She had me do some tracking via MyFitnessPal so that she could see what I typically eat and how I exercise. I also had to weigh myself (boo! hiss!). Then I did a survey about typical patterns (i.e., how many times a day I eat, how much I snack, what I drink, sleep patterns, etc.
Based on all that information AND my hypothyroidism, she sent me a plan with both a minimum calorie allotment along with ratios for protein/fats/carbohydrates, plus a recommendation for some vitamins she thinks I should be taking to support my thyroid. This means I have to track my food, but the great thing is, all I need to do is track it, not pay attention to any of the numbers. She looks at it every day and then emails or texts me regarding what she sees.
Well, it's only a few days in and pretty much what we've discovered is this (as per her text to me):
"You have been under eating along with exercising which can lower your metabolism. It's even more complex when you throw in your hypothyroidism... this is going to be an interesting journey."It's going to be a balancing act for sure, as it is very easy to overeat with hypothyroidism due to reduced metabolism. The spot of sunshine in all this is she is thrilled with the quality of my food intake (I knew I've always had a good diet!). I guess a lot of her clients have issues with this, particularly due to too much sugar and too much takeout, neither of which is an issue for me (now that holiday eating is done lol!). Best of all, for me anyway, is no food is off limits right now, except for sugary drinks - not a problem at all!
She also really, really likes the Neila Rey workouts I've been doing, though she did give me a short weight lifting routine that I can manage right in my family room. I tried it on Saturday and think I'll do that once a week or so, just to change things up.
I have to admit, doing this has re-energized my will to meal plan. Of course, it didn't hurt that I'm coming off the holiday extras and wanting to eat cleaner. I made one of our favorites for dinner on Sunday - it cooked while I was at the mall: Crockpot Banana Pepper Roast Beef. It's been a long time since we had this and I'd forgotten how flavorful and delicious it is! I love having it in the lettuce cups with chopped tomato and smashed avocado on top.
And, I'm feeling hopeful, for the first time in a long time... hoping that we can come up with 'my' magic formula that will help straighten out my metabolism. Maybe then I will finally and permanently get the health and body results that I feel like I deserve. Time will tell, I suppose.