Trying To Be Active & Working From Home

Right guys, today it’s time for a bit of a confession.  Things here have got out of control.  It happens every now and then, but this time things are serious.  They are worse than they ever have been, and it really is time to start reigning things back in.  This post has been a long time coming, but for the last few months, I have been suffering with that curse of human nature called denial.  It has to be my worst enemy by far, well that and sugar.  Sugar really is the bane of my life, and I wish that me and it’s refined form had never crossed paths.

Why Have I Gained Weight? 

There’s also the take aways that have risen out of control, because my motivation to cook a healthy family meal is at an all time low.  So many things have slipped out of balance and it’s time to try and get things back on an even keel before my weight and my health suffer beyond the point of no return.

Something that really has become a thing of the past is taking regular exercise and my body is starting to creak as a result.  I could blame my age, but it isn’t that.  If I was healthy, I wouldn’t have the same niggles that I’m experiencing now, like a knee that complains about the weight it is supporting or a discomfort in my left ribs due to incredibly bad posture.

Check out my vlog where I get into the nitty gritty of my weight loss denial:

Working from Home & Weight Gain

My body is saying, ‘do something before it is too late you silly woman’, and I know it is.  More activity is needed in my day, especially when I don’t have the children.  That is my window of opportunity to increase my fitness levels, and I desperately need to get these habits in place before the cold weather sets in and it’s even harder to get myself motivated.

Working from home has very much been a blessing and a curse for me, and I know it has contributed to my recent weight gain.  I have a slightly compulsive personality, and that means that I get wrapped up in things and lose sight of other priorities in my life, and self care is definitely an area that suffers.

trying to be active & working from home

Being More Active & Weight Loss

In a bid to get myself active again, I’ve been doing a little shopping so that I am ready to go for a walk or go to an exercise class during the day.  I need to turn working from home into an advantage, and seeing as I’ve only got myself to please I can wear some comfortable jogging bottoms with a t-shirt so that getting some exercise really can just be slipped into my day.  It’s about starting with a walk every lunchtime, and joining the exercise class in the hall that’s just 2 minutes from my house.  I really don’t have any excuse to start getting active.

I have been giving so much to working on my blog, that instead of enjoying it, it’s been draining me.  My energy levels are at an all time low because of the poor diet, the lack exercise and the amount of screen time I have.  I’ve been making small changes over the last couple of weeks to try and get things back in order, and I can feel the benefits already.  I feel much happier, just from taking a few walks during the working day and cutting down on the about of take away food we have been eating.  There’s still along way to go, and who knows if this time I’ll crack it, but I cannot give up trying to lose weight and be healthier, for both me and my families sake.

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  1. August 30, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I can so relate with this post. Ever since giving birth to T six years ago, I’ve sort of let myself go. I used to use childbirth as an excuse, but I can’t obviously use that anymore and keep lying to myself. Well done to you for finally doing something about it. You’ve just inspired me 😉 x
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  2. August 30, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I find I do less exercise in the school holidays I have built in some exercise into my term term routine. I have to go to regular classes or it doesn’t happen.
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  3. August 31, 2016 / 5:40 am

    Oh no! You need to take better care of yourself, otherwise you won’t be able to keep working on your blog. Even if it’s 30 minutes a day, you will notice it. I made a post about exercises to do at home that also help with the posture (something very important for bloggers, that spent hours sitting in front of the PC). It would be great if you could have a look:

    Also, you need to drink lots of water and eat fruits and vegs, as exercise makes just the 30% in losing weight. Anyway, the first to do is not to worry too much, because it’s normal that at some stages we all gain weight because of our lifestyle but then, we realize and we come back to our normal health/weight. I hope you keep us updated on this 🙂 x
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  4. August 31, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I also work from home, and I find that having a FitBit has really helped me become more active. It was a real wake up call to see how inactive I was, when I thought I had been busy round the house all day. These days I make sure to do at least 12,000 steps a day and it really helps.
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  5. September 1, 2016 / 8:57 am

    This is the story of my life at the no. I am desperate to get into exercise again. I think once my daughter starts school next week and we are in a routine then it’ll be ok
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  6. September 1, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I put on a stone the first year I was working from home! Had to reassess my whole life!

  7. September 1, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Oh good for you hun – I really hear you on all levels. I am hoping to start a plan next week to get myself sorted. Kaz x
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  8. September 2, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I am finding working from home and being active do not go hand in hand. I am starting swimming this month when sebby goes to nursery
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  9. September 2, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I have gained weight this year but over the holidays I find I do less and all my clothes are getting tight. I can not wait till next week to go back to the gym. I always find it easier to stick to a routine when I have a friend to join me. Shame you don’t live closer, we could have got fit together 🙂
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  10. September 7, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Zena, I know exactly where you’re coming from. You don’t realise how much more you work when you go to work – even with an office job. Working from home can see me walk less than 1,000 steps a day.

    I’ve been trailing the couch to 5k – I’ve never run… like ever! But it’s been much easier than before. We’re also Geocaching whenever Helen’s neices and nephews come round. This is a great way to get outside with the kids and keep them active too.

    Thank you so much for shairng!

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