new routine and of course, dilemmas

Tomorrow will mark one week of my new routine of scripts and supplements to help me get everything “back to normal”. I am taking a new medication for thyroid regulation to deal with low hormone levels and resulting high cortisol. Add that to the other supplements (multi-vitamin, probiotic, digestive enzymes, and b-complex) and I feel like all I do is take pills. Plus, in an ideal world, I would be eating grain-free and dairy-free (with small exceptions of grass pastured products) in hopes of turning around my crazy gut, wonky weight gain, redonkulous fatigue, and such.

Now here is the kicker. I’m on week two of marathon training. In week one, the track workout and long run went well but I skipped the tempo run. In week two, the track workout was awesome, the tempo run was great, but then my long run cut by 3 miles sucked. I’m so confused about what to eat to fuel my endurance workouts? What do I consume before a 12 mile run that isn’t a bowl of cereal or peanut butter toast (both of which are persona (foodsona?) non grata in my diet)? Most people in the “paleo” world are seemingly against endurance running so I can’t find a lot of resource there. School starts tomorrow with teachers and next week with kids and I just don’t have a lot of time to be laboring over this kind of stuff. So I’m holding off on the completely grain free for a few seconds and looking for just GF things.

And last, here comes the overshare extraordinaire, is what I’m perceiving to be a side effect of my new medication. I am itchy. I don’t have a rash or hives but I start to feel itchy by about noon and am itchy until I either fall asleep or take a benedryl (thereby inducing coma…). I want to give this medicine time to work, to see if it starts to get things regulated but I really don’t want to feel like I constantly have fleas. (I don’t….)

Everything takes time. And this impatient girl just struggles with it. My friend Ed is doing Ironman Louisville this morning and is focused on Romans 5:3 for his inspiration today. How fitting that it goes along with this health/life struggle I face right now. I read it in a few versions this morning but I love this version from Eugene Peterson‘s The Message:

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. Romans 3-4 MSG (emphasis mine)

These troubles are merely meant as a way for God to grow patience in me and prepare me for what is to come. Yes, good lesson to be learned. So I press on with the routine, forging my patience as tempered steel, and pray for the best.

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