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How do I change my habits to match my energy level?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Since starting Paleo about a month ago, I have a TON of energy I've never had before. A typical summer day used to consist of a few errands in the morning, lots of TV or reading, a nap in the afternoon and a grumpy disposition by evening. Now I have energy to do a lot more and little desire to take a nap. My problem is that it's like my brain's desire to DO something hasn't caught up with my body's need to move, so I'm still sitting around not doing much. I can think of a lot of things I could/should do (like clean, go for a walk, play outside with my daughter) but I can't get out of the habit of sitting around.

Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions?

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on July 05, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Haha! Biff, my old gym has "embrace the suck" written on one of the walls. I have adopted it as a motto; at least when I crossfit :o)

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on June 28, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Ah thanks. I love that "An object in motion stays in motion" I'll have to use that someday.

A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on June 28, 2011
at 11:44 PM

At that point it's kind of about personal accountability and you need to either make it a priority, make it fun or just face the suck.

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on June 26, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Sara, I've wondered that too. Before, I would just eat a bunch of crap and go to sleep, but now I have to deal with stuff. I have a feeling the next month or so may be very interesting. And thanks, Meredith!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 25, 2011
at 11:31 PM

And here I thought I was jittery with anxiety. Maybe I should get up...

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 25, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Hard to get the motivation to clean out the garage. It doesn't need to be done right this minute, so why do it? Procrastination at it's best (worst?)

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 25, 2011
at 11:29 PM

I'm like this too. I figured it was depression.

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on June 25, 2011
at 11:09 PM

"sit there, bored, yet jittery with energy"...you described it perfectly! I'm glad it's not just me.

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on June 25, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I am upvoting you for that funny tag.

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on June 25, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I agree with Biff. Momentum. An object in motion stays in motion and all.

A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on June 28, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Ah thanks. I love that "An object in motion stays in motion" I'll have to use that someday.

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C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on June 25, 2011
at 10:54 PM

I feel the same way! Especially when I get stressed out. Its so easy to just fall into old habits. Its not like I lack for things to do, just the desire to do them. I recently just started telling myself to get up and do it just so I am moving. Its crazy to sit there, bored, yet jittery with energy. I can't say that the 'object in motion...' thing works for me, but I will get up and move for a bit, sit and check the computer, then get up and do something else.

Good luck to you and congrats on making the switch. After a month of about 90%, I'm convinced for life this is the way to do it. Never felt better!

Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on June 25, 2011
at 11:09 PM

"sit there, bored, yet jittery with energy"...you described it perfectly! I'm glad it's not just me.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 25, 2011
at 11:31 PM

And here I thought I was jittery with anxiety. Maybe I should get up...

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3cc6c371d2482e98d1f4e69329399493

on October 13, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I like to make lists (my wife found out about this, and now she makes them for me. Dammit.) Anyway, if I write down things that need to be done the night before, then when I have time the next day, I can pick out the things from the list that sound doable. I can tailor my choices to match my energy level and/or proclivity for the day: like if its nice, I'll pick the outdoor jobs. If there's a soccer game on, I'll install the curtains in the TV room. If I just want to impress people with how many things I've done, I'll choose all the 5 minute jobs like cleaning the toilet and taking out the recycling.

Having that list in front of me focuses my mind and gets me going in a way that non-written things don't. Also, I like crossing things off of lists. With this method, I ALWAYS do at least one thing, and usually I do the whole list.

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A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on June 25, 2011
at 10:05 PM

You just gotta move. I started taking CrossFit because i was interested in it. Once i started i felt so good i wanted to do it again and again. Now i hate it when i can't do a workout. The only thing i can say is start somewhere, maybe with something you have to do, like clean the garage or wash the car. Then hopefully that momentum will keep you going. Also, enlist a family member of friend to go on a hike or bike ride with . . having someone there to go with you makes it harder to lay on the couch in front of the boob toob.

Glad to hear it's working well for you! Grok on!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 25, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Hard to get the motivation to clean out the garage. It doesn't need to be done right this minute, so why do it? Procrastination at it's best (worst?)

A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on June 28, 2011
at 11:44 PM

At that point it's kind of about personal accountability and you need to either make it a priority, make it fun or just face the suck.

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on July 05, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Haha! Biff, my old gym has "embrace the suck" written on one of the walls. I have adopted it as a motto; at least when I crossfit :o)

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