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an introduction, and friendly invitation

Hello all.  I have just joined medhelp.  Have about 20 pounds to lose and was waiting till after Christmas to get my butt in gear. :)  And here I am. I have hypothyroid, 3 children, teach preschool, and attend university.  I am 25, to young to have the body I do.  I know I'll have to exercise as well as diet, but other than walking I have a hard time gettnig motivated. Oh well, small steps. If any of you would like, feel free to friend request me, weight loss is always easier with a buddy. Thank you all, and good luck!
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We are all "buddies" here and we do what we can to help anyone who wishes to lose weight.  

There are a lot of us here who are hypothyroid, so you aren't alone.  My first question has to be: are you on med for your thyroid issues and if so, are your levels at a good point for you?  The reason I ask that question is because until your thyroid levels are where YOU need them to be, it will be very difficult to lose weight.  I say that in all honesty because I have experience with that.  

Can you give us an idea of your eating habits?  I would recommend that you implement the food diary here on Med Help, as that will allow you to track everything that goes into your mouth, including whatever you drink.  Tracking what you eat/drink tends to make us more accountable AND when you can SEE what's going into your stomach, you can see areas in which you may need to cut back or areas in which you may need to consume more.  

Walking is a good exercise and so long as you do it consistently and at a good pace, you should be able lose weight that way, as long as your eating is in check.  

My first thought for you, though, is to make sure your thyroid issues are completely under control for YOU, not just "normal" on the lab report.  
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Well, I have had hypothyroid since I was a child, so I can pretty much tell when it's good or not.  I am not gaining weight, not overly tired, and my skin and hair is in good condition. Also, my levels were recently tested, so I think that part is under control. I am using the food tracker, which does help me moderate and see what I am eating. Like I said, I am not gaining so I must be naturally eating the "just right amount" to maintain my weight, cutting back should help me lose. My biggest problem is getting bored and snacking... I'll try not to, but I have bought fruits and veggies if I just can't resist. :) As for walking... I am going to have to find something I can do inside as well... it is currently 9 degrees out there! And windy. Montana is not friendly to walkers. I plan on adding lots of little things to, like parking at the far end of the parking lot etc. It all has got to help.  Anyway, I hope I answered your questions, and to all - Good Luck!
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I'm really happy that you are confident that your thyroid levels are in line -- I really wish I could mine to that point.  

I would have to agree that if your are "maintaining" then cutting back should help you lose.  

It sounds like the boredom issue might be your biggest challenge.  I'd recommend that whenever you get bored and want to snack, try reading a book, writing a letter or journal, exercising, call a friend on the phone --- anything at all that will take your mind off wanting to snack.........you might need to find a new hobby -- like photography, scrapbooking, painting, woodworking --- anything that will keep you  busy.  

Exercise --- there are exercise dvd's that you can get -- I love to walk but haven't gotten a walking DVD yet because I haven't figured out how you can watch a dvd and walk at the same time unless you are walking "in place" -- probably not my thing........lol

You can "google" for exercise videos and watch them online for free or you can check your local library to see what they have to loan.  My favorite type of exercise is walking, but I also love yoga.  I always have to recommend that people try it.  You can also google "yoga videos" or something similar and you'll find free videos to watch.  Yoga poses/movements are very definite and precise -- it focuses on breathing and balance -- sounds easy?? Not so........The thing with yoga is to get the posture (or pose) correct.  

And don't panic........when I bought my first yoga video and watched it, my first thought was "there's NO way *I* am ever going to be able to stretch my body like that"..  Well, at first, I was right but I didn't have to do it too many times and I was really pretty good at it and I even felt better.  AND I lost a couple of pounds.......Yoga strengthens and lengthens your muscles.  It's great for toning........just a couple of sessions and my pants were even fitting differently............

My favorite video was suggested by a member of this forum, I bought it and absolutely love it.............it's "The Biggest Loser - Yoga for Weight Loss".......It will kick your butt and you'll know you did something.  There are 3 levels -- weeks 1 & 2, easiest; weeks 3 & 4 harder; weeks 5 & 6, harder yet.  You can "mix and match" the intensities, etc -- meaning you don't always have to it in sequence...........

I was raised in South Dakota, then lived in Iowa for many years --- not much different from Montana unless the weather is worse???  You are right, winter up north is not conducive to walking.............
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