Do you know what I (Andrea) did yesterday? Nothing. Well, almost nothing. After a week of shopping, cleaning, standing in lines, running around, freaking out, and general stress, and after a weekend of candy, treats, carbs, booze and everything else that’s generally bad for me, I shut down.
At 1am both my husband and I woke up. Because, let’s face it, little rest and lots of running around and poor dietary choices screw up your system. (So we stayed up and watched a whole Star Trek movie.) :) When I finally rolled out of bed at 8am my husband had cleaned up most of the kitchen and he just told me to sit back and relax. So I did.
I stayed in my jammies all day. I sat on the couch. I sipped coffee. I ate a lot of Chex Mix. (Yes, I did do a little work on my laptop.) Generally, I did everything I could to do as little as possible. And, while it was okay mentally, physically it was the wrong thing to do.
When you “go” to work - physically get up and go somewhere each day, you go. You’re moving around. You have a lot of action taking place and it’s great. When you work at home, it’s soooooo easy to get sucked into a chasm of laziness and bad eating. Right now, all those treats from the weekend are still there in the kitchen. I have peanut brittle and cookies and pie and truffles and caramels and wine and beer and, and, and…. And unless I “leave work” I can’t get away from it. And when you can’t get away from something, you tend to get sucked into it.
But when you do work from home, you can’t make that excuse for yourself. You can’t just say oh, I gained ten pounds because I had all these treats and I had to eat them. That’s bull crap. That’s being lazy. And I know lazy.
So, if you’re working from home this week, get up. Get moving. Yes, you can eat a candy, but maybe eat that candy after you’ve done some stretching, or after you’ve gone for a five minute walk. Get out of those jammies. (Yes, I’m still in them right now but I’m changing - soon. I promise!) Keep moving because your #healthmatters. And eat some veggies, too. :)
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.