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Hypothyroid, anyone?
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Hypothyroid, anyone?
insanity support advice hypothyrodism
1/19/13 1:10 PM
Hey there. Looking for others who are in the same boat as I am, or who can relate. I was born with hypothyroidism and have had a very difficult struggle to maintain my weight. My TSH levels just don't want to cooperate these past few years. I also work long grave shifts, which I personally love, but my body doesn't. It's also easier to eat unhealthy. Depression has been a big struggle as well. I had given up hope for a good couple of years.

But just recently I hit my limit. I'm 5'0" and at my heaviest of 210lbs. Something's gotta give. I'm on day 5 of Insanity. I absolutely love it. By day 3, I felt better physically (minus being sore) and mentally. My main goal is to become healthier. If I can manage to get my weight down, that would be a big plus. But I just want to feel better, feel more comfortable in my own skin.

I admit it. I need support. I have only myself.
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2/2/13 5:20 PM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
Hey, nice 'stache glasses emoticon I was diagnosed as hypothyroid in 2007 and we've been trying to figure out the right dosage ever since. My GP started out with the traditional dosage and goal of a TSH of 4.0. That was fine for a while and my overall health jumped greatly -- I'd been almost constantly sick since my daughter was born. Then I found out that modern endocrinologists are saying that people can have TSH levels go as low as 1.0 and be fine, so I had her send me over to one. Again, great improvement in my health and he finally said he wanted my levels no higher than 2.0. He moved away but my GP is now fine with the new approach and recently increased my dose when my TSH jumped. I'm sure you've been through all that but I did want to mention that you might see if your doc is willing to take your TSH level lower.

Exercise definitely helps with the depression and overall health. Knowing you're kicking butt with Insanity will give you a big boost, too. What's your food intake like? I used to waitress and worked at a stop-and-rob for a while, and I hated a)the irregular schedule and b)how late I was up. I'm definitely an early bird, always have been. Eating on the job was whatever we sold, although I'm a lot more health-conscious now than I was then. Can you bring a shaker bottle and a scoop of Shakeology with you? Or even make it a double-dose. Also keep in mind, if you don't already, that there are some foods you shouldn't eat raw and/or should limit because they screw with your TSH level -- basically all the cruciferous veggies.

Keep up the good work and let me know if I can help!
~Elizabeth
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2/4/13 7:21 AM as a reply to NRVcat.
Thank you for your reply. I started Shakeology a week ago, actually. I don't eat much, but when I do, I admit I eat bad foods. My doctor had recommended me to an endocrinologist but she's been cancelling my appointments so I am going to find another one. I'm hoping to find a balance. I'm getting tired of feeling "blah" all of the time. I'm sure you know the feeling. What kinds of foods do you eat, if you don't mind sharing?
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2/4/13 1:48 PM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
Keep up the good work girly you are moving in the right direction. A little background on me; I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2002, my doctor told me consistent exercise is the cure all. It helps with energy and depression, better sleep, lowering stress and I personally eat better when I’m working out because I want to feed my body what it needs to recover. I took his advice and started working out regularly, I had to work out harder and eat better than any of my fit friends but it was sure worth it! I was with in about 5 pound of competing and feeling great when my life turned upside down, I have weathered some tough times over the years and exercise and healthy eating have gotten me through, but this time I didn’t do so hot and as I packed on 60 pounds I gave up for a while and struggled with depression and chronic fatigue. I was going through an extremely stressful time in my life, traveling and eating unhealthy food and skipping regular exercise, while battling an X in court. Now that I am coming out of the chronic fatigue I’m finally getting some energy back, loosing a few pound and feeling happy again and hopeful. I have also started insanity and loving it. So here is what I have learned over the last 11 years Everybody is different so part of getting where you want to go will be discovering what your body need and what works best for you.

1) Healthy eating is super important for your health and weight loss. Try to stay away from processed food stick with lean protein, veggies, fruit, nut’s and some whole grains.
2) Vitamins I notice if I don‘t take mine, ask your Doctor what you should be taking but I take omega oils, a multi vitamin, B complex and calcium with D just to name a few.
3) Exercise, if you are to tired try just 15 min usually I will end up doing the whole video but if you only do the 15 then be proud of yourself for that.
4) Sleep even if it isn’t at night try to be consistent and always get at least 7 hrs minimum.
5) Stress management. Stress kills and when your body is already compromised the effects are multiplied. I personally have to avoid people who are negative and always talk drama and because I did so poorly with stress the last few years I have made a go to plan for when I am faced with a stressful situation including Deep breathing, yoga, exercise, a list of things I’m grateful for and hot baths.

Start slow, implement one change at a time, don’t beat your self up if you aren’t perfect just get up and keep going. You can do anything you set your mind to even if it takes a bit more effort.
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2/4/13 3:50 PM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
mzzzterriberry:
Thank you for your reply. I started Shakeology a week ago, actually. I don't eat much, but when I do, I admit I eat bad foods. My doctor had recommended me to an endocrinologist but she's been cancelling my appointments so I am going to find another one. I'm hoping to find a balance. I'm getting tired of feeling "blah" all of the time. I'm sure you know the feeling. What kinds of foods do you eat, if you don't mind sharing?


I don't mind. Right now I have oatmeal with half a cup of blueberries and half a scoop of whey protein powder. Green tea. Depending on how hard I've worked out, I might have a cup of fruit on the side or the whites of three hardboiled eggs. Shakeology for mid-morning snack, in skim milk. Lunch is usually a big salad of mixed baby greens, 1/4 avocado, 4 or 5 ounces of chicken breast, maybe some mushrooms. Afternoon snack might be carrots and hummus or an apple and almond butter (unsweetened, unsalted). Dinners vary. Sometimes I'll make something vegetarian or vegan out of a cookbook, sometimes it's an old standby like my turkey chilli I made Sunday, just really depends on when I have time to cook. I don't eat processed food for supper. Really I don't eat much processed food anymore, although it depends on your definition of processed. Oatmeal is processed, to an extent. If I'm on the road and there's a Wendy's nearby, I'll get one of their chicken-apple-walnut salads and tell them to leave off the dressing packet. I like a big salad from Panera Bread, too. But it really depends on how much time you have. There are quick and easy things that don't take much time -- pre-made organic soups/stews/chillis that you can throw in a bowl and microwave, frozen broccoli that you can reheat (cooking brassicas like broccoli breaks down the stuff that interferes with thyroid function -- at least that's what I've read). Like Shannny said, everyone is different in how they'll react to something. I tried eating what the P90X nutrition guide said I should eat and it seemed like too much. There are folks I know who only eat around 1200 calories. I put myself in the middle and told myself to be patient. I know I'll crash around 2 PM if I don't eat more than 1200 calories. I also keep track of my ovulation and menstruation because I know I'll be feeling a bit off at both times and I know I'll have certain cravings at a certain time of the month, so I can control how much I give in (dark chocolate...). Just getting up and doing something will help. I now take a 10 or 15 minute break mid-morning and mid-afternoon to do squats, pushups, crunches, jacks, whatever. So just taking that little amount of time to do some moving will help get your metabolism going again.

Hope you have a good evening,
~Elizabeth
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2/12/13 4:13 PM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
Thank you, ladies. It's a good feeling to not be so hopeless, that I'm not alone in my struggles. I will try your suggestions!
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3/22/13 11:48 AM as a reply to NRVcat.
Hello. Kndow how it feels to have Hypothyroid as well. To be honest it's no walk in the park. I was diagnosed with it in 2008. And still trying to find the right dose of medicaine for it. sorry for the spelling it not one strong suites. But on top of my Hypothyroid I also suffer from depression and Anima. I have had Anima ever since the 6th grade. Its truely hard to find the engery or the will power to workout when your not feeling your best. So all I can say is to keep at what you are doing and try your best at getting healther and stronger in the long run. Because I know Im going to need as much help and support as i can get when i start. good luck
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3/22/13 11:56 AM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
Hey! When I was 19 I found out that my dear mother blessed me with Hypothyroidism as well. I have felt the struggles and for years I thought how I was feeling was normal but now since i have been on medication and doing research I feel so much better!

I was at my heaviest at 5' 1" 159 lbs. I admit that it was mainly due to my awful diet and inactivity (I moved to Alaska which hindered me from wanting to go outside). If I can advise anything...do research! You would be amazed at the foods and the beauty products that can affect your thyroid...good or bad! I love radishes but I have found that although they are healthy they are not the best for people with hypothyroidism. I have switched to organic skincare products and bath items. Eating clean and organic can make a huge difference in the way you feel. If you want any pointers I will be glad to help you out in the struglle...because I am right there with ya emoticon
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3/23/13 5:17 AM as a reply to crystaldklassen.
Crystal, part of having hypothyroidism is that it can cause depression, so, fun all around! It's like an evil spiral -- you're depressed, now you find out you're hypothyroid, which causes depression, so you have a hard time wanting to work out or it's hard to scrape up the energy and enthusiasm to work out, which bums you out because you need to work out to feel better. Gah! Currently going through that myself and it seems to have been brought on by the time change. Why?! I still do my Couch to 5K training three times a week and I'm actually improving except for my right ankle, which is taking a while getting used to the stress of longer runs. One thing that helps with exercising, at least for me, is to find routines that you truly enjoy doing. I generally have to wake up obnoxiously early to get my workout done (I run after work) and some days I feel, "An hour of THIS again?" I've discovered that I prefer the shorter HIIT workouts offered by certain programs so I'm slowly building my collection so that I can cycle through them to keep things fresh. I just bought P90X+ and will check out those routines this weekend before officially starting.

The food aspect is also very important. I buy organic whenever I can and will hit the local farmers' market just about every weekend once the produce really starts coming in. Being aware of which foods work against my medicine has been tricky; cooking negates some of their inhibiting qualities, which is fine because I don't like a lot of the bitter greens raw anyway.

~Elizabeth
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5/14/14 4:56 PM as a reply to NRVcat.
All I can say is THANK YOU!
I just found out I have Hypothyroid. After a year of telling my primary doctor and my gynecologist I can't seem to get this weight off(10 lbs), my primary doctor checked my Thyroid; its abnormal! Yay, right? emoticon ( No, I'm not over weight; yet. I'm 5'4" 135+-. I maintained 125+- all my adult life. I am now 43. I'm still early in the learning process and looking forward to any/all the information I can get. At this point I will try anything to help me loose this weight. I take vitamins daily, eat better than most, (I do like my red wine), and workout at least 5 days a week. I do a variety of the Beachbody programs, and I just ordered P90X3 and Shakeology. I also take a fat burner/energy supplement to give me the extra boost to get through my workouts...and that really helps me!!
Thanks for all the advice... please keep it coming!
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6/28/14 12:15 PM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
Hi there, i know this was posted a while ago but i wanted to check in with you, to see how you are doing? I too, have hypothyroid and also have hashimotos disease (which is the autoimmune hypothyroid) i had gained 20 lbs within months of being diagnosed but have been able to lose it since then. but i do suffer from other related symptoms, fatigue, hair loss, anxiety, brain fog, and sore muscle and joints! But i don't let my disease get the best of me, i try to eat good and exercise to help with the symptoms and having 2 kids also make the fight much more doable! I refuse to complain about this disease in front of my kids and lose out on them growing up! There is hope if feel like its been a while, do know that it does take time, my levels go up and down all the time, i have to go to the endo every 4-6 months and i have had my thyroid problems for almost 7 years now. It is a roller coaster but i think our attitudes is a huge part of us feeling better!! I hope you are feeling better, take care!
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7/3/14 6:21 AM as a reply to mzzzterriberry.
Hello everyone! I have experience both hyper and hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease my senior year of high school. My doctor said I was a bit young to have it so severely, but it was believe that the stress of my senior year was the culprit. After spending nearly two years trying to get my T3 and T4 levels down, they decided it was time to iodine radiate my gland. It was so bad that I had collapsed on the tennis court, we later found out that my resting heart rate was in the 120s!!!!. After the iodine radiation, I plummeted to hypothyroidism. Now, I am 25 years old and have been regulated for several years! It feels great, although my hair still is brittle and I shed a ridiculous amount emoticon

I feel your pain. It is annoying knowing that every time I drastically change my diet or exercise regimen that my levels end up wacky. Eating a lot of vegetables and soy products is difficult because there are nutrients that in many that affect our TSH levels. I attempted to do the ultimate reset at one point and we had to increase my synthroid because of it. If you or anyone needs buddy I am here for you! I know how hard it is in the beginning to change lifestyles, but once you do it will be so worth it. My endocrinologist even told me that it was a great thing when I decided to diet and exercise regularly and would help combat the weight gain, which it has.
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