Sunday, May 30, 2010
Health and Writing
I have to be honest. Once I finished, I considered titling this post, "It's been nice to know you," but I'm going to try to force myself to limit my sitting time and add in some activities, even if it's walking around my condo complex. You might decide to make some changes, too.
In an attempt to meet deadlines, keep up with my blog, attend chats, etc, I often skimp on good meals and go for the easy snacks that I can stuff myself with at my desk. I know that habit is not good for me OR my computer. Potato chip crumbs make keys stick, and when you spill a glass of sweet tea on your keyboard, that's a nightmare. Can you say "sticky?" It's so much easier to grab something bad than to prepare something good, but as with all bad habits, there are consequences.
If you find you can't, then add some stretching exercises to your daily routine and limber up a bit.
The next time you are naked, stand in front of a mirror (oh yuk), circle your waist with a tape measure (I don't own one so I tried the one in my husband's tool chest...don't do it, it won't work and it hurts when it flings back into the case). Move the tape down until the bottom rests at the top of your hip bones (I can't find mine). Don't hold your breath or cinch the tape too tight. Write down the number. For men, a measurement of 40 and up is considered high risk. For women, 32 is the danger threshold and 35 is high-risk. Oh me!!!
The goods news, if you can find any in this topic, is visceral fat is more metabolically active than fat elsewhere on your body so exercise and plenty of produce, grains, fish and mono-saturated fat from olive oil and nuts will help rid you of the inner tube around your middle.
I'm skipping their two-second depression quiz, because all of the above sent me spiraling into the depths. Sorry if I've ruined your day, too, but these are all things we need to know or be reminded of. I thank Reader's Digest for stimulating me to consider I need to make some changes if I want to hang around and see my Spencer grow up.