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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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RUNNING OPTIONAL

I hate running.  I want to love running, but I just can’t…I am not sure if its the tiredness that hits me after a couple miles, the pain in my ankles, or the boredom that bothers me the most.  All I know is that it is just not something I look forward to.  The only time I crave running is when I am trying to escape everything and eveyone for a little while.  It is something I turn to if I want to shut my mind off and get away from it all.  That being said, I do not get a thrill out of lacing up my running shoes.  I would much rather be on my yoga mat challenging my body that way.  That being said, I know my body loves cardio.  I get leaner and my legs shape up fast.  But sometimes that is just not enough motivation for me to get my ass movin out the door.  Also I love to carb load…you would think a giant plate of spaghetti would be solid motivation, but no…

That being said, I started to read a book called, Born to Run, which apparently is pretty popular right now to vegans, vegetarians, athletes and my family.  I am not too far into the book yet but I wanted to focus on the magical little seed that they talk about … the “superfood” chia. 

(what is a chia seed?  –> http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA365093/Chia-for-Health.html) Now, I buy chia seeds and put them in my oatmeal.  For some reason they add a fluffy texture when I throw in a palmful, and although I do not know too much about their superpowers…I figured it couldn’t hurt.  I have also added them to salads with flax seeds (not sure if you are supposed to do that) and baked goods like muffins and banana bread). Some other ideas of how to use the seeds—> http://www.chiaseedrecipes.com/40-ways-to-use-chia-seeds.php Well the book talks about the slimy drink that these runners make with chia seeds called iskiate.  Basically you dissolve chia seeds in water, add a little lime, some sugar, and chill until cold—> (http://www.nomeatathlete.com/tarahumara-pinole-chia-recipes/)  I haven’t tried it yet, but supposedly you get a pretty significant boost of energy, plus its supposed to be a grand slam of goodness for your body.  It seems a little bit like the consistency of aloe vera, or hand sanitizer…but I imagine it probably tastes like limeaide  But I figure, I am going to try it out.  It can’t hurt, and I want to see what its all about. 

But, trying new things like this means I have to make time to get to the store, and actually put some things in my fridge and in my cupboard other than the tons of dried beans that are already hibernating there.  This week (although I am working 6 out of 7 days) I am going to make time for myself and the things I need to get done for myself and around my home.  This week I am prioritizing myself (as opposed to last week when I prioritized everyone else).  Its difficult, as an adult, trying to be a good friend, family member, and girlfriend…and make time for yourself.  It is hard to find a new balance.  I figure that is why your circle of friends get a bit smaller as you get older.  Or at least a little quieter and more far between.  I figure, I am going to attempt to let things flow and happen naturally instead of trying to force everything and everyone to stay the same. 

Anyway…off to a new week, 3rd full week attempt at my first goal out of 12, and hopefully on to a better body, life, and me. 

Namaste. 

Renee