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Runner - Thursday May 25, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

I finally weighed myself today and was glad that I haven't gained. I've really been careful with what I'm eating, and I hope to see a loss soon.

I stopped taking the hormone pills, even though I took them for a week. I just couldn't do it...they make me all emotional and I feel so yucky when I'm on them. There has to be a better way to get a period. I think Premarin is unsafe, anyway.

I have an appointment with my endocrinologist in a week, so hopefully I can see if my thyroid is off. The body is so complex, isn't it? It seems like there's always something minor that needs "fixing."

I've also learned that you can find whatever you're looking for on the Internet...I find contradicting articles all the time. Take zinc, don't take zinc. Eggs cause bloating, egg whites don't cause bloating. Mitral Valve prolapse is related to the thyroid. Runners need magnesium supplements.

It's just too much for me to wade through!

Umpqua on 05/26/2006:
I know what you mean about the vast amount of info on the web. It's the same with pregnancy and my blood disorder as well. If I paid attention to everything I read I'd be bedridden with worry and stress by now! I'm actually taking some old-fashioned advice from my mother for a change and doing what seems right and healthy for me in terms of diet and lifestyle. I feel pretty good, so it must be working. I think that's a good rule in general, so if the hormones were making you feel bad, they can't be good for you. There must be a better way to induce your periods!

Scruffy on 05/27/2006:
Scruffy was here! :)

Becca27 on 05/28/2006:
Hey Stranger!

I need to catch up on your entries - will take some time to go through them. I have been where you are and I know how painful it is. I was told, years ago, that I could not have children. I took hormones, had surgery, and was poked/prodded for nothing. The treatments made me gain tons of weight and I believe Lupron ruined my metabolism forever! Anyway.... none of it worked. After 18 mo, I went off of everything because I was going out of my mind and felt suicidal. We resolved that God had a different plan for our life and let it go. 2 years later I "discovered" I was pregnant - have no idea what happened. After Meg, we really wanted another baby so I did more treatments and that time they worked. My girls are 4 years lapart in age.

Hang in there and if you think you are taking something that is unsafe, stop. Be careful using the Internet - remember, anyone can write anything to push their own agenda- trust org / gov / edu sites only.

Runner - Wednesday May 24, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

I didn't weigh myself this morning because I felt so cruddy.

I've been eating so well, but it seems like there aren't any "safe" foods for me. Bloating is caused by just about everything---I don't know what to eat anymore!! It's really frustrating.

I'm trying to stick to fruits and veggies, but those cause bloating, too!

It is true that my problems seem to go away when I travel, so I have wondered whether it's due to my environment at all. It's just so hard to diagnose! And the doctors here are not helpful, as I've mentioned many times already.

It's just so frustrating not to feel thin anymore! I hate looking at myself in the mirror. My husband finally admitted that my butt has grown, and I am tired of squeezing into my clothes. I feel swollen all over, and I know that people notice!! I know they do, just as I notice when others put on 10 pounds! It makes me feel self-conscious and ashamed.

I wish I could just be normal. I can't even eat out anymore, because I'm too scared of gaining more weight.

smiley2 on 05/24/2006:
Hi Runner,

It seems im in exactly the same position as you. No matter what i do or cut out i just cant seem to lose any weight.

I cant give you any advice, since im exactly the same boat as you, but i guess i just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. Maybe there is some sort of Universal conspiracy that inhibit people to lose weight to drive them out of their minds. Cause youre in Asia and im in Africa, its certainly wide spread....

Umpqua on 05/24/2006:
Hi Runner, thanks for your comment. I'm sorry you feel this way about your weight, and I know it's truly out of your hands. But please don't blame yourself too much. I remember when you were consistently weighing in at 111 and 112 you were able to eat well and the exercise offset it. Now it seems whatever you do the weight won't budge, and that's a problem beyond your control. I hope you'll be traveling to the States soon and can get to see a doctor over here.

sweetpea1977 on 05/24/2006:
Thanks for the encouraging comment on my last entry. You were right! I did see 150.8 again - this morning! Yay!

Anyway, I am SO sorry you arent feeling well. I can not stand the fact that you feel so helpless, scared, and ashamed right now. You are doing everything right and nothing seems to be working, so it has to be due to something completely outside of your control.

The environment issue has always been in the back of my mind, especially whenever you talk about how you weigh and feel during and after your vacations. Could it really be something in the air, water, or even in the foods grown over there?

GG on 05/24/2006:
WOW I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL! I HAVE HAD THE MOST BLOATED WEEK AND A HALF YET AND I FEEL LIKE ALL THE FOODS I ONCE AT WITHOUT A THOUGHT IN MY MIND HAVE CREPT UP TO GET ME! BUT I THINK IT WILL PROBABLY PASS!! Veggies and Fruits are the biggest bloat contributors there are but we cant cut them out, which stinks! haha! How long has this been going on??? If it has only been a week it could be that time of the month(sans period..it happens to me) or you could be allergic to something you eat a lot of, we can accumulate allergies from food we eat a lot of(I know I have)...You should try an elimination diet to try and find the culpret!! I wish you luckk!!!

Oh and I was looking through all my old entries(when I was anorexic and I just want to thank you for all of your support back then!!!)

Scruffy on 05/25/2006:
Find a dietician and possibly a trainer. Maybe what your body needs is something specific. Once you get the right combo, you'll be unstoppable :)


geevee on 05/25/2006:
When I put on my shorts and "just" get them snapped I always remember months ago when they were loose. That was when I, too, felt thin (relatively speaking!). Oh, for those days! How I hate tight, restrictive clothing.

Runner - Sunday May 21, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

Once again, I had a stellar weekend, food-wise and exercise-wise, but I just started taking more estrogen pills, so I doubt I'll see a significant weight loss anytime soon!

Thank you for all your encouraging comments. I had a pretty rough week. It's really hard to see other thin people pig out while I watch every bite I put in my mouth, and I still can't seem to lose a pound.

I climbed over 2000 stairs yesterday to raise money for charity and then went for a hike later on...I also ran 10km in the morning, and I felt great all day! I sure was hoping to see at least a 1/2 pound loss today, but my body refuses to budge.

I've been chewing some fennel seeds every day to try to cut back on bloating, but I'm not sure it's working for me. I'm still taking the Candida packets, but that doesn't seem to work, either.

I guess I'll just have to pay the big bucks and visit a doctor when I'm back in the U.S. I'm weary of trying to figure it out myself...and I've been to too many doctors here who don't seem to think that I have much of a problem.

By the way, I've been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse. It's not serious, but that's why my heart has been racing and feeling strange lately. I don't need to take anything for it right now...unless it gets worse. I have to cut back on caffeine, but I don't really have much caffeine normally. Too much exericse can make it worse, too, which is probably why I felt so odd after my half-marathon a couple of weeks ago.

borntocry on 05/22/2006:
Hi Runner,

Wow, I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I hope it isn't serious. I suffer from palpitations quite frequently, so maybe I have the same thing! Is it something one is born with or can one just develop it over time?

As for your other problems, I think you should definitely see a good doctor in America. It's worth the money if you can find an answer to your questions. I wonder, though... do you find that your symptoms vary in severity depending on what country you're in? Because my husband suffers from a lot of digestive problems here in France, and yet the whole time we were in America, he was fine. And I seem to recall you saying that you generally feel better when you're away too. It just seems kind of intriguing to me.

liza36 on 05/22/2006:

I'm highly impressed with the 2000 stairs, and for charity too. I'm dying with just 40 stairs, I have no idea how you would do 2000. You rock, that's all I can say!

I'm sorry to hear about your heart diagnosis, but at least you know what it is and hopefully it's not too serious. I would definitley see a doctor in the US when you can. Maybe even see 2 for a second opinion. I truly hope you can find the answers to your condition.

Keep your chin up!

geevee on 05/22/2006:
Hi Runner,

Mitral valve prolapse - Is that the small hole which causes the slushy sound when you listen to the heart? The sound is caused by a small amount of blood seeping through that hole. If so, then that's what I and two of my sons have. No problem.

What are we to do, Runner? Week after week we repeat our woes and nothing ever changes. I'm so sick and tired of this!

gigi43 on 05/22/2006:
My husband was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse when he was 21. He was experiencing sudden rapid heart rate when exercising and it was pretty scary. The doctor told him it's not life threatening and even gave him ways to shorten the attacks: Squat down and rub the side of your neck and drink several small sips of water slowly. They go away very quickly now and they have decreased in frequency over the years. The doctor told him that it's an electrical impulse problem with the heart. The heart will suddenly start pumping in blood instead of pumping it out, which is very dangerous, so the heart speeds up to get itself back on track. No holes or anything and not life altering; but be sure to disclose the condition before any medical procedures, including the dentist. Even for a simple cleaning, DH has to take Amoxicyllin before hand just in case the bacteria from the cleaning gets into his heart if an attack should occur. Okay, so "attack" and "heart" together are usually pretty serious, but in this case it's not so. Just be sure to get those antibiotics before any dentist visit because you don't want to take a chance. And if the dentist knows you have it he won't even treat you if you don't take them.

Also, I was wondering if maybe your bloating problem (at least part of it) could be due to lack of sleep. I know I get super bloated when I don't sleep enough, especially toward the end of the day. Try taking naps instead of that extra exercise and see if that doesn't help. I can wake up from a 45 minute nap and head straight to the bathroom to lose a significant amount of water weight and my tummy deflates considerably.

Good luck with everything!

sweetpea1977 on 05/23/2006:
Im glad you were able to find out what your heart problem is and am very relieved that it isnt anything life-threatening. Anyway, I really hope that you find some trustworthy US doctors to help you with your bloat problem.

Julie may be on to something about the connection between the lack of sleep and bloat. I tend to feel less bloated after a solid sleep than after a night of tossing and turning. It is at least worth a shot!

Runner - Wednesday May 17, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

I am so discouraged with my weight. No matter what I try, I can't lose a pound. How did I get to this point? My weight skyrocketed up to 127 again last night. I was 122 in the morning, 127 at night. And it was all in my stomach, as usual.

The bloating isn't from a heart problem, I can't figure out which foods are causing it, and I am spending up to 3 hours a night walking and going to the gym. This is ridiculous. I can't live like this! Every spare minute is spent exercising, since I feel like that might actually help me lose a pound. But after 9 months, I've only gained more weight.

To make matters worse, I've eaten some foods that I really don't like, just because I'm stressed out!

I'm sorry to sound so negative, but I'm at my wits' end.

smiley2 on 05/18/2006:
Its ok to be negative Runner, sometimes we need that. The miracle is we always seem to find the silver lining around the dark cloud in the end, even though it may take some time.

I know this is very frustrating for you, but maybe because you are stressing so much about losing weight, your mind just sends your body in the opposite direction

borntocry on 05/18/2006:
Hi Runner,

I still think you should take a break from exercise. I've run just 2 miles in the last 10 days, and I've been losing a steady 0.1 or 0.2 lb a day. Okay, I know there's no logical reason for it, and I've probably just jinxed myself by mentioning it at all, but it just seems like the only thing you haven't tried yet. Oh and another thing, I've been eating hardly any fruits or vegetables and little or no fibre. I know that's really unhealthy, so I don't plan to keep it up for long, but I have noticed that I haven't experienced any bloating or weight fluctuations at all lately - there's just nothing in my stomach to cause it.

Thanks for the comment you left me. I know what you mean about avoiding this place when you have nothing good to report. I feel the same way - it's tough to look forward to typing in some horrible number instead of being able to report a loss!

I've been lucky lately, I guess, as I haven't had much of an appetite since I got back from America. I guess the food here just doesn't compare, haha! And yes, I think I pretty much have ruled out that crazy notion that I might be pregnant. Who am I kidding? I'm probably completely infertile - I had lots of problems in that department before I went on the pill. I guess what with Umpqua being in the family way, I just had babies on my mind lately!

Thanks also for your advice on the race. Actually, I've decided not to train for a marathon just yet. I want to work on becoming a better runner first. To tell the truth, you put me to shame with your last half-marathon time! I want to try to improve mine a bit. I know I'll never be as fast as you, but I'd just like to break the two hour mark, just once! Is that too much to ask?!

Sweetpea1977 on 05/18/2006:

Aren't you going to America soon? If so, I would recommend setting up doctor appointments with several health specialists - specifically doctors who specialize in gastrointestinal health, endocrinology, and nutrition. It may be easier to confide in English speaking doctors, since you wouldn't have to worry about translating your symptoms and problems into a foreign language. All you would have to do is provide a list of tests thats were done in Asia (perhaps bring test results), provide a list of tests that you would like done, and be extremely specific about all your symptoms and all the attempts that have been made trying to cure the problems.

I know that the last thing you want to do while in America is sit in waiting rooms, but this is your health we are talking about here. I think seeing additional specialists in a different country is at least worth thinking about. All I know is that you dont deserve living this mysterious, real-life nightmare anymore!


Umpqua on 05/18/2006:
I'm so sorry to hear about your frustrations, and as I've said before - you don't deserve to see this weight. I do agree with BTC on cutting back on the exercise to try changing up your metabolism a bit. And I think Jenny has a great idea about seeing some doctors while in the States. In the meantime, it sounds like you're doing everything you can to live a healthy lifestyle and that counts for everything!

biscottibody59 on 05/18/2006:
Ya' know I've read you from day 1 on here and you have reached this point. I don't think I've read quite this level of frustration from you. It may very well be a crossroads for you. What gives fulfillment in our 20s may not do it for us in our 30s. Keep in mind that it may change again in your 40s and you don't want to be nursing a truly broken down body by that time. Sure the weight seems important now, but so is your long-term health.

Give yourself the break. No one can give it to you but YOU! You are such a disciplined person despite your battles with sweets (I know those battles too--still have avoided making a batch of cookies for a few months now:-)

You can do it! Make the choices, whatever they may be, to feel healthy and happy! Good luck--you are worth it Runner!

geevee on 05/18/2006:
I can commiserate completely with you. I've been fighting the same battle as you for almost half a year now. The only reason I've seen any positive movement this week is because I've literally eliminated all the really good foods I love to eat like PNB, whole sandwiches, large portions of starches, etc. Limiting myself to fruits, veggies, salad, soup and cereal and loads of water really works. It's the most effective plan I've come up with. The question is, how long will I be able to keep at it, and will there be dire effects from my friend's visit on Sat. a lunch on Sun. w/an Austrian traveler at the Cuban restaurant. I guess I'll have to restrict myself to that one meal out both days and maybe fresh fruit when I come home. This is a stark diet though extremely nutritious and high in fiber. The trouble is it doesn't include the truffles and dark chocolate son Jim sent me for Mother's Day!

This global warming has so upset the climate in Miami I have yet to swim. It's been SIX months! It's a bit cool and very brezzy in the morning which has deterred me. I date my gain from Nov. when the pool water was 72 degrees and lower. That I've been able to brainwash my mind for the present plan is amazing to me. I just hope I can keep it up for awhile.

Runner - Sunday May 14, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

I had an awful weekend with weight fluctuations! In the span of about 12 hours, I went from 120.5 to 128. I didn't even know that was possible! I was so discouraged Saturday night...because I felt so incredibly bloated and helpless. Saturday morning, I woke up to 120.5 and felt great, but through the course of the day, the bloating got worse and worse. Maybe it was due to some of the foods I was eating, but I just don't know anymore. I was 123 on Sunday morning and 122.5 today. Who gains 7 1/2 pounds in one day? (especially someone my size)

I know some of it was water weight, but why isn't it coming off? I'm exercising, eating well, drinking enough water, etc. The Candida packets are supposed to STOP the bloating, not make it worse! Could that be the problem? Unfortunately, I can't find any "negative" testimonials about the product I'm taking...everyone's experience has been positive from what I've read!

I'm just not getting anywhere. I don't know what to do next, except go on a strict fruit and veggie detox for a week. But I just don't know if I have the determination to stick to something like that. Obviously I need to try something, and the "calories in, calories out" approach isn't working for me.

I go back to the heart doctor tomorrow. Maybe he'll have an answer for me.

borntocry on 05/15/2006:
Hi Runner,

You poor thing! That does sound like a pretty huge fluctuation in a 12-hour period. What did you do in those 12 hours to gain so much weight? You must have drunk a lot of water... but generally if one drinks too much water it tends to go right through, so that can't be the problem. I don't think we can blame the Candida packets either, as you were bloated before you started taking them, weren't you? I suppose you could try a fruit and veggie detox - has that worked for you in the past? In my experience, vegetables seem to make me bloat more, but I'm not sure. You know, perhaps you could try a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. That generally gets rid of water weight, doesn't it?

Thanks for the comment you left me. It did occur to me that I could be suffering from morning sickness! I am still on the pill, but I skipped a day or two right in the crucial zone. I know it's pretty unlikely, but I've been taking folic acid just in case!

And as for Graeter's ice-cream... well, I don't want to take responsibility for your birthday present, just in case you don't like it, but IF you do decide to order it, go for the black raspberry chip, even if it doesn't sound like something you would normally like. It's everyone's favourite, even mine, and I hate raspberry. The second best flavour is the mocha chip. (You absolutely have to go with the chips because that's what Graeter's is all about - the gigantic chocolate chips! Once I got one that was the entire width of the pint!) Also, check out the Buckeye Blitz!

Sweetpea1977 on 05/16/2006:
Hey Runner,

Those flux's suck. I dont think this is a calorie or an exercise issue at all. Also, I seriously doubt that the ThreeLac is the problem. Your bloat has to be due to a particular nutrient in the foods you are eating. Have you researched Celiac disease? A lot of your symptoms seem to fit the ones listed for this disease.

Anyway, I sincerely hope that the doctor was able to give you some answers. Keep us posted!


Runner - Thursday May 11, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 121.5

One pound gone, but still two pounds more than I was last week at this time.

One day at a time, one day at a time. :)

Meanwhile, I'm still feeling stranger than normal, but it may be due to the ThreeLac. If I do have serious Candida (and I think I do), then I'm experiencing "die-off" symptoms right now...which may be why I feel kinda yucky and tired.

As long as my heart is okay, I can handle the yucky feeling!!!

I have some food challenges this weekend, but I'm really trying to stay away from "trigger foods", especially sweets. If I really want this ThreeLac to work, then I need to stay away from sugar completely. And I really want it to work! I want my stomach back!

Umpqua on 05/12/2006:
Hi Runner, I'm glad your weight is going back down. I really hope this new medication will sort out your problems, you deserve it. To answer your last comment, we don't want to find out the sex of the baby - we want it to be a surprise. I have a gut feeling it's a boy while John thinks it's a girl. We'll see, but we'll be happy with either! We have had a girl's name picked out for several years although we're still debating on the middle name. It will probably be Chloe Helene though (Helene being my mother's and grandmother's name). We have a few contenders for boys names but no winner yet!

borntocry on 05/12/2006:
Hi Runner,

Thanks for the comment you left me. Would you believe I actually thought of you the whole time I was in Detroit airport? I remembered you saying you come from around there. I especially thought of you when walking down the long tunnel with the disco lights - do you know the one I mean? If not, watch out for it next time!

As for Skyline and Graeter's - maybe one day we'll both be in America at the same time and you can make a trip down to Cincinnati and you can try them! Skyline seems to be an acquired taste which not everyone has, but literally everyone I know loves Graeter's ice-cream. My husband's parents even have some friends who live in Wisconsin and every time they're in town they take several pints of Graeter's back with them in dry ice! You can read all about it <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graeter%27s" target="_blank">here</a>.

Thanks also for your advice on the Luxembourg half-marathon. I'm guessing it's a small race, which is why it's registration period goes on so long? I know it's way too soon and I would actually rather have more time to work on improving my speed but it sounds like such a cool race... it's the one that's at night, remember? I probably won't do it, though... it's just too soon.

Well, have a great weekend, and good luck avoiding sugar! I know you can do it, and your weekend will be so much better if you do! You will feel so proud of yourself afterwards! And so will we!

Runner - Tuesday May 09, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

Thanks for your encouragement, friends. I've decided to take a short break from the scale for awhile. Instead of stressing out every time my weight goes up unexpectedly, I'm just going to wait awhile and hope that the bloating goes down. Maybe the ThreeLac will help.

My goals for the next three days:

1. 1300 calories each day

2. no sugar (if possible)

3. moderate exercise

And no bingeing---on anything!

Sweetpea1977 on 05/10/2006:
Hey Runner,

I hope that you wont be staying away from the diaries while you stay away from the scale (good idea, by the way). I will miss you!

Thanks for your last comment to me. I am thrilled that you showed my "before" and "after" pics to your hubby. That must mean you are really proud of me! Yay! :o)

Keep us posted on the ThreeLac treatment (and your goals).


borntocry on 05/11/2006:
Hi Runner,

I'm sorry to read about your recent health problems. I must say, a 7 lb fluctuation does seem like a lot, but at the same time it's not that much more than my worst ones, so I hope it's not a sign of anything too serious. I wonder if somehow running makes us more susceptible to these fluctuations, as other people don't seem to experience them as much as we do? Unfortunately I never weighed myself regularly before I started running, so I don't know.

Thanks for the comment you left me after my race. My husband also thinks it's normal to get depressed the day before an athletic event. His theory is that aside from the twinges of doubt and anxiety, it's the "calm before the storm" - we can't help anticipating the upcoming challenge, and yet it's too early for a full-fledged adrenaline rush so we're sort of "on hold" instead. I guess that makes sense to me.

Well, good luck with the ThreeLac and with your goals for the days to come!

Runner - Monday May 08, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 122.5

The last time I wrote was Saturday afternoon...a couple hours before my entry, I saw 119. Almost 24 hours later, I was up to 126.5.

Something is wrong with my body, and I don't know what it is!

I've read that extreme bloating is a symptom of heart disease, and I'm going to get my heart checked out by a doctor today.

Although I hope nothing is wrong, I also hope I can figure out what makes my weight skyrocket up so quickly. I'm eating healthily, so it's not the calories.

I feel like I'm living in someone else's body right now.

I haven't gone on a real "Runner" run since last week. I'm too scared to do any strenuous exercise. I just want some answers!


I just got back from the hospital. The chest x-ray, blood work, and heartbeat all appear normal. The stress test (treadmill test) probably isn't very effective, as I wasn't able to get up to 174 beats per minute, even after 17 minutes. By that time, the incline was incredibly steep, and I couldn't run any longer in my socks! (they didn't let me wear shoes) Plus, I had all these gadgets strapped to me, and I had to hang onto the handlebar to keep from falling off!

The echocardiogram was like an ultrasound of my heart, and the nurse would only tell me that I have a "strong heart," but a "minor problem." I have to wait until next week to hear what the doctor has to say. So I feel better...a little.

Geevee has a good point---sometimes these tests don't show "blockages" right away...but all the doctors say that I'm too young to have heart problems, especially as a runner. Maybe they're right. But it still seems like something fishy is going on in my body. Why do I continue to feel so strange?

Meanwhile, my ThreeLac arrived, so I'll start taking that to combat possible Candida. I hope that doesn't make my bloating worse! I really can't handle more weight gain.

geevee on 05/08/2006:
Hi Runner,

I just checked my DD entry to see if you had an update on your condition. Then I read this entry and about your 7.5lb. bloat and remembered how concerned I had been when I saw my ex. He looked huge yet said it wasn't from what he was eating and how he couldn't understand why he was so blown up. He looked like he was about to burst. That's the way I felt a couple weeks ago when I was bloated. I'm trying to remember what the explanation was and can't, but it did have to do with the heart problem.

One thing I did learn was that the scans my ex had didn't show any problem at all with clogged arteries. It wasn't until the doctors decided to do a catherization that they found the blockage. That's really strange. I sure hope you don't have to go through all of that and that there's a simpler explanation for you problem.

Hang in there Runner. My prayers are with you.

smiley2 on 05/09/2006:
Hi Runner,

I wish i had some advice for you. All that i know is you did the right thing too got your heart checked out. I also think you should have a detailed analysis done of your bloodwork to check eg electrolites and potassium, that could also affect your heart and bloating.

Please keep us updated, we are all concerned about you.

Sweetpea1977 on 05/09/2006:

I have heard that even the healthiest of people can still have heart/artery problems - most of the time it is a hereditary issue, but sometimes it can be a diet related problem. I will pray that your heart doctor has nothing but good news to share with you today.

Until then, Im keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Jenny

Umpqua on 05/09/2006:
Hi Runner, I've had some big fluctuations in my weight in the past, but I think you're well beyond normal fluxes. I'm glad you're getting all these tests done, and I hope they find out what the problem is soon. You don't deserve these crazy weight fluxes, you deserve to be in the 110s! Anyway, I'm thinking of you and I hope you get some answers soon.

Runner - Saturday May 06, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 119.5

HI, everyone! I'm back from my trip and pleased that I'm still hanging on to 119.5!!! It's a miracle, as I feel like I indulged several times during the trip, but maybe it will catch up to me later. Either way, I tried to stay as active as possible (without overdoing it) and actually skipped a meal or two to eat my low-calorie snacks. That helped offset the higher-calorie foods that were served. Plus, I ate my own breakfasts instead of pigging out at the buffet, so I'm sure all those strategies paid off. Sometimes it's really tempting just to sit down to a 700-calorie breakfast (like my co-workers eat), but if I do that, then I feel like the whole day is off to a bad start! And I never feel good afterwards. I'm much better off with some fruit, a hardboiled egg, and a low-cal granola bar.

My only concern is that my heart is still racing...it's been happening every day since the race, and I'm going crazy wondering what's wrong. I just have this "heaviness" in my chest, and I've been "googling" all sorts of things to see what it might be. Since I don't go to the doctor until Tuesday, I'm trying not to get too worked up, but I'm wondering if something is seriously wrong. Sometimes I have trouble breathing, and even though I usually feel strong when I work out, I'm quite weak at night. I'm not one to feel fatigued, and I've been more tired this week than I have been in a long time. But is it due to my work or due to my heart? I'm not sure.

Anyway, maybe it's time for me just to give up running for awhile. It seems to be doing me no good. If I can still get heart problems as a runner, then why bother? I'll just walk.

biscottibody59 on 05/06/2006:
That is quite odd and probably really unsettling for you. Is there something in a food that you eat all the time that maybe you've become sensitive to? I know that an inordinate amount of coffee (like 2 drip-type pots per day) started giving me a very disturbing irregular heartbeat a few years ago--no one really "needs" that much coffee:-) Also don't discount just plain old stress. Take good care of yourself--the body is amazing in its way of telling us to back off sometimes!

borntocry on 05/06/2006:
Hi Runner,

I've had an irregular heart rate after both of my half-marathons and that friend of mine who did the one in Berlin with me also complained of trouble "regulating" her heart rate afterwards. But in my case (and I think hers) it didn't last more than a day or two afterwards, so I do think it's a little strange that yours has continued for a week. Have you heard of or read anything about overtraining? That's an actual medical condition caused by overly rigorous training, and the symptoms include an elevated resting heart rate, fatigue, and lack of motivation when it comes to training. You mentioned that you were running a lot in preparation for your race (and in my opinion you were already running a lot!) so I think this could apply to you. Look it up and see what you think ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overtraining).

geevee on 05/08/2006:
Hi Runner, I'm back again after a week of feasting and now, one pound heavier.

About your heart problem. My ex-husband started having problems breathing, too. When I'd talk to him on the phone sometimes it sounded like he was almost gasping for breath or in the midst of an asthma attack. He, too complained about how tired he was. It got to the point where even walking from one room to another was difficult for him.

Turned out he had several problems. He had arrythmia in one of the chambers. The specialist who only deals with arrythmia wanted to do some sort of laser procedure but couldn't because his heart was acting so erratic.

Then they discovered that he had 95% blockage in a main artery. Catherization solved that but then his blood was off. They've been trying to normalize it for two months so the laser procedure can be done. I think that's being done today.

The tiredness you complain of echoes what my ex has said. And he was never one to lie around and sleep but that's what he found himself doing with absolutely no energy.

It's already Tuesday afternoon for you so you probably have already seen the doctor and have a better idea of what's wrong. I'm thinking of you Runner. Take care.

Runner - Tuesday May 02, 2006
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 119.5

Thank you for all the encouragement, friends! I only have a minute today, as I'm leaving for my trip, but I wanted to check in and say that I finally made it back to the teens!! That's a real encouragement to me! I just hope I don't blow it the next three days with this trip... I need a HUGE dose of discipline!

Plus, I'm taking a break from running (starting today), as my heart has been racing and feeling rather strange ever since the race. So I don't have my usual calorie-burning exercise in the mornings to jump-start my metabolism. I'll try to get in a good walk, though.

I actually went to the E.R. last night to get an EKG and some chest x-rays. I just don't feel right...but those tests didn't show anything abnormal. I'm still going to visit a doctor on Tuesday to make sure that I'm okay. Maybe I put too much stress on my heart with all those hills. I guess if it's a muscle, then it's possible to overexert it just like any other muscle!

smiley2 on 05/03/2006:
Hi there Runner!

First of all congrats on your 2nd place for women overall! That is a fabulous achievement, as well as your overall place against the men! You can give yourself a big pat on the back! I think its wonderful that you had a "guardian angel" to assist you along the way, just goes to show that there is still some good left in humanity!

Congrats on being down to the teens again too! And good luck with your eating the next few days, just have small portions of your favourite food and you will be allright.

sweetpea1977 on 05/03/2006:

Welcome back to the teens! I hope that seeing 119 encourages you to practice moderation while on your trip.

I think you are right about your heart being overexerted with the hilly race. Im glad you had tests done and are taking a break from running. I hope you get to feeling better soon!


PS. I emailed you something today, so be sure to check your inbox when you get back.

Scruffy on 05/04/2006:
Stay aware and ensure someone checks on you regularly. Scruff

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