Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Eat (clean), Drink (water) and Be Merry!

First I want to say thank you to a friend for posting this this morning. I saw it and I knew that I had to share it with you all today.

Yesterday was the first day after my carb and bad eating binge on Sunday. I truly believe sometimes you have to screw with your body to keep it on its toes. If you dont, it becomes used to what you are doing making change all the more hard. This is the first part of the title of this post...Eat Clean, and Drink Water. It helps to flush out the bad that you (well "I") did over the weekend.

That being said, yesterday I completed day 28, then I worked in the yard.

Now- we still have debris in our yard. Not so much chunks of siding and insulation (we have a bit of that that still comes in from the houses under construction from the wind) more like pieces of glass. So you cannot walk barefoot in the yard. Not so hard for me to remember, but it is hard for the kids. So I suited up in my swimsuit and thick chunky waterproof birkis and went outside to work.

I started by trimming the bushes around the house. They were getting a bit unruly. We have let the yard go this year because the grass is getting replaced anyways. Unfortunately it has also translated into the trees, bushes, flowers, weeds, etc.

Then I got a rake out from the garage and started pulling out all the crap from under the deck that was never cleaned out. Shingles, siding, glass, tyvek, you name it. I even found a big piece of metal in the bush I trimmed up. Crazy! Then F&%$!!! My foot started to hurt. Sure enough, somehow I must have gotten a sliver of glass in my shoe even though I wasnt standing in the mulch I was cleaning out but in the grass. My foot was bleeding. Talk about putting a hamper in a chore. I cleaned it up and kept going.

Then last night I went walking with K and S. Nag, Nag, Nag by me though not much arm twisting was involved. LOL.We had a great time and picked up a 5 mo old black lab puppy named Kai to walk as well. She is staying at a different neighbors home in the sub while her owners are on vacation and the "sitter" just cant walk her. Not that Kai misbehaves on a leash, just if she sees a dog, she pulls and the "sitter" is older and is worried about being pulled down. So K and I offered to walk her when we go for walks. At one point, I think I got another sliver of glass in my shoe even though this time I was wearing tennis shoes. What the Heck?? This time it was in my heel. Doesnt feel bad now but the spot where I got hit the first time is still a bit tender.

Now onto the meat of this blog and why I titled it like I did.

Last night after we were done with our walk, K asked if I could help her move stuff from her car back into her house. Hey! More cardio for me and I am all about that. So a few flights of stairs and checking out her house and we were back at my house. We both got out of the car because she was picking up a carpet cleaner from my house that she borrowed from a different neighbor (can you feel the neighborly love in this sub?) and when I turned around, K was gone! What the heck? And I walked around the back of the car and there is K. On all fours on the ground laughing. She fell. I felt bad but she was laughing and I started laughing. Then we were laughing HARD. She was ok. Hurt her hand, and skinned her knee just a tad but OMG we laughed!

After she left she texted me: "Ive fallen, and I cant get up!"   Too funny!

This morning, she posted on FB a pretty cool article that I wanted to share with you. She thought about this last night/this morning after her "incident". It shows that you can get exercise and burn calories in ways that you really didnt think about before.

This comes from Livestrong.com
How Many Calories Do you Burn when You Laugh

Everything we do throughout the day, including sleep and rest, burns calories. Laughing burns calories by causing your heart rate to rise by 10 to 20 percent. As your heart rate rises, your metabolism increases as well, which means you'll continue to burn calories once you stop laughing.

Caloric Burn

Research conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center revealed that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns between 10 and 40 calories a day.


In addition to burning calories, laughter may also improve your quality of health in a number of ways. A study by Loma Linda University found that laughing raises the levels of immunoglobulins, which ward of disease, by 14 percent. According to research at Johns Hopkins Medical School, humor in the classroom improved test scores, while a study at UCLA discovered that laughing helps with pain tolerance.


Laughter can't be used as a weight loss or exercise regimen. You would have to laugh for 12 hours to burn a single pound. Weight management requires a balanced diet and daily exercise routine. Laughing may contribute to your calorie burn, but not significantly enough to cause weight loss.


Moral of the story....Have a great time, laugh it up. Get with friends, exercise and have fun! Soon you wont even realize you are exercising. The fun you have will become addictive- at least it has become that way with me! I look forward to our walks and I am exercising more in the evenings now then what I did before. Only it doesnt seem like exercise. Just walking and socializing with friends. And between the walking, socializing, stairs and laughing, we burned 475 calories.

The BEST part of the story (If it could GET any better?):

This morning the scale said 176.0. I lost 3.5 lbs since yesterday. So yes. Obviously I was bloated. Those damn carbs. Evil!

So onto Crazy Tuesday.

This morning I am dropping Xavier off at camp and coming home to do day 29 of 30 DS. Then I will be swimsuiting it up to work in the yard while Landry naps.

Tonight is CX, Body Flow and RPM. I am going to try running, but I am not sure how my foot is going to do. I have been trying to land more on the ball of my foot rather than my heel because I dont want stress fractures and of course it is the ball of my foot that hurts. So if running is out tonight, I will stick to speed walking. I will be burning enough calories with the other classes anyways.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Tip of the Day: 
A little slap back to reality and what we put into our bodies


  1. Laughing with my husband is my favorite activity! Yep, I think even more than sex!