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Trying Not To Be Chair Shaped #10

I need help. Writing for a living is causing me to become chair shaped. Short of getting a new job, I’m not entirely sure how to tackle it anymore.

So far, I’ve tripled my steps and taken up walking.

I also had one cup of green tea yesterday in the hopes that I might start a new habit.

That’s about all I’ve done.

Snacking is getting out of hand. When I’m concentrating, I need something to chew on or fiddle with. When I’m actively writing, it’s easier to manage but when I’m doing an in depth edit or researching for some ghostwriting, the urge to nibble is overwhelming.

I’ve eaten through three pens this week alone. I don’t want to name how many snacks I’ve consumed.

So, fellow writers, please hit me up with some suggestions of things to nibble or fiddle with while working in such close proximity to the kitchen cupboards.

Chewing gum? Grapes?

… dare I say it … is it time for some HIIT…?


18 responses to “Trying Not To Be Chair Shaped #10”

  1. HIIT it Emma! If you’re time poor the shortest routine I’ve found is 2min,20sec/2min,20sec/2min,20sec/2min. Mild to Moderate pace for two minutes; flat out for 20 seconds. Total nine minutes! Preferably done on an exercise bike but trot/run or similar will work eg for flat-out: star-jumps, crunches, squats, push-ups etc with slow jog for two minutes.
    Also stretch before breakfast and try to stand up for 10 shoulder rolls or whatever every thirty to forty-five minutes.
    Can you stomach:
    Pumpkin/ Celery/Spinach soup?
    The stick blender is your friend as liquidised foods stay in the stomach longer and increase the chance of the brain registering satiety.
    Good luck,

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      • My first line incantation is ‘Something is always better than nothing’. It usually works and once started, I’m usually away. Your subconscious might fall for this…or you might find motivation under a different spell.
        But more importantly, what might you enjoy?


  2. Hi, Emma. I’ve made exercise an important part of my writing routine. I’ve learned over the years that small changes make a difference over time. There is so much information out there on nutrition and exercise it can be overwhelming. It’s good to just concentrate on one change at a time. From what you have written it seems your brain has connected your sitting down to write with snacking. Maybe writing for shorter periods and having a light stretch or walk might help when the urges strike.

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  3. What helped me lose weight is I didn’t go on a diet. I changed the way I eat. When I started all my meals were cut in half or thirds but I eat what I had alwasy except for a few things. I starting shopping diffectntly, if’s it’s no there I can’t eat it. Mantaining control is the fist step. Maybe try one of the weight loss apps. Have a great day.

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      • I want to lose 20 more but without exercise, which burns the calories, I haven’t been able to get past 20 poundss. Little steps and you may want to keep a grateful journalwhere you can write how good it felt ti accomplish that small step. Over time you’ll see changes and if committed you can do it.


  4. I can identify with this dilemma, too, Emma. I spend most of my time sitting, writing, reading, or even out shopping in my wheelchair. Therefore, I am 100% and, without a doubt, chair shaped. I also have the same problem picking at food while on my laptop. I’ve tried always keeping fruit in the house, sometimes picking at healthy snacks like pumpkin seeds or just a few plain nuts. A hot drink like coffee on the side also helps stop me from picking too much.

    I wasn’t sure what HIIT meant, so I Googled it. Definitely out of the question for me, but from what your other readers say, it might be a good thing to try. Good luck with doing whatever works for you. Xx 😘


  5. Reblogged this on Ernest Hemingway: Thoughts on the Writing Journey and commented:
    “One cannot always tell what it is that keeps us shut in, confines us, seems to bury us, but still one feels certain barriers, certain gates, certain walls. is all this imagination, fantasy?”

    Hi Emma

    Thanks for the/another follow(s) and/or the ‘likes’

    IF you want to go on a journey (destination unknown), you can follow me. Thanks and enjoy the trip.

    happy travelling
    “Sleepy-head” craig (here in “Sleepy Hollow”)
    œI travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
    – Robert Louis Stevenson + my third book ‘Here, There and Everywhere’
    “Do not go where the path may lead. Go where there is no path and leave a trail”
    of confusion + CHAOS (at least in the œreal world and hopefully NOT cyberspace too)

    “the going nowhere (fast) man”

    “Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder *

    * not bridges (thank goodness)!

    Well my family and friends say I™m “safest” just writing and sharing

    “Mr Do-little”


    Don’t worry about the world ending today…its already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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  6. I have failed, father. I read an article, and very well written it was, too. But then I fell at the final hurdle because I did not know what HHT was. Everyone else seemed to know. Can you help me?

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