Winners announced!

The Summer Shape-up contest winners were announced today! Everyone was a winner (really!), but this team lost almost 10% of their body fat over the course of six weeks, kept good Summer Shape-up Winnersjournals, and made great progress in their quest to get more fit. It was a tough contest: all the teams competed fiercely and got great results, which is what Peak Results Fitness is all about. Congratulations to all for the progress you’ve made so far, and the progress you’ll make for the rest of your life. And thanks to everyone who participated, and to our great staff who helped make it possible for every contestant to have such a great experience. To your health!

L to r: Congratulations to the winning team, Laura Wheeler, Britni Montegue, Lisa Lamberson, Kristine Gliege, Rosie Lamberson. Below: Some of the happy participants in the Summer Shape-up Contest and Peak Results Fitness staff. Everyone is a winner! (click on photos to see happy smiles up close)
Participants in the Summer Shape-up Contest
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Liquid stevia extract as a better alternative to sugar

Stevia sweetener is the extract of the stevia plant, native to South America, and comes in a powder form, in individual serving packets (like the low-calorie saccharin-type products you’re used to seeing). For several years, I’d been buying the packets to substitute for sugar in coffee and tea, but I found that it had a bitter aftertaste. I tolerated it, wanting to stay away from processed sugar as much as possible, but I didn’t enjoy it.

Recently though, a friend told me that he buys stevia in liquid form. I decided to give it a try. For about $9 you can buy a 2 oz. bottle with an eyedropper cap so you can add stevia extract drop by drop, to your exact taste. The package says it contains 461 servings, if you use 4 drops per serving, which is a lot of sweet for the money. (FYI, I bought mine at New Frontiers here in Flagstaff.)

What I found is that it’s a perfect way to sweeten my tea without adding any calories, and there’s no aftertaste!

Depending on the recipe, baking with stevia could work. It won’t provide the chemical reaction that some recipes, like meringues, require to work, but if you’re trying to cut empty calories in favor of healthy calories, it’s probably worth a few experiments to see if it works in your favorite recipes, either alone or in combination with a reduced amount of sugar.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Say no to sit-ups!

Ever wonder why we don’t do crunches at Peak Results Fitness? Here’s a link to an article about why “planks” and “bird dogs” are better than crunches for strengthening your core and keeping your spine healthy.

The man who wants to kill crunches/

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Summer Shape-up Contest Announced!

Motivate yourself and your friends to transform with our 2011 Summer Shape-up Contest!

This six-week contest is designed to help you get in great shape for the summer. The team with the greatest overall transformation wins $1000 cash! Contest runs June 15 through July 30. Every participant receives a nutrition plan and food/workout journal, plus at least one group session per week with our fitness coaches.

Register or learn more by downloading the flyer/registration form (128KB)

Sign up today!

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Spinach and artichoke dip

2 cups (8 oz) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese divided
½ cup fat free Greek yogurt
¼ cup (1 oz) grated fresh parmesan cheese, divided
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 can water chestnuts chopped
1 can diced green chilis
red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (8 oz) block 1/3 less fat cream cheese softened
1 (8 oz) block fat free cream cheese softened
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed drained and squeezed dry

Serve with baked tortilla chips or vegetables.

Preheat oven to 350°

Combine 1 ½ cups mozzarella, yogurt, 2 tablespoons parmesan, and next ingredients through spinach in large bowl and stir until well blended. Spoon mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle with ½ cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons parmesan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

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