Weight loss after dealing with hypothyroidism

This is the story of a girl, Desiree Alexis who dealt with hypothyroidism for a very long time.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t overweight. In preschool, at just 5 years old, I weighed 90 pounds.

At 8 years old, when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (a condition which slowed my metabolism), I wasn’t surprised. I had been through child health bootcamps and never lost weight from them, so my hypothyroidism diagnosis just confirmed that losing weight was extra hard for me.

After my diagnosis, I thew myself into as many sports as possible, and tried as many diets as I could, in an effort to do more to lose weight. Sometimes, it worked; I’d lose 20 pounds, but then I’d plateau, and gain it back. I also have four sisters-including my twin-who are all thin and tall, so I constantly compared myself to them, which didn’t help with my self-esteem.

When she was just 21, she weighed 210 pounds and was suggested surgery.

At that point, I had been gaining weight steadily every year. With no end to my weight gain in sight, my doctor told me about gastric bypass surgery. He explained that the procedure would reduce the size of my stomach from the size of a football to the size of an egg and restrict the amount of food I could eat.

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⏮⏮ FlashBACK to a time I weighed nearly 300 pounds and walked around on swollen, achey ankles and joints. I hated myself for allowing myself to get to that point. Now, I’m about 150 pounds and walking around in heels and feeling like a completely new person. Losing half of me helped me find the real me that was hiding in there all along. I’m learning to embrace myself for who I truly am and who I strive to be💫 #TransformationTuesday #wls #wlscommunity #gastricbypass #gastricbypasssurgery #gastricbypassjourney #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitness #fitnessmotivation #transformation #motivation #progress #progressnotperfection #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #fitfam #fitspiration #fitspo #fitstagram #fitspire #fitgirlsguide #fitnesslife #fitlife #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafter #flashback

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I wanted to get the surgery that year, but skepticism from my family and friends about weight-loss surgeries being “the easy way out” on top of my own fears about surgical complications held me back.

I spent the next three years closely following the experiences of women who’d had gastric bypass surgery and shared their stories on YouTube and Instagram.

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Keepin’ it REALLL with you guys. This is me. This is what I’m workin’ with. I get messages EVERY day from you guys in regards to loose skin. So many of you guys tell me the ONE thing that’s holding you back from wanting to lose weight, have weight loss surgery, or continue on your journey is the fear of having loose skin (or losing your boobs-but that’s for another day 😂). LET👏🏼ME👏🏼JUST👏🏼SAY👏🏼… yes, the loose skin is quite inevitable. Lots of people told me that since I’m on the younger spectrum (25 years old) that it would “bounce” back or that I need to work out to tighten it up. Well, it didn’t bounce back. I’m grateful that the amount I have is pretty easy to hide with the right clothing (high waisted pants and compression leggings for the gym). And I work out often and if anything it has created MORE loose skin. Which is great because that means I’m losing body fat! YES, IT SUCKS. I hate the loose skin I have. But the reality is I would rather have some loose skin than be 300 pounds again! It’s truly not the end of the world, I PROMISE! 🙏🏼 So what I’m doing currently is working on dropping some more weight and then maintaining so I can eventually get loose skin removal (most likely a tummy tuck- can’t wait to start consulting with different surgeons!) And until then, I’m working my butt off in the gym and doing my best to find clothing that helps me feel more comfortable and hide the loose skin. I’m extremely happy with my weight loss and at the end of the day, having the loose skin is so minor! So don’t let it scare you. Start your journey and learn how to own and LOVE your body in all its shapes and forms💫 #wls #wlscommunity #gastricbypass #gastricbypasssurgery #gastricbypassjourney #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitness #fitnessmotivation #transformation #motivation #progress #progressnotperfection #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #fitfam #fitspiration #fitspo #fitstagram #fitspire #fitgirlsguide #fitnesslife #fitlife #TransformationTuesday #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafter

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I also learned that the surgery would help me with portion control, but my weight-loss would still require the discipline that I’d been working on my entire life. The only difference was this time, I’d actually see results.

And then

The swelling happened because my body and mostly my legs had to support my weight all day. I came home crying one day and immediately went to my doctor for another gastric bypass surgery referral-this time at 298 pounds.

Three months later, I went under the knife, and it turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made.

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What happened after surgery, is another share of the story

I also had to eat a lot of bland food, just so my stomach wouldn’t feel irritated-so I ate small portions of soft foods like rice and eggs.

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Happy #TransformationTuesday everyone 💛 The picture on my left wasn’t even me at my heaviest but it’s crazy to look back and think about this weekend at UCLA! I was in so much pain from walking around the campus. I was wearing my black tank top that “hid” everything. I remember this October of 2017 feeling suffocated under my own skin. I started dealing with high blood pressure for the first time ever! I felt overall terrible. Weeks later I saw my doctor and got my referral for the Gastric Bypass and from that moment I decided to take control of my health. Over a year later, I’ve lost 150 pounds and traveled all across Chicago on foot last weekend PAIN FREE! After losing weight, it’s life experiences like these that make is SO worth it. 🙌🏻 #wls #wlscommunity #gastricbypass #gastricbypasssurgery #gastricbypassjourney #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitness #fitnessmotivation #transformation #motivation #cardio #treadmill #progress #progressnotperfection #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #fitfam #fitspiration #fitspo #fitstagram #fitspire #fitgirlsguide #fitnesslife #fitlife #beforeandafter

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But now, a year post-op, I’m reintroducing my stomach to my favorite foods. Before surgery, while I never binge ate, I frequently ate Mexican food, I snacked a lot, and served myself large portions. But now, so that my stomach doesn’t stretch back out, I don’t eat meals larger than the palm of my hand.

I also track my macronutrients using MyFitnessPal, I meal prep, and I’ve found alternatives to my favorite foods, such as burrito bowls made with lean ground turkey and zoodles. But still, I’ll have a few bites of cake for dessert of I’m craving it.

Her daily diet routine looks like this –

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Buffalo Chicken Caesar Salad 🐔🥗🤤 I shared this recipe recently on my “meals” highlight! With the weekend comes lots of temptations and wings and beer nights! 🍗🍻 So why not get the same delicious buffalo fix in a healthy way?! It’s so simple. Make your salad the same way you would any other Caesar salad, but coat your chicken in buffalo sauce 🔥🔥🔥 you’re welcome 🧡 #wings #chickenwings #buffalowildwings #buffalowings #beforeandafter #wls #wlscommunity #gastricbypass #gastricbypasssurgery #gastricbypassjourney #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitness #fitnessmotivation #transformation #motivation #progress #progressnotperfection #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #fitfam #fitspiration #fitspo #fitstagram #fitspire #fitgirlsguide #fitnesslife #fitlife

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  • Breakfast: Chobani flips or cottage cheese and fruit with coffee
  • Lunch: Salad with either chicken or ground turkey or lettuce wraps
  • Snack: A ONE Almond Bliss protein bar or hummus and vegetables
  • Dinner: Zucchini pizza

After this, she had her gastric bypass surgery because of which she lost a good 150 pounds. Finally, she concludes by saying

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I know what it’s like to feel STUCK. I know what it’s like to tell yourself that you need to accept the fact that you’re a big girl and that’s all there is to it. And I know what it’s like to have some days where you OWN your body and rock it and other days where you cry because you walked by a mirror and now you don’t want to leave the house. It’s a really sad life and after losing weight, I realized how truly, deeply unhappy I was. I spent literally my whole life wishing for any body but my own. I enrolled in my first boot camp when I was 5 years old! My life has been a never ending battle against me and my weight. Comparison killed my confidence. Now that I’m down 150 pounds, I still have days where I struggle with my image and wish my body looked like someone else’s but what matters is that I’m WORKING on it. If you’re in that same boat where you are just living in self hate like I was, then the best thing you can do is make baby steps to just get out of that. I find that when I’m actually putting in the work, no matter how big or small, I feel better about myself because I know I’m working towards something. Start setting small, achievable goals and get moving! Life is too short to unhappy 💫 photo by the amazing @stevenleyvaphoto 📸 thanks for always making me feel beautiful no matter what size I am 🥰 #transformationtuesday #wls #wlscommunity #gastricbypass #gastricbypasssurgery #vsg #gastricbypassjourney #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitness #fitnessmotivation #transformation #motivation #progress #progressnotperfection #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #fitfam #fitspiration #fitspo #fitstagram #fitspire #alphalete #fitnesslife #fitlife #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafter

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“While I’m proud of my weight loss, my next goal is to build more muscle to fill out the loose skin I now have because of my rapid drop in weight. I go to the gym five days a week and try to incorporate a mix of cardio and strength training (I also spent some time in the sauna after every workout to relax).

Now, I feel like I’m finally happy and confident with myself and my body. I know gastric bypass surgery isn’t the best choice for everyone, but it was the right choice for me, and it definitely wasn’t the “easy way out.” It not only helped me see results I never thought were possible because of my health condition-but it has also helped me stay healthier by keeping my weight in check”.

 

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