Saturday, February 14

Habit Changing Time

A few weeks ago a friend sent me a list of things - kinda like a list of how tos for daily life. Ironically the title was Recipe something or other. The one thing that has stuck with me above the others was this: Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince & dinner like a college kid who's maxed out all his credit cards.

I really think that turning my points upside down would be in my best interest. I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost daily, a medium sized lunch and low point snacks. As large as I am now I have a wealth of points and this leaves me at the end of each day with more points than I need and far be it for me not to use them up. I don't know that its good to eat higher points foods just to use up the points or eat so much more of good for you lower points foods. I think I will start to concentrate on consuming more of my points early in the day and later conquer the morning workout.

There was a time in my life when I worked 24hr shifts on an ambulance and my shift didn't start until 9am. I was working out more then and on my shift days I woke up, put my hair in a ponytail, brushed my teeth and headed straight for the gym. I showered and got ready for work after my workouts and it was time in my life I remember as feeling the best I ever have. I was full of energy and my spirits were high. I want that feeling back. Even with the changes I have made thus far this year I find myself sluggish and tired more than I think I should be. Perhaps there are more changes I need to be making that are still escaping my radar but I dont know how to make myself think of them or realize them. For that I turn to my fellow weight loss bloggers and other friends in the midst of similiar lifetime changes.

Anyone have any suggestions of increasing energy in a natural way?


Lucrecia said...

go to bed earlier? ;-) J got me a bottle of 5 hour Energy for V-day, not sure WHAT he wanted me to have so much energy for but good grief it worked! Not the right answer of course. Back in your ambulance days you didn't have children or quite the stressful job you do now. Perhaps you need to find a good way to unwind your mind so the sleep you do get is more rejuvinating.

Di said...

I'm with your friend that gave you the 'Recipe'. I also do the oatmeal and a banana for breakfast. Load up on fiber. Eat on smaller plates and no seconds, hard to do sometimes, but remember that portion control is huge. I even moved my plates around in the cabinet.

Annalisa201 said...

Take a bath and read a boring book (one that doesn't make you stay up forever because it's so good you can't put it down)... If I can't sleep, that trick always works... then again, nowadays I don't have that problem. I am working so hard during the days, that I'm exhausted by 7-8pm, but I'm keeping up the pace all day long without any complaints... Anyway, sleep is probably my best advice for energy levels.

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