Sitting on your butt at a computer, both for the day job and as a writer, plays havoc with your, well, butt. As in my butt has gotten larger over the past four years - exactly the number of years I've been seriously writing and working at a computer rather than in a classroom! Coincidence? I think not.
And for the last two or so years, I have made infrequent attempts at correcting the problem. The problem of my butt getting larger, not the day job or the writing - which have a variety of problems, as well, but this post is about the butt. With every attempt - eat better, exercise more - I have a bit of success and then slowly slide back into the old habits and gain another couple of pounds. Oh, yeah, I also beat myself up for failing (bad 'half empty' attitude I've struggled with all my life - I'm working on it, but this post is about the butt).
I know what the problems are -
Not Exercising - I hate exercise:
- Getting changed into workout clothes (lamenting over the current popularity of spandex and its penchance for framing bulges).
- Lacing up running shoes (slippers are so much more user friendly).
- Sweating (eww).
- Out of breath (reminding me of how out of shape I am).
- Stretching (must stretch so as not to be sore the next day - yeah, like that's going to work).
Poor Eating Habits - I love to eat:
- Coffee for breakfast (the morning is the only time of the day when food is NOT a priority).
- Bread, bread, bread (that's the one food group on Canada's Food Guide that I don't have problems eating the recommended servings/day - the upper end of the recommended servings/day).
- Cheese (usually with bread that have been magically transformed into crackers - cheese and crackers are my "Go To" snack).
- A Lack of Fruits and Vegetables (unless I can count my 6 cups of airpopped corn, I seriously have problems coming close to the recommended servings/day - 5 to 10, are they kidding?).
- Wine (I go with the "Red Wine's good for you" motto, with the hope that white wine is just red wine without the color added).
I'm a smart woman (says me, not comments from the peanut gallery, thanks)! I know what to do! But knowing and doing are very different things. With the current favorite jeans getting a tad bit too tight, and summer just around the corner, something needs done. And I think the best way to start is to start slowly. If I make enormous changes, I won't stick with the plan. So, starting today, I will add walking to my "To Do" list.
Do you hear the less-than-enthusiastic committment? What about you, People of Blogland? Do you get enough exercise during the day? Is your eating healthy, somewhat healthy, not really healthy, bordering on healthy, the farthest thing from healthy a person can get and still be alive? Would anyone like to stand with me and question the validity of 5 - 10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day?