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Enjoy a Sunny Day with a Midday Workout Routine

9 Jul

A nice lunch time walk by the river on a sunny day is pretty relaxing.

I love a good sunny day, but really who doesn’t? It’s July, it’s magically warm outside, and even Pittsburgh is averaging more than one sunny day a week right now! As someone who gets depressed on cloudy days (a.k.a. the majority of the time in Pittsburgh) and refuses to take unnecessary trips outside when the temperature drops below about 60 degrees, I’m all about making the most of this glorious weather.

In addition to my usual workout routine, I’ve been taking about two-mile long walks in different areas of the city at lunchtime everyday. I’m kind of like Forrest Gump, but I walk instead of running. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy a nice sunny day, and burn a few extra calories while I’m at it. Also, I typically experience a major afternoon lack of energy, but having a nice little lunchtime workout routine really helps me to overcome my case of midday lethargy.

One day I walked a mile to the Strip District and bought fresh produce. Carrying two bags of groceries a mile in 85 degree weather wasn’t the most intelligent thing I’ve ever done…

Reasons to Take a Lunchtime Stroll on a Sunny Day:

  • Relaxation. Getting up from your desk and getting in motion will get your mind off stress at the office.
  • Burn Extra Calories. I wouldn’t suggest surrendering your normal workout routine for lunchtime power walking, but it is definitely a fantastic enhancement.
  • Boost Energy. I know I’m not the only weirdo struggling to stay awake at 3pm, because of a lack of energy in the afternoon. Removing your arse from your desk chair and getting your blood moving will help you to prevail over the dreaded afternoon slump.

Sometimes you see people making sand art when walking through downtown Pittsburgh.

How to Gain Weight at Work (and Fast)

28 Jun

Skipping the monthly office birthday cake does not make you a bad person. Simply bid the birthday people a ‘Happy Birthday,’ and go on with your (cake-free) day.

If you work in an office, you’re well aware that eating healthy isn’t always easy. In fact, if you’re looking for a way to plump up quick, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to gain weight in Corporate America.

The average American office is consistently stocked with high-calorie foods such as donuts, cookies, sandwich rings, cakes, bagels with cream cheese, and the list goes on and on and on… As bizarre as it sounds, eating healthy is often even frowned upon.

By passing on the never-ending stream of high-calorie foods thrust in your face, expect to be heckled, chastised and pressured by your colleagues, but don’t give in! It’s you that has to face your chipmunk cheeks and tight pants if you surrender to peer pressure and give up on eating healthy.

This donut might be heart shaped, but you sure won’t love the way you look if you raid the office supply everyday.

How to Gain Weight at Work (and Fast)

  • Feel obligated to sample each and every one of the high-calorie foods offered to you.Remember that old D.A.R.E. saying you learned in elementary school, “Just Say No!,” well this motto can be applied here as well.
  • Rely on the office snack supply to satisfy afternoon cravings. If you bring your own afternoon snack, you won’t feel the need to surrender to high-calorie foods sitting in the office kitchen out of desperation.
  • Fall for the ‘free food at lunchtime meetings’ schbeal. It’s inevitable, sometimes you’re going to have a lunchtime meeting. While this is not the end of the world, it can quickly turn traumatic if you eat the free, often high-calorie foods distributed at these events (read: pizza). There’s nothing wrong with bringing your own lunch to one of these meetings and bypassing the free food. If you’re too embarrassed to say you’re eating healthy, blame your diet on a “food allergy” or simply claim to be a very picky eater.

Remember anyone pressuring you to break your eating healthy streak for a piece of cake or some other form of fatty garbage is only jealous of your willpower. Terry from Payroll can chase you around and guilt you for not eating her homemade double chocolate brownies all she wants, but what she’s really saying is “I can only fit into elastic waist pants, so I want everyone else to have to wear them as well.”

Combat Bad Behavior in the Workplace by Following These Rules of Office Etiquette

12 Jul

Work environments at every company are different, but they all have one thing in common — people who exhibit universally unacceptable bad behavior in the office. There is a certain office etiquette that one must follow in order to not be a public nuisance. Most people automatically sense what these bad behaviors are, unfortunately others do not. 

There are no doors in cube land. Repeat after me, there are no doors in cube land...

Follow These Rules of Office Etiquette To Avoid Being Insanely Annoying at Work: 

  • Bad Behavior — Making Doctor Appointments. We get it, you have no shame, but the rest of us do. We’re glad you’re keeping up with your annual gynecologist appointments, but we’d be even more pleased if you’d schedule your appointment from somewhere, anywhere else.
  • Bad Behavior — Abusing the Office Microwave. In cube land, we sit in very close quarters. It’s inevitable that we’re going to be able to smell each other’s lunch. This is fine, as most food does have some type of smell to it. What is not fine is if you use the office microwave to heat up last night’s fish dinner, or some other equally pungent concoction. When in doubt, just don’t bring it.
  • Bad Behavior — Long Personal Phone Calls. We’re at work for 8 hours a day, obviously you’re going to need to use the phone for non-work purposes once in awhile. This is fine, normal, and dandy. What gets annoying is if you actually have scheduled weekly phone dates with family members, so you can avoid the long distance charges and save time at home. No one, and I mean no one, wants to hear you catch up with your sister for half an hour, every Wednesday morning. 
  • Bad Behavior — Reply Alls. There are very few instances where it is necessary to use the “reply all” button. If you want to suck up to the sender with an absurdly sappy message, bicker with them, or tell dumb jokes back and forth, please do so without spamming everyone else’s inboxes.
  • Bad Behavior — Chronic Lingerers. Some people can’t take a hint, or they just have a severe lack of work to do. Regardless, it’s not okay to hover over someone’s desk yakking their ear off about your kids, your garden, or your ingrown toenail. Especially at 4:55pm. The person whose ears you’re polluting wants to leave at 5pm, and although your stories are fascinating, they’re better off left to your diary.
  • Bad Behavior — Abusers of the Sick Day. Everyone has a person in the office that is constantly “sick,” although they appear to be perfectly healthy when they do show up at work. These people tend to get sick only on gorgeous sunny days, the day after they’ve told everyone in the office that they’re attending an event that night, extremely snowy days, Mondays and Fridays. The injuries tend to be strange such as, missing a week of work for a torn muscle, and then having no problem bounding through cube land upon their return. Don’t be this person, or your co-workers will hate your for constantly having to pick the slack of your absentee arse.
  • Bad Behavior — “Superstars.”  These people have a heightened sense of self-importance. They are constantly sighing loudly enough for everyone to hear, running through cube land like a maniac, and talk nonstop about how busy they are. No one usually has any idea what this person does, despite their alleged “busyness.” When you offer to help them with this mountain of work they claim to have, your offers are always declined. Why, you might ask? Because they wouldn’t be able to complain anymore. If you are genuinely busy, and highly stressed about it, ask for help. Don’t be a superstar.
  • Bad Behavior — Office Refrigerator. This appliance is on your floor at work and you probably share it with many of your co-workers. Although you’re free to leave leftovers in your refrigerator at home for 3 weeks, that’s not okay when you’re sharing this highly coveted space with 100 other people. It’s also not acceptable to keep open containers of any variety, serving platters, or condiments in there. You do not live at the office, therefore you do not need to make yourself at home in the office refrigerator.

Get To Work On Time With These Time Management Tips

15 Jun

Perhaps you should get some time management tips from this guy.

No one likes getting up for work in the morning. Well some people do, but they’re weird, so we’re going to ignore them. If you’re guilty of repeatedly hitting the snooze button and consequently making yourself late for work, perhaps you need more sleep. That’s right, keep hitting that snooze button. Follow these time management tips to stay in bed longer in the morning and still make it to work on time:

1.) If you’re a lunch bringer, make your lunch the night before instead of having to waste precious time in the morning doing it.

2.) On Sunday nights, choose five outfits, iron them, and set them aside. You don’t have to decide which one you’re going to wear each day, that’s a little too crazy – even for me, but this way you don’t waste time rummaging through your closet each morning.

3.) Set two alarm clocks. Technology is not always reliable, so outsmart it by having a backup alarm set just-in-case.

4.) Stay away from your computer. Checking emails and skulking around on Facebook is a giant time suck. Find another time to do this.

5.) Eat breakfast at work.

Get Rid of Your ‘Case of the Mondays’

13 Jun

Looks like someones got a 'Case of the Mondays.'

No one likes Monday mornings. After relaxing and having fun all weekend everyone wakes up with the infamous ‘Case of the Mondays.’ Use these tips to get rid of this beginning of the week depression once and for all:

1.) Go to bed early on Sunday night. Monday mornings are even more ‘fun’ when you’re tired.

2.) Skip your home-brewed coffee and treat yourself to Starbucks.

3.) Put on an extra cute outfit that you’re excited to wear.

4.) After you catch up on your email, drop your friends a quick line to catch up. Tell them about your weekend and see what they were up to.

5.) Start making plans for next weekend. Planning ahead will give you something to look forward to all week.

6.) Go for a long walk at lunch.

7.) Allow yourself to have a nice, relaxing Monday evening.

8.) Go to the gym. A great Monday workout can inspire you to get to the gym more often during the rest of the week.

9.) Buy yourself a present.

10.) Dress your dog up in costume.

How can you NOT smile at this?