I know I'm not the only hypothyroid person who has to deal with weight issues, and I know I really should be ashamed of how much weight I've gained over the last few years. I used to care about my appearance and my weight, but these last few years, I just kept getting bigger and bigger no matter what I did, so I eventually just quit trying and ate "normally." Well, eating normally (meaning when I get hungry) has led to me weighing anywhere from 283 to 290 now.
Honestly, I don't eat that much, or not nearly as much as my waist size would imply, and just about every conventional means of weight loss that I've tried did a whole lot of nothing for me. Exercise never did a darn thing (plus I hate exercising because I get winded too fast, but I used to force myself to do it for 30 minutes every other day), and I tried keeping a food journal on multiple occasions, but I was so hungry that I'd be counting down the minutes until midnight when I could eat again and just count those calories toward the following day's entry. Doing that whole "subtract 500 calories from your normal intake and you'll lose a pound a week" thing was useless too.
The only thing that ever helped me lose weight was long-term fasting. I know, it's unhealthy, but it seems like the options that are the worst for you also yield the best results. I lost 70 pounds back in high school when I would go several days without eating anything, and I'd love to do it again, but I just don't know if I've got the willpower I had a decade ago.
Anyway, now that I'm actually on something for my hypothyroidism, I'm wondering what I can do to maybe put a dent in this extra weight since I know these pills won't just magically make weight melt off me. My ideal weight is around 190-200 pounds, which I know is still considered obese, but I do like being a little on the thick side. Just not as thick as I am now. Thing is I feel like I have so much weight to lose that I don't think I'll ever be able to lose it. Diets suck, and it's not like you can stop being on them once you reach your target weight. You have to stay on them indefinitely to maintain your target weight once you reach it, and the second you start eating like a normal human being again, you gain most of the weight back, if not more. Certain types of exercise would also not be good for me... basically anything that would involve putting strain on my feet (aerobics, running, etc.) My left ankle is weak and very prone to rolling/spraining and it often happens when I'm just standing still. I'm scared I could break my ankle if I do something that involves jumping around. I also get so tired out so fast that I find exercise isn't even worth bothering with. What good does it do me to do ten pushups in a minute before I have to stop?
I just hate having to obsess over every bloody morsel I put in my mouth on the off chance that, after six months of torturing myself and starving myself, I might lose two pounds. I don't want to do a low-carb diet because it would mean giving up some of my favorite foods that I don't think I could part with (plus I've seen the results of things like the Atkins diet when other people I know have been on it and no one lost more than 15 pounds after being on it for months). It's ridiculous. I hate dieting and I hate exercise because neither one yields results. For the hypo people here, what did you do to lose weight? I'm about five seconds away from intentionally giving myself a tapeworm.