a response from my brain about what to eat. If I’m having a bad day, you can bet that my brain is telling me to grab a cheeseburger or make a big bowl of macaroni and cheese. On the flip side; if things are going well and my emotions are good… staying on the healthy eating track is much, much easier. So why does this even matter? Well it matters because my emotions have been all over the place this past year. I guess I have my age to thank for that… and probably a few other things as well.

I’ve been seeing a NP (nurse practitioner) who specializes in women’s health issues. She works with bio-identicals. What’s this you ask?  I’ll post a link in a seperate post and you can read for yourself. But it’s basically a way to treat some of women’s health issues (as she ages) with hormones that are bio-identical instead of chemical.

Back to emotions. They play such a huge part in my history of bad eating. It just seams that as I am aging and my body along with me, it’s harder to stop the consequences of my poor choices. “We are what we eat,” so the saying goes…. I can no longer indulge only in chocolate & wine while expecting results of like that of one eating fresh healthy ‘carrots.”

So what do I do? That’s for another post!!

Article on Hypothroidism

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. It makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy.

See a picture of the thyroid gland camera.

Having a low level of thyroid hormone affects your whole body. It can make you feel tired and weak. If hypothyroidism is not treated, it can raise your cholesterol levels and make you more likely to have a heart attack orstroke. During pregnancy, untreated hypothyroidism can harm your baby. Luckily, hypothyroidism is easy to treat.

People of any age can get hypothyroidism, but older adults are more likely to get it. Women age 60 and older have the highest risk. You are more likely to get the disease if it runs in your family.

What causes hypothyroidism?

In the United States, the most common cause is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It causes the body’simmune system to attack thyroid tissue. As a result, the gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone.

Other things that can lead to low levels of thyroid hormone include surgery to remove the thyroid gland and radiation therapy for cancer. Less common causes include viral infections and some drugs, such as lithium.

What are the symptoms?

Hypothyroidism can cause many different symptoms, such as:

  • Feeling tired, weak, or depressed.
  • Dry skin and brittle nails.
  • Not being able to stand the cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly.
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods.

Symptoms occur slowly over time. At first you might not notice them, or you might mistake them for normal aging. See your doctor if you have symptoms like these that get worse or won’t go away.

How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms. You will also have a physical exam. If your doctor thinks you have hypothyroidism, a simple blood test can show if your thyroid hormone level is too low.

How is it treated?

Doctors usually prescribe thyroid hormone pills to treat hypothyroidism. Most people start to feel better within a week or two. Your symptoms will probably go away within a few months. But you will likely need to keep taking the pills for the rest of your life.

It’s important to take your medicine just the way your doctor tells you to. You will also need to see your doctor for follow-up visits to make sure you have the right dose. Getting too much or too little thyroid hormone can cause problems.

If you have mild hypothyroidism, you may not need treatment now. But you’ll want to watch closely for signs that it is getting worse.

If you are diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism, you will need to be treated right away in the hospital. Severe hypothyroidism can lead to a rare but dangerous disease called myxedema coma.

Should I be tested for hypothyroidism?

It’s important to watch for signs of the disease so it can be treated promptly. These signs may be easy to miss, so testing is a good idea for:

I hope this article was helpful and informtional for you. Thanks, F2F2F

 

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