Since starting Paleo about a month ago, I have a TON of energy I've never had before. A typical summer day used to consist of a few errands in the morning, lots of TV or reading, a nap in the afternoon and a grumpy disposition by evening. Now I have energy to do a lot more and little desire to take a nap. My problem is that it's like my brain's desire to DO something hasn't caught up with my body's need to move, so I'm still sitting around not doing much. I can think of a lot of things I could/should do (like clean, go for a walk, play outside with my daughter) but I can't get out of the habit of sitting around.
Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions?
I like to make lists (my wife found out about this, and now she makes them for me. Dammit.) Anyway, if I write down things that need to be done the night before, then when I have time the next day, I can pick out the things from the list that sound doable. I can tailor my choices to match my energy level and/or proclivity for the day: like if its nice, I'll pick the outdoor jobs. If there's a soccer game on, I'll install the curtains in the TV room. If I just want to impress people with how many things I've done, I'll choose all the 5 minute jobs like cleaning the toilet and taking out the recycling.
Having that list in front of me focuses my mind and gets me going in a way that non-written things don't. Also, I like crossing things off of lists. With this method, I ALWAYS do at least one thing, and usually I do the whole list.
I feel the same way! Especially when I get stressed out. Its so easy to just fall into old habits. Its not like I lack for things to do, just the desire to do them. I recently just started telling myself to get up and do it just so I am moving. Its crazy to sit there, bored, yet jittery with energy. I can't say that the 'object in motion...' thing works for me, but I will get up and move for a bit, sit and check the computer, then get up and do something else.
Good luck to you and congrats on making the switch. After a month of about 90%, I'm convinced for life this is the way to do it. Never felt better!
You just gotta move. I started taking CrossFit because i was interested in it. Once i started i felt so good i wanted to do it again and again. Now i hate it when i can't do a workout. The only thing i can say is start somewhere, maybe with something you have to do, like clean the garage or wash the car. Then hopefully that momentum will keep you going. Also, enlist a family member of friend to go on a hike or bike ride with . . having someone there to go with you makes it harder to lay on the couch in front of the boob toob.