Can of pop versus jogging

As a person that doesn’t really find that much joy in running, I found this article to be rather interesting. I stumbled across a post by MSNBC the other day that summarized a study done on teenagers. They had displays by sugary drinks, such as soda that displayed calorie counts, and even how long it would take to burn off that drink by doing physical activity. The study shows that when you compare a food calorie count to something we are familiar with i.e. running for 30 minutes, they were less opt to purchase the drink.

Why is this? Most likely it is because most individuals don’t really grasp the impact of the calories or other numbers listed on the nutrition label. However, when you compare it to something that you can visualize in your head, it gives you more of an impact.

To read the article presented by MSNBC, please visit their article, “Will ’50 minute jog’ label curb your 250-calorie soda habit?“.

 

–K

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Main dish with a kick

Today was a long day at work. I was pleasantly surprised to the meal that was made when I got home. You see, usually my husband thinks tacos are golden as a meal.

Today was different. He found a recipe on allrecipes.com that was rather delicious in a different kind of way.

With that, I present to you Orange Pork Tenderloins with Caramelized Onions.

Credit: Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (1 pound) pork tenderloins
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until well browned on all sides. Remove the pork from the skillet.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 15 minutes or until well browned, stirring often.
  3. Stir the picante sauce, marmalade and orange zest in the skillet. Return the pork to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.

It’s about 196 calories and would go great with a side of fresh green beans. Feel free to visit Allrecipes to learn complete nutrition information.

A few variations: He used yellow onions which are a little sweeter. I also think you could use fresh squeezed oranges with a dash of sugar to replace the marmalade. I also doubt he used 2 tablespoons of oil. I think it would be a great pairing with chicken instead of pork, as well.

Try it out, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

–K

Food for thought

Today I ran across another analogy that really fits how you should perceive life and motivate yourself.

A more common one that I relate to is in this context:

You always hear people talk about how they didn’t get “dealt” the perfect set of cards or that there is nothing you can do about a certain hardship. Of course, sometimes it is true but in more instances than none it really isn’t the case. It’s more a case of not wanting the item in front of them bad enough to go get it.

As you may find out, I, too, wasn’t dealt the perfect hand of cards. I mean I’ve been through some pretty tough times and even times that have been out of my hands. But it’s how I’ve played my cards that lead me to where I am today. Of course, I had a few crumby cards that it didn’t matter what I did with them. It happens! In the end, you have two options in life, 1. let the cards play you or 2. you play the cards.

With that said, your food for thought came from my fortune cookie. Okay, I know, that shows that I wasn’t great today, yes I had chinese food.

You create your own stage.
The audience is waiting.

I just really feel this is another great way to view your life. So stop peeking at someone else’s stage and comparing it to what yours isn’t. Instead CREATE your own stage. The audience IS waiting!

–K

What was your choice today

So at the gym they are doing this punch card. You go to so many fitness classes and you have a chance to win a gift card. Win free stuff? Heck, I’m in! I’ve been doing it since the beginning of the month. My activity choice? ZUMBA! They just started classes this month, let’s just say its a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Well, realistically, even going to Zumba 4 days a week won’t allow me to achieve the punch card goal.

So one day I went to a stretch class because it was before I go to work. I think I was the only one under the age of 60, so I skipped that the next time. I should have known considering it’s during the work day.

Instead I added kick boxing into the weekly rotation. I am enjoying that although the instructor is scarily muscular. Finally, I needed another class to add into the mix to ensure I get my points, I decided a core class was a good option. I mean really 15 minutes, I’m at the gym already, PIECE OF CAKE! Ya, that’s not what my quivering arms, legs and abs told you. That class meant business. I enjoyed it though so I’ll be back.

Anyways, the punch card thing has been a motivator and quite fun. I’ve tried classes that I never thought I’d try. If your gym is offering any incentive programs, take them up on the offer. You’d be amazed at how motivated it might make you.

-K