Fitness resurrection while pushing 50

fitness revolution at 50

Artwork by Laurel Porter-Gaylord

I turned 49 last month. When I turned 40 (I really loved turning 40!), I was in better shape than when I turned 30. Can’t really say that about my closing in on 50 but not all is lost! It’s just…different.

I’ve come to terms over these past 9 years with the fact that the body does decline and there is a level of it that we really can’t change. There’s tons we CAN change but when push comes to shove we really are merely piles of chemicals and elements which eventually break down and return to the Earth!

So, that being said, I’m currently experiencing a sort of resurrection with my health and my fitness. I seemed to have spent the past two years struggling and adjusting to depleted adrenal function, heavy work demands and a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. There were times when I thought I’d never see light at the end of the tunnel.

But the main thing I did was to allow myself to slow down, heal my adrenals, get sick of the level of stress in my life enough to make changes, and slowly add exercise back into my life in an easeful and fun manner.

  • For my adrenals, I took various herbs, increased my protein consumption, and tried to get a lot more sleep, maintaining a quieter living environment.
  • For my thyroid, I started using Armour with the right balance of thyroid gland to slowly, actually make a difference in my energy. Subtle but enough to lift a cloud to allow me to move forward.
  • And for exercise, I started taking Zumba classes last winter in order to exercise in an entirely different way for me and as a fun challenge. From there I have gotten into running and increased my T-Tapp workouts.

So, as I’m closing in on 50 years old, I’m finally starting to drop those 8 pounds I’ve been carrying around with me for the past couple of years but more importantly, I feel so much happier in my body again.


Artwork by Laurel Porter-Gaylord


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2 Responses

  1. Verushka says:

    Are you not using any synthetic thyroid hormones like levoxyl (brand name: synthroid) at all? Do you find that Armour is completely covering your health needs? I’m curious if your doctor how you came to choose Armour and more info about it…

  2. dorothy says:

    Hi Verushka,

    Yes, Armour seems to have worked really well thus far. I needed something with T3 in it since my blood tests showed I needed it. I prefer natural products so I always go with the more natural options first and Armour has T3 and T4 (Synthroid is just T4 if I recall). My Nurse Practitioner is willing to work with my preferences.

    Initially the T3 made me a little jumpy since my adrenals were so depleted. But I’ve adapted and so far so good!


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