January 2019: Chronic Illness Health & Wellness Update – Just Jessie

Wednesday, Hump Day, woohoo! Who else is ready for the weekend? After two weekends away from home, I’m ready to be home “mostly” this weekend. But alas… we’ve still got a couple days to go.

Today I wanted to give you a short little update on my health & wellness – basically all things Hashimoto’s, weight loss, etc.

About a month ago, I wrote this post all about some lifestyle changes I’m making for my Hashimoto’s. I’m still on the road to healing with my Hashimoto’s coach, working with a doctor and trying to cut out dairy, which is more difficult than I thought.

Weight Loss

So when it comes to weight loss, I haven’t had any – that I know of, haha! I dropped about 7-10 lbs of pure bloat and puffiness when my  thyroid meds were fixed, but since then, I’ve been stuck at about 15 lbs higher than I’d like to be. But as much as I wanna look bangin’ in my wedding dress, I’m much more focused (so is Ben) on being healthy in that wedding dress. Or anytime, really. I’m making a few more changes and now that my bachelorette party is over, I really need to hone in on the no dairy, no gluten, no soy, eat organic stuff now. I’m getting better by the day, but I’ve got a lot of work to do!


As you read previously, my diet isn’t going “well” but it’s also not going “bad.” I actually just did a beet transit test (betcha didn’t want to hear about that!) so I can continue to figure out which foods really mess with my gut. I’ve also been trying to talk myself back into exercise, but it’s going slowly.  My body can only handle about 30 minutes of working out right now, and that’s okay! I just need to get better at working out in the morning or at night.

Hormonal Health

The biggest thing I’m working on is deciding if I should get my Mirena IUD taken out. Nope, not for kiddos – but instead because I think it’s messing with my body. Hormonal birth control could also be a root cause of my illness. I’ve been on hormonal BC since I was 16. That’s right folks, almost 15 years of hormones masking things I probably don’t even know about. I’m hoping to make a decision on this by the end of January. Basically I’m deciding when I’m doing this – before, or after the wedding.

I’m continuing to journal and meditate daily. I also spend as much time as I can away from my desk at lunch time during the week to journal or plan in my planner. I’ve been spending less time on my phone (I suck the most at this one) and I’m trying to drink as much water as possible. It’s a continuous work in progress, you know?

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