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Grain Free?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

So, today I am toying with the idea of going grain free. I've thought a LOT about changing my diet to cut some thing outs (not entirely, but at least to cut waaaay back on them). I've always, ALWAYS known I need to cut down on carbs and sugar. Mostly sugar, but I do so adore carbs as well.

This morning I was reading an article about acne and what the probable cause is on Dr. Mercola's website
. I have suffered from acne for as long as I can remember, and I am so very tired of it. I have known for years that it is related to my diet because I went on a low-carb diet in high school and had the best skin I've ever known. Well, the low-carb thing was impossible for me to continue, but I think a low/no grain low/no sugar diet might be just the ticket.

I've hesitated until now to cut sugar out of my diet. I LOVE all things sweet. It is a horrible addiction, and to me life does not seem like as much fun if I can't have a homemade cookie at the end of the day. Right now the idea of cutting sugar out completely is too much for me to handle, but considering I only usually eat one sweet a day, I'm thinking I will simply stick to that one sweet a day and modify my recipes to grain-free options (i.e. using almond or potato flour instead of wheat flour).

I figure this will work for me because even when I was on the low-carb diet, I was still able to eat one sugar laden treat a day while reaping all the benefits of a low-carb diet (e.g. weight loss, clear skin, no cravings, etc.). If I find it's not working in the future, I will reassess at that time.

In essence, I am returning to my low-carb diet of high school, but this time all fruits and vegetables (aside from corn which is actually a grain) are fair game. If I want an apple, I'm having one. If I want peas, I'm having those too. The only difference this time is no grain-based foods, and sugar is only allowed once a day.

At first I was really nervous that all my old recipes would become impossible, but once I found out about almond flour, bean vermicelli, and wild rice (which is a seed and NOT a grain, hallelujah!), I was onboard. Quinoa is going to become much more of a staple in my house, and I'm looking forward to my recipe substitutes!

I feel such a sense of relief in this plan. When I was on the low-carb diet in high school, I was hungry *all the time*. I *need* carbs to feel sated. The idea that I can still have potatoes, and starchy veggies, and fruit with a meal has finally given me the courage to try again because I know I won't be hungry all the time, and there will be plenty of options for me at restaurants. I just have to pick the ones that don't contain grains!

It's funny. As I think more about this, it makes more and more sense that grains are my problem and not carbs. Starchy things have never given me an issue, but just yesterday I was telling a friend that even though oatmeal is considered a super healthy meal, it always makes me hungry and gives me a bad bloated feeling. Potatoes and beans on the other hand, have never given me any problems. I feel great after a bean laden meal!

I'm not going to say that I'll never have a grain meal again. I do so love wheat-based pizza every now and then, but I'm hoping that cutting way back on grains will really help me.

Here's hoping.


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DENIJA 7/15/2013 12:36PM

    I wouldn't say I'm grain free, but I don't eat rice, pasta, bread and most of the grain stuff. I sometimes eat pita bread, sometimes rice crackers and cake when someone's having a birthday. Bust ever since I cut out I would say 95% of grain, I feel much, much better. I can't promise you acne free skin, but I think it's worth to try. Good luck! :)

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RUNJEWELRUN 7/15/2013 12:16PM

    I feel the same way!

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RIVEKKAH 6/10/2011 2:39PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see how it goes! :)

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GAIIAGIIRL 6/2/2011 10:21AM

    I love quinoa! It seems like you're ready to take this on. I hope it works for you! Best of luck!!

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MYLADY4 6/1/2011 8:53PM

    Love Quinoa with spinach and feta (a spark recipe). I have a wheat allergy so I have been grain free for years. It's not so bad.

Hope it helps and good luck.

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KAKIPOPUP 6/1/2011 6:12PM

    Check out some of the Low-Carb teams - grains are a big issue for me, too - and I find I'm more sensitive to sugar than I ever used to be - seems like metabolism shifts over time...

That being said, I'm also stuck on a plateau....

There's a link to one Low Carb team on my page - another one that might be helpful is the Carbohydrate Addicts team (that program sounds like it might fit you more easily than some of the less flexible ones -

Good luck!

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A little more complaining...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Welp, that's it. I'm just making bad choice after bad choice.

I'd say I'm not motivated, but I'm always hearing advice that says that isn't true. Of course, I'm motivated. But for some reason, I just keep making the *wrong* decisions about what to eat. I guess at the precise moment I make the wrong decision, I want the wrong thing more than I want to be thin, but I DO really, really want to be fit and healthy...

Part of it is that I'm out of town, and I have been out of town almost every weekend for the past 2 months. I haven't figured out quite what to do when I go out of town. It's so difficult for me to do healthy things in a restaurant. I always want something I wouldn't or couldn't make at home for myself. Usually this isn't a problem, but when you're out of town every single weekend, it becomes a problem pretty quickly.

The good news is, I've already set two goals for when I get home.

1) Back to my calorie ranges!

2) Add a vegetable to EVERY meal. Usually I only eat veggies at dinner, I'm hoping the extra fiber/nutrients at each meal will help me get back on track.

I always get to this point. This is just another EPIC mental battle... for some reason the good voices always lose. But not this time. Saturday morning it is BACK TO IT! I won't be going out of town again for a while (I hope), so this should be a good opportunity to get into a routine again.

Please, PLEASE, just let the good voices in my head win for once. I'm so tired of the yo-yo.

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RIVEKKAH 3/24/2011 2:07PM

    Foofikins, I can totally relate to this. My teammates and friends LOVE to go out to eat. I, however, have started to just say no from time to time. Being out of town, I easily convince myself that a vacay doesn't require calorie counting. And you know J is easily convincing at times too. LOL. I also try to pick items that I know I want and maybe ask to have them modified slightly to make it a bit healthier. Or tell myself that I am only allowed one unhealthy item a day. I also like Reeku's idea too. :) I hope you find something that works!

PS: I miss you!

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REEKU731 3/23/2011 8:25AM

    I can completely relate to you my friend - I don't see the point in spending money on something I can make at whenever I go out, I order something different (which usually means its has at least twice the calories!)

You need to give the good voices back their power! Don't "hope" that you'll listen to them, because you haven't in the past. Tell yourself that the bad voices sabotage you and the good voices need to be stronger.

One trick I use is from a book called "The End of Overeating" - it talks about breaking down food into what it actually is to turn off your desire for it. For example, if you go out to eat and you want Buffalo Wings with Ranch dressing - be honest with yourself as to what they are. They are fatty meats, rolled in egg/flour & fried (probably twice), rolled in a sugary/salty sauce with another sugary sauce on the side. So, are you going to allow yourself to eat fat fried in fat rolled in sugar/salt and dipped in sugar??? All of a sudden it doesn't sound very appetizing anymore, huh???

Its an odd trick, but it really works for me! Some days will always be harder than others (and sometimes I still break down and order the Buffalo Wings) - but it helps make those times fewer and farther between. If you're still concerned - pick up that book I mentioned...its a good read!

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MCDOWN75 3/23/2011 7:02AM

    I'm right with you on eating away from home. Sounds like you have a good plan. Stick with it and have courage. You can do it.

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KAKIPOPUP 3/23/2011 3:15AM

    I always have more difficulty staying with my plans when my routine changes - are these out of town trips something you want to do or something you have to do? I find that when I'm doing something I have to do, I am more apt to reward myself with food (or feel like not having what I want, as opposed to what I "should" have, is deprivation)....

Hang in there! You will find your way through it... emoticon

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BEYONDFENCES 3/22/2011 9:30PM

    I understand the troubles with being out of town, I'm gone more often than I'm home and restaurants were my best friend but I've figured out stopping into the grocery store to pick up a packet of lunch-meat and an apple or a sandwich from the deli, packing a small cooler and picking places like Subway or Mongolian BBQ can help me stay on track better... Its tough but it is doable!

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It's starting to get a little scary.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Whew. I. am. struggling.

I've had two major, unplanned pig-outs this week. I've been so HUNGRY!

Honestly, I'm scared. I'm at that point I always get to in my weight loss where my body decides to go into lock-down because it's afraid I'm going to starve it to death. An insatiable, unstoppable hunger kicks in, and I am powerless to resist. (I'm not trying to be dramatic. I honestly cannot stop myself from eating when I get this kind of hunger. Believe me. I've tried.).

I'm hoping these past few days have been due to PMS. I often experience insane hunger around that time, and if that's the case, I know I will get back to normal. At this point, I'm optimistic that that is the reason for my pig-outs. I had one on Saturday, a normal day Sunday (which is why I'm optimistic), and another one yesterday. So, there is still hope.

Does anyone else have experience with this type of thing? Where each time you get close to your goal you body goes INSANE with hunger? This is the reason I have yo-yo dieted 20 lbs. back and forth over the years. I don't *ever* give-up. I just get to the point that I can't stand the hunger anymore.

I'm not experiencing cravings (though I have those too on occasion). There's nothing specific I want, and I tend to binge on things that are fairly healthy/nutritious. My main goal during the pig-outs is just to stop feeling so hungry!

I feel like my body is *really* resisting change and working against me. My last weigh in (after all these months of doing so well), showed a gain despite sticking to my program.

I'm frustrated. I've resigned myself to the fact that I may not lose any more (at least not right now), but I certainly don't want to do any gaining.

Has anyone else out there had similar yo-yo gaining experience like this? How did you overcome it?

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    Maybe you are starving yourself and the body is seeking to preserve calories.

You have to maintain a eating pattern.

Not knowing all of your specifics, I'll just use some norms.

A woman needs about 1800-2000 calories a day. Maybe even a little more. How low are you taking your calories? If you are going below say 1600...maybe 1500, you are going to fast. Remember, this isn't a race we are in. Up your food intake slightly. Remember to snack. Something healthy...say an apple, those work for me.

Are you trying to lean up while losing weight? You need to think about building more muscle mass. Start a weight lifting program. Nothing boosts metabolism and burns fat like a few extra lbs of muscle. Weights is also a great way to work on specific areas of concern...arms, legs, butt, chest, tummy. Target your areas, add a little more muscle and watch the fat start to drop.

For a while you may not see the weight drop. That's happening to me now. I have been "stuck" at 194 lbs for a while now yet people keep telling me I am losing weight. What I am doing is dropping fat and adding muscle since I have been pretty regular at hitting the weights 3-4 days a week since the first of the year. I am already seeing a difference, and apparently, so are others...whoo hoo

Once this questionable weather finally clears and the regular walking kicks back in, I will lose the rest of the blubber I seek to lose.

You can do this!

Ahhh...soon the good tomato's will be showing up at Linda's, then we have it made!!

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CELEBRATELIFE1 3/8/2011 7:04PM

    i have the same problem. I noticed that my insatiable hunger usually comes after I increase the intensity of my workouts for a week or so. I don't know if I need to increase my food at this time also.

I hate increasing my food because I need to lose the weight, but this is also keeping me yoyoing. After eating more food I then turn to junk food, ugh! and then I don't want to work out because I have become sluggish. I'm doing good now, so I'm listening to the comments given to you. I hate this vicious cycle.

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KA_JUN 3/8/2011 3:51PM

    I don't yo-yo, but I would ask how your protein intake is going? I find that if I'm not getting enough protein or eating enough whole grain, weird stuff starts happening (e.g. the ravenous stuff).

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TGEVING1 3/8/2011 3:30PM

    i agree with reeku731.

when i get ravenously hungry its normally when im not drinking enough water and im not getting enough snacks in. i try to eat something every 2 - 3 hrs when it comes to snacks.

so for example, i would have a apple, banana and a granola bar for snacks through out the day. my banana would be my mid morning snack and an hr later i would eat lunch. then i would wait about 3 hrs and i would eat my apple... then i would wait an 1.5 hrs and i would eat my gronal bar. then i would wait another 2.5 hrs for dinner time. this might help you or it might not!

im not sure if your are having snacks between meals or not. as most posters have said its a good idea to share with us what your are eating.

hang in there. we are here to help!

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KATELOSS2009 3/8/2011 1:57PM

    HUGE +1 to what Reeku said - post up what you're eating, and we can help. oftentimes, if I'm getting too many carbs (for me, more than 120/day) and not enough fat, I get HUNGRY. my body needs the fat. I also have to temper my 1400 calories/day days with a 1800 calories/day day here and there... scheduled "binges" help my body stay feeling ok...

and yes, I go through the swings, too, so take the pressure of being "insane" and know that you're "normal, swing hungry."

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REEKU731 3/8/2011 1:49PM

    Hey hon - I can definitely help you with this and there might be a few things that are causing this to happen. When a binge triggers it can be because of a few things - some emotional and some chemical. Before I can give you my professional advice, I have a few questions for you?

How many calories are you eating daily for your weight loss (not counting the binges)? What do you typically tend to eat most of - proteins, fats, carbs (which can be breads, pastas, fruits or veggies)? How much fluids are you drinking daily (not just water)? Are you tracking all your food daily?

When your body freaks out like this, most of the time its due to something its lacking and seeking to gain in the binge. Once I can figure out what this might be, I can give you advice on how to fix it - don't stress about it. This is something that everyone needs to overcome at some point. But there's something going wrong with your diet that's causing your body to flip out, and that's what we'll work on together if you want to!


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RIVEKKAH 3/8/2011 1:33PM

    I think that our bodies just go through changes and try to adapt as best as can. Plateaus exist in all weight loss journeys. Sometimes we end up hungry, moody, tired, etc. It's all about just finding the right balance. Instead of focusing on the negative and stressing about it, think about the good things you are doing; the healthy foods you are making from scratch, the time you get to exercise, biking, kayaking, visiting awesome people around the USA (and in Memphis!). And before you know it, I bet you'll be through that plateau/change and back on track!

(PS: Can't wait to see you!)

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The Woes of a Bad Weigh-In

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I can't lie. I'm upset.

Things were going along so nicely, and then today, three weeks after my last weigh-in, I step on the scale to see a 4 lbs gain.

Granted, the last time I weighed myself, I had just had the stomach flu, so I was likely dehydrated, and I hadn't eaten much in the past 24 hours before my weigh-in.

Nonetheless... I'm bummed. Even the weigh-in 2 weeks *before* my stomach bug was less than today's weigh-in.

I don't know what happened. It's actually a little strange. I was excited about today's weigh-in because my clothes have been feeling looser. I felt like I really had a chance to see something closer to my goal than I've ever been. Then I stepped on the scale to find I'm still 10 lbs away!

I keep trying to tell myself that it doesn't matter. I feel healthy where I am, I fit into all of my clothing, and I feel really *good* about myself and my looks... At least I did... until I stepped on the scale this morning.

I'm just bummed. I'll get over it, but today makes me feel a little defeated. Like maybe it's time to readjust my goals because I never actually *will* reach my goal weight.

Don't worry. I'm still going to stick to my calorie range. I'm planning to do that forever simply because I feel my best when I do. I'm just having one of those bummer days I guess.

I never should have attached a number to my success, but I can't help it. Since high school I've wanted to see 150 on the scale again. I just do, there's no changing it, and 150 is a perfectly acceptable weight goal. I just can't believe I saw a gain despite my sticking to the plan the past 3 weeks.

There are a few things that could be contributing to it. I eat too much fat most days. I go over by probably 10 grams a day. Carbs and proteins are always fine, but I just can't seem to keep my fat grams within range. However, I did read that 50 years ago people ate diets that were about 45% fat per day and still managed to be normal weight and healthy... So, I dunno.

Maybe I'm at a plateau? Do you sometimes see gains with a plateau?

Argh. I should be happy where I am. I really should. I feel so GOOD about myself without knowing the number on the scale. Why is 150 so important to me? I guess part of it is that I want to be *well-within* my BMI range. The top weight for my BMI is 164, and at 160... I'm pretty close to the top. I'm not a man, so without the extra muscle mass most men have, I really should be closer to 150 than 160...

Another part of it, if I'm perfectly honest with myself, is that a lot my friends of similar height and build weigh about 150. I don't want to look exactly like them, but I do think they look very healthy and attractive weight-wise, and I would like to be that as well.

Despite all the logical thoughts directing me otherwise, I feel like this is unfair. I've been doing so well... I've been eating within my ranges, working out. I haven't been weighing every week so I don't get discouraged... It's just not fair. I should be really close to my goal by now, and I'm not. I'm supposed to be at my goal weight by the end of March according to initial calculations by SparkPeople. I've been doing this for such a long time now... I *deserve* to see that 150 on the scale.

Plus, now I know that my thoughts of my clothing being looser were just a figment of my imagination. I'm not putting on any new muscle... I know it because my workout routines haven't changed in any way to promote muscle building. My body just.... hasn't changed.


Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer today. I just had to get all my thoughts out.

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MCDOWN75 2/26/2011 6:36AM

    Ignore that stupid scale. There are tons of things that affect your weight. As you said, your clothes are fitting better. What are your measurements? That could be a better indicator. You are doing good. Don't get down. emoticon

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DR1939 2/25/2011 12:10PM

    Years ago people did more manual labor. Vacuum cleaners had to be pushed, most people walked or rode buses, and most worked at jobs that did not include sitting.

Given all that, it's still painful to see an increase on the scale rather than a decrease. We all feel your pain.

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RIVEKKAH 2/24/2011 9:14AM

    Throw that bloody scale away! You and it are definitely not friends. If your clothes feel better and looser on you, then I would take that into account more so than a number on a piece of plastic and metal!

I KNOW that you are doing a fantastic job with food and exercise. Stay positive and keep focused. Or else I'm going to drive my butt over there just to remind you how wonderful you already are.

(And yes I understand your frustration.....I think we have all been there a time or two...maybe three or four, etc. I know I have. But you are stubborn and beautiful and are going to make this happen for you. I just know it!)

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KAKIPOPUP 2/23/2011 8:53PM

    No advice or solutions - but here's a emoticon emoticon

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    Its muscle gain :)

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DANCINCAJUN1 2/23/2011 12:43PM

    very well written and reflects what a lot of us go through .... I've had 3 weeks of blah and either a small gain or stay the same .... nice weather got me inspired again and now I want to conquer for sure ... good luck to you.

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KKINNEA 2/23/2011 12:31PM

    I'm there with you and I have less to lose than that. I had been about 8 pounds lighter, more easily but I also didn't get to eat chocolate!

I decided today, on a similar downcast weigh-in, that as long as I try to keep my calories in range and continue my run training - a marathon in October - that I will accept whatever I see on my scale each Saturday (today was a cheat weigh-in since I felt the same way you did!).

We can do it!!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMOM 2/23/2011 12:26PM

    I'm having a similar problem! I used to be able to melt the pounds off whenever I wanted by diet and exercise but when I started again after my chemotherapy it's been hard. I have lost some weight but not in the last three weeks. It will eventually come off just keep working hard.

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A little pig-out

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tonight I slipped up for the first time (unplanned) in a while. I just couldn't get the idea of MORE food out of my mind. So, I had a serving of chips... And then I had a serving of yogurt with strawberries... and then I had another serving of chips. All in all about 400 calories extra today. Could have been much worse.

I just wonder why that happens. Why some nights is it so easy to stop thinking about food and other nights you just *need* more? Cannot stop thinking about more no matter how hard you try or how much you distract yourself... Strange.

Here's hoping tomorrow will be easier.


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KATELOSS2009 2/11/2011 11:12AM

    definitely could have been worse - remember, it's not the daily totals that make or break your journey - it's the weekly averages... some days, your body really does need more - maybe you're fighting off a cold... some days, your body needs less. as long as we average out ok, it's still a weekly caloric deficit, which means pounds lost...


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DR1939 2/10/2011 8:27PM

    Tracking what you eat really does help to control your eating. Just think, if you were not aware of the calories and that you were going to have to write them down, you probably would have eaten a whole lot more. Good for you for keeping things under control.

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TOOTHFUL99 2/10/2011 10:14AM

    For me, it seems to be hormonal. Certain times of the month I crave everything!

Looks like you had the classic "salty/sweet/salty/sweet...." thing going.

No worries. You're still doing great!

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REEKU731 2/10/2011 8:46AM

    First of all - 400 calories are nothing to worry about! Some of my binges are significantly more drastic than that!!!

Next, if you're curious as to the mentality of overeating - there's a phenomenal book out there called "The End of Overeating" By David Kessler MD that is INCREDIBLE. He truly digs deep into the mental causes of overeating (from purposeful deception from restaurants to the mental struggle within our brains). Its well worth it, I promise!

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CHEVYGALPAULA 2/10/2011 7:50AM

    Been there...been there this week actually. We can't let the little slip ups get us down. Just have to get back on track right away. Take can do this!

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    If you have been working, then it isn't a slip.

It is a reward.

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KAKIPOPUP 2/10/2011 5:49AM

    Could have been way worse - and would have been, probably, in the past - you have made such great progress!

Your body must have needed something -

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CEBENZA 2/10/2011 12:52AM

    I like the way you talk to yourself. Tomorrow is a new day, and I should look at that instead of what I did for my pig-out today.

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ELYMWX 2/9/2011 11:42PM

    Oh, yeah, it could've been much worse...

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CEBENZA 2/9/2011 10:59PM

    Oh, you did so good.

My "little pig outs" are more like 1400-1600 calories, and I thought I was reining them in at that! emoticon

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