In January, I began a weight loss program to lose 15 pounds by December 31st, 2018! After a rough last quarter of 2017, I knew it was time to just start over. That’s what the new year is for, right?

I had been sick with flu like symptoms since about April 2017. This was weird because I hadn’t been sick for years. I tried antibiotics, rest, teas, EVERYTHING! Nothing was helping, it just got worse. I saw multiple Doctors who said oh it’s just stress, anxiety, depression, a cold, etc. For the next few months I cycled through Synthroid medication dose changes to see if it helped but it only put me to one extreme or the other (hypo or hyper). This was getting so frustrating. 

I began to get very stressed and overwhelmed with all of my efforts. I couldn’t workout because my body wasn’t recovering at all. I was afraid to eat because I was dealing with severe constipation. I was taking melatonin each night because I could not sleep. All day everyday I felt like a zombie as if Id been awake for 3 days straight and my moods were all over the place by the minute. I missed 2 periods for the first time ever, then i had one that lasted 6 whole weeks!! My memory was gone, I had to write down everything! OMG I really don’t know how I made it through the days! The worst part, my relationship was on edge because I just couldn’t get it together. 

Well, in December a new Doctor I saw checked my thyroid antibodies and informed me that I have Hashimotos, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid; not hypothyroid as I had been told and treated for FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS!! Now, I had read about Hashimotos before and asked other doctors about it but they just said ‘oh, well that’s not what you have’. I had never been tested for it. 

 

Anyways, through the stress (and stress eating), fluctuating thyroid/hormone levels, and pure exhaustion, I put on some weight that I was in denial I was gaining. That was until I put on my favorite gray shorts I got from a race and they did not fit anymore. I broke down and decided, it is time!

I ordered a book I’d had my eye on for awhile “The Hashimotos Protocol” and got to work! It was very comforting to read about this Pharmacist (Izabella Wentz) who had literally gone through the same things in the same time period! 

This book is about helping heal your thyroid to get rid of your symptoms for good! Since beginning the book I have eliminated Gluten, Dairy, and Soy. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I don’t have inflammation and achy muscle

s/joints anymore, I am sleeping better, my constipation has lessened, and I can go all day without needing a nap! YAY I FEEL LIKE AN ADULT NOW!

 

Since January first, I have made some great improvements. I couldn’t be more thankful that the Doctor checked my antibodies to discover I had the autoimmune disease. I am grateful for Izabella Wentz writing this book! AND I am so thankful that Jason stood by my side through all of this, even when it got really bad.–Thanks, honey! Love you!! I know that I have a long way to go before I feel more back to normal and to reach my weight goals. I am so proud of the progress I have made over the past month! I look forward to keeping you updated on the good and bad in this journey! Check out my progress photos below!

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