Hi Everyone, I started a blog post on this way back last mid December as i was feeling very ill and to be honest I was scared that there was something seriously wrong with me. Last time I wrote:- "A little while ago I wrote about feeling so tired and ill yet well medicated on Erfa and supporting my adrenals with CT3M and taking optimal dosing of Vit D3. i was worried about having an autoimmune condition of my liver....so many of you wrote lovely supportive feedback and some of you asked me to keep you all up to speed. This is my little effort at doing so and thank you for caring so much. I felt really ill over Christmas and I couldn't eat much as it caused indigestion, diarrhea and a burning pain in my right side -so I lost half a stone in a couple of weeks. I slept for England! " The upshot of all the medical investigations was 'fatty infiltration (of my liver) with fatty nodules causing high liver enzymes -which is obviously not good but luckily totally resolvable. my GP told me to loose the extra weight and to exercise. I thought I would let you now how i am now getting on -as I really appreciated all the support you all offered me. A big big thank you for your words of encouragement I am really pleased to report that I feel well Since seeing my doctor for the results at the beginning January i have completely re-looked at my diet. i took all processed food out apart from my instant porridge in the mornings. i took all grains out of my diet apart from porridge first thing. All foods with added sugars and sweeteners (except for Stevia) were also cut out. I hardly drink so i knew that alcohol was not the problem. I also put in place a minimum of 10,000 daily steps ( about 5 miles) using a reliable pedometer which i have diligently followed. Where I live there are plenty of steep hills ( can't be avoided) so this gave me an inbuilt good level of cardio. i walked everyday in all the snow and walk out in rain fog or whatever. I love the walking -i walk after work and it completely de-stresses and relaxes me and i arrive back home glowing and ready to cook my dinner. Adding in the 1000mcg of B12 seems to have made a difference to my uptake of thyroid hormones as my skin is softer and i am able to sustain regular exercise now which was never possible before. I have now lost 30lbs in just 2 1/2 months and 8inches of my waist! I am planning to loose a further 2 stone to get back down to my original weight before all the CFS/ME and Hypothyroidism saga kicked in. I believe the cause of all my weight gain was essentially eating grains and added sugar. I notice that if i eat more than my breakfast grains I ALWAYS put on weight -even if moderate like breadcrumbs sprinkled on baked white fish which caused a weight increase of 1/2lb when i weighed in the next day. It seems very clear to me now that in future not only must I carry on avoiding added sugar ( as Dr Peatfield says in his book) but also I need to keep my grain intake very low. I have not felt any hunger whilst on the new food regime and that also tells me that it is right for me as it is sustainable. I am sure it will only require a few tiny tweaks to turn it from a weight loss food intake to one of maintenance -all things being equal with my endocrine hormones! The food regime makes it pretty easy to eat out too...though Italian and Indian restaurants are very tricky!! I feel so well that all my friends and colleagues keep commenting on how well I look. I have loads more energy. Instead of cutting my work hours I have decided to carry on working full time but i will not be working every workday evening anymore -walking and a home cooked dinner come first. I count my blessings everyday. I feel very very lucky that I have been able to turn this around so easily. i am optimistic now that I can get my weight back into the normal range for my height -which is in fact only a stone off to reach that mark now. My weight loss has slowed down now but I don't care if it takes me to the end of the current year to loose it. I wanted to write this further update -as i hope that other people who are finding it hard to control their weight but are well medicated with appropriate thyroid/adrenal/vitamin treatment might find what i have done a useful reference for them. Of course it is too early to say whether my health will remain stable -after over 10years of ill health with CFS/ME, then hypothyroidism I know better than to assume that I have sorted it. however i have every intention of enjoying the new found freedom from feeling well...it just feels wonderful....even if it turns out to be temporary. i had completely forgotten what it is like! i cannot believe how lucky i am... My GP wants to see me again in a few months and I hope that when I go back he will give me the all clear -that my high levels of liver enzymes will have returned to normal levels and my liver will no longer be fatty. Thank you to EVERYONE who replied to me with empathy, encouragement and support. It made such a difference to know that you are all there. This site is full of really lovely kind and informative people -Many many thanks. I am off out now for my daily constitutional walk Hugs xx
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