Dear followers,

I have been diagnosed with a disease called hypothyroidism.   This info below is to give you a little insight of some of what I am struggling with.  I have been put on meds but trying to find an alternative so I don’t have to take them for a prolonged period of time.   I continue to do my best to take care of myself and everything I always have taken care of.  Normal TSH levels are 0.5 and 5.0.  Mine are at 22.60.  😣  Life took another turn for me so I am taking time to accept, educate myself and family.  Between my health and my dad life got busier.  I will check in from time to time with all of my followers!  Wishing you all health and good vibes! screenshot_20190417-205149_instagram

If your loved one is hypothyroidthey are facing different challenges. Hypothyroidism means the thyroid is underactive, and not producing enough of the energy and oxygen-delivering thyroid hormone. This is like trying to get somewhere with barely enough gas and feet that can’t even reach the gas pedal. If your loved one is hypothyroid, he or she may be feeling sluggish, spaced out, and exhausted all the time.

Think about the worst flu you’ve ever had, and how tired, and achy and exhausted you felt. Now imagine waking up every day feeling like that, but having to get up, go to work/school and take care of yourself and others while struggling through the day. Depression and mood changes are common, as are memory problems and being fuzzy-brained, what patients call “brain fog.” Your loved one may look in a mirror and not recognize herself (the vast majority of thyroid patients, in general, are women, who are seven to ten times more likely to have a thyroid problem compared to men.) When she looks in the mirror, she sees the outer half of her eyebrows are thin or missing, her hair is thin, dry, coarse and falling out, her face and eyelids are puffy, her face is bloated and puffy, and she may have gained weight, despite eating less and working out more than everyone else around her.

With hypothyroidism, anything and everything can be slow, even digestion, which can cause constipation. For women, periods can be worse, and come more often than before.  And then there’s that issue of weight gain. Your loved one may be following the most rigorous and healthy diet and exercise program, and yet be unable to lose weight.

He or she might even be gaining weight on that program.

Advertisements

Life

As I told you life got crazy busy and will continue to be until next week.  I wanted to check in to let you all know I am thinking of my readers and our journey.   Last day of school before spring break for the kids.

Being honest the gym hasn’t been a part of my life for a while.  I do try to get in some sort of walk or exercise though.   Unfortunately, I am learning that life isn’t allowing me to get to the gym everyday like my last journey.  It just poses a situation that requires me to be creative and more driven.  Sometimes I am and sometimes it just doesn’t happen.  I have to pick and choose my battles.  If exercise is lacking then my food game has to be on point!  If my food game is lacking or I want a treat my exercise  has to be awesome!

If you celebrate Easter I hope it’s a great one!

#becauseican

Weight gain

So as my luck would have it instead of losing weight with Graves’ disease like most I have gained weight!  I thought because I wasn’t being strict with my healthy eating and 5-7 day a week exercise routine that I was gaining weight.  I did acknowledge that my appetite had increased tremendously.  At first I thought it was just Over eating due to PMS.  Then I realized that it was going beyond that.  I had no control.  Normally when I set my mind to something I can gain control fairly easy.  After seeing the endocrinologist I learned that a symptom of Grave’s is increased appetite.  It’s due to the over activity of the thyroid and your body signal’s it needs food to compensate for all of that activity.  This makes sense but I guess in some cases your body doesn’t signal to over eat you in turn loose weight.  I of course I lucked out with the opposite.  I try very hard to eat healthy but allow myself to enjoy some treats.  That is the life I was living when I reached my goal weight and was in the maintenance phase.  This is not helping me to loose weight but to maintain what I currently am.  As hard as it is not to be 140lbs I don’t think I look unhealthy or unattractive!  I was told by many I was too skinny at 140lbs but we all know we need to be the weight we are comfortable with!  I would like to loose some weight especially before summer but now my goals have changed.  I just want to educate myself more on this disease and find the best way to live a healthy life with it.

I am not the first with this disease or the symptoms I am experiencing so I will get to the bottom of what is best for my body!  I hope whatever you are struggling with you can be easy on yourself and not allow others to judge you!  Remain around friends and family that will truly support and love you!  With life’s complications you may unfortunately learn that some people you thought would love and support you won’t.  You will gain clarity!  You will be hurt and maybe even mad but trust me when I tell you that this is a good thing!  Believe what they are showing or telling you!  Be happy you now know who is really there for you and live your life appreciating those who really care capable of being there for you 100%!  Know your worth and love your yourself fully!