As you all know I am TRYING! Trying so hard to be a better person when it comes to caring for my body and more so for my future. It is a trial and an internal battle day in and day out. I am thankful that diet and nutrition has more of an immediate affect than your activity. I love cooking, and eating, and fresh ingredients! Getting in the kitchen and figuring out how to do ‘it’ all in a way that considers nutrition has become very fun for me.
The problem I have is finding energy to work out. I was doing well with the New Year work-outs. I am squatting with weights on the bar! I am dead-lifting more and more each week. BUT THEN– like the rest of the world and their failed resolutions– I took two weeks off! UGH, its like walking backwards. But… I was SO tired. I could not figure out why. I was EXHAUSTED after work each day. With daily chores, a hyper dog, and dinner to prepare and then clean – the idea of working out was actually infuriating me.
After assessing what had changed in those two weeks, I realized I was having a mid day crash. No, more like a mid-day NOSE DIVE. My sugar and caffeine intake was out of whack. Here is why … my beloved Nutribullet. I had been enjoying it so much, that I decided I would replace my normal morning breakfast with a delicious fruit and veggie smoothie! It was yummy, fun, and gave me huge amounts of energy to start my day. The only problem was that a couple of hours after-I was DEAD. So to combat my exhaustion I would add more and more coffee. Soon I became sleepy, but agitated. To top it off- I could not even sleep at night because of the caffeine charging through my body. It was a cycle and it was taking over my life!
So my focus is to consider all of this, make a change, and get back to getting stronger.
This week I am trying to ween off of 3-5 cups of coffee a day. Here is my new routine:
- 8:00 am: I start the day with one Cup-o-Joe (I cannot and will not give it up entirely, it is a ritual that I look forward to).
- 8:30 am: a PROTEIN PACKED breakfast (any variation of an egg, meat, and greens casserole).
- 12:00 pm: a light and healthy lunch.
- 2:00 pm: I will have one green tea to help me focus at the dip hours.
- 4:00 pm: When I get home I will have my happy healthy juicy smoothy. This way I have that jolt of energy to awaken my interest in a work out, and a full belly to hold me out for a later dinner.
So far – SO GOOD! I feel like a different person. I am relaxed and happier each day, and each evening. I am back to the basement with Michael. I feel happy to be back at it (which I will not admit to him). I am hoping to get a few yoga classes in again in the next couple of weeks.
If you struggle with energy through out the day- consider your diet, especially your caffeine and sugar intake. When you do go for a pick-me-up consider natural sugars or a lessor amount of caffeine. Be conscious of when you are storing up on sugars.
I am loving my nutri-bullet even more now that it is not only allowing me a few added servings of fruits and veggies each day, but also helping me get through the day with ease and ENERGY.
I am gradually working toward a 1:1 veggie to fruits ratio. I add as many super foods as possible (seeds, avocados, etc). Here are just a few of my most recent concoctions:
Do you have a smoothie or juice recipe that I must try? Let me know, I am having a blast with these!