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For the past 10 years I have struggled to maintain my 130 pounds weight. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2008, while in University, I have been on an uphill journey to get the weight off and keep it off. No matter what diet and exercise plan I choose, the weight refuses to leave me alone. I am 100% certain that my hypothyroidism was a result of many years of stress and holding on to that dirty little secret.

From the hair shedding, to brittle nails, feeling extreme tiredness, anemia, fluctuation of mood, and memory lapses, I remained determined to take control over my life. According to my doctors (yes, I saw a few), I will be taking hypothyroidism medication for the rest of my life; and continue to experience the various symptoms.

However, in 2016, after removing my mask and speaking to the world about an issue that was very personal to me (so I thought), I decided that I will no longer allow my diagnosis to hold me hostage. You see, at that moment, I realized that I was no longer keeping that dirty secret of domestic violence. I was no longer a victim. I was a victor! Sincewhich, I have applied that approach to my life. I have decided to face every obstacle head on and conquer it one step at a time (sometimes I take 3 steps at once lol).

Although I continue to struggle to leave those snickers chocolates alone, I am commited to working out daily and a healthier lifestyle.

I say all of this to encourage you to approach your challenge head on. Whatever you may be struggling with, know that there is an answer. Sometimes the answer may just be to go on a strict diet, but for others, it may be to seek support, leave that unhealthy relationship, take a look in the mirror, tell someone how you really feel, etc. Whatever your challenge, just know that until you address it, it will always be a challenge.  As with hypothyroidism, if unaddressed, the symptoms can manifest into something untreatable.

This morning while doing my workout in the heat, I was reminded that if I don’t do it, who will. So weight, I am coming to conquer you too!


Yours truly