The world isn’t flat. And your butt shouldn’t be either.

I have a desk job, and I’ve noticed over the last few years, my ass has been obtaining that sad phenomena known as “secretary spread”.

It ain’t pretty.

One of my 2015 goals was to be more selfish, and tied to that, I decided to not spend 8+ hours a day with my butt in the seat.  Thankfully, Troy’s aunt got me a Jawbone Up for Christmas, and it has made my efforts very “in my face” if I don’t stay active throughout the day.  Nothing more embarrassing then checking your steps at day’s end, only to see you walked well below your goal.  And ate 15 Milky Way dark fun size candy bars, because dark chocolate is FULL of antioxidants dammit.

You don’t need a Jawbone or a Fitbit or a pedometer to get moving, but personally it keeps me accountable.  For people with an iphone, there is a step counter on there, but the downside is you have to keep your phone on you at all times for it to keep track of your efforts.

My Jawbone is a slightly older model (why it is so much cheaper than the most current options), because it is not linked automatically to my phone via bluetooth.  I have an app on my phone, and I have to plug the Jawbone in to my phone and it updates my dashboard with the steps.  At first I found it annoying, but now it’s about 45 seconds a day.  I think I can spare that to track my steps.  45 seconds for my health.  Sure.

As I mentioned before, I have a desk job and if it weren’t for sheer willpower to get up and move, my butt could stay planted in that seat all day.  Since getting my Jawbone and deciding to be a selfish employee, I have found crazy simple ways to get my move on.

Before reading the list below, please note that I am one of the world’s faster natural walkers.  I’m sure that is statistically accurate.  People routinely will yell “where’s the fire” when I am taking what I assume is a leisurely stroll.  People will tell me “oh I saw you at Target the other day and was going to say hi, but you looked like you were on a mission”.  Nope, just my normal walking.

In high school, my best friend was on our JROTC Orienteering Team.  Yes, we were both nerds.  Thanks for asking.  For those of you who don’t know what orienteering is, it is a mix of cross-country running and navigation courses. So my friend would routinely run 5-10 miles while trying to find “flags” and barely break a sweat.  One time for his birthday, I took him to Seattle for a concert (Creed…what were we thinking?).  After about two hours of walking around, he stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, put his hands on his knees and begged “can we please slow down?  I am exhausted“.

So yes, I am fast.  That’s what she said.

  1. I have a printer in my office, but I now send printing jobs to a copier on my floor, and then I take the long way to get there.
  2. My employer has a few buildings clustered together.  Instead of using inter-office mail, I’ve been getting up to deliver stuff in-person.  And I take the longest route to get there.  My speed walking of the longest routes is everyone’s normal speed on a direct route.
  3. Instead of sending someone an email, I get up and walk over to speak with them face to face if the discussion can be a simple “yes” or “no”.  While taking the longest route on my floor.
  4. Instead of reading during my fake smoke breaks, I get up and take a brisk walk outside of our complex.  Yeah, a lot of times it rains and the weather is meh, but this isn’t the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, and a walk in the crisp air keeps me awake and alert.
  5. If I finish up my lunch, I will some times take a quick walk around the building to avoid the post-meal coma.
  6. If I’m sitting in a long meeting, I’ll get up and stand if it can be done without being disruptive.  This past Monday, I was at an-all day job fair.  When there were no potential applicants in the room, I went and took a fast walk outside of the meeting room.  I went every 3o minutes, and at first, all the other vendors gave me weird looks.  By lunch I had at least two to three other vendors walking with me.  It was great to get up and move, and I had some wonderful two-minute conversations with people I wouldn’t have spoken with had we remained seated behind our tables.
  7. My friend who has a Fitbit holds “walking meetings” with her team, and does performance reviews while strolling with her direct reports.

When I am at home, I try to keep moving and not park myself on the couch (except to write blog posts about how to stay moving.  Obvs).  If my step count is low for the day, I challenge Jack to a dance party, or we run around our fireplace (relax, it doesn’t have a fire going at the time).  I also either do a 30 minute workout video  in the morning via Daily Burn on our Roku, or I ride our stationary bike.  I was so annoyed when after 35 minutes on the bike, my Jawbone would only report 80 steps.  I get that many steps a night just getting up to pee.  I was whining about this one day, when my genius mother-in-law suggested I put it on my ankle.  Now, a 35 minute bike ride gives me almost 5k steps!

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#winning

The Jawbone will also track your sleep if you activate that feature.  I do use it, but don’t put a ton of stock in it because it says I fall asleep a lot faster than I know I do.  It does however show that I wake up WAY too many times throughout the night, so no freaking wonder I’m always tired.  Troy complains constantly about being tired, so I made him wear it one night and it totally backfired on him because it tracked that he slept over 9 hours while only waking up once.

Vengeance, thy name is Jawbone.

Do you have step counter, or somehow track your movement throughout the day?  Any tips for getting up to move throughout during day even with a desk job?

Homemade Mondays week 116

Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle.  We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that.  Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts

New co-host, Kelly from The Sustainable Couple 
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This week’s featured post is Peeping in Our Pantries by My Sister’s Pantry (read that was PANTRY, not Panty, m’kay?).

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Meal plan for January 26th – February 1st

I am not here today to brag about the Seahawks win, because frankly we phoned the game in and Green Bay deserved that win.  I want to show you this sign that Jack made right when the Seahawks made that crazy play with less than two minutes to go.  The sign is hard to read because Jack is going through a phase of only writing in yellow highlighter.

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I’m not sharing it because the sign is great or Jack’s face is insane, but because it puts Troy’s freak calves on display.  Seriously, it looks like he grew up downwind of a nuclear reactor.

Wanna see my parent’s completed kitchen?

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I have total space envy.  All the cupboards and drawers have that “soft close” technology and basically make me want to take a sledgehammer to our kitchen.

I was going through some photos recently, and got freaked the freak out by the resemblance between five-year old Jack, and 11 (ish?) year old me.

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Troy and I were both off on Friday, and once Jack was safely at school, we headed to IKEA.  We needed to look for a couch, and turns out the one I had my heart set on has been discontinued.  Damnit!  We also needed some storage ideas for our master closet.  With the remodel, all our closet storage was removed and has to be reworked.  What used to be a nice normal wall in the closet is now a pass through in to our bathroom.  Old closet photos can be seen here.  Where the door was is now part of the hallway wall.  Sorry about the blurry photos; all photos on my blog before I switched over to WordPress in May are fuzzy because of the transfer.

With all the construction and having to move items around every few weeks, our master closet is currently home to a mixture of health and beauty stuff, clothes racks for air drying, and a myriad of other junk.  Once we install the shelves in our new hall closet, all this crap can be removed.  For someone who likes organization, this has been a lesson in patience for me.

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Love the blue moving blankets held together with clamps and duct tape?  That is the (new) doorway to our bathroom that used to be a closet in our bathroom.  The moving blankets keep the heat in our bathroom so that I can shave my legs.  #priorities  Eventually there will be a door there, but we have to install new flooring first.

During our IKEA trip, we picked out this shelving system to go on the wall behind all the toilet paper rolls in the photo above.   It’s the shelf with the four pullout wire baskets behind the white piece of paper Troy is holding while apparently looking like he is about to sneeze or fall asleep.

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It’s a Pax system, and is on sale for $212 right now, originally $250.  Troy is going to just hang some brackets and basic (read: cheap) dowels on the other walls in the closet and we’ll call it a day.

Randomly I was cleaning out a cabinet last week and found some photos of our yard when we first moved in to this house.  Yikes; nothing edible in the whole yard.

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I can’t find a photo taken at the same angle now, but this shows you the flip side of that photo.

raspberryHere’s a reason on why you should “friend” me on Facebook…you get to read such flattering gems about my life like this:

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Meal plan time! Just a reminder that I only plan our dinners for the week.  For breakfast we tend to eat the same things (homemade Greek yogurt for me, a sandwich for Troy, and whatever Jack’s heart happens to desire that morning), and lunches for the grown ups are leftovers of what we had for dinner the night before.

Monday:: World’s Second Best Baked Potatoes, tomato soup I canned, and salad.  We were supposed to have this last week, but I ate the biggest lunch super late in the day last week, and had zero desire to eat dinner that night.  I let Jack pick anything he wanted for dinner, and he ate flat bread, cheese, a carrot, yogurt, and apples.  Done and done.

Tuesday:: Turkey cheeseburgers, roasted root veggies, salad, and fruit.

Wednesday:: This chicken gnocchi dish thingy I found in a magazine.  Will share if it’s any good.  Pairing it with lumpia and fruit.

Thursday:: Lasagna from the freezer, salad, and fruit.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner!

Saturday: Leftovers!  I’m throwing a baby shower that afternoon and will have zero desire to cook, so we’ll eat all the apps leftover.

Sunday:: Super bowl at my parent’s, which means a bunch of appetizers and other yummy nibbles.

This week I spent $27 at the local farm for raw milk (I needed a gallon) and three dozen eggs, $12.57 at our local butcher for ground turkey (enough for two dinners and two lunches), and $76.62 at the grocery store which included candy for a work event and some food for the baby shower.

What are you having this week?

Healthy Superbowl fruit dip #MadeWithChobani

Let’s just lay things all out on the table right now m’kay?

My son is a terrible loser and throws the biggest fit ever if he is losing or even close to losing.  Last Sunday during the fourth quarter of the Packers/Seahawks game, I tried to use it as a learning tool for Jack.  He loves the Seahawks, so I said “you know how you think the Seahawks are amazing and won the Super Bowl last year?  Well, today they didn’t really try their best and they made a lot of bad plays, and they’re going to lose this game.  It doesn’t make them losers; it just means that even they can’t win all the time.  And I bet they’re going to be sad and disappointed, but when they get home tonight they’re not going to pitch a big fit (well Richard Sherman probably would)”.  Jack nodded, fully prepared for his beloved Hawks to lose, and I was psyched for a great timely lesson.

And then two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Hawks totally went and screwed what would be one of my greatest parenting moments in Jack’s almost six years on earth.  Thanks a lot Seahawks!  :)

With the Hawks going to the Super Bowl on February 1st, we’ll be having our normal family dinner at my parent’s house during the game.  We usually each bring a few appetizers and call it dinner while we watch the commercials game.  Each year I try to be balanced and bring something really healthy to counteract the crazy amount of buffalo chicken dip I’m going to shove in my pie hole.  Sidenote: I’ll need to post my healthier version of buffalo chicken dip next week.

This year, I’m teaming up with Chobani for their #MadeWithChobani project, and presenting a healthy fruit dip that has two components, and takes about 2.5 seconds to make.  I know we’re busy these days, but I’m fairly certain you have a spare 2.5 seconds.

I usually make my own Greek yogurt because I prefer unflavored yogurt for breakfast and the versatility in cooking (I really wish Chobani had a plain option), but Jack adores “yogurt with a picture on it” and pretty much explodes with happiness whenever I grab a Chobani off of the shelf as a special treat.  And given that my son is about 75% fruit, he loves when I make something that combines both yogurt and fruit for a speedy, healthy, and delicious snack.

Healthy Fruit Dip
1 small tub of Chobani Vanilla Yogurt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1) Mix the cinnamon in to the yogurt.

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2) Put it in a bowl.  Cut some fruit.

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Think you can manage that?  I’m pretty sure you can manage that.

I put the leftovers in Jack’s lunchbox (the little circle in the middle has been screaming all school year for some dip), along with some apples (the seal on the lunchbox means cut fruit doesn’t brown), and Jack said his lunch was “awesome” the next day.

I had fun partnering with #MadeWithChobani.  For full disclosure, I did not receive any compensation for this post, and even purchased my own yogurt (on sale of course).  All opinions are entirely my own.  Well, Jack did say his lunch was awesome, and that is an opinion you can trust!  :)