Sunday, October 18, 2009
All along, I have been wondering just why I was not losing weight any faster. Getting off the 160s has been sheer torture (a pleasant one though). Although I knew the following:
. I will not lose weight at the same rate as I did before.
. I will not lose weight at the same rate as someone else.
. I may not get back to the size I was (but I sure will try).
Since hypothyroidism is with me for life, more lifestyle changes have to be considered. I have to make ME a priority every day because I have to stay committed to this new way of life. I have to take the time to eat healthily and do regular exercises and put myself on the to-do list each day.
I have to remain positive and optimistic about the changes I have made to date (I've lost 20 lbs) and will continue to journal my ups and my downs.
I have also reduced my stimulants. One coffee a week on Sundays only and tea once daily.
This is the difficult one -- decrease the amount of carbohydrates that I eat. The SP recommends a range of 45-60% for the members. Hypothyroids have to reduce to about 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fat. I am trying. I do love fruits and veggies so that is not a problem but our daily diet is truly surrounded by carbs so I have to remain careful.
Limit substantially all sugary items as they produce high insulin production.
Another problem I have is that I live in West Africa. High fiber foods are practically non-existent. Thank goodness, I am going to Canada in December and there I can find what I need.
Water is not a problem for me and it has never been. Of course, because of the exercise level I am at, it has increased but I thoroughly enjoy drinking my aqua.
Please wish me luck!