I think it’s safe to say that most people value, or at least desire, more energy. Pretty much everyone I know is exhausted, whether they are trying to kickstart their careers, parenting, or just plain old lack of sleep. I’m no exception and I drink way too much coffee and tea to try and keep me going. I’m sure that living with Thyroid disease doesn’t help, but man I feel sluggish! I’ve really been changing up my workouts lately. I have reduced my running to three easy days a week with two days of walking and yoga. I’m not in “competitive mode” these days and I’m not sure if I ever will be again. Chasing a PR became a chore for me, and I lost my spark to go after it. I haven’t lost my spark for other things, though! I’m still running and still loving it, it’s just not the center of my life anymore. Although it took me some time to figure out who Lisa is without running, I actually feel like it made me grow to step away and examine my relationship with it. For many years, I was obsessed with running, and if I’m honest with myself, I probably had an unhealthy relationship with it. Just like people, it’s really important to be balanced and not identify too closely with one aspect of your life. My family (which has always been my priority) is FAR more important than any race, PR, or athletic accomplishment… they ARE my major accomplishment, and right now in my life I’d much rather spend time with them than be training for marathons. My kids are not the center of my life, however. They will someday go off on their own and, as I said, identifying too closely with one area of your life is dangerous and can cause major upset when life changes, which it will, this we can all be sure of. I keep all of these things in check and am constantly trying to balance my life! Sound familiar? I bet a few of you feel the same exact way. So back to energy. I am not at ALL opposed to caffeine–I LOVE my coffee and tea. That’s a habit I will not be giving up anytime soon, but going with the whole “balance theme,” I can drink way too much if not careful. I like to feel that steady energy throughout the course of my day. I usually don’t eat much before a run due to a sensitive stomach, but I do love swigging one of these little Ginger Lemon Shooters before I head out. They have a little natural sugar and chia seeds for a nice little boost. In addition to a slew of other benefits, Chia Seeds have a mix of slow digesting carbohydrates and fiber to give you long lasting, steady energy (Source). Speaking of sensitive stomachs, the fresh ginger in this little shot may reduce some stomach distress that some of us experience when we run. Also, another study suggests that it may help ease some muscle soreness and help aid in the recovery process due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. (Source) I make four at a time, and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. My kids like them, which kind of surprised me because they have that slick chia texture. But, I’m not going to question it! Drink away, kiddos. I use the 4 ounce Mini Mason Jars like these ones right HERE to make these. If not using them for these Ginger Lemon Shots, they come in handy for paper clips, buttons, and loose change.