A Fat Blogger?

I spend so much time in front of my computer screen reading and writing that quite honestly I’m getting as fat as a house. I’ve always been a healthy weight, up and down but have always been able to buy my clothes in high street stores. Just lately I’ve noticed that my clothes are a little tighter, some don’t fit and I can only put it down to the inactivity of writing and working from home.

When I write, I’m absorbed in the moment, I remain focussed and stay still, okay my fingers move but nothing else, no foot tapping or fidgeting, my mind is with the words, I’ve left my body if you like. Reading is the same my focus goes onto the written word and my body is again left to do its own thing.

I’ve wondered if my body is expanding to remind me it’s here, if it is, it’s working, as if I can’t fit in my clothes I’m going to have to think about where I write!

I walk every day, I love walking and as you know if you read my blog taking photos of nature, but I’m not doing enough in terms of exercise if it’s just a couple of miles a day against hours on the laptop.

I’ve decided I’m going to give standing up while I work a go, I’ve read some offices do this now with standing work stations. So I’ve set my Mac up on a kitchen counter and I’m going to complete my work there. Any telephone calls I have to make connected to work will be made walking around too.

This will be if anything an interesting experiment, maybe my writing will be rubbish, maybe I won’t get enough work done but it’s worth a try as I’m not giving into the flab!

Does anyone out there have any experience of this or any wise words of wisdom?

Liza (written while standing ;-))

59 thoughts on “A Fat Blogger?”

  1. Adjust your diet. If you are living a sedentary life then lower your calorie intake. When you are more active again raise the calorie intake. If you want to keep eating the way that you are eating now then you need to burn more calories. While you’re thinking or reading (ebooks/Audio books) hop on a treadmill or go our for a walk.

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    1. Thank you, my diet is pretty good but yes you are right about reducing my calorie intake where I can. I think that a big part of it is activity, whatever you eat it’s so important to remain active. We have to continue to feed our brains and nerve systems too to function well, so cutting out food, the good foods anyway has to be done with caution. Thanks ever so much for dropping by and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re right, it is safer to do exercise than it is to lower food intake. This doesn’t seem to apply to you but if your diet was unhealthy you don’t need to cut food, just change the types of foods that you consume.

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      2. Yes I agree and have changed some of the food I choose, I’m veggie/vegan anyway so that cuts out a lot of heavy fat from my diet. I know it’s activity for me, that’s why I’ve decided to give the working while standing up a go πŸ™‚

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      3. I tried that for a year while I was working in an office. Make sure to stretch a lot because standing for long periods can strain your leg muscles and joints and it can cause circulation problems as well.

        Everyone is different though so maybe standing up more is what will help balance your weight out.

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      4. Funny I was stretching as this comment came through! I will bare this in mind and make sure I keep moving about too. Hadn’t realised standing caused circulation problems, I know sitting for long periods does, I’ll have a read up on that. Thanks again.

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  2. You said you love to walk, try to walk 10,000 steps per day i.e. you should walk between 1 hour and half to two hours each day.
    Writing while standing I can’t do that!! I like to sip some wine while I’m writing which is also not good, can get you fatter

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    1. Ha ha Nadine, yes the wine hasn’t helped me but I don’t drink while I write as I once poured a glass over the keyboard! I do usually walk for about an hour and a half a day so maybe up that a bit to two.

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  3. Also getting heavier! 😦 Also walking 45 min per day plus 15 min of exercises. Also a lot of time at the computer. I think for me it is my eating habits, lower metabolism, combined with old age! πŸ™‚ Aren’t grandpas supposed to be fat and cuddly? I’ve also thought about standing up at the computer, but the desks made for that are expensive, and our kitchen counter space is quite limited! Best of luck in your endeavor.

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  4. I have been partially working from home and the office for almost two years and have gained a stone and a half. I get engrossed in my spreadsheets and two hours can go by without me feeling the time pass. I bought a Fitbit. I set the alarm on my phone to ensure I get up and walk 250 steps an hour and light up an activity light on my Fitbit dashboard. I do my best to walk 10k steps each day even if it means dancing around my bedroom, then I watch my Fitbit dashboard sparkle – a small thing but an incentive for me to get moving.

    Because I care for my parents, eating meals for myself just wasn’t happening. I was grabbing a cookie here, piece of chocolate there, you get the picture. So recently I started looking after my own diet too, fruit smoothie, couscous salads and a proper main meal too. I lost 6 lbs in 4 weeks and felt better in myself but I still do get lost in the work from time to time.

    I had gall bladder surgery on Monday so now in recovery mode. Hardly moving at all but I’ll get there! Good luck with the new regime πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, a Fitbit might help me too, something to focus on and evidence activity and any laziness. Trouble with this work, we can get tired from thoughts but not from activity! I hope you do recover quickly from your surgery, it must be so difficult trying to care for your parents too! Very best wishes to you πŸ™‚

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      1. I just have the basic Fitbit flex but yes, it does keep me motivated to move as I see the step count climbing. It was really irritating me that I was sitting down for so long by the computer. Thank you for your kind wishes, I’m not sure what I was expecting post op but for some reason I thought I’d be up and around doing things…how wrong I was!! Hope your experiment of working standing up today works well πŸ˜€

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  5. I’ve become a bigger person since I blogged too! I am less active which is why I have started my exercise regime and I find I write better due to the head clearing benefits and the endorphins. I plan blog posts while I exercise then come in the type like crazy! Haha 😊

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      1. Woop! 😊 recognising a need to switch things up is the important first step….then you need to take steps…approx 10,000 if you walk πŸ˜‚ Otherwise I’d recommend running…it’s a great buzz πŸ™‚

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