This is quite an embarrassing post, but it’s part of my journey so I’m sharing. Today is Day 81 that I’ve been on my journey/plan.
I’ve had a couple bladder issues during this time that causes me to bloat, hold water, have abdominal pain, and basically feel miserable. The diagnosis has been Cystitis. I think I’ve finally found the culprit and can prevent it. Here’s the story.
On my meal plan, Ruben has had a wonderful homemade Pumpkin Latte that I have every morning as a pre-workout “meal”. It’s got protein, good fat and of course, coffee. I’m not a regular coffee drinker by nature so if I wasn’t on plan, I’d have one cup of coffee once a week when we’d go out for family breakfast on Sundays. So since being on plan, I’ve been drinking coffee every day, no big deal. Latte recipe calls for 10 oz of coffee. That’s not very much. But me, well I never measured what 10 oz was, and was estimating based on the measurements of my coffee pot…
So after this second bout of Cystitis, I started looking up what triggers it, and coffee was the only thing I could find that applied to me. So I told Ruben, and he gave me a concoction made with water, apple cider vinegar and some other things that would help alkalize my system from the acid of the coffee. This recipe called for 10 oz of water. So I decided to measure the water. After doing this, a lightbulb came on in my head and something told me to measure the coffee amount. WELL, when I did this, I realized I had been drinking more than 25 oz of coffee per day every day for the past 70+ days!!! OMG! (I know this is nothing for you regular coffee drinkers, but this is a LOT for me).
So of course, I cut the amount down to the 10 oz and guess what happened? I went into Caffeine Withdrawal! I have never had a headache so bad and for so long! This started on Wednesday and it’s Sunday and I still have it. I have been nauseous and just not able to concentrate or much of anything for the past few days. I missed my first workout on Friday and haven’t worked out since yet. I’m hoping to get back to the gym tomorrow as today is the best I’ve felt since Wednesday, and the headache is still there but a little less intense and not much nausea today. I’ve been off plan as I haven’t been able to eat very much.
I start running again in early October, and I can finally say I miss running. I’m happy I’m missing the bulk of the heat and humidity though! I’m feeling very optimistic about the next few months! Thanks for coming on this journey with me. And it’s totally okay if you laugh at me, I know I had to laugh at myself when I’d realized what I had done!!!