Well, a lot has happened since last post. So let's dive right in.
I've got good news, and bad news. Ok, the bad news isn't earth-shattering (thus far), but it sucks for me. I'm not running my first marathon in NYC this fall. I won't be doing any running or steady state cardio for longer than 45 minutes for a number of months. I'll get into specifics at a later time.
The good news is that I'm taking charge of my health. I started going to an M.D. who practices Functional & Integrative Medicine. My aunt and a number of her friends have gone to this clinic, and only had good things to say. So I took a couple days off from work and drove 2 1/2 hours to Boise.
My first appointment was over an hour of just talking. About my life, health past and present, and the 20 page questionnaire and 7 day diet journal I had to fill out. Have any of you ever spent that much time in a first doctor visit? It was so refreshing to have a medical professional actually listen my concerns and give advice based on my forms. She actually read them. It was also very emotional. I came face to face with truths I already knew, admitted to myself, but never did anything with.
My second appointment was a week later, and it was the physical exam, lovely (read sarcasm here) "women's" exam, and I had a crap-ton of blood drawn. I was also lucky enough to have to take a 3-day stool sample kit home and mail off. That was just so much fun. If this is TMI for you, you should have stopped reading a long time ago. I won't get the results back for a month, which is when my next appointment is scheduled. But here's what I know already. I'm very deficient in Vitamin D and my ferritin is pretty low. I was able to give my doctor this info because I had some tests done last fall through Inside Tracker. I didn't have insurance and wanted a good, general picture of some common values. (If you want more information on Inside Tracker, go here)
I'm having a full blood panel done, including a complete thyroid panel and hormone levels. Low thyroid and anemia are in my family history. I will most likely have to completely change my diet and eliminate some foods. I also had to give up caffeine. I thought that would be the hardest thing ever, since I drink more coffee than should be humanly possible. But that wasn't so bad. Which makes me realize that other things are the real problem. I am a bad carb addict. Not necessarily sweets, but simple carbs have been been my weakness for a long time. So it's going to be an interesting and difficult ride.
Everyone says I should have just done New York anyway. But for once, I'm playing it smart and doing the right thing for my health. I'm tired of being tired. I'm hoping I can be running again by next year, this time able to actually make progress. So, for now, there will be less running in the Run, Ride, Renovate universe. We'll see what comes with the rest of my results.