As I have been learning more and more about my thyroid condition I have had many moments of journaling and reflecting on my health over the last 7 years. I think there is a great possibility that my body has always had the possibility of an underlying thyroid situation. And I'm certain that the swinging of my weight being 30 pounds heavier than I am today and then swinging to the extreme of being 20 pounds lighter than I am today....there were definite signs that things were going wonky!
But I didn't know enough at that time about the thyroid, the adrenals....I didn't know that my pcos and other conditions were actually autoimmune conditions that could be the breeding ground of where I am today.
I had no clue that when I had dropped to my lowest weight...my joints aching...my bowels not so pretty....and having pain around my liver area...that these were all signs that my body was not functioning the way it should.
I just chocked it up to too much stress that accumulated in too short of a period of time......and honestly my vanity liked the thinness I had gotten to. But was it truly healthy? Obviously not.
There is healthy thin and there is not normal healthy thin. Just like there really can be a healthy heavy and a not healthy heavy. And each person has a range of weight they can carry that is healthy. It truly just depends on what the goals are and the season of life.
Now with my body teetering the balancing act of not entering into hoshimotos...with the tests showing that if I don't continue to fight for my thyroid health...that is the direction my body will go if I don't start listening to it properly.
This is all I learned last spring and now I am going on 6 months of knowing for sure about my thyroid and adrenals and risk of hoshimotos.
And what do I feel just before Thanksgiving?
What do I feel as I reflect about advent season just around the corner?
What do I feel as I make my Christmas lists?
I feel thankful!
I feel blessed!
I feel peace!
I have learned what true health is.
I have learned how to teach my daughter even more what beauty...true beauty is... truly from within no matter how much we may fluctuate with weight or how we may change from year to year.
I have learned I will not allow my weight to define me.
I have learned I truly don't care if my body fluctuates...as long as I am striving for health that is what truly matters!
I have learned so much about so many conditions and different ways to heal with so many different food situations.
I have learned that food is truly the 1st path to our health.
I have learned how God has put so many amazing herbs, spices, foods on this earth with great purpose and balance for us.
I have learned balance is key for health and wellness.
I have learned what may be right for one person doesn't mean it is right for another person. I have learned how to use my voice and speak up for my needs.
And I have learned to truly respect and love myself through ALL stages and seasons of life.
This is what I hope to teach my daughter the most: love love love yourself through all shapes, sizes, seasons of life!
Thus I am beyond thankful to this beautiful butterfly gland that has taught me so much.
I am thankful that I am able and willing to continually learn, grow, and evolve through life, through my true mind body soul experience and journey of life!
What challenge have you had this year that you are able to reflect upon and say: thank you!
It's the perfect time of the year to be thankful for EVERY thing in your life!
Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you all!