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yes, drinking enough water is huge thing. I try to keep several bottles handy when I'm driving and going places. Sometimes going into the stores for grocery shopping or whatever the air is dry and I get super thirsty so carrying water along helps.

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don't forget water, sometimes we are thirsty rather than hungary and don't realize it !

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When I'm tired, depression also tries to come in, and it's easy to make poor choices then. I started here in 2012 also, and these things derail me less often as the good eating habits become more ingrained. One of these days I hope it will take less effort to do well by my body.

My weight is day by day becoming more dependent upon Whose I am than on my circumstances and feelings.

Life here is a one-time deal. I want to live it well.

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Yep. Definitely. When I'm tired, I often reach for something quick because I don't feel like preparing something healthy.

One thing I've learned is that sometimes the healthiest meals are actually the easiest to prepare. Some of my favorites are a good high fiber cereal for breakfast, simple sandwich with fruit and veggies for lunch, and a simply cooked protein with quinoa or brown and a veggie for dinner. I try to think about that when I'm fatigued because I know healthier choices will actually make me feel more energized.


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Aha! So this may be the reason why suddenly i'm so tired. It's been cold and snowy (we've had over 53 inches) and my activity level has decreased. In addition, my 'hunger' meter has been in over-drive. Now that i have some idea why i'm tired, it's time to reign in the hunger! Thanks.

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today I started all over again with the proper way to eat. If AA can do one step at a time why can't us over eaters do the same.? So far I have done great with my breakfast and lunch

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My goodness yes!
And it's a slippery slope - the heavier I am, the more tired I become so the more I eat...so I gain weight, get more tired and eat more. I know that's what does me in. It also affects my mood.

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My link is between overeating carbs and sugars and fatigue.



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Must keep a schedule for out meals and snacks and STICK to it, therefore hopefully we won't over eat

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i overeat when i am tired. also i often feel fatigued after i overeat. it is almost a vicous circle. Our food should givre us energy but if it doesnt give us enought , then it is time to get more sleep/rest or better quality foods.

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Fatigue and anxiety triggers overeating for me. The more tired I am, the less positive choices I make about food.

You�ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn�t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. �Louise Hay


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Not eating properly with good carbs(fruits, vegetables & grain). Not eating enough protein at meals, and in between. Not planning ahead. Not eating mini meals. Plan to succeed, or don't plan & fail. Always journal, and keep mini meals with you for when you can't get to places. Always site at a table to eat, and don't always grab for the wrong things.

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I agree also, fatigue triggers overeating



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I noticed this about me as well. I try very hard to keep routine sleeping pattern and eating schedule so avoid falling in the fatigue and overeating trap.

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks." -- Jack Penn


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I make my worst food decisions on Sunday as well. I think I'm just exhausted from the week and whenever I am tired, I start getting hungry. If I stay busy, I'm good, but when I'm exhausted, it is hard to get up and moving. Today though, I will get on the treadmill and do Dynamix stretch wich definitely feels great. I just need to get off the coach and move. BUT I will do it!!

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It is so true that an irregular sleep routine greatly contributes to poor eating choices. I read somewhere about setting an alarm for bedtime, so I do that now and it really makes a huge difference for me.
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I completely agree with you because I have the same habits. I'm an emotional eater, though I am much better now with my food choices, and I want to eat when I'm tired, especially SUGAR in the form of processed carbs and sweets.

My loop hole though is having a tasty protein shake/smoothie. I prefer chocolate, because it tastes like a treat, and I put spinach and some berries in it if I'm in the mood. It helps with my cravings soo much! I work over night at a hotel and when I first started I was seriously concerned because as the night wore on all I wanted to do was eat! This weekend, however, I've had 1.5 Syntha-6 ready to drink protein shakes and my cravings are minimal. The only time I wanted a sweet was when I was setting up for breakfast and looking at the pastries. ...yes I had one, but the hotel has "normal" serving sizes for the pastries so I had a cinnamon roll with a diameter of around an inch. :D

I'm excited to go through the thread and see some other ways of coping that people have found.

For emotional eating, I've switched to sandwiches over flowing with veggies instead of burgers and Blue Bunny snack size ice cream bars instead of a pint of Ben & Jerry's. Progress!! emoticon



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Amazing how our bodies work ! Quite a study

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Yep, if I don't get enough sleep I always crave carbs the next day- and I feel too tired to do any exercise. So, not good!

I'm tired of starting over- so I'm going to quit giving up!


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good message, so true...

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Good thread....just goes to show you that sleep/rest/self-care are a major player in how we make our decisions, not only with food, but also in how we react to each other as well. Grumpy, irritable, poor choices...all brought about by fatigue.

Time to get those emoticon

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ONE STEP AT A TIME....

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When I am tired, I do not take the time to make good food choices



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I agree, and I find that if I have trouble sleeping I tend to spend my insomniac hours picking at food in the fridge this cannot be good, but I don't sleep real well at night, and I have tried everything. Chamomile tea, lavender baths etc. I just have a lot on my mind that I can't get rid off. I think too that excess sugar could be a cause of fatigue



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I hadn't really thought about it, but reading others' comments made me think about how I eat when I get home from work. I already knew I need to pack healthy food to eat for lunches and snacks when I get hungry at work. And drink water. etc.

But having something ready when I get home would really help. Now if I can just get off the roller coaster of not enough sleep, and having no energy in the evening. . . that would help a lot.

Finally, I need to add the exercise component so I will be fit even while I am (for now) fat!

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Rah for you losing the 40 pounds. Please be happy. I have done that many times and frustrated myself into crashing upward again.



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I know the feeling, I never really cared for sweets, but 2 years into Sparks with 40 pounds lost I really CRAVE sweets. I have 5 more pounds to lose, haven't budged in several months now. emoticon

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i keep telling my self that i can do it. i want to get to the point where i eat no sweets at all unless they are the ones i make the healthy ones. i have to get this weight off me.

i gotta stick with my goal. i can see my way through this this and i will succeed.


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one day at a time or less if a bad day......an hour maybe ?


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I totally agree with the too tired to care idea that causes overeating. I try to always have something ready to eat when I get home from work because I'm exhausted when I get home. and I know always choose wrong foods if I don't have good healthy food in the house. I do pretty good if I cooked ahead and if I know what I'm going to eat or I have several choices all of them healthy. If I haven't done that then forget it. I will end up making poor choices. I just have to plan ahead every single day.

One day at a time.

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Same here. When my mind isn't in my head, sort of speaking, like when I'm tired, stressed or angry, my food choices are terrible. I also end up just munching on anything and everything that's in a kitchen. It's been one of those things I have to watch out for.

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there have been studies done and if you google it you can find some of the articles referencing the studies.
I knew there was an issue long before the studies (i think they made it an official problem last year). I never go to the grocery store until after breakfast and after i have been up at least half an hour and i try very hard never to go right after work.
I have made sure i have plenty of healthy snacks such as graham crackers and peanut butter as well as oatmeal and bags of green tea so if i start to feel the pull of hunger i can avoid the vending machines in case i miss breakfast or if i have to work late.
It is important to know your body and listen to the signs.
I know if it is 7:30 and i skipped breakfast i better not go in the break room because there are donuts in there and if i am tired i won't eat one i will eat 3, i used to do that and think i was just hungry now i realize my body is craving the energy rush from the sugar.
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Doesn't lack of sleep mess up your hormones, something called ghrelin that makes you extra hungry??

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Welcome to Spark People, HMT0403! I do the same thing you do...I eat when I'm really just thirsty! It's so weird, and I do it ALL the time. But after taking a big long drink...especially water...my hunger (or my urge to eat) goes away, and I feel happy and satisfied.

Good luck with your goals!

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I totally agree with this thread. I have 2 kids and I gained more weight during the first year of life than I did during the pregnancy (even with breat feeding which is supposed to help shed pregnancy weight) because neither would sleep through the night. My first started sleeping through the night around her 4th birthday, and my second is 3 1/2 yrs. old and still having issues on and off again. When she has a couple of bad nights in a row my nutrition tracker gets forgotten, I grab a 500 calorie coffee bomb and too much sweets, especially chocolate! One of my short term goals now is to make sure I get to bed every night by 11 pm so that I don't over eat to compensate for not enough sleep.



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I agree whole-heartedly! When I'm tired I really should just go take a nap, but I eat for energy instead....

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Thanks for that post LKG9999. Valid studies make a difference for me so I appreciate the links. The last two studies are tremendously compelling to make sleep time as serious as work time!

Edited by: THIRTYWEEKS at: 2/10/2014 (08:33)
Moving toward 30 weeks of attention to exercise and eating well between 2/1/2014 and the end of the year.


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I do believe being fatiqued makes you not think clearly. I stay out of the kitchen after doing the dinner dishes, When I'm that exhausted, I just go to bed. If at work, I'll get up and refill water, take a bathroom break. or take a 15 minutes walk and have a fruit snack.

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emoticon with FRESHBEGINNINGS
mental/emotional exhaustion can be even harder to deal with than physical fatigue and a lot of us once used food as a 'drug of choice' to de-stress. Eating healthy and exercising can really help the mind as well as the body. There is something about taking care of yourself that gets things going in the right direction.

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When you say, "fatigue" I have many things go through my mind.

Mental fatigue, emotional fatigue, stress-born exhaustion and physical tiredness - all of them are big obstacles for this process.

I definitely bear witness to being too tired to care and wanting comfort food and wanting to collapse on the couch in front of a television set, but that tiredness sometimes was the cause of the emotions and bad thinking and sometimes it was the emotions and overwhelming stress that caused me to be "too tired to care" and all I can say is that whenever I start exercising and eating right the "too tired to care" goes away - even when I am not getting the proper sleep, so I know some of the being tired came from life wearing away at me & some of the lack of proper sleep came from that, too.

So, I guess, for me, it is a "Which came first the chicken or the egg" type thing - though my answer to the chicken or the egg equation is that God says He made the animals and gave them seed according to their types, so, to me, that is an easier question than what makes me start stopping when I have stopped in the past.



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That is why I am glad I have made it a goal to sleep at least 8 hours every night. I wasn't getting near that much sleep three years ago, and my body paid for it.


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this must be why I seem to lose more on the week end-Tuesday, compared to the later part of the week. On the weekend, i sleep approx. 2 hrs more at night and sometimes take a nap. during the weekdays, I work, so no time for rest and some nights are late. Thanks for the input. :)

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Given the number of responses to this thread, this seems to resonate for many of us struggling with our weight. There's a number of studies comfirming the link between obesity and lack of sleep:

www.sci-news.com/othersciences/neuroscienc
e/poor-sleep-obesity-01294.html


www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-so
urce/obesity-causes/sleep-and-obesity/


www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topi
cs/obesity-and-sleep


So while eating less and losing more are intrinsic to losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight, so is getting sufficient rest.

Edited by: LKG9999 at: 2/8/2014 (14:53)
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Whenever I view the daily nutrition feedback report I'm always low in the magnesium amount and calcium. Thanks BERNIEHOWARD61 for sharing that you take a supplement for that. I will check into that too.



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As soon as I notice I am fatigued, I get the urge to eat. The urge tells me that I should eat something so I will feel better. No specific food comes to mind but I usually think of comfort foods not healthy foods.
I recently read a free online booklet by Dr Amy Johnson called Fighting the Urge that really helped me understand where those urges come from. I spent a lot of useless time trying to convince my intellect to fight the urges and trying to find an emotional cause for having them. Dr Johnson said recent brain research reveals they arise from lower base of the brain not from the frontal brain that controls rational thought and emotion. I recommend reading this free online 23 page booklet for yourself at DrAmyJohnson.com





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Hi; I take a magnesium pill before sleep. I do think it helps. It relaxes muscles & can relieve headache & pain. No side effect so far. Most people are deficient in this mineral. Hope it helps.

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I too have severe sleep apnea and use CPAP. emoticon Losing 100 lbs will probably make a huge difference with the apnea. Not sleeping affects every aspect of your day and you can be too tired to exercise or prepare the proper foods. It affects whether you can think clearly or not.
If I have a slice of bread, I will immediately experience fatigue or if I take just a spoonful of sugar it will shortly lead to wanting more and more sugar and an all out sugar binge. I avoid carbs at night including root vegetables, winter squash, potatoes, beets etc. If you eat a carb, it should be eaten with a protein so it doesn't enter your system so quickly and turn to sugar.

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I am really having a hard time trying to get in 8 hours of sleep everyday. The only time I seem to do that is on the weekends. I just wish I could get everything to come together...it seems when I am eating healthier and getting exercise then I require less sleep but when I am binge eating and not exercising that is all I want to do is sleep! emoticon

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Yes, that is what happens with me. When I'm tired, I will eat whatever I can get my hands on. Usually something sweet. I've been trying to eat more protein and less carbs.


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I am BRAND NEW here - and I am in the same boat as all of you. I notice when I'm tired, I crave sweets and sugar. Then I become even more tired from eating it! I've also noticed that I will mistakenly eat when I'm actually thirsty. Glad to have a support group that understands. Hopefully I can kick this bad happen and get on the road to weightloss success. This is my first day, and just signed up with Sparkpeople this morning :)

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Yes! Tiredness definitely seems to send me looking for the carbs(and not wholegrain either)and so does being dehyrated.



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i understand where everyone is coming from. i have a problem where i crave for certain foods mostly carb.and sweets. it like wants i get started on those food i cant get full i just stuff mysel until im full. but so far im doing good. thank gaod emoticon

i gotta stick with my goal. i can see my way through this this and i will succeed.


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I was in the same boat. Now if I'm feeling tired, I eat even healthier ,that gives me energy. If I eat bad, then I feel even more slugglish. It's true, you are what you eat.

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Oh this is textbook for this week! I changed my schedule all around to have a long weekend so I had like 4, 12+ hour, days, didn't make the time to work out, and yesterday I wanted to eat nothing but candy. I know from my grad school days that not getting enough sleep = bigger pant size. but still I push myself to do more on less sleep. Brilliant. I am going to take a nap as soon as I can!

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Sugar is what kills my energy, whether I've overeaten or not.

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wow! That is SO interesting as well as helpful! Now I know that when I get a poor nights sleep that my "need" for food I DO NOT need will rise and I can plan accordingly! Thank you for this info!

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The link between fatigue and overeating has been proven through many sound scientific studies. I'm sorry, I don't have access to the study names right now, but if you google sleep loss, hormone and hunger, you will find a lot of good information. The main hormone responsible is called ghrelin. Basically, when we lose sleep, ghrelin rises; when ghrelin rises, we get hungry, and hungry for high-sugar, high-carb foods--the ones that will feed us fastest. Our bodies are systems--everything is connected. It is fascinating.

Now, if I could just use this knowledge to actually change my bad eating habits... :)

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I find when I eat high carbs my body doesn't register its full until I end up completely uncomfortable. I also tend to want to crash/sleep about 30 minutes after eating. This often includes migraine headaches. Eating smaller meals with protein and carbs seems to work better in the long run--more energy and less craving attacks. That being said, within the last week my granddaughter had a birthday. Cake is my arch nemesis. I've eaten normal and exercised the last two days but I'm still dragging. Past experience tells me it will take a couple more days to get back to feeling energetic.



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When I eat the wrong foods for lunch, or eating too much which is what happens when I eat the wrong food, within an hour I'm passing out. And it all goes down hill from there.



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Lack of sleep, or poor quality of sleep, affects my overall mood and sense of well-being. And then I want to eat carbs and sugar and fat-laden foods, as comfort and/or for energy. I am well aware of the connection. However, as most of us have realized, being "aware" does not equal "conquering" the problem(s). Some days I do better than others. But having that fuzzy-brained and grumpy not-well-rested feeling does not lead to my best self-aware decisions. I think some days you just have to forgive yourself and move on.

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I know what you mean about getting used to the mask and machine. I have had sleep apnea for years and been using the machine. It has helped a great deal! I used to feel what I described as "drop dead exhausted." Once I adjusted to the machine and mask, I feel so much better. It wasn't until a few years ago that I was reading and found out that untreated sleep apnea can contribute/cause high blood pressure, diabetes, sudden death and other cardiovascular problems. By that time I was being treated for high blood pressure and diagnosed as prediabetic. Hope you are able to adjust!

I am still fighting with myself over overeating sweets or "white" carbs. I am finding I have the same "exhaustion" problem about 30 min after I eat those. Still working on that.

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That's me! Lack of restorative sleep causes me to eat too much and sometimes crave foods that are not the best choices for me. I was diagnosed several months ago with sleep apnea. The apnea causes me to awaken many, many times every night. So the vicious cycle is, lack of sleep = eating improperly = weight gain = obstructive sleep apnea = lack of sleep etc.! I have to do better at getting my needed sleep, getting used to my CPAP is not easy, but if I can stop the cycle, I can lose the weight and hopefully ditch the CPAP!

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I do overeat when I don't get enough sleep. It makes me feel sluggish and sick to my stomach.Makes IBS flare up. Now sleep is a priority!

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I've suffered from insomnia for years. It's super difficult to make good food choices when we are tired, but it's even harder sometimes to forgive ourselves for BEING tired. That's the best thing I've learned recently about my own sleep deprivation. I now plan my day with the energy level I HAVE NOW, not the energy level I WANTED THIS MORNING.

All the messages on this board show people who are working SO HARD to make their own lives and the lives of their families better. WAY TO GO FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO.



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If you don't get enough sleep, you chemically change and store more fat.....sleeping less than 6-8 hours equals more fat storage. Sleeping more than 9 hours creates the same problem. Here's a link from the mayo clinic:


http://www.mayoclinic.org/sleep-and-weight-gain/expert-answers/faq-20058198



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Eating the right carbs can definitely boost your serotonin and help you sleep better. Also looking at the other side of the coin, eating a lot of the wrong foods can make you feel sluggish and even more fatigued. Food can drag down your digestion.

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I have noticed that their is a link between fatique and overeating. I was tired all day yesterday and made poor choices.



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Totally get it! As a working mother with a 2.5 year old and an 8 month old and a husband who also works full time AND is going back to school full time...I'm busy!! I know that I MUST put food as one of my families top priorities though or we could easily slip into less healty eating. We did, actually, from about the time my son was 3 months (when I went back to work) until about 4-6 weeks ago. I was just TOO tired. I didn't get sleep at night. I can't take naps - ever. I go from the time I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night ...and then some through the night. :) It just never stops! This resorted in me grabbing less healthy options.

About 4-6 weeks ago, I finally mustered up enough courage to try my regular routine of looking for new recipes (I love Pinterest!), preparing a shopping list based on those recipe ingredients, shopping for those ingredients + our normal staples and then...preparing the meals! Yes, it may take me a little extra time as I'll usually have to be holding my son while cooking or catering to the kids wants, needs, cries, etc...but I do it. We eat yummy, wholesome meals that are satisfying to me and to them. I feel good about putting good food in my body as well as their bodies.

I think more people need to designate more time to their food and meals. I know we're all busy and we all feel rushed and no one has time, but it really is so important to our health and well-being!



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Chris that's where I started. Each day is different. Sometimes,I can do more. I always conserve energy for making meals. Once in a while, my hubby will say lets go out to eat when I've worked hard on a project.



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I don't know what it's like to not feel tired. I conserve energy as much as possible. I try to plan my meals ahead.. I work for an hour at a time. It used to be only 20 minutes. I can also lift more weight than I did before.I clean the areas that are visible 1st.



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Fatigue is a huge enemy of mine. I have been advised to work for maybe 20 minutes, rest for 20 and repeat through the day. I have Fibromyalgia and that definitely steals my energy. So I am trying this method of scheduling my days. chris

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Me too. Being tired makes me cranky and I make poor choices. Now that I'm just acknowledging that I'm tired, I'm better able to curb those tendencies.

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I agree I almost always eat poorly if I am tired and have nothing prepared for dinner after work. I try to have something ready to go as soon as I get home or it's just to easy to order pizza.

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i woke up tired this morning after a busy weekend. i'm already planning a nap after school today so i can handle a two hour choir rehearsal tonight. i will not eat anything sugary or full of carbs either. i need sleep!

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I have a paper route. Most days it is an afternoon paper. Perfect job for me. Two hours a day, small town, I know most of the people I deliver to. Sunday mornings I have to get up at 2 A.M.to deliver the Sunday paper. I am nearly always short sleep on Sunday, and Sunday is a hugely busy day for us.

I almost always make my worst food choices on Sunday. I'm tired. We eat out. Cravings surface out of nowhere. I think it's just because I'm tired.

I can make healthy choices on Sunday. It's just a lot more effort than it is the rest of the week.

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