Hi there, Karen,
I'm sorry you have to go through this.
I had a TT in Jan 2011 because of papillary carcinoma, and then RAI at the end of June 2011 because they found thyroid tissue in my lymph nodes, so I kinda know what you're going through.
However, I hadn't begun trying to lose weight until about a month after RAI, so I can't answer your question about whether or not I was able to maintain or lose because I wasn't trying.
What I will say is - without trying to scare you (sorry) but I was much much more tired AFTER the RAI than before. My TSH levels were obviously very high, and even once you start taking your meds again (I'm on synthroid) it takes a few weeks for everything to get back to normal. Before the RAI, I was so worried about what I was going to do in the hospital for 2 days and then in isolation, and stocking up on books from the library, and the LID, and all that, that I think it just kept me going. Afterwards, though, when I didn't have so many concerns, was when I had no energy. I had to nap at least once per day, and I was dead to the world when sleeping, and no motivation to do anything other than lie in the hammock and read (although that was pretty nice, too! lol).
I hope for you that it'll be different. At least you have the motivation of already being on a weight loss journey, of already having healthy eating habits and already exercising regularly. From my personal experience - just get yourself through the next few weeks. Keep your healthy habits, but rest when you can, and know that once you feel strong again, your healthy habits will still be there. And hopefully you'll have maintained, but even if you've gained a bit, you should still be proud that you were able to come through the other side with your habits maintained.
Good luck! You'll be alright! Its a pain, but its over pretty quick.
If I choose to not do anything differently today, tomorrow is going to be exactly the same as yesterday.
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