How I Gained More Energy To Perform Better At Work
By: Ian Golightly
As I look at the cohort that graduated with me, I can say that I am pretty blessed to be working at one of the top teaching hospitals in the US. Not that I have anything to brag about because it took a lot of hard work, sacrifices, and resilience to get where I am today. Nothing was ever handed to me, and I can admit that there were a few days that I wanted to throw in the towel and quit. Every time that I got to the verge of quitting, there was this kick in my gut telling me….
‘You have gotten this far why stop?’
The verge of quitting was because I was tapped out with energy. If you are a new individual who is starting your professional career, the more years you are at your employer, the more they will expect out of you. The good thing about this is when you can start asking for more money. If you have asked for more money on the get-go, you need to expect the opportunity cost. That opportunity cost with will be the fruit of your grind and hustle which in turn is your energy.
In 2018, I was way overweight. Even as a clinical scientist, I knew it didn’t rocket science to realize that this overweight ‘thing’ was a significant contribution to my lack of energy. The more overweight you are, the more energy it takes for your muscles to do any physical activity. If you want to be a high performer, the amount of brain energy you need to have can be depleted to where it is hard for you to even take the stairs.
My first course of action was to make the decision to lose weight. For me it was not very hard to lose weight because I knew eating Taco Bell every day at the hospital was not the best decision. I had to retrain my pallet to try the things that I use to like. So I eased in with the greens, protein, and fruits while getting in the gym 5 days a week. My primary diet was a well-rounded diet, and my gym visits burned a lot of calories. I took the initiative to burn 350 calories doing some type of cardio. By a rule of thumb, it takes roughly 3,500 calories to burn 1lb of fat. So within 10 days, with the correct diet into place, I had a high probability that I would lose at least 1 pound and 3 pounds a month.
Now, let’s move forward a year in 2019. During my weight loss period, I had lost roughly 40lbs of fat and put on 10lbs of muscle. With my in-depth knowledge of organic chemistry and a passion for biochemistry, I decided to go out of my comfort zone to learn something new, and I decided to get my personal trainer certificate through ISSA (International Sports Science Association).
The amount of energy that I have today versus the energy I had a year ago is a 100% different. I can perform to my peak performance for several hours without burning out quickly while learning skills at the same time. At first, it seemed impossible, but you have to realize that things will get better with time. I have realized that time can be your worst enemy if you are impatient like me.
If you want to gain more energy to perform better at work, I encourage you to get as active as you can with a well-balanced, healthy diet. You may not need to lose weight, but the food that you are eating may be a contributor to your lack of energy. For your body to break down fats from an unhealthy meal takes a large amount of energy as well. So if you are like how I was with eating fast food on a daily basis, that may be a contributor to a lack of energy. The process is straightforward but you have to decide to change. Once you are ‘all in’, everything will fall into place.