I started trying to chronicle my weight loss journey about a year ago and I have had few, if any, measurable results (which is why I quit confession).
I went so far, over a year ago, to have my thyroid tested because I had a lot of symptoms of being hypothyroid. The numbers came back within acceptable ranges, which I know doesn’t always mean your thyroid is functioning properly.
The older I get, it seems the more little things I’m plagued with- like gout for instance. I’m
lucky unfortunate enough to be blessed cursed with it due to genetics. Yay. And, I’m also a sufferer of Raynauds Syndrome which is extra exciting since I live in the frozen north. And my mother of course has RA.
Does anyone else feel this way, or is it just me?
Since then I’ve gone through several workout plans (all of which are interval training because it’s always been my favorite) and of course if you know me, you know I’m not really sitting around eating junk food. I’m eating clean, healthy, fresh foods and I do not have a sweet tooth. I purchased a Smart Health Watch that tracks my daily steps, calories burnt, and how many miles I walk. It also can check my heart rate when I workout.
Most days before I get up to the barn I’ve walked between 5 and 10k steps, just doing chores and running around the place. By the time I’m done riding I’m up to 18-25k steps (because it reads all my posting as steps, which is fine because we all know you burn a lot of calories riding). All those steps, in addition to working out, and I had to go up yet another size in my jeans. #itisokaytocry
So, back to the doctor I went, since I am now the heaviest I’ve ever been. Keeping in mind that I suffer from hyperhydrosis, have dry, brittle hair that falls out in clumps, dry brittle nails, skin that feels like sandpaper (despite putting straight coconut oil on it three times daily) and I can only ride about three horses a day before I need a nap, capitulate and take one. #fail
This time we ran quite a few blood tests- Vitamin D, kidney function, uric acid, thyroid tests and an RA panel just to be sure I don’t have my mother’s illness. What we discovered is a vitamin D deficiency and a sluggish thyroid – both explain my lack of energy and the reason I feel like I’ve been run over a by a truck when I get up daily. And they thyroid explains my inability to lose weight. I can seriously eat a 1200 calorie/day diet, burn off 2500 calories daily and gain two pounds by weeks’ end.
I have now been started on Armour Thyro (which is pig thyroid – hooray for pigs!). I’m hoping it will help me reclaim my life – my weight and my energy. I’ve been on it exactly three days now.
I don’t write this post to complain. When life throws you lemons, you make lemonade, that’s just how it should be. I write it to ask any of you that may suffer with hypothyroidism, what I can expect from the medication. Is it wishful thinking to believe I’ll be able to shed this extra 20-25lbs I’ve gained? Or should I learn to be content with it? Will my hair stop being dry? Will my skin clear up? How long should I expect it to take before I feel better?
Happy Trails and Healthy Living!