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My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
12-07-2015, 05:46 AM
Post: #31
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
It sounds like a trip to the doctor is in order here...
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12-07-2015, 06:30 PM
Post: #32
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Funny you mention that because I just was about 2 weeks ago. IMHO they aren't helping me and the stress of taking kids with me to an appointment isn't worth it to me when I know this "flare up" is part of my disease and one that most docs aren't treating effectively.

For now, I'm kicking up cardio a bit, doing easy kettlebell workouts and tracking what I eat based on a 15% deficit. I'm hoping for a downward trend but not counting on it. The only thing my body is doing right now is gaining or staying the same. I will be keeping strict tabs on my temps as those seem to be the only thing I can use to measure what's going on with my body. I'm taking it slow.
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12-07-2015, 06:37 PM
Post: #33
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Oh quick add here-- my temps ARE going up this week since I started adding in a bit more cardio. Thank you mrsukyankee-- I think you might be on to something!
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12-07-2015, 10:36 PM
Post: #34
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Are you friends on MFP with Lucia (ANewLucia)? She has struggled with her thyroid for years, and I believe has just about got it figured out... Definitely worth shooting her a message. Also, here is a thread which might be of interest:

http://forums.eatmore2weighless.com/show...7#pid20337

(At the bottom in her signature is the link to her MFP account)

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12-08-2015, 12:00 AM (This post was last modified: 12-08-2015 12:00 AM by tillymonstar.)
Post: #35
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
So re-reading that entire thread, thanks for the link. I am friends with Lucia and a few others (Kiki I think too!) on MFP but for awhile here, I stopped tracking what I ate. I was sick and tired of it and like to eat intuitively. Then life gets real and I can't connect with what my body needs and I over eat though it's usually under eating.

I really thought I had things under control and didn't need the med! Little did I know it's WHY my body was temping fairly well and I felt mostly better (except for those other nagging symptoms, which of course I don't have any longer) it's all a big trial-and-error fest and really annoying!

I've also been chugging water for years now, and reading about over consuming fluids has been eye opening! I believe it's called "hyponatremia" which seriously explains some things. It could be my silver bullet or it could be total BS.

Thank you Anitra! I feel like you are going through this journey with me and I am so blessed to have this community!
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12-08-2015, 08:10 AM (This post was last modified: 12-08-2015 08:11 AM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #36
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Definitely reach out to Lucia ... she is doing amazing and suffers with thyroid issues as well. I really think she can help you. Even if she can't respond with a long, personal message, I am sure she can direct you to some useful threads because she has posted about this topic in various places multiple times. (that thread I directed you to last night is over a year old, and I know she has experienced a lot of success since then...)

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12-09-2015, 06:16 PM (This post was last modified: 12-09-2015 06:20 PM by tillymonstar.)
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... and then I get laid off ...

I was going to go off rant for a little bit about the "socially responsible" company that lays off employees in DECEMBER but then I thought, what's the point? It's actually a relief. Trying to put in 20 hours a week with this gig literally made me *sick* and after all the issues I've had over the past few months, this is actually a godsend.

I need to work on ME now. Yes, we will be a lot poorer and I probably *need* to look for new work but you know what? I'm not going to until the new year. Maybe not even then. I told my husband it's time to just STOP what I'm doing, because it ain't working. Nothing is working right now, and that's the time to take a step back. I'm sitting here waiting for life to get easier and it just wont. But I'm also telling myself that I am enough. I tried my best, and I deserve the grace to accept that I am good enough and to take this in stride.

   

On the plus side, I have tons of time for my kids and husband now, my temps are 98+ and I'm feeling pretty great besides getting laid off. It's a blessing!
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12-09-2015, 09:46 PM
Post: #38
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
For every door that closes, another one opens. Truly, think of it as an opportunity to invest some time in *you*. As soon as you start treating yourself with more kindness, patience and forgiveness wonderful things will begin to happen. I will be thinking of you, sending positive thoughts your way...

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12-10-2015, 09:34 AM
Post: #39
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Sounds like such a great attitude. It's very difficult to deal with holiday layoffs. I hope that in the new year you find the perfect for you job!
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12-25-2015, 09:18 PM
Post: #40
RE: My story: an ex-Weight Watcher with Hashimoto's disease
Well it's been a few weeks now and we are winding down a nice mellow Christmas. Though mostly mellow because of the aforementioned lay off. My kids did great this year, and LOVED their gifts. Last year, they fought and were miserable the whole day (and we got them way TOO much) so I'm taking this as a parenting win. My husband surprised me with clothing in a size smaller then I am currently (maybe even two) and a fitness tracker, Vivo Fit. While I do appreciate it, these two gifts sort of hit a nerve. Even though I NEEDED the clothing he got me, and asked for the FitBit this year. I know that's unfair to my husband. He heard an earful and is probably upset with me, but there it is.

I am having mixed feelings the last few weeks, sometimes I get really emotional about the state of my life and feel like maybe this is an existential crisis of sorts. It's a little overwhelming but I'm doing my best.

My temps have been steady, but not going above the low to mid 97 range very often and that's a little disappointing. I'm taking my thyroid meds regularly though still think that is a monumental mistake. I don't know what to do on that front other then stick to them. What can I try? If I go off them I feel 1000x worse.

I thought I'd be further along in my journey by now, to be honest. Last year around this time, I found EM2WL and I am baffled as to how I gained 20 pounds this year despite everything I've tried. I told my body for an entire year that it wont be starving anymore. I do get that I am building muscle mass and scale weight is stupid. I also realize my body has yet to BURN that extra fat but weighing more then my husband, who is 6'4" is crazy! So depending on my body to do anything seems to be a pretty insane right now and just a waste of time. This is what now is leading me to just STOP. I eventually fell into the "Intuitive Eating" or "Mindful Eating" camp and have been researching that as well as listening to 180 Degree Health podcasts which have really blown my mind in terms of stupid paths I've been following for years. Like dieting and "cutting" even if it's a "lifestyle" it's still a diet! So this is where I am now.

This year I plan to have an "anti" resolution and eat intuitively or mindfully for an entire year. Maybe my weight will stay the same, maybe it wont. I also plan to exercise with the same thinking and right now, I feel like doing more cardio. Why? I don't really know, but instead of continuing to lift, I am going to listen to my body and see where it takes me.
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