Enter the fabulous 40’s and all things changed. Try being diagnosed with Graves Disease and Menopause all at the same time. Actually it is pretty common. It was no wonder I began indulging in carb loading and endless sweets. Interesting thing is that when I was diagnosed following a thyroid storm a little more than five years ago, I was down to 128 pounds. I am 5’3″ tall so that is pretty skinny. I had lost 40 pounds within a relatively short amount of time. Granted, I had been working out twice a day and eating well but pair that with a thyroid that was producing three times as much thyroid hormone as it should be and boom. Instant weight loss! Ironically, as I was getting dressed the morning of my thyroid storm, I began to think something might be wrong. Maybe I should make a doctor appointment. I was no longer “dieting” and yet continued to lose weight.
Fast forward a few years and a few drugs later and I weigh more now than ever. Anti-thyroid medication, beta blockers, and estrogen are not exactly a weight loss cocktail. Slowing my metabolism and heart rate is a necessary evil if you will. I sometimes feel that it is as if I could be thin and sick or healthy and overweight. Neither choice is ideal but I take the latter. I continue to work out (not twice a day; maybe twice a week) but can not lose weight for the life of me. Granted I can no longer work out with the same intensity that I used to before Graves. The important thing is to keep moving. I personally like strength training. One goal I have instead of the weight loss is strength and endurance. I love weight lifting. It is a great stress reliever and I can feel myself getting stronger every day.
Healthy eating and portion control is another part of this journey. My endo continues to say, “cut out the carbs.” And I continue to struggle with this. However I will say that just recently I have made the very difficult decision to greatly lower my carb intake and I feel so much better. My body aches have disappeared, I no longer feel the need for a nap every afternoon, and I have much more energy. This has led me to believe that I need to focus on being healthy and not skinny or a certain size.
Fight the good fight warriors!