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Too Tired to Care to Eat Healthy/Exercise

Thursday, August 09, 2012

As I am on break at the office (elbow deep in a bag of trail mix - searching for the m&ms) I am realizing that being healthy is absolutely holistic and about feeling good naturally. I don't want to live on energy drinks anymore. This week I have been completely stressed out with school and work obligations. I worked out at the beginning of the week, but now I barely have the energy to get out of bed. I need to focus on my state of wellness, like doing some relaxation techniques and prioritizing to lessen my stress. I have noticed that when I am this tired and worn out that even thinking about eating healthy (i.e. cooking) or exercising feels near impossible. I am getting plenty of sleep b/c that's all my body wants to do the second I get home after these long days, but it's the mental/emotional exhaustion that is what is making me so tired all day.
Anyway this was like an epiphany for me and I am happy to have realized that beyond diet and exercise my mind and emotions need to be healthy too. If anyone can relate or has suggestions that'd be great.
Thanks SP friends :)
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    I combat those feelings with light exorcises (yoga, walks, simple stretches to help blood circulate). But more importantly, I listen to guided meditations, read inspiration books, and keep my fitness goals centered around what makes me truly happy. Sure I ate an egg white omelet for breakfast, but I filled it with garlic, spinach, tomato and feta because those flavors combined remind my taste buds of a Mediterranean pizza. I don't think f calorie counting as a hassle because it leads to cups of chocolate mousse while still losing weight. If the focus is on what makes you calm and happy, the goal of healthy and fit becomes enjoyable instead of tedious. Good luck to you! emoticon
    1951 days ago
    1953 days ago
    For me my yoga practice helps keep me balanced. When I get stressed all I want to do is drop into down dog and relax. Yoga has not only helped me physically but more emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I find now that I want to go deeper and deeper into my practice. If I keep my mind healthy the rest usually follows.
    1955 days ago
  • LEESHA17
    Thanks for the comments :) LISAROSIEVP- I'm always saying that too - when I'm done with school that I will have more time and energy to justify spending it on exercise and eating right. The reality is that even when I am out of school I will be busy and if I can do it now when I am this busy then I know I can be healthy under all circumstances. I used to do yoga a long time ago, I have some great 20 min DVDs from Rodney Yee & I think that would really help to quiet my mind and calm down. Thanks for the reminder :)
    PKBOO3 It's good to know I'm not the only one who's been there. Yeah it sounds like your willpower took over when you knew you were fine to exercise. In reality I know my body can do it, and people around me just have been able to tell that the cause is stress and I need to ease up on myself and unrealistic standards.
    I appreciate you guys sharing your experiences too :)

    1956 days ago
    I go through the same thing. The mental tiredness is extremely difficult to overcome. I keep telling myself that I'll get around to being healthy and fit when I'm done with school...but I don't think I can afford to let my fitness slip that long. I've been on a break from school the last couple of weeks, so I took the opportunity to get into better habits. I'm hoping I can keep it rolling when classes start next week.

    Realizing that you need to need to give attention to your mind/spirit health is a step toward success! If you've never tried yoga/meditation, that might be the next step. emoticon
    1956 days ago
  • PKBOO3
    I went through that for a while; feeling bad, with aches & pains in addition to just simply having no energy; even some event-sparked depression. I ended up going to the Dr. for chest & back pain, had tests run, and the tests all came out fairly normal. The only thing obvious to the Dr. was my scoliosis & age maybe causing my pain. I guess just the assurance that there was nothing really wrong with me gave me the incentive to get back to my exercise routine. After I got back to exercising, I have started feeling better. Don't know if it was a mind thing, or what...but I'm now feeling better & more like my normal self.
    1956 days ago
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