Shape Up! – Week 44

This is week 44 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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Many people across the country have not taken the news of Hostess Brands going out of business lightly.  Across eBay auctions for boxes of Twinkies have gone through the roof!  I have seen online auctions where they want you to bid up to $10-$15 million!  All of this panic will soon be for nothing by the way.  Someone is going to buy the rights to make all the Hostess products again.  Sure it might take a year or two to see the snacks in stores again.  But I do think we all can live without this junk food for a while.  Did you know there are recipes to make a Twinkie online.  And by making them yourself they would be much healthier and without all those chemicals.

A Twinkie has 37 ingredients.  Some of these ingredients should shock you.  Did you know the B vitamins in enriched flour come from Chinese petroleum.  Or the phosphoric acid comes from a mine in Idaho.  Or the Polysorbate 60 which is an emulsifying agent is used in cosmetics.  Or the cellulose gum, Polysorbate 60, and calcium sulfate which are ingredients that are used in sheet rock, shampoo, and even rocket fuel!  The Twinkie is basically made from a bunch of chemicals!  Yes I did enjoy a few Twinkies before they were scooped up by everyone else.  Watch the video below!

Here is every ingredient in a Twinkie:  Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Reduced Iron, B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Whole Eggs, Dextrose. Contains 2% or Less of: Modified Corn Starch, Glucose, Leavenings (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sweet Dairy Whey, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour, Cornstarch, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), Yellow 5, Red 40.

Why read that list; let opera singer Hai-Ting Chinn sing it for you!

I think we will all live and we don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for a Twinkie.  Sometimes eating something healthier like a fruit can be better for you than a processed snack food.  I think this is a big reason the obesity epidemic is huge right now!  Maybe it would be a good thing if the Twinkie and the other Hostess products would never come back!  As for the last week for me; it’s been the normal things.  Since I am low on money I am only walking.

The other bad thing is I went 48 hours without eating anything.  Right now I pretty much don’t have a choice.  I have been unemployed for 16 months and I am still searching for my 14th job in seven years.  There is just no one out there who is willing to hire me.  So to save money I went two days without eating anything.  I know this is not good if you are trying to stay in shape and lose weight.  But what can I do?  If something does not change soon I will be going hungry 24/7.  I guess I better get used to not eating anything.

Here is what I ate last week:

Saturday: Party Pizza, Diet Coke.

Sunday: Steak Sandwich, Diet Coke.

Monday: Steak Sandwich, Diet Coke.

Tuesday: Nothing!

Wednesday: Rice, Popcorn, Diet Coke.

Thursday: Burgers, Diet Coke.

Friday: Tacos, Mountain Dew.

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Hostess Brands Going Out of Business Sale

With the announcement of Hostess Brands going out of business I went down to the local  Merita Bakery Thrift Store in Oxford, Alabama where they were holding a going out of business sale. Sadly most of the snack cakes are gone but they had plenty of other products including Wonder Bread for 25 to 50 cents each!

I got a couple of leftover snack cakes plus some Hostess Sweet Sixteen Doughnuts.  I also got two loves of Wonder Bread.

The company is now shipping all of their products they have left to their company stores.  And the store in Oxford Alabama just got a fresh shipment of bread products on Saturday. The employees who are losing their jobs told me they will re-open Monday morning at 9 am.  And everything that is left will be 25 cents!  So head down there and grab some loves of Wonder Bread for a quarter a piece!

The Day The Twinkie Died

What a sad day for all snack food fans.  Hostess Brands, the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Zingers, Sno Balls, Ho Hos, and Wonder Bread.  announced today they would ask a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations.  This move would put around 18,500 out of work including around 200 employees across Alabama.  Hostess plans to shut down 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide, as well as 570 outlet stores.  Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said “We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike.”

A strike involving 5,000 of the employees is what caused the company to go under.  And today people from all around the country have gone to stores and hoarded all of their favorite Hostess products.  The most popular product was the Twinkies.  The golden sponge cake with the creamy middle.  I will miss the Twinkie as it was so good!  Here is a video of me enjoying my final Twinkies!

Twinkies were the true American classic!  It has been said that Twinkies could last forever!  I have found a couple of videos to share the memories and maybe learn and even clone a Twinkie!

But that was not my only favorite Hostess product.  I also loved the Sno Ball.  The cupcake with the marshmallow layer.  I am glad Food Network went behind the scenes to see how the Sno Ball is made!

The other popular brand going under is Wonder Bread.  I guess Ricky Bobby will be the last endorsement of this popular bread.

The good news is these brands will most likely be bought by another company and you will see Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Zingers, Sno Balls, Ho Hos, and Wonder Bread soon!  But until then you will have to live with these copycat recipes of the Twinkie and Sno Balls.

Also visit the Facebook page devoted to saving these iconic brands at: