If you've read my blog for long, you know I have *always* struggled with having enough energy. I have generally, on average over the past ten years or more, felt sluggish, tired, and unable to get a lot done in a day. At first I figured it was because of my weight; after all, carrying around close to 300 pounds IS exhausting. Then I thought maybe it was some medical problem like thyroid or metabolism issues; doctors ruled those things out with blood tests. After I started losing weight, I thought the answer might be exercise. So I started biking, walking, and strength training. I admit I did feel better after exercise and movement, but it was often a drag to get it done. I was just tired and would rather sit. When I started Medifast I had some times when I felt more energetic, but it was still an issue on and off. I knew it was not just a sugar/carb/gluten thing because when I was eating Primal earlier this year, it still did not resolve, even though I felt better in general. Finally, I decided it was a combination of my age and my lack of good sleep.
Well, I might have been wrong about that... at least about the age part. I know good sleep is essential and I am working on that, but over the past week I have *not* gotten great sleep but my energy has soared! I feel better than I have in ages, and am getting tons of things done. Yesterday after I took every shelf out of the fridge and scrubbed it, sorted stacks of papers, paid bills, filled out paperwork, washed the dishes, cleaned the kitchen, took all the furniture outside and mopped the whole upstairs, cleaned a bathroom, took my daughter to the dentist, shopped, played with my daughter, helped her do homework, took both dogs out for play sessions, sorted clothes, helped my son with his essays, and worked in the yard. And I felt GOOD! Happy. Energized. I have had several days like that in a row and it is so noticeable I really had to stop and think: what changed?
Yes, the days are a little longer, but not that much. Spring is energizing. Yes, I am back on Medifast, which for some reason seems to help with the energy a bit (being off junk, getting good nutrition, not eating excess fat and calories). But this energy is *new* and different. Why?
I think all this time, the MTHFR has been a factor in my lack of energy. All this time, I had this genetic defect and didn't know it. All this time, I was taking sublingual vitamin B drops and wondering why they barely helped at all... when actually, I was taking the wrong kind (cyanocobalamin) that my body was unable to process. And I was lacking in other B vitamin essential for energy, all because I have the MTHFR mutation.
About a week and a half ago the specialist set me in the right direction, with the *right* kind of B12 (methylcobalamin) and prescription B9. And within days I felt like a new person! Mood is much better and energy is through the roof! I am so thankful for this doctor who has guided me to supplements my body needs to function well. He also prescribed another supplement, an enzymatic cofactor called BH4, which I will start to take next week. I will have to be on these supplements for life, as will my son, but it is so worth it! Every cell in my body feels alive, and when I have done plenty of work in a day, I have that good kind of tired that tells me I need some rest. It's a great feeling.
So today I will be cleaning out the kitchen cabinets, doing some deep cleaning in the kitchen, washing 6 or 7 loads of clothes, boxing up and mailing some packages, making essential calls, doing some more grocery shopping and making dinner, vacuuming, dog training, taking kids to doctor appointments and dance classes, and doing all the other things I did not have the energy for before. I am so, so thankful for the way I feel and for all the doctors who helped figure out the puzzle... and for your support!
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