Written by Lori Thiessen

Besides setting your own hours, the other great advantage of being a java commuter is that you don’t have to commute, especially if you have a home office. But the down side to not having a commuter is that you move less. If you move less, then chances are you will gain weight. You and the fridge may develop a very intimate relationship if you work from home.

So I would suggest taking at least one 15 minute walk a day to help you with getting out there and exercising. If you can do three 15 minute walks per day so much the better. Walking to your local coffee shop will help, too. I’ve taken up Tai Chi and I do that once a week for 2 hours. It is relatively inexpensive (cheaper than a gym membership, anyway) and despite what you might think, it is a great workout.

Also, if you start getting the munchies during your work day, take a moment to assess whether or not you are really hungry. Maybe you are bored, frustrated, stressed, or even just thirsty instead of being hungry. I would also suggest restricting yourself to three good meals a day with 1 snack as well as drinking water whenever you feel thirsty.

Because it can be expensive to eat at a coffee shop all the time, being there will reduce your urge to over-graze. You may also want to consider avoiding coffee shops that offer cheap baked goods along with their coffee.

If you are really having trouble controlling your tendency to eat while you are working at home, perhaps you could try portioning everything out. If you have a weakness for cheese, like I do, then take the block of cheese and cut it into 1inch cubes and place them in a sealed container. If you feel peckish for some cheese, one of the cubes is a sensible portion to have.

You will have to figure out what your own food triggers and ‘danger’ foods are plus gather strategies to lessen their impact.

Q: What tactics can you think of to avoid becoming a coffee shop office potato?

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!