Struggling through

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

While I celebrate today’s great run, this week has been a bit rough. I’ve been dealing with more exhaustion from my Hashimoto’s/thyroid issue. I went to see my doctor a little over a week ago and she says that all is looking good and she doesn’t want to increase my synthroid right now. That means I have to find other ways to cope on the tough days.

The last 7-10 days have had ups and downs. Some days or parts of days I feel good, I feel like I can do anything and am feeling more like “me.” Other times, it’s quite the opposite and I find it difficult to completely concentrate at work. I don’t want to use my autoimmune disease as an excuse or crutch for why I’m not feeling great, but honestly that’s what has been happening. It’s my “fall back on” reason why I have to have the energy drink when really, I shouldn’t be drinking it. Co-workers have noticed my lack of energy as well, so I guess my face shows how I’m truly feeling even when I attempt to smile through it.

So, as of tomorrow, I’ve decided to go back to basics so to speak. As I think about what might be missing or what have you, I have come to the conclusion there are a few things I can work on right away.
1. Drinking more H2O. I seem to have slacked as of late in my water consumption. I used to drink at least 80oz a day. Not so much anymore. Definitely an easy fix that I can implement.
2. Tea instead of Monster. I have a lot of tea that I love to drink, but for whatever reason have gotten away from. So, I’m going to do my best to reach for the green tea or yerba mate instead of the Monster Energy drink when I need a pick-me-up.
3. More cross-training. My tiredness has been an excuse for allowing my head to again hit the pillow and hit the snooze button on non-run days. I need to get back to more strength training and other cardio work.

I’m also going to start keeping a food journal again. I have been keeping track of calories and such in my head and it’s been workout out, but it might also help me see if anything triggers any issues or whatever. Also, if I use an app on my phone, I can put in my water intake there.

So, we shall see how the rest of the month goes with the changes I’m going to work on implementing. I think the hardest one will be the energy drinks, so I’m going to give myself a bit of leniency on it for the first week, but beyond that, I want to get them out of my daily intake.

Have you been changing things up with your health/fitness? If so, I’m curious what you have been doing. Comment and let me know! 🙂

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