XXL Food on the loose!

January 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm (Candy, Day to Day, Giant Food) (, , , , , )

For a while there I was putting up a picture of large size food every few weeks. Click over there to the right on “Giant Food” and you can see some of it. Then we stopped going places that serve giant food and I have had to rely on finding an XXL versions of every day ordinary foods to fill up the space. This is not a difficult thing to do. Even though the world is still kind of talking about healthy eating, smaller portions, NOT super sizing anything, you can still find companies to make big food if it will sell. And it does.

I bought this giant Snickers bar for my daughters Christmas stocking. She does like Snickers, but not this much. It was mostly to be funny. Last year we found the giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Two cups in a big wrapper that weighted one pound total. It was gross and I do not know why I didn’t take any pictures of it! It’s not like me. And maybe I have a shot somewhere. Since then, I’ve switched computers and some pics are on the new one but a lot are still on the old one. I just started transferring them last night. Anyway, if I find one, I’ll post it. Something to look forward to. But for today. I did take pictures of the Snickers bar and I did record its stats for your enjoyment. Or horror. Some extra info: That is an over-sized dinner plate the bar is sitting on. And it’s been cut already.

First off, it cost $9.99. Ten measly bucks for a diabetic Merry Christmas! It was about 9 inches long, about 2 inches high, give or take for slope, and 3 inches across. Weighing one pound. Not exactly pick it up and take a bite. 16 ounces of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougaty tooth decay. The package says to “slice and share” though, NOT to sit on your couch with your favorite movies and a 2 Liter of Pepsi  and gnaw on it until it is gone. What would you drink with this? You have to drink something because it’s so sweet and gooey. Water, milk, coffee, beer, wine…hmmm.  I personally didn’t eat a flake of that Snickers bar. I’m not really a fan of that particular candy bar. It gets in my teeth and molars and feels like a dentists drill. But, as a family, we tried to destroy it.

Anyway, it says to cut into 9, one inch pieces, at 230 calories per slice. But we’re just gonna go ahead and pretend we ate the whole thing in one sitting. When we wake up at the hospital, this is what we will have done to ourselves:

 Eaten a grand total of 2070 calories. Not the most some people have probably eaten in one sitting, but a lot for a “snack”.

99 grams of fat.

225 grams of sugar.

You would be getting some protein, iron and calcium but sheesh, have some yogurt with peanut granola and raisins. Won’t make you vomit after an hour either! These are not outlandish numbers for one meal. If you go to a restaurant and have drinks, it is possible to eat the same amount in numbers as the above, but hopefully you will have spread it out over time and bathroom breaks and dancing or something, I don’t know, along with appetizers and entree’s and desserts and maybe salads and cheeses if you’re fancy. A thick, creamy soup could also help boost your score. But that’s off the point. Here are some comparisons I did just to make it more real and give perspective. I love when they do this on TV and in cooking shows!

This one giant bar is equivalent to eating NINE regular Snickers bars. Nine!

Or eating just over one stick of butter. One whole STICK of butter, plus one more tablespoon.

Or eating 56 sugar cubes. FIFTY-SIX!!

Purely calorie wise, you could eat TWENTY bananas! Or TWENTY packets of plain Instant oatmeal! Or an entire  loaf of bread. Or an entire bag of potato chips and still have some calories left to have dip with that!

Obviously I have nothing better to do this Sunday. I put the Nutrition info below too so you can see for yourself and do any math you feel necessary. Or check mine if you like.

I actually do have something to do today. Another family thing. It’s my brother’s birthday next week but we are all gathering today to have drinks and food and pie. It’s not exactly going to be vegetables and salad, but I for one am bringing a tasty snack that uses a Jalapeno pepper as its base. It’s green and has health properties that I am sure counteract the unhealthy aspects that cream cheese, a cocktail weenie, and a bacon wrap bring to the table. I also think there will be a taco dip. That usually has lettuce and tomato sprinkled over the top. That’s halfway to a salad!

Life is a slice of cookies and cream pie with a whiskey chaser. That makes no sense. But that’s life today. And I’m struggling for a good ending here. Pancakes in the morning (with blueberries–that counts as fruit!!) and party food and alcohol in the afternoon. I will be WALKING from the house to the car and back. (Exercise!!) And I plan on lathering my hair extra vigorously in the shower! (Cardio! And an arm workout!) I really need to get going here!  Enjoy your Sunday wherever you are! It looks nice outside even if it’s still cold! Get up get out get moving! Later!

And in case you were wondering: We never finished the whole Snickers bar. It got cut up into small pieces, at various times and chewed a bit, but in the end, after about 2 weeks, and a quarter of it leftover, I ended up just throwing it away. Have a great day!

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Storms are rolling in…

July 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm (Day to Day, Exercise, P90X, School News) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

And it is dark at 4 o’clock. I posted yesterday morning but I never did come back. I apologize to all those breathless to read more about my long, boring, days of summer until school starts again…it’s a me thing.

I did complete Day 22 and Day 23. That would be some chest and back–so misleading–when it’s just endless push-ups and pull-ups and ab exercises–and Plyo, the jump stuff. I managed to half-ass my way thru that too today. I have a theory on my lack of energy and it’s not pretty. Reading the books that come with the program (P90X–got it in there for ya’ Amanda) They talk about the diet, eating healthy, I get that. They also talk about eating enough. Yes, eating more than you want to because you are burning the cals and you need the food to help you make it thru the workouts. I thought that was a load of crap. I have plenty of food stored in me that I should be able to go for many more days without any extra. But I might be wrong. Hardheaded. It’s all written. I read it. Didn’t believe it.

Here’s the unpretty part: (Turn away if you are squeamish, it’s about to get too personal) This is my first period, menstrual cycle, whatever you want to call it, while doing this program, and since I am a bit older than I’d like to be, things can be fast, slow, heavy, light, if you get my drift, AND I was trying to burn up the cals with some double workouts (got one tonight) and some leaner eating–by which I mean NONE. No food. Just some fruit and a chicken breast with some steamed beans…like literally, I cut my cals by three-fourths. Well, lo and behold, I can’t get up and once I do, I can’t do the exercises. I can’t get the same intensity because I have no energy. Like none. It’s strange. No food in, lots of draining body fluids (sweat and other things, sorry) and I am dogging it. My booty is not lifting, as much as sagging, around the living room trying to keep up with the gang on the TV.

But I think I got it now. I’ll increase the food or at least go back to my normal diet. Normal, healthy, low-fat, no-dairy, diet, I mean. Of course.

I’m excited though because I weighed yesterday too. I am trying to do it about every two weeks. Nothing drastic. Slow and steady. It’s good. I am down 5.5 lbs in 27 days. It is not noticeable on me whatsoever. It’s just the way I’m shaped I guess. And I’m not starving myself or starving at all. My appetite is less lately. Although that could also be because it’s 90+ degrees every day now and that kills any urge to eat or move or breathe.  But I don’t care anyway because it’s for the long haul and I don’t have alot of years left to be getting down to little old lady size. Gotta do it now.

Last night we did dinner with the family. Pizza–so good. Tried to eat the smallest, crustiest pieces I could, as slow as I could. I even had dessert. Key Lime pie. Not my fav but it was ok.

Here is a fun fact for you: One eighth of that pie had 450 calories. I wasn’t cutting so I tried to get a small piece, but isn’t that alot??  I thought so. Sometimes all that labeling is evil.

So hopefully I will go to the gym again tonight and run my miles…do I even dare try the 55 mins.? I don’t know. I’m scared thinking about it. Have to do something as my sister Amanda and my friend Beth are trying to kill me in the next two days. Garage sale tomorrow, nice and early, all day and an hour away…I have to get up sooooo early and I don’t even get any of the money!

Then Friday is my cardio-fitness-trainer-tag-a-long workout with Beth. Again with the early. 7 am. People are crazy. Who can exercise that early? I’m really not an early morning kind of girl for doing stuff. Any stuff. I like to lay and drink coffee until my eyes open better. I am already overly worried about my school schedule and I still have three weeks! I’ll be getting up early for sure, but it’s mostly moving the kids around and putting on clothes. Then driving in the car. The nursing part is not nearly as hard as balancing on half a ball for a minute holding dumbbells and jumping 50 times. Or sitting at a garage sale in the sweltering sun bargaining down my sissy’s belongings, praying for death or at least a big rainstorm. (Just kidding…I’m sure it will be fine. And fun!)

Anyway…I’ll wrap it up for today. It’s longer than I thought, as always. I can’t even shut up typing! And the sky has cleared. I’m going to go back outside and finish sitting in my chair, looking at the backyard. We have hummingbirds!

There’s some pictures around because I took them and it looks better than just all words. I may be back. (She says mysteriously) Later.

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Some stuff is just funny…

July 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm (Video) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Especially if you don’t eat all day (nerves) and then drink a beer.

I literally had coffee and a low-fat Quaker Granola Bar (Oatmeal Raisin–not my fav–but it’s the only one the kids left behind–90 calories) for food today. That was at 7 am.

And I’m not saying that one beer makes me drunk. But it does put a nice, calm, on everything.

And this is funny:

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