Author: Betsy Westhafer

Week 6 of 26 – The Subtle Art of Managing Expectations

 

In this world of instant gratification, for which none of us can truly claim to be immune, there is a danger of having unrealistic expectations. Our world is now moving at the speed of light, so anything that falls short of our preconceived timelines seems to be at best, annoying and at worst, a failure. And when our expectations are not met quickly, there is a grave danger of throwing up our hands and yelling “I give up!”

 

One of the biggest areas in our lives where this is so true is in the area of our health. With the daily bombardment of messages that promise “instant relief,” “fast-acting,” “results in just one week, “ etc., etc., we have come to think that anything that takes some amount of time to correct is just not worth the effort.

 

I have had to learn throughout the last several months that some things require time and patience to restore. I had to learn it, but I didn’t say I had to like it. Admittedly, it can be frustrating at times, and at other times, it can feel like a losing battle. That’s the point where one has to take a step back and ask, “Where will I be a year from now if I quit the fight?” That single question should be a trigger to get in the mindset of persistence and determination.

 

In my case, it’s the love-hate relationship I have with my thyroid. I love that I have one. I hate that it doesn’t work. According to Dr. Huber, the amount of function my thyroid is exhibiting is “infinitesimal.” Yikes!

 

I didn’t know until I really started diving into all things thyroid how much of our body and spirit are controlled by the thyroid, and how much not having a finely-tuned thyroid can impact your life. As I have mentioned before, aside from the weight gain, dry skin, hair loss and ridgy nails, the main impact I have felt from this issue is depression and anxiety. I have had a hard time admitting that depression is an issue for me because I have such an amazingly blessed and abundant life and absolutely nothing to be sad or upset about. But what I learned is that it’s often times not about that. It’s purely physical, and there are ways to cure the root cause rather than treating the problem with the proverbial bandaid. And that’s what Dr. Huber and his team are helping me do.

 

“An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition, and one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime.”     ~ American Thyroid Association

 

Unfortunately, these things take time. Yes, I would prefer a quick fix, but that’s just not possible. But do I want to be in this same place or worse this time next year because I was too impatient and gave up too soon? Not just no. Hell no!

 

So, I am staying the course, currently in the process of finding the perfect dosage of my T-3 medication that will get my thyroid humming again. I keep my eye on the prize, maintain my faith that I have the right people on the case, and I continue to be grateful and focus on the millions of cells in my body that ARE functioning well. I know that if I don’t correct this issue now, it can have a negative impact on other organs in my body, most notably my heart and my liver, and heaven knows, that is not my plan.

 

My nutritionist, Chelsea Caito, wrote an article that dives into staying on course with your goals. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend taking three minutes right now to get her insights in “Your Paradigm – The Single Most Significant Hurdle Standing Between You and Your Goals.”

 

With that, I leave you with the three things I am grateful for today:

 

  • Sunshine in November
  • A mindset committed to my long-term health
  • Pumpkin spice smoothies (so yummy and healthy!)

    with the proverbial bandaid. And that’s what Dr. Huber and his team are helping me do.

     

    “An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition, and one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime.”     ~ American Thyroid Association

     

    Unfortunately, these things take time. Yes, I would prefer a quick fix, but that’s just not possible. But do I want to be in this same place or worse this time next year because I was too impatient and gave up too soon? Not just no. Hell no!

     

    So, I am staying the course, currently in the process of finding the perfect dosage of my T-3 medication that will get my thyroid humming again. I keep my eye on the prize, maintain my faith that I have the right people on the case, and I continue to be grateful and focus on the millions of cells in my body that ARE functioning well. I know that if I don’t correct this issue now, it can have a negative impact on other organs in my body, most notably my heart and my liver, and heaven knows, that is not my plan.

     

    My nutritionist, Chelsea Caito, wrote an article that dives into staying on course with your goals. It’s a great read, and I highly recommend taking three minutes right now to get her insights in “Your Paradigm – The Single Most Significant Hurdle Standing Between You and Your Goals.”

     

    With that, I leave you with the three things I am grateful for today:

     

    • Sunshine in November
    • A mindset committed to my long-term health
    • Pumpkin spice smoothies (so yummy and healthy!)

     

    All the best,

    Betsy