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I need to track those calories!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Wow, this seems to be my biggest weakness. I need to track my calories! Anyone have any helpful hints?

Otherwise, things are going good. I made the decision to trade my Xbox on Craigslist for someone else's Wii. I'm glad I did. Now I have something with, what I call, the three F's: Fun, Fitness, and Family. I'm definitely moving more now that there is a Wii in the house. Burning anywhere from 100-500 calories a day just on the Wii alone. This doesn't count the walks I've been taking to work.

Speaking of walks, it has been a little too hot and humid for me. Monday was hot, but not humid at all. Which was fine. Yesterday it was around 97 with full humidity, so I opted to skip the walk. Today is suposed to bring a hurricane, which should cool things off for the next few days. Yay!

I also quit my second job. My wife took on a job a night, which lets me come home from work and have more time with the kids. I also get to have more time with the Wii and am burning some calories doing housework! Housework is no joke! Lots of calories burnt there!

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/3/2010 12:49PM

    Thanks for the tips! Yeah, I think some of it comes from not knowing what I'm looking at.

I think my biggest challenge comes from getting online and logging it all. I'll try to do as much pre-planning as I can, but those BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) get me.

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    Yay for housework calories burned! :-D

I am not sure what part of the calorie counting process you are having trouble with.
For me, I got tired of calculating in the kitchen all the time (I want to eat *now*! lol), so I started labeling the food containers in the fridge (I write on freezer tape, but masking tape may work as well). For example, I know that 1/6 of my steel cut oats recipe is 95 calories (it stiffens in the fridge, so I can cut it into 6 sections ;P ), and 150g of melon is 55 calories. This does require calculating when I cook a recipe, and planning how to divide it (by sections, measuring, or weighing). But with my trusty food scale handy, leftovers are quick to track. :)

At first, I relied on my pyrex-with-lids set (because hot and/or acidic foods leach plastic from tupperware and such) to portion out pre-calculated meals for myself. That really helped, but I just got tired of the extra dishes. lol :-)

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Thank God for Cheap Co-Workers

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Just wanted to say how thankful I was that my co-workers aren't putting out a lot of candy. In my previous jobs, there would be a ton of candy coming back after Halloween. It would continue until Christmas was over with. So far this year, there is nothing.

Personally, I'm too cheap to buy candy for my co-workers' sake. Plus it is just added temptation for me. Whether it is the economy or whatever that is keeping people from bringing in those extra calories; it is something that I can be thankful for.

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LOBO1978_2000 12/1/2009 4:28PM

    The candy dish is like the cube right next to mine and I just ate some mints. grrrr.

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Active at Work w/o Sweating

Thursday, August 20, 2009

OK, I would like to be more active at work. I see lots of opportunity. It is a relatively large place to work, so there are lots of places to walk. There are many, many staircases too. However, my issue is sweating. Especially with this heat. Seriously, it is so hot and muggy that you start sweating just by taking a shower. That is just messed up.

The other day I saw my boss walking up 5 flights. I know they have morning activity sessions in Japan, etc. So I am very jealous.

My theory is that as I get into my new skinny skin, that I will sweat less. But I still don't know that five flights of stairs will be sweat free. So, does anyone have any suggestions about being fit and active at work without offending the co-workers?

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MANDIKINS137 8/24/2009 12:21PM

    I see a lot of my co-workers come up the stairs and I am on the 7th Floor!! I started with a smaller goal myself. Whenever I leave the building I go down the stairs, its not that much of a work out but its better than taking the elevator. On the way up I get off on the 6th floor and take the last flight of stairs up with the hope of increasing the number of flights some day.

Comment edited on: 8/24/2009 12:22:24 PM

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RBMOM1999 8/20/2009 4:40PM

    I have the same concern! So instead of doing cardio exercises, I do strength exercises. There is a group on here with 'quickfire' challenges that has a daily strength exercise that you can do in short spurts throughout the day. They aren't enough to get me sweating, but just barely. Maybe instead of doing 5 flights, try 2 flights at first.
Babywipes and deoderant are great suggestions too!

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MRSMIKEJG 8/20/2009 3:08PM

    What about doing some chair exercises at work? Just the first thing that I thought of because I was just researching some chair exercises for my mil not too long ago. I tried out some of them while using a medicine ball, and depending on the intensity you put it into it, your muscles get a good workout. Search the internet for Office Workout.

And for the sweating, I like the suggestion of the baby wipes, and keeping some deodorant in your desk drawer.

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HTHINER 8/20/2009 9:27AM

    I keep baby wipes on hand in my office drawer. Usually, I do not have a problem sweating but if I do, a quick wipedown in the restroom and fresh deodorant if needed does it.

Sometimes on the hottest, steamiest days, I drive to the mall at lunchtime and do fast mall walking. This is especially nice if you have a friend who is a coworker - you can catch up on each others news and the time flies.

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Benefits of a Broken Car

Monday, August 17, 2009

Well, my shinny new 1994 finally bit the dust on Friday. It sounded like a gremlin was in my engine knocking around with a hammer. It sounded awful. At least I was able to get my family home, even if it was 10-15 mph.

Thanks to that, I've been doing a lot of walking over the weekend. So in a way, this is one of those blessings in disguises. Seems like I've been getting a lot of those lately. But, it is what it is. So now I'm down another 3 pounds and getting healthier every day.

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HIPPOLICIOUS 8/19/2009 2:33PM

    My family in Los Angeles use the car to go EVERYWHERE, like even 5 minutes away. But NYC got me so used to walking cuz I don't have a car in this busy & crowded city, it really is the best way to stay fit though!

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Viewing Life in Slow Motion

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How many people remember the movie "Click" with Adam Sandler? This is the movie where Adam is given a remote control with the ability to pause, fast forward, mute, and whatever else to life. If his wife is yelling, he hits mute. If his day is boring, he hits fast forward. In one scene there was a female jogger that he used slow motion on. You can probably get the drift of what that looked like.

This happened to me yesterday. Although, it wasn't an attractive female jogger. It was a shirtless man in his mid-thirties pushing a wheel barrel. He was a bit over weight, but not quite as bad as me. And (Bridget Jones Diary term coming up) as I drove by you could see all his wobbly bits slowly moving up and down like a big gelatinous blob.

At first I was wondering why I faced the curse of having to see it and having it replay in my mind in slow motion. Then I thought about it. I could take this as a learning experience. Maybe I can use this as a motivation. Every time I go out to get some exercise I can think about my wobbly bits slowly melting off.


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