So the time has come when I need to go see the endocrinologist about my thyroid. I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism for about a year now, and I have to go twice a year and get my thyroid levels checked.
Here is where the bummer comes in.
a. my thyroid levels were all crazy, still!
b. my blood pressure has been high for the past 3 times I have been in
c. I gained like 6 pounds since last time (boo!)
d. my fasting blood sugar from the blood work was a little high.
Thanks for sucking, health.
So the last time I was in there the doc suggested that I needed to watch my salt intake, quit eating so much fast food, and figure out a way to get some exercise a few times a week and then I would be cured from at least 3 of the 4 aforementioned things. Did I do those? No, not really.
I have really good excuses though, I mean, I am really busy and stressed and I just love dessert too much, I can't help it! She gives me the look like, yeah that's nice, do you want to live past 50 years old?
I need a lifestyle change, stat. I know things will be a world of easier once I am done with school in a few short weeks. I use those 3 days of the week as excuses to eat out for every single meal, then of course the rest of the week, I didn't have time to prepare anything, I was too busy learning all week. Then the weekend is here, and I want to go out and have fun, I don't want to cook dinner, I want to relax. It is a vicious cycle, isn't it?
It is going to be tough to get going right at the beginning of the holidays, but I don't go back to the doc until the end of March, so here are my goals:
1. Be 30 pounds lighter. I have 4.5ish months, which is a little over 6 pounds a month. This may seem like a feat, but I have a loooooong way to go before I am even in the neighborhood of a healthy weight, so it shouldn't be that challenging. Plus Aaron and I are fasting (essentially eating vegan) from now until Christmas Day (minus Thanksgiving, of course) and that always shaves a few pounds off me without even trying. Win!
2. Have a non-pre-diabetes fasting sugar level. Before, my sugar levels were in the 'you just barely have pre-diabetes' level and now they are 'you are def on your way to diabetes town'. I need to turn that around. I think I have been over doing the sweets for a good while, and my lack of exercise isn't helping either. Need to cut back on those, drink more water and I should be good to go.
3. Stress Less. I think I am naturally an anxiety filled person. I feel like I don't get stressed or fly off the handle ever, but I think it might be because I am at a constant level of higher than normal stress. If I start relaxing, I think of more things to worry about. I am going to focus on taking it easy and not being so high strung.
If I do these things, hopefully it will be enough to impress my doctor and not have to hear about how I need to be eating and exercising and such (like I don't know...)!
And isn't it swell that I have these resolutions at inopportune times, such as 2 days before Thanksgiving?