DivaWorld Fitness Challenge

Published February 3, 2014 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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Here we go!!! Let’s do this

Meet the DivaWorld Fitness Challenge Divas!!!

Christina P

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Donna

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Sharenda W.

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SparkleNLace

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TrueLifeDiva

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Check-in in the comments section and tell us what you fitness goals are and what your plans are to achieve those goals.

Example: My goal is to get more muscle definition.  I plan to exercise daily and increase my workouts with weights from twice a week to three times a week.  I will work on reducing my snacking and eliminate eating after 8pm.

As part of this challenge you need to check in weekly and also encourage the other divas in their weight loss/fitness efforts.  We’re all in this together 🙂

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Recap:

  It’s January and everyone is struggling with their New Years Resolutions.  I’ve been having conversations with friends at the gym, work, and online about wanting to “get back on track”  As you know, I’ve been on a fitness journey for a minute now.  I’m at the point where I need motivation to keep going.  Motivating yourself doesn’t come easy.  I’m at a healthy weight, although it’s not what I’d consider perfect. I would like to see some muscle definition and more progress on my problem areas.

So here’s the crazy idea I came up with….. A Fitness Challenge!!!

It’s open to everyone/anyone.  And the rules are simple:

1. Take and submit a “before” picture by Feb 01, 2014.  *Your personal info will remain private*

2.  Along with your before pic, tell me/us what your fitness goal is.  Is it to lose 10lbs? Lose a dress   size?  Tighten your butt?

3.  Tell me/us what your regimen is and how you plan to reach your fitness goal.

4.  Check in weekly and offer support to your fellow “Challengers”

Prize headphones

Prize headphones

5.  Submit an “after” pic when the challenge ends June 01, 2014

6.  Winner will be the person who shows the most improvement.

7.   Prizes will be a customized/blinged workout t-shirt, a pair of Bluetooth headphones (excellent for working out), and spa kit containing: organic and natural soaps, body butters, scrubs, and lotions.

 

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Let's do this!!!

Let’s do this!!!

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Fitness Challenge and Giveaway

Published January 22, 2014 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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I’m putting my money where my mouth is, ya’ll

     It’s January and everyone is struggling with their New Years Resolutions.  I’ve been having conversations with friends at the gym, work, and online about wanting to “get back on track”  As you know, I’ve been on a fitness journey for a minute now.  I’m at the point where I need motivation to keep going.  Motivating yourself doesn’t come easy.  I’m at a healthy weight, although it’s not what I’d consider perfect. I would like to see some muscle definition and more progress on my problem areas.

So here’s the crazy idea I came up with….. A Fitness Challenge!!!

It’s open to everyone/anyone.  And the rules are simple:

1. Take and submit a “before” picture by Feb 01, 2014.  *Your personal info will remain private*

2.  Along with your before pic, tell me/us what your fitness goal is.  Is it to lose 10lbs?  Lose a dress size?  Tighten your butt?

3.  Tell me/us what your regimen is and how you plan to reach your fitness goal.

4.  Check in weekly and offer support to your fellow “Challengers”

Prize headphones

Prize headphones

5.  Submit an “after” pic when the challenge ends June 01, 2014

6.  Winner will be the person who shows the most improvement.

7.   Prizes will be a customized/blinged  workout t-shirt. A pair of Bluetooth headphones (excellent for working out), and spa kit containing: organic and natural soaps, body butters, scrubs, and lotions.

 

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Let's do this!!!

Let’s do this!!!

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Guest Blog: Lizzie’s story Pt 3 the final chapter

Published November 16, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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Guest blog: Lizzies story Pt. 3

By LizzieTishy

LizzyTishy

Chapter 3 of a 3 part series

So……
At the end of the clinical trials for the natural-thyroid medicine, I was on top of the world. Hadn’t felt this good is years. And I mean many years!  All the annoying thyroid symptoms were gone.  I was sleeping well, no aches and pains, my hair wasn’t clogging up the drain and overall was feeling groovy. About a month later, I followed up with my primary care doc and my labs came back as thyroid levels too high — essentially I went from one extreme to the other very quickly. The clinician warned us that this could happen (possibly due to being over-medicated) and that we should continue to follow up with dr and get lab work.  So I did. My dr said that I didn’t need the T3 meds based on my lab results. He also refused to prescribe the meds from the trial saying the meds would continue to deteriorate my thyroid.  He’s basically against this med saying it hasn’t been on the market for 40 yrs. (true but has been on the rise with new credible studies). Also, since my auto-immune disease is ongoing (never resolved), my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level was really high with the t3 meds.  He suggested I get back on same meds t4 meds but different brand and test again in a couple of months. As life challenges arose I dove head first into fixing other problems thinking I would be fine for a while. Instead I quickly got so tired yet anxious, heart racing for no reason, no appetite, achy joints, very sensitive to cold (imagine freezing and sweating at the same time) and awful debilitating panic attacks (which I detest and will avoid by remaining low key).
I now think my problem is not converting t3 to t4 but more about the nature and makeup of the hormone replacement drug itself.  I read a lot of Dr’s don’t like the natural medicines and many pharmacies don’t even carry it. My research says you may have to find a pharmacist that works in compounding medicines but before going that route you have to find a Dr willing to tweek your lab work (to include adrenal and cortisol testing). It’s very confusing and thanks to another thyroid symptom — brain fog — I’m having a hard time retaining all the info and had to shut down the brain. For now I’m right back to feeling like my gas has run out. I equate the whole experience similar to that of a running car. Mine was a Volkswagen and then I went to a Maserati and now I’m in a Fred Flintstone mobile.
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I’m really having a hard time sharing this story because of all the people truly & really suffering with life threatening illness while I’m stuck with a disease that alters my daily life. That’s it.  But at the same time it is affecting the qualify of my life and I just cannot ignore this but also can’t seem to pull myself outta this stupid, stupid funk. And I don’t know the answers anymore. I thought the clinical trail WAS my answer.
And then I look at my hubs who is a quadriplegic with major life challenges and I think what a wimp I am. He wakes up every day with a smile ready to take on the world. I feel awful for my grumpiness. At the end of the day, I do realize and appreciate all my blessings and admire him greatly.  I’ve also been dealing with this for 13 years and I’m just bummed right now.
Since initially writing this, I have eliminated wheat from my diet and do feel better (gluten free).  I have also almost (!) cut out all sugar. That’s a tough one haha. I try to do a 1/2 hr – 1 hr walk in the morning. I found that putting on my headphones and cranking up my favorite tunes helps immensely.
I am still determined to beat this and my next goal is finding a new doc.
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You are truly an inspiration.  Love ya! 😉 

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Guest blog: And the beat goes on…

Published October 27, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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And the beat goes on… @SparkleNLace

Chapter 3 in the Sparky Chronicles

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And the Beat Goes On…
“…Life is strange with its twists and turns, as many of us must sometimes learn..” That’s a line in a poem that I use to recite as a young woman trying to find her way through life. I guess I said it so many times that I actually began to feel it and believe it.
I have been serious about changing my lifestyle habits, especially the habits that keep me unhealthy. I never imagined that I could suffer an injury from walking, yes, walking. I was in so much pain after one of my walks that I limped home. Injuries are hard to overcome, most times they are counter to whatever I’m trying to do, and it’s challenging mentally.
Once again my Saturday morning ladies came to the rescue. One of the ladies suggested I make an appointment with her chiropractor who would give me a thorough examination. I visited the chiropractor, and I had to stop walking for two months…doctor’s orders! So many obstacles to my idea.
I stopped writing because I didn’t want the posts to spiral downward into a whiny mess. The best part of all of this is I still managed to lose weight. I couldn’t believe it! It means my eating habits are improving.
I’ve been given the green light to walk. I’ve also included a gentle yoga class into my weekly repertoire. I’d love to practice Pilates…but I just don’t have that kind of money.
So, I’m off and running…walking again. Hope to touch base with everyone soon.

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Thank you, Sparky for updating on your progress.  Next time, don’t wait so long  (hint hint) 🙂
Everybody leave a comment below 😉

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Maximum results with minimum effort!

Published September 30, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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If it’s worth it, you’ll put in the effort…

     I recently got an urgent text from a gym buddy of mine.  She claimed she was at her wit’s end  and sinking into depression over weight loss.  She wanted some advice and a little encouragement.  I was happy to provide both.  Now some of you know me from the blogs where I frequently debated with folks about RH’s shows, etc.  You know I’m not afraid to tell it like it is.  However, weight loss is a touchy subject and egos must be handled with kid gloves.  This friend has been fighting the battle of the bulge for all of the 3yrs that I’ve known her.  And during those 3yrs she’s never put in much effort.  This was her text to me:

Friend: “I’m kind of discouraged.  I have been eating regular but not low carb.  Trying to stay at 1500 calories or less.  I’m working out almost everyday.  I have increased my workouts on Monday- Wednesday-Friday to an hour and a half racquetball.  Weekends I go boogie boarding.  Thursday an hour walk on the beach.  I haven’t lost but in fact of (have) gained.  I want to try to eat this way, eating whatever I want, but staying within the calorie range.  I know my body is stronger, my muscles but not losing.  I  know my stomachs gone down some  But I am sure I am holding water probably from the heat.  I entered another goal on fit day today.  I am logging my food and workout.  If I don’t start losing I’m going to switch back to low carb.  But I like eating this way I eat all kinds of fruit a day.  Trying to eat a bigger breakfast and medium lunch and small dinner.  This morning was bacon, eggs and toast lunch is going to be a salad.  I just don’t get it why I’m not losing I’m frustrated. Give me some Diva help… God bless you.”

I’ll tell you what I told her then tell you what I should have told her…

Me:  “If you are losing inches the lbs don’t matter.  You are gaining muscle obviously.  It’s hard to gage calorie burn doing water activities so you may not be getting optimum daily burn.  Low impact is fine but increase to 2hrs daily.  Your diet sounds fine so don’t change yet.  Muscle gain and losing inches around waist is great.  I think you’re on the right track.”

I wanted to be encouraging but in doing so I feel I did her a disservice by not being honest.  My honest opinion is she has a lot of excuses. You’re not retaining that much damn water.  Low carb is a gimmick.  She  claims low carb is the only method she has lost weight with but she’s been doing it for years, loses the same 20lbs and regains them, and she’s 100lbs overweight.  Also, playing racquetball (with yourself- is it high intensity?), strolling on the beach, and surfing/swimming at a low intensity is beginner level.  My observation is that she’s been doing beginner level workouts for years.  That’s fine for maintenance.  But to be confused as to why your 200 calorie burn workouts ain’t dropping the pounds is a cop out. Especially when you add in the fact that she sits at a desk all day.  Her job is sedentary.  That stroll on the beach, racquetball, and paddle boarding is the only time she moves.

The thing is, she’s not the only person I know like this.  And to be honest, I was in a similar position 6yrs ago.  I was running into a wall where weight was concerned and it wasn’t until I made an effort to educate myself that I reached my goals.  Weight loss is not about gimmicky diets.  Weight loss is not about doing a little bit of cardio every other day and thinking you’ll get down to a size 2.  It boggles my mind how many times I hear women complain about not being able to lose weight and yet they do little to nothing about it.  It’s like the joke about ordering a Big Mac, fries, apple pie, and a diet Coke.  That diet Coke doesn’t mean shit after all the other junk you consumed with it.  Working out is the same thing.  You cannot sit at a desk all day, sipping coffee with creamer, chomping down donuts, eat takeout for lunch, eat the same size portions at dinner as your  skinny 6’3″ husband, and then think a walk around the block is gonna melt away the pounds.  Ask yourself “Am I doing everything I can?”  Ask yourself this:

1. Am I snacking throughout the day?

People forget or underestimate how many extra calories they consume when they grab a few Hersheys Kisses or “one little cookie” here and there.

2. Am I skipping meals?

Skipping meals just makes you eat more at the next meal or snack the equivalent of a meal.

3.  Am I drinking wine with dinner every night?

Empty calories.  Need I say more?

4.  Am I overestimating how many calories I burn when I workout?

The infomercials always claim you can burn 1,000 calories when you use their DVD.  It’s simply not true.  And when you’re not in your 20’s (like most of us) your metabolism slows down and needs more effort to stoke the flames back up to an efficient level.

Anything worth having is gonna take effort.  Love yourself enough to find out what you need to do to achieve your goals.  It’s not about fad diets, pills, and plastic surgery.  Healthy eating and fitness will get you there.  We all have the power within us to win.

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Guest Blog: Lizzie’s story Pt2

Published July 16, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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Guest blog: Lizzy’s story Pt. 2

By LizzieTishy

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Chapter 2 of a 3 part series

     After 10+ years of feeling abnormal, I was totally fed up.  I did the endo trip every 3/6 months for 10+ years and I still felt crappy… this after doing everything I was supposed to!  I was eating healthy and I did exercise 3x a week.  To be honest though, there were days when I barely could exercise and trust me, I cheated wherever I could when I felt bad – there is a great DVD called “Yoga for the Rest of Us.”  It is designed for disabled and the elderly, – I felt disabled and certainly elderly!  Anyway, .there came the time when I no longer trusted my “team” of doctors.  I started reading more “thyroid-related” websites & forums (border-line obsessively!) and I found out the Synthroid medicine I was taking was only working on the T4, which is the inactive thyroid hormone/ and not the T3  which is the active thyroid hormone. Synthroid is a synthetic.  Apparently, Hashimoto’s patients often experience T4 to T3 conversion problems. I learned that “we” need that T4 to T3 conversion to feel and be well! So there was my ah-ha moment: “If you have been on a T4 med only for any length of time, but still do not feel well, the addition of a synthetic T3 med may be helpful. Switching to a desiccated thyroid brand has helped many as it already contains both T4 and T3.”  (This is where my University study came in – I agreed to take the non-FDA approved Desiccated Thyroid hormone replacement (which contains the T3/T4 combination).

At first, I was really confused about Hashimoto’s vs. Hyper & Hypo Thyroid.  The best explanation I found was on the “Thyroid Sexy” FB Website so I’m quoting here:  “Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease. Hypothyroidism is the result of it. Hashimoto’s antibodies slowly destroy the thyroid gland by the autoimmune “attack.”  In the process, it is possible to experience symptoms of “hyperthyroidism” as the gland “struggles back to life”, (even more so when on hormone replacement) but eventually the gland becomes non-functional, rendering one completely hypothyroid.”  And…. “The majority of thyroid illness is due to an autoimmune disease, whether it’s Hashimoto’s autoimmune induced hypothyroidism, or Graves’ autoimmune induced hyperthyroidism.”

A side note reads:  **you can have Hashimoto’s and test negative for the antibodies on blood tests. Some ways that can determine it, is FNA of a nodule (Fine need aspiration) ultrasound and a biopsy of tissue post partial or total thyroidectomy surgery. An ultrasound is recommended for any patient with a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s/ hypothyroid to determine if there are nodules, goiter etc. ‘Most’ nodules are benign, but malignancy needs to be ruled out. ** I did have an ultrasound and repeated the test two years later – both ruled out any abnormalities.

The other paragraph that really stood out to me and made TOTAL sense was:   “The best way to determine your thyroid hormone levels are the Free T3 and Free T4 tests. That  is the actual circulating thyroid hormone available for cellular use. If you’re seeing a Dr. who insists on diagnosing and/or treating you based solely on the TSH test, it’s time to find a new Dr!”

Test you need to ask your doctor for:

TSH

Free T3

Free T4

Reverse T3 (Not all practitioners test this, ask)

For Hashimoto’s disease – Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)

For Graves’ disease – Thyroid Receptor Antibodies (TRAb), Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin (TSI)

Iron

Ferritin

TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity)

Iron Sat

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Adrenals

Reproductive Hormones (If you are a woman who is still menstruating, the reproductive hormones should be tested 19 to 21 days past the first day of your last period)

This next note really speaks to eating healthy in the first place BEFORE considering any changes in medications!  I started eating healthy in 2012 – before that I was on a career high and eating on the run constantly!  NOTE:  **If your iron, ferritin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 are too low, you may have trouble with thyroid hormone replacement. They need to be in optimal ranges for your body to tolerate and utilize thyroid hormone properly. Low or high cortisol (adrenal hormone) can present a problem as well. Cortisol levels should be at the highest when you wake in the morning and gradually come down throughout the day, with the lowest level between 10 and midnight. An 8-9am and 4-5pm serum cortisol test is recommended. A 24-hour saliva cortisol test is even better. Reproductive hormones also need to be balanced. Thyroid, Adrenal and Reproductive hormones all go hand in hand. When one is out of balance, it can throw the others out of balance. **

I apologize for not quoting sources.  All quotes are on the Thyroid Sexy FB page which was compiled from various sources.  I tried to follow sources but elected to just quote one source for less confusion and to save space. Less confusion more so than space.  Ha!

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Stay tuned for Pt. 3 of Lizzie’s story.  The final chapter and big reveal 😉

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Guest Blog: Lizzie’s story

Published July 10, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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Guest blog: Lizzy’s story

By LizzieTishy

LizzyTishy

Chapter 1 of a 3 part series

     I was having a perfectly ordinary & happy life until one day my world turned upside down.  I was in my late 30’s in good health, ate right, exercised but was gaining weight rapidly (especially in my face?), and sweating A LOT.  My other symptoms were anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue and a lot of confusion.  I went to my Dr and found out my thyroid levels were off but more important (to them), I was in menopause.  I nearly fell off my chair!  No peri-menopause, no symptoms – nothing.  The Dr recommended hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and Synthroid for my thyroid problems. I went to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Disease – which I surmised to mean not hypothyroid & not hyperthyroid but in the middle and never to be manageable.  For the next TEN YEARS each annual physical resulted in the same conversation – oh, it’s just menopause, keep taking the HRT and you will feel better soon.  So off I went, dunce cap firmly planted on head and kept taking the HRT until the exact 10th year of being on this crap — THEN, it was my Dr saying – ‘oh, wow.  10 years on HRT??  That’s enough.  You should stop taking it.’   A couple of weeks after stopping the HRT my symptoms didn’t budge.  I couldn’t fathom why?  I stayed off HRT only taking the Synthroid for the next three years and was consistently getting worse.  I was starting to think I was mental.  I was extremely depressed and to top it off I was laid off from my job of 25 years.  That was devastating and I literally spent days on end in bed with just enough energy and the where-with-all to take care of the things I HAD to do.

Six months ago, I found a Thyroid Support Group on FB.  I discovered a whole world of people suffering with ALL the same symptoms that I had!  In fact, I learned my thyroid most likely kicked in the menopause and was the culprit for ALL my symptoms.   There it was right in front of me – all these women with sudden weight gain, sweating, anxiety/panic attacks, fatigue, loss of hair and memory problems. (That last one really hit home – I was blaming menopause for everything but the memory problems.  I could not figure out why my memory had been failing or why I easily flustered at the simplest of tasks).  After reading pages, notes, links, studies and seeing pictures of other women (who ALL had the same facial “fatness”), I found a new lease on life within this FB page.  Hashimoto’s disease is a serious autoimmune disease!  I also discovered the most common blood testing done to regulate your thyroid (TSH – thyroid-stimulating hormone) is not able to provide a complete diagnosis and that administering Synthroid is far from optimal treatment for many people.  I have all my lab work with the TSH Test always the one being ‘highlighted.’

Through this FB page, I found a study was being conducted at a local university.  I met all the pre-requisites and was accepted into the study.  I knew going in that I would be taking medicine not authorized by the FDA – which at this juncture meant nothing to me.  I was willing to take that risk.  It has now been three weeks since I started taking the “natural” thyroid hormone and I feel like a new person.  My panic attacks have slowed down considerably, I can concentrate again, I am sleeping better and I have lost 3 pounds!  More importantly, I no longer have handfuls of hair in the drain spout whenever I shower (LOL!).

** This FaceBook group is called “Thyroid Sexy” – and is run by Gena Nolan who used to star on Baywatch.  She also suffered for many years with Hashimoto’s and has done a great job (in my opinion) of creating awareness.

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Thank you for sharing your story, Lizzy!  I look forward to hearing about  how you battled thyroid disease and won. 😉

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