Wednesday, August 13, 2008

If you have to be sitting still...

...then you might as well be reading Breaking Dawn. I love the Twilight Series and this book was my favorite of the four. I love to read almost as much as I love to exercise and this story did not disappoint. I can't wait for the Twilight movie to come out in December. And I definitely can't wait until Stephenie Meyer writes another story.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Save Money, Burn Calories

There are daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly chores that you can choose to do yourself or pay someone else to do it for you. If you do them yourself you'll not only save money but you'll work off those unwanted pounds that like to hang around. All calorie counts are for a 135 pound woman. Prices are just an estimate. Here is the low down:

Washing the Car yourself vs. Driving it through the Local Car Wash

Calories burned per hour: 184
Money saved: $7

Average yearly stats: 9568 calories burned; $364 saved if done weekly

Cleaning your own House yourself vs. Hiring a Cleaning Service

Calories burned per hour: 153-214
Money saved: $70-160

Average yearly stats: 9542 calories burned; $5,980 saved if done weekly

Mowing the Lawn yourself vs. Hiring a Neighborhood Kid

Calories burned per hour: 338
Money saved: $20

Average yearly stats: 17,576 calories burned; $1,040 saved if done weekly

Painting Interior Walls yourself vs. Hiring a Professional Painter

Calories burned per hour: 276
Money saved: $1500-$3000 for a typical 3 bedroom home

Average yearly stats: 1800 calories burned; $1500-$3000 saved

Massaging your Partners Back vs. Sending him to a Massage Therapist

Calories burned per hour: 245
Money saved: $60+

Average yearly stats for one massage monthly: 2940 calories burned; $720+ saved

Shopping at a Store vs. Ordering Online

Calories burned per hour: 141
Money saved on shipping: depends, but typically $5-$15 per item

Average yearly stats if done monthly: 1692 calories burned; $60-$180 per item

Remember that 3500 calories equals one pound. So if you were to do all these things every month verses the more expensive and lazy alternative you'd lose 12 pounds in theory and save $9,664-$11,284 a year!

Take that.

Monday, August 4, 2008

You Tube video that must be watched!

Thanks to my Hungry Girl Newsletter, I watched this short 3 minute video that has changed the way I think about portion sizes. Please watch it HERE and it may help you in your weight loss efforts!