Anyone else battling hypothyroid??!!

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Jaynesuss

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 15:22
OK...I have hashimotos disease, and it causes hypothyroidism. Even when my thyroid levels are great, im taking my medication each day....I notice the weight just doesnt come off like it used too (and age doesnt help either, things are changing at 36 yrs old!). Its hard. Anyone else battling trying to lose weight and hypothyroid issues?! What are some tactics to really losing weight and keeping the energy up and moodiness away?!! I am now counting calories and watching what I eat...no butter, low fats, no desserts, no processed foods, more protein, etc, etc. Any tips or favorite meals, etc would be great to share! Please do!!! Im open to all new ideas! Annything to make this journey fun!
michigan...

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 17:19
I have an under active thyroid and I am always tired. I lost 6.2 lbs. this week. This site has helped me to keep in my calorie zone fairly well. I like entering the food I eat right after I eat. I weigh myself every morning. I am increasing my water intake. At this point I am drinking 4 glasses daily. My granddaughrter and I have a compitition going on. Whomever losses the most weight the other one has to pay for their tatoo. I don't care about getting a tatoo, but I love the compitition. It helps me focus. I started dancing at home for 10 minutes at least once a day. I also log the exercise. I wish you luck on keeping focused to your healthy way of living and Happy New Year. Michigan Mimi
Jaynesuss

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 18:16
What is your target calorie total for the day? im aiming at 1200-1400 if i dont have time to excercise and 1300-1600 on heavy exercise days...Does that sound reasonable?
Jaynesuss

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 18:17
I love the tattoo goal! Thats awesome! good luck to you both! Mu husband is a tattoo artist!
trixiegirl19...

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 19:37
I have been losing the battle with my weight for more than a year and was finally dx with Hashimoto's this week. From what I am reading - just getting balanced doesn't help mean weight loss. I am reading "The Thyroid Diet" by Mary Shomon right now and trying to make a plan. I have been living on 1200 or less calories for a year to no avail... now I am reading that too few calories is bad... too many calories is bad... So I don't know. I am only on the third chapter. I am hoping to at least have the energy to work out again once my levels are better. I would like to speak with more people battling with Hypothyroidism.

Right now my target is 1 gallon of cold water every day (water challenge).
Excercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day until my energy is back up... though I only started the medicine on Wednesday.
Working on combining aerobic with anaerobic excercises.

I got a new windows phone (samsung focus) for christmas and it happened to have a free app that links to this website. SO it lets me update my food and activity all day. Very cool for a free app. But watching my calories all day is making it difficult for me to eat enough... strange problem I know, but it isn't resulting in weight loss. I don't think I am consuming enough... thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated..

happy new year!!! and good luck to all of us in this new year.
Jaynesuss

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 20:39
No, of course just taking the meds isnt going to make you lose weight!!! I know that! Im just curious about others dealing with the same issue as i am. Ive tried other diets...and none have worked for me...so, now im counting calories and walking daily, along with running all day after my 3 year old, etc....
Just seems no matter what i do, the weight is hard to get off....and energy is a battle...im always feeling slightly fatigued...wondering if anyone else has found maybe a great diet plan that 'works'...or maybe some healthy energy boosting snacks, etc...


Now, i have heard and read and been told by my doctor ,that once on the thyroid medication, your appetite will increase, due to the hormones working and increasng your metabolism. I too am feeling the same..im counting calories and feel hungry...so, im doing smaller meals and more frequent healthy snacks...but at the end of the day...still hungry...so, i down the water trying to feel full....
I dunno...thyroid issues are a constant battle...ive was diagnosed 2 years ago and i HATE it! haha
Maybe if we find some cool things that work, we can let eachother know!
Hermiones...

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 21:50
Maybe my age figures into it -- but since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at 57 -- two years ago -- and after about a year, got my medication up to appropriate levels, I've been feeling fabulous, and I have lost more than 40 pounds. I'm wondering if the fact that I combined the thyroid medication with going low glycemic is significant. In the first year, I just counted calories and cholesterol. But since July 2010, I've been doing low glycemic. And from July to October, I lost 32 pounds. The weight loss has slowed down since then, but it's still going down consistently, and I am never hungry on my 1350 calories per day, so long as I maintain a regular schedule of eating, including my snacks and stick with the low glycemic regime. Maybe low glycemic eating is particularly helpful with hypothyroidism???? All I know is -- I feel great. Being post-menopausal, I never thought I'd take off the weight again, and I was sure I was going to spend the rest of my life exhausted all the time, but not true.
Airportchick

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 08:43
Not only am I hypothyroid, but I also have adrenal fatigue. I kept telling my endo something wasn't right but he ignored me. I finally went to a naturopathic doctor that also holds a "normal" MD license. One simple saliva test showed my cortosl levels (stress hormone) throught the roof. Now I don't beat myself up of I don't hit my goal weight loss that week. That helps a HUGE amount.
Rosie54

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 09:53
Hi I'm also taking thyroid tablets I read a book about Thyroid and they suggest you should really keep away from wheat, to try eating gluton free maybe you could try this. I did it for a week and I lost 1kg that is something I never do as my weight is very slow.
Jaynesuss

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 11:11
I was tested for gluten allergy (celiac disease)...i dont have that problem. But, i still do keep wheat very low in my diet...
Jaynesuss

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 11:11
airportchick...very interesting, i may look into that with my doctor.
Airportchick

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 17:10
Try to get a saliva test. You would be surprised at what salva tells you - I got back a 6 page report with everything from progesterone to gluten to cortosol to immune system.
jewels331

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 17:44
I have had a hypothyroid for 13 years and currently on 300mcg of levothyroxin. My weight has been a struggle since then. I have tried every diet that exists I think. I lose weight and it comes right back on. I finally have totally changed my eating habits and the weight is coming off and I feel great. I have cut out carbs and have increased protein. I have to tell you that I lived on carbs. I did not use to be crazy about any kind of meat but I have learned to really like it and look forward to eating protein. I now eat because I am hungary and not just because I am bored. I am truly satisfied after a meal and rarely snack. The weight still has not come off as quickly as others who are losing weight with me(i dont want to say dieting because it is a total change of eating habits)mine is slow but consistant. I have lost 20 pounds in three months. I don't feel deprived. I have now started adding in exercise again and I am hoping to be down 20 more pounds by march. Having hypothyroidism does make it alot harder to lose the pounds and realistically, i know that I will always be battling the weight and I will always have to exercise to keep it off. Don't get frustrated just find what works for you and stick to it.Good luck.
buffylives

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 19:32
Hi Jaynesuss! I was diagnose with Hashimotos as well a little over 3 years ago. I am on armour thyroid. Besides the hashimotos 1 year ago I had to get lupron shot (a hormone) for something else & that made me gain some weight. I am 41 years old & no matter how hard I dieted & excersize I have not been able to lose a pound until this week when I started the cinch 5 day detox & I lost 3 pounds in 3 days! It feels like a miracle. You do a 5 day food detox & you are supposed to lose 8 pounds in those 5 days & then a 25 day program.
Darbo

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 21:14
I have been on meds for thyroid for about 5 years. I have found the more I exercise then better it is to regulate the thyroid. It is very hard at times to workout but I go do it and then crash!! Food has a part in it this. It has been a slow journey to lose weight but you can do it.
Jaynesuss

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 10:16
well, changing my eating habits has done some wonders! I lost 2 lbs this last week! still feeling fatigued...but the weight loss has me feeling positive!
thanks to all for the suggestions! keep them coming!! always nice to know we're not alone! Smile
What is Armour all about?! I keep hearing the name. I googled it, but seems controversial...because it holds the two types of hormones...and one is naturally produced when the other one (which is the hormone in levoxyl, etc) is produced with the medication....so, seems you may be getting a double dose of the naturally producing hormone...which in the long run isnt good for you...
So, im a little lost on this one...do you need more extensive blood work done to be on Armour?
MuffinTop40

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 10:56
I have had Hashimotoos as well and my doctor told me that during the time my thyroid level was low my metabolism has taken a beating. His recommendation - especially now that I am over 40 - is to add strength training to my workout. Cardio alone will not get it done. So, start lifting some weights and get some sexy guns! Smile
happybee

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 11:04
I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer just over a year ago. I knew something was wrong because I had all of the hypo symptoms and I just could not lose any of the baby weight no matter how hard I tried and I'd never had that problem before. (Plus everything else.) I got pregnant again not long after having my thyroidectomy so now I'm trying to lose weight again. The change is the most frustrating to me because dieting and exercising just isn't working like it used too. I was a size 4 and very athletic and now I'm lucky I can git into some of my 10's and I can't run like I used too. Knowing that I'm not the only one struggling is helpful so thank you.
Lindsey(23) Workin' off that Baby Weight!PP:175 Current: 167 Goal: 146 (at least)
buffylives

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 16:17
Armour is part of a pigs thyroid. It is the only medication that works for me. I do not do well on synthroid but some doctors do not recommend it because they get a cutback from synthroid.
Airportchick

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 20:13
You have to get T3 and T4 tested for Armour. I finally found a doc to prescribe it to me 3 months ago - world of difference. With Armour, you are getting BOTH T3 and T4. Other meds only give you one of them (T4, I think) and relies on your body to make the other. Most people feel much better on Armour.



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