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Continual battle with a metabolism that doesn’t work
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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
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!
Thanks for this suggestion
Thanks I follow the British Thyroid society
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.
I've also got a blog that you might like to take a look at: flidfit.com
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