At first I thought I was overeating, drinking too much, and just being an unhealthy middle-aged man.

Most of which was true but through a random blood test I discovered I was actually suffering from hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) and probably have been for many years. 

Brain fog, gaining weight, major fatigue, sensitivity to cold, restless sleep, and dry skin are all symptoms that can be associated with my condition and that need to be managed with daily replacement thyroxine. Now on tablets for the rest of my life, I need to manage this with a complete lifestyle change: Better diet, more exercise, smarter choices all round. 

Taking part in this challenge is not just a New Year's resolution, it's a lifestyle change for good - a complete overhaul.

Please support the work the BTF does in raising awareness and support for this condition. It's not life-threatening but is certainly life-changing for many. 

Thank you!

Chris' JustGiving page