Friday, March 06, 2009

A drastic change

When it comes to my health I have never really cared about it. I am small, even underweight but I don't eat well or exercise. Some people think of me as lucky and I am for not having to work for it, but I know this won't last forever. Lately as some of you know I found out I have hyperthyroidism from being pregnant with the twins. I just got back from Edmonton where I saw a specialist about it to see what needs to be done. I took some more tests since it's been about 6 months since the last ones and found out my levels are back to normal! I am so happy! I did not want to be on pills for the rest of my life, I am too young for that. They say when it's caused after pregnancy it can go up then down then level off back to normal so I was hoping it would! But, while I was in Edmonton the specialist found a nodule on my thyroid and I didn't think anything of it. They want to get an ultrasound done on it to see what it is. I came home from the doctors on Wednesday and looked up nodules on the thyroid and what they mean. Some are nothing but need to be checked every 6-12 months to make sure they don't grow. Some need to be drained or removed. And some are cancerous. I was like what? Cancer? So I researched a little more to find out HOW common it is that they are cancerous before I start freaking out. I found out that only 5 in every 100 thyroid nodules are cancerous. I felt a lot better about that. It's still kind of a scary thought though. I am one of those people who doesn't worry unless I have to. For example (all which are in this past year), when I went into premature labour with the twins at 25 weeks and when Presley had menigitis at 10 weeks old, or my mom had some "scares" in her health recently, or even when it came to our finances. I never worried unless I needed too. Wow now that I said all that, i've been through a lot. Maybe that's what makes me so strong in the tough times. Anyways I called to get in for an ultrasound and the soonest they are booking is JULY! So they said if my doctor puts on the request that it's urgent I could get in sooner, so I am trying to get ahold of him to do that. Well back to my drastic change. My new years resolution was to become "physically fit" and take more time for myself. I guess having hyperthyroidism made me feel like crap so I want to change that so I feel better, even if I don't have it anymore. I want to get into some sort of classes, not school classes but just fun, maybe dance or something like that. I also want to workout everyday. Now that the babies are on a pretty good nap schedule, that gives me at least an hour twice a day free. So the morning ones I want to exercise. I just bought a huge program that i'm going to try and it's suppose to get you to lose 10 lbs in 10 days, not that I need to lose the weight but since i'm already at my size can you imagine what it'll do in just 10 days for me! I also want to challenge myself to the one thing I hate the most....running. I hate to run. But I want to learn to love it, and I think I would. It's probably so refreshing and I SO need that from being couped up in the house all winter! Well as soon as it warms up enough to go running outside I am going. I might have to invest in some runners! I will keep you updated with how I am doing. I also was doing a lot of reading on health and stuff and how they now look at your health acording to your BMI (body mass index) so here is a chart for you to see how you are doing. (click on it to see it bigger)

7 comments:

Elysa said...

Yay for you for wanting to be healthier--even thought you don't need to lose weight, it's always great to feel better, right?

Lynn said...

That is awesome. VERY COOL self observation post. I agree with Elysa.

I'll be cheering you on on the side lines. I have had struggles with weight my whole life. (I haven't been overweight, but I knew that if I didn't watch what I did, I would be....it runs in my family). I've always had to exercise (6 times a week for over 20 years and I still hate it!) and watch what I eat. I have the opposite problem than that of yours. I have a sluggish Thyroid. I gain weight very easily.

Anyway....good for you! Hang in there and remember....just take one minute or hour or day at a time. And don't watch the scale. It's not the number on there that counts. It's how tight your muscles feel and how good the clothes hang on you. Muscles weigh a WHOLE lot more than fat.. So the number the scale should actually go up. : D

The Anderson Family said...

Yay according to your chart there i'm healthy but... i too I'm looking to get into shape! I have a goal to lose about 15 by august! 10 yr high school reunion and i'm going to look good dang it!!

Sarah McDonald said...

AH IM HEALTHY According to my BMI haha

Tim and Ashlee said...

Running eh? Hmmmm, I used to LOVE running. But that was when I had more time to myself (pre husband and baby) haha

henline crew said...

Good for you!!! Is that program Turbo Jam??? I do that every morning and I love it and you get toned so fast. I saw results in the first week. It's a little harder while nursing but it's great. good for you for wanting to be healthy. You will feel better!!

Jessica Brooks said...

AGREED! turbo jam is absolutely fabulous! i'm so beyond addicted! it says i am underweight. sad. :(

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