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Feeling oh so crappy

14 Jul

Things haven’t been so good for me lately. I feel as though I am spiralling down once again into a depression. Not the best place to be. Nothing seems to be right or good enough. My self-talk has been so negative lately….I treat my enemies better! When I see myself in the mirror or look down at my body, I am so disgusted with myself. My energy is really low, it takes a lot for me to smile and I am having more bad days than good. I think a lot of it has to do with my self-esteem and my self-confidence. It is definitely different than my post-partum depression. These are feelings you are supposed to deal with in your 20’s not your 30’s! Pathetic I tell you! I need a major intervention or else I will reach the point where only medication will help. And I don’t want to go there again. I have few a ideas how to stop it and think I need to set myself some goals.

Now that my eating habits are under control and I feel in control at home, perhaps it is time to incorporate a little bit of physical activity. Exercise helps in a multitude if ways!
1) exercise helps to lift your mood because it releases endorphins.
2) exercise increases your energy level.
3) exercise makes the body fit!

In the past, I have setup up unrealistic goals and piled way too much on my plate. What happens? I get completely discouraged because it’s just too much! I am NOT making that mistake again! No way! Only baby steps from now on. I think setting a goal of 4x/ week sounds reasonable. But I need to look realistically at my schedule and make sure it’s doable.

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Action Plans continued….

2 Jun

A few posts ago, I began writing about “fixing what’s not working”. Here’s the breakdown of what is (was) not working.

1) I am late for work 2 out of 5 days

2) Our house is always messy

3) I have been lacking motivation to exercise

4) I am not as organized as I would like to be

I only wrote up 2 of my action plans. In general ACTION PLANS I & II have been working successfully. I have NOT been late once since changing my morning routine and our house is looking pretty good. We never did hire that cleaning lady (hubby was not into the idea), but we are definitely working more as a team to keep our house tidy. I think a clean house is a work in progress and I just have to accept the fact that my house will not look perfect, especially with 2 working parents and a messy toddler!

It’s time to now tackle the next 2 issues; lacking motivation to exercise and lacking organization.

ACTION PLAN III

I call this issue “lacking motivation” and not “lacking time” to exercise because if someone is truly motivated, they will find the time. And right now, I am in serious need of motivation! A few strategies to find motivation to exercise and be healthy are:

1)     Define your goals

2)     Find a role model

3)     Read blogs & success stories

4)     Give yourself a reward for workouts

5)     Think of it as time for yourself

6)     Think of how you are going to look & feel

GOALS

So, I have defined my goals. If you haven’t read them yet, here they are

ROLE MODEL

I have a few….there’s a picture of a chick that I have on my cell phone and desktop at work. There’s also tons of amazing women that blog!  I follow some of them on a regular basis.  See my blogroll!  (That takes care of point 3). I read them morning, noon and night hoping that it will inspire me. Speaking of inspiration, there was also that woman at the grocery store.

REWARD

Is it too soon for a reward? The answer is, yes, you actually have to get off your butt to EARN IT! Ok, reward is to get my nails done. Actually, I have set this as a reward awhile ago…but I never followed through long enough to earn itL. So, on second thought, maybe this isn’t a motivator after all?

TIME FOR MYSELF

As a working mom, this is totally true. From the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed, I am busy, busy, and busy. When I get a workout in, I get to focus all of my attention on ME! It is time for self-improvement, time to meditate and time to think about no one but me!

THE LOOK AND FEEL OF A FIT BODY

I don’t think I can say that I have truly ever had a fit body. The closest I think I ever came to it was 2 years ago when I was running regularly. I have to admit, I felt really good, I looked good and I wasn’t self-conscious about my body.  (Not that I am now….but I have been in the past!)

I fantasize about how it would feel to know that you can run 5 kilometers on a whim, that you have enough energy to get you through the day and then some and how it would feel to have a body that you are proud of. I never wanted to be an athlete or have the body of an athlete, but I changed my mind. I WANT IT. The question is, do I want it enough to work for it?

feeling oh so good!

29 Mar

Last night I had an amazing workout! I did a full body weight session…and I managed to increase my weight on most exercises! Very proud of myself, and I have a feeling I will be paying for it soon. I am already beginning to feel sore. Like the saying goes, “no pain, no gain”.

This morning I am full of energy! I think the increased amount of protein in my diet is beginning to take effect. Last night for dinner I made a quiche with eggs and cottage cheese for extra protein. My son, who doesn’t like eggs, even ate it! We paired it with a salad. After my workout I had my usual protein shake with phytoberry anti-oxidant mix.

I have definitely noticed a difference in my energy level. I am also beginning to feel strong! Working out feels so good!

running with heels

25 Mar

This morning I did not get up early to do my workout but I did get the chance to run across a soccer field in heels! There I was, running to catch my train wearing heels and a high waisted skirt. What a lovely sight!

Good morning! I have been feeling great the past couple of days. Full of energy and inspiration! I have quite a bit of news today….so here it goes.

  1. Yesterday I came to the conclusion that I am seriously lacking protein in my diet and that is probably the cause of my fatigue and weight gain over the past few months. Vegetarianism is just not for me. I can certainly enjoy some great vegetarian meals (shiitake mushroom, bok choy and tofu stir fry on udon noodles!), but I cannot be vegetarian full-time.  I have been feeling very tired, hungry, moody and constipated.
  2. I need more protein and possibly iron. I visited a pharmacy close to my work during my lunch break yesterday and I spoke to a naturopath. She informed that a lack of iron (as well as too much iron)  can cause constipation and fatigue. Eating a vegetarian diet, I am eating mostly non-heme iron. Non-heme iron is more difficult to absorb than heme iron (from animal sources), there for you need to consume much more of it to insure you absorb what you need.  To cure the constipation and sluggish bowels, she recommended an herbal tea call Eliminex. It contains Senna which is a natural laxative. Also, I am to consume 1 Tbl. of flax seeds (not ground) in warm water every night. You are to combine the warm water with the flax seeds, and let sit until they are slightly gelatinous.  This should improve my bowel movements.  Afterwards, I should consider adding a probiotic to my regime to ensure proper bowel health. I will probably go back to see her next week.
  3. As for the iron issue and protein issue, I plan to re-introduce meat to my diet. Last night for dinner, we had some roasted chicken! I ate meat after a 3 month hiatus. It was tasty. Today for lunch, I have a chicken salad. I also added a scoop of protein to my oatmeal yesterday morning and this morning. It seems to keep my full for longer and I already notice an improvement in my overall energy!
  4. I discovered some really interesting blogs to read to provide inspiration! There’s Janetha’s blog meals and moves. She publishes a lot of information on food and exercise. She talks a lot about how she eats and what proportions of protein/carbs and fats she consumes. I  enjoy reading her blog! Next, there is Susan and the great balancing act. I like her because she seems quite honest about her life. She is on a quest of self-improvement.  She is learning the balance all aspects of her life. This is also something I am trying to achieve.  She is also Canadian,  like me! And there is Kelly, she is a runner. I really enjoy running and that is my chosen cardio workout. I also love the title of her blog; healthy living with Kelly.

So there you have it!

what energy!

8 Feb

I have had such incredible energy all weekend! It feels wonderful. I was pretty much 100% vegan all weekend, although I did eat my best friend’s apple crisp which contained butter. She made a wonderful effort in making a vegan dinner by preparing a chickpea curry for me, and a chickpea & chicken curry for herself and my husband. I also enjoyed my mother’s sweet potato casserole on friday evening. It was her attempt to support my veganism. How sweet! Due to my new found energy, I spent the weekend cleaning the house top to bottom. It was lots of fun! No, seriously, I really enjoy cleaning.

I am getting used to eating vegan/vegetarian…so I am beginning to ask myself, “what’s the next step?” Since I have all this energy, I am thinking of incorporating yoga or pilates into my routine. I’d love to jog outside, but it’s so cold. I think it will feel nice to move again.