weekly round up

(Title change for my Monday round ups…)

Last week.  To get the majority of the whining out of the way – the first part sucked.  I was sick M/T/W.  As in doubled over at my desk while my stomach cramped so hard and wishing I didn’t eat whatever harmful thing that was causing it (okay, the salsa was a good starting point).

Wednesday night as I laid on the couch for the third night in a row, I realized this wasn’t going to go away anytime soon.  I was going to have bad weeks and good weeks but I need to pull it together a bit.  See, part of me is just bored with these diets.  But they aren’t so much “diets” as much as life changes so I had better get used to it.  And adhere to them.  It was a good pull-myself-up-from-my-bootstraps pep talk.

The next eve, I got on the ‘mill.  I managed 3 miles.  The other epiphany I had on Wed night was I’ve been holding back with my pace and running duration while on the tready.  I’m not pushing myself enough and it’s time to change that.  The 3 miles weren’t magical by any means but Dr. Ascot did say exercise would help the tum-tum so I need to at least try to help myself where I can.

exercise is supposed to help this…

Friday was another sickly day but I still crawled 2 miles.  Saturday I had a much better 3 miles and Sunday’s 3 miles were okay as well.  An old ankle injury has been a-barkin’ so I’ve started some ankle strengthening exercises, applying some heat to it and using compression.  I’ve also brought out the RockTape and just recently found a good way to tape my ankle up to help.  Oh and some BioFreeze because that stuff rocks.

I found some of the rehab info, along with the video from this blog – thanks Fitness Cheerleader!

Get this – Saturday and Sunday I did my experiment!  I worked out in the morning after some coffee and this was a good decision.  Yay me!

I won’t be running 4 days in a row anymore.  I think the sweet spot is three days.  Maybe once I hit higher mileage on my running days I can shorten it to 4 days a week as right now I’d like to run 5 days.  We’ll see.  Today I’m resting up and then I’m going for a Tues (5 miles), Wed (4 miles) and Thurs (3 miles).  I’m not going to swim until the weather temps are out of the single digits.  I’m a wimp.

I also had pizza this weekend!  This is beyond exciting!  I went to Blaze where they have gluten-free crust and it was tasty.  Pizza Hut has gluten-free (not in all areas including mine) and Domino’s does as well but it’s kind of expensive.  I went looking for some gluten-free thick crust recipes on Pinterest because all the gluten-free crusts I can find in stores/restaurants are thin crust.  The crust is my favorite part – wait – and the cheese.  It is a bit more complicated to make that’s for sure.  I might just get the pizza crust from Pillsbury and lay it thicker in the pan.  Maybe success?

this doesn’t even start to express my pizza love

I also found out I love blueberries.  I never knew I liked eating them by the handfuls – just thought it was in the baked goods.  Overall, I’m happy I got 4 days of work outs in and made some wiser food choices toward the end of the week.  And I went to Costco.  My friend had never been so as we walked in this is what I sang:

TRUTH

randomness

Be prepared…

Get this – I worked out on MONDAY!  No kidding peoples, this is unheard of for me.  Now, I’ve worked out on both a Friday AND a Monday.  Man, I love cloneAmy.

I got 3.5 miles in on Monday and 3.5 on Tuesday.  Tonight will be a rest day since I’m headed to a friend’s house for dinner.  When she asked me about any dietary restrictions, I felt like a giant pain in the ass.  I sent her a list of the most problematic ones – not even a list of the bothersome ones.  I think this could eventually even itself out (foods on my no-go list might go to the every once in a while list) but if not then I will be hosting dinners at my place hence forth!

it will be waffles every time

The 8k is a week and a half away.  I think I said I was going to run outside before the race but now I’m not so sure.  I like being all cozy in my apt while watching  Netflix.  Sure, the treadmill is tedious and it is certainly harder for me to run on as opposed to running outside but it’s cold outside.  Please insert all of the whining here.

It absolutely will be a brisk slap in the face when I venture out in the tundra on the 7th but I might as well experience the chill along with running outside for the first time in months (seriously, this isn’t an exaggeration) for some double whammy fun.

press your luck reference – anyone?

I will say, while I am not in super great shape, I’ve been focusing on consistency so I will finish.  And hey!  It’s a distance I’ve never raced before – new PR!  I did order a new running shirt/jacket thing for the race.  I’m going to call it my birthday present to myself.

Yep, next week is my birthday.  It’s weird it got here so fast.  I’m a bit freaked out by it.  I’m attempting to age gracefully but all I can see is that I AM ALMOST 40!  I still don’t understand how this happened.  You know how older folks say they still feel like they are in their 20’s or something?  I do – I feel like I’m still in my early thirties.  Maybe my body is falling apart like a person who is getting older but that’s it.  The rest of me has no concept of where this aging came from.

I do recognize the alternative sucks, I’m being ridiculous and I should be embracing the day of my birth.  I just pictured my life being very different at this age.  I don’t think my life is bad but there are things I want and are ready for and I want them NOW.  Did I mention I am not very patient?

This is a weird post.  There is a possibility of a more coherent one in the upcoming days but the aforementioned birthday is throwing a weird wrench in my mood.  I’m sure things will be a bit all over the place for a few days!

weekly wellness recap

I’ve decided to do a weekly wellness check in – maybe I can help others who are struggling with similar issues?  Also, I want to write out what I am doing to help avoid making the same mistakes and repeat some of the successes.

Mind Arena:

As mentioned, this was an emotional week.  I soak up the emotions of others – especially those I really care about.  I’m slowly learning to turn down my emotional permeability to detrimental or unnecessary emotions but I’m a work in progress on that front.  With regards to people who are dear to me though, all bets are off.  This definitely created some angst to my physical and emotional self.

A good point though was during one or two days when regular work stress was hitting the fan, I was able to utilize tapping to ease it in the moment along with working out in the evenings (more on this in a moment).  Both of these gave me a boost of confidence that in time, I might be able ease more of my current and future physical pain/symptoms.

Oh and I continued to ease my troubled mood with some Parks and Rec each evening – seriously helped.  Not to mention satisfying my craving for waffles (thanks to Leslie Knope for initiating that craving!).  And a wonderful gift from a friend – Trex socks!  I know, how lucky am I?!

when I look at my feet I get happy
when I look at my feet I get happy

Body Arena:

Last week was a three day work out week.  Not as good as the week before, however, I did have 4 work outs, so that’s something!  But I really shouldn’t write about work outs until AFTER they happen.  Thursday night I was all set for a swim.  Unfortunately there was another swim meet.  Instead, I hit 4 miles on the treadmill friends.  It was a struggle.  I REALLY wanted to give up at mile 3 but hung until the end.  Friday was a really bad stomach day but still hit 3 miles – walking, you know, to make sure I didn’t vomit on my cat.  Always a good thing, eh?

ha!

So, a brief recap: Tuesday night, 30 min swim, followed by 3 miles on the treadmill.  Thursday, 4 miles, and Friday 3 more.  This past weekend was a ROUGH one.  The doc did say exercise helps with both the acid issues and IBS but even after stuffing a ton of meds down my throat during the day, I wasn’t able to even slowly walk on my friend, the tready.  The weekend before was bad too and I’m beginning to wonder if my being a lazy-bones during the day has something to do with it.  Or maybe because I push it during the week to make sure I hit my obligations and then once I can let my guard down, my body goes into full attack mode.  On itself.  Hmm… I’m going to brainstorm an action plan and some experiments to see what I can do about this.

In the food realm, I totally laxed on my low-FODMAP diet.  I tried to eat some foods on the no-no list with lousy results.  I did better with the GERD diet, although my stomach didn’t seem to appreciate my efforts.  I do this thing where once I’ve been diagnosed and received my marching orders, my expectations are an IMMEDIATE “I feel better!”.  Perhaps I should give things time to work?  What can I say?  I’m a delusional optimist!

thanks to Kara at It’s a Dog Lick Baby World for tweeting me this! Sorry it’s hard to read but fruit is kinda off the table at the moment.

This week I’m striving for a more concerted effort with eating low-FODMAPs (I think I’ve found a couple of fruits I can eat, smoothie style – got to avoid some scurvy!), swimming at least 2x – it relieves stress/anxiety better than running and more miles on the treadmill.  Also, I will employ some more tapping sessions to head off some of the aforementioned stress/anxiety.

Welcome week!

so much room for activity!

One week ago today, I had my stomach follow-up.  Two of the recommendation biggies were exercise more and follow the GERD diet.  I’ve had moderate success with the GERD diet, and today marks the 1 week anniversary of only having ONE cup of coffee a day – YAY!

I’m a beast in training

Now where I’ve been even more successful is with the working out piece.  Listen to this:  last week I worked out 4 times.  This one is exciting folks.  I can’t remember the last time I hit 4 days.  At first I felt guilty because it has been so long since this happened and then I hit myself upside the head and replaced it with loads and loads of pride.

Last Tuesday I swam for 37 mins.  Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I ran/walked on my pal the treadmill.  I’m even typing this with a smile on my face.

This week, I’ve had some success as well.  Tuesday night I swam for 40 minutes.  I worked on my stroke and kicking and let me tell you, I was wiped out after it.  I did swim faster, which is always a cool thing but my endurance is iffy so my heart was a beatin’.  After my swim session, I came home and knocked out (I use that term loosely as it was HARD) 3 miles on the treadmill.

I know.  Two works in the same day.  I checked the mirror to make sure it was still me.

I will say, I was exhausted yesterday.  I had to work late so I didn’t swim nor did I run.  Rather, I ate way too many servings of Chicago style popcorn.  Yet another form of popcorn crack – take my word for it.  I wanted to stop but I could.not.do.it.

I demolished that popcorn… not quite like this though… next time

Tonight is another round of swimming and running.  I know it’s pushing my fitness in a positive way.  The other major benefit?  It’s been an emotionally exhausting week (see emotionally indulging in popcorn above) and at the end of my swim, the overwhelming sense of anxiety had dissipated by leaps and bounds.  I didn’t even realize it until about 2 hours after I was finished.  It’s making me a believer in this whole meditative exercise choice.

swimming and me = besties

As mentioned, the emotional roller coaster has, of course, had an effect on my tummy.  I decided to try to reintroduce a few things to my diet in regards to the FODMAP diet and this was a disaster.  Last weekend I was learning/trying to accept my conflicting new diets and now I need to figure out to implement them.  Spreadsheet world here I come!

I haven’t figured out if Friday will be a swim day or not but I think I might need it.  Running will be high on the agenda for the weekend as I need to push past this 3 mile business.  I need to add some mileage in order not to crawl across the finish line in this impending 8k… which is 2 weeks away – EEK!

can GERD & FODMAP live happily ever after?

I had my follow-up appt for my stomach with regards to my scopes. I wasn’t really too nervous rather I wanted it done & over with.

I met with Dr. Ascot’s PA who is quite the loopy woman. Not in a bad way but so opposite from Dr. Ascot that I was taken aback.  Anyway, my diagnosis is chronic/atrophic gastritis & I think some IBS. More in the uncertainty on the latter diagnosis in a moment.

The chronic/atrophic gastritis essentially means I have chronic high levels of acid that makes me feel crummy. The atrophic part means I’ve eroded parts of my stomach lining with said acid.  Boo.  I’m surprised by how much this bothers me – maybe it makes me kind so sad?  She said I have a “crater” in my stomach which is where the acid likes to create a tide pool of sorts. I don’t have a baby ulcer more of a zygote of an ulcer.

The help for this is prescription acid reducer & following the GERD diet.  I asked a lot of questions & during this, she also referred to my IBS.  Well, I didn’t ask enough questions like, “are these two different?” as it would have really helped!

The reason I’m still not sure about the IBS piece, despite her several references to it/me, is it’s not listed on my diagnosis page.  The prescribed fixes are, colon probiotic, fiber, and mirilax, all of which I am now taking but those three little letters weren’t there. So, again, I’m confused.

While I have some meds that are supposed to help, the aforementioned GERD diet was strongly encouraged & I already mentioned I was following a low FODMAP & was gluten-free. She was pleased with my proactive choices so far.  I also need to exercise more along with the new diet.  The problem is, these two diets (FODMAP/GERD) are different-some things are ok/allowed on one & not the other.  I realize I’m whining but Thurs/Fri I was flustered on how to marry these two together.
For instance my beloved tomatoes, chocolate, bacon & coffee are listed as foods to avoid on the GERD list.  FODMAP says these are good to go.  FODMAP says to part ways with yogurt & some other dairy & these same are greeted with open arms on GERD.  (By the way?  Heavy doses of dairy hate me at the moment so this is out anyway).  I realize I will be able to start to figure this out; I’m confident in this.  But right now, I can feel myself superseding one diet over the other depending on what I want to eat.  This sounds dangerous, no?!

I should admit, some coffee is okay just not strongly recommended & needs to be ONE a day.  Not adding a second one like I did as I was leaving the appt – hey I was emotional!  Nevertheless, I want to utilize food as much as possible to help ease the discomfort rather than having to increase meds even further in the future.  I want to make nutty PA proud!

This whole weekend sucked.  I woke up feeling full everyday and never felt any better.  Nothing settled well and even the bland food wasn’t helping.  I felt sick, bloated & FULL.  Want to hear something messed up? I will feel this full feeling & also feel hungry at the same time at different points. Messed up stomach, messed up.

Anyway, my PA told me all of this would vary throughout my life.  Some days/years what my GI system can handle will alter & then they will become mortal enemies.  She said the acid reducer should help with some of this along with the other pieces.  This also includes how much I can eat.  To be honest, in the after hours of this appt I wasn’t feeling very optimistic.  These issues have robbed me of several months of feeling good physically/emotionally/psychologically.  BUT since attempting to take more control over my symptoms, I do feel more powerful; being proactive is a huge help.
So I got on the treadmill anyway this weekend, even though I felt like crap.  Because movement is movement right?  Walking is better than sitting & I’m trying to be a good patient!  I also need to get out of the habit of babying my crabby ass GI system!  Sorry GI tract, but we are going to share control of this here body, got it?

And GERD & FODMAP will live happily ever after…