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Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:36 pm

Background: I am back lifting with some health issues.

Hypothyroidism: or underactive thyroid, develops when the thyroid gland fails to produce or secrete as much thyroxine (T4) as the body needs. Because T4 regulates such essential functions as heart rate, digestion, physical growth, and mental development, an insufficient supply of this hormone can slow life-sustaining processes, damage organs and tissues in every part of the body, and lead to life-threatening complications.

Treatment: synthroid – however after the advent of the RA (see below), they have been unable to regulate the thyroid. I’m seeing a specialist for a sonogram as they suspect lumps.

Fibromyalgia: a neurosensory disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue. The condition is chronic (ongoing), but pain comes and goes and moves about the body. The disorder is often misdiagnosed or unrecognized and is and often complicated by mood and anxiety disorders.

Treatment: diet and exercise, I am refusing prescription medication.

Rheumatoid arthritis: a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and deformity of the joints. Other problems throughout the body (systemic problems) may also develop, including inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis), the development of bumps (called rheumatoid nodules) in various parts of the body, lung disease, blood disorders, and weakening of the bones (osteoporosis).

Treatment: diet and exercise, supplements, I am refusing prescription medication.

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The RA has been the worst of the three to date. The joints are an issue, my fingers and toes have started to turn, feet and hands stay swollen. I cannot lift near what I used to, even if I strap in I cannot close my hand all the way anymore, nor can my wrists support it. I am also dealing with the RA attacking my cardio vascular system already. Days of my RHR being over 100, Heart Arrhythmia, Shortness of Breath, and a few days ago, out and out pressure/pain.

All that being said ….. I’m training and to the point where it’s consistent. I may not be able to lift as heavy as I used to, but I plan to make up for it in reps. The heart issues & RA I am handling recently with a huge change (for me) in diet. I had tried the raw, LFRV, 80/10/10, Eat to Live, gluten free and elimination. By cutting so much I became deficient and felt worse (unable to walk). I have re- introduced EVERYTHING (vegan). So it’s all back, soy, breads, etc. I need to continue to change up and “shot gun” my nutrition. It seems to keep my body from adapting.

Also, in the meantime, I have gained some serious weight. My thyroid (read above) is still not correct and not responding to medication any more. So I had gained a whopping 13lbs in 1 month! I am now officially “fat” and weighing in at 159 (at 5’5”). We’ll call it a bulk, :roll: :lol:

I’m hoping those with lifting experience can pipe in on modified lifting and stay on my case about keeping variety in my diet as I have a tendency to fall back on the standard bbing diet of eating the same thing over and over and cutting stuff out.
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:37 pm

I have been working out, but we will start from today.

Morning: Treadmill 30 min, brisk walk

Afternoon:
Shoulders and Triceps – still getting my head around not being able to lift much 
Shoulders
Behind neck Seated Military Press 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 -40lbs –no issue
Over-head Dumbbell shoulder press 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 -8lb DB –wrist pain, hard to keep DB balanced
Dumbbell Lateral Raises 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 –8lb DB -no issue
Dumbbell raises 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 -8lb DB –no issue
Triceps
Triceps pull downs 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 –bands, this hurt wrists, thinking the attachment might be less pressure.
Skull crushers 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 -30lbs –wrist/elbow pain
Dumbbell kickbacks 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 -15lbs –no issues
Dips 1x12, 1x10, 1x8 –BW –this was the worst one, I don’t think my wrists can tolerate my BW. So will do a few more times, if it keeps up, I’m nixing the Dips.

Despite the joint issues, not too bad. My goal is to see what I can tolerate and what I can’t and modify the program accordingly. It seems I do better with a BB over DB, but also depends on the exercise.

Diet so far today:
Breakfast: coffee w/soy milk, tofu stir fry (tofu, baby spinach, onion, tomato).
Snack: Plant Fusion PP, 4oz soy milk
Lunch: Hugh mixed green salad w/cucumbers, green peppers, mushrooms, green peppers, yvess vegan bologna & goddess dressing.

I'll post the remainder including my end of day cals and macros.
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby JP » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:49 pm

Nice to see you back :)

Sorry to hear about the problems but sounds like you are determined! though refusing medication always worries
me :)

Much love!
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:56 pm

JP wrote:Nice to see you back :)

Sorry to hear about the problems but sounds like you are determined! though refusing medication always worries
me :)

Much love!


Thanks, nice to be back!

On the meds, there is no cure so they supress the immune system to keep it from attacking itself as quickly. However the side effects for a non-working immune system are bodily infection and cancer. She (my Dr.) was quite blunt on the known side effects. Cancer runs in my family, Dad has prostate cancer and my sister is recovering from breast cancer. I also have a lower back infection near the spine that comes and goes they can't get rid of. So my thought process is a "pick your poison" type of thing. :lol:

You are right though, I'm one tough cookie and they actually didn't think I would do as well as I have. Walking normally after being so bad off was unheard of from my RA Dr without going on the meds. So we shall see :)
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby Frostfire » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:37 pm

I can totally relate :( . I was diagnosed with RA 6 years ago and have been on biologics ever since (the injectable immune suppressants). You are correct that the side effects are almost as bad as the disease. I get scary infections once or twice a year. Usually lung where I can't breath but a few months ago I got an intestinal infection! I don't heal very well and the fatigue just knocks me down so much I have to take sick days from work. Not to mention the persistant low-grade fevers (only a degree or two above normal) that just make me feel awful, but not bad enough to legitimately skip work.

I'm sorry you have so much on top of your RA as well. So far my thyroid is still chugging along, but I get it checked regularly. All the women in my family have hypothyroidism (all three older sisters, mother, aunts, grandma, etc) so I'm just waiting for the day it gives out!

For lifting, I know what you mean about grip. I do a lot better with pushing motions than pulling and straps are no help. My routine is constantly in flux depending on what has "flared up" at the time.

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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:46 pm

Frostfire wrote:I can totally relate :( . I was diagnosed with RA 6 years ago and have been on biologics ever since (the injectable immune suppressants). You are correct that the side effects are almost as bad as the disease. I get scary infections once or twice a year. Usually lung where I can't breath but a few months ago I got an intestinal infection! I don't heal very well and the fatigue just knocks me down so much I have to take sick days from work. Not to mention the persistant low-grade fevers (only a degree or two above normal) that just make me feel awful, but not bad enough to legitimately skip work.

I'm sorry you have so much on top of your RA as well. So far my thyroid is still chugging along, but I get it checked regularly. All the women in my family have hypothyroidism (all three older sisters, mother, aunts, grandma, etc) so I'm just waiting for the day it gives out!

For lifting, I know what you mean about grip. I do a lot better with pushing motions than pulling and straps are no help. My routine is constantly in flux depending on what has "flared up" at the time.

And I love that meme! I'm going to steal it :)


Holy crud! I remember you had arthritis, but I thought it was osteo for some reason. Do you know how rare RA is? About 1% of Americans. I'm so sorry to hear about the infections! You HAVE been through it!

My thryroid, just can't get straight. They will do a sono, prob pull the lumps & biopsy (these are usually benign). But the lumps can surpress the thyroid, thus the meds don't work now. Also the weight, not only don't I like being "fat", the added weight on my joints is an issue. As far as the fibro, I don't know why they still have that tagged on me. They did it before the RA was found, and I honestly think the symptoms are RA and thyroid related. I'll ask my RA Dr about it when I see her in Sept.

I see all the changing up of routine as a challenge and adventure. :lol:
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:48 pm

Diet for the rest of the day:
Snack: Choc Builder Bar
Dinner: "Chicken Patty" on high fiber thin bagel w/romaine & a cup of low fat black bean soup.

Totals calories: 1,323 Carbs:133 Fat:44 Protein:112

Note to self for future. Swap the builder bar out for another protein shake unless I'm on the road. It would have allowed for another 100 cals that I could have used for veggies, and I would have been closer to my protein target.
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby Konstantin » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:39 am

Good to see you back. Sorry to hear about the health issues, but great to see such a positive attitude. (Like you would give in to it!)

Do you have any competition planned?
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:30 pm

Konstantin wrote:Good to see you back. Sorry to hear about the health issues, but great to see such a positive attitude. (Like you would give in to it!)

Do you have any competition planned?


Thanks for the support!

No competition planned. I always have it in the back of my mind, but I don't see being able to be competitive or diet down. The main thing is that I would like to be around see my youngest daughter graduate, etc.
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby thestoatyone » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:13 pm

Good to have you back sweetie; sad to hear about the health drama. All the best for the recovery.
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:49 pm

thestoatyone wrote:Good to have you back sweetie; sad to hear about the health drama. All the best for the recovery.


Thank-you!




Happy Sunday!

The RA has kicked my butt after training and recovery is generally 1-2 days after any session. I reduce cals on non-training days and was able to eliminate all mock meats the last few days, yay me!

Weekly weight in, another 2-1/2 lb gain. Clothing is getting to small to wear and I am entering an all time high on weight :( The good news, is that my RHR is down to 82 BPM with the cleaner eating.

I have extensive thyroid tests being run tomorrow and hoping to get in to see the Endocrinologist before I leave for vacation. At least I'll have a game plan in place before I leave.

Training legs today, looking forward to it!
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby seasiren » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:26 pm

Leg extensions 1x12 @ 50lbs, 1x10, 1x8 @ 75lbs
Squats 1x12 @ 40lbs, 1x10, 1x8 @50lbs
Wide Stance Squat 1x12 @40lbs , 1x10, 1x8 @50lbs
Straight leg deadlifts 1x12 @40lbs , 1x10, 1x8 @ 50lbs
Lying Hamstring curl 1x12 @25lbs, 1x10, 1x8 @ 35lbs
Standing calf raises 1x20, 1x15, 1x12 BW
Seated calf raises 1x20, 1x15, 1x12 @50lbs

Really light day, weight wise. But It felt really heavy. Legs are really swollen and "tight". Some knee issues. Mostly can't catch my breath .... throat is really swollen today (thyroid issues). Being fat sucks! I'll keep training til they tell me not to. Can't wait for some test results and to get over this hump. Hey maybe there some muscle under there when it's over! :P :lol:
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby mouche » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:36 pm

I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through. Hope you manage to find a healthy and happy balance between life, training and health, I look forward to reading about your journey. Wishing you all the very best!
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby sergio » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:50 pm

Your attittude about your health issues it's impressive. All the best!

And yes, that meme it's awesome!
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Re: Denise's New Rules for Lifting

Postby XkillerX » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:31 am

Hey hey the siren is back! This battle can only be one by attrition. And tons and tons of vegetables. Keep us posted!
Next time, I'll spend the money on drugs instead.
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