It sounds to me like you could be suffering from depression. This is actually quite common with people who have hypothyroidism. I would be inclined to talk with your Dr about this and if you aren't already receiving treatment, and your Dr thinks there might be a problem, ask for a referral to a Therapist who can help you deal with it, and also help you to find that motivation.
You will find that if you can improve your nutrition - the quality and reduce the calories - AND get in some exercise, you will find that the motivation might come back all by itself because you will actually start to see some benefits - maybe not re the scales initially, but with your energy levels, the condition of your skin and hair, how your clothes fits, even how you sleep. I know that I weigh all of my food for increased accuracy and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker - every little morsel - and by doing that it helps to keep me focused, and gives me the ability to tweak my nutritional intake as and when necessary to ensure that I stay within my calorie range and to ensure that I have a healthy balance of fats/carbs/protein.
IF you drink alcohol, remember that they are empty calories, and can also impact on our overall mood, so do take that into account.
You mention gaining 8lb in one week. I would be very much inclined to think that THAT weight-gain was NOT as a result of THAT many excessive calories - you would have had to have eaten over 3500 MORE calories than you needed EACH DAY to gain that much. It is possible that the diet was higher in sodium = fluid retention, which could have accounted for a fair portion of that gain.
I don't know how long it takes for the medication to become effective, but I know from my Mum's experience that initially she needed frequent blood tests to ensure that her thyroid level was where it should be and after that the tests were regular but less frequent. Perhaps yours needs re-checking to see if the medication strength is right for you.
Finally, as someone who turned 30 TWENTY NINE YEARS AGO (in a month's time) I can honestly tell you that it isn't anything to be afraid of - in fact, the pressures of life are often less than at your age.
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