Controlling Energy Levels
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Ever have one of those days when you just don't feel like doing anything? Yeah, me too, and today is one of those days.
I woke up this morning with absolutely no energy at all. Its gloomy and cold, and all I could think about was curling up under an afghan and reading a book. I should have been cleaning, looking for a job, and exercising, but I was playing around on the computer instead. The heck with my chores! Who needs a clean house, anyway? A job?!? I'd much rather win the lottery. Exercising? I missed yesterday so who cares if I miss today, too? I am certainly NOT going to walk outside today - its much too cold, and it would take so much effort to find the appropriate clothing, and I feel like you-know-what, so why bother? Then I started thinking about "grazing" through the snack cupboard, but decided to make a menu plan and track my nutrition for today instead. Well, when I finished figuring out all the healthy food I'm going to eat today, I started feeling guilty about not getting *some* kind of exercise, as well.
So, I quite literally dragged myself up to the third floor, telling myself I only had to do 30 minutes on the treadmill, then I could quit. I didn't even have to walk fast, just move a little bit.
A few minutes into my "workout", one of my feel-good songs came on the mp3 player, and I picked up the pace to walk with the beat of the music. Then, as I started to sweat a little, I also started feeling better. So I picked up the pace a little more. About half way through my session, I thought maybe I ought to get on the stationary bike for a few minutes in order to make up for missing yesterday's cardio. I ended up doing another 30 minutes! Then I remembered today is my day for strength training, so I went downstairs and immediately got started working my way through those exercises. By then I had worked up quite a sweat, so after stretching I sat and had another glass of water while I logged into SP and recorded my workout. But then the really interesting thing happened...I found I couldn't sit still! I got up, cleaned the kitchen, dusted and vacuumed the basement family room and office, and mopped the kitchen floor! Then I took a nice, hot shower, and am ready to fix myself some soup for lunch.
When you're feeling gloomy and cold like the weather, and sluggish and lazy, FORCE yourself to get up! Get moving and get your heart pumping! Not only will your mood lighten up with all the edorphins bouncing around in your head, but you'll discover you do have the energy to take care of things you may have been avoiding doing. Then you can spend the afternoon doing what you really want to do - I'll be reading - guilt-free!!
Hope you all take control of your own energy levels today!!