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"BREAK TIME"

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. emoticon
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  • BNICEALWAYS
    Great "BREAK" story. I am one of those people who use to walk with you during break time, but unfortuantely you were moved to a different site and so now I don't walk as much. That is a lame excuse I know this! But, with summer and the sun shining again, I will be out there walking during breaks.

    Hope all is well with you and keep it up!

    BNICE

    STAY SPARKED!! emoticon
    2851 days ago
  • JAKEANDNELLIE
    I love the way you have changed the meaning of "break time" in my mind! You have definitely made some wise choices and how wonderful that you have become a role model for some of your co-workers!
    Stay positive!
    Sheila
    3193 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9589190
    You mean "break" DOESN'T mean eating time?!
    That association was way to strong for me to break (pun haha), so I used breaktimes as my opportunity to ingest vegetables, usually raw.
    They take a long time to chew, so I'm satisfying that oral association.
    Glad you shared your recognition of breaktime with us. We are certainly in the same boat!
    3229 days ago
  • LHACKING13
    emoticon emoticon That is great! Not only are you doing what you want to, but you are being a great example to those around you.
    3230 days ago
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