One of those days

where I actually feel addicted to exercise. Took a nice half-hour-or-so walk today in the 20 degree weather, then came home and did P90X: Arms and Shoulders, Ab Ripper X, then rested up, had some lunch, checked the basketball blogs, and went down for some cardio time on the elliptical to get to 10K steps. Got to 8K and decided to forego the machine for some freestyle dancing to the radio–better than yoga, I swear. I don’t know if it’s the Synthroid or what: my appetite for junk food has gone through the roof lately, but I’m not gaining (yet?). I think my metabolism’s sped up with the medication, because it’s not like I’ve been exercising that consistently, just about every other day or every two days. 

Next week I’ll try and take some “before” photos for my first full round of P90X which I’m determined to see through this time, even if it takes longer than ninety days. Probably won’t reveal them until the “after” shots though! If there’s any visible improvement, that is. 😀

Linsanity

So I had the worst, like top-ten-worthy, menstrual cramps and threw up like a mofo today (I remember thinking, “Kill me now” and “I’ll never be a mother”), followed by three hours of napping, and that was after I’d already slept for a good ten hours the night before–but the Knicks got their fifth straight win, so it’s all good! Basketball’s consumed us all for the past couple of days. My family are all huge fans from the Allen Houston and Latrell Sprewell era and when we went to finals with the Spurs but stopped paying attention after we sucked for a decade straight and then some… so it’s good to get back in the game and have something to cheer about! It feels great.

Plyo

Plyometrics will always be my favorite P90X workout. It’s as tough as you make it, which is not too tough for me right now. I modify all the moves that put pressure on the knee and go at my own (very slow) pace, and it’s great. You break out a sweat, but it doesn’t feel impossible like Insanity cardio. 

I’ve set reminders varying by the day of week on my phone telling me to do these workouts. Pretty sure I will miss more than a couple, but this way hopefully not too many.

Quick update

  • Had my chest echocardiogram today – don’t know specifics yet but the doctor said, “looks good,” which is good! They’re going to mail it to my PCP and then she’ll let me know what’s up.
  • I haven’t done P90X’s Ab Ripper X in a long time. So today after Chest and Back I got on the mat and decided to whip out some of the exercises I remembered from the routine while watching a Korean reality TV show… I was shaking within seconds. Legit vibrations. My stomach is just a giant tub of lard.
  • Number of steps today: 12424! The little man at the bottom of the pedometer is giving me a BANZAI \o/
  • Yesterday: 8005. Sunday: 8406. Saturday: forgot to wear. Friday: 9152. Thursday: 10838. Wednesday: 12880. A steady decline up until today.
  • I’ve been taking Synthroid for two days now and my body seems to be warming up a small bit. I don’t get as cold at work anymore, but I can’t tell if it’s a change in the temperature or the drug is actually taking effect. As for side effects, last night/this morning I experienced some minor chest discomfort, like my heart was beating a little too quickly. Maybe that’s how it’s keeping me warm…

In summary, 24 but I feel like I’m going on 40. Ack. I’m going to try this medication for a month and see how it goes. Maybe exercise, quitting alcohol, and adjusting my (weekend) sleep schedule will serve as a natural remedy.

First day

Tomorrow I will be starting on Synthroid, a medication for patients with hypothyroidism. It’s kind of scary. I’ve been looking up side effects online, and some people have experienced things like severe weight gain (contrary to what you’d believe!), memory loss, acne, etc.

So I’d heard of this condition before, and I vaguely remember googling it years ago and thinking, “Hey, this sounds very familiar,” but so does a ton of other medical conditions, you know? They’re practically horoscopes. The only reason I found out that I had a sluggish thyroid was that lately I’d been getting random chest pains, on the subway and at work, and I thought it was probably time to get my annual checkup. It’s not that I’m afraid of doctors or hospitals (I find them kind of soothing at times?!) but doctors have done so little for me in the past that I just don’t expect anything anymore. I’ve suspected not being “fine” for the longest, but all my problems have been just minor enough to escape unnoticed or something. So it came as kind of a surprise when Dr. Han called me into her office and went through my blood results one by one and told me I had a variety of issues, some of which could be treated and others she was going to ignore for the moment until they became more severe.

Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism include constantly being cold or having cold hands and feet, chronic fatigue, inability to lose weight, depression, brittle nails and hair, and dry skin–pretty much everything I’ve had for a while, some for basically ever. 

(Sorry, I haven’t written in a while, so this might feel disjointed!)

I went for my second acupuncture session this Friday after the doctor appointment and my acupuncturist told me that she believed she could help with more natural remedies as an alternative to taking medication. I wish I knew who to trust and what the best for my body really is. Agh, it’s so hard.

And when I found out, the first thing, no joke, that came to mind was, “So that’s why!” I mean, I always say I can’t lose weight, even when I was eating raw and really “healthy,” even when I worked out every day, because what results I did see were always slight, but at the end of the day it felt like I was just playing the blame game and looking for an easy way out. Like, not getting skinnier? Obviously I’m just too lazy/need to push harder. But maybe there’s something more than that. Maybe the fact that I can’t lose all this fat isn’t 100% correlated with some deeply ingrained character flaw. I don’t know! From reading all these posts from people with hypothyroidism who are on meds and still gaining, I had the strong sense that, man, this just isn’t easy for everyone. Some people have it harder than others, and that’s just how it is. Some people have to work twice as much for half the result, if that.

I wish there were some real answers.