Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Doctor Doctor Give me the news.

Today I am taking the day off from work to go to my endocrinologist.    Sadly, work has been so crazy and stressful that I would almost rather be at the doctor.     Anyway,  I am sure he will run blood work, and it makes me nervous.   I am praying and hoping that this time when I get my blood work results back which sould be in about a week after today, that my PTH levels come back normal.     I have been struggling with this for almost a year and I am so tired of stressing about this parathyroid thing.    He will also run blood work to check my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to see if I need a incrased dosage of my thyroid medication.    I hope that level comes back closer to normal also, although that doesn't stress me out as much because I know it would just be a matter of increasing my dosgae.  The PTH thing last year they were talking surgery, and cancer and it just weighs so heavy on my shoulders.  I am trying to be patient, but I am tired of waiting and being scared everytime I go to the doctor.  So I am going to go in there with a positive attidue and hope for the best that this time my levels will have droped down to normal.    

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Healthy Breaded Shrimp | Skinnytaste

Once again, another recipe I spotted from Ginna's recipes. This one looks really good as well. I just got back from the store and I wish I had seen this before, so I could have bought some shrimp!!!

I have included Ginna's©  picture of the shrimp and link from her website:

Healthy Breaded Shrimp Skinnytaste

I can't wait to make this!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Yipeee I lost!!!!

After having a rough week again at work, I wasn't sure if weighing myself today would be such a good idea, but I went ahead and did it anyway.     I am happy to report that since my last weigh in last weekend I was down 2 lbs!!! Now that is an accomplishment in my book!! Now if only I can keep myself from celebrating with food.  I have a bad habit sometimes of rewarding myself with food after I lose weight.    So, I am going to come up with a plan of action.  My plan today is to: 1) eat a healthy breakfast, 2) fit in some exercise this weekend, I decided not to go running this morning b/c I have to move some stuff out of one of my schools at work. 3)move stuff out of work, like I said I have been having a rough time at one of my work sites so I am going to be moving to another site, but I am on mission impossible to move out when no one is there. I hope it's open!!, 4) eat a healthy lunch, and dinner, 5) have some fun this weekend, but not food fun.. I do have a benefit to go to tomorrow so that may be my one splurge. Today I am supposed to go to Dave and Busters but I am going to see if I can look at menu in advance and figure out what to eat.   

My goal:   On monday when he weighs us at Bootcamp to show a loss from when the last time he weighed me!!!!! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spreading the Joy!!!

Well I haven't been able to get in as much exercise as I would have liked to this week, but I am so glad that my energy levels have been good enough to get me through my work days. Now that is something to be JOYFUL about.   Last year, by Thursday I was lucky if I was able to make it through the first hour of work!!! So yeah me!!!!!!!    Sadly this week a member of our church community passed away due to Leukemia.  She was such a joyous person and spread joy throughout many people.  She lived life to her fullest and even went on a cruise about 3 weeks ago.      Some friends of mine decided to tag our cars and write JOY on them, so yesterday I got tagged and you know it was so nice to take JOY to work!!!!   We had a prayer meeting yesterday and prayed for her family, so I was unable to attend bootcamp.   Yes, it is very sad that our friend, our sister passed away but seriously I can feel her Joy beaming down on us!!!!   I am going to go to bootcamp today and take JOY with me.    Strangely, today it also rained in San Antonio, Texas which is another thing to be Joyful about.  We have been under a major draught and were actually told today to raise our thermostats to 80, unfortunatly considering that it has been over 100 every day her for like 70+ days being inside with at 80 degree temperature didn't sound very appealing.  So Joyfully, we got rain and it made for a cooler day.     I was also Joyful that, with all the problems I have been having at work, the person that has been giving me a hard time kept to herself today.. now isn't that something to be Joyful about!!!       I hope that some of you out there were able to find something joyful about today!!!  If not, try to find something positive to think about,  maybe your hair looks good today, maybe you ate something really delicious, etc..  One thing is for sure, and something I hope to remember .. try to have a Joyful outlook!!    Was there anything today, this week, or this weekend that you have to be positive or joyful about??

Taking Joy to work!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ugh this week was crazy

Well I am happy to report that I survived my first week of work.  I did manage to also go to bootcamp twice, and Zumba once as planned.     Unfortunatly, I spent a good part of my work week trying to fight for an appropriate office space to conduct therapy, but I had little sucess.     It was a very crazy week at work, and unfortunatly the craziness isn't over.       Despite all the craziness I did have some positive things to be proud of: 1) I made it through the week ( be the end of the week I was exhausted but consider the high stress I was wonder I think I did well in terms of energy).  2) I fit in my exercise, 3) I did try and log in my food journal, it didn't go as smoothly as I wanted but this week I will be taking my lunch to work so that should make things easier.     Tomorrow it is back to the drawing board and I hope to make this week a better week.  I also hope to get a chance to download my pictures from colorado so I can blog about my adventures!!!!    Oh and I think I am going to start a new adventure !!!!!!!!  Yesterday I went to Academy Sporting goods store and I saw some golf clubs and to top it off I saw left handed Golf clubs.  I have been wanting to take Golf Lessons for a while so I think when it cools down a little bit I may try to take some lessons!!!!!!    Who knows maybe I will be great at it.     I also hope that this week I am able to sit down and figure out what 5k runs are coming up so I can do some running!!!  Well today is a going to be a busy day, I have to go grocery shopping, may need to do some clothes shopping (since it's tax free weekend), make a major decision about work, and hopefully attend a friend baby shower.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Testing my synthetic energy

I used the pictures of the green light bulb because it a green light bulb, or it uses alternate energy.  Well too use alternate energy, since I don't have a thyroid I use a hormone called Synthroid. Synthroid is a tiny pill I take everyday and this pill is my energy source amongst many other things.  
This week I have started back at work, so since I had the summer of fit was hard for me to say exactly how I was feeling in terms of my synthroid dosage.    So far I think I have been doing pretty good  in terms of my energy.  I mean, I know I have only been working two days, but for me every day counts!!    Unfortunately, yesterday I had a day that started off really well, and then ended very bad, due to some people being mean.    However, I decided that I would take my anger out on boot camp so off I went, this was another challenge for me because I wasn't sure exactly how my energy would be after being at work a full day and then going to go exercise, but I made it through!!!!    So today I am going to try again, I plan to go to boot camp again tonight and then because I think I have a late meeting tomorrow I will give myself a break from working out tomorrow.     I also want to try and squeeze Zumba in sometime this week so maybe on Thursday or Friday.  I think I am off to a good start in terms of my energy, but I still have another hurdle to jump the kids have not started yet so I am curious to see how my energy will be once I start pulling students for therapy.    I have a doctors appointment  coming up as well, so I guess the blood work well reveal where my levels are.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mixed Berry Whole Wheat Muffins | Ginas Skinny Recipes

Saw this recipe, I haven't tried it but it looks delicious!!!! I really want to try and these.

This recipe was taken from Ginas Skinny Recipes!     The link below should take you to the recipe ;)

Mixed Berry Whole Wheat Muffins Ginas Skinny Recipes

This morning for breakfast I had some really good yogurt and berry pancakes from a local resteraunt.  I am going to be on the look out for a recipe similiar to that.  I have been really bad this summer about eating out, however it's time for me to get in the kitchen again.    It has been so hot here in Texas that turning on an oven just doesn't seem appealing.  So I may look for some salad recipes to try out.   I am starting back at work tomorrow, so hopefully that will also get me back on track in terms of not eating out so much.     

Saturday, August 13, 2011

To humid to run, and weight loss adventure starting over :)

This morning I dragged myself out of bed and went running.   Ugh, it had been so long since I had been able to go out and run but I did it.  I didn't go very far because I have somehow manged to replace my water bottles on my hydration belt and with this Texas heat if you are not carrying water with you, you are asking for trouble.     I did 3 miles, I started off running but ended up walking, at first I was mad about having to walk and then I thought.. Okay it's been 3-4 weeks since I have really ran, and yesterday morning I went to boot camp, and this morning it was so humid it felt like a sauna.  After accepting that fact that I was going to walk, I gathered up my strength and said..hey at least I am out here doing something.  Cheers to me for coming out!!!

This morning I also did a little experiment on my scales, in the past I had been using my Wii to weight myself, well I wanted a real scale so this morning I weighed myself on the real scale and their is a two pound difference between the two scales.  Of course, I like the weight on the Wii so much better because according to the wii I am two lbs lighter then I am on the real scale.   However, after giving it some thought, I decided to start over with my weight loss and use the real scale.   One reason being that football season is coming up, and I frequently travel to Austin Tx to watch the longhorns play and sometimes turning on the wii is a hassle when I am trying to just jump on a scale and go. The second reason was because it real scale seemed closer to the scales at the doctor's office as well as the scale at boot camp.   So I zeroed out my weight loss and I am starting over.     Here is to a new weight loss adventure!!  So now I need to think of a new weight loss challenge!!! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

To infinity and beyond!!

I am back from Colorado, I had a wonderful time, but unfortunatly it's back to reality for me.    I start back at work on Monday,  I need to go back to bootcamp which I know will be absolute torture since I was gone for long, and I need to get really strick with my calorie counting again.    While I was in Colorado we went to a place called Seven Falls.   Well, it was there that I found my ultimate challenge/adventure.    I am a chicken when it comes to heights, but there staring at me right in the face was a set of 224 or 226 stairs to climb if you go all the way to the top.   Well, at first I wasn't going to climb up very high, then I thought to myself I can make it to at least the first level.   So with a little encouragement from my parents, off I went.   About halfway up, I wanted very badly to turn around, I even stopped and told some people that I was getting chicken and didn't want to go up further.  The girl turned around and said, oh I get chicken like that one the way down.   Then they passed me up and off they went,  I used that as a little motivation and thought if they can do this, I most certainly can too.  Sometimes, I question my abilities as to what I can and can't do, I have been doing it more so since having my thyroid removed.     It was then that I became determined to climb up that first flight of stairs, and prove to myself that even though I am lacking a very vital part of my body that I could defeat this monster of stairs. If I can manage to live without a thyroid, then I can manage some metal stairs!!    So once again off I went, and I got to that first level, I felt such a sense of accomplishment and wanted to scream from the top look at me everyone, I did it!!!    I am hoping that I can have this same sense of drive when trying to get back on track now that I am back, but I think if I can just remember the stairs and how I overcame that challenge, then I should be able to get back on track.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Counting calories and traveling isn't easy..

Well I have to say I have really enjoyed Colorado,and I have tried to count my calories but I am having a hard time sticking to it. One thing is for sure, I have been drinking a lot and I mean a lot of water!!! It has also been a little hard for me to exercise due to the higher elevation, but I did get to walk yesterday and today just by touring some of the sites. At first, I was hoping I could got back with a weight loss of at least mantain my weight but know I am not so sure. So, I have decided to keep doing my best and when I get back I will get back to a routine. Unfortunately, when I get back I will also be going back work, but I know once I can figure out a workout schedule things will be okay!!!! I refuse to let being on vacation keep me from my long term goals! I hope to upload some pictures soon of some of the sites I have seen! Right now I am blogging from my moms IPAD, so it's a little hard.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Walking DVD to the rescue while traveling!!!!!!!

I am traveling to Colorado to visit family, and as part of my things to bring I packed my portable DVD with my Leslie Sansone walking DVD's. I am so glad I did because I got in late last night to the hotel, and couldn't exercise. This morning I knew I didn't have enough time to walk on the treadmill, so I wanted something quick and easy. I pulled out my DVD player popped in the 1 mile walk and burnt off some calories before hitting the road again. I feel so much better knowing I did some sort of activity!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back on the saddle again!!

Last night my dad and I decided to take our bikes for a spin.  It has been so long since I have attempted to ride a bike, and the last time I tried I couldn't keep my balance and kept falling off.     I am happy to report that last night after listening to my dad instruct me on riding a bike, I successfully managed to stay on and make a couple trips around the parking lot!!!         I forgot how much fun riding a bike can be, I have taken some spinning classes at the gym and always enjoyed it, and always imagined myself participating in a cycling event,but of course I was not to sure exactly how I would stay on the bike.   Then, when I started training for marathons, my interest peaked again mainly because the area where  I run in is also very popular with cyclists.  Everytime my feet would hit the pavement and a cyclist would come by I would think ... Hmm that seems kind of fun. So here we go step 1 is in the works :re-learn how to ride a bike, Step 2: take my bike to a near by park and see how far I can go on a easy trail.  I know I have a long way to go but you got to start somewhere.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Road ID's: $1 off

For a while I have been wanting to purchase a Road ID.  In case you are wondering what a Road ID is, it is basically a way to identify yourself when you are out running, or cycling, or walking, going to the gym,or whatever in case of emergency (medical id).     I recently ordered one and was given a coupon code.   It has to be used within the next 30 day's and I think has a limit of being used 20 times.     I personally have been wanting one for safety reasons, sometimes I go walking or running in areas where there aren't many people around.  I usually carry my cell phone but I think I will feel much safer with some kind of portable ID, the way my information is readily available.    They also have a new system where if you pay I think $9.00 yearly; if there is an emergency and someone finds you they can call a specific number and find out health information on you.  The health information you share is inputted by you so you can make it as specific as you want.  If you don't want to pay the $9.00 a month for that program you don't have to it's just an option.  They come in different colors, sizes and styles 
Here is the coupon code:


In case anyone is interesed here is the link

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ha.. I survived bootcamp too!!!

 Today was a crazy workout in bootcamp. I survied it though, as a matter of fact I think I punched it in the face, that is of course if it had a face!!!   I completly forgot that he was going to change how we do our circuits.  In the past he would start us at 3 minute intervals, we would spend 3 minutes at each station, then do some kind of  in between workout and then get a break, then we would repeat the whole cycle but tapering down to 2 minutes, then one minute.  Well, this week he is having us start at one minute intervals and then work our way up to the 3 minute intervals.     I was hoping that maybe, just maybe it would be easier,nope I was wrong, it was harder.      As the workout continued,  I started fizziling out.  I wanted to just throw myself on the ground and say I can't take this anymore. Then, when I was about to jump up and yell...  "Hey, remember I don't have a thyroid, I need a break"  I noticed that I wasn't the only one fizziling out; everyone around me was huffing and puffing, and looking like they wanted to pass out.   It was then, that I realized: these people are struggling just like me, except I am stronger then these people because I don't have my energy source like they do, and just like that my non-exsistent thryoid kicked in and I pushed myself to make it through and I did!!!   So take that bootcamp in your face, I didn't let you get the best of me, I am a survivor!!!    

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