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I too am hypo, been for about 5 years and up on the weight. Before I became hypo I think I went hyper first as I lost crazy weight doing nothing, then all of a sudden, bam!!! weight piled on as well as the napping. By the time I decided it just wasn't being lazy and got to the dr, I had gained about 15 pounds. Over the last 5 years everytime the thyroid needs an adjustment, I have gained another couple pounds, so over the course of 5 years I have gained around 50 pounds, so I too am looking at small increment goals so I don't get discouraged. I am 43 also, married, 2 girls (17 and 23) and work from my home, so I joined Shapes here to make myself get out and go. Hired a trainer to help me get motivated and it seems to help when you go somewhere and see others in your position just trying to get healthy and lose weight. Where do you live? I don't follow the south beach although I have tried it, but just follow almost a no carb plan....if it has carbs they have to be the good kind. I try to track myself on fitday, but easily forget til the end of the day sometimes, LOL.
So, in all this chatter, I would like to be able to chat with someone else that is looking for the same thing I am. I can always private message you to give you my email address so it doesn't have to be seen by everyone, just let me know