I just want to feel like this!
After the Paris Marathon a week and a half ago and the Weinstrasse Half Marathon 3 days ago (and not to mention, the Tour de Flanders 2 1/2 weeks ago), I’m pretty exhausted. I actually feel like I have a cold coming on. Annoying. Then again, it is finals week, and I always get sick during finals week. I was supposed to go on a 2 hour bike ride this evening, but I thought that rest would be the best thing for me right now. I haven’t gotten a solid 8 hours of sleep since before my marathon. I NEED sleep BADLY. My body is obviously pissed at me right now. I feel like shite! I’m sorry that this post is a downer, but I have feelings other than happiness sometimes, you know?
I’m frustrated about my stomach problems as well. This has been going on for the past 4 years. To be perfectly honest, I’m pretty sure that I have IBS-C, but b/c I have crappy doctors over here who shove me out the door with laxatives and stool softeners once they get into to see me is NOT helpful. I feel like they are treating the symptom not the cause. I have gone to another doctor and asked if they can test me for food allergies. Guess what they told me? They said that they CAN’T test for food allergies! WTF!!! I know they can. I’m just stuck using the doctors here in Germany, but when I get back to the states, you can bet I’m getting a second opinion.
I don’t like it when I can go 4-7 days without a BM. It can turn the nicest person into a raging B-I-T-C-H when they haven’t had their morning constitution or even their weekly constitution for that matter. I’m sure all of my friends are sick of hearing about how constipated or bloated I am. I have had my diet analyzed by a nutritionist before, and they swear that I should be pooing 2-3 times a day with how much fiber I’m getting. I’ve tried adding MORE fiber like Benefiber into my diet and all it does is give me and my husband gas. Thank god my husband loves me because he puts up with ALL of my stomach issues.
I’ve gotten stomach cramps (and they are not menstrual, trust me I know), that are so bad that I will not be able to stand up straight, and I’m in tears because it hurts that bad. This is no way to live. I’ve had a colonoscopy, and the docs say I’m perfectly healthy. Plus, I’ve been getting headaches almost every other day for the past few months. If I am healthy, why do I feel this horrible? I’m frustrated and desperate for a change.
So…I’m taking matters into my own hands since western medicine is NOT helping. I’m contemplating doing an elimination diet or trying the Thrive diet. The elimination diet is where you basically eliminate foods that are common food allergens from your diet. You slowly integrate these things back into your diet, one week at a time until you figure out what you’re allergic to or have a sensitivity to. The only problem with doing this is I don’t want to live on lamb and rice for weeks at a time, and I still want to be able to train and be healthy while I am on this diet. This entire process could take a couple of months.
The thrive diet is supposed to be really good for you, and Brendan Brazier competed at an elite level with this diet so I know that I at least have a chance of training on this diet. Not only is it plant-based, but it helps address the whole food allergens/sensitivity issues as well. I haven’t bought the book yet, but I plan on looking in the book store on base for it tomorrow. If it is not there (and there is a very good chance that it won’t be), then I will be buying it on Amazon. But Brendan, if you read this, feel free to send me a copy. I swear, I’m not this moody all the time!
Back to business: I’m trying to decide between these two methods of curing my stomach issues. If you have any suggestions, PLEASE comment! I need all the help that I can get.
Also, I don’t have a training plan, and I know that I better get one together soon since my first triathlon of the season is in 2 months. For that one, I’m not having a problem getting a plan together. It is my Half Ironman that I signed up for that is mid September that I’m worried about. I have no clue which Half Ironman plan I should go with. Any suggestions?
So between my training plan and my stomach issues, I feel like I’m in limbo, and I don’t like not having a plan. The type A in me is freaking out!
Good luck to anyone going through finals week like me!!
Check these links out:
— USAT Triathlon Rules Explained – I needed this! It all makes so much more sense now!
— It is Earth Day tomorrow! Get with it!