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Exercise and Sexercise (and bananas) HA!

 I know that I am focusing on being vegan this month, but in line with my food intake I also want to be aware of how I am burning off everything I am putting in my body.  I love finding everyday things that burn calories… Because everyday my goal is to burn more calories than I take in…I think…How in the hell do I do that since I love eating? 

So…I know, I know…There are a ton of articles out there telling out what burns calories and how much! But I have compiled this fabulous little list that shows a bunch of different facts about calories burned from a bunch of different articles!

Nerdy fact about me…My graduate degree is in library science and I was really good at research papers.  So I love facts and making lists.  Here ya go…

  • Dusting (30 Minutes)=80 calories
  • House painting (3 hrs)= 1,026 calories
  • Kissing (30 mins)= 36 calories…ok ok its not a lot of calories but its fun!

(These fun facts from http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/information/20-everyday-activities-and-the-calories-they-burn.htm)

  • A fabulous night of dancing (1 hour)= 317 calories
  • Pushing a stroller aroung (1 hour)= 200 calories

(http://www.livestrong.com/article/427093-everyday-things-that-burn-calories-but-dont-feel-like-exercise/)

  • cycling around neighborhood (30 mins)-300 calories
  • yoga (30 mins to 1 hr)- 175 calories (depends on the intensity level)
  • stair climbing (10 minutes) – 84 calories

These seem a little high burning to me so I am not too sure of their accuracy, but I love to believe they are true!!! http://healthmad.com/fitness/10-natural-cheats-to-burn-calories-no-gym-required/

And SEXercising!!!! As per this lovely lady, the calorie count for all things sex…  As provided by…(http://www.evitamins.com/a/sexercising-the-calorie-count-for-all-things-sex-131) click on the link to check out the cals for more sexy activities. 

  • Hardcore making out (1/2 hour)-240 cals…This seems like a lot so I think this may be a stretch… but maybe these people are doing some really creative things.
  • Sex (1/2 hour)- 85 to 150 calories…If you’re you’re really working hard. 

And a sweet lil blog called “Share it Fitness” has a nice list of things to do in under an hour that burn 800 calories! So if you know you are going to eat two hot dogs, a cheese burger, some potato salad, two cupcakes and birthday cake, and your calorie count is off the charts…but you have an extra hour of downtime… here are some ideas http://blog.shareitfitness.com/2012/the-8-fastest-ways-to-burn-800-calories-in-1-hour-or-less/.   Some ideas include treadmill intervals, boxing workouts, and swimming.  I want to box so bad!  I just need a speed bag…

Also…In case anyone out there is interested here is a sweet calorie counter

—>http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc

Basically… I need to up the anti (anty?) with exercising, but right now I would rather figure out how to fit activity into my busy everyday life.  Bc honestly, like most of the rest of the world we’re all holding down some major jobs and handling life matters.  I am so wiped by the end of the day, I just don’t have it in me yet to tackle an ultramarathon.

Anyway, awesome breakfast I want to share with you!  I know I have seen similar things to this on other blogs… esp one of my favorite blogs (http://ohsheglows.com/) But I think my recipe may be a little different…If you want to check out some similar recipes, just google “banana ice cream.”

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbs peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • granola or (my choice) nature valley oats n honey granola bar

Oh my goodness this was so good.  Just put everything in your blender or magic bullet (love it!) and blend until there is still a little bit of chunk left.  I don’t like mine too smoothie ish.  After you have a nice consistency add a palmful of granola, or crumble your nature valley bar right on top.  Mix and devour.  So good.  Seriously I love love love dessert and this is right up there with my favorites.  The addition of peanut butter and granola is just amazing… You are looking at about 400 calories for this.  In order to cut cals, you could reduce the peanut butter to half, and only use one of the two bars that come with the nature valley.  You can definitely make adjustments to make this work for you.  But honestly… Its just goodness. 

Have a good day! I am still trying to figure out next month…I think I may go with “money matters and organization.”  Sigh…We will see.

Peace

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Books and Nooks?

I can’t say I am a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything… I think I am kind of a mini expert at a bunch of things. But I have read my fair share of books about the vegan life.  My lovely sister has been a vegetarian since she was in 3rd grade (approx).  When I was younger I used to make fun of her, and once (the evil child that I was) laughed uncontrollably at her when she ate a beef burrito from taco bell, and thought it was beans.  Now, when I think of that, I feel so sad that I did that!  I think that I was probably just jealous of her, and the fact that she could do something that I couldn’t at the time.   Hopefully I have transformed from the mean child I once was…Not sure if Jenna would agree with that statement, but that’s ok. 

One book I have read that I love is called Eat to Live.  It’s written by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and it gives you medically sound facts and information garnished on why the vegan life is the best thing for your body, and ultimate health in the long run.  His ideas and “diet” are “lifestyle changes” (you have heard that term from EVERY woman who has ever been on a diet) that is pretty severe.  He guarantees weight loss, but also guarantees optimum health.  It seems to me that he targets overweight and obese people (been there) with health and heart problems, to get them turned in healthy directions.  Honestly, the book was such an inspiration I have been using it at a guideline for about a year now. To learn more about the book check out –à http://www.drfuhrman.com/shop/ETLBook.aspx

His website has some great tips about organic living and alternates and substitutions for everyday food choices.  Although this may be too extreme of a choice for many, its worth a read solely for the medical information and statistics he shares relating to heart disease and cancer which, lets face it, effects all of us somehow.  I also came across this veggie site that outlines some great info about being a vegetarian ——-àhttp://www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm  It wasn’t too hard to find this site, it always pops up first when I search “vegan”  in google (lol). 

One other good read I am going to have to check out is a book my family is obsessed with right now.  Its called Born to Run, by Chris Mcdougall, and apparently it is amazing. 

http://www.chrismcdougall.com/book.html.  As inspired as I am by Dr. Fuhrman’s book, I am wondering if this book will encourage me to get out on my two legs more and take a run once in awhile.  Although I am much happier on my yoga mat, I can appreciate a good run once in a blue moon.  A very blue moon.   

If you notice I post about books a lot, its because I am a LIBRARIAN! Well, not in my current life, but in my University life that is what it says on my diploma.  I love books and am sooo close to buying a nook or a kindle fire but I haven’t had the heart to do it yet. 

Yoga tonight, black bean burrito for lunch, and shopping with mama after work. Life is good.  Right now I’m thanking God for giving me an easy path at this point in my life. 

Xoxo