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>Red Dress Challenge: Prizes Week 3

Category : Healthy Eating

>Thanks to another creative & talented client, Gini Mitchell for the hand-made, festive felt purse.

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>Red Dress Challenge: Prizes Week 2

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>This lovely gift package was donated by one of our generous clients, Julie May, proprietess of Chestnut Gallery & Gifts located at 1255 South Monroe Avenue in Green Bay.

Included in this package: Satin slippers, cosmetics bag and beaded bracelet & ring. Thanks Julie!

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>Red Dress Challenge: Prizes Week 1

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Week 1:
Check out this super-cute handbag! Angela made this to go with our “Happy Feet” theme….yes, she is multi-talented. This picture barely does it justice because of the glare. The lucky winner also received a $25 gift certificate from Klika shoes and a cozy pair of Smartwool socks (also from Klika)….Thanks to Dave Klika for his donation!

Yes, those are cute little Barbie doll shoes sewn into the squares.
She can make one with any theme you like…especially if you provide the items.

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>Heart Disease is the #1 killer

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Did you know?

Heart Disease is the #1 killer of American women

~Know Your Risk~

Become more aware of the risk factors involved 
& the heart healthy lifestyle changes you can make.

FREE assessments at xo fitness

Friday, February 5th

Drop-in anytime…8 am-6 pm

Assessment includes:
Blood Pressure Check
Body Mass Index
Risk Factor Quiz
The Red Dress Pin

xo fitness
100 S. Broadway, De Pere, WI

Comments Off on >Red Dress Challenge 2010

>Red Dress Challenge 2010

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>Reduce your dress size, reduce your risk of heart disease.

What do you get?

  • red dress pin
  • exercise log
  • know your risk quiz
  • chance to win weekly prizes*


Register at xo fitness
Three ways to register:

  1. In person at our front desk
  2. Via phone: 339-0630
  3. Via email:

The cost is $5 for clients and $10 for community members


*Win prizes by completing the Exercise Log each week during the month of February and reporting back to xofitness NO LATER than NOON each Saturday to be eligible for the weekly drawing.

We hope you will join us.
Yours in Health & Fitness,

Karin, Ryan & the xo fitness training staff

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>Minimize Weekend Weight Gain

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>o Eat before you go grocery shopping. Many people do their week’s grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday, do not go to the store hungry or you will most certainly put things in your cart on impulse.

o Keep healthy snacks handy in the car. Whether you are traveling or running errands, carrying a healthy snack will keep you out of the drive-thru lane.

o Keep a food journal. A journal will make you more mindful of what you are putting into your mouth. A recent study found that food journaling actually doubled weight-loss efforts!

o Limit eating out. Try to avoid fast food all together. If you do eat out remember to eat reasonable portions and eat all your vegetables.

o Limit your alcohol consumption. There are a lot of empty calories in alcohol. It also reduces your inhibitions to eat junk food AND makes you feel hungrier.

o Plan to get some exercise. Schedule in exercise either one or both days. If you are away from home and no equipment is available simply put on your walking shoes and get moving!

After the weekend, reflect back…
o Which tactics above did you try? Did they work?
o What did you do well?
o Ask yourself: What can you do better next weekend?

Have a fit & healthy weekend! Karin

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>Double you weight loss with Food Journaling

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>You can use a regular notebook for your food journal or contact us at and we’ll email you ours!

Food Entries… Entering More Than Food

What… It is important to include everything from what you drink to the butter that you place on your roll.

How much…This is the only way that you will get an idea about how many calories that you consume during the course of the day.

When…remember it is important to spread out your meals throughout the day. Every 3-4 hours if possible.

Where…Your may notice a pattern of eating certain times and places besides the table. Sometimes you eat in those places out of habit, for instance the car or the couch not because you’re hungry , but because it is a habit.

Why… Were you hungry or were you bored/stressed/sad? By identifying emotions that cause you to eat, you will become aware of them and be able to develop other ways to deal with these emotions. To lose weight, you only want to eat when you are hungry. Check out How Hungry Are You?

After one week, review your food log. You might be able to pick out the trouble spots on your own, or bring your food journal to our studio for a nutritional review. Clients can get a nutritional review anytime they bring in a 7 day journal. If you are not currently a client, simply turn in your food log at xo fitness and schedule a complimentary session.

Yours in Health & Fitness,
Ryan & Karin

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>How Hungry Are You?

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>The Hunger Scale
Learn to use this scale to rate your hunger and fullness.

0 – Ravenous, Primal Hunger. I’m so hungry I could die!
1 – Extremely Hungry, dizzy, shaky, faint
2 – Very hungry, irritable, finding it hard to concentrate
3 – Stomach growling
4 – Hungry but not ravenous
5 – Totally comfortable
6 – Feeling like I ate too much
7 – Stomach is stretched/uncomfortable
8 – Very Full/Stuffed
9 – Very Full and Bloated/Overstuffed
10 – So Full it Hurts, Feels like I’m going to explode, Feel sick to my stomach

LEVELS 0-2: Signifies ravenous hunger. You have allowed you blood sugar levels to drop too low. This is when you are most likely to overeat. Avoid this stage!

LEVELS 3-4: These are the best times to eat. Your body is saying that it needs food, however you will be able to make good choices and eat reasonable portions.

LEVELS 5-10: Starting to eat at these levels indicates emotional, not physical hunger. Eating until you reach level 6 and higher may indicate that you’ve lost touch with your physical hunger; focus on controling your portions.

Tune in to your body so you will look good and feel great in 2010!
Yours in Health & Fitness,
Ryan & Karin

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>Winter Wonderland

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>Pictures from BLIZZARD Alison!

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>Safe Shoveling

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>If you live in Wisconsin, shoveling snow is as inevitable as eating cheese but not nearly as fun (or tasty!). Shoveling combines intense aerobic activity with weight-lifting, so even if you are in shape, it is important to do it right.

Who should not shovel?
Anyone all ready experiencing back problems or any cardiac risk factors (history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smokers) should let someone else do the work or get a snow blower. If in doubt, talk to your primary care giver before you start. You could save yourself a lot of pain and money by delegating this task!

How to Avoid Shoveling Injuries
As for the rest of us, shoveling can be great exercise as long as we do it right. Shoveling snow can aggravate your back and increase your risk of cardiac-related conditions. Here are some tips for avoiding shoveling injuries.

1. Warm-up. Avoid straining your muscles and cardiac system by gradually increasing your heart rate and stretching. Before you pick up a shovel, do each of the following exercises 5x:

· Stand on one leg and swing the other forward with a straight leg and back bending your knee to bring your heel toward your butt.
· Slowly bend forward to touch your toes.
· Circle shoulders forward and backward.
· Reach one hand up to sky while reaching other hand down the side of your leg toward your knee; switch sides.
· Get on hands and knees or stand facing a chair and place your hands on the seat. Arch your back curving it down toward floor with tailbone lifted and shoulder blades pulled together; then round back up toward ceiling tucking tailbone under and letting head hang between arms.

2. Drink water. You will probably break a sweat shoveling so drink some water before you head out. Dehydration can stress your heart.

3. Dress properly. Yes, it is cold and you want to bundle up, but in a few minutes you may start to overheat, so dress in layers you can remove. Overheating places undue stress upon your heart. Also, proper footwear is important not only to keep your toes warm, but also so that you have good traction.

4. Use proper technique.
· Push the snow. Instead of lifting it, lower the handle to about hip height and “plow” it.
· When you must lift; use your legs. That means you should bend your knees NOT at the waist.
· Take small scoops. It might take longer, but you won’t strain as much.
· Avoid holding your breath! It sounds silly, but holding your breath causes a sudden increase in blood pressure.
· Abdominal bracing (tighten up as if someone is about to punch you in the stomach) will protect your back.
· Switch lead leg and hand to avoid overuse. This feels awkward like writing with your non-dominant hand, but do it anyway and you will not only get more coordinated; but stay balanced.
· Avoid twisting and don’t throw snow over your shoulder.

5. Take breaks. Pay attention to how you feel. Take a break every 5-10 minutes to recover if you are over doing it and never ignore chest pain or tightness.

6. Timing is everything. If possible, shovel later in the day because a back injury is more likely to occur in the early morning due to the build-up of fluid in the spinal column from lying down all night. If you have to shovel in the morning (most of us do) be sure use the warm ups listed above!

7. Stretch when you are done. You might feel like collapsing in a heap, but you should do the same stretches mentioned for the warm-up.

Shoveling may be a necessary evil, but done correctly it doesn’t have to be a pain. I hope you will get out and enjoy the snow whether you ski, snowshoe, or just build a snow man with your kids.

Do you have a health or fitness question? Contact me
Yours in Health & Fitness,

Karin Jennings is a certified personal trainer and co-owner of XO Fitness, LLC in De Pere.