The Graceful Skinny

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Woot! November 23, 2010



So I went in to the doctor yesterday for a routine thyroid check. For the most part it has gone pretty well.  I did get two pieces of bad news but overall, the appointment went great!


The Bad news:


It turns out my thyroid issues have been potentially masking yet another two issues. It would appear that I may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as well as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The first issue would be the true cause of the constipation and diarrhea issues. The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome could potentially be the cause for the period issues. For the moment since we have been dealing with the other stuff I made the call to sit back and find out a bit more about these syndromes and the recommended medications before I take action. If the period doesn’t show this month I think I will go ahead and schedule an appointment with the Gynecologist and talk over the possibility of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with him.  As far as the Irritable Bowel Syndrome issue goes, right now I think I will just bring it up at my next gastroenterologist appointment. If I am already seeing these other doctor’s anyway then I might as well confer with them over new suspected issues in their area of medicine.


On to the Good News!


It would appear that the meager 11 pounds that I have lost since my last visit with the general practitioner has made significant differences in my blood pressure.  My blood pressure has gone from okay to GREAT! The nurse was extremely pleased by what she saw.  I wish I had written down the numbers though. I only remember that it was 118 over something.


An extra bonus, my blood work came back this morning and my TSH levels {Thyroid Stimulating Hormone}[ Note for those that don’t know about the thyroid: This is the hormone that gets the thyroid going. If the TSH is too low then that means that your Thyroid levels are too high making you hyper. If your TSH is too high then your Thyroid isn’t making enough hormone and you are hypo. ] My levels came back right in the money zone! Much better than I ever thought possible.


Over all, I can’t complain. And while the prospect of adding two more medical issues to the ever growing list, at least that means that I am getting healthy and that I have been doing all of the right things to sort everything out. I’ll get there eventually. I know I will.  All I can do is rest easy knowing that I am doing everything right and remind myself that these things take time to sort out. I choose to spend my time worrying about the things that are in my direct control. Such as making sure I stay on track this week when I am at my not one, but two Thanksgiving dinners on the same day.


If there is anything that I have come away from all this mess with it would be this, don’t worry about what you can’t change.  Focus in on the things that you can control and God will take care of the rest in his own time.


Weekly Update: Whew! I made it! November 5, 2010

So for a week that started out with Halloween and a car that has been falling apart on me, I have to say that I am quite proud of myself.  I started the weekend off last week having to throw all of my wonderful plans out the window so that we could deal with my stupid car.  It’s not easy to follow my diet when there is no food in the house and you are stuck on car lots all day long.  It is days like this that knowing what restaurants are friendlier to your diet come in handy.

What really surprised me this week though was my reaction to sugar. At lunch on Saturday I took a quick sip of my husband’s coke.  I haven’t had any coke since I started my diet back in August. One small sip and I found myself actually gagging on the over sweetness of the drink! Even the Halloween candy is turning too sweet for me. Me, the eternal chocoholic, found candy too sweet for my tastes! To be honest, I don’t know whether to feel sad or proud at that. I guess I feel a bit of both.

So now you ask the big question. How did I do this week weight wise with all the added stress and extra candy lying around?  The answer, not too shabby in my opinion!

  • This Week: Down 1.3 pounds!
  • Total loss over all: 21.9 pounds!

So my wonderful friends, how did your post Halloween weeks go? Any casualties along the way?


Happy Halloween!!!! October 31, 2010

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Have a fun and safe Halloween! Make sure to give away more of the dangerous stuff then you actually eat!