Here I am – no filter, middle of the day, just about to start a workout. I also just wrapped up what most would consider a quite indulgent weekend! Steak, scallops, sweet potato fries, ice cream, OH MY. Except it’s not “oh my” for me – it’s my new reality. And yet here I am.. Abs pretty defined, arms sculpted, legs toned, energy high, no bloating – some might consider this a miracle.. myself included! Hard to believe just 6 months ago I was putting on weight no matter how hard I worked out, was constantly bloated, retaining water, would fall asleep in the middle of the day, couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t eat anything without it making me miserable, highly emotional, stressed, AND I hadn’t had my period in 3 years.. I know.. It was BAD. Needless to say – a year and a half ago I finally reconciled myself to the fact that – I was sick. I’ve never talked about this publicly. I guess when it first happened I wasn’t ready to share it, and then once I started the journey to heal myself I figured it best to wait until I saw the final result. Either way, I share this story simply in hopes that someone can relate and feels the HOPE and VICTORY that I have. I knew little things had been happening over the course of the last year.. but it all seemed to culminate at once. One week I was wearing my clothes like normal, and the next week I couldn’t get my jeans over my butt.. no lie… even though I was working out the same and eating damn near what I considered “perfect” at the time. From there I noticed the intense water retention, it was so bad my eye lids were swollen, but the worst part was the exhaustion.
It didn’t matter how much sleep I got or how much coffee I drank – I could not stay awake. I didn’t even have the energy to take my dogs on a simple walk. So basically what you’ve got here is a HOT MESS. I had been to 3 doctors about my MIA period (more about that here) We tried acupuncture, hormones :-/, therapy (just to make sure I wasn’t crazy) … nothing worked. So.. we did more and more tests. Thousands of dollars later – they saw that my thyroid was low. It actually wasn’t extremely low, but my doc knew enough to know it was “low for me” and diagnosed me with a thyroid disorder, hypothyroidism. Well hallelujah! I knew SOMETHING was wrong.. I was relieved they finally knew what it was and especially relieved that I wasn’t crazy, haha 😉 Hypothyroid symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Poor concentration or feeling mentally “foggy”
- Dry skin
- Feeling cold
- Fluid retention
- Muscle and joint aches
- Menstral problems
So, off to the “experts”. They tried MORE hormones, wanted me to do injections, but when they wouldn’t allow me to use natural instead of synthetic, I had to find another “expert” … who unfortunately ALSO happened to think hormones were the answer :-/ I was up for it though, I had to do something and at least this one was all about the natural approach. Funny thing happened though – I KEPT gaining weight, retaining MORE water, and my thyroid wouldn’t budge. Thyroid boosting drugs and hormones added – still nothing. I knew in my gut they were wrong. I knew in my gut there was a simple answer.. I did NOT believe my body didn’t want to be healthy. Of course I was beyond discouraged, BUT that only fueled me to FIGURE IT OUT – I was NOT going to stop until I got well again.
After a year of working with these ‘experts’ and going backwards… I woke up one morning and text my friend Natalie Jill. I just said “Hey, I’m having problems with my thyroid, do you know anything about that?” I’ll never forget her message back … “Yes, actually I do! A good friend of mine is an expert when it comes to thyroid. His name is Ari Whitten, I’ll send you his information now. Btw.. intense exercise will only make it worse, and don’t cut carbs!” PRAISE GOD! I think I cried. And I was secretly hoping she was right about the carbs, lol!
Later that day I got a call from Ari, that night I dove into one of his programs, and I stayed up till 3am learning about what I needed to change and becoming more determined than ever. That call changed my life. If Ari hadn’t said “I think you can undo this by changing your diet and the way you work out” I would not be where I am today.
Flash forward… 6 months of working with Ari and I’M BACK! I have ENERGY, my thyroid is fully functioning, my metabolism is on FIRE, I can EAT and I do so often, haha! I can concentrate, I’m not bloated or retaining water, and I have my PERIOD!!! I told you… it’s a freaking MIRACLE!!! Want to know what I did?? Committed myself to getting WELL, figured out what WORKS, and followed to a specific formula for health TO A TEE. I did not veer from it – I adhered to what I was learning like my life depended on it, because IT DID. I’ll tell you straight up, I had to completely change A LOT of what I was doing – but it was a WELCOME change! Especially the diet part!!! Steak, scallops, sweet potato fries, ice cream, OH MY! No crazy hormones and a strong focus on De-stressing and Restoring your body. I am forever grateful for my expert and friend, Mr. Ari Whitten for giving me hope and spurring me on to find my own answers.
If you have any of the symptoms I mentioned above or could relate to my story, I am here to help! The Thyroid Jumpstart is my passion project. THIS is my medicine. I am determined to let every woman out there struggling know she is not alone!
Ari’s program is the Metabolism Supercharge.
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