I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism early in 2010. I was working out 3-4 times a week, dieting and seeing absolutely NO results. Needless to say, I was very annoyed. My doctor put me on Levothyroxine and I lost 10 pounds within the first month. I was feeling better for the most part and was happy to finally figure out what was going on.
Fast forward a few years . . . I was feeling bloated ALL the time, super fatigued and just felt as if I was constantly in a fog. I kept having my thyroid checked and everything kept coming back “normal.” Again, I was very annoyed and didn’t understand what was going on and why I was feeling like crap. In October of 2015, I decided to go see an internist to see if they could try to help me find out what was going on. They ran all of the different thyroid tests and my doctor recommended that I try a gluten-free diet after listening to some of my symptoms. There was absolutely no way I was going to cut gluten out of my life and I told myself that I knew my thyroid was off and the tests would show that. When I went in to get my test results, everything came back normal again. My doctor did diagnose my with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which I describe here. I was totally discouraged and decided that I would at least try a gluten-free diet, not thinking that anything would change.
For the first few weeks of the diet, I felt awful. My body was detoxing and I felt worse than before, but I decided to stay the course. Over the next few months, I lost about 8 pounds and started feeling much better. I wasn’t bloated as much, I had less fatigue and my brain fog was almost gone.
Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of my journey. I had to re-learn how to eat and exercise. I had to check labels on EVERYTHING! Some things that have gluten in them are totally unexpected. I started feeling better and so I was pushing myself super hard at the gym and did not understand why I wasn’t seeing results. I wasn’t eating gluten but was still feeling brain fog, occasional bloating and a few other symptoms. Again, I turned to research.
In researching Hashimoto’s, I came across Erin at Fit Rocker Chick. She had some great tips on how to be healthy and strong while dealing with Hashimoto’s. I signed up for her Thyroid Jumpstart program and joined Beach Body. The experience was great! I learned what foods I needed and using the 21-day fix, was able to figure out how much I should be eating. I learned what supplements work best for me and how taking them can affect how I feel. I stopped pushing myself so hard and started doing short bursts of intense exercise. I try to get 30 minutes of exercise every day but am doing better at listening to when my body needs to take a break.
Every day is different, but overall I am feeling better. Of course, I have my good days and my bad days and have learned to better listen to my body. I am still trying to find out what works best for me and my body, and to be more consistent.