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.)
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!
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.
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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