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5/22/13 12:23 A

I've been trying for about a week and a half now to do my exercise in the morning. I work six days a week and need to be in the office by 0930 so I need to be up by 0700 in order to get the type of exercise I usually do in the evening knocked out. So far, I haven't been able to do it once... but I'm not giving up.

You mentioned that you are able to get to the gym at least once a week in the morning and you sound motivated to keep at it. I think you're on the right track, and in time your body will adjust, just keep at it. Nothing about this process is fast, just keep at it. And good job for being able to do it at least once a week!

ROSEN72 Posts: 11
5/21/13 10:00 P

I have the problem of being tired all the time to. I have to say when I went with low carbs I did feel better those days. Pre Diabetic is a scary thought. I think I should get checked for that. I have had to take a nap at work quite a few times. This is really scary. All of you may have just opened my eyes to how bad it could be.

Thank you

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,816
5/21/13 7:53 A

Yes, from my own experience being pre-diabetic will cause tiredness especially when eating carbs....Slow digesting carbs are the best choice....I eat Eat Rye bread only or pumpernickle as both digest slowly and they don't spike a body's insulin. I don't feel so tired either!

if I eat white or wheat pasta or white or wheat bread...my eyes start to go half mast and I have to take a nap. I also stay away from sugar free foods as the artificial sweeteners give me a surge also. I aslo take C0Q10 which is a great supplement for energy, protects the heart too. Prior to taking any supplement talk with your medical team so it does not interfere with medication you are already taking.

I learned that many pre-diabetics and diabetics can be low in B vitamins...our energy vitamins. Also magnesium levels and Vitamin D levels could be low. Your medical team should check these and have a T3 & T4 Thyroid panel done.In my previous post there are suggestions for foods that are energy boosters.



FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
5/20/13 1:23 P

JJ that is a very good question about being pre-diabetic. My husband is too! I wonder if that is why he is tired all the time. He has been to the Dr and had all tests and checks done and he was told to lose weight, so starting last week he has been on a diet plan. He said he wasn't feeling as tired the past week. We cut out all breads, pastas, rice for him and he is mostly eating fruits, veggies, soups, protein shakes, and fruit smoothies, eggs, and some dairy.

Good luck with this. From my experience with my husband I know how frustrating this can be and I do feel for my husband when he lacks the energy and just wants to sleep.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/19/13 10:06 P

Wow thank you everyone for replying, I've got lots to consider now! Going to just not sit down and wait for food to go down. Just wake up get up and go... and eggs for breakfast tomorrow.
What is supplentation?
Also, I'm pre diabetic. Do you think that is what's making me so tired?

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
5/19/13 9:50 P

I would try more protein and fewer carbs in the morning and see if that helps. It sounds like your typical breakfast is high in carbs and processed foods. I love an omelet with 1 or 2 yolks, more whites and tons of veggies like broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, etc. If I'm going to have a big workout or busy day, I'll add a bit of slow-cook oatmeal (prepare big pot at the start of the week and nuke) or a slice of whole wheat toast.

There is not magic about eating after 6 or 8. Your body doesn't know what time it is and if you are within your calorie range, you can have a snack before bed. The issue with many is that they sit in front of the TV and graze on unhealthy options. Your body naturally craves more carbs when you are tired so it's easier to give in when you are comfy and unwinding. If eating after 6 or 8 leads to this behavior, then that rule might work for you.

A big, full meal often disrupts sleep, but I find if I don't have a light snack with protein before bed, my sugar dips too low at night and I wake up. Protein lasts and gives me a restful sleep. But you have to find what works for you.

Also, stop sitting down. You are programming your mind and body to do this. Could it be that you are subconsciously avoiding your workouts with this behavior. And, maybe you aren't a morning person. No rule that you have to work out in the morning. I'm not a morning person and I work out later in the day. Why not do your errands first and then try working out later? Find what routine and schedules work for you.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,816
5/19/13 9:29 P

B vitamins are energy vitamins eat
Oatmeal, the old fashioned type which provides energy because of the B vitamins.

An apple a day may just really help keep the doctor away but it can also boost energy.

Flax seeds and chia seeds have A time released EFFECT ON OUR BODIES WHEN EATING THEM. Spinkle some on oatmeal, salads, in yogurt.

Eggs and blueberries, strawberries and avocados are energy boosters too.

If you do not feel better soon please go see a doctor as diabetes can make a person tired and so can heart disease to name 2. Start eating 4 walnuts a day to protect your heart, the good oils help. Dehydration also causes that worn out feeling..are you drinking water and staying hydrated?

Sugar will also cause drowsiness...check you cereal for sugar content... maybe try Kashi 7 whole grain puffs for breakfast with berries to sweeten...Puffed rice and puffed wheat is also good... sugar and sodium free.

For a snack try green peppers and salsa...for a boost of energy.
Vitamin C helps with energy...eat an orange for breakfast

TThe information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice, especially if you continue to feel tired.

Having been pre-diabetic myself I know carbs make me tired quickly..so I only eat the complex carbs that can be easily turned into energy...cannelli beans, oatmeal, lentils, brown rice, etc.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 5/19/2013 (21:37)
STARRCHILD79 SparkPoints: (3,345)
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5/19/13 9:21 P

I was going through the same thing... Supplementation worked for me .... go to GNC and ask some questions and you may find something that workx for you...ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.... GOOD LUCK

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
5/19/13 8:42 P

Yes JJ I would try changing your breakfast up and try to eat every 2-3 hours. Some good snacks would be yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, veggies, protein shakes, boiled eggs, nuts etc. Also I would try to keep yourself on some sort of a schedule like breakfast, shower, gym, work etc so you don't have time to get tired. I find if I sit around with no planned activities I too get tired.

MissRuth is right, make sure you have no underlying health issues causing the sleepiness. I suffer from narcolepsy, so certain activities make me sleepy. I try to stay away from those.

Good luck in figuring this out!

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,450
5/19/13 7:08 P

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I suppose the first question to ask, would be how many hours of sleep do you get at night? If you're not getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night, you'd naturally still be tired and it would be easy to fall back asleep.

If excessive sleepiness is not due to not getting enough hours at night.... there could be a medical problem causing it. All kinds of stuff can cause it-- your doctor would probably want to run a bunch of tests to help figure it out.

Beyond that.... I don't think it's necessary to sit there for 10 minutes, to "let the food go down". It goes down anyway. Are you falling asleep at the kitchen table, where you sat down to eat? Find a less comfortable chair. If it's a day where you need to eat and then get up and get a shower, get dressed etc and leave for the gym... well, get up right after you're done eating. By the time you've showered etc and driven to the gym, it would probably be more than enough time since you ate, before you started some vigorous exercise.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/19/13 7:04 P

My go-to breakfast is cereal and a pb&j sandwich, but I can easily change it to eggs or fruit and yogurt for a few days and see what happens. I usually fall asleep from 12- 1, and I agree, once I workout I feel so much better! I try not to eat after 6, 8 at the latest.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
5/19/13 7:00 P

What are you eating for breakfast? I know that my husband can't have foods like breads, pastries, bagels, rice, pasta, etc or he just goes right to sleep. Not sure if your issue is with food or what. Are you getting enough sleep like around 8 hrs per evening? Are you eating past 6pm in the evening? I am asking all of these things, since my husband struggles with sleeping in the AM too, but all of the above are all triggers for him.

I hope you can find out what is going on. For me, I have a routine and I stick with it. I go to bed the same time each evening and get up the same time and hit the gym first thing in the am. I find though from working out I have way more energy and require less sleep.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/19/13 6:37 P

Hello, I've been on spark people for a while now and am really enjoying the site. I've done blogs and posted in the message boards, but now I have a sleep-related question. i realize it's not weight-related, but it is health-related.
You see, I am having a problem waking up. Well it's not waking up that is the problem it's STAYING up. I've been setting my alarm from 6-7 and I wake up, splash some water on my face, eat breakfast, then here's where I think the struggle starts. I sit for a few (ten or so) minutes to let the food go down and I end up convincing myself I won't fall asleep, but I do. And then I wake up at 11 am and feel so bad because I am trying to go to the gym in mornings and feel like the day is half gone and I don't have the time to go to the gym because I need to do other things.
What can I do? I'd really like to be awake! And on some days I'm able to do it but it's usually once a week, and I end up sleeping late the next day. Any tips/tricks/sites or anything else would be so helpful!
Idea that just occurred to me: maybe if I set a strict morning routine for myself? (I do have a routine that consists of washing face and brushing teeth, but it's not a strict time scheduled one. I just wake up and do it before I leave the house). But what if I had a strict schedule?
I just want to get my mornings back!


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