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10 Extra Calories a Day . . . 911!!


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Saturday, December 15, 2012

If I eat 10 extra calories a day, I'll put on 1 pound in a year. And next year. And the year after. And in 10 years I'll have put on 10 extra pounds.

If I eat 100 extra calories a day, I'll put on 10 pounds in a year. And next year. And the year after. And in 10 years I'll have put on 100 extra pounds.

What's an extra calorie? A calorie I don't need to maintain the pounds I want to sustain. Which takes about 10 calories a pound a day. About 1400 calories a day. Max,

What's 10 extra calories? Not much. Maybe a couple baby carrots.

What's 100 extra calories? Not much more. A big apple.

The carrots are healthy. The apple is too.

And calories from nutritionally-dense healthy foods are obviously better for me than calories from junk foods, or nutritionally empty foods.

But for weight maintenance, it doesn't matter. Extra calories from healthy foods pile on the pounds just the same as extra calories from candy or chips or Coke.

When I'm on the elliptical cross trainer at the gym, I can see that burning 10 extra calories takes me about 1 minute of really vigorous effort.

Which means I can never exercise enough to compensate for over-eating. Weight loss and weight loss maintenance for me are 80% nutrition tracking. At least.

OK then. It's not the season of healthy foods. I'm not eating too many spears of new young asparagus or fresh raspberries, or blueberries, or even lightly steamed shrimp.

It's the season of crunchy pastry-wrapped appetizers and bacon-wrapped appetizers and fatty dips and stuffing, gravy, butter-mashed potatoes, hot rolls and butter and turkey with crisp skin and cranberry sauce and veggies drenched in more butter and sauces and . . . . It's the season of shortbread and eggnog and Yule logs (dessert variety) and pies and special cookies and special candies and chocolate covered almonds and . . . . It's the season of too many alcoholic drinks on offer which reduce my resistance to all of the preceding!

I'm just reminding myself. Little pep talk here. Those calories do add up and my body is tracking them, whether *I* track them or not.

Grrrrrrr. Determination, resilience, eternal vigilance. All continue to be necessary. Every day.

That's because It's also the season of little black dresses! It's the season of sleek black velvet trousers with sparkly tops! Trying something new with the hair, the makeup! Not the season of muu-muus and huge shapeless Tshirts and elastic-waist track pants and . . . no no no.

And: there's a connection here. Right?

Yeah. So: call 911 vanity assist, please. Vanity assist!! If that'll help, I'm gonna work it . . . yes I am!!

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CATNCAG 9/9/2013 11:07AM

    What a great blog! It makes me realize that once I reach my goal weight I must continue on... I checked out your Spark Page also. Great pics & congrats on your weight loss & maintenance! U look great!

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NASFKAB 2/6/2013 5:36AM

  you can do it

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NASFKAB 2/6/2013 5:34AM

  you can do it

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SERASARA 1/9/2013 8:15PM

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EMILYDOODLE 1/4/2013 10:22PM

  thanks for the reminder. i love them cookies and candies, had them in moderation. did exercise everyday

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BERTA6978 12/23/2012 1:17PM

    Thanks for putting those extra calories in perspective and reminding us that whether or not we are tracking the extra calories, our bodies are.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 12:29AM

    Wow - that is totally true!! I never really gave "just 10 calorie" much thought...but wow! That's a big impact!! Great blog - lots of food for thought! Thanks for posting!!

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LRSILVER 12/22/2012 7:37PM

    Thanks for the reminder.

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FIRECOM 12/22/2012 10:28AM

    I fully agree. I recently added my coffee to my tracking and was really surprised to see that it carries a 5 kcal per cup penalty. Not much, but like you pointed out so well. Every calorie really adds up. Just calculate the annual impact of a single can of sugared soda pop over a year. ARRRRGGGGH.

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/21/2012 8:16PM

    Friggin' awesome!

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PEACEHOPE1 12/21/2012 7:09PM

    I really enjoyed your blog, thanks for sharing! It put a smile on my face AND gave me a lot to think about.

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BKLYNDIVA 12/21/2012 6:05PM

    Been there and done that lol, I guess that is how we all ended up here. Well stated.

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 6:21AM

    Congrats on a well deserved popular blog post! It will be great for more people to see it! Ties in nicely with an article by Becky Hand on how all those tiny bites add up quickly in a day! Something I surely needed to read today!
And I will bet you look fabulous in those described outfits!!
Fantastic awareness and perception! You have mindful eating down pat!
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JENNIFERWEIDEN 12/20/2012 6:40AM

  You are a wonderful writer, and very inspirational. It is a good time for remembering that calories do count and that they do add up. I encourage those of you who have not read it yet (or visited the site or heard the free podcasts on youtube or itunes) to inform themselves about The Smarter Science of Slim, where I learned that NOT all calories are equal, some foods make you hoard fat and some you can eat basically without limits (don't worry about asparagus!). The science is amazing and very well studied, it's all backed up by 1000's of pages of research and it will change your whole outlook on this. Give it a shot!

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PENOWOK 12/17/2012 4:02PM

    Thanks for the pep talk!!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 12/17/2012 11:54AM

    Great perspective!

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FARIS71 12/17/2012 9:59AM

    Tis the season for little black dresses indeed. Good reminder!

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DJSHIP46 12/17/2012 9:44AM

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NILLAPEPSI 12/17/2012 8:52AM

    Yes, you work it!! emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/17/2012 7:43AM

    You put it in such a great perspective. THANK YOU. Sometimes we need THAT kick in the pants!!!

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CICELY360 12/16/2012 10:45PM

  Good blog

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ROCKYCPA 12/16/2012 9:21PM

    Good blog - thanks for sharing!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/16/2012 6:49PM

    Awesome pep talk! And heck YEAH it's the season of festive outfits!! LOL I love the vanity assist. :) A perfect way to stay motivated! Thanks! :)

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BRENNA84 12/16/2012 6:24PM

    so true! thanx for the reminder!

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MARYJEANSL 12/16/2012 5:39PM

  911 Vanity Assist - I love it! I also bought tons and tons of wonderful veggies at the Farmer's Market today. I refuse to think about the party I am going to tomorrow night!

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PHEBESS 12/16/2012 5:22PM

    So on target!

It's also the season of mandarin oranges, and winter squash, and those yummy soups you make, and oatmeal with apples for breakfast, and roasted root vegs. Right?

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NEWCHINELO 12/16/2012 5:01PM

    Oh my God! . . . Thanks for sharing and reminding me.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/16/2012 4:47PM

    emoticon This was timely!

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/16/2012 4:43PM

    Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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WALLINMW 12/16/2012 3:53PM

  Great blog! It all adds up.


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WALLINMW 12/16/2012 3:52PM

  Awesome my friend!

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KARRENLYNN 12/16/2012 2:59PM

    But oh that list of not good for me foods is just whispering to me! You are right though, too much of any food good or bad will cause trouble.

Stay strong, and have a happy healthy holiday season!

Karen

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DALID414 12/16/2012 2:27PM

    Oh my! Good thing I ate before reading the list of the season foods!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/16/2012 2:08PM

  So well said........ emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/16/2012 1:28PM

    This is one of the best blogs I have read. Excellent! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 12/16/2012 12:29PM

    Love this! I'm totally gearing up for the many challenges of the next few weeks. My vanity alert has been set off!

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JULIERAE41 12/16/2012 12:03PM

    You and I are on the same Holidays page! I decided at Halloween to be a Holiday Warrior and even set it as one of my goals! I determined the period between Halloween and Easter is the fat gaining time for me. NOT THIS YEAR! Way to go! Thanks for writing this blog!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/16/2012 11:32AM

  unnerving way to put it

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NEWMOM20121 12/16/2012 11:09AM

    great blog

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DOLLFACEDX 12/16/2012 9:37AM

    Exactly right. . .just cause a food item is nutritious doesn't mean it's appropriate to eat too much!

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