Fortunately, I never experienced the "freshman 15" however I've become too familiar with another phenomenon I'll call the "working girl weight gain". If you work at an office or have a desk you job you know exactly what I'm talking about. I love reading other blogger's post their "day in the life" posts however I laugh when I think of what mine would be like. Hours 1-8 would consists of me in the same position at my desk staring at a computer with the occasional rendezvous to get coffee. The incredibly sedentary routine that many office environments have is not good for our waistlines (or probably sanity). So, until I can convince my boss to get me a walking treadmill desk I'll be sticking to these tactics!
If your office is like mine it's always someone's birthday or holiday and there are ALWAYS cupcakes, doughnuts, and other treats being brought in and leading to temptation. I would be lying if I said I never indulged in these but it makes it much easier to walk past that day old doughnut that's in the office kitchen that you want just out of boredom when you have healthy snacks accessible.
This is what's currently in my snack drawer (yes, I eat the pb with just a spoon). I also keep iced coffee, yogurt, and the like in our office kitchen refrigerator.
Bring your lunch
There's no denying that work days are long and you're counting down every minute to lunch so you can bust out those doors. Going out for lunch with co-workers is always a good time but it can really add up in terms of calories and money! Desk lunches are sad and nobody wants to feel left out when everyone is off to lunch and you're left alone with your brown bag. Make a pact with co-workers to bring your lunch at least a few days a week. You can still enjoy the social aspects of lunch without going out by eating outside at a nearby bench or park or congregating in a break room. I like this Lunch Bag to tote my lunch and snacks in everyday.
Get Out of that Chair!
Without making an effort to get off my butt I could probably sit it my chair for 90% of the work day and only get up for certain tasks and restroom breaks. What good does it do to work out for an hour each day when you spend 8 or more hours a day just sitting? Not much..and probably why this country has such a weight problem. A friend gave me this tip and I've loved it ever since---set your phone alarm for 20 minutes and get up and walk every time it goes off. Any little bit counts--go down the hall, take a lap around the office, walk outside during part of your lunch/break, take the stairs instead of elevator.
We all know the benefits of drinking plenty of water (read more here). I get the majority of my ounces for the day in during work because I always have a bottle next to me. Bring your own bottles or
drain take advantage of the water cooler like I do! You'll not only have more energy but it will also keep you full and less likely to snack out of boredom.
I'd love to hear tips from you about how you stay on track while working your desk job!