Shortly after moving to Tucson I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. It sucks. I am just now starting to try and learn more about it. I am on medication and the dosage increases every year. Before Christmas I was feeling pretty well. I had reduced the amount of wheat I was eating and had my snacking under control. And then we went to Flagstaff and ate out for 4 straight days, then I got sick and then it was Christmas. My exercise/yoga routine was on hold for a few weeks and my eating habits imploded. I am having lots of joint pain (hands and shoulders), am ready for bed by 7:00p and scary crabby. It is time to retake control and see if I can help myself feel better.
I have somewhat impulsively decided to eat uber healthy for 30 days. I made the decision on Monday to start today, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. My 30 days will end the first day of Spring. It seems like a nice window for self-improvement.
I will sort of be following the Whole 30 rules, but not entirely, hence I am NOT doing the Whole 30. I have tried it twice and never could complete it. Three no-no’s from the whole 30 I am going to break are: 1. I am going to eat real butter (instead of ghee) 2. I am going to eat Greek yogurt (at least until the ones on hand are gone) 3. I am going to eat peanuts (and Trader Joe’s peanuts only peanut butter).
What I will be doing: eating lots of fresh veggies, some fruits and lean proteins. Only planned snacks, no random binge eating. Mid-morning an apple or banana with PB and late afternoon nuts or celery, carrots and/or cucumber. I will not let myself get too hungry. I will drink lots of water. Avoid sugar, soy, grains and dairy (except for the above mentioned items) and anything artificial. I will be doing lots of cooking and lots of dishes.
This blog will be my accountability watch dog. I won’t post every day but I will keep track of how things are going. I don’t know if I will write down every morsel of food but I will admit any slip ups or full scale crashes. I will also be on the look out for physical and mental changes.
I was going to write “send me luck” but there is no luck involved. What I need is willpower, perseverance and the ability to keep my goals in sight. My goals are to sleep better (no insomnia and sounder sleep), stop the mood swings and reduce or eliminate my joint pain. My starting weight is 142.0. I would love to lose 5 or 6 pounds but that is a secondary goal. For now my scale is out of sight in the cupboard.
I have a good feeling about my success for the next 30 days. I have very specific aims I am trying to achieve and I am using a plan I have devised myself that should meet those goals. And if not? I will worry about that in 30 days!