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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12 – 18, 2010




Tip of the Week

Did you know?...If you garden for pleasure, you may not be aware of how beneficial this hobby is for your health. While youâ€re preparing your garden plot to grow fresh veggies, or while youâ€re busy turning the compost pile, youâ€re actually doing a decent amount of exercise as well!

Gardening and yard care are unique forms of exercise that allow you to do something calming, creative and fun while you work various muscle groups and get a moderate level of cardiovascular exercise as well.

This is truly the great thing about gardening for exercise, as you can use your whole body while youâ€re working. Gardening involves a number of different kinds of exercises, including stretching, weightlifting, and a moderate cardiovascular workout.

You can expend as much effort raking the lawn as you would during a leisurely bicycle ride. Trimming trees and shrubs is roughly the equivalent of walking at a moderate pace. Heavier work like clearing brush and stacking wood can give you the equivalent workout as a light aerobics class.

45 minutes worth of gardening can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobics.





Challenge of the Week

(I think Annâ€s suggestions are great, so Iâ€m posting but ALL credit goes to Ann :)




Lift weights (at least 5 lbs.) for at least 50 pumps.






Myth of the Week(Is it True or False?)



“Lifting weights is not good to do if you want to lose weight, because it will make you ‘bulk up.â€â€



Fact: Lifting weights or doing strengthening activities like push-ups and crunches on a regular basis can actually help you maintain or lose weight. These activities can help you build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than body fat. So if you have more muscle, you burn more calories—even sitting still. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.â€Only intense strength training, combined with a certain genetic background, can build very large muscles.


Tip: In addition to doing moderate-intensity physical activity (like walking 2 miles in 30 minutes) on most days of the week, try to do strengthening activities 2 to 3 days a week. You can lift weights, use large rubber bands (resistance bands), do push-ups or sit-ups, or do household or garden tasks that make you lift or dig. Strength training helps keep your bones strong while building muscle, which can help burn calories.








Healthy Recipe of the Week


Healthified Spinach-Artichoke Dip


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4 cups   lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)

1 package (8 oz)   1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

1/4 cup   reduced-fat mayonnaise

4 tablespoons   shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)

1/4 cup   fat-free (skim) milk

2  cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon   dried basil leaves

1 can (14 oz)   artichoke hearts, drained, chopped

  Baguette slices, if desired

  Assorted raw vegetables, if desired



1.Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

2.Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.

3.In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.

4.Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.

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I just noticed this... but you aren't listing your % weight loss with all us girls? Your weight loss doesn't get to count with ours? Or are you just doing this out of the kindness of your heart? :)


I bought some 'mother' ACV, it's not that bad...but it does help to add just a couple drops of honey. I can see how the straw would help. We'll see if it helps in my weight loss. Got 'butts and guts' (45 min work out on the obvious) followed by kickboxing tonight. Should get my butt back into gear. Last week sucked! I was at work too late and completely missed all my gym classes, and had to resort taking my dog out on long walks. Then this weekend I made A a strawberry rhubarb pie. I hope he eats it up fast, because that is just trouble!

2 more months until the wedding..can't wait.


What are you girls doing today for working out and eating right?

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I had a workout with my trainer this morning. He always kicks my butt, which is great because I have trouble really pushing myself at the gym :)


Leslie - I was having the same issues with working late and not getting to work out! And I have no dog to walk :( Lol - so I started working out in the a.m and so far I LOVE it! I have way more energy throughout the day and it feels so good knowing I've already done my workout for the day. Now I'm trying to focus on my eating. I think I'm doing okay with what I eat, it's the portions that are hard to master. I'm small (5'0) but I loooove food and have an appetite! I'm going to start writing down what I eat again, I find it helps me pay more attention to how much I'm eating.


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Hello ladies!


It's Friday! Time to send in your weigh-ins for week three! =] If you haven't sent your scale pics in already, please do so before 12:00pm EST this Saturday.


On another note, I wanted to make an announcment for next week.


I head back home this Sunday night, so there shouldn't be internet issues on the weekdays. However, a week from now, next Friday [the 24th] after work, FI and I will be going on a short camping trip (after hearing about some of you having one for labor day weekend; we decided to plan our own :) and will be back Monday, the 27th. I will still post my weekly update this Sunday as usual, but next week's weight loss percentages and weekly update will be delayed until the following Monday or Tuesday (the 27th or 28th).


Please continue to send in your week 4 weigh-ins by the original deadline of September 25 at 12:00pm EST. I will calculate them as soon as I get back from the camping trip. This won't affect this week 3's weigh-ins at all.


Best of luck! =]

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Week 3 Weigh-Ins


Thank you all for sending in week three submissions! The weigh-ins are in and this weekâ€s weight loss percentages have been calculated. In alphabetical order…




Competing category:


CanadianSandy                     - 1.39%
Jkgirl83 (Katie)                      + 0.66%                
Msmarmar123 (Marla)         -/+ 0.00 %
Mrs.*J*2011 (Lea)                  - 0.77%
Oryx (Renée)                         - 0.83%
Stachr (Stacey)                      - 0.43%
Sunstarmoon (Chris)            -/+ 0.00%
Teira1031                               - 0.52%
Tifany                                     - 1.24%

Non-competing category:

Cindy*                                     - 0.39%
Heartbeat (Michelle)                 - 2.16%
OceanWonderland (Leslie)     -/+ 0.00 %




Week threeâ€s MVP is CanadianSandyfor losing -1.39% for the competing category and a VERY Special Mention to Heartbeat (Michelle) for losing -2.16% in the non-competing category!!


Congratulations to everyone on your hard work. Remember, we are all here to support each other on our journey to a healthier lifestyle. Itâ€s time for week four! smile159.gif Great job, ladies!

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