Interested in Biking?

Team Life is proud to offer a new activity for faculty/staff/family/friends to get involved in.  Doe Asombrado, through Team Life, is leading a team at the San Diego Half Century Ride 2016 on Sunday, April 17, 2016.  This biking event is a 50 mile loop inland via the 56 bike path and on to some of the most scenic roads in San Diego – with a return trip along our beautiful San Diego coastline.  **There is also a 30 mile route available.  The event is $55 for early registration, through March 17th, and $65 thereafter up until the event.

To help prepare folks for the ride, Doe is coordinating Sunday social rides, in conjunction with Cycling Adventures.  The club’s Sunday social rides are free!  Interested employees should contact Doe via email ( or phone (x 2380) prior to attending the Sunday social rides.  She will determine your baseline riding ability and divide individuals into groups.  The Sunday social rides will continue until event day.  In addition, individuals will have the option to bike commute to work with Doe to San Marcos or Escondido.

For more information on Cycling Adventures or to register for the San Diego Half Century Ride 2016, please access their website:

If you have further questions you can also leave us a comment right here on the blog!

Biggest Loser… 6 weeks in and 60lbs!

Last week we reached our 6-week mark of this 10-week weight loss challenge!  That means only 1-month to go.   For most of us, 1-month could mean another 8 lbs lost (2lbs/week)!  I know we can do better as a group, so I hope to see some positive encouragement for all.

Here are the standings so far:

  1. Elaine Armstrong  -8.46%
  2. Joanna Murphy  -4.43%
  3. Mea Daum  -4.24%
  4. Kendyl Magnuson   -4.10%
  5. Sue Humphrey  -2.97%
  6. Jennifer Nelson  -2.83%
  7. Tom Humphrey   -2.74%
  8. Sandra Brown    -2.39%
  9. Trish Yzerman    -2.05%
  10. Kellis Neidiffer  -1.81%
  11. Jenny Al-Shafie -1.70%
  12. Lourdes Runk   -1.18%
  13. Tania Silva  -0.69%

Here are a couple TedTalks you may find interesting and helpful….

Biggest Loser results… 1 month in!

Hello fellow challengers!

We have just concluded our 4-week weight loss check in!

We have lost a total of 53 lbs (not including those who did not weigh-in or increased weight).

Here are our leaders so far in the challenge:

  1. Elaine Armstrong -6.38%
  2. Joanna Murphy  -3.58%
  3. Kendyl Magnuson -3.07%
  4. Mea Daum -2.59%
  5. Sandra Brown -2.57%
  6. Tom Humphrey -2.22%
  7. Kellis Neidiffer  -2.09%
  8. Tania Silva -1.94%
  9. Michael Lockett -1.78%
  10. Trish Yzerman -1.57%
  11. Sue Humphrey -1.49%
  12. Jenny Al-Shafie -1.09%
  13. Lourdes Runk -0.95%
  14. Jennifer Nelson -0.35%

Remember we have weekly fitness activities for FREE!

Over spring break we will still be offering Jazzercise on Monday 12-1, and Circuit Training T/Th 12:30-1pm.

Another great way to get more steps in is to have walking meetings!  Check it out:

Biggest Loser… first results!

First, I want to thank each of you for taking the time our of your busy life to focus on your health.  If you are like me this is a lifelong journey and many times a battle.

PRIZE MONEY…  What will you do with your well deserved winnings?

  • 1st place $250
  • 2nd place= $150
  • 3rd place= $100

And the current top 10 are….

  1. Elaine Armstrong -5.41%
  2. Michael Lockett  -2.52%
  3. Kendyl Magnuson -1.84%
  4. Tom Humphrey -1.79%
  5. Kellis Neidiffer -1.71%
  6. Mea Daum -1.65%
  7. Sue Humphrey -1.61%
  8. Joanna Murphy -1.43%
  9. Sandra Brown -1.42%
  10. Jenny Al-Shafie -0.61%

Our total pounds lost= 36 lbs (this does not include those who gained weight or did not weigh-in

Those who did not weigh-in: Grace Robertson, Trish Yzerman, Susan Rogers, Sharon Hightower, Juan Gonzalez, Monica Gonzales, Chris Sinnott, Cheryl Ashour, Joan Decker, and Judith Mann

Your Homework this week:

How much fiber are you consuming? If you’re not sure, calculate your daily food choices using MyFitnessPal and find out! Comment to this blog post and tell us what you learned from the MyFitnessPal nutrient analysis.  It will look something like this:

myfitnesspal foods myfitnesspal analysis



Welcome to our Spring weight loss challenge!

We have 28 participants in this semesters Biggest Loser weight loss challenge!  There’s room for a few more if you know someone who would like to get started on this challenge designed to motivate and help you meet your weight loss goals.

We welcome:

  1. Kellis Neidiffer
  2. Jennifer Nelson
  3. Sandra Brown
  4. Chris Sinnott
  5. Alonna Farrar
  6. Elaine Armstrong
  7. Trish Yzerman
  8. Jeannette Haas
  9. Kendyl Magnuson
  10. Susan Rogers
  11. Grace Robertson
  12. Mea Daum
  13. Andrea Lukowiak
  14. Joan Decker
  15. Lorraine Pagni-Kiefer
  16. Cheryl Ashour
  17. Judy Mann
  18. Michael Lockett
  19. Juan Gonzalez
  20. Joanna Murphy
  21. Tom Humphrey
  22. Sue Humphrey
  23. Sylvia Mendoza
  24. Monica Gonzales
  25. Sharon Hightower
  26. Jenny Al-Shafie
  27. Lourdes Runk
  28. Tania Silva

If you have not paid, please do so when you weigh-in on Monday.

Weigh-ins for the challenge are bi-weekly.  Next weigh-in is on Monday 2/23.

On Monday 2/23 there will also be a PD Workshop focused on designing an exercise program!

Also, we have multiple fitness activities scheduled each week! Join us Mon/Wed 12-1 for Jazzercise, Tue/Thur 12:30-1Pm for circuit training, Monday 4-5pm for functional strength training, and there are also a couple weekly walks.

A few additional notes…

Results are based on the percentage of weight that you lose.  So, if you take your change in weight and divide it by your starting weight that is how your percentage is calculated.  click here for a chart of WEIGHT LOSS PERCENTAGES

Would you like a little journal to help you keep track of your progress?  Click here to printout the TEAM LIFE Biggest Loser journal: BIGGEST LOSER participant journal

The scale we use doesn’t only measure your weight, but also your Body Mass Index (BMI), %Body Fat, % muscle, Resting Metabolism, Body Age, and Visceral fat.  Click here for more information on these scores.

Do you have any questions or comments?  Please feel free to communicate with the group right here on our blog.

The Spring semester is here… and so are our Spring wellness activities!

The TEAM LIFE Spring 2015 wellness activities officially start this Thursday with the Health Dimensions Fair!

Health Dimensions Fair:  February 5th 11am-1pm AA/ST Courtyard

Fitness Activities, professional development workshops, and the weight loss challenge start on Monday!

Fitness Activities:  February 9th-April 16th

  • Jazzercise: Mondays/Wednesdays 12-1 pm, room G8
  • Circuit Training: Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30-1pm, room G8
  • Functional Strength Training: Mondays 4-5pm in CT-7
  • Walk the campus: Tuesdays 3-4pm & Wednesdays 12-1pm.  Meet at the flagpole. Contact Mike Deal

Professional Development Seminars:

Join Kelly Falcone for seminars focused on healthy living.  These workshops are held in MD-103 from 4-5pm on the following Mondays:

  • 2/9: Weight Loss Behavior Change Plan
  • 2/23: Designing an Exercise Program
  • 3/9: Diet Analysis
  • 3/23: Stress Management
  • 4/6: Cancer Proofing
  • 4/20: Let’s Talk About Health, Q&A

10-week Weight Loss Challenge!  February 9th-April 20th






Healthy Movies

We are starting week 8 of our Biggest Loser weight loss challenge and I think it may be time for a movie!

When I find myself straying from my diet and wanting to drive thru McDonalds or grab a bag of chips and a cupcake, I know it is time to get back to what I call my healthy mind play list on Netflix.  I have the following three movies in my list at all times just ready to hit play.  So, what I would like you to do this week is watch one or all of them and report back to us right here on the blog!

  1. Food Inc.
  2. Forks Over Knives
  3. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Leave a comment below with your thoughts!