Health + Life Update

***In case you are new here, I have Hashimoto’s disease and PCOS.  Feel free to check out my posts about it herehere, and here.

In my last health post, I mentioned that I was starting a new thyroid medicine and doing progesterone cream in order to get my cycle back on track, so I figured I’d start out with a follow-up on those two things.

The new thyroid medicine, Tirosint, has been working great! I am feeling so much better– no longer foggy and tired all the time [though they are still occasional bouts of fatigue].

I have also been using the progesterone cream some, though I’ll admit I forget a lot of the time.  I did finally have my period in mid-April [three months after the last one] and then again in mid-June [only 2 months between them this time!!!].  I am really hoping this means my cycles are starting to regulate out.

I’ve been off the pill for almost 9 months at this point.  I am still fighting some occasional depression too.  I’ll be fine one week then really down and depressed the next.  I’ve got an appointment with my therapist next week to talk about this and make sure everything is ok.  I really don’t want to go on an anti-depressent, but if it will help, I will definitely consider it.  It just worries me to be on something like that since we want to get pregnant.

Even with the thyroid medicine working to help with the fatigue and fogginess, my weight just wasn’t budging.  I had put on about 15 lbs. since coming off the pill and I was not even close to my ideal weight before that gain, so I was definitely frustrated and very unhappy with myself.  I was doing Weight Watchers and going to hot yoga, but the scale wasn’t budging.

I talked to my doctor about it and we decided to start me on a weight-loss program they offer there.  I will probably talk about it more once I am done with it as I want to make sure I can keep going with it, but for now, I will tell you that it is working great! I got most of the initial gain off, which is AH-MAZING as I’d been doing Weight Watchers for months and had only lost 2-3 lbs.  This program is also really good for me because it cuts out all dairy and wheat products, which I needed to do but just hadn’t be able to fully get on track with.

Other than that, the biggest change for me has been going to part-time at work.  After months of being unhappy in my current position and being stressed-out all the time, Jeff and I decided it would be best for me to look at going to part-time.  I talked to my boss about it and after a couple of weeks of discussing my options, an opportunity came up that I couldn’t resist.  I have been managing the convenience stores at the college here in town, and this new position will still be with the same company, I will just be doing all the pricing/menus/register-related stuff for the dining on campus.

I’ve been on the part-time schedule for almost 2 months now, and it is incredible.  Financially, it sucks a little— we’re definitely having to tighten up on the extraneous spending— but I feel like I can breathe.  I enjoy my job more now, I have time to spend with friends and build those relationships more, I have time to clean and keep up the house, I could keep going on and on about how much I love it.

Well, I think that is all for now.  What’s been going on in your life? Please feel free to comment or email me! I’d love to hear about it!

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