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Scheduling Exercise Time

How on earth am I supposed to fit exercise into my life? I have no time and even less energy.

The first fact to consider is that our bodies need some kind of exercise. We are designed to move. When we exercise, our muscles flex and squeeze toxins out of our tissues, we drink more water which helps to hydrate the cells of our bodies, and chemicals which make us feel good and happy are released in our brains, making us feel just a little better about life. Exercise is not only good, it is critical to our recovery from hormone health issues.

Here are the first steps to incorporating exercise into your already busy life:

1.         Stop feeling guilty about not exercising. Just stop it right now.

2.         Talk to a friend who you know will be sympathetic and supportive. Just talking about your intention to exercise and saying it out loud will help you get started. Maybe your friend will even exercise with you.

3.         Look at your life realistically and decide how much time and energy you can commit at this moment. Not everyone’s life allows them to hit the gym five days a week for two hours. If your life does allow this, stop reading this article and grab your gym pass!

4.         Whatever you decide you can do, however small, just do something. Get off the elevator one or two flights before your floor at work. Park at the far side of the parking lot when you go to the mall.

5.         As you become more active you may want to schedule some dedicated exercise time. This scheduling can be very challenging in our hectic work-a-day world. The best way I have found is to take out my weekly planner where I track all of my appointments and commitments during the week. I plot my exercise times into my schedule.   Once written down, it feels like an appointment with myself. With this method, I do still miss some of my exercise times, but I do manage to keep most of my appointments with myself.

Once you start exercising more regularly, you may still have times where you just feel too exhausted or time-squeezed to get your exercise in. Here are two little tricks I play on myself to get through:

1.         I make a deal with myself that I will start my exercise, let’s say the treadmill.  I tell myself I will do it for 10 minutes and then permit myself to quit.  At the end of 10 minutes, I almost always feel more inspired and I continue on for the full time.

2.         If your heart really isn’t into your workout, just go through some of the motions and do a little bit. If you normally walk the dog all the way to the dog park, just go around the block instead. Doing these pared-down sessions may not raise your heart rate, but it will keep the momentum of your exercise plan going and you will feel so much better about yourself tomorrow.

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Heather’s Story

I’m Heather Gagne’ a mother of two grown children, a Gramma and Homemaker. I got married at nineteen and have been married now for thirty years! Almost twenty years ago I was diagnosed with a Disease called HYPOTHYROIDISIM.  I was thirty years old then.

Before being diagnosed I can remember getting up each day and wondering how I was going to make it through the day with two young children. One of our children was ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder).

My husband had his own Company and that required a lot of his time….so he was working long hours each day and gone! I was so tired and exhausted, gaining weight very quickly and depressed but didn’t know it at the time. I didn’t want to be around anyone and felt anger towards people if they even phoned.

All I wanted was to be left alone and everything was very overwhelming to me. It was my own Mother who is like a Sister to me and we are very close that noticed something was terribly wrong with me. Mum suggested going to the doctor and talking about what was happening. I had no idea what to say to the doctor and so I just explained how I was feeling at the time.

I really thought she was going to think I was NUTS or CRAZY! My regular Doctor was away and so I went to her replacement. Fortunately, Dr. Margo Link (I will never forget her name) actually sat and listened to me and told me she would do some test to find out what was wrong! When my regular doctor had returned from pregnancy leave she asked me why all these tests and so I explained to her how I felt and what was happening in my life.

She felt I was too young to have a Thyroid Condition and mentioned if the tests come back normal we could try Prozac!!! I wonder if she would have ever done those tests for me if she was the Doctor I had first gone to see. It was such a relief when the Doctor phone and said I was Hypothyroid.

I didn’t know what that was at the time but just grateful to know something was actually wrong! Now I had a name to go with how I felt. I was put on Synthroid which is a Synthetic Hormone that most Doctors put their patients on.

The medication helped somewhat but it’s never the same. Years later I was reading in our local Newspaper, information from a Naturopath. It was mentioned that if your Ferritin (iron storage) is low then your thyroid won’t function properly.

Your levels should be around 90 and I have my levels checked and I was at 4. It took me almost two years to bring up my levels. I actually emailed the Naturopath and he mentioned that I should be taking Desiccated Thyroid Hormone because it has t3 and t4 and it’s natural. ERFA is the company in Canada. I asked my Doctor to switch me to this thyroid hormone two years ago now.

I feel a lot better being on this compared to the Synthyroid. Being on the Desiccated Thyroid Hormone has helped me with Thyroid Disease symptoms that I still had such as brain fog and hard to concentrate, hair loss, weight gain, etc.  I still struggle with weight issues and it’s something that I continue working at.

I have educated myself over the years on this disease and have found that Alternative Medicine has really helped me. There is so much information now through books and the internet that a person can help heal themselves and feel better.

Take charge and control of your own Health and remember nobody knows you like yourself!

Recently I purchased over the Internet a DVD – Dr. David Brownstein’s OVERCOMING THYROID DISORDERS – 52 million Americans Suffering, 59 Debilitating Diseases and Your one tiny Thyroid . . . (Excellent DVD). Dr. Brownstein is a doctor and Naturopath. His own father suffered and had Thyroid Disease! I highly recommend joining his website as there is lots and lots of info. Books, DVD’s, etc.

You can purchase these from his website as well. The Video Documentary shares exactly what you can do to protect yourself and family from the little – known dangers of Thyroid Disorders now linked to 59 diseases and conditions.

We all need to educate ourselves about this disease. I look forward to sharing info. and ideas on Brenda’s Website & hope that we can share our experience with others so it may help them!


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Difficulty Losing Weight – Hormone Weight Gain

It can be very difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight if hormones are unbalanced.  Weight gain from hormone imbalance usually collects around the mid-section (belly) and thighs. It can seem that no matter which diet you try or which exercise you pursue, the weight doesn’t budge.

Particularly, once we hit menopause, it seems that all the old rules of fitness which we’ve clung to our whole lives no longer work for us. The rules have changed and no one has given us the new play book! It is imperative to understand that we will not lose our “hormone weight” until our hormones are balanced for our optimum health. The first step to this balancing act is to have our hormone levels tested, through blood test, saliva test, Vega test, or all three.

Once you receive your test results and have agreed on a plan with your doctor as to how to correct your hormone balance problem, be sure to speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be appropriate for you. This is very important because depending on your particular hormone profile, some exercises may be better than others, and some exercises may even be dangerous for you to try during this time.

It should be noted here, that even if your doctor recommends an exercise plan for you, be sure to do just a little investigation on her recommendation yourself. This comment comes from my personal experience. When I was diagnosed with an extremely overactive thyroid, my doctor at the time said that it was okay for me to continue the heavy cardio exercise program that I was on. This in fact was very bad advice. My own research showed me that cardio in particular, was very dangerous for my condition. This was due to the fact that in an overactive thyroid state, my resting heart rate was already 120 beats per minute. My exercise was throwing my rate through the roof and into a dangerous zone of cardiac arrest.

Battling this weight gain can be such a discouraging time for women.  Earlier in life, when our hormones were perfectly balanced, our exercise was often a means-to-an-end — to get fit and slim and improve our appearance.  Now, in the midst of menopause or other hormonal upset, it just doesn’t seem to work that way.  We have to put a “new tape” in our head as far as how we talk to ourselves about this.  The only way to succeed in losing hormone weight gain is, let me say it again, to ensure that our hormones are balanced.  Then we have to be faithful every day to eat properly and exercise.  It can take a long time for the body to release this weight.  Sorry for this bit of bad news, but there is no magic formula.  While we wait, continue to be faithful to yourself.  Instead of succombing to a pill that promises it all, spend that energy examining your diet.  Drink lots of clean water, and incorporate fresh veggies and lean proteins into your diet.  Be aware of what you are drinking when it comes to alcohol and caffeine.

We must always consult with our doctor when we make a change in our lifestyle, and just as importantly, we must take responsibility for ourselves and do just a bit of research on our own.