since starting my new "Trucker Diet" I have been wondering how many calories I burn sleeping so I got on line and found a great little free website that lets me plug in my weight and then type in a box the time frame in minutes and then it spits out the number for not just the calories you burn sleeping but a whole slough of activities. At 314 pounds if I sleep 10 hours I burn 1200 calories. That is a third of a pound doing one of my favorite things, "sleep" If you are curious to know how many calories you burn sleeping or just about anything else for that matter go to: http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc
One can pretty much break down what it takes to be Healthy by what I call" The Four Pillars." The Four Pillars of Health are Sleep, Exercise, Diet, and I include one more Pillar that I call Fun. Fun? you might ask, "what does Fun have to do with being healthy?" Fun can be just about anything Golf, Meditating, Playing with your Kids, Praying, Fishing, Watching Spaghetti Westerns, Going Out to Eat. Some Drivers bring a pet on the road and for them that is fun! You name it if it takes you to a higher Place or allows you to feel at Peace and Happy it qualifies as Fun! I have met a lot of Drivers (myself included) that sometimes completely sublimate having fun for earning money, Money is great and important to have but remember one thing, when you die I doubt the last thing you are going to think is gee! " I wish I had worked harder and made more money." In order for money to have any value it has to serve a purpose you decide what that purpose should be, but make sure while you are out there Hustling that you take a break to do something just for the pure Fun of it! Wake up 15 minutes early and take a walk, or sleep in an extra 15 minutes and then take a walk, a lot of drivers bring a pet with them this is a great reason to stop and take a walk, I even know a driver that brings his souped up remote control helicopter with him and flies it around rest areas and industrial parks. whatever it takes just don't let yourself get burnt out or in a Rut driving your truck. You may have heard that old quote "he who dies with the most toys wins" well I would like to amend that to say. "He who dies with the most well used toys and a smile on his face wins" B
I was surfing the web when i stumbled upon Timothy Ferris's Blog about Fitness http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2011/01/08/kettlebell-swing/ In it he was talking about the "Russian Kettlebell" he also talked about a lady he knew that lost 100 pounds by simply using one of these weights and just one workout exercise called the "Kettlebell Swing." So I decided to buy myself a 35 pound Kettlebell and my Lady Terrie a 15 pounder also! I plan on taking my 35 lb Kettlebell over the road with me. I have been learning the Kettlebell Swing and boy does it get my heart rate up fast! I am also sore in my legs, gluts, and back but not to the point I am crippled. I am posting a picture of our "His and Hers" for about a hundred bux at a local sporting goods store you can find them cheaper at the link below.
I subscribe to Gary Scott at www.garyascott.com that is where I read this excellent article posted by Gary Scott He and his Wife Mary live part time in Ecuador and write many excellent articles. I am thinking my next Health Vacation may just be to Ecuador. Burnie
"Jim is a retired airline pilot who moved to Ecuador two years ago and lived in our Casa Blanca condos for the first year. He has become an Ecuador resident and has built a beautiful house nearby.
Like so many others I have spoken with who have attended our Super Thinking + Spanish course… he gained much more than the ability to speak Spanish in just four days. He claims to be much happier… more relaxed and has become healthier, shedding medication and weight.
Jim lost 55 pounds in a year and, as reported by so many… without trying… without eating less… without any feeling of deprivation.
One reason is that there is not so much fast food in Ecuador and the meals are balanced. Ecuador fare is very balanced and European… no tacos… burritos or anything of this sort.
Another reason Americans in Ecuador lose weight is that many high carb grains are replaced with Quinoa.
An article at Yahoonews.com Larry Crowe/AP gives some insights into quinoa and says: Late March or April, the flowering plants will paint the rugged landscape yellow, green and red. Their diminutive seed, which powered Inca armies only to be elbowed aside by the wheat preferred by colonizing Spaniards, is unmatched in nutritional value.Quinoa’s rising popularity among First World foodies — the wholesale price has jumped sevenfold since 2000 as global demand climbed — has been a boon to the poor farmers here in the semiarid highlands where most of it grows.Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) provides 10 essential amino acids, is loaded with minerals and has a high protein content — between 14 and 18 percent. The FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) says it is so nutritious it can be substituted for mother’s milk.“This food is about the most perfect you can find for human diets,” said Duane Johnson, a 61-year-old former Colorado State agronomist who helped introduce it to the United States three decades ago.Quinoa isn’t a cereal. It’s a seed that is eaten like a grain, but is gluten-free and more easily digestible than corn, wheat, rye, millet and sorghum. And it can be substituted for rice in just about anything — from soup to salad to pudding to bread.“I’ve got high-performance athletes that swear by it,” said David Schnorr, president of Quinoa Corp., the largest U.S. importer. It’s also being embraced by the increasing number of Americans with food allergies or celiac disease, an immunological rejection of gluten, a wheat protein. NASA researchers consider it ideal for inclusion in possible future long-term space missions when crops would need to be grown on spacecraft.“It’s very specific in the environments where it will grow,” he said. “It requires very cool days and even cooler evenings.”And demand is booming.“We’ve easily doubled our business in the last couple of years during the worst economic recession we’ve had in a long time,” said Schnoor.Schnoor said prices soared threefold in early 2008. A decade ago, a 12-ounce box of his quinoa, marketed under the Ancient Harvest brand, retailed for 99 cents in the United States. Now it costs about $4.50. It’s also available in bulk at natural food markets — and even Costco warehouse stores now carry it.Martinez traces the boom in quinoa’s popularity to a visit by the king and queen of Spain in 1987, when the royals sampled it, and the news media and the world took note. Food exporters in the coastal Peruvian capital of Lima, where it had been considered “poor people’s food” by the European-descended elite, took note and began buying it up.In the 1990s, Johnson and fellow Colorado State University crop scientist Sarah Ward patented a high-yielding hybrid with the intention of spurring large-scale cultivation in the U.S. But they were challenged by ANAPQUI in an international court and abandoned the effort.Officials are working on details of a plan to boost quinoa production, including credits for farmers that never before had access to financing. Many producers are suspicious, however, that the government could turn into a competitor.“Its support is fine, but we’d like it to help with irrigation and research to improve the quality of the seed and soil performance,” said Martinez.Meanwhile, some quinoa farmers have put their increased income to work raising more llamas and alpacas, whose waste is used as fertilizer and which also produce wool. And while most harvesting is still done manually, some have abandoned the ox-pulled plow for tractors.Some farmers believe current cultivation methods inadequate.“The soils are tired and need nutrition. Production is dropping,” said Francisco Quisbert, an indigenous leader in the region where Quinoa Real is grown.But other quinoa boosters caution that traditional, organic farming methods must be maintained to preserve the purity of the crop.
Consumers in the developed world don’t want quinoa grown with chemical fertilizers or pest controllers, said Schnorr.However it plays out, Martinez, the producer’s association president, is not complaining.“Quinoa isn’t lifting us out of poverty,” he says. “But we are living better.”
See Merri’s recipe for Quinoa Chocolate Pancakes and Quinoa Strawberry Shortcake here.