Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Training for The Grand Canyon


Byron and I both are attempting to shape up. That way when we hike the Grand Canyon the only extra 35 pounds we'll be carrying will be our backpacks. At the beginning of the year I had resolved to lose 5 lbs a month for a total of 30 before we go. That would put me at 125 and a state of elation. I have managed to lose a total of 7 lbs. Three less than what I should be now to achieve my goal. Hey at least I'm not gaining.

But Byron....Is looking great!! He has so much resolve when he wants to. Like a rock and you can't budge him. Temptation seems to be non-existent for Byron. He has lost 30 lbs!!!!! In six weeks mind you. He is hitting the weights as well. You know I'm smiling.

Anyway, I was reading in my April issue of Prevention Magazine about different diets that heal. I was diagnosed with Graves disease right before hurricane Katrina hit and received treatment in Maryland. With Graves disease your thyroid is hyper therefore you can eat garmunctuous amounts of calories and still lose weight. After treatment the thyroid is hypo until you level off your hormones using medication. So after treatment I gained 30 lbs. I managed to finally stop the weight gain, and I am now losing it. I had to learn to eat reasonable amounts of food again. Yes, an overactive thyroid may sound like a wonderful thing. It's not. My heart rate was 120 even when resting. My body was consuming my muscles and I could barely climb stairs. My hands shook constantly and my writing was wiggly and I couldn't draw anymore. I was warned that if it wasn't treated it would soon lead to stroke and dementia. I already felt demented so I figured I didn't need a stroke on top of it.

The Prevention article made a lot of sense. They suggested the Pritikin diet for diabetes, the Portfolio Diet for high cholesterol, and the DASH diet for high blood pressure.

Byron is simply consuming less calories, eating healthy foods, and exercising more. Hey that sounds so easy.... Why is it so hard??? Grrrr....

Prevention-Heal Yourself With Food

Pritikin Longevity Center
Portfolio Eating Plan
DASH Diet

2 comments:

Jessica said...

Hi Kristi,
Just wanted to tell you that I enjoy your blog and am inspired by how you work toward all your goals! Don't get discouraged!
God bless.

Kristi said...

Thank you Jessica!
Kristi