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Saturday, September 18, 2010

I checked out the book "You: The Owner's Manual" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. It is very thick and I do not have the time (nor the desire) to read the whole thing. My plan was to read the book and figure out what happens inside your body when you eat healthy food and how that differs from when you eat less healthy food.

So far, the book is only covering the mechanics of what the body does, regardless of what you put in. Of course, I've only read about 10 pages. Even though the book is very well written and in language us everyman-non-doctors can read, I don't think I'm going to get the info I want from it. I'm planning to read the chapter on the intestines, the chapter listing the "You Diet" and the "You Workout" chapter. Then move on. If I learn anything worth passing on, I will.

However, a friend of mine has the book "Making the Cut" by Jillian Michaels. For those of you who don't know, Jillian is VERY much into organic food and no processed foods and no sugar and no chemicals. VERY into all of that. The book, Making the Cut, is a plan to get off those last 5 - 10 "vanity" pounds. My friend is going to let me borrow that book. I do not know if I will follow her program, but I think she will tell me some of those things I want to know. Like how much my body will rebel when I eat three Krispy Kreme donuts right after finishing off a Philly Cheese Steak Burger and large fries from Carl's Jr. (Yeah, I did that tonight.) emoticon emoticon

Maybe, once I am more informed, I will not do that to myself. Or maybe not. They did taste good! LOL! Oh, and just in case you're worried about me (as I know you ALL are...tee hee), I do not feel guilty about my little binge. I planned to make some unhealthy choices today. Maybe not THAT unhealthy, but what's done is done. My body already yelled at me. I'm done eating for the day and I will make MUCH better choices tomorrow (and the rest of the week). One flat tire will not make me slash the other three!

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NEWNAC304 9/19/2010 6:23PM

    I overate yesterday too, and my body didn't like it either. I haven't tracked today but I'm not going overboard either. It's a lifestyle change, not a diet and there will be days like that.

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KRICKET4 9/19/2010 11:35AM

    That would be 'Supersize me'.

I too have the Dr. Oz book - somewhere, but haven't really gotten into it too far.
Found it more pressing to read a book about rebellious teenagers, which also takes me ages to read. (Maybe because I really don't want to deal with it...)

Nice splurge :)
Somehow I can't do fast food right now. It's been months and I'll definitely enjoy this ride as long as it lasts.

Be good today.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/19/2010 8:47AM

  You should watch the movie made several years ago about a reporter who ate nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days. I'll try to get the title for you. It showed what that food did to blood pressure, blood lipids, etc. It was very eye opening.

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BKNOCK 9/19/2010 7:41AM

    All those wasted calories on Krispy Kreme? Ugh, oreos are much better!

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GEEMAWEST 9/19/2010 12:45AM

    I would love to hear anything you learn about any of this stuff. Either from Dr. Oz or from Jillian. I love new info. Bring it on!!

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STEELKICKIN 9/19/2010 12:20AM

    You wanna know what happens to your body when you don't eat healthy?? Come to my house and look AT ME. Then see what a kidney stone will do to your face. Yes, your FACE. I'm still green...unless it's the Mountain Dew still coursing through my body!

No, no, no, go back to good foods! Puh-LEEZ!! Before you know it, if you don't, you'll be hugging the Porcelain God at 3 a.m. wishing for a swift and quick death. Learn from your big sister!!!!

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KARRIESNEWLIFE 9/18/2010 11:29PM

    Okay, so you ate what we've all been Craving fer a Good Amount of Time. emoticon

With what I saw from your Profile Page, you have a RIGHT to Splurge when you feel like it. I don't know what Your Stating Weight was but, Look @ you now.

My opinion on Good VS Bad Foods are this. Yes Greens/Veggies & Fruits will Burn through your Body @ a Faster Rate than Pringles, Ice Cream, A Carl's Jr (GRRR!!!!! Mouth emoticon emoticon) Burger. Greens/Fruits/Veggies give you more Energy than Sluggish Sugars that wear off within 15-30 Minutes of eating them.

I also Love Jillian Micheals cos she doesn't Beat around the Bush & Try to Hold u're Hand like you would a Child. I Love her Attitude about "You Came to the Show & Want to Quit, Before you even Try!!!!" Outlook. I need her fer about 1 Week to Get me a Game Plan & Then I'd be Great. I can't Eat Green like her, Because I've already got the Taste of Red Meats, Fish, Pork, Etc... in my System & This Ole Bear might want to Lose Weight but, give up my Meats fer Good??? Hell No!!!! Just Potion them Better & Add more Colorful Foods. emoticon

I Love Scooby Doo & Garfeild (Not too much of a Simpson Fan but Love most of the Older Cartooneys

Well, hope my Opinion Helps & Have a Great Week.


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LMB-ESQ 9/18/2010 11:02PM

    Ugh! I would hope you wouldn't need a book to tell you not to eat 3 Krispy Kremes on top of a Philly Cheese Steak Burger and large fries from Carl's Jr! I hope your poor stomach doesn't rebel TOO much! emoticon

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New Weight Loss Aid - a Tongue Patch!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A what?!?! emoticon I was watching my local news last night and they had a story about a new weight loss aid. It is a simple 1" x 1" gauze-looking piece of material (I think it's material) that a doctor sews onto your tongue. emoticon emoticon

The idea is that the gauze-thing makes eating solid food uncomfortable. A liquid diet is recommended. For medical/safety reasons, the patch must be removed (the sutures are severed) after no more than 30 days.

OMG!!! And people were paying to have this done to them!!! Of course a liquid diet is going to make you lose weight. Duh! But if you don't figure out how to eat healthy and treat yourself well, that weight is going to come right back!

I don't like the idea of outlawing this particular "weight loss aid" because I think people should be allowed to make their own mistakes...I mean decisions! emoticon But I would hope that before anyone resorted to the tongue patch that they would do some better research. Of course, if we all did that, how would those doctors get rich? LOL!

Who wants to go get their tongues tied? emoticon

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CARLANNIE 9/19/2010 9:51AM

    Yep - puts a whole new meaning to "tongue tied," lol!

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KRICKET4 9/18/2010 11:17AM

    What will they think of next?
I'll go with Dan's idea. :)

You know, some people rather go through physical pain and what not, thinking they can take the easy way out. Hello, there is no easy way, you've got to do the work. Yes, I know, why should you? After all it's not your fault you're fat! Ha!

Makes me crazy!

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WINDEE52 9/18/2010 10:54AM

    That is by far the WORST lose weight quick scheme I've ever heard of! I cry like a baby just biting my tongue!!!

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DANSTOUT 9/18/2010 10:27AM

    I have a whole roll of duct tape that will work just as well.
Instructions: tear off a piece of tape 4" long.
Apply over mouth.
Remove only 4 minutes per day.
Repeat for 1 month.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/18/2010 9:24AM

  I think it would be enough just to have stitches in your tongue to slow down your eating. That patch rates right up there with tongue piercing.

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LMB-ESQ 9/18/2010 9:01AM

    SEWED to your tongue.... really.... uh... no thanks!

But thanks for the interesting read!

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BKNOCK 9/18/2010 8:36AM

    Wow, that is really crazy! My oreo cookies would not taste good at all with that thing in my mouth!

Funny the things people will do to themselves!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 9/18/2010 4:17AM

    Who came up with this crazy idea? And what sort of idiot would choose to have it done?? The world is a very strange place and it gets stranger every day...

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SWEETPEA0214 9/18/2010 12:04AM

    Thay -therth a pathch for everything elseth rith? (Translation when I take off my tongue patch - hey - there's a patch for everything else right?)

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KASSIANDORA 9/18/2010 12:01AM

    I should think of a way to get rich like that. I wonder if there is a way to market bees that will sting you on your tongue so that it uncomfortable for you to eat. emoticon

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LEFTSOX 9/17/2010 11:55PM

    Wow that is the dumbest thing ever! Almost as bad as the syrup/cyanne pepper/lemon juice diet drink thing!

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STEELKICKIN 9/17/2010 11:42PM

    Dutchie said you should have your tongue tied. Did you see that?

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/17/2010 11:37PM

    I know YOU should sometimes have your tongue tied... lol actually me too....

but for totally different reasons ;0)

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STEELKICKIN 9/17/2010 11:37PM

    They think that the GAUZE and the liquid diet is what makes you lose the weight???? Uh, my thought is that having a needle dug into the skin on your tongue so sew the gauze ON is what does the trick. Like, OWW!

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Need advice and where better to ask than here?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I've decided I want to get a heart rate monitor. I want one that will monitor my heart rate (duh!) and estimate my calorie burn. I hear that one that straps around your chest is better, but am not married to the idea. I like the idea of the wrist watch style, but, again, not married to the idea.

So, here's the time for the advice. Do any of you use a heart rate monitor that you love? Or did you buy one that you hate? Which is better, wrist, arm or chest? Or is there some other variety? Any particular brand that is better or worse than others?

And price range. What should I expect to pay? I obviously prefer free, but realize that that is unlikely.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!

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HARBEY 9/16/2010 10:27AM

    I have a Polar HRM with a chest strap. It's excellent.

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DRB13_1 9/16/2010 9:01AM

    Advice from a long time FEMALE HRM user - get the chest strap. It's not a problem.
Polar HRM are great, they will record on most machines (treadmill, elliptical, bike, etc) so if you ever go to a gym, you're set.
I have been using the Garmin Edge for some years now AND LOVE IT. I got it because I was doing triathlons - it is waterproof enough to wear in the swim, has the attachment for the bike (and that's especially great for tracking your route, as I'll mention later; AND it will register your pedal cadence), it is BULKY for running (I either have to put it into a pocket, and you know not all running shorts/pants have them, so I usually just wear a fanny pack although I have been known to stick it into the deep canyons of the DDD sports bra in extreme situations). Best of all, because I am a numbers person, it will then DOWNLOAD TO MY COMPUTER and give me distance, calories burned, laps, average heart rate, maximum heart rate, elevation, average mph, max mph... what else do you want to know? Space for notes, maps of your route, even more... and I can turn the GPS off when I'm working out inside (but it counts calories better when it has a distance to measure).
Don't panic over the price - I found it for about half the list price at my local Best Buy, so keep your eyes out for sales.
If that's too high tech for your needs, just make sure you get one that will give you your average heart rate, your max heart rate, and do laps. To gauge your calories burned, it will need to have a feature where you enter your weight (and age & probably gender), as these affect the number of calories you burn.
Enjoy whatever you get - I really love mine! emoticon emoticon

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CRISPINI 9/16/2010 3:40AM

    A bodybugg is actually NOT a heart rate monitor, FYI. It gets its info in different ways than measuring your heart rate.

I have a no-name brand I'm perfectly happy with -- but if I could have one feature I don't have that I would LOVE, it would be a GPS so I could track walks and runs and etc. Of course I can track my mileage pretty easily with Spark Maps when I'm on the road - but now that I have taken up rowing as well, the map becomes a little hard to figure out when I am on the lake! LOL!

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LEFTSOX 9/15/2010 11:35PM

    I have a body bugg, from about two years ago. I loved it then but it did not help me reach my goal. I found it difficult to use and there is really no support system in place for the user. Tech support and they do have a calorie thing set up but not really any friend support in place like here at spark.

Also they uped the price of the monthly plan from $9 to $15, I find it annoying that I paid $200+ for this thing and then the never ending cycle of monthly bills to use it. SO I don't recommend that one. ETA I lied they are at 9.95 a month now. I had checked a few months ago it hopes of hooking it back up.

I have not replaced it with anything else though so I am reading through the replies you get to see if anything strikes my fancy!

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ELYMWX 9/15/2010 11:23PM

    Most if the chest straps these days are quite confortable; I have no frame of reference but my wife compares the tension to wearing a snug sports bra; in fact most women actually wear theirs just under the bottom strap of their bra.

As for brands, Polar is probably the best known and best reviewed right now, and they have several in different price ranges. I use Suunto, but that's mainly because we got a good deal. Nike and Adidas also have similar models, but from what I've seen there isn't a compelling reason to chose them over any others.

Bodybugg is more expensive, but if you are trying to track your calorie burn all day is pretty much the only way to go; if you are primaily wanting it only for exercise purposes, the Boddybugg is likely not for you.

Garmin makes both HRM's and GPS units. But again I have seen no compelling reason to chose their HRM's over others. Some of the GPS units have HRM's as well, however only the 310XT and the 405CX use the HR data for calorie estimation; the others are loggers only. I have a 305, and periodically double check it's calorie estimation (distance/time) against the Suunto. Unless you are running or cycling mire than 4 hours a week, I wouldn't recommend a Garmin for you.

The wristwatch only units are pretty much useless for calorie estimation because they either have difficulty keeping contact for measuring HR continuously, or they are not designed for continuous operation, requiring you to touch two electrodes with the other hand to get a reading periodically. If you are hiking and want to check your HR at the top of a hill, they're ok, but if you are bouncing around a gym doing a Plyo workout it just doesn't cut it.

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/15/2010 10:35PM

  glad you asked.I'll just take people's suggestions.

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RUNGIRLRUNNC 9/15/2010 10:34PM

    I know people that swear by the BodyBugg. I think they are a bit pricy though. I obviously don't use one. I'm not exactly sure how it would help or motivate me.

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BKNOCK 9/15/2010 10:16PM

    Sorry, I am clueless too! I finally figured out how to use my pedometer!

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STEELKICKIN 9/15/2010 10:05PM

    I"m clueless, too...but in all honesty, the nurse in me is saying that the chest one would work the best. When you start going AWAY from the heart there is room for error. BUT!!! I'm sure that technology has evolved and there are some pretty good wrist ones out there as well. Just be sure to wear it on your LEFT WRIST because the pulses and b/p is strongest in that arm. You could probably research all of this online, too, if you don't like what we're telling ya...

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GEEMAWEST 9/15/2010 9:53PM

    No clue, sorry. emoticon

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LIQUID11 9/15/2010 9:50PM

    "bodybugg System
The world's most intelligent calorie management system.

Find out how many calories you burn with the revolutionary new bodybugg armband. Use the web-based program to track calories in and out so that you can stay in control of your weight!"

The best there is. Check the science behind it!


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KIMBYUT 9/15/2010 9:49PM

    I also have a polar, I love wearing the chest strap to the gym (honestly you forget it is even on it's very comfortable). I actually don't usually wear the watch anymore, not sure why I don't use it for my runs outside. Anyway, I love it for the gyms since it is compatible with the card machines and you can see you heart rate at any moment.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/15/2010 9:43PM

    I have one, and you make me laugh.
The strap around your chest actually measures your heartrate, the wrist watch tells you all the information you need to know. You need both to make it work. ( unless the americans have found another way to do it, which of course would not surprise me ;0) 0

I like mine, the strap is no bother at all, the only thing I turned off is the bleeping sound when you are out of your zone...

The brand I got is polar FT4 training computer. I should use it a lot more

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Starting strength training...again

Monday, September 13, 2010

Last week, I started doing some exercises to help train to be able to do at least one unassisted chin-up/pull-up. I am also participating in a 12-week program at work for weight management. The lady at work who is coordinating the 12-week program offered to put together a strength training program for me.

Today, I went to the gym at work and walked through some of the exercises. She had a list of very basic exercises, most I have done before. Okay...I've done them all before! emoticon But, she did have some variations for me that I hadn't thought of before (three positions for your toes during calf raises, leg extensions/curls with only one leg at a time, tricep extension with your palm facing out), so I felt like it was a worthwhile trip to the gym for me.

She did recommend using the inner and outer thigh machines (abductor and adductor), but I chose not to do those. I've heard too many people say that those machines can cause harm, so I'm not going to risk using them. I can do squats and lunges if I want to work those muscles. Or good, old-fashioned leg lifts!

I did all of her exercises (except the thigh things) plus my chin-up exercises. Hope that I'm a little sore tomorrow (so I know it's working!). But only a little sore...cos I don't like pain! Not my own, anyway! LOL!

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CARLANNIE 9/15/2010 10:44AM

    It's a real shame how quickly we lose our well-found muscles when we stop strength training. Sigh. Glad you are kickin' it up a notch. Good luck with your work program!

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STEELKICKIN 9/14/2010 11:20PM

    Three positions for your TOES?? Oo, oo, oo, I LOOOVE leg lifts, too. And I hate the abductor and adductors...they DO cause harm so steer clear. They make you hurt!

Good for you, though. Weight lifting is my most favorite thing!

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/14/2010 8:33AM

  Those machines (abductor and adductor) are the ones I was talking about the other day when I said I didn't know my legs could spread that far. They are adjustable.

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STEVENGO2 9/14/2010 8:03AM

    Good luck with your goal of doing at least one chin/pull up. I can not do one myself either. But as you wrote in another blog you should be at your goal weight before you train for chin/pull ups. I am not at my goal weight yet. Though it seems I am getting closer every week!

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NEWNAC304 9/14/2010 7:38AM

    Those three positions for calf raises will kill your calves! I hope you're a little sore too. I did the 30 Day Shred and must not have pushed hard enough because I'm not sore at all today.

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BKNOCK 9/14/2010 6:07AM

    I just started an exercise thingy at work too but ours is walking the Appalacian trail! I had 9850 steps yesterday!

Good luck and smart move on not using those machines!

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RJFERRARO315 9/14/2010 12:19AM

    I remember those hip things. They are awkward and it doesn't feel right trying to move you legs/hips that way.

Good job on getting to the gym. I'm sure you'll feel a bit sore. emoticon

When do you go back? emoticon

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What do you mean that I don't like French fries?!?!

Friday, September 10, 2010

I LOVE French fries! Love, love, love, love them!!! With salt. With ranch dressing. With BBQ sauce. With fry sauce. With ketchup...meh...sort of. LOVE French fries.

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Or do I?

A little background here. My in-laws are in town and are setting up a booth for the local flea market. DH generally takes tables down to the fairgrounds in his truck as the tables won't fit in their truck with all of the other stuff in there. Today, DH needed to be at his shop at the same time the in-laws were going to be able to get into the building. Being the wonderful, loving wife/DIL that I am, I agreed to take the tables down for him. (Bonus - got to sleep in and go to work late.)

DH and the in-laws go to the Carl's Jr right by the fairgrounds for breakfast. Since DH didn't go, I got to have breakfast with the in-laws. Yippee!!! Someone else is cooking breakfast! Knowing that not many menu items at CJ's are healthy, I went online and found the best choice before I left the house. Charbroiled BBQ Chicken sandwich. And, I decided I could have a small French fry too....but no sauce. I figured out what all I was planning to eat the rest of the day and I could make it work.

During breakfast, I actually tasted my fries. At first they were so hot I really couldn't taste them (Benefit of having French fries for breakfast...they make them fresh!). Then, as they cooled down, I noticed that they seemed a little bland. So I added a little salt. That helped, but not much. As I ate a few more, I realized that they tasted like grease. And I thought I liked grease, but these really didn't do it for me. emoticon emoticon Huh? So I had a couple more. Same thing. And a couple more...still the same taste and the same slight disappointment. I did leave about a dozen fries on my tray.

As I walked away, I realized that I probably like the ranch (or BBQ or fry sauce) and the french fry is just a conduit. emoticon And eating any of those without the french fry is just gross. So, maybe I don't like french fries. Does this mean that I'm getting old? Dang it!

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NEWNAC304 9/12/2010 12:25AM

    You're not getting older, just healthier!

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STEELKICKIN 9/11/2010 11:08PM

    Eating clean does that to you after awhile. When I have my cheat meal and I get something greasy, usually all I taste is grease. Taste buds do change. And the same with soda. When I cheat and have one it's so syrupy that it nauseates me. So that's what's going on.

That and the fact that you're getting old.

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RJFERRARO315 9/11/2010 9:51PM

    Sounds like me...I prefer the sauce to the fries most of the time unless they are A-1, top-of-the-line fries. emoticon CJ aren't those for me.

emoticon on checking the calories first. I struggle with that most of the time. emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 9/11/2010 7:56PM

    Your tastes might be changing but it also depends on who makes the french fries. Can't remember the last time I had CJ fries, obviously they didn't make much of an impression on me . However, McDonalds fries are pretty darn good. I usually don't order any, but I will snitch a few from DH or grandkids.

Have to agree with you that the sauce without the fries is just gross.

As for being old? Well, I'm older than you so what does that make me? Better watch yourself missy.

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BKNOCK 9/11/2010 7:46PM

    Why do you think it is about old age? Just curious! I actually prefer broccoli over fries now! I will steal a couple of fries though!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/11/2010 6:25PM

    Ah, french fries ain't what they used to be! I tend to snag a couple off of Bill's plate when we eat out, but that's it.


I'd much rather have broccoli! No kidding!


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CARLANNIE 9/11/2010 10:58AM

    You're not getting old - you're getting choosy. And choosy people choose . . . broccoli!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRICKET4 9/11/2010 10:12AM

    Yep, the sauce usually kills the taste. There are a whole lot of things I won't eat if I can't have them with sauce. Makes me wonder, why bother?

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AUNTIEANNE22 9/11/2010 9:16AM

  You're not old but the oil they fried the fries in probably was. There are very few fast food fries that I like because they don't change the oil enough and everything is fried in the same oil!

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JOHNTJ1 9/11/2010 8:45AM

    If you are old Barb that means I am ancient so we know you can rule out that phenomenon.

I prefer my fries with blue cheese dressing or maybe just crumbled blue cheese sprinkled over them. Matter of fact: I will find any reason to eat blue cheese which Joan says is gross.

I like the conduit reasoning. Maybe i need to look into my fascination and addiction to blue cheese.

Have a good weekend

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QUILTINGB52 9/11/2010 5:32AM

    Too funny!! I too have shocked a few friends when we head to "drive thru" & I only order the grilled chicken! I don't like the pop OR the fries, anymore!

In this healthy journey, I've never denied myself the foods I crave (ie: ice cream, brownies, chips, etc) BUT I did add portion control of ONLY eating ONE serving. I quickly lost interest in those "comfort foods" and now if consume something less desirable - it needs to be a "ten", otherwise it gets left on my plate. No sense wasting calories on something that tastes like crap!

Congrats on fitting your food choices into your day & for coming to the realization that some foods just aren't worth your time anymore!!

Woo Hoo!!!!!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 9/11/2010 4:47AM

    Speaking for myself, some days I love fries and other days the thought of them turns my stomach. And sometimes I really fancy them, but when I have them they don't live up to expectations. Other days they taste like the food of the Gods!

And I think the same goes for most foods. Our tastes are governed in some way by our moods and our tastebuds change from day to day. That's why some people blog about how they've "gone off" their favourite foods, then a while later blog about how they had a "relapse" and ended up over-indulging in the very food they thought they'd gone off.

You probably still like fries - even love them some days - but just not today. I wouldn't worry about it. There are worse foods not to like. Enjoy eating your vegetables instead.

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ELYMWX 9/11/2010 12:50AM

    Well, I won't answer your question about age, but I will suggest that perhaps your tastes are changing...

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