So I was trying to wait until all of my health issues were figured out before writing, who knows when that will be though.
At a young age I became very interested in my health and natural living. I was able to stay in shape and eat fairly well for many years. Even after my son was born I was following the paleo diet, taking a vitamin drink and exercising.
Then things in life started happening. I was no longer able to eat paleo foods, I didn’t have as much time to exercise and I started stress eating, a lot.
That continued for a couple years and then I got pregnant again. I developed hypothyroidism with my pregnancy but it didn’t go away after my daughter was born like it did with my son. I didn’t realize that until my daughter was a year old though. So during the time I had undiagnosed hypothyroidism things got even worse. After my daughter was born I could steadily feel my health going downhill. So a year after my daughter was born I started looking for answers.
As of now I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism from my family doctor and adrenal fatigue from my naturopothic doctor. I had to see my family doctor twice within a 6 month period and request blood work before getting my hypothyroidism diagnosis. I decided to see my naturopothic doctor because I was only feeling slightly better and still felt awful all of the time. My family doctor couldn’t really give me any answers as to why I was still feeling so fatigued all of the time, had started having painful bloating and just didn’t feel normal.
When I saw my naturopothic doctor she immediately said my symptoms sounded like I had adrenal fatigue and started up a plan for me including vitamins, supplements, how to manage my stress and some lifestyle changes to try. Within a couple of weeks I started feeling better. A couple of months later though when my son got really sick for a couple of weeks I had to put my health on the back burner again.
Along with the symptoms I mentioned earlier I’ve also started having inflammation in various areas of my body which have caused other problems such as sciatica. I’ve also started having sharp pains in my stomach that will spread up into my back or sometimes just my upper back will get the pains. I feel weak, lightheaded, irratable, have brain fog, trouble falling asleep and have been having irregular cycles.
Most recently I went to see my family doctor about my hormones and the stomach pain. I’m waiting to hear back from her about the results from my tests. I’m hoping if the results are normal my symptoms won’t just get brushed aside again. If so off to the naturopothic doctors again.
As you can imagine all of that combined makes doing daily activities and taking care of my family that much more difficult. I know I don’t have it as bad as a lot of people but it’s enough to make my days extra challenging. Right now my biggest struggle is not enough time in a day. By the time everyone else’s needs are taken care of and the cleaning has been done I have virtually no time for myself. To make things extra fun I also deal with anxiety and panic attacks brought on by certain situations. Most days I feel like I’m drowning and that I’ll never be able to keep up with life’s demands. Just waking up can leave me feeling discouraged if I’m not feeling well that day. Discouraged because I know how difficult it will be to get everything that needs to be done accomplished. Knowing everything may not get done that needs to be will cause me to have a lot of anxiety which in return makes some of my other symptoms worse. When I have a lot of anxiety I stress eat which does nothing to help my weight or health.
So that’s how I got to where I am and some of the things I’m struggling with right now. In my future posts I’ll explain changes I’ve made, future goals and updates on my fitness and health. As things really get going I’ll share some recipes and exercises I enjoy.
I hate sharing these pictures because this isn’t who I am but this is me at my worst so it needs to be seen.
These were taken before I made any changes and when my bloating was at its worst. As you can see in the pictures my stomach is very round. Some morning I would wake up like this and some days it would be after breakfast.
Waist 37 1/2″
Bra size 38 H (fits snug)