Adrenal Fatigue

Yearly Reminder and Some Inspiration!

Posted by Miss Lizzy
March 15, 2013
55 lbs overhead "Snatch" - I did 30 of these at 45lbs, and 30 at 55 lbs. Let's hear it for the moms over 40!

55 lbs overhead “Snatch” – I did 30 of these at 45lbs, and 30 at 55 lbs. Let’s hear it for the moms over 40!

Hi friends, I was feeling sluggish, tired and unmotivated this week and then I remembered, of course!, it’s that time of year for the hypothyroid annual winter blues. Sheesh, it’s really like clockwork. I’m going along in February, feeling great, tons of energy and then suddenly in early March I hit a wall.

Overnight I lose all motivation, energy and generally feel blah about life. That’s my cue to increase thyroid medicine because I know life can be better! And I’m here to remind you too (xo!)

See, Thyroid function can drop at this time of year resulting in a kind of low-grade depression, lethargy, lack of focus, lack of inspiration or just a general feeling of heaviness.

Starting in early March I need to increase my desiccated thyroid medicine about 15mgs for a few months (through May). And also make sure I am taking my iron supplement and B vitamins. Like me, if you have a seasonal drop in energy, feel low or lethargic then the medicine dose might be the reason.

On that note, I thought a little inspiration and motivation would help you and me. So I wanted to share some recent photos showing how great life can be when my medicine is working.

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In this squat photo I am lifting 145lbs, and worked up to a full back squat with 185lbs on the barbell!! Woot! It was record day for me. And the other photo is from the Crossfit Games — I am competing this year! In the top photo (with the barbell over my heaad) I lifted a 45lb barbell 30 times!

I never would have thought it possible to do sports like this ten years ago. To have a body that could handle exercise is a miracle. But here I am at age 41, even better than I was at 25, and it feels awesome! Check your medicine, life can be great!

xo!

Lizzy

6 Comments

  1. Jennifer March 15, 2013 10:18 pm

    Thank you thank you Lizzie. Words cannot describe how much I needed this post today. You look amazing! I am 35 and have suffered from Hashimoto's for about 5 years. I thought I finally had my meds under control and was feeling good so I began exercising again. Now two weeks later I am exhausted and have a horrible cold. Just like every time I try exercising. Your blog has reminded me to watch my carbs and adjust my meds for the springtime blahs. You are an inspiration!

  2. Melissa March 16, 2013 2:42 pm

    Thanks so much for this post. I have wondered why, every year, I hit the bottom in March and don't feel better until late May. But I haven't seen this anywhere else on the web. Did you dr tell you about this seasonal phenomenon or is it something you found out for yourself?

  3. Jena July 11, 2013 9:56 pm

    Lizzie, I wanted to thank you for putting the time and energy into creating such an empowering, informative site. Like many others who've posted, I've been dealing with unexplained weight gain, extreme fatigue and a whole bunch of other symptoms for many years. I work out 5-6 times a week doing CrossFit, running, lifting. I eat Paleo and have cut out almost all processed foods and yet have put on 35 pounds. As hard as this battle is, it's great to know that I'm not alone. I just saw an Endo this week for a full blood work up and am waiting for results. Your list of doctors is giving me hope that if my tests come back "normal" (like they have so many other times), I know where else I can turn. Thank you again.

  4. Mary November 8, 2013 6:49 pm

    Just wanted to post and say your experience is pretty inspiring! I am still in a bad place, thyroid-wise. My TSH (with no medication) is always great, in the 1s. But my Free T3 is always low-normal (like, 2.3 when the range is 2.0- 4.4). I have hypo symptoms. I've been on Armour twice. It worked initially, then the effects wore off. My dr has me on NatureThroid…. 32mg did nothing for me, so was upped to a full grain, 65. After two weeks, got tested and my Free T3 levels are lower than when I was on 32mg. Not sure what to do now. Keep hoping I'll hit on the magic bullet via supplement or prescription!

  5. Lee January 10, 2014 5:21 pm

    It was found out I was hyperthyroid at 12 yrs of age. I was always energetic. I am 59 now. 2 yrs ago reluctantly following my doctors advice I did the radio active treatment for my thyroid. Now I am hypothyroid. I'm taking synthroid everything in my body is wacky. I called my doctor, who saw me ordered blood test only to tell me they are normal. I don't feel normal, I feel terrible. All of the symptoms you explain are me. I'm always tired and this is depressing. Once I started reading this article I could not hold back the tears. My face, hair & body has changed I regret doing the treatment. I will look for a new doctor who will listen to me & help me. Thank you. Maybe there is some hope for me.

  6. Lizzy January 11, 2014 2:02 am

    Yes, Lee, have hope!!! Find a doctor who listens and looks at symptoms, body temperature, Free T3 and Free T4. Also, many people who take synthetic thyroid like Synthryoid still suffer from many hypothyroid symptoms, but do well on natural desiccated thyroid medicine like NP Thyroid by Acella (which I switched to recently and love) or Naturthroid.Here is more reading about synthetics vs. desiccated…http://www.misslizzy.me/blog/2010/5/14/desiccated-thyroid-medicine-vs-synthetics.htmlxo! Lizzy!

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