I have two great loves in my life right now – my grandsons, Camden and Jackson. Oh sure, I love my husband, Kevin, and my three children, Jeremy, Joshua, and Jessica, but they didn’t profoundly change my life like the birth of these two beautiful children did.
That’s me with both grandson’s on my lap. I was so happy that day. My daughter currently lives in Fairbanks, AK so when she brought her son Jackson to visit with the family in September, 2014 I was in heaven.
This was also the day I realized I would do anything I could to be around to see them grow up and to be a positive influence in their lives. I knew on this day I needed to do everything I could to get my health issues under control. I couldn’t keep on as an overweight, fifty-something with health issues and expect to see them grow up.
For over twenty years, I’ve struggled with my weight, depression, hypothyroidism, gut issues, allergies, lack of energy, and brain fogginess. It didn’t matter how much I dieted or how hard I exercised with a personal trainer, I couldn’t lose weight. My doctor looked at me like I was lying when I explained how hard I was trying. I felt like a complete failure.
But thanks to these two sweeties coming into my life, I realized that I wasn’t the failure, the system was failing me. I began listening to health podcasts, visiting websites about hypothyroidism, reading books on diet and nutrition, hormones, the adrenals, and diet.
I learned that I needed to take control of my life and create my own story. I went to a doctor with great reviews on treating thyroid disorder and I gave up gluten and dairy. I taught myself how to cook all over again. I changed my mindset and became an advocate for my own health.
I’ve lost 25 lbs in the last three months as I started these changes in my life. I feel better than I have in decades. I’ve got a long way to go, but I finally feel like I am on the path to wellness I’ve always wanted to be on. I could kick myself for taking so long to realize I had to take control of my health, but at least I finally did.
I want to share my journey with you. Hopefully it will inspire you to go on a similar journey in your lives.
Thank you so much Camden and Jackson for saving my life! You have changed me for the better.