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I started really focusing on the Spark People program on April 20, 2008 to loose weight and get into better physical shape. Between then and Early August 2008, I lost about 20 pounds, and feel better and stronger.

Over the next year, the weight came back on. I thought it was simply due to lack of exercise and being lax about my food intake, but it turns out there is a problem with my Thyroid hormone system and it's effect on my metabolism. Even with a 1200 cal per day diet for a couple of weeks there would be no downward movement on the scale.
Now I am taking a bit of synthetic T4 and T3 pills daily. My nutritionist just increased my dose of T3.

Last week I started exercising every other day (about a half hour) and got strict with my intake again - including increasing the water. I have lost 1.9 lbs. That is impressive to me. I may be back in the zone again!

My first goal: down to 145 lbs.
Reward: if achieved by 2/20/10 - a new cricket pack
otherwise something nice, but less expensive

Second goal: 140 lbs.
Reward: new jeans and an interesting caving trip (& the cricket pack if not already obtained)

Third goal: 135 lbs
Reward: a physical vacation

Member Since: 1/30/2004

Fitness Minutes: 73,873

My Goals:
get down to 140 lbs;
Waist: 30"
Hips 39"
get stronger;
make exercise a normal part of my life;
be more physically active;
fit into clothes better;
understand my thyroid & other hormones so I can work with them.

My Program:
Dietary changes:

salad every day for lunch, portion control, and never take seconds

Physical activity changes:

Gym workout 3x week and 6,000 steps each day;

Habit changes:

8 glasses water/day

no more Tab (done!)

reduce coffee

Personal Information:
starting point:

April 2008 155.6 lbs.
August 2008 goal - 140 lbs
then the thyroid went hypo
October 2010 158.9 lbs.

Other Information:
hiking, caving, backpacking, canyoneering, climbing,


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