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Accepted: Sinless September Challenge

Monday, August 30, 2010

My goal is to eliminate "sweets" and focus on adding more fruits and vegetables. The challenge goes from September 1st to October 1st (and who knows from there). I am hoping that once I complete a full month that the desire for "sweets" goes from gotta have it to I'll give it a try or NOT.

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1. Pudding (milk based)
2. Unsweetened cocoa powder
3. Crystal light drink packets
4. Sweets that incorporate some sort of nutrition. Such as a strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries and vanilla yogurt.

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10. Chips (baked lays or pretzels)

I'm ready and I know that I CAN DO THIS!!!

  
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MY_HEALTH_BABY 11/2/2010 9:43PM

    Great challenge! emoticon

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IAMPREACHER 9/28/2010 11:28AM

    By the end of the month you won't believe how your tastebuds will change. I found it very very hard to give up soda. After about 6 mos, I couldn't stand it any longer and took a sip of my granddaughter's Coke. It was TOO sweet! The battle isn't in your tastebuds or your belly---it's in your mind!

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SHYTOWN7 9/2/2010 4:32PM

  You can do it!!!

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BERGIE8771 9/1/2010 5:17PM

    Ok I checked your page and found your blog here with your added items to LOLZTHATSWIM's Sinless September challenge. We can do this!
You RAWK!

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JULIAOAK 8/31/2010 1:45PM

    I am sure you can do it!! keep up the good work! emoticon

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LADYJANE30 8/31/2010 1:19PM

    Great idea and I know you can do it. I know I did that for Lent once and it started out hard but I made it and really felt good, I wish I never had that first bite. Time to do it again.
Good Luck

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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/31/2010 11:03AM

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SEXYSLIM78 8/31/2010 8:34AM

    This looks hard but sounds like a great plan. Good luck to you! I wish i could keep sweet out of the house, but that's impossible with 2 toddlers and 1 school aged child running around here. Best wishes to you

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LIFEHASCHANGES 8/30/2010 9:16PM

    It will get easier! Just by not keeping it in the house, it will be easy. Thats what I do. I rarely purchase sweets, and when I do I "live a little" hah ha. It shows me how out of control I was, when I have them again. By not buying chips, even on sale (as lays were yesterday for the ig bag $1.88!) I also spare myself major dissapointment. You should add sugar free candies to your okay list. i have sugar free life savers, and they are great, when you want something sweet. It helps to curb it. They have werthers sugar free also. Thats my new thing. Because I had begun to have little treats come into the house too frequently. A couple times a week is an eye opener. It will get easier! I am gonna pray for you!
Shalom and God bless ya :)
Pk

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SINCEKINDER 8/30/2010 8:36PM

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LRRSNDRS 8/30/2010 8:27PM

    Sounds good. Good luck.

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FIT2SWING 8/30/2010 3:46PM

    Some fruit juices are okay. They make natural ones and fresh squeeed.

But Good Luck!

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SUNSPOT_BABY 8/30/2010 3:44PM

    omg! That sounds so hard! emoticon

I hope you do great! emoticon

I'm saying lots of prayers for you! emoticon

I'm sure that you will do great! I'm here if you need support! emoticon

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NANCYLEE46 8/30/2010 3:32PM

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/30/2010 3:27PM

    I am so excited! I'm hoping that you and I can lean on each other thru Sept. and help each other make it thru. I'm already making plans for Wed. but I'm very nervous.

Best wishes! Keep me posted!

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MAGGIE583 8/30/2010 3:17PM

    Good For you,.....I just started that plan about 2 weeks ago, and Feel So Much Better Already... Good Luck to you...And thanks for the prayers..lol..:0)

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RAINBOWZLPN 8/30/2010 3:07PM

    emoticon emoticonYou have my positive thoughts & prayers.... you CAN do this!!!!! I believe in you!
Jennifer

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Ouch!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today, August 14th is my wonderful Dad's birthday! He turned 56 years old day. Happy Birthday Dad...I love you!

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Today started off with a trip to Goodwill with my mom, daughter, 2 brothers and sister. Found 4 pairs of jeans that were 4 sizes smaller then the size I wore I first started Spark a few months ago...Yipeeeeeeeee!!!! What a wonderful feeling. Gotta have to make some more room in my closet, guess I am not quite done cleaning it out. So that included an hour and a half of walking around.
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Home to clean the house some.

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Then off to the bowling alley with my dad, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and daughter. We ended up being at the bowling alley for 4 hours. I bowled a total of 8 games...Holy wowza!
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Then I came home to play my sister's new Wii Game..."Just Dance"...did that for another hour and half.
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We will just say that the house isn't as clean as I wished and there isn't a part of my body that doesn't hurt. But a good hurt. I am just hoping and praying that I can move tomorrow. Lots of ice and ibuprofen. But I tell you, I sure do feel good! I am so proud of myself today. Pretty sure my body couldn't have handled even half of what I did today when I first started on Spark.

  
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CANDOK1260 8/29/2010 9:42PM

    congrat on the wight loss 4 sizes seem like A BREAK THOUGH TO ME,.

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KITTZZZ 8/16/2010 8:36PM

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DHSPARK 8/16/2010 8:42AM

    Down FOUR...4...sizes! Awesome! and Congrats!

I'm old enough to be your mom (54)... hee, hee. Love you young Sparkers! It's wonderful that you're trying to get a handle on your health while so young.

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You sure outdid yourself! Sounds like you had a fun day!

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SUNSPOT_BABY 8/15/2010 3:36PM

    Hey that sounds like an awesome day!!! My dad's birthday is also August 14th. He turned 62. He's wonderful too! We have so much in common!

Hope today is going well and that you are resting up a bit and enjoying those new jeans. Good for you! Keep up the great work!

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BECKYI39 8/15/2010 2:01PM

    You should be proud of yourself. I just purchased some new clothes in a smaller size and I am on top of the world!!!

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LOOKY-LOU 8/15/2010 11:28AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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CUATROMOMMY 8/15/2010 10:51AM

    That is awesome. Usually the fun is worth postponing the chores.

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JULIAOAK 8/15/2010 8:44AM

    sounds like you all had a great day!! emoticon

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TAMLKING 8/15/2010 7:31AM

    Isn't Just Dance fun? My daughter has that game and I've tried it!

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YMUNDERWOOD 8/15/2010 12:52AM

    Way to go, you've been working hard. Keep it up. emoticon

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BERGIE962 8/15/2010 12:33AM

  emoticon You should be proud of yourself!!!!

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Things that Make Me Happy on SPARK

Friday, August 13, 2010

Yesterdays SSV Team Challenge was to blog about what you like and why Spark makes you Happy.

emoticon opening my hotmail account first thing in the morning to see how many emails that I have received from Spark...either from introduction...to receiving goodies...to comments on my blogs..spark page...I often find myself trying to read each and everyone through out the day...often ignoring my actual work that I should be doing....(like right now)...lol

emoticon - Getting those login points. I love spinning that wheel first thing in the morning. I have received 500 spark goodie points. Which leads me to another reason....

I love giving away goodies. I love to send them for no reason at all...to birthday wishes...welcoming....and so days in hopes of truly making someone feel better when they are having a bad day.

My spark friends...even if I never meet them, I truly worry and pray for them. I have added some wonderful people to my page and continue to hope to meet more.

emoticon loves earning new trophies each month. Knowing that while I am bettering myself that I am also earning points toward a trophy at the end of the month.

emoticon the SSV Team Challenge. I look forward to seeing what our wonderful leader Mel has decided is the challenge of the day. Some are fun and simple and others are challenging and really make you think. But either way I truly love the team.
I love all my teams, but find this one to be the most active and motivating team that I could ask for.

emoticon the fact that when I started this program I was having a hard time walking for long periods of time. Also knowing that if I over did it that I would have a hard time walking the next day. To know walking 4 miles in the same time that 2 weeks ago I was walking in 3 miles and feeling great after and the next day. I can truly feel my body getting stronger, especially my knees. I have also accepted that even if I can't run, I can sure sweat it up walking as fast as my knees allow my legs to move. It is a GREAT feeling!

emoticon the food tracker. Being held accountable for tracking what I put in my mouth. Knowing that yes I can lie, but who am I really hurting...MYSELF...and in the end I have no one else to blame but myself if I am not losing the weight that I want to.

The wonderful articles that Spark has to offer. There is such a wide range of topics that you are always sure to find exactly what you were looking for and often then not...more then you can handle.

  
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PEARL8264 9/4/2010 9:04PM

    I like this too the encouragement and points even more encourage when I lead a team making me have a goal to come back I lead vegtable juice team

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DHSPARK 8/15/2010 4:53AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I have many of the same feelings that you do about SP.

(((SSV))) Team IS a great one. Very active and supportive!

'See' you on the threads...
Deb emoticon

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BECKYI39 8/14/2010 5:05PM

    I love it here for many of the same reasons!!

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LOOKY-LOU 8/14/2010 12:20PM

    I had joined a few years ago, but never really Sparked until recently, I always wondered what was meant by having support...my family are supportive, but the peope here...they AMAZE me constantly. If we all joined forces, we could change the world!

Loved your blog...crazy how much fun that stupid wheel is... emoticon

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JULIAOAK 8/14/2010 7:47AM

    great blog - spark people is brilliant and you are doing well - keep up the good work!! emoticon

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REACHNDREAM 8/13/2010 4:58PM

    emoticon on putting into words what so many of us think and believe.
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CHELLESDOINGR8 8/13/2010 4:41PM

    emoticon blog!!! It took alot of thought!!! LOVED IT!!!

((((SSV))))

Mic
helle :))

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My ABC's SSV Blog Challenge.....

Saturday, August 07, 2010

A - Available or married? Available

B- Book? James Patterson, Stephanie Meyer, Nicholas Spark, John Grisham...etc.

C- Cake or Pie? Cheesecake

D- Drink of Choice? Diet Mt. Dew, Captain and Root Beer

E- Essential Item? My contacts

F- Favorite Color? Blue

G- Game to play or watch? Volleyball to play...Football to watch..


H- Hometown? Olivet, MI

I- Indulgence? Scary Movies

J- Job? Temp. position. But looking for full time employment either in Michigan or out of..doesn't really matter at this moment.

K- Kids and names? Briana - 14 years.

L- Life is incomplete without? Sparkpeople

M- Music group or singer? I don't have a favorite. I enjoyed a variety.

N- Number of siblings? 1 sister, 2 brothers, 1 adopted brother, 1 adopted sister, 2 foster sister and 3 foster brothers.

O- Oranges or apples? Granny Smith Apples

P- Phobias/Fears? I fear losing everything that I have worked so hard to obtain and having idea what the future holds.

Q- Favorite Quote? “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”

R- Reason to Smile? My family


S- Season? Summer

T- Tattoos? None!

U- Unknown fact about me? If things in Michigan don't change, I will soon lose my house that I have lived in for 10 years.

V- Vegetable you love? Cucumbers

W- Worst habit? Stressing

X- X-Rays you've had? Teeth, Shoulder, Wrist, Elbow, Knees, Ankles, Finger.....

Y- Your favorite food? Lasagna..working on a healthier yummy version.

Z- Zodiac? Scorpio

  
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KITTZZZ 8/16/2010 8:41PM

    emoticon This blog! emoticon

I am going to have to copy and paste and do the same. I hope everything works out okay and you get to keep your home.

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DHSPARK 8/8/2010 7:49AM

    Hey there! Liked finding out more about you.


I'm from Michigan too and the job situation here SUCKS! I'm lucky that I'm retired. My heart goes out to you. Hope something comes your way soon.

Have a Sensational Sunday and an even better week!

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FROMBABY2BRIDE 8/8/2010 4:53AM

    Thanks for sharing all these great facts about you!

Sorry to hear about the house and your current situation.... sending positive, prosperous thoughts your way... Best wishes, sweetie.

(((( Sending SKINNY Vibes! ))))
Mel

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BEAR_GURL 8/8/2010 3:51AM

    A girl after my own heart...cheesecake; )

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ERMYLIFE 8/8/2010 12:21AM

    I love your background. It took me a moment to realize it was fruit. Sounds like you are going through some really tough times. You are in my thoughts

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Bananas....did you know!

Friday, August 06, 2010

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Bananas:

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
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Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
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PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains, regulates blood glucose levels which can affect your mood.
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Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
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Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
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Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
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Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
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Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
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Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
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Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
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Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
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Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
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Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
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Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
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Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
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Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
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Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
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Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
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Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
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So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
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PS: I will add one here... want a quick shine on our shoes??? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin and rub directly on the shoe... polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit!!!
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JULIAOAK 8/7/2010 3:36PM

    wow - what would we do without bananas!! emoticon I love them!

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BECKYI39 8/7/2010 10:27AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love this blog, makes me want to go buy another bunch of bananas. emoticon

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FITWIFEY86 8/6/2010 11:13PM

    OMG, emoticon It's true that you learn something new everyday!! emoticon

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VERNEJORDAN 8/6/2010 10:43PM

    I knew I like bananas for a reason...wow - many, many more reasons to keep on eating bananas!!! emoticon Thanks!!!

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CHEWY3 8/6/2010 10:17PM

  Thank you. Very informative. Another dozen reasons to eat a banana a day.

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-PAULA 8/6/2010 10:11PM

    Thanks for sharing!
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CLARISSA1980 8/6/2010 10:07PM

    Thank you for blogging this information about bananas. It was very interesting to learn all of these awesome facts about bananas...!!!!
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BECKYFROG 8/6/2010 9:48PM

  This helped me out a lot. I love bananas.

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SHAKENMA 8/6/2010 9:40PM

    I love the way you did this blog...and bananas are great!



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MYBULLDOGS 8/6/2010 9:38PM

    i love bananas. thanks for sharing

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