Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Body Test

I know I have mentioned several times that I've gained some weight over the past year. All summer I have been regularly working out and been very conscientious about what I eat. I had a full physical about a month ago and raised my concerns about my weight once again to my doctor. He ran blood work to recheck my thyroid and once again it came back in the normal range. But this time, my cholesterol had sky rocketed. I went back for a follow-up and another weight check and sure enough, I'd gained more weight. I am not starting on cholesterol medicine though which I'm happy about. He thinks the cholesterol is related to the weight gain, and my good cholesterol is really high which is a great thing. But in total, in 1 year, I have gained about 24 pounds. So next on my list is to see an endocrinologist for a suspected hormone inbalance.

Well I am willing to try just about anything to test my body to see what helps! Except for starving myself, or throwing up. So maybe not ANYTHING but you get the point. So I've met with a trainer at the gym a couple times and have a couple more appointments with him. I'm sticking to an every other day cardio workout, and alternate circuit training in between the cardio days.

To test my body further, Ian and I went vegetarian and ate a clean diet for 1 week. For me this meant cutting out all processed sugars, most dairy, all fish and meat, and eating low carbs. I also cut alcohol and sweets. I ate a lot of veggies, fruit, plain oats, soy milk, and made a delicious quinoa vegetable dish. I have a new found respect for vegetarians - it was tough! And the results - NADA! That's right, I did not drop a pound. I think this was just complete confirmation that something is wrong with my body, because obviously eating like that and working out should create results. So on this test, my body failed.

I am so sick of having temper tantrums in my closet because I have so few clothes that fit. I hate taking pictures which have me in them because the weight gain is so noticeable to me. I'm embarrassed because I know people see me as being overweight and I hate being labeled as such. I work out and eat healthy and the correct portions - but I know when people meet me or look at me they don't see that. I'm tired of all of it - and I wish my body would respond to the good things I've been doing. So I truly hope I get some answers from the specialist. I have been calling and calling the specialist to get an appointment - but it seems like I might not get in with them for another couple months. But whenever I go, I just hope to have some resolution as to what's going on - and hope there is something that can fix it, because I am at a breaking point.


  1. Katie I totally feel your pain on the weight gain. Last fall I gained 40 pounds in 6 weeks due to a hormone imbalance and thyroid failure. I'd say get yourself to an Endocrinologist STAT. Mine was pituatary gland related too, so make sure they check that and adrenal gland function. Sorry to sound like a know it all, but I understand what youre going through! Good luck!

    Beth Tribles

  2. Beth - Thank you so much for sharing. I'm so sorry you went through that but your story gives me hope!

  3. Hang in there! I know how frustrating it can be when you KNOW something is not right and yet nobody can seem to help you.

    When I was in such excruciating pain with my arms, I went to so many specialists and all said they nothing was wrong. Everyone gave up on me, but I kept going and demanding someone do something. Eventually a doctor ordered blood tests and I wound up with such a severe vitamin d deficiency that it was affecting my bones. After ENORMOUS doses of vitamin d and a plan of attack to prevent bone loss - I am feeling soooo much better, physically and mentally.

    Best advice: You are your OWN advocate when it comes to your body. Keep going no matter what.

  4. Stac - I thought of you when I've been demanding more tests! I think that's very good advice and I'm sticking to it!


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