Chocolate, Calories and Yoga…

Do you have Halloween candy in your house tempting you every moment? By the time I finish writing this blog I pray I only eat 1 piece. I will keep you guessing how many pieces of candy I eat while writing. Happy reading!

The Numbers

According to Hershey’s there are 87 calories in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup package. So, if you just eat one that’s only 43.5 calories, right? (Who eats just one?!) While the number of calories a person burns doing yoga or any other form of exercise depends on several factors, I looked up how many yoga classes you would need to burn off that calorie intake.

Simplemost has an article about how many calories you burn doing different types of yoga. The range is between 175 and 550 calories. Of course, the more you put into exercise the more you burn. For a typical beginner of Hath yoga, 175 is a good estimate. So now you are jumping up and down because you can eat 2 packages of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. That is 4 peanut butter cups!

BUT before you do, let’s look at a few other factors. What are in those calories? So I do not repeat myself, check out my Blog Balance Series #5: Balancing Your Menu. Everything is a choice that YOU make. Would you rather eat 4 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or  SOMETHING else around 175 calories that IS healthy?

Another question to ask is ‘How would this make me feel?’ There is not a right or wrong answer, just an honest introspection. It is not BAD to eat candy. That is not the point of this blog. With moderation and a support group we all can improve our lives and the lives around us. Yes, that can mean with chocolate.

Let’s face it, we have excess and should try limiting our consumption. To do that I am trying to get most of the candy out of the house. Of course, I keep a small part of it to use as bribery (for the kids and myself, too).

How I Get Rid of Candy

  • Give to Teachers. Yes, they have a bribery system too, and teachers love getting gifts.
  • Try to buy the healthier options to give out. Things that contain dark chocolate, peanuts or peanut butter or pretzels are usually healthier. Then, if I have any leftovers, I will have healthier options to choose from.
  • Look for ANYONE who may need a, ‘Yes I care’ and try to brighten their day by giving them candy.

How I Try to Avoid Gaining the Extra Pounds

  • Positive Thinking – Thanksgiving and Christmas are yet to come. It is way too early to start putting on pounds (I guess that’s half-negative, but you get the point).
  • Bike/Walk – The more active I am, the more calories I will burn. Plus, I’m not spending money on gas or polluting our beautiful city. It’s hard to gain weight if you are constantly moving instead sitting in a comfortable chair when you travel from Point A to Point B.
  • Make Better Choices – I try to drink more water, be more active and eat more vegetables. There are consequences to all actions. My Hubby is my support on this one because once he gets something in his mind, he doesn’t let it go.

The good news is that we can control the quality of our lives to some extent.

To help you in this food crazed time of year I decided to run a SPECIAL. 2 private (tailored to you) or semi-private (tailored to you and one friend) sessions for $99. That’s less than $50 per private session or less than $25 per person for a semi-private session. Buy it for yourself or as a gift for the holidays. Email me @ humblewarriorerin@gmail.com for more information.

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