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My job is making me fat

I have desk job. I work 9 – 5, Monday to Friday. When I was at university, I did salsa twice a week at my student union. When I was studying for my A-levels, I got half price entry at the gym, and finished at 3.15 every day.

Now, I am usually so fed up and tired at the end of the day, all I want to do after the nightly pooch walk is curl up on the sofa, watch the latest TV Series I have become addicted to, and maybe do some yoga if I’m feeling especially zen.

I sit next to an attractive woman in my office. That’s not particularly a distraction in itself – there are attractive people everywhere, and I’m married… and straight. The problem is I am one of those women, who, I am ashamed to say, judge myself based on the people around me. She’s 5ft 7 and gorgeous, I’m 5 ft 3 (and a half), and struggling with the stone of weight I have put on in the last year (there, I said it).

Here’s the double whammy. I am also one of these people who replaces therapy with food. I eat for every emotion, especially the negative ones, so when you get envy triggering self loathing, triggering cheesecake cravings (flavour of the week), you develop a bit of a cycle.

Said desk neighbour also stocks snacks in her desk, and she’s very sweet, she shares everything. Which would be fine, but she’s a bit of a feeder, and I have very little will power. Last time I refused her, she stared at me and waved a Bakewell Tart under my nose.

So, combine my neighbour with my lack of movement for 8 hours of the day, with the high levels of stress, my job is making me fat.

I am thinking about making changes to this. I don’t mean the fat part; I’ve been trying to make changes to that since I was 10 years old. I’m just beginning to wonder if maybe we should start seeing all the aspects of our lives that influence our weight in the same way we do food. If it’s bad for us – stop doing it. Of course, it’s not as simple as that, but isn’t it a lovely idea?

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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in balance and wellbeing, diet, food

 

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Downward Dog

I took up yoga last year in an effort to harness my inner Chi (whatever that means).

I never found the Chi, but it did have a massive impact on my life. I found myself sleeping better and not feeling as stressed. I started the Yoga with Adriene 30 days of yoga programme, and I really enjoyed it.

For one reason or other, I ended up stopping for a few months, so I made it my resolution for 2016 to start up again. I knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to doing it every day, so I’ve said at least three times per week.

Her new programme, yoga camp, is ace. She gives you options for different levels, and it all just feels very relaxed. Perfect for me. So I started the tutorial. I enjoyed it and felt great. I’d found, much like re-starting the blog, that it didn’t take much to get back on the horse.

The difference between this time round and last time around, was the addition of our furry friend, Pixie the Puggle.

Have you ever seen the videos of people trying to do yoga with pets in the room? Well, that’s what has happened to me every time I try to do yoga.

Our dog is very loving and devoted to us, which means if she’s worried about us, she lets us know. So when I reached the end of the video and I was settling into the deep breathing, Pixie began to think I was dying, which led her to jump up and down on me furiously and lick my face.

When I started giggling and she realised I was fine, she laid on top of me and started chewing her bone. Yoga session over.

But I’ve been keeping with it, even with the doggy lifeguard. I’m already feeling better. I’ve not particularly lost weight, but my body feels a bit tighter, and my jeans feel looser. To anyone playing with the idea of yoga, but unsure where to start, look up Adriene – you will not regret it.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in balance and wellbeing

 

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Hey, Doctor! Leave that clown alone!

Taken from money.cnn.com

When you are on the go it isn’t always easy to keep true to your diet. It’s all too easy to smell a Subway or a McDonald’s when you have been on you have been on your feet all day and venture in. If you are trying to stay healthy and you have to eat on the move, it would be easy to assume that heading to an actual restaurant must be healthier than a McDonald’s. To throw more fat on the fire, doctors hit out at McDonald’s being allowed to sponsor the Olympics last week, claiming that it sent out the wrong message (I would like to point out here that in this video, all the overweight people are eating fish and chip shop food and not McDonald’s). What they seem to have failed to notice is that they have got it all wrong.
There are only a handful of food chains I know of in the UK that list all of their products with calorie content. They are McDonald’s, Subway, most KFCs and Starbucks. When I meet with friends or family to eat out for lunch, I always chose from one of these places because I know exactly what is going in my mouth calorie–wise, which means I can correctly calculate my weightwatcher points without having to guestimate. How many restaurants or pubs do this? Apart from the occasional pub food chain which has an ‘under 600’ range, there aren’t many. I may not be aware of other chains that do this, but the point is that the fast food chains are the ones making a real effort to get this country more calorie-conscious.

There are 720 calories in a normal portion of spaghetti Bolognese. There are 365 calories in a grilled chicken salad wrap. Instead of slating the giant yellow M for being a fatty food chain, why don’t we focus on asking why fish and chip shops aren’t listing their calories? Why don’t we ask why our deeply loved pie bakers Greggs aren’t being upfront? McDonald’s is not a health spa. It will never be the healthiest place on earth to eat. Yes, there are some very fatty foods available to eat at McDonald’s, but there are also healthier options like the wraps and the salads. At least they are trying, and they lay all their carbs on the table.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in food

 

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