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End of Week Review 2/19/2016

I wonder how much money is spent in postage mailing out Valentines cards every year. It probably isn't as much as Christmas cards, though. Handwritten thoughtful sentiments are special because someone went out of their way to send it. I sent cards with sheets of stickers to my grand kids. I tried to be kind to my adult kids and their spouses by only sending one sheet each because stickers end up in unwanted places! The rest I sent e-cards because they don't add to piles of mail in their homes. How about you? How did you send greetings to loved ones a distance away? This month has been dedicated to different themes on love.

I hope something you read met a need or gave you an "Ah-Huh!" moment. How are your goals going, by the way? It seems Mardi Gras comes about the time a new exercise routine or weight loss plan begins to feel like work. If you're like most people, it fell by the wayside and you are trying to begin again. Lent is a great time to recommit to the Lord your intentions of becoming healthy. It's not too late to get back on track. If you need some help, our Healthy Lifestyle groups begin again March 15. Groups are limited to 12 people each group and meet online. Go to the Healthy Lifestyles tab to check the information and sign up. You'll be glad you did!

I am still looking for a couple more success stories from readers who have met their goals of weight loss, becoming healthy, growing closer to the Lord, or any goal Totally Fit 4 Life has helped you achieve. These stories should not include weight loss supplements, detoxes other odd concoctions, or fad diets. If you have one or aren't sure if yours fits the criteria, email me at totallyfit63@gmail.com. In fact, I will sweeten the deal by turning it into a contest. We will choose one success story to award one Healthy Lifestyles 12 week session, the Healthy Lifestyles journal download, and one fitness assessment. What do you think?  Are you game? The contest starts now and ends March 4th. The winner will be announced on March 7. Details for the contest are here.

Also, we would love to add you to our email list! Your email box won't be stuffed with junk from us, I promise! We may send out offers, reminders for groups, or other things of interest to our clients and readers. It won't be often because I honestly have quite a bit to keep me busy, but there are times you might like something to come directly your way. Please, email me at totallyfit63@gmail.com or fill out the form on the homepage. Your information is not sold or otherwise shared with anyone else.

In case you missed them:

Fitness Tip: Train in Your Sweet Spot
Use your heart rate to meet your weight loss goals. By working in the 65-85% range with your cardio, a healthy adult working for 30-60 minutes can kick up their calorie burrn. If you are an older adult or have high blood pressure or other health concerns, provided the doctor has cleared you for exercise, working in the 55-65% of your maximum heart rate for 3-60 minutes will help. Here is how to find out: Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate. Multiply that number by .65 and again by .85. These numbers are your heart rate range. Have a happy heart!

Food/Health Tip: Ginger
Ginger is a root used for seasoning foods, easing an upset stomach, reducing inflammation, and sometimes for burns. It can be ground fresh, found in a powder form in the spice aisle, as candied pieces, and as an oil. If you have ever had ginger ale, you would quickly recognize the flavor. It tastes great in many foods as well as teas.

Have a bless week!

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