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Hi. I have just started to walk around when I'm on the phone and it is a great way to add more steps to your day, and to avoid being sedentary. It goes by really easily as well; it certainly doesn't feel like exercise and it's really important to keep moving during the day.
I am measuring everything I eat now. Found that I was adding a lot of honey to my breakfast beyond serving size. So I add serving size only but it is not sweet enough since I am used to more amount. So now my trick is to drizzle the correct amount on top of the oatmeal and not stir it in. That way, I see it visually and I can make sure I get some of it in almost every bite. Somehow it is much more sweeter this way then diluting the taste by mixing it in. I need much less honey now!
I have learned that if I allow myself a small piece of chocolate at lunch time, this tempers my chocolate cravings. I buy the individually wrapped dark chocolates. I like Dove the best, but I usually get what ever is on sale. This keeps my cravings at bay!
I take a moment when getting out of my office chair to do three squats before moving out of my office. luckily I do not live in cubey land, or I may not have the courage to do the same. I also do some squats against the wall with my door shut just before I leave the office for the day. Usually 15.
I love company and I think it is great for me to verbalize my commitment to something so I like to take my "thing" and make it public. For example, today I shared infused water "Because I know I have to drink 8 glasses a day but is hard to stay focused but this pitcher makes it easy and it's delicious!" WooHoo everyone is drinking their water and talking about it. Next?
If you have any old perfume or cologne bottles that you no longer use...think about using them for a bathroom spray. A tiny spritz in the air or on a curtain is so much more effective than those awful smelling commercial sprays. Guests would appreciate a label letting them know the bottle is free to use for odors. Not just for bathrooms...the house might need a tiny spritz here and there...smell lasts longer if you spray it on some material...don't over do it though!
I've discovered circuit training, not in a class, just in the weights room of my gym. I complete one set of ab exercises, one set of each weight exercise, followed by 5-10 minutes cardio and repeat the circuit as many times I can mange in the time I have to spare at the gym that day. It never fails to make me sweat and I push myself harder in cardio
I am almost always moving. I cannot just sit still, even in a chair. when I am on the phone, I usually pace, when I am sitting for longer than 20 minutes I have to get up and physically do something for moment or two. or my leg bounces. Its just the way i am wired. But its not a solution I would recommend for most. It comes with some not so fun side effects: anxiety, cloudy thinking, and occasionally panic attacks. But this is how I work! :)