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Friday, June 13, 2008

I have a lot to be grateful for.

First, my Hashimoto's has not caused other autoimmune disorders or other disease-states to develop. Most people who go untreated for as long as I did usually have 2 or more disease-states in addition to the Hashi. I've developed a carb sensitivity, but not full celiac. My pinky fingers still tingle once in a while, but not my hands & arms like they used to.

Maybe all the research I did and books, memberships & NEJM articles I paid for and all the supplements I take actually work.
Some call me nuts for supplementing the way I do. I'm grateful for those folks, too. For those mediocre minds unwilling to entertain other possibilities serve as a reminder that I am a great spirit. Willing to share everything learned and not declare that mine is the only way, but one of many.

I worked out so hard with heavier weights day before yesterday that I am still sore today. Not as sore as yesterday. But the BIG thing - NO JOINT PAIN! Not taking IBU more than 1x per day. I welcome the muscle aches and don't miss that joint pain. Maybe the cod liver oil is working for the Hashi-related inflammation, maybe getting more muscle support on the joints is the thing. Maybe I'm lucky, but I don't think it's just luck.
Either way, I am here and I'm grateful.

My aim is to be as healthy, fit and strong as I can get now that I'm able to work out again. To be there for my husband and children and see them through their lives and accomplishments. Maybe even accomplish a few more things, too.

I Am Grateful.

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    I'm curious. Hashimoto's causes joint inflammation and tingling fingers? I've had arthritis pre-Hashimotos and was just diagnosed with carpel tunnel. Now I'm wondering about overlap.
Thank you for starting the Hashimoto's group.

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Progress of a different sort and other stuff....

Friday, May 23, 2008

Even though Iíve been on Spark People since December 14, 2007, I feel pretty much like a complete newbie a good part of the time.
I joined because of an email received from MyPoints. Registered and didnít look at it again for some time. Really should have gotten busy with it sooner. I was keeping track of my workouts and food intake in steno pads like Iíve done for over 20 years (got into weight lifting long ago dontcha know). WOW, the food tracker is one of the coolest things EVER and I really dig the Fitness tracker too. Donít even use my little notebooks anymore! I have to admit I really DIG the points, too. That is just funner. emoticon

When I first got active on SP, I joined a few groups that had to do with my medical condition, an autoimmune disease. Hoping that I would find people who actually knew more than I did.

Found a bunch of people hoping for the same thing except that I had done years of reading, research, experimenting on myself, spent time & money on NEJM and other medical journal articles and info behind me. It was very disheartening to speak up to help some of these people only to be slapped down hard by a leader of one group and a member of another. I was flamed, and I hadnít even gotten ďcontroversialĒ yet! LOL I left those groups quietly, but every time I look at group, I make sure those two Ďladiesí are not on it first. If they are, I just donít join the group.

A VERY good thing did come out of those encounters. I realized that Iíve come a long, long way from the depressed, fragile & brittle person who put a down payment on THE FARM almost five years ago. I have found what works for me, I feel GOOD pretty much every day, (have hair again too!) and donít so desperately need info or input from others so much anymore. No, Iím not stating imperiously that I KNOW EVERYTHING. Not at all. However, I donít think Iím the desperate seeker anymore, but rather, I should serve as help for other seekers. Either that or serve as a dire warning! emoticon

I joined my SP class late. Itís a cool group, though, and Iím very glad to have connected with people there! There are so many whoíve already reached their goals and I fear everyone will graduate and leave me behindÖ LOL Kidding! My weight is just coming off so slowly. Grateful itís coming off!

My cityís main group didnít have a leader. Jen posted to the group asking if anyone wanted to take over leading? No one did. Everyone had lots of opinions about what to do with the group, but no one wanted to take it on. I sent an email to Jen that simply said ďI will do this.Ē Fear caused me to secretly hope that someone else had beaten me to volunteering for this. LOL No way.

Iím a leader for the Tucson Sparkers now. Itís been interesting and Iíve been trying really hard to be there for anyone who needed me. I really would like a partner, but itís cool if no one is interested.

I will keep on keeping on & doing the best that I can do every day.

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    Hope you don't mind another seeker. I'm fairly new to this.
That's too bad about the unkind things you experienced in some groups. The nutrition and fitness tracker are wonderful tools.

Like you, I didn't get active when I first joined SP. I joined in 2006 but didn't really do anything with it until a friend joined this year.

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My First Challenge

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My SP class is having a challenge week - to burn 3500 calories this week.

I think this is going to be fun. I guess I will edit this blog post as things progress.

Monday - 45 minutes bike - 504, 45 minutes sanding a ceiling - 288; Total: 792

Tuesday - 45 minutes circuit training 576,

Wednesday - 45 minutes bike - 504

Thursday - 45 minutes circuit training 576, 35 minutes gardening 175

Friday - 70 min circuit training - 678, 30 bike - 336, 20 min Gardening 100 FRIDAY TOTAL = 1114

Total as of Friday - 3737


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LADYCASHEL 6/1/2008 3:11PM

    You did super!

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