Blowing the dust off my blog

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Apparently it's been over three years since I've written anything here. I'm sure some things have changed and others have remained the same, One thing that changed was I needed to change the way I was eating due to my Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroid condition. For 7 years, I followed a pescetarian diet that was largely supplemented with wheat gluten- and soy-based meat substitutes. This, apparently, was detrimental to my Hashimotos. I began reducing my soy and gluten intake until eventually removing it entirely. I gradually introduced animal protein back in to my diet. After 2 years, my thyroid levels and iron levels have greatly improved. I also began a supplement regimen including Vitamin E, Selenium, Vitamin B-Complex, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin D, and Magnesium. I am currently not taking my thyroid medication, because the current formula contains gluten.
Since I was focusing on getting my eating and Hashimotos symptoms under control, I didn’t really put much effort into exercising. Some days I barely had energy and motivation to get out of bed to go to work and spent many of my non-working hours on the sofa.
In January, I felt like I finally reached an up-swing. I decided to record my weight and measurements because I wanted to start moving again and needed to know my starting point.

As of Jan 13, 2017

Weight: 200 lb
Waist (at smallest part): 41”
Hips (at hip bone): 47.5”
Neck: 14”
Thigh: 26”
Calf: 15”
Bicep: 13.5”
Waist to Hip ratio: .86

I joined the 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge. I went out a few times a week on my lunch break when the weather cooperated. I started off at 15 minutes and gradually worked-up to 30 minutes. I was not able to complete the challenge due to a couple of illnesses during that time. So, I decided to rejoin the challenge and give it another shot. That being said, here are my 1-month results:

As of Feb 12, 2017

Weight: 196.2 lb (weigh-in officially tomorrow)
Waist (at smallest part): 38” (-3”)
Hips (at hip bone): 47” (-0.5”)
Neck: 14”
Thigh: 25.5” (-0.5”)
Calf: 15”
Bicep: 13” (-0.5”)
Waist to Hip ratio: .81 (-.05)

I am down 3.8 pounds and 4.5 inches.

Hubby's diet and exercise has been less than stellar. His soda consumption had gone up as his exercise frequency decreased, Not sure if he stopped exercising because I wasn't able to. However, he has been recently attempting to reduce his soda intake and brought a scale home during his food shopping errand yesterday. I want to encourage him to take his measurements, but I don't know if he'll want to because I know he is unhappy with his appearance and his need to wear a 2XL when he used to comfortably wear a L.

We'll see how it goes.
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    One step at a time. You're headed in the right direction and that's what matters. Keep going!
    1267 days ago
    Well, definitely sounds like you have determination to make changes. That's 1/2 the battle!
    1267 days ago
    1269 days ago
    Sounds like you made some good changes with the diet. I am constantly telling people that there is not one diet that is good for everyone but most people have been led to believe that vegetarian, vegan, and similar diets are healthy for everyone and they are not. I was on a vegetarian diet and ended up in the hospital with severe vitamin deficiencies and had to take vitamin k shots for years to help my blood to clot. I'm glad to see you improving and now you can focus on exercise. Good job!
    1269 days ago
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