Week 6 of Food, Fitness and Friends

This week’s fitness tip from Germaine:

Watch as Germaine teaches proper form for lunges.

This week’s featured recipe:

Kale and Brussels Salad with Pomegranates and Almonds


1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons country dijon mustard (or a blend of whole grain and dijon)
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large bunch of Tuscan kale (about 1 pound total), center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced
2 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed, shredded with a knife or food processor
Roasted, diced almonds
1 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

From the Almond Board of California


Sabrina Hill, Clovis, CA

SabrinaMy Week:

I was out of town this week – my first week on the road since starting this fitness blog. Being on the road is a big part of my life, so I’d better get used to eating better and exercising while I’m away from home. A couple of tricks I put into practice this week: taking walks to keep myself moving, and jotting down what I eat. That helps keep me focused on my goals.

I get the next few days at home, and then I’m on the road again. I hope I can keep myself on track!

Martha Gingras, Durand, WI

MarthaMy Week:

Ever have one of those weeks that all just seem like all the other weeks.  Health and fitness wise… My week has been the same. And in that boredom, I realized I needed to change it up to keep me going.  I have my bestie as a partner in crime.  She has hit a plateau with her weight loss and we both were talking on how to make it fun again.

We both are planning to hit the gym together and she’s maybe going to join me with Germaine. I also need a little more structure when it comes to my diet so I’m looking into a system that has worked for many by eating and counting points.  I feel like I need to make this a game or something. Plus I have new goals I’ve added to my health goals and in order to reach them, I need to step it up.  As of writing, I have about 355 days to my big day.  I want to look my best and feel my best.  And that means stepping it up.

I can say I walked away from a cupcake table at a family wedding.  It was tough.  I love cupcakes.  But I’ve become more mindful of what is going into my body, plus it was not gluten free. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some food mishaps this week and lousy choices because I was too darn lazy to cook.  I paid for those choices.  I apologize for not being more enlightening or descriptive of my week, but it wasn’t very extraordinary.  It was pretty mundane.  But you have those weeks when you diet and make a long term health choice.  I knew that it wasn’t going to be all sunshine and roses every week.  I’m human.  This week was also a reminder that it will be boring and it will be tiring and that you don’t give up when it’s not exciting.  I’m keeping my eyes on the prize… A better and healthier life.

Lorrie Boyer, Brush, CO

LorrieMy Week:


This journey is making more accountable because I am aware that I am reporting to you what I did right and what I did wrong each week in trying to reach my weight loss goals. I have established that I would like to lose ten pounds or drop a pant size, which ever comes first. I think one thing that I have learned that is important to point out is that when you start a strength training program to develop more lean muscle, it is typical to gain a few pounds. That is fat turning to muscle, which also inches are lost in many cases. I don’t focus on the scale, as a matter of fact I don’t get on the scale very often.

Last week, I worked out hard and put a few extra minutes in when I could. I am really focusing on some weak areas, which are burpees and push ups. I want to do them in correct form and build up my endurance level so that I can do them without stopping or taking so long to do them.

As for my eating, I failed to follow my plan, thus I ended up winging it and grabbed bad choices. The main issue for me was that I am PMSing and so I am craving sweet and salty foods and feel extra hungry! I have a hard time with my motivation levels during this time as well.

In my last blog entry, I mentioned that I joined an eight-week boot camp, which is focusing on cardio and endurance. I am excited to go and have really enjoyed the new moves and working new muscles.

I look forward to continuing this journey with you and the other three lovely ladies on the blog. My goals for next week is better planning (which I know I have been saying), but I really to work on that and making sure I am getting my eight to ten, eight ounces of water in. Some days I have been kind of lax on that too.

Here’s to a new week of success!



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