So as a young child I was thin and fit, always outdoors making a mess, digging holes, climbing trees... kids stuff.
It wasn't until I started secondary school that I started to pour on the weight, I got bullied and I comfort ate. My weight improved but only through an extreme amount of rugby and going to the gym after school near on every day.
I had seen my local GP and had every blood test under then sun but I still felt like I was being palmed of, not given the time of day and just told to eat less and exercise more.
So at the age of 17 I started a new college, studying sport (ND Sport Studies Outdoor Education) This I again started to tone up a bit with all climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and gym I was doing but my written work started to suffer, mainly as I got so tired I would sleep an awful lot.
I then worked as a diving instructor and then at PGL for a year after finishing college at 19 but the weight still piled on and when I left to work in retail I became what I hated, extremely over weight. I went from a 38" waist up-to a 46" waist in two years.
I thought that it was the job that was causing me stress and long monotonous working hours the tiredness, so I quit.
After hopping from one job to another I finally went back to PGL, thinking the outdoor life would help to keep the weight off.
It did start to drop off, slowly, but my health suffered. I became even more lethargic, I would finish work and be so tired I would be found asleep in my car with the engine running. I was even found on my drive way in the morning and also outside my works gates, asleep at the wheel with the engine on.
Work told me to take a break and get myself fixed, as there was defiantly a health issue if I was getting so tired and it could cause a serious accident not only at work but on the road.
As I had recently moved house I had registered at a new GP and booked an appointment. Wow was there a big difference, I could book an appointment, not just phone up at 8am in the morning and hope for the best!
The biggest difference of them all was the GP, finally one that actually cared and gave you enough time to talk about all your problems and gave me a solution.
I was booked in for blood tests and given as much time off work as I needed to get better, I asked for 2 weeks, the doctor wanted to give me a month!
As soon as the blood tests were back in, I got a phone call from my GP asking me to come in for another visit.
This is when I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and I was given an explanation to the symptoms, which explained everything I was going through, the depression, the weight gain, the constant hunger for food, the tiredness.
I was given 25mcg of Levothyroxine to start with in September 2012 and by December it had risen to 100mcg.
The weight is dropping off, I have gone down to 20 / 21 stone and a 40" waist.
As the medication changes I hope to get to a 36" / 38" waist and fit again!
I have had some trouble with the shakes, having too much energy sometimes and not being able to sleep. I have been given sleeping tablets to help this.
I am hoping the new season back at PGL with my medication will see a faster weight loss and a much happier me!
What I have found in this adventure is that you have to have the right Doctor, I still think that if I was with my old GP I would still be undiagnosed today.
My colleges at work have been a huge help with understanding and helping me through out the process, in time to re-cooperate to checking that I am fit to work and drive (I have been ordered to bed a few times!), giving me a room at work to sleep in if needed and finally they provided me with free counselling when my depression took some very serious turns.
The best thing is to talk about it, let people know you need help! My job is very active and I do tire extremely easily now but everyone helps me in little ways, from helping me carry heavy equipment to making sure I go to dinner and eat!