Fears: Desk Jobs & Weight Gain

So, I finally got a real lawyer job.  After WELL OVER A YEAR searching.  To say I’m over the moon excited would be an understatement.  BUT, I would also be lying if I failed to mention that maybe my 3rd thought after receiving my offer was, “how will I not gain weight?”  This sentiment continued to echo as I spent an absurd amount of money on work clothes…in a particular size….that I may struggle to fit into once I’m stuck at a desk most of the day every day if I’m not proactive about maintaining my weight.

Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve come up with to combat this problem. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share tips in the comments section if you have some!

1.  Eat salads for lunch often.

like this drool-worthy one from howsweeteats.com!

This will aid in getting enough produce in my diet in a lower-calorie way.  And, if you build a salad with protein+healthy fat+ carbs, etc. it should do a good job of keeping energy up through what is usually my afternoon slump.

2. Drink water.  Nonstop.  This is pretty self-explanatory.  Staying hydrated curbs appetite, helps your brain work, aids in digestion. Basically does everything.  Since there’s a kitchen in the office I plan on adding lemon, cucumber, mint, etc. to a huge water jug and drink from it all day.

3. Try to get up and move at least once every hour.  This shouldn’t be too difficult if I’m drinking water like I should.  On a related note, I will try and do as many job-related tasks as possible while standing up (ex: responding to phone calls).

4. Snack smart.  I plan on stocking up on individual oatmeal packets, peanut butter, fresh fruit, skinny pop, and tea.

5. Work out in the morning.  This needs and deserves its own blog post.  My tentative goal is to wake up around 6am each morning and work out at home.

I know from experience that putting off my workout for the end of the day usually results in skipping it altogether.  Also, exercising in the morning has tons of benefits like increased alertness and energy, amping up your metabolism for the rest of the day (especially if doing HIIT or strength training), and starting out on a healthful note so you are more prepared to make good choices for the remainder of the day. I should note that I am NOT a morning person and this will absolutely be the hardest thing for me to accomplish.  Again, if you have tips for making getting up easier please share!!!

-Kyra

Questions

Do you work a desk job?  If so, how have you maintained a healthy lifestyle?

More about Kyra

Kyra is a wife and dog mom to an adorable French Bulldog. Attorney by day and health/fitness blogger by night. Lives, works, plays, and eats in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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