Yes, I have totally neglected this website and neglected to post any updates. It is a good thing that I am not published writer under contract. I would be released of my duties. It is more fun to write when it is all about successes. I am currently dealing with several obstacles in regards to my fitness. Physically, a lot is the same since my last post. I am still experiencing pain in my shoulder and cannot lift weights until this is corrected. An MRI is in the near future. For insurance reasons I have put it off till this new year. I am also still in the throes of menopause, oh joy. I will spare you the details of rehashing the struggles of hot flashes and gradual weight gain.
Speaking of weight gain, let’s add the extra obstacle of being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Basically my thyroid, which regulates metabolism, is dysfunctional. One of the causes of hypothyroidism is years of chronic “dieting”. Though there are other causes, I am convinced that “dieting” is what has damaged my thyroid. Which, if you have read my post I had done a lot of “dieting” through the years. I was especially guilty of extreme dieting those early years of competitive gymnastics and dance. There is a huge difference between “dieting” and developing a healthy lifestyle. I have had an unhealthy relationship with food for years. Honestly, I confess that it is still a struggle to not fall back into familiar bad habits of restricting calories. So, I am putting this out as warning. Dieting has done more damage to my mental and physical health than anything else. It has been a challenge to make sure my body is getting all the healthy fuel it needs. For me it has been more of a struggle to keep fueled than it was to restrict. This has become even more of a struggle since my body decided to be fat happy. But I win, because that is what we do on Team Always Wyns.
The plan: Giving up is not an option
With my physician’s care we are continually monitoring my blood work and hormone levels. I am currently taking Synthroid to address the hypothyroidism. The dose is still being tweaked with lab results. So far, I am not noticing a big difference other than some increased energy, but this is still fairly new and being adjusted.
My nutritional goals stay the same. I continue to eat primal/paleo plates but since I am introducing more cardio, I have adjusted to more carbohydrates than previously. I still limit processed carbs and sugars. The majority of my fuel is real and basic. I try to avoid empty calories and make sure the food I am eating has nutritional substance. I have also set a rule to never eat less than my calculated BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
My fitness and exercise goals had to be changed. The point for me is to always have goals, keep challenged, and move forward. With the shoulder injury it is too painful to lift weights. I tried to modify the lifting and workouts, but so many movements in crossfit involve the shoulder. Missing my crossfit workout and crossfit family is an understatement, but I have to listen to my body and take a break. Plus, it was too discouraging to know I have the ability to do pull ups, handstand pushups, snatch, clean, jerk…but my body will not let me. I am a product of over achieving, so if I can’t do it better or stronger than last time, it sucks. No, it was literally depressing and I was in tears after many workouts. Not because of the shoulder pain, though it was significant. It was the fact that I had to work with an empty bar and couldn’t play hard like the other kids. Yeah, I got issues. It’s just how I’m wired. So for now, I have set some new goals. I am chasing breaking 30 minutes on 5k again. I have only run a 5k in under 30 one time, with my PR @ 29:18. My son Ben who is a running specialist for the Jacksonville Running Company has written some awesome race plans. He personally customized a plan for my 5k races and also for my upcoming 8k race at the Music Marathon weekend in Melbourne. I am very excited and looking forward to this weekend! It will be Tori and Daniel’s first half marathon, and Ben will be running the full marathon hopefully with a qualifying time for Boston.
In other news, life is to be lived well and full. Every Thanksgiving it is a family tradition for us to run the Turkey Trot 5k together. This year I not only got to have all my kids home for Thanksgiving day they were all able to stay for the whole weekend! Always, when everyone is home, we have all our adopted kids join in, friends that they all grew up with. I love when my house is crazy and alive with all of them there. We had bocce ball tournaments, movies and had a blast creating our Christmas card photo.
Family Christmas Card
After the holidays Michael and I had an adventure of camping on the beach. In spite of the cold weather and rain we made the most of our time had some great laughs. Being away together is always welcome and never dull. We survived the rain and the cold weather, but when a wind storm came in and threatened to blow our tent out to sea, we had to pack up and head home. There, we hid in our jammies the rest of the weekend.
Sun rising on a New Year