Showing posts from August, 2009

CFL Bulbs on sale at Meijer for $.99, but...

I was excited to see CFL bulbs on sale for .99 for up to 75w replacement bulbs.I had just purchased 4 of the GE Natural 60W Replacement bulbs for the new fixtures in my basement, so I bought some 75W Meijer bulbs to do side by side (you can exceed the watt recommendation in a fixture since it only uses 13-15W, right?)
The 60 W GE Natural lights had so much brighter and better light than the "Soft Light" 75W bulbs. When I look into that room, it looks like the sun is shining in there.
I have now become a lighting snob.
Not everyone likes the bluish natural light, so please don't be discouraged from replacing your regular light bulbs with the .99 bulb, but try the expensive ones to, see if you're not happier.
Who'da thunk I'd be excited about lighting?

Why Exercise Won\'t Make You Thin

Why Exercise Won\'t Make You Thin
That's the title of the current (August 2009) Time Magazine Cover Story.
It's worth a read, but the subtitle, "The Myth About Exercise" is mistitled. Rather than the myth of exercise, it really uncovers the hypocrisy we often engage in when involved in a vigorous exercise program. Often, overweight people even exercise more regulary than people of average weight.
The reasons: when we exercise we tend to:
1. Move less during the rest of the day - due to being tired, or sore, or just feeling we don't need to move extra during the day because we worked out so hard
2. Increase our intake of calories - increased appetite, or "rewarding" ourselves for our hard work with snacks. The article mentions that students who started an exercise program, on average ate 100 calories extra, over the amount they burned exercising.
Oh, the lies we tell ourselves.