As a techie person, I spend a lot of time in front of a screen, sitting in front of a screen. Inertia sets in and it gets hard to get up an move. When I’m teaching, there are plenty of times when I’m not sitting, but still, a lot of my work is very sedentary. This summer, I’m trying to set better habits that I hope will continue once the school year starts. As I’ve mentioned before, technology has been a help, particularly Lose It! where I track my calories and activity. I get bored easily (it’s one reason I love working in both education and computing: never boring!!), so I have to change up my activity or I just won’t do it. I love being outside, so I keep an eye on the weather and aim for getting outside. So far, I’ve mostly been walking a couple of miles most days. I got bored with that (since I generally follow the same route). So lately, I’ve been gardening for an hour or so, which is still quite a workout. I also washed the car and walked to the Farmer’s Market. I even transplanted a shrub yesterday! Today, I have more gardening planned if the rain lets up. Otherwise, I’ll walk in the rain. Basically, if 4 o’clock rolls around and I haven’t done anything, I head out for a walk.
The other way technology has helped is to see not only how many calories I’m consuming, but what they are. This has allowed me to really visualize the empty calories I consume: oil, mayonnaise, soda, cream, etc. I’ve also been trying to watch the carbs. Yesterday, we had sandwiches and mac and cheese for dinner. I skipped the mac and cheese and opted for a salad. It’s still hard to keep the carbs down.
I have seen some very minor progress so far, but hopefully the longer I keep at it, the more progress I’ll see.