Last Thursday, I shared news that my test results came back from my Endocrinologist after my annual thyroid checkup. Everything was within normal limits and the nodules on my throat even shrunk.
I did all this without medication!
When my doctor called with the results he left a voicemail sounding surprised and said to me "keep on doing what you're doing".
So what is it that I keep on doing?
Making healthy lifestyle choices. Sounds simple enough, but it takes work!
When I was first diagnosed with my thyroid condition in 2011, hypothyroidism to be exact after my primary noticed an enlargement on my throat, I was prescribed medication.
As the years went by, my thyroid hormone levels remained elevated while taking these meds and I never experienced any other significant changes.
It wasn’t until January 2017, when my medication was changed yet again, but this time I had an allergic reaction and broke out in hives.
At this point, I DECIDED that I was in charge here and became way more intentional about my health than ever before.
With my knowledge as a fitness and wellness pro, I stepped it up and incorporated even more of a variety of quality carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, getting adequate exercise, and plenty of beauty rest.
A few months after enhancing my lifestyle, any routine lab tests have come back within normal limits or slightly elevated, but nothing of major concern. So when my doctor told me to "keep on doing what you're doing" I sure as hell did and feel great!
However, it’s a lot more than just eating a variety of quality foods, exercise, and rest...it begins within. See, I made an intentional decision and that’s when things began to shift.
I have faith in the process, things always work out in my favor (one of my journaling prompts), established healthy boundaries, including saying “no” to circumstances that don’t benefit me, and continue developing an all round optimistic view of life no matter what.
When you desire to achieve a goal, you must first do the internal work for long term sustainability and success. Caring for your mind, body, and spirit is the most important investments anyone can make.