To quote Julie Andrews; ‘Let’s start at the beginning. A very good place to start.’ This may look like one of the many all too familiar fat loss ‘Before Photos’ littering your Facebook news feed. Seeking admiration for the brave soul baring all, while dredging up an internal sense of personal guilt for the viewer having neglected to start their own health and fitness regime. No I don’t want this to be a self-loathing fat loss before photo. It’s taken me almost 44 years but I’m finally comfortable with the body I have, so I’m not going to tell you how miserable I am with it.
Quite the contrary, this body has carried and given birth to four amazing humans. Endured countless stupid diets and extreme exercise programs at different points in my life when I was less confident. Whilst persisting through endless attacks on itself through an autoimmune disease. This year is the twentieth anniversary of me being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disease where immune system cells attack my thyroid gland, destroying it, reducing my ability to create hormones.
For a crash course in Hashimoto’s effects, basically I have been fluctuating between underactive and over active thyroid for the last 20 years creating some of the symptoms represented below.
One thing this disease has taught me over the last 20 years is management of Hashimoto’s requires a lifestyle balance. Medication, diet and exercise are the only tools I’ve had to navigate this disease with stress a mitigating factor that can bring everything undone for me. The conundrum I face is my naturally driven and determined personality, with a take no prisoners approach to reaching my goals. At any cost, loss of sleep, gallons of coffee or even personal dignity are small prices to pay for success. However, this personality trait unfortunately is inextricably akin to stress.
Last year, 2016 I let my determination take me down the path of updating my professional qualifications at a college in Brisbane, leaving home each day at 5.45am, to return by 6.30pm. Reminiscent to previous experiences I threw myself at the task forsaking my usual balanced lifestyle. Like the time we lost all our money on a business deal and spent 2 years fighting a court battle, the time I decided to work myself into the ground in my own salon, or the time I became addicted to running and ran 10 kilometers every day for almost a year. Just like those times I have once again found myself in the clutches of Adrenal Fatigue.
I am the poster child for learning lessons the hard way, which is why this time I am committed to doing things right, committed to returning to health with the correct balance of medication, diet and stress management. So, I have engaged the talents of a Doctor on the Coast whom specialises in endocrine disorders Dr. Ali Araghi, and a talented personal trainer Leon Stensholm to assist me on my journey. This time I intend to focus on a fitness goal this year and make sure I’m completely balanced for success.
Starting at the beginning, my beginning specifically looks like this.
WEIGHT = 68.4kgs as of 6am this morning
FAT = 24.9% as of 6am this morning
BUST = 97cms
WIAST = 77cms
HIPS = 100cms
- Low Testosterone
- Low cortisol
- Low Iron
- T3 not converting into T4 by Thyroid gland
A very good place to start!