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Thyroid Update: Wilson’s Syndrome Protocol
I know everyone isn’t interested in my hormone experiments, so if you’re less than enthralled by tales of T4 and TSH, skip this one. For my #FUThyroid friends, welcome! To get up to speed, you might want to read this post about my previous status in April and this Thyroid Update from July 29 before continuing on to today’s installment. (Need more context? You can read all of my previous posts about my thyroid adventures here.)
Before I get into my details, I think it’s worth repeating that all of this is about my situation. I’m glad to share my experiences with you, but we’re all different, especially regarding hormones and how our bodies behave. Remember: you are a special, special snowflake. If you think you’re experiencing something similar to me, or you’re curious about what you read here, please consult an expert. The only things on which I’m an expert are myself and how to pet Smudge’s belly without waking her up.
Update on Wilson’s Syndrome Protocol
For the past 10 days, I’ve been following Wilson’s Syndrome Protocol. That means I’m taking T3 only, twice a day, exactly 12 hours apart — and I’m measuring my temperature and my heart rate three times every day. It’s not been as bad as I feared it might be. My energy is about where it was before I started monkeying around, although I do have tiredness kind of attack me once in a while.
I checked in with Dr. Sebring yesterday, and I’m deviating from the strict Wilson’s Protocol a little bit. Right now, I’m at the highest dose of T3 included in the plan and according to the Protocol, I would start ramping down the dosage again. Instead, I’m staying at this level of T3 for 5 more days, then starting the ramp down. My average temperature is hovering around 98.6 for the first time EVER in my life, and my heart rate is normal — usually between 60 and 70, both of which are very good signs.
When this little experiment is over, I’m going to give Armour Thyroid (natural thyroid blend of T4 and T3) a try, instead of the synthetic Synthroid and Cytomel I was taking previously. Some people feel better and manage their weight better on Armour, so I’m giving it a shot.
The self experimentation is going to continue for the near future, and I’m fighting desperately with myself to be patient about it. Ah, Patience. Why must you torture me so?
The Whole30, Meditation, Walking, Running Intervals, Lifting
While I play around with my thryoid hormones, it feels more important than ever to control as many variables as I can, which is why I’m being such a journaling nerd during my Whole30. Tracking food, mood, sleep, and activity is really important so I can look for how one thing might be affecting another — and I’m loving my new workout schedule. Walking and kundalini are welcome parts of my week, strength training feels totally natural, and the running intervals I get to do once or twice a week feel like a treat.
I really don’t know if the amount of calories I’m eating is right for my body, so in September, I’m going to the Fitness Institute of Texas to have my resting metabolic rate (RMR) tested. (In 2009, I had a DEXA body fat scan done, too.) The RMR test should help me estimate how many calories I need to support my activity level and lose weight. Yes, losing weight is much more complicated than calories in/calories out, but understanding what my metabolism is doing will help me better estimate how many calories I need. Right now, I’m just eating as much as I always have, based on mushing together guidelines from Weight Watchers, the Zone, the Whole30 Success Guide, and my imagination — which puts me between 1400-1500 calories a day. I’m excited to see how close to “right” that number is.
So, there you have it. No answers yet, but at least I have a path before me that I can walk (or stomp on) to see where I end up. As Dave can attest, I like to meander down side paths and twisting walkways, so I guess the answer for now is to try to embrace the adventure of exploration.