the tao of poo

It’s Sunday afternoon and the house is quiet.  Hubs is away on a hunting trip, the two older kids are at grandma’s and the little one is asleep.  Ah, I love a clean quiet house!

This week has been a little rough on the food and exercise front.  Monday thru Wednesday I couldn’t seem to find the time and/or motivation to work out, but I did get in two walks on Thursday and Friday.  Then Friday evening as I was picking up my 2 year old to put her into the shopping cart at WalMart, she kicked and jerked my arms down and I pulled a muscle in my lower back.  As long as I keep moving around, I am okay but waking up in the morning, I feel like I am 80!  Despite the back pain, got in another 1.5 miles on the tread and I also did 1.5 miles today. I actually think the walking has helped my back – it’s the lying around that makes it so sore. 

I don’t know what it is, but all week long I have been so hungry!  And yesterday, well, let’s just say yesterday was a throwback to the days when I wasn’t watching my eating.  I ate everything and anything I wanted and it wasn’t pretty, because all I wanted was crap.  And then last night I felt so…ugh.  That’s the only word I can use to describe the feeling.  I’m back on track today though and I already feel much better. 

Okay, this next part might be TMI, but on Tigerlilly’s blog she mentioned something about going poo at least once a day.  Most people who commented said they go everyday at least once.  Um, I think there may be something wrong with me because I only go about every 3 days.  Is that bad????  Should I up my water and my fiber, or should I invest in a big box of laxatives?  I’m not constipated, I just don’t have to go.  Okay, this is a totally weird topic, so I’m changing the subject!!!

I need some new music for the mp3 player, any suggestions? What’s on your playlist? 

The toddler just woke up from her nap so I gotta run. Going to grandma’s house for steak and potatoes tonight – yum!!  Have a great week everyone!!

6 thoughts on “the tao of poo

  1. I had major problems with “going” while I was on the way down with my weight loss.

    This started after a surgery. It was nasal surgery (not GI) – but in retrospect, we think that the pain medication and anesthetics during surgery – sort of slowed everything down and then it just never got moving again on a regular basis.

    about 6 months after surgery, I consulted a nutritionalist to make sure that I was eating a balanced food plan, and happened to mention this GI trouble to her. This is a copy of the information that she forwarded to me:

    “I’ve looked through assorted journals for answers to constipation.

    “The triggers are numerous: Inactivity, obesity, hormonal changes, pregnancy, irritable bowel syndrome, inadequate fluid intake, inadequate fiber intake, certain diseases and conditions, certain medications (including iron and calcium supplements), excessive use of laxatives.

    “In some cases, a doctor may want to do tests to determine the cause (rectal exams, blood test, thyroid test, barium enemas, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, transit studies and anorectal function tests).

    ” ‘Normal’ bowel movements range from a frequency of three times a day to three times a week. True constipation is defined as having dramatic changes in bowel movements, meaning the bowels move less often, or continual, painful straining to eliminate small hard stools.

    “Since your diet appears adequate in fiber and fluid, there are other dietary strategies that my prove helpful:

    “Drink a hot beverage or eat hot cereal thirty minutes before the time you normally would have a bowel movement

    “Try adding flax seed to foods. Start with 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed or flax meal, added to cereal or applesauce

    “Try a few dried or stewed prunes or prune juice

    “As I recall, I believe you avoid caffeine, however I read a small amount may stimulate the bowels.

    “Try to add a glass of fluid every time you add another high fiber food to your diet.

    “The bottom line is: listen to your body, and go to the bathroom when you feel the urge, make it a habit to include a plant-based food, which is full of fiber, at every meal and snack, drink enough fluids, and drink often, do something physical everyday.”

    I did start eating prunes – and I think that they did help – in the beginning – but them became a source of over-eating within about three months and I stopped using them totally.

    Of all the suggestions Julia listed, perhaps the most helpful was the “hot liquids” and the “listening to your body”.

    I had been drinking ICED water – and for me – that freezes everything! When I switched to hot or at least room temperature (year round) it made a big difference.

    And, I did have to start taking “time” for myself – every morning – no matter who was looking for me. This is one of the “perks” of being a mom – can’t get in the tub, shower or throne – without EVERYONE looking for you . . .

    I stopped eating wheat products and that helped a lot. I do not think that I have Celiac Disease – but wheat was definitely slowing down things .

    I eat hot (whole grain, real) oatmeal every single day. I eat lots of veggies – mostly raw – a few cooked. Veggies are a LOT of fiber.

    MiraLax used to be a prescription and is now over the counter. If you need help every once in a while – I suggest trying this product mixed in hot herbal tea or even in hot water with a lot of fresh lemon squeezed into it. You might check with your doctor or pharmasist to make sure it doesn’t interact with anything else that you are taking.

    I did not realize how constipated I actually WAS, until I started going every day –

    but every 3 days or so, for you, may be normal.

  2. Vicki – you are a fount of information! I think that since starting WW again I have increased my fiber considerably and also my water, but I think I need to be drinking even MORE water to *flush* the fiber out of my system.

    The hot water thing makes sense – putting my toddler in a warm bath is a sure-fire way of getting a movement out of her! I think some decaf hot tea might be a good thing this morning.

    Thanks so much for your help – I really do appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Hi Jill… sounds like you and I had the same kind of weekend! I ate all kinds of crud.

    As for the Poo… I am writing a blog about it tomorrow.. hopefully it will answer questions for you!!

  4. Hi Jill, Just a note to encourage you on your walking program. Keep it up and you will be able to increase your distance little by little. I started out walking (limping) half a block and then shuffling home, and now I can walk quite a bit without even thinking about it. Also, wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog, I check it almost every day, and usually get a chuckle out of it. Regarding the ‘poo’ problem, I also started having more problems after I lost weight and started eating high fiber, low fat. Very frustrating for me, eating more healthy and having more problems! I don’t have any more suggestions for you than the long note from the doctor. I found tigerlily’s challenge on your blog, and joined, so thank you for that too. I am sore, but so excited about challenging myself.

  5. You’re probably hungrier b/c you’re exercising more? Or is it PMS? I always want to eat the whole house when I’ve got PMS. And it is true that some people want to eat a lot more when they workout. Make sure you are getting enough protein (with every meal, if you can) and veggies to fill you up.

    I can’t help you with the poo problem, I have the exact opposite issue. I go 3 times a day usually. It’s so ridiculous. I don’t eat anything unusual. I think it’s just the way I’m made. Probably the same with you. If you feel okay and aren’t bloated and constipated, then you’re okay and it’s just the way you’re made.

  6. I agree with Laura, and I have heard the doctor say regarding children, as long as they go at least once every 3 to 5 days, that falls in the normal range.

    I used to be just like you – once every 3 to 4 days – but I’m pretty regular now. I eat a lot of fiber (30 plus grams / day . . . well I should say when I’m on plan ahem!)

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