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Heavy Cleaning Burns HOW Many Calories????!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tonight, my 4 year old is having a birthday party. This started out as a small gathering just for family so we wouldn't have to go all out or spend money. Well, it's turned into a full-fledged cookout with over 40 guests expected and I just dropped a cool $200 on groceries for this shindig. In addition, I'll be cleaning the ENTIRE house all morning because, as you may or may not know, it's pretty tough to declare rooms "off limits" when kids are involved.

So, I thought I'd check out how many calories I'll burn cleaning 9 rooms of our house all day. I know for sure I'll be sweating up a storm because that's just how I clean. I was SHOCKED when I put in 90 minutes of "Heavy Cleaning" and was greeted with a calorie burn of over 800 calories!!!! I honestly think I'll be cleaning longer than that...but maybe the entire time won't be "heavy". So, I'm estimating 90 minutes.

One thing's for sure...makes me feel a lot less guilty if I eat a grilled burger later and maybe a small piece of birthday cake.

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MARVEEME 3/25/2012 2:35PM

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/24/2012 7:12PM

    You know that a grilled burger and a small slice of cake will and can fit into your calories . Takes a little planning but can be done. ENJOY the party. Heavy cleaning is a good calorie burner.

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ADJQUILTER 3/24/2012 10:38AM

    Enjoy your party, guilt free!
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TINAHAYES8323 3/24/2012 10:28AM

  lol I have been clearing out my house and getting rid of junk we don't need I have lost 20 lbs just doing that :)

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Very Special Delivery

Friday, March 23, 2012

So, we had a rather thrilling evening last night. But before I tell you about it, you'll need a little background. My 9 year old daughter absolutely HATED reading last year. I could barely get her to read two paragraphs for a homework assignment. But, this year, she has the most amazing teacher for 3rd grade. My daughter looks up to Mrs. Peek so much and Mrs. Peek has ignited a passion for reading in her that I never thought was possible. A few weeks ago, Anika read a 527-page book called "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". You may have seen the Martin Scorcese film that recently came out based on this book (what a magnificent film! Just gorgeous!) Anika was dead set on reading that ENTIRE book BEFORE she watched the movie. It was such a special experience to be able to watch a movie with my daughter and discuss how it was similar and dissimilar to the book (mostly similar...Scorcese did an amazing job...worth every Oscar it won!)

Anyway, Anika was SO in love with this book, she felt like she just HAD to send Brian Selznick a letter. This is the letter she wrote (so darling!):



Yesterday, we got home from the girls' choir practice and there was a card in the mail addressed to Anika. I was curious, turned it over and saw this:



Of course, I screamed and Anika screamed and we both were jumping up and down. Slowly, she opened it. Inside was a hand-written note on special Hugo Cabret stationary, with a small illustration by Brian Selznick that was autographed to Anika on the back.







I absolutely feel like my heart could burst. What a WONDERFUL person he is to send her that note!!!! Thank you, Brian Selznick, for making my little girl's LIFE!!!!!!

  
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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/23/2012 11:27PM

    How wonderful! I *love* reading and I'm so glad your daughter has found the magic in it, and that she got the response and autograph she was hoping for! :)

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MARVEEME 3/23/2012 9:04PM

    Redeeming faith with every written word!

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VK2Z10 3/23/2012 3:43PM

    that is simply FANTASTIC of Brian. I love the fact that Anika wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I love the fact that Selznick wrote her back. this will be a wonderful memory for Anika for a LONG time.

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FLYINGTOFREEDOM 3/23/2012 11:02AM

    that is so wonderful what a special thing for your daughter.
that makes me very happy for her.

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ADJQUILTER 3/23/2012 10:57AM

    It's amazing how such a small effort on someone's part can touch our life in such a major way! Makes you want to bless someone else today!
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Accidental Exercise

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So, we had a state-wide tornado drill this morning. They do these every month on the first Friday of the month, but I guess this was a "special" one...which would explain why I got like 50 e-mails about it yesterday (which, truthfully, I totally ignored).

So, the alarm sounded this morning and I just kept on working like normal until there was a knock on my office door. The "safety lady" for our floor told me to get out of my office. I asked her what I should do and she said go downstairs. So, I took the stairs from my top-floor office (8th floor) all the way down to the 1st floor, only to be led to a door that was going right outside. I thought, "This isn't right. Do not go outside in a tornado!" Ha.

So, I decided sitting in my hallway would have been safer. And I walked all the way back UP the 16 flights of stairs to my office.

Well, by then, the drill was over and I was like, "Thanks a lot, Safety Lady!"

But, guess what? That little, tiny torturous walk up the stairs burned 63 calories and you better BELIEVE I logged it in my Fitness Tracker! Ha!

  
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FRESKA 3/22/2012 6:27AM

    sounds fun! ;) but the safest place?? really?? in the hall of the 16th floor.. ?? please tell me your jokeing! lol hahha i think they wanted to practice for a real tornado so they could escort ya'll out there and let the twister do the down sizing they are avoiding.. ;) jk.. i have a warped since of humor at times. hope your day is going great!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/21/2012 11:08PM

    LOL I love it! Nothing like finding the healthy opportunities all around you. :) Awesome job!

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ADJQUILTER 3/21/2012 3:54PM

    Thank God it was just a drill! And even something as annoying as a safety drill can be used by God for our benefit!
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Unexpected Medical Emergency

Monday, March 19, 2012

Well, this day certainly did not go as planned. At 3:45pm, while I was in the MIDDLE of a conference call at work, my husband repeatedly called me until I finally got so annoyed, I checked my text messages. Well, he's been suffering from kidney stones the past couple days and he was trying to get a hold of me to tell me that his pain was at a 10. He was alone with our 4 yr old and had no car to get to the hospital. So, I high tailed it out of the office, got home and immediately took him to the ER. He got RIGHT in with the doctor, but then he was in with the doc for about 2.5 hours while I sat in the waiting room with our 4 year old, pretty much buying every item in the vending machine to keep the kid occupied. No worries...he'd eat two bites and want something else 5 minutes later. Ugh.

He finally came out of the doc's office and they had given him a huge shot in his back, a CAT scan and told him that his kidney stone is 5 mm, which is very big and could be extremely dangerous if it blocks his urinary tract (basically will cause his kidneys to shut down). He's been banished to the bed with his handy dandy vicodin and has to see a urologist tomorrow.

All that to say, I didn't *quite* get my scheduled exercise in today. But, life happens. And the good thing is...before all of this went down, hubby had thrown all the ingredients for Chef Meg's Crockpot Vegetable Curry into the slow cooker and it was scheduled to be done cooking around 7pm. Came home from the hospital right at 7pm. Cooked up some rice and dinner was ready. How's that for planning ahead? Thank you, SparkPeople!

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FRESKA 3/22/2012 6:31AM

    aww! how is he doing now? well, he'll have a new appreciation for you giving birth thats for sure! ;) hope and pray for a speedy recovery!!!!!
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ON2VICTORY 3/20/2012 6:26PM

    oh my, give him a hug for me, that is really hard to go through.... oh man, thats rough. thanks for being there for him

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MPRILL 3/19/2012 9:54PM

    Good Luck to your Husband. I hope he feels better soon. Make sure you take care of you too.

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ADJQUILTER 3/19/2012 9:42PM

    I pray that your DH will pass the stone and soon be feeling better. Be sure to take care of yourself also. I'll be praying for you too, and your little girl.
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COUPONS0216 3/19/2012 8:54PM

    Remember to take some time for you, and I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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MOMMA2X6 3/19/2012 8:39PM

    Hope your husband feels better soon! Hang in there!

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FLUTTERFLI 3/19/2012 8:12PM

    Keep positive thoughts, he'll be fine, but I will say extra prayers for him and you !!!
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SANDRASSPARK 3/19/2012 7:58PM

    I pray that all goes well with your husband. I also pray that you have the strength to care for him and your 4 year old. I remember how kids can be at that "fun" age. Your SP family will be here for you!! emoticon

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Slightly Embarrassing Question

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ha...THAT title made you want to read this blog, didn't it???

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So, I feel like something is changing in my body and I don't know if it's related to working out more, drinking more water, my diet or maybe I'm just getting old. LOL.

Did anyone have any issues with excessive sweating after you had gotten a few weeks into your diet and exercise regimen?

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I mean, I know it's been getting warmer and I'm overweight...and overweight people sweat and overheat more easily than healthy folks. But this is unusual for me. Yesterday, I went to help set up at church and I was carrying some heavy things and moving around a lot, etc. I started sweating and it was POURING off of me. Like...to the point that my hair looked like I just got out of the shower. It was SO embarrassing. I went outside to cool down (it was a very crisp, cool morning) and I just could not cool down! Ended up having to go into the ladies room and literally take off my shirt and run cold water over my face and neck, etc. It was really gross. When I went back into the main room, I noticed that it was not hot at all in there. And no one else was all worked up. I know it was just MY body.

Only thing I can think...I have been drinking a TON more water lately. I mean, is it just as simple as that???

If so, yuck. And I hope this passes soon!

  
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LIFESCIRCLE 6/26/2012 8:55AM

    I just love your blogs! I am going back and reading a lot of them (slow morning at work... love my job emoticon)

I have been sweating like CRAZY. I hardly ever sweat, even when I was younger and athletic. As we say in the south, I only "glistened".

I take a break at work and go for a short easy mile walk and it used to be no problem. Now... I am soaked. Sweat pouring. And no change of clothes. (I really need some of those moisture-wicking underwear). I am wiping and wiping and its running like a faucet.

So YES... I have noticed more sweating. I have been eating healthier, much healthier and I drink lots of water. The body is amazing.

Maybe my body is settling in now, cause I haven't been sweating as much in the last few days. My clothes are not drenched.

I love your blogs... really great reading. You should just put it all in a book.

It would sell... for sure.

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/20/2012 10:35AM

    As your food becomes healthy and you loose some weight /inches your hormones will change . It's a female thing emoticon

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COUPONS0216 3/19/2012 8:50PM

    It could also be a hormone thing which can change when you diet and exercise, it's fun being a woman. emoticon

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LOLOSMOMMY 3/19/2012 10:33AM

    Unfortunately, I've always sweated alot...it is not the most pleasant thing, but it is what it is!

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FLYINGTOFREEDOM 3/19/2012 9:42AM

    ever since i've been rigorously working out and being more active, i've noticed i sweat a lot more also. i have always been a big sweater, but it seems the healthier i'm getting the more i sweat, i also sweat in my sleep which is gross.
but, what can you do? just wear cool clothing and always have a rag with you to wipe off the excess and buy good deodorant

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