LCHF/Keto- My Month 6 Update!

6 MONTHS!  I can’t believe it.  When I first started Keto, I didn’t know what to expect.  But, it turns out, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

I’m going to start off by saying, I still eat Keto every day.  I will continue this way of eating from now on.  It’s what works best for me, and I will never go back to eating a high carbohydrate diet again.  But, this will be my last LCHF/Keto update for a while.  I have been going through a lot of health issues, which I will get to in a minute, that is preventing me from losing weight and seeing the full Keto benefits.  It won’t be beneficial for me to do these updates when nothing is changing from month to month.  Not only that, but it would be boring to read the same thing over and over.  Haha

Is it Hypothyroidism?

So, I am about 98% sure I have hypothyroidism.  I have almost every symptom.  I have been obsessively researching hypothyroidism, trying to find out as much information as I can about it.

Here is a little backstory.

Last August, I developed a goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), had joint pain, fatigue and a ton of other unpleasant symptoms.  I called my Endocrinologist, and they ended up sending me to get blood work done.  They tested my thyroid, and everything came back “normal.”  So, they told me to see my primary care physician to get more testing done.  Long story short, I had more tests done, an ultrasound of my thyroid, a visit to a Rhematologist, etc.  Still, everything looked “normal.”  At this point, I was so frustrated, that I gave up trying to figure it out.

Then, in November, I started the Ketogenic diet.  I started dropping weight, and my symptoms seemed to subside just enough so I was functional.  I felt pretty good.  My symptoms never fully went away, but it wasn’t bad enough that it prevented me from doing the things I wanted to do.

Fast-forward to February 2017.  My old symptoms slowly started coming back.  At first, I blew it off.  I thought I was just being paranoid.  But, things have only gotten worse.  My hair started falling out in clumps.  Like, I’m surprised I’m not bald yet, clumps!  The fatigue is awful; I can never get enough sleep.  I have a low body temp, dry skin, brittle nails, and erratic blood sugars.

I recently saw my primary care physician again, and he tested my thyroid.  He only tested for TSH and FT4 (free T4.) He called me and said my thyroid is “normal.”  AGAIN!  There is nothing normal about my symptoms, or the way I am feeling.  I am so fed up with doctors, and feeling like crap all the time.

I know my thyroid isn’t functioning the way it should, but what can I do if I can’t get any doctors to listen to me?!

Insulin Doses

Ever since I started Keto, my blood sugars have been amazing.  I have lowered my insulin doses by over 60% and my insulin resistance has improved dramatically.

Right now, I am taking 50% more insulin than I was when I started the insulin pump a little over a month ago.  My blood sugars have become erratic and unpredictable.  One day they are great, and the next, they are high.  When my blood sugar is high, it seems nearly impossible to get it to come back down to normal.  Sometimes it takes hours and many corrections to get it to budge.

My basal rate (the amount of insulin my pump gives me per hour) in both pictures is the same.  I know Type 1 Diabetes can be unpredictable, but this is weird!  I used to have fluctuations like this before I started Keto, but this just started happening recently.  I never know what my sugar will be like from day to day, or what my insulin requirements will be.

I have a feeling my erratic blood sugars are related to all my symptoms.  So whatever is wrong with me, it’s messing with my blood sugars as well.  It’s just one more thing to worry about.

One good thing about having Type 1, is that your blood sugars can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside your body.  Months ago, when I had an infection, I figured it out before my doctor did.  My blood sugars were constantly high, and wouldn’t budge, so I knew something was up.  I had to call and request antibiotics!  *Rolling my eyes*

Weight Loss/Inches Lost

One of the weird symptoms I have is swelling and bloating.  My stomach always seems bloated no matter what I do/eat.  It just won’t go away!  My face is puffy and swollen, and I also have swelling in my hands, arms, legs and feet.

I haven’t lost any weight since March.  It sucks!  I keep gaining and losing the same 3-4 pounds over and over.  I’m guessing it has to do with the swelling/bloating.  I don’t even step on the scale anymore because it’s too depressing.

I did lose 4.25″ between April 8-April 25, but I haven’t lost any inches since then.

A few weeks ago, I tried an egg fast, in an attempt to shed some weight.  If you want to learn more about the egg fast, check out my Instagram page.  I talk about it more there.  I lost 3 pounds after the first day, but I gained all that back after I went back to my normal Keto diet.  FAIL.

The Best Part- The Food!

Now, I know this blog has been mostly depressing so far…but, who doesn’t like seeing pictures of food?!

Keto allows me to eat some amazing food, and that’s why I will never go back to the Standard American Diet.  Fat is delicious!

Pork chop, green beans, mushrooms and bacon. (the green beans were cooked in bacon fat. *Drool*)

Fathead pizza is my jam.  It is amazing!  My only regret, is not finding out about this recipe sooner.  I even got my non-Keto hubby eating and loving this pizza.  If you don’t know what fathead pizza is, google it.  You’re welcome! 🙂

Fathead pizza with: black olives, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and shallots.

How I’m Feeling

Obviously, I’m not doing very well right now.  Type 1 is hard all on it’s own, without adding another health issue into the mix.  One thing about me, is that I don’t give up.  I am determined to find a doctor that will listen to me, and I will feel better. I’m not sure how long it will take, but it will happen.  No one should have to feel like crap all the time.

My exercise has been sporadic lately, because I just don’t have the energy.  This is one of the things that bothers me the most.  I busted my butt for the last 6 months working out, and now I have to stop.  I decided to work out on Sunday, and I had to stop in the middle of it.  I have never done that before.  For now, I just shouldn’t push my body to do something that it can’t do.  At some point, I will get back on track, but I have to be patient with myself.

I still believe in everything Keto, and will continue this way of life.  Hopefully, when all my other crap gets straightened out, I will be able to continue on with my weight loss.  Until then, I will try and remain positive, hopeful, and stay OFF the scale! 😉

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