Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Challenge #10


In case you are new:

Each week we are given two challenges. These challenges will start on Sunday (usually) and go through the following Saturday. (click here to learn more about our weekly challenges)

At the end of the week, we will each write a post explaining our experiences with the challenges.

BE HONEST. If you failed the challenge, tell us why. If you rocked it, tell us how. Most importantly, tell us how you feel about it.


This week's challenges

Physical Challenge: Tone!

This week lets start to tone up! Building lean muscle burns fat, so this week lets work on building some muscle. Pick an area you would like to work on and do it 2-3 times this week, remember you need to feel a burn to make a change, so don't wimp out! Go strong, make yourself a little sore (don't hurt yourself, though!) You can pick a single muscle, like biceps, or go for a group of muscles, like your legs, but whatever you choose, make it count!

Nutritional Challenge: Almonds!

When cravings strike, bypass the junk. This week, almonds are your friend, make them your go-to snack! No junk this week. Instead, eat either veggies or almonds. Your waistline will thank me!

In a study of 65 men and women who were following a low-calorie diet, California researchers found that those who noshed on the nuts shrank their waistlines nearly 50% more than dieters who didn't eat them, despite consuming the same number of calories. Likewise, Spanish researchers found that even without increasing exercise, a diet enriched with monounsaturated fatty acids (aka MUFAs, found in foods such as almonds and avocados) decreased the accumulation of abdominal fat, compared with a carbohydrate-heavy diet, which increased it.


1 comments:

Chantel on January 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM said...

Do chocolate covered almonds count? Cause I think they should...

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Annie, age 29

About Annie

With everything I am responsible for at home, my ridiculous work schedule and my health problems, it makes it hard to keep working out on the front burner. But when I heard about this blog, I thought 'why not!'. I'm excited to get started and hopefully I won't die of exhaustion when this is all over!

Heléna, age 26

About Helena

I can't fit into my clothes! After getting married and being forced to eat my own cooking, I started gaining weight. The desk job didn't really help. I gained 30 lbs in the past year, and I can really feel it when I try to get dressed in the morning. I am really good at starting diet and exercise programs; but really bad at finishing them. And that's all about to change...

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