Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bye Bye Armour...Hello Again, Synthroid

So I had an appointment last Wednesday with my Endocrinologist.   He's a good guy and really wants to figure things out but wow, does the wait make me wanna poke my eyeballs out:

 
I look so excited, don't I? lol 
 
So ... just a little history...I started Armour at the beginning of May (after being on Synthroid since being diagnosed with Hashimotos 15+ years ago).  I've had a lot of exhaustion issues for the past 6 years and no one can figure it out.  Many lab tests and several different diets didn't change a thing.  Anyways, so my endo wanted to try Armour and I've wanted to try it for years (because the STTM site is always braggin' on it). 
 
Well I initially thought it was doing well but I never saw any real changes besides my nails/eyelashes growing stronger.  Eventually, the T3 in the pills became too much and I wanted off of it or at least reduced.  Well my doctor wasn't arguing after these results! 
 
 
I couldn't believe my TSH was as high as that.  Highest I've seen since being diagnosed .  And that is on 90 mg which is the equivalent of 150 mcg of Synthroid (I was on 112 mcg).  I can't reduce the med due to my TSH being so awful (my Free T4 was low as well - Free T3 was low normal).  So I'm off of Armour for now.  Turns out, I've had two other friends on Armour where it has done the same thing!!!  I thought this was supposed to be the miracle thyroid med.  Not so much for me.
 
So the doctor then said for me to try this:
 
 

Basically he said it was like a gluten free Synthroid.  Well, I didn't last very long on it.  5 days I think.  It made me very jittery (like if you had a constant stream of caffeine in you).  I also felt my anxiety go through the roof.  Not sure why it did that but now I'm back on good ol' Synthroid. 
 
So I'm sad to say that this experiment didn't end up with a miracle.  I'm back to square one but at least I'm feeling back to where I was. 


Saturday, September 12, 2015

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Running Q & As

I found this running survey over at Happy Fit Mama and decided to take it for myself.  I have really gotten behind on running the last few years but I do run every once in a while.  Maybe someday I'll get my running mojo back but in the meantime, here are my answers to some running questions. 

Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail? 
Well, just a disclaimer, I actually live 10 minutes from the beach/ocean now.  Having said that, the beach is AMAZING and I will live on the beach one of these days (DREAM BIG!)...but you can't beat mountain trails.  I just love being surrounded by a billion trees and the crazy views while running.

If you could choose the flavor of gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
Don't do Gatorade.  I'm not sure what the flavors even are so ... let us go with....yellow!

If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
Tank tops.  Need more of those living here in Florida.

Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
Hate training plans but used to use them religiously while training for marathons.  If I was training for something like that, I'd use 'em.  But for now, I just run however far I want which is the way I like it.

Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
Uphill and end with downhill.  Hate hills by the way.

When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
Bwhahaha I don't do anything!  If I was cross-training, I'd do weights.  And I do intramural sports at work (wallyball, corn hole, etc) and softball for church.

What is your preference—>  Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
Loop runs but I basically do out and back right now.

If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be —>
A small hand held water bottle.  You never know if you need it.  I normally carry it just in case and it holds my keys and a small metal nail file (so I can stab a vicious animal coming towards me lol). 

Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
Wild?  Not here in Florida yet unless you count donkeys, cows, and a big bull...and dogs.  I used to see deer and skunks all the time in Ohio. 

Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Absolutely!  I was running some trail in Ohio and it would never end!  I somehow found my way out.

If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?
Burgers with cheese, bacon, and egg on top.

Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
Shorts.  It is Florida after all.

At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?
30 seconds? lol  I've never understood this question.  I don't feel any different from beginning to the end.

What do you do with your key when you run?
Either in my pocket or in my water bottle holder.

If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
Tough Mudder.  I had to DNF that one at the 3 mile marker.  Ultimate failure for me but I just couldn't do being wet and cold for another 8 miles.  I was crying hysterical too because my body temperature was so low.  Couldn't stop crying!  I would love to try it in the sweltering heat someday. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Beach Pics - Sept 6th

So this is the second day in a row that I've tried to go to the beach for some sun.  The rain won once again.  I even went to the early church service (8:15am) so I could go to the beach directly after.  Well, that was a complete bust.  I got there and it was sunny and then like 5-10 minutes later the clouds moved in and then a storm off the coast was heading my way.  It got super windy, chilly, and started spitting some rain.  So I said forget it and left.  Jovan doesn't do cold.  LOL!  But before I left, I did take several pics.  Here ya go!







































Saturday, September 5, 2015

Beach Day - Sept 5th

Here's a photo dump of the pics I took from the beach today (and one of my new beach bag from Target). 















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