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But the Weight IS Coming Off!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Seems like merely discontinuing my methimazole (at doctor's request) for 3 days resulted in my dropping over 4 pounds since Thursday. I don't know exactly what to attribute the reduced appetite to, since the doc says methimazole shouldn't have made me hungry, but it's a very noticeable difference. If it's the Italian-white-kidney bean extract I'm taking, well, I wish I'd found it a long time ago! I thought you were supposed to be hungry when you were hyperthyroid but not gain weight and gain weight when you were hypo...the thyroid is a mystery to me! I have a ways to go to get back to where my weight was before I was taking an anti-thyroid drug, but I'm hopeful I'll get there.

The doc made a judgment call when my numbers were looking better but not great yet, and if she'd left me at the original dose, this probably wouldn't have happened. So now I have to climb out of being hypo, which is not my normal state. Wonder why I didn't get skinny when I was hyper? I honestly think it was the stress of having to move and not wanting to that got things all out of whack in the first place. Doctors don't seem to think that can happen, but I have a healthy respect for what stress can do. I hope things look good when I have the ultrasound in a couple of months.

Now I just have to figure out what the best course of action is regarding my allergies that have increased exponentially since I moved. Is getting the carpets cleaned enough? Do I need to have them ripped out and replaced by hardwood or laminate? Would new carpeting be an option? Do I need a new vacuum? I think that's a definite "yes"! What about an air purifier and what kind? Kinda wish I'd decided to rent rather than buy, but then if I reacted badly to the carpets, I might really be out of luck...

Well, hoping for a great week for everyone and for myself. The deep freeze has broken, but now of course it's raining. I don't know if I should try to go to the gym tomorrow when there's a good possibility I'll cough a lot. I might give it a shot. Scarlett is at the collision place, hopefully getting fixed within a week. I'm driving a Chevy Captiva in the meantime and can't even figure out how to make the rear wiper work. Might have to look that up online. Nothing makes me feel dumber than driving an unfamiliar car! And they don't give you the manual, apparently.

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-SHAWN- 2/22/2014 12:31PM

  Big change in my home since pulling carpet and installing hardwood, especially breathing ease.

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JACKIE15108 2/4/2014 4:24AM

    Carpets cause problems for allergy sufferers, but it can be costly to rip the up and put wood hardwood down....but always cleaner in the end.
Have a good week!

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    We are remodeling and ditching the carpets as we go. My hubby doesn't like it but they are unhealthy.

Good job on the weight loss.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/3/2014 9:59PM

    Glad things are moving in the right direction with your weight. Hope that the allergies settle down!!


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SPIRITSEEKER2 2/3/2014 4:20PM

    emoticon on your loss !!!!!!!!!!!
hope allergies work out .. and rental car :0)
Have a fabulous week

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And the Hits Just Keep on Coming...

Saturday, February 01, 2014

I'm just all over the place right now. Still stewing about my endo leaving me over-medicated long enough to throw me from hyper to hypo, thyroid-wise. Does she have any idea how hard it was to get those 15 pounds off that came back with a vengeance? The good news is that I am much less hungry these last few days being totally off the methimazole. I almost hate to go to the once a day that I'm supposed to Monday. We'll see what happens. She swears that it couldn't be what was making me hungry, but maybe there's something weird about me that makes it work that way. Anyway, I'm down almost 3 pounds since Tuesday. And the Life Extension Advanced Natural Appetite Suppress could be helping. Nothing in it but European (Italian Borlotto variety) white kidney bean extract. It's supposed to slow carb absorption, too, and that can't hurt!

Another reason for not being very hungry might be that I'm battling yet another sinus infection. Seems I'm most likely allergic to...my townhouse! Isn't that great? More specifically, probably dust. And there are carpets everywhere, which I didn't have time to get cleaned before I moved. So that's on the agenda. Changed the air filters this morning. Anybody have any good ideas regarding cleaning upholstered furniture? I brought my old sofa, which I wasn't going to do, and it was pretty dusty even though it had had a slipcover on it. I guess the right carpet cleaning company might also do the sofa. Which probably means that I can't use one offering a Groupon or something. I think I really noticed the dust thing when I was moving stuff out of the old place. Dusting was never one of my favorite activities. In an ideal world, I'd hire someone to clean, thus avoiding stirring everything up and breathing it in, but that's probably not gonna happen. Meanwhile, I'm on an antibiotic that I find extremely scary due to some of the extreme side effects it can have, but so far I seem OK. Guess I should consider shopping for an air purifier, too. Fun, fun!

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    Ugh on the antibiotics. I'm petrified of those mothers now since my gut flora was destroyed.

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JACKIE15108 2/2/2014 4:12AM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/1/2014 10:21PM

    (((HUGS)))) Feel better.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 2/1/2014 7:24PM

    I am with you on doctors just fired the one that was helping me and now is not... the gastric doc I saw yesterday - was irritated I got an emergency appointment , because I could not breath, haha it was the best day it had been in months - of course - today back to crap - I have gained 40 pounds upping my own meds but they need to be more aggressive .. have a call into an internist .. reg doc never called back - and HATE WINTER ....

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My Gut Was Right!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

But apparently I did not go far enough by halving my methimazole dose back to what was originally prescribed for me. It was raised after the first set of labs after I got out of the hospital. I've been sleepy much of the time and weight has been accumulating at an alarming rate. And I have now gone from hyper to hypo. Sigh. Wish I'd contacted the endo sooner and maybe I could have dropped the dosage sooner. Now instead of 2 10 mg pills twice a day, which I reduced to 1 twice a day about a month ago, I'm to skip 3 days and then take 1 once a day.

I have never, to my knowledge, been hypo before, and the TSH number is freaking me out, since it's quite far out of the references range, which is 0.045-4.500. And I'm at 34.810?? Free T4 is low at 0.56 (range is 0.82-1.77). T3 is within range at2.7 ( range is 2.0-4.4). So I'm a little pissed that she kept me at the higher dose last time I saw her 3 months ago. I guess she was erring on the side of caution, but I have about 15 extra pounds now that probably could have been avoided, and they're not easy to shed at my age!

I have to say that my appetite has backed off some in the last few days. I fell for another appetite suppressant thing, this one from Life Extension, whom I trust more than most. I read all the research in the article they published and decided it was worth a shot, especially since it was supposed to have good BS effects by slowing carb absorption. If it can rein in the bad hormones like ghrelin and increase the good ones, maybe it will work to some extent. And, hey, there's a money-back guarantee, which I will take advantage of if necessary. I've only had a Quest bar so far today, and I'd usually be more than ready for lunch by now, so my fingers are crossed! I do feel like I might be coming down with something (again!), so that may also be affecting my appetite, though. Hopefully, I can fight it off.

The much-anticipated snow has not yet materialized, although it was supposed to start a couple of hours ago. It actually looks brighter than it did when I was out. We had a day or so of mild temps, and now another arctic blast. My skin has never been this dry, even in winter. Perhaps another hypo sign? It's not only dry but really rough. My feet are awful!

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    The problem with thyroid meds is that they always seem to do this. I went through this when I was a kid - hyper and then hypo. They were constantly changing my meds.

What is in the appetite suppressant, GF? I hope it's not a stimulant. People with heart irregularities like you had are not supposed to take stimulants. Not a good idea with thyroid problems.

I use A&D ointment for my skin. I put in on, then lather with soap, and rinse and it works great.

Too cold here!! Hate it!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/28/2014 9:35PM

    Take care! Thyroid is so difficult to deal with! Right now it is so cold and I know that's affecting m thyroid function. BUT I'll get thru it.


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SPIRITSEEKER2 1/28/2014 1:48PM

    I hope your thyroid levels off ... mine is a mess and my doc has decided not to work with me as far as dosing goes - so my weight is piling back on to .... looking for a new doc- again

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JODROX 1/28/2014 12:52PM

    Ugh, straightening out those meds sounds complicated! I hope you feel better soon!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Like ALL the time! And weight is piling on even though I try to eat reasonably. Right now I'm waiting to go have a fasting blood draw so the endocrinologist can know where I stand for our appt. next week. I don't know why I have to be fasting, and they actually said I didn't when I was in the office, since we're mainly concerned about thyroid stuff. Hopefully, my reducing the dose of methimazole back to what she originally prescribed hasn't had any bad effects. I did that because I suspect we may have reduced thyroid hormones too low and somehow that is throwing things off and that's why I'm so ridiculously hungry.

I hope my experience with hCG didn't precipitate the hyperthyroid stuff. I doubt it, since I've been through this before about 10 years ago and the amount is so minuscule, but it makes it unwise for me to do it again when I don't know what my crazy hormones are doing. So I'm in search of a plan I can actually live with and drop some of these recent pounds. I'm considering South Beach, but I bristle each time i read about the evils of saturated fat and how canola oil is "good". I wonder how it would go if I just kinda ignored those parts of it while keeping fat low, at least for the first few weeks, in other ways. I suppose I could tolerate some low-fat dairy, but I don't know about all my meat and poultry being "lean". And I can tell you right now that a part-skim cheese stick will NOT be a satisfying snack for me. But then, it does say I can eat till I feel satisfied. Might be worth a try...

Tomorrow I am finally taking my car for an estimate to fix the damage, which doesn't look like much, but it involves the tail light area, which is plastic, and some of the fender, which is not. I'm hoping I can talk them into just doing the best they can without replacing large areas of the car. Hey, slap a little (expensive) paint on it! And it turns out I did cause this myself--backed it into a small tree while trying to leave room for another car. If I hadn't been moving stuff, I wouldn't have back in. If I'd actually LOOKED at the right time, the back-up camera might have alerted me. Guess I need one of those cars that yell at you when you're about to hit something. Grrr!!!

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EDDYMEESE 1/21/2014 11:11PM

    High protein - low carb has always worked well for me. I've been successful on SB in the past and love it. I would be doing it now, but I'm trying something different and not so restricting. There's something about not being allowed to eat something that sets me up for failure. Thyroid issues are killer, sorry :(

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-LINDA_S 1/21/2014 5:26PM

    Thanks for the SB update! I find that what I end up wanting the most is food with a lot of fat. I'm not sure what that is. But I want full-fat cheese, crispy chicken skin, prefer thighs to breasts, love good bacon, etc. I think the starchy carbs are my greatest enemy, but I can't rule out that calories may count more than I'd like them to. Just made some jambalaya for the kids. Their Christmas present this year was my making them 10 meals. We're halfway there! Had some of the broth with just a few pieces of "stuff", since I always like the saucy parts way more than they do. It was really tasty. I cook the rice separately so it doesn't get all soggy. I still need to make that, so I hope they don't decide to pick it up tonight.

Something is really off with some hormones. My nails, never good, are really ridged and flaky and my skin has never been this dry, even in winter. Looks like my hair will never be thick enough to grow to any length. My naturopath is really quite high on coconut oil and believes it really does have thermogenic properties. Maybe I need to consume large amounts...Guess I'll have to try a few different things and document the results...

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    I am on a M.D. diet that is like a modified south beach diet. It's a high protein, low carb, moderate to high fat diet for hypoglycemia. I don't set out to eat fat as my diet isn't a high fat diet like Atkins but my diet is not a super low fat diet either. And neither is South Beach.

I don't have a problem with canola oil like some people do if it's the right kind but I use olive oil instead. I know olive oil is healthy. I'm not opposed to coconut oil but don't believe all the hype associated with it either. And Dr. A. even says that saturated oils may be good and allows coconut oil. I don't think that looking for reasons to eat more fat is all that healthy either. I tend to believe in moderation in some things. I don't believe in no carb diets and all carb diets. I don't think Dr. A is all that opposed to saturated fats as he thinks he is as he does allow steak. And chocolate, mayo, etc.. And doesn't restrict the fat in salad dressings. He just prefers fats like avocado. He doesn't like transfat. He backed off a little in his latest book and doesn't get into the saturated fat bashing a lot. I actually prefer chicken breast over thighs but I won't eat low fat hamburger. I like the chicken skin if it if fixed right - if it's not it's gaggy. I eat cheese and you can get plenty of good cheese for 6gms of fat. Low fat dairy doesn't bother me either but I don't like milk anyway.

There are definitely things I don't like about South Beach but it does give you more options than really low carb plans. And I can help you if you need it. Most people adapt the diet a little - we call them lifestyle choices.

I hope you can get your car fixed cheeply.

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-LINDA_S 1/21/2014 12:28PM

    Thanks, everyone! Ramona, I was just completing a long comment on your page when I inadvertently clicked something and lost it! Don't you just hate when that happens? I thought I was pretty much doing what you're suggesting and it wasn't working for me, but I was probably messing with it just enough to screw it up! I'm a little reluctant to eliminate everything mentioned in that autoimmune protocol, especially considering I've cut out eggs before and haven't noticed any difference, but I agree on the fat except that recently it hasn't seemed to make a dent in my hunger. This time next week, I'll know where my thyroid hormones are, anyway, and hopefully my mind will be in a better place to pick a viable plan and stick to it!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/21/2014 12:15PM

    Good luck!

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SUGARSMOM2 1/21/2014 11:41AM

  a smart car wow . that would be cool . but i am in the old age also . happy to have a car that has wheels . Yeah it hard to see yourself eating as directed . i cant tell you that you will ever be ready for a skim cheese snack . but i have a grandson that loves them . as for me i like you do not care for them . if i ever do i will shout it from the tree top . but do emoticon emoticon emoticon not listen for me . I am having a hard time staying within my limits . food emotional and all the other blocks .

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JODROX 1/21/2014 9:52AM

    I clicked to read your blog cuz "I'm hungry" too!! But I see now that yours is thyroid related and mine is just from cutting back on food LOL. I hope you get your issues figured out!

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_RAMONA 1/21/2014 9:10AM

    I'm sorry you're having such a hard time, Linda! Thyroid is such a difficult issue to manage (though after employing an Ancestral diet model for two years, my thyroid - cysts, goitre, hypo, eyes - has completely resolved without medical intervention).

Question: after all of the time you've spent hanging around so many Ancestral/Keto people, and seemingly agreeing with their writing, why would you consider anything other than Ancestral?

High (good) fat (80%), moderate protein, and below 75 grams net carb and you'd likely be amazed at how good you would feel (80-10-10)... and I doubt you'd be hungry, let alone HUNGRY... and if you are hungry,eat some more fat... thyroid LOVES fat (especially coconut oil). If you continued to gain weight I'd be very surprised, and you'd likely start losing. I'd pretty much bet everything I have that your thyroid issues would resolve completely over time (at least be easily manageable). Graves is classic autoimmune driven.

The Gluten-Thyroid Connection
"I never thought Iíd email you so soon, but results seem to be there. I had told you my wife suffered from Graves disease and that we were starting a Paleo-inspired diet. Within two months, her TSH is on its way up (though still rather reduced) BUT free T4 and free T3 are now within normal and thyroid anti-microsome antibodies came back from 535 (elevated) to less than 5.
I do know that mild forms of Graves may present with spontaneous improvements and exacerbations but this seems to me a clear improvement (especially the normal auto-antibodies). Iíll keep on following her results, but we are pretty excited. Thanks for your support."

The Autoimmune Protocol

Gluten Cross-Reactivity UPDATE: How your body can still think youíre eating gluten even after giving it up.

The book: 'Practical Paleo' by Diane Sanfilippo has a nutritional support plan for thyroid health.


(Oh! And did I mention that even though I was told not to expect to lose weight, I eliminated 60 pounds, kept if off for 18 months, and am now eliminating again?)

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THE_FAE 1/21/2014 8:48AM

    I'm not doing a "diet". I try to keep within caloric guidelines and get sufficient protein. I believe whole foods are more nutritious. I do use grass fed butter, virgin olive oil and occasionally virgin coconut oil.

I eat a lot of veggies first, then protein, then carbs. Veggies are lower in calories. So I fill up on them!

Some fat is good. It helps you feel satisfied. Just moderate the portion.

Good luck!

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They Sold the Farm!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Or at least it's under contract. The only stumbling block will be if they can't find a way to permit my former apartment after the fact. The buyers definitely want to be able to use all of it. Just when we thought nothing would happen until at least spring, this couple shows up and it happens the wife uses Alison's dressage trainer. They apparently fell in love with the place. It guess all it takes is the right one. And I guess it's good I went ahead and bought my new place when I did.

Of course, this means I'm freaking out because now there is a finite limit to how long I have to finish getting all my stuff out of there. Every time I go over there and move just a few boxes, I end up totally drenched in sweat. This is not normal. I'm sure it's all connected with the hormonal stuff going on since my thyroid went totally bonkers in August. I also am gaining weight like a fiend, seemingly out of proportion to how much and what I'm eating, although my appetite has also gone nuts and I am hungry almost all the time. Might be time to bite the bullet and see my functional med doc despite the hefty price tag. I'll se what my naturopath says first. Apparently, I wrote down my chiropractor's name in my calendar instead of hers and missed my appointment on the 17th. I think. Can't seem to do anything right!

We didn't do great at the last trivia tournament. Finished in 7th, I think. But for a few wrong choices, we might have been in the money. But we did ace both of our 2 10-part bonuses. Got all the last vice presidents and last 10 best pictures. And no fair having the final question be something relatively obscure about baseball!

Still trying to get over whatever it is that befell me right after the cruise. Whatever I caught from Jason morphed into a terrible sinus infection that has abated but will not totally quit. I'm torn as to whether to request more antibiotics. I hate to do it if it's not absolutely necessary. We don't even want to talk about how long it's been since I hit the gym. Almost made it this morning, but realized there wasn't time to get gas first. And it was cold and rainy. And I wasn't sure I was up to even gentle yoga. I must make another attempt to hook up my DVD player so I can do some at home. I can't seem to find the right combination of cords and wires and stuff...maybe I'll try it with the bedroom TV. After I take a nap.

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HONEYBEA 12/30/2013 1:18PM

    Please be careful about not going to docs because of the price tag. my husband went into DKA on the 11th because he had stopped taking his meds due to price tag. Hospital bills are much more expensive than meds.
Have hope. I believe it will all get better.

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PBOELSING 12/29/2013 9:44AM

    It sounds like the winter blues (or blahs) has really struck you down. Good luck with the move, that can be so tiring but it will be great when done. Like everything keep that final goal in mind and treat yourself when accomplished.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/26/2013 9:24PM

    Hope you feel better. And thyroid problems are such a weight bug-a-boo!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/26/2013 9:21PM

    I really need to be packing things in my son's room too and hate it. I have never liked to move. I moved my mom probably 13 times or so and I moved around 8.

I'm struggling with similar issues as far as appetite and weight instability. I wish there were a simple solution.

When my son was in Scholar Bowl I was surprised at how some trivia nights were so different than others. Some would be all math and sports and they are certainly not my forte, nor my sons. Other nights it was all English Literature and I wondered who came up with the questions. To me a variety would be better.

It certainly sounds like you still have a lot of work to do to get settled in. Wires are certainly not my thing.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/26/2013 2:27PM

    hang on and feel better .. my doc is not working with me as she did before - so I am upping my own meds .. always did self medicate .. could not afford to keep doing bio identical hormones and they were tanked to anyway .. needed more, so went on prescription meds ruff time with body adjusting .. don't do well on pharmaceuticals.. I hope blown up like a balloon also not according to eating .. ugh....
we will be ok

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