Like a Surgeon

Every January I talk about how I’m going to become a better blogger. By the time February rolls around I realize that that’s a lie. I hope to change that this year. There are going to be a lot of changes. I have already started some. But first I’d like to catch you up on what’s been going on in my life.

As you know my thyroid hates me and has been plotting against me since 2012. At the end of 2015, I was taken off of the anti-thyroid medications that had been bogging me down for the previous 3 years. Not only were they cramping my style (because of like a thousand side effects), they were damaging my liver. My new Endo was like “Woah man! We need to take you off that crap like right meow.” Okay, she said it more professionally, but you get the idea. So she took me off the meds and I started seeing rainbows and cartoon birds everywhere I went. Well not really, but I was starting to feel better. I wasn’t as lethargic and I actually felt like doing things. My chronic back pain wasn’t as bad and I was able to go to the gym and work on my fitness with Fergie. Towards the end of the year, I had lost 30 pounds and I thought that it could only get better. Sike! I started feeling crappy again. My tremors were back and so was my lethargy and chronic pain. I shook my fists at the heavens and yelled “Why!?!” while rain poured on my face and dramatic music played in the background. I went back to my Endo so she could run some tests and charge me 5 million dollars. Her conclusion? I was hyperactive again. Not just a little, but super, turbo hyper active. My Graves antibodies were through the roof. They are supposed to be at 35 or lower. Mine were a little over 2,000. Yes, I used three zeros there. With this news she gave me two options: remove it with surgery or kill it with radioactive iodine. The second one seemed sketch, so I was like “yeah give me that surgery,yo.” Just kidding I don’t really talk like that, but you know what I mean. Another reason I picked the surgery was because my sister had it done lasted year and it turned out very well for her. Fast forward to today, I met with my surgeon. This was the same surgeon that my sister had, the one recommended to me by my Endo. He did an exam on my neck and said I didn’t have any nodules (which I already knew), nor did I have cancer (which I also already knew). He said that because I had neither, he didn’t think that I should get the surgery. That was a relief because I really didn’t want the surgery. That just left me with the sketch radioactive iodine. Rut row. The surgeon and I discussed it though and it actually doesn’t seem so bad. He said that there may be some side effects, but that they’d be temporary. I’d also have to get a hotel room for a few days because I couldn’t be around people. So for this treatment, I take a pill that kills my thyroid and then I get to avoid people for a few days. Sounds like a win for me. I also wont have to miss as much work as I had originally thought which is nice. A couple of downsides to not having the surgery is I won’t get to have a cool battle scar that matches my sister’s. I also won’t get to keep Lestrade (my thyroid) in a jar. Haha that would have been gross and I totally wouldn’t have done it? Now all I have to do is wait to hear from my Endo telling me when to come in and get the treatment. Hopefully soon so I can just get it over with. Well I think I’ve bored you enough for tonight. That’s pretty much all I’ve been up to. If I think of more I will make another post later. I’m also going to make some 2017 goal blog posts so look for those. For now, Adieu.

[Side note: how I named my thyroid Lestrade. Greg Lestrade from BBC Sherlock is played by Rupert Graves. I have Graves Disease that is causing my thyroid problems. Well I thought I was being funny at least.]

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Life Update

Religion:

About a month ago I started going back to the Mormon church. I had been missing it lately. I like being back. I know it’s where I need to be. From now on you’ll see Mormon related posts. I’ll still post about other things so don’t worry. I’ll still keep some Pagan practices as well. I’m actually doing a 90 day Book of Mormon challenge on my Instagram if you want to join in. My IG is @ldsgingerasrai.

Health:.

I don’t think I ever updated you on my thyroid levels. I went to my general physician and Endocrinologist and they both told me that my levels are normal! That’s awesome news. I still notice symptoms from my Hashimotos, but I have a lot more good days then bad days now. I really think that it was my Graves medication (Methimozole) that kept me sick. My new Endo said that my old Endo was over medicating me. She took me off my meds at the beginning of the year and ever since then I have slowly started feeling better.

I still haven’t gone back to doing Whole 30, but I’m really trying. When you’re on it you have to cook every meal. But that’s been hard because I don’t have the energy most days. I know that if I go back on that I will have energy. It’s a vicious cycle. I also need to plan my meals better, that’s a huge part of it. I’ll get back to it though. I really want to start taking care of myself. I want to keep my thyroid levels normal and get my Hashimotos under control.

I have signed up at Planet Fitness 3 weeks ago. I really enjoy going (when I have the energy). I try to go even when i don’t have the energy, but some days it’s really bad. I did good the first week, but these past two weeks I’ve only been a few times. I’m still losing weight most days. I’ve lost a total of 24 pounds!

Family:

My sister has been on her mission for a month now. Only 17 months left! I miss her so much, but she is doing the Lord’s work. She’s really enjoying it. I knew she would, she’s a great missionary.

On July 30th, my nephew Carter turned 3. I can’t believe how big he is getting! He’s such a character.

Weigh-in #2 & Health Update

I missed a weigh in. It’s been 23 days since the last one. Oops. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Starting Weight (3/18/16): 238.2

Last Weigh-in (6/6/16): 225.4
This Weigh-in (6/26/16): 223.6

Pounds lost from last weigh-in:
1.8
Total pounds lost:
14.6

Total inches lost:
12″

I had been slacking on my Whole 30. I wasn’t doing terrible, but I wasn’t following it correctly. I’ve definitely learned my lesson. Anytime I had gluten, dairy, or sugar, I got an upset stomach and had a food hangover the next day. Rice and legumes made me incredibly sleepy.

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Another thing I noticed was when I was strictly following Whole 30, I had really bad insomnia. Like going to sleep at 4am every night insomnia. When I when off, i was able to go to sleep earlier because I was so tired. My mom said it was all the carbs I was eating. Now that I’m back on Whole 30, I’m of course having trouble sleeping again. I’m going to try and eat a bunch of carbs (potatoes) before bed to see how that works.

Because of my bad sleeping patterns, I’ve slacked on my exercising. I’m going to change that this week. I want to start walking again and add in weights. I will keep you updated on how that goes.

Weekly Review + This Week’s Goals

Review for 6/6/16-6/12/16

Health– Well I didn’t get as far as I wanted to with my health goals this week. I only did strength training one day, I didn’t walk at all, and I still couldn’t get to sleep before 4am. I also had too many “reintroduction” days. I at least I know for sure which foods I can and can’t have now.

I did however get blood work done at my doctor’s. I don’t go back for a review until July 5th.

Spirituality-I still didn’t meditate. It’s hard for me to actually mediate on little to no sleep.

Work-I worked as many hours as I could and did some much needed advertising.

Art-I finished painting all but one of my mini altar sets. Now all I have to do is make the pouches and they’ll be ready to list on Etsy.

Goals for 6/13/16-6/19

Health– Work on the goals I didn’t accomplish last week.
1. Strength training 3 days a week.
2. Walk 3 days a week.
3. Get to bed before 12am.
4. No reintroduction days. They just make me sick.

Spirituality-Actually meditate instead of just talking about it.

Work:
1. More advertising.
2. Add complimentary water and beverages.

Art– Pouches for the altar kits and get them listed.

Blog-Now that it’s kind of slowing down at work, I want to start writing more articles/posts pertaining to Paganism and Witchcraft. I feel like I don’t have enough in here. I want to write them geared more towards beginners like myself. It’ll help me learn too. I’ll be posting which topics I plan to cover later this week.

Weigh in #1

I realized I haven’t been tracking my weigh ins. On here at least. I’ve decided to only weigh every ten days. I’m trying to not obsess over the loosing weight part, and focusing more on the getting my Hashimotos under control. I did eat ice cream cake at my sister’s birthday last night. But I only had a small piece. I’m not going to beat myself up over it either because it was one little piece and I’ve been doing so well. Plus, I went right back top resorting healthy today. I feel I’m allowed a little chocolate at least I’ve every 49 days haha. Anyways, today is day 50! It’s been rough, but definitely worth it. And I still have so much further to go. I also try to set small goals at a time. My current goal is to lose 20 lbs. Here’s my progress so far (starting with my weight on day 1, to my current weight on day 50):

Starting weight: 238.2
Current weight:  225.4

Total loss: 12.8

I’m half way to my 1st goal!

Weekly Goals 6/6/16-6/12/16

Health:
Get more sleep: These past two weeks I haven’t gone to bed before 4am. It’s been horrible. This week I’m going to really try to get on a better sleeping schedule.
Start walking again: Because of my lake of sleep I’ve gotten behind on my walking.
Add in strength training: My sister called me dainty. I don’t want to be dainty. I want to be a warrior!

Spiritual:
Meditate more: I always talk about it, but don’t actually do it.

Work:
Work more hours: It’s a slow week so far and I need monies.

Art:
Finish my mini altars: I want to get them listed by the end of the week.

Day 31

Yesterday marked Day 30 of my Whole 30 diet. I’m so supposed at myself that I made it this far. Usually when I start a new diet I give up as soon as I’m hungry. Or if I do “stick with it” and have cheat days. Not this time! I stayed pure the entire 30 days! It was really hard and I wanted to give up most days. Instead, I kept at it and I’m so glad I did. In the book it says if you cheat you have to stay over. The reason is because this is the cleansing period. Your immune system reboot. I definitely didn’t want to start over.

Here are my results so far:
-More energy
-Less pain
-Down 6.75 inches (all over. 2.5 just in my waist).
-Down 7.2 pounds

I was surprised at such great results in just 30 days. I’m so proud of myself. The only downside I’ve experienced is my insomnia has gotten worse. I had to think about why that is. These are the reasons I came up with:
-Even though I’ve had more energy, done of my spurts come late at night when I go to bed. Causing me top not even get tired until 3 or 4am.
-Being hungry late at night and not wanting (due to poor meal planning) and having to cook a late night meal. Not being able to just grab a snack.
-my chronic pain isn’t completely gone and still keeps me up.

Now don’t let you discourage you from doing the Whole 30 if you were planning on it. I already had insomnia prior to starting. But I’ve come with a couple solutions.

-Go for a walk during the day. Hopefully this will burn out most of my energy and I’ll sleep nicely tonight. I already did this one today. Almost a mile. This was my first time exercising in a very long time.

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-Eat more protein or good fats close to bedtime so I’m not hungry.
-Journal more. When my late night energy kicks in, my mind usually goes on over drive and I can’t shut it up. It’s also when I get my best ideas. If I wrote everything down, I’ll hopefully be able to go to sleep sooner.
-Stop using my phone an hour before. I think most of us are guilty of this one. I’ll be on FB while laying in bed.

These are just a few things I came up with to help me get better sleep. Hopefully they work. We’ll see.

Even though I’ve completed day 30, it’s not over yet. Now cones the reintroduction period. I’ve only decide to reintroduce honey, beans, and rice. Today is rice. So far no problems. I’ll eat rice in my diet for two days, then go back to Whole 30 for 2 days. If it doesn’t make me sick, I’ll keep it in and go on to the next food. If it does make me sick then obviously I’ll cut it for good. After I’ve tried all three foods again, I’ll stick with this eating Whole 30. Like I mentioned in my other post, it’s a lifestyle change. I can’t/won’t go back to bring sick and in pain. I’ve already spent 3 1/2 years doing that. I’m done. On to the next chapter in my life!

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