I have always been a relatively active person. I grew up playing basketball and doing gymnastics, moved on to running track in middle school, then competitive cheerleading in high school. I never really had an issue with my weight, I have always eaten whatever I wanted, and it never seemed to affect my body composition too much. I just attributed it to being young, because everyone would tell me how jealous they were, but to wait until I got older and it will all hit me.
For me, it didn’t. I started getting sick very frequently in college, and was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. I seriously struggled during my last two years at Bowling Green State University because of my trouble sleeping and exhaustion, weakness, and my immune system performing so poorly, and me getting sick often. On top of all that, my hyperactive thyroid made my metabolism skyrocket, and I had to eat every few hours so that I didn’t feel nauseous or faint. I was put on a medication that was meant to slow down my thyroid function and help with the symptoms. The medication slowed down my thyroid function, which in turn, slowed down my metabolism. As you can imagine, my eating habits combined with my slower metabolism caused me to gain weight fast. I realized the issue pretty quickly, and took the easy way out. I stopped taking my medication for the disease I have, because I wanted to be thin… I dealt with my symptoms, and decided it was worth it to stay thin and eat whatever I want.
After graduating from BG, I started working nights at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Working night shift took a huge toll on my body, on top of the fact that I wasn’t really taking my medication. I almost always had a Starbucks drink (or two) to get me through a shift.
As of now, I am choosing to make my health a priority, and have taken my thyroid medication everyday for the last few weeks. I am joining this challenge to give me the structure and support I need to develop good habits, and CONSISTENCY!
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