This began in the summer of 2013.
I was 60 days into P90X and I was feeling increasingly exhausted.
(For those of you not familiar with P90X, it is a high intensity fitness program where 6 days a week you are working a different part of your body.)
I was so fatigued, that I was postponing workouts to the next day, and finding myself days behind and trying to catch up. I was so tired, I literally had a hard time standing up during the workout or even finishing it. Being tired during the workout, and also afterwards, should have been my clue that something wasn’t right. I mean, exercise is supposed to make you feel better, not WORSE!
To make matters worse, I was getting periods about every 2 weeks. Prior to this, I could set a watch by my cycle, it was extremely regular and predictable. So for it to freak out like this, it definitely (FINALLY) made me take notice.
I am a big proponent of natural routes if possible, so I sought advice of my
voodoo doctor chiropractor who advised me that my thyroid was overactive, which was responsible for my symptoms.
Looking back, this made sense. Our thyroid is like a gauge on our metabolism. When it speeds up, everything speeds up – digestion, energy usage (which explains why I was exhausted), female organ activity, etc. I was unknowingly telling my body to speed up metabolism by loading it up with tons of activity. At the time, I was also at the height of my 3rd year of triathlon training. My body was being overworked like crazy. And it couldn’t handle the load.
Here I was telling my body to speed up, and speed up and speed up until the speedometer was broken.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
P90X is a wonderful program that has brought a lot of people awesome fitness levels. I adore Tony Horton and his positive attitude throughout the program. He has helped thousands of people lead more positive and productive lives by shedding fat and getting into shape. It was, however, not right for me. In my body, what it did was kick my Hashimoto’s into high gear.
In my body, it was part of what I have come to know as the trifecta of Hashimoto’s.
- In order to develop Hashimoto’s, there is usually a genetic predisposition. Something about this could also be the reason why so many more women get Hashimoto’s than men.
- The second thing is that the gut, our wonderful armor from the inside, has to be compromised in some way. For me it was eating an overabundance of wheat, eggs, sugar during my overtraining. I was HUNGRY! I also have decades of sugar abuse under my belt that I’m certain didn’t help the situation.
- The final piece is a trigger event. For me, that trigger event was physical stress from overtraining as well as emotional stress from life in general. I am super great at taking on the problems of the world, and apparently killing myself in the process.