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I’ve been meaning to write an update for about a week or so and kept getting distracted. It’s amused me then to see that the last time I updated was 23 April and here we are 23 June.
Life has been really bloody good since I last blogged.
I’ve made so many positive changes and relaxed in other areas I really can’t be sure what’s caused what, but I am the happiest I’ve been for as long as I can remember, so, for once, I am not going to overthink this and let it flow.
In summary here’s what’s new whether positively or less so…
- Coffee back in, but reduced.
- Added nightshades back in (peppers, tomatoes)
- Kept gluten and dairy free throughout. I decided I’d spent too long getting this stuff out of my body to bugger it up by having the odd ‘treat’ when I know they don’t work for me at all.
- Had a burst of wine most weekends, that’s dropped back as my liver wasn’t happy according to my kinesiology review.
- Noticed a link with eating nuts and stomach discomfort.
- Got a bit obsessed with peanut butter…(doesn’t cause me problems!)
- Sleep has been slightly better, in that I can get back to sleep until about 5am if I wake before, but it is still broken. Only slept right through once this year.
- Peri-menopause symptoms managed really well with Annette’s (kinesiologist) help.
- All Hashimoto’s symptoms the same as they were.
- In the best shape and fitness for a very long time.
- Started a personal development course that’s been working on my head. There’s some powerful stuff going on there. I like it.
- Have new found energy, enthusiasm and oomph. I now see what a drag last year was. It’s not until you’re through it you realise quite how bad things were.
- Walked and walked and walked most mornings.
- Walked some more.
- Realised that I have a need to be outside each morning before anything else. My most favourite place for ideas, sorting out stuff and being primed for the day.
- Walked 100km Jurassic Coast Challenge pain free (thanks Kelly!) Screwed up my food and fuelling, but pleased with the accomplishment. In fact I rather enjoyed it.
- Despite having one period since the coil removed not had one since. Maybe this peri-menopause is more advanced than I realised?
- Discovered Tibetan Singing Bowl mediation, my word that’s lovely.
- Kinesiology assessment showed complete lack of hormones, especially testosterone ( I was crying a hell of a lot) and FSH, not surprising then that periods gone AWOL.
- Confirmed from Kinesiology-Annette that I am unable to tolerate most nuts, all grains and to limit sugar following a weird reaction at Jurassic Challenge to a Rice Crispie Square!
- Had a 12 month review of my thyroid medication and was asked to go for a blood test…
And this is where the excitement kicks in!
I had my blood test to review how my medication is working for me. I asked the Doctor I spoke with if I could also get an antibodies test to see what was happening following my test in October. There was some discussion about why, but I managed to get it organised (it’s another item to request on the request form).
Well whoop-de-bloody-whoop! When I got my results back my antibodies had dropped from 284 last October to 148! ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY EIGHT!!
Now they are still high, the range I am aiming for is under 35. BUT, this is a massive drop given the relaxed stance to some of my foods and my resistance to ease back on doing ‘stuff’. I am bloody, flippin’, air-punchingly happy with this! It’s a huge drop in 8 months.
My goal now is to get a full thyroid panel check in 3-4 months to get all measures checked to see what’s what. But really, this is so cool I am chuffed to bits.
My current approach is cleaner and leaner again. There’s no added sugar apart from maybe 1 teaspoon honey a day. Protein and vegetables with fats each meal. Lots of avocados. Lots of walking and strength training at Rev5 which both continue to make me very happy. Supplement wise I am on minimal amounts. My thyroid meds (which I have a GP call about the new results in 2 weeks), a gut health probiotic, liver support and digestive support. Way less than this time last year and easily feeling ten times better.
So there you have it. Progress with a capital P.
Until next time 🙂