Monday, September 28, 2015

The Appointment

So, I had the appointment today. The one where I was expecting to find out I had an under active thyroid.

I haven't

Nope, apparently my iron stores are low. Normal figures are between 15 and 300, mine sits at 4. Please don't ask me what those numbers mean, I don't have a frickin clue.

I do know it means more medication!

For 6 months, I have to take iron tablets, 3 times a day. This now takes my daily meds up to 15 tablets, and 1 injection!?

How am I coping, you ask? I'm not.

I left the doctor and burst into tears. He could think of no reason why I'm NOT losing weight. 2 of the things I take are supposed to help weight loss, 1 of them causes weight gain.

Am I meant to be this fat, forever?

I don't over eat. My Slimpods have taken care of that. 
I have found utter joy in zumba, and am going at least twice a week, sometimes four times. 
I'm still tired all the time, but force myself to keep moving. I got 10k steps in 5 out of 7 days, last week.
I have committed myself to eating vegetables every day, and I'm sticking to it.

What more can I do?
Do I have to cut out EVERY slightly naughty treat??

I've always been told, even by my diabetic nurse, that everything in moderation is the best way to eat.

Writing this now, I feel defeated.

However, I will still get up tomorrow and keep going, keep trying to be a slimmer, fitter and healthier version of me.

Right this moment though, I'm going to wallow in my own self pity.


  1. Oh no, that's a bit disheartening. Sounds like you are doing an excellent job to keep healthy but with the tiredness, surely there must be something your body needs and is missing that hasn't been picked up yet. Hope you are feeling brighter soon! x

  2. I'm taking positives from this -

    You don't have a thyroid problem

    You are tired because you have low iron levels

    You are a beautiful, kind, caring & supportive lady

    1. That is such a lovely comment, thank you so much xx

  3. So sorry that the news is not better, but hopefully tomorrow, or soon, you will see that there are some positives in this. xx

  4. Have you thought about giving up gluten Jo? It can to some including me totally mess up your metabolic rate (I went from size 16 to size 10 in 6 weeks after giving up size 12 9 years on but..I am 44 and I also don't diet at all!) it also in some cases can stop you absorbing iron..again me.

    Like you life here is challenging so as stress depletes stuff like magnesium which lack of also causes tiredness like lack of iron. So started that which also helps you sleep better at night. The frustrating thing with Doctors is they are obviously medically trained but I think I am right in saying only 16 hours of training is dedicated to diet and how food effects us. Kind of rubbish...hoping the Doc told you to taken your iron tabs with orange juice of something with vitamin C to help you absorb it.

    Do hope you are feeling better soon, I am pretty dam knackered at the moment too! Mind Autumn coming in does kick the hibernation mode into some of us too.

    See you Saturday, that night away will do you good too! xxxx

    1. I don't think gluten is a problem, I've never had a problem with bloating etc, after bread. I used to be a big eater of white bread (not so much these days). Thanks for the tip about orange juice, I've gone out and bought some since reading this x


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