March 2012 Matchup

Mini Challenge #6: Team Before & After Photo

Winners: Team Xtreme

The Challenge is almost over and we are so proud of everything we have achieved so far in this competition! As of week 11, Team Xtreme has lost a total of 106 pounds and has shed a few dress sizes 🙂 Quynh lost 12.99% of her body weight. Talia lost 11.33% of her body weight. Deordre lost 10.93% of her body weight. Jennifer lost 13.41% of her body weight. Heather lost 9.59% of her body weight. We still have a little over a week to go and we’re pushing for that 16.6%! Thank you to those who have supported us so far!

Runners-Up: BRAVO 5

BRAVO 5 would like to thank all who have supported us throughout this journey, our colleagues, friends, and especially our families. We’ve made tremendous progress and will continue to lose weight until the end of the competiton and continue to even afterwards. We are very proud of ourselves and hope you can see the transformation in the before and after pictures. Stay HEALTHY and GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Runners-Up: Big Fat Losers

Mini Challenge #5: Best Alternative Ways To Soothe Photo

Winners: Team Xtreme

Thank you friends and family for voting for Team Xtreme and helping us win 4 in a row! There are times when each of us feels the temptation to emotionally eat. When these times come, we have to try to resist it! Deordre likes to get up and moving by doing some physical activities like bike riding. Quynh likes to keep her mind off food by giving herself a manicure/pedicure. Talia likes to float away from temptation by going for a relaxing swim. Heather likes to give herself a beauty facial mask to cleanse her mind of food. Jennifer likes to read her many books to relax her mind and body. These are some of the many things we like to do to avoid emotional eating!

Runners-Up: Bravo 5

Go Bravo 5! When tempted to eat emotionally (stress, anger, frustration, etc.) we lean on each other. Ways we’ve found helpful in avoiding this pitfall is by encouraging one another and secondly by distracting ourselves with things we enjoy. Talking with family and friends on the phone, getting lost in one of your favorite pastimes (loves), such as: creating or listening to music, reading a new or favorite book, gardening, or learning about new ways to stay healthy. When you are doing something you enjoy time goes by fast and before you know it any thought of bingeing goes away and then when you realize that you can’t help but feel proud of yourself!! Go team BRAVO 5!!

Runners-Up: Team Loomis

For Team Loomis (Tracie Stone, Olga Jackson, Dolly West, Robyn Vaccaro, and Jason Turner) instead of eatting that food that may seem to help the stress right now but will stick with you a long time we are choosing new choices………… Please vote for our team, those who have been supporting us along the way we thank you!

Mini Challenge #4: Fitness—Team Exercise Photo/Video

Winners: Team Xtreme

First of all, thank you so much friends and family for voting for us! We couldn’t have done it without you all. Team Xtreme knows in order to get fit and lose weight we have to EAT HEALTHY and also EXERCISE. We try to go to Zumba at the park together or walk 2-4 miles at a park near our school. Other teachers at our school have noticed us losing weight and inches. Some have even been motivated to get fit and lose that extra weight for summer. WE’RE GETTING FIT AND WE KNOW IT… WE WORK OUT!!!

Runners-Up: Bravo5

Team BRAVO 5 likes to get together at least every two weeks. Working out together gives us a chance to catch up with each other in person and it is just more FUN!! We like to push each other and are very competitive and complement each other well. Believe it, Reach it, Achieve it . . . Victory is Ours!!!

Runners-Up: Team Loomis

where do you find your exercise? Treadmills, the gym that is open 24 hours a day, they fit into any schedule! What about those sunny days, they always call for some time outside and yoga! What else on sunny days, lets get that yard looking good! Team loomis we all find time in our day to be sure to get some exercise in with our healthy eatting.

Mini Challenge #3: Second Nutrition Challenge — Healthy Meal Team Photo

Winners: Team Extreme

Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Stuffed Flounder with Grilled Zucchini

This dish is very delicious, nutritious, and simple to make. The entire meal is under 200 calories. Prep time 15 minutes, cook time 30 minutes, ready in 45 minutes. Add a glass of unsweetened green tea to help kick up your metabolism while adding no calories!

Calories 129 Total Fat 2g Carbohydrate 6g Protein 18g Vitamin A 107% Vitamin C 32% Calcium 14% *Grilled Zucchini add 40 calories, reduced fat spicy mayo sauce add 30 calories For recipe and full nutrition facts please go here.

Runners-Up: Bravo5

You can’t go wrong with a grilled chicken salad (skip the croutons and heavy dressings) and add a lite vinagrette dressing. Drink some refreshing water! 🙂

Recipe: Grill skinless boneless chicken breast by lightly spraying grill with cooking spray or coat grill with olive oil. There is no need to add anything else. Grill on med-high heat for 8-12 minutes turning over half-way through the cooking time (cooking times wil vary depending on thickness of the chicken breast). For inexperienced grillers, you may find it easier to use foil paper to keep your chicken from drying out. You may also leave the skin on for grilling purposes but remove when adding it to the salad.

Make a fresh green salad with all the fresh veggies of your choice. We like to add different things each time, so it never gets boring. (Spinach and strawberry salad and walnuts with a raspberry vinagrette dressing; a lettuce blend with mandarin orange slices, mushrooms, broccoli and pecans with a balsamic vinagrette dressing; Spinach, romaine lettuce, cranberries, carrots, edamame and almonds with a lite italian dressing….and of course sliced grilled chicken breast). The possibilities are endless, so be creative!

Hint: When you are on run any grilled chicken salad from McDonald’s will do; they only range from 190-290 calories without the croutons. If you have to have dressing go with the lite italian dressing which is only 50 calories for the entire package, but try and use only half.)

Runners-Up: Team Loomis

Shrimp Salad 2 cups salad mix 2 tbsp fat free thousand island 2 tbsp southwest tortilla strips 1/2 cup vegetable medley 4oz salad shrimp 196 calories!

Mini Challenge #2: First Nutrition Challenge—Favorite Team Recipe & Photo

Winners: Team Xtreme!

Please visit for recipe with pictures! Ann is one of our teammates! Ingredients:

    • Bun (rice vermicelli)
    • Boiled shrimp (I normally use medium/large sized shrimp and use 3 halves for one roll)
    • Rice paper
    • Green leaf lettuce
    • Cilantro
    • Mint leaves (optional)
    • Chives (optional)
    • Peanut Sauce (enough for about 18-20 rolls)
    • Peanut butter (I use crunchy)
    • Hoisin sauce
    • Siracha (Rooster) sauce
    • Coco Rico (coconut water/soda, can substitute water)
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 tbsp potato or corn starch diluted in a small bowl of water

Step 1 Boil water to cook your shrimp (and pork, in a separate pot, if you’re using pork). Boil another pot to cook your vermicelli. Follow instructions on vermicelli package. While water is boiling, wash your lettuce and herbs and set aside to dry. When water boils add shrimp and wait for a few minutes until water boils again. Drain shrimp, let cool, peel, and slice in half length-wise. Prepare all ingredients to wrap your rolls. Step 2 Prepare a bowl of warm water and if you have a spring roll tray (pink, see pic) you may want to use it. Dip rice paper into water and gently shake off excess water. Place rice paper on a plate or your spring roll tray. Place 1-2 pieces of lettuce (depends if you like more or less veggies). Place a fair amount of vermicelli on top of your lettuce, then cilantro, then mint (use whatever herbs you like and as much as you like, but don’t overdo it). If using pork, then you would put the slices of pork in now. Then fold the bottom of the rice paper up and in about 1/3 or a little less than half way. Place shrimp outside down so the pretty color shows through your wrapper, then fold the left and right sides in. Place chives and kind of tightly roll your spring roll, but not too tight for it will break the rice paper. Peanut sauce (this is what makes the whole dish) In a small pot, add 1 tsp oil and sautee on medium heat your minced garlic for about 30 sec. to 1 minute. Then add half a can of Coco Rico (6 oz.). Then add 2-3 Tbsp each of hoisin sauce and peanut butter (I use the crunchy kind because it has little pieces of peanuts in it). Mix well, taste (it should be a little salty and a little sweet), when it is to your taste bring to a slight boil and turn heat down to low. Take your starch water and slowly add teaspoons of it to your sauce while stirring moderately (2 tsp of starch water usually thickens it enough). If it becomes too thick, you can always adjust it with the Coco Rico. Enjoy!

Runners-Up: Bravo5

!Gracias por votar por la receta de Bravo5! Grilled Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa, Brown Rice and a Fresh Salad Salmon: Ingredients •1lb salmon fillet (fresh or frozen, preferably skinless) •Blackening seasoning (like Zattteran’s) or can make your own by combining and mixing these ingredients in a small bowl: (2T ground paprika, 1T ground cayenne pepper, 1T onion powder, ½ t ground white pepper, ½ t black pepper, ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, ¼ t dried basil, ¼ t oregano, 2 t salt) •1/8 cup olive oil •non-stick cooking spray Directions 1. Cut salmon into four even pieces. Brush each side with the olive oil and sprinkle blackening seasoning evenly on each side. 2. Spray grill with the non-stick cooking spray and preheat grill or skillet on medium-high heat. 3. Cook 3-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the fillet. Cook until blackened to your liking and fish is easily flaked with a fork. Hint: You can purchase frozen blackened salmon fillets and cook in the microwave for a fraction of the time, if time is of issue.

Mango Salsa: Ingredients •1 large ripe but firm mango, peeled and diced •1 small 4 oz.can of pineapple tidbits(in natural juice), drained •1/3 c. diced red onion •1 T lime juice •1/3 c. chopped cilantro leaves •1 T – 3T finely chopped jalapeno (depending on how spicy you like your food) •1 T olive oil Directions 1. Combine the first five ingredients in a bowl. Add in the diced jalapeno to your taste for hotness, start with a little and add more for your hotness preference. 2. You may sauté the ingredients with the olive oil or you can keep it as is for more of a mango pico de gallo. Hint: Most grocers like Krogers, Fiesta, HEB have ready-made mango salsa.

Brown Rice Any brown rice will do, just follow the directions on the package to make two cups of cooked rice. Use olive oil instead of butter for a healthier alternative.

Fresh Salad Make your own or buy ready-made in a bag. Use romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, red cabbage as desired. Enjoy and thanks for voting for Bravo5!

Runners-Up: Team Loomis

A Healthy Sweet fix, you feel guilty about , but don’t have to be! Zucchini Brownies with nuts 2 Cups Flour 1 1/2 Cups of Splenda 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1 tsp salt 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup Walnuts 2 Cups Grated packed Zucchini 1/2 Cup Canola Oil 2 tsp Vanilla Mix all dry ingredients together, then add all wet ingredients. MIX WILL BE THICK. Place in a canola sprayed 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cut into 24 servings, Serve with 1 tbsp of fat free cool whip 100 calories 6.6 g fat 9.1 gCarbs (1.2g fiber / .7g sugars) 78.5 mg of Potassium 1.9g Protein I hope everyone enjoys and please vote for us! Thank you

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

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the Team Synergy Mini Challenge! You all did a fantastic job.

Winners: Team Xtreme!

As an Elementary faculty and staff, we recognize that in order to have energy and a healthy attitude to educate our students of today, we must first get healthy. It is our goal to max out the competition and go above and beyond our call of duty with our students. We’re fired up and READY!

Runners-Up: Bravo5

We are a group of 5 brave, courageous souls willing to work very hard to reach our goal. We know it won’t be easy but we have have confidence in ourselves and each other. We will loose 16.6 % and above of our body weight by the end of the challenge. Our team motto is Believe it, Reach it, Achieve it . . .Victory is Ours!! Our team goal is Fat Intelligently, Victoriously Elliminated Thank you for your support Go BRAVO5!!!

Runners-Up: Team Loomis

We are 5 friends and strangers that have come together to start living a healthy life style. While we will be learning habits that will stick with us for the rest of our lives, the weight is not going to stick to us and we are going to be going to the bank with $10,000!

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