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Biggest Loser
Biggest Loser Results! FINAL

You did it! 671.4 pounds lost! Great job!


1st place Female and 1st Overall:                 Hillary Cerchia   18.71% lost / 41.5 pounds lost                    PRIZE:  $1,505

1st place    Male and 2nd Overall:                 John Stempien  16.20% lost / 53.4 pounds lost                    PRIZE:  $1,200

2nd place Female and 3rd Overall:               Clarine Henson 15.65% lost / 36 pounds lost                       PRIZE: Garmin VivoFit2

2nd place    Male and 4th Overall:                Kenneth Plake   14.68% lost / 36.8 pounds lost                    PRIZE: Garmin VivoFit2



On Losing Weight

Here’s a link to a great article with great ways to shed pounds and the truth behind how one truly loses weight – without the gimmicks, weight-loss shakes, or pills.

Happy Losing ~ Calista


Source: Losing Weight

Did you know?

                                                     Is Sitting the Smoking of Our Generation?

                                           Why Your Chair Is Killing You, and What You Can Do About It.                                   

These are two headlines from a 2013 Huffington Post article and an article by Dr. Mercola, September 28, 2014 respectively.

Has anything changed?

One researcher noted that, “Now we know that being sedentary is another risk factor for premature death. In one recent study, researchers found that is most people spent less than three hours a day sitting, it would add two years to the average life expectancy in the USA.”

Scientists believe that the “sitting disease” is a major risk factor for early death, on par with smoking.

 Can sitting too much also cause weight gain?    

“Because we’ve become so used to being seated… we’ve failed to realize that this is a major health concern.”

Quote from Dr. Levine, co-director of the Obesity Initiative for Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University.

Over 10,000 studies show that prolonged sitting is devastating your health. It actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, even if you are very fit!

  1. After one hour of sitting, “the production of enzymes that burn fat declines by as much as 90 percent.”
  2. Extended sitting slows the body’s metabolism affecting things like HDL levels (good cholesterol) in our bodies.
  3. Research shows that this lack of physical activity is directly tied to 6% of the impact for heart diseases, 7% for type 2 diabetes, and 10% for breast cancer & colon cancer.
  4. The death rate associated with obesity in the United States is now 35 million per year! This should not be taken lightly considering Tobacco claims only 3.5 million per year.
  5. For each additional hour of television that a person sat and watched per day, the risk of dying rises by 11 percent. This figure is from a study published in the journal Circulation that included nearly 9,000 Australians.

What Can I do?

  • Stand up when you talk in person or on the phone.
  • Walk when you talk. Have walking meetings when feasible.
  • Use standing desks.
  • Walk around for at least 5 minutes every 50 to 55 minutes.
  • Set a timer so you remember!
  • Cut TV / Facebook times or do while standing.
  • Walk to talk to person instead of emailing when feasible.
  • Note: Even when you’re hitting the gym regularly, too much sitting is still bad for you.

“… men who reported more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who reported less than 11 hours a week of sedentary activity. And many of these men routinely exercised … “


Mike’s recommendation: Mindful Standing.

Some sitting may be good for you- but NEVER this kind!


Week 3 Results

Another great week of loss – To date you have lost a combined total of 314.6 pounds! Great job, losers!

Here are the results:

Read more

16 Tips For Losing Weight And Keeping It Off From Registered Dietitians
Grocery Smarts: ‘Healthy Fat’ Foods for Fitness in Pictures

A healthy diet starts at the grocery store. View this WebMD slideshow to see fat foods to avoid, and fit foods to choose.

Source: Grocery Smarts: ‘Healthy Fat’ Foods for Fitness in Pictures


Remember, March is National Nutrition month – be selective with how you fuel your body to see results in your mood, weight loss, and health.

7 Reasons to Lose 5% of Your Body Weight

It may be a small step toward your larger goal, but losing just 5 percent of your body weight can provide a major health boost. Losing 5% 7-Reasons-to-Lose-5-Percent-of-Your-Body-Weight-Due-722x406t or more of your body weight can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Your mood and energy may get a bump, too, thanks in part to improved length and quality of sleep.

Want to lose 30 pounds? 50? Perhaps you have a larger number in mind. Regardless of your ultimate weight-loss goal, starting off with a small, manageable number is a smart strategy for staying motivated. And not only will it make sticking to your weight-loss plan easier, but you’ll also see some major health benefits from losing just 5 percent of your body weight — or 10 pounds for a 200-pound person.

“The research shows that even if you don’t reach a weight or BMI that the charts consider to be optimal, you can be successful at improving your health, reducing your risk of chronic diseases, and improving your quality of life with a weight loss of just 5 percent,” says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, a dietitian in New York and Los Angeles and author of Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast. Shedding this amount of weight can lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels — plus put you in the proper mindset to stay committed to your healthy eating and exercise routine. And that’s not all. By losing 5 percent of your body weight, you can also…

  1. Boost your heart health. Lose a small amount of weight and you can boost your heart health in more ways than one. A 2011 study published in Diabetes Care found that people who lost between 5 and 10 percent of their body weight experienced both a boost in beneficial HDL cholesterol and a decrease in triglycerides. “Both of these changes are enough to lower the risk of heart disease,” says Sass. Subjects also experienced a drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure — which may decrease stroke risk.
  2. Lower your cancer risk. Inflammation in the body can increase cancer risk, and research shows that weight loss can decrease inflammation levels in the body. Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that post-menopausal women who lost 5 to 10 percent of their body weight and took 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily noticed a significant reduction in levels of a pro-inflammatory cytokine called interleukin-6, a marker that’s linked with a higher risk of endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and death in patients with cardiovascular disease.
  3. Reduce symptoms of sleep apnea. Obesity is associated with a four times higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition that involves pauses in breathing while sleeping. So it makes sense that losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve the condition. In fact, according to the Obesity Action Coalition, dropping this amount of weight can improve sleep apnea and may even allow someone with the condition to work with their sleep physician to wean themselves from a CPAP breathing machine, a device used to help keep the airways open during sleep.
  4. Catch more ZZZ’s. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, losing weight can lead to longer and more restful sleep, according to a 2014 study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. People who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight reported snoozing about 22 minutes longer per night — and having better-quality sleep. “Clients have told me that small amounts of weight loss have improved sleep, and that alone translates to more energy,” says Sass.
  5. Lower your diabetes risk. Losing just a small amount of weight can significantly reduce your risk of diabetes. The 2011 Study published in the journal Diabetes Care also revealed that people who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight were more likely to drop their hemoglobin A1C level, an estimate of blood-sugar levels over a 3-month time period, by half a percentage point. “This is close to the effect that some anti-diabetes pills have on blood sugar,” says Tara Gidus Collingwood, MS, RDN, a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics based in Orlando, Florida. This drop may be enough to move someone at risk of developing the condition out of the pre-diabetes zone, which is defined as an A1C within between 5.7 and 6.4 percent. In fact, if you have prediabetes, dropping 5 percent of your body weight can lower your diabetes risk by 58 percent.
  6. Boost your mood. If your weight-loss plan includes a fitness routine, shedding pounds will also have you feeling happier. Exercise boosts the release of endorphins in the body and helps combat stress, giving your mood a lift. “Positivity breeds positivity,” says Sass. “If you begin to focus on positive changes like improvements in energy or measurable things like blood pressure, you begin to feel more positive overall.” And research supports this: The study out of the University of Pennsylvania also found that those who lost at least 5 percent of their starting weight noticed an increase in mood that remained significant when researchers revisited participants 24 months later.
  7. Increase physical activity. “I’ve had clients tell me that the increase in energy, improvement in mood, and boost in self confidence from weight loss have translated into wanting to be more physically active, including walking,” says Sass.
March 21st-June 3rd: PDI Biggest Loser Competition 2016


Do you have a couple pounds to lose?

Do you like competitions?

Are you looking for motivation, support, and incentives on your weight loss journey?

The PDI  Biggest Loser competition is just around the corner and you’re invited to participate. The cost to enter is $25 and all of the money will go into the Prize Pot for both the male and female participants who lose the highest percentage of weight.

More info on the Biggest Loser Competition page, but you can e-mail Calista, our hostess, at [email protected] to reserve your slot TODAY! Just send a message with the subject line “I want to be the Biggest Loser at PDI” to enter.

To Access the Biggest Loser Competition page, click here.

Explore Your Open Enrollment Options
September 8, 2014

0924bus_perfi_iPadIt’s difficult to believe that the carefree days of summer are already past! Kids are in school, the nights are cooling, and PDI’s annual Open Enrollment is just around the corner (more updates on the exact dates to follow). But it’s certainly not too early about researching which options might be best for you and your family this year. The biggest mistake you can make is just “letting it ride” and staying with all of your old elections without giving it any consideration. Why?

Healthcare needs of you or your family may have changed over the past year.

  • Was someone diagnosed with a chronic disease or disorder?
  • Has someone started regular treatment of a brand-name prescription drug?
  • Did a child leave home or turn 26?
  • Did you expand your family?
  • Did you or your spouse get a pay raise last year that moved you into another tax bracket?
  • Did your spouse’s employer make changes to their health insurance?
  • Did a family member obtain/lose a job with health care coverage?

Any one of these issues (or countless more) means that a thorough review of your 2016 benefit options would be a great idea. So to start this conversation along, I thought I’d post a couple of blog entries covering the most frequently asked questions I get during Open Enrollment.

Power-Tweaks for a Healthier, Happier Life
July 16, 2014

The difference between a healthy life and an unhealthy one is largely based on patterns of choices. Missing one workout or having one indulgent meal does not make you a fitness failure any more than having one “perfect” calorie-intake day means you’ll stay at a healthy weight for the rest of your life.

Some people stay motivated by making big, sweeping changes to their lives, but most people find they can stay on track for a longer period of time by incorporating small, but powerful changes—tweaks that snowball into serious health-achieving momentum. Here are four power teaks that can do just that for you.

1. Don’t keep kryptonite foods at home. This doesn’t mean you can never indulge, but if you make it super convenient to get to your favorite splurges (things like cookie dough, snack cakes, or potato chips) you’ll end up reaching for those items every time the craving strikes. It becomes an even better treat when you have to work for it. For example, if you’re really craving ice cream, take a walk to your local scoop shop and buy a single serving.

2. Make water your default beverage. Put boundaries around soda and other sweetened drinks if you struggle with sipping too many calories. Don’t keep them at home, and make them a treat for special occasions only. Keep water super handy all day, every day. There are so many ways to doctor up h2o you should never get bored—room temperature, super icy, flavored with sliced berries, cucumber, or citrus, the options are endless.

3. Move more. Take the stairs. Get off the bus one stop early. Go for a walk after dinner every night (bring your partner ormyfitnesspal-healthy-life-power-tweaks the dog for companionship!). It sounds simple, but if you track your steps you’ll see these simple extra activities can add a thousand steps to your day—that’s 365,000 extra steps every year! Plus, walking for just 15 minutes has been shown to improve digestion and encourage fat burn.

4. Take a stand at work. If you’re a desk jockey, chances are you spend most of your day slumped over a computer. Shifting from sitting to standing for 3 to 4 hours a day can have a massive impact on your health. Recent reports show standing burns 50 more calories per hour than sitting, which translates to 30,000 calories (or 8 pounds!) in a year. Those standing desks don’t look so ridiculous anymore, do they?

Remember, on the journey to health everything counts! -every step, every snack, every time you choose water over soda, every time you participate in a ShapeUp challenge (and complete it!).