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    I'm eating right, I've made massive strength and speed gains, and when I'm on, I'm ON. Only now it's late October and I'm tiiiiiiired. Like, I can hardly seem to do anything professionally on days that I'm doing things athletically anymore (where that used to focus my attention) because I'm so drowsy and unmotivated. WHY? lack of sun, lack of vegetables (been a bit slack wrt lots of greens and pro-egg recently), lack of... what? and don't say rest. I rest when I get a hangover, dammit!

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    I have the same issue. For me, it was more rest. I slept 14 hours last night but I feel a LOT better today. It was driving me nuts for the last 3 or 4 days. I was dragging ass and couldn't figure it out. Winter sucks. Sucks big balls.
    People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.

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    • #3
      Vitamin D might work wonders.

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      • #4
        Also, just because you don't want to hear that you need to rest, doesn't mean that isn't the problem. If you haven't been sleeping enough you could be burning out or getting adrenal fatigue. Sleep is a good thing...
        Today I will: Eat food, not poison. Plan for success, not settle for failure. Live my real life, not a virtual one. Move and grow, not sit and die.

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        • #5
          Given the areas listed in your profile, you are probably not getting enough sun. I always supplement on rainy days now, and daily anyway, and it definitely helps with my mood, but getting regular sleep (at least 8 hours every night) is the only thing that TRULY keeps my ass from dragging come this time of year.
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          • #6
            bahaaha, yes my geography is definitely a pain in the bum sometimes... as for rest & sun, guess i should look up a good D supplement!

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            • #7
              Your body uses more energy in colder weather to stay warm. At least that is what they taught us in the military. Which is why our winter MREs have about twice as much as the normal ones...

              You are tired because you don't have as much energy. You don't have as much energy because it is cold. Simple.

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              • #8
                I would definitely say make sure your sleep is good. Lack of motivation and energy and dreading going to the gym are potential signs of overtraining. You have to rest as hard as you train, so schedule in a week when you drop the volume and intensity so your body can recover and adapt. Another point would be make sure you are eating enough carbs to fuel your sessions and recover.
                "My mom made two dishes: Take it or Leave it." -- Stephen Wright, comedian

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                • #9
                  well, let me clarify - i don't feel like i'm overtrained because i'm not experiencing major doms or muscle fatigue (if anything, my body feels great) and working out is about the ONLY thing i feel happy to step up and blast into. and i'm definitely not feeling like i'm holding back or missing out or slowing down or anything. but when i'm not working out, i'm like a friggin ADD child. very hard to focus on anything that is NOT athletically-centered.

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                  • #10
                    Have you tried light therapy? My doctor recommended it to me, and while I initially thought it was hoodoo-voodoo, it actually seems to be helping. I feel more alert during the day, and sleep better at night.

                    I just flick on my therapy light for an hour in the mornings while I'm checking my emails. And, of course, getting outside in the sunshine (when it's available) is even better.

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                    • #11
                      two questions. how much was the therapy light, and if i start taking a multivitamine + a calcium/D vitamin, how long do i wait before deciding the have/haven't worked?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bananabonobo View Post
                        I'm eating right, I've made massive strength and speed gains, and when I'm on, I'm ON. Only now it's late October and I'm tiiiiiiired. Like, I can hardly seem to do anything professionally on days that I'm doing things athletically anymore (where that used to focus my attention) because I'm so drowsy and unmotivated. WHY? lack of sun, lack of vegetables (been a bit slack wrt lots of greens and pro-egg recently), lack of... what? and don't say rest. I rest when I get a hangover, dammit!
                        1) Most folks need 10,000 IU Daily of Vitamin D3 oil based geltabs. Get the ones with olive oil ( Not Soy Oil ) . Then after 3 months get your blood tested and adjust dosage up or down to get 70 to 80 ng/ml . Adjust by 1,000 IU to get a change of 10 ng/ml.
                        At home blood test $65 or nearby Lab Corp test $50 see details below the line.

                        2) To boost energy levels, eat coconut oil with your meals. 1 Tablespoon or more with each meal. I mix it into my coffee or tea, instant energy goes directly to muscles. You might prefer Coconut Manna or MCT Oil.
                        Article 10612-Coconut Oil and Medium-Chain Triglicerides

                        3) A high protein breakfast is recommended for max energy. Never skip breakfast & never snack between meals -

                        Grizz

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                        • #13
                          Full-spectrum light therapy actually has quite a bit of evidence behind it. I replaced the bulbs in my living/bedroom (it's a studio) with full spectrum CFLs (only about $9 each at the hardware store) and have had a small but clear improvement in my mood. A light box would probably be more effective but the cost is prohibitive at the moment. (they start above $100 versus replacing two light-bulbs)

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                          • #14
                            Vit D3 for sure. It takes about 3 weeks for your neuro-pathways to readjust to wintertime. Same thing happens to me in early Oct, and by week 3 I came good. I'm on summer-time so got my Vit D through the sun.

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                            • #15
                              I was thinking about getting one of those light therapy alarm clocks; does anyone have any experience or recommendations in this area?

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