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(TL;DR -> I'm HypoThyrodic, so I have no choice but to exercise... I generally do about 2.5 miles a morning on my bike, there's lots of hills where I live, so it's a great workout. Then I'll have a jog round to the shop to get the morning papers.)




My Motivation is my Health.

4 years ago I started to pass out on the way home from work. At first I thought it was just tired, I didn't actually realize I was passing out, it just felt like I was sleepy, and on a 50 min bus journey, it really wasn't a bad thing anyway, headphones in and have a bit kip.

The thing was, I actually started to realize this was a bit more than just being sleepy, because there was some times that I was thinking to myself, But I'm not tired, and I was still drifting off.

On one journey home, I was drifting off, and I had some mint sweets in my bag, so I ate two of them, and the result was almost instant. My drifting off stopped, within about 5 mins, and bam I was alert and wide awake again.

Anyway long story short, I hot one of the increasingly larger 0's birthday and a doctors letter landed through my door, basically saying, now your X years old, you need to come and get some stuff checked.

So I did.

I know at this point I was slightly overweight, nothing too worrying, but loosing a few kilos wouldn't have hurt, I do spend most of my day sat at a desk.

They drew blood, did some tests etc, and called me back for the results.

I'll never forget the comment the doc said as I walked in the room.

"Hello Mr Shaw, we have your tests and you have the least serious of the 4 most serious disease we test for"

Now at this point, I had no idea what the things where they tested for, but I now know that various cancers are at one end, Diabetes is in the middle and Thyroid issues are at the bottom.

For me this was Thyroid issues (I later found out where hereditary), in my case I'm HypoThyrodic, which means my thyroid doesn't work as well as it should do, or in my case not at all.

The thing with HypoThyroidism, is the clues are very subtle. My Mother has T2 Diabeties, and I thought that (Esp after the mints) that I might be too. It turns out however, that it's nothing like that, in my case it was because my body was literally running out of energy.

The best way to describe it is to imagine a marathon runner, when they "Hit The Wall", whats actually happening inside their body, is there switching from using the energy from food and nutrients they just digested, to energy stored in thier body fat, that small "wobbly phase" is beacuse they suddenly don't have any physical immediate energy to continue (Like a car very low on gas) , and it takes a small moment for the body to switch to the reserve tank.

In a HypoThyrodic person, this switch over doesn't happen, so if I burn more calories than I consume, it's a simple case of Lights out, and that's what was happening on my bus home.

With replacement hormones and a managed diet (Which is what I have to do every day now) it's not a problem however.

The flip side is, because this switch over doesn't happen, it's very, very, very difficult for me to burn off body fat. The Hormone Tablets help because they artificially stimulate body systems to burn some, but it's very slow. If I don't exercise, or maintain at least a reasonable amount of activity in a day, I'll just grow and grow, and I'll grow faster than I can get the weight back off.

So It's not so much motivation, it's more survival, I have no desire to end up being like Jabba The Hut Smile | :)

My morning routine, is usually something like:
10 Situps
10 Crunches
10 Squats
10 High Angle Pushups
2.5 Mile Bike Ride (Hilly terrain, On a road bike built for downhill and speed)
1 mile Jog

I work from home mostly, so I'm up about 7am, Grab a banana and a green tea, off out to do my routine, couple of slides of wholemeal toast when I get back, Generally at my desk for about 10am.

I have to admit, it has made me more energetic, and when Iv'e had a good session (Weather's starting to get cold now where heading into Autumn) during the warm weather, I get an amazing amount of productivity.
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