Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I'd noticed that after I had the horrendous flu last semester, I just couldn't do my old cardio routine. It was really discouraging - I was working out at a lower level, and still felt awful afterwards.
I tried telling myself that while I didn't like losing the progress I'd made, you can't start from anywhere except where you are, and it'd come back.
Except it didn't. I wondered if maybe I just felt a lack of energy because I was unmotivated, and switched to running so I could have new goals, but my average performance kept getting worse. And I often felt terrible; I'd get out of breath just walking. I often felt like I was underwater.
But when I went to the doctor for something else, she ordered a blood test and found (as you probably guessed from the blog title) that I had significantly low hemoglobin. Which was probably the cause of the last few months' fatigue.
So now I'm taking these iron supplements, and about to start something else to combat the underlying cause of the anemia. It was kind of a shock, but I'm actually relieved that there's a reason for this and it wasn't just poor motivation.