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Wine, standing desks and 15 minute breaks
An_201907 posted:
Perhaps the hardest thing has been to cut down on my wine intake - I love red wine. But, I have been able to cut back to no wine during the week and only on weekend nights. That cuts, in my estimation, 1000 calories a week. Also I have been drinking much more water? How much? I weight 200 pounds, so I drink 100 ounces per day, at a minimum. This does not include water I get from drinking two large green teas per day. This helps me feel full and more alert. It also keeps me from drinking coffee, which can dehydrate you, driving you to eat more - the parts of the brain that monitor thirst and hunger sit right next to each other so if you feel thirsty your body may think it is hunger.

I just recently started to use a standing desk, which I read helps burn an extra 50 calories an hour over sitting. Even if you have a day full of sitting meetings, you'll still burn an extra few hundred calories a day. Additionally, I work hard for 90 minutes and then take a 15 minute break and walk someplace - it clears my mind and also helps me burn a few extra calories. I am lucky that I have a job that enables me to go to the gym everyday - I try and get 10 separate exercises (3 sets of each) into a 40 minute exercise, which helps me complete it by the end of lunch.

What more could I do?
I eat too much at night - I think most of my caloric intake is from 6 - 8:30 p.m. I try not to eat after 8 p.m. Also, I have been working to cut back on eating peanut butter, my favorite, and rather eat pistachios. There is always more to do, so making changes the smallest ways possible is, in my opinion, best. That way you feel motivated as you achieve slight behavior changes and you aren't asking yourself to climb a mountain.
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An_201908 responded:
It's great how you are cutting back on wine. This has been so difficult for me. During the week, I have been making white wine spritzers with 2.5 oz of wine and 2.5 oz club soda ice. This way at dinner can I have the taste of wine without the calories. But it's harder on the weekends or any nights where I have plans out. I end up consuming about 500 wine calories a night. Great job on conquering that.

If you like red wine - maybe on the weekends you can do a watered down sangria with fruit.

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