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Posted: 03 Jan 2012, 15:33
Today will be Day one of working out, back to the regular work schedule and time to get in shape.

Any advice or tips to get me this motivated by 5pm? I'm usually pumped to work out when i'm at work, but as soon as the clock strikes 5pm all i wanna do is go home and veg out. I heard that 5 hour energy drink can help with that, but i get very sick and jittery from energy drinks and caffeine.

I'm looking for maybe some diet and food tips that will help me stay light on my feet throughout the day and still have energy for after work. Now that it gets dark by the time i clock out makes me just want to cuddle up in bed.

any tips and advice are gladly welcomed.

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:52
Bring your work out clothes to work and change into them before you leave for the day...This will help you get into the mind set that you are about to go work out( you are already dressed so you might as well go) ....I have had great success with the 5 hour energy shot it does not give me the shakes and there is no crash towards the end... like all the other energy drinks I have tried...Hope this helps!!

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 12:10
Hi Marybell! Having energy to go to the gym after work can be really hard. I was in the same boat as you are! It takes a lot of willpower to change the habit of going home and relaxing rather than going to the gym/exercising. Up until a couple of months ago, I always told myself that I was too tired and would just "go to the gym tomorrow", which I never ended up doing.

I like waterofchange's idea of bringing gym clothes to work, that's exactly how I got my start. Do you have a gym membership? I began with low-impact zumba classes at my gym that quickly made me WANT to go to the gym. You just have to find your exercise niche to get started and then it'll become a habit. Even if you are working out at home, you have to get home and tell yourself "okay, it's time to exercise!"

I actually cut my coffee intake down to one cup a day (tops) to get my energy up, the crash made me more sluggish. What is most important for energy is nutrition, not caffeine. I began to eat a well-balanced breakfast of eggs and was snacking on fruits, veggies, and low-carb sources of protein throughout the day and cut back on a decent amount of processed foods. I also cut out soda and juices and now drink only water.

A better handle on my nutrition not only gave me the energy I needed to go to the gym, it gave me the motivation. Knowing I was eating healthy was that extra push I needed, step one was down in my weight loss journey and I was ready to implement step two. Just make sure you don't cut back too much on calories and load up on protein, fruits, and veggies.

You just really need to push yourself to go. Weight loss won't happen with excuses. If you think, "I'm too tired", you need to remind yourself that even if your exercises are low-impact, you NEED to do them. Watch how much more energy you'll have after only a couple of weeks of working out!

Good luck!!!

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