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Friday, 19 November 2010

Remember me?

OMG what a slacker I am!! I did not notice it had been so long since my last blog! I need to at least do one once a fortnight. I will I will I will ( try to remember)

So how am I?

I am doing ok now. The thyroid seems to be settling at last! Seemed to take forever. Only thing I can complain about is still tired and sweat at the slightest thing ( though working in the kitchen and doing Zumba) hmm I only sweat then lolol, maybe thats the connection :)  At least all the other symptoms seem to be settled. Got so bad after I went up in dosage,  I was almost off back thinking it was fake pills!! Need to remember to make appointments for next month for bloods. 

Sundays woodland walks
The exercise??

Still love it! love love love Zumba. Its a mental workout but its fun at the same time which for me is perfect. I love it so much I will even go alone when Sharon can't make it. Sadly though our instructor is stopping the Thursday night and we are getting a new one. Don't know how that will be as I liked the one we have! Still will have her on a Tuesday though. Went to try Body Combat as its on before Zumba on a Thursday. It would be better in a way just for the time. By the time we Finnish and I get home and showered and coffee its 10!. Went on the Sunday night to try it. Its good. its a workout. nice instructor.quieter class........... we shall see. I am hoping the new instructor will be fine :)

Been pretty good too at walking the school run with the dog and walking on the Sunday too! I plan to keep that up as much as I can.

Is it working???

 I can tell you that I see results, I can feel the results. But ( never happy) the weight is coming off the WRONG places! lol, I seem to be losing it all mainly from my lower half and thats not the big bit!!!!!!
BUT never the less! its ace! I was almost into a size 18 on the bottom, I am now in a 14 and the waist is loose! its Gooooooooooooood. On the top I am still wearing the same size but I am sure it will come down soon. But I am however loosing Inches!!! I took my measurements at the end of August before I started Zumba and walking. I have not altered my diet, just added exercise.

The plan????

To keep going the way I am going, Keep at it. Maybe after Christmas I will add a diet to it but until then I will just keep going with what I am doing :)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Tattie Holidays begin!

Its been 2 weeks or more since I last sat and wrote. Not had a spare minute but got myself a cup of coffee and some time so thought I would do an update. Normally I like to find time on a Tuesday or Thursday as I do not start till 12 but last week I was in early but YAY! On holiday for 2 weeks now. This must be the biggest plus point of working in the schools when you have young kids, you get all the holidays and don't have to worry about baby sitters.
Happy birthday to me yesterday!! One more year as a 30 something!!!! One year to get in shape!

So how do I feel its going??

I think its going good. Exercise has became part of my life without taking over ( Because I do have an addictive personality where normally I can't moderate. It's all or nothing.) I am enjoying it without the fear of stopping or it taking over my whole day lol. So I must have added just the right amount. 2 x  Zumba classes a week, walking the school run in the mornings and a nice woodland walk on a Sunday.

So how do I feel??

This thyroid is a killer. I just wish it would settle. I can handle the weight gain, bloating, all the other stuff but the achy joints is a nightmare. I am hoping that taking it easy this 2 weeks will help it to settle. Most I have talked to said its a slow process to get it settled, but once it is you feel fine again. I SO look forward to that.

The Operation??

Oh dear me, what a saga this operation is. I saw the guy 2 years ago in December. Since then its been cancelled 6-8 times, not all NHS I must add, I have had to cancel it but to one of the kids being ill then the house being flooded, but there has also been volcanoes involved!!! I just WANT it done, I want to be able to breath through my nose, not have sinus headaches all the time, just generally feel better!!!! It was scheduled for yesterday, my birthday 11th October at 8am. It was PERFECT, I have just started 2 weeks holidays so no need to school runs, No need to take time off work,  Mike had taken the monday off, and my Mum had taken the 2nd week off. So I woke up feeling a little choked up, which is nothing new with this funky nose lol, but I said to Mike on the way to the hospital that I did not think they would do it. So went in, got admitted, got the ultra sexy no back gown on, then it started going wrong. The Nurse had taken my temp and Blood pressure etc but when they Anaesthetist say it he wanted it taken again, said 37.5 was high, when it was taken again it was 37.7. so it was his call and he said no. Still feel a little bunged up today but nothing more than that. On the Plus side it was nice to meet him and the Consultant that is doing it, so hopefully will get in soon.  Sadly though will mean time off work, 2 weeks. 

The Plan??

Is to keep doing what I am doing, keep the exercise up, watch what I am eating, and enjoy the next 2 weeks on holiday. I adore Autumn and Winter so walking will be easy, nothing better than crunching through leaves  or frosted grass.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Odd week

Its been 9 days since my last log in and I have a few things to write about.

Exercise! I am failing!!!!! I WILL fix it, I WILL walk to school again! I will I will I will!!! Never walked one day last week. Excuse after excuse I used, was running late, it was wet, it was raining etc etc! No good! and so far this week its been the same. Not good enough Karen!!!! Though I did both Zumba classes last week.. Thursdays I did not enjoy so much as I had a meal out with the ladies from work before it. We went to Brewster's and I really enjoyed it. Had smothered chicken......yummy. But heading straight to a Zumba class was no fun, I felt sluggish and doing all that bouncing with a full tummy kinda killed it, so I won't be doing that again in a hurry.
The weekend once again saw me do nothing apart from housework and ironing. I aim this week to do most on Friday Night then see if I can get out for even a walk on Sunday. I need to pull my finger out

Monday saw me ill!" in fact so ill I could not work!!!!!!!!!!! not like me at all. Could only stay away from the bathroom for 5 minutes max from the wee small hours until 9am ish, Went for a sleep and woke up feeling as if I had been though a mangle, then a washing machine on high spin while being hungover! it was terrible.

Tuesday I went to the Dr for my blood test results. Seems its still showing as under active so he has doubled the dose and I am not back there till December.Hope to see a further difference now as time goes on.

Also with no walking so far this week I did not go to Zumba on Tuesday morning. Having been off work on Monday I did not want to jiggle and wiggle my belly all over after having spent Monday on the toilet! So will do it double on Thursday.

Checked my weight this morning and lost another 2lb it says but I am not sure it will stay off, the lack of exersice this week I think will put some back on next week. But here is hoping :)

Monday, 13 September 2010


Bit of a boost this morning, Lost 2lb last week!! YAY! go me! So now instead of 4 stone to lose I have 3stone 12!. But having this thyroid problem it may go back on!

Did not bad last week. Missed out 2 days of walking to school. Well one as I wont be able to walk on a Tuesday as I head from School to Zumba. So missed out one day and did little at the weekend again! apart from ironing lol.

Loved doing the 2 classes of Zumba last week though Thursday was a nightmare. I have never sweated like that I cant remember when. I looked as though I had just stepped out the shower! The sweat was dripping off my head, my hair was soaking wet, when I sat in the car to drive home I realised that my back was soaking too! Lucky no smell lol, just sweat! I looked it up and its connected to my Thyroid. So not much I can do about that apart from take a towel next time.

About the Thyroid I am even more chuffed to have lost 2lb having to suffer this underactive thyroid too. I am in this week on Tuesday for the next lot of blood tests to see if its settled at all. I am not sure how I am meant to feel if its regulated, do I still feel symptoms? Cause I do but not as much as I did, so I am not sure if that means its as fixed as it is going to get or if I can get less symptoms. I am sure time will tell. I get the bloods this week and see the Dr next week.

My plan for this week is..........Zumba Tuesday and Thursday again, and walk the school run Wed, Thur and Friday. 

Weight 14 stone 2lb

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

The exercise began!!!!

Its been along time since I felt fit. Not just fit but well and fit. During August I was diagnosed with an Underactive Thyroid. This explained loads to me. 

  • feeling tired and sleeping a lot
  • feeling the cold easily
  • dry and/or pale skin
  • coarse, thinning hair and brittle nails
  • sore muscles, slow movements and weakness
  • a hoarse or croaky voice
  • problems with memory and concentration
  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual periods

 The aching pains in all  my joints and bones where explained!!!! It was an ace feeling to know that I was not going mad and it could be fixed with pills. Its not great yet but getting there. Once I am up and on the go its easier but getting up and on the go is hard going. So I knew that exercise would have to be slow and steady...........boy was I wrong!!!! Straight into Zumba!

Staring 2 weeks ago it all began! ZUMBA! Started going on a Thursday night with Sharon ( who's blog inspirered me to do this and who is also 40 the same week as me) . First night I fell in love with it! The latin beat music, the sexy moves, the speed of it...........for me it is perfect! Its exercise but its FUN.

Also since the schools went back I have made Kelly walk to the Academy which leaves me free to walk Marcus and Frodo ( the dog) to school. Works out about 1.5 miles a day(guessing). I am sure though that I will buckle and give them a lift in the rainy days. I would walk to my own work or cycle even but I would be pushing the time for getting Marcus if I was late out any day. So that can wait till he is a little bigger.

Another plus is my new hours at work. Working at 10 on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday gives me less time to sit at the PC and nibble. Instead I am up working and having a nice balanced lunch.

This week is my 1st week of TWO Zumba classes and new hours combo! Lets hope I get on ok!

Weight still 14 stone 4 lbs!!!

Blogging my way out of my 30's

Thought this might be a nice way to start having seen a few of my friends do this. They have their own reasons for bloging and I have mine too. I am hoping I will keep it updated .........only time will tell.  

Where to begin???

The last 9 months have been life altering in some small and large ways. The biggest was giving up 40 a day cigs. That took time and effort on a different level to anything I have ever done before. Having done that I want to use that same determination to get myself back into shape. Kicking the fags proved to me I CAN do whatever I set my mind to.

Reasons for it??

For too many years I have sat at the PC smoking and playing a damn addictive game called World of Warcraft. It took over my life for way too long. I did however make some awesome online friends and met a few in person but sat on the PC forgetting about the ace mates I have right here :) I would rather of played WOW than went out for coffee.........that now has changed! I am never in and took the step and cancelled my account.

Why now??

The years of neglecting excersise and smoking have finally caught up to me and now when I look in the mirror I do not see the real me. I see some big girl looking at me. I want to see ME again. Never will I be the super fit athlete I once was but I am going to try damn hard to get as close to that as I can.
Suppose its time now, I am fast approaching the end of my 30's and have set myself the goal of hitting my 40's looking good. I have beaten fags, now to beat the fat! which gives me 13 lose 4 stone..........

How to do it??

Step 1. Get the Thyroid Medication sorted, once that is regulated hopefully should be easier ( Underactive Thyroid)

Step 2. Get the Septum straightened. Getting done on my Birthday 11th October, this will make breathing easy again. I can seriously feel it when I exercise. It will make a huge difference.

Step 3. Watch what I am eating! I am terrible, I like HUGE portions. LOVE tatties and bread.... I need to cut this down. 3 meals a day, snack on fruit, honestly, just a simple sensible diet which I almost do have, just the portion sizes. If however I feel I am getting no where I shall head to a slimming club for a "kick start"

Step 4. EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!     My biggest downfall till 2 weeks ago. This I feel for me is my turning point. I need to simply do it!

Weight 14 stone 4 lbs!