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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Help

I love this cheat sheet for holiday portion control
Have a safe and happy holiday!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week 3 comes to an end for the Holiday Challenge


Remember it's not too late to join the challenge with us!

I have an AWESOME announcement. So far in the three weeks we have lost 47 POUNDS!!
You guys ROCK!

Another Yummy Pumpkin Recipe

I got this recipe from Martha Stewart. They are filling! It makes quite a few pancakes, but I like to freeze leftovers for later.
ENJOY
PUMPKIN PANCAKES8 Servings
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
3 T sugar
4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 pinch of cloves
2 Cups Milk
12 T pumpkin puree
2 Eggs

Preheat pancake griddle or skillet
Mix wet ingredients, mix dry ingredients,
Than mix together well and fold in pumpkin
Spray griddle with Pam

Friday, November 18, 2011

Highlights from class this week...


After consuming my weight in frozen yogurt, it feels so good to be back from my cruise and back to LOSE IT! I missed you guys. Saw alot of good numbers on the scale this week. Keep it up guys...

Rather than bore you with all the details, here are just some of the highlights from this week.

quote by one of my favorite lose it pals..."I can't get skinny if I'm stuffing my face everyday with treats"
And since the holidays are coming up, I thought that went along perfectly with what we were talking about :)

Here are some thanksgiving tips...
-Make sure you eat breakfast...some people like to think if they starve themselves all day till the big meal that that will somehow help. You must get your metabolism going, but maybe just eat a lighter meal and small snack.

-It's not always possible to control the ingredients in your meal on this special holiday. BUT you CAN control your portion size.

-Make your favorite holiday food healthier...use low fat cream cheese in your cheesecake, try vegetarian stuffing, make your own cranberry sauce. The internet is FULL of ideas on making things lighter and BETTER FOR US

-Cut your gravy portion. this could literally save you HUNDREDS of calories!

-Drink Water, if your wanting to save enough room in your calorie budget for pie than make sure you are choosing water instead of soda or other drinks. This is always a lose it! rule for me. Drinking water is ALWAYS the best way to go.

-Snack on whole foods. This time of year there are always alot of munchies around. Make sure you keep those carrot sticks and apple slices close by. If you want a mindless snack atleast go for things that are good for you and wont add alot of calories.

Have a GREAT holiday!! Remember, that apple pie has a TON of sugar and fat :) (more than we all thought)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thinking about making again this year...



This pumpkin dessert was such a hit, and really not a huge hit on the calorie budget.

18 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + cooling60 60 Ingredients
1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
1 egg
4 cups cold fat-free milk
4 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
Directions
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water and egg, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.
Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. When completely cooled, crumble the cake. Set aside 1/4 cup crumbs for garnish.
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in pumpkin and spices until well blended.
In a trifle bowl or 3-1/2-qt. glass serving bowl, layer a fourth of the cake crumbs, half of the pumpkin mixture, a fourth of the cake crumbs and half of the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved cake crumbs. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Yield: 18 servings.



Nutritional Analysis: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 194 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chocolate Almond Cake

CHOCOLATE ALMOND CAKE
YIELD: 12 servings
PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 40 minutes
• Cooking Spray
• 1 cup + 1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
• ½ cup cocoa powder
• ½ cup unrefined turbinado sugar (or sweetener of choice)
• 2 Tbsp ground golden roasted flaxseed
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 2 egg whites
• ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
• ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
• ¼ cup natural unsalted almond butter
• ½ tsp real almond extract
• 1 cup freshly brewed very hot coffee
• 3 Tbsp sliced toasted almonds
Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Coat a 9-inch round baking pan with Eat-Clean Cooking Spray and 1 Tbsp / 15 ml whole wheat flour, discarding excess flour.
Whisk together 1 cup / 240 ml flour, cocoa powder, sugar, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in egg whites, applesauce, buttermilk, almond butter and almond extract. Carefully whisk in hot coffee until thoroughly combined. Batter will be thin.
Pour batter into sprayed and floured pan and bake in oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost completely clean, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan to a wire rack. Top with toasted almonds and cut into slices.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SuPeR UlTrA MeGa LoSeR of the MoNtH!

MARSHA!!! Can I just say...you are inspiring! Read her story...

"Hi Gilli, First of all thanks so much for helping me! i feel so good about myself..inside and out! i joined the ymca in May after we moved to Twin Falls just needing to get active again espically since I have alot of heavy people in my family I decided I wanted to get healthy! I think my dad inspired me alot because he had a huge health scare and has been on a weight loss journey of his own and is doing awesome!.. In march I went for my annual physcial and I weighed in at 173lbs!..I slowly just started walking on the tredmill everyday and started lifting weights..which I had never really thought i would like, but do! and the weight started to slowly but surely come off! I quit drinking any and all soda or sugary juices and cut back on my carbs alot..espically bread! Trying to drink more water and instill good healthy habits for my two kids and my husband also..They all have changed their eating habits in alot of ways so we are all kinda helping eachother!I love the smoothies you've shared with me and try to have one of those at least once a day in replacement of a meal.. I really started to see results when I started taking more of a variety of classes! Never did I think I would lose 20lbs! but I guess I just had to tell myself I could do it! , which has been a huge thing for me confidence wise. I was always the procrastinator! and scared of change..I'm so happy and thankful I joined the ymca..I've met so many awesome people and made some really good friends to work out with and encourage one another..I like that! I enjoy all your tips and appreciate all you do! thanks again"..Marsha

Great job Marsha! keep up the good work.
..

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lose it! Holiday Challenge Details

The challenge is getting going...it's not too late to join! Here are the details...
What is the challenge?
An opportunity to stay motivated and LOSE WEIGHT this holiday season! With tips and support from lose it YOU CAN DO IT!!

What do I have to do?
Come to lose it meetings if you can! great recipes, yummy conversation, and lots of good advice to keep you on track. If you join the challenge you can weigh in each week with ME!

What if I can't make the meetings?

If you know you wont be there one week, please check the blog to find out what we talked about! Also you can weigh in with a fitness coach or front desk any time that is convinient for you.

What do I win?
the grand prize winner who loses the highest percentage of their body weight will win a MAKEOVER! massage, hair cut and color, new clothes, new workout gear...ect!

There will be other prizes for participating...
most inches lost
Body Fat
Great participation and attentence

What else?....
If you come to lose it 3 times now till the end of the year you will be invited to the Lose it end of the year dinner! It will be a great time to chill out with fellow lose it-ers and celebrate a GREAT year.

Did I answer everything?
email me with questions!
Gilly Funk
gillfunk@gmail.com