Warning: Long post. ;)
Yesterday was an interesting day!
I woke up at 7:00 yesterday and exercised before class for the first time. After exercising, I came back in and ate toast with strawberry preserves and 2 glasses of OJ. I was feeling pretty good. I hopped on the bus at my apartment around 9:00 in the morning to go to class. I was wearing my new linen pants from Forever 21 (Go get some!) and thinking, “Man I feel like I’m wearing PJs! This is awesome.” Before I knew it, 5 minutes later I completely lost vision and stumbled unto a bench. Whaaat?! I blacked out.
This is not the first time I’ve blacked out in the past few months. I’ve been blacking out a lot lately, so yesterday I finally decided to pay a visit to the doctor. I assumed I was blacking out because of anemia or being too skinny. It turns out I was somewhat right. I am not anemic, but I have the lowest iron levels you can have without being anemic. I also am underweight (not intentionally) and it makes me pretty weak. Like I said in a previous post, I am tired a lot no matter what I do. It turns out I’m tired because I’m underweight & needing more iron. My BMI is 17.4, when it should be at 18.5 minimum. Not good!
The time has come where I am seriously going to focus on this and try to gain the weight. I’ve always been naturally skinny, but lately it seems to be becoming more of an issue. I have been thinking a lot this past year about how I just don’t feel that energetic or healthy for a 21 year old. It’s not OK that I’ve blacked out at two football games, several chorus rehearsals, and now on a bus! I want to finally feel healthy!
The Action Plan:
I have met 1 person on this planet that I can relate to named Brenda. She was also underweight (unintentionally as well) and fighting the same battles: feeling weak, tired, etc. She went to the doctor too and started doing strength training and drinking protein shakes. She gained about 10-15 pounds over a few months and says she feels so much better (She looks good too!).
So here’s the deal. I’m going to try and eat 3 regular (healthy!) meals a day + 3 snacks. Along with this, I will drink protein shakes (These could act as the snacks). I will up my strength training so that I will gain weight in muscle and not in cellulite or fat.
Here’s the protein shake I’m going to use: (It is what Brenda used.)
And here’s my new multi vitamins:
I’ve been thinking about gaining weight for a while, but now that a doctor has told me to, I definitely am going to try!
Since I am going to Europe in 18 DAYS (!!!), I’m going to focus much more on this when I get back. I don’t want to gain a pound, only to lose it the second I walk around Europe for 35 days.
I am ready to finally feel better and healthier. This year I’ve learned a lot about my body (Check out the About Me page!) and now I feel like I fully understand what I need to do to make things better. :) Yay!
- Question of the Day -
What multivitamins do you take?