“Dear M.T., I started a Blog a few years ago, which is doing quite well. I work on it at night when I come home from my day job. It’s been great……….except, that I go from sitting in front my computer at work to sitting in front of my computer at home. The result is………..I’ve gained over 35 pounds in one year!! I don’t have either the time (working Mom) or the energy (none to spare) to run to the gym every day, and I’ve tried more diets than I can count. Any suggestions?”
Courtesy of Jessica Cangiano’s Chronically Vintage Blog
In the 1950s, working girls talked about the dreaded Secretary Spread, the result of sitting in front of a typewriter all day. The cure for that, believe it or not, was marriage. Yes, Ladies, the average married woman of the 50s, who generally did not work outside the home, was more active than her unmarried, still-working girlfriends. Housework, shopping, cooking, fewer modern conveniences and running around after the kids kept most married women pretty fit. Plus, there was usually one family car, which her husband took to work, so she walked and took public transportation during the day.
Today, whether married or single, we spend most of our waking hours in front of or connected to some electronic device that forces us to sit for hours on end, and the scale tells the tale. We bloggers, in particular, are in serious danger of developing Blogger Butt, the 21st century cyber version of Secretary Spread.
Like many of you, I don’t have time to run to the gym every day and, even if I did, I find exercise excruciatingly boring. I am neither a health nor weight loss professional, but here are Three Quick Tips that work for me.
1) Don’t SAVE Yourself Steps; MAKE Yourself Steps.
I take every opportunity during the day to run (not walk) up and down the steps. Since I work from home, a four-story townhouse, there is no shortage of stairs. My business phone is in my 2nd floor office, but my home phone is on the first floor. I see clients in my atelier on the 3rd floor. The family room is on the lower level with a small fridge in the laundry room with bottled water and white wine. A snack bin on top contains a variety of nuts. Get the picture?
The point is to keep things on different levels so that you have to go up and down steps to access them. Find some way to incorporate trips up and down the stairs each day, and, not only will you be adding some activity to your routine, but you’ll be taking little computer breaks that will cost you very little time.
All snacks (and, yes, I do, occasionally, indulge in them), go onto a small plate and the bag is closed and put away. If you keep the bag with you, the temptation is there to just keep eating from it.
And, don’t forget that just because it says “LOW FAT” on the label, doesn’t mean it’s “LOW CALORIE.” In fact, low fat snacks are often higher in calories to make them taste better. You’re better off going for the taste (moderate fat/low cal) in small quantities. You’ll feel more satisfied and will have consumed less calories.
3) Don’t Eat in Front of Your Computer.
Even if it’s a “healthy” dish, don’t eat it in front of your computer. Pardon my (being) French, but nothing eaten in front of your computer tastes as good as if eaten on a nice plate at a proper table with silverware. You’ll not only enjoy it more, particularly in the company of a friend, but you’ll be paying attention to what and how much you are eating and, again, getting a nice break from staring at that computer screen.
Bottom line, Ladies, if you can’t run to the gym every day, the more little bursts of activity you can incorporate into your busy day, the better you will feel and, over the long term, the better you will look.