Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Computer Is Making Me Fat!


Unfortunately, it's true. Since becoming an author and writing two series every year (stopped that for now), blogging, reading other blogs in my Google reader (I actually have a TBR pile), checking my email (every ten minutes), playing Farmville (love that app), Facebooking, Tweeting, downloading Kindle to my PC so I can read e-books...

What has happened to my butt??? I haven't been able to button or snap at my waistline for at least the last year. I have a jelly belly roll that's squishing over the top of my pants and spreading like the Blob. My zippers don't even go all the way up anymore. At first, I thought everything shrunk. No such luck. Elastic waistbands are looking really, really good for all future purchases.

I start every day with a promise to myself. I'll take breaks throughout the day. Get on the stationary bike. Do a few yoga stretches, walk on days when it isn't five degrees outside. I even brainstormed how to incorporate exercise at the computer so I wouldn't have to leave it. How pathetic is that?

But as each day progresses, the computer obsession sets in and good intentions fly away with the time. And once again, I haven't fulfilled that promise to myself.

A timer might help, something to break through the barrier between virtual reality and the real world. A buzzer to remind me to get up and move my body. But what if I'm writing a really great scene and I'm totally into it and...well...I might lose an important thread if I'm suddenly jarred out of the story.

Maybe I could use the timer at other times when I'm not writing, when I'm playing or wasting time. Yes, maybe that's the key. Then, when it goes off, I'll get up and head for the bike or work on Warrior Three. What do you think? Will it work? Because I have to come up with a plan and stick to it before I totally blimp out.

26 comments:

Dru said...

That sounds like a good plan. It may work unless it has a snooze button because you know how we love to hit it.

Heather Webber said...

Me! I'd totally hit that snooze button Dru's talking about.

I need to get more exercise, too, (should be on the treadmill right now) yet, my office chair is so comfy...

I need a plan too.

Kiy said...

I've been toying with getting one of those yoga balls to replace my desk chair. I have zero balance, so it it will do one of two things: keep me away from the computer or actually help. Either way, it's a start. Now to get off my 'office chair' and do something about that!

Oh, and if you haven't looked at a Wii, now could be the time. We've *only* bought games that get our butts off the sofa. It's total fun and you are moving. It's the only exercise I've gotten in the last year ... which says something about me and stretchy pants!

Good luck, Kiy

Deb Baker said...

Haha. I'm not a snooze buttoner like you two. I'll get up when it goes off but that doesn't mean I'll work out. Also need a lock on the fridge.

Deb Baker said...

Kiy, I never thought of a yoga ball! I have images in my head of you rolling away from your computer. My sister showed up with her Wii over the holidays and it was total fun! Another great idea.

Mason Canyon said...

At last something I can blame for my oversize rather than me. It makes perfect sense. I guess I do help the problem along some as occasionally I will snack while I'm traveling around blogdom. You know travel does make you hungry.

If you find a solution, do share. Until then I guess I'll just sit here and surf a little while I nibble on a cheese danish. (I do back away from the computer a bit when I feed as to not get crumbles on the keyboard. Does that count as exercise?) :)
Thanks for the laugh.

Deb Baker said...

Backing away only counts if you do a few waist bends.

Lindy said...

I know from curling my hair while on the stationary bike that exercise doesn't have to be a dedicated activity. Curling iron burns don't hurt so bad when when you're panting. Unfortunately, I don't curl my hair very often.

Deb Baker said...

Ah, yes, the old multi-tasking thing. I know. I can get on the bike, have lunch at the same time, and make notes on the next chapter. Yes.

Linda said...

I had planned to really start my exercise routine after all that holiday eating, but then I hurt my head, so I'm only able to walk for exercise right now. At least it is pretty much always sunny here, so I can get out and walk, but my clothing still feels tight. Ugh! Last year I bought some really cute jeans (like 3 pairs of them in different colors) and I bought them a few sizes smaller than my current size. So, I think I'll put those jeans (that are still in the bag) someplace where I can see them everyday, as incentive to get moving.

Leann Sweeney said...

Exercise? Do people still do that? It's soooo last decade.

Anonymous said...

Deb, I totally understand. During the winter, we seem to spend a lot of time sitting, whether it's at the computer, at a desk, on the train commuting to work (me), in our cars, or at home watching tv or reading.

I think it's our way of trying to stay warm. Lately, since it has been so cold out here in Baltimore and Washington, DC area (colder than it usually is), I've been doing a lot of lazying around in my bedroom watching the great Angela Lansbury in "Murder, She Wrote" and cuddling with my kitties.

For some reason, exercise just doesn't seem as much fun during the winter as it can be when the weather is nice enough to be able to ride a bicycle in the park and enjoy nature.

I'm looking forward to Spring and the Malice Domestic Convention in April. I hope all the "Cozy Chicks" will be there. I'll have my car full of books to be autographed!!!

Shirley in Baltimore

Deb Baker said...

Maybe I should wait until spring to start exercising (grinning like the procrastinator I am).

Heather Webber said...

I'll be there, Shirley! Be sure to say hi!

Shel said...

I'll get out and walk this spring, because it will be too nice not to, here. But for now, I'm staying holed up and warm. Lucky for me, my husband is of the opinion that "real women have curves" and likes mine, so I don't worry TOO much about weight unless I start "outgrowing" everything, which hasn't happened yet.

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Deb. I have to start the day with my workout BEFORE I start working, otherwise it might not get done. So, I get up, get a cup of tea, and head out, no matter how cold it is. Now, that's the usual routine. Right now, I'm recuperating from that virus and the the frigid early morn temps aren't good for that. But I'll be okay by week's end.

Another reason to exercise? Believe it or not, it actually GIVES you energy. Honest.

Deb Baker said...

As God is my witness, I really, really thought that was the monkey's tail!

Shel said...

ROFLMAO so did I, til you told on yourself, Deb!!!

jbstanley said...

Deb,

Where did you find that picture of me? LOL!
Between the computer and the cookie recipes, I'm gonna look like that monkey pretty soon!

Thanks for making me laugh!

Heather Webber said...

That's NOT his tail? Oh my.

pixiepoe123 said...

My too sweet hubby installed a t.v. with DVD player on the wall of our workout room by the treadmill. Now anytime I want to watch my House or Murder, She Wrote DVDs, I get a workout at the same time. I also bought a book holder and affixed it to the top of my treadmill in the event that there is a new book I would rather read while working out. And always set aside a time to work out first thing in the morning. By the time your day gets started, there are too many interruptions that can sabotage even the best intentions.

Mary Kennedy said...

Deb, an alarming (and rather depressing) new psych study revealed that many women would be willing to trade five years of their life, if they could just lose 15 pounds. They didn't do the study on men...hah! Can you imagine Alec Baldwin, Russell Crowe, Jack Black or Gerard Butler willing to make that trade.. I don't think so...wonderful blog.

Loni Emmert said...

Not only does sitting at my computer make me gain weight (and my day job is on a computer or in meetings all day) and I commute 600+ miles a week and try to get some writing in! but it also makes my legs and back hurt. Not too mention that my eyes are extremely strained. I'm trying to exercise more, take the stairs at work, get more walking in. And I've started exercising again and my sister (P.I. Barrington) just bought a weight bell for us to share. Hope it all works.

ChristyJan said...

My brother-in-law hooked up his laptop onto his treadmill. I thought it sounded like a great idea. But then I realized I'd actually have to stand instead of sit to use it.

trek said...

I read a knitter's blog once who stated that she refused to allow herself to knit until after she had her workout. The knitting was a reward for doing something she needed to do but really wasn't otherwise motivated to do.

Might want to give that a whirl?

Oh, yes, and one thing that often helps is to have a workout buddy or even just a friend to email you daily to check in with you on sticking to your program.

Bookworm Princess said...

I keep buying bigger pants and that seems to be working for me,lol.

I have gained 20 pounds since returning to school full-time and just sitting all day. It is so disappointing but at the same time I will end up with an office job anyway and sit there too. I need to get motivated to do some sort of walking routine.