An under-active thyroid could really be causing your struggling weight problems.
I get asked by many people about how I stay so skinny. The truth is, I’ve cheated. At my heaviest I weighed 170 pounds. To some of you, that might not seem like that much, but considering that I weighed 85 pounds half way through Basic Training, you will understand why it bothered me so much.
When I got pregnant with my daughter, Lucratcia, I weighed 111 pounds. I had to gain weight to be able carry and keep a child. I gave birth at 143, and was happy that I didn’t gain a large amount of weight. A month later, I weighed in at 170 pounds. I was wondering what the heck happened…
What happened was, my daughter killed my thyroid. I now had a condition called hypothyroidism. Not only does it cause weight gain, but it also can cause depression. According to womentowomen.com, “reduced thyroid function may be the result of the thyroid’s impaired ability to produce hormones, or the body may have difficulty using the thyroid hormones”.
I was put on a medicine called Synthroid for quite awhile, and it helped me to not gain weight for awhile.
So, how did I cheat?
Not easily. First I was put on a medication for my Bipolar Disorder. It was this nasty nasty tablet that you are supposed to dissolve under your tongue. You were not supposed to swallow it, or eat or drink for 30 minutes afterwords. Well, needless to say, I swallowed too much of it and it began to eat the lining of my stomach. I lost 40 pounds in one month.
My psychiatrist told me “your welcome”. I was pretty livid. Even I knew that losing that much weight in so little time was unhealthy. My medication did get changed, and I now weighed about 130 pounds. I was happy, my hubby was happy; I looked pretty healthy.
So much for healthy, I was diagnosed with meningitis encephalitis. Oh yeah, that was a fun one… For awhile we weren’t sure if I was going to make it. With this illness I lost another 30 pounds before I could really start eating again.
So, there you have it. I cheated by getting sick. No actual dieting, and definitely no exercise. I do not recommend losing weight this way. It just really sucks.
Now though, my weight is going up and up and up. I’m exercising (wow, right?) and it does not seem to be helping again. My girlfriend and I both agree that it is time to get my thyroid checked again.
If you are having trouble with weight loss, especially right after having a baby, get your thyroid checked. Some doctor’s take a little bit of convincing, but it could really be worth your time and the doctor’s time to get this simple little test done.
All I have to say, as for the moment I do not have health insurance, is good luck to you out there and hope all of us see results soon.