I have been waiting and waiting for the old 'burst of energy' and feeling of freedom to come along this time around. My energy *is* better than it was over the winter, but nowhere near the feeling I have had in the past as I lost weight. Maybe it's just age... I dunno. I remember vividly the turning point when I started losing weight the first time on this blog. There was this epiphany of "I like mopping!" where I actually was enjoying housework and able to get lots of things done in a day. I weighed about 236 pounds (not at all far from where I am now), so it's not the weight that is slowing me down. I was eating a lot of produce and whole grains and meat and cheese, etc, but keeping my portions reasonable. I had just started strength training (15 minutes, upper body only, 2-3x a week) and was biking 20 minutes 2 or 3 times a week. The other time I had wonderful energy was while I was on Medifast. It came after several weeks on plan when I weighed in the 2-teens, and I had so much energy I easily got everything done I needed to and felt great. I was strength training for 15 minutes twice a week, but wasn't biking or swimming or anything.
So how come now the energy has not come? I am getting a lot more done than I was over the winter, but I sometimes have to just force myself to do it. I do not have energy to spare. I get really tired after I do mop or vacuum or do yard work, even though I enjoy it. I am just way more tired.
I want that elusive energy back. I have pondered what I could do to make it happen.
It wasn't getting to a certain weight, since I am very close to the weight I was when this happened in 2008.
It wasn't low carbing, because I was not low carbing in 2008. It wasn't Medifast, or being grain free, or anything related to diet that I can figure.
It wasn't exercise, since I am doing more exercise (walking and swimming) now than I was in 2010 when I wasn't biking or swimming at all.
The only thing common to both times was that I was strength training. Not heavily or frequently. Just upper body, 15 minutes, 2-3 times a week.
Maybe that would help. It certainly can't hurt. I really need more energy.
I spent my morning at home because it's spring break. It's not quite 1:00 and so far I
cooked breakfast for myself and my daughter and ate
went outside and threw a ball for the dogs for awhile and picked up the yard
unloaded the dishwasher, washed dishes, cleaned the kitchen, and pasteurized some raw milk
sorted through a couple of boxes of computer parts, donating some and labeling others
cleaned the play room and my bedroom
made snacks and lunch for myself, my daughter, and her friend who is here playing
did some laundry (up and down the stairs a few times)
mixed up green tea latte base (matcha, warm milk, honey) and in the process made a huge mess and wasted expensive matcha powder and turned my shirt bright green (hint: do not put hot milk in a shaker with honey and matcha and shake it vigorously unless you are SUPER sure your shaker is totally leak-proof)
cleaned up THAT mess
So now I am really tired, and not the "good" kind of tired where you rest up, have some iced tea, and get back to work in 30 minutes. I feel like I need to take a nap. I feel like I am DONE for the day.
I did not feel like that before when I had great energy after losing weight. I wonder if it is a thyroid thing, or an age thing, or maybe a blood pressure medication thing. I really want my energy back, so I am going to add back the strength training and see if it helps at all. I would love to be able to do all of this and more, and then still have energy to hop on my exercise bike at 10:40 pm like I used to.
In the meanwhile I just keep faking it til I make it, because I can't just sit here or take a nap right now. I need to go shopping and walk with my daughter to the park while she rides her scooter. The laundry won't finish itself and the new shower rod won't hang itself, either!
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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