Nine years ago if I saw an overweight person, I probably would have thought they were overweight because they ate too much. I knew that some people were overweight because of genetics and most were overweight simply because of their eating habits. These days I know differently. Nine years and three kids later, I had gained forty pounds even though I was not eating any differently than I always had. I worked full time, but on my days off I was exhausted like I had never been before, and just could not seem to get the will power to do anything, even simple household chores. My skin was so dry, even when I put heavy moisturizer on it was still flaky. My hair was falling out so much that when I vacuumed I had to give the vacuum a haircut! I thought I was depressed and went my doctor to find out for sure.
Crying, I explained how I thought I was depressed, but had no idea why! The Dr. decided to take a blood sample to see if my thyroid was under-active. She also put me on antidepressants and told me that an under-active thyroid is the number one cause of depression in women. Two weeks later I receive a call from the nurse telling me that I had Hypothyroidism. What!? I had never in my life heard of this before! She told me they were putting me on thyroid hormones and I would have to take them for the rest of my life! Talk about a blow! As soon as I got home from work I got on the Internet trying to find out anything I could about Hypothyroidism.
Reading tons of articles, I found out that your thyroid is the butterfly shaped gland underneath your Adam’s apple in your neck. It basically controls every bit of your metabolism. There are different degrees, some people need a higher dosage of the hormones than others. Hypothyroidism can also cause other health problems such as joint pain, heart disease and infertility. It is basically an autoimmune disease, and this means that if your thyroid is not working correctly, then the rest of your body is not also. Anyone can get Hypothyroidism but it is more common in women, and it happens alot after a woman gives birth, for reasons I am not sure about.
After three years of changing my thyroid hormone to a higher dosage almost every time I went to see my Dr., we finally got the dosage right. I thought that immediately I would see a change in my weight, but no such luck. I talked to my Dr. about it and she said something that brought me to tears. She told me that I wasn’t 21 anymore and that I would have to eat less and exercise more. I had explained to her how I ate well and did not over eat and got some exercise during the week. I couldn’t understand why she thought I wasn’t trying to lose weight! It was so very frustrating! She thought I needed to go on a 1200 calorie diet and do cardio for an hour every day of the week, and strength training three to four days a week. Sure, I’d love to be able to get in that much exercise if I could, but realistically having three young boys and working full time, it just wasn’t an option.
I decided to try to lose weight on my own, my own way. I cut out all sodas. I stopped eating chips and crackers and anything sweet that was basically not a fruit. I started drinking a lot of water and decided to try green tea after hearing such good reviews about it. I admit, cutting out sodas was hard the first few days, and drinking hot brewed green tea without any kind of sugar or sugar substitute was a little difficult. But after the first week I was used to not having anything sweet to drink, and if I did taste a soda it was way too sugary for me. Plus, there are many different types of green tea that you can get and a lot of different flavors. The best for you are the teabags that you brew at home. When you drink green tea after it’s brewed you get much more of the beneficial antioxidants than you would drinking it cold or bought already made.
Exercising was difficult to do, I couldn’t work out in a gym. Simply because we didn’t have extra money to spend on a membership and it would take time away from my family. I tried to exercise to video tapes, but my one year old was always getting underfoot. I just decided that I would do toning exercises at home as much as I could, and get cardio from taking the kids to the park and pushing my youngest in his stroller around the walking track. Doing this actually made the exercise seem effortless and fun, and I could still spend time with my children.
Three months later I have lost around twenty pounds, and I’m starting to feel like my old self again. It’s nice to have people noticing that I’m losing weight, it makes me feel so much better about myself. I really contribute a lot to the green tea and not drinking any sodas, plus it is so beneficial to your health in other ways. If you are feeling depressed, have rapid weight gain, or any of the other symptoms mentioned above, please make an appointment to see your doctor.