It generally takes about 6 weeks for Thyroid meds to be at their most effective. Hopefully, you will feel better in a couple of weeks or so. If not, I would definitely check back with the doctor. I also have thyroid/other auto-immune issues that make it difficult to lose weight. It can be frustrating for sure. I have found that exercise helps me lose a bit faster and also dramatically improves my mood. Although, I must admit, I don't yet want to exercise, I just do it anyway and then I feel so much better.
OMG! you sound like me when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism years ago. When I first started the meds, I did loose the weight, I just didn't keep it off because I am an emotional binge eater. I ate for all kinds of reasons happiness, sadness, boredom, didn't matter. I found sparks and now I have finally gotten control of my binges and emotional eating. Now I am working this year to stay within my calorie range and potion control. I am sure you will receive the same support and encouragement I have here at Sparkpeople.
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You are not by yourself. there are many of us out here who have lost and regained many more times than we want to admit. At least you are addressing the problem. Stay strong and dig in you can do it.
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23 2/20/13 1:04 P
Thank you all for your words of wisdom....hopefully I can pick myself up and get this done.
You have made the first step already! Plus you are seeking motivation by just talking about it!! Start slow, walk. Then you can build up to more. Remember it won't happen over night, like we all wish it did, but it can happen!!! Take it one day at a time and remember no one is perfect we will all have good days and bad days!!! Best of luck to you, I will be your cheerleader if you need one!!
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22 2/20/13 10:23 A
Don't let 8lbs slow you down. No way. I agree that if you lost 30lbs before you can still do it.
I use a food scale for the diet I am currently on, it has help me a lot in controlling my portions. I will keep using it even when I'm done with this diet. A decent digital one at wally world is about $25.
I'm sorry you are going through this. The whole thing can be so frustrating, weight loss, gain, maintenance. Just know that you are not alone in this. It's true, if you lost weight before you can do it again. One way I look at it is that weight gain does not have to be permanent. Everybody has a chance to brush themselves off and get back on the horse. Find healthy lifestyle changes that you love and can have fun with. I picked up running and love competing in races now. I love browsing healthy recipes and cooking and baking healthy for my family. Gook luck to you. Sparkpeople is such an awesome place to be for motivation, setting goals and losing weight. It helped me and I know it can help you too, even with your hypothyroidism.
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23 2/20/13 9:33 A
Thank you for your response. Yes, I do suffer from depression, in fact I suffer from treatment resistant depression, which is frustrating because it does not take long before my new prescription stops working and I have to change them often. I am not sure why I gained so much, I asked myself the same question, because even though I did cheat (it was a cruise in Italy, I let myself indulge) I still should have not gained that much weight. But you can imagine my shock to see that I had gained that much, and knowing how hard i had worked to lose the weight up to that point. My two biggest weaknesses are discipline, and patients. I am such a here and now person, and I like things done, and done fast. Which makes it hard for me to keep going when I am seeing little results. Anyways, thank you for the advice
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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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If you lost 30 pounds on your own before, you can ABSOLUTELY get back on track! I know it can be discouraging when the scale is going the wrong way, but the only person that can change how you're feeling about your weight is you. I have spent summer after summer mad at myself for how I look, and it took realizing I didn't want to live like that to change my life.
You can do this, and you know it.
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23 2/20/13 12:59 A
So, I am about to turn 28, which means I am getting closer to 30, which is a big deal to me. I have spent most od my 20's miserable about my weight, and it just gets worse each year. About two years ago I worked my butt off and lost 30lbs, than I went on vacation for a week, came home and had gained back 8lbs...it was disheartening to say the least. Ever since than I just cannot get the motivation back to try to lose the weight again. I feel like I have already been defeated before I have even started. About a month ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. They put my on thyroid meds, told me it should help with my fatigue, and my weight, but I honostly feel no difference. I look at pictures and cry and as myself hoe did I become the fat girl, I was always super thin until I got my tubes ted about 7 years ago. I feel like my life is wasting away because I am to miserable to enjoy anything. So, I really need some encouragement, I need to feel like I can do this, that I am not just wasting my time. I am so unhappy, and thinking about failing again...makes it worse.
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