Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fatigue-Induced cravings

I'm finally getting back to a routine I can live with. It's been busy around here with our first born now a college graduate, our second born home from college, and the two young ones just following along all the events and to-dos of the family. They are such sport and so flexible...sometimes.

My daughter and I ran the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and it was a lot of fun. It rained which made the run even better. The roads were cooled off and I personally, welcomed the occasional downpour--so cooling and refreshing.  She beat her time and I followed right behind her. So proud of my girl for finish such a demanding task. I think now she's a little more into running than before, yay for her!

My oldest graduated from college last month and of course, that was another proud moment for us parental units.  He is working, moved to NYC to chase his dreams in Vocal Performance, and is extremely happy, that is really all that matters to us.  He is also performing with the Matsukazi Opera in Charleston, SC with the Spoleto Festival.  A great city with a lot to see and do so, of course, I drove a million hours with the kids and my best friend to be able to spend time with him and to see him perform.

Our 10 year old also ran a race last month. She ran with the RunFitKidz program at her school.  This program is aimed at teaching kids about proper ways to run, techniques, and training.  The end resulted in a 5K race where they all received a medal.


Needless to say, last month was full of happy moments, proud moments, a lot of driving, and a little worrying.  However, it wasn't until this week that I finally settled back into my routine after spending three nights sleeping less than three hours and eating poorly during the day which probably was the cause of some of my sleepy time discomfort.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!

I really don't know. Ok maybe I do. When I'm really fatigued I crave carbs more than anything in the world. I happen to have Hawaiian dinner rolls and they are now gone, all of them within minutes. I cooked rice, just for me and it's all gone. I drank coffee, beer, wine...not all at the same time but my brain wasn't really thinking or caring because the coffee keeps me awake during the day, the beer cooled me off mid afternoon and the wine made me tired by early evening, just not tired enough to stay asleep AND THEN the cycle began again the next morning.

Yesterday I drank lots of water, exercised, ate one thousand times better, seriously, not exaggerating here AND last night I slept from 9:00 PM to 4:30 AM. That, my friends, is seven and a half hours of solid sleep. THAT is exactly what I needed. I broke the cycle and slept.

WE ALL have those days, weeks, months sometimes, that totally throw all we've worked for into the toilet.  The idea is to recognize when this is happening and fix it, immediately.

This month will be busy but with my work/fitness/running routine not with anything else.  I'm excited for a fun summer and the kids can't wait for school to be out...personally, I'm a little on the fence about that one.

Tell me about a time you were fatigued? What got you there and how did you get out of the cycle?

Stay Well,

Terie

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