Friday, January 23, 2009

Fair weather ahead

The fog that's enveloped my brain for several weeks seems to have lifted, the thunderous moods have subsided and I'm hoping for a reasonably lengthy period of sunny temperament now.

I've pieced a few things together, with the help of my GP and the very knowledgeable Miss Liz (who also gave me the shove that prompted me to make an appointment with the doctor in the first place. Handy to have a coach who's smart AND a pharmacist...), and I now have some strategies in place that will hopefully see me back on an even keel.

I'm waiting on some blood test results, but the doc seems to think it's more likely severe PMS than any serious winding down of my body in the run up to old crone-hood. At least she didn't throw her hands up and say Listen Missy, there's nothing wrong with you, you're just loony-tunes. Snap out of it! We had a long chat and she took me very seriously.... I'm sure it helps that she's about my age, has kids, and has an athletics background, so she knows where I'm coming from.

She offered some interesting insights into what might be going on and what might have caused it, but basically I need to make some minor adjustments to my lifestyle, no matter what the test results show. That's backed up by Coach's advice, which includes more sleep, more recovery and some nutritional tweaks.

I've been reminded yet again that no matter how much you know about nutrition, training and so on, it's all too easy to slip into bad habits. With my impaired mental function lately, on top of all the upheaval involved in moving house and unpacking etc, I've just not managed to remember to take my supplements. Cooking has seemed all too much trouble. There have been some glaring warning signals that all was not right, and yet I managed to miss them. My skin went all to crap a couple of months back - dry and flaky, plus my eczema flared up on my face and scalp. Did I think about the fact that this coincided with not taking my fish oil and skimping on the good fats in my diet? Uh, that would be a big fat NO.

And that's just one little clue. There were countless others that I missed as well. But sometimes clues are useless. You need something obvious to jump up and smack you in the face before you get what's going on.

So for now, I'm upping my dietary fats - chopped walnuts in my breakfast oats and some olive oil added to lunch so far today - and adjusting my protein and carbs down slightly to compensate. I'm going to bed at a reasonable time and adding some recovery protocols and more rest days. And I'm taking my evening primrose oil, AND my fish oil, plus some L-glutamine.

It feels good to have a plan. In fact, I think I'll make that my new motto: Just stick to the plan. If I do that, I really can't go wrong.


Kathryn said...

It's great to have a doctor who understands and excellent to hear you are getting sorted :D

ss2306 said...

So glad to hear from you. Only asked Liz about you today. Think about you all the time. Hopefully you'll be back to the good old Kek we've all grown to love very soon.

Sairs said...

Nice to see another Kek post, particularly such a posi one!!

We're all sending lots of "Go Kek" vibes.

Guess Dory had it right in the Nemo movie "just keep swimming, just keep swimming!!"

Cherub said...

Hugs and warm wishes.

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