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Battling impatience and my thyroid

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Today is day two of returning to program after my intentional weekend calorie cycling. After averaging 2,400 calories Friday through Sunday, I'm now eating about 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day.

I also visited my thyroid doctor yesterday. I told her about my plateau and that I believe that starting on synthroid in August might be a factor. She acknowledged the possible link but congratulated me on dropping 10 pounds since June. I told her I was losing weight steadily over the summer, but it's now ground to a halt. I also told her I've felt MORE fatigued and sluggish since starting on the medication, which was intended to reduce an enlarged thyroid.

Why start taking medicine if it's doing more harm than good?

We made a decision together for me to discontinue the synthroid, since my thyroid no longer seems enlarged and it's not helping my fatigue. As long as my lab work shows normal thyroid levels, I should be okay, but I will need to get a new thyroid ultrasound and to test my levels every six months. I will also need to resume treatment if my thyroid enlarges again.

So we'll see.

I'm actually quite relieved to be back on plan after my intentional 2,400 calorie weekend. Still, I'm feeling soooo impatient. When, oh, WHEN will this plateau end????

I'm tired of stepping on the scale and seeing my weight swing between the same 2-3 pounds. I need to see a new number and I'm ready to work hard for it.

My diet is back to the basics. Lots of fruits and vegetables, few processed foods, lots of water. I am also trying to keep my exercise intensity up. This evening is bootcamp (ugh!) and I am hiking on Saturday. I'm also continuing to strength train, jog and workout on the machines.

SOMETHING has to give eventually and I HOPE it's not my SANITY. emoticon

Onward and downward (I hope). emoticon

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AANGEL3 10/9/2012 5:34PM

    I talked to my Dr about my thyroid meds. I've been on them for over 30 yrs. I wasn't losing..just seeing the same 2-3 pounds come and go. She checked my levels were OK. But I still feel fatigued some days. I've just learned to live with it and try that much harder to lose the weight. Good luck and don't give up!

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AJS_MOMMY_1985 10/9/2012 2:00PM

    I hope that stopping the Synthroid treatment helps you but it is never a good idea to stop thyroid medication. It is supposed to be a lifelong medication. Not just one to pick up and put down as the levels show normal, as typically they will show as normal BECAUSE of the medication.
However, never put out of your mind the idea of trying a differing medication if you continue to need something for your thyroid.
I understand and know all to well how it feels to stay fatigued even with the medication. I go through this daily myself. You should be tested for gluten intolerance as many people with thyroid issues are also intolerant to gluten and may not even know it. That would be a large factor in your battles.
I wish you the best of luck and hope things begin to look up for you.

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Calorie Cycling weekend so far

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Today is day two of my experiment to eat well over my normal calorie intake. Normally, I eat 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I'm eating 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day in an attempt to banish a one-month plateau.

This morning, I attended a kickboxing class, which was super intense but fun. I think I enjoy the kickboxing class more than the boot camp class, although I still don't care for doing high intensity jumping jacks in either class. Nevertheless, I plan to fit this class in on Saturday mornings when I can.

Yesterday, I felt like I ate too much junk to boost my calorie intake so today, I'm trying to make sure I get my fruits and vegetables and to eat more protein. I am also keeping my water intake high.

Last night, I went to bed at 10:00 pm but did not wake up until 7:30 am. That's 9.5 hours of sleep! This week I've been focusing on getting more sleep, so I wasn't sleep deprived. Was it my diet? Maybe it was carbohydrate overload or a blood sugar crash? Either way, I'm intrigued and want to learn more about what happened so I'm going to do some reading.

Monday, I plan to drop back to eating 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, high protein, low carbohydrate diet.

I think by next Saturday, I'll know whether or not this experiment has worked when I weigh in.

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HDHAWK 10/7/2012 7:27PM

    Calorie cycling has always worked well for me (when I do it). I eat at the low end for 3 days and then high for one day.

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MPLANE37 10/7/2012 2:46PM

    Calorie cycling is interesting, and it would be great to know your experience about it. I wonder how hard it is to switch back to restricted calories after eating at a large caloric intake.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 10/6/2012 2:46PM

    Hopefully this is just the boost you need! Enjoy your kickboxing!

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BIKECHIC1 10/6/2012 2:43PM

    Good luck with your experiment, hope it goes well

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NANCYPAT1 10/6/2012 2:42PM

    I am interested in how this works for you. It is an idea I have tried and it often works but not always.

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License to Eat

Friday, October 05, 2012

Some people are fortunate; when trying to lose weight, they steadily drop pounds and reach goal right on schedule. Well, for reasons I don't completely understand, I'm not one of them. My weight drops in dribbles, spurts and sputters, then stops and then starts up again.

Right now, I'm enduring my second plateau this year. In May, I experienced one that lasted a month. Now, I haven't lost a single pound since September 15th. Just frustrating.

I've read every article under the sun about stuff I can do to shake things up. I'm varying my exercise--jogging instead of walking, switching up on strength training exercises, getting more sleep, eating less processed foods, keeping my food diary as accurate as I can, drinking more water. Result? This week, I regained the one pound I lost in September. Arrgh!

I'm ready to try something different. I am going to EAT more today, Saturday, and Sunday, then get back on program on Monday. I'm taking a chance that I might regain some weight, but sometimes you have to take a step back before you move forward. Ninety percent of the time, I've been eating 1,200 to 1, 600 calories a day. This weekend, I'm doing what Jillian Michaels suggested on her website; I'm going to eat 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day. The premise is that my metabolism has slowed and my body is fighting weight loss. I will track everything and keep up the exercise. We'll see what happens.

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JAZZEJR 10/7/2012 12:06AM

    Be sure to let us know how it works---I generally gain anytime I add calories.

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SONYALATRECE 10/5/2012 10:32PM

    I'd certainly do the same thing. Sounds like a plan to me...
emoticon wishes!

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KEEP_GOING247 10/5/2012 1:17PM

    I am in the same situation. I lose then for some reason the scale creeps up again. Don't have any advice but please let me know how this works out. emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 10/5/2012 12:04PM

    Sounds like a plan. Taking a few days to eat more then going back can work. May it work for you!

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LILSHINE 10/5/2012 11:41AM

    You got to keep making changes until something works for you. So go for it and see what happens. I know how you feel - I went through the entire month of July without losing anything. Recently I 've figured that it's the medication I was taking. The first time I stopped it for a week at doctors request. That week I loss 6#s! Now that I had the surgery for the condition I was taking the medication for and within 2 weeks I dropped 12.5 pounds. Not sure if you're taking any medicines but .... you just never know. Hope the new calorie range strikes a spark of weight loss for you.

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ELAYNE39 10/5/2012 11:33AM

    It's worth a try! I have used that strategy in the past and it can work. My weight loss too comes in spurts. Very frustrating and you really have to get yourself together mentally to handle it. Hang in there. Eventually the weight does come off. If you find the secret to plateau busting, share it please.

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Still a slow jogger but I'm improving

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Yesterday at the gym, I got on the treadmill and started jogging 4 MPH. Usually, when I'm working out on the machines, I do 10 minutes on three different ones. What was different yesterday, was that I ended up jogging 4 MPH on the treadmill for 20 minutes and barely broke a sweat. Given my hate/hate relationship with running, I found this pretty remarkable.

What it means is I'm getting fitter and yesterday I discovered measurable results of my increased fitness. Before, the thought of getting on the treadmill and doing any sort of jogging seemed to be too much. Now, I believe a 4 MPH pace is doable, not just for one mile, but two or even three. Granted, that's still a slow pace, but for turtles like me, it's doable.

My next goal is to get on that treadmill and see if I can jog 4.5 or 5 MPH for 20 minutes.

I did jog 5K once this summer, but it took me an hour and it was anything but fun. Maybe if I design my own couch to 5K, I can work up to doing it again incrementally and in a way that's more enjoyable.

Onward and downward.

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JAZZEJR 10/6/2012 9:50AM

    I found running at 4 mph did wonders for my metabolism and weight loss. So stay with what's comfortable.

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BABY_GIRL69 10/5/2012 12:40AM

    I'm trying to run on the dreadmill but it bores me to death! I am trying to concentrate on doing a 15minute mile....

God bess & way to go!


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FLEURGARDEN 10/4/2012 10:14PM

    Woo Hoo!

I always hated running when I was in high school, but one of these days I may give it a try again. I may like it better if I'm just competing with myself and not lagging behind the rest of the class with the gym teacher blowing her whistle and yelling at me.

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MOBYCARP 10/4/2012 10:03PM

    When I spoke with my doctor about running last year, she said that anyone who doesn't have an injury or medical condition can train to run a 5K. They may not run it fast, but they can run it. And no matter how slow you run that 5K, you're lapping the people who stay on the couch.

If gearing up to run 5K is a serious goal, designing your own program is a good thing to try. You can start by looking at the various 5K training programs, then modify them to suit your needs and preferences. What most of them have in common is, they call for training 3 days a week, on non-consecutive days; and they build gradually in intervals of Walk X minutes, Run Y minutes where X and Y get more and more challenging as the training progresses.

But seriously, if running a 5K was "anything but fun," running might not be the best form of exercise for you. Running isn't for everyone. If it's no fun for you, perhaps some other form of exercise will suit you better. Maybe Zumba, or spinning classes, or something else that I'd absolutely hate. I'm guessing you'd like something I'd hate because . . . I love running.

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Sleep and Water

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A few days ago, I decided to work toward changing two bad habits that are impacting my ability to lose weight.

Bad habit #1--Not sticking to my 10:30 pm bedtime. My night owl tendencies often result in me staying up at 11:00, 11:30, or 12 am. Then, I can't get up the next morning and when I do, I'm a zombie.

Update: For the last few days I've been going to bed at 10:30 pm. When I did this over the weekend, I noticed I woke up without an alarm clock at around 6:30 am, but couldn't get up until about 7 am. I am going to keep my bedtime here for the time being, but I may have to move it up to 10 pm, if it continues to be challenging to get up at 6:30 am.

Bad habit #2--Not drinking my water. It's not that I dislike drinking water, it's just that its been crowded out by coffee and diet coke. Plus, I get tired of making frequent trips to the restroom.

Update: Now, I've been focused on keeping the 16 oz cup on my desk filled with cold water. So far, so good. I don't care for all the trips to the restroom, but I guess it's something I'll need to live with. I weighed myself shortly after increasing my water intake and I was two pounds heavier. Those two pounds are now gone and I'm back to my plateau weight. I think it's a sign that my body no longer feels the need to retain any water I consume.

I've made a dent in the six other bad habits I documented in a previous blog, but I'm not making these changes a priority until I'm done focusing on my water and sleep.

I did buy some things to make a few green smoothies this week. I found a recipe for one that calls for apples, which are cheap and abundant this time of year, so I'm going to try it out.

I also have a list of fruit and veggie "staple foods" that I can buy at the grocery store if I'm low on food but haven't had time to plan a menu. So yesterday I bought bananas, grapes, apples, spinach, zucchini, squash, eggplant, red onion and carrots.

Anyway, I'm still pluggin' along so it's all good.

Onward and downward.

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MPLANE37 10/3/2012 3:33PM

    Good progress. I ditched my night time comfort eating by going to bed early, at 10:30 the latest, exactly when I used to start feeling the need for comfort food. It is a very good idea indeed.

On the other hand, I find much more productive to focus on a single habit to change at a time. The problem with tackling many habits at once is that you have limited energy allocated to your prefrontal cortex (this is scientifically proven) and you would not like it to be depleted too early or too soon. To get results in the solution of a problem (like changing a bad habit) that we are not familiar with (because we have never done it before), we need to really focus on that particular problem only and ignore any other, until we are done with the solution of that problem at least.

If you are curious about these aspects of brain function, take a look at the book by Daniel Kahneman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Daniel_Kahneman (he is a psychologist awarded a nobel prize in Economics - a very peculiar situation indeed).

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SPARKLE1908 10/3/2012 1:28PM

    Good job on keeping up with your goals and keeping yourself accountable!!! You are doing a great job!

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SONYALATRECE 10/2/2012 9:37PM

    Excellent plan!
On The Pretty Girls team, post your water intake in our chat thread.

Best Wishes, soror!


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MOBYCARP 10/2/2012 9:25PM

    emoticon I struggle with enforcing bed time, but it's so worth doing! Water is easier for me, but I still have to pay some attention to it.

I found early on that when I was consistent with water, it crowded out soda and tea. And tea was a trigger for eating stuff, but water isn't. Go figure.

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BABY_GIRL69 10/2/2012 7:06PM

    emoticon That is so true, keep making small goals for yourself & you will see your plans come together & lose more weight.

God bless,


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KRISZTA11 10/2/2012 3:24PM

    You made great progress with these two goals!

Water was easy for me, but I the owl tendencies...
I need to watch my bedtime too, I often stay up late for no reason whatsoever just to ne tired and depressed the next day.

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FLEURGARDEN 10/2/2012 2:50PM

    Good job with the sleep and the water! I tend to be a night owl too, but during the work week I tend to be tired enough at bed time to go to bed. Our bodies usually need more sleep than we realize, especially with our increased amount of exercise.

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MEH50BEWELL 10/2/2012 1:52PM

    Sounds like a great plan - Good luck -- I too have found these 2 items VERY important in my weight loss journey. I have even moved my bed time to 9:30 - read for 30 minutes and then lights out. I have increased my water to about 75 oz every day, and after 5+ months of that my body is really craving water when I slip on the weekends and don't get it all in. Bathroom runs have also reduced since my body seems to be getting used to the higher volume of water. emoticon

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