OK, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed this, but just in case I am…..has anyone else noticed that when you gain weight your pants are shorter?  Weird phenomenon?  I think not!  It takes more fabric to get around my little (but becoming bigger) behind and therefore my pants look like floods.  Like many things, it’s quite depressing!  And due to the fact that I am tall to begin with, and therefore my pants are always on the shorter side to start off, it seems even worse.  So what’s the solution.  Lose weight!  Ah yes, easier said than done.

Ah ha!  I just tried on some pants I haven’t worn for a while.  I’ve recently lost 5 lbs. (yea me!!) and guess what….my pants aren’t as short.  I wonder how long they’ll be if I lose 10 more lbs? 🙂

So what do you think?  Have you noticed this phenomenon or is it just me?

Can you really burn an extra 840 calories a week just by turning off the TV?  If you’re an average American who watching 5 hours of TV a day, I would agree that you could do it.

This morning I read an article in the newspaper that was titled, “Want an easy way to get fit?  Turn off the television.”  I don’t watch a lot of TV but I was intrigued by the title of the article so I read it.  First of all, it said that an average American or Canadian watches TV for about five hours a day.  FIVE HOURS???????  Who has five hours a day to watch TV?  I’m lucky to watch one show, once a week, for one hour.  No wonder Americans are overweight.  (OK, I’m stepping off my soapbox now)

But back to the point of the article.  It says you can burn an extra 840 calories a week just by turning the TV off.  No exercise, no pill, no nothing.  Just flipping the switch.  I went the gym this morning and burned 400 calories…and I had to work my butt off to do it.  Too bad I don’t watch more TV.  I could have skipped that workout this morning.

So the studies said that by cutting back on TV to 2 1/2 hours a day you’d fill in that extra time with things that would naturally burn more calories.  Things such as paying bills, reading or playing board games.  Pretty much anything will burn more calories than watching TV.  840 calories is equivalent to walking 8 miles.    Read the full article.

I’ve already stated that I’m not a big TV watcher.  Mainly because I’m an avid reader and I’d much rather read in my free time than watch TV.  I’ve also heard that when you watch TV you basically go into a comatose state and that really doesn’t do anything for your waistline.  I guess I just have better things to do than sit around and…..gain weight.  But I wouldn’t mind so easily burning an extra 840 calories a week.  Hmmm….I guess I’ll just have to go to the gym more….and work even harder.

What about you?  What do you think of TV?

Well after 2 months of posting nothing, I hope someone missed me. 🙂  I went to Peru on a humanitarian trip over Thanksgiving.  I had a great time and was very humbled by the people I met while there.  One of the service projects we did while I was there was to help a community, way up in the mountains, build a greenhouse.  Talk about hard work.  Carrying eucalyptus trees at 13,000 feet was by far the hardest cardio thing I’ve ever done.  My heart was beating so hard I thought it was literally going to pop out of my chest.  Here’s a picture of our almost complete greenhouse.

So along with that, the holidays, skiing and everything else I’ve been trying to get done, I’ve not done the greatest at updating our blog.  But it’s a new year and a new me.  I’m ready to go out and find some Pants That Fit!!  How about you?