Striving for a ‘corpore sano’

Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin phrase that means "a sound mind in a healthy body." In everyday conversation, that phrase is often reduced to, "Healthy mind, healthy body." The meaning is that there is a two-way connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body. Reducing stress, anxiety and worry helps your body function better and a healthy diet and exercise help your mind function better. In the last year or two, I've found myself really, really tired -- the kind of tired where you could get 10 hours of sleep and beg for 10 more when the alarm clock chirps; the kind of tired where there just is not enough coffee in the world to get through the day; the kind of tired where people mistake you for being ill or hungover but, really, you're just tired. It all crept on so slowly that I didn't notice at first that anything was amiss. I went from being a really active person -- playing on sports teams and exercising daily -- to barely exercising at all. I started gaining weight in a way I never had before and I couldn't lose it. I felt like I had the flu, or was getting the flu, quite often. I told myself I was under a lot of stress, or not sleeping well, or just getting older. I told myself that I'd go to the gym tomorrow and get back into a good routine. But then it got to the point that the fatigue, the headaches, and the grogginess could not be explained anymore. I had to dig deep, really deep, just to get through my day. Energy for work was about all that I had and I felt sick all of the time. I knew something was off.