Sep 06, 2012 - 3:45 pm
BFD here and while I haven't posted in a few months, I guess that's kind of a good thing. My "success story" continues. In remission and NED for 20 months now, approaching the 2-year mark, and that's good. Fibrosis down around 90%, L'Hermittes gone, range of motion back to normal thanks to my great chiropractor. Can eat and drink most anything again. All in all, I'm doing pretty well. So what's the problem?
Please don't be insulted with such a minor "problem". It's NOTHING compared to what many of you are going through. I've been there and done that, so I'm praying that all of you in treatment now, will be seeking this type of advice later!...
After losing all the weight during the radiation treatments, I put it all back on and THEN some! My thyroid got fried and my TSH was 28.9 at it's worst. Cholesterol numbers were through the roof and testosterone bottomed out. I was literally a walking zombie. So now I'm on 200mcg of Synthroid, cholesterol meds and Testo-Pels testoerone replacement therapy. Just got back my latest round of blood work numbers and they're NOT GOOD...
total cholesterol: 159 target <200
Why are they not good? Because they all look GREAT! Right in the "butter zone". So what's wrong with that?
I'm 245lbs with a 41" waist! I've been back into pre-triathlon base training now for the past 5 months. Swimming, biking, running and weightlifting. 9-15 hours per week. Five months working at it along with an all new, lower-calorie, lower-carb, ZERO processed food diet. Basically the "caveman diet". I couldn't be eating any healthier. Mostly fresh fruits & veggies, chicken, turkey and fish. Lots of fish. Very little red meat and I haven't seen the inside of a fast food joint in over 6 months. The cholesterol numbers reflect that. At my worst, my cholesterol was 281 and my triglycerides 463!
So with all of that exercise and healthy eating, you would think I would be seeing a difference. But the only thing I see is increased muscle mass from the weightlifting in my chest, shoulders and arms. Easily 20 pounds of muscle (surprising since I'm not really eating enough to be putting on that much muscle). But I haven't lost a frickin' ounce off of my waist. 41 inches?! Trying to run at 245 is brutal and painful. My shins and knees can easily tell the difference a meer 5 pounds makes. I don't want to be a "football player".
Besides getting new T3 and free T3 numbers done. Does anyone have any thoughts? Get a "metabolic test"? Go gluten free? Think it's diet or still a hormonal imbalance of some kind?
Like I said, a MINOR problem considering my posts in the past. But this joint is a treasure-trove of knowledge, so I figured what the heck!