- 8 years ago
I’m anxiously awaiting the results of some very extensive blood/urine testing. They just might explain all of the weight problems I’ve had for the better part of 15 years. They’re suspecting a hormone imbalance, most likely hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland).
I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty scientific explanation, but basically, the hormones secreted by the thyroid have a tremendous effect on the body’s entire endocrine system, and an underactive thyroid can wreak havoc, causing you to feel sluggish, achy, and gain weight steadily over a long period of time, despite efforts to lose it. Basically, you feel like utter crap.
This describes what has been going on with me for years and years. I don’t have a diagnosis yet, but it would make total sense if it were hypothyroidism. Despite the fact that I could, at this point, write a book about healthy eating and out-exercise most of my friends, my weight has just gone up. The other day, I weighed in at 203 pounds. I never, EVER thought I’d cross 200. At the time of my absolute worst life habits (no exercise, no vegetables, no calorie counting (but LOTS of eating), and tons of sugar), I weighed in at 175. These days, I eat a consistent diet of whole grains, vegetables, lean protein, very low sugar and salt, and almost no saturated fat, totaling about 1500-1800 calories a day. I do a cardio-intensive workout for 35 mins at least 4 times a week, and on top of that, I walk uphill an average of 1.5 hours almost every day.
So, the weight gain and overall crappy feeling doesn’t make sense, and my doctors agree. I’m hoping they find some explanation, and soon, so we can start treating whatever it is.
Do any of you have experience with hormone imbalances that affect your weight? How did you find out that’s what it was? Were you treated? Did it work? I’d love to hear your stories.