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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Changing Habits: At my desk Dieting Week 3

So it has been a few weeks since I started my diet/ weight loss journey and I am coming along if painfully slow. Everything is a change of mindset. As a writer I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting at my desk; in fact it is common for me to sit here for nearly 8 hours straight with the only break being ye ol’ potty break.(OK and food. Definitely!)
So this is where I started to change my habits. I set an alarm on my computer and every 45 minutes – 1 ½ hours (I have it varied) it goes off and I know I should get up and do something – no matter how small.
I either take a few minutes and do a fairly thorough stretch, back, hamstrings, arms, etc or I go off and take a short walk or do a flight of stairs or two before returning to my desk. I have also gotten into the habit of keeping small hand weights near my desk and at one or two of the alarms I do several sets of reps of different exercises.
What I have found since I've increased my activity level is that my energy level has gone up dramatically. That is a fantastic benefit! And you don’t have to start with a one hour intense cardio workout; just an increase in activity in the beginning.
 This isn’t The Biggest Loser – it is just the beginning of a healthier lifestyle and a healthier feeling.

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