Monday, November 14, 2011
Well, I've been having some odd symptoms lately. I'm dealing with some anxiety and adrenaline processing issues. I've been experiencing muscle twitching. Purple bags under my eyes for about 4 months now, even when I am getting good sleep. It was recommended to me that I am probably low on magnesium. Possibly potassium as well. I've had reason to believe that I am also low on iron, as I've been borderline anemic all my life, occasionally dropping low enough for it to matter. And last year my doctor was concerned about my electrolytes being low (sodium and potassium at the very least). She encouraged me to drink a Gatorade any day that I worked out. I haven't been doing that lately as I've only been strength training. Found out that probably justifies a need for magnesium/electrolytes as much as cardio does. Gatorade doesn't have magnesium tho.
SO. I was home today, feeling ill (I suspect I'm fighting the flu as I've had body aches and a mild fever and sniffles), and with nothing to do as I wasn't up to doing chores. So I decided one productive thing I could do would be to start tracking my food again and to include Magnesium, potassium, iron and sodium while I'm at it. Going to switch from Gatorade to PowerAde as well, since PowerAde DOES include the magnesium that I need, and try to drink it any day that I work out. (In case anyone is concerned, I also don't get anywhere near my sodium limit in a day so there will be no issues there with the sports drinks!)
Hopefully I can keep it up until I'm eating a better diet. We'll see what I manage. I hate tracking my food. It takes forever until I get into a steady eating routine (at which point there is no point in tracking anymore anyway). But I'm not doing it to lose weight this time. This time I'm doing it in hopes of curing other ills that are actually affecting my life (cuz I'm not heavy enough for weight to really matter). I hope that this means I will be able to stick with it this time around and see some positive results. It would certainly be nice to see weight loss come along with it tho, since I'm tracking my food anyway! (I wonder if this lack of electrolytes has anything to do with weight loss being so hard for me??)
Oh... and just for the record, I've found when using the cardio machines at the gym, that I'm almost always well above my recommended heart rate even tho I don't feel like I"m working excessively. Working hard yes, but that's the point! Thoughts?