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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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    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!


    STAY SPARKED!! emoticon
    3053 days ago
    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!
    3394 days ago
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    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!
    3431 days ago
    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.
    3431 days ago
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