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Starting my wellness journey

Today’s mail brought a couple of what I hope will be useful tools in my path toward wellness. I purchased two books on Amazon by bestselling author Mary J. Shomon, leading advocate for hypothyroid patients and a hypothyroid patient herself. Living Well With Hypothyroidism (What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need To Know) and The Thyroid Diet (Manage Your Metabolism For Lasting Weight Loss) came highly recommended by readers and other members of a support group that I belong to called SparkPeople. I’ve read a few pages of the first book so far and it seems easy to understand but I’m not far enough into it to make a solid opinion of the book yet.

Today hasn’t been one of the best. I’m feeling fatigued and slept much of the morning. I realize that my family (read: husband) is expecting overnight, miraculous results and nobody would like that more than I would, but I’m also realistic – I’ve been feeling like dog poop for so long that I KNOW I’m not going to see instant results – especially while on a low-dose T4 replacement that is merely intended to ease my body into accepting the treatment before they put me on a therapeutic dosage.

I have been reading some online about natural treatments including dessicated thyroid vs the synthetic drug I am on currently and plan to speak to my doctor about it at the 12 week checkup.

I’ve also been reading another book intended to help change my outlook and help me on the road to wellness – The Spark. The Spark talks about making small changes in your habits and lifestyle that will lead to bigger changes. I’m supposed to start out with what they call “Fast Breaks” and that involves setting 3 small goals that I can achieve and later turn those into bigger goals. They are supposed to be small, simple, modest goals that I will aim to accomplish on 5 of the next 7 days. I need to set one nutrition goal, one fitness goal, and one motivational goal.

So here are my goals for the next 7 days:

  • Don’t drink soda
  • Exercise for 10 minutes
  • Read at least 2 chapters per day of the thyroid books I purchased to educate myself more about my disease

I’ll be blogging and letting my one reader know how it goes.

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And so it begins…

Boring as it may seem, all blogs need to start somewhere. Mine starts a week after I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis, or Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve been so sick for so long and none of the doctors could tell me anything other than “well, you have some sort of autoimmune problem but we don’t know what it is”. Gee, great. Like that’s helpful. Meanwhile I was getting progressively worse and progressively bigger until I finally demanded that they test my thyroid because it’s just inconceivable to me that I could gain over 50 lbs in 2 years, for no apparent reason.

As it turns out, I was right. My TSH was 4 times what a healthy TSH level is, and more than double the maximum of the testing parameters.

So what’s that mean for me? It means I’m on medication, albeit a very low dose to start out, and have to go back 11 weeks from now for more blood tests to see if it’s working at all. It means I know what’s wrong with me and that it’s for the most part treatable. It means I’m not going to drop dead one day, totally at random (unless I’m hit by a bus, or lightning, or am abducted by aliens and something goes hideously wrong). And it means that I have a long road to health in front of me.

I figured a blog would be cathartic, inspiring, even help keep me accountable – plus I can use it as evidence when I go to the doctor and tell him I’ve been feeling like crap every day for 7 months and he thinks I’m exaggerating. You never know when you might need that.

I’ll TRY to update daily, but can’t make any promises because I am a wicked busy person and contrary to popular belief I do have a life. Or I’m trying to have one anyway.

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