Friday, June 3, 2011
Friday Fives....(you may find these fairly personal, so if you don't want to pariticipate today, that's okay.) This is just a come clean party for me today! LOL.
1. Do you consider yourself a nutrition conscious person?
2. Are you happy with your weight?
3. Are you happy with your level of fitness?
4. What is your area of weakness for food?
5. What nutrition/fitness goals would you like to achieve?
The reason behind these Friday Fives is a long story, but one I will begin telling you about today. This is not easy for me, but I figured some accountability taken to another level would be good for me...so here is part of my story.
This is today's entry.....moving forward.
Recently I started getting more serious about losing weight, healthy living/lifestyle and getting more active. After finding out I have thyroid disease, going through menopause, and a serious weight gain because of some medication I was taking, my ongoing battle with my weight was kicking me in the boo-tay!! It was getting bigger, I was getting more unhealthy, and I was getting more discouraged. Hmmm...ever been there?
I realize that there are a few people who don't struggle with this, who don't have a problem with a sagging metabolism...let me just say, I envy you. I know that many of you consistently exercise and keep your weight at bay.....and love it. I have never really LOVED exercise and sweating. It's hard work! But I have finally come to the realization, that this ever on-going struggle, which is only complicated by aging, and the three factors I mentioned above (thyroid disease, menopause, and medications) was only bound to continue and get worse if I didn't get moving. I am tired of shame and tired of feeling frumpy. So I have embarked on a journey of getting back to a more healthy, energetic lifestyle. I stopped taking the offending medication ( pain be damned!) but just because you stop the meds doesn't mean the weight falls off! I found SparkPeople.com and have loved the ease of keeping track of my nutrition and fitness via their FREE website. Even if you don't want to lose weight, I can see the value of it just to keep track of your exercise progress or keeping on track with good nutrition.
I have been reading a really good book on thyroid disease, and I would encourage anyone having it to read the book. It's called The Thyroid Solution by Dr. Ridha Arem. It has opened my eyes to so many things, and truly comforted me that I am indeed not going insane. I wish more doctors would read the info he includes, in order to better understand their patients!! It's THAT good. Having thyroid disease is very complicated. This book helps one understand how it affects the body in so many ways.
Well, at the risk of either losing you here, or writing a post that takes two weeks to read, I'll stop here and pick up the story at a later date. I hope I haven't lost you; I hope I have encouraged you. This does not mean that my blog is now a weight loss blog, but I wanted to be open about my journey and a part of who I am.
I hope you enjoy your weekend. See you soon!
Posted by southerninspiration at 8:37 AM