Breakfast / Clean eating / Exercise

Vicious circle

The most common conversations I have been a part of lately have been people complaining to me that they have no energy so they don’t go to the gym. It is a complaint I really can’t relate to.

As you may already know, my life has changed so much in the past few weeks. I have gone back to working full time (for the first time in 9 years). I was really expecting the stress and crazy daily pace of my life would take a toll on my energy. I was expecting to return to my old (pre Inner Athlete) ways and veg on the couch watching TV to recuperate after my day. This did not happen. Instead, I have found the time (some days I have stolen the time) to hit the gym almost everyday. And you know what? I am full of energy! I feel so great! Sure- when my alarm sounds at 5:45am- I want to hit snooze like everyone else- but once I get going- I feel so full of energy. Factor in the super clean and healthy food I eat- I am a machine! đŸ™‚ lol!
IMG_0328.JPG (I obviously feel opposite of Boyd here!)

I’m sure you have heard of a vicious circle. I think what’s going on here is this: you have no energy, so you don’t work out, then the next day you have no energy, so you don’t work out, and so on and so on. I’m doing the opposite- I have tons of energy, so I work out, I get more energy, so I work out more, and so on and so on…. You just have to break that vicious circle. I know its hard- but just get your ass to class- and maybe you’ll have the energy to do it again!

Now you need the proper fuel to rev up that energy first thing in the morning. Here is an amazing breakfast recipe from my trainer/nutritionist Sarah. It’s an overnight Blueberry-Banana Oatmeal. The recipe isn’t on her website ( but there is a chocolate version my kids like (but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate in the morning- I am weird).

1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 c shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 c plain unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 banana, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2/3 c frozen blueberries
juice of half a fresh lemon
extra splash of vanilla almond milk or coconut to blend fruit puree

In a medium bowl, whisk oats, coconut and flaxseeds. Add milk, maple syrup and cinnamon and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight (6-16 hours).

Place banana, blueberries, lemon juice and a splash of almond milk (3 tbsp to start) in a blender and blend until smooth- adding almond milk if needed to blend (but don’t let it get too runny).

Place a cup of oatmeal mixture in a bowl and then top with the blueberry mixture. This is so yummy!
Here is the fuel that starts my morning


Break your no energy circle- push through the no energy wall- sweat and move for an hour- and I guarantee you will get your mojo back!

Choose happy đŸ™‚


3 thoughts on “Vicious circle

  1. Hi Tracey,

    I agree totally with you. Even though sometimes I’m yawning while I’m working out (Sorry Sarah :)), I have so much more energy throughout the rest of the evening. The more I make working out and getting stronger a priority the better I feel.

    Also at the end of the work day when I’m tired, sore and achy I’ve learned that going home and vegging out will not make me feel better, but when I hit the gym and start lifting weights the sore achy feeling from sitting all day is gone.

    Have a great week.



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