For the last few days the family and I have been enjoying some time away in wine country. Also known as Stanthorpe, it’s Queensland’s coldest town. I was worried about how cold it would be while we were there, but as it turned out we missed the massive Arctic winds blowing through the state! When we got home it was still quite cool, and was actually the same temperature as where we’d come from. Except that Stanthorpe was now hitting the negatives! Brr! I kinda wished we’d stayed a day to see it, but I’m also really grateful to be home and warm. [...]
The big E.D.
See, here’s the thing. When I hit rock bottom a fortnight ago, I thought it was just a self image thing. A simple “I’m overweight and I need to fix it” kind of thing. And that’s still true, nothing has changed there. What I didn’t expect was to have to get smacked over the head with a truth bomb, eat a huge piece of humble pie, and confess some huge secrets that not even I had really clicked that I was hiding. Or at least, had buried so deep inside I couldn’t see them.
It’s been a fortnight now since my post, and like I promised, I’m sharing with everyone my path forward from here. So let’s get stuck into it, tackling first with the burning topic of my eating disorder.
I have “Binge Eating Disorder”
Also known as BD.
No, it’s not that I just eat too much, let’s get that out of the way right now. There’s so much more to it than that, and it would be unfair to describe it as such.
From the National Eating Disorder Collaboration site:
Binge eating disorder is characterised by:
We haven’t been on a great health streak here at home. I actually started wondering at some point if our house was just a cesspool of bacteria, but reminded myself that my son has just recently started daycare. The sorts of germs and bugs he would be exposed to there and bring home is surely the cause of our health woes.
In the past few weeks we’ve had:
- Viral infection (Luca and Mario)
- Colds (all of us)
- Chest infection (me)
- Ear infection (me)
- Gastro (Mario and I, while dealing with both the chest and ear infection on my part mind you)
Right now Mario is still getting over what we thought was gastro, but seems to be a viral infection too, since it’s taken days for him to kick it where I was done after 24 hours.
Gastro kicked my ass
I was actually dehydrated to the point that I was hospitalised. After 3L of fluid was delivered via a drip overnight I returned home feeling much better. It still took another 24 hours before I was able to start eating properly. Luca came and stayed in the hospital with me and was so good. The nurses loved him! They had set me up with a cot for him (something out of a horror movie mind you) and when I put him in there so I could go to the toilet he looked like he was in a zoo cage!
It was the most brutal gastro I think I’ve ever had. It started on Monday afternoon; my stomach felt off and all of a sudden my energy dipped in a dramatic way. I rang Mario and asked him to come home from work, and within minutes of him arriving and taking Luca I was projectile vomiting into the toilet. I was throwing up every 20mins or so, and shortly after I started Mario started up as well.
We ended up having to call my sister in law to look after Luca, and eventually I went off to the hospital. We had called an ambulance since neither of us were in a state to drive, Luca was screaming and we didn’t know if anything was wrong with him. On top of that I didn’t want to confine my SIL in a car with us and run the risk of her copping it too. I started throwing up just after 1.30, and didn’t stop until after 7 (the ambulance officers gave me an anti-nausea tablet that was compatible with my antibiotics for the chest/ear infection and breastfeeding).
I was so relieved when it was over.
So, reflecting on that experience here’s a few things that I’m now extremely grateful for.
Things I’m grateful for after having gastro
This year one of my “52 in 52” goals was to complete the Beginner Essentials course on an iPhone app I downloaded. I’ve spoken in the past about my hip issues, tight from sitting down at work for too long and overdoing it on the exercise front. My theory was that yoga would help me combat that.
It was so effective that my hip pain is completely gone.
The app that I use is “Yoga Studio“, and from it’s own page it comes pretty highly regarded:
⁃ Recommended by: Mac|Life, 148Apps, iMore, Gizmodo, Fox, MSN, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and many more
⁃ Featured by Apple in “New and Noteworthy”, “What’s Hot” and the “Get in Shape” Essential App Collection
⁃ Voted runner-up in “Best App Ever” Awards 2013 & 2012 (Fitness category) [...]
My plan to up the mileage this week didn’t come to fruition unfortunately. It wasn’t that I lost sight of my goal, it’s more that again I didn’t want to push my body too far. I wasn’t feeling 100% during the week unfortunately. You can see the details in my training journal below:
There was another good run on Saturday, timing myself for a 5km on the treadmill at the gym. I’m still trying to work out the MAF training indoors. My heart rate was too low for the run, but I’m worried about the speed. If I increase my cadence too much I’ll probably get a stitch; so I might try upping the incline a little so it’s less easy. I’ll report on how that goes next time.
Wednesday was a swim (accidentally leaving my Watch running during a test break), but It was a good one. I’ve increased to 300m non-stop, and that’s feeling pretty good so I will up that soon to 400. I’m still no where near where I was once when I saw a life saver, but at this point I don’t want to swim fast, I’m swimming for distance. My endurance base in the pool is deplorable.
There were also two yoga sessions during the week. Part of me thinks that I’m yoga sessions as an excuse for not doing anything more active on days when I’m feeling unwell. My training buddy, Ness, thinks I should do Bikram and then I’ll never say yoga is lazy ever again! Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the yoga. I just need to make sure I don’t start to use that an excuse to not do anything active, or let my cardio training drop.
I also did a Nike+ Training bench mark. I’m going to follow that training out of curiosity for strength training. It will be interesting to see how it goes. As I write this it’s been two days since the test, and my shoulders and hammies are sore. That bodes well for some intense sessions. I’ll be sure to report in my thoughts on the app as I go.
Goal for the upcoming week
This week should be more running and strength with maybe an active recovery session in the pool. Goal for the week: slightly increase the mileage on the runs. Even if it just cracks the 10km mark, I’ll be happy. My body is holding up really well, and no troubles with the hips.