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Playin' Survivor and a recipe

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In our real life game of survivor, we are on month two without TV. We have internet in my "office", a converted Travel Trailer that sits close enough to the neighbors to "pirate" their air. The neighbors just happen to be our kids, so don't go thinking we get it for Free! LOL

Anyhow, when logging in to the computer this morning, the headline begs the question, "Is Juliana Hough's outfit too provocative for Prime Time? I just wonder, is that compared to the weekend's splash all over my screen, J LO's bare butt abroad (OK that was a loose translation)! Just sayin' what a way the networks have to keep people hooked.... Oh, brother.

I used to think watching Fashion Police was a just a guilty waste of time. Turns out....I was having some of the best times of my life!!! A little off color, but spot on with humor and fashion sense....Love to you Joan, miss you. Pulling the plug on the boobtube (hahaha - well that IS what my Dad always called it - hahaha) turned out to be timely.

Loving playing survivor - NO TV - WOO HOO! And a special shout out to my DH for my very own internet cafe! I am loving relaxing in here, Sparking, with my green tea.

Speaking of playing survivor, I made homemade ranch dressing with my "on hand" ingredients and saved a trip to the store. I've yet to check SparkRecipes for this one, but I will. I'm sure there is a similar recipe there with the nutritional info - LOVE that! In the meantime, here's my recipe:

1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp dry Ranch dressing mix (could use your own spices, better, I just happened to have this on hand)
1 tsp lite mayonnaise
Mix together. Chill. Taste. You can adjust the dressing with more dry mix and/or milk as needed.

I must say, I liked it more when I added the mayo. Still a two TBSP serving should only be around 100 mg of sodium and 1 gram of fat. Take THAT bottled salad dressing!

This kitchen experiment wasn't half bad if you already like the cardboard slab that IS a Wasa Cracker. I resisted buying a loaf of French bread at the store the other day. Indulged instead on a new package of Wasa light Rye Crackers. At 35 calories a slice, with no fat, sugar or salt to speak of, they are great little "slices of bread". My test was this; I sprayed butter Pam on a slice and sprinkled the top with a combo of sea salt and garlic powder. Wow! A fat free treat. Trust me, when I closed my eyes and chewed long enough, I was almost there! Wasa Crackers are a great carrier for a protein, jam or turns out garlic butter!

Have a Healthy and Happy Day All! Janey
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IRON_RESOLVE 10/3/2014 10:06AM

    l can't wait until it's my turn to play survivor!! Way Awesome and I love your sense of humour!!!


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EDENZMOM 9/29/2014 10:14AM

    I wish I could unplug our family... but the boyfriend earns his living by internet marketing. I barely watch anything unless when I'm binge watching a season of a show and knitting at the same time hehe..
The WASA crackers are a great hit and I totally forgot about them for a while now. thank you for the reminder!


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JEB03253 9/29/2014 7:34AM

    We unplugged the tube for several years, but have it again now. What I missed most back then was CNN. I am surprised at how little we watch it now. The "boys" do enjoy following a few sports and I enjoy the new again.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/26/2014 12:22AM

    I had cancelled my direct Tv,,,,, and signed up for Amazon prime,, so I could watch any TV/Movies,,, listen to a ton of music, read A TON of books,,, and get my shipping without cost,,, and it's only 99 a yr ! I had been paying an easy fee of 35 a month for cable,,, in CO,, my cable bill was 150 !! We had it ALL and than SOME ! Its sooo UNNESSARY !! I 'd rather read. I used to get up in the AM,,, and at once turn "the boob tube" yes, my parents/grand parents called it that also. I LOVE not having it on in AM. So much more peaceful.

I love the recipe ,, ty!

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REGILIEH 9/25/2014 9:53PM

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/25/2014 8:37PM

    Janey, my thoughts exactly on the Wasa crackers...they really are a great carrier for...whatever! I'd give up TV in a heart-beat, but it's not likely to happen at this house. emoticon

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MSGRANNYMAE 9/25/2014 7:09PM

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SHERYLDS 9/25/2014 1:09PM

    I hear ya. Good tv is few and far between.
It's amazing how disoriented some of us become when we are suddenly disconnected from today's conveniences.
The dressing recipe sounds great. thanks for sharing.

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Fall 2014 5% Challenge Countdown Activity Question ~

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What have you accomplished in the years since you started?

I put myself in the driver's seat for my health. I used to whisper to me, that I would likely die from a heart attack, as some of my close friends already had. What a miserable thing to say to myself. But it was true. My BP was boiling, my heart raced at 120 BPM though I was not on an exercise program, I made horrible food choices, my cholesterol levels were wack, and my arms were tired from holding a spare tire around my middle. Thankfully, I was shocked into caring for myself when I nearly lost my DH to a heart attack! At that same time, I was working on ME, instead of trying to control those around me, so I had to dig deep and decide to just start eating healthy myself and see what happened. That whole process peaked DH's curiosity and we have really excelled with our diet and exercise. In the two and one half years of Sparking, we are now both in healthy ranges and we have normal BP, cholesterol and heart rates - my resting heart rate is now 70 BPM.

What are you currently working on?

Diet - I am working on eating only the food daily that I need for energy, cell repair and best health. My awesome SIL gave me a book which has become my new go to guide, “The Dieter’s Dictionary and Problem Solver” written by Victoria Zak and Dr. Peter Vash. It’s subtitle, “An A to Z Guide to Nutrition, Health, and Fitness”. One of the principle premises of the book is a food pyramid outlining the minimum food and groups as a baseline for what to eat for optimal health.

Exercise - Because I feel so great via a good diet, I tend to be an over exerciser. Right now, I plan on sticking to the fitness goals that I have outlined on my Spark Page.

*What challenges did you face?

Not seeing results quick enough. Spark has taught me better patience. I have come to think of my daily nutrition and exercise as “money in the bank”. That is, you can only save so much for that vacation a week ~ Right? Same is true with fitness and good health. You can only do so much each day.

*What are your proudest moments?

One of my big deals is not to push things on other people anymore. I have learned to quietly go about my daily business and not worry so much about what others think. My proudest moments are when my family and friends talk to me and about me. They see me as one of the healthiest people they know (not too shabby for a former cigarette smoking junk food addict)! They ask my advise on healthy cooking etc. - I must be careful to share only what they are asking about. It keeps ‘em coming back for more!

I LOVE our bikes and I am so happy to report, I have easily put more miles on my bike than our car this past year. I enjoy being know as "the biker lady" around our town.

Let's have our Best Challenge Yet! Woo HOO!
Hugs, Janey
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AWMMA1 9/22/2014 11:17AM

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Your words are inspiring to me.

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AWMMA1 9/22/2014 11:17AM

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NOTHN4ME 9/20/2014 12:05PM

    Awesome! ... think of daily nutrition and exercise as "money in the bank". emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 9/20/2014 7:27AM

    You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for opening my eyes!!!
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RITZIBROWN 9/19/2014 10:58PM

    emoticon for the inspirational blog. Congratulations to you & DH for the positive lifestyle changes.


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COLOR-BLUE 9/19/2014 8:40PM

    WOW!!!!

I was there, but medical issues got in the way, so I'm recovering and I'm on my way back to the person whom God enabled to be an OVERCOMER!!! I was told that I was an exercise fanatic and my response was, "You betcha, as it takes all that to keep God's Temple in Divine Order!" I was so proud of being called a fanatic concerning a GREAT habit, instead of the old negativity that I use to get!

It's a glorious feeling that you and your DH have right now, and you deserve to wallow in the VICTORY that God gave the both of you! I screaming and jumping for joy for you both! emoticon

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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SIRIUS2014 9/19/2014 8:20PM

    Wonderful blog!

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MAURIZIA 9/19/2014 3:32PM

    You & your husband are inspirations for me in achieving my goals for our 5% Fall Challenge. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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HERMIEME 9/19/2014 10:32AM

    emoticon Proud you were one of my first spark friends!

HUGS,
Emmy

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EDENZMOM 9/19/2014 8:49AM

    You have come so far! that's incredible.

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HELEN_BRU 9/19/2014 8:49AM

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SWEDE_SU 9/19/2014 4:23AM

    great blog - inspiring!

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GOODGETNBETR 9/19/2014 3:55AM

    You've accomplished a great deal.
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/19/2014 3:07AM

    What a wonderful blog.

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ALEXIAAG 9/19/2014 12:16AM

    You are awesome!!!! Congratulations on your fantastic journey!

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KKINNEA 9/18/2014 11:36PM

    I loved your blog - you really show the "real person" aspect of eating well and exercising - it's a great reminder to all of us!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/18/2014 10:43PM

    Fantastic blog!!! What an inspiration you are!!!

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SUEARNOLD1 9/18/2014 9:59PM

    How amazing you are. Congratulations to you and your DH.

This is perfect timing for me to be reading your blog - my husband just had a triple by pass, fortunately before a heart attack.

Thanks for posting this - more than you know.

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EMMACORY 9/18/2014 9:41PM

    Very inspiring! Thank you! emoticon

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DNRAE1 9/18/2014 8:52PM

    Wonderful success!

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NPA4LOSS 9/18/2014 8:26PM

    What an inspirational blog. Congratulations n the lifestyle changes you have made and for reaching those healthy goals! emoticon

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KAYELENE 9/18/2014 7:50PM

    I loved reading your blog, you have a positive determination to get the weight off to get and stay healthy. Congratulations for being in the Spotlight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 9/18/2014 7:50PM

    Awesome blog....woohoo...go you

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PATRICIA-CR 9/18/2014 7:49PM

    Wow, amazing!! Thank you for sharing your inspirational journey.

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CERIUSLY 9/18/2014 7:47PM

    Janey what an awesome testimony! You are an inspiration to many! emoticon

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LISACHOSECHANGE 9/18/2014 7:30PM

    I loved reading more about you and your journey

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KALISWALKER 9/18/2014 7:29PM

    I REALLY enjoyed your blog! You have done so well and inspired your hubby too.

not to push things on other people - I am learning that too!

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Spring 5% challenge - week 2 recap

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stayed in Calorie range - 6 of 7 days. As a result I lost 2 pounds!
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Miracle considering all of the fiber I've been eating. Amazing to me the fact our bodies can change ~ for the good or bad ~ so quickly. Before Thanksgiving, I was feeling almost rock solid and just a few pounds away from my LAW - "lifetime achievement weight". Just a small tickle in the knee, added to a couple of holidays and date nights, and before you know it, here I am having to firm it and lose it all over! AGHH - emoticon

I feel so blessed for Spark, they helped me to turn it all around fast and have at my fingertips all the tools I need to stay on track. Woo HOO!

(note to self, Track your food and fitness, run and read your reports, make small changes for improvement.) It works.
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Fitness Minutes - 120 minutes per day 7 0f 7 Because of rain, weeds and the garden, I'm easily getting a variety of cardio fitness daily. I have been working on MIL's yard and my own Spring cleaning, so when I feel like working, there is never a lack of fitness! I am starting to run outside a couple of times a week. I love getting out for a walk, run or bike ride. I've lived at the same address for going on nine years, and have enjoyed more time outdoors this past year than all the others put together. No wonder I never got all this work around the house done before. I was old and tired and so out of shape by the time I got the gumption to do something, my own body would tire before even getting started. Thank God, I now look forward to moving boxes, heavy cleaning, it feels so great to do more! Ironically, the more I work my body out hard, my aching back and "old" ailments are all but gone. Don't get me wrong, I still get sore, my back still aches, but it's feels good, different. I am still continuing to get stronger, Iam now able to lift and carry more weight than ever in my life!
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Zero Calorie beverage 90 day challenge - 6 of 7 days were perfect. This is day 18 and I only had one day when I consumed one beverage that contained calories. Saturday night date night, victory was mine, limiting myself. I am glad that I am aiming for Excellence and not perfection! I just might make it!

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Dawggies, let's Put on our dancing shoes and Rock the kennel this week!

Love to all my Sparkling Friends!

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MSGRANNYMAE 4/25/2014 6:22PM

    Yaaaa, YOU rock!!!!! emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/24/2014 12:07AM

    HI Janey !! I HAVE BEEN LOVING watching UR PROGRESS !! N' FOR THE FIRST TIME you are a TOP DAWG !! WOOHOOO !!!! I am SO PROUD OF YOURSELF AND MYSELF !! For we are BOTH DOING THIS !!

I've ALSO NOTICED as you have,, my PAIN IS BEING REDUCED !! A month and a half ago,, I COULD NOT get of bed to pee,, though I BADLY NEEDED to whenever I WOKE UP (4 to 5 times a NIGHT on the RARE NIGHT of 8 hrs,, it's USUALLY 4 to 4 .5 hr,, and UP 2 times !) and my knees were so BAD,,, I just COULD NOT MOVE THEM For about 15 mins !! YO !!! it was lose it or be in even WORSE PAIN !!

NOW??? I am swimming,, which I SUSPECT YOU WILL SOOn be DOING ALSO???? and also doing the yoga,, while you are SO FAB doing the garden, riding the bike,, walking,, and YOU ARE MAKING TERRIFIC PROGRESS !! I remember back when U WERE A PUPPY !! it was nothing like this !! You started off slowly and built this UP !! THat MY FRIEND is the CORRECT WAY !! We have a few,, who are SUDDENLY PICKING WAY UP and of course we WISH THEM THE BEST, but we ALSO KNOW in "GENERAL" thought that's Not AN ABSOLUTE it doesn't work LLLLLOOONNNNGgggg term,, which is wherah we both are at. :)

HUGS GIRL !! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU !! And ALSO of having YOU AS A LEADER WITH US !! TY SO MUCH for ALL THE MANY HRS weekly, DAILY you put into the team with ALL UR HEART !!! (though once winter leaves us,, we ALL Seem to slow down a little on the leading, but we can correct this,,, with those of us,, who may not feel well enough,, and RIDE ON UR SHIRT TAIL !) TY AGAIN SWEETIE !! WE LOVE YA !

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WHITNEYLD 4/23/2014 1:04PM

    WOW! You are doing amazingly well! So happy for your success. Hard work pays off!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/23/2014 12:01AM

    What an awesome recap. I think that progress not perfection is important , we know what to do to get back on track,that is so important. I like the fact that we are all working together to make us happier and healthier.You mentioned before your husband is disabled, what happened to Dave? (If I am not being bold asking I only ask because of course you know as much as I hate to admit it it , I too am classified as disabled ,bah I just have to find different ways to accomplish things !) hugs,Cheri

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    emoticon !!!! Sounds like you're doing amazingly well!!!!

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LISACHOSECHANGE 4/22/2014 7:44PM

    Way to go....woof woof woof

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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/22/2014 7:32PM

   
what a great recap! and I like the distinction you make between "perfection" and "excellence" .... while they can be synonymous, they can also at times be mutually exclusive, as in the way you use those terms in your blog.

keep up the good work!

Marie (Legendary Lemon & Determined Daisy)

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Spring Challenge - week one results

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stayed in calorie range - 6 of 7 days
Struggled just a bit with the actual range to follow this past week. After a several weeks trial of the moving tracker, I am going back to a constant 1200 - 1550 calorie range per day. Seems to work best for me so that is my plan for this week.

120 fitness minutes per day - 7 of 7 days
Walking and biking outside the past week were a blast. I mowed lawns and did some gardening. My muscles are sore and the scale responded or should I say, didn't budge an inch! Next week should be better, I sure hope.

Water - Eight a Day - 7 of 7 days
No problem here! Today is day 10 of my personal zero calorie, healthy beverage only challenge. The calories that used to be alcohol are now mostly additional protein and fiber. I am interested to see what another healthy week of eating and exercise will bring.

Track our food and fitness, run and read the reports. Make small changes for improvement.
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Have a happy and healthy week,
JDawg
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IRON_RESOLVE 4/19/2014 11:21AM

    Completely following the same food guidelines as you are, and here at week two, it's still working.

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LISACHOSECHANGE 4/14/2014 7:36AM

    way to go.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/14/2014 1:52AM

    Impressive !

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Here's to a Sparkling Spring!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Let my guard down just a taste...

Wow! I made it back to the safety of my Spark! What an experience with dining away from home, not tracking my food and what a relief to make it back safely. I am so ready to start the Spring 5% challenge on Saturday. I have tried to side step the fact that beverages with calories is my ongoing weakness. Personally beginning today 4-4, my goal for the next 90 days is to avoid any beverages with calories. Only exception, things that make health sense, say, cucumber water and smoothies. Open to suggestions! So far I am ready to go!

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Have you been keeping Spark fitness notes? I got a treadmill a little over a year and a half ago and have been tracking my 5k times. Finally looked at the notes today and got a huge shot in the arm to continue to push my fitness levels. Here are some of my notes:

2-28-13 ~ 46:20 ~ first record
3-23-13 ~ 53:10 ~ pushed too hard at first, little set back
4-5-13 ~ 43:10
4-4-14 ~ 33:54

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I am very grateful to Spark for making it so easy to track my progress.

For the Spring 5% challenge I will follow the Mediterranean Diet plan (minus the red wine). My fitness plan is outlined on my Spark page. My Spark friend and teammate, Grammamary inspired me to start and Easter 5K Sunrise walk/run. Thank you Mary!

Looking forward to Rockin' the Spring Challenge in the SUDS kennel and getting to know all the Pups and Dawgs better! Only one day to wait before we take off ~ Woo HOO!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/9/2014 11:11PM

    I am like Keelie I like my Medditerranean diet with the wine !

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KEELIE21 4/8/2014 12:04PM

    Great plan! I'm a fan of the Mediterranean diet myself...WITH the red wine lol



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PATRICIAAK 4/5/2014 5:11AM

    good plan

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/5/2014 12:52AM

    HI Sweetie I ALWAYS also track BOTH my FITNESS AND NUTRITIONAL goals,, and where it is I am at ,, for the time. It iS FUN to look back and SEE PROGRESS !!

I have a TERRIFIC suggestion for a 0 cal drink,, it's FLAVORED SPARKLING WATER !! it's like drinking SODA that's just has a berry flavor and it IS 0 cals !! WOOHOOO !! That's why I do NOT miss soda !! YEAH !! YEAH !! YEAH !!

LETS GOOOO DAWGGIES GOOOO !! ur time is REMARKABLE !! such a CHANGE SOOO QUICKLY !! PLX

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WONDERGALE 4/4/2014 10:42PM

    emoticon I only drink water and protein shakes. That's the only way I can be sure not to get any extra unnecessary calories from my beverages.

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KALISWALKER 4/4/2014 1:01PM

    emoticon You are ready!

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MSHEL7 4/4/2014 12:56PM

    Love your fitness note ideas, wish I would have been doing that.

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