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  • Birthday 09/19/1985

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  1. Well I'm learning some very important lessons this week, such as you can't assume a 15 month old is going to be okay in a gym's daycare just because he's been okay going to them since he was 6 months old. My son absolutely refuses to stop crying unless I'm there physically holding him. So working out this morning didn't work but thankfully my trainer was willing to reschedule for tonight. The other thing I'm learning is that I'm not physically fit enough to work out four days in a row without a rest day. My left knee has been killing me all day so my trainer and i had to change it
  2. Ok I consider Tuesday a success because I got my butt to the gym at 4pm to meet with my trainer even though I was feeling really crummy. She put me through a bit of an easier training session so as not to aggravate my knees any further because they were already popping and aching. Today, however, is a bit of a bust already because my son got kicked out of daycare for excessive crying halfway through my workout. Now we're both at home, he's napping and I'm miffed that I only got 30 minutes of high intensity cardio in for the day. It's times like this that I wish my knees could ha
  3. Thank you for your concern, silverbeam. My doctor is the one who prescribed the 1400 calorie diet, because my hypothyroidism lowers my bmr (basal metabolic rate). As he is able to treat me and my bmr rises, the weight should begin to come off fairly quickly and then he and I will discuss raising my calorie intake to better suit my body's needs.
  4. A quick and unexpected update from my doctor: my initial tests indicate that I may have adult onset growth hormone deficiency. This could explain many of the symptoms I've been having as well as the sudden weight gain. I'm scheduled for further tests to find out how severe the deficiency is and then we'll move on to treatment. I'm cautiously excited that my life might finally turn around.
  5. Thank you for the kind words. Well, week 1 down and I've begun week two on the right foot, I think. I totally failed at staying within my calorie goals on Saturday, but Sunday I reigned it back in and was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost a lb overall this morning. That makes 3 lbs lost in 3 weeks since joining NF. And today I shook my booty in zumba and had a lot of fun doing it. This week is going to be a little less organized than I would like it, because I'll be seeing my trainer in the evenings rather than mornings.
  6. Thank you for all the warm welcomes! I actually have already started my first challenge (I love challenges!)
  7. Thank you! Yeah it feels good having made it through the first week of my challenge (or nearly so, there's still Saturday) Day 4 was rough thanks to the blues. I still did my walk and I put together an inspiration board like the flash mission instructed, but I felt down looking at women who have lost 100+ lbs and thinking "that was me. That should be me. I don't know if that can be me again". I just gotta remember: failure is not an option. Day 5 I went to the gym and pushed myself as hard as I could on the machine weights, doing 3 sets of 10 reps for l
  8. Thanks @Hazard. I'd still love to hear any advice if you have it. Day 2 and 3 of mission: gym rat finished. Day 2 was straight forward enough, as it was my rest day, so all I did was track my food, water, and go for a 2 mile walk, which my son loved. Day 3 and back to the gym, Carleen was not so gentle with me today as she was Monday. She had me doing lunges as well as planks (and other things, but these hurt the worst) but she wouldn't let me back down and I appreciated that. Then I went and danced my butt off in zumba, and had a lot of fun doing it. I feel less ach
  9. Thanks for the follows! I need some accountabilibuddies. Yeah, my doctor is testing me for at least a dozen different metabolic disorders. I have hypothyroidism but it's not responding to medication, so he thinks there may be something wrong with my pituitary gland. Hopefully the tests he's running will shed some light on the why's. So day 1 of mission: gym rat has been (mostly) a success! I met with my trainer, Carleen, and she's super nice, and she ran me through my first bodyweight training circuit. I let her know that I live with chronic pain in my hips and knee
  10. Hi. I'm kuawen. I'm new to NF but not to diet and exercise. Ten years ago I lost 100lbs the hard way, through blood, sweat, and tears, but over the past year I've gained it all back despite my healthy lifestyle changes. After meeting with a bunch of doctors that couldn't give me any answers, my family decided to move to Los Angeles so that i can be seen by one of the country's top endocrinologist. In the meantime, I'm continuing my healthy lifestyle and hoping my doctor can help me shed this fat suit... again. A friend of mine, on here he goes by @NONSLOTH, told
  11. Hello! I'm kuawen, and this is my first NF challenge. I'm new to NF:RH but I'm not new to diet and exercise. Ten years ago, I lost 100lbs through diet and exercise alone. The problem is, over the past year, I've gained it all back. What happened? Well, I'm not 100% sure. I've continued to exercise and eat right, but the weight keeps piling on. So, after seeing a number of doctors that couldn't give me any answers, my family and I moved to Los Angeles so that i can be seen by one of the country's top endocrinologist. In the meantime, while I wait for test results t
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