Hey guys, I told you the story of my weight loss struggle. Today I wanted to talk a little bit more about how frustrating it was before I was diagnosed as having hypothyroidism.
At the time I was a single mom of 2, a full-time college student with a full-time job. It was a very busy and hectic time in my life. I had lost most of the weight from my second child, I had gotten down to 120 lbs and I was feeling so great about it that I decided to join the YMCA where a sister in law already had a membership because I hate going to the gym alone plus as an added bonus they had a daycare for my kids. My sister in law and I would go to the gym 4 days a week. We took some zumba classes and we would spend an hour on the elliptical machine since its like stair climbing on the days we didn’t have the classes.
After the first 2 weeks my sister in law and I were in the car driving to the Y and she was telling me about how much weight she was losing, so I told her about how I hadn’t lost anything and in fact I had gained a few pounds since we started going to the gym. She suggested that maybe it was muscle. After about 4 weeks of going to the gym, I was feeling so discouraged because I was still gaining weight and I didn’t think it was muscle because my clothes were starting to get tighter instead of looser.
One friday while we were on the elliptical I mentioned to my sister-in-law how I had been gaining weight still and I was so upset, as we talked she was asking me questions about was there anything else I was experiencing. I told her about how I was having trouble concentrating in class with remembering things and being cold all the time. She suggested I go to the doctor, but I just blew it off saying it was probably because I wasn’t getting much sleep since I was staying up late to get my homework done. Another month goes by and my sister-in-law is doing so well she’s lost about 20 pounds in 2 months while I had gained more weight and was really starting to think something was wrong with me.
I finally gave in and went to see my doctor after telling him how I had been feeling and about my weight gain, he sent me for blood work to figure out what was going on. I go back for my follow-up appointment and he tells me the reason for my weight gain, trouble concentrating, and remembering things was because I had hypothyroidism which is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of the thyroid hormone. So I would need to be put on medication for it. He explained to me that I would need to be on this medicine for the rest of my life and it would be very difficult for me to lose weight. That I would need to eat a low-fat diet and work extra hard to lose any weight.
I left the doctors office feeling sorry for myself, I went home and cried. That night my sister-in-law called me to see how my doctor’s appointment went and if we were still going to drive to the Y together that night. I told her about how I had hypothyroidism and that was the reason I couldn’t lose weight and I explained I wasn’t really in the mood to go work out. I was so depressed that night that I decided to give up trying to lose weight anymore, I was just so defeated. It took 2 years, a lot of weight gain and pre-diabeties before things got so bad that I had to do something to turn my health problems and uncontrolled weight gain around.
Since learning about the keto diet I am no longer pre-diabetic and I’ve been able to lose almost all the weight that I gained. The best part is it was so much easier than my doctor led me to believe, all thanks to keto.