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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lost another 1.5 inches off the hips

Total of 3 inches in 1.5 weeks


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MINDYOGI 2/28/2009 10:48AM

    YEEEAAHHHH!!!!!! God Job! Way to go Julie!!!!
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STARSHINE47804 2/28/2009 8:16AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing great! 3" off the hips-you'll have to reward yourself with some new clothes soon!!

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BOBBI1968 2/25/2009 4:02PM

    That is fantastic - WAY TO GO!!

I know just how hard it is to lose from the hips!! Quite the accomplishment for you!!


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BARBARA_G 2/25/2009 3:39PM

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SALINA78 2/25/2009 3:15PM

Way to go Julee!!!

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This week

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Well, this was my first week doing the Shock Training System. Had thought to 'work up' to it, but decided that was just holding myself back. emoticon

Think it's better to start now doing what I CAN and be able to do MORE later. Having to bench or curl with weights that I laughed at 20 years ago - that's probably WHY I have to use them now - because I unmercifully teased a friend about her great big 8 lb dumbbells when I was doing the same exercise with 40s. I am owning that now........ Funny how your own words come back to bite you on the butt.

Course, I may never work back up to 40's. Looking back, I realize that my disease was in it's hyper phase at the time and I was able to lift and build muscle like a man. My thighs were 28" of steel back then too (yes, they were almost as big as my husband's - scary thought). More like cottage cheese now.

One thing about having my HT under control and in a euthyroid state, I can't get bulky now like back then and that's a good thing. LOL I am happy with my progress these days and do not have unrealistic expectations.

Didn't lose a pound this week.

DID lose 1.5 inches off my hips this week, tho - that's the only measurement I took this week.

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STARSHINE47804 2/24/2009 6:06AM

    emoticon Losing 1.5 inches off your hips is a great accomplishment!! Keep it up-you're doing an excellent job & give us all the motivation to do it also!

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SALINA78 2/21/2009 5:15PM

    WOW - 40s!
But 8s are good too! emoticon

Good job, Julee!
And 1.5 inches of your hips is WONDERFUL!!!!

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BARBARA_G 2/21/2009 4:19PM

    congratulations on losing inches off your hips! emoticon

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Something to think about.....

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Always bear in mind that your own resolution
to succeed is more important than any one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

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BARBARA_G 2/1/2009 10:34AM

    I will give this some thought today. This is a "heavy" one.

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1 lb

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Good news - I lost a pound this last week. emoticon

Today I'm recommitting to myself - not making a resolution, but setting goals and forgiving myself for letting things get in my way so bad at the end of 08.

Starting my own boot camp thing. Going to rotate through my work out DVDs.

Even though I've got further dental work tomorrow and later, my plan is to do at least 15 minutes of work per day unless I'm in a real bad way from my teeth.

My goal is to work out 6 days per week to jump start this.

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BOBBI1968 1/27/2009 9:17PM

    emoticon - 1 pound gone forever!!

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SALINA78 1/19/2009 11:05PM

    Great job on the 1 lb loss Julee!

You are awesome to continue to workout through all of this!
You can do it!!!

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BARBARA_G 1/19/2009 10:18AM

    Congratulations on the pound lost.

Best of luck with your dental work so it wont interfere with you bootcamp.


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Grateful again

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wow. I really do have a lot to be grateful for. For one thing, the mammo scare (it's below this where I've put all the previous stuff from my spark page, ) was just that - a scare and nothing more. Whew, that was a relief. But what an enormous stress because of the fear.

All summer long, we've been doing work on the house. A lot has gotten done and there's still quite a TO DO list. My stress level was OUT THERE for over a month. Having guys in your home doing work during a day can be stressful. Having them in your home off and on for over a month can be very stressful - especially when you're trying to get a lot done yourself. The roofers were supposed to show up on a Thursday at 7 and instead (without warning) showed up on Wednesday at 6. I got up at 5 am from then on so that I wouldn't get caught in my jammies again. 5 am is NOT good to me... LOL

While the roof and inside things were being done, the fence blew down - the entire back of the fence! So, we had to have that fixed, too. Now, the yard is bigger by about 700 square feet. Planning to have the thing set up so that we can start a vegetable garden next year. If I can stop the Japanese Beetle grubs, that is.

I'm grateful for the work that got done. And I'm grateful that I only gained a couple of pounds back during this hugely stressful time. VERY grateful that it is only a couple and not 20.

Have changed my target date for my weight loss - to April. Don't even feel disappointed about that. Rather, this new date is invigorating and I know I can get there. I'm pretty much starting over on my work outs. Hopefully, I can get back to where I was on August 15 in a fairly decent amount of time. It is odd, I was DOING stuff EVERY day - some days were grueling work - but I still managed to gain because of the stress.

Looking forward to hitting the iron again. Going to start P90X again, too, once I figure out how much I can take.... LOL Hey, maybe I've actually made physical progress and I will be able to DO MORE than before. That would be a cool surprise.
All this stuff from my old Spark Page

Newer info on top...

Wow. Didn't even give myself down time with that mammo scare before starting back up on the home improvements. It's seemed like a monstrous amount of work and every day, I would be so tired that I didn't work out. Things aren't totally finished, but done enough that I felt OK about taking some time totally OFF to get my equilibrium back.

Back at it now, though, and am working back up to my previous levels. There are boxes piled up on my bench (why oh why is that always the FIRST place crap goes? So I have to deal with it - that's why) and I have to go through those & get rid of the junk. It will get done, though. I feel in control again. woohoo


On August 11, I went in for my mammogram. One of the first things they do is give you an envelope that you self-address and they tell you that you'll receive your results in 3 to 5 days if you're all clear.

Well, by Saturday the 16th, I KNEW I wasn't all clear. I started having trouble sleeping. I got 8 hours, but it was so fragmented that it didn't feel like 8 hours at all, but more like 4 or 5. I ate poorly - grabbing things that were handy like nuts and protein bars, but I do not remember having a real warm meal after the 16th. I did not tell my husband or children what was going on - after all, the Dr hadn't called yet, I was just going on the fact that I had not received this "all clear" letter.

They called me on the 21st, told me that they 'found something irregular' in my right girl and that I needed to come back in on Monday morning (25th). OK, I kept telling myself "you're much healthier than you were on your first one, your tissue has changed and they just want to verify something". Well, to be honest with you, pictures of the mythic Amazons who cut their right breast off in order to be able to hunt more efficiently kept racing through my head, prosthetics, the jingle or saying from the shop here in town that is especially for gals who've had mastectomies kept showing up. OH yeah, I went to ALL the scary places.

Yesterday, I showed up early for my appointment, they did another mammo on the right and mashed me so hard that it hurt a little the next day - that's OK, I appreciate them wanting to make sure everything is good. The tech showed me the little tiny spot they were concerned about - then told me not to get dressed because if it still showed up even with the different positions of mammo, I already had an ultrasound appointment scheduled 'just in case'.

OK, at that point, I am numb. Not even afraid anymore.

Sure enough, we have to do the ultrasound. The tech for the ultrasound gets a few shots and then says (and I KNOW I heard a tremble in her voice) "I have to get the radiologist", hands me a towel and out she goes. I'm making plans for seeking alternative therapies and plans for other things.

The Dr. comes in, she gets the ultrasound paddle and takes another look. By this time, I'm a blithering idiot and opened my mouth just enough to ensure that everyone else in the room knew it, too.

Turns out, my tissue is evidently more dense than it was the last time (because I'm HEALTHIER, dang it!) and what they saw was a duct. It's ALL CLEAR and I don't have to go back for a year. Woohoo!
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He who gains a victory over other men is strong, but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful. -- Lao Tzu


Well, it never hurts to experiment, but you gotta know when to quit doing something that isn't working.

Calorie cycling is probably THE thing for so many people and I'm glad that it works for them.

But it isn't the thing for me. Didn't have trouble cycling the calorie amounts.

However, my concerns about my metabolism deficiency were valid as I didn't lose much at all during this test.

That's OK, I will just go back to what works and apparently that is to keep my intake fairly steady and aim to workout for 120 minutes per day - that's what worked before.

Lesson from this - don't get greedy! I will be grateful for my one pound per week again.

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Whether you think you can or whether you think you
can't, you're right -- Henry Ford

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You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. -- Beverly Sills

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Some people are carbon copies. Others make their own impression.

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Only been losing about 1lb per week so far and have worked SO HARD to get that one pound! Now, I KNOW that I began with next to zero muscle, so I console myself with "Well, you are stronger, maybe the loss is slow because you're building muscles!" and I believe that to be true.

But at one pound per week, this is gonna take a LONG time! Impatient, yes. Self destructive, no.

OK, so starting 5/24/08, I'm calorie cycling. Got the numbers from a website. My concern, however, is my metabolic rate. I really don't think that my metabolic rate is as fast with my Hashimoto's as someone in my same physical state/weight and age (43!) with no Hashi. So, I'm mulling these numbers over. But for now, I think I can live with them. Let's see what happens in a couple of weeks. :)

Not using MTWThFSS , but rather day 1, day 2, etc cuz my life is not a five day week followed by two days off. My husband works weird shifts & odd days and I schedule my workouts around him - it's weird....

So this is my understanding thus far:

I used an online calculator. I put in my GOAL weight for calculating my intake, not my current weight.

Day 1 (low activity day). . . . . . . .1360 calories
Day 2 (low activity) . . . . . . . . . . .1360
Day 3 (hi activity). . . . . . . . . . . . .1497
Day 4 (low activity) . . . . . . . . . . .1360
Day 5 (hi activity). . . . . . . . . . . . .1632
Day 6 (hi activity). . . . . . . . . . . . .1768
Day 7 (low activity) . . . . . . . . . . .1360

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The applause of many cannot compare to the friendship of one. -- unknown

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Hashimoto's patient, undiagnosed for too long. During my downward spiral, I became severely anemic, lost all my muscle, and almost died. Every year for 10 years I gained weight 3lbs here, 5 lbs there. It adds up.

Euthyroid as of this January, anemia & ferritin are under control now, too - workouts actually WORK again! :)

One of my greatest fears, that the Hashimoto's had gone untreated so long that it would lead to other autoimmune disorders, seems to be unwarranted at this point. Lucky!

I take synthroid with cytomel and a BUCKET load :) of supplements every day. The cytomel and supplements (especially coQ10, vits a & b2 for helping the body convert the T4s in Synthroid) have CHANGED my life!

What a thrill that the scale is actually going DOWN now instead of UP even if it is so ssslllooowww! woohoo! :)

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When you can't solve the problem, manage it.
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I quote others only the better to express myself.
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Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another. -- Kenny Ausubel

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BUFFEDSTUFF 11/3/2008 11:49PM

  stand strong and take care of you emoticon You are going to do just fine.

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JENNY448 10/1/2008 4:21PM

    I am so happy that your tests results came back good.
I can relate to your TO DO list! That list is never ending at my house. We are working on finishing our basement and what a mess that makes.
P90x huh? I did that back in the spring, and am thinking about doing that program this winter again as well! You are doing great, and your goals are definitely achievable!

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