I’ve been preparing to move and moving over the course of the last few weeks in separate phases: the heavy stuff only phase; the paint everything in the old house phase; the move everything into storage phase; the hotel phase; and now the move in with friends phase. Which, I might add, is not the last phase–that will be moving into our new home in a month or more. (Yes, we have friends who love us enough and are just that awesome to let me, my husband, and our 2 dogs infiltrate their home for over a month until we have a home of our own again.) Now, I myself did not have to participate in much of what I felt was “heavy lifting”. Just lots and lots and lots of long drawn out activity, and lots and lots and lots of long drawn out stress, albeit stress I didn’t realize I was under because I was keeping it together really well. Some recent lab work I had done to see how well my lab-based nutrition program is going revealed that my adrenals are shot. Whoops. More supplementation and quality sleep is in order! No surprise, as some days I’ve been flat-out exhausted “for no reason”. Likewise, a girlfriend of mine just had surgery last Monday. She’s a fidgety, hands-on, business owner who is ready to get back at it. Frustratingly, a few loads of laundry or an excursion out of the house plum tucker her out. She’s been finding that she’s relegated to the “old fart carts” in order to get around Home Depot or Costco without having to take a 2+ hour nap afterward. Both of our experiences reminded me of a post I did about physical exhaustion and the mind’s role in it–specifically the “central governor” theory regarding the central nervous system’s (CNS) duty to conduct and control the symphony of physiological processes occurring within us, all at once. Whether an elite athlete or a regular Josephine, the concepts presented in that post present possible explanations for why we can rock a Jodiojo “stick of butter” style workout one day, yet physically collapse after some significant dental work the next…for which we sat in a chair the whole time. To learn more –> click here.