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Whose Life is This, Anyway?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

It's about time happy days came my way. The last few years have been tough, and the proportion of work to play has been grueling. I hate to complain, because it can always be worse. I also hate to brag, because it may not last long. I will try to embrace these good times while they last!

For 20 years I have daydreamed about seeing the Pantheon, Roman Forum, St. Peters, the Castles of Germany, the Ancient town of Pisa, and the Colosseum. I was recently blessed with the opportunity to go with my brother and his wife. I grabbed it! Well, not really. First I tried to tell myself I couldn't go (my boss strongly agreed). Then I told myself it was selfish, especially since Hubby doesn't want to go.

Then...I WENT! Hubby was thrilled~he was off the hook! For 12 days my mind was blown by the beauty and antiquity of these places. I even had a couple bonuses on the trip, like seeing the Statue of Liberty at Newark and the Dachau Concentration Camp in Austria.

Everything is H U G E in Rome!

The Baptistry, Cathedral, Monument Cemetery and Bell Tower of Pisa were more beautiful than the pictures I've seen!

For the first time, I finally understand "the Wall" separating East and West Berlin. Sad times the people of Germany have endured.
The remainder of the wall is behind my sis-in-law and me.

The castles were many and no words can describe. In fact none of my pictures do either, so I bought a book of pictures!

I NEVER thought I would see the Pantheon. I will be forever fascinated with buildings that are still being used when they were built BEFORE CHRIST!

This is only a small portion of my amazing trip. If I am fortunate enough to return to Europe, I would love to spend time in Tuscany or Florence. The Green hills full of olive trees and vineyards were absolutely beautiful. Driving along the Mediterranean coast was a sight to behold for this land-locked lass!
Here is a view of the Mediterranean and Alps as we left for the loooong flight home.

Oh and I haven't even mentioned the F O O D !

There is more good news, where this came from. I'll save it for another day...don't want to overwhelm you!
Check out the perfect welcome home gift from my students. Oh, I love them, so; even if they can't spell my name!

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SUEAZZI 2/26/2013 9:53AM

    Looks and sounds like a fabulous trip! You may have caught the travel bug! Great pics! Welcome back.

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MISSM66 2/24/2013 8:51PM

    what a beauty, good memory to hold onto, my hubby and I is planning to go there in the summer if all goes well,thanks for sharing your pic with us. emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 2/24/2013 8:42PM

    Thanks for sharing your amazing trip-the pictures are fantastic & you look wonderful & so happy.

( Let me know if you want company next time you go. emoticon )


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ADEWYN 2/24/2013 2:22PM

    wow ! chance of a life time!! good for you!!.. love the pictures Iam sure it was even more awe inspiring to be standing there... wow goo for you! i am glad you went!!!

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HDHAWK 2/24/2013 12:51PM

    I'm so glad you decided to go! Why not? I'm the same way when it comes to school. I hate missing a day unless I'm in a workshop learning something I can take back to class! I've been working most of the weekend on school stuff. It never ends!

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MONKEYJO3 2/24/2013 11:18AM

    Wow! It looks amazing and such an incredible opportunity for you! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 2/24/2013 9:52AM

    Oh how wonderful when we take life and live it

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BYEFATNANNY 2/24/2013 1:29AM

    Ok I still can't type on your pics or your Sparkpage. But beautiful pics. I've been to some of these places and it is so wonderful and you'll have such memories. I'm sorry you DH didn't want to go, but it must have been nice to know he was home with the kids. I'm glad you went, you deserve it. The nice part is you went when the crowds weren't there. In my last life I was a travel agent for almost 30 years, now I work in law and I miss my travelling days. I am lucky I can live with memories of travelling around the world. Cherish your memories. Glad to "talk" to you again. emoticon

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MASRITE 2/23/2013 11:49PM

    What an awesome opportunity you got!! Glad you didn't listen to your boss and you went with your bro and sil!! Loved the pics.

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MKMMARTY 2/23/2013 11:00PM

    This will be a good memory you can hold onto for years to come - thanks for sahring

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Monday, September 03, 2012

The tell-tale signs of impending doom have reared their ugly heads. First, it was the lack of sleep, followed closely by skipping early AM workouts. A few weeks later I skipped a weigh-in and slowly started to let crappy foods back into my diet. This has been my pattern the last two years, in the fall. Once I skip weigh-ins I am in full blown denial. So, when it happened, alarms sounded and I responded by getting back onto SP to Track, Track Traaaaaaaack!!!!!

On the bright side, I have been taking my big ol' jug of water to work and getting it down most days. Since I get to work an hour before school starts, a friend comes into my room every AM to do planks and push-ups for two minutes. Hey, I never thought I'd see the day that I worked out 2 minutes rather than 2 hours! I guess that's another positive...breaking that all or nothing pattern. emoticon

I had to make myself get on the scale today and was so relieved I nearly cried when it didn't go up! That was all the motivation I needed to get back with the program rather than give in to the demands of life again. After all, it appears that so far this year everyone is healthy, no one is dying and I only have to take care of my kids. So really, if I could just get to bed at a decent time, working out in the AM could once again become my reality.

A little bit of fall weather would help too. This heat is unbearable and I'm a summer person. 100+ degrees in September? Are you kidding me?

Speaking of is so dry here that we lost a tree, the grass is dead, our basketball hoop (burried 4ft.!) and mailbox are leaning from the enormous cracks in the ground. Our driveway has developed a crevasse so wide that my daughter is afraid it will swallow her up!

Thanks for listening and for all of the motivation you give me with your perseverance and positive vibes! emoticon

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SUEAZZI 9/7/2012 1:18PM

    There's nothing like results from your hard work. I can't wait for those brisk mornings either! Cheers to tracking! emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 9/5/2012 11:20AM

    Oh I feel ya! Way to recognize the cycle and call it by name... and then take action to stop it!! I can learn from this, as I too have been caught in the same cycle over and over and over again. And breaking the all-or-nothing pattern is a great acomplishmnet too. I'm somewhere in the process of that but it's not quite broken yet- still rears its ugly face from time to time.

We can do this!!

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SKFEREBEE 9/4/2012 5:29PM

    I know what you mean about getting to bed earlier. I always have the best of intentions, but if I actually make it to bed before midnight it is usually a miracle. It is good that you recognize your patterns. Knowledge is half the battle. I wish I could send some of our rain your way. Hope the remnants of Isaac bring you some soon.

Every minute of exercise adds up. I have devised two different exercise routines that are only 5 minutes long so I can never say I don't have time to exercise. If you are interested, I can email them to you. And if you have stairs nearby step-ups are super calorie burners, too. Hope you have a super September, Dee :o)

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LAURELSPARK 9/3/2012 11:54PM

    Let's make a pact to kick the crappy food to the curb. (I've been bad too lately.)

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MADAMES 9/3/2012 10:31PM

    Good for you! It is a new month, a new school year and new resolve for you and for me!!

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SAFARIBABE 9/3/2012 9:56PM

    emoticon WTG on getting back on track!!

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BYEFATNANNY 9/3/2012 11:08AM

    Glad to see you are staying on track. You can do this!!

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MASRITE 9/3/2012 10:50AM

    I agree with you when it comes to the heat. I love the summer, but not when it's over 100 degrees. 80 is good!! Hoping that this fall you stick with it. Keep on at it and it'll all work out for you. And yes, get to bed earlier!!

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FREE Books for My Classroom/Students!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Warning: This is not a fitness/health blog. emoticon

I am in a class required for teachers to achieve tenure. The two instructors were telling us about the distribution center in our district. I've heard of this place before, but I had no idea it is near my house! emoticon I knew they had auctions once in a while, but didn't think they would have anything in good shape.

HOWEVER, I'm all for recycling and saving $$, so I checked it out on my way home. I thought it was kind of fun! There were student desks, teacher desks, chairs, file cabinets, cubbies, P.E. equipment, old computer monitors, a drafting table, many different sizes and shapes of tables, bookshelves, etc...

Immediately, I found 7 chairs that are a definite improvement over the ones in my room. I was happy and asked if they had any books, but all they had were old, high school text books. I stood contemplating a file cabinet, when I hear someone say, "Is that lady still here who wanted books?"

I sprung over there like a jackrabbit! What to my glossy eyes did appear? A freaking HUGE pile of boxes full of books! I was told that an elementary school sent them there to be recycled.

"Wow, these are in excellent condition." I said, as I rummaged through a box. I didn't want to be greedy, so I took about 40 books. They were closing anyway. After asking if I could come back the next day, after class; she said they would be gone by then. I was a little surprised and inquired as to why they would be gone so quickly. They were to be SHREDDED! OK; this pissed me off! SHREDDED? why? They are in better condition than many of the books in my own school's media center. emoticon

After hearing that, I went back this AM, before class, to get about 120 more books. My 200 or so books did not even make a dent in the pile! On the way to class I felt so sad. Many of the kids in my school do not have books in their homes. I had been printing and sending paper books home with them, but even that gets expensive, since they do not last long. THIS year, I will be able to send REAL books home with them at their level. Hopefully, most will be returned; but if not, they were free anyway. emoticon

When I got to class, I thanked the instructor for telling us about it and told her my story. She was appalled and dismissed the class for 1 hour 1/2 to go get those books. All of us new teachers went (yes, even me again to help a friend get hers)!

Not one book was shredded! Went to my classroom and shelved the books that I stayed up late to level. I have many more to level, but it is a beautiful sight and I can't wait to share them with my kids! emoticon emoticon

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MOMASAURUS 8/21/2012 2:52PM

    I'm so glad to hear that they were all saved!! I can't believe that they were to be shredded. My son donates books that he out grows to his elementary school and Youth Center. They are so important!!

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JANEMARIE77 8/9/2012 8:55AM

    that is wonderful

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Fantastic-you are the best.

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MASRITE 8/2/2012 10:43PM

    How awesome was that? I am so happy that you were able to save the books and that the instructor let you all leave to get those books. Your school is going to be so happy!!

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ILIKECACTI 8/2/2012 5:51PM

    That's so AWESOME!!!!! It makes me sad that any useable books would be wasted! And it makes me really pissed when it's in light of kids not having books! I'm so glad you saved those books and lots of kids will benefit!

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LAURELSPARK 8/2/2012 12:22PM

    Thank goodness that your instructor told you about the distribution center. It's really a shame that so many things get pitched in our district.

One year, one of my "dads" was allowed to collect books and they were sent to a school in Belize (I think). Some kind of charity footed the bill on postage so it was a win-win.

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2HAMSDIET 8/2/2012 11:46AM

    emoticon emoticon We sure do live in a crazy world. So glad there are people around to help straighten it out. What a great thing you did. I hope you counted all the box carrying as exercise. Teachers are the best. emoticon emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 8/2/2012 11:21AM

    I can't imagine why another school would get rid of them? I think all schools are struggeling. Great "score" Dee. My cousin in law was teacher of the year out in Nebraska and now she "gathers" tons and tons of money for scholorships. You teachers are all wonderful and all about those kids. Thank goodness.

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CIVIAV 8/2/2012 6:49AM

    Way to stand for what really matters. Teachers are the best!

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MONKEYJO3 8/2/2012 1:37AM

    Dee I love it! Books open worlds to kids and adults. Good for you for jumping through the hoops to make sure that your students have them and not stopping until the job is done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYHN 8/2/2012 12:42AM

    Oh my god, that's amazing!!!! I can't believe they were going to be shredded!! How sad, when so many schools are struggling for supplies!!!

Yay, you deserve a Gold Medal for today!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 8/1/2012 11:02PM

    Wonderful!!! Thank you for making it possible to get those books rescued. I hope your students enjoy them!

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SKFEREBEE 8/1/2012 10:52PM

    It's amazing what some people consider trash. I believe books are always a treasure, especially for those in need. They should have at least donated them to Goodwill! So glad you were able to rescue them all, Dee :o)

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LESLIESENIOR 8/1/2012 10:18PM

    Dee, this is fantastic!!! I was always so frustrated by the books that would be marked "discard" and then we weren't allowed to send them home. We finally were able to get the district to send some of our discarded text books to Ronald McDonald House for the kids and their families.
So much waste when we are already in a financial crisis.
Good for you (and your professor) for making such a great choice in the name of our kids.

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HDHAWK 8/1/2012 10:05PM

    That is wonderful! So sad to think any of them would be shredded. There is always a school or kids in need.

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SUEAZZI 8/1/2012 9:58PM

    A sweet find indeed! I totally agree with SAFARIBABE, you got your workout Dee all the while doing a great deed! emoticon emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 8/1/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great and inspiring story!! When so many teachers seem almost apathetic to their charges it is so refreshing to hear about teachers going the extra mile or 20 miles! But then again I wouldn't expect anything less from the woman with a heart of gold!!

NOW! As for this slacking off on working out.....that's nonsense!! 1) Didn't you spend all day hauling books around? I presume they weighed something! Start curling book before you shelve them! 10 curls each arm before they can rest on the shelf! And I presume your bookcase has a few levels -- 10 squats before the books go on the shelf. You get the idea! 2) Cut yourself a little slack (not too much mind you but just a bit)!! You did a brilliant thing for your students. Jump for joy!! And if those jumps happen to resemble jumping much the better! LOL 3) YOU have lost 15lbs (I saw it on your tracker) that is a stone's throw from 20! 20 LBS!! GONE for GOOD! Now I know that you will do what it takes to run walk or crawl over that 20 lb mark. You're a teacher! Teachers have to constantly think of new and innovative ways to teach their students b/c one size does not fit all. So get to it Teach!! Start thinking outside the box about your fitness!! I KNOW you can come up with some innovative ways to get it done!


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MADAMES 8/1/2012 9:25PM

    OMG...what a neat story! Isn't it crazy the real life things we learn about that make absolutely NO sense? Shredding perfectly good books?? I am so happy for you and for the kids!! Wow...what a find!

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Summer Break is Over for Me

Friday, July 27, 2012


I can't thank you enough for welcoming me back with such open arms this summer! Today was my last weekday off and Monday it's back to my wonderful, rewarding, exhausting job. Last year at this time I blogged in idioms about the summer and how things would change in the fall. I had no idea what a nightmare my 1st semester was going to be. After losing them both, I didn't care about me, how I looked, how I felt. I just wanted to be everything to my husband and kids. I couldn't take their pain away, but I could ensure that they felt safe and loved.

Anyway, I never would have thought that friends I've never met in person could mean this much to me. I care about each of you! I look forward to hearing how you are doing and celebrating your successes. There were times that you reached out to me and it did mean so much, but I just couldn't do the same.

I AM BACK! I AM HERE FOR YOU! We can do this and believe me; it won't always be easy, so let's keep it real with each other and continue onward!

I AM SCARED! Sounds crazy, I suppose; but I really have a hard time keeping up with the exercise (even though it's my favorite part) once school starts. I work 50-60 hour weeks and have four kids who are musicians and athletes. When they were young, I put them to bed early and got up early to work out. It was so easy! Now, we are at their events until late (almost every night), so I need the sleep. I am trying something new this year...working out AFTER work. Yikes! There is so much going on after work that this makes me very nervous, but worth a try! It feels good to have my eating under control, so that I don't have to work out hours every day like I used to!

I'm so chatty today!
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SAMI199 7/31/2012 1:12PM

    I am happy you're back-you were missed... I know it won't be easy to fit everything in-take it one day at a time & keep at it-you will do it-no doubt about it!

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    I share your fears and I haven't even found a job yet. I'm glad you're back :)

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CIVIAV 7/30/2012 7:46AM

    Hi hon! Just popping in. I start a new running clinic tonight. I hope that will get me back on track. Way to get back at it!

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    A weight room? Free period? OMG! Showers! Hilarious! I work at an elementary school and it has nothing fancy in it...only one adult restroom, where the sink didn't even work half of last year! I'm getting lunches and snacks organized for the week! emoticon emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 7/29/2012 6:50PM

    I know you work crazy hours during the week, but is there any time when you can work out during the school day. I mean a school has to have a gym with showers, right? Maybe a weight room? or a track? Perhaps a free period can be turned into a workout session....Just tossing it out there!

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SUEAZZI 7/29/2012 3:55PM

    So very glad you are back! I know you are heading into a whirlwind schedule but I know you will find a way to make it work. Make way for exercise, watch out ducklings! emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 7/29/2012 2:59PM

    I missed you! So glad you are back! And you're not th eonly one who is scared about how things are going to go and keeping up... me too!!

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MASRITE 7/29/2012 2:23PM

    That's a long work week and with 4 kids! Wow, don't know how you do it. I have the 4 kids, too, but I don't work. Wish you luck. And, always remember that we are here for you when you need the encouragement to keep on going!!

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AMYBINTN 7/29/2012 11:06AM

    I hope this fall will be much easier--and that you'll have time to rest and maybe even take some nights off from the kids' activities once in a while to do something that reenergizes you. As my BFF says, when you're on a plane, the flight attendants tell you in case of emergency to put on your oxygen mask first before putting on anyone else's--you have to take care of yourself to be able care of the people who need you.
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BYEFATNANNY 7/29/2012 9:05AM

    Sure missed you when you were gone. Glad you are back. Back to school so soon and 50 - 60 hours a week with 4 kids and a hubby. Yikes the thought exhausts me, I don't know how you do it. You're a good mom and wife Dee! (and teacher too) Keep up those bike rides with the hubby and family on the weekends, that'll help with stress and it's great work out. Take a walk during your lunch time if at all possible, even if it's short. You are doing great, keep up the good job. Best wishes for the new school year. emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 7/28/2012 11:43PM

    Maybe you can sneak in some exercise when/while carting your kids around. When my kids were young and we spent a lot of time at the ball fields/pool/scouting events/etc I did a lot of walking. I never misses a minute of their activity but walked during halftimes or warm-ups. In the spring and fall we would walk around the outside of the school during lunch time. Every little bit helps.


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MADAMES 7/27/2012 9:08PM

    I absolutely understand!! This will be the first year that I haven't been back in the classroom, so my memories are vivid about the struggles you face! You have grown stronger through your trials, and I know you can do this. I am here if you feel like venting....I will gladly listen!

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BALLOUZOO 7/27/2012 7:34PM

    I totally understand. I work at an Elementary school and am really enjoying this break to focus on my wellness journey. It is harder for me when school starts...but I know emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 7/27/2012 7:06PM

    Sorry to hear your summer is over as they are always so short. Glad you are back sparking. I know you will figure out a way to squeeze some working out in. Maybe you need a family meeting for ideas and help on getting your extra time. emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 7/27/2012 6:24PM

    Glad to have you back Dee! We're going to have to find a way to fit the exercise in that's for sure!

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Love at First Lick

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I don't know how long this dream-come-true has been in existence, but it is now going to be a staple in my pantry!

Really, don't even question it.

The flavor will please you and so will the fat and calorie counts!

Oooooh Baaaaby!

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LAURELSPARK 7/25/2012 10:24PM

    I googled I just have to figure out where to get it!

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READY4CHANGE81 7/25/2012 3:51PM

    I've heard about this and HAVE to try it! Is it expensive? I LOOOOOOOOOOVE peanut butter, but usually avoid it because I never stick to 2 tbsp...and 16g of fat per serving is too much!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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MOMASAURUS 7/25/2012 3:39PM

    I will definitely be on the lookout for this!

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SAMI199 7/25/2012 3:03PM

    Fantastic-I love peanut butter!Which store did you find it ?
Hae you heard of Artic Zero? It is a frozen treat-35 calories
per serving-0 fat. There are different flavors. You can get it on Amazon.

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SUEAZZI 7/25/2012 2:37PM

    I have never seen or heard of this; definitely something I will be shopping for. Thanks for the tip!

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AZSKIES 7/25/2012 12:13PM

    yummmm... how great is that - peanut butter cheap in calories!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/25/2012 7:26AM

    Thanks for sharing, I will be on the hunt for some of that.

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ILIKECACTI 7/24/2012 9:50PM

    IIIIIIIIneteresting!!!! I need to find this!

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MASRITE 7/24/2012 8:18PM

    That is interesting. I'll have to check it out. I usually use the Better then Peanut Butter from Trader Joe's. 2 tbls is 100 calories and only 2 grams of fat. It works for me. I'm a peanut butter aholic!!

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    I just bought it today and mixed 2T of the powder with 1T water to spread on a waffle. I plan to try it in recipes. Anyone who has a great recipe using it should feel free to share!

I think it would be great added to a chocolate smoothie!! MMMm

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BYEFATNANNY 7/24/2012 7:47PM

    WHAT! Never heard of such a thing. What are you using it for? Sprinkle on toast or celery or? I'm anxious to hear. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 7/24/2012 7:30PM

    emoticon I had heard about it but didn't know any one that had tried it. I will have to try it as it is my husbands weakness. emoticon

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    I bought it at a regular grocery store in the health foods section. It IS peanut butter with all of the oil removed, not a substitute.

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MWHITE0527 7/24/2012 7:12PM

    I'm going to have to look into this! Peanut butter is my favorite!!! But so high in calories :(

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MAGGIEVAN 7/24/2012 7:11PM

    I have never seen this before and it is not available in New Zealand. Where do you buy it?

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