Being my first post on this blog I thought I should clarify a couple of things. If you’re looking for expert advice on hypothyroidism, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for expert advice on how to lose weight with hypothyroidism, you won’t find that here either.
What you will find is how one woman-me-is dealing with a life-changing diagnosis.
Late last April I started treatment for hypothyroidism. I couldn’t have been more excited if someone had handed me a winning lottery ticket… Well, okay, that probably would have excited me more, but I was really happy because I thought I could finally leave the debilitating fatigue behind-and maybe start dropping a few of the extra pounds that seem to be stuck to me like glue.
However, I quickly discovered that this wasn’t to be the case.
Nope, my TSH levels, the medical field’s gold standard for determining treatment, fluctuates like mad. The numbers will go down, and then shoot up. And no matter where they’re at, I never feel a whole lot better than I have for the past I don’t know how many years.
And losing even ten pounds? Not to be. Working out in a pool six days a week for months on end? I toned up a little, but no weight came off. Gluten-free for three months? Except for an initial, brief spike in my energy levels, nothing changed. And the weight didn’t come off.
Fast forward to the end of December. My TSH levels were right around three and my doctor said she thought I also had metabolic syndrome. That I would probably never lose any weight, and if I did, it would be a battle, so I should just get used to life as it was at that moment.
Fast forward another couple of months….
I flatly refuse to accept that diagnosis. I will feel better and I will drop a few pounds. And that’s all there is to that. There’s nothing I enjoy more than proving people wrong sometimes…and this is one of those times.
Some supplements seem to help. Vitamin C, sublingual B-12…and B-complex. Ireally wish I could take three or four B-complexes every single day. Add to that an herbal tea and tablets (for natural energy that doesn’t give you the shakes), and a 3 mg melatonin with B6 two hours before bedtime and I am functioning better. Not great, but better.
Except I’m aiming for great. And that’s what this blog is all about…my journey back to feeling like a normal, energetic human being.