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Feckinlego Sat 25-Jun-16 13:25:39

I'm fed up with my lack of motivation and energy to do anything. I'd love to be one of those people with loads of energy and always on the go. So to all you Duracell bunnies out there, tell me how you do it. Do you exercise and how much? What's your diet like? What makes the biggest difference to your energy levels? Tia smile

branofthemist Sat 25-Jun-16 13:40:54

I used to be really unmotivated. Then I got fed up of myself I changed. I took up a sport I had always liked. Then starting running to improve my performance in the sport.

I find the more I do, the more I want to do. It's easy to get stuck in a cycle of 'can't be bothered' .

My diet just followed again to try an improve my performance.

emilybrontescorset Sat 25-Jun-16 13:48:10

One of the motivators for me is that I have made good friends from my gym classes. So even when I go alone, I can instantly strike up a conversation with other members and the class becomes more enjoyable.

Not all gyms are like this though. I suppose it's a case of trial and error.

I also have friends and family who enjoy walking. I don't like walking alone so this really helps.

BabyHu1331 Sat 25-Jun-16 13:49:54

I'm often told I get a lot done but I don't think I have more energy. What I have done is focus. I've cut out a load of stuff from my life and focus on my family and business. One day I hope to get some time for other interests but for now by drastically cutting back I have more energy for the things that matter.

cluecu Sat 25-Jun-16 13:52:00

I do some form of exercise around 5 days a week whether it be the gym or running. I don't spend hours and hours doing so but i do make sure it's high intensity so that i feel raised heartbeat etc.

Also eat quite a high protein diet with fruit and veg in addition however i also eat what i fancy. Weight is less important than health to me although if clothes feel tight i will pay more attention to calories. I'm lucky in that i don't have a sweet tooth but then i love crisps and cheese etc and i restrict these.

I do love a drink but try and stick to vodka soda unless i really fancy beer or wine.

All in all i generally sleep well and feel energised during the day unless I'm hungover of course.

Regular exercise has made a massive difference to my energy levels. If I'm pushed for time then even a 15 min fast run or an uphill run or jog is better than nothing smile

GetAHaircutCarl Sat 25-Jun-16 13:53:18

I'm not particularly energetic in that I run around a lot, but people regularly comment on how much I get done/achieve.

I have a very positive outlook and am very ambitious. I work out what I want and then make plans to move towards it.

I constantly reassess if the plans are working and also if I have changed my mind about what I want.

With regards to diet, I eat well, but don't exclude any food or diet etc.

I have proper meals but also extra stuff including junk.

I drink alcohol often.

I walk my dogs everyday, sometimes twice. The fresh air is good. I don't use a gym or anything.

I go to bed early, usually between 10 and 10.30pm. I get up early.

cluecu Sat 25-Jun-16 13:55:36

Ps i did dry january which really made a difference but that's not realistic for me all year round. grin I do try not to drink monday - thursday though which helps with the sleeping and stops me snacking and also makes me more likely to exercise.

I could defo lose a stone in an ideal world but I'm happy with my health and fitness as i am.

FitbitAddict Sat 25-Jun-16 13:56:49

Despite being an expert in procrastination, I am useless at doing nothing. In a typical week I work full time (from 7.45 until at least 5pm, 5 days a week), run 3 miles or more 3-4 times, work on my MA dissertation for up to 12 hours, chat to my mum on the phone for an hour, have an evening out with DH, do all the laundry and ironing for the three of us, read a few magazines, do some puzzles, watch tv, general household stuff eg dishwasher etc, make DD's dinner, then different meals each for DH and I about 4-5 times a week. I'm an expert at multitasking though, so I listen to audiobooks while I run, iron/read/solve puzzles while I watch tv etc. I don't like sitting still.

I do eat healthily apart from the chocolate bar I've just scoffed but making three different meals takes up time.

cluecu Sat 25-Jun-16 13:59:46

Oh and vitamin d3 tablets also

NameChanger22 Sat 25-Jun-16 14:04:33

I have quite a lot of energy and I don't sleep much (about 5 hours a night). I eat fairly healthy. I'm a vegetarian and I eat lots of vegetables but I also eat too many treats. I exercise every day, I don't have a car so I cycle and walk everywhere. I enjoy exercise.

I have some hobbies which I really love and I would happily spend every day doing. I don't like my job that much. I'm a fairly positive and optimistic person but I have moments when I'm not. I like my life most of the time, but I can see plenty of room for improvement. I have one child and I'm single. I think I've calmed down a bit and become more thoughtful now I'm mid 40s but I'm still on the go all the time.

NameChanger22 Sat 25-Jun-16 14:05:15

I don't drink or smoke - forgot to say.

Feckinlego Sat 25-Jun-16 14:14:20

Hmm, very interesting. Thank you all. So basically just get up and go it? Think I'm fooling myself that my diet is healthy, but thinking about it I don't think it is blush. I've started walking and doing a bit of cardio at home and surprisingly I'm enjoying it. But today, having done 30 mins exercise this morning, have achieved nothing else. Just plain old laziness I think!

WipsGlitter Sat 25-Jun-16 14:38:01


ButtonLoon Sat 25-Jun-16 14:54:12

I try to get a full night's sleep, then I can keep going at doing stuff!

HairyMoose Sat 25-Jun-16 14:55:18

I have ADHD need I say more 😂😂😂

FitbitAddict Sat 25-Jun-16 15:39:50

namechanger another non-drinking, non-smoking vegetarian here - so maybe that's the secret!

FreakinScaryCaaw Sat 25-Jun-16 15:48:25

Putting on music keeps me going. I'm not naturally energetic. Dh is.

Feckinlego Sat 25-Jun-16 18:22:17

Afraid I'm a meat and alcohol lover. I'm doomed grin

NameChanger22 Sat 25-Jun-16 19:57:27

Hi FitbitAddict. Nice to meet you. I think eating lots of vegetables is key to having lots of energy.

maninawomansworld01 Sun 26-Jun-16 00:29:22

I am pretty energetic and my routine is a bit like this:

Sleep about 6-7 hours a night, get up approx. 5am.

Work on farm until 8ish (usually pretty physical work unless its harvest time and all I'm doing is driving machinery - but then it's 20 hour days).

Back to house, brekkie (sometimes Weetabix and fruit, sometimes cooked), take kids to school 5 mins down the road.

Back to work until 6-7ish, usually

Home for dinner , usually home cooked.

Either have the evening off on which case I might run to clear my head or read a book (depending how tired I am). Sometimes back to work for an hour or two depending on the time of year.

I should be knackered all the time but I believe what keeps me going is partly a good diet - lots of protein rich meat, plenty of fresh fruit and veg, the right kind of carbs to keep me working. I almost never eat processed food or ready meals, pretty much everything is made with fresh ingredients.
I don't smoke, don't drink much unless it's a special occasion.

The biggest one for me though is lots of leisure time. Even when life is busy I protect my 'me time' fiercely. Sometimes it can seem to others as if I'm just being a selfish bastard buggering off shooting / biking / playing rugby when I really shouldn't be. When we had the DC's I did drastically cut back on my leisure time and try and pitch in more with them but I just got run down and ill.

I can't overstate the importance (in my experience) of taking some regular time for yourself and SOD EVERYONE ELSE.... Seems harsh but ask yourself 'what would happen if I were in bed for a week ill?' the world would not stop turning, no one would die, so you can take a couple of hours to go swimming or to the gym or just out for a coffee with some friends. It'll do you good.

blueshoes Sun 26-Jun-16 00:57:59

A ft job I enjoy, together with family and domestic responsibilities, means I have barely a moment to spare. It feels great because I get to choose to do this.

dudsville Sun 26-Jun-16 07:55:16

To some extent doing something helps you get motivation for doing more, so it's worth just starting doing stuff. I will say though that while my oh and I are both active, he is a lot more so than me and I think that part is genetic or systemic looking at the families we come from. Get interested in stuff and get going doing more of what you love!

srslylikeomg Sun 26-Jun-16 08:04:20

Who cooks those meals maninawomansworld?

Girlgonewild Sun 26-Jun-16 09:04:34

People say they don't understand how I do so much. I go to bed at 10. So I get a lot of sleep. I am very ambitious and have plans and schemes - like someone else said above. I tend to eat mostly paleo because I like the food! I drink water. I don't like the taste of alcohol. I don't do a lot of formal exercise but always seem to be lifting heavy boxes and rocks at home/garden, wielding the garden tools etc etc so I suspect that is general movement in every day life. Sometimes I do bikram yoga but don't always want to make time for it.

pearlylum Sun 26-Jun-16 09:18:35

Plenty exercise.
I run 10 miles a week and do 4 gym classes. I have loads of energy. I am 54.
lifting heavy boxes and rocks at home/garden, wielding the garden tools
My work involves a lot of heavy lifting and I am a keen gardener but that isn't enough physical activity for me.

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