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Little Things Make A BIG Difference

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I gained 40 pounds, but it took me 5 years to do it.

Whether it's my age, lack of exercise, etc., doesn't matter. What matters are the numbers.

40 pounds in 5 years means 8 pounds per year. 8 pounds, at 3500 calories a pound, means an extra 28,000 calories in each year. Divide that by 365 days, and it means I've overshot my calorie allotment by

LESS THAN 80 CALORIES A DAY!

EATING ONE EXTRA MEDIUM APPLE PER DAY than what my body requires has resulted in 40 EXTRA POUNDS!

This is amazing, don't you think?

So here's my conclusion -- it wasn't the fast food, fried food, ice cream & chips, it was that daily extra apple that did me in!!

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Later,
TG
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  • ID_VANDAL
    Hey there TG,

    This is a great post - but then that's what I expect from you!! and it is a great reminder that doing the little things does count in the long run. 80 calories a day - I'll bet not a lot of people really stopped to think that one through!

    Well you keep it up cuz I intend to drop that 2 in my middle digit on the Monday weigh-in!! and this time it will be forever. I suspect the 6 will disappear from your middle digit FOREVER as well.

    Make it a GREAT WEEK-END!!

    Vandal

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    3598 days ago
  • no profile photo SBROOKS41
    I am making a life change with my eating habits. SparkPeople make it much easier do to the food and exercise tracking. That sure makes me aware of what I am doing. Now I do cardio every day for an hour at the gym and resistant training 3 times a week. I get a kick out of the nutrition ads, such as Jenny Craig. I know that it is not costing me as much as the food is sooo much better.
    3599 days ago
  • SLWRITER
    So that's what Mom meant when she said "an apple a day." Amazing numbers. Great post.
    3599 days ago
  • SLWRITER
    So that's what Mom meant when she said "an apple a day." Amazing numbers. Great post.
    3599 days ago
  • SLWRITER
    So that's what Mom meant when she said "an apple a day." Amazing numbers. Great post.
    3599 days ago
  • MAKAMBO
    You are funny TG!! Yes indeed... it does not take much to go over our daily caloric needs. I will keep that in mind. Thanks for your email. I will answer you shortly. I just finished a Leslie Sansone workout and wanted to get my minutes into my fitness tracker right away... It is not always easy exercising after work but sometimes (like today!) I cannot do my walks during the day because I have too many meetings. It is really quiet on Sparks when Vandal is away. I love the drama in his blogs... "darkside" and all!! I sort of miss it... but don't tell him.. it might go to his head!!! emoticon
    3599 days ago
  • DRAGONFLYSPIRIT
    See, all of our problems started with that darn apple!! Thanks for giving us all something to think about.

    The sad part, I was not an avid apple eater!! emoticon Mine was 36# in 3 years.
    3599 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    I made that calculation also at one point when I was 70 pounds heavier than I am now -- and it had taken me 7 years at 10 pounds a year to put on the excess weight -- and I figured like you that it was only about 80-100 extra calories per day. NOT gross "overeating" but how much self-loathing we heap upon ourselves!

    SOOOOOOO much harder to take it off, and to keep it off!!
    3599 days ago
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