August 2012 Matchup

Mini Challenge #6: Team Before & After Photo

Winners: Wake Forest Dieting Demons

Well it has been a long grueling 10 weeks so far! We are behind in the weight-loss, but it is time to show you what we have done so far! Here are our before & after pics (actually after is not for 2 more weeks). We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout our contest! Please continue to vote for us over the next two weeks and we will continue to do our best! Thanks Again!!



Mini Challenge #5: Best Photo of Soothing Without Food

Winners: Wake Forest Dieting Demons

Hello Everyone! When the Wake Forest Dieting Demons are aching from a long run on the elliptical or treadmill, we like to play the game “What would you do with…….?” We ponder about what we would do with the prize money if we were to win some. The game takes our minds off of the pain…… if only for a little while!

Runners-Up: Competitive Crew

Whenever we are tempted to eat junk to make ourselves feel better we go outside to spend time with family and just enjoy the great outdoors! Instead of picking up that bag of chips or that cookie or candy bar or whatever we crave we just MOVE. Keep moving and it’ll definitely help keep your mind off of unhealthy food!

Runners-Up: Team 10,000

Zoning out to some music is always a good way to relax from the stress of a weight-loss competition.

Mini Challenge #4: Team Exercise Photo/Video

Winners: Wake Forest Dieting Demons

Hey Everyone! The Wake Forest Dieting Demons “tread” getting up in the morning. It is tough but we find it to be easier early in the day. Once we have finished with the treadmill, we feel like we have accomplished something. Also with the treadmill, you can vary the levels of intensity to suit your needs. And most of all, it never rains on the treadmill. So for the Dieting Demons, there is no excuse not to exercise anymore! For those who have voted for us and those who will in the future…..we would like to THANK YOU!!!

Runners-Up: Competitive Crew

Hiking and walking are two of the ways that we stay active. Hiking can be very rewarding with so much beauty to see. Zumba, lifting weights, swimming, boxing and pretty much anything that gets us moving. It’s always fun to change things up so we don’t get in a rut. The whole point is to enjoy exercising so we won’t quit. Our goal is to be fit through exercise and eating healthy and we will accomplish it!

Runners-Up: Team 10,000

Running/Jogging is by far the best way to shed some pounds.

Mini Challenge #3: Healthy Meal Team Photo

Winners: Wake Forest Dieting Demons

Hey Everyone! This is one of our group’s favorite meals. It consists of a piece of grilled salmon (4oz), 1 1/2 cups of fresh snow peas, 1 cup of brown long grain rice, and some broccoli florets. The salmon is a great source of protein and omega 3′s. The green beans and broccoli is a good source of fiber, and the brown rice provides carbs for energy. The whole meal contains around 600 calories. BON APPETIT!

Runners-Up: Team 10,000

All you need is one footlong split 5 ways. Subway…..Eat Fresh!

Runners-Up: Competitive Crew

Healthy Meal: Veggie Dog on Flat bread with grilled purple onions, red and yellow peppers, and mushrooms, Veggie Dog with slaw, Slaw-shredded purple cabbage, shredded beets, carrots and onions, spices and Olive Oil Mayonnaise, and Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Barbecue Sauce-1 can of Tomato Sauce, Garlic, Onion, Spices, Ground Horse Radish, Ground up smoke chipotle peppers, mustard and a little bit of honey, Sweet Potato Fries sauteed in Olive Oil, Small side salad

Runners-Up: Waist Aways

A healthy breakfast out at Cracker Barrel… It can be done. Eggbeaters with Turkey Sausage and fat-free yogurt with granola. Tasty, satisfying, AND healthy.

Mini Challenge #2: Team Recipe

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the Team Recipe Challenge!

Winners: Wake Forest Dieting Demons

Summer Pasta Dish (Makes 8 Servings) Ingredients 1 package of penne pasta (16 oz) 1/3 pound sliced green bell peppers 1/3 pound sliced red bell peppers 1/3 pound sliced yellow bell peppers 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 zucchini sliced 1 yellow squash sliced 6 oz mushrooms chopped 1 clove garlic minced 1 small bag of cherry tomatoes sliced ground black pepper to taste salt to taste Directions 1. In a large pot cook penne pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta, leave it slightly wet. 2. While pasta is cooking, wash the bell peppers and cut them into 1/4 inch strips. In a large skillet over medium heat, place 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir in the peppers. Do not allow the peppers to brown. 3. To the skillet, add the sliced zucchini and yellow squash continuing to stir for 2 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic heat and stir an additional 2 minutes. Add the sliced tomatoes and remove from heat. 4. Dish pasta portions onto plate and add sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. 5. ENJOY!!

Runners-Up: Competitive Crew

Pizza with a Kick! Ingredients: Mama Mary’s Whole Wheat Crust Great Value All-Natural Pizza Sauce(1/2 a jar) 4 oz of part Skim Mozzarella Half a Pound of hot turkey sausage 1 serving of Turkey Pepperoni Onions Mushrooms Peppers Cooked Spinach Sun-dried tomatoes Spices as desired Bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Serving Size 1/3 of pizza, 485 calories per serving

Runners-Up: Team 10,000

Marinade Ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup soy sauce 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1/4 cup honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger Freshly ground black pepper to taste Kebab Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 1 large bell pepper 1-2 medium red onions 1/2 to a pound button mushrooms About 20 bamboo or wooden skewers METHOD 1 Mix the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and add the meat. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably several hours or even overnight. (Heck, I’ve kept the meat marinating for a couple days, still great.) 2 Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will help prevent them from completely burning up on the grill. 3 Cut the vegetables into chunks roughly the width of the beef pieces. Taking care not to poke yourself, thread the meat and vegetables onto double bamboo skewers. One way to do this safely is to put the piece that you are trying to pierce on a cutting board, and then push the skewers through the piece to the board. Using double skewers will help you turn the kebabs on the grill. If you keep a little space between the pieces, they will grill more evenly. Paint the kebabs with some of the remaining marinade. 3 Prepare your grill for high, direct heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is, and how done you would like your meat, turning occasionally. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Mini Challenge #1: Team Synergy—Before Photo & Team Facebook Page

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the Team Synergy Mini Challenge! 

Winners: Wake Forest Dieting Demons

We are the Wake Forest Dieting Demons! Over the next 12 weeks, we will lose 16.6% of our body weight thru diet and exercise.

Runners-Up: Team Sherman

We are a family team consisting of Mom Pat, Brother Mike, Sisters Tracy and Holly, and Holly’s husband John. We have teamed up to support each other in our quest to be healthier as a family for our families.

Runners-Up: THINspiration

We are a mighty team of 5 on a journey to win the Healthy Wage Matchup and to be a THINspiration to each other and anyone else who needs it! Our goal is to use the contest as motivation to transform ourselves and create sustainable healthy habits to last us a lifetime, while being a THINspiration to others, like us, who need it and want to be healthier!!!

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