why you so tired girl
Hey hey! Well first I have an EASY recipe for you. Yesterday afternoon I threw 2 chicken breasts into my crockpot with about a 1 1/2 cups of salsa. I set it on low for about 2 hours. I shredded it and left in on warm for the rest of the day. Then for dinner I sautéed some onion and zucchini in fresh lime juice on the stove top and mixed it with the shredded chicken. I then took 2 corn tortillas and crisped them under the broiler, added some guacamole and topped them with the chicken mixture. Last I sprinkled some nutritional yeast on top and dinner was served! Easy as pie. Although can I just say I am not sure about that because pie isn’t easy to make when you are doing it from scratch. Whatever, Martha Stewart probably invented that saying and I’m sure pie is easy for her. Moving on….
A few of you emailed me yesterday concerned about how tired I said I have been lately. Yall are too sweet. Truth is I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (say that three times fast) or more commonly known as an under active thyroid. Your thyroid is the gland that releases hormones that regulate your metabolism. Hypothyroidism can cause many different symptoms, such as:
- Feeling tired, weak, or depressed.
- Dry skin and brittle nails.
- Not being able to stand the cold.
- Memory problems or having trouble thinking clearly.
- Heavy or irregular menstrual periods.
- Weight gain.
Fun, huh? The good news is that it is treatable. Doctors usually prescribe thyroid hormone pills (my doctor gave me Synthroid) and once the correct dosage is found most people start to feel better within a week or two BUT I will likely need to keep taking the pills for the rest of my life. Right now we are playing around with the dosage to find the one that works best for me.
I was experiencing a lot of those symptoms above (don’t worry, I won’t go into those details) and my mom has a thyroid condition as well so I went in to get it checked. It was a simple blood test that measured a lot of hormones in my body (I won’t bore you with all the technical medical terminology) and we found that I did indeed have it. I am not thrilled about this…um…at all….but it is what it is right? I can bitch and moan and say life’s not fair (oh wait I have done that) or I can just shrug my shoulders and deal. I have realized that no amount of complaining to Keith is going to fix the problem so I might as well just deal with it the best I can. But I would like to quickly say that if my husband could just have an ounce of body fat it might make me feel a little better. Seriously just an ounce that’s all I’m asking for here. Sheesh.
So there you have it. I am (right now) really tired in spite of the fact that I religiously get 8 hours of sleep every night. Damn thyroid. 😉