Lane: I think it's been a great success. Revenue is climbing. I was gonna suggest we get a sandwich machine We'd probably get 40% of the work force keeping busy through lunch.
Joan: Or we'd end up with a bunch of fat secretaries who think the whole afternoon is lunch time because there's always another sandwich around the corner. ~Mad Men
I got home from work especially early yesterday, wanted to give the Castle a good cleaning before we left for the long weekend. As I was on my hands & knees scrubbing floors & toilets, bent over the vacuum & mop, racing back & forth from room to room, folding laundry, moving furniture, etc. etc. I started thinking to myself, "hmm..look at all of the exercise I'm doing here, I wonder if this is the reason I was 20 pounds thinner when I worked from home instead of at the office?" I spent about four hours scrubbing, vacuuming, mopping, the whole deal. Even with only logging two of those hours, check out how many calories I burned:
Whoa! Maybe there is something to this Secretary Spread concept after all! Let's face it, we sit all day long, chained to the desk, only getting up for occasional trips to the ladies room and around our small office. I can't imagine we burn many calories crunching numbers. Then you add the convenience of eating at one's desk and the always-present donutDon't get me wrong, there are plenty of overweight housewives who sit around eating bon-bons and watching Oprah all day, but I wasn't one of them. I had a routine, I stuck with it, lead a very busy & active life. I mothered my three kids, volunteered at their schools, cleaned my house, took care of my husband, and also managed to run a successful part-time business on the side. I wasn't joyous all of the time (hence the divorce) but my house was clean, my kids were happy, and I was thinner. Not skinny by any means but definitely smaller than I am now. Even though I wasn't doing much formal exercise, I was apparently working out enough in my daily routine.
Since I'm not able to quit my job and don't want to become a professional housekeeper, I'll have to find another way to keep the pounds off my already ample hips!
My daily eating was pretty good as well:
I was feeling great last night! Accomplished, in control, content! I do need to up my veggies and lower the white-ish stuff a bit, had too much bread yesterday and am feeling a bit bloated this morning. We had run out of apples (my go-to snack) and I was too tired to run to the store.
NSV: I made crock-pot ravioli & meatballs for my family's dinner. I considered having some, figured just a little bit wouldn't hurt, right? But I stopped, thought about the calories and fat in that little pile of white cheesy stuff, and changed my mind. Instead I was able to enjoy a healthier meal, guilt-free, leaving the ravioli to the skinny folks around here.
It's going to be harder to work in the exercise this weekend since I don't have a treadmill up there, but I can certainly get my derriere to the park down the street for a good walk. Besides, Loki needs it as much as I do.
Have a Beauty-Full Day,