I haven’t written a post in a while. This has been because of a variety of reasons. Mostly because life got in the way. I moved, got a new job, and of course have work and a family, so discussing my love of OCR and nutrition just fell to the wayside. A lot has happened since my last post.
Lets get to the point, I accomplished my goal of completing the Spartan Trifecta topping that off with finishing the Killington Beast in September of 2016. I then completed the Fenway Park Sprint an hour faster than my time the previous year. Overall I achieved what I set out to do, but it came at a cost, and that cost was my health.
Around the time of the Killington Beast last year I came to the realization that something was just not right with me. My sleep was terrible. No matter how tired I was I would wake up in the middle of the night and could not fall back to sleep. This combined with getting up early everyday to train was taking a toll on me. I also noticed my sex drive had tanked. I was not recovering from my workouts well. I would go and workout and come home exhausted not able to get off the couch. I would have extreme cravings for all kinds of bad carbs, and occationally give into them. All of this was taking a toll on me and my family.
When I went for my yearly physical in early November 2016 I talked to my primary care doctor about my symptoms. He was completely dismissive of them. The only thing he was concerned about was my testosterone. So he drew some blood and measured my testosterone and it came back “fine” according to him.
I knew something was not right and I was determined to find out how to fix it. I had heard this guy Chris Kelly on the Endurance Planet podcast talking about his company Nourish Balance Thrive. As I listened to the podcast I heard him talking about many of the symptoms I was experiencing and how Nourish Balance Thrive is helping athletes solve many of these symptoms. After reading more on the Nourish Balance Thrive website, blog, and listening to their podcast I decided I would reach out to them and setup a free consultation.
I talked to Amelia Lauker, a registered nurse that works with Chris, and after 15 minutes I was completely blown away. Amelia had talked about me about my symptoms and had a number of tests she wanted to run to get to the bottom of my symptoms. It was going to cost me some money but I was willing to pay if it meant finding out what was wrong.
The testing was comprehensive, blood work, urine tests, and stool tests, looking at everything from blood markers to hormones, to toxins in my blood. Was it worth it? Hell yes it was the results blew my mind and confirmed what I had been feeling and revealed much more. In my future posts I will talk more about the results and the steps I have to been taken to recover. Bottom line, if you know something is not right get help and get to the bottom of it ASAP. The longer you wait the worse it will be.