Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Greetings! I have decided to fully embrace the "I'm in grad school, so it's totally cool if I roll in at 11 and work into the evening" attitude. I just spent the past half hour figuring out how to rearrange all my furniture. Life is good.
What's not so great is that, according to my scale and my closet full of non-fitting clothes, I have gained about 15 pounds in the past two months, and it seems to be accelerating. I'm off the meds that had me all bloated two weeks ago so I think this is something different. I'm really afraid that it's my thyroid acting up again - I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's a couple of years ago and rapid weight gain is a sign of hypothyroidism. I had been keeping my levels in check by being good about diet and exercise, but I've been slipping up a fair bit lately. Not enough to explain such rapid weight gain by calories alone, but in trying to Be Social I have become lax about alcohol intake, eating french fries that are likely wheat-contaminated, and eating too much dairy (mostly Fage yogurt, but still).
So I'm going to schedule a doc appointment to get some bloodwork done and see if my thyroid has gone off the rails again. But in the meantime I'm going full paleo for at least the next two weeks! Meat, veggies, fruit, no grains, no added sugar, no processed food of any sort, and very minimal dairy (keeping my splash of cream in the morning coffee). After that I'll be on a camping field trip out west, so the hiking and grilling should help, too. But I really need this paleo reset - I know how good I have felt in the past and I really need a clean diet to work its magic on me again.