What's wrong with me?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Last fall I noticed a few things that were out of sorts for me.
An overload of stress.
Excessive weight gain.
Extremely tired all the time.
Extra moody.
Etc., etc., etc.
Honestly, the list goes on and on.

No matter how much I worked out and ate right, things just weren't changing.
Of course adding even more stress.
I decided to go to the doctor to see if we could figure out what was going on.

After some blood work, an EKG, and such everything appeared as though I am in perfect health.
At that point my family doctor thought it was best to try a low dose anxiety medication.
Since I felt like I was at my whit's end I was willing to try anything.

In the beginning I did notice a slight change in my mood.
Things that would normally get me extremely worked up, didn't bother me as much.
However, new things started to arise.
Night sweats!
Holy moly!
This is a serious side effect and highly annoying!

Other side effects...
Even more exhausted feeling than before, yet can't sleep through the night.
And excessive yawning all day long.
Along with a few other things.

I kept my workouts up, and continued to be very mindful of what I was eating.
Now don't get me wrong, that didn't mean that I was going to just cut out all fun things!

So from late September to now I have been on this anxiety medication.
And while this particular medication isn't supposed to cause weight gain, I have continued to gain weight.
Without going into all the details, I am currently a few pounds away from my 9 month pregnancy weight!!!
That scares the crap out of me!
And my body feels it!
The aches and pains, the sore joints, etc.

I know I am getting older, but this is nuts!
Even the clothes I just bought in early June for my girls trip don't fit me right now!
Cue even more stress :(

So I decided to get a few more things checked out after hearing a few other ladies talk about having thyroid issues, and even testosterone issues.

Side note: I contacted my family doctor about running more tests and they questioned me on why I thought I needed them.
I explained what was going on, and they still questioned the idea of the getting more blood work.
That was very strange to me.

So this time I headed to my OB/GYN to get a second opinion on the matter.
They ran some more extensive blood work for me and the results are in...

Nothing is wrong.


They stated that things look to be in "normal" ranges.
(I look at these levels and they don't all seem to be in the normal range to me, but what do I know?)
Everything except my Vitamin D which is really low.
Not terribly surprising since I sit in an office with no windows most of the day,
and this summer working from home I am still cooped up :/

Other than that....nothing.

I am so confused!
And I have no idea what to do next.

She did mention possibly getting tested for allergies since one of the symptoms I have is a sore throat.
I have had this sore throat since early fall.

Silly side note: You know how I can tell something isn't right with my voice/throat?
When I sing in the car my voice goes out.
Like hoarse goes out.
This has been for months!!!!

After these blood results came back my doctor mentioned maybe I would want to get allergy testing since the throat deal doesn't seem to go away.
Other than that I am left with a ton of questions still.

Has anyone else been through this?
Do/did you have any of the same symptoms? If so, how are you handling them?
Any other suggestions for me?

My plan as of right now is to continue working out each day,
eating small portions/healthy eating, etc.
My weaknesses are pasta and salty things, but I have really limited those.

So for now I guess I need to just come to grips with the fact that I am just getting older,
and not able to get in shape/lose weight like I used to despite having all these symptoms that don't make sense :(
That is definitely a hard reality to face.

What did that song just say?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea for...

Is it seriously the end of July already?
Didn't we just celebrate the 4th?
Don't get me wrong, I am super excited for Fall to be here but I feel like I blinked and this month is over!

Things are simple this week.
X and I swung in Hobby Lobby the other day to grab some new stickers for my calendar and we came across all the good stuff!
Super cute home decor for Fall,

AND all the good football party stuff!

We did have some restraint and only walked out with a football blanket and coffee mug.
Hey HB, please bring all these items back next year when I am back in my house.
I will most definitely be buying it all for a big football gathering :)

Facebook groups can be the best!
One of the members shared these super cute shoes and I knew I needed to make them mine!

Let me back up for a moment.
Look above, and now look at the Steve Madden version below.
Almost identical!!!!
However, mine didn't come with the hefty price tag :)
My new favorite camo shoes are from Walmart!
Yes, you read that correctly!
And they are under $17!
Oh, and did I mention they have super comfy memory foam in them?
Expect to see these a lot! ;)

 I have a post coming next week with all my hits and misses from the Nordstrom sale, but I couldn't help share this pic of my favorite little guy.
He was modeling a couple of the items I ordered for him.

That shirt says it all!!!

I was cruising my favorite social media site and saw some things I had to share with you all.
Like this ceiling!!!

 I am in love!
I am now trying to figure out how we can add it to our remodeling plans somewhere!

It really is a logical question :/ 

I know I am not the only one who does this every single week!
Are you with me? 

I love X to pieces, but I am good for an evening or even weekend away without obsessing over how he is doing and such.

So about this one...
I don't change the channel.
You probably think I am a bad parent...go ahead.
But the songs I sang along to as a kid were the same way!
(Have you heard the lyrics to Mista Bone?)

I didn't have a clue what any of it meant.
And I turned out OK in my opinion.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't let him hear cuss words in songs.
But yes he does know most of the lyrics to the following songs and I am kind of proud.
#keepinrealagain #justbeinghonest

But he knows the lyrics to lots of other songs too!
Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Imagine Dragons, etc.

Do you let your kids listen to whatever is on the radio or do you restrict them?

On that note I am outta here!
Hope you all have a great weekend!

What's Up July!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Linking up with Mel, Shay & Sheaffer for...

What We're Eating This Week...
We are keeping things pretty healthy this week :)
Tuesday - Chicken & Veggies
Wednesday - Whole grain spaghetti and meatballs
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Out

What I'm Reminiscing About...
The days when I was younger and I spent my summers just hanging out by the pool,
playing softball, 
and just being a kid.
It really does go by so quickly!

What I'm Loving...
That I was asked to join a super awesome group of ladies for a collaboration!
More details coming soon!

What We've Been Up To...

Splash pad fun with friends,

T-ball parties, 
visiting the largest rubber duck,

celebrating birthdays with friends,

and swim lessons.

What I'm Dreading...
Going back into the office.
I get so many more things done while I am working from home.

What I'm Working On...
Broken record here...
planning my birthday.
I have no idea what I want to do and when I can even do it :(
Honestly, if anyone can tell me what places I can go to in December/January that involve a beach and a lot of dancing I am all ears!

What I'm Excited About...
Fingers crossed...getting a better idea of what is going on with me health wise.
Still trying to get that whole post together, as well as waiting for some results to come in.

What I'm Watching/Reading...
I am not a big reality TV person, but I did watch Laguna Beach and The Hills back in the day.
So I decided to give Very Cavallari a try.

The girls drive me crazy, but I can't get enough of Jay Cutler!
He cracks me up!

We are also watching everything Shark Week this week!

My favorite show so far was Shaq Does Shark Week! lol!

What I'm Listening To...
Joel tell me what to do in my LIIFT4 workouts ;)

And I can't get enough of the #inmyfeelingschallenge on Instagram!
We have watched so many of them!!!
I think X and I need to film our version soon ;)

What I'm Wearing...
Shorts, tees/tanks and sandals when I am outside.
Sweats/jeans and sweatshirts when I am inside...Mic keeps it freezing up in here!
But I am super pumped for Fall to start sportin' some of my new shoes from the #NSALE :) 
Unfortunately, I am still waiting for all my items to arrive so I can do a recap of the hits and misses :/

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
I have no idea!
The disadvantage of working from home is I keep forgetting what day it is and what I have to do! :/

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...
We are taking a couple days off to have a little fun with X :)
Then it will be time for school orientation,

School starts on August 20th!

The Fall Soccer season will begin!

Preseason football starts! Thank God!

And I go back to the office :(

What Else Is New...
Soccer camp is next week!

Bonus Question: What's Your Favorite Thing You Did This Summer?
Oddly enough I would say working from home.
Trying to work while dealing with a needy 6 year old can be stressful,
but I am glad I was able to have this time with him :)
Because I have had to work, we haven't done anything too terribly exciting but hopefully he will just remember that he was able to be at home with me :)

A very close second would be my girls trip to Myrtle Beach!
So much fun!
And OH so needed! :)

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