Recently, I reached the point where I could no longer contain the frustration I have been feeling toward my lack of results. As you know, I have been on a health journey – trying to lose weight, so that I can qualify for an operation I need to have to fix my tummy. Becoming a mother, the lack of a thyroid gland, and the busyness of life have not been kind to me. Unfortunately, the results are not favourable considering the months I have been working on it.
Now, I must admit, it would be very easy to give up. However, that would mean I would be admitting defeat, it would mean that I would officially stop trying, it would also mean that I’d never reach my goal, the past year would be completely wasted, and I would never face my obstacles and I would never win. Giving up sounds like such a waste when I put it like that. I want to conquer what ever it is that is preventing me from achieving my weight loss goal. I want to reach my ultimate goal – Health and vitality – AND I want to shop and wear clothes I love!
I have done a lot of talking about taking responsibility for my health and well being – and I have been working it, but when your not getting the results you feel you should be getting – you have to change your tactic – not throw the goal out the window!
So, I’m changing tactics!
Over the last couple months I have been researching, really getting a clear understanding of what my issues are. I want to know how my issues can be fixed. Losing weight sounds so simple, and it is for some, but I haven’t experienced that ease. Its not about eating less and moving more. Losing weight and getting healthy is far bigger than one plus one equals two.
I have quickly learned that you have to understand what the right questions are, so that you can find the right answers.
Step 1. Late last year, I read the book ‘Wheat Belly’ by Cardiologist and Author William Davies, and find myself going back to the concepts in the book. This book introduced me to the ideas surrounding genetically modified foods, how our animals are fed and treated, and why wheat these days is something for us to avoid, and how the food pyramid should be turned upside down. The Wheat belly Facebook page has also reminded me of how many discrepancies there are in the world of nutrition.
Step 2. Google. That’s right – I googled! I’m a googler. I googled what I wanted to know. I wrote ‘why can’t I lose weight’ in the google search bar and I found http://www.drberg.com. Dr Eric Berg designed a quick test to determine what body type you are. It seems we all fall into one of the following body types – Adrenal, thyroid, liver and ovary. While my predominant body type is adrenal, my test also indicates that I have a number of traits in the thyroid category. I was born without a thyroid gland so I was expecting a thyroid body type to be the predominant body type. What i have learnt is that you can be predominant in one area, but display other body type characteristics. So my main two are adrenal and thyroid.
Here are some youtube videos relating to Dr Berg’s adrenal fatigue (http://bit.ly/1hneqCx) and Dr Berg’s ’what to eat for each body type’ youtube video (http://bit.ly/NvQ3Ir). Obviously go further and work out what your body type is – its well worth the research.
Step 3. Find a doctor who treats ‘you’ the person, rather than the pathology results. Over the years, I have learned that doctors, while their hearts are in the right place, aren’t always educated enough with my particular issues. For years, I took a synthetic medication because I was instructed to do so. Before I was born the medication on offer was a natural product that contained both T3 and T4. Then the pharmaceutical companies bought in to the mix, but the synthetic medication they created is only based on T4. My doctors throughout my life only prescribed synthetic products. My blood tests came back with what they called ‘normal results’, but the symptoms were not normal and they were a struggle to push past. I finally found a doctor who agreed to increase the amount of oroxine, however, at the time I didn’t understand the need to have both T3 and T4 together in the medication. Recently I found out about natural thyroid medications, and I have now been on this medication for almost 2 months. If you have a thyroid issue and you need medication, and you would like to change over to a natural product, its best to contact your local compound chemist, as they will know of the doctors in your area who are happy to prescribe the natural alternative to the synthetic options.
Step 4. Don’t be afraid to youtube. Youtube is one of the most amazing sites on the internet. I found Dr Mark Hyman on youtube, and he talks a lot about health, how bad sugar is, among a multitude of other issues. Youtube is a brilliant resource that should not just be used for sending out your ‘in the bedroom’ music videos – its a brilliant education resource. One that I use on a regular basis.
Step 5. Read. Read everything you can read on the topic of your issue. Find out reputable resources and really take responsibility for your health. I encourage you. You only live once!
Here are some of the books I want to encourage those of you who have hormone issues, and or thyroid come adrenal issues.
1. Feeling fat, fuzzy and frazzled? Richard and Kirrilee Shames M.D.
2. The Thyroid Sourcebook for Women. Mary Shoman
3, The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough. Mary Shoman
4. I Quit Sugar. Sarah Wilson
5. The Liver cleansing diet. Sandra Cabot
6. The Blood Sugar Solution. Dr Mark Hyman
7. Unlock the secrets that keep you fat! Sandra Cabot
This health and weight loss journey may have started many moons ago for me, and I have struggled to lose weight. If you look at me, you would think that my efforts were in vain, you’d probably think I wasn’t eating right, and I wasn’t exercising, and it is for this reason, I made the decision a while back that I was going to heed the advice of my doctor, but I was going to spend any available time I had to research my inability to lose weight. My health is my responsibility and to go forward I need to take what I learn to my doctor. I have finally found a doctor who is open to listen and work with me. Its taken a while….but its great to be able to go and give him a stack of information. He probably fears appointments with me, but I am desperate to fix my situation.
Now I just need to put what I have learned into action! I’m hoping that I can start to see some significant results. Knowledge is powerful, but it still takes some action to meet your goal.
The ‘Let Loose Fashion and Bling’ store, is situated between Joybells Card and Gift Store, and the health store, on the main street in Caloundra. Over the Christmas Holidays, the store began a new life. New owners moved in and gave Let Loose, a brand new slick of paint, and a new sense of life. Against this new backdrop is a range of gorgeous women’s clothing, jewellery and shoes. A few weeks ago, the new owners reopened the doors to the fresh new store, so I went along for a look and I must say that I was not only pleasantly surprised, but also over the moon.
The staff at Let Loose are great, they slip into the role of a true friend and direct you to the styles of clothes that are more likely to suit you, they are also willing to spend time teaching their clients how best to wear their pieces. When I was there, I was taught how to layer pieces to get my desired look – something I had never really done before! I felt like a million dollars as I walked out the door with my Let Loose store bag. I will definitely go back to Let Loose Fashion and Bling, and I would like to invite you to go and visit, as you will definitely be well worth your time and effort.
If you are a regular reader to this blog, you will know that I hate shopping for clothes for myself. I find it really difficult to find clothes I like, and I was certain that designers and manufacturers refused to make clothes for my body shape. When I usually go shopping for clothes, I look for clothes I can wear – not necessary love.
Let Loose Fashion and Bling, is a store I can get excited about. I love that Let Loose Fashion and Bling have clothes that will suit larger sizes, and also cater to those lucky women who can wear anything. I will still shop at Let Loose, when I get to my desired size.
When school returned three weeks ago, I assumed I would gain time to write, and accomplish a few things on my mummy list, but also a number of things on my ‘Things Sarah wants to accomplish list’.
Oh, how wrong I was!
Two out of the three girls settled back into school life well – and quickly. Our beautiful middle daughter, has found learning difficult, and while we are helping her at home, She also receives learning support at school, Bethy’s self confidence needs a little work, so we have been having lots of chats about how joy comes from within, and no one can make her happy, Bethy has to decide happiness for herself. When she makes the decision to be happy despite the circumstances, she will feel empowered in herself, and confidence will flow. The flow on effect will be closer relationships with her friends from school, she will be less hyper sensitive to the cracks in friendships, she will be able to overlook problems and likely to feel free in herself. Her true self will be happier. While she allows herself to feel insignificant and unimportant, her outcome will be that she is seen as insigniicant and unimportant…and as a mum, i don’t want that for her life. So we are working very hard building her up.
I have recently reread the ‘Love Languages for Children’ book by author Dr Gary Chapman. Bethy’s love language, is definitely ‘quality time’. It does not seem to matter what we do together, it seems that Bethy’s need for one on one time with me is vital to her survival. So I have been trying to ‘create opportunities’ to have that quality time with Bethy in amongst the daily chaos of family life with four kids! Some days, this is much easier than others….but we are getting there.
Between juggling family life, and a new school routine, we have had a number of school functions to attend in the last few weeks – the commencement service, the Parent Information night, the swimming carnival (two pool locations), we also have a new niece, extended family catch ups, an elderly grandparent died, weekly guitar lessons, and trying to keep up to date with the normal household expectations – such as dinner preparation, homework, general cleaning and so on – some of the boring stuff that has to be done!.
Suddenly I feel like I need another holiday – lucky we only have 6 weeks and 3 days to the Easter break (not that I am counting)!
Since my last blog post, I have had to adapt my 3 month meal plan, as I accidentally broke my oven door. It smashed to the ground and the front panel of glass shattered into a billion tiny pieces across my kitchen floor. All I could think about was my plan, the plan to improve our family life, by simplifying it – not adding pressures to the mix. Breaking the oven door has been a challenging issue to deal with, and I am still trying to get it sorted. So along with ‘campaign improve Bethy’s self esteem and confidence’, keeping up with the daily grind, including school routines, I must admit that at this moment – I feel far away from the magical place of ‘simple’, However, I am hopeful and very optimistic! I’m trying to stay positive and believe that there IS a way to fix the door with out having to replace the whole oven! My goal at the moment is to keep plodding along and just make some progress each day. :)
Sometimes, I find ‘motherhood’ quite a challenging journey, and it can be very hard to keep on top of the household duties. I want more time to play with my kids, more time to plan and take adventures, and just have time to enjoy and really connect with my family. The world seems to spin far too quickly and the insignificant things in life, we deem important, need to be reconsidered and restructured so that we can actually make more time for those really important people in our life. Afterall, life is about people, isn’t it?!
The ‘Love Languages’ book has reminded me to stop and really connect with my kids. Not that I haven’t been connecting with them, but at times I do find it far too easy to get involved in matters that do not concern me. I’m learning to re-prioritize and make sure I properly connect with each of the kids at least once each day. There is no excuse for distant relationships in a family. Family is supposed to be the soft place we can fall into at the end of each day. It is the place where our children need to feel the safest, and if they have no soft place to fall when the world has been harsh, where can they go? Where, and who do they turn too? I know where I want my kids to turn. Family life is the place where a child will learn the skills of taking responsiblity for their words and their actions, they will learn resilience, they will learn conflict resolution, and they will learn emotional and social etiquette. What does emotional and social etiquette mean? Simply put, it means they learn how to have relationships with others. They learn what is socially acceptable, they learn the rules of life. It may not always be pretty, and in amongst family life, a child will and must be corrected, but it comes with the territory of growing children into well balanced, happy and successful adults. Without correction, a child will not learn to live his best life, because they need to be guided and directed. Since rereading the Love Languages book, I have been reminded how important it is to parent each child as an individual. Obviously there are some rules and consequences that apply to all of them, but knowing how each child ticks, even through discipline I can connect with them personally, and bring the best out in them – well, at least I can try!
”A man’s home is his castle” Darryl Kerrigan says in the 1997 Australian film, ‘The Castle’, and I must admit I wholeheartedly agree. No matter what home improvement ideas we have, we all have this belief that home improvements are all about making our environment happier and nicer to live in. It’s all about the serenity, our safe place, our refuge, from the world in which we live in.
Here we are screeching towards the end of January, and I must say that life in our household has been busy over the last couple of months. We have thoroughly enjoyed the summer/Christmas holidays, but I have also been getting my home and my mind organised for the new year. On the second day of January I started my new thyroid medication, and I must say that despite having a cold at the moment, I am starting to feel so much better in my self. I wish I had changed my medication over to the natural option years ago. I just wish I had known about it! The facebook group ‘hypothyroidism mom’ has been so informative and helpful.
I have learned so many really important pieces of information through this group. Obviously getting your medication right is vital, but there are a number if different foods one should avoid when your hypothyroid inclined. Broccoli and cabbage are two I’m thankful to be off the list! The kids feel that it’s entirely unfair that I don’t have to eat broccoli.
While my weight hasn’t changed much over the last few weeks, I feel that my mind is far less foggy, and I can finally think more clearly. I think I mentioned in a previous blog post that the author (William Davis M.D) of the wheat belly book, says that people who suffer hypothyroidism should avoid wheat. Now I realise that avoiding wheat helps relieve brain fog, but I think there is enough proof in the last few weeks to say that my new thyroid medication is working a treat. I must say I do feel rather excited about this!
Over the last few days, I have been thinking about getting more organised in the kitchen. Meal planning has never been my forte, so I decided to write a meal plan for a 3 month period of time. Why? Well the battle of sticking to a budget and the success of any weight loss plan is won or lost in the kitchen. Oh, and if I don’t have to actually stress about what we are going to have for dinner, and all I have to do is grocery shop and put it together – I think I’ll feel much better about meal times.I will admit that I got the idea of a 3 month meal plan from a website called simplesavings.com.au, a site that I’ve been tuned into for a number of years. It got me thinking about a few home organisational ideas over the holidays,as well as a few practical ways in which we can save money.
I have also found cleaning product recipes, and while this may bore some of you to tears, I’d like to remind you of the harmful chemicals that are used in making those convenient ‘spray and wipe options on the shelves of the supermarket. My goal this year is to simplify our lives, and connect with family and friends on a much deeper level, and I believe that fine tuning our home and lifestyle will help us significantly with these desires. As I research what it is to live simply, it seems that I am peeling back the many layers of an onion.
The kids are all very interested in planting a vegetable garden at home. We bought a mini green house from Coles at the plaza, to grow some seedlings. Amy’s class last year planted a Stephanie Alexander garden at school, so based on a few comments Amy has made, I think she may have a green thumb – I’m hoping! I have my fingers crossed someone here has a green thumb as if it’s up to me – I’m not sure how this is going to go, although I’m trying to stay positive. I think we may need the help of my green thumbed friends – you know who you are!
Our home, our health, our work life, our relationships, our belongings and our finances are all being assessed. The ultimate goal here is simplicity – simplify the way we run our household, simplify our stresses into manageable bite size pieces, simplify routines, and simplify our belongings into what we need verses what we have, for instance. I love relaxing, and pottering around at home – I am a real homebody, but the one thing I am coming to terms with is that when you have a home, there’s always something you can be improving on it. I think simplicity may be the holy grail of a balanced life – eventually reachable and attainable, but serenity is the ability to look past the chaos and enjoy life, your family and your friends. It’s living in the moment and enjoying it for what is here and now.
How’s the serenity? Well, I am discovering that Serenity just might be the meaning of true happiness.
Here we are smack bang in the middle of the second week of the new year, and I must admit that I have been reading many blogs over the last couple of weeks. It's been lovely to read the goals and desires of so many people who want to make positive changes in their lives for the coming year.
I, on the other hand have decided that instead of making some grandeous goals for myself, I am going to change the way I think about goal setting just for a moment. I am a 'goal setting' believer, however, instead of listing ten things I want to change about myself this time, I have been taking time to think carefully about my life, and ask questions about what I would like my life to look like? What do I want in my life? What kind of people do I want to associate with?
I have to admit that it did not take long to realise the four words I would like my life to be about, and to focus on this year.
Peace, serenity, balance, and simplicity.
Peace comes from within; Serenity is all about our environment, and what's happening around us; Balance is all about work and life balance; and lastly, Simplicity. Simplicity is all about keeping calm, and doing what needs to be done with ease and gentleness – simplicity is all about keeping the tasks uncomplicated.
What I love most about the new year is it's freshness. Each day resembles an unmarked page. A clean slate, so to speak. A chance to make peace with the past, and look toward the future. The beginning of the year is very much a blank canvas ready to be painted. The only question needing to be asked is, What do I want the canvas to look like at the end of 2014?
Some of the obvious goals for the year is to have more quality time with my family, and my friends, continue my health goals from 2013, continue some of my plans to write professionally, attend a couple of blogging conferences, and do the simple savings 12 month money challenge (I'll tell you about that very soon), just to name a few things on my list.
I have no materialistic desires. I'm really quite happy in myself, and my strongest desire is to just follow my heart this year, and do things that bring more peace, serenity, balance and simplicity to our lives.
Do you have a word, or a phrase that you feel represents 2014? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Xo