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A not so great Dr appt is leading to new hopes

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I always knew I had thyroid problems. Ever since I was a teen. Every blood test showed I was "borderline" hypothyroid. I had every symptom in the symptom book of hypo - hair loss, low labido, weight gain, dry skin and hair, moody, and a host of other things. Too many to list. Well, being " borderline" no Dr ever wanted to do anything about it. The past year or 2 things have gotten so much worse - I couldn't wake up when it was time, needed naps all day long and honestly I felt like death. So, finally after much research I decided to find another Dr. Someone would would LISTEN to my list of symptoms, give my all the blood tests I needed ( FT3 an FT4, along with the TSH and also vit D and a CBC and lipid panel. As I thought I was no longer "borderline". I had full blown hypothyroid. Not only that but diabetes and low vit D and low progesterone - all due to thyroid. I was mad. If they had treated me way back when things wouldn't have gotten as bad as they are. All I can do now is take my thyroid replacement pill, and work my rear off daily to lose weight and fix all this.

2 weeks on synthroid and my symptoms have improved but I know it will take a few adjustments of the synthroid to get the correct dosage and my levels corrected. Along with it I am taking 5000 iu's of vit D and a good multi.

I am walking 3 miles , 5 days a week.

To anyone who thinks they have hypo symptoms, listen to your body and find a Dr willing to hear you out and test you.

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NEWANNC 1/30/2011 12:25PM

    It pays to persevere!!

I've had several tests for hypothyroid, diabetes and liver function. All have always come back fine, apart from one of the LFT tests recently showed my bilirubin level was a bit high, and the stored iron level was low (although Hb was fine). I was told to take ferrous sulphate to regulate the iron levels (feel somuch better for that), and the LFT was repeated 6 months later when the levels were back to normal. My cousin works in immunology and asked one of her colleagues about it,he asked if I'd been stressed lately (ummm, divorced, moved 120 miles away from my family, started 2 new jobs. Stressed??? You bet!), that was the cause of the elevated bilirubin levels, and why they went back down fairly easily. I must say that the doctor that I have up here now is great, takes what you say a lot more seriously. He's the one who diagnosed the iron problem, also gave me a blood glucose monitor to take my own readings for a week, and hormone tests.

Makes a HUGE difference when you get someone you trust.

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A week has passed since starting SP

Monday, June 29, 2009

I lost 2 lbs, have a little more energy and am never hungry. Now those are 3 areas going in the right direction! It's not has hard as I thought it would be and as I am tracking my calories I am still wondering how many calories I did eat before I started this. I never was one to eat chips, cakes, candy - we always 98% of the time choose healthier foods, so I must if ate too large portions of the healthy foods. So the saying too much of a good thing is not good is true.. I just never paid much attention before to how big my portions were. Week 1 done, the rest of my life to go.


Slap on the hand from SP, lol

Friday, June 26, 2009

Apparently I am not eating enough. I went over my minutes it my exercise and got a message that said...

You've gone over your weekly calories burned goal by a significant amount. Your calories eaten goal will not adjust automatically. If you have increased the amount of exercise you are doing, you should update your fitness settings here to make sure you are consuming enough calories to support the additional activity.

I workout 5 days a week for about an hour each time. I was eating between 1500-1600 calories ( I edited my calories when I first joined SP) . According to SP I need to consume between 1750-2100. Oops. I thought it was all about burning more calories than you eat. This seems like a science equation that I can not figure out so I am going to try eating more calories as SP suggests.

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MRSMIKEJG 6/27/2009 10:25AM

    Yes, I can't figure that out either. I've received that message too but I thought it was because I wasn't using the My Nutrition part of the program, although I do use it to track my water.

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LEGANS 6/26/2009 11:07AM

    Hi, I was confused about this topic, too, so I thought I would chime in. One of the things that I found helpful was going to REPORTS and then clicking on daily calorie differential. It will show your BMR (the calories you burn just pumping blood and breathing) + your exercise calories - your calories eaten. It isn't something to live by, but it's helpful to see, at least in my opinion!


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Day 2

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

So far so good. I stuck to within my calories yesterday and wasn't too hungry. I did get hungry around 8 pm so I had a glass of milk, seemed to do the trick. My worst times and I am sure what has put on my excess weight is eating after everyone is in bed. My kids go to sleep at 9 and so does my hubby because he gets up at 3 am for work. So to me it's nice being able to eat something and not have to share and to eat in peace and quiet. My downfall. It's become a bad habit that needs to be broken. I watch tv and snack or sit here on the computer and snack. Last night my milk was going to have to be enough no matter what cravings I had. I didn't think I could do it but I did. I watched tv, got online and put no food in my mouth. Success. I will keep this up.

I just came back from a workout class at church. My church, Stonegate Fellowship here in Midland TX, has a fitness ministry. They have classes throughout the week and I just love going when I can. They days I can't make it there I do workout at home.

Day 2 and feeling good.

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MRSMIKEJG 6/23/2009 4:14PM

    I'm guilty of night-time snacking too because my husband like to snack as well. How cool is that, that your church has a Fitness Ministry. What a blessing!

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Day 1 to reverse this life long battle

Monday, June 22, 2009

We moved from Utah to Texas almost 2 years ago. I was so used to doing outdoors activities alone or with my kids in Utah. Moving to this part of TX there is NOTHING to do. So, I sat on the computer, watched tv, played with my kids and gained 20 lbs on top of the 50 I already had to lose. I had no idea I had gained this weight until a couple months ago and it made this journey just seem impossible to win. But, I woke up last week and decided this is IT. I've had it. So, I joined a women only fitness class at church that I attend Tues, Wed and Thurs. Tues and Thurs is a circuit type of workout - alternate cardio and weights. Wednesday is Zumba which is so much fun. I usually take Saturdays and Sundays off then Monday and Fridays I do the 30 Day Shred or another tape at home. So, I have 5 days of workouts. I am really enjoying them. I came to SP to help myself figure out what my calorie intake was. We eat organic foods, foods with no chemicals in them but still, I must be eating too much of a good thing.

So, this is day 1. I can do this and I will.

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SDANNI64 6/22/2009 8:07PM

    Hi Caren,

Day one is always the hardest, but you seem to have a good plan, solidly based on exercise.
I have also taken a Zumba class, and I agree that it was a blast!!
The SP network is great. You will find alot of support here and it will get you through your tough days.
We are all in the same boat....and we are here to help!

Good Luck, Sheila emoticon

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