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The burned and not counted calories

Thursday, January 01, 2009

We're going to dinner at a friend's house - she makes Slovakian food for New Year's Day each year.

I offered to bring dessert - the sour cream coffee cake my husband loves, and that I rarely make since we don't need the calories.

The butter and sugar needed to be creamed. The butter was frozen. Do you know how long and how much work is needed to cream frozen butter (8 oz) with sugar?????? Right, I don't have a clue. Let's just say it took over 45 minutes of banging and mashing and bashing and scraping with a plastic mixing spoon, in a large mixing bowl, to accomplish the task.

And all I could think was, wow, this must be burning way more calories than if I used the electric mixer!

So I mixed in the eggs, the vanilla, and the flour and sour cream (alternating), still using the spoon rather than a mixer - straining to mix the incredibly thick batter - because, well, it burned more calories than using the electric mixer.

Hence the burned but not counted calories. The keeping active as much as possible calories. The not counted as cardio or ST but still burned calories.

I've gotta find more of these!!!!


Morning exercise

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I usually don't exercise first thing in the morning. Our school starts early, my first class is at 7:30 and I arrive at school about 7 AM to get ready for my students. This means I wake up at 5:30 AM to get ready and drive across the island.

But it's winter break for us. And the sun shines into our bedroom by 6:30 AM, making it impossible to sleep much later.

So I arose early, and headed down the hill to do errands. And walk.

I had breakfast (skim milk cafe au lait, and a carrot muffin) and watched the water and the yachts gathering. And I walked. To one end of the marina, then the other. To the post office to mail back jeans (hips fit, waist didn't). To the butterfly farm to consult with the experts on milkweed (what monarch butterflies and their caterpillars eat). To the end of the cruise ship dock, and back again. Then across the marina back to my car.

It was lovely. People waking up and getting off their boats and looking for breakfast. Shop workers arriving with cups of coffee in hand. My "adopted" student from years ago, who is now grown and married with 3 kids, who works at the marina and always has a ready smile and hug. Butterflies and flowers and fish and the lone barracuda, all waking up and moving around.

By 10 AM, I had logged 3.5 miles! More errands (plant store, jeans shopping, parking far from the entrances and getting in more walking).

And by 2 PM, I was up to 4.5 miles! 9000 steps! And counting!!!!

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JULCAT51 12/31/2008 2:42PM

    And here I sit still in my pj's and no excuse since I live in Yuma, AZ and the sun is shining bright.
That sounds like a great morning. Welcome to paradise, eh?
Good for you! Have a great rest of the day.

BTW: I'm glad that I have never shopped at Nordstrom's. "Encore" department would have really done it for me.

Comment edited on: 12/31/2008 2:44:06 PM

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BABYMELMEL 12/31/2008 1:56PM

    Good for you! You are an example for the rest of us! emoticon

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Five gifts. Four were chocolate.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Yes, friends and relatives sent/gave holiday gifts. Calendar, candles, candle holder - C seems to be the operative letter. Because they almost all included chocolate. Dark chocolate. Except from my father, who sent ONLY dark chocolate.

I have trouble saying NO to dark chocolate. I have trouble saying "later" to dark chocolate. I looooooove dark chocolate!!!!

I know that my friends/family are sending these things because they love me, and they know I love chocolate.

But just one chocolate gift would have been fine. FOUR?????


I'm getting MORE active as I age!

Friday, December 26, 2008

In a week, I'll hit my Sparkiversary #2. In those 2 years, I've lost 45-49 lbs. I've gotten healthier. And I've gotten way way way more active.

My DH has also lost 30-40 lbs, as a result of my increased fitness and better nutrition - and because he feels self-conscious NOT keeping up with me.

We now arrange adventures for gifts - yesterday, I took us on a sailing excursion/race for his Chanukah present. Last Mother's day, he booked a kayak/swim/snorkel trip for us. And this past summer, we spent a month in Costa Rica hiking, whitewater rafting, patrolling a beach for nesting turtles - an adventure vacation!

I feel younger NOW than I did two years ago - younger than I felt five years ago! Losing weight and getting in shape, strengthening my muscles and building my endurance, has done wonders for my outlook on life. I might be 54, married to someone who just turned 61, but no way are we going to act middle-aged and slow down!!!! We are going to keep moving and doing and enjoying life until we can't take another step!

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CHANARO 12/28/2008 10:57AM

    WOW! This is amazing. I hope that once my success starts showing (I'm beginning to feel it on the inside, but one can't really tell on the outside yet) that my husband will feel jealous and want to join me...right now I'm not saying anything to him one way or another, I know too well that the decision has got to come from deep within him, not from me or any other external source. But it's hard not to notice the difference between us lately...for example, yesterday we walked to shul together (itself a rare occurrence, because I usually sleep late!!!), and I actually had to slow down so that he could catch up. And, right now, I'm getting ready to leave to go mall-walking (for exercise, NOT shopping!) with my daughter, while he is lying on his bed groaning because his legs hurt (from lugging around excess weight, I'm thinking, but keeping to myself!). I love him and want him to be healthy and strong and happy. In his family, as people get older, they tend to just flop down on a couch and get feeble and helpless. I don't want that for him! Ironically, the most health-conscious member of that family was his father, a"h, who passed away 5 years ago. So he really hasn't had any good role models. Come to think of it, neither have I, both of my parents died in their 50's due to smoking related illnesses! But STILL, I know I'm starting to feel better than I have in a long time, and I want that for him too. So your blog is inspirational to me...thanks for showing me what might be for me, one day!

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MOM2POMS2 12/26/2008 10:43PM

    AWESOME!!!! I wish I could get my husband to make the changes he needs to make.

But I agree heartily that I am so much more active now than I was in the past!!! Isn't it a great feeling??!! emoticon

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The breakfast dilemma - cost vs. calories

Friday, December 05, 2008

I take myself to the coffee cart once or twice a week - it's enough of a "splurge" to make it a treat, but not enough of a caloric impact to make it an issue. It helps me stay on track to have something exciting and a bit sweet.

I usually have a slice of banana bread or cranberry bread (about 200-300 cals) rather than a muffin (400+ cals) or a scone (500 cals?). I've learned that the fruit bread is the better choice.

But coffee versus a latte or au lait made with nonfat milk. Especially since I drink my coffee with half and half. The coffee is about 3/4 the price of a latte or au lait. The nonfat latte or au lait is close to the same in calories, but WAAAAAAAY less fat.

Today, calories won - I had a nonfat half caf au lait and nonfat half caf Borgia (mocha latte with a hint of orange) in my thermos.

Breakfast is a grand total of 428 calories, with only 8 grams of fat. Had I had the coffee with half and half, it would have been 460 calories and 34 grams of fat. BIG difference there.

Even if it was $2.50 more expensive, it was worth it.

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ARDENT1 12/23/2008 10:30AM

  to cheat once in a while is no crime we are all human...i am doing good on my way of life, i walk 3 to 4 miles daily, jump rope, hula hoop, and watch what i eat, its simple, good luck to youhave a happy healthy prosperous new year....

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