As many of you know, I have struggled with losing those “last ten pounds” for quite a while! I don’t eat much, between 1400-2000 calories per day, and I have exercised religiously, daily, for more than 10 years!!
Finally, a few weeks ago, during a life insurance blood draw, the results came back that my cholesterol was 250! It has been normally 150-180 for many, many years. Then, suddenly I put on almost 8 pounds in a very short amount of time. While these were occuring, I also developed a pain in my right hip, and then suddenly the pain relocated to my wrist (like Carpal tunnel).
So, I made an appointment with my OB for a regular checkup, pap smear, and blood work.
Mostly I was interested in what my thyroid hormone number was. This was the only explanation I could think of for the weight gain.
Normal TSH levels fall between 0.5 and 5. My TSH was 94! Yeah, that is no typo, NINETY FOUR!!! No wonder I can’t lose weight. I have no metabolism. I’ve only been able to maintain my weight for so long because I eat right and exercise. I’m a long way from trying to figure out what the cause for me is (although it is genetic and my mom, and her aunt both have a thyroid problem), I am so glad I know!! The nurse in giving me my levels said, “Are you tired?? you really should be tired with a number this high!” I actually am not that tired, although I could always use some more energy.
So, now I’m going to pick up a prescription for some synthroid, and I will keep you updated on how it makes me feel and what the results are. If anything, I’m hoping now I can actually exercise and SEE RESULTS! Wouldn’t that be motivating!?!?!?!?!