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April Goals

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Since I'm spending the week at my parent's house, I decided to take it slow with the goals. Coming here presents its challenges, such as food to be eaten that isn't always within my control, space to exercise, etc. So, I'm going to allow myself to be lenient this first week of April, then as soon as I'm back home, get right to it.

The goals I'm going to continue working on from last month:

emoticonIf I'm going to have something "unhealthy" to eat, I have to have something "healthy" with it. Even if I wasn't always successful with this, it made me more mindful of the choices I was making. I really liked that about this goal, so I'm going to keep it until the mindfulness starts to equal healthier choices every time!

emoticonContinue tracking food and water. 3 days a week, 1 weekend day. This time, though, I'm going to schedule the days I track. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are the days I've chosen to FOR SURE track. I can, and probably will, track the other days as well.

emoticon500 or more fitness minutes this month. I did 1,011 last month, so I know I'm capable, but I'm not ready to make that mental leap to 1000 minutes for this goal yet. I know I'll get there someday.

emoticonEat healthy, home-cooked dinners 4 nights a week. Adding: Even if I'm not cooking for my roommates. I'm not their momma and their financial situations shouldn't be influencing MY diet in any way. I can at least afford to feed myself.

emoticonEat breakfast. Bottom line, I just need to do it. Especially on days I have class.

emoticonStay on top of homework, assignments, and attendance in class. We're more than halfway through the semester. I just need to push myself and fight the boredom.

New goals:

emoticonUse each piece of fitness equipment I own at least once this month. I have three different weighted dumbbells, but I'll count that as one (I think the 10lb-er would kill my wrist), a stability ball, resistance bands, a yoga block, a yoga mat, a jump rope, and a weighted hula hoop. I might give myself a pass on the jump rope due to the fact that I don't like its design and I find it difficult to work with. If I find another jump rope I like, I'll add it back in.

emoticonTry a new cardio routine. I've been doing "Just Dance" on the Wii, each song in quick succession, and doing mostly the hardest songs, but I'd like to mix it up. I love step aerobics, so I'd like to find a routine to do involving that. I may or may not have a stepper awaiting me at my granny's!

emoticonIntegrate more toning/strength training. Currently I only do about 10 minutes after my cardio, so its time to step it up. I'll try to double that to 20 minutes.

emoticonBlog a new page on my website weekly. I bought the domain rights to my website so now its potatoestopeaches.com! (Although if you are still using the address potatoestopeaches.wordpress.com, it'll just redirect you to the site no problem.)

Good luck to everyone else on your goals for April!


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    Go Girl...great goals!
Keep up great work on website! Lookin good!
Have a great weekend!
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ABB698 4/3/2012 11:42PM

    Good luck and enjoy your time with family!

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LOPEYP 4/3/2012 7:26PM

    I love the goal of using all your exercise equipment during the month. I think I might give that one a try. Also maybe do all my workout DVDs at least once during the month.

Thanks for inspiring me and good luck with your goals. Enjoy your time at home!

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JSALERNO 4/3/2012 4:41PM

    great goals

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IWILLICANIAM 4/3/2012 3:56PM

    I love your goals! I hope you don't mind if I don't steal a few of them for myself? Seems like you are doing awesome! :D Thanks for your awesome goals! Your motivation has really helped me to get an idea how I can succeed as well!! :D

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    I bet you'll kick butt on these goals just like you did in March!!

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KKINNEA 4/3/2012 2:18PM

    Excellent goals!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/3/2012 2:05PM

    Some very nice goals there! May you have every success!

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Goal BLOWN AWAY!! (Avert your sensitive ears to this one, folks!)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Before I review the rest of my March goals, I first would like to review my 4th goal for the month of March. You'll recall:

emoticonActually meet or exceed 500 fitness minutes this month. Write down a workout plan each week so I'm not making it up on the fly. Having a plan should help me just get it done.

Well, I'd like to proudly report: I made this goal my bitch. I slapped it around, I made it call me "Shorty", I made it polish the souls of my New Balance Cross-Trainers with it's tongue! Not only did I "meet or exceed" 500 minutes, I more than doubled that!!! I rang in March's fitness minutes with 1,011 minutes! If I had known, I would have done 4 more minutes. My failure to do the math meant I came in 4 minutes short of 9,000 total fitness minutes logged. Oh, well. ALSO! This is the very first time in my SparkPeople history that I have logged 1,000 fitness minutes in any given month! WOOHOO!!!!

As for the rest of my goals:

"If I'm going to have something "unhealthy" to eat, I have to have something "healthy" with it." This one is still a work in progress, although I will say it made me infinitely more conscious of the food choices I make. I ate at McDonald's a few times and got chicken nuggets with fries, but also a fruit and yogurt parfait. I tried to match a vegetable or piece of fruit with everything I ate, but wasn't always successful. Still needs work, but was a definite help!

"I bought the seeds, so plant them!" I did exactly that. I planted tomato, sugar snap peas, cucumber, and sweet pepper seeds. I bought seedlings of another tomato variety, strawberries, and eggplant, too, and got those sown. Hopefully I'll have little edibles sometime.

"Continue tracking food and water. 3 days a week, 1 weekend day." I think I met this goal most weeks, but I think tracking more consistently would be more helpful. Like, I should set aside certain days to track so I know if I'm "on track" and to see if my dietary habits change during certain times of the week.

"Eat healthy, home-cooked dinners 4 nights a week." Oh yeah. I made a menu and followed it for two weeks, cooked that much the week before that, and then made sure I was eating something homecooked the week after. I need to figure out how to do the menu with more budget consciousness for all my roommates in mind.

"Eat breakfast." Ooh, uh... I am going to call this one another that is in progress. I tried for breakfast some days, but really didn't put that much effort into it. I could definitely do better with this one. I just need to sit down and have a plan for it also.

"Stay on top of homework, assignments, and attendance in class." This one needs improvement as well. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty bored in my classes right now. I'm not finding them very stimulating and I feel like I'm not learning too terribly much. Plus, a 16 week semester is too long! My attention span runs more around the 10 or 11 week zone. So, I need to push through the disinterest and make sure I'm staying on top of things a little better.

I'll be thinking of some April goals in the next day or so. I'm currently spending my much-needed spring break at my parent's house. I got to visit with my dad (who is still caring for my grandmother full-time) and I got to spend time with my middle brother, who I almost never see when I'm down here 'cuz I can't pull him from his computer long enough. I have a cuddly kitty snoozing on my bed. I have a tummy full of legit Mexican food. And now I'm going to call it a night.

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IWILLICANIAM 4/3/2012 3:48PM

    YAY!!! Your blog made me really realize what goals can do for us!! I am so proud of you for kicking your goals behind!! :D Congrats on your fitness minutes! I hope that you can accomplish the rest of your goals as well this month!! Keep up the awesome work!! :D

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/3/2012 1:19PM

    Now that was an awesome blog ! Congratulations on not only exceeding your fitness goal, but shattering it into teeny tiny pieces !!!

And definitely stay on top of your homework. You don't want to end up cramming at the last minute. Cramming just causes a person's stress levels to increase exponentially.

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SMILINGTREE 4/3/2012 1:08PM

    I am so, so glad you exceeded 1000 minutes! That is awesome! You had a seriously rocking March. And, YAYAY for seeds! Even if you just get a little produce from them, it's so much fun watching stuff grow. Last year I had peas on a trellis in my flower/herb garden so every time I went outside, I grabbed a handful. I never had enough for a meal, but they were so good!

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RSTM99 4/2/2012 10:48AM

    I love you how you call it on both sides, sometimes I tend to hide from the (nutrition) goals I didn't meet but if I do that, how will it magically get done. Thanks for reminding me of the highlighting the GOOD and keeping the rest on the to-get-done!

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RAINYFRIDAY 4/2/2012 10:27AM

    Congrats on your fitness minutes! Ahhh-mazing! :) Enjoy your spring break!

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TUBLADY 4/1/2012 9:34AM

    You are definitely a work in progress. Congrats on all the success you have achieved.
I recall my younger more carefree collage years as full of so much, it's remarkable you have been able to met so many of your goals.
Hay don't feel bad about the breakfast, still this many years later, and a lot wiser and knowing better, I still have trouble with eating a breakfast. Or a proper healthy breakfast.
You'll get there,
My best to you. I love that you are cuddled up with a furry warm kitty.
I cuddle with a hairy little Yorkie dog, called Titan.
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BUBBLEJ1 4/1/2012 7:03AM

    HAHA made it call you shorty! Love your sense of humour!

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    Well, you Bad Ass! Go girl! Great review. And my favorite line "I have a cuddly kitty snoozing on my bed"...yeppie! I didn't know...congratulations! Picture please!

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ABB698 4/1/2012 1:30AM

    Way to rock it! emoticon

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SBNORMAL 4/1/2012 1:25AM

  You do that thang!!!

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GABLE227 4/1/2012 1:01AM

    emoticon You kicked fitness minutes' tail! Woot! As for the rest, you will make it up in April

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/1/2012 12:52AM

    Congrats on your fitness minutes. Good job!

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RUNNER12COM 4/1/2012 12:50AM

    *heh* Love, love, love the attitude.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I've officially launched my food/nutrition blog! I'm so excited, which is probably why I'm still awake at 2am to get my first "real" post on there. Also, my gall stones are causing me some pain right now, so I wouldn't be able to fall asleep anyway. Rest assured, I'm calling this week or next to get my surgery scheduled. Turns out the end of the semester is an entire week earlier than I thought it was!

Crap, I digress. Must be because I'm REALLY TIRED. Anyhow, please, feel free to visit my new blog at:


I'll try to remember to post somewhere here on Spark when I've got a new recipe up.
I also appreciate the support! Thank you!

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SHELLSNBELLS 5/27/2012 9:23AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

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RSTM99 3/29/2012 4:04PM

    So inspiring to take your interest and knowledge to the next level - well done!

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KSANDIEGO 3/29/2012 12:49PM

    Hi Jillybean - great blog - looks great! Congrats on your new venture. Nice photos.

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CORKY1303 3/28/2012 5:51PM

    Awesome!!! Congrats! I can't wait to check it out! :)

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GABLE227 3/28/2012 3:59PM

    Good luck on your surgery! Congrats on your blog! emoticon

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    I just checked out your blog and recipe... emoticon
Thanks for sharing.

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REINVENT_ME 3/28/2012 1:45PM

    Yay! Congrats! I will check it out!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 3/28/2012 1:39PM

    Amazing! I can't wait to check it out!

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    Loved it emoticon
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/28/2012 3:05AM

    Going to check it out right now!
Hope you feel better soon! And good luck with the surgery!
Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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ABB698 3/28/2012 12:08AM

    YAY! That lentil chili was delish at the rally! Was this the same recipe? Mmmm :)
Love the new blog, it looks great!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/27/2012 8:23PM

    Hooray!! I can't wait to see more recipes!

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RAINYFRIDAY 3/27/2012 12:55PM

    The blog looks fantastic! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/27/2012 12:12PM

    Congrats on getting your blog up! I will definitely check it out.

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 11:27AM

    Cool, I'll check it out at home.

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YIBYAB 3/27/2012 9:36AM

    Cool. Looks good...both the chili and the blog, that is. Bookmarked.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/27/2012 9:11AM

    Hope your pain subsides and that you have a good day. Have fun with your new site and blogs.

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SCHWINNER! 3/27/2012 7:17AM

    Looks great!!! I just visited and I am going to have to try your lentil chili recipe! I shall Pin it :) Looking forward to reading your blog! I thought the pictures looked great, and I enjoyed your writing too!

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St. Patty's Day- MY DAY!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patty's is one of my favorite holidays. Top 3, easily.

I had a nice day staying mostly indoors. It was very windy and stormy here in the San Diego, so I stayed in where it was warm and calm. I cooked dinner- corned beef brisket (2), potatoes, carrots, onions, and cabbage, a pot of colcannon, and Irish wheaten (or brown) bread. I stuck the briskets and vegetables in the crockpot and let it go to town for about 8 hours. Turned out so delicious! For those that don't know what colcannon is, its basically mashed potatoes with kale and scallions. I add bacon to mine. I cooked the bacon, sauteed the kale in the bacon fat, added cabbage and green onion to the kale and cooked that, then added it to my mashed potatoes. Super delicious! The wheaten bread is my favorite, although mine turned out a little too done on the outsides. When I was in Ireland, they served this brown bread everywhere I went! It was served at breakfast and dinner and I couldn't get enough of it! Most of the time it was in a formed loaf, but I like mine rustic, so I'd just bake it after forming it into a round by hand. My one regret is not getting Kerrygold butter to smear on it. That butter is AWESOME!!! If you've never tried it, I suggest you do. (Yes, I advocate using butter over margarine any day.)

Then, to make the night special with the wind blowing and the rain falling outside, we lit a fire in our fireplace. Its the first time we did it since we moved in! It was so nice and toasty, but I think we need to do some "research" on it for the next time. Our living room still smells like a campfire. emoticon

Well, at least we were cozy. I put on my feetie pajamas that my mom got me for my birthday. Luckily, I have an obsession with all things green and Irish, so my jammies were highly appropriate!

(This pic is actually from back in January)

My nausea seems to be subsiding, but all that rich food last night was a little much and I didn't feel that great at the end of the night. Worth it. I think this coming year I'm going to corn my own brisket. I've always wanted to try it, so I've resolved to do it. If I can find plain brisket cheap, I'll pick one up, corn it now, and jam it in the freezer.

I have some ideas on how to use the leftovers from dinner, but I may be lacking some ingredients (and money) for them. I know I can make corned beef hash no problem, but I wanted to make a Reuben sandwich bake thing, too. I don't have caraway seeds, Swiss cheese, or sauerkraut, so I may have to save that recipe for some other time. I also don't have Thousand Island dressing, but its so ridiculously easy to make from scratch, I'd have no problems there. *sigh*

My maybe-too-raging-fire at the end a nice night...

I hope everyone had a great, safe, and healthy St. Patty's Day!
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May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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    I made that bread too...except I added flax and chia seeds to it, so it wasn't as authentic...but my mum said it was just as good as the bread they serve everywhere in Ireland. I too made mine more rustic.

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CANNIE50 3/21/2012 10:37PM

    I am late to this blog but, as an Irish "girl", this made me happy. On St Patrick's Day, I was driving for several hours and I found a station on satellite radio that was playing all Irish rock and roll (and not just U2) - it was great. I had worked out that morning at the gym (strength training) and my friend, who owns the gym, also played all Irish music while we worked out - it was great. I am planning a trip to Ireland in 2014 to celebrate my 55th birthday - there are lots of places I want to go, but I NEED to go to Ireland. I am glad you had such a wonderful, cozy, DELICIOUS St. Patrick's day - love the jammies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINYFRIDAY 3/19/2012 4:34PM

    Your meal looks amazing and your jammies look sooo comfy!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/19/2012 11:43AM

    Those are some festive jammies!
Hope you feel better!

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ABB698 3/18/2012 10:33PM

    Those potatoes with kale look amazing. I've just discovered kale and am kale chip obsessed! Love your pj's, they are so cute! And judging by your tat's, you really do love all things green and Irish :) Glad you had a great day!
About the fireplace, maybe the shue wasn't open or vented, that could leave a residual smell.
You didn't have any green beer on St. Pattys? emoticon I had my Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry (YUM! and only 95 calories), and added green food coloring to it to be festive :)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/18/2012 7:37PM

    Wow, what a festive fun day! Love your fireplace! Sounds like it might need cleaned..like all the smoke isn't getting up the chimney! Your food sounded and looked great! Hope you continue to feel better...loved your JAMMIES! Thanks for the Irish blessing, same to you,my friend!
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YIBYAB 3/18/2012 5:11PM

    Got any leftovers? That dinner looks and sounds awesome.

My wife made an Irish-inspired casserole. I'm not a huge fan of cabbage (except on a Rubio's fish taco), and so I was skeptical since the casserole had cabbage; but boy was it good. And yes, perfect for a wet and blustery evening.

That menu of yours, by cozy fire, seems perfect.


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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/18/2012 4:31PM

    That all looks and sounds so delish! Glad you had a nice St. Patty's Day!!

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SMILINGTREE 3/18/2012 4:20PM

    I LOVE your jammies. Those are just awesome. Fleece, shamrocks, and jammies....three of my favorite things. Your meal sounds amazing, too. We had grill-food - steak, fennel, asparagus, squash and mushrooms, which was good but not exactly Irish-themed. We also had a fire, but it was outside, and it was entirely too hot to get anywhere near it, even after the sun went down. On the plus side, building the fire got rid of all the brush from cleaning up around my yard! We even burned our christmas tree which was (embarrassingly enough) still sitting around out in the yard.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/18/2012 3:33PM

    Food looks delish. Very cute pic of you. Sounds like you'd enjoy a trip to Ireland someday.

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Delish, Healthy Food for a Mental Boost Only

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm not sure what's wrong with me today. I have been nauseated (and experiencing a little bit of pain) since I woke up this morning. I'm not sure if its related to my treasonous gallbladder or not. If it is, I just need my body to hold out for 3 more months, as the beginning of the summer is ideally when I'd like to get it taken care of surgically. That way I can finish this semester at school and have the summer to recover.

In the meantime, the nausea has left me with absolutely zero appetite today. I've forced a few bites down just to make sure I'm not totally starving, but really I have no interest in food.

Yesterday I baked a loaf of French bread from scratch, using my bread machine to do the grunt work of kneading and rising. I baked it in the oven and BOY WAS IT AWESOME! My house smelled amazing. The bread was crusty on the outside and tender on the inside. In my crockpot I had a bean-less minestrone bubbling away for dinner. I'm not sure I've ever mentioned this before, but I'm highly allergic to beans of similar variety (black, pinto, kidney, navy, cannelini, white, etc). I don't seem to have problems with soy, lentils, or garbanzos, nor nuts, so it's not a full-on legume allergy.

Anyway, my roommate said she didn't miss the beans at all in the minestrone and the soup itself was quite tasty. Unfortunately, my nausea sort of began last night, so I pretty much only picked at my dinner. That loaf of French bread turned into the bread for some low-fat ricotta, low-fat mozzarella, and prosciutto panini. Of which I ate about half. :-(

I hope this crappy feeling passes soon. In the meantime, I'm looking longingly at the photos of last night's dinner, wishes I had the will and the stomach to eat it.

Fresh from the oven

Minestrone and panini

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ABB698 3/18/2012 1:27AM

    Hope you're feeling better! That sure looks yummy!

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ERINBELLOWS1978 3/17/2012 12:11PM

    Oh Jill!!! Galbladder pain is the worst!! Dibilitating!! Ugh!! Come on summer!!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/15/2012 10:14AM

    That looks so good! I hope you feel better today.

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RAINYFRIDAY 3/15/2012 9:48AM

    What an awful night to have no appetite! ;) Looks delish. I hope you get to feeling better very soon.

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SMILINGTREE 3/15/2012 9:35AM

    Oh, how I miss baking bread. There is a local farm that grows old-fashioned wheat, so this summer I may try reintroducing homemade bread to my diet. I used to bake three loaves a week - one to eat and two to freeze, but I always ended up giving the two extras away :) Do you always use the bread machine? I found that I really enjoyed the kneading. Probably my favorite part of the whole process.

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CANNIE50 3/14/2012 11:18PM

    Oh, how miserable - I hope the nausea and pain pass quickly and that your "treasonous gall bladder" behaves until summer. Your dinner sounds wonderful - wish these blogs were scratch and sniff (actually, no - that would be too hard because I have given up wheat and sweets for Lent). Take care!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/14/2012 10:34PM

    It looks emoticon, I would have loved to have joined you! I am sorry you are fellin "icky"! I know gallbladders can do that, I hope it waits for you TIL Spring! Just relax and hopefully it will pass...but go see a Dr if not, to be sure it isn't something else...sorry Mama
Mode here!
Take care!

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