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Hypothyroidism & Weightloss

A lot has happened for our family in the last month or two, regarding fitness.  We found out we were pregnant in late May. We were so happy, didn’t tell many people at all, just a few friends and family, but we did tell the kids and tried to get them psyched up for a new baby.

Then, I miscarried 😦 which I have done once before (right before our 2nd oldest back in 2014), so I should’ve known to have waited a little longer, but the signs seemed like it was a strong pregnancy, and we just got carried away with the excitement.

Then I got bloodwork back that indicated I have Subclinical Hypothyroidism (which is also known as, “mild thyroid failure,” here’s an article that goes into more depth).  Subclinical hypothyroidism actually causes more miscarriages than normal, because of the lack of sufficient thyroid hormone to sustain a growing pregnancy.  It was honestly devastating to find out that I was the cause of not being able to give our two miscarried babies the nutrients they needed.

We got pregnant again right away, however, and I have both my primary and ob doctors helping me through this, monitoring blood levels, etc.  At our first official 6 weeks ultrasound, the baby looked fine, and we could see it’s beautiful heart beating like a butterfly!  Realistically, we could still miscarry, I’m not being medically treated as of right now to prevent miscarriage (because my blood levels started improving due to I suppose the minor changes I started making).  I feel pretty horrible physically, much worse than any of the other pregnancies (which is interesting), but at least we know what’s going on and maybe what to do long-term.

This wasn’t a surprise really, I’ve known intuitively my thyroid was slower than an average person’s just from having many of the symptoms.  This past year I’ve tweaked my exercise and eating habits toward what women with hypothyroidism are counseled to do, and it helped with weight-loss dramatically.  My mom and her mother both had/have full-blown hypothyroidism, so there’s an underlying genetic component that’s hard to beat.  My mom actually has the autoimmune disorder type, called Hashimoto’s, where your antibodies attack your thyroid, and it’s been a hard journey for her in figuring out how to keep it in check.

I found some GREAT videos online from a San Antonio woman who has Hashimoto’s and runs a popular blog on fashion/lifestyle.  She’s done a lot of good research, and has figured out a way to successfully manage this disease. ❤

 

 

 

From an expert she interviewed (this is such a great video)!

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimately, I trust God allows things like this in one’s life, and I’m fully surrendering to whatever His plans are for this new baby.  If He takes it again, I’m going to accept that.  I don’t have all the answers obviously, but even in grieving I know He’s good, and that He allows suffering in this world as part of how we chose a fallen nature when Eve ate that apple.  Part of the free choice He gave us involved us choosing to let evil enter in, and by it touching everything that was supposed to be good, holy, and a blessing.

Here’s to faith.  And to a God who is both good and wonderful, yet all-powerful and overwhelming in His ways.

Cycling Your Training

I wrote a post a few years ago about how my husband and I tend to cycle workouts being “on” a few months, and then “off” a few months.  It works out pretty well for the most part, and it’s nice to have a more relaxed period where we aren’t exercising so hard (or at all really), and then feel geared up to go for a few months being hardcore and getting back into excellent shape. 😀

I feel like it brings balance and prevents burnout over the long haul, to cycle your “on” and “off” months.  You don’t get overwhelmed or burned out as much because you have an end in sight and another beginning beyond that to look forward to.  It’s kind of like interval training for runners.  You can go hard for a few months because you know you’re getting a nice “break” coming up, and then once you’re rested, you begin again full power.  And during your rest period, you enjoy a very in shape bod that doesn’t take so much to maintain.

The only problem I could see women having with this is not controlling their eating during their off months, which is understandbly hard – especially during the holidays.  As long as you’re not gaining large amounts of weight through eating excessively (some splurges are normal), then it’s really not such a big deal to get yourself back in shape in a fairly short time frame.  Anything over 10 pounds is probably too much to gain in your off months.  Losing muscle is also something that wouldn’t be fun, but having dumb bells and learning some body weight exercises to use off and on again should keep you from losing too much muscle.

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Here is what I’ve done in the past:

3 months on – Intense cardio and weights or mat workouts (Tracy Anderson)

3 months off – some light exercise every now and then, mostly eating healthy, some yoga, going for walks, playing outside with the kids (easy stuff that feels like relaxing exercises)

3 months on – By this time I’m fully ready for hard training again… it’s like my body craves it!  Heavy weight training upper & lower body, intense cardio either running or HIIT or stair master climbing (doing intervals of fast and slow).  Weight comes off fast but at the same time muscle takes it place.

3 months off – relaxing, maybe some yoga, enjoying feel fit from the months prior of getting in shape, if it’s Summer, we go swimming a lot which becomes our exercise, also a lot of walking at our water park, eating very clean (if it’s Summer lots of fruit and protein smoothies, salads, grilled chicken, etc.).

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And that’s a whole year of cycling your workouts!

In reality, we’ve recently been doing longer cycles.  More like 4-6 months on and then 4-6 months off.  Either way it’s how you personally want to set up your workouts.  There are some very few people who manage to workout hard every. single. day. but our schedules just change too much for that – either because of my husband’s work schedule, our son’s sports seasons, or me being pregnant or having just had a baby.  So now that we have more kids, it’s more realistic to schedule our cycles around what’s happening in our lives at the time or during that particular year.

Anyway, I encourage anyone reading this to try cycling your training in this way!  I swear it makes us feel so much more motivated and like it’s “doable” to know there’s an “end” in sight.  And then once well rested, starting up again feels good.  I’m sure it also lets your body heal and repair muscles and such to cycle it like this.

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Enjoy!

Stephanie

40 Years Old & 4 Children – What Your Body Could Look Like

Wendy

This is an awesome woman in my fitness group that allowed me to share her picture along with her encouragement to us.  She is 40, and yet looks better than probably most women in their 20’s!

I always hear the excuse that it has to be your genes or that you’re rich to be able to afford to get the body and fitness level you want, but in almost every case I’ve seen – the people succeeding in their goals are the people who admit they want change, and then actually DO it.

Here was her encouragement to us that I love having the privilege of sharing here:

No excuses:

When you wanna reach your goals as much as you wanna breathe! Early morning workouts are a good foundation for the day…especially when the payoff is lean muscle, mental clarity, stress reliever, feeling confident in your own skin, seeing 💪🏼‘s and just makes ya feel good! 😎

STOP MAKING EXCUSES!

STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF!!

Get up, move your body and make it happen! It doesn’t have to be weights…it could be 30 minutes of stretching, HIIT, body weight exercises, yoga, but do something each morning for 21 days (takes 21 days of consistently doing something to make it a lifestyle).

💡Keep a journal where you log your workouts and how you felt doing them! You’ll also find putting in early morning work will make you think twice 🤔before grabbing life taking foods!! 🌭🍕🍟🍰🍫🍩🍪

Side note: I’m a 40 year old mother of 4…it can be done!!! We got this ladies!!!

I don’t know about you, but this woman was incredibly motivating to me being pregnant with our third baby (and hoping to have at least one more)!

Don’t make excuses, go after what you want wholeheartedly and passionately.  And take care of your body, it’s the only one God’s given to you!

 

Stephanie