By Laurianna Murray
I hate to admit it. I am a Health Coach for goodness sake! I have already lost so much weight. I am usually so careful … but I sit here about to type the terrible truth. I gained 12lbs over the summer!
I work from home now. It’s wonderful. I can keep my fuzzy slippers on all day (or as we call them around here “my sexy socks”). I get to do what I love all day long. I can also wander aimlessly into the kitchen and munch. Working from home is conducive to every aspect of my life — except my waistline.
It has taken me a few months but I finally found the game plan that has helped me to avoid the waistline spread. I know many of us who work-at-home struggle with the same issue, so here’s your chance to put a game plan in place too! These aren’t the newest ideas you have ever heard. In fact, sometimes just going back to what originally made you successful is all you really need. These suggestions aren’t earth shattering, but they DO work!
For me, the most helpful thing has always been, and I imagine always will be, meal planning. The problem with meal planning is that whenever I suggest it, my friends and clients alike cry out “Too much work!” and so they never truly reap the benefits. So let us skip over that suggestion and head right into some easy solutions to prevent weight gain while working from home.
ONE – Eat Breakfast
Not sugary cereal and milk. Not bagels and cream cheese or English muffins and peanut butter. (The latter being MY personal downfall.) Rather, eat something a more substantial. Eat eggs. (My favorite is a one egg omelet with onions, refried black beans, and a little cheddar folded in the middle!) Eat leftover dinner from the night before. (Who said breakfast has to be one type of food or another?) Eat Quinoa breakfast cereal. If you are going to have a few more calories, it's better to have them at breakfast rather than lunch. Get plenty of fiber and protein; they take longer to digest, so they keep your belly feeling full longer. A nice full protein-rich breakfast will get you through to lunch without a true need to snack.
TWO – Drink Water
Yes, it IS that simple. We all know we should be drinking water, but how many of us actually do it? Start with drinking at least as much water as you do coffee, tea or (GASP!) soda. Then up it just a little each day until you are drinking eight glasses of water a day.
Water keeps you from being dehydrated. It fills your stomach and doesn’t leave room for fake hunger. Many of the times we think we are hungry we are really just thirsty and by the time we feel that we are already becoming dehydrated. Stay hydrated. It will help you feel better in more than just the waistline department.
THREE – Make Your Lunch
Yes, you heard me. Pack your lunch. You make your kids lunch. You might even make your man’s lunch. So, I am suggesting you make your own lunch at the same time. This requires minimum extra work since you can easily put the leftover chicken from dinner tonight into two containers instead of one. During the day, only eat what you have packed for yourself. You will reap maximum benefits with this one because you have designated food that you know you can consume during the day. Follow a few of these simple steps when you pack that lunch:
- Consider how you best eat and plan either small meals you can eat during the day or one big lunch.
- Don’t forget the healthy snacks. (Veggies and hummus or salsa are a great healthy way to satisfy hunger.)
- Put your lunch aside in a designated part of the fridge and know that is the food you are allowed during the day.
- Be disciplined. (You thought I was going to pretend this was easy didn’t you?) You planned this food and these meals because you have a goal. Stick to it! You can do it!
FOUR – Create a Schedule
Working from home requires a great amount of dedication and motivation; it can be very easy to get distracted so it’s imperative to create a daily or weekly schedule to stay on top of deadlines and projects. Same goes for healthy eating and exercising, if you don’t schedule it in and plan for it, healthy choices can easily be filled with work, household chores, and eating poorly. Schedule times for meals, snacks, and exercise, it will help you stay trim and give you a clear head for work related matters.
FIVE – Get Out of the House
When you work from home you lose the social interaction of co-workers and loneliness and boredom can set in, and in turn, can cause over-eating. If you’re feeling lonely pack up laptop and head to your local café, coffee shop, bookstore, or library, most places offer free wireless internet connections. This will give you a dose of social interaction while fighting those cravings to raid the fridge and eat when you’re not really hungry.
SIX – Put a New Spin on Your Exercise Routine
Don’t have the time or money to join a gym? Too hot to run outdoors? Many cable providers have free exercise channels where you can do everything from yoga and aerobics to Pilates and hip-hop cardio dance. Or do you have kids that just won’t let you get through an entire exercise routine? Put on some music and run around and dance with them.
In the end, we all know there is no Magic Wand to wave that will help us loose those extra 5- 10 lbs. We all know that wishing is not going to help us maintain a healthy weight. But every time we can get some new ideas to add into our bag of tricks, we should consider how they might work for us. Listen to your body and your head. I bet if I asked you right now “What three solutions can you do right now to help you achieve this goal?” You would know exactly what you needed to do! Answer the question! Follow these tips. YOU CAN DO IT!
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Laurianna Murray is owner of Laurianna Murray Wellness and author of The Curvy Life blog. After making a total life transformation and learning that being healthy can truly become a lifestyle, she is passionate about helping other women lose weight, have more energy and learn how to change their own lifestyle once and for all. She also has a desire to help people in the Bariatric surgery process be fully successful on their journey. She offers in person and telephone health coaching, cooking classes, meal planning and more. You can follow Laurianna on Twitter @LAMwellness and @thecurvylife.