A Health Scare
This is a short one… This week I got my blood test results back.
I’ve been wondering for a while if there is something wrong with my Thyroid, the amount of training I do, lifting, fitness, boxing and how well I eat (most of the time!) it’s been confusing me why my weight won’t shift!
I’ve been in a plateau for over 2 years now… scales going up and down in the same 5kg range but not being able to break the barrier and lose more… the Drs said there was nothing wrong with my Thyroid but I didn’t trust them.
So I decided to pay for a private blood test. Along came MediChecks can I just say… the experience I had with them, the venous blood collection, the packaging, the results… was brilliant, so efficient and quick!
My results came back within 2 days of me posting them… and guess what, you guessed it my Thyroid is… FINE!
They were right! (Trust the NHS – lesson learnt!). But, yes there is a but… My cortisol levels are through the roof (stress hormones for anyone that doesn’t know)… this is the hormone that makes me emotionally eat, over think… it’s the one that helps you store fat and the one that can make you gain fat! Another result came back as me becoming insulin resistant which is basically pre-diabetes… a total warning sign that if I don’t do something I’ll end up with Type 2 diabetes … something I do not want! Finally my vitamin d levels are low and I’m deficient (something that’s actually true for most Asians in this country).
So I’ve got my results… Now what?
Well, I’ve been pretty positive about it… I see it as a kick up the bum!
Tom Ford has always told me that carbs and sugar were my issue and to come off them… I did for a while and it worked! But for some reason to come off these for weight loss only wasn’t motivating enough to stick with?! But now with a health scare telling me ‘Ush you’re gonna end up diabetic and with diabetes comes potential other health issues like blindness’… well I’m not going to ignore it now am I!
I thought I was doing my body good by eating protein bars over chocolate… not true! So I’ve given these up (I’d actually bought myself a box of Grenade bars (I love them!)… I’ve given them away! Even though they’re low in carbs and sugar they have sweeteners and the body has the same reaction to sweeteners as it does to sugar!), carbs are going to be far and few and then only complex ones like quinoa, sweet potato, veggies, oh and sourdough is meant to be ok for diabetics too! No fizzy drinks … I don’t drink them anyway. And no alcohol for a while (except special occasions!) … the daily dose of chocolate has gone!
One thing I’m really happy about it that the nutrient dense protein shake I’m using is low GI (only 24)… which means I can still use it to ensure I recover after training sessions and it won’t spike my insulin. (And they have a chocolate flavour nom nom!)
So, I’m working on it and hopefully by the time I have my next blood test in 8 weeks I’ll have sorted my insulin levels out and be back into a healthy range! (Hoping my cortisol levels come down too!) I’ve started reading some books which I hope will help on that front!
Anyhoo (this was meant to be a short one!) Wish me luck ??
Be happy and always look for the positive in a situation. This was simply a kick up the bum in the right direction for me.