Daily Exercise For the Non-Athletic


Every day it seems a new report comes out that in addition to eating well we must bust our buns exercising to be healthy. I guess proper weight control and physical fitness cannot be attained simply by preparing and eating the good, healthy, and delicious food presented here every week.

And for those of you, who like me, a humble blogger, are engaged in sedentary occupations, you may not realize that calories CAN BE burned by the hundreds by simply engaging in a few select but strenuous activities that do not require physical exercise.

So following is the SECRET GUIDE to calorie-burning activities that you may never have heard of before.

EXERCISE                                     CALORIES BURNED

Beating around the bush                                           50

Jumping to conclusions                                            100

Climbing the walls                                                   150

Swallowing your pride                                              50

Passing the buck                                                      25

Throwing your weight around                                   50-300

Dragging your heels                                                100

Pushing your luck                                                    250

Making mountains out of molehills                            500

Hitting the nail on the head                                      50

Wading through paperwork                                      300

Bending over backwards                                          75

Jumping on the bandwagon                                     200

Balancing the books                                                25

Running around in circles                                        350

Eating crow                                                            225

Tooting your own horn                                            25

Climbing the ladder of success                                 750

Pulling out all the stops                                            75

Adding fuel to the fire                                              150

Wrapping it up at the day’s end                                 12

Opening a can of worms                                          50                   

Hope this helps clear up any misconceptions you had about daily exercise.
According to that chart I should weigh only 5 pounds.

If you can see the irony in this picture YOU WILL WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!

NOTE: The above piece is not original. I don’t know anymore where I even got it. I am pretty sure it was when I was teaching. Or it might have been in some college course. It is just a handout in my humor file with no authorship or other notation to indicate who wrote it or where it came from.

Featured Recipe          
Sweet Paprika Sautéed Potatoes

This is the Hungarian way to fix sautéed potatoes. Not so different than most recipes. It is the paprika that makes this dish so special.

You can use sweet or hot paprika; I of coursed used sweet.

Real Hungarian food is usually quite simple to make. Not much fuss or ado with Hungarian food.

This potato recipe is good served with almost anything. It would be perfect for last Monday’s Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce.

Today I am giving you a twofer. In addition to a side dish, I am going to show you how I some times use this potato recipe to use up some leftovers to make this side dish essentially a one one-pot meal.

This is what you need for 2 people:

2 potatoes

¼ onion

1 clove garlic

3 tablespoons of butter

1-1½ teaspoons paprika

Salt to taste

Here is what you do:

Dice the onions and peel the garlic. I will be using a press and will press the garlic over the onions in the skillet when the time is ready.

Over low heat melt the butter in a large skillet.

Turn the heat to medium. Add the onions and sauté until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.

While the onions are cooking peel the potatoes……..

……………….and begin to cut them into a cubes.

Using the press add the garlic to the onions, stir and mix into the onions very well, and cook about 1-2 minutes.

Add some of the paprika and mix well. I start with half a teaspoon and add more till I get the color I want. The onions should look orange-red.

Add the potatoes and salt to taste. Mix the potatoes in with the onions to coat them with the paprika. If necessary add a bit more paprika. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through but not mushy.

Keep the heat up high enough to brown the potatoes and stir enough and turn often with a spatula to prevent burning.

Goes well with any meat or for breakfast.

Your Twofer

I often have leftovers in the fridge. Years ago I had half a bratwurst in the fridge. By itself it would not have been enough for dinner. So I made the potato recipe above and cut the left over bratwurst into slices and added it to the skillet until the meat warmed up. It was pretty darned good. So now some times I actually make this for dinner. I cook the bratwurst separately though. I often have it with sautéed spinach. I just put the spinach into the same pan as the bratwurst till it starts to wilt.

Pretty simple, isn’t it. Also a nice way to stretch a bit of meat when budgets are tight.

Bon appétit


2 potatoes                              $1.64              

¼ onion                                 $0.18                          

1 clove garlic                          $0.04

3 tblsp of butter                      $0.68

1-1½ tspn paprika                  $0.57

Salt to taste

Total cost = $3.11
Cost per person = $1.56

Quote of the Day

Even in a country like the USA where fitness has become an obsession, most people exercising do not seem to think it illogical to drive automobiles to gyms while doing their best to avoid walking.

Dave Wilson


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