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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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MOMMY445 12/16/2012 9:31AM

    thanks for the great reminder!

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ARTSYGIRL5 12/16/2012 9:17AM

    Love it emoticon

I try to think of tracking calories like a bank account.You know how much money is in your bank account. You should know how many calories you eat every day.I have to play head games with myself but it works,

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KANOE10 12/16/2012 9:16AM

    Great reminder of the dangers of holiday indulgences. You are right..determination and persistence are key during these next few weeks.

Thanks for sharing.

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NCSUE0514 12/16/2012 8:44AM

    Right on.

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JANEMARIE77 12/16/2012 8:39AM

    a great view to add to my shield and thoughts thank you

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DNRAE1 12/16/2012 8:38AM

    Thanks! I needed that reminder.

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TDWANDD2MYK9 12/16/2012 8:29AM

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JIBBIE49 12/16/2012 8:23AM

    Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

Watch the 12 part series "THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT" on YouTube and learn WHY most people eat at least 450 calories more per day than we need, and that is why we are so fat. Wonderful documentary.

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PINKIE78 12/16/2012 8:08AM

    Awesome perspective. Thank you!!

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SUSANK16 12/16/2012 8:03AM

  Nicely written and well thought out - will try to hold this close

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REGILIEH 12/16/2012 7:52AM

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ADELCASALE 12/16/2012 7:37AM

    I so love this write up that reminds all of us that sensibility and moderation should prevail.

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MANDELOVICH 12/16/2012 6:36AM

    Thank you for this shocking reminder. It's so important to really make excellent choices every day to support well-being, health, and eating just the right amount of nutritious foods. Wearing that black dress feels a lot better than eating any buttery foods!

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BECKYANNE1 12/16/2012 5:14AM

    Great reminder for this time of the year! Thanks!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/15/2012 8:13PM

    This factual stuff really hurts, and at this time of year, a reality check indeed.

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4FREELADY 12/15/2012 1:12PM

  This is a painful reality. I needed to hear it.

Lackadaisical choices have not gotten me to fitness or health. Thank you for the straight talk; it's a [literal] lifesaver.

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MDOTZERO 12/15/2012 12:12PM

    Very good post and excellent reminder to make good decisions every day.

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STARDUSTD 12/15/2012 11:15AM

  Oh my god, what a fabulous blog. I'm printing this out and I may carry it around with me till the new year.

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NANCY- 12/15/2012 11:11AM

    I found chia seeds swell and fill me up so there is no room for the temptations. You are right every calorie does count. It is a fine balance between fueling and expending our energy.
I love the way you are keeping your focus. You know what you want and how to get or keep it as the case may be.
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ONMYMEDS 12/15/2012 11:03AM

    I like this. Good blog!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2012 10:59AM

    LOVE your pep talk! I'm taking it to heart, too. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/15/2012 10:10AM

    Thanks for that concise review and reminder about calories and weight. I know it, but it helps to see it again spelled out that well. Vanity is an okay motivation -- especially when you add it to health, energy, feeling good, being a good role model for the people in your life,feeling good about yourself, etc.

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MIDROAD 12/15/2012 9:59AM

    Great and sobering reminder! Just don't lose your joy in your quest for diligence!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/15/2012 9:36AM

    Excellent reminder at a challenging time. It all adds up, whether we track or not. Every calorie counts, whether we want to think about it or not. Thanks.
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