One of the things I have always done is give myself challenges. These challenges are stepping stones in proving to myself that even without a Thyroid I can accomplish great things. One challenge I have always wanted to do was complete a Triathlon . In October I did a Tri-relay with some friends. I stuck to the part of the relay I knew I could handle , the running part. After completing this relay , I was motivated to take a bigger step so I signed up for a indoor Triathlon.
I know for some this may seem silly , or that since it was indoors that it wasn't a real Triathlon . For me , it was real and it was an accomplishment. I swam , I rode a stationary bike and I jogged on the treadmill. I am not a good swimmer so that part was tough!!! I discovered I can back float pretty well :) I was pleased with myself that I completed it and didn't stop. I got tired but I pushed myself to continue on. I refuse to let this disease get the best of me. Of course , now I have it in my head that I would like to try a beginner outdoor Triathlon, but that is going to take some time and lots of training . Not sure I have the stamina for all that but, it may be worth trying.
I know this post is short , but I am hoping that it motivates you in some way ! It's a tough fight having thyroid issues. People don't realize how much of a challenge it is living without a thyroid or living with thyroid issues . They think it's not a big deal , and that we are being cry babies . Wrong, they are cry babies!! We are the survivors!
I consider thyroid disease a life long Triathlon. We have to constantly push ourselves, even sometimes to just get out of bed . It is a daily struggle. We have to constantly fight and rise to the challenges we have been given. One that note don't give up!! Rise to the occasion and complete your challenge , take your time and do it day by day . Take breaks when you need to and go full force when you can. It's not easy but it can be done. It's funny to me because everyone always asks how come I have so much energy. I don't , I take my rest days and when I am active I do my best to show others that if I can do this, then they can too.