March 19, 2013

Bouncing Back

I'm into my 2nd week back of training, and things are definitely start to look up! I feel like since it HAS been nearly a month since making some great changes to myself, I can finally say that they are new habits. While I've never been one to skimp on workouts, I have been one to skimp on taking good care of myself. Since my blood test results, I promised myself to make the lifestyle changes necessary for me to get healthy.

The first addition was the doctor-prescribed supplement. I'd heard a lot about the side effects of a strong iron supplement (stomach issues, mostly), but the one she suggested to me is GREAT. It's actually a liquid pill that also contains two other vitamins for absorption. (NOTE: I hear people say all the time, "Oh I need to start taking that." WRONG. You need to get a blood test to see if you actually need a supplement, and THEN start taking what your DOCTOR suggests. For people with normal blood, a daily multi will do the job.)

Next, I've been focusing on my nutrition. In general, I'm a healthy eater, but not consistent enough. For example, sometimes I have to skip lunch and end up raiding my co worker's junk drawer right when school is out. Sometimes I run out of groceries and fix something haphazard with few nutrients. In the past few weeks, I've gotten into the habit of fixing my lunches far in advance (Sunday night fix at least 3). I do a BIG grocery shopping every weekend, too. I  fix stuff that I can nibble on, too, in case things get crazy and I can't sit down. It's worked so far, no need for the junk drawer in a few weeks!

Hydration has also been a focus. I talked to Tracey (the SPED teacher that's with me for about 3 hours of the day), and asked if she minded me taking a few potty breaks. Of course she was totally cool with it, making me feel stupid that I'd been dehydrating myself for two whole years, LOL. I pack my water bottles each morning, and have been determined on drinking all but a half that I save for track practice. Bye-bye beer-colored pee!

And... I haven't had a soda in a MONTH! Yep, after 12 years of two Diet Cokes a day, I went cold turkey. It was something my doctor suggested. She mentioned a few side effects of soda, mostly that it could interfere with my energy levels, which we (she and I) are trying to stabilize. She also mentioned that the sodas could interfere with absorption of iron and other vitamins and minerals. So... no more. Yeah, that sucked pretty bad the first few days, but now I only miss them after longish runs. Weird, huh?

I've also cut out my nightly glass of wine. (I'm a real bummer, huh?) Once again, not for any *real* reason except that with my hydration being an issue, I figured drinking water instead would be the best bet. And now when I DO have a glass, it's a treat, not something I drink just because it's there.

And there you have it! All of these things have really helped me, and it's only been a few weeks! I'm really hoping to see the benefits in my running soon. The return to workouts has been tough, but a good tough- nothing that puts me over the edge, but a challenge. It feels good to work hard again.

More importantly, I have ENERGY!!!! Wheeeee!!!!! No more falling asleep during dinner. All my bruises have faded, and I don't have to prop my eyelids up with toothpicks during my reading small groups!

8 comments:

  1. That last paragraph really drives the point home. More energy and less bruising. I'm sure you'll be seeing benefits in your running soon. Glad to hear you're feeling better. :)

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  2. I could not give up wine, although I do try not to drink every night I sure make up for it on the weekend...

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  3. Wow- those sound like great changes. Swapping out sodas and wine for more hydrating beverages is such a simple step but made a huge difference for me. I'm so glad you are treating your body well and getting that energy back!

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  4. A lot of positive things going on here. I am so glad your co-worker was happy to let you go on potty breaks. :) This will be a good change. And save your kidneys a lot of work!
    I used to drink a glass of wine at night too, OK actually half a bottle, but stopped about 5 years ago. It was my sleep aid, and that's when I started running- to wear myself out.
    Glad to hear that you are on iron now too. What you said is true about blood testing. Everyone is different!

    Hope you are off to a great week :)

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  5. Great!

    I am so bad on the hydration thing too. Well, I drink a bit of water during lunch but then drinks lots more after school when I run and then more during dinner.

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  6. There's a lot I could say about this post, but let's just leave it at this...

    I'm. proud.of.you!

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  7. Thank you for the disclaimer about the iron! I was told over and over I was anemic during the fall. I got my iron checked and it was a 53- not anemic! I feel like we are in the same boat, good things coming or way soon! Take care and keep it up! - Meggan

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  8. Sounds like all healthy changes that will be good for life and for your running!

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