A lot of good insight here and I thank you. A couple of things to clarify:
The 2400 is around the amount of total calories burned from the time I wake up to the time I sleep. I actually burn about 500-900 in exercise (closer to 900 if I exercise the full 90 minutes,) The Chicago example I mentioned, I burned 1k in exercise but that was brisk walking for around 3 hours.
I USED to get 7-8 hours of sleep but between preparing to move/begin a new job in Germany and a demanding call centre job (ugh) where I've actually had my pay threatened because I came back apparently one minute late from a break that I used to walk on, get about 5-6 hours a night; it's worst when I have to be up at 4:30 for a meeting with German colleagues and at work by 8:00.
I blame this for my plateau for the most part and suffer from horrible guilt that I cannot seem to fit my current job, the planning/meetings associated with Germany, language studies and exercise in a 24 hour period. I am actually happy at the moment to be weight wise in one place.
Funny enough Bodymedia says I am burning around 4000 calories in exercise per week, whereas Sparkpeople says I should burn 2500. Sometimes I think it's just because I am up from early in the 5:30 to around 9:30 at night. I struggle to get 10k steps per day even with exercise.
As far as the thyroid test results are concerned. I know that no one is a doctor here, I was just wondering if someone could explain what the numbers mean and if a higher/lower number on any given result is an average 'normal.;
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
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1. I would replace the protein bars with something unprocessed. 2. Are you sleeping at least 7 hour/night? 3 Are you training for 90 minutes everyday?
I was going to say exactly the same thing as Bunnykicks. No one here is qualified to decipher your test results because even if someone were a doctor, they can't comment without access to all your medical background.
But the doctor who ordered the test did, and explaining the results is part of the test. Your doctor skipped part of the job you paid him/her to do-- probably the most important part of the job. It's probably too late to go back now; they would need to run the test again because things change. But when you do have another test done, be sure to insist on an appointment to go over the results. Tests are no good if nobody does anything with them!
Also, the numbers you're getting from your BodyMedia aren't BMR. BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate, the calories your body uses for basic biological function-- it's what you would burn if you never got out of bed. The numbers you're getting are the total calorie expenditure for the day, and if the machine were accurate, they're normal to a bit high. If you're slightly overweight and not particularly muscular, there's nothing abnormal about 1500 on a day without activity. I wouldn't take those readings as a sign of a problem. I'd be more concerned about your readings on active days being too *high,* frankly; a two-hour walk *shouldn't* burn 1500 calories. Even a 2-hour run shouldn't use up that much. I don't burn 3000 calories in a day when I hike 8 hours up a mountain. I would suggest you double-check all the settings on your device, and if nothing changes, talk to your doctor when you get to Germany to make sure there's not a problem with your heart rate or rhythm that's giving you those high readings.
Anyway, 1500 calories total expenditure on your inactive days is just a bit low-- it probably doesn't mean there's anything wrong with your metabolism, but it does suggest that you could benefit from increasing your lean muscle mass (resistance training-- and no, you DON'T have to have access to a gym for that!), and from making your inactive days a little less inactive. For example, if you're sitting down right now to read this, put a box on your desk or table and put your laptop or your monitor and keyboard on it so you can stand instead of sitting. It takes more calories to stand than to sit, plus you tend to fidget more while standing. If you work at a place where smokers get to take smoke breaks, tell your supervisor that you want to take the same time as walk breaks. (If you're self-employed, be the progressive supervisor who encourages your employee to take walk breaks!)
I don't think that the results of a year-old test are going to be very helpful even if someone does know how to interpret the numbers, but the good news is that you'll have excellent access to medical care once you get to Germany. Be sure to take advantage of it!
Ah, well then, perhaps you can take it up with a doctor once you get there. It's possible that they may wish to prescribe thyroid medication. Interpreting just what they mean, though, is really beyond the ability of anyone here - and I'd be very cautious with self-diagnosis or accepting the interpretations that may be offered by us random-people-on-the-internet. Even Mayo Clinic (reputable medical information site) does not offer charts showing "normal" ranges, and where your numbers would fit in relation to those ranges - probably because "numbers don't tell the whole story." It is, however, a good place to start, you might take a look www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/D S00353
My first and only thought would be to review the results with the physican that ordered the test (or any other doctor, for that matter). I'm kind of surprised that the prescribing doctor never followed up with you?!!!!
I have my Thyroid test results, they are fairly old (about a year) but I am curious to see how 'normal' they are/were.
T4: 9.0 ---------------------------------- 4.5- 12.0 mcg/dL Total free T4 Index (T7) 2.9 -------------------------- 1.4 - 3.8 T3 Uptake: 32 ------------------------ 22 - 35%
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I wear a Bodymedia and on rest days/inactivity: I am lucky to reach a BMR of 1500. With exercise of around 90 minutes + BMR I will reach 2450-2700. On a really good day (like when I went to Chicago and walked the 'Magnificent Mile' for two hours) 3000. I am eating about 1,400 a day and within the last week increased my protein intake to about 75-100 grams, spark has recommended 60-100.
I've been in a plateau for two months or so but contented because there's a lot of stress with two jobs, studies and a move to Germany in about a month.
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