Today I hit my first goal weight of 150 pounds!!! That makes about 25 pounds and 4 years between these two pictures.

In the first picture, I had an undiagnosed under-active thyroid. As a cheerleader in high school, I was very active and at a healthy weight. When I suddenly gained 10 pounds, I went to the doctor but she insisted nothing was wrong with me. I then gained another 12-15 pounds and my self-esteem and confidence hit rock bottom, as well as my ability to keep up in cheerleading. I graduated high school feeling like I had failed myself. I so desperately tried to keep from gaining weight but nothing I did worked.

After a year, I went to a new doctor who tested my hormone levels and I learned about my thyroid condition. I went on medicine and expected the weight to just fall off. I had done nothing to gain it so my thinking was that I shouldn’t have to work to lose it. When the weight didn’t come off despite my attempts at eating better and exercising, I figured that I was destined to be heavy. I lived in defeat and I hated my body for betraying me.

It wasn’t until I discovered Trim Healthy Mama last summer that I finally felt hope. This program has changed my life and has given me my confidence back. I am no longer on thyroid medication, I exercise 4-5 times a week, and I see food in a whole new light. I have about 10-15 more pounds I would like to lose and I know I will get there in time! I can’t express how thankful I am for Trim Healthy Mama and how it has changed my life.