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My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
08-24-2015, 07:00 AM
Post: #21
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Awesome update, and YES those changes are happening! Well done!

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09-25-2015, 03:15 PM (This post was last modified: 09-25-2015 03:19 PM by tillymonstar.)
Post: #22
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I haven't posted here in about a month and wanted to check in. I am doing the 4-6 weeks at heavy lifting then at high rep + extra cardio and liking it so far. What I am not liking is something I think I need to change...

I feel like my thyroid medication (Naturethroid) isn't helping and I want to stop taking it. It's currently a beautiful 75 degrees outside and instead of enjoying it-- I can't because I just feel so terribly hot and uncomfortable. I walk up the stairs and instantly start perspiring. I get super irritable from this and guess what? I still have all the same symptoms I've had since starting on these meds back in 2014! Oh and I've gained 25 pounds. How could this medication be helping? I've gained 25 pounds in a year. From what I've read, if you are on the right dosage (my endo thinks I am, but he doesn't really give much information about it) it should be helping, not hurting.

I've taken a good hard look at things, I'm no longer starving myself, I'm not over exercising, my periods are normal, I am still breastfeeding but she's 2 years old now and it's much less then she did a year ago. My hormones feel more balanced, I'm even matched up to the moon cycles. The only thing that doesn't make sense is why I need to take these pills every day. I plan to wean myself of this drug and see what happens. I'm scared being on this pill isn't making me better-- it's making me worse. I know I should go with what my doc says but historically, no doc has helped me AT ALL with my Hashimotos. I am feeling so frustrated! If you are reading this and you managed to wean off your thyroid meds, please share your story with me!
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09-25-2015, 06:22 PM (This post was last modified: 09-25-2015 06:23 PM by tillymonstar.)
Post: #23
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Here's another interesting article I re-read today. It all is clicking into place for me-- like a lightbulb went off. My temps have been in the high 97 degrees for awhile now and I think I am experiencing the hyPERthyroid symptoms because my metabolism is working at a more optimal level. I'm really excited about what this means for me and hope I can finally experience some spontaneous weight lose while *not* dieting as well as some of these annoying symptoms going away.

http://outsmartdisease.com/how-to-increa...hyroidism/
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09-27-2015, 12:00 PM
Post: #24
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Hoping that this works out for you!
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11-01-2015, 05:00 PM
Post: #25
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
well it's been a month now and I have to say I am LOVING not taking a pill everyday. I'm sleeping well and not getting nearly as sweaty or shaky. I am significantly more tired though. That's a drag but I also came down with a cold. I'm thinking that's where the extra fatigue came from. I decided after my last before and after pics that something needs to change with my workouts. I don't think I'm getting the results I could have seen if I'd just have started doing a SL5x5 program or even NROLFW. I was just too noob though and now I think I'm ready. I'm familiar with the weight room at my gym and plan to start next week when I'm feeling better!
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11-19-2015, 01:36 AM (This post was last modified: 11-19-2015 01:39 AM by tillymonstar.)
Post: #26
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
EPIC THYROID FAIL!

About mid-way through November now and things started getting crazy. As in all hypothyroid symptoms I've not experienced in YEARS hurling back at me. UGH! So so so sad. I had to start taking my meds again-- my bloodwork was the worst it's been in years (this is according to my own measure of things, my doc never even CALLED me when he recieved my latest meds, great care I'm receiving there eh?). This last week, I was worried I'd crash the car from crazy fatigue, confusion and foggy brain. I missed appointments and the regular things that need to be taken care of with 2 kids in the household. These things aren't THAT important but the exhaustion has also killed my workouts. I literally feel like I could sleep ALL day long. My skin got really dry and itchy and I am battling constant headaches which partly were a cold and now I'm scared are a regular occurrence? Ugh.

I guess it's down to the annoying side effects from the meds that'll have to do for now. I'm so sad. I'm just SO damn sick of taking a pill. My temps also plummeted, I'm barely registering 97 degrees now when I was 98.4 after stopping my meds. Nothing has changed with my eating but I even stopped tracking that. I did start a part time job which is killing my time as a wife/mom so that's been really hard. But still-- I feel like shit and really don't want to feel this way anymore. Sad

One plus is I found Nia Shanks and LOVE HER! I tried 5x5 Stronglifts briefly and didn't like it-- I felt too much of a noob to get through a workout and worried it'd bore me very soon. We will see how this beautiful badass workout goes! I took a photo back in July that I compared to today (it was in shorts so lol I WONT be posting it!) and I look smaller now, though nothing HUGE. I was happy to get the same response from my daughter who is 5 and wouldn't lie (I'd hope?) if mama did in fact look SMALLER in the *after* photo. happy

Note to those Hashimoto's or hypo sufferers out there-- don't be dumb like me and think you can go off the meds. Sad
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11-24-2015, 08:46 AM
Post: #27
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
I'm so sorry that you are going through this. But happy that the pics show you getting smaller. Well done! (Most 5 year olds are very, very honest - too honest).
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11-26-2015, 05:26 PM
Post: #28
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
HAHA yes too honest is RIGHT. I feel like things are changing but then again-- I don't. Trying on my pre-pregnancy (which was 2 years ago now!) pants this Thanksgiving morning was a bit sad, I'm not down a size yet and was hoping I would be by now. I know this is a long journey and I need to put the focus on my health, not my size. It's been 11 months now and I thought I would be farther along.

After cutting out gluten for a few days I do feel better (though still eating corn/rice) but am not convinced that is the whole story. I saw my doc and asked him about testing which he agreed to do. He's also of course trying to get me off the NDT and thinks I should be on Synthroid. I just don't get that-- it sounds more like that would be convenient for him rather then do much for me. NDT is working, I was just maybe on too high a dose (getting jittery, sweaty etc.) so he did say I should cut a pill in half. I noticed an immediate difference once resuming my meds and feel really stupid for stopping. Unfortunately it takes 6-8 weeks to level out, so tweaking the dose is a total pain in the ass and I don't want to deal with it to be honest! Are hormones really the answer for me? Being on hormonal birth control since the age of 16 maybe caused this, do I really want to continue taking hormones? Unfortunately, I can't function without them it seems, so I'm really lost as to what to do next.

I've been reading more on getting my body temps up. Eating and resting are the two main points as well as incorporating more healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and coconut oil. All things I really need to work on. Sadly, I've stopped going to the gym because I was feeling so terrible. I only managed to do one Nia Shanks workout!

Happy Thanksgiving yall!
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11-27-2015, 06:08 AM
Post: #29
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Sounds like you are trying your best for your body. I found that weight lifting really helped with my body temp and circulation. My husband commented that I wasn't as cold as usual when I was doing it consistently. I'm going to be going back to it again. Working out in some way or another is really a balm for the soul and body - I need to remember that!
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12-04-2015, 08:06 PM (This post was last modified: 12-04-2015 08:07 PM by tillymonstar.)
Post: #30
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
mrsukyankee-- please tell me more about this! I've taken a break from working out because it took over a week to recover from my last workout (Nia Shanks) which I feel wasn't even that hard! I'm trying to get out every day and play with my kids at the park and I also put in a 20 minute treadmill walk and a short kettle bell workout which was easy so I was able to bounce back from that.

Today I guess I'll be enduring another dull headache, this is now almost a month after the cold I had so I officially wont be blaming it on that. My skin is doing weird things and it actually hurt to bend my fingers this morning! I felt like a craggy old woman and then noticed some hand swelling? What is going on!?

After reading the book "Eat for Heat" I found incorporating some of the tips there easy to do and hoping for better temps but I'm not seeing much change. To tell you the truth, my feet don't really get that cold often. I do however get a crash in the afternoons, strange brain fog that feels almost if my head is disconnected from my body and have gained about 10 pounds. I am just NOT doing well at all and wonder what is happening.

Hoping to turn the corner soon, this is my favorite time of year and I just want to enjoy it without feeling terrible.
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