Thursday, January 21, 2010

A quick update

I'm still not running. I went for a walk today and my toes started to hurt, but not as bad as before. I am talking with my physical therapist about long-term recovery strategies -- what I need to do to stay healthy once this flare-up subsides and I'm back in action. I have been very cranky without intense exercise to keep me sane. I need to get in to some Spin classes on a regular basis, or swim, or do any of a number of things that would help me burn off some frustration without hurting my toes.

This is why I'm a strong believer in strength training. Every time I get hurt, I go to physical therapy and they have me do strength training. When I get lazy and stop doing it again... bam. I have been doing Pilates Reformer and some yoga and a little TRX but apparently it wasn't enough. I may try to adapt this routine posted on Tri Harder to the equipment I have available at home (or buy what I'd need). I can tell myself I'll go to the gym, but if I have a good home option, I might be more likely to stick with strength training. I have tons of strength training books but don't know how to put routines together for myself that will hit all the important areas.

The other issue I'm dealing with is getting the thyroid meds to the right dosage. I don't think I'm there yet. I keep reading books and websites about autoimmune thyroid problems and they make me worried but don't seem to help me figure out what I should be doing (other than getting my meds right). I have a checkup scheduled for March.

I don't miss Weight Watchers, so far. My membership expires at the end of the month. I have no regrets. I am doing a little better each week counting calories on "LoseIt" and am hoping to start seeing some results.

I wonder if I will have less issues with my feet/ankles/knees if I manage to lose 15-20 pounds. My guess is yes.

2 comments:

  1. Hi! Sorry about your toes. :( That must be so frustrating.

    A really good book with very specific weight lifting plans is "The New Rules of Lifting for Women"...I found one used on amazon for $4. It is great..and tells you/shows you just what to do and when to do it. You really would just need a barbell and some dumbells. So, if you don't have that one..you might check it out.

    My thyroid med was decreased for the first time ever a month or so ago....hooray--even tho my dose is still crazy-high. It seems to be working better with ample vitamin D and no gluten gumming up the works. Phew. I'd love to be off the meds totally one day...but that is unlikely since I have hashimotos, too....and my dose is still quite high. :(

    Do you have access to a naturopath physician? They tend to look beyond the thyroid and help all the supporting hormones and glands. Mine is working with me on my adrenals and also on helping my pituitary to function better (if it does, then it will help make more thyroid). Also...autoimmune thyroid frequently happens when you have other issues going on (inflammation from food intolerances, allergies, etc). Removing all gluten was a biggie for me...as my body was getting all riled up when I ate it...which then caused me to make more thyroid antibodies (the things that cause the autoimmune issue). My antibodies are lower now that I stopped gluten. There might be something like that going on with you, too..and naturopaths are good at figuring it out! Best of luck...and definitely keep us posted!

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  2. Who knows, maybe the feet issues will go away if you lose weight! I am sorry you are struggling with not being able to do cardio. I think it is great you are diving into strength training!

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