Day 3, I’ve realized that making big shifts in your diet and lifestyle take more planning than one expects. We are three days back to work after an entire company shut-down and everybody wants everything done now. Today was full of meetings and trying to balance the deadlines and urgent requests in between.
Part of this lifestyle change is focused on taking back time and rituals for myself. I’m so much a giver to others that self-care is last, if at all. So, this day I felt like I had failed putting myself first and planning trips to the store for meals. I was trying not to be too hard on myself. Breakfast was covered – another smoothie. Lunch was fine – protein and vegetables. But dinner? It was 6pm and I had nothing planned for dinner and two urgent emails came in requiring about another hours work. Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s Gluten-free cereal, a handful of blueberries, and Silk Plain Milk was my only quick choice, because my blood-sugar was dropping fast. Trying not to feel guilty that I had not planned dinner and forcing my guy to figure it out for himself, I ate my breakfast for dinner.
There were some wins for the day. Going sugar-free has been the hardest part of the three days. What I have done well this week was to make sure there is plenty of fruit in the house so when any sugar craving hits I’m ready to battle it with some fresh, natural fruit. USDA says fruit servings are half a cup. Getting my required five servings of each day has not been a problem. It’s summer and there’s an abundance of deliciousness right now.
My urgent projects were completed around 7:30 and I had a date with the Wii Fit Plus. The entire workout I was nauseous, but pushed through. I have no idea why I was feeling that way. I had plenty of water throughout the day. It was about 30 minutes after I had eaten. Could it have been the soy? Is soy making me sick? Does that happen? Note to self: more research on soy allergies.
One other thing to report. The doctor phoned early evening to inform me that my labs were back for my thyroid and she’d like me to start on medication immediately to treat hypothyroidism. Although I won’t feel better immediately, I will start to feel better soon, and many of my symptoms will dissipate. So, I’m hypothyroid. I guess finding out three days into a diet and lifestyle shift is the best time so I can build new and healthy eating habits, fueling my body with foods that will fire up my metabolism.
Will the puffiness in my body decrease significantly when I start this medication? I hope so. The picture of my feet was taken last week. I started a 365 self-portrait photo project this year. I’ve been documenting my feet a lot since they are much of my daily focus. They are in pain most of the time. Edema increases throughout the day, some days worse than others. When they are swollen the skin feels like it’s going to burst off. It often hurts to stand and walk. And I only find relief if I just lay down and elevate them. In this picture, it was a mediocre day.
A couple more things I’d like to note. My scalp has been bad this week. Worsening in the last day. It’s quite sore again, and breaking out all over, itchy and a fair amount of dandruff. The new medicated shampoo I’ve been trying now for a month doesn’t seem to be making any difference. Also the rashes under my arms have returned again after several months of improvement. They aren’t as itchy as last time, but present. Both subjects are so gross to bring up, but part of the mystery of it all.
Now onto day 4.