Monday, June 06, 2011
I have ALWAYS associated my "break-time" with eating. Hey that's the way I was bought up. In school we had nutrition-we ate, lunch-we ate, and a late afternoon "break"-and yes again, we ate. Therefore, anytime the word "break" would come up, I associated it with, "Okay, time to go get something to eat". Regardless of how many "breaks" I would take, be it at work, church, conferences, conventions, classes, etc, just anything that would prompt a "break", I would automatically go and find something to eat and it wouldn't be something "lite" and "nutritious". Here lately, however, I have made attempts to change my mind set. These days, anytime I take a "break", I use it as an opportunity to get an exercise in here or there. My first break at work, 10:00am, I go out and take a walk around the block. At lunch time, I go to the gym and work-out for about 45 minutes and afterwards, I'll have a protein meal bar or shake for lunch at my desk. Afternoon break, I take another walk around the block. After work I either go back to the gym to finish my work-out or take another walk. This has become a part of my daily routine. I take in less calories and I am more energized through-out the day. It may seem like I'm doing alot, but trust me, it helps alot during my weight loss journey. Oh don't get me wrong, I will eat a little something after my walk, maybe some Almonds or a yogurt, just not as much as I used to.
A good side note is the fact that as my co-workers see me walking and losing this weight, they too have joined me during our break time to take a walk around the block.