Monday, February 04, 2013
How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm so tired of being tired?" Have you ever felt that way? I sure have.
Constant fatigue is frustrating and depressing. No matter what you long to or need to do, you just can't. Even if you have the best intentions and have planned carefully, well in advance, when you need your body to cooperate, it just won't. It can't. It's too tired.
My poor health choices led me to experience chronic fatigue. Not to be confused with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, my chronic fatigue was entirely self-inflicted. I put low-quality fuel in the machine that is my body, so it had very little to run on when I called it to action. I also rarely exercised, and I didn't drink enough water. Poor quality food, little water, and rare exercise - the Low Energy Trifecta.
In January, I drastically altered my diet. No more junk food, tons of fresh water (8-10 cups daily), and I workout 5-6 days per week. My fatigue has lifted like a dirty gray cloud revealing the sun. Although I'm still working on the quality of my sleep, during the day, I feel so much better already! I have such a great amount of energy! In the mornings I look forward to working out - my new way of waking myself up, rather than pumping myself full of sugary coffee. By evening, I'm pleasantly tired, rather than too exhausted to function by mid-afternoon.
The other day, I started to yell for my husband to help me lug a basket of clean laundry upstairs. Then I paused. I realized that I didn't need him to carry it for me - I had the energy to do it myself. So I jogged up the 2 flights of stairs, dropped off the clean laundry, and jogged back down to do something else. I wasn't winded, I wasn't pooped... I was proud.
Reducing the level of fatigue I've been feeling for years - that alone makes this all worthwhile.