In the age of social media, people usually show off their best, but this blog post is quite different. Before I dig into my vulnerable moments, I want to first notify you that I've put all "political correctness" aside. If you are wanting a watered down, superficial version, then you'll want to skip this post.
Instead of following through with the doctor's recommendation for a hip replacement, I decided to get a second opinion from another orthopedic. He suggested that I spend the next several months non-weight bearing to see if my hip might heal on its own. He also ordered a DEXA scan to evaluate the density of my bones, which came back shocking - I had advanced osteopenia in my lower spine and hips at the age of 22! The years I spent denying myself proper nutrition while exercising intensely took a big hit on my bone health. Finding out that your bone density is declining at such a young age is very troublesome. It is like discovering the framework of your house is infested with termites and is deteriorating!
In the first part of my story, I introduced my desire to become a competitive athlete, and the unfolding of my distorted eating and exercise patterns. Before you read the next phase of my testimony, I want to emphasize that my intent is not to come across as boastful, but simply to relay the backstory accurately so the forthcoming part of my story makes better sense.
After dieting myself down to a size 2, I still did not feel satisfied with my life, so I contemplated the next best thing to strive for: training for triathlons (swim, bike, run). It only took one triathlon race and I knew I was hooked - I had found my niche! I quickly put together my race schedule for the remainder of the season, which included a half Ironman distance triathlon (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) later in the year. I started increasing my exercise volume to prepare for the race, despite still being stuck in the diet mentality. One hot summer day, I remember completing a 100+ mile bike ride on just two Powerbars, water, and some Gatorade Propel the entire ride. This means that I only consumed about 600 calories during the 5-6 hour workout! I had no idea what my body truly needed to be healthy and to perform well. Despite my ignorance regarding appropriate nutrition for my body, I somehow posted the second overall fastest run split of the day in my first half Ironman distance race - males and females combined. Unfortunately, I inaccurately interpreted this to mean I was doing things right with my nutrition and exercise.
I am a credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Jesus lover, and I am passionate about helping people achieve a healthy, balanced body, mind, and spirit! In my spare time, I enjoy running, walking/playing with my two hound dogs, experimenting in the kitchen, spending time with God, and being with my husband and friends!