Saturday, May 09, 2009

Hello Everyone!

Yes, I'm still alive. Thanks to those who have checked in on me because I haven't been posting in awhile. I've been busy getting back into my running groove. Gotta make use of those new runners. I am having problems though, just like I was before. It seems like once I get up to the point of doing 20-25k a week (besides my other activities) I start to have problems with energy. I feel weak, dizzy, tired, sore, and headachey. It's almost like the flu. I know what it is, it's because I'm anemic. My doctor did blood tests on me to confirm this, and I am on an iron supplement. It seems that the running is what is effecting this though. Does anyone else out there have this problem? Some of my research has shown me that it can be related to running. I'm wondering what I can do to fix this because I can't keep making myself sick like this from running, and I don't want to stop because it's my most favourite activity. I'm bored with using exercise machines, and I need that high intensity activity, so I'm not willing to just go for a walk or swim.

As far as the tummy tuck thing (someone asked for an update on that). It's kind of funny because I went into the plastic surgeon asking about coverage for my tummy tuck, and the doctor said that he could get a portion of costs covered (basically only hospital costs) but that he could fix my breasts for free. Excuse me? LOL! I wasn't even asking about my breasts, and I didn't know there was a problem there HAHAHAHHAH! Anyways, I updated my doctor on all of that the other day, and she was FURIOUS. I have never seen her so angry. She said "forget that, we will try someone else then...there is a medical reason for this". So, I guess my quest for a tummy tuck isn't over yet. I will leave it in my doctor's hands.

Today is haircut day! I haven't gone for one in 5 months. I will try to get hubby to take some pictures to share with you all :O)

As always, I will finish my post with a pictures of my beautiful little Missy. She is nekkid, so don't be shocked ;o) She is growing up to be such a pretty girl. Her fur is growing. I can't wait until it reaches the floor. She is now 8 months and 1 week old, and she had a growth spurt, she is now 3 lbs 6 ozs. I'm still hoping that she may reach 4 lbs, we will see! My little girl has healed up perfectly after her leg surgery and spay. The money we spent to fix her broken leg was definitely well worth it. She has healed 100% and can use it just like normal.

And one of her in her new Burberry overalls :O)

And showing off her new "Epik" dog boots. These are THE best dog boots I've seen. She is so comfortable in them.


mak'n Changes said...

I always get a kick out of the way you dress your dog. She is so cute "nekid" and then when you dress her up,, OMG! A.DOR.A.BLE! I also love scanning your pics on the side bar. I'm wondering how tall you are? 5'8, or 5'9? I find myself thinking,,"ok,, ten more pounds and I should look close to that....." *laugh* You are a hottie for sure! *laugh*
sorry you are having health issues. maybe can you take some energy gels to suck down when you start to feel bad? just a thought.

Nia a.k.a. Genea said...

I've been following your blog for a while... just wanted to post that Missy is soooooooooo cute :)

Glad to see you back :)

Shrunk said...

Thanks Cindie!

I am 5' 10.5" :O)

H-woman said...

Hi Shrunk! I stopped in last night to see if I'd missed something or my blogger updater thing wasn't working. Glad to see you back today!

Are you getting enough iron in your diet (spinach & beef are good sources). If you're running (and like it) maybe you need to up your dietary intake as well as the supplement.

And the plastic surgeon thing is bizarre! Keep us posted!

H =)

Heather Cacak said...

So good to hear you're still alive! I still check for updates every single day. Oh, and I hope the anemic issue can be controlled for you soon. I have my own set of health issues that screws me up, and it sucks. I want it all to just go away. I worked so hard to lose this weight and keep it off for 7+ years. I'm really ready to just feel good! I need a tummy tuck, I look forward to hearing what you doc comes up with for ya. Good luck, and glad to see you running again.

Fighter.... said...

Thanks for posting pics of your little pup! love seeing the outfits!

about your running question - are you a "sweaty" person? not to gross! im not a sweaty person day to day, but when i work out, i am!! i run 1/2 marathons, am riding in a 200km 2 day bike race for cancer, and regularly participate in "oven" yoga, and i ALWAYS used to get headaches, have zomby like energy levels, and just felt like CRAP!!
it was honestly like having a hangover! i finally talked to my doc, and she asked if i was drinking enough water. uh, duh! i drink water like a fish (um..that is if fish drink a lot of water!).
she then said asked me if i sweat a lot, and suggested an electrolyte replacement. not gatorade or whatever, but its this powder u add to your water.

i can't honestly remember the name of mine, but i'll post it when i'm back at home. i tried it, added it to water, it is natorapathic and very few calories. i feel AWESOME now and don't get the migraines and weakness and ZERO energy that used to happen when i had a strenous work out before.

maybe something to look at/try!

good luck and keep on running!!

Anonymous said...

Love the pup in the clothes. Very cute!

Hope you find answers about your iron/running problem.

Your transformation pictures are amazing!

dh said...

Hi Shrunk, Long time follower/lurker hear. You know, I think this is the first time I have heard of anemia induced by running... I'm wondering if there are diet modifications you could make to compensate. Something high in iron... like liver or something? I'm sure you've thought of it already, but I would be doing some online research in runners' forums to see how they manage. I bet that there are a number of them out there that have similar struggles. Good luck and keep us posted.

Pheonix said...

that coverall picture is just the friggin cutest ever! IT HAS A HOLE FOR HER TAIL!!! OMG that's awesome!

Unknown said...

I just found your blog, and I'm loving it! I'm going to read all the back posts so I can catch up!

I don't know if anyone has asked you this but I noticed in your rockin progress pics that you have tattoos. Were they affected during your weight loss? I have tattoos as well, and I'm currently doing weight watchers (4th week in) and I'm starting to wonder about how they might change.

Thank you, I can't wait to read all about your fabu change!

glick said...

Who cuts your hair? It looks great in all of your pictures.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that you are my hero. Your photos inspired me so much. Thank you. I need to lose weight - just 65 lbs - but I always lose focus instead. I really admire your perseverance and your brand-new figure.

Danielle L said...

wanted to say i just found your blog and WOW, what an inspiration ! when i saw your layout & tats i thought this chick rocks ! i'm goin at this weight loss thing again for the zillionth time, it's gotta catch on sooner or later right ? lol. thought it was cool both our dh's names are brent too.

Tammy said...

I also just found your blog. Seeing your pictures is really a motivator for me. You look fantastic. Keep up the good work.

that70sgrl said...

Hi! I too suffer from this annoying anemia and found this awesome natural supplement called Floradex (not sure if you're vegan or not, but they have a vegan version too) Tastes kinda like copper pennies, but it's worked for me. Also eat lots of spinach, chickpeas, etc etc. You know the drill! Better than the iron supplements that can leave you constipated. :/

Great blog! Keep up the amazing work- totally inspiring! :)

Rory Star said...

What the??? I can't believe that comment by the plastic surgeon! Can you tell he makes money from feeding off people's insecurities? What a tool.

Anonymous said...

Hello -

Running can exacerbate anemia, because it causes some crushing of red blood cells. You can read about this in a book called "The Thrive Diet" - so it's possible that running a lot is specifically affecting your iron levels, and maybe requires either more iron or less running.