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  1. Hello! Basics: Female, 31, 5' 0", 101lbs, desk job, in the UK. I have always had a thin frame, but late in 2013, I noticed it was getting worse than usual. Since I hadn't changed my eating habits (which have always been pretty bad - junk food, takeaways, living off cans of pop), I was referred to a specialist and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. When my thyroid was at its worst, I weighted around 85lbs, and no matter what I ate, I couldn't get any weight on. I was also constantly tired and weak. They tried to manage my thyroid levels with tablets for six months or so, but my body was just like "naw". In January this year, doctors took the final step and removed my thyroid gland (I also had a goitre, which was causing me some self-esteem issues as I'm sure you can imagine, so I requested surgery as opposed to radiation, which wasn't guaranteed to shrink it). I've been back and forth to the hospital since, while they try to get my thyroxine tablets to the right levels. I'm on 100mg at the moment, up from 50 then 75. I do feel generally better, but I'm still not sure if I'm on the right dose. As I'm now gaining the weight back and then some, I figured I'd best look into some kind of fitness routine, so I don't end up looking too much like a Weeble (I'm already a pear shape, with no boobs and big ol' booty). I also have lumbar lordosis and scoliosis (the combination of which means I physically cannot do a sit-up at present), so I'm looking with particular interest into exercises that will help build up some strength in the back and abdominal areas. Coming from a place of where exercise has just never been a part of my life (I've always been slim, if unhealthy, and people don't tend to notice/point out when you're unhealthy but thin), it's taking some getting my head around. I've never even set foot in a gym! I am still incredibly weak, with no stamina whatsoever, and now slowly turning into a little fatty magoo. I figured now that I've had time to recover from the surgery would be a good time to get into some kind of routine, start as I mean to go on sort of thing. I've already made a number of changes to my diet before looking into fitness of the body, which I've been phasing in more-or-less since January, and I'm kind of on track for making a proper move into really decent eating. I don't go to McDonald's multiple times a week anymore (though I do still visit maybe once a week and get a lunch or breakfast wrap - kind of a treat), and I've cut right back on the takeaways (again, maybe once a week - usually Friday nights after a week in the office!). Pop is one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to diet, I think. I like water fine (and milk!), but having a can of pop is like my version of crack. I currently have about 2 a day (down from about 6, so...!), and ideally I'd like to have it phased out entirely by the end of the year. I'm going to sign up to the next 6 week challenge. I haven't decided yet what my goal will be, as I'm not sure which aspect of my health I want to concentrate on first (strength or stamina). Sorry if this all sounds like rambling - I didn't really know where to begin! Thanks for reading! P.S. I've attached a picture of my throat before and after surgery. Look at that bump! P.P.S. Yes, I have chosen a username based off the narcissistic horse from Rainbow Brite. I'm amazed the name was available! )
  2. Prelude: I'm 18 but with warnings of spinal fusion on my mind, this dragonborn has got some work to do. I'm going to become the travelling hero who lets nothing stand in my way. I don't want to look back on life with regrets because I was too cautious to do something. This is why I'm starting my epic journey now. I want this adventure to not only better my physical health, but my mental health as well. Main Quest: Being badass while dealing with mild/severe double scoliosis TravelKick assTry new thingsCareful but not too cautious Break up with perfectionism and anxiety Quest #1: Spine support- Strengthen core, back, and hips Beginner bodyweight workout once every week Go to conditioning class once every week Keep track of exercise progressQuest #2: Brain Power Drink more water to stop headachesTry a different vegetableQuest #3: Get some zzz Sleep before midnightLife Quest: Study. Study. Study. At least 1 hour of productive work (Limit distractions which lead to procrastination and major anxiety) Finish senior year strong academically, and socially (balance work, fun, and family)Pick university from my top 2 choices Advice is much appreciated. Also, if anyone here has scoliosis or know someone who has it would be nice to talk to them.
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