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One slice of pizza is an hour at the gym

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When I am at the gym and not taking a fitness class, I like to listen to Jillian Michaels' podcast to pass the time on the machines. Recently she had Bob Harper on the show, which was cool! They said something to a caller that really kind of hit me upside the head: One slice of pizza is an hour at the gym. Of course; a slice of pizza is around 400 calories. But when they put it in that context, it makes so much sense why so many of us are struggling and why weight loss can be such a slow process. I often make this mistake. I work my butt off at the gym, then later in the day I will have something so small and high-calorie, such as a couple of cookies, and there go all those calories I saved. I've been at this for a while, so I know I should choose foods that give me more bang for my calorie buck, even (or especially) if I am in maintenance mode when it seems easier to slack on the eating somewhat. This was a good reminder to eat mindfully.

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/7/2011 10:03PM

    Hi Mila, I agree, we have something little and it can erase or ruin all our hard work. It's an interesting concept about a slice of pizza is an hour at the gym.
Glad I came looking for blogs, since the race is over, I now have the time to run it myself, so I am currently in Iceland, so I am reading and commenting on blogs, but most of the current ones I had already read and commented on, so this is quite the challenge for me!
This makes blog #9 for me, so 1 more to find!
Hope you can join us for Season 2 in July!
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COUCH2FITLIFE 5/18/2011 6:22PM

    That is a great reminder! It totally makes sense, but I've never thought about it that way before. I need these reminders and wake-up calls every once and a while to really help me focus on what I'm putting into my body and why.

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MTKRITTER 5/17/2011 10:23PM

    Hi, fellow TAR challenge participant! Wow, one slice of pizza is an hour at the gym. That sure puts that into perspective - OUCH! I love Jillian Michaels, she's awesome!

Have a wonderful day!

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INGEINCANADA 5/17/2011 4:30PM

    Hi there fellow TAR traveller. Love Jillian too, she is a great inspiration. Will see her tonight I guess with the almost final of Biggest Loser.

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MHNGJR 5/17/2011 9:52AM

    So emoticon = emoticon

Good visual picture

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CASSIOEPIA 5/16/2011 7:21PM

    Love Jillian! She just 'makes sense' to me.

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PALOMINOGIRL3 5/16/2011 5:49PM

    Oh sheesh... That makes me scared to eat another slice of pizza! Especially since I usually have AT LEAST 2! And the funniest thing is, I was actually thinking of having pizza for dinner tonight. Now I'm thinkin' "maybe not".

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CREATIVEJOY39 5/15/2011 4:30PM

    I'm in agreement with you. This process does require a lot of work and commitment. Eating mindfully is so important so as not to derail all that hard work. I have a slow metabolism by nature so the last thing i"m going to reach for is pizza now that I know how many calories I can handle a day.

Thanks for sharing!!


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BENDIEB 5/13/2011 7:10PM

    Eating "mindfully" is really the key. Today I am in my ranges for calories, proteins, carbs, and fats and that includes 2 pieces of pizza (my family's Friday night tradition). I get into to trouble when I do not eat to plan, but almost anything can be worked into a balanced nutrition plan occasionally.

BTW, you look great. Congratulations on your success!

Comment edited on: 5/13/2011 7:13:55 PM

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KELLEY1010 5/11/2011 8:19PM

    It sure does make you think!

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ANGIERUNNER 5/11/2011 11:21AM

    I hear ya! I have no problem getting a workout in during the day, but I love my chips and desserts! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/10/2011 10:40PM

    Great reminder. emoticon

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BABYBY2012 5/10/2011 9:25PM

    So True! emoticon for the reminder :)

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KIMFISH76 5/10/2011 11:39AM

    I cried inside when I read your headline.

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*AMBER512 5/10/2011 9:52AM

    That's so true! I know that things are a certain amount of calories, but thinking about the actual time I'd have to spend at the gym puts things into a totally different perspective! I'm going to have to remember this the next time I want to indulge :) I'll still indulge, mind you, but I'll be fully aware!

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SOKKERNUT 5/10/2011 8:42AM

    emoticon that will make me think twice before biting into a slice of pizza!

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OOLALA53 5/10/2011 7:47AM

    Just want to say that if the pizza is just part of the daily intake you need to fuel your body, it is not an hour at the gym. Your body needs calories just to exist, so any food can be figured in. As you say, it depends on how satisfying it is to you. I've had a nice slice of pizza and raw veggies for lunch or dinner and been very content. But if you feel that it's a danger food for you now, best wait until your tastes have changed so that you don't need so much. And enjoy the movement, too! emoticon

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MANDARYANE 5/10/2011 7:39AM

    Wow, that is a realization. It's something to think about before picking up that slice of pizza, thanks so much for sharing!

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