As a woman of a certain age I struggle with my weight. In the interest of full disclosure I don’t go overboard trying to control it but I’m not a total slacker either. In my attempt to juggle middle age and fibromyalgia I now juggle a third ball and that is weight management or better yet, mismanagement.
In my quest to control my weight without actually having to make an effort I stumbled upon the perfect routine. It’s called “I Forgot What I came In Here for” and it’s the best exercise you will ever get. All you need to get started are middle age brain cells. (In my case I have the proper aging cells in addition to fibro fog, a byproduct of fibromyalgia. It offers a wide array of cognitive difficulties such as short term memory loss, difficulty carrying on conversations, attention problems, misplacing objects (and people and dogs if one is not careful), mental confusion and more.)
The exercise routine works like this: let’s say you’re in the kitchen and realize you need a paper clip from the office which is at the other end of the house. (Why you need a paper clip in the kitchen is beyond me but who am I to judge?) So off you go and as you enter the office you suddenly realize you can’t remember why you are there in the first place and that your need for something from that room has been replaced with a sizable but empty thought bubble. Sighing loudly, you go back to the kitchen but upon your return you remember what it was you forgot (aha!) so you head back to the office only to arrive utterly clueless as to why you are there instead of in the kitchen where the spaghetti sauce is boiling over.
Lather, rinse, repeat. Several times every_single_day.
If you really want to get your heart rate up and burn some carbs try this same exercise when you are upstairs but what you need is actually in the basement. Thirteen steps and a landing later you cannot remember why you are in the basement. Try as you might, the something you needed from this little corner of your world is not coming to mind. Back up you go! And then back down again because finally you remember what you went down there for in the first place.
In my attempt to not be an over achiever I’ve learned to use the reminder method to prevent too many extra trips in one day. I repeat out loud exactly what I’m going into the other room for until I get there. “Paper clip, paper clip, paper clip.” As long as I go straight to the paper clips I’m fine. If I deviate one iota of a second from my goal to retrieve what I came in there for I have to turn around, go back where I started and do another set of reps. It’s all in the planning people.
So if you’re like me and need to let go of a few pounds this summer don’t use your body, use your middle age brain. It will let you down every time.