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This will make you think twice...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Is it worth it? Here's what that midday bag of munchies really costs you.

Lusting after that candy bar or bag of chips from the cafeteria vending machine? Would you give in to temptation if you knew you'd have to log 30 minutes o n the elliptical to negate what you ate?

That's what researchers wanted to find out when they posted signs informing would-be snackers on the "price," or exercise equivalent, of their late-afternoon nibble or drink. Participants who read that it would take 50 minutes of jogging to cancel out a soda were half as likely to purchase sugary drinks as when they hadn't seen a sign. Posting calorie counts alone has not been as effective. But translating those numbers into real-life activities might get people to change their choices.

Here, some facts and figures to keep in mind the next time you feel a snack attack coming on. (Calorie burns based on a 145-pound woman.)

Cheese flavored crackers - 180 calories per 1.25oz. bag = 26 minutes of leisurely bicycling.
Gummy fruit snacks - 260 calories per 2.25oz. bag = 25 minutes of stair-climbing.
Peanut butter sandwich crackers - 220 per 6-pack = 76 minutes of hatha yoga.
Chocolate and nut trail mix - 160 calories per 1-oz. bag = 17 minutes of jumping jacks.
Animal cracker cookies - 120 per 2.12oz. bag = 35 minutes of surfing.
Coated chocolate candies - 240 calories per 1.69oz. bag = 60 minutes of walking.
Honey-roasted peanuts - 250 calories per 1.38oz. bag = 31 minutes of jogging.
Corn chips - 160 calories per 1oz. bag = 20 minutes of swimming.
Milk chocolate - 210 calories per 1.5oz. bar = 28 minutes of hip-hop dancing.
Sour cream and onion chips - 160 calories per 1oz. bag = 46 minutes of strength training.

Adapted from Shape Magazine

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 4/4/2012 5:47PM

    Eating the snacks is definitely "NOT" worth it!



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AMANDA_A_725 4/4/2012 5:06PM

    I always tell myself, this journey is about making better today than I did yesterday. Now, actually making those "better decisions" is tougher to do than to say. This analysis of what a snack actually "costs" is great! emoticon

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STARRPARENT 4/4/2012 3:43PM

    mmmm...this definitely made me think! Sometimes I must admit that I say to myself, "oh, I deserve those chips because I just did 30 min. on the treadmill." But actually I may not have even cancelled out the chips!

And imagine if I had've had an apple how much FAT that 30 min. COULD have gotten rid of!

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SPIRALINGUP 4/4/2012 11:49AM

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SWEDE_SU 4/4/2012 8:36AM

    makes you think... twice - thanks for sharing!

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MERETONI 4/4/2012 7:54AM

    Really puts it into perspective eh?

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NYKIMMIE 4/4/2012 7:52AM

    thanks for sharing


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TWEETYKC00 4/4/2012 7:41AM

    Definitely things to make you think

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ROBBIE53 4/4/2012 7:32AM

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

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RIKKI572 4/4/2012 7:19AM

    This is a very "motivational" way of thinking. I really like this. Thanks for sharing!

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7356WILMA 4/4/2012 7:10AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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TAMPATINK67 4/4/2012 7:09AM

    Nice...

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WELLNESSME09 4/4/2012 7:08AM

    emoticonits good to know,
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CAT609 4/4/2012 7:06AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing! emoticon It is an eye opener!

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6 ways to help yourself fall asleep more easily

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

1. Exercise most days, even if itís just taking a walk.

2. No caffeine after 6:00 P.M.

3. An hour before bedtime, avoid doing any kind of work that takes alert thinking.

4. Adjust your bedroom temperature to be slightly chilly.

5. Keep your bedroom dark. Studies show that even the tiny light from a digital alarm clock can disrupt a sleep cycle.

6. Keep your bedroom reasonably tidy. Itís easier to be serene when your stuff is in its place.

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/3/2012 9:53PM

    #6, now how do I know my room is not neat is the lights are
off and my eyes are closed?? :)

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PCASEY7 4/3/2012 12:49PM

    Great tips, most of which I already follow! Thanks for the reminders.

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7356WILMA 4/3/2012 12:33PM

  Thanks for the advise!!! It's nice to be reminded sometime!!

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ERICAW2012 4/3/2012 11:59AM

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 4/3/2012 6:54AM

  Great advice! Thanks! emoticon

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Money and Happiness

Monday, April 02, 2012

Look for ways to spend money to support your happiness goals, such as staying close to family and friends, promoting energy and health, working more efficiently, and eliminating sources of boredom and irritation.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 4/2/2012 5:33PM

    Un Huh

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TWEETYKC00 4/2/2012 6:40AM

    good thoughts

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It's about the journey

Saturday, March 31, 2012

We must adjust our attitudes - it's important to get rid of negativity and think positively. Try to look at the scale as a tool, not as an enemy.

This is a tough journey we have undertaken - but with the help of our SparkFriends and some real positive thinking...we can all reach our destinations together.

  
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SHIROIHANA 3/31/2012 9:33PM

    Amen.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/31/2012 3:08PM

    I am really practicing positive visualization!

Thanks

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TRUEREINVENTED 3/31/2012 1:26PM

    I dunno--I am really enjoying this. I am enjoying the feeling of well-being. I am enjoying the feeling of fitting in clothes. I am enjoying the feeling of peace, because there is on battle in my head. I dont look for validation from the scale, because i dont weigh. I weigh once a month. I am not one of those people who lose easily ( pre-menopausal--research shows that that has big effect on weight loss ) I am using pant size as my tool and so far thats working just fine.
I am enjoying the process and the journey. Do I wish I could eat whatever I want and still wear a size 10!?? Yep!! but that aint gonna happen any time soon...maybe in the hereafter?!!

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7356WILMA 3/31/2012 10:53AM

  How did you know what I was struggling with!! Thanks for the motivation!!

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CAT609 3/31/2012 9:02AM

    Woohoo! Well said! emoticon emoticon

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Attitude

Friday, March 30, 2012

Take away the idea of "I can't" emoticon and replace it with a positive "can do" attitude and spirit. emoticon

  
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SHIROIHANA 3/31/2012 9:34PM

    Better than "I can"? "I must".

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/30/2012 8:36AM

    We've both done that.. now onward & upward to better things!

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STARRPARENT 3/30/2012 8:32AM

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JUDITHANNIE 3/30/2012 8:26AM

    Yes!!!!!!! Love it.......wish it was easier to do!!!!!!! emoticon

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