Well I promised more blog posts, so more blog posts is what you shall get! This one is a real downer though. You've been warned.
So I've had this suspicion that I am hypothyroid for quite some time. Reasons I thought I might be hypothyroid:
- I am ALWAYS tired - like can-hardly-stay-awake-at-my-desk-at-work-ALL-DAY-despite-having-tons-of-coffee kinda tired. That's pretty tired!
- I have a ton of trouble concentrating which is sort of problematic when your job requires you to read and write a lot.
- I am freezing cold ALL THE TIME! It's seriously not normal to go to bed shivering in July!
And I absolutely HATE saying this last reason because I can just see the eye rolls now..........
- I gained 8-10 pounds in December and have not no matter what I do been able to take it off!!! I'll get 2 or 3 pounds off (which will take MONTHS to do) and then in one week I'll gain it all back for absolutely no valid reason that I can think of!
I of course hate telling people this is one of the main reasons that I knew that something was wrong. I get the fake sympathetic head tilt. I can see the silent judging. "Awwww. Poor little girl gained 3 pounds and now she's crying about it. Wah wah wah!" Three pounds in one week is a lot for me! Especially since I know there is no possible way that I consumed an excess 10,000+ calories! It's just not possible. And I don't want to hear that sh!t about it being muscle! Bullsh!t!!! I cannot gain 3 pounds of muscle in one week! I feel gross and bloated all the time! My pants are tight (and I refuse to buy new ones) and my rings are tight on my fingers. Something was definitely not right!
So I finally went last week and had my thyroid hormone levels checked. And TADA - I most definitely have hypothyroidism and have joined the ranks of many elite runners. Yes, many elite runners have thyroid issues, but there is no conclusive evidence to actually make the claim that large amounts of endurance exercise screw up your thyroid permanently. (And if you show me this article, I don't think that we can be friends anymore.) For the past week I have been taking Synthroid. The first few days I felt a little nauseous, but that has since subsided. I'm still cold and tired but I don't expect that to change for a few more weeks. BUT, I already do not look as tired. My face isn't as puffy. I do not feel as bloated. My rings have not been as tight. My thighs are not screaming to get out of my pants. I know that I am far from being overweight even with the extra 8-10 pounds that I have acquired. I just want to fit comfortably in my pants again (I'm cheap and don't want to buy new ones). I don't want my fingers to feel like little sausages anymore. I don't want to be tired all the time. I don't want to freeze to death everywhere I go. I don't think these demands are unreasonable.
Sorry for the picture-less post.