Post-menopausal and Thyroid issues – Uggghhh.

By Tracy Gowler 4 years ago
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Let me just say that being post-menopausal and having thyroid issues isn’t my favorite thing about my life.  I mean, I know I am coming off of a week that I just listed all the things I find my grateful for about my Hashi’s. 

Am I contradicting myself?  No.  Not even. 

But I do like to be honest and sometimes, we must take the good with the bad. It is just part of life, isn’t it.  Ya. 

Where am I going with this?

Ladies, you already know if you are one of this very lucky group of ladies.  The sarcasm is real.  Just know that I am at my best when the sarcasm is flying.  Well, maybe not an opinion of everyone.  I happen to like my sarcasm.  I know, I know.  Get to it already.

K.  So post-menopause.  What is happening here?  The hormones are not being made the same way anymore.  Estrogen has dropped.  Weight is increasing.  Our shape is changing.  We have to work so much harder to just keep the popcorn from surfacing under the skin and even then, maybe not.  We start to lose elasticity of our skin and some of us grow wings where our triceps used to be.  Haha. 

Ok, maybe not really funny.

I’m just trying to find the humor in it.

I was talking to one of my girlfriends about this issue last week.  Let me give you the cliff notes on that conversation.

  •           Tired of being this heavy
  •          Hate the way I look
  •           Doesn’t matter what I do, the weight won’t drop
  •           Men don’t understand
  •           Damn those cookies
  •           He feels he should still be able to eat what he wants, it’s my job to avoid it even tho it’s in the house

How many of you ladies have had a similar conversation with your girlfriends?  Oh, hell ya you have.  I would put money on it, and I am not a betting person.

How did that conversation end?  I will give you the cliff notes of that as well. 

  •           We don’t need the men to understand. 
  •           We can do this despite those F’n cookies in the house.
  •           And we have each other for support. 
  •           We are going to do this. 

How are we going to do this? 

Cause when that estrogen drops, and the thyroid drops the metabolism it is not an easy ride to lose weight.  It won’t be a just cut out more foods or exercise harder kind of a solution.  Nope. 

I found a program that is specific to women that have slow metabolism, insulin resistance, age factors, etc.  All the things that can change our shape meaning losing that hourglass, have us gaining weight despite everything we are doing, and have us not liking the way we look, are addressed by this program. 

The program is called Metabolic Renewal. 

It is specific to women.  Beyond just eating right, he teaches us how to eat.  Beyond Menopause, there are some changes that have to be made.  And through his exercise program, he kick-starts the metabolism and boosts the hormones. 

His exercise program is much different than what you might be used to or have experienced.  It is 20 min, that’s it. And he wants us to rest during the exercise because that kicks off Human Growth Hormone.  And apparently women’s ability to kick this off is much greater than men. So, when that is working for us and our hormones are firing, it starts to work.  Adding in the thyroid issue means that it might be a little slower than you might like but here is my experience with it.

He has a workbook that we track our measurements with. 

More important than weight. 

I didn’t pay attention to this workbook during my first 4 weeks of doing this, but I have started to now.  And let me tell you, you are not going to be excited by your measurements.  Also, part of the conversation with my girlfriend.  Seriously, WTF happened.  But it does and so in dealing with the reality, the measurements are helping to drive me forward even more. 

I have been at his exercise program for 5 weeks.  My muscles are tighter for sure.  I have not lost weight but my clothes are starting to get looser.  I have lost a couple of inches but I started recording late so it could have been more. 

And is my metabolism changing?  Yes. 

How do I know?  I haven’t had any blood sugar issues for 3 years.  The second week in I was starting to get famished and having issues getting silly headed, moody, and shaky.  Basically hangry which I haven’t done for 3 years either.  I have had to add in more carbs just to help keep it level.  So, something is going on here. 

Now I don’t recommend this if you are in the early stages of your Hashi’s or autoimmune healing process.  Not at all. 

However, if you have been at this for awhile and have your energy back.  Feeling good most of the time.  You could probably dive in.  He has some great modifications to allow you to participate in the program.  You don’t have to be a seasoned gym rat to use this program. 

You probably want to know where you can find this program? 

Ok, here you go.  You can find Dr. Jade Teta and his Metabolic Renewal program on FB.  The link is below.

I highly recommend if you are having conversations with your girlfriends like the one I described above, check it out. 

I’m here for you ladies. Always looking for the next amazing thing to help us live healthy and happy. 

Hope your day is amazing. 

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