PKD, Hypothyroidism, and low energy levels

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Whether you’re living with hypothyroidism, PKD, adrenal fatigue, Fibromyalgia, diabetes, or another stressful health condition that causes earlier and speedier depletion of your energy each day, you know what I mean when I say I’ve GOT to find a way to boost my energy levels.

Depleted energy means depleted willpower, which makes it harder to say no to the fresh-baked cookies in the kitchen.

It also makes it harder to stick to any kind of daily exercise routine.

Right now, you may be thinking, “You had enough energy to mix up a batch of cookies and bake trays of them, but you don’t have enough time to do a few push-ups and lunges?”

Okay, first of all, I don’t have anyone at home begging me to do push-ups or lunges.

Motivation is key.

But even with motivation – persistent, loud motivation – no energy means no cookies.

And no clean clothes, no hot dinners, no freshly-vacuumed floors, no …wait, when was the last time I vacuumed?

This would be a good time to take a detour to explore the effects of hypothyroidism on memory and cognitive function as a whole, but … since I’m hoping you’ll actually read this post to the end, I’d rather not give you a reason to doubt I’ll ever get to the point of it.

So, back to energy talk.

I’ve tried a variety of exercise programs – mainly on DVD (bought on ebay) or YouTube, because I’m a thrifty gal. By necessity. YouTube is great for finding a variety of exercise videos, and as long as I give myself permission to stop after five minutes – to satisfy my daily micro-committment (thank you, S.J. Scott – the Habits Guy) of working out for at least five minutes every day, I can get myself started, and I usually end up working out for longer than five minutes.

Even on the days when  I can’t go longer than five minutes, though, I’ve honored my daily exercise commitment. Every bit helps, and even tiny habits can lead to big changes.

For another example of this, I used to be a night-owl, but I’ve given up on that. I just get more done when I’m a morning person, and I love that. When I sleep in, I start the day feeling sluggish and depressed about how late it already is.

When I wake up at 6:30 a.m. and do my Miracle Morning routine and my S.A.V.E.R.S., I get to my writing work for the day, and the more I can get in before noon, the better, because the day goes downhill from there. Or it used to.

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Those of you with low energy know what I’m talking about, right?

I put my alarm clock (i.e., my phone) in the kitchen, so I have to get up out of bed and walk a few feet in order to turn it off. Then I walk to the bathroom and brush my teeth. Then I have a glass of water with my thyroxin. And then I pour myself a cup of coffee, drizzle in some heavy cream, and go sit in my favorite comfy chair to begin my S.A.V.E.R.S..

I can’t say enough about what this alone has done for me so far.

On my first “miracle morning,” I pitched, outlined, wrote, and sent my very first guest post!

I’d wanted to write for a certain website for ages, but I’d hesitated to pitch the idea. For some reason, though, on June 9th – Day 1 of my Miracle Morning routine – I finally just did it.

I went from feeling pathetic, perpetually exhausted, and invisible to feeling determined and unstoppable. You can’t bottle that. They don’t make a candle that does that for people, either (I’m still looking for one that smells like a real campfire).

I went to see my nephrologist recently about my latest labwork (my annual metabolic panel). I’m anemic, my liver is now also covered with cysts, and my free T3 levels are low. At the time of my appointment, my free T3 value was below the normal range, though my free T4 value was in the upper half of the normal range. My TSH was at 12 (well above the normal range, so…kinda bad). My nephrologist gave me some tips on how to help my kidneys (drink more water, don’t use ibuprofen or Alleve, etc.) and answered my other questions while my youngest bounced from one area of the room to another while his two sisters did their best to entertain him. Fortunately, my nephrologist has kids of his own, so he understood.

My energy levels still go downhill from early afternoon onward, but as long as I get the lion’s share of my writing work done earlier in the day, I know I’m doing what I can right now to get the ball rolling for my writing business. My aim is to make the most of the energy I have, and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can about how to boost my energy levels.

And I look forward to sharing what I learn with you, too.

Now, it’s your turn. What have you found helps you to boost your energy levels? I look forward to reading  your comments, as always.

Take care, and have a great week! 🙂

* P.S. The link to Miracle Morning for Writers is an affiliate link. I finally figured out how to do that (Yay!). You can laugh at me, if you want, for taking so long. The comment section below is fair game. No pressure to buy anything, but you should seriously at least take a peek! This book has changed my mornings and my days so much for the better, I had to share.

 

 

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