Hello, dear readers! I hope that everything is well with all of you. With me, not so much, I I will tell tell you about some information that I received recently and share it with you. This information might explain your issues in your life, like it did for me.
Anyone that knows me, knows I’m overweight. I’m not proud of it. Matter -of-fact, I’ve spent many days wasting my timing inters as people made their little ‘snarky’ comments. The fact is, it just doesn’t want to come off. I have PLENTY of willpower(Sick of people telling me that I don’t!!!!!), I love to exercise, and if you can keep up with me, go for it! I haven’t eaten a piece of bread or had potatoes in years. But I’m still very overweight(none of your business how much).
My story is quite a lengthy one. I was overweight growing up, but slimmed down through my teens and twenties. I played semi-professional tennis and was exercising 6 hours per day. Then, I ate whatever I wanted without gaining. It wasn’t until I had my children that I put on weight. And I put it on quickly. After my second daughter I gained more than 70 lbs. in less than a year. I attributed it to not exercising, even though I was still active(walking 2 miles every day or more), and eating 1200-1500 calories.
I know my metabolism is slow. My bodytemeprature is low, my heartbeat is only 48 at night! But here’s the real kicker; even though I’m overweight, every other number is perfect; my blood pressure, my cholesterol, and even my thyroid T3 and T4. My nurse commented that my numbers look like I’m a thirty year old!
This doesn’t make sense. I tried every diet, and nothing would come off. “Try your thyroid”, the dieticians would say, when I argued with them that I wasn’t ‘cheating’ on my diets. I even went to far as to get a lapland put in, and actually weigh the same as before. Finally, the last straw came when it was my daughter who helped me figure out what was wrong.
My daughter had been having problems with her health for awhile now. She was dizzy, extremely tired, had palpitations, severe anxiety and tingling in her hands. I told her it was her thyroid. My great-grandma, grandma, and mother all had goiters, or Hashimoto’s syndrome; the thyroid gland become swollen and does not work properly due to an autoimmune response. Very hereditary. But she tested negative. That was until her car accident.
She had been teaching someone to drive, and they had a car accident. She hurt her neck, pretty badly. They took an X-ray, and what did they find. Her vertebrae were fine, but she had a goiter!(A goiter is a swelling in your thyroid, which usually causes it to not work properly.) I had an aha! moment. How much you wanna bet my thyroid wasn’t working properly.
So I had it tested, and yes, I had the antibodies for Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an autoimmune response which causes your body to attack your thyroid. But all my number were normal. What was going on?
Sometimes, some of us people have intense protection we were born with that protects us. I am SURE that I have a gene pattern that caused my ancestors from dying from the Black Plague. My whole family has the ability to ‘wall off’ disease, and prevent infections, etc. I’ll explain that later, but I am sure I’m right. So actually, I have this disease, but my body tries hard to keep things working ok. That explains my low body temperature, heartbeat, and extra weight.
Could you also have these symptoms? Ask your doctor for a thyroid antibody test. The test is called Thyroid Peridoxidase Test. It could explain a lot! And maybe you are like me and it has a tendency to ‘hide’. It’s worth a try and boy, I feel so much better knowing that my weight is really not my fault. Let me know if you do this. I want to hear from you!