This is another one of those too much information posts. No, I mean it. Realllyyyy too much information. So if you don't want to hear about my POOPING, stop reading now!
BUT I know I'm not the only one out there with the issue, and since body function things that most people don't like to talk about I am okay with, I'm going to share with you.
Those of you that have read this blog will remember my issue from when I first lost weight. I was having trouble pooping. Until I ran. And then about 2 miles in I couldn't NOT poop. If ya know what I mean.
I started researching and found that people that have lost a lot of weight often have trouble pooping. After years of a certain intake of amount and type of good, the body just doesn't know how to get back in a rhythm with the changes.
AND, I discovered that with runners - all types of runners - some people find themselves needing to crap when they run. And when I say NEEDING, I mean NEEDING. Which led to several sites on the internet where I could see people from races crossing the finish line with poop running down their legs. Oh, ya gotta love the internet!!
I tried everything. Not eating, drinking coffee, eating certain things, drinking water, warming up before I ran. And still? Emergency poop stops - if I was lucky.
And then came the day I found myself about 2.5 miles from home crying on the phone with Marc asking him to come get me - and to bring at least 2 garbage bags for me to sit on. Was not my finest moment, people!
I started taking Miralax to get me on a schedule and to make it easier for me to poop in general. It worked! I was able to poop like a normal person and didn't have the issue when I ran! Yay! I went to the doctor's and he said that it is fine to take Miralax daily - it is not a stimulant like ex-lax that your body can get "addicted" to.
So for the last - geez, I think it's been almost 3 years - I've been taking it every day. And it works perfectly. But it has bothered me that I am taking an outside substance to make my body work right. So on January 1st, I started taking it every OTHER day instead of daily with the goal to eventually wean myself off. I'm having some issues adjusting - not as regular and I've had days of feeling bloated, I've only been running on the treadmill, so it's hard to say whether I'd have any emergencies if I was outside.
So will see what happens, and, like it or not I'll let you know!!