Weight-Loss For Webmasters
Are you gaining weight sitting in front of the computer? Itís
easy to do.
Itís easy to get stuck in a rut and forget about your health
needs. Heck, this web business stuff is fun, well most of the
time at least.
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Whether youíre putting together a new site, tweaking a sales
letter, developing a new ppc campaign, or putting up landing
pages, itís all very exciting. Just thinking about the potential
and possibilities can make even the most skeptical jump up and
down with joy and enthusiasm.
Yes, itís exciting. You spend hours and hours learning. You set
up your website, getting it just right, developing your marketing
plan, writing and networking. Sometimes you spend even more hours
trying to figure out why things wonít work and how to get
unstuck. Ever been there?
Youíve had your head buried in the keyboard and before you know
it a month has gone by. Your pants are tighter, you have to
loosen your belt a notch, you weigh yourself and Yikes! youíve
gained 5 lbs.
Itís easy to do. Youíre busy. Youíre starting to see some results
with your web business. Youíre getting some sign-ups for your
newsletter, meeting people on the forums you frequent and maybe
youíve even made a sale or two. Hallelujah!
Youíre so excited and pumped that your mind races around all the
other ideas in your head for even more websites and strategies
and you canít wait to start them. Now you spend even more hours
on top of the other hours you spend in front of the computer.
Hold on! Sit back and take a deep breath because another month
could go by and you could gain another 5 lbs. or maybe even 10.
So I ask you, if you keep doing this how much will you weigh in a
year? See what I mean?
It doesnít have to be that way. You can still spend time in front
of the computer getting your web business even more successful,
developing more web sites and control your weight, maybe even
How, you ask? Well, the first thing you have to do is recognize
that you canít keep doing what youíve been doing and expect to
control your weight. I know itís hard not to fire up the computer
first thing in the morning especially when you canít wait to see
how much money you made overnight. Yes, it does happen.
But whether you have good news or bad sitting in your in box
before you know it youíre clickiní here and there and two hours
have gone by. But, but, you say, I have emails to check, stats to
check, I have to visit my forums and on and on and on.
Maybe you brought in your coffee before you sat down. Maybe you
even grabbed a bagel or a donut as well. But now itís 10 am. and
you havenít even brushed your teeth, washed your face, or combed
your hair. Youíre still in your jammies or sweat pants and you
figure, oh well, Iíve got lots of work to do today.
So you dive in even deeper. You put up new pages on your web
site, brainstorm a new ppc campaign, answer emails and etc, etc.
By now itís mid-afternoon and youíre starved. You open the
refrigerator and grab the easiest things. You go to the pantry
and grab more easy things. Usually highly processed sugary and
starchy stuff. Who has time to cook! Youíve got work to do! And
so you sit down with a sandwich, some chips, some cookies or
donuts and a soda.
Before you know itís almost dark. The house is a mess, there are
papers all over, the bed is not made and you still have to take a
shower. Oh, and one more thing, how about dinner. Who has time to
cook? So you go down to the corner junk food drive through
because you certainly canít get out of the car in those sweat
Whatís wrong with this picture? Sure, it maybe an exaggeration
but if youíre ignoring your health itís a recipe for disaster.
Being sedentary (sitting in front of the computer) and not eating
right are bad for your health. Add not exercising to the mix and
you may not be around long enough to reap the rewards of your
hard work on that internet business.
They have a saying in real estate. Location, location, location.
Well, I have one for weight loss and control. Routine, routine,
As a webmaster you already have a routine. You already have
habits and things you do everyday in your business. You just need
to spend sometime figuring out how you are going to take care of
your heath needs while growing and managing your business. How,
Itís actually pretty easy. Most of us are creatures of habit. To
control your weight and lose some you just need to become a
creature of good habits. Itís that simple. Think routine,
routine, routine. Develop a healthy routine and follow it day in
and day out. Here are some ideas to get you going.
Exercise In The Morning
The best thing you can do for your body and your mind is to
exercise in the morning. You can go for a walk, jump on the
treadmill or go to the gym. The idea is to put the time in.
Exercise is the most immediate thing you can do for your health.
Use the time to brainstorm a new business idea or plan your day.
If youíre on the treadmill at home or go to the gym you can read
while on the cardio machines. You can even listen to the latest
teleseminar you downloaded to your mp3 player.
Exercise gets your blood going and your body producing those ďI
feel goodĒ chemicals. You will have more energy and less stress
if you exercise. Your day will be more smooth and productive
because of the positive attitude you get from exercising.
Itís important to exercise in the morning because if you wait
until later in the day surely something will happen and you wonít
have time to do it or you just wonít feel like it. The later in
the day it gets the more excuses youíll come up with why you
And donít buy into all the ďlightweightĒ exercise advice from
diet doctor gurus whoíve never had a weight problem in their life
or some government agency mouthpiece that you only need 30
minutes three days a week. B. S. As I once heard a cardiologist
claim ďif youíre not sweating youíre not exercising. So, make it
count, get that heart rate up there, thatís why they call it
Act Like Your Going To The Office
Even though you work at home act like you are going to the
office. Do what you would normally do to go to work. Take your
shower, shave or put on your makeup, do your hair. Get dressed.
Now you donít have to go so far as to put on a suit and tie or
wear high heels, but do dress up a little. Business casual would
A home business can be very lonely and isolating. You can lose
your sense of professionalism real easy. You get sloppy. Put up a
mirror by your workspace. Look the part. Be the part. After all,
you are the proud owner of a successful and profitable home
business right? Youíll be surprised how it will improve your
attitude, your performance and your results.
Schedule Your Lunch And Break Times
When you have a ďregularĒ job there are breaks and lunch times in
your workday schedule. Have a regular start time, break times and
lunch times. Eat breakfast before you even start up the computer.
If you work through the evening make sure you have a regular
Plan ahead. When you cook, make enough for a couple more days.
You can do this especially when making soups or stews. Know ahead
of time what you are going to eat. Donít just open the pantry or
refrigerator and ponder. Thatís just asking for trouble. Trouble
in the hips and waistline that is.
Eat at the regularly scheduled time. Remember routine? Donít eat
at your desk. Thatís a very dangerous habit. If you do and you
want to stop it just put up a big mirror by your workspace and I
bet you stop soon. Having something nutritious between meals is a
good idea. Just go to the kitchen and sit at the table.
Try to include protein at each meal and snack. Protein will
satisfy you, curb cravings for junk and keep your mind sharp and
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water plays a big role in weight management. Most people are
dehydrated. Many times when we feel hungry we are just thirsty.
It is widely recommended to drink 8 eight-ounce glassesó64
ouncesóof water a day. Thatís not enough. Your body uses 32
ounces a day just to aspirate your lungs. Your liver, heart and
kidneys need water to function properly. Your skin, the largest
organ needs water and it gets it last after everything else. So
if youíre looking a little wrinkly lately drink up. Itís the
difference between a grape and a raisin or a plum and a prune.
A minimum of 12 eight-ounce glasses is recommended for good
bodily functions. Water flushes metabolic waste from your system
when you are trying to lose weight. Most importantly your liver
produces bile, which metabolizes fat, and it needs plenty of
water to function properly.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Recent research has shown that not getting enough sleep causes
weight gain. Lack of sleep puts your body in stress mode and you
produce certain hormones like cortisol that cause you to store
fat especially in the belly. Thatís not good.
You need 7 Ė 8 hours of sleep a night. Many people walk around
sleep deprived. They are not functioning at their best. Poor
judgment and cloudy thinking are the results of lack of sleep. To
be successful with your web business you need to be awake and
For a good nights sleep go to bed at a regular time every night.
Drink a cup of chamomile tea to help you relax.
Copyright © 2005 Sheri Graber. All rights reserved.
This article may be freely distributed electronically or in print
as long as the authorís bio and the links are included.
Sheri Graber understands the pain and frustration of being
overweight. She lost 87 pounds in 6 months following a simple plan and has kept it off for 4 years. She
writes and speaks about obesity and weight loss to help others
experience their own weight loss success. She is the author of
Automatic Weight-Loss Plan: Program Yourself Slim the Simple
Simon Way. http://www.AutomaticWeightLossPlan.com