#1800MinuteChallenge // Week 8

1800minchallenge Well, I cannot believe it’s here already, but today is the final day of the #1800MinuteChallenge. As you will see by my numbers, I barely scraped the 1800 minutes in, but I did manage to do it!

When I signed up for this, I thought it would be a good way to motivate myself to exercise more, but I will say, it was harder on some days that I imagined it would be. Especially at the end. You’d think I’d be seeing the finish line and start sprinting towards it, but instead I’ve been struggling to finish. It doesn’t help that I’ve not been feeling great this past week. I’m glad I did it though. It feels good to have accomplished a goal!

I’m really glad that Erin hosted this! I will probably join in again next year!

Weekly Minutes: 375
Weekly Workouts: 8
Weekly Steps: 65,154
Weekly Weight Loss: -1.8 lbs., -0 in.

Total Minutes: 1807
Total Workouts: 43
Total Steps: 297,783
Total Weight Loss: -6.4 lbs., -4 in.

Friday Five + $170 Paypal Giveaway!

Can you believe it’s the last Friday of March? We’re already a quarter of the way through 2015 — and it’s freaking me out a little. Time needs to ssslllllooooowwwww down!

one | Thank you for all your sweet words of encouragement about my doctor’s appointment last Friday! It went really well! The doctor did some bloodwork and I’m still waiting on those results, but he was fairly certain that I am not ovulating, so that is what is causing the very irregular periods. Once he gets the results back, we will move forward on treatment, which will be taking progesterone pills every 35 days if I don’t have a period. I will take the pills for 5 days, and that should trigger my body to do its thing. It will definitely be nice to have more regular ones and ones that don’t last for over a month. I’m STILL on this current one. 26 days… and still counting… ugh!

Processed with VSCOcam with g2 preset two |  My sister was in town last weekend! The weekend went by WAY too fast, but we had a great time! I miss her so much!

three | While she was here, we saw Insurgent. While I really enjoyed the movie (especially watching Four 😉 ) I kept thinking “I don’t remember this. Was this in the book?” So I started reading the series again a couple of days ago. I’m on the second book now, so I’m curious to see if they changed things or if I just didn’t remember parts of it.

four | Some things this week have made extremely thankful for my husband. I know this is vague, but I’m so glad I have someone who is trustworthy and loyal. I take it for granted so much.

five | I’m am SO excited to be teaming up with Karli of September Farm and some other fabulous bloggers for a $170 PayPal Giveaway! There’s only 3 days left, so get your entries in NOW!

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Gluten-Free Q&A: How Gluten Affects Me (Part 1)

I started writing this post and realized that it was getting really long. So I’m breaking it up into two parts… Today I’m going to share a little about Hashimoto’s in general and then next week get into more about how it and gluten personally affects me.

One of the questions that was asked a few weeks ago was how does gluten effect me. This is hard to nail down without giving some info on Hashimoto’s and differentiating it from Celiac’s.

For those with Celiac’s (from what I’ve read and also discussed with a couple of people that I know who have Celiac disease), when they injest eat gluten, the immune system attacks the small intestine, damaging the villi (small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine that promote nutrient absorption). When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Immediate reactions varies anywhere from headaches to bloating to diarrhea and long-term affects can be anything from anemia to osteoporosis to hypospleenism. This is a very generalized break down of Celiacs, I highly suggest you read more about it here and here.

For those that have Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Doctors still don’t know exactly what triggers the immune system to attack the thyroid, and there is no way to cure it. But this usually results in the thyroid to become underactive, causing symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, constipation, fatigue, excessive or prolonged menstrual breeding, depression, and a variety of other symptoms.

One of the main treatments is to go on thyroid medication. However, there’s been some recent thought that cutting out gluten from your diet if you have Hashimoto’s can help the symptoms. Just like how with Celiac’s the immune system attacks gluten in the body, doctors seem to think that the immune system of those with Hashi’s has a similar reaction, though maybe not in the exact same way. The immune system starts attacking the gluten that has been injested, then for some reason, turns on the thyroid. From what I understand, something about the molecular structure of gluten closely resembles that of the thyroid gland so essentially the immune system gets confused.

Because of this thought that gluten and the thyroid “look” so similar to the immune system, one of the ways to get the immune system to back off the thyroid is to reduce the gluten in your diet. The less gluten, the less antibodies. A normal person’s TPO antibody levels should be somewhere between 10 to 50. When I was diagnosed, my levels were 392!

Well, this is where I’m going to leave off for now. I’ll be back next week to share how gluten affects me personally.

If you want to do some reading, here are some articles about Hashi’s and gluten: