fruit_vegetables2Sorry, I dropped off the grid for a while.  I stopped exercising, stopped writing my blog and started eating too many snacks.  I’m not sure what happened.  I couldn’t get motivated.  I would try exercising and would do good for a couple days.  Then I would be lazy again.

I tried to convince myself that I was too busy.  I was busy, but I could have found some time to exercise at least a little bit each day.  I just couldn’t find the motivation.  I started craving more and more snacks and unhealthy foods.  I know that I have a lot going on and I’ve taken on more things than I have time for.  As a result, I’m not getting as much sleep, so that could be affecting my motivation.  I also find that when I have a lot to do, I have a hard time choosing what to focus on and end up not getting anything done.

I recently started exercising again and after a week and a half of exercising I could see the difference in how I felt and how my clothes fit.  You would think that seeing results would help motivate me to continue to exercise.  Sometimes that doesn’t seem to be enough.

I just took a quiz recently that said I am a carboholic.  I have been eating and craving a lot of carbs lately, especially unhealthy carbs.  This could explain my low energy.  There are healthy carbs and unhealthy carbs.

Healthy carbs include: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, carrots, Swiss chard and salad greens.

Unhealthy carbs include:  breads, cereal, pasta, potatoes, crackers, rice, and sweets.

Unhealthy carbs don’t fill you up, so you tend to eat more.  The recommendation for my metabolic type (carboholic) is to replace some of the unhealthy carbs with healthy carbs.  This is supposed to make me less tired and crave fewer carbs.

Another metabolic quiz that I took said that I have a mixed metabolic type (I crave both sweet and salty foods), which means I should eat equal parts of protein, fats and good carbs.  I haven’t been eating as much protein lately, so this also makes sense that I have been low on energy.

A third quiz that I took said that I burn protein and fats better than carbs and 50%  of my meals should be protein, 30% carbs and only 20% good carbs.

Well, the main thing I learned from these quizzes is that I need to increase my protein intake and replace the unhealthy carbs with healthier carbs.   This shows that what you are eating can affect your energy, motivation, and activity level.

It’s time to get back on track.  Many people make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and get back in shape.  Did you know May is National Recommitment Month in the U.S.?  Let’s make a new commitment to get in shape.  We may get off track and even give up sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start again.

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