Aging WITH my body
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
So, I'm at the dr's office growling about having gained weight and it's GOT to be my thyroid levels are off. She looked me in the eye & said, have you done ANYTHING to help the weight stay off?
I walk 10,000 steps most days....
not enough. Your body is aging with or without you and changing and if you don't help it age, it's going to be a pain. Literally.
I was mad. It HAD to be the levels were off. I hadn't changed my eating habits or my exercise habits or ANYTHING. The only thing that changed was that I am a year older.... and I'm NOT 20-something anymore!
So in my fuming I started to think. I'm not 20-something, my body isn't 20-something we are getting OLD. Now, I've waited my whole life to be an adult. 28 was the age I always wanted to be. I achieved that and have now surpassed that. Now what?? Now I need to look forward and make more plans.
I have thyroid issues and blood pressure issues. Have had for years (thanks heredity). The world has changed. There's more CRAP in foods and the CRAP is easier to get your hands on. I live in an "always on the move" lifestyle so there has to be priorities. Food & exercise have never been high on the list. But now, I guess they need to be.
After doing some research (as I held on to the belief that it HAD to be my levels) I realized that some foods just don't play nice with thyroid issues. I'd LOVE to hook up with a nutritionist that knows about foods & thyroid but I haven't found that person yet, so I forge ahead on my own. And I didn't want HUGE sacrifices, so I chose a single battle to take on....refined sugar. I'm not counting carbs, I'm not doing the math, I'm just avoiding stuff that has sugar or corn-syrup or any of the other fancy names for sugar in the ingredients. It's NOT easy!!! I love me some chocolate and for the longest time I've had a crazy craving for frosting, but I'm trying.
I figure, if I can find my way around sugar, and make a habit of it, THEN I can take on the next step. Maybe gluten, maybe more fiber/protein, who knows. But I do know that it doesn't have to happen all at the same time & it doesn't have to be a form of torture. If I can't stand it any more and HAVE to have that cupcake, I'm not going to gain 10 pounds right then & there. I will probably be sad, but this too shall pass.....I'm only human!!!
So here I am, taking steps to age gracefully WITH my body. We have some learning to do, but we have some time. Got to have fun along the way, not just work & worry!!