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Please Don’t Interrupt Mommy While She is Doing Jillian Michael’s Shred Unless You’re Bleeding (LOL)

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Is there something wrong with the thinking that I need to take care of myself 1st so I am in a better place to take are of others?.....Or is this against a mother’s role to put everyone before themselves?

This is part of the reason why I have not been able to stick to my exercise as much as I have wanted to while on vacation…I am being present for my family (yes, I have a tendency to live in la la land a lot, escaping the rigors of mommyhood)….

I make my girls the most amazing food to eat…I still brush their teeth (7 & 5)…I make sure they are slathered in sunscreen all the time…make sure they wear their hats…make sure we have healthy snacks…make sure they wash their hands…make sure they have clean clothes..make sure they take good baths….make sure we have one major activity every day which includes some physical activity…..when we are away from the vacation house and we are out and about, I am mentally present from them…I talk their heads off as much as they talk my head off….we laugh…we play…we are silly…and frankly one of the weirdest family you will ever meet….

BUT, when it comes to my exercise (and my amount of exercise has been truncated because we are on vacation), I tell my family that no one can interrupt my exercise unless someone is bleeding…I make sure everyone in the family understands this boundary…

So funny because just the other day I was doing JM’s shred and they asked my husband ‘mommy sounds like she’s in pain…maybe she’s bleeding?’…..

Outfit #8

6.38 mile run…did it in 1 hour 15 minutes….

Bowl of honey bunches of oats with 1% milk
Vanilla soy latte

LUNCH—very random combination might I add…it’s a long story…
Sauted Brussels sprouts with pancetta
Half a container of eggplant humus and whole wheat savory thins from TJoes
A generous bowl of cherries

Generous bowl of strawberries and blueberries
A cup of trail mix (dried cherries, dried cranberries, pistachio nuts, walnuts, almonds)…I know, a little too much…this is why pouring out portions is important instead of snacking from a bag…
Iced latte with vanilla soy milk

yummy roasted tomato and yellow squash with garlic drizzled in olive oil tossed in with spelt pasta from whole foods dashed with fresh parmesan cheese

A cup of non-fat cottage cheese
one square of 73% TJoe's chocolate

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PPLUNICORN 8/8/2009 12:25PM

    lol....during JM's the shred I often feel like I am going to die (hehe). I totally get what your saying. You need a little time for you! Kids are so demanding. I love that your doing so well on Vacation....I always fall of the wagon when I am away from home. Good job!

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JENNTINYSAM 8/8/2009 12:24PM

  Wow I thought telling my 14 year old to leave the room so I could do WATP dvds was odd. I do know what you mean though. Once your in work out mode you want to stay in workout mode.


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MAMAOFTWINS 8/8/2009 12:10PM

    I completely understand. I also agree that you need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family. Your doing the right thing! Keep up the great work sista!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/8/2009 11:50AM

    thanks all for understanding...the last thing i want to do is deal with a quarrel about who gets to play with which barbie, or who had a longer turn playing teacher while i am in the hardest part of JM shred...

when i am doing this video i am in big time stress, and it's not the time to put out a fire...

yikes my older brother also wanted to talk to me while i was doing plank jacks and i flipped out on him...got into a major fight after that.....

i will defend my exercise to the death!! LOL

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JUNETWO68 8/8/2009 8:23AM

    the title of your blog is funny

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EMBERMADISON 8/8/2009 8:08AM

    haha I love this!! My family also know that they do not get in the way when mom is working out. My 4 year old tries to join in, but keeps enogh distance so that I am not in danger of accidently stepping on her. My 2 year old knows he is not to get off the couch if he has to be in the living room and that I prefer everyone playing in their own rooms during this time. My husband keeps everyone distracted when he is home (guaranteed good workout then). There is no shame in wanting this time for yourself. You need to have a little bit of your time too! Sounds like you are an awesome mother...so reward yourself with a great workout every night!!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/8/2009 8:08AM

    I guess it is very important to set boundaries. At least you didn't specify the bleeding. Like don't come to me if it's just a little, only if you've severed an artery.

I don't have kids, but I think taking time away from them to keep yourself healthy is very appropriate. If you're not the best person you can be for yourself, how can you be the best person you need to be for them.

I also apply that to relationships. And like I said, I don't have kids, so it might be idealistic thinking. But I always tell Shaun that our relationship with each other should be a priority before kids. Because I think kids will benefit more from a solid parent partnership giving to them, than just each parent giving all they have. But we shall see once I have kids and may be like, see ya Shaun-mommy-baby bonding time 24/7!

So your lattes made me think of something. First, how do you make them at home? And second, my friend just bought and is in love with this coffee cappuccino flavored soy milk. She said she drinks a carton a day. Maybe something that could add a little zip to your morning!

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SPARKNMOM 8/8/2009 6:30AM

    Oh, my....the balancing act is tremendously difficult for me. It sounds like you've done a decent job of it, however!! :)

I love your "random" lunch. I do that all the time!! You're doing so well staying on track on vacation. Well done!!!

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ANEWKELS 8/8/2009 2:14AM

    I understand completely what you mean! I don't have kids, but when I'm doing turbo Jam or anything else, I tell my boyfriend he had better stay away and I even lock the dogs and cat out of the room. It's your time to really focus with no distractions!


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Have You Seen This Picture of One lb of Fat vs One lb of Muscle?…This helped me put things in perspe

Friday, August 07, 2009

I forget on who’s page I saw this picture, and please if you had it on your spark page come take credit!

…wow a lb of fat vs a lb of muscle…says it all…fat takes up more space…muscle takes up less…makes me feel good when I don’t see the scale budge…i really am shrinking...just not losing weight as fast because i'm building muscle...

20 Minutes JM Shred Level II...can i tell you, that as the days of vacation go on, it's getting harder for me to stay on top of the exercise regimen...i'm so much more disciplined at home.....

A little bit of muesli and banana yogurt
Small bowl of shredded wheat from TJoes
Vanilla soy latte

Bowl of strawberries, banana, and blue berries
¼ cup of cinanmom glazed almonds from TJoes

Went out to lunch since away from home in Monterey & Carmel
A hamburger---yes with the bun!!....turkey burger with ketchup (love ketchup) mustard, pickles, onions, tomatos and lettuce…I had a side of coleslaw….i know, I know the mayo….oh well, at least I did not have fries…..i had one sweet potato fry which was yummy….

The burger filled me up until late at night

¼ nuts and dried fruit
a bowl of blue berries

Minestrone soup…OMG my husband and his cooking…recipie from gourmet magazines…sprinkled parmesan cheese on top
Felt good about the soup because it balanced the effects of eating the WHOLE burger…

Piece of whole wheat whole grain rustic bread that I was supposed to have with the soup, but opted to make the bread a sweet treat by spreading raspberry jam on it instead…

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/10/2009 4:13PM

    I have this pix on my page. Isn't it gross!?? It really puts things in perspective!!

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    yes, this pix is the most motivating thing.....

i felt like i was getting no where and hovering over 124 lbs....running 15-20 miles a wekk....and eating better than i ever have in my life......even though rationally i understood i was making progress but the scale is my enenmy...

i saw this pix and understood why yesterday i was at 124 lbs and slipped into a pair of jean really easily...

i understand how 115 might be unrealistic to me now...120 doable...

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MAMAOFTWINS 8/7/2009 11:25AM

    OH MY WORD! YIKES. That picture! Thats amazing. No wonder my friend that is ALL muscle and weights more than me is 1/2 my size. LOL

I love reading your menus. Gives me such great ideas.

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HIBBLER22 8/7/2009 11:15AM

  Wow! That is a reality check! I saw somthing like that on TV but they only showed what fat looked liked!

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CJSINGS 8/7/2009 10:10AM

    Ew gross! Yeah, I had to look at that crap in my anatomy class in college. Even under a microscope, the fat cells look gross...lol.

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/7/2009 8:14AM

    And the fat looks all yellow and dimply while the muscle is sleek.

I was debating whether to go exercise this morning and I think this picture confirms it. I will be going to the gym momentarily. I can only do 20 minutes, but if those 20 minutes gets me a little closer to the muscle and a little further from the yellow lard, it's definitely worth it IN THE LONG RUN.

Sorry to capitalize, I'm trying to emphasize to myself that this will be a long project. Til December, right? And every little step counts.

Thanks for motivating me with this blog and letting me use your page for my own pep talk.

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KAYLADIVA777 8/7/2009 3:31AM

    Ok, now it's my turn to snag this photo, simply AMAZiNG!!! Thank you now I feel better too. It all makes sense now!!! emoticon emoticon

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BAD CASE OF FOOD COMA (8/05/09)---Boardwalk Pixs----Smells of Corn Dogs, Waffle Cones, and Candy App

Thursday, August 06, 2009

BIG CASE OF FOOD COMA---Smells of Corn Dogs, Waffle Cones, and Candy Apples

I love being on vacation…my family is fortunate to have access to my parent’s beach home...this is the same house and location I was when I was a little girl….i’d come down here, which was my grandmother’s house and spend my summers with my brothers…so nice to be able to create those same memories for my girls….

So nice weather in the 70s, sunshine, family and good food equals relaxation and subsequent lethargy…

Today was boardwalk day which means 2 things rides & food…and I can tell you, that I crave none of that kind of food and have not for many years…chosing healthy food has been a part of my life for a long time, so I never have issues of temptations because I can walk by a churros stand like a champ…but I do allow my girls…they are young…and what are childhood memories minus cotton candy, slurpees, pretzels, and salt water taffy?….

we had breakfast at 10 and got to the beach boardwalk by 10:30 and did not get home until 3pm…I was so hungry by 3pm I wanted to cry but I did not eat anything at the boardwalk minus 6 emergency bites of a pretzel with mustard….. I meant to pack a snack but I had no idea we were going to be there as long as we were…plan was to have lunch downtown at 2pm, but it did not work out that way…

anyway, my daughters are exhausted from walking and my oldest daughter and I are bonding with our cranky low blood sugar…..get home and immediately I plate them so yummy rolls of turkey with baby bell cheese and made some guacamole with TJoe’s soy & flax tortilla chips….

I made myself a plate of food (see below)….and I noticed how very little I can eat at once these days….is my stomach shrinking or was it the bowl of tomato soup that put me over the edge?

I swear as soon as I ate my lunch, I fell into a FOOD COMA….i told my husband I could not move and took a nap from 4:30 until 6pm…..yikes for me it seems like such a waste of time, but then again I thought, this is what we are supposed to do on vacation…there’s no rules….after I woke up, I had an iced soy milk latte and had more energy than the family combined….and went for a glorious run……

EXERCISE—60 minute amazing run by the shore (west coast)…6.38 miles

Latte with Vanilla Flavored soy milk
Huge bowl of irish steel oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries (in other words, heaven)

6 bites of those jumbo amusement park pretzels with copious amounts of mustard
diet pepsi for caffeine headache

LUNCH at 3pm ---way, way, way too late
A slice and a half of turkey
A decent size of halibut from the night before
A good cup of guacamole
8 or so TJoes soy & flax tortilla chips
a bowl of tomato soup with milk to cool it down (no rice this time)

A handful of dried cherries, cranberries, walnuts and almonds
Iced vanilla soy milk latte

Vegetable risotto with carrots, asparagus, squash…..nice sprinkles of parmesan cheese

Bowl of banana flavored yogurt with raspberries and ½ banana

i celebrated my b-day with my girls the day after my b-day (outfit #8 BTW)
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the 6 bites of the shared pretzel (and yes, i am a big sun phobe...the hat, glasses and long sleeve)
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my husband, eldest daugther and older brother
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MAMAOFTWINS 8/7/2009 11:30AM

    Ah, it looks like you guys had a great time!!!

Ive been meaning to ask you. How do you make your iced soy milk latte? I always have soymilk in the fridge.

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/6/2009 10:56PM

    my husband is not a chef...he's a big foodie like me....it's his form of relaxation....i just happen to have him on our last vacation before the kids start school in 2 weeks...then it's week after week after week of sitting at home...

ugh, then you will see pixs in the same familiar setting....

i'm glad you agree with my emergency snack choice...it was either that or the caramel apple minus the caramel...but the chances of 'minus the caramel' would be slim....


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SPARKNMOM 8/6/2009 10:56PM

    Looks like a fabulous time!! You have a beautiful family!!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/6/2009 3:47PM

    I love a good soft pretzel, and yes, with tons of mustard on it. Probably not the worst thing you could have eaten as an emergency snack.

And I think your life looks glamorous! You're always on some exciting adventure. Did you say your husband was a chef or just a really good cook. Or is it you with the gift? All your meals make my mouth water. When we hit our 115lbs, our trip to meet up is going to be at your house... or your parent's beach house! I'll take either!

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Pictures from my 38th B-Day in Vegas...Should I Just Get Rid of the Weight Loss Ticker?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Pictures from my 38th B-Day in Vegas...Should I Just Get Rid of the Weight Loss Ticker?

I have not weighed myself in days…I don’t know if this is good or bad…I don’t want to weigh because I don’t want to be disappointed even though I understand I am doing fine and that the scale results rarely make me happy and in fact disappoint me….i know logically if I am gaining right now, it’s the muscle because my eating is fine…

i am reassessing my goals right now…I still want to shake off a couple of lbs….

I am thinking of looking at ½ lb a week now…

So by the end of august I should weigh 122lbs….yep…that’s sounds realistic…

End of September 120 lbs….slow, but what’s my hurry?....winter coming up and gonna cover it up all anyway….lol….

Time to go back a re-do my weight loss ticker….

JM’s Shred 20 Level II much easier now…those v things with the arms—getting easier…I’m able to finally keep up with the pace…
i wanted to do so much more exercise, but it;s tricky while on vacation...not gonna beat myself up over it....gotta focus on weight maintenance during vacation not loss....

Still loving my TJoe’s sweetened shredded wheat squares with 1% milk
A generous bowl
An instant coffee with vanilla soy milk….

Bowl of strawberries

A bowl of tomato & rice soup….i made the chicken stock….always the best when home-made…chicken bones from yesterday’s chicken salad sandwich…
½ cup rice, tomato soup, chopped green onion and a splash of milk to cool down (my family got the dollop of sour cream)…
then I loaded a second bowl of tomato soup minus the rice and milk….soup is awesome because it is so filling….
a full turkey sandwich with mayo, avocado, lettuce & heirloom tomato….a pickle….

A handful of cinnamon sugar almonds from TJoes
A good sized bowl of red cherries
An instant-coffee vanilla soy latte….iced

Halibut with a kick-ass asian sauce my husband concocted, wasabi-spinach mashed potatos and grilled bok choy….

Dried cranberries and cherries

me and my darling husband....and let's face it, a fake tan does anyone wonders (please compare to the 'pale' me in my photo gallery)....

me, and i tell ya, a dress hides all my problem areas.....did i tell you that i wore this dress to a wedding the weekend before and someone asked if i was pregnant???

my attempt at a 'paris hilton' pose....hey, i was feeling it on my b-day....

and no, i don't have a glamrous lifestyle--here's plain jane mommy me
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FALCONETTE 8/12/2009 10:52PM

    You look A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!! I love the fact that you're not afraid of bright colors. Still checking up on your outfits. I like when you write where you got them and how much they cost. Gives me hope that one can still find stylish looking clothes w/out overspending. Thank you for sharing!!!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/6/2009 10:51PM


those pics were taken at the Wynn Hotel...i wish my house was that hip & cool...

tomato and rice soup combination was something my mother made all the time...my parents are from Poland, so it's traditional way to eat soup...

i find myself doing the same things my mom did for us as kids...


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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/6/2009 3:45PM

    It's the worst feeling when someone thinks your pregnant. I get so depressed from it and then vow to never wear the article of clothing again. Why do people not get the concept of NEVER asking a woman if she's pregnant... NEVER, even if she's 9 months! You just never know!

I love that painting/drawing behind you in the first picture! So simple, but very elegant. Definitely my kind of style. And if that's your house, I love it anymore, especially the red wall color.

Your tomato soup is making me crave tomato soup right now. Never heard of putting rice in it though. You crazy West Coasters!!!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/6/2009 12:47PM

    yep, the person at the wedding felt silly after asking if i was pregnant...just because i rest my hands on my belly does not mean i'm pregnant...

i think i need to take into account that this guy was a guy and probably already had some cocktails in him....


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AWOLF24 8/6/2009 12:40PM

    Looks like you had a great time on vacation!! LOVE the dress and the shoes! (person at that wedding was just plain MEAN! You look great in it!)

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MAMAOFTWINS 8/6/2009 11:35AM

    Oops I forgot to comment on the weight tracker. Im not sure. Im thinking if its not helping then I would get rid of it.

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MAMAOFTWINS 8/6/2009 11:10AM

    Great pictures. You look great! Love that dress. You guys look like your having a blast.

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GAMEON123 8/6/2009 10:56AM

    Great fun!!! Glad you had a nice vacation....you look excellent and most important, you look happy!

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TWINSMOM0429 8/6/2009 8:34AM

  Great pictures. It's always fun to get glammed up & go out now & again! Happy b-day to you!

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I’ll have a Double Dirty Martini, kettle one vodka, 4 olives and please, make it icy cold!...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I’ll have a Double Dirty Martini, kettle one vodka, 4 olives and please, make it icy cold……….my favorite drink!!....ever since I decided to get back in shape 3 months ago, I have not been interested in alcohol…..i do enjoy red wine with red meat….but my favorite cocktail really is a treat unless I benefit from those yummy green olives that sit marinating in the icy cold elixquir….

I just got back from my b-day trip to Las Vegas….i wanted to keep track of what I ate over there, but my gift to myself was 3 days off from tracking my food, exercise or thoughts about all of it….

I can say I did eat a full piece of b-day cake….yummo….i did relax and enjoy…but proud to say I did not go cuckoo….

However, I can say ALL that I ate with the exception of the cake and one martini, made healthy caloric sense…even though I went over my allotment….

My snacks consisted of almonds and dried cranberries and cherries….my treat was a latte or two from starbucks….

At b-day dinner I had a couple of pieces of French bread and a few bites of creamed spinach, creamed corn and a couple of other tasty indulgences ie crab & prawns….i know, sounds like one big binge but I share my b-day with a friend who invited tons of people and ordered tons of food to feast on….

I can tell you that I did exercise while in Vegas….i walked a full 5 miles on Friday and Saturday….i had no idea that Las Vegas Blvd, if walked back and forth and through the different casinos would equal 5 miles!!!!.....since I walked it, it took 2 hours on both days….

So now I am back at home in control of exercise and diet…..my goal was to lose weight and get in shape for my b-day which was august 1st…..now I need to come up with another goal….i’m thinking losing 5 lbs by the beginning of September????

Maybe too aggressive, but I am not on a calorie restricted diet…..

EXERCISE--50 minutes
50 minute run

Cup or so of sweetened shredded wheat squares
Cup of 1% milk
Latte with no sugar added (just a splash of vanilla soy milk) & 1% milk

¼ cup of almonds and dried cherry mix
small bowl of raspberries and blackberries

Chicken salad with walnuts, parsley, mayo, brie cheese, green apple slice and cranberry sauce
Piece of sourdough walnut bread

Cup of broth from pulled pork braise
Snacked on a few bites of pulled bbq pork (for dinner)

Bbq pulled pork
Coleslaw made—not mayonnaise based
One corn on the cob

¼ cup raspberries
a cup or so of cherries

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TWINSMOM0429 8/6/2009 8:36AM

  My husband's favorite drink is a "dirty ketel one vodka martini with blue cheese stuffed olives" They are pretty tasty!

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~PAMELA~ 8/4/2009 2:59PM

    Happy Birthday! That's awesome you stayed in control. With a vacation and a birthday I might of just said the heck with it ; )

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i did a lot of negotiations with myself hehehehe...ie those darn tortilla chips...i told myself i could have 4 but i broke them up into smaller pieces so i felt like i was eating tons of them, instead of taking two bites into one chip i had several nibbles out of one....

plus i glop on salsa....in fact i get a spoon so i can spoon some salsa into my mouth to get flavor...it's been the greatest trick lately......

i can't believe how complex my relationship with food is....why does it have to be so mental?.....

anyway babajane, you got your exercise in...and that's 4 more miles you got in vs if you did not do it....


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BABAJANE 8/4/2009 1:01PM

    It sounds like you did a great job! I think it's good to go off sometimes. I just got back from a trip to Texas and did not do near so well as you. I did manage to do abs exercises and I ran 4+ miles one morning. I did stretching exercises every time we stopped for gas, bathroom breaks, et al. But I did not choose so well on my foods. Lots of Mexican. I did stop myself when I was full and not just keep going because it tasted so great.

Again, good for you!!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/4/2009 12:49PM

    kate, i wish i could say it was that easy mentally....

it is so difficult to be in a social setting and there's all this food in front of me and not want to nibble....i still went a little over board.....but i give myself some credit because if it was 3 months before i started to crack down on my health, i would have eaten way more....

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MAMAOFTWINS 8/4/2009 9:50AM

    Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like you had a great time. Great job on your eatting. Most people would have gone off the deep end when they give themselves a weekend off but you stuck to it. You probably drove down the freeway (I 15?) and passed where I live. I should have been out there waving at ya as you went by ! LOL

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/4/2009 7:23AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Been wondering where you were!

Congrats on feeling in control of your diet, that's so awesome. What many of us strive for and you have learned to do it! And the other thing to note is that you did it all with self-control, there was no "golden ticket" per se.

I love myself a dirty martini as well. Grey goose though and the dirtier the better!

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