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Lestriesherbest
Lestriesherbest2019 November
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Continual battle with a metabolism that doesn’t work

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Diane2
Diane2Administrator

Welcome, Lestriesherbest! And good morning 😀You will have been sent a welcome message with a link to our Pinned Posts.

Please have a look at them, particularly the Welcome Newbies post which will help you find your way around this site and to make the most of it. I recommend joining a weekly weigh in on the day of your choice, and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans and support eachother on their weight loss journey.

Please also read this information about security/privacy, especially as you have left your post unlocked healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

To make the most of the forum, join in with activities, read and reply to posts, ask questions and encourage others – it will all pay off for you 😊

We will add some links regarding your metabolism query shortly...

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator

Hi, Lestiresherbest, and welcome :)

I jusr read your profile and hypothyroidism is clearly a major concern with you, plus getting effective action from your GP. I suggest, as your first stop, that you join the Thyroid UK forum healthunlocked.com/thyroiduk as you will get sound information there. Without your thyroid condition being optimally medicated, weight loss will be a real challenge, as you have found.

You may also find this useful on the metabolic challenges we all face as we get older

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... and this offers a way forward phcuk.org/wp-content/upload... but do make yourself know to Thyroid UK first of all :)

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lismcl
lismcl7lbs

Hypothyroidism is so tricky, especially if you have hashis. Have a google for The Invisible Hypothyroidism, it’s a great newsletter and gives great advice on if your symptoms are still sub optimal even if your TSH is okay. Good luck!

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BridgeGirl
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in reply to lismcl

Thanks for this suggestion :)

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Lestriesherbest
Lestriesherbest2019 November
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Thanks I follow the British Thyroid society

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Pineapple27

Hello and welcome Lestriesherbest We are a friendly bunch and there is plenty of support for you here during your weight loss journey.

I have a significant physical disability which affects my mobility (mobility further reduced in 2002 following a head on car crash, broken tib and fib which didn't heal well and then an ankle fusion).

I am also very short - as a result of my disability (4ft 8”) rather than genetics - my two "little sisters" are both a foot taller than I am! I use a wheelchair outside of the house, and cannot stand for long period of time because of pain in my hips, lower back and damaged ankle.

Pain, long term illness, ill-health, reduction in mobility or a disability doesn't make weight loss impossible - it just makes it rather more challenging - but hey - us folks who have to deal with pain, illness or disability on a daily basis are used to challenges, aren't we???

I started my weight loss journey at the end of February 2012, weighing in at 14 stone - over 7.5 years ago. I was 49 years old and had been trying to lose weight all of my life since the age of 9.

I managed to lose 4.5 stone in 2 and a half years through calorie counting and logging/weighing all of my food going from a size 24 to a size 16 and from 14 stone down to 9 and a half.

Then re-gained some.... lost some again and have now managed to more or less maintain for the past 2 years (upwards during main holidays and Christmas!)

BUT... ideally I would love to drop another stone and maintain there.

The one thing that I realised very early on in my journey was that I was just eating FAR TOO MUCH! As a VERY short (4ft 8”), middle aged, sedentary female and I was eating the same as 5ft 9" active man (my now husband!).

No wonder I was piling on the weight! I now think of the weight I lost as each half a stone being a new born baby... I lost 9 of them and can't really understand how I was ever able to lug all of that around with me all of the time!

I often wish I had dealt with my weight when I was a lot younger, but still, better late than never and also the risk of illness that is associated with being overweight increases once you reach 50 years plus....

Here are a few of my past posts which I hope you will find helpful and inspiring. I won't try and tell you that my journey was easy - and you'll see that there were many blips along the way, but 7 years down the line, I feel about 20 years younger than I did when I was lugging around 4 stone more.

A few things I've found that help me:

Cutting down on portion sizes (always read the recommended portion size on packaging),

Reducing the amount of bread, pasta and rice I eat - replacing with vegetables such as stir-fried cabbage and leek, mashed swede and carrot.

KEEP MOVING - I exercise for 1.5 hours most days, seated stretches on a gym ball and bouncing and flinging my arms about.

NEVER stop (I still log my food on a daily basis as there isn't much wiggle room).

EXERCISE isn't essential for weight loss - logging and weighing portion sizes is. If you can't move much, it's even more important to recognise that you have to eat less than someone who is more mobile / moves more.

Please do pop back to the forums and share your journey with us - we are here for you, day and night and happy to share your success or support you when you need it.

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I've also got a blog that you might like to take a look at: flidfit.com

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