1. Take the stairs.
While we were driving (vacation was awesome, but it did involve many hours in the car), I read an article about Mayor Bloomberg (famous for getting NY restaurants to post calorie counts, and banning the sale of large soft drinks). He is now working to pass legislation that will make stairs in NY City more accessible and inviting.
I agree that some of his ideas may be a bit misguided, but making stairs available to people who would like to use them? That sounds like a great idea to me.
I make it a point to take the stairs whenever I can. In fact, I always take the stairs when we stay in hotels, and, at some point while I’m there, I climb to the top floor. It’s just what I do. Most hotels we stay in only have 5 floors or so, so it’s not a huge deal.
This trip, I climbed 45 flights at our hotel in PA, and we were only there one night.
Other great stair-taking opportunities are at malls and airports. Often the empty staircase is right in the middle of two jam-packed escalators.
Next time you find yourself faced with an opportunity to take the stairs, do yourself a favor and take them!
2. The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips
Monica Reinagel (aka the Nutrition Diva) is a great resource for diet and nutrition information.
I collect a bunch of her free Quick and Dirty Tips podcasts from iTunes and am in my glory listening to them for hours at a time on road trips. Kurt would prefer to listen to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, but whatever.
3. To weigh or not to weigh
As a personal trainer, I’m constantly telling people not to pay too much attention to what the scale says, that they should instead focus on how they feel and how their clothes fit.
Many studies have shown that weighing often (even every day) can help people stay on track with their healthy eating and fat-loss goals.
It has worked for me in the past. There was a time when I weighed myself everyday, and it did help me maintain my weight.
It felt a little obsessive. And, if I’ve gone for a while without weighing myself and I hop on the scale and my weight is down, I notice that I’m much more likely to cut myself a bigger piece of cheesecake or help myself to a muffin the size of my head for breakfast because I feel as though I can afford to because I’m getting so skinny. Or, my weight is up and I get discouraged and don’t feel as motivated to stay on track.
When we got home from vacation, Kurt announced that he was launching Operation Lose 3 Pounds (OL3P). A piece of paper with his current weight appeared on the dining room table next to our Baseball Push-up spreadsheet. I felt a little pressure to add my name.
I hadn’t weighed myself in a while, but first thing the next morning I hopped on the scale. I was 3.8 pounds above what I think of as my “happy weight”. I added my name to the sheet.
The moral? There are much better ways of monitoring health than weight, but I do think that in some circumstances, regular weighing can be a helpful practice.