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It's been two weeks since I decided to start trying to improve how I felt. I still don't know if Adrenal Fatigue is a real thing or not, but I've been trying to take some of the remedies to heart just in case. I don't think I can really say if it's working yet or not since, 1) it's only been two weeks, 2) holiday stress put me in one hell of a funk, and 3) PMS just hit so I feel like shit anyway.

What I have done:
* Take a multi-vitamin daily (With the exception of the last two days because we were away from home so much.)
* Take 2,000 - 3,000 mg Vitamin C a day (I misread this before and was only taking 1,000. Not sure if I want to up it to 2,000, but I might try it.)
* Drink 1/4-1/2 tsp. unrefined salt in water daily

What I have not done:
* Take 100-400 mgs L-Theanine a day (I couldn't find it at the store.)
* Eat low carb (Fucking holidays.)
* Go to bed by 10:30pm at the latest (Once in 2 weeks. And that was just getting in bed. Sleep was a whole other story.)

I'm working on it. It's a process. Usually, with stuff like this, I'll get frustrated if I can't do it all right away and I just quit, but I'm trying to let myself make gradual changes this time.

Also, my sister introduced me to the Day Zero Project and it's 101 things in 1001 days list. I'm working on putting together a list of 101 things to begin in 2013. It'll take over two years to complete, if I do, but that's alright. I've got 50 so far and most of it is stuff I should do or have been meaning to do anyway. This is just extra motivation.

In the same vein, Walking to Mordor is on my list.

I should go finish it...
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A few days ago, I noticed I've started to get these weird, vertical creases in my fingertips. My mom and my grandmother both had them and I wondered if it was just a thing with aging or if it's a symptom of something. So, I went to the Google machine and typed in "fingertip creases".

What I got back was a bunch of information on something called "adrenal fatigue". Now, I don't know if this is a Real Thing or not, but if it is, it explains a lot about how I've been feeling. It's stuff that's becoming progressively worse over the last few years.

* Morning fatigue/morning headache
* Not really feeling awake until around 10 a.m.
* Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
* A burst of energy at 6 p.m. when you finally feel better from your afternoon lull
* Sleepiness around 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. However, you resist going to sleep
* A “second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m.
* Never feeling rested, no matter how much sleep you get
* Cravings for foods high in salt and fats
* Increased thirst/frequent urination (water goes right through you)
* Chronic low blood pressure
* Sensitivity to cold and feeling chilled
* Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
* Mild depression (not sure about the mild part here)
* Mood swings
* Mental fog
* Memory problems
* A decreased ability to handle stress
* A decreased ability to recover from illness/injury
* Heat intolerance
* Light-headedness when getting up from a sitting or lying down position
* Frequent sighing
* Sugar cravings
* Increased food/seasonal allergies
* Increased sensitivity to sunlight
* Poor exercise recovery
* Difficulty losing weight/belly fat
* Difficulty in changing body composition/hard gainer
* Muscular weakness
* Purple or blue under-eye circles
* Vertical lines in the fingertips
* Ringing in the ears
* Heart palpitations or tachycardia

The Mayo clinic says it's not a real diagnosis, but considering the treatment for it is so simple, I think I'm going to give it a try anyway. Well, relatively simple anyway. Part of it includes trying to get to bed by 10pm, which will be the huge problem for me. I'm an up-all-nighter. I'm lucky if I'm in bed by 1am.

Still, I need to do something. I just feel worse and worse. God knows I can't handle stress. Even the slightest thing makes me buckle under. So, I'm going to try to stick to the following:

* Take a multi-vitamin daily
* Take 2,000 - 3,000 mg Vitamin C a day
* Take 100-400 mgs L-Theanine a day
* Drink 1/4-1/2 tsp. unrefined salt in water daily
* Eat low carb (something I need to do anyway)
* Go to bed by 10:30pm at the latest (oh god)

Here's hoping.


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