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So tired

Monday, March 25, 2013

I've been so tired lately. The last 7 weeks, 6 of those weeks I've exercised 6 days of that week. And, usually it's an hour a day, some times a little less or more. I'm proud, I wanted to amp it up a bit, and it feels good to keep active in the winter. And it counter-acts days I don't eat the best. But, again, I feel so tired.

My youngest who is 3, just hasn't been sleeping well at all. I think I'm on week 3 of repeated awakenings at night. Some times I've lost track HOW many times I've had to get up. :( Some nights we were up for a whole hour at a time.

On top of that, stress level here at home is terrible. So much is going on personally that it's just overwhelming most days. I thought working out would help manage it, however last week I came to the conclusion I was doing too much and it was making it much worse. There were many days I just freaked out on my youngest I was all of a sudden so angry. That's not normal. So, I guess I'm not super mom and I guess I need a break. That is what my body was trying to tell me.

Last week I worked out 5 days instead of 6, and some days were only for a half hour. I hate to take a whole week off completely- it worries me I may not want to go back! It kind of worked out as last week I did something to my neck, then later in the week my ankle felt bad while running. Anyway, it's Monday and it's already been a long day. Ideally I'd like to be on my exercise bike, but I feel like my body is telling me I need to sit down and rest/read a book. Usually I push through that feeling, but lately it's felt different, I really feel like I need REST.

So, again, debating what I want to do not only this week, but the next few months. Maybe I need to back off. I've been working out and counting calories like crazy, and I just don't think I can keep a lower weight than I am at. I'm hungry a lot, even when I pile on the healthy low cal stuff which gives me volume. IDK, it's fine, I know I look great, I guess we just always have a picture in our heads of how we can look *better*. And, I'm always up for a challenge. Maybe now the challenge is to learn to take it easy and rest?
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    Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions! I have been doubling up on days- doing cardio and strength on the same day, but I wasn't giving myself a day off even still! Other than 1 day a week. This week and last I've slowed it down a lot and I'm feeling much better now. I think when I posted some of that tiredness was my afternoon slump talking. Anyway, it's not so much a matter of fitting in exercise, it's just learning to go easy on myself I think and not take everything on- clean house, playdates for the kids, helping out friends, exercise etc. I'm about to set some new goals for myself in April and #1 is to relax and be happy!
    1851 days ago
    First of all, you know I think you look great, and I am always so impressed by your discipline. Honestly, I think you need to take a break. If exercising is exhausting you, or adding to the exhaustion, then I think it's too much. I think you are being very hard on yourself and that you are worried that you if you stop counting calories that you will gain weight. I think it's ok for you to try and let go a bit. I also think this weather is not helping. I am longing for the day I can go for a run in just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.

    I deal with many of the same issues you do. I never think I look good and I'm always trying to lose more weight. Lately, though, I am realizing that I do not want to be this way forever. I am a healthy weight for my height. Yes, I'd like to be stronger and get a firmer stomach, but more importantly, I want to be healthy and set a good example for my kids. Is it setting a good example if I'm obsessing if I should eat an ice cream cone? I don't want to live that way. I have been reading some blogs that I have been really helpful in this area. Yes, I am still going to try and lose those 5-10 pounds, but I'm just trying so hard not to let the scale dictate how I feel about life. Sorry if this turned into my blog, but I wanted to let you know that I totally understand.

    Can you let your husband deal with the kid sometimes so you can sleep? Let's talk soon...
    1854 days ago
    I was having trouble with this a few months ago. If you can double up your workouts (eg, do Cardio and then Strength both in one day, rather than alternating), you can give yourself an extra day of rest. Also make sure that you're getting ENOUGH food for how many calories you are expending! And good quality ones (spinach and kale are high in iron and calcium!)

    I know addressing the lack of sleep can be a real challenge with a young'n, but if you can potentially nap when he does, adjusting your sleep might help too.

    Good luck!
    1854 days ago
    Listen to your body. Can you incorporate your kids in to your workout time? I have friends their kids ride their bikes as she and run together. Also kids make great weights, plus usually it is fun for them also. Make sure you are eating enough and following the recommendations of spark. It can be easy to not eat enough sometimes when we are busy.
    Blessings to you on your journey
    1854 days ago
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