Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #11

This past week, actually almost two weeks, has been pretty rough on me. I was getting pretty lethargic. It was so bad that I was taking naps almost everyday. It's unusual for me to take a nap more than once a week since adding the Cytomel last year.

A few days ago I was trying to read a new magazine I received in the mail, and right in the middle, I started dozing off. I was reading, I was sitting upright, but it was almost like being someone narcoleptic. I had ZERO energy which meant no working out. I couldn't understand. I figured it was just that one time a month or every couple of months that I get a little rundown, but this was ridiculous.

One morning I had to go to the bathroom. It kind of burned. It wasn't that intense, but as the day progressed, I was going to the bathroom every five minutes to empty my bladder with very little coming out, a whole lot of pain and increase in blood. I had a nasty UTI. It was kicking my butt: hard.

Luckily, when I called for an appointment so I could get some type of antibiotics, they directed me to the advice nurse and said that they would just start me on the antibiotics. I was glad for that, because if it's not necessary, then why do it.

What's weird is how my body reacted to having this infection. I was retaining water or something, because my body was swelling. Every time I swell, I can feel it in my hands and feet...almost like my skin was too tight for my body (if that makes sense).

I picked up my antibiotics within an hour of calling them, and also picked up AZO pain reliever that's made especially for that specific pain. I took it, and the pain was gone. The antibiotics help me to swell a bit, too. It's weird, because those types of medications never made me do that before thyroid. It also made me a little dizzy, but I figured I could handle that in light of the fact that it was going to help with the infection.

Ha Ha I guess I just repeated myself as I had posted something similar in the last post to this one. Oh, well.

It seems a lot of us are struggling this week, but I know we can come back and have losses to post next week! :)

Here are this week's results:

Chris - 2 GAIN
Tammy - 1 LOSS
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog - 0 CHANGE
Grace - no report yet
Leigh - 3.5 GAIN
Clara - 4 LOSS
Dette - 2 GAIN
Julie - 0.2 LOSS
Cheryl - 0 CHANGE
Audrey - 2 LOSS
Christy - 2 GAIN
Tina - no report yet
Danielle - 0 CHANGE
Jessie - 0 CHANGE

This week's total - 2.3 GAIN!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Taking a Break, Be Back Shortly....

I have been slacking a bit with my thyroid and health posts. I have some in the works, but I've been extremely busy. I will have a couple of posts coming soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

UTI's Are No Fun

All this last week I thought I was going through one of my thyroid phases where I just get run down for about a week. I had been feeling nauseated, was tired all the time, and then a sharp pain was in my stomach last night. This morning I feel a funny sensation when I urinate. Funny in a way that was uncomfortable.

The first time or two it was just terrible to go to the bathroom. Then I started needing to go about every five minutes. All of a sudden, there was blood in the urine. I called for an appointment, but they had me speak to the advice nurse. It really is quite convenient when you are basically just going to be put on antibiotics anyways. I was told it could take up to four hours to get my medication, and by that time, the pharmacy would be closed since it was already after 3 p.m. (pharmacy closed at 6 p.m.).

The nurse told me about some OTC drugs to help with the urinary tract infection symptoms (the pain, the urge, the pressure). They were Azo and Uristat. I HAD to get something. I couldn't keep going to the bathroom every five minutes.

I decided that I would go into town and at least get the pain med. I figured that I would call and maybe, by some miracle, it would be filled (it had only been an hour). Low and behold, it was! I also lucked out in finding Azo was sold there, too, which was great because I didn't want to make several stops. The Azo worked great with the exception of some pressure when I actually go. At least I'm not going every five minutes now. There is only one problem with Azo though. You have to make sure that when you're using the bathroom not to get any urine on clothes as it turns it orange and will stain.

It's bad enough that the thyroid slows me down some days, but when I get sick or infections of any kind, it takes me longer than a normal person to recover. I still have a lump in my right shin from my fall several months ago. At least it doesn't hurt anymore when you press it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #10

This week has been terrible for me. It's been ridiculously hot a couple of days, and I drank more soda than normal, too, which meant EXTREME swelling. I think the reason I was able to lose so much before was because I was drinking way more water and not going outside. It's very strange how I instantly swell up and feel sick if I'm in the heat for more than 30 minutes. I have never done that before until the thyroid issues kicked in. I also admit to being so physically drained from all this that I hadn't exercised a majority of the week! Exercise is a BIG must for me in my weight loss efforts. For anyone with a thyroid condition really.

Here are the results for this week:

Chris - 1 GAIN
Tammy - 0 CHANGE
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog - 1 GAIN
Grace - 0 CHANGE
Leigh - 0.5 GAIN
Clara - 1.5 LOSS
Dette - 0 CHANGE
Julie - 0.2 LOSS
Cheryl - 2 GAIN
Audrey - 1 GAIN
Christy - 1.2 LOSS
Tina - no report?
Danielle - 1 LOSS

Please help us welcome Jessie to the group with an inital report of 0 change!

This week's total - 1.6 GAIN!

I know a few of us gained, but I know how we determined we are, and we'll have it back off. I just need to kick my arse in high gear! LOL :) Favorite weight loss tips: LOTS of water! It really does help. If you can exercise at least 15-20 minutes a day to get your heart rate up is good, too. I do this 15 min. one mile walk dvd...Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone. You walk in place, but the way you do it gets you to that one mile mark faster.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Photo Weight Loss Journal-Picture 1

Time for another pic. I decided I would put up another photo each time I lost TEN pounds. Remember this photo from Yosemite? If you 'click to biggefy', you can see my stomach shape. Ewww. LOL

Here I am about ten pounds lighter. Why is it when women lose weight it always shows right around the waist first, but nowhere else? I lost about 2-3 inches in waist size, but only one in the hips, arms, and not-so-sure about the thighs. All I know is that since I've made more of an effort with exercise the last two weeks, and it's paying off a little. I also truly believe that starting the Cytomel helped me in the weight loss effort. With just the Levothroid alone, I wasn't able to lose and was needing three hour naps!

Crikey! I'm a bit lumpy. LOL

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #9

I thought I would be down a bit more this week, but it's been a week of PMSing and bloating! LOL I had surgery awhile back to stop my cycle, unfortunately, it doesn't stop the regular changes I get to my body during that time. I'm o.k. with it though. A .6 lb loss is better than nothing. :) Now I'm off to visit everyone else. :)

Here are the reports for this week.

Chris - no report
Tammy - 1 LOSS
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog - .6 LOSS
Grace - 1.4 LOSS
Leigh - 5.5 LOSS
Clara - 2 LOSS
Dette - 1 GAIN
Julie - 0 CHANGE
Cheryl - 4 LOSS
Cyn Blue - no report
Audrey - 0.6 LOSS
Christy - 7.2 LOSS
Tina - 0.5 GAIN

Please welcome Danielle to the group with her starting result of 0 Change!

This week's total - 20.2 LOSS!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Taking It Off Together Tuesday Week #8

I'm getting closer to to my first goal that I set for myself when we first started. If I had taken this more seriously, I should have reached the goal by now or even surpass it. Now it's time to get busy! LOL I am now two pounds away from reaching the first goal of 210.

Here are everyone's results for the week:

Chris - 3 GAIN
Tammy - 0 CHANGE
Life With Hashi-Thyroid Blog - 1 LOSS
Grace - 0.4 LOSS
Leigh - 2.5 GAIN
Clara - 0 CHANGE
Dette - 0.5 LOSS
Julie - 1 LOSS
Cheryl - 0 CHANGE
Cyn Blue -0 CHANGE
Audrey - 5.2 LOSS
Christy - 3 LOSS
Tina - no report