For #throwbackthursday I want to share a comparison photo of my face from when I was in the throes of hypothyroidism and other hormone imbalances vs one of me today (literally, today!). My first thought is that I would love to throw that back like it never happened and I never had hormonal weight issues – I mean look at that puffy “moon face” that is so typical of someone with an underactive thyroid! But now I’m grateful for that time, the struggles, and all that it taught me.
I was so UNHAPPY during that time.
- I was stressed out.
- I was overtired.
- I was irritable and short and snippy with people.
- I felt bad all over – body aches and pains and headaches.
- I had very low energy.
- I had no libido.
- I had insomnia
Those are just a few of the symptoms I was experiencing during that time. I felt like I was on a roller coaster with my emotions. I didn’t sleep well and I had a difficult time waking up and I woke with headaches almost daily. Morning were a real struggle for me.
I had to learn a lot about myself during that time period. And I did not give up on myself. I scoured the internet and read books and reached out to people I didn’t know. I didn’t care how much lab work had to be done or how much I had to learn about hormones and my body, I was not going to stay in a body that felt like it was breaking down on me. I knew what it felt like to feel good and I was determined to get the old me back!
Although it’s tough to look at that picture on my license every single time I pull it out of my wallet (ugh!), it’s also a blessing to know how far I’ve come. I’ve learned to embrace the tough times – even today when I face a struggle – because I know that I will be better once I’ve made it to the other side. It’s during the tough times that we become better.
I want to encourage you to embrace those throwbacks – any moments you think about from your past that you’re not so proud of or wish you could erase – and know that you are better because of them. You may still be going through those tough times, but don’t give up on YOU.
I believe in YOU and I know that you have it in you to find your way out of the struggle and be better for it. And know that I’m always here to help with guidance and support if you need it. I had to lean on others during those difficult days and it is my mission to be there for you when you need it.
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