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So…. In this post, I discussed all the ways I am healing myself from my most recent broken bone. Well, I went to see the Endocrinologist for a follow up, and it turns out, I’m perfectly healthy. Yep, all my labs are normal, blood pressure 114/76, resting heart rate 49, weight is normal. Even though I eat a Vegan Diet, Iron, Vitamin D and Calcium are all within normal limits.
So, what’s the deal? Why have I broken 14 bones since 2009? My theory, (and what I knew deep down all along) is the same theory held by the doctor.
Years of pushing my body to extremes simply broke me down. Yes people, exercise addiction is a real thing. I know, because I had it. My excuse was that of being an Ultrarunner. For years, I ran at least 1 Ultra a month. I worked out/ran for a minimum 2 hours per day on weekdays, 4 hours/day on weekends. That’s the minimum!
Anything less caused me so much stress and anxiety. There were nights when you could find me jumping rope at 11pm just so I could get my minutes in. I ran up to 90 miles a week, swam 90 minutes a day, rode my bike every morning before work, jumped on the trampoline on my snack and lunch breaks and never took a rest day. Ever. Now that I think about it, I was a nut!!
Of course, I was in complete denial. I was an UltraRunner after all, and this was part of my training. Many people thought I had an eating disorder because I got so thin. But trust me, I ate! I just never stopped moving. My fear was being one of those people who drop dead at the finish line because they were undertrained. There was no way I would let that happen, so I pushed and pushed.
And, I got better, faster, thinner. But I also stopped having my periods. At my lowest weight, I was 100 pounds. I had to wear a belt to keep my size 0 jeans from falling off. This is when I started breaking bones. Once, my ribs cracked while getting a massage. I broke my right hip clean through, the pelvis twice, both feet least twice, each ankle, countless toes, my ribs again during a fall. And most recently, my femur.
The doctors kept telling me to gain weight, that without regular periods, I wasn’t producing Estrogen. Evidently, no Estrogen=Low Bone Density. At one point, they wanted to put me on the Birth Control Pill to force my body to have periods. But I liked being thin and LOVED not getting my period.
I didn’t listen, until I had no choice, BUT to listen. The constant injuries forced me to slow down, take a break, scale back on running AND gain weight.
Finally, after 7 years without a period, it came roaring back. Surely, I was bumming, but also grateful, because that meant my body was on it’s way to a healthy state. But wait! 3 months after the return of my period, I broke my foot. And 2 months after that, my femur.
That brings us to present day. I went to the doctor, demanding answers. But I already knew the answer. The years of being completely addicted to exercise, never letting my body rest or heal, had left me depleted. According to the doctor. it may take my body years to rebuild my bone density.
Even though I am better now, (I would rather mediate than exercise,) I recognize that my body is still in a healing state. It needs to recover from the years of abuse. But I am ok with the fact that it may be years before I can run again. I am ok with my bigger, healthier body. In fact, I am more than ok, I am grateful.
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Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.~Buddha