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I’ve Been Tired

by Meghann on August 7, 2012

I’ve been tired lately. Really tired.

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(yes, even Maddie tired)

I’m usually an unstoppable ball of energy, but lately all I want to do is sleep. I’ve found myself pressing the snooze button more than usual and I’m out like a light as soon as I hit my pillow at night. Afternoons are the worst, if I don’t have some sort of caffeine fix, there’s a chance I’ll crash head first into my laptop (which has happened on occasion).

This past weekend I slept on the couch at Ashley and Bo’s apartment. The first night Bo came home late and Ashley left super early. They both made noise in the kitchen, about 10 feet away from my head. I didn’t hear a thing – I was out. The same thing happened on Saturday morning when Bo left super early, and that night when he returned home super late. Again, I slept hard through it all. Granted it had been a long weekend, but I still couldn’t believe I had slept through that much noise. Totally not normal for me.

I’m not working out any more than usual (in fact, I’ve cut back quite a bit in the last couple of months because of how tired I feel), there have been no major changes in my diet, and besides planning the Healthy Living Summit and wedding planning, there haven’t been huge issues with stress. I promise I’m not pregnant and am otherwise in a very happy place in my life. I’m just tired.

Having all my energy zapped out of me, has zapped out a lot of my motivation as well. I’m no longer quite as motivated to cook, train hard, blog, or even make the best eating choices. Instead I opt for convenience and tend to stick with the easiest choices when it comes to most things. Assisted meals from the freezer and skipping planned workouts have become the new norm. I keep waiting for that motivation to come back, but as long as I feel so tired all day, I don’t see that happening soon.

Right now I feel stuck and it’s driving me crazy – this isn’t me. Why am I so tired? What happened? I need to shake this feeling.

I have a family history with thyroid issues (sister is hypo, twin brother + mom = hyper). I usually have my blood tested every year and my last test back in December came back normal. I need to go back for a check-up and am hoping to do so after Healthy Living Summit is finished. Even if my thyroid comes back normal again, I would love to see what else it might be. (edited to add: my iron levels tested abnormally high back in December, as did my sister’s and my Dad’s. None of ours were high enough to cause concern, just something the doctor noted. So I think think it’s not an iron deficiency issue.)

Until then, I’m researching energizing foods to me going through the day. Maybe I’m just getting older? Maybe I’m more stressed than I realize? Who knows? But I know something is up, and I’m going to do what I can to fix it.

Any tips on how to get my energy back? (beside an IV of caffeine)

Lunch was the easy way out, but it was hard to pass up leftovers on a meal that was so good the night before.

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Complete with a serving of Triscuits.

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Derek doesn’t like the pepper and olive oil kind, but I don’t think they’re that bad. Actually, I’d say they’re pretty good. Full of flavor with a bit of a kick. Yum.

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