Keep busy can help you keep the weight off

Friday

Today has been a really busy day and then we headed out to the casino, so I didn't have much time to eat. I have found when I am busy I tend to eat less.

I have to be careful that I am making time for exercise. Strength training is easier to fit into my schedule than cardio because strength training takes less time. I have been walking more when I shop, however, parking farther away and going up and down all the aisles.

Getting up from the computer at least every hour and moving around has really help - I also keep a set of dumbbells and a resistance band near my desk for easy access.

Planning my meals has been important. Reportedly, nearly 40 percent of women admit to bypassing breakfast on a regular basis to save time. One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women consumed 100 more calories during the day when they didn't eat breakfast than they did when they ate cereal. I make sure I have healthy snacks on hand - I grab an apple, a banana, or protein bar.

I also have been trying to eat small bits throughout the day because going too long without eating causes my body to switch into energy-conservation mode, meaning I burn calories at a slower rate.
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7 comments:

challenges2010 February 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

My mom could learn from you.She works at a comp all day,too. She's interested in what I'm doing but doesn't sound too committed yet.

Lauralei February 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

i also keep one of the big exercise balls nearby and you can sit on it and it exercises your core

Lisa "One Mom's Weight Loss" February 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

I know I eat less if I'm busy. Being a stay at home mom with kids who are in school makes that hard. My children are 17 and 13, so most of my business is after school hours. That means I'm home with a fridge during the day...UGH!! It's very hard...

Lauralei February 19, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

it can work both ways - sometimes a person is too busy to eat healthy.... or to busy to eat as much :) I prefer the latter.

waistingtime February 20, 2010 at 6:37 AM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog:) Your post title says it all for me today... I used to eat out of boredom and habit. All day, some days. Actually, I started my blog for motivation and accountability but found that it is great at keeping me from eating. So is visiting other blogs:) For me, hands on the keyboard are not hands stuffing my face.

Lori February 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And it's my favorite :D

Diane, Fit to the Finish February 21, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

Sounds like you have a good plan for keeping busy all day long. Every step you take is some extra calories burned! Great tips here.

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