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How Many Calories do you Burn when Cleaning the House?

Friday, July 01, 2011

I have been up since 5:20 this morning, and I'm off on Fridays! Woke up this morning, thinking of everything I needed to accomplish in the next two days, so got out of bed and got busy immediately.

Every year on the Fourth of July, we have a few friends (probably around 30-40 people) out to our house, which is an acreage about 3 miles outside of town, and everyone contributes great food and we celebrate. It's a good time and I really look forward to it, but it is a lot of work. This year, the work doesn't see so overwhelming however. Last year, I was feeling pretty good about myself--I fit into a 3X decorative 4th of July top and had lost about 80 pounds. THIS YEAR, I am 100 pounds lighter than that (got back into the 140's this morning!), wearing a size 10 and feeling very SLIM!

I probably won't get a walk or bike ride in during the next couple of days (we're celebrating on the 3rd, my son who works for the railroad, may have to work on the 4th, we're hoping he'll be around on the 3rd, plus it gives us the 4th to clean up, rest up and get ready to go back to work on the 5th. But I'm thinking the work I've been doing around the house hopefully burned quite a few calories.

Went out shopping yesterday, headed to the ritzy mall in town, where I never shop. No reason to--nothing in those stores fit me before anyway. Yesterday, it was like I was in a Wonderland--I could walk into any store and find something I liked. Unfortunately for my budget, I found quite a few items that I did like and bought some of them! I shopped at The Gap, Old Navy, Chico's, Christopher & Barnes, even Hollister. My son told me Hollister is for 12-year old girls, but I found a top that fit!! I always justify my purchases by telling myself that I have EARNED some new clothes!

Headed to lunch with my husband--we're going to Ruby Tuesday, and I'll have a petite chicken salad. It's delicious and only about 400 calories including the low fat ranch dressing I get. Sunday, I will probably eat too much. Last year, I tried not to over-do and hope to do the same thing this year. It is tough to NOT eat some of the great food that people bring out, so sometimes I will have just a small taste and that satisfies me.

For comparison--here's a picture of me last July 4, and a picture of me this morning, in one of my new tops from Old Navy! Gosh I love being NORMAL!!

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    Good job!
    Can't wait to see your picture next year!
    You are very beautiful. emoticon emoticon
    2489 days ago
  • JILL313
    Enjoy your 3rd of July Celebration with your family and friends!! If you know what people are bringing, it will be easier to plan out what you will be eating beforehand and track the calories!! You are doing so well and look so much younger and slimmer than last year!!


    2489 days ago
    You are looking beautiful! So encouraging for the rest of us! I, too, wonder what housework counts as for exercise. And gardening! I know it goes more easily when the weight is down! Love the photos! emoticon emoticon
    2489 days ago
  • GODDESS181
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    Very Motivating.
    You look GREAT!
    2489 days ago
    You HAVE earned the new clothes. You will do fine when all the food is there for the get together. A long time ago I had a book that told how many calories you burned by doing different household chores, I don't know what the name was and I still don't have it. Would be a great thing to have right now.
    Bless you
    2490 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Congrats on the weight loss, how fantastic for you and I get inspiration reading blogs like yours. Keep up the fantastic job, and do have a wonderful holiday.
    2490 days ago
    emoticon Happy 4th! Your celebration sounds like ours at our house! I love that you got to buy "normal" clothes. WTG and you look so great! Also - great job on doing all this when you just had surgery!
    2490 days ago
  • ANN520
    Happy 4th of July! I love reading your blogs and comments - the joy and wonder at being at goal just shines through with every word. Makes me appreciate my own weight loss, as it's been a year and a half since I hit goal and now normal is just normal, although I am still vigilant. The great part about these holidays now is that I know, even if I do over do and go up a pound, I know how to get it right back off again. It's really a powerful feeling. Enjoy yourself and have a great weekend!
    2490 days ago
    What a transformation! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend! I can't wait to be following in your footsteps and able to walk into any store and find SOMETHING!
    2490 days ago
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