Monday, June 03, 2013
For those of you that know me, you know that I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has been kicking my butt for the last 6 months or so. The medication is finally starting to level the playing field but I dont feel up to par and I was not planning on competing in triathlon this year.
I have two wonderfully supportive ladies that I officiate with. These gals said they wanted to do a triathlon relay with me someday. I asked and they agreed to do the Howling Coyote Sprint Triathlon as a relay with me. Neither of these ladies is a triathlete but they are both seriously athletic, competitive and general all around fantastic people.
Lydia Sierra ran for the relay. She is a new mother, her son is only a year old. She has been running to lose some weight. I got acquainted with Lydia when she asked me to be a volleyball coach in her program. She is a wonderful person, caring, thoughtful and a fierce competitor that watches, learns and wins. She ran 5 miles in the relay with dad and son cheering her on, in 34 minutes.
I did the bike. I had a great day and rode the 18 miles in 62 minutes. I was thrilled with the time. The ride is downhill out and uphill back. My time was in the top ten of all the rides and the 2nd fastest ride for females. I was pumped.
Dixine Moore had agreed to swim for us. No small feat since she had not swam in over two years. Silver City has been without a year round pool for three years now. Our outside pool is open for 3 months and just opened the first of May. Dixine swam the 400 meters in 11 minutes. It was a struggle but she did beautifully.
We all need to work on our times but on this day we successfully beat our competition and had a blast doing it. Our first place finish was over 9 minutes faster than second place. Dixine and I are 49 and 50. Lydia is 42. The second place team consisted of thirth year olds. We beat the third place team by over 20 minutes, a group of ladies from various locals in Texas. We beat one of the COED teams by 2 minutes as well. All in all it was a wonderful day with good friends and a day in which we made more friends.
From left: Dixine Moore, myself, Lydia Sierra.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
My plate is full right now and not with food. I find myself sitting and pondering my next move. I was diagnosed with Hoshiemoto Hypothyroid Disease and started taking medicine for it. I felt a lot better and then had to quit taking the medicine so I could undergo an uptake test.
My life has been a roller coaster for the last month. I don't feel well, I am cranky, I have had to change my diet---gluten sensitivity as well--and I was told not to ride in the Tour of the Gila. I have a triathlon coming up and maybe I'll get to do it.
School is almost over and in the next three weeks I have a health conference, a seminar, grades, standardized testing, parents, students, wind.....etc. to deal with. Plus, my mom is not doing well, my kids are away at school, husband works out of town....and on and on and on!
The road ahead my not all be clear but there are some positive things happening as well. I have some great friends that are very supportive.
My exercise program is daily, consistent and paying off. I have lost several inches around my middle and my weight lifting is going superbly.
I got a new tattoo and summer is on the horizon. I am alive and I will get well. What more could a person ask for?
A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Maybe a winning lottery ticket? I'll settle for a nap and a nice long bike ride.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Trees are blooming, life is renewed.
Life definitely goes on.
16 years ago yesterday, on my birthday, I bought a pup for my dad to replace the old dog he had lost. He loved "Ms. T" and she took great care of him for many years. My father became bed ridden and Ms. T rarely left his bedside. When I lost my father, it broke her heart and she has slowly gone down hill for the last five years. Yesterday, on my birthday, I had to put Ms. T down. She has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I am sure my dad is happier.
For those who might have never read the poem:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who have been ill and old, are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt, or maimed are made whole and strong again. Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together....but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers.
Suddenly...he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster, and faster.
You have been spotted.
When you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then....you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
~Unknown~ but based on Norse Legend
"Dogs don't live as long as humans. Humans must learn to love unconditionally. Dogs are born knowning how to love unconditionally, and therefore need not stay as long."
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
My birthday is quickly approaching. I keep trying to ignore that fact but the inevitable will happen. My husband got an appointment with my tattoo artist and here is my new ink. It is done by the same artist that did a lizard playing golf on my left calf.
A very talented artist who said he has never put a lizard on a bike. Now he has!
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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