Weight loss update w/ Exciting News!

This past weekend I had the joy of buying new blue jeans.  Now, normally this is the worst torture imaginable, especially for someone who has yet to come to terms with her weight gain (see my posts on Hashimoto’s) and for whom proper blue jean fit has always been hard to find.

Much to my immense excitement, I was able to purchase a pair of size 12 jeans!  Now this may not seem like a big deal to most people.  In fact, I never thought I would be excited to buy a pair of size 12 jeans, especially when I was still a size 6 (Ha!).  However, since I went up 3 dress sizes between my diagnosis with Hashimoto’s in March of 2012 and my wedding in October of 2012 and an additional 3 dress sizes between my wedding and the start of my pregnancy in December of 2013, my perspectives have changed!

When I bought my wedding dress in January 2012 I weighed aprox. 145 lbs and wore a size 6, when I got pregnant I weighed aprox. 183 lbs, and when I delivered my daughter in August of 2014 I weighed 225 lbs.  Today I weigh 168.6 lbs!  I have dropped from a pant size 16 to a size 12, a shirt size XL to a size L (medium if its man sized or unisex), and size L dress (as long as it give a little – hazards of a busty girl).

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Left is me today wearing my new jeans. Right is me trying them on at Old Navy.

In other news….

I can finally wear my wedding and engagement rings again!!!!  

During my pregnancy, I swelled up really dramatically (I couldnt wear any shoes other than wide flip flops after 12 weeks) and as a result I had to take my rings off (and I barely got them off) at 10 weeks!  Today was the first day that I have been able to wear them again!  I guess its just another example of how pregnancy and giving birth change your body, since I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight within a couple of months of delivering.

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My wedding and engagement rings fit!

And of course my husband had a silly response to my excitement…

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Hashimoto’s and going Gluten Free

In March of 2012 I was in a car accident that caused me to my left wrist (my dominant hand).  I suffered a lot of pain, shock, panic attacks, and gained back all the weight I had lost in 2011 (25lbs).

 In May of 2012 I was diagnosed with low thyroid function by my GP.  My most obvious symptom was chronic exhaustion, but looking back I had dry skin, dandruff, trouble focusing, and (after reviewing medical records a year later) reduc.d vision.

I was getting married in October of 2012, but I kept gaining weight, no matter what I ate or did.  It was so frustrating.  By the time we got married I had gained 40 lbs from the time I bought my wedding dress in January.  I still get sad every time I think about it, because it barely fit and it wasnt nearly as perfect looking on my oversized body.  Thats what happens when you go from a size 8 to a size 12.

Picture 1 is the day I bought my dress in January 2012 and Picture 2 is my wedding day in October 2012

After working with my GP for a year, I still didn’t’ feel like myself.  I didn’t feel like I needed 20 hours of sleep in a 24 hour day anymore, but I was still exhausted all the time and I was still gaining weight.  In March of 2013 I started seeing an Endocrinologist.  He ran some tests and did a sonogram of my thyroid and diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s.  Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease in which your body attacks your thyroid, causing low thyroid function (although some Hashi’s patients fluctuate from hypo to hyper).

I am now taking Levothyroxine at .150 micrograms 6 days a week.  I still have hypothyroid symptoms, but the Endo says my bloodwork is “in the normal range.”

I have talked to a lot of people who have thyroid problems and many say that they never felt “right” even after years of medication.  I have talked to people who have weight problems all their lives.  I have read and read and read (I am a librarian after all) and I have learned alot, but mostly I have learned that thyroid patients are all different and Endos are all different, so it takes a lot of work to find the right lifestyle balance and a doctor that will work with you for optimal results.

My current doctor, Dr. Boehm, is not my ideal doctor.  I have seen him twice and I know I need to look for someone else to treat me.  I keep gaining weight and he refuses to discuss my weight, diet, and health with me.

Since my wedding in October I have gone up another clothing size and I now wear a size 14.  I am unhappy at my size and I have started using MyFitnessPal to watch my calories and try to lose weight.  I know it will be a struggle.

I have read that some Hashi’s patients need to take in significantly fewer calories than the standard person working at weight loss and need to exercise 3 times as much for similar results as a non-Hashi’s patient (like everything, some people disagree).  Lots of what I have read focuses on the importance of a gluten free diet for thyroid patients.

I started working towards a gluten free diet on May 28th and to date have only miss-stepped 3 times that I know of.  So far the hardest part has been the lack of cakes and cookies (which I don’t need anyway, but I am addicted too) and easy to prepare meals without having to cook from scratch.  I did make a trip to Little Rock (45 min from my home) to shop at a health food store and I was able to pick up a few ready to eat items.

This is going to be an interesting journey…

Weight-loss Success (so far)

I have been working diligently to loose the weight I have gained over the last few years.  I had trouble doing it on my own, so I started working with a medical weightless program on August 18th.  I have refused to allow myself to get on the scale since that first appointment.

I have been using a really great food log that the doctor provided me to keep track of my meals / calories, exercise, and water intake.  My goal was to stay between 600 and 1000 calories (preferably closer to 1000) and drink 100 oz of water per day.  Some days this was easier than others, but when I really thought about what I was buying and eating, it wasn’t so bad.  Probably the hardest part of the program has been giving up cheese and drinking 100 oz of water per day (on average I have been managing 67 to 84 oz a day).

I will admit, I haven’t been exercising like I should.  So far I have walked only 3 times.

On September 13th (the 26th day of my program) I went back to see the doctor for my first follow up visit.  He went over my blood work with me and everything looked good.  Then I got on the scale.  I was so nervous I didn’t want to look….after I sat back down, I peeked over at my chart the nurse was holding…..I had lost 10 1/2 lbs!!!!

Now I am working on the 2nd month.  I have been told not to expect as much weight loss this month, but that I should see more inches lost in this cycle of the program.

Here’s to hoping for more successes to report!

Medical Weight Loss Program – Day 1

I have been struggling to loose weight for the last two years and haven’t been successful with traditional diets and diet programs.  Recently I witnessed a friend loose weight quickly and easily by using a medically managed weight loss program.

A few weeks ago I called Dr. Woody of Bryant, AR and enrolled myself in his weight loss program.  I went for my first visit yesterday.  My first visit included a medical exam and a class about the program and nutrition.

Today was my first day of the program.  I started this morning with my medication and a vitamin, along with 1 cup of cheerios and 1/2 cup of 1% milk.  The vitamin made me a little sick, so I think I am going to start taking it at night instead of in the morning.

My meals today will include 3 small main meals and 2 to 3 snacks in between meals.  I am also attempting to drink 100 oz of water.  I am tracking my water and food in a journal.

So far I have more energy than normal, but I do not feel jittery at all.  I haven’t been hungry and I am enjoying my food and the water too.

Today:

  • Breakfast: 1 cup Cheerios w/ 1/2 1% milk
  • Snack: 1 serving lite applesauce with no sugar added
  • Lunch: Salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Snack: Banana
  • Dinner: A sandwich made with lite bread, turkey, mustard, and lettuce
  • Snack: Sugar free jello pudding snack