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Re: I feel awful

Re: I feel awful

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Posted by Polly on September 04, 2000 at 10:20:52:

In Reply to: I feel awful posted by Karoline on September 01, 2000 at 01:57:47:

Well if its any consolation you are definately not alone. I was born with hyperthyroidism and it was detected when I was 5 years old. I had my thyroid removed when I was 12 years old and have been struggling ever since with hypothyroidism.

You get used to it after awhile but sometimes if you're severly lethargic your levels may be off and you might want to talk to you Dr. and arrange some blood tests.

I'm no Dr. but below are few things that I found helped me snap out of the weight gaining blues.

1. Try to come up with a very simple schedule and stick to it. Get the stuff that has to be done done and try not to overwhelm yourself with tasks...baby steps.

2. Try to eat smaller portions that give you energy and all the essentials. AVOID any type of junk food. If you feel you have to fill that craving, I found popcorn does it nicely and doesn't put on as much weight as potatoe chips or chocolate bars. This is so important. Food has been a crutch for me so many times that when I was able to cut it out for a year I lost a whopping 40lbs. I can't seem to eat sugars and sweets to the amount my friends can which I attribute to the disease so its even more important to us to stay away from the more decadent treats.

3. Get exercise EVERY DAY. Make it part of your schedule for at least a half hour but preferably an hour. I sometimes I found it much easier to do it before work because I had the most energy then. But I good incentive after work is a reward. I told myself I was not aloud to turn on my computer until I worked out for an hour. So everyday I ran home and got the exercise out of the way so I could do the fun stuff I wanted to.

4. Avoid extreme highs. I know it feels just freakin awesome when you've accomplished your goals but try to take them in stride. I say this because for a long time I would get super happy when I succeeded in something but when I failed or didn't meet the standards I set for myself I would hit extreme lows. I found that when I tried to avoid extreme highs I could take the blows of my failures and it didn't hurt so bad. If that makes any sense at all.

Its like a viscious circle. You are already depressed and tired to begin with but add some weight gain to that and it makes you even more tired and more depressed. You are not accomplishing what you feel you should be and that adds more stress to your life which also can make you feel tired and depressed.

I think probably the biggest thing for me is the schedule. It may seem like such a minor thing but when I am able to stick to it I have a real feeling of accomplishment and it boosts my spirits and I don't seem to eat as much and exercise more. Just don't take it to heart when you fall off it. It happens...we all get tired and maybe that's when your spouse, friend or family member can come over and help you out if you are really tired. Just get back on the schedule.

Oh and one more thing. Get a good night's sleep every night. Set aside 8 hours. I know that might seem a lot for some people but its really what is recommended for people who don't suffer from this disorder and I think its the very least we should get. But don't get too much sleep. I know its tempting to veg out and space out but it seems to make me much more tired if I do that had I got up and done at least a few things around the house that day.

You may always feel this little twinge of tiredness in you but you adapt. It just becomes normal to you and the most important thing is not to let it get the best of you.

All this being said...I'm terrible at following my own advice. I'm always falling off the wagon BUT I do get back on again. When I managed to stay on once for a whole year that was the best year of my life. I lost over 40lbs. I looked good and felt better than I had in years. I was living an active lifestyle, I worked full time, was in a womens group, would go out dancing on the weekends and visit my friends almost every evening.

I had some huge changes take place in my life though and it really disrupted my schedule and lifestyle. I've had trouble coming up with a suitable schedule that I could stick to. But I keep trying and I'm sure I'll come up with something eventually. Good luck to you!


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