Back loving the gym and a bit about Hashimoto’s and unwanted hair loss!

When I did not think that the days could get more dull and grey the sun decided to pop out for a wee bit and what a difference it makes! I must say that my week of gymming have been absolutely f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c so far! After my small “detour” over the Christmas holidays I am now back into the swing of things and already long for the next session as soon as I leave the gym. Yep, I am that keen! I must say that I feel very grateful for having such tremendous love for lifting weights and going to the gym in general. It certainly makes this whole weight-loss journey a lot easier than if I had despised the place. It most definitely is my second home at this point and this year is going to be the year, it is going to be my year. I am determined to succeed and have calculated everything to a tee! Naturally Hashimoto’s may show its ugly face every now and then and subsequently ruin my plan of action but I prefer to remain positive! So far, my body is responding well to my and food regime and 2 out of the 3 kilos gained Christmas have now left my body along with a ton of a sweat! Isn’t that a beautiful thing? I’d say it is.

While speaking about Hashimoto’s, since October I have been losing a lot of hair (we are talking about 30% of my normal thickness) and my endocrinologist have said that it definitely is linked to the decrease we needed to do in my dosage. I do not normally view myself as particularly vain, but I must say the panic I experienced when losing extreme amounts of hair on a daily basis had very little to do with vanity and instead fear of how it simply could happen just like that. I found long hairs (roots and all) all over our floors, on my clothes, washing my hair would leave me with two handfuls of hair – it is not a particularly calming sight trust me on that. However, since we upped my dosage in December, it now seems like my body has caught up and I have stopped losing extreme amounts of hair. Naturally I don’t trust it fully as of yet, but there is a noticeable difference. Now I just have to wait 6 months or more till the lot that fell out have had a chance to grow back. I cannot wait as I must say that my ‘fringe’ look rather poor at the moment. I do try to not worry too much about it, it is what is and after all, it is only hair. There are so many people that have it way worse. Thus, I choose to remain grateful.

I know that it may be difficult to see the lack of hair in the photo above, and in all honesty people that do not know exactly ‘how much hair’ I am supposed to have (which is a tremendous amount!) would probably not even notice it. But I do, and in particular when I have my hair up at the gym or when I have not washed it in a few days. My goodness, it is certainly very different to what I am used to seeing in the mirror. Anyway, enough said about this hair dilemma!

As I mentioned earlier, I have been going to the gym all days of this week so far and I will have my last lifting session tomorrow morning, yay! Saturday and Sunday will be spent working on my next university assignment which is due on the 25th, mixed with a few walks (hopefully a hike if the weather allows!) to keep the blood flowing nicely to my brain. I would have loved to go to the gym, but I just don’t have time to go this weekend as it takes too long travelling. But that is okay I find that it is equally important to spend time outdoors. I do end up missing the magnificent views and birds of prey nowadays when I do not run outdoors anymore. Additionally,  after a rather intense first week of gymming I cannot say that it will be too difficult to stay away from the weights or cross-trainer over the weekend. As a matter of fact, I welcome the change of scenery, I embrace it wholeheartedly.

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