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I hate breakfast! Need suggestions!

Friday, July 08, 2011

I hate breakfast. It's not the time or idea of breakfast, it's the food. I don't like traditional breakfast foods, except Bear Claws, which I haven't had in months, if not years, an occasional waffle (flaxseed and whole wheat are preferred), bacon and eggs are acceptable, but Yawn! There has to be something better!

This morning, so far, I have had a cup of coffee and 1/2 peach. So I'll go in the kitchen and rummage through the refrigerator, make something for my DH and stand there wondering what I want.

I don't like cereal, oatmeal is okay, but is also so over done for me that I'm sick of it. The same is true for just about everything else I have had for breakfast for the last 4 years.

I am looking for suggestions on breakfast foods that will entice me as much as a bear claw, flax muffin, or whole wheat waffle. but is not the tired and over done "normal" breakfast. I guess I'll go have a piece of 7 grain bread with tuna and cheese on it, lightly broiled in the toaster oven. That's different and not normal. Maybe a thin slice of tomato on top will add a little Pazaz.

Suggestions welcome!

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CJANSEN40 8/2/2011 12:38PM

    you can have anything for breakfast, some days I have pepperoini and dip, or ham/salami rolls with cream cheese. good ole steak and eggs!

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1BEACHWALKER 7/16/2011 7:53PM

    Yogurt is mine! I go between yogurt, cereal, meal bar, oatmeal, cream of wheat or egg, toast. I love Publix fruit on the bottom yogurt or yo crunch flavored Greek yogurt. Who says you need to eat breakfast type foods anyway? If you want a sandwich, eat it with what you want on it! Peanut Butter, Egg, bacon, etc. As long as it has the same calories, nutrients,etc,-- go for it! emoticon

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XXMILAXX 7/16/2011 3:27AM

    Here's my 2 cents. I like oatmeal with peanut butter, eggwhite (cooked) and brocolli slaw cooked together or seperate, or eggwhite sandwich, fiberone or total cereal with almonds, sometimes fruits, or low cal bagel with cream cheese or eggwhite, or protein bar with banana on gym days, or protein shake with skim or 1% milk, eggwhite with a glass of v8, or if crunched for time a glass of milk, and when all else fails leftovers from dinner the night before. :-)

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LILACEOUS 7/11/2011 7:25AM

    The goal is to eat something to fuel your body and break the fast that a night's sleep creates. For the greatest part of our evolution we have eaten what was available to be consumed. Having enough food around to have a choice is an all to recent development. I say eat. Don't worry if your selection fits into someone else's definition of "breakfast"... just break the fast! Be well.

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ALLIGATORKATE 7/10/2011 2:06PM

    I could eat my home made low fat eggplant parmesan (a Spark recipe) every meal of the day! Who says you need "breakfast foods"? Eat "lunch" for breakfast!

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    Gotta tell ya, one of my favorite breakfasts is cabbage soup/stew. I will often make it in the crock pot over night and in the morning, I am dying to have some. Many think it's strange but I don't care. I have also been know to have salad for breakfast. I like to use salsa as dressing. Save on fat big time. I must have mixed up food cycles because I prefer breakfast food in the evening. I do like the oatmeal with pecans, raisins and cranberries. I also make baked oatmeal for the holiday brunch and then serve a wide variety of toppings to add. I say just eat what you want that is within your plan. It doesn't have to be "breakfast food". One of the reasons I like the soup is that it is warming in the winter and keeps me nice and full until lunch.

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/8/2011 5:40PM

    my favorite breakfast foods are oatmeal ( add nuts, brown sugar, or fruit to make it yummy), peanut butter granola (YUM), Chocolate Raspberry smoothies or Mango raspberry smoothie ( I use coconut milk ice cream as the base to increase the fiber!), pumpkin pecan waffles, quiche, and toast and hot cocoa! I occasionally have leftover pizza for breakfast too!!! Smiles Barb

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CRAZYWOMAN10 7/8/2011 5:31PM

    I dont know if you will like this..but this is what I love..I actually cant wait to eat it every morning..

1 Lite-N-Fit 80 calorie yogurt - I like Banana or Vanilla
1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean Crisp TOASTED BERRY CRUMBLE flavor..and mix with the yogurt.

Its very tasty....and goes GREAT WITH COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!

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PANSYLADY2 7/8/2011 3:38PM

    Eat whatever works for you!! My favorite breakfast USED TO BE a ham sandwich and piece of chocolate cake!! Like you, not one for "traditional" breakfasts.

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NINJA_SMOO 7/8/2011 2:22PM

  I'm not a fan of breakfast foods either - but you know what? The important thing is that you eat SOMETHING. Who cares if it doesn't fit into our mothers' idea of what breakfast should be?

I tend to have leftovers for breakfast if I'm in a rush, or whatever I feel like making, if I'm not.

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NORAHNICK 7/8/2011 1:07PM

    First, let me say that I'm a person who can eat anything for breakfast, including tacos, spaghetti, whatever.

But if you would like more breakfasty-sounding suggestions, the yummiest thing I've found so far is whole grain crisp bread (you'll find them with the crackers at your supermarket) with almond butter and cherry jam. I usually have that along with a yogurt. I prefer Greek yogurt to regular because it's thicker.

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MIRAGE727 7/8/2011 1:00PM

    Pat! Anything healthy to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning is good! (That's what D taught me. )
Whole wheat waffles with sugar free syrup or honey, Low cal crescent rolls, yogurt, with that peach chopped in it. I eat good in the morning and then careful the rest of the day. Even when i was losing all my weight. And now I'm maintaining. I need that bfast!

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/8/2011 12:43PM

    Thanks my Friends!
Marty - No bear claws! Check!
DRB - Thanks for the crunch idea. I love crunch so I will add yogurt, which I want to eat but never seem to include, and some crunch rice crispies or granola or nuts. Okay - I have a new idea building. Thanks so much!

More suggestions are welcome, too! emoticon

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DRB13_1 7/8/2011 12:28PM

    I can eat oatmeal a different way for over two weeks if I tried...
Remember you don't have to eat "traditional" breakfast foods (nor do you have to limit breakfast foods to first thing in the morning, sometimes breakfast for dinner is fun).
Maybe you can think about what you enjoy first thing in the morning - is it taste? Texture? Are you aiming for an energy boost?
Tea and toast wouldn't do it for me. Veggie scramble is a great option - you get protein which helps you feel full and the necessary nutrients your body needs for health. Green tea is not only beneficial, but can help your get "centered" with a warm, calming sensation.
Need crunch? Prefer a smoothie? Ever tried either a hot OR COLD soup? Rotate your options so you don't get bored.

Hope you find a solution! Most of all, use this as an opportunity to create a solid nutrition foundation for the day.

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MARTY728 7/8/2011 11:43AM

    No Bear Claws! A piece of 7 grain bread with tuna and cheese on it, lightly broiled in the toaster oven and a slice of tomato on top sounds great. I always overeat later if I skip breakfast. I eat whatever I want for breakfast as long as I stay on the my SP plan. We should NEVER be bound by what others think is the normal breakfast foods. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/8/2011 10:45AM

    Thanks all for your comments -
SwiftSeaTurtle - I am on a low carb plan, and all that I mentioned, except the bear claws are withing my plan limits. I can't eat bananas due to the quick high spike in the blood sugar level and grits are made from corn, which is a starch and does the same as a banana. Due to Pre-Diabetes, which I am close to beating, I am pretty limited in my choices of veggies and fruit in that I have to stay away from my favorites and watch the ripness (sugar content) of the fruit I eat. There is no easy, quick way to do it. I can't just open the cupboard, grab and eat. But then, breakfast was never easy for me.

Wow - so many don't eat breakfast. I suggest you reconsider how breakfast helps you and how many ways it helps. It's not just a personal thing.

The lifestyle I have chosen is so much better than way it was. I'm nearly healthy and I mean HEALTHY, not just close or better. I am so excited about it. I feel like I only have this one last problem spot to overcome. The rest I understand, and have a plan for and I'm learning how to utilize the plan, but breakfast - what a PAIN! I want that to change.

Thanks, all and have a Sparkling day!

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DANSAPPHI 7/8/2011 10:43AM

    I'm not a huge breakfast person either. So, sometimes I just have lunch in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. I mean, I'll eat eggs/oatmeal/cereal/toast some days if I want to, but I get bored of it as well.

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    I agree with you all the way! I make something for my hub. every morning (sometimes cook it the day before), but I don't want to do anything that early but have coffee.

Evidently you're not following low carb, since you mentioned so many. I started low carb 3 weeks ago. I thought eggs or egg beaters would be fine, but I got tired of them very fast. I didn't think I could drink protein shakes, but after a few days they taste fine. So easy, too. My plan 'mandates' 30gms protein for breakfast, and I don't make that many days. But my shake is 15gms.

Your tuna idea sounded great to me. Being creative is a good thing. Bears claws are yummy, but light years away from the way I'm eating now. I don't love the foods I'm eating, but I love the change I'm seeing.

Good luck!

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DARKTHOR 7/8/2011 10:14AM

    I have a green smoothie every morning. Banana, water, spinach, mango, berries. All you taste is mango and berries, which taste great and it is so good for you.

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    I make scrambled veggies.
With dinner we usually do a big mix of veggies, Onions, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots and more drizzled with olive oil & salt and pepper and baked or preferably cooked in foil over the charcoal BBQ. I use 2-3 eggs and a splash of water for every cup or so of veggies and scramble it up for breakfast. I usually have a 100 calorie whole wheat sandwich thin with it.

I also like the sandwich thins with fresh ground peanut butter and ground flax with a banana.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 7/8/2011 9:40AM

    I have a whole wheat english muffin for breakfast.
Sometimes I'll spread a little "lite" jam on it and sometimes I'll use some "lite" Laughing Cow cheese.

And sometimes I'll spread a little lite mayo and then top with a thick slice of tomato.

Comment edited on: 7/8/2011 9:42:16 AM

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KKKAREN 7/8/2011 9:30AM

    I hate breakfast too so I'm no help to you. Good luck!

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GINNJEN2000 7/8/2011 8:40AM

    Breakfast is a hard one. When I eat it which hasnt been as much as I should its oatmeal too. It does get a bit stale but its simple and then I can move on with my day.

Grits is good there are alot of ways to fix it too. Fruit salad made up the night before, yogurt?

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LADYWOLF71 7/8/2011 7:43AM

    You dont have to eat "breakfast" food for breakfast....try having something else you like in the morning...so long as its healthy and all of that fun stuff!

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    I skip breakfast.

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    I hate breakfast too, so I just do the oatmeal and fruit thing, and try not to think about it. I imagine I will be sick of that soon, but for right now I try to just think of it as a stop at the gas station to refuel for the day, and not a meal that I am meant to enjoy. When I can't look at another bowl of oatmeal, I will probably just go to eating anything i would for lunch or dinner. It may not be traditional, but I don't think the breakfast police are watching! emoticon

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SparkWheel Golf! Change a negative into a postive!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hi! SparkWheel Golf was my project for turning a consistant, almost irritating negative into a positive. You can find the game on SparkFlorida - The Official Team. It's free! It's Easy! And you can live anywhere in the world, including under the rock next to mine. You don't even have to be a member of SparkFlorida to play. It's in the game section and it's called SparkWheel Golf.

It starts again on July 9th and then every nine days later a new round starts. We play 18 "holes" and it takes nine days to finish the round. Since we spin the wheel twice daily, we play 2 holes per day. Yes we are a bit slow but our golf ball and clubs are the wheel and our mouse. The winner of the round will be announced and get a SparkGoodie for participation.

So if you are getting the smaller numbers on the SparkWheels and you feel like - yes it's free but when am I going to get one of those bigger numbers? Then join us and play along. Turn your negative into a positive. You may be rewarded by a SparkGoodie for your consistantly low numbers on those wheels.

Here is the link to the game! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

Keep Sparkling My Friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 7/8/2011 11:44AM


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RITZIBROWN 7/6/2011 3:40PM

    I don't know about the competition - the great idea is my inspiration to join emoticon See you on the course. emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/6/2011 12:08PM

    Well - bring 'er on! We love friendly competition! emoticon

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MSJULES01 7/6/2011 11:23AM

    I am from Northern Wisconsin. But I am going to check it out.
We do have a lot of golf course up here. So maybe we can have some friendly competition.

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GAC – Hurricane Mills TN Loretta Lynn’s Ranch & Plantation House

Friday, July 01, 2011

Our 3 guys go to Loretta’s and start out being the 3 stooges. I would think they would want to be somewhat normal around a super star like Loretta, but she is nowhere to be seen and they wear western hats and sing off key & “twangy”. They fade from our threesome’s voices and into Loretta’s song, In This Haunted House. Loretta does a couple of spots with the 3 guys that suddenly take on a very reverent attitude and spirit around Loretta, during the historical interviews, with manipulated film and reenactments.

At one point, Loretta tells them not to make “them” mad.
And of course the obligatory woman in white is haunting the place along with some rebel soldiers. Our lady in white is moaning, wringing her hands, and wandering the balcony grieving for her baby, which is buried beside her in the cemetery next door to the mansion.

A man dressed in black (Johnny Cash?) is seen by Loretta’s daughter and granddaughter. There are also footsteps heard on the back stairs by hard soled shoes and heels, every night. The public is not allowed upstairs as an employee was pushed down the stairs by unseen spirits upset with her straightening the pictures on the walls. There have been touches to employees so most don’t hang around in the house long.

Loretta claims the ghosts are happy there and they treat her right, so she treats them fine, too. Then she tells our guys, “don’t try to make ‘em leave, they’ll be making you leave.

Megan, Loretta’s granddaughter wants nothing to do with hunting ghosts with our trio (good choice). She’s seen enough of the black ghost and hearing footsteps all night.

There was a small battle on the property during the civil war and so they traipse down to the mill to check out those stories.

There is a slave pit under the house, with it’s entrance under the porch swing in front. Of course we know who gets locked down there all night while Zak and Nick wonder off to plan stuff - tricks on Aaron, no doubt.

No ghosts appear for cameos, the ghost box is used and sends them chasing from house to cemetery and back without any levitations, or anything else.

At one point, I thought Zak was going to get aggressive, but he seemed to remember Loretta’s admonitions in time and simmered down.

Silliness returns at the end of the show with Nick and Aaron packing up and leaving Zak alone on the front walkway, dreaming of spending the rest of his life on Loretta’s ranch.

Go to Google Maps and enter Hurricane Mills TN and you go right to The Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum. Not much else in the town. Look a bit south of the PO and you will see Anderson Cemetery. It’s on Loretta’s Ranch and her house looks to be just northeast of there.

Happy hunting! emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/5/2011 9:40PM

    Not me! I'm too scared of the dark. I keep feeling like I should turn around, but if I do I'd be nose to chin with some huge ghost and absolutely go freakazoid! No thank you! emoticon

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SONGBIRD800 7/5/2011 7:57PM

    Nice! I love ghost stories. Would love to do a haunted tour someday!

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Spark Wheel Golf!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I love the wheel! I spin it everyday and now that there is that Bonus wheel, I get to spin it twice as much! But I could have 8 out of 12 high numbers and I will get one of the four low numbers every time. Not a problem - they are, afterall, free! All I have to do is spin that wheel.

But I notice that there are a lot of Sparkers that think the wheel is broken. I too felt that way with consistantly small numbers. Come to think of it, those small numbers on the wheel were the most consistant thing in my life!

So I think we should play golf with them. You know the object of golf is to ge the lowest score. The idea would be to "play" 18 holes, in this instance, 18 spins. Add up all the points you win on the wheel for 18 spins and then compare them to others doing the same thing. The lowest score is the winner!

What would that do? Make you feel better. At least those low scores would count for something and it could be fun, too.

So if you would like to join in the Spark Wheel Golf club, let me know and we can enjoy a few rounds of "golf" with the wheel. We could start it every 9 days and more people could join in, too.

WooHoo! Spark Wheel Golf - join now! emoticon emoticon

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DSSECRETS 7/2/2011 7:32PM

    Count me in!

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GINNJEN2000 7/1/2011 8:25AM

    this is a funny idea but a good one.

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WETPTARMIGAN 6/30/2011 1:55PM

    Great idea! Where are you going to do this? You could use a forum thread on one of your teams or even start your own new team!

Besides just the fun of it, it might encourage some people to keep logging in, keep contact with the site no matter what's going on in their lives.

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PIPPAGREY 6/30/2011 6:55AM

    What a cool idea!

Of course today I'm already "losing" with a whole huge "5". emoticon

Maybe you should put this on the forum, though I don't know whether it would be in "fun and games" or "team discussion" with the other sparkwheel thread!

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WALIDGAZALA 6/30/2011 6:18AM


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Team Huddles!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm leader of SparkFlorida - The Official Team, Ghost Adventures Crew, Team - All Low Carbers Welcome! and Fact or Faked and it is amazing at the huddles that I see on the teams every day.

I try to jump in early, but lately, due to a schedule that is quite harried, I am getting in later in the day but it's pretty neat the things that you see on there and how many people huddle.

I belong to one team where I put in that I had started the coffee and tea and was starting breakfast and the team leader came in behind me and said she was making pancakes or something for breakfast and it's pretty much carried on from there. It's kind of fun to see who puts what on the huddle.

The interesting thing is that you get a point for the first 5 huddles you do every day. You can huddle more, but you don't get any points after the first 5. You can huddle more than once with the same team, which is interesting if you are quick and have some long sentence that won't make it onto one huddle.

You can put anything you want on a huddle, or you can pick a "generic" huddle from the list just by clicking on it. That's for the speed huddlers that just want to jump in and out real quick and be done with it.

But I always felt the huddle was a quick view of the health of the team. How many huddles are there for the day so far? If there was a lot - it told me that the team was doing well, if there was just a few it told me that the team was small or not doing so well.

But what I have learned, recently, is that there are so many team members out there that don't particiapte in the team huddle! I couldn't figure it out! Why not? I asked.

I'm a point collector. Everyday, unless I'm so tired I can't see straight, I am addicted to collecting all the points I can. I will do anything - almost - to collect the points available to me. My SparkPoints List is long and I try to max every section. I have debates with myself on how I would have divied out the points, like on the food tracker - did you know that you can get your total points by putting down breakfast and a snack, or breakfast and lunch. You don't even have to finish the food tracker for the day to get the full meal deal in the SparkPoints for Food Tracker. To me, it should be so many points for the main meals, like 2 points for breakfast, 2 for lunch, and 2 for dinner, then 1 point for a morning snack and 1 point for an afternoon snack. If you don't fill in all the meals, you don't get the points for that meal. Maybe you don't think that is fare, but I am not a good meal tracker. I usually go great right up to lunch or the afternoon snack and then fall apart at dinner.

Is this important? To me it is. I really need to keep track of the meals I eat. But I'm not good at it and the point system is not making me become better at it. I also think they should take points away from you if you eat too many calories or carbs for the day. Not being a computer geek I don't know how anyone would make a computer calculate stuff like that, but there must be a way. It just takes a smarter person in computers than I am to come up with the answer.

So, here is a plea to change, at least, the meal tracking point system. I need the incentive of the points in order to get my meal tracker out of the trash and into a useful item, because as it stands now, it isn't useful to me at all.

What do you think? Are you a point collector? Do you need help with your meal tracking?

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MARTY728 6/29/2011 12:22PM

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ALLIGATORKATE 6/29/2011 7:34AM

    About the nutrition tracker- I found MyFitnessPal to have a more user friendly nutrition tracker (for calories anyway). And don't be taking peoples points away!

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EVWINGS 6/28/2011 10:19PM

    I'm a long time hugger,,,,,, oops! huddler! emoticon

Now that I've learned how, I'm a point collector, too. I was so depressed when our DSL was out from Sat when we had a storm, until Monday afternoon. Now I have to start all of my streaks over.

I do enjoy your blog. I think it also helps for the team to get to know one another better, too.

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CBMOMOF3 6/28/2011 9:28PM

  I'm new to SP and was wondering what huddle in team was. Of course, I too am trying to get lots of points and you're right it's addicting. Thanks for explaining. I also think it's weird that you get your points without finishing the tracking. Or maybe I am just looking for ways to get more points. Thanks for your post - it helped me today

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