I feel awful – a Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Update

For the last 3 weeks, I haven’t had much energy at all. Most nights, I’ve gotten 8 hours of sleep, and on some days, I must take a nap in order for me to be able to carry on with my day. I have an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. My last 2 lab tests have shown that I am hyperthyroid, and with a little more weight loss, I’m sure I’ve gotten worse. Hyper symptoms for me are about the same  as being hypo. My symptoms usually include exhaustion and brain fog.

When I am so exhausted that I feel like I cannot get out of bed, it brings me back to before I was diagnosed; back then, I had no idea why I could stay in bed the whole day, and still felt lethargic.

On Saturday morning, my alarm went off at 5:30am for my long run. As I was getting dressed, my throat was a little achy, and my stomach was upset. I texted Alicia to let her know I would not be joining her, and went back to sleep. When I woke up the second time, my throat didn’t hurt, but I still felt crappy, so I cancelled my trip to Houston. I was so disappointed, but a 3 hour drive would put me to sleep, and if it was a cold brewing, my cousins would not appreciate me spreading the germs!

The weekend consisted of me mostly hanging out on the couch, playing Donkey Kong, watching Investigation Discovery, and just getting some rest. I felt more energized in the evenings, so my fiance asked if I wanted to go out for dinner on Sunday night. We did, and it was great, but I was still falling asleep at 8pm

When I woke up this morning after 8 hours of sleep, I could not get moving. I still made it to my appointment with my dietitian/trainer before work, and she told me that my balance was way off (I felt it too). After my session, I felt so jittery and anxious, something I hadn’t felt in the last 3 weeks. I mentioned it to her, and we talked about when my next appointment with the endocrinologist is (it’s April 3rd), and she urged me to get my blood work done tomorrow morning instead of waiting another 2 weeks. We both suspect I’m hyper.

I’m going to get up early tomorrow so I can go to the lab when they open; I can’t take this any longer.

WIAW #44 – New find

Every week, I tell myself that I’m going to blog outside of WIAW, yet every Tuesday, I find myself surprised that another week has gone by! Once the wedding and honeymoon are behind us, I’ll have a lot more time to blog!

Since it is Wednesday, it’s time to party!! Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for this link party :)


 Yesterday morning, I went to work out with my RD/Trainer, and we had a legs and core day. Once I got home, I had breakfast: a small banana and gluten-free oatmeal (made with skim milk) and pecans.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with pecans, and a bananaFor lunch, I had some tuna salad wraps; the tuna salad was made with Greek yogurt, chopped apple, and lemon juice. I also had sugar snap peas with hummus and the rest of the apple.

Lunch: tuna salad wrap, apple, sugar snap peas and hummusIn the afternoon, I was craving something sweet, so I had some chocolate chips and pecan pieces (not pictured).

To prepare for dinner, I stopped by Costco to pick up some salmon, and I saw some frozen quinoa and kale and thought I should give it a try.

Quinoa and Kale

The salmon went in the oven, and when there were 5 minutes remaining on the timer, I popped a bag of the quinoa and kale in the microwave, put water to boil to steam some broccoli. Once everything was ready, we were about to sit down for dinner when someone decided she wanted to sit on my fiancé’s chair.

Princess Maya at the table

I hope she stays this little!!

My fiancé who’s not a big fan of vegetables LOVED the quinoa and kale. Overall, this meal was delicious!

Dinner: salmon, quinoa and kale, and broccoli

 What is your favourite find from Costco?

I love Namaste flour blend, but I haven’t gotten to use that much lately (I promised to refrain from baking until after the wedding), so my other find is the salmon.

WIAW #43 – Struggles

Hello, there! I hope your week has been going well thus far… mine’s been pretty busy. I’m reorganizing my office, so when I’m not working, I’m working on that or the wedding while watching “How I Met Your Mother.” I finally caught up to season 9, but to watch the current season from the beginning, I’d have to pay $49.99 for the season subscription on iTunes. Nope. Not going to happen. I’m going to have to wait until it comes out on Netflix!

Anyhooo since it is Wednesday, it’s time for another edition of WIAW–a wonderful party hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons.

Yesterday started off with some a winter warning; there was ice on the ground. There were some delayed starts, but they didn’t apply to me (I was going to work from home) nor my fiancé (he had to go into work at his usual time). For breakfast, I decided on Chobani coconut-blended yogurt with papaya, Udi’s GF granola, and almonds.

Breakfast: Coconut Chobani with papaya, Udi's gluten-free granola, and slivered almonds

Little Miss Maya was hanging around on my crafts table shortly after I took that photo. She is just over a year old, but she’s still got such a baby face.


Last night, we had spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner, but I didn’t have any spaghetti left over. When it came time for lunch, I had to wait until after a noon call to get myself in the kitchen to prep lunch. This proved to be disastrous.. I snacked on a couple of All But Gluten chocolate chip cookies. Once the pasta was cooked, I heated the meat sauce and some frozen grilled bell peppers, and mixed it all together, and topped with some parmesan.

Lunch: ziti with meat sauce and vegetablesIn the afternoon, I was going to take photos of the cookies since I did have them before lunch, and instead of putting them back in the bag, I had them as well. They weren’t even that good!

Cookies and milkI’m so not looking forward to telling my dietitian/personal trainer this morning. I’ve been struggling to keep it clean since the weekend, but I feel like I’m so burned out from just eating healthy and not being able to just eat some things. Perhaps I should’ve just taken a break and given myself permission to have a day or two off, and then I wouldn’t have felt so guilty. Anyway, I’m sure she’ll kick my butt!

For dinner, we had Butter Chicken from Clean Eating magazine scheduled.


I was really excited because it was so fragrant with the curry, turmeric root, and Garam Masala, but it was pretty bland; we were so disappointing. I knew it wasn’t going to be too strong, but I was afraid to add the spices afterwards. I’m not sure if it’s the spices (perhaps I shouldn’t be getting them from the bulk section), or if I just needed to double them (which is what I usually do with Clean Eating recipes). Any advice?

How do you get yourself back on track?

Lately, after a good verbal spanking from my dietitian, I’ve been able to stay clean, but I reminded myself today that even though the scale isn’t moving, I’m still making improvements with my clothing and TRX.




WIAW #42 – Veggie Love

Welcome to another WIAWTuesday! Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting the link party.

My Tuesday started off with a 45 minute run and a shower. After feeding the cats, I made breakfast. Of course I wanted yogurt with papaya, but running + dairy do not mix for me. I am only sensitive to dairy after I run. Instead, I opted for some eggs with spinach, and black beans topped with salsa, and a bowl of raspberries.

breakfast-eggs-blackbeans-raspberriesThis kept me full for quite some time, so when lunch time came, I wasn’t very hungry. However, Alicia and I had an appointment with the florist for the wedding, so I had to eat something. My plan was to have yogurt and when I got hungry a couple of hours later, I could have last night’s leftovers.

yogurt with banana, granola, and cashews


Four p.m. came around and I was just a little hungry, so I had a snack instead of a full-sized lunch. My fiancé and I went grocery shopping yesterday, and I got some new hummus that I wanted to try out. It was a little spicy but good :)

carrots and hummusWhen it was time to make dinner, I realized that I’d forgot to go to some Mexican markets to find dried ancho chiles for last night’s dinner. My fiancé said he would just make himself some ham and cheese sandwiches, and I said I would have Monday night’s tilapia that was left over. Plain tilapia didn’t appeal to me yesterday, so I opted for simple fish tacos instead.

tilapia tacos and green beansI cut up the tilapia, put it in a bowl with some avocado and lime juice and mixed them all together. I split the mixture into two tortillas and topped it with salsa. Steamed green beans with lime juice butter rounded out my dinner. It was delicious and super quick to make.

I hope you enjoyed my eats!

Do you have any food intolerances that only affect you at certain times?

As I mentioned, my body can’t handle dairy after a run.



Race Recap: 2014 Austin Half Marathon

Christi and I trained for our first marathon in downtown Austin, instead of Cedar Park because we wanted James as our coach. Aside from the increased mileage, the training was more challenging because downtown Austin has a lot of hills. We talked about possibly running the Austin half marathon as we didn’t want our hill training to go to waste (the Houston marathon is pretty flat).

After our marathon, we weren’t so sure we wanted to run it. I kept going back and forth in my head, especially after my first post-marathon run; it wasn’t pretty. I was pretty slow and I was struggling. After a few more runs, my speed was increasing and my runs felt a lot better. I decided to sign up for the Austin Half about 10 days before the race.

Alicia and I went to the expo on Friday, and when I got home, my fiancé told me he had to go out of town for a relative’s funeral; we decided it would be best if I stayed and met with the wedding cake baker on Saturday and ran the half marathon on Sunday. The night before the half marathon, I was really nervous; this was the first time I was running a half marathon on my own. Two years ago, I ran my first half marathon, but my fiancé was also running it, although we weren’t running it together. While waiting to start the race, I saw a girl from our training program, and I ran almost half of it with her. Last year, I ran the 3M marathon with my 3 running buddies (recap), and I ran the Austin half with Christi (recap).

The morning of the half, I was still feeling really nervous. Alicia, C, and I went downtown the morning of.

Us before the race

They started walking to mile 2 – the first place where they were going to cheer me on, and I went to say hi to my coach and his wife who were the 4:25 pacers. He told me I could do this on my own, and I had already run some of the marathon of my own. I felt a little better, and I went to the 4:55 pacers. My plan was to start with the pacers for the first mile or two, and then go on my own.

Miles 0-6
The race started, and when we all started moving toward the start line, more people moved between me and the pacers. I could kind of see them, but lost them. Once I crossed the start line, I felt a little better. As I approached mile 2, I was on the lookout for Alicia and C. I saw them, and gave Alicia a high 5. It started to warm up, and going uphill on Congress was a  little rough. I was going a bit slower than I was hoping to be going.

Miles 6-9
As I went to go downhill on South 1st Street, I picked up the speed. I knew this was where I had to pick up the pace and make up the time from my earlier miles. I saw a couple of ladies from the marathon training program; they were running the full marathon. They congratulated me on my marathon, and I wished them luck on their race. I saw Alicia and C close to mile 9, and Alicia ran with me for a little bit; she asked how I was doing, and I told her I was bored. She went back to C, and I walked my first water stop; I had Gatorade and grabbed water for my wash towel. It was really humid at this point.

Miles 9-12
When I did the half marathon the last 2 years, mile 9 was the LIVESTRONG Yellow Mile; However, this year, the marathon and half marathon were sponsored by Freescale, so the Yellow Mile was replaced by a little bit of orange tents and a few people cheering, but it was nothing compared to the Yellow Mile. I greatly missed it. I passed the 4:40 pacers around this time.

Once we were approaching mile 10, we started going up the MoPac on-ramp; it got hard again. I had slowed down again, but I kept running. The 4:40 pacers passed me.

Another hill came and right after, there was a water stop; I barely made it to that water stop, so I walked it. As we approached Enfield and mile 11, the marathoners turned left, and we turned right. I remembered having a hard time after mile 11 last year, but I wouldn’t let myself walk for the rest of the race; I had to try to get the best time possible. I spotted the awful hill on Enfield. When you drive down the hill on Enfield, it feels like your stomach drops like on a roller coaster. As you get closer to it, however, it looks like it’s flatter than it actually is. Last year, I tried to ignore the fact that it was a hill and tried to run up it. My legs were exhausted and I had to push on my quads just to WALK up the hill. This year, I told myself that I was going to run it. So I started up the hill, and I kept going; I repeated “don’t quit” over and over until I made it over the hill. I was so proud of myself for having run it for the first time!

Miles 12+
I knew the hardest part was behind me, and it was time to pick up the pace. I was still tired and hot, but I knew that I had to keep going. Alicia had texted me that she wouldn’t be there at mile 13 (another tough spot), but then she texted me once I turned the corner onto San Jacinto and I wasn’t sure where she was exactly (she had said she was “around the corner” but didn’t specify which corner). She yelled out my name when she saw me, and I waved. The last two weeks, I had been training to sprint to the end, and on San Jacinto, I sped up. As I turned on 11th street I increased the speed even more, and kept going down Congress and across the finish line.

My time was 2:17:52, which was 3 minutes and 29 seconds faster than my half marathon PR (2013 3M Half Marathon), and 5 minutes and 9 seconds faster than last year’s Austin Half time. I was very proud of myself for being able to do so well despite the 94% humidity. This year, I find that I have more discipline, and I’m able to keep pushing myself.

Before getting my medal and with my friends

Before getting my medal and with my friends

I met up with Alicia and C after I picked up my medal, some food, and my finisher shirt. After talking to my mom on the phone, I took a photo with my cheerleaders! I can’t wait to return the favor next month.

The finisher shirt and medal

The finisher shirt and medal

Next year, I’m planning on doing the Austin marathon; I’ve already signed up for it!

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