Put On A Happy Face

Put On A Happy Face

I don’t like being on this side of the camera. I am usually the one taking the pics – so much so, that I’ve told my family that they wouldn’t be able to put a slideshow together for my funeral should I die today! lol

But today…this is a face of someone who knows for certain that the hard work of a new wellness journey is paying off.

What started almost 6 months ago as a journey to simply feel better became a quest to be the healthiest me I can be. It was not a quest to lose weight, although I’m well aware of the fact that much weight needed to be shed (and still does). I didn’t, however, expect this new lifestyle to have as big of an impact on my weight as it has over these last few months.

Two events in my life were the springboard into catapulting me into this new quest for better health: 1) the fact that I felt miserable almost every day of my life and ended up with my missing a day of work, simply for stomach issues, and 2) a health screening for my life insurance renewal. These two events happened almost simultaneously, and it was then that I knew I had to take charge of my health. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that can wreak havoc on your body causing all sorts of problems, and I darn near had about every one of them possible. I’m a poster child for HT! lol.

6 months later, I am 25 lbs lighter, and I feel so much better than I have felt in a long time. I’ve been seeing the progress but not truly believing that my scales were ‘right’. I excused it by telling myself that “digital scales aren’t exactly true”, plus the scales “might be getting old and we might need to buy another one”, etc. etc.

But today, another health screening took place, and the results showed that my scales were actually right. For some reason, it was at today’s screening that made it feel official to me.

Self-doubt gets in the way many times. If the writing is on the wall…read it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t second-guess it. Continue on your journey. It may be hard, but every step, no matter how tiny, is still a step forward.

There will be good days, and days you mess up, but the ‘day’ doesn’t define you. I’m an example of both the good and the bad. I’m under construction every day. But today, I’m 25 lbs lighter and 1 RX less than I was 6 months ago. And I’m gonna let myself be happy about it.

A New Journey

A New Journey

A couple of months ago, I started a new journey.  A journey to be the healthiest version of me I can be. 
There are many, many reasons I could give for beginning this new adventure, but the most important reason is to be a good steward of the temple God gave me while here on earth.
Approximately 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the immune cells mistakenly attack your thyroid.  The thyroid gland is an essential organ for producing thyroid hormones, which maintain body metabolism.  Despite its small size, it has a critical role in determining how our bodies function, and, ultimately, how well we feel.  The thyroid controls the body’s metabolism, which is the energy supply that is essential for all bodily functions.  Think of the thyroid gland as an automobile’s fuel pump. (Taken from hypothyroidmom.com.)
I recently read an Instagram post from @outsmartdisease which I felt was well spoken.  It is hard to explain to anyone how you feel and have them truly understand because thyroid disease is an invisible disease.  Your doctor can do everything synthetically possible on his/her side of your story to try to help, but the dosage of meds usually just keeps increasing, or it was in my case.
Hashimoto’s can also cause many health issues, and when reading about them, I found myself to be a poster child for them.  These other health issues are the reason I am on a journey to use food and natural supplements as medicine, as much as possible, to help find the root cause and prevent further issues. I only have one temple on this earthly journey, and if I want to enjoy life here on earth, it is my job to be a good steward of it. 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit … received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought for a price.
Therefore, honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Read the particular post below from @outsmartdisease which I referenced above.
Life with hypothyroidism and autoimmune Hashimoto’s isn’t easy… but unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. With low thyroid, you quickly run out of energy and often are not able to do your usual daily tasks. Some people who don’t understand how challenging life with thyroid disease is may even get so rude and call you lazy… They don’t understand that you are actually putting a tremendous effort and still trying to keep things going when in fact you are fatigued, depressed and tired all the time. Many hypothyroid patients are masquerading as a normal person day after day at work, at home, in front of their family and friends and don’t share their thyroid life experiences because they were rejected so many times, didn’t find any understanding and compassion from people around them. How thyroid disease affects your life? Click the link in my Instagram profile bio @outsmartdisease.

Do you struggle with debilitating fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, heat & cold sensitivities, among other symptoms?  You may have thyroid issues.  Contact your doctor and have him check your thyroid levels.
Dr. Izabella Wentz, who is my #1 resource for thyroid disease, offers information on the top 10 thyroid tests and how to interpret them.  Click on the link to her article Top 10 Thyroid Tests and How To Interpret Them by Dr. Izabella Wentz.