Hello, my name is Rosilind Jukic and I struggle with Adrenal Fatigue.
Do you know what that is?
In basic terms, it means that your adrenal glands have low levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. When this occurs, you usually end up with a series of sometimes unrelated symptoms that branch out and affect every area of your body: ranging from overall fatigue to digestive problems, skin eruptions, weight gain, and arthritis, among the usual issues one faces with hormone imbalances.
Can I tell you something?
But stress comes in a myriad of forms; sometimes its obvious and sometimes it’s not so obvious. Sometimes the signals are so quiet that you can almost miss them; a passing sense of dread that lasts only a moment and is gone. If we don’t pay attention, we miss that stressor. Perhaps it seems small, but many small things add up quickly.
Sometimes the signals are glaring and blaring with neon lights and horns, but our fears prevent us from resolving them so we continue to bear burdens we were never meant to bear.
Sometimes we allow things in our lives without even recognizing them, habits and family culture that are a part of the fabric of our lives….but cause stress.
Stress isn’t only emotional; it is physical and even spiritual.
Last year I began a journey to destress my life. I made some huge changes, even had to let some things go – there were hard decisions to make, but the difference it has made has been profound; not only for me, but for my whole family. The entire tone of our home has changed.
This year I have chosen the word #Present as my #OneWord for 2015. I wouldn’t even be able to begin to be present with my husband and children if I were not first and foremost present with myself.
Just the opposite. In being present with myself I release myself to be present with them.
A wife and mother who is stressed out, ill and fatigued is wholly incapable of being present with anyone. Its just like I heard one celebrity once say, “I forgot to put myself on the list”. I felt every word of that 8-word sentence. And that omission has led me to where I am today.
In my 20’s I didn’t put my health on the list. I drank too much coffee, ate erratically and irregularly. I ate too much fast food and rarely any whole foods. I didn’t exercise, didn’t place a premium on sleep, and didn’t care for myself at all.
My flippant approach to health has caught up with me in my 40’s and now it’s almost like treading water to regain my health.
But I am determined and resolved that I will.
Last week I read a blog post that fit hand-in-glove with where I am at on my journey. Darlene at Time Warp Wife has offered a challenge called Project 365. What I love about this challenge is that there is no “failure”. If you mess up one day…..or week you can just pick it back up and continue on.
This is the very best challenge for a girl who has made a hobby of falling off the wagon.
Rather than giving myself 1 point a day for 365 days (or points), I have decided to give myself 1 point for each of my 4 areas so it will be 365×4.
1 point for exercise
Exercise. Who doesn’t struggle with this (besides people who just really love exercise)? But exercise increases endorphins and reduces stress, allowing the adrenals to function as they should. Exercise is essential for those who struggle with adrenal fatigue!
1 point for tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal
Adrenal Fatigue sufferers crave sugar and carbs. GUILTY! Tracking will keep me accountable and away from the foods that that do not contribute to healthy adrenal support.
1 point for……no caffeine
I am seriously crying here, folks. No, really. Its not even so much the caffeine (which I feel I need) as much as it is the lovely black coffee that I have every morning…and sometimes in the afternoon. I like tea well enough, but it’s not stout enough for my mornings. However, caffeine is the very worst thing you can have when you suffer with Adrenal Fatigue. It artificially raises your adrenaline, which wastes cortisol. So, as of today – no caffeine. Yes, I do have a large supply of Tylenol on hand!
1 point for taking my vitamins.
Vitamins. My love/hate relationship with vitamins. It would be so much easier if I could take just one tablet and be done with it. But no. I take 4: B complex, D, Omega 3, and one for adrenal support. Then I take horse feed. Yep. Its really healthy. And then I take a cocktail of 4 alka-seltzer tablets: Multi-vitamin, C, Magnesium and Calcium. It’s complicated, but necessary.
I already know I wont do this perfectly. I already know there will be days when I mess up. But it’s not a perfect record I’m after, its a path to good health – and the journey is as important as the destination!
Read more about how I’m learning to be present in 2015