Sunday, September 11, 2011
When I'm motoring at level 8 on the elliptical cross trainer, at my current weight of 137-138 pounds, it takes me a full minute of sweaty effort to burn just 14-15 calories.
One minute of all-out exercise is what it takes to use up the calories in four sweet cherries.
It's just over two minutes to burn 1 serving of fat free sugar free yogourt.
Four minutes to dispatch a serving of low calorie hot chocolate. Or two slices of low fat chicken.
Just over five minutes to equal the calories in a medium apple.
A moderate 10 piece serving of potato chips, say 200 calories? That would be over thirteen minutes of continuous hard work! But would I stop at 200 calories worth, once I'd started?? As if. Not remotely likely.
If nothing else, time at the gym is time when I'm not eating. But even better, watching the calorie burn on the cross trainer at the gym helps me think all day long about not putting food mindlessly into my mouth.
To stick with what I've pre-tracked.
Because: I just can't ever exercise enough to begin to burn off the quantity of calories in the type and volume of foods I'd (still) like to eat.
And if I eat "those" foods (potato chips, full fat ice cream, chicken pot pie with double crust and gravy, full fat cheesy macaroni, french fries, all of that) there's no hope of getting the nutrients I need within the calorie range I'm able to permit myself: the protein, carbs, good fats, minerals, vitamins my body really craves. And really needs for optimum health.
Hunger is not an emergency. Hunger is a great indicator that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal! When I'm hungry, I don't stand in front of the fridge asking myself what I "feel" like eating. Because the hungrier I am, the better my pre-planned carrots and tomatoes and spinach and radishes actually taste!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Found in the freezer:
half a bag of shelled edamame
a full bag of mixed Asian stir fry vegetables
three boneless skinless chicken breasts
Found in the fridge:
red bell pepper
half a bottle of President's Choice Memories of Szechwan
And in the cupboard:
whole grain spaghetti noodles
2 large cartons of chicken broth
Chinese five spice
red chili pepper
low fat peanut butter
I heated the chicken stock to boiling with about 3 tbsp soya sauce, the PC Szechwan (diluted with water to get every drop out of the bottle) and the spices, and added three stalks of the celery, chopped, while I was defrosting the chicken breasts: diced those and added to the boiling stock with the noodles, broken into 1 inch lengths (used about the amount I'd make for 2 servings of spaghetti . . . maybe a bundle an inch in diameter or so). Simmered till the chicken was done, the celery tender. Stirred in the grated carrot, about a cupful. (Rinsed out the bag with water and put that in the pot too . . . ).
Added the frozen edamame and mixed Asian vegetables (love those tiny corn cobs!). And then half a red pepper, diced, and about 10 snow peas, sliced. Brought it just back to the boil.
Mixed about 3 tbsp of peanut butter with boiling water and stirred it in: creamy, peanutty!! But the veggies were still bright and crunchy . And my soup pot is full again!
I'd guess the calorie count is well under 300 for a generous 1.5 cup serving, and there's gotta be a reasonable hit of protein from the chicken, edamame and the peanut butter.
That'll be my supper soup this week. Tried an "advance" bowlful after the gym for a late lunch and I like it!! Yeah!!
Monday, September 05, 2011
Here's a link to an article about a simple method to stop mindless binge eating while watching TV etc.: just switch hands.
Apparently if you're right-handed and switch to the left hand to munch on potato chips or popcorn, you'll eat less.
Ambisnackstrous? Here's hoping I'm not. Worth a try, anyhow!.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Got the notification this morning that I was a "Trivia A Student" in August!!!
Well, that sure was a long time coming . . . diligent efforts since May 2009 and yup, this would be the first time!!
Generally speaking, I've had a modest amount of academic success over the years. A degree here and there; even a few scattered scholarships . . . . .
But never ever EVER the elusive "Trivia A Student" designation. Until now!
It may never happen again. In fact, I'm thinking it's not likely to ever happen again. My record is dismal: I am just not at all clever at the kind of questions posed on the Trivia tab. But I do try just about every day. Even though I am quite capable of getting 3 wrong before I get 3 right . . . and not at all reliable about getting 3 right first try. All of this means that August 2011 must have been an amazing month, even though I wasn't paying a lot of attention to my cumulative score.
It was a surprise. And here I am now, basking in the glow.
My good SP friend Sandy (TRYINGHARDER61) knows full well how envious I've been of her Trivia scores: and I'm sure she will be rejoicing with me in my (temporary) success now!
Yay Trivia! Because even when I get them wrong, I've learned plenty! That's why this Trivia A Student accomplishment is for me actually right up there. Surpassed only with the amazing honour of having been named a Spark People Motivator.
(I know that the learning from playing and losing at Trivia has very much been linked towhat is genuinely my biggest personal accomplishment by far, way more important than degrees or job stuff: namely, taking 90 pounds off and keeping it off. I weighed myself after my workout at the gym, and I'm holding steady at 138 today even after a slightly indulgent supper last night . . . quite happy with that).
OK, just imagine me taking off the dunce cap, stepping down from the stool in the corner . . . yeah!!.
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