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Cheat day (with a twist)

Friday, September 19, 2008

emoticonAre you hungry yet? LOL Sorry for the above photo, it was too appetizing not to post here!

So, today is my FIRST cheat day on my fitness nutrition diet... and the twist is that I'm going to eat like I did BEFORE the fitness diet on a REGULAR day... not a cheat day (with all the fast food and the rest of the candy/chocolate and cookies like I used too!) I was even thinking that I should track this cheat day, just to see how my little extras add up. (I'm sorry, but I can't do a cheat day without my JELLY BEANS! LOL)

And I will stll be drinking my water... like crazy! And taking my vitamins! (after watching this:
* * I need to do a little more to keep my BRAIN healthy!)

Today I'm allowing myself to drink and eat dairy also. I am having my cottage cheese, yogurt and blueberries as we speak! YUM! I will also make sure to eat a carb with each meal. I used to see such awesome progress with my cheat days, that it would be a shame to mess with a good thing, right? And this cheat day, I'm also going to try to get my 6 meals in! It might be a challenge, but I'll pack food with me if I need to!

Tomorrow is my CAN-FIT-PRO fitness conference! I'm looking forward to attending and possibly purchasing some new fitness equipment for my basement cardio circuit (I want a medicine ball, a stability ball and maybe even a bosu ball!) These fitness conferences always sell all this stuff for great deals! I should also consider getting a new tune belt for my battery pack. I currently only have 1! 2 would be handy!

Then on Sunday I have my instructor meeting at the 2nd gym that I teach at. There is always a wonderful spread of fruit, veggies, sandwhiches and even treats at this meeting, so I am planning on going to the gym early to exercise before the meeting so I can justify the little nibblies :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! Get out there and enjoy the last nice days of the summer!

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***LISA*** 9/22/2008 8:38AM

    Hope you had a great cheat day and weekend!!! Thanks for all you do around here! You are such a motivation!!!

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KELLYFIT4U 9/21/2008 2:34PM

    I hope you enjoyed your cheat day with your jelly beans and had a good weekend. emoticon

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MY_BEST_LIFE 9/19/2008 3:48PM

    Take those vitamins, hon! I know even when I have really healthy/clean eating days - I'm still not getting all the vitamins and minerals I need - especially D as I sit inside all day. And, I haven't been sick in ages (knock on wood). They last time I caught a cold I had stopped taking my vitamins for about 2 weeks.
Enjoy your dairy! I can never give it up. :-)

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SEEHOLZ 9/19/2008 1:02PM

    You are cute! I like the whole "planning to nibble". I have a mandatory staff meeting at the Y tomorrow night- it's Potluck style- so I will be "nibbling". Tonight is beers and brats night for LCA parents. We always have such a blast, even though I do not eat brats, nor do I drink American beer-LOL! Kind of funny, but I'm sure I'll leave some room for a little desserty type treat.

Enjoy your fitness thingy-- you are too funny about getting all those "balls". I'm surprised you don't have any yet. Oh, I love bosus by the way-actually all balls-LOL! ( read whatever you want into this one-LOL- not other people's)
Balls rock!

Have fun and happy "cheating" sweetie!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 9/19/2008 11:52AM

    I need to jump on teh vitamin bad wagaon as well!

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SHINYREDSHOE 9/19/2008 11:12AM

    You just reminded me that I forgot to take my viatmin this morning!! Oops :)

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Goal Weight #2 ACHEIVED! 130!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Goal Weight #2 Achieved! Today I weighed in at 130.2lbs! (But who's looking at the scale anymore, right? ) emoticon LOL
Looks like all this carb depleting and cardio HIITin' is paying off! emoticon

Oh, ya... and last night I told a girlfriend about my weight loss and that I'm entering a fitness competition in April of 2009 and all she could say is "You are going to be TOO SKINNY!", "OMG... you are going to looks EMACIATED!", and my personal favorite: "If you STOP eating, I'll come hunt you down myself!"
Uhhhh.... NO, Sista... you got it ALL WRONG!!! Skinny girls belong in Hollywood! Fitness competitiors are STRONG, lean MUSCLE machines! (I wanted to punch her for her ignorance but I couldn't cause we were on the phone. LOL)
She also has her own weight loss story... she lost 60 pounds by eating ONLY LETTUCE AND KETCHUP!
emoticon Seriously, WTF?
Who does that and then criticizes her most HEALTH CONCIOUS & FIT friend about her weight loss success, lifestyle changes and fitness goals???
(Again... I wanted to punch her... but that would not be very nice, would it? ) emoticon

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SWEET*TOOTH 9/19/2008 11:39AM

    She ate only lettuce and ketchup?! Ah, I needed a good laugh today. YOU are going to look fabulous and fit! And congrats on reaching your second goal. You have motivated me so much! emoticon

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GOALBY66 9/19/2008 10:49AM

    Congrats on achieving your second goal weight! emoticon

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_FITMAMA 9/19/2008 9:07AM

    CONGRATS on meeting your weight loss goal! That is awesome! And entering a fitness competition - YOU GO GIRL!

Sorry to hear that your friend wasn't so supportive. Sometimes people are just jealous and this is how it comes out.

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KELLYFIT4U 9/19/2008 6:44AM

    YEAH that's great!!! Why is it that when you start looking great and are in shape people think you've stopped eating!?!?!?! My parents and several friends thought the same thing and were worried about me. I wish people would make the comment about so what type of workouts are you doing instead of are you eating enough!!! At least we know how we achieved are goals! Keep going girl your doing great!

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ABIZZLE7 9/18/2008 11:19PM


and although I love ketchup, lettuce and ketchup would keep me happy for about 2.3 seconds. ewww.

I'm sorry your friend is jealous, instead of supportive. It's a good thing you've got Collin - and us sparkpeople!

Congrats again!

and as for the competition in april - i'm looking forward to reading about it all as you blog as you continue your journey!

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THELILMERMAID 9/18/2008 11:06PM

    Hooray! Only 5 pounds to go out the door! I'm smiling right now looking at your WTF? face emoticon! That's funny. Your friend is an airhead! Everyone knows you have to be muscular in a fitness competition and lettuce dipped in ketchup sounds revolting! Yucky! emoticon Jill

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SEEHOLZ 9/18/2008 10:47PM

    First off, congrats on that weight loss! I know you're on a roll--- just do not roll away, okay?-LOL! Yes, the carb depleting DOES work! You are living proof!
It sounds to me like you have friends who suffer from some kind of "jeaulosy" thing or they mean well and are sincere, but cannot express it the right way?
As for eating lettuce & ketchup- unless you want to be a star of some weird freak weight loss movie, well, it might be kind of overrated!
Anyway dear friend--- just remember to be true to yourself, your goals and you'll be okay! Life is journey after all--- If you don't try, you won't see, for yourself, what you are made off! I say, live and learn! Go for it!
As for my pre-cautious wisdom- it probably just resonates my own insecurities at times- that fine between healhty and not so healthy, you know? Sometimes, that one can be tricky! Enough of that blah, blah, though!
Oh, I keep eating that protein and I keep feeling good! It's a pretty cool experience. I'm starting to dig these improvements. It gets better: I actually ate 1 banana, 2 servings of brocolli & carrots, 24 grapes & 5 baby carrots! I'm really digging my fruit/veggies. It even gets better than that, but I will update you later on the progress....
For now, good night, sleep tight and do not let the bed bugs bite!
Lastly: Do remember, when yout talk to those "strange" friends, how many people you are motivating at this very moment! You are amazing, strong and fit & muscular indeed!

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ROCKNROLL916 9/18/2008 10:01PM

    Yay, live it up girlfriend!!

And just ignore you're friend. The other different between you guys is you will age gracefully because you take care of your body. You can rub it in her face when she is old and wrinkly someday! LOL

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/18/2008 8:45PM

    Oooh, it's always been one of my pet peeves when people who DON'T live a healthy lifestyle make not-so-encouraging comments about MY healthy lifestyle.

CONGRATULATIONS on hitting 130.2!!!!!!!!!!!! You are working SO hard, and it's paying off!

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RUN2009 9/18/2008 7:31PM

    It's great to have this site so we can have encouragement from people who understand the value of hard work when it comes to losing weight. You are doing amazing! congratulations!

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RUNNINGWILD 9/18/2008 6:57PM

    I think the problem arises with the confusion between a fitness competitor and a body builder. I've watched both on television and I've NEVER been a fan of body builders. They don't looke sexy (IMHO) and they do look a little unhealthy (also MHO). Fitness competitors look like "real" women. Curvy, strong, healthy.
Tell her not to worry... if you post a pic and you're starting to look like you're starving *I'LL* hunt you down and stuff you full of carbs, proteins and fats. emoticon
And seriously? ketchup and lettuce?? *shudder*

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30s on/30s off run

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I really didn't want to do my BORING run this morning nor did I really want to do my piece-meal basement circuit! So I decided to try melding the two exercises together! WOW, what a great workout!
I took the short loop (4.5 km ...since I got off to a late start) so my plan was to attempt walking for 30 seconds, then running (not my usual jog) for 30 seconds. (Think SPEED BURSTS)
It was SO much better then just running at the same pace for the entire loop! Also, I was faster this way! I made it home in 27 minutes flat! (I think when I jog it, at my pace, I get home at 29 minutes!) Shaving off 2 minutes from my original time is a pretty huge accomplishment! I'm quite proud of me!
And no knee pain! WOO HOO! Not even an incling of pain anywhere! (I'm attributing my speedy recovery time to my excellent nutrition and hydration schedule.)

I was talking to the girls at the gym yesterday (ARMS circuit with Wendy) and of course we started discussing diet. I mentioned the "protein pancakes" and everyone made the worst faces and said how much they HATED them or threw them out they were so bad! I piped up in the defence of the pancakes and said "They are good tasting with cinnamon, but a little dry and quite heavy!" One of the other girls mentioned that she actually cooks the oats BEFORE she adds them to the protein powder and egg mixture. She said this helps keep them moist and fluffy. Hmm... I was SO curious, I tried making them again this morning with her method, and SON-OF-A-GUN.... they were fluffy and had the texture of REAL pancakes! OMG! AMAZING! Not only that, but by cooking the oats first actually DOUBLED the amount of pancakes the same amount of ingredients made!!! (Hence, making the pancakes LESS DENSE!)

Seriously, you must be DYING to try making my protein pancakes now, right? emoticon
Well, here's the recipe! Bon Apetit!


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GUNGHONIA 9/18/2008 11:55PM

    I HEART interval-training! And if ya do it regularly, your boring ol' same-tempo runs'll end up faster, too.:)

I might hafta give those protein pancakes a go!...

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RUTHXG 9/18/2008 4:03PM

    Cool! I have saved your recipe so I can try it when we get some protein powder. Almond extract & cinnamon are two of my favorite flavors, so I've gotta try it.

I've been doing some sprints in the midst of my own jogging, which tire me a bit so then I often fall back to walking a little while. According to the Spark fitness tracker it does burn a lot more calories. Hopefully that will help us both get some more weight loss soon.

Best wishes with your performance diet! I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.

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MICHELAR 9/18/2008 3:35PM

    Hi doll, I see you are doing amazing and looking it too! emoticon


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SEPPIESUSAN 9/18/2008 3:06PM

    Congrats on shaving time off your run - that's my current goal too!!!!!

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SWEET*TOOTH 9/18/2008 2:48PM

    Um....I actually AM seriously dying to make those pancakes! I'm glad those ended up working out for you. Also, I'm so happy that you are able to run again (without the pain) and enjoy it! The circuit training with running and walking is probably burning more calories, AND it's more fun! Awesome job, girl!

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    YAY for no knee pain!!!! Awesome run/walk, too!!!! You are ROCKIN' it, girl!! I think I will try that. When I run constantly my knees kill me!

The pancakes.....if they are fluffy and have the same texture as the "bad for you pancakes" that is awesome! I want the recipe!!!!!!


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SEEHOLZ 9/18/2008 1:57PM

    I guess I got my question answerered: Yep, that sounds like the ones I used to make all the time! I think it might be time to pull that recipe back out! It's oats, egg whites and something... no, I'm not dying at all to eat any-- pancakes and donuts never really call my name- but, I am going to give them a try.
With the fall weather coming, I decided to go for the overnight steel cut apple oatmeal. I haven't had that for months. It was okay--- oats and me have a love/hate relationship. I either love them or I'd prefer stale bread- well, almost!
In any case, I'm really glad you made your pancakes super yummy! Cinammon can do wonders with all kinds of oats/apple type things! Totally agree on that one!

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ROCKNROLL916 9/18/2008 1:49PM

    Awesome way to judge your emotions, and update your workout to stay focused!! That's a lesson I need to learn myself!! You are a role model!

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1STEP4WARD 9/18/2008 1:30PM

    Sounds like you had a good workout! It always helps adding a new spin on a boring routine to get things going. This always makes it feel more accomplishing too!

You are right...pancakes sound great!!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 9/18/2008 12:10PM

    Sounds like your workout was intense. And you're right, I want to try those pancakes!

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Day 2 of Competition Nutrition

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I don't know what happened to me yesterday, but I turned into a BIG cry baby! LOL emoticon
I was at the gym, planning on doing my heavy weight training (LEGS) first then go outside for a rollerblade or some form of cardio... well, I was an hour into my circuit and I had 2 exercises (@3 sets each) left and I could n't find the right machines to use for them. I felt like I was wasting time just wandering, until I spotted it: the glute lift machine! It was not quite the same as the "butt master machine" I use at my regular gym, but I figured it would suffice none the less.
(the machine at the gym I normally use looks like the above picture but the machine that I was about to use looked like this:
I din't feel very comfortable as soon as I hopped onto the machine... even with only 20lbs on the stack, but I pushed on anyways. (dumb idea) I upped the weight on the stack to 50 lbs and started my sets... right leg made it through ok... but I then went to do my left legs set... UGH. My foot managed to slip off the stupid foot thingy (in a southward direction) allowing said foot thingy to crash down on my ankle with 50 lbs of stacked weight on it!
DAMN! emoticon
It hurt and I was embarrassed about making the stack crash like that! I immediately looked back to make sure there was NO BLOOD... and I saw only redness around my ankle and calf area. (A bruise, I thought!) Suddenly my eyes started to well up with tears. OMG.. no, NO CRYING AT THE GYM!
I quickly got off that DEVIL MACHINE and decided to skip the remaining exercise in my leg workout and head home... I was having a really hard time remaining composed walking out of the fitness facility, so I put my sunglasses to hide my eyes!
When I finally reached my car, the flood gates opened! I was a sobbing mess! (And at that point it was not even hurting anymore!) I cried all the way home. This put me in such a funk that I couldn't even muster up the energy to do my cardio! "Tomorrow will be a better day!", I had to tell myself.

Weirdness, eh? I don't know what got into me! I am not usually that fragile!

SO today IS a better day! I started things off with a 6.5km run (34 minutes total time) I stretched and now I feel great! I started today off AGAIN with protein pancakes... I just couldn't get over how GOOD they were yesterday. However, I think I'm over them already (so soon?) because todays batch was really quite dry and hard to choke down.

According to my meal plan, this is what I should be eating for the rest of the day:
Meal 1: 4 egg whites with onions, pepers & mushrooms, 1/2 C oats. green tea, vitamins
Meal 2: 3/4 C celery & peppers, 1 T. almond butter or peanut butter
Meal 3: 6 oz. chicken breast, 1 C. green veggies
Meal 4: protein shake (made with water)
Meal 5: 5 oz. lean meat (chicken, fish, beef) on leafy green veggies, 1/2 C. brown rice or 1/2 C. cooked yam
Meal 6: protein shake (made with water) with small orange.

I can already tell that I will be making small modifications to this plan (because I don't have oranges in the house!) but I'm sure that's OK! ( long as I don't start swapping out the 5. oz lean meat for a *Big Mac*... right?)
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RIDGW004 9/18/2008 5:43PM

    I agree with you, the"butt" machine is evil. emoticon

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ROCKNROLL916 9/18/2008 1:44PM

    I agree with Seeholz... just a trigger that released all your pent up emotion (stress from training, dieting and you own expectations?!). We women cry instead of punching stuff! Though that soun ds like a good double-duty fitness idea... kick-bowing or boxing? Release that emotion AND get fit!

Anyway, good luck with the food, you are doing awesome!!

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GUNGHONIA 9/18/2008 1:15AM

    YOWCH! That sounds painful, and like an easy way to hurt yourself! I hope there were no lingering after-effects and that the only thing bruised was your ego (yeah, like that hurts any less or heals any faster than a hematoma)

If it makes you feel any better, while I was doing my warmup this morning on the elliptical, a girl walked in front of me and totally slammed her elbow against the mirror-plated pillar in the middle of the cardio deck, cracking one side of the mirror to bits. I felt so bad for her - not only was she in pain, she looked absolutely mortified.

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SEEHOLZ 9/17/2008 9:40PM

    Oh no---- BIG HUGS to you!!!
Just a FYI-- I heart you! As much as I want you to be the fitness model queen you deserve to be, seriously be careful about low carbing-- that alone can give you low serotonin levels and with winter coming--- just be aware--- I know it'll mean so much to you that you can do this, but also remember to save your strength and "crabbiness" for the real thing! Other than that, don't worry about the crying! Sometimes, crying is just that--- a release of pent up emotions. As long as you are not hurt, things are okay- who cares what people think at the gym- no one even noticed, I bet.
So glad to hear you're doing better today!
Hugs dear friend!

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NICKEL51 9/17/2008 3:44PM

    Hey, Cry Babies RULE! Hope your foot/ankle isn't hurt for your Competition. Also, you are doing so good with the diet. It takes sooo much more work than peole think to eat 6 times a day, let alone eat the specific foods you are listing. You are looking great!

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TESS6166 9/17/2008 12:48PM

    Wow... you sound like me! It's totally the diet... I am not myself either. Hang in there, keep the end goal in sight.

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/17/2008 12:25PM

    Fifty pounds to the ankle?? OUCH!! Hope you're feeling better today.

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MOMOF2GR8KIDS 9/17/2008 12:21PM

    Hi there!

Sorry about the gym injury....sounds like it hurt!

As for your out of character reaction....Blame it on carb deprivation....the first few days for me cutting back on carbs is way worse than PMS!! Even if I've been previously eating clean. The better news is, after the first few fragile days, it gets way easier and my emotions seem to level least that's how it works for me.

Best of luck...sounds like you're doing great...your newest pic looks awesome!

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SHINYREDSHOE 9/17/2008 12:12PM

    Uggh...glute lift machine or medieval torture device?

Glad you're ok! Nice job on the run this morning.

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First day of Competition Nutrition

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Today is my FIRST day attempting to follow the "Competition Nutrition" plan. (Basically it differs from what I WAS eating by adding MORE protein and subtracting most of the carbs and dairy)

Here's my meal plan for the day: (I chose the easiest most tasty day to start with... do you blame me? LOL)

Meal 1 - 2 protein pancakes*, 1 tbsp almond butter
Meal 2 - apple and almonds
Meal 3 - turkey wrap in WW pita, medium garden salad, no dressing
Meal 4 - protein shake, apple
Meal 5 - chicken stirfry (with mixed veggies), 1/2 cup rice
Meal 6 - 3 egg whites + 1 whole egg scrambled with spinach and peppers

Sounds ok, right? So far, the protein pancakes I made were freaking AWESOME!!! I topped them with almond butter and cinnamon! YUM!!!

I plan on getting out for some cardio this afternoon (maybe a rollerblade) after my leg weight training session. It's supposed to be +25oC today so I took the day off! (... it is SO nice having MANY remaining vacation days still to take!)
*see my SPARK PAGE/ RECIPES for recipe of my Protein Pancakes!

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SWEET*TOOTH 9/17/2008 10:28AM

    I totally respect you for doing this. WOW! That's discipline! And those pancakes sound wonderful. I'll have to try them!

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GUNGHONIA 9/17/2008 2:19AM

    Dude, if the pictures alone weren't enough, your meal breakdown is makin' me salivate;)

Please keep posting your Six A Day. I can use all the inspiration I can get! ;)

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LITTLEWING21 9/16/2008 7:07PM

    Loooks sooo yummy! I love almond butter and cinnamon!

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DIANEMARY126 9/16/2008 6:51PM

    good luck with the nutrition!! i know you can do it!

your pic below (the trial pose) looks great too!

eating is the harder part and the part that counts more, it's not fair!!

maybe the gains on the scale is muscle?


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MY_BEST_LIFE 9/16/2008 5:58PM

    Good luck! I know you can do it.
And - I LOVE the new pics!

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SEEHOLZ 9/16/2008 3:01PM

    I used to make awesome protein pancakes, as well. You definitely gave me a great breakfast idea-- did you use oats to make yours?
All the stuff that is on your plan, I like anyways!
Oh- of course it's good to start out on your diet on a day when you're home - easier to make everything!
Guten Appetit!

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TESS6166 9/16/2008 1:11PM

    Hi! Do you know how many cals and carb grams the diet has? Just curious, as my carb cycle is coming up...

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/16/2008 1:04PM

    I have apples and almonds for snacks every day..... they're great snacks. :)

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KSTYLEFITNESS 9/16/2008 12:35PM

    This looks very simple and very doable. Good luck.

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DANNI10 9/16/2008 12:07PM

    Sounds great! What is the pancake recipe, I'm always looking for a excuse to eat pancakes?! You are going to be successful at this! I believe in you!!!!!

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