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Feeling Tired, Lazy or Careless?

By Stephanie Shkolnik

It’s three, four, or even five o’clock on a regular day, and you’re feeling tired and woozy like all the wind has been knocked out of you and you just want to crash. And to top it off, you are constantly hungry, bloated, cranky and careless. Sound familiar?

Growing older doesn’t have to mean feeling older (the only thing that actually comes with age is wisdom), and there’s a solution that can change your life! Regardless of whether you are a woman in your thirties, forties, fifties, or beyond, these tips will lead you to your new fabulous lifestyle….  

As part of a healthy routine, it is imperative that you take in some form of exercise at least 3-5 times a week. Whether running with your dog, walking around the neighborhood while chatting with your girlfriend, or jumping on the elliptical for thirty minutes of cardio, exercise in the morning will change your day and fuel you up with energy.

Those of you that are early risers must keep in mind the importance of having a sufficient meal in the morning in order to give your body enough nutrients to live on throughout the day.  For coffee drinkers, it is okay to have your cup of coffee in the morning, but do not allow it to serve as your breakfast.  Many do not realize that when you drink coffee on an empty stomach, it makes you susceptible to ulcers and stomach problems. By eating a bowl of cereal (small portions will keep you feeling energetic) such as Puffins, Kashi, or even Cheerios, your body will receive certain fibers and proteins while having a wheat and cholesterol free meal. Depending on how early you wake, having 3-5 small meals a day will keep your metabolism running. Avoid heavy carbohydrates and opt for wheat bread instead of white to keep you feeling light and fabulous.  Try to get a bit of protein in your meals - turkey in your sandwich, chicken in your salad, or meat in your rice.  The key to eating small portions is to make them ahead of time and grab one when it’s time for your next meal.

Listen to your body; don’t over eat, but don’t leave yourself hungry - this will lead to the desire to snack on junk food. After only a week of following this portion control, you will realize that you are not craving junk foods, and that you are actually inclined to eat more healthy substitutes. For those who are soda addicts, try to minimize your soda intake to one can a day, and substitute the rest with water (throw in a fresh squeezed lemon or a slice of cucumber for flavor). Soon the taste of water will taste better than any soda drink you might have craved efore.  

Aside from working out and eating properly, giving your body the vitamins it needs is essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Taking antioxidant rich multi vitamins daily will provide your body with everything from zinc, magnesium, and iron to potassium, and vitamins a, c, d, e, and k. These multi vitamins also contain folic acid which helps with the health of your heart, and calcium, which provides support for your body’s bones.  You will feel improvement in your energy level about 7-10 days after consistent vitamin intake.  

You are the captain of your ship. You have the ability to mold who you are, the lifestyle you live, and what you want to be, so set sail on a fabulous journey.  By changing your bad habits and eliminating or even beginning to decrease smoking, soda consumption, and overeating, your life will change - you’ll see. Just try it and look at yourself in two weeks. See what you have accomplished by then and enjoy your new fabulous self.  

Stephanie Shkolnik is a contributing writer for Fabulously40.com and a fabulous jewelry designer.






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      Dana Arcuri wrote Apr 29, 2008
    • I can definitely relate to the topic of feeling tired, lazy or careless!  The odd thing is that I NEVER used to be like that, until recently.  I went to my doctor out of concern and she did some medical testing.  As it turns out, I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and an enlarged thyroid!  NO WONDER I AM FEELING SO TIRED AND ACHING ALL OVER!  The good news is that I am not going to let this get me down.  Instead, I have decided to actively make my health and wellness my priority.  For six weeks, I have been on a new lifestyle change that includes eating much healthier, drinking plenty of ice water, walking 30 minutes 3-5 times per week and to rest when my body truly needs a break.  During this lifestyle change, I have tried to focus on eating more low-carb vegatables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, protein and less caffeine and sugar.  So far, I have lost 7 lbs., which is exciting for me since now I can fit into my slimmer jeans!  However, I am aiming to lose up to 20 lbs. by the end of June.  Once my thyroid condition gets under control, the weight loss should be much easier.  Currently, my doctor does not yet have me on any medication because we are still in the middle of many tests and procedures.  In the meanwhile, I am on plenty of healthy supplements to promote better health. I am excited to be actively moving towards looking and feeling FABULOUS AT 44!



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      Onevision wrote Jan 30, 2009
    • Exercise is so important!



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      Mz. Queen wrote Mar 23, 2009
    • I do something everyday. It even seems like little to me but I know it matters. Today I did two sets of bicep curls and lunges, once this morning and once at lunch. I usually walk my dog in the evening but not “feeling” it tonight.  

        I’ll go for another “inch” tomorrow.



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      Jenni0811 wrote Mar 23, 2009
    • I try to be aware of food, nutrients, exercise and sleep every moment of every day. I am a big believer that you should listen to your body rather than watching the clock.



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Mar 23, 2009
    • I eat when Im hungry. Im always on the go, although it doesnt cut it with exercise gurus. I eat healthy and what is supposed to be healthy but I do not neglect myself of indulging once in a while for things that I want.  Moderation is key and you only come around once.  Im enjoying every day I have on this earth.  

      xoxo



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      Jenz ~ wrote Mar 23, 2009
    • I’ve been procrastinating alot lately- sorta sluggish. snapping out of it though! It’s been a challenging time



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • For coffee drinkers, it is okay to have your cup of coffee in the morning, but do not allow it to serve as your breakfast. Many do not realize that when you drink coffee on an empty stomach, it makes you susceptible to ulcers and stomach problems.    

      Big Oops of me!



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      Kurtsgirl wrote May 7, 2009
    • I know what I’m suppose to do. I say to myself I’m going to start today. I’ve been wanting to take the dog for a walk. It would be good for her and for me, but when I get home I just don’t feel like it or I have somekind of excuse. How do I get started. Hoe do I get the motivation?



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      Shirlann wrote May 25, 2009
    • Same problem herefrown



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      Motivescosmetics wrote Jun 28, 2009
    • I feel your pain. I felt like I could crawl from the car staight to bed after work. I had tried MochaTonix and in 10 minutes I was wide awake, mentally clear and in a great mood. I was able to keep on going and accomplish things in the evenings that I had not been able to do before. They market this product as a brain boosting, energy enhancing, fat burning product! How much better can it get??? Here is the link:
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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • Thanks for sharing...luckily I follow a pretty good routine, but because of my fibromyalgia, it can be difficult on some days...so those days I just take it slower.estatic



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      Linni wrote Jan 29, 2010
    • im not a breakfast kind of gal! lol i love my coffee in the am, and really dont want to have to get up any earlier than i already do (4am)! lol



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      Hillther wrote Feb 26, 2010
    • I completed the 30 day challenge on wii active, hoping that i can keep up with the motivation to keep going.  i ultimately would like to be able to run.



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      Melody2010 wrote Mar 7, 2010
    • Good advice!



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      Shirtty wrote Feb 23, 2011
    • I have decided to sign up for the PMC. A bike ride in Cape Cod.  It is a 200 mile ride and hopefully that will give me something to start looking forward to.  I have been tired and sluggish and I hate that feeling!!!



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      Museumgirl wrote Mar 29, 2011
    • For the last three years I have been up at 430am running/working out, I work full time and shuttling kids around at night. I was in the best shape of my life. Cut out sugar and alcohol, but for some reason the last few weeks I am dragging.I can not wake up to exercise and can hardly make it through the day at work. How is this possible? :(



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      October1 wrote Sep 6, 2012
    • need a trainer to help me start to work out!!!!



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