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. 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.


    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.


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

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


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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!


    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.


  6. 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!


  7. 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!! :)


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