Diet, Exercise, and Vitamins

At the beginning of 2016 I decided to do something about my unhealthy body. The combination of a crazy thyroid, a twin pregnancy, and another pregnancy 19 months later totally tanked my metabolism. I was tired of carrying around the extra weight. Plus I was approaching the big 4-0 and figured it was going to be downhill from there with my weight unless I took control!

The postpartum roller coaster ride that my thyroid took me on after the twins’ pregnancy made exercise and weight loss almost impossible. During that pregnancy I gained approximately 50 lbs. I lost about 25 lbs as a result of birth, but during the next year, I maintained at around 35 lbs more than my pre-pregnancy weight. When the twins were about 16 months old, my thyroid finally stabilized and my body felt better. I started vigorously exercising using Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred DVD. Within 6 weeks, I lost 13 lbs. I felt great! Then came a positive pregnancy test and another 25 lb weight gain.

After MoMo was born, I weighed 5 lbs more than my pre-pregnancy weight but gained about 8 more lbs while nursing her. So I was back to hauling around all of the weight I had exercised and lost. My weight fluctuated in that range for two years. Then in early 2016 I decided to take control and do something about my weight.

I knew I had three areas of my life that needed addressed in order for me to feel good about myself and my body:

  1. Exercise
  2. Eating right
  3. Vitamins

I exercise some during the nicer weather months by walking, but once the weather turns cold, I become sedentary. I eat a fairly clean diet year round although summertime is a lot easier with the availability of fresh veggies and fruits. However, I had fallen off the vitamin bandwagon while pregnant with MoMo simply because they made me sick. After she was born, I started taking vitamins again but her acid reflux would flair on days that I took my vitamins, so I stopped.

I’m not one to enter into major changes without a lot of research. Over a decade ago, when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I studied various recommended books and specifically the work of Mary Shomon. I wanted to know as much as possible about how hypothyroidism affected my body and what I could do to combat the symptoms. One of the biggest things I learned is that some people with hypothyroidism have issues with absorption of vitamins. Therefore, the recommended daily values of vitamins are higher for someone with hypothyroidism verses someone without. And a food based vitamin is better absorbed than a chemical based vitamin.

I had the knowledge for vitamins and I knew I could implement a vitamin routine pretty easily. My struggle started when it came to exercise and eating properly. I couldn’t do a whole lot of exercise in the middle of winter with three kids ages 5 and 2. Then there was eating properly. Ugh. I cringed at the thought of figuring out what to change in my diet to help shed some weight.

I’m proud to say that the first step I took was to purchase a 3-in-1 trainer. A piece of exercise equipment is an investment, but so is a gym membership for the long-term. The Pipeliner and I agreed that we would likely use a piece of equipment regularly if it was in the house versus having to go to a gym 15 miles away. After we purchased the trainer, I started building my stamina by working out for about 10 minutes a couple of times a week. Within a month, I was able to do a mile in 4 minutes 30 seconds. Trainers might not recommend it, but pushing myself like that worked and I was able to strengthen my heart and lungs. (The heart is one of the main areas that can be affected by hypothyroidism.) I saw improvements in my muscle tone, primarily my legs, and found it easier to be active with our girls.

Next step was my daily diet. I didn’t have an easy solution for this one. I thought about doing Weight Watchers and considered Atkins. I temporarily counted calories but found it too complicated for my mommy brain to remember to record my food and calories. I considered shakes and studied all of those different health products people rave about and sell on Facebook. Finally, I landed on a lifestyle eating plan called Trim Healthy Mama. This was it. I found what I needed.

Stay tuned for my experience with Trim Healthy Mama.

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