Thursday, January 09, 2014
Thyroid needs fluctuate with age and metabolism, so adjustments are needed as the body adjusts and changes. My TSH is higher than it should be so I need to argue with my doc to get a med increase. It is in "normal" range, but with the meds I am taking, it should be much closer to zero. On top of the thyroid problems, I am an emotional eater (stress and boredom are triggers) and crave carbs (salt and crunch are required). I need to reduce carbs to make progress but it is so hard when they call to me… and lately, maybe because I need an adjustment, maybe because I have a stressful job (plus taxes are coming up), the carbs are not just calling, they are SCREAMING at me. So I need to get two monsters under control – the thyroid and the carbs. Along with all that, I have my age and menopause to contend with, further reducing the metabolism. On top of the metabolism and hormone problems, I have foot problems, too – Morton’s neuroma (an inflamed nerve) and bunions. So I have to be careful with foot movements – no tip toes or rotating on the ball of my foot, and careful foot-flexing movements. I modify what I can to work with the feet and try to not get too frustrated. Gaining happens very fast. Loss seems to happen very slowly no matter what I do. So an ounce at a time, I keep going.