It has been 3 weeks since I visited a functional doctor that focuses on weight loss. My mind wanted to go and my body said no. I wasn't just tired all the time, I was exhausted.
On week 1, the nurse took my weight, listened to my symptoms, went through my paperwork, drew blood for bloodwork and gave me a B12 shot. I also met with a Nurse Practitioner to discuss goals and the way we were going to approach them through nutrition and some natural supplements. I left immediately feeling better. I don't know if it is relief from finally being listened to and taken seriously or if the B12 shot kicked in that quicky. I felt like my current doctors were ignoring my pleas for help, and my symptoms were hard to explain to my friends and family. People didn't realize it was a different type of fatigue I was feeling. It wasn't the daily I'm tired. There were days I was almost falling asleep riding my bike. I was constantly exhausted, and my hips and shoulders were so achy. I would sleep 8 to 10 hours a night and feel like I needed another 8 to 10 hours in the morning. After my appointment, I started the nutrition plan the next day. I went home and started the program. Initially, I thought it was going to be very tough, but I enjoyed the food and focused on nutrition and enjoyed it.
Three weeks in, I couldn't be happier. I have lost 5.2 lbs and 2.6% body fat. I have done lots of different weight loss programs in the past and this is the first one that has felt sustainable. I am able to go to restaurants, Chick Fil A, and other places while still staying on my nutrition plan.
Triathlon training and rowing has become enjoyable again. While I have sore muscles, my body wants to go again which is the first time it has in over a year. I'm not completely exhausted after a workout and I'm having fun again. It will take time, but I know I will start to see progress in my workouts of getting faster and stronger. I spent the last two years being very frustrated. When I would workout consistently, I saw no progress. Then I would get frustrated and not want to workout. Now, I am up and ready to workout first thing in the morning. Life is definitely getting better and things are looking up.
Last but not least, this blog will be triathlon related but will include recipes that I am enjoying on my nutrition plan, other adventures, as there are things to explore besides swimming, biking and running on this planet. Of course there will still be race reports, triathlon news & last but not least puppy adventures. Captain is the light golden retriever and Peggy is the darker golden retriever.
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