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February 19th, 2010, 09:34 PM
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Before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I put on 34 pounds in less than a year. Add to that, I already needed to lose weight before I put on the extra 34 pounds. I felt so mad at myself and angry that I let it get so out of control, as well as feeling completely overwhelmed that I had such a large amount to lose. But I guess I had always heard people say that if you had a thyroid problem, you were kinda doomed to being severly overweight. (NOT true!) I was scared of even trying to lose weight (I know, sounds ridiculous), for fear of failing. So last week, I decided to try a popular weight loss program (am I allowed to mention it here?) again. I had tried it a few years ago, and lost 17 pounds in about a month, but then had slacked off again. For some reason, this time, it's clicked. I have been able to do a complete 180 from the way I was eating, and I feel SO good. I can't believe how easy it's been to follow the plan, and I am approaching the two-week mark. At the week and a half mark, I was down 5.5 pounds. I know that is not phenomenal, but for me, it IS! I don't write any of this to brag, because I certainly don't have anything to brag about, but I post this to maybe encourage someone out there. I wish someone would have encouraged me that it iS possible to lose weight with a thyroid problem. I wish I would have started sooner. And I wish I would have known how good it feels to be doing the right thing, rather than hating myself for what I had become. Don't get me wrong, I'm still overweight, but at least I am doing what I am supposed to be doing, and that's the first step in the right direction.
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February 21st, 2010, 09:54 AM
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Congratulations on losing the weight, keep up the good work! It totally is possible - I lost about 30 pounds five years ago.
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February 21st, 2010, 05:29 PM
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I also have hypothyroidism (was diagnosed 25 yrs ago) Losing weight is hard & I recently really starting watching what I eat & exercising more. In 3 weeks I have lost 5lbs. I want to lose 15 more pounds.

I wish you the best of luck. You can do it!
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February 21st, 2010, 06:05 PM
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I couldn't lose ANYTHING until I switched to Armour (on Nature-Throid now). Before that, I was on Synthroid/Levox. I had a personal trainer for 5mos and lost 8lbs!! That's pretty crazy considering I was on a 1300-1400 cals/day and working out 5-6 days a week on top of seeing the trainer 3 days a week. Talk about frustrating! I don't have that issue now though. I'm 15lbs below pre-pg weight and only about 20lbs from what I was before I got pg with my DD (10yrs ago!!).
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February 22nd, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Oh, wow... HUGE congrats!

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February 22nd, 2010, 10:23 AM
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Wow! Congrats! That is SO encouraging! I've just been recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and a multinodular goiter. I have yet to see an endocrinologist and I am so concerned about what they are going to decide to do. I'm assuming that I will eventually go on meds and am worried about it making me hypo and how it will affect my weight. I lost 60 pounds 5 years ago and am leading a healthy, active life. I have a 5-month old and have lost all but a couple of pg pounds. I worry that all of my hard work will go down the drain when they put me on meds! Thanks for sharing!

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