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My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
07-27-2015, 04:30 PM (This post was last modified: 07-27-2015 04:31 PM by tillymonstar.)
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My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I've been at this weight loss journey since 2005-- unfortunately, I decided starving myself via Weight Watchers was the way to go and did really well (since I've never starved myself before!) and managed to lose 75 pounds. I thought this has got to be the answer and maintained for about a year with no issues. Around the same time, got married. I wore a size 8 wedding dress and looked the best I've ever looked my entire life. big grin

Then I got pregnant, miscarried and gained a good 15 pounds. We tried again the next month and this pregnancy stuck. I gained weight at such a speed it reached 50 pounds by the time I hit 35 weeks. This was while eating well (my body was starving I'm sure) and I exercised a lot too, mostly treadmill and walking. Up until my water broke at 40 weeks.

Fast forward 4mo postpartum and I'm *ready* to lose weight again. My milk supply was good and I just gained 20 pounds out of nowhere. I wanted to fit into my old clothing, 3 sizes smaller then I was. I started Weight Watchers online. I lost nothing for months. Like, not even a pound! I saw a doctor after another 9 months of this (being tired all the time still even with a baby who slept ok) and was dx with Hashimoto's. sigh

About 2 years postpartum I started hitting a gym and doing all sorts of cardio. I was also doing a bit of strength training and body weight moves like push ups and squats. I saw some results and got down from a 18-20 to a 16-18 in jeans. Nothing substantial. I still nursed my toddler too, I wasn't going to take that away from her so I could "lose weight". I also started doing elimination diets after reading about Paleo/Primal and went gluten free. This worked well at first but then I found out just how difficult life is eating like that with a toddler and when I got pregnant with my second, I just couldn't sustain it. Plus, I craved carbs like a crazy person and couldn't stand meat. So paleo/primal was out. I did try and stay away from gluten. But I was negative for Celiac and wasn't really sure if gluten was the issue.

After my second was born, I only gained like 10 pounds and was proud of that. My weight jumped about 20 pounds at 4mo postpartum again and then 10 pounds again to a total of 100 pounds from when I got pregnant the first time. UGH! This is all due to my thyroid. There is no other explanation, it was a classic hypothyroid symptom especially happening at the same time with both babies. A hormonal dump? Not sure. Breastfeeding hasn't been kind to me with weight loss either.

I know I have more muscle mass now-- I mean I'm a size 20 now and weigh 50 (!) pounds more then I did a size 20 back when I started Weight Watchers! I really miss my body before babies but I'm trying to live with it. I threw out the clothes that I'll never wear again (size 10) and bought new ones. I now again have a closet full of 16-18 clothing which don't fit. It's so frustrating.

I'm on a medication (Naturethroid) that is helping and have had lots of tests done. I finally have an endo who cares. My thyroid isn't getting worse (had an ultrasound recently to confirm) but things are getting better. The symptoms are ALL over the place so it makes my life hard. Anyone with thyroid disease knows what I'm talking about!

After getting sick (nausea and dizzy spells) during a Primal 30 day challenge this last January I decided something needs to change. I was eating only 50g of carbs and not feeling *great* like I was hoping to. I found Matt Stone's Diet Recovery and just STOPPED everything in February. No more counting calories, carbs or feeling guilty about eating sugar. I just said NOPE I'm not doing this any more.

I came across EM2WL and read through every page, watched tons of videos with Kiki. I started my reset in February and have to say had the best birthday (I turned 35 this year) because I just took my life back. I could eat whatever I wanted! It was so freeing!

In March-April-May I ate to my TDEE and just started really *cutting* at 10-15% in June-July. I feel like I've made some progress, but not much. I'm going to start posting pictures here too but am not seeing much difference as well as on the scale. My DH did say I'm more "solid" and I feel smaller so I'm taking that and going with it! I know this'll be a LONG process.

These pictures are about a month and a half from each other and the left if the before, right is after. I feel like these show a little progress, if even just more shapely, rather then smaller?

   
   
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07-27-2015, 08:37 PM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I too have Hashimoto's as well as another autoimmune disease. We're in this together!
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07-27-2015, 08:46 PM
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That must be such a challenge! I'm always here to encourage though I'm not the one for info since I'm just learning myself.

So proud of you for taking your life back. That's fantastic!
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07-27-2015, 09:34 PM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Thank you so much for taking the time to write that all out and being willing to share with everybody. It really helps to see the backgrounds that everybody comes from. It seems like even though we are all very different, somehow the journeys are still often quite similar...

I am so happy that you are feeling so much better, and once again feel in control. Taking the time to do a full 4 month reset has surely given your metabolism time to heal, and more importantly, your brain... You have obviously done your research, know what to expect, and are in it for "the long haul". Also, so awesome that you seem to have a supportive and encouraging husband. That is worth it's weight in gold!

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07-28-2015, 05:21 AM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I definitely see some differences in the pics. You are so rocking this and it'll be so good for your body in the long run. Yay you!
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07-31-2015, 07:29 PM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I also have Hashimoto's - and currently pregnant with my first baby. Also have a hisotry of starving myself to lose and keep weight off - which I think is what sparked the hashi's to begin with! I hope everything goes well for you....I need some positive inspiration for when I am trying to lose my baby weight (not looking forward to that!).
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08-01-2015, 11:29 PM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Awesome awesome replies ladies, thank you so much for cheering me on!
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08-02-2015, 08:46 AM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Keep us updated! We love to see how people are progressing, both physically and mentally...

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08-02-2015, 08:37 PM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I'm only managing to go the gym 2 days a week right now... my toddler is sleeping horribly at night due to who knows what, so I'm just a huge GRUMP. I've also been crappy about tracking food and would love to just eat intuitively, sadly thanks to Weight Watchers I can starve myself pretty easily without even noticing. Here's the numbers I'm using:

I'm eating at 2547 cals a day (I'm currently 270lbs, 65 inches and do 3-5 hours moderate activity, so this is a 20% reduction) and I'm feeling fine but have gone over a few times. It's mostly due to liquid-- it's summer after all so the libations are flowing! This is also including iced tea, lemonade, etc. Am I going too low?
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08-03-2015, 03:48 AM
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RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Don't forget to include chasing after a toddler in your TDEE - that will push you up into a new category. It's not just exercise but activity as well. So, yes, you may be going to low.
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