Starting Point

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!






  1. Liz · January 18, 2017

    This was so refreshing to read, Tanya. Your level of self awareness, both body & mind, is inspiring & has definitely got me reflecting on my own battle with fatigue. So I’m off to find myself an endocrine specialist, like you’ve done – I’m pretty tired of being tired. Good luck with your goals – I admire your drive to achieve them.


    • tmaree73 · January 18, 2017

      Thanks Liz. Yes its sure been a journey and the hardest part is taking time out of the chaos of life to find the balance. Good luck I hope you find a professional that supports your goals xxx


  2. Melissa Homan · January 18, 2017

    Wow 😳 Tanya I have never seen such an amazing before photo – shows all the hard work you’ve already put in – looking forward to seeing your progress and updates and you can’t be in better hands than Dr Araghi and Leon 👍💙👌💙💪


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