Setting Fitness Goals with Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a beast. There are so many symptoms, side effects, and missed diagnoses that it is a whole series of posts all on it’s own. But this post is about dealing with the issues of weight loss, fitness, and healing. First, I am not a doctor. These are simply things that have worked for me. If you have or think you have hypothyroidism, then you need to see your doctor and set up a plan together. You cannot simply start trying to get fit and healthy the way you did before your thyroid revolted. It just won’t work and you will get discouraged. Here are a few helpful tips when you begin to set fitness and health goals.
- Start small. With every single goal. Weight loss goals, time spent working out, changing eating habits, etc. are all big projects. When your thyroid has zapped your energy level and whacked out your hormones everything takes more time. Give yourself grace. It may take longer, but you can and will get to your goals!
- Do not make weight loss your number 1 goal. Setting a generic goal of “I’m going to lose 50 pounds by November 11th” may or may not be realistic. Quite often, women with hypothyroidism will lose inches and gain energy before the scale really begins to move. Use goals like going down one size, committing to exercising 4 days a week, making better eating choices, going 3 days with only one cup of coffee, etc. Don’t get caught weighing yourself to death!
- Be prepared to work. Everything takes longer, is more difficult, and seems like a much stepper uphill battle with hypothyroidism. That’s OK. Nothing worth having ever came easy. That includes health and fitness to those whose thyroids go kaput.
- The fact that you are reading this shows that your heart is in the best possible place! You are looking for health and healing and every baby step is a giant leap in the right direction.
- Don’t stop with just looking up information. Decide to succeed in reclaiming your health. You’ve got this! Your health is worth the fight. Let’s beat hypothyroidism together!
A Short Version: My Fitness Story
I took a Beachbody Challenge and did 3 rounds of 21 Day Fix, which is a perfect workout for busy homeschooling moms since each workout is only 30 minutes in length! I lost 4 pounds and 9.5 inches after just the first round. That’s super exciting for someone with hypothyroidism, which makes losing weight and inches nearly impossible at times. Now, almost a year later, I’ve lost about 40 pounds and am feeling better than I have in years. My thyroid still gives me trouble, but I can tell that my body is healing and with God’s grace, I will beat hypothyroidism!
Why I Choose to Workout at Home
There are so many great at home programs available, and I prefer home to gym for multiple reasons and cost is a huge factor, especially with having to pay for childcare! The others are modesty, not being coordinated enough for group classes, feeling like the time in the car to and from the gym is wasted, never having a “regular” schedule, and the kids always catching some sort of ick in the childcare center. I also don’t have to worry about feeling goofy for being uncoordinated or graceful like an elephant on roller-skates when I’m learning a new workout or move.
My Current Workouts:
And I’m so excited 21 Day Fix Extreme is debuting this month! I’ll be grabbing a copy to begin ASAP!
I have discovered that when I exercise, it really helps my energy levels and keeps down the joint pain that comes with hypothyroidism. It also helps relieve a lot of the stress of everyday life and special needs parenting.
What decisions are you making to become a stronger and healthier you?