Monday, October 2, 2017

My 30 Day Journey

Yesterday I talked to you about what Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is and how it can make me feel. Hopefully you understand why it is hard but still important for me to be the healthiest version of me I can be. For all of October I am going to write about this journey in order to keep myself motivated in my pursuit of health.



What Have I Been Doing?

This past summer I changed quite a few things. In the spring my weight and cholesterol levels were at an all time high and I really didn't understand what Hashimoto's was. The first thing I did was try cut out processed foods, and try to make most food from scratch at home so that I knew exactly what was in everything I was eating. I then joined karate with my kids. Twice a week I kick butt and take names!  Finally, I realized I needed to learn about my diagnosis and so I have been reading books, articles, medical studies, and more in order to learn about how to best get healthy with Hashimoto's. I have managed to lose a few pounds doing this and my thyroid levels are looking good. I am not currently having a flair-up and my hair is starting to finally grow back!  There are a ton of positives to the changes I have made, which inspires me to keep going and learning.

My Diet Change

For this month I am going to follow the 21 Day Fix portion control containers. I haven't been logging my food or measuring how much I eat, so this is a good step for me. I tend to eat a large amount of food, and this will limit what I put in my body. I am modifying the food plan slightly with recommendations from Whole30 and AIP (autoimmune protocol). I will be banning gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes, and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers). This is a temporary ban and  I will be adding them in gradually after October. The first step in my diet is to control my impulses and heal my gut.

Exercise

I will be following the 21 Day Fix exercise schedule. On week three I will be adding in an extra exercise each day, as the program suggest and then will start into a second round as soon as the 21 days are up. During the second round I will make some substitutions, as suggested by the program. I will either wake up early before the kids to do the exercise or get it done during nap time. I will also continue to take karate twice a week and we will walk the dog, go to the park, and play with the kids in order to keep moving throughout the day.

The basic program. Only 30 minutes a day!

My Hopes for this month

I am hoping to get stronger this month. Not only physically, but I want to get mentally stronger. I want to prove to myself that I can do something and that it doesn't matter what the scale says. There are non-scale victories I am hoping to see this month which are much more important that losing weight. I look forward to seeing how far I go this month.

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