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Blog 1 of 3 - What got me here

Sunday, January 05, 2014

In January 1979, I was young and weighed 118 (and thought I was too heavy). In August of 2008, I weighed 128 and had been that weight for at least 10 years. So, I was reasonably stable weight-wise, gaining 10 pounds over 30 years, typical for having a baby and getting older.

Then it all changed.

I quit smoking in August of 2009. The weight piled on – I went from 128 to 165 in 3 to 4 months without overeating. In December, my doc discovered that my thyroid had stopped functioning. My TSH (what they typically look at for thyroid function) had gone from 1.4 in Dec 08 to 45.89 in Dec 09. 3.0 was the top of the “healthy adult male” normal range (what the labs show as "normal"). 1.4 was what my normal used to be. So, between the thyroid and the smoking, my metabolism was operating at probably 45% of what was usual for me. Finding the right medication and dosage took several years and three doctors. Five years later, I have lost only 19 of those pounds, and a few keep finding me again no matter how often I lose them. I'd like to hit 125 again - hopefully this year!
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