Fight4Phat: On the never ending quest to a balanced thyroid …

Even though I might hate Monday holidays — I sure love short weeks. Makes the week bearable and of course … the weekend gets here closer.

It’s been a good week. A purposeful week. A focused week. Yes, I’ve gotten my runs and workouts in — but that’s not what I am talking about. I am more focused in finding a solution — once and for all — for my thyroid issues.

As I’ve rehashed a number of times — but bears repeating — I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism back in 2009. The initial treatment, along with diet and workout changes, helped me lose the majority of my weight.

But, over the years that’s yo-yo’d as well, mainly because it’s been difficult to regulate my thyroid. I can usually tell it’s out of whack when I jump 10-15lbs. without much effort along with the fatigue and other symptoms.

To make that challenge more difficult, I was also diagnosed with low testosterone about two years ago. I was put on testosterone replacement meds — and ever since then I’ve had a hard time regulating both. I have yet to find a balance.

I am not sure if the meds conflict with each other? One doctor thought so and completely took me off of my testosterone meds. I’ve also switched doctors, thyroid medications, tried diets, etc., etc., etc. I won’t lie — it’s somewhat depressing.

Another symptom of an under treated thyroid, by the way.

I’ve just had enough of it. It’s been difficult seeing my running suffer, especially when I know I am faster. Plus, it kind of sucks seeing you 40-50lbs. above what you were just a couple years ago. That really messes with your mind — because you know what you’re doing in the gym … and where are the results?

I feel like I am back in college when I would go the gym for college credit and then follow it up with a bag of burgers (no joke, I did that more often than not). But, in this case — I am going to the gym and following it up with a protein shake, a banana or even just — water.

It’s frustrating — mentally, physically and emotionally. Especially, when you have this fear of gaining all your 180lbs. back. No joke, I’ve had dreams about that.

But, this week my focus has been finding that solution — thinking outside the box and getting connected with the doctors, people and information I need to — just get a balance with my health.

I have a couple appointments coming up this next month with an endocrinologist and new family medicine doctor. I’ve completely severed ties with my old doctor’s office — especially considering his solution to my weight gain was to join Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers. This was even before he asked me what I was doing. You don’t lose 180lbs. and maintain it for over 5 years without knowing how to eat.

Since I work at the University of Utah and we’ve got a great hospital system. Not only do we have good doctors, but since I am staff I have access to good resources here on campus. We have a health center that I can get counseling from a nutritionist along with access to a BodPod to get my fat percentage, etc. tested.

I am going to be taking advantage of these services.

I am really focusing on this like I have with my initial weight-loss and running journeys — you kinda need to be partly crazy and 110% obsessed about it. I think a better term would be — tenacious.

I am really focusing on being tenacious in my search for a solution — and getting to where I want to be and know I can get.

Thyroids, testosterone and the works aren’t fun ailments to deal with — but the fight to deal with them is worth it. It just makes you stronger, right?




As part of my search for a solution to my health issues — I started a new Facebook group. It’s pretty straight forward — it’s a group for runners who happen to have thyroid issues. Whether it’s hyper or hypo, thyroid cancer or Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a support group for runners to share their journeys, successes and frustrations.

I shared the group with a number of my running groups online and I’ve been surprised by the response. They aren’t just Utah runners — but from around the country.

Even though the group is less than 48 hours old — it’s already refreshing knowing there are MANY other people who feel exactly the way I do.

If you’re interested in joining the group you can do so — here.




Okay, just a few news and notes in the podcast department. A new Runcast USA will air on February 3rd. We’ve had problems meeting up for a January podcast for a few personal reasons — mainly my Dad’s health. But, we’re recording next week and have an awesome guest lined up. I won’t spoil the fun — just listen come February 3rd.

In addition to the Runcast, I am starting a new podcast alongside my friend Spencer “Schwendy” Schwendiman of Everyman Preparedness that will launch next Wednesday — January 27th on and iTunes. It’s called “Are We Prepared, Yet?” and it’s a new fresh take on preparedness and the prepper community. Think — your ward’s preparedness fair meets a morning show. Should be a lot of fun.

To be one of the first to listen to the new podcast follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll have a page up on soon.


COMMENTARY: I’m actually very pleased with my numbers this week. It shows progress though the scale didn’t show it. And, I know exactly why — not much sleep the past two nights. I’m usually in bed between 9-10pm, but the past couple of nights it was around 12-1am for various reasons.

But, I am focusing on staying the course — and just fighting. Plus getting more sleep next week. That’s going to be my goal along with cutting more needless sugar from my diet. I just need to remember “baby steps” — not a full out sprint … yet.

WEIGHT: 277.0 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.0″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 26.8″


BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″

LAST WEEK (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″

THIS WEEK (1/15/16)

WEIGHT: 277.0 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.0″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 26.8″


BODY FAT%: -0.5%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: -0.4″
ARMS: -0.45″
THIGHS: -0.2″


I’m laughing and worried. #dudelookslikealady

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She’s graceful in many things. Eating a sandwich — not so much. #kokoeatsasandwich

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Lettuce take a moment and reflect on this tragedy. #panicatthegrocerystore

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JR’s such a good dad to Callie (and the T-Rex when he gets here)! Happy Birthday JR! #bostoncreampie #happybirthday

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The kid loves getting his picture taken. Can you tell? #mrphotogenic

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Because of some scheduling conflicts, I’ve had to rearrange my race schedule a little bit (again). I won’t be able to run The Zion Half anymore — so instead I am picking up an extra race in July (Handcart Days Half).

There is a half marathon on March 5th in Woods Cross — the March Madness Half. It’s not my goal race — that’s the Provo City Half on May 7th. But, I don’t have a half marathon until Provo and I won’t lie — I need to kinda get my race wiggles out.

I haven’t committed to it, but if I run it — it’ll be a training run. But, I’m fine with that. I’d be able to knock out another race towards my 180 and get a new t-shirt and medal. But, I am not going to make a decision on that until next month. There’s no need to decide now since the price won’t go up anyways.

Plus, I might also do the Buffalo Run 25K (March 19) on Antelope Island again — I am definitely not trained for that, but there’s a part of me that needs an epic adventure sooner than later. And, I know I can do it. Plus, if Jill is up for it I’ll run it with her — because we’re all about doing epic sh*t together.

Oh the decisions!

But, my race schedule now looks like so —

117. March Madness Half Marathon (March 5)
118. Provo City Half Marathon (May 7)
119. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (May 14)
120. Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (June 11)
121. Ragnar Wasatch Back (June 17-18)
122. AF Canyon Race Against Cancer (June 25)
123. Handcart Days Half Marathon (July 23)
124. Deseret News Half Marathon (July 25)
125. Timp Half (July 30)
126. Nebo Half (September 3)
127. Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (September 10)
128. St. George Marathon (October 1)
129. The Haunted Half – SLC (October 22)
130. The Haunted Half – Provo (October 29)
131. Snow Canyon Half Marathon (November 5)
132. Antelope Island 50K (November 12)
133. Thankful 13 (November 24)
134. The Bakers Dozen Half Marathon (December 10)
135. New Year’s Run Revolution (December 31)

Anyone else running any of these races? Let’s party!

Daily Shorts.fw

  • All this talk about Winter Storm Jonas is making me laugh — sure it’s a big storm, but out west that’s NOTHING. Especially on Wednesday when an inch of snow paralyzed the D.C. area.
  • So, I’ve decided which teams I’m rooting for in the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday — Patriots (obviously) and the Panthers. Soooooo — that means Super Bowl 50 should be the Broncos vs. Cardinals. Either way — I just love good football.
  • Speaking of football — it’s been interesting following what the Chargers and Raiders will do based off the Chargers decision on whether to stay in San Diego or make the move to LA as well. It looks like the Chargers will join the Rams in LA. But, what that means for the Raiders will be interesting to see play out. Do they stay in Oakland, move in with the 49ers, head to San Antonio — as previously rumored — or take the Chargers spot in San Diego? I have a feeling the best option might be San Diego — San Diego Raiders? So odd, so strange, so wrong.
  • If you want to know more about your food and where it comes from — this is a pretty interesting read. Don’t worry — it’s not one of those PETA undercover chicken coop videos.
  • I love and hate that this is a “thing” with Amy Schumer and the claim she steals jokes. Honestly, I never found her funny so I wouldn’t be surprised if she did — PLUS — most of the comedians she alledgelly stole jokes from … aren’t very funny either. Just crass humor passed as funny.
  • I love these kind of weight-loss stories — especially when it’s someone with local ties. These kind of stories keep me motivated and inspired!
  • In my search for balance with my thyroid and testosterone this is actually a pretty good read about eating clean and running.
  • The best use of YouTube — movies of people failing. Case in point.
  • This is kind of depressing news — seems like Capuchin monkeys are pretty much a–holes. I’ve always wanted a monkey and ever since I found out chimps will rip off your face I thought a Capuchin would be the way to go. Maybe a gorilla would do? Oh wait — King Kong. Shoot dang!
  • Well, if I am going to grow out my hair — I might as well have some goals … like man braids?
  • Looks like I now have a reason to go see a Broadway show — CATS!
  • When I saw the title of this article I immediately went to the comments. Nothing will set off BYU or Utah fans like a non-BYU favorable article. I may bleed red — but, it’s more SUU red than anything.
  • I kinda want this — like yesterday.


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