Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year Coming in Hot!

Hello Hashimoto friends, I hope you're having a fabulous holiday season!

Somehow it's the end of the year and I am rushing to work done, get the Christmas decorations taken down and stored, get the house cleaned, and get ready for the final holiday of the year.

I'm an introspective kind of gal and this time of year is always filled with reflections on the previous year. 2015 has been stressful and difficult but overshadowing the hardships are the victories. I've had a life changing 7 months starting with that fateful visit to Dr. Jessica, and the book she loaned me. It was a hard read, I confess - not just because of the sceincy subject matter, but also because of the dawning realization that someone finally "got me", understood the battles that Hashimoto's brings, and offered solutions.


After years of being told I would just have to learn to live with hair falling out in clumps, weight gain for no reason, skin problems, brain fog, to name but a few of the chronic symptoms. "Eat less and exercise more!" the endocrinologists repeatedly evangelized while I was running as many as 15 miles weekly and consuming 1,200 calories daily. The humiliation, the exhaustion, the feeling that maybe I was overeating or cheating, or just not good enough. It's a horrible beat down to be subjected to for years on end. My confidence was waning, my mind was tired, and my heart was broken,

Here's the link again for any newbies: Hashimoto's Root Cause Book

I was skeptical, sure. I was frustrated beyond reason before I started, but jumping in with both feet was the only way for me. I told my birthday to go screw and started the NEVER EVER diet in May, then after reading the above book, took far more drastic measures (start here to read that part of my journey). I have reaped the rewards, and am living proof that there is life after receiving a Hashimoto's diagnosis.

Nope, it's not easy. In fact, looking back, I'm flabbergasted at how hard it really was. The results though, I cannot accurately express to you how worthwhile the process has been. 

This past weekend I was feeling very shitty due to overindulging in delicious (but AIP friendly!) foods and drink. It was severely cold, we had a fire going all day, we enjoyed some champagne and wine, rich foods, etc. It was a fine holiday celebration but it was dragging my ass down big time.

On Saturday I decided to draw the line: no more overindulgence. I put myself on roasted veg, lean protein and bone broth with fermented cabbage and immediately felt better. As of today I've lost 3 holiday pounds, my energy is back and there is a pep in my step. I'm telling you, this works! Sticking to it can be hard sometimes but you can do it. Once in a while I fall off the wagon. I'm human. The important thing is getting back on the wagon and righting the ship and doing everything I can to stay the course once righted. 

If I can do it, you can do it! Pinkie swear.

Next year, I decided a month ago, will be the year of running. I want to beat my peak performance year (2011) and get back into the swing of serious running. Not trying to win races (nay!) but getting back my stride. To this end I have joined with two friends to take on 2,016 miles in 2016. It will mean averaging 13 miles per week - and I am PSYCHED!

Until we meet again, Happy New Year. Here's to good health, good times and good YOU! Cheers!!

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