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My Secret to Thin

Today at work, a colleague asked me what my secret to staying thin was.

Well, here it comes:


It’s called hard work and eating well, and it’s been around for centuries. That, and I’m naturally petite. But mostly, it’s hard work. It’s spending a little more at the grocery store because I buy fresh vegetables and fruit. It’s dragging my tired ass outside in 30 degree heat to walk/jog with F and the dog. It’s squats and lunges and push ups and tricep dips on the counter and moving as much as I can every day. 

I sit in an office from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm almost every day, sometimes later. I don’t have a gym membership. I have two sets of free weights, 5lb and 8lb, a 46-pound-toddler, and a yoga mat. I have stairs in my building, two feet and a set of lungs to breathe in some air. It’s all you really need. 

That, and a little motivation.

I’d love to have more time in my day to devote to spending an hour in the gym. I’d love to have the money to shell out on a gym membership. I wish I owned a bike. But right now I don’t, so I do my best to make it all work.

I’m not a personal trainer or a nutritionist. I’m hardly an expert on health and wellness, but I know my body. I know my limits. That’s where it all begins. Know your body. Know your limits. Know what works for you and what doesn’t, where you’re beginning and where you want to go.

In the meantime, want to burn a few extra calories this Wednesday?

Park further from the mall/store/office and walk. Don’t drive a car? Get off the bus a couple of stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.

Tired of sitting in the office? Get up and walk around. Take 100 steps every couple of hours. Do a set of push ups on the corner of your desk, followed by a few tricep dips. Do it every couple of hours. It adds up.

Squeeze in a few sun salutations today, or better yet – make a 10-minute yoga practice your new wake up. You won’t find a better alarm than a work out. You can thank me when you realize it only took one cup of coffee to get you going after that.

These are easy ways to incorporate a little movement into your day-to-day life, without cutting out a chunk of time that could otherwise be spent, you know, living. 

More important than anything else, love your body. Own it. We’re all shaped differently, just like we all look different and like different things. We’re not all supposed to be the same height, weight, shape.  Take care of yourself. Treat your body with respect, feed yourself good food and don’t forget to give yourself a break now and then.

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