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Hypothyroid and me
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Hypothyroid and me
3/6/11 5:18 AM
Hello everyone,

I just registered to the Beachbody message boards and I am looking for some help!

Weighing roughly 232lbs, 6'1, I used to be a gym nut that has some muscle mass, but also can't seem to get rid of the pesky trouble areas and drop weight to my desired goal. I have finished one complete program of p90x with less than desirable results and the only thing that I can blame is my hormones. I have been dealing with hypothyroidism for 7 years now and it's been extremely difficult to lose weight! I have also stuck to a strict meal plan of eating every 3 hours, high protein and clean carbs that involve fruits/veggies.

I am now on my second attempt on p90x and I've decided to tackle a hybrid of that along with Insanity for an increase of fat burning. On my lifting days, I do Tony Horton's one on one 'Medicine core cardio interval' routine in the AM and the lifting in the PM and on cardio/yoga days, I do various Insanity workouts to boost the calorie burning.

Is there any thing that I am missing? Any tips on how I can get to that ripped body that I've wanted without the stress of dealing with this dreaded thyroid issue?

Thank you for any help!
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/6/11 7:16 AM as a reply to Organeks.
It sounds like you are doing the right things, if you complete the Insanity program that shuld get you to your results. Keep up the awesome work!
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3/6/11 11:13 AM as a reply to Organeks.
I would check with your Endo. I know that it is hard to lose with hypothyroidism, and have been told by my daughters Endo that once you put the weight on it is twice as hard to take it off (when you have thyroid problems). They may have some suggestions that might help, and depending on your age, your med needs may change? just a thought.
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/6/11 11:51 AM as a reply to amandafaye01.
My Doctor is having a difficult time adjusting my medication to level out the TSH levels. Currently, I have been increasing my dosage for the past 6 months, resulting in numerous blood tests.

I would just love to drop the weight though. If p90x/Insanity can't do it, I figure that nothing will.
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/6/11 10:13 PM as a reply to Organeks.
Have you had your doc check for Hashimotos (its the autoimmune version of thyroid disease). It swings back and forth from hypo to hyper so it's really hard to get under control. It took me 4 docs before I found one who finally figured out I was Hashimotos and not just hypo. A great great website its stop the thyroid madness. I am not sure about the exact web address, but just google that. Got more great info from there than I ever did with my first three docs.
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3/6/11 10:26 PM as a reply to Organeks.
I totally understand what you are talking about..and it is very very discouraging when you are doing all the "right" things and not getting results...I am hypothyroid...I saw a endocrinologist for years and wasted my money...in 2010 in Feb...I felt like I didn't have the energy to move much less exercise...How was I gonna bring it? LOL...read my story...I am a RN...I don't always listen to conventional docs..I do listen but I read and I stay informed....listen to my own body and how it feels now...I saw a bio-identical hormone specialist in Feb. of 2010 and she literally gave me my life back...I never actually knew I could feel this good..She threw out the synthetic synthroid...checked all my levels...not just the TSH...she placed me on armour thyroid which is a natural form...and increased my dosage from looking at ALL my lab values not just the TSH...she was horrified that I had seen an endo all those years and that all he ever checked was a TSH...that is standard practice though..if you'd like more info....message me...(all endocrinologists may not subscribe to mine's same beliefs but I am so glad I found my other doc)
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/8/11 4:45 PM as a reply to fitsoutheRNchic.
I want to thank everyone for their support, but a huge thanks goes to 'fitsoutheRNchic' for that input. Having done some research on thyroid medication, I am now prepared to confront my doctor on possibly changing my prescription.

It appears that if I want to be successful, I need to start from the root of the problem while staying active!
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/8/11 8:48 PM as a reply to Organeks.
Hope you find the help you need..you will with the right doc..be informed though like you said... Good luck with your fitness quest..any questions you may have feel free to ask me...
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/13/11 9:01 PM as a reply to fitsoutheRNchic.
a great website if stopthethyroidmaddess.com. It promotes the use of natural thyroid replacements like Armour and Nature Thyroid (I have been on both of those). It has excellent information that you as a patient can take and make some decisions yourself instead of just placing it all in the hands of your endo
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/28/11 7:05 PM as a reply to fitsoutheRNchic.
I was searching for tips and info from others out in the community that may have some input on hypothyroid. and I found your response to another member.. and thought, "I need to talk to her" :o)

I am very interested to hear more about how you got on track.. Because I am frustrated, and looking for another option.

I am 34 year old mom of 2, after the birth of my 2nd child ten years ago, I was surprisingly diagnosed with hypothyroid. I have spent the last 10 years on the same damn medication, argueing with my PCP, who would only treat my lab values and not not ME... the Patient.
About a year ago, after allowing PCP to drop my dosage, which left me exhausted, feeling like I was dying, and gaining weight, I finally argued that I should be allowed to stay at a dose that made me "FEEL" like myself....she finally referred me to a Thyroid Specialist who was very helpful and understanding and allowed me to return to my usual dosage. Although I have been feeling more "back to normal" ever since, I still cant find myself back to normal pysically.. NO MATTER WHAT I DO>>>

I am seen at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA for my Primary Care including my Thyroid Specialist, so I believe that I am in the best care available to me, as far as conventional medicine.

Last summer I started P90x, and half way through added a BBL hybrid, felt strong and fit,started seeing my clothes fit better, and better tone. But found very little weight loss and limited physical transformation in the mirror. I gave up P90x and started Insanity, intermittently. Following these workout programs, and coaching advice and nutrition plans, I got fed up with sluggish results.

Here I am AGAIN.. Loving Teambeachbody community and DIVING into INSANITY.. day 15, eating great, feeling great, completely committed and Diggin Deep.. But I dont share the same excitement and transformation as all these Twitter and Facebook posts I read.

AGAIN.. when I am working out, I feel fit and strong. But cant seem to match that in the mirror.

If I didnt struggle with hypothyroid/Hashimoto's I would probably think the beachbody programs didnt work.. But I know that women with hypothyroid tend to have a difficult time losing weight.

So before I continue to be frustrated, I am reaching out. I am hoping there is help, or tips or something out there for people like me.. emoticon(

I am very interested in alternative medicine and ideas. I agree that being followed by a Primary Care Physician is imperative for anyones health and wellness. But I also believe they have a hard time thinking outside of the box. I have on occasion wondered about seeking the advice of either a homeopathic doc or an alternative resource regarding my hypothyroid.

I work in the healthcare field as an EMT in a busy system in Massachusetts, I have a physically demanding job, I climbs flights of stairs with numerous bags and equipment on my shoulders, I carry patients down stairs, I am continuously lifting and maneuvering. I am able to complete my job tasks and also maintain the Insanity Regimen without difficulty or strain. All the while I am eating and following the Nutrition giudes. I have a coach that I confer with regarding my intake and increase as suggested based on my activity levels. I also keep a food diary on Livestrong.com.

I honestly know that I am DOING everything the way I should be, and I am frustrated.

PLEAE PASS ALONG ANY INFO OR SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE...

I truly would love to hear back from you...

Thank you in advance for your time..

:o)
Rachelle Sykes
Derry, NH
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
12/10/11 8:02 AM as a reply to RachelleSykes.
Oh people how I feel your pain! I was finally diagnosed hypo, and high cholesterol and I'm 31! So yeah, I feel yeah on this one! I went through two rounds of P90X-one was before diagnoses and the other after. I did Insanity, and am now trying to muddle my way through Insanity/Asylum hybrid. I have lost 20lbs so far, but I have that much left to go. I too feel like no one is listening to me. I went in for blood work this past Friday, and go to the endocrinologist this coming Friday for the results and update. My doctor is pretty awesome, his assistant however I want to slap. She gives me the vibe that I'm just faking my symptoms and I really don't need to be on this dose of meds or change it for that matter. Makes me so mad!
Anyhow, there's some hope for us. I tried the Dukan diet, and that's where my first 15lbs came from. I did the diet while doing Insanity, and yes, I had plenty of get up and go to get through it. I feel like my levels are off at the moment and it's making it really hard to get through this hybrid much less the holidays themselves. I feel like I'm back before I even started taking meds, so staying committed to the hybrid is proving to be a HUGE challenge for me. Bless her, my BB coach is in the process of moving, demo. and I honestly don't think she really understands hypo. because she doesn't have it. Ever run into that one? >_>
I know the diet may not be for everyone, but it is worth a try. I hope we all can find some help, get this blasted weight off for good and finally be happy! Good luck to us all, and please feel to buddy me. Any support I can get in this battle is a blessing!
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RE: Hypothyroid and me
3/18/12 2:19 PM as a reply to Organeks.
I also have hypothyroidism and take synthroid. I don't have a proble with it. My question is about the shakeology. Did you use it and if you did, did it interfere with your meds?
I started P90 last week. I'm a 55 year old female and have been on synthroid for about 10 years.
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4/30/13 12:21 PM as a reply to Organeks.
I'm in the same page of all of you guys. It's been a hard journey. At the beginning I was losing weight but, now I feel stack. I have gotten my synthroid increased 3 times since November 2012. I did p90x for 9 weeks last year without knowing I was Hypo I only lost 4 lbs and it was dreadful I was exhausted.

I gave it a second chance after getting medicine. since November I have lost 17 in 3 months but it seems that I can loss more I'm on my day 53 of insanity i feel way better but still not that much of a weight lose this is getting frustrating. Im still over weight and seems like so far away to even lose 5 lbs.

is there any fix to this nonsense!
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