Thanks for the link! I'm not so much concerned whether aspartame is toxic as whether it impacts blood glucose levels. My family has a strong history of diabetes, so that's what concerns me right now. And diet sodas like Diet Coke (which I used to drink a LOT of) have a lot more chemicals than just aspartame. Any drink which can sit opened and unrefrigerated and not go bad for days on end is not a drink I want to consume! Well, except for gin . . . .
I joined the Lights Out at Night challenge.
I successfully completed the Cut the Caffeine challenge.
I've read arguments on both sides of this question. Some say that Stevia, the splenda brand monk fruit sweetener (both of which have erythritol, which is technically natural) don't impact insulin levels like aspartame or saccharine. But will these natural sweeteners cause the same sugar craving problems as other "diet" sweeteners? I've stopped drinking diet sodas, because they are so chemical, but I'd like the option to have lemon water with a packet of something sweet for watered down lemonade. Any suggestions? Thanks!
It's hard to give up diet drinks! I've been swapping most of my sweetened diet soda put for seltzer, and it's working well. I find I have to add ice to seltzer or lemon water to really enjoy it, even though I drank diet coke at any temperature! I had a glass of diet coke last night with dinner, and it didn't really appeal to me any more. It tasted kind of tinny. And even when I was little I used to sneak sips from my mom's diet drinks because I liked the taste! So stick with it for two weeks, then try a sweetened soda again. You may find you just don't like it any more!
I joined the Cut the Caffeine challenge.
I should do more research before I shop! And yes, music has amazing powers to make me feel better. Have you heard the soundtrack to TRON: Legacy? It makes a trip to the grocery store feel more epic than fighting ninjas in space.
Thanks for the YMCA tip, I hadn't thought of looking there! I just joined weight watchers with my Mom, it is really nice to have a family member I can confide in! Ive always been the confidant in my group of friends, the low stress one who listens to everyone else's problem. I guess it's time to be the one talking, for once!
Thanks! I'm a costume designer, so I'm pretty good at sewing, maybe I'll make myself some clothes! Hadn't thought of that, it's a great idea though. I'm not easily embarrassed, but I still feel out of my element at gyms and sporting goods stores. I know that will change, though. I guess if I pretend I'm shopping for a show I'll be more confident, I've been very odd places looking for costumes!
I quite like the way they chat with each other! I'm still on the easy workouts, I haven't been exercising long, but I find it nice to see the trainers are sweating and working hard. Even if it's fake, I find it heartening that even extremely fit people are working hard doing things I find extremely hard. It also takes my mind off what I'm doing, where a trainer telling me via the camera all sorts of things would just make me focus on the fact that I was hurting.
I have the same health problems as you. It's hard! I'm at 280lbs right now, just starting exercise and keeping better tabs on my diet. It took me three tries to find the right endocrinologist for me, so if you're newly diagnosed don't give up hope! You may be at the wrong doctor. I saw in one of your comments the doc has been confusing- that's a huge problem with hormone imbalances! I know you're on synthroid, are you on metformin (glucophage) as well? That's made a marked improvement in my PCOS symptoms. A good endo should make your health problems crystal clear. She should go over all your lab results with you, and show you the numbers. She should draw a diagram of your thyroid gland if need be! Have you had thyroid ultrasounds done? That's something your doc should do if concerned that your numbers are unclear. Also, if you're getting treatment through a gp, find an endocronologist. Gp's just don't cut it when it comes to these types of issues.
I know how hard it is to be big, and how hard it is to have your body working against you! But taking weight off slowly is the healthiest option, especially with PCOS and hypothyroidism. Our hormones are wacky enough without us doing crazy things to our bodies!
Good luck, and wish me good luck, too!
I successfully completed the Meet Your Daily Protein Goal challenge.
I'm just starting my quest to get in good shape and lose weight. I'm 5'10", and 278lbs. I'm obese, in other words. I have an underactive thyroid and PCOS, both of which were diagnosed recently and both of which contribute to the fact that I've found it pretty impossible to lose weight in the past.
I would think that big people would get more support when we try to get fit, but the opposite seems to be the case. I feel awkward shopping for clothes to wear working out (sporting goods stores don't carry my size, that's for sure!) or shopping for equipment. I tried out a couple gyms in my area, and was amazed and embarrassed at the dirty looks I got. I have good gym etiquette, but all the pretty people didn't want to look at me, I guess.
It's hard enough being fat in this culture without feeling I'm running the gauntlet every time I want to run on a treadmill. I'm just curious if other big people have the same problem. It would be nice to know I'm not the only sporting goods pariah.
I am just starting trying to lose weight and get healthy. I've tried a couple times in the past, but didn't stick with it. I'm a writer, I keep a journal in my daily life, and I'm finding the journal invaluable in keeping motivated. I write down how good I feel after I do a workout, which one it is, and anything else interesting about it. When a friend mentioned it looked like I'd lost weight, that went in the journal! I am very overweight (being completely honest with you) and I may see little results like fitting an old pair of jeans sooner than someone who just needs to tone up. But the principle is the same. You don't need a full on diary, just jot down a note on how good you feel when those endorphins are kicking in!
When you're starting to think "Hmm, I really don't want to get sweaty and gross today" or "I don't have time to work out!" read some of those notes. And if you do slip? Don't beat yourself up! Just start again when you can.
I joined the Meet Your Daily Protein Goal challenge.