I was watching Oprah the other day and was wondering what was up with my beloved Ms. O. She had been looking so fantastic in the past few years, and suddenly, was no longer emitting that glow I had become accustomed to. Also, she seemed to be putting on weight again, after working so hard to keep her body in shape.
Well, the deal is that Ops has a thyroid condition that is messing with her bod -- big time. In the new issue of O, the talk show queen talks about the months of suffering she endured, before figuring out what was actually wrong with her. "My body was turning on me. First hyperthyroidism, which sped up my metabolism and left me unable to sleep for days. Then hypothyroidism, which slowed down my metabolism and made me want to sleep all the time." The latter contributed to a 20 pound weight gain, and left Oprah feeling completely out of gas. "I craved balance. I was desperate to be somewhere in the middle of hyper and hypo- where, obviously, I'd been my whole life, taking it for granted because I didn't know any better. We often need a malfunction to appreciate all the things that function."
After doctors found the culprit, Oprah spent the entire month of June in Hawaii -- resting. "Yes, the whole month - dedicated to myself, for myself," she said in O. "To regroup. Rejuvenate. Restore my soul." "I may have lost a few friends," she recalled, noting how she had to turn down quite a few invitations, "but I know for sure I saved myself. And learned that making the decision to look after yourself is the ultimate in health care."
Not to be preachy, but I think this is such an important message for women. A lot of us spread ourselves so thin, trying to be everything to everyone, that we don't pay attention to our own needs. Your ailments don't have to be as critical as Oprah's medical condition -- maybe you're just beat from killing yourself to be the best mom, or employee, or friend. Let's take a lesson from Oprah (I always do) and give ourselves a break every now and then -- it could save our lives.