| posted by Joe Hice |

Damn, I just poured gravy on my Cobb Salad

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll be eating Christmas dinner for the next week. Turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, peas, cranberries, applesauce, biscuits, pies and more.

Not that I’m complaining. My average meal is pretty standard fare but the holidays always put me over the top.

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I don’t feel bad though.  The average person eats more than 7,000 calories on Christmas day. That’s more than three times the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily caloric intake.

I try to be good, starting with a healthy breakfast of . . . bacon, eggs and cinnamon rolls. Might have a pancake or two, too.

Not going to eat lunch because dinner will be mid-afternoon, but I end up snacking until then.  Then I pound down the 7,000.

But so much for dinner and now leftovers.

I’ve just poured gravy all over the Cobb Salad I was having for lunch two days after Christmas!

Trying to defeat some of those 7,000 calories, I was going to have salad for lunch. The salad dressing came in a little plastic container that looked just like the container that held the leftover gravy.  Knew I should have left it in the gravy bowl.

And I ate it, nevertheless. And it was good.

I’m not sure how many calories I saved, but it’s the thought that counts.

Now what about burning those 7,000 calories (or approximately two-pounds of added fat.)  Ever thought about that?

To burn 7,000 calories a day you would need to exercise for several hours. A 160-lb. man would burn 511 calories after one hour of high-impact aerobics, 584 calories after a 60-minute basketball game and 292 calories after a one-hour, 10 mph bicycle ride.

Since I’m not a 160-pound man, I’m going to assume I’ll burn more than Mr. Average here, but even then, I’m looking at around 13 hours of high-impact aerobics, 12 hours of basketball, or 16 hours walking at a brisk pace.

I think the basketball is the only feasible option for me. 12 hours of basketball is like six college basketball games. I think I can watch that many games this week.  And while I’m at it, I think I can finish off the leftovers from Sunday’s Christmas dinner.

Here’s to a very Happy New Year and a year of trying to keep the gravy off my cobb salad.

One of Many.

Passion Rules!

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