7.03.2014

More Energy Please

I'm back!! Vacation was awesome.  My blog reader has over 600 unread blogs, I have a tan line wrapped around my neck visible above my scoop neck top and a million pictures to go through.  I'm feeling twice as energetic on the Monday after my vacation as I did the Monday before my vacation so that means it did it's job.  I am officially refreshed, but how long before I start burrowing my head into my pillow in misery on Monday's again?  

Is it just me or does anyone else ever feel tired all day every day for no good reason?  MJ is an energizer bunny.  He's hardly ever tired, but not me.  Sometimes I wake up tired.  Go to work tired.  Come home tired.  Go to bed tired.  Then I do the same thing all over again the next day like some kind of chronic fatigue thing that never seems to go away no matter how much sleep I get or how much exercise I do.  I know that mood and diet have a lot to do with your energy.  It makes sense to be exhausted if you are depressed and not eating a healthy diet but now that I'm doing better in those areas it was really annoying to find that I was still chronically fatigued.  Life is way too short to be tired all the time.

 I've started and stopped taking multi vitamins a million times over.  I'd do really good taking them for awhile and then I'd start forgetting and quit altogether.  I'd think about taking it but say, oh well why bother because it didn't seem to be doing anything for me anyway. Bodies are so different.  What works for one person may do nothing for another.  I heard all of these wonderful things about vitamin B12 so I took it religiously for a while and it didn't do a thing so I quit.

I was researching something else and stumbled across three vitamins that kept coming up so I went out and bought all three.  I've been taking a 5,000 IU Vitamin D, a 1000mg Vitamin C and three 400mcg folic acid tablets for going on two months now and I think I finally found something that works.  It took about a month for me to feel any different but once I did I was very motivated to keep taking them every day.  It's a lot easier to remember if you actually feel like it's  benefiting you.  I'd get to work and wonder what was going on.  Why am I not tired?  When I get home I don't want to just fall asleep on the couch.  I'd go to bed anyways because I know I need my sleep but I wasn't feeling as dead tired as I was before.  I'm still tired when I don't get enough sleep but day to day I'm finding that I'm just not as tired as I used to be and that is a very good thing because sleepwalking through life is no fun.

I'm also taking 2 Fish Oil tablets with dinner every night as part of my meal plan which is an Omega 6 fatty acid that is supposed to be good  for your heart.  Once I run out of the Vitamin C I'm going to switch to a multi vitamin that has at least 1,000mg of C and supplement with a slightly lower dose Vitamin D and Folic Acid to make up the difference.   Most Multi's actually don't have a whole lot of D and I really think that's what's doing the trick for me.  Or maybe not.  Maybe it's the combination of the three.  Who knows.  I just know that it's really nice to not be dead tired when I get to work every day.  This combination is also very good for vaginal health.  So yeah, that was the other thing I was researching.

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I bought this really cute Vita Carry pill case on Amazonbecause rushing to open three bottles every morning was a pain in the butt.  This way I can keep it in my purse and take them at work.The giant fish oil pills fit and it's a lot better looking then those old school looking pill cases they sell at Walgreens. 

Vacation works better then vitamins.  I skipped all vitamins and I still had tons of energy while we were gone.  I ALWAYS have energy for days when I'm on vacation and my chronic fatigue issues magically disappear; which is just one thing I love about vacation.  The only problem is that life is not a vacation.  Life is 45 hours a week at work and fitting in everything else in between so I'm back on my vitamin regimen and I hope it keeps working.

Do you take vitamins?  What works or doesn't work for you?

14 comments :

Law_Fal said...

I take a multivitamin, a B12 or Power C occasionally and Zinc. I also take a fruit and veggie supplement too since I suck at clean healthy eating. I felt super exhausted too. Drinking green tea in the mornings kind of helps, but I really think its because I dread getting up for work at times lol. Glad u enjoyed your vacation! Im well overdue!

Tami said...

I don't take any vitamins (shhhh don't tell my mom) but I know I should! I'll have to keep these in mind

Nylse Esahc said...

I struggle with fatigue the chronic kind. Things work on and off and then our bodies change again - something to do with hormones. I've never been medically diagnosed with anything, so I always stump the doctors. I'm also now officially perimenopausal. I take fish oil and a womens multivitamin. I also make a green smoothie daily. And while running initially made me tired it is an energy booster in its own way. Because of running I do know when I'm more than normally fatigued but weirdly once I get through it, I feel like I have a new level of energy.
The days when I'm not tired, I wonder what I did differently and try to duplicate that until it stops working.

Renae said...

I don't take any vitamins, I never really have just during the times I was pregnant but other than that none.

Faith said...

Welcome back!

Ok, I know this is bad but I don't really take vitamins. I know that I should and I have them in my cupboards but I just forget to use it. I think that working out is what keeps me energized.

Jenny said...

It's so funny how you say how you have energy on vacation. My hubby and I joke how come there are no hangovers on vacation. We could be drinking all night and have a 8am kayaking trip the next morning and be just fine. I guess it's mind over matter. lol..

Miss MP said...

I recently went on a vitamin kick and then my body started acting funny. Then I went on the web and read both good and scary stories about vitamins. I think if you eat right you may not need more than a multi-vitamin a day. My doctor did recommend I take vitamin D in the winter.

Nerline Germain said...

I get cranky without my B12. Drink on girl! I love the pill carrier. Kisses!

Lauren W said...

Yay! I've missed your posts. Can't wait to see all your vacation recaps! :)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

We are vitamin takers in our house and all those you mentioned are great...I probably need to start taking fish oils. My son actually asks for his gummy vitamins every morning...he thinks they are candy at this point but it's a good start!! Can't wait for your vacay recap!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Vacation works better than vitamins...absolutely!

Brittany said...

So glad you had a great trip!! Can't wait to see pictures!!!

Ashley R said...

I always do Vitamin C, but you have me convinced on Vitamin D now. Can't wait for trip photos!

Catherine Gacad said...

yes to fish oil. also, i am buying that vitamin case right now!

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