Progress is happening, my friends! Remember this post I wrote titled What It’s Really Like Living with Hypothyroidism? I poured my heart out, all the emotions. Literal tears were shed as my heart formulated words that transferred all I was feeling into one article.Talk about being vulnerable, naked, exposed.
I mean, who LIKES to talk about what hurts and what is wrong? No one wants to admit a low libido or lack of motivation (that can suggest laziness to people who just don’t know). No one likes to publicly discuss a personal list of 30 symptoms that includes a protruding belly and weight gain of at least 40 pounds.
But in moments where one is baring all, true change takes hold.
A seed takes root.
When emotion meets motivation, fire works happen. BOOM. Change is born.
It’s important to note here that just because change was sparked, doesn’t mean mistakes haven’t been made since. I’ve fallen off the AIP wagon so many times, proceeded to drag the wagon through the mud then push it over a cliff.
So what’s the progress then?
1. Each day is a fresh start.
I’m dang proud to say falling off the wagon no longer means month long binges and that emotional eating no longer has a grip on me. Oh, the food I could put down… an embarrassingly large amount of food.
And to be honest, I probably still could but there’s been a switch in my mind.
Healing myself has taken priority. Sweet, beautiful, thank God (literally) priority.
So when mistakes happen, I dust myself off, pick myself up and start fresh each day. The Autoimmune Protocol doesn’t need to be started (or re-started) on Monday. It can be started (or re-started) any day of the week.
Mistakes don’t give full license to eat any kind of way until the cliché diet-starts-on Monday.
*View the Pigs in a Pillow recipe by Primal Palate here.
2. Functional Medicine is a game changer.
Holy moly guacamole, I am SO GLAD Functional Medicine is in my life. The supplements I’m taking are working like a charm! In fact, I’ve even been able to come home from work and do other things besides go straight to bed. Any amount of success would have meant to the world to me but I never expected to feel this much better so soon.
For a while I was seeing great progress on AIP alone, but a few months back it all went south due to an unnecessary additional thyroid medication a regular practitioner prescribed me. I firmly believe that medication, which I was only on for 30 days, triggered my autoimmune diseases into a tailspin.
My body already felt like crap but that medication had me nearly wishing for death.
Taking myself off of it, firing that practitioner, then seeing my FM doctor has been the absolute best thing for my health. For the first time in my adult life, the path of healing I’m on IS WORKING and targeted supplements has been key.
3. Light to moderate exercise is key.
My Functional Medicine doctor advised I quite exercising at my very first appointment with him. Even though adrenal fatigue was only a suspicion at that point, and we were waiting on lab results to be sure, he told me he had no doubt I was suffering greatly from AF and to stop half marathon training immediately. That form of rigorous exercise was too intense and didn’t support healing.
Since then, I’ve been able to start a walking regimen of two miles, five days a week and it’s going great! AND I’ve been feeling good enough to do things like go to the pool, visit petting zoos and watch golf lessons with my kids. ♥
My health most certainly is not 100% but progress is happening and I could not be happier!
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