Challenge: Get those abs in while watching calories

Wow, can you believe that it is already November? Halloween is over. Do you have candy lingering? Before we know it it will be December and Christmas and then a new year. 2014!

Go Fit Girl’s November Monthly Challenge ideas come from many Go Fit Girl! readers/friends.

Nicole M. asked for something abs related and a good challenge that has to do with resisting holiday overrating! She meant to type overeating.

Others concured on the stress eating. There was a request for maintaining food diaries.

Jen C. said, I would second the holiday eating (I’m trying to plan WW-friendly stuff already) and stress eating. Maybe … take a walk or finding healthy alternative instead of stress-eating?

Let’s explore Nicole’s typo: Resist holiday overrating. The holidays are supposed to be joyful and fun and full of spirit, right?

But for so many it is a depressing, sad, unfun, stressful time. How do many of us deal with those kind of emotions? Well, I drink (usually too much) and I definitely eat like crap. Bad choices and too many bad choices. And sometimes my great exercise routine goes out the window.

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Hmmm … what to do with that leftover candy

I probably should have posted this sooner. But oh well, I didn’t.

Oh, first, Happy Halloween!

You know that dreaded Halloween candy you have to keep in your house before the trick-or-treaters come … I bought our candy about a week and a half ago and am proud to say I haven’t touched one piece.

I was able to find two good-sized bags with almost no candy I like. One does have some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which are my absolute fave. And I could eat a Tootsie Roll or two or three …

But for some reason I haven’t been tempted. I think I know once I start I won’t be able to stop. And I am back in weight loss mode and am determined to get there.

Another way to not eat the candy is … don’t buy any. Crazy concept, eh?

We give out candy and glow-in-the-dark bracelets, which the neighbors seemed to have stolen my awesome idea last year. But whatever, the kids like having multiple bracelets in multiple colors.

We also have other items for kids who can’t eat candy and have our sign ready in support of the Trick-or-Treat Project by the CLU … Continue reading

Taking care of that leftover candy

The day after Halloween. And all that leftover candy.

I took my leftover candy to work and filled my candy bowl and a co-worker’s candy bowl. And I am proud to say I didn’t eat one piece today.

Except for the Snickers most of the candy I have left over I am not really interested in so that helps. I find it best to buy items I am not a fan of.

Hungry Girl has some suggestions on how to survive the Halloween candy yesterday, today and however long it lasts. She breaks down the candy by calories and fat.

Tootsie Rolls, Hershey Kisses and 3 Musketeers Minis are some of the lower calorie candies. Dum Dum lollipops are low calorie as well. I am sure there are many more types of candy I could list, but I am not going to do that.

It’s probably best to not to sit on the couch with a bowl of Halloween candy on your lap. I know that is easy to do. If you still have some candy left over, pick one or two and eat them and don’t grab more. You will thank yourself for it later.

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Don’t throw out (or compost) those seeds

I carved my pumpkins yesterday. I also saved the pumpkin seeds so I could roast them.

I essentially followed this recipe.  I used seasonings I have at home: salt, pepper, onion powder, Kickin Chicken and I sprayed the cookie sheets with Pam.

The hardest part about preparing homemade pumpkin seeds is getting the pumpkin pulp off.

According to this web site one cup of pumpkin seeds is 285 calories and 12 grams of fat. No fiber, but 12 grams of protein in a cup. But really, who is gonna have a whole cup of pumpkin seeds? That’s a lot of seeds.

Making pumpkin seeds at home is fairly easy. I am not one to want to be in the kitchen or enjoy spending time in the kitchen. But I do like roasting my seeds at this time of the year. Probably because it is so easy. And they are yummy!

Happy Halloween! (Time to get ready for our trick-or-treaters. Candy, glow in the dark bracelets and even more fun stuff for kids who can’t have candy.)

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Comment Contest Tuesday

Wow, another Comment Contest Tuesday …

This one couldn’t wait until next week. It would be too late.

With Halloween approaching many of us are buying candy for trick-or-treaters and possibly Pumpkin beer for ourselves. I know I am.

I try to buy the hot candy items kids like, which luckily tends to be stuff I am not a huge fan of. How lucky is that?

Though I do love Sour Patch Kids, which have made it to my Halloween bucket. Apparently kids love Swedish Fish and they were in the bag together.

So what are you buying? Do you have a strategy? Are you buying any of your favorites? Are you purposely not buying your favorites? What are your favorites? What don’t you like?

My absolute favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with Sour Patch Kids in a close second. Oh and the new peanut butter Snickers totally ROCK! I don’t like candy corn or black licorice. Bleh! (Or Three Musketeers or Milky Way or … I am sure there are more I could list.)

Just a little plug here. Please also think about having non-candy items for some of your trick-or-treaters this year. Curt and I … Continue reading