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I hate this time of year

It is so cold and my body is so stiff and my mind gets so stiff. It's dark and dreary and I get really closed up and depressed usually. I can't be outside as much, which I need.
I am a runner and I did a turkey trot 5k for Thanksgiving which made that day so much better. But this week I am having severe energy problems. I last ran Saturday. I need to talk to my nutritionist about these I think, but I'm more scared she will just say I'm not doing enough and where did all my progress go......
I saw her on Monday and we talked about how I need more of a certain nutrient earlier in the day. I actively tried to accomplish that that day, but it is kind of a fear food related thing, so I didn't succeed. Tuesday, I was going to try again, but I had to take my husband to the ER and that threw everything related to food off cycle. Wednesday I did good early in the day, but I started to feel so incredibly tired and irritable. Tired isn't even the right word, fatigue, lethargic, something like that. Just this intense feeling that I barely have the energy to lift my arm. So that makes it harder to accomplish any goal I set for myself. Yesterday I accomplished my goal of a whole exchange rather than half in the morning, it was sooooo hard. But I did it. Then at work the lethargy was still there and I ended up going to bed at like 8 last night. I want to try, in my head, but it's like my body is sabatoging me. I was trying to listen to it and rest on Sunday after a huge week of runs, but now I feel like that has something to do with my lack of energy.
I might get tested for anemia like my husband mentioned.
I also should have started my period Monday or Tuesday. I replaced my birth control so that doctor said it's normal to have a flow interruption, but to call them back if it doesn't come by Monday.
I have gotten in pretty good shape, I can run well, but I am on campus at the library and it took everything I had in me to walk here from my car. I work until 9 tonight and I don't know how I can do it.
This week I turned down a food because of the's been a while since I'd done that. I don't know what to do with myself, I don't know if this is in my head or my body or what.
I went to a support group meeting last night, but I didn't talk at all because I was super uncomfortable with another member being there. I know that is my issue to deal with, but it still prevented me from sharing anything...

Hey Elephant_heart. It sounds

Hey Elephant_heart. It sounds like you're really having a tough time of it. I feel for you.
I want to preface this by saying that I am not at all a health professional.

Have you heard of something called Seasonal Affective Disorder? Its a condition that has symptoms that include lethargy, irritability, and may even affect appetite. It happens to people during the fall and winter seasons of the year. Many people theorize that it is due to a lack of sunshine during those times; a literal light deficiency. This time of year may even effect levels of vitamin D which can also have health consequences. I got some blood work done recently and I was actually deficient in vitamin D because of my skin complexion and life style.

As for seasonal affective disorder there are different treatments including light therapy, which is spending time in front of a special light box. It sounds silly but some people find it useful. Talking to your doctor about the disorder may be useful, especially if this seems to be something that occurs yearly.

Well, those are my two cents. Just wanted to bring it up if you weren't aware of it before. And as I said before, I am in no way a health professional so take what I say with a grain. Cheers.

- Adage

Thanks, that sounds like

Thanks, that sounds like something definitely possible. I'll bring it up with the doctor I see on Friday possibly. Does it include itchy skin? Cause I also have that pretty bad. I just hate winter.
Light box sounds interesting, and preferable to iron pills...

I know having no appetite and not being able to eat is making me feel worse, but feeling bad makes me not able to eat well.
I'm scared to go back to my nutritionist.