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Put On A Happy Face

I don’t like being on this side of the camera. I am usually the one taking the pics – so much so, that I’ve told my family that they wouldn’t be able to put a slide show together for my funeral should I die today! lol

But today…this is a face of someone who knows for certain that the hard work of a new wellness journey is paying off.

What started almost 6 months ago as a journey to simply feel better became a quest to be the healthiest me I can be. It was not a quest to lose weight, although I’m well aware of the fact that much weight needed to be shed (and still does). I didn’t, however, expect this new lifestyle to have as big of an impact on my weight as it has over these last few months.

Two events in my life were the springboard into catapulting me into this new quest for better health: 1) the fact that I felt miserable almost every day of my life and ended up with my missing a day of work, simply for stomach issues, and 2) a health screening for my life insurance renewal. These two events happened almost simultaneously, and it was then that I knew I had to take charge of my health. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that can wreak havoc on your body causing all sorts of problems, and I darn near had about every one of them possible. I’m a poster child for HT! lol.

6 months later, I am 25 lbs lighter, and I feel so much better than I have felt in a long time. I’ve been seeing the progress but not truly believing that my scales were ‘right’. I excused it by telling myself that “digital scales aren’t exactly true”, plus the scales “might be getting old and we might need to buy another one”, etc. etc.

But today, another health screening took place, and the results showed that my scales were actually right. For some reason, it was at today’s screening that made it feel official to me.

Self-doubt gets in the way many times. If the writing is on the wall…read it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t second-guess it. Continue on your journey. It may be hard, but every step, no matter how tiny, is still a step forward.

There will be good days, and days you mess up, but the ‘day’ doesn’t define you. I’m an example of both the good and the bad. I’m under construction every day. But today, I’m 25 lbs lighter and 1 RX less than I was 6 months ago. And I’m gonna let myself be happy about it.

4 thoughts on “Put On A Happy Face

  1. DANA!!! i am so beyond proud of you!!!! not only for your health but for everyday life!!!!!!!! i promise i know the struggle AND commitment it takes to be AND stay healthy!! im soooooo excited for you and cant wait to see your journey unfold!! #teamdana #mysisinlawisablogger #aGOODone #youcandoanything #iloveyou

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  2. Dana when I left the church after seeing you I thought to myself wow there is a glow about her that I have not seen from her in a long time! You go friend!! Keep it up! You look so pretty:) I know your 3 men are so proud of you!

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