New Years

Today is a day when many of us recap our year and think about aspirations and hopes for the coming year. For me 2010 was the year that I lost my thyroid. When I saw a doctors frequently and have attempted to learn to live with a chronic, incurable disease that will effect my life in many ways.

My favorite thing this time of year is all the top ten lists ranking anything from movies to music to new items. Here are two lists of my own.

What I learned:

1. I like to exercise. The movement whether it be a Leslie Sansone DVD or running, the movement makes me feel better. I think this is especially important for people who have metabolic disorders, getting their heart pumping can really help with the sluggish feeling.

2. Eating whole foods, made from scratch is worth the extra time and effort. I have always been a relatively healthy eater but the thyroid problems really kicked it into high gear. I lived the last five plus years of my life with an extremely high metabolism that changed my eating habits. I was hungry all of the time and I could eat tons of food, without gaining weight. The RAI which took my thyroid has changed all of that. I cannot eat large meals any longer and eating more than I should or missing workouts, shows on the scale rather quickly.

3. I have to be my own advocate. Pay attention to what tests the doctors are running and keep track of your blood work. I have good days and bad days but it helps to be mindful so I can tell the doctors if something is not working for me.

4. My work life is in a rut. I do not like my job and want to do something different. This past year dealing with health problems has made me want to enter health field. I would like to become a Registered Dietitian.  

What I want to accomplish in 2011: 

1. Learn how to sew. I bought a sewing machine recently and would like to eventually learn how to make my own clothes.

2. Run at least one race. I have been afraid to enter a race. I have the mileage to do a 5K but it is hard for me to try new things. I do not want to let fear hold me back from something I really want to do.

3. Garden. I started a garden in 2010 that did ok. Recently, I purchased new seeds and am ready to replant. I want to be able to grow some portion of the food we eat. At this point, with my husband in school full-time, and my low paying full-time job, this savings will be significant and this way we can eat organically grown produce.

4. Be kind. I rush around a lot and have a long commute that tires me out everyday. That is not an excuse to snap at people.

5. Run farther. Continue to increase my mileage slowly and safely to avoid injury while not doing more than my body can handle. I want running to continue to be something I enjoy and not a chore.

6. Have gratitude. The past few years have been so difficult economically on many people. I am grateful that even though my husband lost his job, we were able to keep our home because our family is generous and was able to help. 

7. Start to take the classes I need to get ready to go back to school after my husband is finished with law school.

Toe

I was finally able to run yesterday after almost a week off. My time off started with the 30 degree windy weather in the beginning last week. This girl who has lived in Central Florida for sis years cannot be outside for prolonged periods of time in that kind of weather. On Tuesday an ingrown toenail, that I have had for a while, started to throb and I knew I would have to do something about it. The podiatrist said I would need to stay off of it until at least Friday. Excuses aside, the run on Saturday was glorious. Three miles in beautiful 70 degree weather with blue sky’s. Perfection.

This run was my first “long” (three miles), slow run. After reading Jeff Galloway’s book, I have a much better idea of what that kind of run should be like. I kept it at about 13 mile per minute pace which felt nice but slow. The greatest thing about running with Nike Plus, is that I was able to keep checking myself to make sure I wasn’t speeding up to much.

So here is to being back on track and no more sidelining toe injuries.

Small Town Running

Myer Christmas parade 2007Image via WikipediaI love living in a small town. Much like Mr. Mellencamp. Today was the annual Christmas Parade in small town Central Florida. It had many floats, Santa Hats, and big rigs done up with lights. What does this have to do with running? Today I left my house early to go drop off some library books that were due today and run around the park next to the library. This is all about two miles from my house. The Christmas Parade is on the exact route and only direct way to drive to the library. So around I went, ten mile out of the way but I finally made it.

This run was amazing and I can only thank my small town for building a beautiful park around a lake with a wide, winding path. I was slow, averaged about a 12 minute mile, but I enjoyed every second.

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