Biggest Giveaway EVER!

You guys will never believe it. Not only do I have another FREE RACE ENTRY for a Spartan race to give away… they’re also giving you a chance to win the trip of a lifetime!

But more on that later. First, did you know that Spartan Races are getting more and more popular? Did you know they have at TV show on NBC Sports featuring the races themselves? The final episode will cover the World Championship race in Killington, VT this Sept 20th.


And then, if that’s not enough… this is something I am *REALLY* excited about. Really, really, really. 

“Sand, surf and obstacles await you on this one of a kind Spartan adventure. Join fellow Spartans March 6-9, 2015 when you’ll be taken on a cruise liner from the Port of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas for a first of it’s kind Spartan Sprint! Can you say, “Best. Vacation. EVER!?”

That’s right. A BAHAMAS CRUISE, complete with a Spartan race. Can you even? Here’s the details of the trip if you just can’t wait to see if you win the lottery and want to sign up to go anyway:

So here’s what you have to do to enter these two giveaways.

 #1: to enter to win the cruise giveaway (for 2 including airfare and the cruise out of Miami (US residents only)), click here and enter your information into the form.

#2: to enter to win a FREE RACE ENTRY, simply comment on this blog post and tell me what your favorite sport is. To play, to watch, or both! 

I will draw the free race entry winner next Friday, August 22. Good luck!


Mobile posting

I put the wordpress app on my phone! Maybe that will help me with posting. But probably not.

So here’s the thing. I had that thyroid surgery. And then I just kept getting bigger. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do. It’s now hard to do any type of exercise. I ran a leg in the CIM relay like I’ve done many times, and I was limping for a week afterward. This is NOT me. This isn’t right. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

I don’t have health insurance yet, but I will soon. It starts Jan 1st and I have an appointment Jan 6th for a full physical, thyroid eval and bloodwork, all of it.

In the meantime, I paid out of picket for some thyroid labs, and my previous doctor did let me refill my Levothyroxine and Cytomel prescriptions.

Here are my labs:

However…I know something’s not right. Not just the weight gain…I sleep 10 hours and can barely get up, I’m freezing half the time, I’m living life like a slug!

And I don’t like it one bit.


Spartan Giveaway #2 winner!

Sorry that took an extra week folks – out of town, sick, all the excuses. I just remembered to run the random number generator and we have a winner!




Look for an email from me with the code to enter your Spartan race of choice. 

Thanks for entering, everyone!

Spartan Race Giveaway #2!

And now for a totally different topic. I have some amazing news to share – Spartan Race has partnered with NBC Sports to bring obstacle racing to television. NBC will be filming 8 professional athletes and 4 everyday Spartans at the Spartan Race World Championships in Killington, Vermont next month on September 21st for a 90 minute TV special.

Spartan Race has launched a Get On TV campaign in which people will submit a story about how training and racing in a Spartan Race has transformed their life for a chance to be featured on this special.

So, I’ve got another Spartan Race code to give away! Just like in this post, the rules are simple.

Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1. Share the link to this blog post on your social media of choice (facebook, twitter, pinterest, anything goes)

2. Comment back here to tell me where you shared the link.

3. Tell me which Spartan Race event you would enter if you won.

BONUS ENTRY: LIKE Spartan Races on Facebook and leave me a second comment saying you did so.

I’ll be away for the weekend, so I’ll pick the winner next Thursday, Sept 5th. See you then!

Total Thyroidectomy

Well, folks, obviously I wasn’t a good blogger and keeping up on here. Last I posted, I had just been told by my doctor that my thyroid should come out. But first, I had some tests. 

– The lab tests revealed that my TSH and T3 were out of range, but absolutely nothing else. No high cholesterol, no diabetes, nothing! Yay! My doctor increased my synthroid dose.

– Then it was time for a thyroid ultrasound. That showed that the growths were big, heterogeneous, and potentially suspicious. It was time to meet with a surgeon. 

– The surgeon read my ultrasound and met with me. He said his plan was to take the whole thing out, because if he left any thyroid tissue, it would get another growth on it. Plus, who knows how well the little thyroid that would be left was working anyways. I was in agreement. 

– Surgery date was August 22nd. All went well – I went to sleep, woke up goofy, and didn’t feel a thing. I had a nice big bandage on my neck. 


– I was able to bring home a photo of the removed thyroid! If you like to see graphic photos of internal photos, you’ll love this. The growth is insane. If you don’t like stuff like that, DO NOT click this link.

– Stayed the night in the hotel, came home and spent a few days alternating between the bed and the couch. With a lot of DVR time logged. The big bandage went down to just some tape, and I got to shower!


– And now it’s one week later. Visited the surgeon today and the tape was removed. The stitches are the dissolving kind, so nothing even needed to be removed. The scar is longer than I anticipated, but it will fade and blend right into my neck creases. 



– And see that last little part of the photo? Its from my pathology report. Turns out, I had cancer. A small, completely encapsulated, section of cancerous cells. But the lymph node is completely clear. So, I had cancer. But I am now cancer free, without knowing I had it in the first place. 

Thank you, Dr. B.

It’s time to get back to Healthy Living Holly. 


Hasta La Vista, Thyroid Gland

I saw the doctor last night. And I got some news I have to admit I wasn’t terribly surprised at: 

My thyroid needs to come out. 

The doctor says “the time has come” and that it is “too far gone” for anything else to be done. For reference, here are photos taken 2 days ago of my neck. It’s actually hard to capture it on film, but I think that even in these photos you can see that something is not right. 



So, the first step is a bunch of blood work. I got the FULL workup done this morning on a fasting stomach. CMP and CBC (that’s got everything from glucose/sodium/potassium to blood platelets and stuff), TSH, T3 and T4 (thyroid labs – and good because a lot of Drs only test TSH), Lipid panel (let’s see if I’ve got high cholesterol too, yippee), AND HgbA1c — that’s the marker for diabetes. GULP. I’ve never had high blood sugars before but… please no. Please, please no.

He also had me sign a release so he could get my previous medical records from the time I was originally diagnosed and had a thyroid biopsy (2007). I see him again next Tuesday to go over the lab results and his game plan and predictions for when surgery will take place. 

Until then, keep up my healthy eating and exercise, keep taking my current dose of Synthroid (even though it’s not enough, obviously!), and he’s going to switch me off of an SSRI for my mood issues and have me try Cymbalta, which should not have a weight gain side effect like the Prozac I have been taking has. 

Looks like there are going to be a lot of changes coming up in my health. It might get bumpy, but I think eventually I’ll be in a better place than I am now. Thank goodness. 


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Sidenote though… I’m on a healthy eating program with my running group, and after week 1, I have lost 2 pounds. I also registered for Berkeley’s first half marathon in November. I do think this is me turning things around.

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