Wednesday, March 20, 2013
So I'm exercising and watching what I eat. I'm nine days away from the end of my long-term goal deadline and not even close to the goal weight. Not even half. Three months...and eight pounds. That's it. Just eight pounds.
Theoretically, I should be losing about 1-2 pounds a week, and that is obviously not happening. There is progress, but it's sloooow.
So I keep coming back to thinking about what else is going on. I have an underactive thyroid, and I take Synthroid for that. I have major depression, and I take Remeron for that. I have a long-term partner, and I take oral contraceptives for that.
The Remeron has weight gain as a major side effect. That's because there's something about it that makes you crave food, particularly carbs. I pretty much have that under control. I log everything. I pay attention to portion control. Oral contraceptives can contribute to weight gain. That's mostly due to water retention. I try to watch my sodium intake and I try to drink my eight glasses of water a day.
It's the whole thyroid thing that has me loopy, I think. I've read article after article, and all I've found are things contradicting each other. Avoid soy! Eat more soy! Avoid fiber! Take a fiber supplement! Don't eat broccoli. Eat more green veggies. Follow this diet! Wait, there is no thyroid diet! The only solid fact I've found is that calcium inhibits the absorption of the Synthroid.
We eat as much whole food as possible. The food bill is ridiculous. I try to avoid soy, high fructose corn syrup and processed wheat. I don't want to give up broccoli; it's one of the few vegetables that I actually like. I don't drink alcohol or smoke. Fast food is limited to Subway; restaurants are limited to oriental food or maybe Mexican.
My next thing I think is that I'm going to attempt to go gluten-free as much as possible (although avoiding the processed gluten-free stuff...some of that is crazy with sodium and other bad stuff). Maybe that will work. Other than that, I'm out of ideas. Spending two or more hours exercising is just not feasible.
Anybody have any ideas?