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4/1/08 4:04 P

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As soon as I have time (and I am not putting it off, I just have to go to my other job) I will send you more info on specifics! I thank you for your input, insight, willingness to help, and fantastic encouragement! Just to get this in quick, my freet3 and t4 are both within normal limits.

Then give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you! Madeline Bridges


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4/1/08 2:07 P

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To evaluate thyroid properly, you need the FREE T3 and FREE T4 as well as the TSH.
I agree with SPARKLE2008, it sounds like you are not getting enough carbs and you are burning muscle to survive.
Are you drinking enough water?

Have a TERRIFIC day!
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4/1/08 10:48 A

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Thanks for the info. Just let me say that if the only carbohydrate you are getting in your day is 1 serving, you are doing your body a great disservice. When you are exercising, an extremely low carb-diet will eventually stall your weight loss. It is ludicrous that any nutrition expert would have you eating only 1 carbohydrate per day. Are you eating fruit, starchy vegetables or dairy products (milk, yogurt)?

With that said, if you are insulin resistant (a.k.a. glucose intolerant) and you severely limit your carbs, you can actually make the insulin resistance worse. The body does not like extremes.

I hope that your diet is balanced, meaning you are getting carbs/protein/fat at each meal. You have to give your body the right fuel if you want it to give up some weight. And of course, watching your portions matters, as well.

If you want, you can send me a sparkmail with your specific diet and I'd be glad to give you more input. I am just very concerned that you may be undereating the carbs (and just to set the record straight, carbs are a necessary fuel source and even when a person has diabetes ~ they must eat carbs). They are meant to raise blood sugars because our body's main fuel source is glucose. It is what our brain thrives on. Where we get into trouble is when that sugar stays in the bloodstream and doesn't get used for fuel. But, we can also get into trouble when there is not enough sugar in the bloodstream to use and therefore, the body must use alternative means to get the fuel... and ketosis is a toxic state to the body that can lead to muscle wasting.

I mean, you don't expect a gas engine to run on diesel, right? It's the same thing. You've got to give the body the fuel it likes and then it will run right.




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HEALTHQUESTER's Photo HEALTHQUESTER Posts: 1,126
4/1/08 7:31 A

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Thank you everyone! To answer some questions, my nutritionist is also my chiropractor. He is a certified clinical nutritionist. I know he underwent a lot of training, although I don't have specifics. I try to stick to the 1 serving of gluten free carbs per day, but I find that to be my biggest challenge, and usually have 2 servings. I feel that this is alright when i am excercising at such a high intensity (for me ) I have been to the doctor for lots of testing. I have hashimotos thyroiditis. However, I am not on medication because through the anti-inflamatory diet and supplements i lowered my tsh far enough that my doctor was satisfied to keep an eye on it. I can get the specific level later. My blood pressure is low-normal. My cholesterol is low but in the normal range, although my good cholesterol could be higher and since I have been exercising, it probably is. I have been tentatively labeled/diagnosed as insulin resistant. That is starting to come under control...slowly...I have a long day today, but I am going to try and spark tonight! I want to thank you all for the support! I really, really appreciate it!

Then give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you! Madeline Bridges


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3/31/08 10:29 P

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I agree with all of these folks. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that weight loss boils down to simple math. Burn more calories than you consume and over time you will lose weight. The issue lies with certain medical conditions that may be a culprit. Some of these can be diet enduced. There are many stories from the show biggest lose who after being on the show and after several test were able to reduce or eliminate heart meds. diabetic meds. cholesterol meds. Start with the basics.

How many calories do I need to consume each day.
What breakdown of calories do I need.
What is my body deficient in.

I had to come to a place where I looked at food as fuel first. Second as pleasure.

You CAN DO THIS!! THIS IS ATTAINABLE!! WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!

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3/31/08 4:26 P

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you have been given some great advice.......

here is a little poem to remember..............
I wish I may, I wish I might

Lose one-half or a pound tonight.

If I happen to stay the same,

I'll be happy I did not gain.

IF the scale goes the wrong way,

I'll brush myself off and say, That's okay--

Soon I'll come back a little thinner.

Because I have the power to be a winner.

blessings and hugs..........lita



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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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3/31/08 4:16 P

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3/31/08 3:31 P

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I just popped over and read your blog. Would you clarify a few things for me:

1. Are you ONLY eating 1 serving of carbohydrate per day???

2. What are the qualifications of your nutritionist (I am a Registered Dietitian and I get a bit skeptical of the label "nutritionist" because, unfortunately anybody can call themselves a nutritionist, and even doctors have done this when they have had little to no nutrition background).

3. What are the supplements you are taking?

4. When was the last time you had your thyroid, cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose and blood pressure checked. Were they normal?

These are some questions I need to know. I am not sure I will have all the answers for you, but I will try to offer some input.




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3/31/08 1:22 P

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One thing that helps me during tough times like this is to think: What are the alternatives? To toss all my hard work out the window and go back to the bad-old-unhealthy habits...?

That usually provokes a shudder out of myself and helps me to take stock of my accomplishments and even feel a bit of contentment over how far I've come. I even find myself re-thinking my goal weight sometimes, wondering if getting to that "magic" number is really worth overly stressing about it, because I know now that my health has improved tremendously, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides are all within normal limits. My doc is titrating me downward on my medications which I suspect I may be able in time to stop altogether or close to it.

You really have come SUCH a long way...! Perhaps it's time to take a deep breath and relax, trust yourself that somehow, someway you'll move forward.

Look at what you've learned on your journey! With this knowledge you may be able to find your OWN tweaks in diet / exercise which brings about the results you desire.

Hoping your bad day passes and you can find some "sunshine" in your accomplishments!

Don

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3/31/08 12:00 P

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Stay motivated and focused...don't loose your train of thought and I hope they can get this figured out for you.

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3/31/08 11:05 A

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Hey!

Just wanted to pop-in for encouragement and say first of all that looking at your overall success story you are doing GREAT! Think of how far you have come since starting this journey - you may be currently struggling with a plateau, but overall you are much healthier than before AND you are still doing the right things that will continue to improve your health.

I don't know a ton about your situation specifically, but maybe you could take a little break from looking at the statistics in such detail and instead just focus on doing what you know is the right thing for your health (keeping tracking your cals in and working out regularly). Instead of worrying about the exact numbers you can just focus on healthy eating and regular workouts (including both strength training and cardio) and eventually the good results are bound to follow!

I know this can be a really tough time, but just look at this as 1 step back in your overall journey and now re-focus on taking two more steps forward! You have proved that you can definitely do this!!!

Best,
t

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3/31/08 10:42 A

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My blog explains this in more detail, but I feel myself sinking into a pit. I went for my weigh in, and I gained fat and lost muscle and gained a pound overall. This after countingg my calories carefully, and following my personal trainer's advice to a "T". My nutritionist is baffled and wants me to get more tests done so "we can tweak your program" I don't have the money to get those tests done. I also don't have the money to pay for the supplements that are sure to follow after the test results come back. I have all I can do to pay for the supplements I am already on... I am so discouraged and disappointed. This roller coaster of 10 lbs lost and gained has been going on since November. And I've tweaked and tested and tried and reevaluated until I can't even think straight! And for what? For a pound gained.

Then give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you! Madeline Bridges


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