Hello! It has been about 8 months give or take a few weeks since I have been writing! I had no idea if I would ever return to this blog, but I am glad I did today.
My life has changed so much and I didn’t even realize it until I checked back to read some old posts.
8 months ago, I was living in a continual cycle of bad eating habits, poor health, fatigue, and dissatisfaction.
Since last writing, I started seeing a Naturopathic Doctor…and WOW my life has changed in many awesome ways.
I initially started on a 6 week detox/allergy exploration diet which my doctor believed would help narrow down what was causing my body to be in such a state of chaos. I lived without refined sugar, caffine, corn, soy, dairy, beef, pork, gluten, grapefruit and tomatoes. After the 6 week detox had finished, I was allowed to add things back in every 72 hours. I had to be diligent about watching for any symptoms. By the end of it all, I had more energy than I ever remeber having in my life time, my skin had cleared, and I discovered I am gluten intolerant and have a cow’s milk allergy.
No wonder I felt like CRAP all the time! Looking back, I should have known! I felt awful after every meal. Now that I have sucessfully eliminated these things from my diet, my thyroid levels are in control, as are my PCOS hormones. My body is finally in balance. I am loosing weight without effort for the first time in my LIFE. At the start of this journey [July], I weighed 207.5lbs. Today, I weight 188.6lbs. Yay!
Now that I have all of this energy back, I am running consistently again, 2-5 times a week. Ususally 3 times. I am doing yoga again as well. I even did my first real run after a year away from racing. Friends and I participated in the Mogathon in saskatoon to benefit the center of urology at my hospital. We did the 30km relay: my leg was 6.1km and I felt a-ma-zing. I am planning to run the Gopher Attack Half Marathon again this year in Regina. Yay!
ANOTHER thing that has changed is my husband and I have started dealing with some infertility issues. I won’t delve too deep into this as it is a sensitive subject for him, but I will share that I am now doing natural tracking of my body. I am more in tune than EVER to what my body is telling me. I am not sure I will ever go back on birth control now that I am in tune with my body and it is functioning how it should. We have started on a medication [Clomid] to assist with my PCOS and will take this for 6 months (even though my PCOS isn’t the major problem)…and if in 6 months nothing has happened, we will start to begin the process of adoption/invitro-whatever we decide ;).
A few weeks ago, I accepted a new job, in a new area of nursing. I will be moving to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in my city in the new year. I am very excited for the learning this change will bring, but also very nervous to leave my ER envrionment and try something so different. Another bonus, after 3 years of being a registered nurse- I will have a PERMANENT full time position. No more waiting and wondering if I will have enough shifts. =)
One of my favorite changes of them all: My husband and I started setting up regular date nights. No cancelling allowed, no matter what. We take turns planning a date-low key, or upscale, dosen’t matter. In the summer we were doing dates every other week as time allowed, and now that he is back in the full swing of being a working student, we have one official date per month-no matter what. It is amazing how setting aside just this small amount of time has really allowed our relationship to flourish. I truly believe we are in the best part of marriage so far, right now. I love growing old with this guy. =)
The final change? I am no longer a coffee addict! Can you believe it? Since the naturopath changes, and supplementing my body with vitamins and minerals that aid to to use its own energy…I dont even need it. I have it on the occasion in a latte-but the taste of pure coffee isn’t even THAT appetizing anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good cup of joe, but I don’t NEED it anymore.
It is so nice to be able to look back on the past year and a half of my life and see how it has changed and improved. For this reason, I am going to start writing again, but not nearly at the frequency I used to. (Maybe only a couple times a month) I am so excited to be able to share my struggles and successes again… and join the blogging world.
Enjoy the beautiful fall weekend ahead!