Jul 312017

Weight Gain and Hashimoto’s

Weight Gain and Hashimoto’s

One of the (many) symptoms of my Hashi’s is weight gain and stubborn stalled weight loss.  I gained a lot of weight when we moved to Colorado and this is totally my own fault, though now I also realize that since it came on so easily and quickly, it’s also Hashi’s fault.

Anyway, I used to be a runner. A distance runner, who ate half marathons for breakfast.  I had a hip issue that just would not go away. I worked to get it straightened out and was on the road to recovery when we moved.

Let me start this off by saying, elevation is a bitch.  Busting out miles at a 10min pace was Ohio living.  Here in Fort Collins, I was running a mile in 13 minutes and it was a struggle.

I got depressed and defeated by this.

I gave up, drank all the beer and ate whatever I wanted.  I fell apart and my weight went up.

Fast forward a few years later and I got my life back on track.  Eating better and back to cooking all my meals at home.  I started Crossfit and loved it.

But for some reason my body wasn’t and isn’t responding.

Almost coming up on two years doing Crossfit and I’ve gained 20 more pounds in that time.  I have not lost anything, not even inches.  That picture above? Is me 20lbs lighter.  I have way more pudge now and I’d be lying if I said that it doesn’t piss me the hell off.

My progress seems stalled and I’m not getting any stronger or getting any better at the workouts.

Last year around the holidays I had a little mini breakdown about it.  What is the point of all of this if I’m not getting stronger or getting leaner?

Everything can just go fuck itself.

That’s how I felt and yeah, somedays I still feel this way.

Finally, more than six months later, I have answers.  I have Hashimoto’s and one of the most common symptoms is weight gain that just will not go away.

I’m working towards figuring out what I need to do so that I can get back to normal and still make gains in the gym.

I’m already Paleo and just finished up a round of Whole30.  Doesn’t seem to make a difference.  I haven’t lost anything so far and I’m constantly bloated most days.

It’s obnoxious.

Will a functional medicine doctor be able to help me out? I’m not sure.  Right now I’m just researching as much as I can to try and come up with a plan of attack.

I will get better and I will get my old self back.  I’m determined.

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Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She's training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens' health and autoimmune conditions.  By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.

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