It's nice to be the boss ... or at least the "demi-boss." Unfortunately, as health editor, I also have the power to put off writing a column until the last possible moment.
To make it easier for readers, I've decided to publish my column in the health section on the first Tuesday of the month.
It's also another rule for me to follow. In my last column, I vowed to follow a couple of simple rules, including limiting my time on the computer at home to just an hour. The first day I tried it, I was floored by all the other things I was able to accomplish in the morning.
It's tough to do, but it definitely is a good rule for someone like me. Besides, I already spend eight or 10 hours sitting in front of a computer at work every day. Staying away from my laptop when I am at home means I'll have plenty of time to exercise, even if it's just doing housework or mowing the yard.
Ironically, even though I want to exercise more, I canceled my gym membership last week. I've been plagued with guilt about the fact that I simply rarely go to the gym. Despite my wants, I have to face the facts. It wasn't working for me, so I need to find something else that does work. I'm looking into online videos and exercise programs that I can do at home - in my hour of computer time.
My friend, Sheila, from Westfield, is a nurse who shared with me a long list of suggestions and encouragement.
"If you exercise a little bit, it bumps up the caloric outtake," she said. "If you go to a gym and exercise for hours, then you'll hurt the next day ... and then you grab a doughnut because you feel sad."
Next month, I'll have an update on the online workout idea.
I'm definitely more excited about that, and I'm also excited that the growing season is getting into gear. I like to visit the outdoor growers market in the city on Saturdays to get fresh produce.
Hilma, a reader from Wellsboro, emailed me a tip regarding food and drink: "Drink water, plain water, not flavored water."
I usually tote water in from my parents' well. I was raised on well water and nothing else tastes as good.
Lock is the Sun-Gazette health editor. She may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 326-1551, ext. 3116.