Healthy Holiday Recipe – Ginger Topped Pumpkin Bread

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Special thanks to Laura Pierce, one of our many wonderful members at My Stronger Self Fitness Studio, for sharing this special holiday recipe with us and all of you.

Ginger-Topped Pumpkin Bread

Ginger Topped Pumpkin Bread

Makes 2 Loaves
Prep:15 minutes   Bake: 1 hour 15 mins
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup fat-free egg product or 2 eggs + 4 egg whites
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons warm water
¼ teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease bottoms only of 2 9×5-inch loaf pans
with shortening or cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, mix pumpkin, granulated sugar, applesauce, milk, vanilla, and
egg product.  Stir in remaining bread ingredients.  Pour into pans.
3. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out
clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from
pans to cooling rack.  Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4.  In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, warm water, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla until smooth and thin enough to drizzle.  Drizzle glaze over loaves.  Sprinkle with ginger.

Per slice (slice=1/12 of loaf): 70 Cal, 0g Total Fat, 0 mg Chol, 120mg Sod, 16g Total Carb, 9g Total Sugar, 0g Fib, 2g Prot

Zumba and Strength Training Equals Weight Loss

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Zumba and Strength Trainging Equals Weight Loss


Everyone has their own special fitness routine that has made them successful. For our latest Member of the Month, Sherri Butler, her fitness routine includes Zumba, Strength Training and lots of weight loss! Read her inspiring story below.


Sherri - BEFORE

Thank God for Sharon Heffner and My Stronger Self!! I, like
many others, have been overweight and out of shape for decades!

Losing weight has been on my mind for many years, literally everyday! But the ‘spirit’ never moved me to do anything about it. I truly believe that God helps those who help themselves, and all those decades of praying for will power (and doing nothing else!) resulted in my eventually reaching 230+ pounds! I was in the process of looking for a Zumba class when my good friend Sharon, with her incredible weight loss, told me about My Stronger Self. The other classes I had found were a distance away. No excuses now…this place was very close to home. I signed up for Zumba and did that for the whole month of April. What fun!! That was all it took to get the ‘spirit’ moving and the first of May I signed up with Lori and strength training and have been here ever since.


The results have astounded me! I knew exercise was a great thing, but being essentually a rather lazy girl, never took it seriously. BIG mistake folks … GET MOVIN’!


It feels great and the benefits are awesome! I have lost 35 pounds so far! YAY!! Lori and My Stronger Self have given me a new lease on life and I expect now to live much longer and feel much better! Bridgett and Terri are awesome Zumba instructors and will keep you going!


Its great fun and all the gals I work out with are so supportive! Nothing but positive mojo here at My Stronger Self! I am sooo proud of myself! Thanks My Stronger Self!!!!

Sherri - AFTER

Sherri Butler is the latest My Stronger Self Member of the Month.  She joined us back in March of 2011 and has been making the most of her time spent at My Stronger Self.  All her hard is definitely paying off.  She’s lost 35 pounds, 4% body fat and 32 inches! And by the way, 12 of those inches came from her waist alone … must be all that Zumba Sherri!  Sherri is 60 years
old and a wonderful example of what we all should be doing at any age. Exercising, eating healthy and staying positive. She has such spunk you just can’t help but love to be around her in class.  Track her down and find out her secret to success. You’ll find her at several of our Zumba classes and Strength Training each and every week. We’ve loved watching you get healthy and fit Sherri. Keep up the hard work … you definitely deserve title of “Member of the Month”

10 Tips to Keep Off the Holiday Pounds

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10 Tips to Keep Off the Holiday Pounds

Well, here we are less than a week away from Christmas and the holiday hustle and bustle is in fully swing. I don’t think the retailers will be satisfied until we are preparing for Christmas all year round! It’s also the time of year where we tend to lose sight of our health and fitness goals because we’re so busy, forced to face holiday parties filled with too many tempting dishes and dare I say it … the in-laws. Now all we’re left with is yet another New Year’s resolution to help get us back on track. It feels like a no-win situation doesn’t it? Here’s a few tips to help us all survive the holidays:

1. Plan Your Workouts:
It’s not too late to grab a calendar right now and plan each and every workout from now until Dec. 31. Treat them like an appointment for one of your kids. We rarely miss those do we? If we do, we reschedule. Our motto at My Stronger Self is “if you erase, you must replace.” In other words, if you absolutely have to miss a workout, then you need to reschedule it for another time that day or week. Workouts are crucial this time of year to combat the parties, stress, etc. that we all experience during the holidays.

2. Eat Before a Party:
If you’re invited to a party be sure to eat a small nutritious snack just before you go. Feeling more full will help keep you away from the foods that are sure to sabotage your healthy eating.

3. Find a Holiday Outfit:
Find a great outfit you want to wear for a special occasion over the holidays and keep trying it on as you lead up to the event. Your goal is to look good in it and gaining any extra pounds won’t get you there.

4. Talk to Your Family:
It’s important whether it’s the holidays or not, to discuss with your family and friends that you’re trying to eat healthier whatever the reason may be. Help them to understand how important it is for you and that you’d like to make sure healthier food options are available during your get-togethers.

5. Find Healthy Recipe Alternatives:
We all love Grandma’s famous sugar cookie recipe but this is the year to give it a healthy face lift. There are thousands of websites that will help you make your favorite dishes more healthy for the holidays. Save a few for your family and give the rest away.

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6. Plan Holiday Meals & Shopping List:
Planning meals and what you need to buy at the grocery store is important. By sticking with your list, you’ll be less likely to snatch up those impulse purchases which just so happen to almost always be bad for us.

7. Plan Family Walks:
Get the entire family up and moving after dinner with a walk. It feels good to get outside, helps burn a few extra calories and it’s great quality time with entire family.

8. Create a Christmas Wish List:
How many pairs of slippers, pajamas, and candles do you really need? Make a wish list that includes a healthy cook book, training package, workout clothes, or new gym shoes.

9. Post Your Goals:
Place a photo of what you want to look like or your written health goals where you will see them. Some people put them right on the fridge door as a constant reminder before they dive into something they shouldn’t. This is a tip you can use all year round.

10. Don’t Stress:
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Give to a family in need … when you give you instantly feel good and that helps melt away the stress. Remind yourself of how fortunate you are. There are always others who are less fortunate than ourselves. Many people aren’t able to exercise, be grateful you still can and DO IT! Never take it for granted.
Remember exercise and proper nutrition is not only good for us physically it also helps us mentally cope with day to day challenges life throws at us but especially during the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at My Stronger Self Fitness Studio!
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