Now that I’ve laid out my goals in my Becoming My Own Client posts it’s time to put things into action. I am purposely going to skip over, Goal #1: Lose Weight. I’d like to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight by October 2013, because my action step to make this happen is to focus on working on goals 2-7. As you will come to see that all of my goals overlap with one or more other goals, to be successful I must find balance in all aspects of my life.
Goal #2: Increase my Energy.
power – vigour – vigor – vim – zip – strength – pep
Action steps to increase my energy:
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine can cause dehydration and the rise and fall of blood sugar which can cause mood swings and cravings. I don’t have a lot of caffeine, most days just one cup of coffee but more and more I am finding myself having a second cup of coffee to “make it through the day”. That being said my goal is to replace that second cup of coffee with a glass of water or herbal tea.
- Drink water. If there is one thing that most people don’t do enough of it’s drink enough water. Most Americans are in a constant state of dehydration which can have a number of negative effects including cravings.
- Eat dark leafy green vegetables. Greens a filled with vitamins and nutrients that make you feel refreshed and energetic. They help improve circulation, purify the blood and strengthen the immune system. I love greens but for some reason I don’t eat enough. My goal is to eat dark leafy greens, such as broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula and dandelion greens, 5 days per week.
- Use gentle sweets. I am going to avoid processed sugars and use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, dates, and coconut sugar. Also I am going to increase the number of sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots and beets, that I eat to help reduce cravings for sweets.
- Get physical activity. Simple activities, like walking or yoga, can help increase energy by doing as little as 10 minutes per day. I have increased the frequency of my workouts but now I want to do more yoga and increase intensity.
- Get more sleep and rest and relaxation. A tired and stressed body craves energy and often we turn to food for energy instead of what we really need- a nap. Lately I have been staying up later at night once E goes to sleep but really I need to go to bed earlier so I get more rest.
- Take time for myself. Finding activities that restore your energy, such as a walk, a bath, a museum, or a movie helps to increase energy. I haven’t been taking nearly enough time for me so my goal is to take 30 minutes per day to do something just for me.
How do you increase your energy?