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I will be having a physical on Friday, and can hardly wait to see what my blood test results are I already did the blood draw so we can discuss the results during my physical. I talked her into doing a complete thyroid test -- usually they test the tsh, and if that is 'in range' then they don't bother testing everything else. I've been suspicious that perhaps my t3 and t4 are out of whack - and the complete blood test will either prove that they are, or convince me that they are fine. Sure would be nice to no longer have brittle nails and dry skin.

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what does the nbr stand for? tsh range is .5-3.0 with 3.0 being hypo

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Just got the results from my T3 T4 TSH tests. The only thing I was told is that I'm in the range & my nbr is .65 . What does that mean? Is that good ? bad? High ? Low? I've got a call in to the Dr. to find out but I've not heard anything
Just got a call on ans. machine. Dr is out today

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Reading this thread has made me feel so much less alone than I have in a long time. I'm new to the team, but was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 2 1/2 years ago. I assume I was misdiagnosed as depressed by a different doctor after I had my son since anti-depressents helped with weight loss, but not the tiredness. My doctor started me at a low dose of Synthroid (I take the generic due to insurance, but it works just fine for me) and worked me up. I just had a bump up a couple months ago due to having symptoms again, BUT I also found out that I'm vitamin B-12 and D deficient recently. I've had to get B-12 shots every 2 weeks for 2 months now and I'm not sure when I won't have to do that anymore. It will depend on my blood work results next month I suppose. As of right now my thyroid is under control.

Since the beginning of the year I've lost 20.6 pounds, so my medicine may need to be adjusted at my next visit (according to my doctor). She is extremely supportive of my weight loss journey, but wants to make sure my medicine is managed correctly. She's a big believer in not taking too much medicine. I think I lucked out with her because she is amazing. I've been reading about how a lot of you have changed your diets to help manage your symptoms. I haven't changed my diet very much, I've just been making healthier choices. Funny enough, my carb levels are almost never where SP tells me they should be, but from what I've read from everyone else, that's probably a good thing. I don't do it on purpose, I just don't crave carbs in excess.

I'm currently working on trying to get myself into a better exercise/activity routine. I exercise, but it's not regular. In an effort to try to help myself with this, I signed up for a physical fitness class through my college. This actually served a double purpose for me. I needed another credit to help me reach full time status and it will also help me along my weight loss journey. I'm looking forward to getting started in a month or so. I also use a Bob Harper (from Biggest Loser) workout DVD called the Beginner's Weight Loss Challenge. It's hardcore, but I've noticed a big difference in my strength and stamina as well as weight and inches. My parents and I have a treadmill, elliptical trainer and stationary bike at our home so exercise equipment is readily available to us here. With my current success, I've been trying to spreak the spark and encourage those around me who are also working on losing weight. It's a full circle for me.

Sorry for writing a novel. ;)

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I'm having a terrible time loosing weight.
I just went on generic after 10years or so on Synthroid. I had a blood draw Fri & am waiting for the Dr. result.

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Hi all,

I am hypo since i was 17 and i am 26 now, and i take my 100mg medicine daily in the morning, and try not to eat anything in 1hr.(most of the days i drink tea though).
As of now my thyroid levels are under check and I keep monitoring it in every 6 months,
in2010 I lost 28lbs in 4 months, and did not gain any till now,
Not doing any work outs because of my schedule, but I need to lose atleast 20 more pounds to look healthy (I am 162 now, with height 5-5).Planning to lose 10 more in 3 months.
I used to do treadmill in 5.5km/hr speed for half an hour (never ran on it!),elyptical trainer for 30minsand some yoga in morning, like surya pranam.It really helps!
Good luck to all!


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Consistency is important for the waiting, too, so that your body consistently has the same absorption of the meds. If you are getting consistent results in your blood tests, are within the ranges, and are feeling great, you may want to keep doing what you are doing. And, heh, heh, tell us how you do it, since so many hypo's can't quite get to the 'feeling great' state.

Knowing that calcium and iron can affect how our medicine is absorbed -- if we make big changes, this could affect how well our meds are absorbed. We would want to follow a big change up with another blood test to make sure our dosage is still correct for us.

Note that calcium and iron also affect how each other are absorbed - that little receptor that handles calcium, iron, and thyroid medicine isn't big enough to hold a full daily allotment of everything at once. Even if someone doesn't have thyroid problems, it is best to spread calcium and iron intake out throughout the day. Multivitamins are great for a lot of things, but not 100% effective at meeting 100% of our needs.

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Okay. The information given was correct. As for calcium and fortified orange juice, it is a minimum of 4 hours.

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Oh so sorry....I should clarify what I was talking about...It was about calcium and calcium fortified juice, supplements....
I get mixed info so that is my confusion : )

Thanks for the good wishes for the new endo...Glad I found this team!

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Everywhere I have read is one hour to wait before taking anything in. I've even read half an hour!!! Good luck with your new endo.

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Hi everyone! I am new here to this group but not to hypothyroidism : ) Thanks for the links listed Yiche! What I find frustrating for me is that I do everything on the list.....and I even questioned my endo regarding waiting 4 hours after taking the meds and she said only 1 hour. I asked the pharmacist as well and she insisted waiting 4 hours or it would be a total waste.....So, I ended up looking for a new endo who is on my insurance plan (the current one excepts no insurance) and found a large practice and I have an appt. schedule for the end of March. I am hoping I can get claryification and get on the correct path to losing the weight and for good. I want my old self back : )

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I pretty much eat what others here on the hypothyroids site eat, to try to lose weight, except I have added a tablespoon of unrefined, organic coconut oil at each meal after reading about the benefits of medium chain fatty acids, such as coconut oil for hypo. people.

People talk about the benefits of "coconut oil" for hypothyroids every where on the Spark Hypothroids pages (see the Medications, Alternatives and Doctor's Visits Forum, also on the Living with Hypo. forum as well.)

Here's a link to an outside site about coconut oil as well:

www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/c
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Is the coconut oil the only thing you needed to do to lose those pounds and keep them off? I must be missing something. Please explain more on how you lost your sugar cravings.

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I'm with you MaryAnnannie giving up is not an option. I was the same way lose 7 lbs. by losing 0.2 lb a week and lots of staying the same in between, painfully slow. Then gain it all back in 2 or 3 weeks. So frustrating!

I've found adding a tablespoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil with each meal is helpful. Not only in helping to clear up my total body yeast infection, but the oil is good for my hypothyroid and I am also losing weight, about 2 to 4 lbs. a month-- that's staying off. My big old gut is even shrinking! And my sugar and carb cravings, and nite eating have all but disappeared.

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No quitting here, not ready to give up just yet. It's annoying and challenging but I just have to think of other ways to change diet or exercise. I''m going to do this sooner or later. Hopefully sooner emoticon

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Thanks, Lise. I really hesitated - I don't want to be the grumpy old lady who is busy trying to police the world.

The Boston Baked Beans are slowly, slowly cooking. I set the crock pot on low, just as the recipe says. Many recipes say 'low for 6 hours', but between an 8-hour job, a commute, and a lunch break, if I go into the office, I come home 9 - 10 hours later to a meal that is overdone. This seems to be a 'low for 10 hours' recipe. I'm working from at home today instead of from the office. I have a fire going in the wood stove, and a cat trying to push her way onto my lap. A lovely way to spend the afternoon. So nice to have a job that is mostly online or on-the-phone so I can opt to stay home part time.

On-the-phone is key. Later tonight, I have a conference call with people in China -- and they won't care whether I am in my family room or the office. The world sure has shrunk since I was a kid.


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Mmmmm, Boston Baked Beans -- that sounds so good to me right now! Send some my way. emoticon

That was a good gesture on your part for the boys who were playing on the ice. It's better to prevent than to cure. emoticon

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Turns out the weather was beautiful here in Minnesota yesterday, with a cold forecast for today, so I skipped the gym and went for a walk outside instead. I walked to the library and to the grocery store, where I bought some molasses so I could make Meg's Boston Baked Beans. Had to pretend to be an adult and chat with some boys where were playing on ice on the river under a bridge. Much of the ice is gone off the river, but this ice is shaded by the bridge. I sure didn't want to have to look the parents of these boys in the eye if the ice collapsed out from under them, especially if I hadn't said anything. I wasn't sure that my talking to them did the trick, so I asked a couple firemen to go talk to them -- better to prevent a problem than to have to try to rescue someone from the icy water.

Other than that, the walk was great - nice to get some natural vitamin D and fresh air.

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Toastie, good job! How was your class? Was it emoticon or emoticon ?

Fuego, 2 pounds? Yes!!!! emoticon

Maybe, when we have all reached our goals, we will look back and appreciate ourselves more knowing just how kick-butt hard we had to work to get the same results that come easy to other people.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?


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I am now down 20 lbs...I need another 19 before I am out of the 200's. I have had to bust my butt let me tell you. I can't do a simple 30 minutes a day and poof it's gone. I have to do at least 70 of hard cardio, weight lifting, and more cardio. Been varying how long I do workouts, along with when I do them. But this past week I lost over 2 lbs after not losing for a week or so. I hate how hard it is....but I'm doing it!



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I am starting to add weight-lifting to my life in the hopes that building more muscle really does help with the metabolism. I have increased my exercise a lot in the past few months, and I can see that I am stronger and more energetic. Well worth it, even if the weight loss is so slow that it pretty much is at a standstill. I'm getting healthier on the inside where it really counts. There is a 60-minute class at the gym tonight that involves hand weights and barbells and music. I'm going to get out of work on time tonight so I can partake.

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I just came across this article.
My husband and I both read it. I'm happy I found this. I'm well on my way with a lot of it. Of course this is some room for improvement with regards to the fibre and other things but so far I think I'm doing well for just starting out.
Gives me hope :)

Thanks for the article.

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Wow. I truly didn't realize all of the implications of having hypothyroid. Thanks so much for all of the amazing articles supplied here! I have new hope because I know it's ok that I'm losing weight suddenly so much slower. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and continue to make adjustments so that I add more veggies and subtract more protein and carbs. WhilIe my mother and I are the only ones in my family diagnosed with hypothyroid, we have all struggled with weight for a long time. My brother has seen a lot of success on low carb diets. My sister just has a very physical job and when she goes home at night she doesn't let herself spend much time sitting down. I, on the other hand, have excelled at sitting down. Less now, but still struggling with motivation to keep working at it when the results are SOOOOOOO SSSSSLLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWWWW

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I have been the same weight since October 2010 (add and lose a few pounds here and there). I'm not happy with this but I will not let this discourage me from trying to lose the extra 30 lbs I still have on. I will continue to exercises and will endeavor to stay within my calorie range. I have lost over 30 lbs so far, so I don't see why I cannot lose more. I am not putting a time limit on this because it would just discourage me. I will lose when I lose.... Voila!

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MaryAnnaAnnie: I am right there with you....that is the worst thing about my hypothoroid symptoms.....its makes me want to give up...then I try again...its a vicious cycle to me...but here I am ....gonna try again...Something in me won't let me quit...hope you don't either....

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Thanks Judy! I've been eating right, exercising and I can't seem to lose more than 8 pounds just to gain it back within a week. I feel like I'm losing a never ending battle.

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Thanks for sharing Bad MamaJama! Don't you just love the Hypothyroids Group? Such an opportunity to touch so many others instead of feeling like you are in this thing alone, like I felt just a year ago. 148 pounds is quite a feat, hypo or not. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-S

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May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of Faith in Yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received & pass on the Love that has been given to you.


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Mathey, Medifast has a long list of non soy products available to people like me. I used that list to avoid soy for at least 4 hours after taking my medication. They also provide list of their product that are gluten free, dairy free, nut free etc.

Toastie, as with any weight loss program Medifast requires commitment. I was assigned a free health coach who happens to be a RN and she guided me through the tough times. There are special plans for diabetics, nursing mothers etc. However, it is advised that pregnant women don't do Medifast. Some women become pregnant while on the program and must stop right away. I personally had no problems, but there are some who have been on the program for over a year who have had some hair loss.

Every program has risks and not every program is for everyone. Be sure to research the restrictions and discuss it with your doctor before starting. I chose it because it was, and continues to be developed and researched by John Hopkins hospital and I could read many technical research documents before starting. I'm a bit of a nerd/academic. :)

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Soy interferes with thyroid meds but if your doctor said it's ok then it's worth me trying it out. Thanks for the info on medifast.

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Wow, badmamajamer - outstanding results! Were there drawbacks to medifast?

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BADMAJAMA: You are hypothyroid and you have lost 60 pounds in 6 months?. Thats phenomenal. What kind of program is MF?

Edited by: RICHARJ at: 1/30/2012 (12:23)
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I agree with Minne. I took the MF plan to my GP before I started. I had to be sure that it didn't conflict with my medications or other medical problems.
He gave it full recommendation.

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ask your doctor before going on medifast!!! a healthy sustainable diet is preferable.

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." Henry Ford

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face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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BadMamaJammer, you have done great with your weight loss. Thanks for the suggestion of Medifast. I will look into this.

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Thanks so much for the info on medifast. I read in so many places that low carb has helped so many hypothyroid patients lose weight when nothing else worked. I'm going to check out medifast. One of my clients is on medifast and she's hypothyroid so it must truly work.

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Hi, I'm hypothyroid and on 125mcg or Synthroid. I recently lost 65lbs in 6 months on Medifast and have maintained the weight loss for over two months.

I just wanted to share this with anyone who may be considering using a program.

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This is so discouraging, but true. I never had a weight problem until I went through menopause and the weight started creeping steadily on. After not feeling well for quite some time, I finally got my doctor to test my thyroid because after researching my symptoms I thought this was what was wrong with me. He finally agreed and sure enough, I'm hypothroid. To make a long story short, I have put on about 100 lbs. that doesn't seem to want to come off. Despite having normal thyroid levels I still feel lousy. ugh...

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Lise and Judy - thanks for the link to the article. I am going to be much pushier the next time I go in for blood work. My thyroid was irradiated a few years ago, and I just have this nagging belief that something is still out-of-whack in my body, even though Synthroid keeps the TSH within normal range.

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Thanks for the link! I rather enjoyed the artivle. It echos what we learn on the hypothyroids page to get free T4 and free T3 tested....

Today may there be Peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of Faith in Yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received & pass on the Love that has been given to you.


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I have activated your link Judy for easy access:

www.huffingtonpost.com/kent-holtorf/
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Sometimes no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise as a hypothyroid person you may not lose or even gain. And it's not your fault.....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kent-holto
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Thank you! From what I have read at SP, I believe that I need more variety. What I have been doing is pretty consistent; so I need to change it up a bit with different exercises and foods.
I will let you know how this works for me.


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Hello there! Please find below Plateau Busters Part 1 (there are 3)

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You're doing great on your weight loss journey. Nine pounds is not negligible! I have been on a plateau for over one year now but still continue to combat the bulge. It only makes me feel better about myself because I have so much more stamina now. The weight will come off in due time. As Hypothyroids, it is more difficult to lose weight than the average person. Keep at it! emoticon

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1/22/12 10:07 A

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HELP! Can someone give me suggestions on how to get off a plateau?
I also have hypothroiditis, that is almost under control with meds, and sleep apnea.
I joined SP two months ago. WIthin 5 weeks, I had lost 9 lbs. Wonderful, but nothing since! I have been either swimming one mile or walking 3-3.75 miles, 5 times a week. My calorie intake should be 1550 max, but is actually 1500-1700. emoticon

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1/15/12 1:37 P

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What are your exercise levels at? If we as Hypothyroids wish to lose weight, we do need to move those bodies!!!

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I have had autoimmune hypothyroidism for the past 4 years and have put on loads of weight. I seem tobe constantly on a diet but never seem to get anywhere. I have joined this group in the hope that I will be encouraged to keep trying by reading other peoples stories of success. x

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I have had hypothyroidism for the past 15 years. I have taken medication and still found it difficult to lose weight. I have been doing some personal research and found that foods to avoid if you have this are soy, peanuts, and caffeinated beverages. I also read including coconut oil and omega 3 supplements helps also. I am going to give these suggestions a try.

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My thyroid meds have been increased. I hope that will help. I was diagnosed in August with sleep apnea so I hope with this combination and the South Beach I can finally get the scale going in the correct direction. ugh!!

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emoticon to our team Brittney. You seem to have things under control. emoticon and keep up the great work. Hugs.

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I am new to this team and forum. My name is Brittney and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease/Hypothyroidism last September. I had always been overweight, and when I was diagnosed they said I have probably had it for years. I was diagnosed right after I had gained back 30 pounds that I had previously lost with SP. I gained it back because of the thyroid, and because of the lack of energy associated with it.

I just had my bi-monthly doctor's appointment last Tuesday and was told that my levels are finally excellent. This was huge news for me because it has taken over a FULL YEAR to get them right.

I too, had thought that once I started taking Levothyroxine that I would start losing weight, but that is simply not how it works. The medicine slowly got rid of my hair loss, dry skin, fatique, etc. However, weight loss is much different. I have stopped gaining weight, after a year of abnormal weight gain. At the fresh age of 22, I am 251 pounds. However, I am experiencing weight loss now that I am at the right level. It doesn't come off overnight. One or two pounds a week is nothing to be ashamed about. Having your levels in the normal range will help you stop gaining weight, but it is up to you to kick-start your metabolism so that you lose.

I will admit, it is not easy. I think we doubt ourselves a lot because of the fatigue that we experience(d). You just have to fight for it. Make yourself get up and exercise everyday. Limit your cheat days as well. Our metabolisms have enough work to do, let's not give them more. lol. Good luck to everyone! We will be successful. It just takes time! I am living proof that you can lose weight with Hypothyroidism. It's just a matter of sticking with it. The moment you stop exercising, you will gain the weight back. It has happened to me in the past. It will not happen again.

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Take a Probiotic Supplement if you can. It helps with digestion among other things.

I don't drink milk in the morning. I wait until the afternoon or evening. Also, I have found that if I take my medicine in the middle of the night around 2-5am, I have more energy when I wake up. Plus, then you don't have to wait to eat breakfast when you wake up.lol. These are some tips that have worked for me.
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