Copied from my original post on Live Journal on January 26, 2016:
This entry is more for my own record-keeping than anything else, and it’s viewable by my LJ friends only, but if you also struggle with your weight maybe you’ll gain some useful information from my experiences.
Okay, so after 15-something years of yo-yo dieting I’m finally doing it the right way (for me) — under a doctor’s supervision. I’ve tried WeightWatchers THREE TIMES (being an introvert I HATED going to meetings, but didn’t like the going-it-alone aspect of doing it online). I tried the South Beach Diet, in which I lost 27 pounds in 3 weeks, but felt ill from all that protein and gave it up. I tried the Raw Vegan and juicing diet – which I felt was the most “natural” and healthful, and I felt fantastic eating that way, but I live with a carnivore for whom I have to cook, so that only lasted 3 months (I did drop weight quickly – about 30 pounds in 2 months). I was beyond discouraged, still hated how I felt and looked, and was giving up on living a full life. I didn’t want to go out, not just because I’m an introvert, but because I hated how I looked in clothes, my back hurt from too much standing or walking, my ankles swelled and I was always out of breath. My last thoughts of the day while in bed would be “I’m slowly killing myself. What if I die in my sleep? I need to do something and get control over this”, and my first thoughts upon waking up were always something like: “Now I have to haul this fat body, that I hate, out of bed and try to be productive in it”. That simple thought was daunting. Forget about trying to look good. Just doing day-to-day stuff was enough of a struggle. More and more I was spending the entire day in my pajamas, out of resignation and depression. In the last few months before Christmas my heart would pound just walking from one end of the house to the other. NOT GOOD. I want to be around for my grandkids. I want their memories of me to be the FUN grandma, not the couch-potato grandma.
Ed came to my rescue. He told me of a client of his who posted on social media about a wellness center that changed her life. She described her weight loss and new-found energy. Ed said that if I were willing to go he would pay for it all, no matter the cost. So, I made an appointment for New Year’s Eve. I re-downloaded the MyFitnessPal app and favorite weight-tracker app in anticipation. I LOVE data and find it really helps to keep me on track. The morning of my appointment I made an attempt to look as decent as I could and drove the 20 minutes to Mt. Pleasant full of hope.
I filled out the forms, was weighed, BP taken, talked to the doctor and had blood drawn for a full workup. The doctor prescribed phentermine to suppress my appetite and speed up my metabolism. He warned me “don’t forget to eat”, to eat often, and protein, protein, protein. I’m not one for pills/meds/drugs of any kind, but in my desperation I put my trust in the doctor and started the med. He wasn’t kidding when he told me side effects may be dry mouth and constipation — I have both. I changed my diet DRASTICALLY. No sugar, no sweeteners of any kind, no carbs in the form of breads, cakes, pastas, rice, potatoes, no fat, no processed foods of ANY kind, and low salt. In the first 9 days I lost 12 pounds. Yes, a lot of that was water weight. The next 12 days I lost NOTHING and was very constipated. Metamucil did NOTHING. Senokot helped a little. Then I tried 3-4 prunes every morning and BINGO — I’m regular again.
Last Wednesday I had my follow-up appointment. My blood work results were an eye-opener. Not surprisingly my cholesterol was very high, but I was pre-diabetic, my TSH (thyroid) was low and my vitamin D was VERY low. I was told to continue the good work with the diet, start nature thyroid medication, vitamin D one 50,000 IU capsule once a week, and fish oil, all of which I did the very next day. I weighed myself 5 days after that appointment and had lost another 4 pounds. So, I’m now down 16 pounds from New Year’s Eve. I’ll take it!
So, with a little diet reevaluation every few days I’m finding out what works for me and what doesn’t. My back pain is almost all gone, so I plan to start walking this week as the temperature is warming up and I have a nice park nearby. I also got my old dumbbells and ankle weights out and will start weight bearing exercises.
I have noticed that since starting the thyroid medication I’ve felt a little “off.” I can’t explain it any better than I feel a little fuzzy-headed, blah, and lazy. I’m hoping my body will adjust to it quickly and I’m sure a daily walk will help.
Positive changes I’ve noticed to date:
The first noticeable change was that when I put my rings on they were loose! Then, when I put my sneakers on I didn’t have to CRAM my feet into them — they slid on easily and suddenly the laces seemed longer, LOL! Next, was the little pimple-like bumps on my upper arms were going away and my skin was feeling smoother (I attribute this to the mostly raw-vegan diet – lots of leafy greens and green juices – this also happened the first time I went raw vegan). My scalp stopped itching. My face looks thinner. My double chin is smaller. My pants fit better as my belly deflates. It’s no longer “hauling my fat ass out of bed”, but turning over, sitting up, and standing up with ease – I cannot tell you what a relief, and how encouraging, this feeling is. I’m lighter on my feet. I’m not AS out of breath walking around the house and my heart no longer pounds from the slightest exertion.
Progesterone (trial from the 1st to the 10th every month).
Phentermine: First week was half a 37.5-mg tablet every day, the next two weeks a full tablet. After telling the doctor I felt better on half he told me to just take half again.
Vitamin D: 50,000 IU capsule every Wednesday.
Nature Thyroid: 65 mg every morning one hour before food.