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Walking, Walking, Walking

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I am a freelancer and work virtually, which is a perfect arrangement for my sometimes chaotic life. No one cares when I work as long as I make deadlines.

A few weeks ago, my favorite client decided to institute 2 weekly 20-minute conference calls so the freelancers didn't feel out of touch with the office staff.

I HATE conference calls. They tend to be a waste of people jockeying for position and interrupt the flow of my research or writing.

So, I've worked out how I can survive the calls without acting out. I walk around the house during the call. It makes me less inclined to comment on what I think are ridiculous comments and gets in some much-needed exercise.

After the call yesterday, the client called about a rush research job. I love her to bits, but it takes her forever to get to the point. So, I started walking again.

By the end of the 2 calls I had gotten in over 10,000 steps, knew I would make my targeted calorie burn for the day, and didn't feel as frustrated as I usually do after a call.

It's nice to be able to sneak activity into my day.

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    What an awesome idea!

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PJMOMMATO3 8/4/2010 8:18AM

    great idea!!!! Awesome way to get in some exercise.

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  What a wonderful way to turn a negative time into a positive time.

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DDOORN 8/3/2010 9:21PM

    I've done the same thing while doing phone counseling...grab my cell and head for the outdoors! I find I'm more engaged during the session...nice win-win approach! :-)


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PENNYROYALTY 8/3/2010 2:26PM

    wow, that's awesome!! what a great way to get some exercise and get through the boredom! great idea!

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JUSTMEJUDY 8/3/2010 1:00PM

    Good for you......I like to walk around while I am on the phone too, it doesn't even seem like exercise that way.

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LSDALOIA 8/3/2010 12:13PM

    I know exactly what you mean with the con calls. I try to take as many as I can on my cell phone, and pace around. It's amazing how many calories you can burn!

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GRACEFULIFE 8/3/2010 10:59AM

    That's pretty excellent. I sometimes do the 4A strategy just in general, not even meetings, thinking I'll increase my NEAT if I fidget more...

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    That's a stellar idea. I did some pushups once, but grunting and being out of breath was a giveaway. LOL

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SWTSUCCESS2012 8/3/2010 8:20AM

    Great way to make this a lifestyle change you can live with. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/3/2010 8:18AM

    Wish I could do that in real fact-to-face meetings. LOL Sometimes I make do by fidgeting or jiggling my leg.

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DESERT_DARCY 8/3/2010 7:54AM

    I don't like conference calls either! emoticon

I really like the way you handle them!

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    Great idea on finding a positive spin to a long-winded conference call. Keep on walking!!


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