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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.

7 Responses to Starting my wellness journey

  1. Dee May 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    You didn’t get this sick overnight so he shouldn’t expect instant results. Keep doing what you need to do and the wellness will happen. You know that I am thinking of you always. And I read it yesterday, so you actually had 2 readers.

  2. Gill May 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    If everyday you feel just a little brighter than the day before, if only for a few minutes then you are on a recovery road. Next time I see you I won’t recognise the new healthy you
    Oh by the way make that three readers.

  3. Jo May 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I am VERY happy you started this…I think it may be wonderful for you. I wish you the very best. As far as you family (read: husband) is concerned, IT’S NOT ABOUT HIM! And the rest, I can only say to try to fall in love with (brewed) tea on ice instead of soda. It really helped my sweetie kick his soda addiction.

  4. NamasteDogs May 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Thanks for that tip Jo! I love iced tea – I wonder if it has the same amount of sugar as Coke…

  5. Jo May 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Brew your own and fully be in control of the sugar…or sweetener. I brew his and use sweetener to keep the calories in check.

  6. NamasteDogs May 13, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    Any particular type you recommend? Regular black tea, peppermint, green tea?

  7. LJL May 13, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    Aw honey, make that 6 readers. And Jo, I need to know how to kick the soda habit, too.

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