Personal health: update!

Last month, I shared that I was going gluten free in an attempt to try to feel better and I thought it was time for an update.

I'm still going strong! I thought about adding gluten back in about 3 weeks into this health change, but after talking with a number of people, it seems like it should be a longer process.

Do I feel better? Eh.. that's debatable. There's days where I feel I have more energy, and there was a week straight where all I wanted to do was sleep, even after getting enough.

So the jury is still out, but I also haven't eliminated other possible thyroid triggers like milk. I have an appointment with my doctor next week. While I think she's helping, I also think my thyroid levels are no where close to being optimal yet.

This brings me to my weight! My work gym hired a full-time trainer and nutritionist a few months ago and just recently started a fat loss competition. Since scale hasn't budged in months, I asked and got a nutrition plan focusing on Macro nutrients. I'm on the second week, and now that I have a food scale, I think this is going to be a powerful tool in making sure that while my thyroid isn't optimal, at least my nutrition can be!

Haven't moved the scale much at weigh-ins, but I'm determined!

(In picture, I am 146.8)

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Accountability Time

At this exact moment, I have had one pair of jeans that fit me okay. That was until this morning, where another pair of pants became the victim of the dreaded thigh rub wear and split when I sat down. *Insert tears here*  So, I now how two choices; buy new jeans or lose the weight I need to in order to fit back into my others. I do need new jeans regardless, but I am definitely going to lean more towards the weight loss side because, at this point, it is definitely needed.

At 5’0″, right now I weigh exactly 145. Nowhere near being happy at this weight, where at this time last year, I was closer to my low of 125.6.

That brings us to accountability time!

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This is me as of February 12, 2017. I started the 21 Day vegan jumpstart, so I was working on eliminating dairy, meat, and soy from my diet. My doctor said I likely have Hashimoto’s, so I was debating eliminating gluten. I haven’t been tested for Hashimoto’s, so that is my next step. And of course, this lead me to be overwhelmed with coming up with a new meal plan. There are plenty of things to eat, but I’m not the best in planning. And so the vegan jumpstart went out the window.

Today, I’m working on planning. I’ve written my doctor an email to see if I can get more definitive answers and I’m committed to finally feeling better, both in my own skin and with keeping my hypothyroidism in check!

I have a confession..

I joined my work gym I December of 2013. That was 2 years after I had Colleen and it was time that I took control of my health. My starting weight at that time was around 156.

It is not October of 2015.. And this morning, I weighed in at 136. 20Ib loss overall, but I should have very easily been at my goal weight. 

So, what’s the issue? Maybe I need to change up my workout routine, but I’m almost 100% sure it’s my nutrition. Specifically, my addiction to sugar. Yes. Hi, I’m Jennifer and I love sugar. Cupcakes, candy, coffee with lots of sugar, etc. I consume too much sugar every. single. day. 

So, with these new life changes, (hello new job!!) I decided I need to take control of my nutrition. I’ve done a little searching, and trying to come up with a plan to start. (Hello, Pinterest). 

Were you addicted to sugar? What helped? As I start this new step towards better health, it isn’t going to be just sugar. I’m aiming for processes junk and more fruits and vegetable. I’m not eliminating fruit. 

I will be keeping updates as to how the process is going.

Xoxo

Jenny