Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired

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Crossing the finish line at the end of my first marathon. I was less tired at this moment than I felt when I crawled out of bed this morning.

This year started out so well. I ran my first marathon in January, followed with a strong half marathon in March and another the first week of April. I trained hard and ate hard, and sometimes cheated on my eating plan hard. I went from having a beer or two on the weekends to a beer every night. I celebrated races with huge waffles and real honest to God whipped cream (oh, the scandal), and even celebrated more than a few training runs with cupcakes.

In April my body began to revolt. I began retaining water and feeling tired and headachy much of the time. My motivation for just about everything fizzled up and vanished. I have been forcing myself to keep on keeping on with my daily work and fitness routines, but my heart isn’t in it. Blood work revealed nothing unusual, though my doctor did note that my glands are swollen, which indicates that my poor immune system is worked up over something, but what that is remains a mystery.

Frankly, feeling like this just stinks, and I don’t want it anymore. I suspect it is my body’s way of telling me that I’ve gotten too far off track and a course correction is needed. To get my groove back, I’m going to go full on crazy with the nutrition for the next few weeks, focusing on real foods (fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and beans) and eliminating as much refined and processed foods as I can manage without loosing my mind. I’m starting right this very minute, and I’m going to keep myself accountable by sharing my meals here, with recipes when they’re my own and links when they’re not, as well as a weekly update of my progress back to full vitality.

My ultimate goal is to feel 100% by July 21, which is the date of my next big race. I want to set a new personal record, and to do that I need to be feeling a heck of a lot better than I have for the past few weeks.

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