Beating Hypothyroidism

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Surprise, Surprise!

I just had a vague recollection of Gomer Pyle…eww.

Okay, so what’s the surprise? It didn’t even take five days off gluten before I started feeling better. Nowhere near as fatigued, sleeping a little better, and just generally feeling like a human being instead of a zombie again.

The fluid retention took a couple of days longer, but I actually dropped 5 ‘pounds’ literally overnight…and have nice looking ankles again. There’s still a bit of an issue, so I might take a little more off. But what’s cool is that now that most of it is gone, I can still claim 12 of the 17pounds I lost in October.  So I might have only gained a couple of real pounds back. Who knows. I’m just thrilled I’m where I’m at right now.

Clearly I’m doing something right, even though I continue to fall off the path too regularly. As Shelly Immel pointed out in the comments on my last post, I am learning every time I screw up. And whatever it is, it’s working. It used to take me weeks to bounce back from a gluten binge, this time it took days.

Hopefully, though, I won’t have anymore major screw ups. The night before I went back to gluten-free, my feet, ankles and calves had swelled up enough that they literally hurt. They didn’t look that bad, not like balloons or anything, but it was enough that they just ached. And it scared the snot out of me.

Never experiencing that again, or the out of breath feeling  I get every time I eat too much gluten…not to mention the overwhelming fatigue…

Yeah, it’s time to learn the lesson for good I think.

I Blew It

Not everything, but a whole lot of the progress I made in October fell by the wayside during November.  The weight loss has stayed right around eight pounds, but I’m  retaining fluid like mad. Why?

Because I put too much stress on myself during National Novel Writing Month. I not only did the 50,000 words in 12 days, and the manuscript I’d been working on in October, but I also wrote a 21,200+ word novella, and added 6,000+ words to another book I’m working on. Instead of just taking on one stressful project, I nearly doubled it.

And that resulted in too much fatigue…and falling off the gluten-free wagon. In addition to a few pounds of water weight, I’m also fighting near constant fatigue now, fatigue even the supplements and coconut oil aren’t combating as well as they usually do. I’ve been getting through most of the month sucking down an herbal tea I take for energy…and drinking way too much of it.

The worst thing about it all is that, according to label directions, I’m supposed to take a couple of months off the adrenal support right now. But given the massive amount of stress I added to my life in November, I guess I’ll just give it through the first of the year. I’m definitely ordering another bottle tomorrow. Maybe two, because I never did work up to taking it twice a day. It might be time.

Did I forget to mention that my treadmill time was pretty much non-existent, too?

Yeah, when I screw up, I don’t mess around, do I?

Fortunately I can use my brain once in awhile. Per usual, when I screw up and eat gluten containing foods for too long, the fatigue gets to me. And I have gotten smarter than I was last year, when I gave up on it entirely – to the tune of about six months. When I went back off it this spring, it took weeks before I started feeling better again.

Then I took that ‘weekend’ off at some point during the summer. The weekend that quickly morphed into about five weeks (it might have been six). Right now I’m in the neighborhood of a month. And thank goodness, it doesn’t take as long to bounce back from a month or so as it does from six. This time next week, I should be back to my fairly energetic self. At least mostly.

I’m going to take the week to just get accustomed to being off gluten again, maybe making some gluten-free Christmas treats to have on hand for when I start drooling over the things everyone else can have – except me, and then not plan on cheating again…except for the big family Christmas party in mid-December, and Christmas Eve at my sister’s house.

When I’m behaving, I can have gluten every week or so and it doesn’t affect me at all. Or at least not that I can tell, so this should work fine for me.

Once I’m used to eating gluten free 95% of the time again, I’ll work back into low carb at least four days a week, because it’s amazing how much better I feel when I limit carbs.

So anyway…

Hi, I’m Kristy…and I’m a stress and gluten junkie.

And finally- I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again…I hate hypothyroidism. It is just unbelievable the way it can screw up your life.

It’s Been a LONG Month…

…and it’s only just half over. I have National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to thank for that. In twelve days, I wrote nearly 55,000 words, almost 5,000 to finish the manuscript I was working on in September and October, and then a completely new book.
Twelve days…
Let’s just say that it was a challenge in more ways than one. And I’m not finished yet. I’m hoping to finish yet another manuscript (about 25,000 words), and write a new novella to have ready in time for Christmas.
Why explain all of this? Because I got wound up stressed out and extremely exhausted. Writing is harder work than you might think. Add in way too many political recordings in the weeks leading up to the election, along with the telemarketers who don’t know what the ‘Do Not Call List’ is…or they just choose to ignore it. Yes, those calls interrupted my sleep on an almost daily basis. And once I wake up, it’s tough for me to fall back to sleep.
So…
I was tired, wound up eating gluten…for about two weeks. And kind of let the 4+ days a week eating low carb fall by the wayside. I also, when I needed it the most, started slacking off the coconut oil. Again.
But I think I’ve gotten back on track, and have maintained more than half of my weight loss, which is a miracle.
It’s also annoying, because technically, I wasn’t eating that many calories. I just started eating more carbs. Mostly carbs with gluten, but they’re actually not higher in calories than the gluten-free varieties.
So clearly my body doesn’t like carbs. At least not too many of them. So I’m back on track, and heading to the grocery store tomorrow for what will become the staples of my low carb days. Because I’ll have to treat them like people who do the meal replacement shakes…just a bunch of repetitiveness.
I do the best when I limit my low carb days to boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked in coconut oil, and a casserole of sorts. Cooked, chopped cauliflower with cream cheese, cheddar, and a little heavy cream. So most low carb days I’m going to aim to have that meal 2-3 times a day. I’m trying to force the third meal because I know the calories are just too low when I only eat twice.
I’ve also decided to change this blog a bit, and make it more of a of ‘losing weight with hypothyroidism.’ I will continue to share what I’m doing to help me with they symptoms of hypothyroidism, and how those things are working, but I know a lot of people, women in particular, struggle with losing weight, even after they begin taking Synthroid and Armour.
So for those who don’t need to lose weight, or who aren’t interested in losing weight, I apologize, because you likely won’t find much use for this blog anymore. But now that fatigue isn’t as much of an  issue it was for me early in the year, it’s time for me to change my focus to what’s next on the list…and that is getting rid of the thyroid-related weight.

Definitely Been A While…

Just to quickly explain, I might have mentioned that when the dentist pulled my tooth, it tore the side of the gum pretty bad. In addition, it looks like one of the many shots injured a nerve, so the pain still gets pretty bad at times. Last night was one of those nights and I got very little sleep. Hopefully it will continue to improve…a whole lot faster than it has been. It’s seriously screwing up my online life. Hard to make the blog rounds, or do much of anything else with stuff like this going on.

On to other…better…news.

A week or so ago, I really seemed to lose my appetite. I mean a lot. As in I wasn’t even hungry until I’d been up eight or nine hours. I also was only eating one or two small meals a day. I know some of it was water weight, but in less than a week, I dropped eight or nine pounds.

That gave me all the incentive I needed to start something I’d seriously been considering for some time now. So on Monday, I started carb cycling.

The first day I basically had a big chicken breast (boneless/skinless) fried slow in a little coconut oil with salt, garlic and parmesan cheese. In addition, for the day, I had a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon or so of butter, maybe half a dozen bites of an egg/sausage/cheese scramble, and 2 cups of V8 juice.

Tuesday it was an even larger chicken breast, prepared the same way, and split into two ‘meals,’ most of a can of green beans, 3 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and a slice of cheese.

Those were the low carb days (4 per week…50 or fewer grams of carbs).

Wednesday was a medium carb day (2 days per week…100-200 grams), and I had…3 slices of ham lunch meat and 1 slice of gluten free toast with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter for lunch. Supper was 3/4 to 1 cup of instant potatoes with 2 tablespoons of butter, 3 slices of chopped ham lunch meat, and a cup of V8 juice. Because I was so low on carbs, I had a scant 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and 3 marshmallows, and then 1/4 up of sunflower seeds later.

I also finally found out how to use coconut oil for weight loss…1 tablespoon BEFORE meals, so I had three of those today, too.

Yes, I know the fat content has been rather high, but on the low carb days, you’re supposed to have a 50/50 thing going on with calories…50% of them coming from protein, and 50% coming from good fats. I’m going to be mixing the butter and coconut oil for a healthier substitute, I think.

But, no matter how you slice it, it’s sugar, carbs, and processed foods that put the weight on. However, I don’t believe that total low carb is good for you either, so that’s why I went with the carb cycling. I don’t eliminate any food groups that way, and can even have fruits on the medium and high carb days. High carb days are, for me right now, 1 day a week, and I’m supposed to get in 400-600 grams. That’s going to be rough.

And I’m also going for a wider variety and more veggies and fruits when I get to the grocery store.

But get this…I’m down a total of twelve pounds in just over a week.

Why am I sharing all of this with you? Because it’s the first time in I don’t know how long that I’ve lost weight. And it’s a pretty significant loss, too. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Well, I could…if the jaw pain would go away permanently, but even so…this is fantastic!

Now I want to add that I never ate a whole lot anyway. Of course I had those days from time to time…you know…where you eat anything that isn’t nailed down. But usually I didn’t eat a whole lot.

Something is working. I couldn’t lose it before…no matter what I did. Now it’s coming off. And you know what? On the low carb days, I don’t really get hungry. I may have to have another snack before I go to bed today though (it’s still Wednesday to me). I think it’s the carbs I’ve eaten that are doing it. But tomorrow is another low day, so it likely won’t be a problem.

So anyway, this is longer than I planned, but I had to share it with you. For those of you with hypothyroidism, and are discouraged because you can’t lose any weight, even with Synthroid, Armour, or whatever you’re taking for it…there is hope! It’s been 18 months since my diagnosis, and this is the first time anything has come off. I’m completely amazed!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, which I expect to slow down sooner rather than later. But I expect it to also continue coming off. That’s why I’m so happy about this. I finally have hope. 🙂

Oops. Two more quick notes. Six months off the electronic cigarettes…yay! Also, I’m curious as to whether the dessicated adrenal support supplements are having anything to do with the success this time. Does anyone have any experience with them? I know I’m not stopping after the 90 days are up.

Forgot An Important Key To Feeling Better

Over the course of about three years I bought two jars of coconut oil.  Each time I let them sit on my counter until I figured they must have spoiled, and then I threw them away.  But I kept reading that coconut oil helped increase energy levels and so, I bought a third jar…and actually used it.

Did it help?

Yup.  Within about thirty minutes of gagging it down, I always felt better.  But it was the ‘gagging it down’ that kept me  at one tablespoon a day.  It did get easier after awhile, and some days I remembered to take it twice.  But I never got up to the recommended three to four a day.

After my hypothyroidism diagnosis, I was especially glad I was taking it because coconut oil has been touted to improve thyroid function…from many sources, Mercola being one of them.  In some ways I think this doctor is a little over the top for me, but he also has some good information.  It’s not practical, or economical, to change ones diet as drastically as he recommends.

So when, and why, did I stop taking it?  I can’t remember.  Probably for a variety of reasons….2011 was just one of those years.

But now the jar is back on my desk.

Why my desk?  Because if that’s where I spend the majority of my time.  If I don’t keep the supplements I want to take right in front of my face, it slips my mind.  And if I want to remember to use the coconut oil, that’s where I have to keep it.

And I will start using it three or four times a day.  It’s also supposed to help with weight loss, and I’d like to lose some extra pounds that won’t budge no matter what I do.  Yes, coconut oil is supposed to help with that, too.

Oil?

Yes.  Somehow the body doesn’t store it as fat, but uses it for immediate energy.  Plus it’s a medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which can help with weight loss efforts.

I like how this doctor explains it.

As with anything you can try, there are those who say it will work and those who say it won’t.  I choose to believe the supporters of this particular thing…because I’ve seen the proof that it helps.  At least as far as energy goes.  We’ll see if it helps the weight loss and thyroid numbers.

For the record, I use organic expeller pressed coconut oil because that’s what’s been most available in my small community.   That variety still has the MCT’s and most of the benefits, but extra virgin coconut oil is the better choice.

Okay…

So I’m finally seeing my doctor on Thursday and will be requesting that she change my prescription from Synthroid to Amour Thyroid.  She was perfectly willing to do it last year, but then scared me out of it by saying something about Armour causing heart problems.  Has anyone else been told that?  And if you’ve previously been on Synthroid (or other non-natural thyroid meds), and changed to Armour, have you noticed an improvement?  If so, how long did it take?

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