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Thyroid can be difficult to get to the correct level. After surgery my TSH was very high. It took me a 18 months to get it down to the normal level. During this time I was having it tested every 6-12 weeks. I am now taking two different types of meds and am finally at a good level. Talk to your Dr. It sounds like your meds need to be adjusted. They can also look at different types. Make sure you are having it refilled at the same place each time. There is a long list of meds and food that can effect your meds. Your pharmacist can tell you what to avoid. IE calcium must be taken separately. Make sure you don't eat or drink anything 1 hour before or after you take your thyroid meds. Good luck.
How far out are you? You could do a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun.I usually do chicken over hamburgers. Early out hamburgers were too dry and didn't sit well with me. Mcdonalds has an egg white mcmuffin that is pretty good. I would toss the bun and eat everything else. If you are drinking coffee you can get a skinny latte with fat free milk and sugar free syrup. If you go someplace like taco bell get a taco and eat the shell or refried beans. Wendy's has good salads. you can request 1/2 size.
Pack a ice chest with yogurt and other items for you to eat in an emergency. As long as you prepare you will be fine.
About 2 months ago I went to the ER with severe abdominal pain. They did a cat scan and x ray which showed nothing. I went home and it was gone the next day. Last night I experienced the same thing again. It came on suddenly. The pain was all over and came in waves. It was some of the worst pain I have ever experienced. Called Doc and went back to the ER. They did a x ray which didn't show anything. He gave me some meds through and IV and loratab to take home. They took the edge off the pain, but it still hurt and made it difficult to sleep. The whole episode lasted about 15 hours. This morning I am fine. I have a follow up appointment with my Dr. on Thursday. Any ideas?
FYI: I am 2 years out with no complications.
At a year out I would eat a boca burger for lunch with sliced tomato on top.
I had my stones removed through lithotripsy 9 years ago. I also had been running 105 and 106 fevers for about 3 weeks and went into labor a month early at the same time. I was so happy they finally figured out what was wrong with me that the lithotripsy was nothing. They placed a stint first under a local . I felt almost 100 % better within a few hours. Because it was so infected they waited a month to remove the stones. That was done under general because they had such a difficult time getting the local to take effect. I took pain meds that day, but I didn't need anything later. Once the anesthesia wore off I was up and moving around without any problems. Honestly, it was the easiest surgery I have ever had.
I don't have much advice other than what you already know. I only wanted to say I know you are struggling, but hang in there. Are you tracking everything you eat? That helps me. I have to really watch the carbs and high fat (but healthy) foods like peanuts or my weight will creep up. Don't give up.
My surgery was 4/25/11. I haven't regained anything, but I weigh every day. I go up and down about 5 pounds through out the month. I noticed if I eat anything I shouldn't or I will see it on the scale. I too am noticing I can eat a lot more and get hungry quicker. I think the daily weighing and exercise have helped to keep me on track. It is much harder now.
I too wondered why he chose Lap band. The only reason I could come up with is that with his schedule he needed something less invasive than the other WLS. How does recovery time compare with lap band? I heard he did it out patient. I am sure he didn't have time to take several weeks off to recover and deal with possible complications. I am really happy he had the surgery, but I too fear he will be unsuccessful.
I think that is a really common fear. I know I was really scared I would be the one that would fail. I am terrified I will be one of the ones that regains everything. Sometimes it appears that this is an "easy" solution to weight loss. You get the surgery and the pounds magically fall off...in reality it is a lot of hard work. I don't have PCOS, but I am hypothyroid. 3 months post surgery I my TSH was 24. It took me 18 months to get it to a normal level. Your thyroid effects your metabolism making it harder to lose weight. I was still able to get to goal. It was hard work. I exercise and watch everything I put in my mouth. From my experience I would say that if you are willing to put in the work and use this as a tool than you will reach your goal. That isn't saying you will get to be a size 00 and look like Angelie Jolie. (Although in my mind I do...its just when I look in the mirror I realize that I don't) It is entirely possible for you to get to a healthy weight and have the body that you were designed to have.
I fight with that every single day. The best thing for me is to cut myself off cold turkey after my last planned snack. Sometimes it is really hard, but I have found after several days of sticking to my planned snacks the urge goes away. Then, after a few weeks, I give in and have an extra snack and the urge comes back.
I also have to watch mindless eating and grazing. I constantly want to grab something to eat and have to remind myself I am not really hungry. Those are the times that I drink something like hot tea. A few days ago I was giving my dog her heartworm medicine. It is one of the big chocolate looking pills that they chew up. I almost put it in my mouth. WTH? It is pretty sad when my mindless grazing is so out of control that I eat dog medicine.
I am two years out from surgery and have been eating healthy for almost 3 years now. This tells me I will never be finished with this journey. I will always have to be watchful or those old habits will come back.
Saltine crackers was one of the first foods I was allowed to eat since they dissolve easily. I ate them often the first few months. Now I avoid them because they are a trigger food for me. Like Lays, I can't eat just one.
I did the exact same thing almost 2 years ago to the date. I lost 10 pounds the first week and nothing the second week. I never cheated once either. 2 years later I am 10 pounds under my goal weight. It is frustrating, but weight loss isn't an exact science. One thing I have learned throughout this journey is the scale doesn't move on a set pattern. you may have a huge jump one week and then nothing for several weeks. Start preparing your mind now. I went on to lose 20 pounds the first 2 weeks after surgery and then nothing for 2 weeks. It helps to expect stalls along the way. Remember, if you are doing everything right and follow your Dr's plan you will reach your goals.
I know exactly how you feel. My mom died at age 56 from lung/breast cancer. It has been almost 20 years and I miss her daily. It isn't something you ever get over. After my first child was born I was in tears because I knew my mom would never hold her grand baby. I think your mom knows what a great success you have been and is very proud of you.
I have already reached my goal, but I still notice a pattern with my weight. The week before my period stats I am at my lowest of the month. The day before my period starts I am up almost 5 pounds. I will lose that in the next week in a half. Then it starts over the next month. It helps to recognize this so I don't freak out when I wake up one morning to find I am 5 pounds up.
I still cook meals for my family every night. They eat the same things I eat. Even in the beginning I would plan meals for the family that I could eat as well. The first 2 weeks after surgery I had made up several freezer meals for them to eat. In the beginning it was easier because I could bake a loaf of bread and not be tempted. Now I am tempted so I don't do it as much, but I cook other healthier things. My philosophy has always been that everyone needs to eat healthy. I may make an extra side or some bread or rice to go along with their meal. They enjoy experimenting with new foods. A few months ago I made some black bean brownies. Everyone thought they were horrible except my 14 year old daughter who keeps asking me to make them again.
As I have heard said many times the best exercise is one that you will continue to do. For me that is continuously changing. Currently I run and do spinning classes. I also do 2 days of pilates, a group trx class, and weights. This weekend we hiked at a national park with the dogs and did geo cashing.
I am pretty sure that is a myth. I am 42. According to my trainer the minimum I should train at is 135. My Maximum heart rate is 180. He said I should do cardio for at lest 45 minutes in my target zone. (135-170) There are heart rate calculators on the internet that can help you figure this out if you don't want to do the math.
You may burn more fat at a lower level, but you will burn more calories at a higher heart rate. I am not suggestion that you aim for a higher heart rate if you have any health reasons why you shouldn't. I have exercised regularly for over 2 years and know my body can handle it.
Virtually every piece of cardio equipment at the gym has a slow-paced "fat burning" program on the display panel that promises to help you stay "in the fat burning zone." If you are trying to lose weight, cover it with a towel and ignore it. Workouts that focus on the fat burning zone are a relic of the persistent yet outdated belief that long, slow workouts are always better for weight loss than faster, shorter workouts. But you can file that along with other fitness myths you should ignore: The best fat burning is simply the one that burns the most calories.
Like many myths, the so-called fat burning zone is based on a grain of truth: At slower speeds, your body's primary fuel source is fat, whereas at higher intensities, usually at a rate of perceived of exertion (RPE) of 7 or higher, you primarily draw on the carbohydrates that are circulating in your bloodstream or stored in your muscle. Misguided exercisers often reason that using higher percentages of fat as fuel must translate into quicker fat loss. The reality is, the more calories you burn, the closer you inch toward your weight-loss goals, regardless of what type of fuel your body uses for energy.
Here's a quick example to illustrate the point. It involves some arithmetic so I'll walk you through it. Let's say you spend a half an hour on a treadmill doing a casual stroll as you watch videos and yada yada with the person on the next mill over. You might burn 150 calories with this routine, about 80 percent of them from fat. That's a total of 120 fat calories burned.
Now let's say you spend 30 minutes doing a gear-grinding, booty-kicking spin class with tons of sprints, jumps and hills thrown in to dial up the intensity. In this scenario, you destroy 300 total calories with approximately 50 percent—150 calories—coming from fat. Even if I lost you on the number crunching, it should be clear why the second workout is superior for calorie burn (twice as much!), fat burn and weight loss.
Last night shortly after I posted the pain became unbearable so I went to the ER. After a three hour wait to be seen my pain started to get better. The Dr. said it was gastritis and gave me some pain medicine. I had called my surgeon and he requested a cat scan. This showed everything was normal and I was sent home. I am feeling much better today. I don't know how I can be in pain that rivals labor and told that I don't have anything wrong. I am very frustrated with the whole experience.
Since last night I have been having abdominal pain.At first I thought it was gas so I took some mylanta, but it didn't help. I have never had gas this bad or long. It got better earlier today, but it is worse tonight. It comes in waves like labor pains, but the waves are constant. (not 3-5 minutes apart like labor). I will call the Dr. in the morning if it doesn't get better. Any thoughts?
I am almost 2 years out.
As others have said it doesn't make a difference with helping you loose less hair, but a good cut will make it look fuller and less straggly. I cut mine about 5 months post op and have kept it short. Once my hair started growing back I needed to cut it again so I wouldn't look like a throw back from the 80's with my mullet.
I am sure everyone has different reasons for why they self sabotage. i have found the closer I am to reaching a goal I will start to self sabotage. I think it is fear of failure. I have failed so many times in the past that I give up right before I find success. That way I can tell myself that the reason I failed is because I ate that cookie or I didn't run enough. My actions were why I failed rather than I am not good enough. For example the first time I ran a 5K I started freaking out about a month before even though I had run 3 miles countless times on my own. I found excuses not to exercise. I pushed through it, accepted the fact that I was going to be nervous, and ran it anyway.
I think the key is understanding that you are doing this. That way when you have the urge to eat junk food you can remind yourself that you have worked to hard and it isn't worth it.
How much protein are you getting in? Looking at your meal plan for today it doesn't seem like enough. There is very little if any at breakfast, Your salad snack also has very little protein. Track your protein amount for the day and then adjust accordingly.
I worked at a clothing store back in the early 90's that had a size fourteen mannequins. The owner (who wore a six dripping wet) wanted her ladies to feel comfortable so she had several different size mannequins. I didn't appreciate it at the time, but I do now. I would love to look like them. I am smaller than a 14, but I am not as well proportioned. Unfortunately it is not the body my mama gave me and nothing short of drastic plastic surgery will change that. I am tiny on top and have large hips. Somehow we got it in our head that we need to be a size zero to look good and be healthy. I was looking at some stats on a cartoon character today. It said she was 5'8 and 115 pounds. That is unrealistic for most people and not really healthy.