I should have done this post last Friday … but, ya know, life and stuff. ;)
But seriously, I was on my way to Chicago for the Pretty Muddy 5k run. Wow, what a BLAST! I’m picking up some photos after work (Hopefully – the disposable camera was a WRECK.) and getting a recap post up very soon. Despite losing my shoe with a mile of obstacles left, I still finished strong. There are a few photos over on Instagram, which is pretty much where I live/post on the weekends.
So, more details on that later … but I was really proud of how my strength and endurance has improved this year. I may not be seeing huge losses on the scale, but it’s 100% obvious to me now that I have made fitness improvements.
Granted, I was pretty damn sore when I walked through my the office doors yesterday morning, but it was nice coming back to an improved space! Clean, inspirational and health-centered.
Let’s check it out!
work (organize desk space + stock healthy snacks)
Let’s review what my goals were with my office. (Side note – the word “office” is used really loosely here. It’s a cube. Glamorous, I know.)
- Clean up files: both literally and digitally. Pretty self-explanatory
- Stock up on healthy snacks: I used to have an emergency snack drawer that I kept filled. Now my office set-up is slightly different, so I need to come up with a new area for these.
- Hang some motivational quotes/worksheets: If I can see it every day, it’ll permeate my brain, right? ;)
- Set up reminders: Work can get so crazy that it’s really easy to forget to drink water, stand up for a while (I have an adjustable desk) or take a quick stretching/walking break.
I wish I had taken a “before” picture, but the amount of blurring I would have had to do (confidential files) would have made it look like one big blob. Imagine your typical nasty desk and then reference the photo above. Woo for organization! I raised some of my files, trashed a lot of old papers that were no longer needed, and put long-term projects into storage. Having a clean desk has taken A LOT of stress from me. Something about a cluttered space … I just can’t focus! Anyone else?
Next up – make this space a little more livable and inspirational. Those of you that work in offices know what I mean when I say – everything is a little gray. Blank walls, industrial structures .. yaaawwwwwn.
So I bought some plants! Simple and effective. My cactus plant (I just noticed how phallic the arrangement looks, ha!) is displayed with my awards/certificates of recognition. I’m really proud of these achievements, and the plant draws my attention to them daily. It’s a nice little reminder of the hard work I’ve put in at this company, and pushes me to keep going during those 3 pm oh my god is this day ever going to end moments. The other plant sits on top of my cabinets, and I just like the color and life it gives to my space. :)
As you can probably tell from my last post, I’m a big believer in using visuals as a form of motivation. I get that it doesn’t work for everyone, but I definitely like seeing my goals in front of me every day. Sunday night after coming back from Chicago, I hopped on that treadmill, set the incline to 10 sweated it out for 35 minutes. When I was dragging, I saw my vision board and reminded myself of why I was there.
I wanted to do something similar in my office space – a visual that could help keep me on track when the vending machine calls my name. A posted a few sticky note quotes by my planner (“Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it”) and, my favorite, a daily health reminder calendar.
The calendar has reminders every day to keep you on track. Cassie from Back to Her Roots designs this calendar every month, and I always immediately print it out. Now I have a specific hanging place for it – right above my phone. There’s no missing it now! Click here to go straight to Cassie’s “printables” page. I love her stuff!!
Then, I stocked up my snack shelf.
I have a little crate full of protein drinks/bars and a box of assorted teas, coffees, almonds, gum, truvia for sweetening drinks, Weight Watcher products (chocolates, crackers, oatmeal), and random products I’ve been sent to try. Oh, and my vitamins. It’s nothing too elaborate, but it does the trick.
When I don’t have time in the morning to pack a morning and afternoon snack, this stash saves me from running to the vending machine for poptarts. (But seriously, poptarts, amiright?) Having this on hand gives me no excuse. In my old cube, I used to keep all this in a drawer right beside me, and sometimes it led to unnecessary snacking. Now that my cube’s layout is a bit different, this all sits behind me. I’ve noticed a huge difference now that it’s more out of sight. It’s there if I need it, but it’s unnoticeable enough that I don’t reach for something every 20 minutes. Perfect!
Lastly, but most importantly, I’ve been taking advantage of my adjustable desk!
Pretty snazzy, eh? ;)
I’ve made a real effort to stand more everyday. Now that I have a relief mat, it’s a lot easier to stand for long periods. I have to remind myself sometimes that I’m still 275 ish pounds. I can’t stand all day, even if I wanted to. But something is better than nothing. I use my reminders set up in Wunderlist to stand for the first 20 minutes of every hour. Over the course of the day, that adds up to 140 minutes of standing! I’m really looking forward to upping that goal as my fitness improves and my weight goes down. Maybe I’ll eventually stand for all 7.5 hours? AWESOME.
Although my keyboard is able to raise up and lower down, my monitors are stationary. I have them raised on books/office stands – you can do it too! I just simply tilt the monitors up and down to suit my standing/sitting situation. After my 20 minutes of standing is up, I grab my water bottle and walk to fill it up. This habit has really paid off; keeping me hydrated and getting those steps in!
What do you think? I’m really loving how organized and productive I feel, now that my space is a happy place to be. I mean, I spend 7.5 hours everyday here – I might as well make it a positive place to be!