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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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