Category 3

Total Inches Lost: 2.75

Essay: Overall, I am very happy with my results. I was also somewhat surprised as I typically workout about double the amount of time – normally spending at least 45 minutes T-Tapping 6-7 days a week.  So, I wasn’t really expecting results. In fact, I was kind of worried that I might gain inches. But, I lost 2.75″ overall – at Wednesday last week I was actually down 3.5″ but gained a bit back. In addition to the work-outs below, I also made sure to get in 10,000 steps a day, sometimes up to 12,000 – some days I took later afternoon/evening walks to ensure I met my step goals – trying to use T-Tapp stepping techniques along the way. I also tried to do hoedowns after most meals.  And, I took my usual alfalfa pills. This challenge came at the perfect time as I was beginning to wonder if I was working out too much as many of my hypothyroid symptoms had come back over the past couple of months, despite my labs being normal. About a week before the challenge began, I started a new eating plan recommended for those with hypothyroidism. The anti-inflammation eating plan recommended removing grains, nuts, and seeds. The plan also recommended balancing meals to the ratio of 50% carbs (mostly from fruit and orange juice, starchy vegetables like squash and potatoes), 25% fat (from healthy oils like olive oil, butter, and coconut oil), and 25% protein (from lots of dairy, bone broth, gelatin, and healthy meats) to keep ones blood sugar regulated. It also recommended 5 smaller meals. I’m just over three weeks into the new way of eating and lesser plan of working out, and I feel great. Although I still don’t feel 100% and still have some symptoms, I feel more rested, less inflamed and swollen, and I really feel like my blood sugar has been balanced for the first time in a very long time. I am not experiencing the crashes I used to experience all-day-long.  And best yet, I learned that I don’t need to spend as much time working out each day (Less is More with T-Tapp!) – although I may also need to keep my eating in check. Which may be hard to do with the holidays coming up. Maybe a holiday challenge should be in order. wink.wink. 😉