Random thought...have yo had your testosterone levels checked? High testosterone in women in a sign of PCOS, which adds weight around the middles. I know...I have it and no thyroid...double whammy! There is medication for PCOS. It has a bunch of issues too, but does helps with the weight loss.
current weight: 184.0
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Hey Lins - I know where you are coming from. I lost with relative ease and regular workouts the first 40 pounds about 5 years ago. Then I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and I have been between 205 and 225 for the last 4 years. I have gained and lost that same 20 pounds many times. Sometimes I would gain as much as 3 pounds overnight - water retention. Now I have been diagnosed with lymphedema in my left lower leg. I went to my doc frustrated as all get out - after tracking my food and my weight daily for 2 months straight. We are talking hiking mountains carrying a pack, swimming more than a mile 2 to 3 times per week, stationary bike, etc. Sometimes 2 hours worth of workout and consuming consistently between 1300 and 2000 calories daily. The only days I consumed the higher amounts is if we were doing a really long, strenuous hike up in the mountains because I knew I would burn all of it. I just kept gaining. My doc finally put me on a very restrictive diet - similar to Atkins, but not the fat. My calorie intake is no more than 700 calories each day, no carbs other than a cracker or 2 - melba toast or something like that and the carbs found in veggies. No sugary veggies like carrots, peas, green beans. I load up on about 6 cups of veggies daily and about 6 ounces of protein for lunch and dinner. Sometimes I will do a giant salad - 3 cups of mixed salad greens, sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. I eat a lot of white fish like Tilapia, some baked chicken, lean pork loin, and very small amounts of very lean red meat. I can only do this way of eating for 60 days - no more. Than he will transition me back slowly to adding some carbs in - but nothing like I ate before. It has not been easy, but I have lost 24 pounds as of today in 52 days of eating this way. I just saw my doc last week, and he is very proud of the progress. I see him again the end of June. He offered to put me on Phentermine to help with hunger, but I eat so many veggies throughout the day, that only a few times have I been hungry. I also eat 2 pieces of fruit each day - but not allowed bananas (one of my favorites). THIS IS NOT THE HCG DIET THOUGH. Just a very strict diet my MD put me on to kick start my body. I have lost 1 size in my shirts and pants.
I know you are joking, Lins... but definitely DO NOT stop eating!
I'm with Purr... you need to give your body some time to adjust to the new meds/routine and dosage. I had to get to my "sweet spot" and wear angel wings and halo for about 6 months before I lost anything.
the other essential... avoid stress! Especially the self created type and negative self talk... its AWFUL for adrenals.
: ) Mzzchief
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
I packed on the weight as my metabolism was so sluggish that I did not burn my calories I now am working out on a stationary bike for 40 minutes daily and finally seeing the weight go down. I see the doctor tomorrow and will see what is happening and I will get my labs done. It will be a few days before I get my results.
You need to get optimal. What is your levels including Free T4, Free T3, B12, D, Iron, have you watched eating goitrogens, are you timing your meds away from fiber, calcium, iron, and so forth? Some of us keep notebooks. Keeping a record of your activity, what you eat, and a list of your top ten thyroid symptoms on a daily basis may be what you need to prove to your doc you are not optimal. My odd thyroid symptoms? Acne in my hair and plantar fascitis. When these show up I need more med!
Remember, this isn't an instant fix. You need to learn to read your body and find what works for you!
Some of us have gone paleo....high amounts of carbs are not a friend to thyroid peeps. My diet looks different than most. 40% fats and protein and 20% carbs. I rarely eat grain anymore. Clean up your diet...get rid of the junk, go as organic as you can and you'll see it start to creep off. Remember, it didn't show up overnight....it won't go away any quicker. We have a harder time of it but it is possible!
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