I go every January to have the check up tests….it’s my birthday presant to myself : ) Last year my thyroid was low and so was my energy. It’s funny because for about 20 years….since I found out that your thyroid going off can make you fat and taking the medication can mean weight loss…..I wanted my thyroid to be off….now that I’m finally at a comfortable and stable weight…it happened….go figure. Now I don’t want medication…if I can avoid it…if I need it, I’ll take it….but I hope to not need it and to find the source of the disease. I had the prescription for armor thyroid…it’s supposed to be more natural…it comes from a pig….but can still go haywire in the system…..although I did read some very positive things about it….that’s why I filled the prescription….but I still didn’t want to be on medication. I started taking kelp drops in my water, (for the iodine because iodine regulates the thyroid), when I bought them the woman said to be careful….when she took them she was bouncing off the walls….so I took what I thought was the minimum….nothing happened for over a week. I decided to take the medication and had it in my hand when I looked at the bottle one more time….it said 8 drops….so I gave it another chance….and my energy came back that very day, and the next, and the next….life was good….I later changed to “Metabolic Advantage” it had more stuff in it and have been taking those ever since along with occasional kelp drops….my energy dropped again recently…but it is winter….and I added back the kelp drops, that seems to help again. Any way, when I got my test results back this year the thyroid was way within the normal range! I love this life style. Biologically I’m aging….but physically….it actually seems to be continually improving : ) Thanks God!
Every year…in the fall….I tell myself that I’m not going to let the weather and the light effect my actions and mood….and every year it does. I think that January and February are the most challenging. Right now the sun is kind of shining on the snow…that’s really pretty….but for the most part I’m ready for spring. It starts getting hard to make myself do anything other than what is absolutely necessary, it’s the “hibernation” time of year….and sometimes I just go with it. One thing that I’ve made an absolute necessity though is exercise, it releases endorphins….those “feel good chemicals”, and boy do I need them this time of year….but I have to make myself keep up with it because it’s just so easy to fall into a slump. Yesterday I did an hour weight/aerobic workout then sat in the infra red sauna for 40 minutes….my entire mood and out look changed back to positive, hopeful, happy…..I do the weight/aerobic workout 2 days a week and yoga/pilates 2 days a week.
The class at the YMCA started this week….we have a great group….I know it’s going to be fun….and that will help with the feeling up and good….another important thing to do in the winter is to have focus on the positive and to be around people who are moving forward….also important is to turn that t.v. off….especially the news. The news is designed to get our attention…and the negative/fear based stuff usually does it. I found a website for my area that shows all of the progress going on and coming in(capitalgainsmedia.com)….there are so many wonderful things happening here in Lansing Michigan but you would never know it just listening to the news….in fact all I want to do is go jump in my bed and pull the covers over my head.
Other positive things to do are watching motivational movies like “The Secret”, “You Can Heal Your Life”….this isn’t the same as keeping the tv on : ). Read inspirational books, go places with friends, take a fun little class, go to the YMCA and work out, start “spring cleaning” on the inside so when it’s warm again you can just get out there. My personal favorite is what my cousing Kim does….and I hope to some day as well….she and Kevin go one week each of the yucky months to either a warm and exciting place or a cruise….yes, I think that’s the winner of the day. Well, I just pumped myself up to get some things done….talk to you soon : )