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My fitness journey with hypothyroidism

Posted by Joe Wicks in Fitness, Wellbeing

Even when we're super motivated to live fitter and healthier lives, we can sometimes hit obstacles that get in the way. Whether it's injuries, sickness or busy schedules we sometimes need to adjust in order to reach our goals. In this blog, guest writer Rebecca Bingham shares her journey on the 90 Day Plan after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and offer some tips for staying on track when obstacles get in the way.

By Rebecca Bingham

When you embark on a new lifestyle, it is inevitable that you will experience setbacks along the way, whether that’s in the form of injury or illness (or perhaps birthdays that turn into holidays that turn into anniversary dinners - you know how it is).

When we are faced with these unexpected challenges it can make our goals seem all the more unreachable, and the temptation to give up can be overwhelming. If you are thinking about starting the 90 Day plan or you are just trying to change your body in some way then hopefully my experience will encourage you.

I’ve just started the new 90 day plan from The Body Coach, this will be my third round of Joe’s life changing plan. Half way through my first round I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism.

What is Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism?

If you’ve never heard of this before, it is a condition whereby your immune system attacks your thyroid gland. The thyroid controls your metabolic rate, (among a whole host of other important functions) not great when you’re trying to lose some extra body fat and boost your metabolism.

I tackled symptoms such as exhaustion, muscle aches (like a bad case of flu), and looming feelings of depression despite feeling the strongest and healthiest I had ever felt. I also had a gorgeous 2 year old son and a beautiful 6 month old daughter. It was a lot to contend with. One thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to give up on this new lifestyle, I’d already come so far in 6 weeks, making amazing changes to my body, and I wasn’t going back to ‘diets’ that got me nowhere. My husband was the King of food prep and the most amazing support to me, so I decided to drop the exercise until I felt stronger and he continued to feed me delicious, healthy food from the plan.

Rebecca's progress: June 2016 - Feb 2018 

5 tips for staying on track when obstactles arise

1. It's all about balance

Good nutrition along with regular exercise contributes to feeling healthy and energised. If you drop the ball on one aspect then try to keep on top of the other. It doesn’t always have to be about fat loss, it can be about treating your body right and putting good stuff in, to get the best outcome long term. Slow progress is still progress, there are 1.5 years between my progress photos, but would you tell me taking that long wasn’t worth the effort? It’s hard to keep going when you don’t know how or when you’ll reach your goal but you won’t reach it if you stop. Slow and steady wins the race guys.

2. Adapt, adapt, adapt

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” [Henry Ford] 

If you have an injury there are ways in which you can adapt your workouts to accommodate that. Seek advice from medical professionals and keep in contact with the support heroes on the plan, they can give great advice, and can suggest some appropriate workouts. Change it up. In my case, I had to stop exercising for a few weeks as I suffered from extreme muscle fatigue, keeping up with the food plan maintained my focus but more importantly it fed my body the right things when it needed it most.

3. Surround yourself with positivity

I was lucky to have an extremely supportive husband who helped me stay prepped like a boss but support, however small, can give you the boost you need. When I was diagnosed I joined some forums specific to my condition, thinking they would be invaluable. The general consensus amongst them seemed to be defeatist when it came to gaining weight with Hypothyroidism. This wasn’t helpful to me mentally, and was not what I had come to believe, so I chose to find my support elsewhere. My advice is surround yourself with positive, encouraging people. In the world of fitness and lifestyle there are millions of us on different routes to the same destination, find your tribe.

4. Listen to your body

This is an age old saying but I believe it to be true, now more than ever. I listened to my body and knew something was up. Don’t force yourself to do things when you’re not able, it could be detrimental to your ultimate goal. You want to be in your strongest position when you emerge the other side of your set backs. You want to be able to smash those goals instead of being three steps back because you pushed too soon.

5. Don't give up

If you go through the ebb and flow of injury or illness and maintain your lifestyle it will be so much easier to get back on it 100 per cent when you’re better. When you overcome these set backs and reach your goals, whether that’s 6 months or 6 years, the reward for having the determination to not give up will be so much sweeter, because you kept going in spite of your difficulties.

If I can complete the plan with a sloth-like metabolism then you got this. Go smash it and if you haven’t signed up, but have been thinking about it - DO IT. It will change your life, one step at a time. I have the plan to thank for giving me the knowledge about what’s healthiest for me, right when my body needed it most.

Click here for more info on the Body Coach 90 Day Plan.

You can follow Rebecca's journey on Instagram @sharingachair 

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About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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