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Knowledge is Power and Knowing is Half the Battle!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Ok, so I decided to sit down and do some research on hypothyroidism. I wanted to see if there were any changes I could make now to see if they have any affect on my weight loss while I wait for an appointment and then test results. Since I already know the symptoms, the first thing I looked up was exercise. Reliable sources reccomend at least 30 minutes or aerobic exercise plus ST. Ok, I got that part covered. That's what I've been doing all along.

The next thing I looked up was diet. This was shocking. There are certain foods that inhibit your body's ability to absorb thyroid hormones. These foods include, but are not limited to strawberries, peaches, broccoli, spinach, and soy products. Are you kidding me? Those are my favorite foods! I've been eating tons of peaches and strawberries the last couple weeks cause they're in season and they're my FAVORITE!! Now it doesn't say that you can't eat these foods, and as far as the vegetables go, as long as you you cook them first, you can get rid of up to 1/3 of the goitrogenic substances in food.

"Because carefully controlled research studies have yet to take place on the relationship between goitrogenic foods and thyroid hormone deficiency, healthcare practitioners differ greatly on their perspectives as to whether a person who has thyroid problems, and notably a thyroid hormone deficiency, should limit their intake of goitrogenic foods. Most practitioners use words like "overconsumption" or "excessive" to describe the kind of goitrogen intake that would be a problem for individuals with thyroid hormone deficiency. Here the goal is not to eliminate goitrogenic foods from the meal plan, but to limit intake so that it falls into a reasonable range."

I looked up sleep because it 1) always takes me hours to fall asleep 2) I have trouble staying asleep and 3) I never feel well rested unless I get 9 or more hours which NEVER happens! The only cure for this is to try and go to bed early, to allow for it taking so long to happen with maybe some help from meletonin. Obviously, if/when I get on meds, sleep might come easier.

Lastly, I looked up any therapeutic or homeopathic things I could do to stimulate my thyroid production. 1) I found some breathing exercises to do, where you breath in through one nostril, out throgh the other, in through that same nostril and out through the other. 2) I found a reccomendation of hot/cold therapy, where you alternate hot and cold compresses to the throat. 3) I also found some yoga positions to try out, which promote healing and some that are supposed to stimulate the thyroid.

Now of course it is not reccomended to just try the options listed above, but they can't hurt right??? Terms I learned doing research: goitrogenic - naturally-occurring substances that can interfere with function of the thyroid gland. Cruciferous vegetables - A second category of foods associated with disrupted thyroid hormone production. Isothiocyanates - isothiocyanates appear to reduce thyroid function by blocking thyroid peroxidase, and also by disrupting messages that are sent across the membranes of thyroid cells. Isoflavones - Isoflavones are naturally-occurring substances that belong to the flavonoid family of nutrients. The link between isoflavones and decreased thyroid function is, in fact, one of the few areas in which flavonoid intake has called into question as problematic. Isoflavones like genistein appear to reduce thyroid hormone output by blocking activity of an enzyme called thyroid peroxidase. This enzyme is responsible for adding iodine onto the thyroid hormones. (Thyroid hormones must typically have three or four iodine atoms added on to their structure in order to function properly.)

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LYNNR71 6/8/2012 2:38PM

    Wow! You sure did a lot of investigating. It took me 8 years before I learned all these facts. You're way ahead of the game. I was floored when I learned about the foods. I love broccoli, but then realized it was okay as long as it was cooked. Just remember one thing...don't let all this information overload you. That can actually distract you from the sole purpose...to be healthy. If you are hypo, once you start meds, that might even help with the weight loss.

I'm sure I don't have to say this because I'm sure you looked this up already, but here are some of the main symptoms of hypo...weight gain (UCK!), feeling of always being tired, feeling cold, brittle or dry hair, & brittle nails. There are more, but those are the most common.

I also found some recipe books just for hypothyroid. Very interesting! I am wishing you the best. Don't feel defeated this with this. There are worse things! Let me know if I can help with anything. I'm here!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/7/2012 9:27PM

    There's nothing wrong with trying a bunch of little experiments to see what helps!! I hope one of these smacks that scale into shape!

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I Need Support!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Well if you read my blog last week, then you know what's going on. If not, here's a quick recap: The first week of May went swimmingly. I lost 1 lb. There were rainbows and glitter shooting out of my eyes and I was dancing on air. The second week of May wasn't as successful, but it was TOM and the small gain I noticed was easily explainable. The third week of May was still unsuccessful, but it was chalked up to an increased sodium intake or possible muscle gain, even though I wasn't lifting weights in a way that would really explain that kind of gain. Finally, the fourth week of May...another gain and all hell broke loose for me emotionally.

After four long weeks of working out like a bandit and focusing on eating healthy, I broke. I've been down this path many a time before. I've worked hard and gotten absolutely no results. It's why I always end up going on "hiatus" for a time. So why was this time different? This time I actually had to admit to myself something was wrong and stop making excuses for why my body wouldn't cooperate. I don't know for sure what's wrong, but there is a very good chance it's my thyroid. My mom had surgery on hers when she was younger and after talking with my MIL who is an RN and discussing symptoms I appear to be the poster child for hypothyroidism.

So shouldn't this make me feel better? To have an answer to all the questions? No, it made me feel worse. It reminded me of other friends who are also stricken with a thyroid ailment and how I've watched them struggle to lose weight to no avail. It foreshadowed the long and miserable path that is bound to lay before me. It was a sucker punch to the gut to think "Wow! You're just always going to be fat you Fatty McFatterson!" I was quickly reminded of my main reason for weight loss in the first place. Babies. If I can't loose weight, I can't, correction I shouldn't get pregnant. It wouldn't be smart or safe and do I really want a pregnancy where I'm confined to bed rest the entire time? A trillion other thoughts were raging through my mind about what kind of life I can expect to have. How I felt like such a let down, to myself and to Reiko, etc.

So Friday through Monday we're my free for all days. I didn't care and no one could make me. My FIL came into town for my nieces graduation and I was able to use that as an excuse, not that I really needed one, to eat what I wanted and not exercise. I enjoyed Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, chips and queso, chicken wings, lil smokies, soda, and the list goes on. And do you know what happened? I ate whatever, but I didn't gorge. Some part of me just wouldn't let myself go there. Was I eating healthy and staying in range? No! But was I stuffing my face left and right, using food as a shovel to bury the pain? No! And that's saying something for me!! I even managed to get in some exercise those days. I took my nephew bowling on Friday, walked around the San Antonio Event Center on Saturday for the gun show, and got in lots of walking at the Alamodome on Monday for my nieces graduation.

I promised MJ-SHE-BEAST I wouldn't give up and I meant it. I just needed to wallow in my own misery for a bit. So today I was back to eating right, but as of 5:41 p.m. I still haven't exercised and I don't plan on it. I've cleaned the house and gotten things back in order, but that's about as active as I got today. I'm in a slightly better place than I was on Friday. I'm doing better at controlling my negative thoughts and banish them as soon as they pop into m head. I'm still going to continue to eat right and exercise, but I won't be doing nearly as much physical activity as I was before.

I hope to have an appointment some time late this week or early next week to get tested so that I can for sure know what's going on. Unless, I need to get referred to a specialist which could take longer, but I'll just play it by ear. So send prayers, good thoughts, loving vibes, or whatever is you believe in my way. I could use them!

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LYNNR71 6/7/2012 3:26PM

    Don't fret...hypothyroidism is not a death sentence. I've been hypo for a little over 8 years now. Yes, my weight has gone up & down thru the years, but I also was not committed to taking care of myself and taking my meds like I was suppose to. Well, I decided enough was enough and took control. I started my meds like a good girl, started eating right, & becoming more active. Since the last week of March, I've lost 20 lbs. Yes, I learned that the thyroid has a lot of control over almost everything in our bodies, but ultimately you control everything.
Yes, there is a lot of advice that can be given, but here's what I have to say about it...Put your big girl pants on. Get bloodwork done. If it comes back as hypo...take your meds. Continue to eat right & exercise. There's no reason to beat yourself up. It is what it is...you'll be fine. Everything will turn out fine...just have to make a few adjustments.
I just got my bloodwork back. My medication level was lowered BECAUSE I lost 20lbs. In 8 years, my meds have never been lowered, only raised. So see...there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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JELAWTON3 6/6/2012 3:21PM

    Easier said than done but do don't give up! You have a positive group of people here to support you and help you through this temporary setback

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UTEXAS09 6/6/2012 10:43AM

  I'm right there with ya girl! We recognize the pros and cons of our actions and realize that we CAN and WILL do something about it. Keep it up! Prayers that your tests come in the clear. :)

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POOKASLUAGH 6/6/2012 9:39AM

    This really does suck. I hope your doctor can help you out quickly, and find a way to make this work for you. You know I know what it's like to have your body rebel against you. I went through it for 11 years and it's so discouraging. :(

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GOLDENDOMER00 6/6/2012 8:04AM

    I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I know it sucks to be diagnosed with a chronic illness at our young ages, me with diabetes. I do throw myself pity parties. I guess I'm kind of in one now, but eventually we pull ourselves out of it and move on. Get busy living or get busy dying!

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ANTHONYSGAL 6/6/2012 12:54AM

    Oh T..sad you are struggling but glad you at least got a prediagnosis so you can try to figure out what is going on with your body...stay strong and keep sparking..you know something is wrong and knowing is half the battle and since you are halfway there no sense in giving up now..yeah it will be tough but use your inner strength to perservere..you got this Diva..dont let a little thyroid take your shine!! love ya and i'm here for ya even all the way in Htown (((hugs)))

sidenote:you dont have to give up on babies...Lord knows I wasnt 140 or even close when I got pregnant with my last three princesses..yes I had high blood pressure with them not because of my weight just for the simple fact that is how my bod reacted to being pregnant..some women develop it no matter what their size..I applaud you for looking at your weight before getting pregnant and wanting to be pregnant but don't let it hold you back from the GREATEST gift in the world---motherhood

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BET212 6/6/2012 12:00AM

    It doesn't have to be a miserable path but you are allowed to wallow. Yes, it may take some time to figure out the right med combo you need if it's your thyroid but with a good doctor who listens to you about your symptoms it can get better. Sometimes it doesn't take that long once your body is getting what it needs. Everyone is different. It does takes persistence though, which I suspect you have, to get the right treatment for yourself and not give up.

You have good support and information from your MIL so that helps. There are also a few good resources on the internet if you are interested, including Mary Shoman and the Thyroid team here on SP.

By the way, I've got thyroid issues AND perimenopause. Yeah, it's been a challenge at times but who doesn't love a good challenge emoticon

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    Keep on keeping on sparkly. It takes courage to share this with your spark friends. Its taken you courage to set up your apt and will take courage to get through it. This all shows how strong you are, how determined you are, and that whatever the case you will use your strength and determination to pull through and concur what may now seem impossible. Never lose your sparkle!

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CHAKA1709 6/5/2012 10:05PM

    Hugs. You can pull through this. Since a lot of people have offered encouragement I'll offer education as accurately as I know.
Thyroid tests may not provide you the answers you want. Your thyroid levels vary throughout the day so they aren't that reliable. I know were you are coming from with that though, and I think I have hypothyroidism too which I think might explain why birth control (the pill) doesn't work well with me.
It is great that you want to be a healthy weight when pregnant, but don't think that you will be on bed rest the whole time because you don't weigh 140 lbs. Although being overweight can negatively affect your pregnancy, it may not. Overweight woman get pregnant all the time. It is better to be eating healthy and exercising while pregnant than be skinny, eat junk, and be a couch potato. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. The 2 most important concerns I can think of are preeclamsia and gestational diabetes.

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SBEAR5 6/5/2012 8:27PM

    Oh, T. I am so sorry you're going thru this! I finally had to go to the doctor a few months ago because of my weight. I was really struggling, and I'm so glad I went! I would like to offer one small piece of advice...if I may.... emoticon take your food and fitness journals with you. That way the doctor can really see what you've been doing and make a much more informative plan of action for you. I'll be praying for you, praying for a resolution to this! emoticon

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    Good for you for looking for answers. I recently had a medical reason for a large weight gain and if I had not continue to ask questions and push for answers I would have thought it was all my fault and I was losing my mind. I hope you get some information soon. Way to go on not bingeing like a mad-woman!

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PATTOMMC3 6/5/2012 7:02PM

    That is a tough one! I haven't got any magic words for you...except to keep plugging along! Hopefully your doctor can help you...perhaps medication to regulate your thyroid if that is the problem. I too face a challenge simular to you.....I take medicine to prevent a return of breast cancer and it caused me to go into premature menopause.....I have to fight for every lost pound! I keep fighting though and slowly am winning the battle! Take care of yourself!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/5/2012 6:59PM

    We all need and deserve a pity party now and then..but like all parties, you have to clean up after them. You didn't make a very big mess at yours now, did you? I'm proud of you, T...and I love you. I know what a struggle it is and I know what you are going through. But I'm extremely proud that you aren't giving up on yourself. You are worth too much. Just keep us in the loop and of course you have all my best thoughts, wishes, hopes, and prayers.

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EVLOBOS310 6/5/2012 6:58PM

    emoticon I know it's hard when you feel like/know something is wrong, but look on the bright side! If you can get your thyroid under control with medicine or surgery, you will be able to lose the weight more easily. You can do this!

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May PAC Week 4 - Short and Bittersweet

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Fitness Minutes and Calories burned were both hits this week. I exceeded both of my goals. Weight loss was a miss, I gained 5 lbs. I'm going to try and get a doctors appointment sometime in the next couple of weeks because there is obviously something happening with my body.

After a talk with my dear friend MJ-SHE-BEAST and my MIL who is a nurse, I fear something is wrong with my thyroid. I have SEVERAL common hypothyroid symptoms like depression, fatigue, insomnia, allergies, weight gain/trouble losing weight, etc. Part of me is extremely upset because I know that if there is something wrong with my thyroid, a long difficult road awaits me. The other part of me is relieved that I might have an explanation for why I work soo hard without success to lose weight!

You probably won't see me much over the next week or so because I just can't be here. It is so hard emotionally to be here. I'm not giving up, I promise. I'm just worn down and tired and overwhelmed.

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GINCHIFER 6/3/2012 1:15PM

    I'm sorry to read that you are not getting the results you would expect from the effort you are putting in. Sending positive thoughts and well wishes that your doctor can help you find the cause and solution to your weight loss barrier. In the mean time, keep your head up! You are a beautiful, motivational influence on those around you.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 6/3/2012 12:19PM

    All I am saying is I love you...you know the rest. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 6/3/2012 7:34AM

    I know exactly where you're coming from. My issue didn't end up being because of my thyroid, but I know what it's like to do everything right and then gain an attrocious amount of weight for no good reason! It's terrible. I hope your doctor can find whatever is causing you the trouble, TaMara, whether it's your thyroid or something else. There are a LOT of reasons your body can mess up this way, and so many doctors, unfortunately, tend to ignore what we say half the time, thinking we just don't keep good records or are lying about what we eat or how we exercise.

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A Wrench in the Works?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Well it looks like I'm going to be "babysitting" my 12 year old nephew for the next 2-3 weeks while my mom is at work. This isn't a big deal cause he's old enough to entertain himself. He's got his own laptop and his DS, he's not at that mouthing back stage yet, my mom sends him loaded down with snacks (that he doesn't eat, but tempt me instead), and she pays me (which I tell her not to, but she insists cause I'm not working and that's how moms are). I'm just a little worried that it's going to interfere with my exercise routines. Today I did get in some cardio because we went swimming, but HE was rushing ME to leave!! LOL I felt like the child saying "No, I need to swim some more!"

I can't do my workouts in the morning cause he gets here around 7am, which is way earlier than I usually wake up!! I will just have to find a way to squeeze them in while he's here. He's old enough that I can explain to him that I have to work out and if we're swimming, he has to wait until I'm done. I just feel bad that he's going to be bored. He's from NB so he doesn't have any friends here in SA to play with. Oh, well...we'll just have to figure out a way to make it work!

On a side note I did get some cardio in today swimming, but I had to guesstimate how many calories I burned cause I was to scared to wear my HRM in the water, even though it is supposed to be waterproof. If we go swimming tomorrow, I'll just have to chance it. Maybe.

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GOLDENDOMER00 5/31/2012 9:25AM

    That's what I was thinking....maybe he'd like to join you?? And I certainly think he can keep himself entertained for an hour or so....good luck!

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TXLADY110 5/30/2012 11:27PM

    He is 12... umm tell him to bring his..phone, ipod, kindle, ds, nintendo, or what ever he plays video games on.. he gets an hour of video games while you get an hour of exercise...
Gettingup earlier gives you more time to get the workout in :-)

You will make it.

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POOKASLUAGH 5/30/2012 9:30PM

    Is it a Polar HRM? If so, I can guarantee those are waterproof - I used to do water aerobics with mine all the time! :)

This may be a silly suggestion, but my kids still like it even though the oldest is almost 12 - we like to have "dance parties" where I put on music on shuffle and we all just dance for however long we want. Maybe he'd like something like? Get the exercise in as a form of game?

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 5/30/2012 7:13PM

    Give him the option to either work out with you or play his games while you do. I know 12 years old is probably the age where he will roll his eyes at you, but you never know...he might want to join in! I'm sure he will get it that you need to get your swimming in and your exercise in without fuss. Make your exercise a priority and set that kiddo a great example, Auntie T!

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May PAC Week 3 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Saturday, May 26, 2012

So overall, I'll say this week was a three-way tie between being a Hit, Miss, and Improvement. How is that you ask? Let me break it down for you:

HIT emoticon
*I reached my goal of 220 fitness minutes this week!
*Exercise became just a little easier this week!

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*I went over my range TWICE this week with my eating.
*I got horrible sleep this week because I kept waking up in the middle of the night with horrible stomach pains.
*It looks like I gained 2 lbs this week. Reasons for this gain could be: 1) I gained muscle 2) I'm retaining water from consuming to much sodium the last couple days 3) I really did gain 2 lbs

*I beat my current goal of burning 2300 calories this week and burned 2763!!

I worked out hard today and am trying to really eat "clean" today so that maybe tomorrow or Monday I can try weighing in again. Even if there isn't a change, it won't stop me. I won't give up just because of one bad weigh-in, but I WILL keep pushing forward. Because even if the scale didn't change I know I'm getting stronger and my endurance in increasing. I can jump rope longer, hold a plank, and all sorts of things I couldn't do before. Before long you're all gonna need tickets the the gun show!!! HAHAHA

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TRISSIDAAE 5/30/2012 11:48AM

    I would say it is still a hit, you beat your goal on something, hope the stomach pain has passed

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GOLDENDOMER00 5/30/2012 10:29AM

    Focus on the positives, TaMara...you improved your fitness minutes...you are becoming HEALTHIER!

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TXLADY110 5/29/2012 2:36PM


You hit your minutes and improved the burn.
Darn scale.... perhaps we need to use them for discus?

Keep working out it will come down just remember it did not go up steadily it went up in leaps and drops.. so weight will come down the same way.

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STEPH-KNEE 5/27/2012 3:20AM

    I seriously love this and how you broke everything down. It taught me that I need to realize the little successes I have and not just when I do something wrong. Thanks for the reminder, you are kicking butt! :D emoticon

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