I’m Tired

I’m tired.

I know that most moms can relate to this. It seems that I’ve been tired since I started having children. I remember several years ago mentioning it to our family physician. He laughed and said, “Kimberly, you have 5 children under the age of 5, I would be concerned if you weren’t tired.”

But I don’t like being tired all. the. time. And now, it just seems….worse. Like waking in the morning and wondering how long it will be until I can go back to sleep.

It could certainly be that I’m just getting older (I’ll be 40 next year).

It could be that 15+ years of nursing and/or being pregnant is catching up with me.

It could that being a wife and a homeschooling momma to ten, while trying remain active in our church, help Mark with his vision of a Christian community, get our house ready to sell, search for a place to buy and maintain a blog, all in the middle of the kid’s cross country season is just maxing me out.

It could simply be that my body is longing for the undisturbed sleep at night that it hasn’t gotten in well over a year.

Whatever it is, it’s gotten to the point that I’m tired of being tired and have been working hard to find ways to increase my energy.

Here’s what I’m doing:

I’m exercising regularly. Currently, I’m on week 5 of the Couch to 5K running program. I love it and look forward to running, can’t believe I just typed that but it’s true, I look forward to running! I was doing other things before that and while I have energy I still feel tired. (Does that even make sense?)

We’re really working on eating healthier.  None of the bad stuff, more of the good stuff. We recently added two 16 oz. glasses of fresh fruit/veggie juice everyday. We’ll continue incorporating Nourishing Traditions suggestions and I’m ordering Eat Fat, Lose Fat and plan on implementing some of those suggestions also.

I’m trying to stabilize my sleep schedule. I’m working to have a consistent bedtime. Getting up is not a problem but sometimes I go to sleep too early and sometimes too late.

I’m doing the next thing. Whether I’m tired or not, whether I feel like it or not, I’m still a mom and I don’t want to miss out on what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m thankful that it’s just tired and not something serious.

How do you combat tiredness?

 

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85 Responses to I’m Tired
  1. Kristen
    August 8, 2011 | 8:46 am

    Me too and I only have half the kids you do 🙂 But I did already turn 40. I’ve got to make exercise a priority again.

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  2. Sam
    August 8, 2011 | 8:46 am

    I am trying to get back into C25K. I haven’t gotten to the enjoy it part, although I do enjoy all of my other workouts. I am tired too, BTW 😉

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  3. NJ
    August 8, 2011 | 8:54 am

    I’m tired too and I just have one kiddo! For me, the biggest thing is sticking to a regular bedtime routine for myself including a strict bedtime. I’m pretty serious about it and excused myself from social gatherings so that I could get home and to bed on time.

    Other than that, just like you I keep on moving.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Sticking to a regular bedtime is the most difficult for me.

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  4. Michelle
    August 8, 2011 | 8:54 am

    OH my word. I could have written this post myself! I just said to DH the other day that I think 9 years of being pregnant and nursing and going on 11 months of waking every 3 hours is catching up with me.

    I’ve tossed around the idea of the Couch to 5K program for a long time…seems like now would be a good time to start.

    I’m so glad you posted this. It’s great to hear how other moms are tackling the issue of tiredness!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I really have enjoyed the couch to 5K and if I can enjoy it anyone can.

    Even when I was a competitive gymnast in highschool, I dreaded running. However, the couch to 5K is so gentle, I find that rather than feeling exhausted after, I feel wonderful. If you are interested in running at all, I’d say go for this one. 🙂

    And I hope that you are able to feel more rested soon!

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  5. patty
    August 8, 2011 | 9:16 am

    i turned 40 this year and along with that has come a lot of hormonal changes, tiredness being one of them.
    i am trying to exercise consistently, which does help a bit, and i started taking a natural iron supplement by Solgar, which tends to help as well. i’m still a bit tired and by 8 p.m. i am fried, but with the supplement, i can actually make it past lunchtime without trying to find a hiding spot to nap.

    one other thing i am doing is natural progesterone cream, which helps with perimenopause…it’s supposed to help with faitgue as well, but i have yet to prove that fact. 🙂

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hmmm, natural progesterone. I’ve taken that during some of my pregnancies because of various symptoms. I wonder if low progesterone could be a culprit in this.

    Thank you!

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    Brit @MomAnswersWithBrit.com Reply:

    Low progresterone can really effect your energy level! I’ve struggled with this, but by chaning my diet it’s back up to normal.

    If you take your temp for 10 days after you period or so, it should be around 97.5 (taking it frist thing in the morning). If it’s below 97 then you might have some issues with your progesterone.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Very interesting!

    My temperature is never as high as 97 unless I’m sick. My ‘normal’ temperature is 96.7. Would you share some of what you learned/changed in your diet to help with this.

    Thanks.

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    Brit @MomAnswersWithBrit.com Reply:

    I eat protein several times a day (usually in the forms of nuts). I eat certain foods with eachother and certain food nevers alone. Like I never eat just a bananna.

    I read Fertility, Cycles and Nutrtion. There is SOOOOOOO much great information in there!!! It dramatically changed how I felt, and I was already a pretty healthy person. Good luck, and I hope you get more energy soon!

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  6. Cari
    August 8, 2011 | 9:19 am

    To be honest power napping has always been a quick fix for me. I tend to lay down where the kids are playing, this ensures that I don’t sleep for more that 10-15 min. I tell the kids mom needs just a few min. to close my eyes and usually they quiet down just long enough for me to sleep, after a few min. they are loud enough that I wake up LOL. When I was pregnant, I took several power naps a day.

    Cari

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    angela Reply:

    I’m with Cari. We have rest time everyday. The big kids play, read, etc. in their rooms. The youngers (4, 3 and 1) take naps….and I do too!

    It’s like a recharge for me.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

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    Courtney Wilson Reply:

    I do this too!

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  7. Lori
    August 8, 2011 | 9:20 am

    The most important thing is to make sure you are getting at least 5 straight hours of night without lifting your head from the pillow. It takes that amount of time for your adrenals to repair themselves. Also, good B vitamins help.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you Lori. This is something that I’m not doing, but I think that I could adjust things so that I am.

    Last night was not a success (bed at 9:30, baby up at 12:30 and 3), but Bella usually sleeps for a 5 hour or more stretch so I’m going to work toward this one.

    Thanks!

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  8. Bekki
    August 8, 2011 | 9:23 am

    I felt this way too and I only have 4 children. In my case it got so bad I went to the Dr. and had all of my levels checked. My tests came back as low Vitamin D and Anemic. After being on supplements for over 6 months I can finally get out of bed in the morning.
    So all this to say that having a physical check up is not a bad idea there could be an underlying vitamin deficency or something and all of the things you are doing with excersing and eating right will help also. It’s been a long road back to “normal” for me and I am still not there 100%.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks Bekki. I just ordered Cod Liver Oil (rolls eyes) Yuck, I know, but it’s supposed to be a good source of vitamin D and it’s something that we’ve been planning on starting along with raw milk (picking up that today) for a good long while.

    I think a check-up would probably be a good idea also.

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    Valerie Reply:

    We used to suffer through the actual oil, but now we take Coromega – it’s fish oil in a pudding/yogurt form in a little ketchup-sized packet that you just squeeze in your mouth or add to yogurt, etc. The kids all love it. When I’m nauseous I can’t swallow big pills so this stuff is a lifesaver.

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  9. Annie
    August 8, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Good Morning Kimberly,
    I asked the Lord to show me the things that were taking time away from what He wanted me to be doing. That is why I stopped blogging, pulled out of several ministries at church and took a step back from some extra activities outside of my home.
    I was constantly tired, frustrated and felt as though I had nothing left to give by the time my husband came home from work. I have felt a huge burden lifted from my shoulders though we are a little more isolated than what I would like to be here at home. But that is the season we are finding ourselves in now- to be home and free from the periphrial stuff that was hindering me from my duties.
    I will continue to pray for you and your strength. Please keep us posted on the home selling and buying and also on how you are feeling! I want to know how to pray for you and your family specifically.
    Blessings,
    Annie

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Annie,

    Thank you for your prayers and for the excellent reminder. Mark and I have gone back and forth about each of the things that we are involved in, we’ve prayed and have come to the conclusion that we are where we should be, but it’s important to examine priorities and make sure that we’re doing what God has called us to be doing, rather than just a bunch of activities that we ‘want’ to do.

    I’m not posting much about the selling/buying process because of privacy concerns, but we would appreciate prayers for clarity and wisdom and that God will bless us with the perfect place for our family.

    Again, thank you so much for your prayers!

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    Annie Reply:

    Oh goodness- silly me! I didn’t think about the whole privacy thing! LOL! ☺

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  10. Courtney Wilson
    August 8, 2011 | 9:39 am

    I’m tired too. I have a lot of littles right now and one “almost” big.

    But I’ve found that the best way to combat fatigue is to spend time exercising my mind.

    Now don’t get me wrong. I despise the attitude of women who speak of nothing but “me time”. Our happiness is dependent on the service we provide to others, but the Lord doesn’t expect us to run faster than we are able and He often retreated out of the crowds to pray and ponder.

    In addition to my regular scripture study, I try to spend 30 minutes of learning each day. Something that is completely separate from homeschooling the kids, but 30 minutes educating myself. Right now I’m reading “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”. It’s about a fascinating, courageous and faithful man. It takes a long time to get through a book 30 minutes at a time, but it’s worth it because I’m happier and my kids are happier too.

    Sometimes I read while on the treadmill and kill two birds with one stone 🙂

    http://www.yetlearning.com is a website dedicated to inspiring mothers to educate themselves as well as their children. It’s certainly been helpful for my family.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you Courtney. That is an excellent suggestion and something that I’ve let slide over the last couple of months.

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  11. liz
    August 8, 2011 | 9:50 am

    I have been on a downhill fatigue slope for about 5 years now. I went to doctors who IMMEDIATELY pointed me toward low thyroid. Then the TSH always came back normal so they said I was depressed, or stressed, or old, being a busy mom of 3,or just making it up. I finally found the website for Stop the Thyroid Madness and was blown away. That was me. I went back to the doc armed with knowledge and was looked at crazy. So I took my health into my own hands and ordered some stuff the site recommended. The fog has lifted. I feel better. And NO this is not spam. If fatigue goes on forever, SOMETHING IS WRONG.

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  12. Janis
    August 8, 2011 | 10:24 am

    I have been VERY tired since delivering our 7th……so tired from no sleep, nursing constantly for 10 years straight. I hate to say it, but we have decided in light of the exhaustion and gazillion viruses this year that we are going to try rythm method to avoid an 8th baby for a while. My youngest is 10 months and my next oldest is 2. I just weaned the 2 year old and am highly considering weaning the 10 month old(feels sad to even type it as I usually nurse several years) but I need the sleep and handing the baby a bottle might be better for me at this point. My others all sleep through the night the minute I quit nursing. I dunno what to tell you but I actually gave up working out and that increased my energy because working out was sucking the literal life outta me. I had nothing left to give when I got home from the gym each day. I do miss the daycare every morning tho and getting a lil mama time to start my day before homeschooling! good luck

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  13. Kelsi
    August 8, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hi There! I also follow Nourishing Tradition, eat healthy, exercise, and limit too much activity outside of my ministry of wife and mom. Soon after my fourth child I started feeling so tired I was almost in a fog. I thought it was just normal now that I had added another child, but then came stomach troubles. MANY tests later, turns out it was thyroid. Really common for moms post babies and most “normal” doctors won’t pinpint this. I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I started feeling better. I don’t think it’s normal to feel bad even though we always just think of reasons why. Most importantly, I ultimately find my rest, renewal and strength in the Lord daily! Hope you feel better!

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  14. Bunny
    August 8, 2011 | 10:46 am

    I feel the same way, but I know why. Motherly advise, get a complete checkup! You need to find out the cause,(if possible) and concentrate on that.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Love you, mom!

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  15. Jessica
    August 8, 2011 | 11:00 am

    I’m 9 weeks pregnant while still nursing my 11 moth old. Yep, I’m tired too! I can so relate. The last few days I’ve been working on getting to bed earlier. I love that quiet evening time after the baby goes to bed, but for now I think the best thing I can do is go to bed as well.
    I’m also working on cutting out his middle of the night feedings. That’s not the easiest!

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  16. Kristin
    August 8, 2011 | 11:25 am

    I can so relate! After 6 pregnancies (7 births) in 10 years plus all the nursing I was a tired, hormonal mess! I started eating healthier and did a 14 day cleanse and felt lots better after that. I also take iron (borderline anemia greatly contributed to my tiredness).
    The thing I really need to work on is going to bed earlier in order to get more sleep. My integrative medicine doctor told me that a woman in my shoes needed about 9 hours of sleep every night. I am not sure how that is possible with all that needs to be done but I would like to be able to try it out for a month and see if it helps.

    I’ll be praying for you. I know God can put His finger right on the issues for you and give you wisdom.

    Blessings, Kristin

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you for your prayers, Kristin!

    Nine hours of sleep, now that doesn’t surprise me. I’ve felt for a very long time that 8 wasn’t enough, but then kinda felt lazy for that.

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  17. Gwen
    August 8, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    We’ve had in 7 in 11 years and #8 is on her way – so I can relate with tired. 🙂 (and I hit 40yo next year too!!!!)

    The best thing for me is to lie down for a nap in the afternoon with my 2yo and 4yo. We’ve always been strict about older kids having Book Time right after lunch for an hour-plus while the younger ones nap. When they were all little it just seemed like a pretty good idea. But now with my big growing crew it’s really a vital part of my survival.

    Establishing that regular quiet time is my #1 advice for new moms – it’s beneficial for mom and kids!!!!

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  18. Marybeth Santos
    August 8, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    Prayer, Prayer, Prayer…and then eating well, and GETTING IN BED EARLY…too often I stay up late so I can have “MY” time. Forcing myself to bed early makes me feel so much better through the next day that I dont feel so much like Im missing that time. 🙂

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  19. Joede
    August 8, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    I suffer from tiredness also. I spoke with my doc as well and he said the same thing yours did (except I have 6 kids with 3, 5 and under and my oldest 18 has Trisomy 21.
    I take b12 along with multivitamins, E, and Niacin. Mixed with a giant homemade Starbucks Frapp..helps me get through the first few hours til I get into a grove. When the desire to nap hits late afternoon, I get moving to keep awake. I do however believe when we fall into our homeschool routine in a few weeks, I m going to nap when I get the kids down for quiet time. I’ll just have to fight back the thoughts of what I could be doing.

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  20. Mama Mirage
    August 8, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    I dunno… If you figure it out let me know. I’m so tired I can’t see straight. I have not gotten an undisturbed night of sleep in over 3 years. My current youngest (third child) wakes 3-10 times a night to nurse. I’m due with #4 in December. Summer sucks the life out of me when I’m preggo. I have bad morning sickness usually until 23 or so weeks- a milestone I have not yet hit. I injured my pelvis last time I was preggo and then I reinjured it this time so I can’t get comfortable. I have had 2 episodes of preterm labor already. I don’t have a clue what to do so I don’t feel wiped out, drained, overdone tired all the time. I can’t even make it through the morning until naptime if I don’t have something with caffeine. Only soda because the baby reacts to coffee through my milk but not soda. Odd. But I’ll take what I can get. *sigh*

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  21. Rachel Kay
    August 8, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Did I understand rightly that you are juicing? 16 ounces twice a day PER PERSON? That seems like a huge time and money commitment. My body also really benefits from juicing when I make time to do it. What do you juice and how do you fit it into your schedule? What juicer do you use?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Rachel,

    16 oz, twice a day per person, but only for my husband and myself and that is expensive enough. I can’t imagine doing it for everyone.

    We use a Champion Juicer, but are hoping to get a Vitamix in the near future. (Next time we find them at Sam’s Club on sale.)

    The children are all just eating the whole fruit/veggie, 5-6 servings a day.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Oops, we juice spinach, kale, beets, celery, carrots, apples, pears, lemons, etc. I generally fix them for breakfast and lunch and each of the children get a turn to help, so it goes faster.

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  22. Jolinda Lynch
    August 8, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    I have found that a 15 min…pick me up nap helps…if I sleep longer than that I get groggy, but 15 min. helps. when I get so tired that I fall asleep whenever I sit down than It usually means my iron is low.

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  23. Tabatha
    August 8, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    I like to drink a glass of homemade kombucha or just mix a packet of Emergen-C with a little honey and apple cider vinegar in a pinch. It seems to help me push through the “tired time” that I experience sometimes during the afternoons. This is especially good if I know I am not going to be able to rest or take a short nap. 🙂

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  24. BrandyKnopp
    August 8, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    Kimberly, Just wanted to say that your honesty encouraged me today. For different (but ulitmately similar as we press in to the plans and purposes God has for our families) reasons, I am tired and maxed out too. God is good and I am not discouraged, but my body, mind, and spirit are tired. It is nice to know that I am not alone and that pressing into the Lord, while very costly at times, is completely worth it!
    🙂

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You are not alone Brandy. Praying for you today.

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  25. Cari
    August 8, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    And just a side note. Taking an afternoon power nap ensures that I have the energy I need to be attentive to my husband when he comes home. If I am to tired its hard for me be a good listener, and serve him after his long day.:)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Excellent reminder and something that I often struggle with. Thank you.

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  26. Amy Heath-Carpentier
    August 8, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    Have a said how much I love your blog…

    Anyway,

    I’m only the mother of two thanks to chemotherapy, but I’m grateful for my life! I do know what it’s like to be VERY TIRED (again see 2 kids + year of breast cancer fight). Here are a couple of suggestions:

    First, I’d see a Dr.in case anemia is a problem. I’ve never felt as bad as when I was anemic.

    Two, Love the idea of juicing. I green juice and it’s fantastic. I have a cheap Juiceman that my Mom had before I was diagnosed. I juice celery, broccoli, cucumber, kale (or chard), lime and parsley together. It takes a time or two to become accustomed to the flavor, but it is like a little shot of “me time” in the day and I can feel it in my system. The bonus – your body can readily absorb all those nutrients!

    I hope that helps and again many thanks. Your blog got me through quite a few late recovery nights.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you, Amy!

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  27. Sally
    August 8, 2011 | 2:49 pm

    I read Raising Olives to see what she does 🙂

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You may want to have a plan B 🙂

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  28. Courtney Sanchez
    August 8, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    I battle with tiredness, too and especially if I get less than 8 hours of sleep (9 if I’m pregnant). Protein has helped me a lot. We buy bulk protein powder from Sam’s and make protein bars, shakes and smoothies. It also has helped my husband since he works two jobs and his sleep time is divided during the day.

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  29. Jennifer
    August 8, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    As a mom I would wonder if I was pregnant again especially if your still nursing. That is very taxing on your body. Also do you take a multi-vitamin. It’s common in women our age to be low in VIt D. I got tired like that and was eventually diagnosed with chronic Epstein- Barr and Chronic fatigue. and also the power naps are a tremendous help. My very tired days I try to remember what my grandma always tell me “someday I will miss this time in my life”….I just don’t see that right now!!!!!

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  30. Becky
    August 8, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    My plan is to get enough sleep. Which I do. And I’m STILL tired! Nobody else I know admits to being tired so I was left to wonder what my problem was. Today’s post was very encouraging…thanks!

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  31. Bethany Anspaugh
    August 8, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    I have 3, 3 and under, with the youngest only four weeks old. My older two sleep roughly 11 hours at night so that’s not a problem, but I’m definitely feeling the effects of a newborn who isn’t at that point yet. So nighttime with a month-old and daytimes with two very active, well-rested little girls pile on top of each other and make me exhausted.

    Many days I barely make it through without having a meltdown.

    To combat tiredness I also find that exercise is essential. Even if it’s just with my kettlebell and dumbell in the livingroom. I do feel so much better, both right after my workout and overall. The girls sleep better and have better attitudes if we get outside as well.

    Eating enough is really important. Healthy food is best, but honestly, sometimes even something not good for me helps, just to get me those calories I lose through breastfeeding.

    Iron and iodine supplements are huge for me! I have an overactive thyroid which makes me tired and underweight, but the iodine helps balance that out. Then iron is essential, especially since I live at 8,000ft and need more iron in my blood because there is so little oxygen.

    I don’t eat wheat. I know it seems to be a fad lately in some groups to not eat wheat or gluten, but I really, truly notice a difference. When I accidentally eat it (or just decide I feel like having some, no matter the consequences), I pay for it for the next two or three days. It’s awful. It makes me fatigued, depressed, and mentally not all there. Not something that mixes well with three littles. I never realized the effect until I went off wheat four years ago. I always thought my extreme tiredness was normal. Turns out, it’s not.

    Finally, but definitely not least important, reading my Bible and having solid time in prayer before the girls wake up helps tremendously. Right now it is really tempting to take that time to sleep instead, but I always regret it if I don’t just get up and be alone with my Savior.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Good reminder. Seek first His Kingdom and all this (including energy) will be added to you.

    Thank You!

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  32. Julie Johnston
    August 8, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    It is encouraging reading through all of these comments! 5 years ago we lost a baby, and I about bled to death in the process. It took a full 8 months to work back up to my normal blood levels. It’s been 5 years and I am totally back to “healty” now, but I have battled being tired ever since. I constantly feel I am running at about 90%. I don’t know if it is in my head or if that is typical following such a critial situation, but I tire out easily! I used to have no problem running strong on 7 hours of sleep, but now I need a good 9 to feel decent. (And that doesn’t happen much with our 5 under 7:) In many ways, I have had to just accept it and thank the Lord for the energy He does give me!

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  33. Lisa
    August 8, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    Sometimes I just stop, put my feet up, read or watch some cooking show for an hour. Just stopping my activity for just 60 minutes usually gets me pumped for a few more minutes of work before bed. And exercise first thing in the am!

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    Ruby Reply:

    I envy you that ability! If I stop, I stay stopped! That whole “body at rest tends to stay at rest” thing…

    It is so helpful reading these comments. I’m making a list of ideas to improve my health & energy as I read! First on my list is losing weight, but that’s long-term. I see that there are lots of things I can do immediately that can help me feel better now & also help me in my weight loss goals…vitamins, a cleanse, adequate rest & water, cutting down/out certain foods, juicing, etc. Y’all are a wealth of info!

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  34. Meg
    August 8, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    It could be your thyroid. Get a naturopath to check levels as they are much pickier than m.d.s on healthy functioning levels….
    Three days of thyroid medication and my husband couldn’t believe the difference…..my brain came back from that dastardly fog…it wasn’t just nursing the fourth baby

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  35. Janelle
    August 8, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    The greatest way I’ve found to combat tiredness is to eliminate sugar. It’s incredibly hard–so hard, in fact, that I’ve only managed to do it ONCE in my life. My mom and I were following the PRISM diet program and I never felt better in my life. It was a very restrictive diet, but I lost 35lbs in 6 weeks!! I don’t know if I could ever do it again to the “t”, but I’d definitely like to work toward that goal…sugar really is bad, it saps ones energy.

    I hope you find a way to get more energy, I agree with you, I HATE feeling tired.

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  36. Celee
    August 8, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    You’re probably anemic, I am much of the time. I don’t like taking iron, but when I’m aware of being anemic I eat sunflower seeds and other things high in iron.

    I know it’s unpopular in Christian circles to exercise first thing in the morning and read your Bible later, but when I exercise first it really does energize me. It gives me a boost to make it through the day, or at least through the first half :). Biochemically, it makes sense to exercise early, especially for non-coffee drinkers like myself.

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Celee

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  37. Carrie
    August 8, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    Oh Goodness. I just wrote this post. I realized how bad it was getting when the other day my 10 year old said, “Mom, why are you tired all the time?” and I kinda snapped at him: “Maybe because I do the work of two people!”. Sigh.

    I do all the healthy things: exercise daily, drink my water… I chalk it up to interrupted sleep. My youngest is the most frequent nightwaker I’ve had yet.

    I’ve also noticed that my normal pattern is to feel tired in the second half (post ovulation) of my cycle. This is new – maybe it’s a pre-perimenopausal thing?

    Anyway I post scriptures on Post It notes that remind me that God gives me energy… and I remind myself that tired isn’t sick, it’s merely *uncomfortable*.

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  38. Carrie
    August 8, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    I’d also like to add that I had a physical recently and got a super great bill of health… my thyroid is fine, iron good, etc…

    Also I’ve noticed that most people this day and age are tired, no matter what their life choice. My friends who work full time outside the home are tired, the SAHMs are tired, the men are tired, the people who homeschool are tired, the ones who don’t are tired… maybe it’s a sign of the times? Something in our environment?

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  39. Cat
    August 8, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    I too am tired. I have 9 children and like you have been pregnant or breastfeeding for years.
    I have recently found out that my tiredness is probably Adrenal Fatigue. I am working at trying to rest more and support my adrenals so they will heal.
    From your post I would think you should look into it too.
    Anne Elliott has a series of blog post on this subject.
    http://anneshealthplace.com/

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  40. abba12
    August 8, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Ask your doctor to check your iron levels, I’m about to do the same.

    Outside of that there is little I can advise, except to give one extra chore to each child and take that time to nap or excersize or do something like that.

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  41. Serenity Summers
    August 8, 2011 | 10:07 pm

    Kimberly,
    You have given me so much encouragement since I found your blog. I will be praying that you start to feel better soon!!!
    After my fifth baby was born I saw my doctor because I still felt crummy and he found that my iron, D and B12 levels were all low. I got B12 shots for a few months and it was a miracle cure! Now, I just take supplements and if I miss a few days I can tell a difference in my energy level and emotional “stability” 🙂
    I hope the changes you are making will help refresh you!!!!!

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  42. Valerie
    August 8, 2011 | 11:11 pm

    Take B12 late in the afternoon to get you through the rest of the day.

    Also, you might want to look into oil pulling. You swish coconut oil around in your mouth for about 10 minutes right out of bed, then spit it out and brush your teeth. It pulls toxins from your bloodstream. I’m doing it for some health issues, but one of the top results people are often delighted to see happen, is that they sleep very deeply and wake up with tons of energy.

    Keep us updated on how you feel!

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  43. Marisa
    August 9, 2011 | 9:07 am

    People have been making a lot of good suggestions. I think you’ve started some good things with getting raw milk and following Nourishing Traditions more. It’s more work to prepare your food, but you have so many happy helpers there with you! I’m also slowly incorporating traditional food preparation in my household and have recently gotten into sourdough with good success.

    I know this was mentioned already, but it sounds like you have been really rough on your adrenal glands because of your lack of sleep. Not sleeping and resting properly will slowly fatigue your adrenals over the years. As it was said before, it’s true, if you are dealing with constant fatigue, something is not normal, whether it’s nutritional or hormonal.

    Once your adrenals are fatigued, it takes some work to get them back to normal. This means resting as much as you can, eating well, and supplementing with some kind of adrenal support. The first supplementation to try would be herbal (because it’s lower-impact). If that doesn’t work, the next step would be taking the actual freeze-dried adrenal gland of an animal. There’s more info here: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/

    My suggestion (as others have suggested): go to the doctor, get a full check-up. Test all your minerals and vitamins. Test your thyroid hormones and adrenal hormones (most effective way is the 24hr saliva test). This is expensive, but it’s worth it to know the root of what is causing your abnormal fatigue (I believe it’s adrenal)! Bless you! -Marisa

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  44. Amy Heath-Carpentier
    August 9, 2011 | 9:26 am

    Can I ask a question –

    After finding out we were unable to have more children, I felt like God put it on my heart to encourage larger, particularly homeschooling families through helping out where I can (I love to do laundry, clean, help make meals, etc) especially during that time when the mother has mainly little ones. Unfortunately, all of my friends with large and young families live far away. I don’t want to come off as “weird” in any way by approaching families. Any ideas? I thought about approaching individuals in our church (we’re new to town though so again, kind of weird). Does anyone have ideas? I’d love to help tired Mom’s get a break once in a while!

    Blessings to you all!
    Amy

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    Ruby Reply:

    That’s a beautiful idea…I’d begin by asking folks at church. You could be a real blessing, & make some new friends in the process!

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  45. chantelle
    August 9, 2011 | 10:46 am

    I’m just so glad to hear you say this. 🙂

    I read in a previous post that you are struggling to decide if the blog is something that you need to keep going. I can’t imagine how much time it takes to do it. I wanted you to know that I consider you a close friend (not in a weird stalker way) that inspires me to do more, work harder on my relationship with our Father, among many other things. The most significant change is that I believe God used you to change my heart and the heart of my husband. For over a year, we have given up birth control for good. I will never use it again, because of what I read here. I admit sometimes it’s hard to read some of your posts, because it reminds me of how much I fail to be the parent that I am meant to be. I don’t want to put pressure on you if you don’t feel that you are meant to continue with the blog. Just thought I would share that with you. Thank you for all you do. 🙂

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  46. Gennifer
    August 9, 2011 | 11:40 am

    I have also been struggling with being more tired than seems reasonable even for a mom with a house full of kids. I went to our family’s chiropractor/kinesiologist and was told that my adrenal glands are worn out. Our doctor adjusted my neck and put me on an all natural supplement — both designed to aid in healing the adrenals. What a difference! Within 24 hrs. I felt better. Just a thought about what might help you.

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  47. Jessica
    August 9, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    I just wanted to ask if you’ve had your thyroid tested? I was struggling with being very tired and a few other symptoms when my dr. finally figured out I was suffering from hypothyroidism. I can definitely feel a huge difference with even a small wavering of my thyroid levels. It is very common in women … sometimes runs in families … and can sometimes set in during or right after pregnancy, as well. It took me years and years to get a proper diagnosis — but I’m so glad I did. I no longer feel so sleepy during the day (I used to require 8-10 hours of sleep at night and still felt tired upon waking …)

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  48. Serene in Singapore
    August 9, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    And I thought I just had to accept tired as part of me with 7 children, aged 13 down to 2 🙂 I am with Janis tho. While I like exercising (I just started walking daily) I am so wiped out that I am wondering if it is a good thing to keep on doing?! I am wondering how long it will take for exercising to be helpful not more draining on my limited energy.

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    Marisa Reply:

    If exercising just exhausts you more it’s not a normal sign. You may have adrenal fatigue–which is maybe why exercise just exhausts you more. Get a 24 hr adrenal saliva test to see what’s up! 🙂 http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/

    There is an EPIDEMIC of adrenal fatigue in our society, but conventional medicine is largely unhelpful in this area, which is why so many people are silently suffering without knowing why.

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  49. Monica
    August 10, 2011 | 12:24 am

    Hi, I found your blog while researching homeschooling materials. I have really enjoyed reading your entries. After reading your last post about being tired, I could not get you off my mind. I believe you have many people praying for you, including me!
    It caused me to reflect on what I do when I am feeling run down and dead tired. I have to say that listening to uplifting words, scriptures, songs, etc. do a world of good – especially if I do it while cuddling a child, too. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the way you love your children and serve, The way you and your husband work together and pray, The way you desire to eat healthy and treat your body respectfully, these are all parts of my beliefs as well. Our church has a website where you can go to listen to beautiful music and hear uplifting talks. Twice a year there is a conference where several talks are given, I always come away from it feeling so comforted and uplifted and cared for. There are talks given about families and serving our communities and prayer and so much gratitude expressed for all that we do…even when we are so tired! I just thought it might help, you can find it at lds.org – the next one will be Oct. 1 & 2.

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  50. Gabe
    August 10, 2011 | 6:11 am

    I’ll be having baby #7 any day now, I feel your pain! I feel like I’m always tired, though there are seasons that are worse.

    Naps are a big one for me. Just a 15-30 minute nap when the “babies” go down in the afternoon makes a huge difference for me. If I’m nursing or pregnant I have to make those naps happen regularly!

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  51. Julia
    August 10, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Hey Kim!
    Glad to hear your attempting Nourishing Traditions. It is a difficult switch to make (ours has been 4 years in the making) but it is worth it. I had what I think was gallstones around the 4th of July. Turns out gut wrenching pain was what I needed to get off refined sugar which I was horribly addicted to. We have finally fully switched to Nourishing Traditions way of eating. Due to my recent digestive problems we try to limit carbs so I eat similarly to the Eat Fat, Lose Fat menus especially the health recovery plan. The coconut oil definitely helps. I buy the coconut oil recommended in the resources section. It’s not cheap but I think it’s totally worth it. Unfortunately, It’s hard for me to eat as much coconut oil per day that is recommended but I can tell a difference in my energy level just from cooking with it and drinking the coconut milk smoothies. I also make coconut oil “candies” which are great! The recipe is here http://eatfatlosefatblog.com/2011/01/how-do-you-take-your-coconut-oil/
    Also The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin is a great book. I love to read his story about recovering from a extremely serious case of Crohn’s disease. He really emphasizes the miraculous way God made our bodies to fight disease if we just eat the way He intended. A very encouraging book to read when you’re suffering from health problems.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you Julia for the recipe link and other info. We are making those coconut candies and using them each night before dinner.

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  52. Stephanie
    August 12, 2011 | 11:26 am

    Please get your thyroid checked- it is amazing what even being a little off will do.

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  53. ChristineG
    August 13, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this post, Kimberly. I can certainly relate and am in a similar situation to you, though I only have 7 children. I have been pregnant and/or nursing for 18 years and am feeling really tired. I have clicked on your couch to 5K link and will take a look. I know exercise would be a key for me.

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  54. Cherie
    August 16, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    Try green smoothies too. My husband has commented numerous times on how his energy level has increased since starting them.
    GreenSmoothieGirl has a blog/website with more information on it.
    And I think there’s one called GreenMonsters too.

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  55. Christina
    August 31, 2011 | 8:42 pm

    This post was very encouraging to me! Thank you! I’m not alone! (Not that I wish anyone else the fatigue I deal with!) I have 3 children with number 4 on the way and have been pregnant and/or nursing continuously for the last 5 1/2 years. I had a 6 week hiatus where I was neither breastfeeding nor pregnant between this pregnancy and the weaning of my last child. It gave me hope! I couldn’t believe how much better I felt! I felt like a normal person, with normal energy. I could make it through the day without a nap- without even desiring a nap! For me, I’m thinking it’s the pregnancy/nursing that zaps my energy. I also am borderline hyperthyroid, so that may contribute! I am leaning towards cutting out sugar and refined carbs, but just haven’t taken the plunge yet…I’m wondering if that will make a difference!

    Also, during nursing my last child, I became extremely achey and all my joints ached. I had extensive labs done, saw a rhuemetologist and everything looked fine. I was nursing the baby every 2-3 hours and decided to try spacing it out (he was old enough by that point). That seemed to do the trick! Once I cut back and spaced it out to every 3-4 hours, the aching went away! Nursing must zap a lot out of a body. It will be interesting to see what happens when I nurse this baby!

    Good luck and please post if you find a solution!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I wonder if/when I get to the point of not nursing or being pregnant if I’ll have a lot more energy.

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  56. Mel
    September 6, 2011 | 12:06 am

    I have six children and my youngest is 5. This year of HSing has been the easiest I’ve ever had. I remember everything being such an effort. It’s truly exhausting being pregnant, nursing, and chasing after toddlers. It DOES get easier!

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  57. Candace
    September 7, 2011 | 8:53 am

    About a year ago I was introduced to advocare’s energy drink “spark”. It is rich with vitamins and gives me the energy and mental clarity (most important ;)) that I news to homeschool 2 and also take care of my 1 year old boy! I have been using this for a year and the difference is night and day! The most wonderful thing about it is that it clears the cob webs in your brain! If you are interested at all let me know! I figured that you might be and it was worth telling you my secret!! 🙂
    Candace

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