amy3509 Posted June 10, 2013 Share Posted June 10, 2013 A bit of background . . . 18 months ago (at age 33) I was in great health - was eating paleo, very active, at a good body comp, etc. I was at home with my toddlers at the time, but then I went back to work and things steadily declined. I stopped being as active, started eating a lot of sugar and snack foods, relied on caffeine, was dealing with a fair bit of work stress/pressure. Fast forward to this past March when I found myself 40 lbs heavier and struggling to make it through each day. I had to give myself pep talks to do simple things, like climb the stairs, carry my 3 year olds, stay at work, cook supper, etc. I have never, ever been this tired in my life. I have twins and I wasn't even this tired when I was exclusively breastfeeding them round the clock and getting no sleep. I was so tired I struggled to make decisions, was nauseous often, and withdrew from interacting with people unless I had to. In late March I decided to visit the Dr. and get a full panel of tests. While I was waiting for my results I decided to do another whole30 (my first was 2 years ago). My energy improved a fair bit and I dropped 10 lbs but I was still not feeling as good as "normal". After my whole30 at the end of April I decided I would commit to focusing on getting 8 hours of sleep every night, walking daily, and doing yoga a few times a week. I am trying to make my way back to crossfit eventually, but right now I still feel too depleted to be able to recover from that kind of workout. Since my whole30 I have had several 100% compliant weeks with one or two weeks that were scattered with some off roading (although not too bad). My energy is still pretty low. I don't wake feeling refreshed. I cut caffiene hoping that would help but it hasn't so far (it has been 2 weeks). Weight is continuing to drop off, which is great, but I would like to feel energetic again. FWIW, the tests I mentioned earlier came back completely normal. Cholesterol, thyroid, iron, hormonal panel, etc were all perfect (and the tests were taken BEFORE whole30). I now sleep 8 hours a night, straight through, thanks to my husband getting the kids to sleep all night. I don't work extra hours (37.5 per week is my standard) and my stress is much better than it was. I am wondering if anyone has ideas about what I could do to improve my energy? Thanks in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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