Weight Loss Success Story of the Day: Demeterous lost 22 pounds recently, but she shared her 2 year weight loss journey with us. It’s a great example of getting the victory over challenging circumstances, like thyroid disease and serious injuries. Check out her inspirational story.
My story is one of a woman who is determined to defeat the effects of thyroid disease. After many years of defeating diabetes, I found myself “at risk”. I decided to get active by running 4-6 miles a day. I successfully lost weight & maintained a size 6. However, a car accident in April 2012 left me with broken bones and in a wheelchair for 9 weeks. I gained over 30 pounds during that time. The doctors told me that I would never be able to run again, and if so no more than a few steps, which was devastating. I started working out through many other methods such as bike riding and Zumba, however the weight was slowly increasing. I was later diagnosed with thyroid disease in April 2013, which explained why the weight was not moving and slowly increasing. Again, I was told that according to my test results that I shouldn’t have strength to get out of bed, I should be over 300 pounds and that weight loss was impossible. Well, I refused to accept that future and although I have had my medication changed 6 times in one year, I am determined to get back to pre injury weight, this time with muscle definition and by sculpting my body through INTENSE weight training. I DO run and I am LOSING weight. Yes, it is true that it is harder for me to lose weight because of a NON-WORKING thyroid but I am determined to beat the odds.
I am still on my weight loss journey. I have been on many diets and challenges, but they yielded no results. I did no beef and pork. I also did 60 days of reducing my caloric intake to 1600 calories a day. However, none of these adjustments yielded any lasting results because of an inactive thyroid. I would workout doing tons of cardio but my weight was still slowly increasing. After 6 different changes in my medication and being told that it was next to impossible for me to lose weight I decided that I refused to continue to gain and I would lose weight despite what the doctor said. I begin to watch my caloric intake, increase my water intake, reduce my cardio time from running 4-6 miles a day to only running 2 miles. I also implemented a weight training routine to build muscle mass and definition, losing inches versus focusing on the number on the scale. I have to work so much harder than the average person trying to lose 5 pounds but my determination is a strong, if not stronger. I have lost 22 pounds since my accident and still have another 15-20 pounds to lose. I try so hard not to focus on weight but on my inches. I take my measurements every week to every two weeks and monitor my progress that way because it is a better “gaging” range for me. I am determined to prove that we can defeat thyroid disease and all of the mental and physical effects that it has on our body as women. We do not have to be unhealthy, overweight, depressed or feel as if we have no hope. If it is anything I can tell anyone and that is if you can control your “thought life” and the things that you tell yourself and think about your life situation, then all things are possible for them that believe! If we only believe, then we will get up and achieve.