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Friday, December 14, 2012

It's Time

I haven't blogged for a while. It's so helpful to get things in print because as we write, we learn about ourselves as we tell others what's going on.

My thyroid acted up and that's why my weight has been fluctuating. After posting my last weight my weight went up 6 pounds in a short amount of time without a change of habits. I was back into the low 180's which does mess with my head but thankfully I was able to just accept the situation and continue. Yesterday I was back down to 178.5 which was encouraging just to see that digit after going back over 180 briefly. I had my thyroid tested and my TSH was .128 and it should be at least .4 so I have hyperthyroidism. I did have a small goiter for a time, read up on it, started taking kelp due to its high iodine content. The doctor could not find the goiter last time he checked. I was feeling kind of weird, my heart does this hard, fast beat periodically, and so this was a concern. I ran out of kelp and was reading the label before I bought more and the label read not to take kelp if one has hyperthyroidism so I didn't buy it. I have switched to decaf and don't eat a lot of salt because I do eat a lot of whole foods. I am sure I probably get more than I think I do because it is in everything it seems. It would seem that an overactive thyroid would cause weight loss rather than weight gain however.

The positive thing is that a short time of weight gain did not cause me to throw in the towel, go on a binge, stop drinking water, skip exercise as it would have done in the past. Why would anyone come this far and be this close to the goal and not finish up? I don't know. I have regained my weight twice. Leigh over at Poonapalooza spoke of this fear of maintenance. It is a real fear and one for which we must have a healthy respect. After people get used to us at our goal weights, will the accolades and the compliments stop? What will we talk about? We don't get a trophy for going across the finish line. When we get there and get used to it, will we think "Is this all there is"?

That number on the scale and that size we wear are the trophies we must cherish.

Be careful out there today.

7 comments:

  1. Wow Myrna. Are you being treated for Graves' disease ? I have Hashimotos ( controlled by meds since 1997). Even though I have to take meds everyday , I occasionally would have hyperthyroid symptoms as my thyroid died and the cells released the T4. I had a goiter and everything. Gone now, no nodules.

    Took me a year to feel 100% my self. A lot of thyroid recovered people do well by cutting gluten out , so you'll find more of us following Primal / Paleo for that reason. Probably the low inflammatory aspect.

    Hope you can get balanced out and stay feeling better. Hang in there. Getting stable on meds is key. I only have to get my blood drawn 1x per year. More often at the start. The blood levels ( thyroid hormones) are important to manage with the doc


    Give yourself a break during the times you don't feel good. Better times will come.

    I've found weight maintenance to be interesting the first year. Like a complex puzzle and I've got to work on the pieces together. You're connected with good maintenance on line friends. Onward!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement. The specialist I have seen several times just wants to watch it which is somewhat frustrating. It sounds like you have more of a thyroid challenge than I do. I do appreciate my on line friends for sure.

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  2. Now that my meds are balanced out, it's much easier. From the time of diagnosis to treatment, I did not feel like myself. It took a whole year. Go easy on yourself as much as possible.

    Take care.

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  3. So sorry to hear about the health issues. Glad to hear your bouncing right back though. You are too strong a person to use a set back like that as an excuse to throw it all away. That's why I look to you for motivation and inspiration:) Thanks for your comment. Words of wisdom:)

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    1. I appreciate you Leigh. You are a great cheerleader! We are going to have to view maintenance as a new adventure, one we look forward to because we are writing a new chapter in our lives and one that has a happy ending. Be careful out there today.

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  4. So glad to hear this small set back did not discourage you. It proves you really have changed for the long run and that is the real success.
    After 2 nearly years in maintenance I am proud to say that I have never regained more than 5 lbs. It is a challenge and I do best when I remember that I did this and continue to do it for myself and my health and what I can be in the lives of those I love.
    It does change when the compliments run short and there's no more shrinking sizes and yet there is no better reward than knowing that I will spend the rest of my life being happy with who I am and not needing to fix anyone else. I will continue to work on the me inside, long after the outside changes have ended.

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    1. Well said and thank you. The term "lifestyle change" has finally sunk in for me and I get it just as you have done. Merry Christmas.

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