I have done a lot of reading the past 3 weeks about millions of people having the same issues that I am having with Levothyroxine. I will go from start to finish with this journey.
January 2016, I weighed 171 lbs.. I was at the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I decided to make a change in my life and set goals to accomplish that involved getting my weight back down and getting toned and fit. By about May 2016 I had finally reached my goal of 135 lbs for my brothers wedding. I got all the excess weight off and I felt so great. My confidence had never been higher, I finally felt beautiful for once in my life, and I was doing a lot of things I had been to scared to do when I was heavier. Fast forward 3 months and it was July I flew to California to see my boyfriend. Knowing I was taking this trip I yet again challenged myself to get to 125 lbs. I exceeded my goal and weighed 121 lbs the day I flew to California and came back weighing 120lbs even. I was so happy with myself. To get to this point I was working out 4 hours a night, 4 nights a week which included vigorous cardio and weight training. I then signed up for a bikini physique competition. My next goal was 117lbs. Being 5'2 1/2 ft tall I can weigh 110 lbs and look and be completely healthy. 115 lbs was going to be my goal weight the day of competition but 117 lbs was my goal for the day of photos which was 3 weeks before competition. I had a doctors appointment a week after my return from California and in my appointment my Dr told me that it's a new standard for Dr offices to start doing bloodworm to check thyroid, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. so I agreed thinking what harm could it possibly do. My dr called about a week later and said she was going to start me on a regimen Of Levothyroxine 50MCG for being Hypothyroid but not by much. I thought to myself well this is great it will help me keep the weight off and I will do great for bikini competition. Before all this talk about medicine I could go out and eat pizza and pasta without worrying about severe weight gain, I'd maybe fluctuate 2 lbs and after one gym session I was back at my normal weight...... UNTIL I started taking Levothyroxine. I started Levothyroxine close to Halloween 2016 and had been taking it up until February 23rd, 2017. I made the choice to stop taking his medication because starting October when I began taking this medication within the first 2 weeks I gained 8.3 lbs, I freaked out and call my dr office crying and her fill in dr cause she was out of the country told me that this was caused by my bad eating habits and that no one in the world gains weight on this medication. She told me if I quit taking it I would do so much damage to myself. I wish I would have listened to my own instincts when I was going to quit the meds after 2 weeks but decided to stay on them because she promised that it would start working if I started eating 2000 cals a day, which I hadn't eaten since i weighed 171 lbs because for my body that was too much. Everyone is different and their bodies tolerate caloric intake differently. I had very small toned legs, arms and abs. My face was very thin and defined. I looked amazing. I even got 2 contracts for fitness ads. fast forward to March 2017 and my calves have doubled in size and are about the size I was when I was 150lbs, all my jeans that fit so great are now skin tight and I can't wear them. My arms feel so flabby ( when I walk I can feel the fat bounce ) my hips have doubled in size since starting this medication and I can no longer compete in the competition because I've exceeded the inches on waist allowed and I was guaranteed a win which would have been $4,000 for first place. I work out from 5pm to 830pm 5 days a week with the majority of that being intensive HiiT cardio for 90 mins straight and keeping the resistance high with a goal calorie burn of 1,300 each session. At that rate I should be dropping at least 2-4 lbs every workout. I eat a diet of mostly white meats, low starch veggies, no carbs, a moderate amount of fats, I east a lot of salad, and fruits with a low sugar count, I don't eat junk food, or fried food, and I eat one protein bar and 1 meal replacement shake with no sugar and low carbs per day. The same as when I weighed 121lbs. I'm literally doing everything the same, nothing in my lifestyle has changed and the weigh just kept adding on. So finally fed up I stopped taking my Levothyroxine 50 after about 5 months of taking it because going from 121 lbs to 130 lbs in 1 month is not okay and I don't see how any one can think this is normal. I really hope that the weight loss will stop and I really really hope that someone else out there has had success with losing all the weight after quitting Levothyroxine. I have never been more depressed and I'm done taking medications for weight. I was doing everything all natural before.
If anyone has had success with losing weight after quitting Levothyroxine can you please reach out to me and let me know how it went after quitting and where your at now.
I just want to be at my July size by the time my marine comes home from deployment becuase at this point I am ashamed and embarrassed for him to see me at the point I'm at right now.
Another note.. I don't need anyone telling me that I shouldn't have stopped taking Levo, or telling me that I should blame Levo. If that's you opinion I don't need it, I appreciate all the help but I'm done with people telling me Levo is great when it truly destroyed my life and all of the wonderful amazing things I had going for it. I also would like to be back to my July size for my wedding which I want to set for September 2017. But if not we will have to keep pushing it back.
Thank you all