Not enough spoons for an exercise routine

How the hell do you keep an exercise routine going when you feel like utter shit most of the time?

I have sinus headaches that I’ve been getting since I was a kid. I don’t know what causes them. In the past, they were thought to be sinus infections and I was given antibiotics anytime one came on. These days that’s not the fashion anymore, so the doctors make me wait until the inevitable double ear infection and bronchitis hit before they dose me up.

Spoon Theory. Click for larger image.

On some days I feel fine, and then on others, like yesterday, my head feels so full it’s like it wants to explode out of my ears. It’s hard for me to hold my head up and even harder to have the energy to complete basic life tasks.

If I go to work, when I get home I go back to bed for a bit. It’s not by choice. I have no ability to stay awake longer.

It’s frustrating as hell.

For a couple of months, I actually had a workout routine going, and it felt fantastic.

It’s now been a few weeks since I worked out regularly, though, and I think it’s been two weeks since I did a workout at all.

It seems like the vast majority of the time, all my energy must be devoted to simply getting through each day and doing the basic tasks one must do to get by.

Adding new things and trying to improve in any dramatic way isn’t likely something I’ll ever be able to do. It’s incredibly disheartening.

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  1. All the time … my energy level wanes with mood, stress, daily life, work grind, commute, appetite, etc. It’s all about the endorphins (for me). The simplest work out – and many other things like chocolate and chilli – are known to release them. Anything to inspire movement rather than a sedentary lapse. Drink water. Seriously. Couple glasses when you get home. Small stretches. Take your mind on a vacation and meditate.

    1. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in this (and I love chili, too!). I’m fantastic at managing my water intake but doing some small stretches would be good for me. I tried taking a very slow, easy, short walk yesterday and was alarmed by how short of breath I was, though. Thinking I should probably head back to the doctor and see what’s going on.

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