I need my endorphins!

23 Aug

The past weekend has not included one of my favorite activities – exercise.  For personal reasons I took 3 days off from exercise.  Even though I am in my recovery week with P90X, the scheduled workouts did not happen and I won’t be back tracking through them.  I am not injured or sore, but had other things going on.

The bad part about this – I felt grumpy.  I need my endorphins!  Exercise gives me energy and a good mood.  I guess it’s my drug of choice (not a bad one right?).  Without it I can feel unmotivated, lazy and grouchy (poor husband).

Tonight I’ll get my fix and I can’t wait til them!  In the mean time here is how I controlled my grouch monster.

Stay busy
I made myself a big to do list and got a lot of cleaning done around the house.  It helped me not focus on my lack of enthusiasm.

Get in the kitchen
Whether I am cooking or baking, kitchen time relaxes me.  I made a big batch of vegan bacon on Sunday.  It is no substitute for crispy bacon in my opinion but it was super tasty and I will definately make it again!

Get outside
After spending almost the entire day inside I needed to get out on Sunday.  Jacob and I went for a walk with Joe and I immediately felt more chipper from the fresh air and sunshine.

Have some cuddle time
The evening ended on the couch with a DVD playing.  Sometimes a movie distraction with your love ones (animals included!) is the most relaxing and comforting way to end a day.

How do you cope with reduced-endorphin syndrome?  Shopping always helps too but I resisted ;)

I am excited to announce that I am now the Portland Women’s Fitness Examiner

Click here to check out my first article on yoga, flexibility and strength.  I love comments.

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6 Responses to “I need my endorphins!”

  1. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self August 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m the same as you – I definitely notice a difference in my mood when I haven’t exercised for awhile. For me the biggest one you mentioned is getting outside. It’s amazing what some fresh air can do for me! :)

  2. What Kate Ate August 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    I went crazy with cleaning last night because I was driving myself crazy from lack of exercise! It definitely helps!

  3. Tina August 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I will be sure to click and comment. I understand how helpful it is as I write for them as well. :)

    I need my exercise too. I get in a funk when I can’t get it in often enough.

  4. Nicole August 24, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Staying busy helps me so much! I love to-do lists that I can move right along on!

    Congrats on the Examiner position! Let me know how you like it! I’ve only posted 2 articles because I just can’t seem to keep up with blogging and the Examiner. I hope you find better balance!!

  5. Kristen (swanky dietitian) August 24, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    I notice a big difference when I am not exercising. At least you moved around quite a bit. Cleaning and cooking can burn some serious calories! I just try to keep busy if I don’t end up getting in a workout.

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