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What is wrong with me?

Normal.  My blood tests were completely normal, (save high cholesterol, but more on that later). How could that be? I'd been feeling sluggish for at least two weeks, so much so that I was taking afternoon naps and sleeping in later than usual. I was convinced there was something wrong. Maybe my thyroid? Was I anemic? Cancer?

Ok. I admit it. I get a bit dramatic when I'm not feeling myself, but that's only because I'm used to feeling pretty great physically. Although I'm getting older, feeling stiffer, and moving slower, I'm still relatively active. So, what was wrong with me?

Well, I have a confession. When business picked up, I started sacrificing my morning runs and my home cooked meals to make it work. Exercise took a back seat and my diet was lacking. There just wasn't time. Or more accurately stated, I was not making time. Things needed to change.

That first week was rough. I started running again, and I couldn't believe how out of shape I'd become. I also started sitting down and making meal plans Sunday night (<---painful), but it transformed my last minute fixes into healthy meals.

Two weeks into my efforts to improve my diet and get back into shape, I'm excited to say I had an amazing run this morning. I'm not nearly as strong as I used to be, but it's getting easier and I plan to keep it up, because I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I've said it before and I'm sure you'll hear me say it again. Diet and exercise go a long way in keeping me both mentally and physically healthy. It's in part why I started Anew.

So, while I'm not anemic and have a healthy thyroid, my hereditary high cholesterol reared it's nasty head again. Stay tuned for more about the journey to reduce my numbers (again).

 


6 comments

  • I’ve just realized a disappointing “feature” of my website. I can’t reply to your comments individually. Annoying! I’m looking into ways to fix this, but in the meantime, thank you for commenting! I love hearing about your changes, and would actually love to feature YOU and your progress in future posts. Let me know if you’d be interested in sharing your story of change and renewal. You inspire me too!

    Karen
  • It is still true when one reaches the age of seventy! Might have to change your type of exercise, but keep moving!

    Sarah
  • It’s cool to learn you’re a runner, too! I started running on the treadmill several years ago and this time last year I started road running (get all the pokestops!). This year I just got deeper and deeper into my fitness, doing so many things for the first time in my life: ran two 5K races (so far!), joined a gym for the first time (because I needed the equipment and classes to up my strength!), and I started watching my macronutrients to aid in bringing out the body composition I’ve been striving for my entire adult life. Anew has become a regular part of my breakfast since it adds lots of flavor, texture, and extra protein :D

    Denise Hutchins
  • Thanks so much for this reminder. I’ve been struggling with this exact thing. I haven’t been eating well, my Fitbit has shown a dramatic decline in steps, and now I feel tired, sick, and achy.
    You have motivated me to get my rear back in gear and start eating whole and organic once again and to get back in that treadmill.

    Bess
  • You are an inspiration! (And I’m always convinced that my fatigue is thyroid, anemia, cancer…but you’re right, its diet and excercise. Thankfully!)

    Tricia

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