Are You Gaining the “Quarantine 15” Extra Pounds?

If you’ve gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, you aren’t alone.

The “Quarantine 15” — refers to weight gain some people have experienced since stay-at-home guidelines went into effect.

Most likely cause is due to a disruption in daily routine and habits…”

Says Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program in this article from


If you keep a journal to maintain weight, health and fitness you will know what your daily routine and habits are.  These routines and habits are those that make you think and feel good no matter what.

You do these good habits to enjoy good vibes!  A nice little workout releases those feel good hormones for sure.

People who are members of the National Weight Control Registry live by their daily habits. If a holiday comes up, a special occasion and so forth, they don’t change how they eat.

1).  They know how much they eat everyday even on special occasions.

2).  They know how much they weigh because they weigh regularly.

3).  They know how much physical exercise they do.

4).  They maintain their routines and habits in spite of trying circumstances.

This article points out that the pandemic has changed our routines but that doesn’t mean our habits to maintain weight, health and fitness should!   Good habits are life savers when things are tough.

If you have not established these kinds of habits, now is a good time to start which is what is pointed out in the following article.

I suggest starting with keeping a journal!  Establish a base line of your current situation, see what you are doing and then start making incremental changes and making new habits.

Please Click Here to read the full article.


Bonus:   There are maintainers all over the world!  I like to look up an article’s location and see places I have never seen or been to before.

Today takes us to the beautiful Skagit Valley in Northwest Washington State where today’s article was published.  Home of Tulip Town and hundreds of miles of hiking, camping, boating, sight-seeing and more.  Please Click Here to go to the Skagit Valley site.

Enjoy!  TK.  (05/10/20 – 24).


Journaling Jokes:

Tape measure photo by Jennifer Burk, Unsplash.  Vibes photo by Mark Adriane, Unsplash.

Timothy Kirk

I’m Timothy Kirk, happily married over 40 years, have 3 grown sons and two funny doggies. I live in Oklahoma City and I like to play golf, work out, ride my electric bicycle around the outstanding local bike trails, travel around the country and help my wife out in her garden along with keeping my journal and blog.

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