Monday, March 30, 2009

A new ally in my most challenging battle

Well, here we go again.

I've finally landed another job -- once again, sitting in an office all day, looking at a computer or at printed proofs to be edited. And though it's only been a couple of weeks, I can already tell that I'm in real trouble if I don't watch myself on this job.

The danger? Piling on the pounds.

It's one of those office settings where the kitchen is a red-alert zone: all the Starbucks and canned sodas you can drink, plus copious amounts of any kind of fattening munchie you can think of -- candies, chips, cheese crackers, muffins, Goldfish, trail mix, Asian rice-cracker blend -- not to mention daily platters of donuts, cookies, brownies, etc., as well as frequent b-day cakes for one of the about 100 employees. (To be fair, they also try to have fresh fruit on hand such as apples, oranges and bananas, but ... ho-hum!)


Oh, and did I mention that my office mate keeps a tray of chocolates within an arm's reach of me? These treats are popular with co-workers, so I can hardly ask her to cease and desist.


I've been trying to combat the weight-gain risks as best as I can, by eating a healthy lunch (though I gotta get better at bringing it!), and also by taking a lunchtime walk for about 20 minutes at least a couple of times per week. But, I'm working out a little less overall with this new schedule; and, of course, I'm sitting on my butt for much longer periods of time once again.

One thing I HAVE been trying to do is to drink tea in the afternoons when the Craving Devil is whispering loudest in my ear. They have several flavors and brands in the kitchen, but I brought in some of my own green tea bags. Seems I'm on the right track, judging by a recent posting on RealAge that says regular consumption of green tea can foster weight loss.

The article recommends drinking seven cups of green tea a day. I've got a ways to go to reach that goal, but at least I'm on the right track.

Now if I can just figure out a way to keep my hand out of the chocolate tray ...


Terry Mockler said...

Congrats on the new job-Terry Mockler

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