Weight Loss Struggles

January 15, 2017

Around 15 years ago, I discovered that I had thyroid issues. For a time, it was easily managed. It was just something that I had to take medicine for and have regular blood tests to make sure I was OK. There was weight gain but it was something that happened gradually – any weight gained I could lose with some exercise and the right diet.  My thyroid condition did not affect me until I had to undergo surgery to remove more than half of my thyroid. Since then I have had difficulty with weight loss due to hypothyroidism. To lose weight suddenly was not as simple as it used to be. No matter how hard I worked out or go on a diet, the scale hardly budged. It is one of the biggest things that I struggle with today.

My current weight and my goal weight...an actual photo would be too disgusting to look at. Photo c/o Model My Diet
Some people might say that I’m making a big deal out of this and that it’s a vanity issue. It’s not. In the past few years since my thyroid disease became difficult to manage I’ve ballooned to 198 lbs. I started off at 125 lbs. and I ballooned to 172 lbs. before my surgery. Now I am 26 lbs. heavier than that. It’s frustrating.

I’m not used to this body. It’s heavy. It comes with aches and pains I’ve never felt before. My blood sugar and cholesterol levels have become something that I need to be aware of.  Most of my clothes do not fit me anymore and I’ve had to buy new ones.

People might say that it’s my fault. That I don’t work out hard enough or I don’t pay attention to the food I eat. It’s not that. I think for the many people out there who have the same condition, this is something that people often misunderstand. Honestly, I think that what I need is the right formula, the right balance of my thyroid medicine combined with the right vitamins and supplements that will complement my metabolism so that any attempt at exercise and weight loss will have its full effect.

I remember going a whole month working out daily every morning and watching what I ate and I never lost a single pound. Not even half a pound. Can you imagine how upsetting it feels to see the scale and look in the mirror and not see a difference after all that hard work?

I am aware that I need a better doctor, but living where I do and the cost of better medical care is a challenge for me. I would love to have someone to help me with the right exercise and diet for my condition but again, a nutritionist and a good gym is something that is difficult to find in the somewhat rural area that I am currently living in. For now, I’m doing what I can…but I think that is not enough.

Lately I have been doing some dancing, some yoga and I have been counting my calories. It’s not easy, but I know that weight loss never is. My extra weight makes dancing a bit difficult. The moves that used to be easy for me when doing yoga are suddenly harder to do.

Losing weight with hypothyroidism is not easy but I want to make it work. I’m doing what I can and honestly, I don’t know what else is left for me to do. All I know is that I don’t feel used to this body and I don’t want to be. I want my old body back.

In a few weeks, I will be turning 40. That’s another factor to add into the list of things that will make weight loss more challenging for me. I want to go back to the weight I had before I had thyroid issues but that might not be possible given the age factor. Given my height though, I think that 125 lbs. would be a goal weight that would be right for me.

Is there anyone reading this right now who has any good suggestions about losing weight with thyroid disease? Any tips and tricks that could possibly help me with my weight loss goal? If you know something that will help, please let me know. I need help and I am not afraid to ask for it!

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