TEAM LIFE

Your Palomar College Employee Wellness Committee

Biggest Loser – Week 8 results!

Week 8

There have been some changes in the Top 3 teams again this week – Good work Apathy Avengers!, 3 Gorditos, and Shrinky Dinks!  The results are, again, somewhat skewed as we had a lot of people that did not weigh in this week.  Please…make sure you weigh-in each week, as the accountability does make a difference and you will revert to your heaviest/starting weight if you do not weigh in.  Due to the large percentage of people who did not weigh in, we have reverted in our overall weight loss (we can’t count you if you don’t weigh in!)  We have now lost a combined total of 197 pounds.  We only have two weeks left folks – let’s finish strong!

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -7.54%
3 Gorditos -4.46%
Shrinky Dinks -4.10%
Transformers -2.79%
DRC Divas -2.42%
Thinning the Herd -2.41%
MMC -1.68%
Campus Steppers -0.88%
Journey to Lose -0.49%
Flab-u-less! 0.00%
Team TTCJ 0.00%
Iron Maidens 0.34%

Individual Results:

Top 10 losers were…

Name % loss
Carol Moore -11.46%
Debra Doerfler -10.33%
Leon Springer -9.13%
Tricia Bravo -9.06%
Michelle LaVigueur -8.39%
Devonay Olson-Goodman -7.17%
Abby Corona -6.09%
Beth Hicks -4.80%
Casey Koss -4.44%
Julie Robinson -4.43%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

We’re closing in on the finish…let’s keep our focus on moving!  Take a look at the options at the link below and commit to one for the balance of the challenge! If none of these appeal, come up with your own – i.e. a certain number of extra steps per day.

http://30dayfitnesschallenges.com/

 

Question for you:

What extra activity will you commit to?

Biggest Loser- Week 7 Results

Week 7

There have been some changes to the top three (3) teams this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, Shrinky Dinks and Transformers!  The results are somewhat skewed as we had a lot of people that did not weigh in this week.  Please…make sure you weigh-in each week, as the accountability does make a difference and you will revert to your heaviest/starting weight if you do not weigh in.  Due to the large percentage of people who did not weigh in, we have reverted in our overall weight loss (we can’t count you if you don’t weigh in!)  We have now lost a combined total of 209.9 pounds!

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -9.82%  (WOW!)
Shrinky Dinks -3.70%
Transformers -2.70%
DRC Divas -2.18%
Thinning the Herd -2.16%
Campus Steppers -2.04%
3 Gorditos -1.44%
MMC -1.29%
Journey to Lose -1.22%
Flab-u-less! -0.67%
Team TTCJ 0.00%
Iron Maidens 0.76%

 

Individual Results:

Top 10 losers were…

Name % loss
Kendyl Magnuson -11.38%
Carol Moore -10.37%
Debra Doerfler -10.20%
Tricia Bravo -8.17%
Michelle LaVigueur -7.32%
Devonay Olson-Goodman -6.55%
Mea Daum -5.85%
Rachel Miller -4.56%
Suzanne Sebring -4.51%
Beth Hicks -3.91%

 

Healthy Tip of the Week… 30-Day Challenge!

Today is April 14th, starting tomorrow April 15th we have 27 days left!  This is (almost) the perfect amount of time for a 30-day challenge!!!  

Try the 30-Day Shape Slim Down Challenge!

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If you’re not interested in this challenge there are MANY more 30-day challenges you could try!  Just do a google search for 30-day challenges!  Or you could download a 30-day challenge app to your phone!

Question for you:
What 30-day challenge will you commit to?

Biggest Loser – Week 6 Results!

Week 6

There have been some changes to the top three (3) teams this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, 3 Gorditos, and Shrinky Dinks! Let’s go teams – It’s time to put a move on Apathy Avengers! – they are lapping the rest of us. 🙂 Try to make sure you weigh-in each week, as the accountability does make a difference and you will revert to your heaviest/starting weight if you do not weigh in.  We’ve now been back from Spring Break for over a week, and I hope everyone is getting back on track. 🙂  We have now lost a combined total of 242 pounds!

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -8.75%  (WOW!)
3 Gorditos -4.29%
Shrinky Dinks -4.13%
Transformers -2.61%
MMC -2.11%
Thinning the Herd -2.07%
DRC Divas -2.04%
Campus Steppers -1.91%
Journey to Lose -1.16%
Flab-u-less! -1.07%
Team TTCJ -0.40%
Iron Maidens 0.24%

Individual Results:

Top 10 losers were…

Name % loss
Kendyl Magnuson -11.01%
Debra Doerfler -9.01%
Leon Springer -8.73%
Carol Moore -8.32%
Tricia Bravo -7.27%
Michelle LaVigueur -6.66%
Devonay Olson-Goodman -6.13%
Mea Daum -5.28%
Beth Hicks -4.46%
Suzanne Sebring -4.40%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/healthy-living-tips/

1. COOK FROM SCRATCH
This is one of the most important life skills you can learn. It allows you to have complete control of what goes into your food.

2. EAT A BALANCED DIET
Aim to eat a balanced diet that contains each of the food groups in the correct proportions.

3. VARIETY IS KEY – EAT THE RAINBOW
Fill your diet with a wide range of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and naturally low fat dairy foods. When it comes to fruit and veg, different colours provide your body with the different nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy – it’s not just greens that are good for you!

4. UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE EATING
Make an effort to learn about the food you’re eating – we all need to understand where food comes from and how it affects our bodies.

5. EAT NUTRITIOUS CALORIES
Make sure the majority of your energy intake comes from nutritious calories that also provide your body with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and good fats. Avoid empty calories.

6. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and helps you to be alert and awake throughout the day. Make sure you always eat a nutritious breakfast. Make it wholesome and make it count.

7. READ THE SMALL PRINT
It’s important to read packaging correctly. Be aware of the recommended portion sizes, and the sugar, salt and saturated fat contents. Remember that not all E-numbers are bad, but too many is often a bad sign.

8. DRINK MORE WATER
Water is an essential part of your diet. Drink plenty of water and avoid empty calories from things such as fizzy drinks, energy drinks or juices with added sugar. Eat your calories don’t drink them.

9. KEEP ACTIVE
Exercise is an extremely important factor in staying healthy so try to be as active as you can.

10. SLEEP WELL
Make sure you get enough sleep – it’s an essential part of being healthy and directly affects how well we are able to learn, grow and act in life. While we’re asleep, our bodies have that all-important time to repair.

Biggest Loser – Week 4 Results!

Week 4

There is a change to the top three (3) teams this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, Shrinky Dinks, and Transformers! DRC Divas and Thinning the Herd are closing in. We did have some people that skipped the weigh-in this week. Remember, if you don’t weigh-in your numbers revert back to the initial weigh-in and you are not helping your team. Try to make sure you weigh-in each week, as the accountability does make a difference.  Of course, we have no weigh-in this week due to Spring Break.  But, stay on task and try not to lose momentum.  We have now lost a combined total of 196.1 pounds!

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -5.30%
Shrinky Dinks -3.94%
Transformers -2.53%
DRC Divas -2.41%
Thinning the Herd -2.00%
Campus Steppers -1.97%
MMC -1.88%
3 Gorditos -1.54%
Journey to Lose -1.39%
Flab-u-less! -1.34%
Team TTCJ -0.50%
Iron Maidens -0.20%

Individual Results:

Top 10 losers were…

Name % loss
Debra Doerfler -7.81%
Carol Moore -7.12%
Michelle LaVigueur -6.26%
Tricia Bravo -5.48%
Devonay Olson-Goodman -5.41%
Mea Daum -4.82%
Suzanne Sebring -4.61%
Julie Robinson -4.50%
Tania Silva -4.32%
Beth Hicks -3.79%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

10 ways to stay on a healthy eating plan while on vacation and still enjoy yourself!

http://www.webmd.com/women/features/vacation-eating#1

1. Resist the Urge to Splurge

We tend to splurge when we eat out and the portions tend to be huge. Try splitting an entree, order a half-sized portion, or choose an appetizer as your meal.

2. Have It Your Way

Don’t be afraid to ask for the dressing on the side, or to have part of your meal “doggy-bagged”  in advance.

3. Enjoy the Scenery and Enjoy the Food

When you’re on vacation, you want to enjoy yourself; the trick is moderation. Sample instead of feasting on delectable foods.

4. Walking is Your Secret Weapon

Take a stroll after dinner, swim or hike. Help offset the extra calories with some extra movement.

5. A Treat a Day

Try to keep your treats to one a day. After that, opt for a healthy choice instead.

6. Better Choices on the Menu

Make healthful choices that appeal to you at fast food and restaurants whenever possible. Substituting a condiment can make a big difference (dijon mustard for mayonnaise, or marinara instead of a white sauce).

7. Hide the Mini-Bar Key

You know that little refrigerator that comes with your hotel room that is filled with all sorts of beverages and candy? Hide the key, it can only lead to no good — physically and financially.

8. Water is Your Friend

Keep all systems going by drinking your daily water requirement.

9. Take “Five a Day” on Vacation with You

Now, more than ever, make an effort to get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It will make meals seem more filling and satisfying.

10. Eat When You’re Hungry and Stop When You’re Comfortable

It sounds simple, but many of us have gotten out of the habit of paying attention to whether we’re truly, physically hungry. Eating opportunities and celebrations are all around us when we are vacationing, and we’re in the “I’m on VACATION!” mindset. That’s when we will be the most vulnerable to eating even if we aren’t hungry.

Question for you:

What will you do to have a wonderful break but still maintain your healthy eating plan while on vacation?

2017 Carlsbad 5000

Join team “Palomar TEAM LIFE” for the Carlsbad 5000:

This Spring we will once again have a TEAM LIFE team participating in the Carlsbad 5000!  The race is scheduled for Sunday April 2nd.  There are several different start times for the race depending on gender, age, and level.  Most of the TEAM LIFE members will be participating in the race at 9:10am called the “People’s Walk.”

When you register please be sure to click on “Team Registration”and then “Join an Existing Team”.  Our team name is “Palomar TEAM LIFE”.

Click on the image to register

TEAM LIFE Goodie Bag for race participants:

Each TEAM LIFE team member gets a TEAM LIFE goodie bag which includes a t-shirt, bag, and water bottle.  If you have not already received your TEAM LIFE goodie bag please let us know by emailing Terri Wallace (twallace@palomar.edu) with your name and your t-shirt size.

You do not have to be an official TEAM LIFE team member to receive the goodie bag.  We know several people have registered for the event, but did not select the TEAM LIFE team.

Our team:

Employees currently signed up under the TEAM LIFE team are the following:

(if you are signed up but not listed below, please email Kelly Falcone (kfalcone@palomar.edu) to be added to the list.  It just means you didn’t select our team… but that’s ok!)

First Name Last Name
Bernie Bongolan
Jose Fernandez
Gennalyn Bongolan
Glyn Bongolan
José Briceño
Bonnie Corbin
james corbin
John Corbin
Wendy corbin
Amber Cross
Celina De La Torre
Shanon Dreyer
Vanessa Dreyer
Kelly Falcone
Brian Gaines
Gordana High
David Lingner
Michelle Musacchia
Patrick OBrien
Sean OBrien
Michelle Ramos Pellicia
Deanna Shoop
Buddy Springer

Here’s a look at the fun from 2016:

Biggest Loser – Week 3 Results!

Week 3

The top three (3) teams remain the same again this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, Shrinky Dinks, and 3 Gorditos! But look out…Transformers and Thinning the Herd are closing in! We have now lost a combined total of 192.5 pounds! Remember to weigh-in during the scheduled times on Thursdays (12:30-4:30 pm). Our next weigh in is this Thursday, March 23rd. If you cannot make it then, please arrange a make up time with Terri Wallace x 2250 or Julie Robinson x 3713.

As a reminder, there is no weigh in the week of Spring Break. Stay on track and be ready for the Week 6 weigh in on April 6th.

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -5.98%
Shrinky Dinks -3.35%
3 Gorditos -2.19%
Transformers -2.15%
Thinning the Herd -2.12%
Campus Steppers -1.86%
MMC -1.84%
DRC Divas -1.81%
Flab-u-less! -1.28%
Journey to Lose -1.17%
Team TTCJ -0.33%
Iron Maidens -0.31%

Individual Results:

The top 10 losers to date are…

Name % loss
Kendyl Magnuson -8.28%
Debra Doerfler -7.02%
Carol Moore -5.55%
Tania Silva -5.30%
Devonay Olson-Goodman -5.09%
Tricia Bravo -4.14%
Leon Springer -4.01%
Julie Robinson -3.82%
Mea Daum -3.78%
Loren Pope -3.69%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don’t Medicate, Hydrate!

from mindbodygreen.com

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue

Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Promotes Weight Loss

Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3. Flushes Out Toxins

Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion

Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5. Maintains Regularity

Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System

A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy

Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You In A Good Mood

When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10. Save Money!

Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

Question for you:

How much water are you drinking each day?

Biggest Loser – Week 2 Results!

Week 2

The top three (3) teams remain the same this week. Great work Apathy Avengers!, Shrinky Dinks, and 3 Gorditos! We have now lost a combined total of 152.8 pounds! Remember to weigh-in during the scheduled times on Thursdays (12:30-4:30 pm).  If you cannot make it then, please arrange a make up time with Terri Wallace x 2250 or Julie Robinson x 3713.

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -4.87%
Shrinky Dinks -2.84%
3 Gorditos -2.37%
Transformers -1.82%
Campus Steppers -1.75%
MMC -1.22%
Thinning the Herd -1.08%
DRC Divas -1.01%
Journey to Lose -0.78%
Flab-u-less! -0.71%
Team TTCJ -0.57%
Iron Maidens -0.07%

Individual Results:

Name % loss
Kendyl Magnuson -6.21%
Debra Doerfler -5.17%
Leon Springer -4.33%
Michelle LaVigueur -4.26%
Tania Silva -3.95%
Carol Moore -3.86%
Abby Corona -3.60%
Rachel Miller -3.32%
Tricia Bravo -3.13%
Mea Daum -2.98%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

Do you know how many steps you are taking each day?  Do you know how many steps you are supposed to be taking?

You may have heard you should be taking 10,000 steps/day.  This is a great goal and one we should always strive for!

The Walking Site reminds us of easy ways we can increase our steps:

  • Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
  • Walk the dog
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park farther from the store
  • Better yet, walk to the store
  • Get up to change the channel
  • Window shop
  • Plan a walking meeting
  • Walk over to visit a neighbor
  • Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding
  • (retrieved from http://www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html)

Question for you:

What changes can you make in your daily routine to help you reach 10,000 steps/day?

Biggest Loser – Week 1 Results!

Week 1

We are off to a good start!  This week we lost a combined total of 115.5 pounds!  Thank you to everyone who has signed up and taken the time to weigh-in.  Remember, you do not do your team a favor by missing a weigh-in.  Your weight will revert to your initial number.  So, if you have lost 4 pounds and have an off week and don’t want to weigh-in, don’t give in to it!  Even if you have gone up a couple of pounds, you’d still be in better shape than being dropped back down to your starting weight. Accountability is part of what makes a weight loss program work. There will be great weeks and not-so-great weeks. Learn from them and move forward. Please try to weigh-in during the scheduled times on Thursdays (12:30-4:30 pm).  If you cannot make it then, please arrange a make up time with Terri Wallace x 2250 or Julie Robinson x 3713.

Team Results:

Team Average % loss
Apathy Avengers! -3.42%
Shrinky Dinks -1.85%
3 Gorditos -1.68%
Campus Steppers -1.48%
MMC -1.13%
Thinning the Herd -0.97%
Transformers -0.97%
Iron Maidens -0.83%
Journey to Lose -0.71%
Flab-u-less! -0.69%
DRC Divas -0.61%
Team TTCJ 0.25%

Individual Results:

Top 10 losers were:

Name % loss
Debra Doerfler -5.17%
Michelle LaVigueur -3.33%
Leon Springer -3.12%
Mea Daum -3.10%
Kendyl Magnuson -3.01%
Ghezala Said -2.60%
Tania Silva -2.47%
Loren Pope -2.46%
Rachel Miller -2.39%
Sandra Brown -2.34%

Healthy Tip of the Week:

Do you know how many calories you are consuming?  Do you know if you are consuming enough of the essential macro and micro nutrients?

Try using MyFitnessPal to record your daily food intake! Check out the Nutrition 101 guide from MyFitnessPal to understand your diet better: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/nutrition-101-recap-top-5-tips-to-eat-more-nutritiously-infographic/

Question for you:

What changes are you making in your diet to help you reach your weight loss goals?

Biggest Loser! Let’s do this!

We are so excited to see all the returning and new participants to our annual Biggest Loser weight loss challenge.  Here is some information for a successful experience in this weight loss challenge:

List of Participants and Teams:

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Please talk with your team members and choose a team name (email Suzanne Sebring with your team name).

Weigh-in Times:

All weigh-ins will be held on Thursdays in the HS building, room 202 from 12:30-4:30 pm.  The nursing department will be working collaboratively with Team Life this year to provide the weigh-ins and results analysis. For make-up appointments, call Julie Robinson at ext. 3713 or Terri Wallace at ext. 2250.  The initial weigh-in will take place on Thursday, February 23rd and the final weigh-in will take place on Thursday, May 4th.

What information will you receive each week?

Each week we will post the weekly results based on the average percentage weight loss of your team.  We will also highlight the top individual losers based on percentage of weight loss.

We will also share with you tips for healthy activities that can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

What are the rewards for winners?

There will be cash awards for top male/female winners + additional team prizes.  Stay tuned for an update on the team awards!

Tips to help you succeed on this behavior change challenge:

  • Work with your team members!  Having a weight loss buddy is incredibly helpful for keeping you accountable to your weight loss goals.
  • Use apps such as MyFitnessPal to track your calories and activity.
  • Set Specific Realistic Measurable weekly goals that you hope to achieve to reach your final goal AND record your progress!

If you have questions, comments or ideas for helping our participants succeed, please comment below!