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Yep, A Food Blog

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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I had a pretty low-key day yesterday, so I figured it'd be a good opportunity to do a food blog so that I can look back on a day that I had basically perfect nutritional intake and exercise and remember how amazing I felt. Bearing in mind, however, that I made all my meals at home and didn't have much going on so I could focus on ME!

I also estimated the cost on each meal to remind myself that eating well does not have to be expensive.

BREAKFAST



I was craving protein when I woke up, so for breakfast, I had a two-egg mushroom, tomato and cheese omelet with a handful of fresh strawberries. I used a 1/4 cup of Sargento Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese, which actually doesn't taste "Mexicany" at all, but it's a nice mix of creamy cheeses.

CALORIES 307 - CARBS 15 - FAT 17 - PROTEIN 25

ESTIMATED COST: $1.39
(Strawberries: $0.33, Eggs $0.32, Milk: $0.04, Mushrooms: $0.25, Tomato: $0.20, Cheese: $0.25)


MIDMORNING SNACK

I did a little work and pushed out some crunches before I was ready for my midmorning snack. I had a1/2 cup of Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal with a splash of almond milk and a 1/4 cup of blueberries.



And I was ready for some coffee, almond milk, and PureVia sweetener in my cool pirate mug.



CALORIES 122 - CARBS 25 - FAT 3 - PROTEIN 4

ESTIMATED COST: $0.78
(Coffee: $0.10, Almond Milk: $0.18, Cereal: $.30, Blueberries: $0.20)


LUNCH



Time for fresh veggies for lunch! A huge salad of romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, cucumber, tomato, frozen sweet peas and feta cheese with a dab of balsamic vinaigrette and a whole wheat flax pita. So delicious!

CALORIES 338 - CARBS 46 - FAT 10 - PROTEIN 21

ESTIMATED COST: $2.59
(Lettuce: $0.66, Tomato: $0.20, Cucumber: $0.12, Carrots: $0.40, Peas: $0.33, Feta: $0.21, Dressing: $0.25, Pita: $0.42)


PREWORKOUT SNACK



Kimi was very interested in my Raspberry and Vanilla Cream Bar from Trader Joe's! This was a fun surprise as I didn't even know we had any of these left. I found it at the bottom of the freezer when I was taking the tuna for dinner out to defrost.

CALORIES 80 - CARBS 10 - FAT 4 - PROTEIN 1

ESTIMATED COST: $0.38


POST WORKOUT SNACK

I did a mini triathlon at the gym, but I did it in reverse. I thought the swimming would be a good cooldown from the biking and running. I burned over 900 calories and I felt great and not tired at all, which I credited to the good breakfast and lunch I had! I was super hungry when I got back though...



1/2 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt, 5 strawberries and a kiwi fruit. So good and really hit the spot!

CALORIES 124 - CARBS 29 - FAT 0 - PROTEIN 11

ESTIMATED COST: $1.21
(Yogurt: $0.63, Strawberries: $0.33, Kiwi: $0.25)


DINNER

I had some frozen ahi tuna steaks from Trader Joe's which I glazed in a little Ken's No Sodium Sesame Ginger marinade. Sides were Birds Eye Steamfresh Asian Medley vegetables and a 1/2 cup of Kohuko Rose sushi rice. I also added a little mango peach salsa on top!



CALORIES 392 - CARBS 44 - FAT 4 - PROTEIN 45

ESTIMATED COST: $5.44
(Tuna Steak: $4.50, Veggies: $0.66, Rice [bought in bulk]: $0.05, Marinade: $0.15, Salsa: $0.08 )


DESSERT:

While cooking dinner, I had a piece of dark chocolate. This stuff is delicious. I love to let it melt on my tongue.



I decided to make a little banana soft serve for dessert. Half a frozen banana and a splash of almond milk. Sometimes I'll add almond butter or cocoa powder, but I had it plain tonight.



CALORIES 91 - CARBS 16 - FAT 3 - PROTEIN 1

ESTIMATED COST: $0.27
(Chocolate: $0.17, Banana: $.10)


DAILY TOTALS:

CALORIES: 1,449
CARBS: 176
FAT: 42
PROTEIN: 108
SODIUM: 1,911
CALCIUM: 138 (with multivitamin)
FIBER: 31

ESTIMATED COST: $12.06

So there you go! A great day full of fruit, vegetables and a dinner of fish with a lot of great snacks for about $12. Obviously this could be a lot less if I didn't have tuna steak for dinner which is pricier than say, chicken breasts or pork tenderloin, so it just goes to show that while produce and Greek yogurt can seem expensive, in the long run, it's worth it for your health. I felt absolutely fantastic all day long!

  
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CHICAT63 7/6/2010 4:25PM

    The food looks awesome and well, you can't beat the price breakdowns - your blog is in itself a treat ! Merci ! emoticon

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YASMINSHORTER 7/6/2010 3:52PM

    Great blog! And great reminder that weighing up cost and health benefits- health always wins!!!!

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BURKEBRIZ 7/6/2010 3:37PM

    I would eat everything you had today...in fact, now I am hungry!

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CAROLYN1213 7/6/2010 3:19PM

    You know me, I love the food blogs! Got tired of seeing my own, so I came over to see yours! Looks delicious!

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NANASNOW 7/5/2010 3:12PM

    Mouth wateringly good!

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NANASAMM 7/2/2010 4:40PM

    It's interesting to see what great ideas everyone comes up with for meals. Everything looks delish! Great job.

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ELLENT124 7/1/2010 9:38PM

    This is great. And what I learned and saw was that although you ate frequently, you had small portions. No wonder you're so successful. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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HOGFAN79 7/1/2010 11:14AM

    Everything looked great

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ERMAC22 7/1/2010 9:42AM

    I LOVE those ahi tuna steaks from TJs. They are so good! I also love banana soft serve - so easy and tasty on a hot day!

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TREKKSTER 6/30/2010 7:25PM

  Very fun! I love food blogs. I wrote one recently too. I like that you added how much everything costs- not as much as eating out and you can shave those extra calories from the ingredients list as you prepare everything. I'm constantly modifying recipes I find to include organic produce, healthy alternatives, and exclude some dairy along with cream based sauces. In fact, I don't like cream cheese, milk (cow's), and cream based sauces. I like that you included almond milk in there and Trader Joe's options too. You can be bad in TJ's or good... I read labels like a crazy person when I'm shopping there. Lot's of good stuff though! I have learned how to eat healthy and just make smarter choices when I opt for pizza etc. Anything fried doesn't have the same appeal to me the days. Now I prefer a good miso soup, clean sushi (not fried, no cream cheese, and no mayo based anything), and finding new recipes for farmer's market veggies. I love getting new ideas from these food blogs and I try to share my creations as well. We can all borrow and learn from each other! Awesome blog.

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HOSTALADY 6/30/2010 6:19PM

    Really great, to share your meals for a day! You did a awesome.

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YINYANGSJM 6/30/2010 1:38PM

    mmmm...that all looks so good! Now I'm going to add kiwis to my shopping list (already had strawberries on there). Kimi is very cute...sweet little face. Thanks for posting the pics and the prices!

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WYND10 6/30/2010 12:58PM

    Nom!!

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FIZZLESTIX 6/30/2010 12:38PM

    Great blog!

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/30/2010 12:34PM

    Ok that salad looks amazing ! Any time I'm craving a salad and make one with a bunch of veggies, it never looks or tastes that good! Sheesh.

Awesome day! Lookin good as usual!!

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JBMT08 6/30/2010 11:36AM

    this all looks great! Thank you for sharing!!

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KRISKECK 6/30/2010 11:36AM

    Love it! Awesome food blog -- and LOVE your mug! emoticon

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FROGGERHKC 6/30/2010 11:13AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love getting new ideas for meals and snacks. It really is cheaper in the long run to make meals at home, even though the initial bill can seem like so much. Way to go on your mini triathlon!

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LUCKYONE60 6/30/2010 10:55AM

    Hey, this is great. Thanks for giving us an idea of what it can look like.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/30/2010 10:35AM

    I love when you do these food blogs. (I especially loved that you added the cost this time.) Wish I had time to do these!

I get so many great ideas from them. Looks great!!! You are doing awesome!!!



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SLEEPYDEAN 6/30/2010 10:30AM

    Wow that food looks so tasty and filling!

I just found the Mango and Cream bars at Trader Joe's and they are so yummy. I'm not sure if mine has the Raspberry ones, but I'll definitely have to check it out.

And awww Kimi is so cute! Just like my kitties, always have to check out what I am eating.

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RAVENSONG37 6/30/2010 10:28AM

    Looks De-Lish!

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MAIA2011 6/30/2010 10:27AM

    Looking good!

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1BIGDREAM 6/30/2010 10:16AM

    I get so many ideas from reading food blogs. Thanks!
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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 6/30/2010 9:58AM

    Great job on the food and I love the breakdowns. It all looks so good.

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/30/2010 9:41AM

    Ummmm ... where did you get that mug??? I LOVE IT!!!

And the food looks awesome. Trader Joe's (which I've never been to, mind you) makes me want to visit the states to go shopping.

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SARAHBANKS 6/30/2010 9:37AM

    I love that you calculated the cost for each meal :) Oh and i LOVE banana soft serve esp with peanut or almond butter!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/30/2010 9:33AM

    Excellent blog and yummy food! Don't you just love Trader Joe's!?

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ALOFA0509 6/30/2010 9:25AM

   
You are Awsum!!!!

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ABETTERBECKY 6/30/2010 9:25AM

    A-ma-zing. That is alot of food for 1400 cals! Way to go! Your salad looks delicious - I'm such a bad salad maker myself - in the end the veggies cost more because they go to waste - that is my goal - to eat more veggies and throw none into the compost bin (at least they are making compost).

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WATCHMEGO2 6/30/2010 9:24AM

    yay!! I love a good food blog!! Thanks!

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FUNFROG79 6/30/2010 9:24AM

    Great blog! I love that mexican cheese too! Thanks for sharing!

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MZSLYDE01 6/30/2010 9:24AM

    Um yeah - I am so impressed it makes me feel very lazy and guilty. LOL - This is great inspiration for me though.
I think it is great that you did this. I love the way you broke it all down.

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4DOGNIGHT 6/30/2010 9:23AM

    Very interesting. You sure had a lot of food but stayed within your limits. Way to go!

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PINKCOCONUT 6/30/2010 9:23AM

    I covet your mug! Awesome!

Great job yesterday!

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MERISSA1315 6/30/2010 9:20AM

    I'm entirely impressed...

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BSTELLING 6/30/2010 9:19AM

    What a good idea! I'm going to try that with my vegan diet and see if it is really a lot cheaper than eating meat or not?

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A Special Goodie for All of My Friends!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010



CATSMACK for all! I thought everyone could use a little Engrish to start their day. I saw this brand of cat food when I lived in Tokyo and I got a nice chuckle out of it and hope you did too! Sometimes I feel like I'm giving my cat some smack the way she begs for those little pouches of food that are rare treats!

The reason behind the goodie is that so many of you sent me SparkGoodies to me in the last couple of weeks, celebrating my 10K, my running anniversary, and losing 100+ pounds and hitting my "overweight" goal. I just got back to the comments on my page, but I definitely won't have time to thank everyone individually for the goodies, so consider the CATSMACK a special thank you worthy of the hungriest kitten.

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I had a good, albeit tiring weekend. It has been hot and humid and I was working at the Greek festival. Amazingly, I was at the low end of my calorie range for two days this weekend. I walked a lot, but didn't have a high intensity workout and I haven't been to the gym since Friday though and I am craving it!

Yesterday, I woke up feeling groggy and dehydrated so I didn't get to the gym in the morning. I went shopping with relatives at Nordstrom Rack in the afternoon and came away with lots of goodies. Two pairs of size 12 pants and a skirt so I don't look like a vagabond when I meet clients and a cute purple dress in Size 12 along with some summer shirts in JUNIORS LARGE, which frankly kind of amazes me. I still start in the plus size section before it occurs to me that I'm not that size anymore. Oops.

I treated my family to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (I had a gift certificate and it was right near the mall) and had a lunch portion Luau Salad which apparently only has 509 calories, but it seemed a lot richer. SO GOOD.



Of course, my family members all had lunches well over 1000 calories each, but I kept my mouth shut.

When I got home, I fully intended to go running with my new shoes, but I opened them up only to find that they were not the shoes that were advertised. I ordered Saucony ProGrid2 and these are just plain ProGrid. I should have known it was too good to be true to get my runners for $45! So I'm sending them back. I laced up my old ones and set out to run at the track where my husband plays soccer, only to find out that they don't allow running during soccer games. Boo!

Anyways, hoping today is better. I'm still feeling a bit dehydrated and I think I need to drink more water in this hot weather, even though I get well over 64 oz a day. I caught up on Spark this morning (Sparking hasn't been easy when you're not chained to a desk all day!) and now I'm going to get a little work done before a looooooooong gym session this afternoon. Think I might bike and swim and maybe run a bit if I feel like it!

I can't wait for the long weekend!!!!

  
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JUSTFOXXY 7/6/2010 11:58AM

    I would like to visit Tokyo one day and recently met someone from there. Now I am going to have to work really hard to get the image of CatSmack out of my head when I talk to them.

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NANASNOW 7/5/2010 3:17PM

    Thank you for the goodie! My kitty Lucy would Probably love it too!
I know what you mean about the Plus Size thing. Bought a new dress. X large. First time I wasn't a 2X in I can't tell you how long!

Old habits are hard to beat! You will get used to that smaller size area. And what an area it is!! Double the size of the Plus area. Go figure, the smaller you are, the more choices. Different subject altogether! You go girl!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/30/2010 1:34PM

    Love the goodie!! They probably don't allow running during soccer games because they are afraid the cute new you would distract the players of the other team and give your husband's team an unfair advantage...Sorry about the shoes...there's a better pair in your future!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/29/2010 8:25PM

    Amen to a long weekend. Holla! Hope you have a nice and relaxing one :)

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XHOOSIERLOSER 6/29/2010 6:41PM

    Thanks for the update. It is hard to stay caught up, and you have SO many friends to follow. Thanks a lot for taking an interest in me! I really appreciate your blogs and your comments!

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MBSHAZZER 6/29/2010 5:25PM

    Catsmack! I love it! Thanks for sharing! How's the new kitty doing?

Sounds like a great weekend... and yes, that dehydration can be sneaky. I am having a really tough time... I sweat soooo much in the AM during my run and then it's freezing in the office so it's hard to get in enough water.

HOORAY for the shopping trip! :D

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WHGRN60 6/29/2010 5:20PM

    LOL, love the little kitty on the bag. Meow!

Congrats on the little clothes! Doesn't it feel amazing to fit into a 12? Ah, I remember that first time... And a Junior Large?!? WOWIE!!!

Blessings
Wendy

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WATCHMEGO2 6/29/2010 3:07PM

    Thanks for the smack girl!! Hope you have a super week

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CHICAT63 6/29/2010 3:05PM

    Gotta love the engrish ! I hope you had an excellent long workout this afternoon and, BRAVO on the clothes shoppping - Woohoo. emoticon

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STORMTMB 6/29/2010 2:58PM

    My very picky cats and I thank you for Cat Smack! How funny! New clothes - woohoo! I can totally imagine how it feels to go to the plus sizes first. I would think it might take a while to train your brain otherwise. Oh well, great problem to have. Have a great work-out this afternoon.

Tina

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 6/29/2010 2:57PM

    I *just* spat water on my keyboard, thanks to that image. Now I need to visit Tokyo! :)

Congrats on all your accomplishments - you're truly an inspiration!!

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SASXONTHEMOVE 6/29/2010 2:35PM

    LOB the Cat Smack!

And Trace, I LOB Zim's Crack Cream, too! So smooth on the heels. It makes me laugh whenever I use it!

Thanks for the goodie!

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CLALIZ 6/29/2010 2:18PM

    You are so funny!
What a great brand name! hahahaha
Congrants on ALL of your accomplishments, you are rocking girl!!!!

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STLRZGRRL 6/29/2010 2:07PM

    ZIm's Crack Cream is totally the US Engrish entry...

Thx for my Cat Smack... I don't know what I did without it for so long!
Hugz!

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ABETTERBECKY 6/29/2010 1:55PM

    Gotta love Engrish. My sister lives in Japan and every holiday/birthday/special event, I get an Engrish present from her. My favorite Japan gift from the 100 yen store is my banana holder - it is hot pink and quite phallic, I'm pretty sure everyone is jealous of it, but I'll tell you - never a smooshed banana when you get to work!

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/29/2010 1:44PM

    LOL Cat Smack - I love it! I wish they made products with random names like that here, but you know somebody would always find something to complain about! My fave that I've seen lately is hand cream called "Crack" ... so I tell my mom I'm going to buy some crack. It amuses me. I amuse easily.

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PINKCOCONUT 6/29/2010 1:30PM

    Thanks for the CatSmack darlin'! When I lived in Japan I bought a whole wackload of Engrish stationary! Ha!

Kudos on the run but major BOOs!!! for your shoes! What a let down!

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NANASAMM 6/29/2010 1:20PM

    Love the Cat Smack...thanks. I love the presentation of the food at Cheesecake Factory. I'll have to try that one. I usually get the one with all the white, swirly cellophane noodles (I forget the name) and share it. Nice job staying on track.

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CARILOUIE 6/29/2010 1:19PM

    When I visited China last summer, the signs totally cracked me up! Catsmack - too funny.

100 pounds??? Holy mackerel. Awesome.

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MAIA2011 6/29/2010 1:15PM

    Love it NEWYORKORCHIDS! Congratulations on all you have accomplished!

Maia

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HAPPYPATTY1 6/29/2010 12:53PM

    Seriously: 100 pounds?!? I guess that little factoid never really hit me.

You GO!

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KAISERSOZE 6/29/2010 12:21PM

    NEWYORKORCHIDS stole my reply!

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CALLIKIA 6/29/2010 12:06PM

    Cat Smack...that's hilarious! Glad you seem to be enjoying yourself...sucky about the shoes though! :(

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 6/29/2010 12:04PM

  Cat Smack get on the floooor, Cat Smack, give me some moar!

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CAFFEINATED_09 6/29/2010 12:01PM

    Hehe! I love some good engrish fun emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/29/2010 11:56AM

    Thanks for the Cat Smack, girl! Mmmmmm - Tasty!! emoticon

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JBMT08 6/29/2010 11:55AM

    That is so adorable....Cat Smack! I should get some for my Kitty! You seem to be on point with everything, considering this is your new life! OMG, I LOVE LUAU SALAD....maybe the Hubs will want to go to Cheesecake Factory later for dinner...(this is what happens while preggo....you see some food you havent had in eons, and then it is like GOTTA HAVE IT!) Enjoy your LONG workout!
Joni p.s. 1 more week (estimated) to go!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 6/29/2010 11:54AM

    Uh it must be so nice not being "chained to a desk all day" I can only dream... haha. That salad looks sooo good im gonna HAVE to try it.

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ALLISON145 6/29/2010 11:52AM

    Hey lady - great job staying on track over a busy weekend! Seems like those can be the hardest times.

So I've noticed a couple of references like "not being chained to a desk anymore," plus your office pics... did you recently make a career change? From what to what? How interesting! Sorry that I'm tuning in late.

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-Allison

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ALISONF2 6/29/2010 11:51AM

    My cat is so addicted to treats, he needs to go to rehab.

Where do you go swimming? I need to find a gym with a pool. I have a super phobia of the ocean and it's inhabitants (sharks are less likely to eat me in a pool). I want to take a water aerobics class, I need a FUN workout!

Congrats on all your accomplishments!! You are doing great!

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CRISPINI 6/29/2010 11:49AM

    I know, I'm always picking out things that are miles too big for me too! The sizing doesn't make it any easier! Keep up the good work!

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LADYINOHIO 6/29/2010 11:48AM

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Yay for CatSmack!!
My cats act like catnip is their smack though.

But annnnnyway~ great blog! That salad thing looks like it's delicious, I found myself wanting to smell the screen, lol. And look at that gumption you have today!
Biking, swimming AND running?? Dang girl! No wonder you're looking so good. :D

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/29/2010 11:47AM

    MMM...Cat Smack! Rawr! emoticon
You deserve all of the accolades and goodies because you're awesome!

Hope you get the shoes you want soon and be careful out in the heat if it's as humid there as it's been here!

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Go Ahead ... Eat Your Favorites!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

One thing that I hope all these food blogs I have seen lately is hammering home to folks on this site is that you don't have to live a pure salad existence to eat healthy. In my case, I just needed to learn to make healthy substitutions and turn down some of the extras that add unecessary calories to my meals.

My church has a Greek festival every year and I work in the kids' game room the whole weekend. In the past this has always posed a healthy eating dilemma. The kitchen is always sending up tons of food for us to eat while we work. Last night, I had a steak kabob skewer, half a serving of moussaka, a small Greek salad and a few spoonfuls of rice pudding. The half serving of moussaka was plenty big, probably a 3" x 3" square and I had about 3 oz of meat my steak kabob. And the rice pudding was yummy, but I really only needed a few bites. It ended up being about 500 calories and I enjoyed everything that I love!

What didn't I eat? The huge bread roll with butter that came with it. A massive helping of salty rice pilaf. And the packet of Greek salad dressing that had 220 calories and 24 grams of fat. I probably saved about 800 calories or more on these "extras."

I usually know if I had a good eating day when I'm not hungry before bed (but not exceedingly full either) but I wake up with an empty stomach and want a big breakfast. Today was that kind of morning. My husband loves French toast, so this morning I made some (and promptly ate it before I could share a photo with you... oops!) and enjoyed it. And I shared my recipe on SparkRecipes! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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I had my three slices of Amaretto Vanilla French Toast with fresh strawberries and Vermont Maid Sugar Free Syrup and two slices of uncured bacon. Super delicious and only about 400 calories!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I'm still on a high after my big loss yesterday! Yesterday afternoon, I went to the gym and ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill then did some arm exercises. I was happy that I had to increase the weight from the last time (I was pitifully weak...). Today is going to be a low-key day. Watching World Cup games, going shopping for some soccer shoes for DH, and then back to the Greek festival.

Have a great day! Make your weekend count!

  
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NEWYORKORCHIDS 6/29/2010 11:19AM

  Ahem. "moussaka" always reminds me of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' when the younger version of Nia is at the lunch table and the WASP girls are behind her and go "What is that?" and she reponds, "moussaka", and they say "Mouse cak-ca?" and all laugh.

BUT! In reference to the blog - you are SO right. Everything in moderation.

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STARINTHESKY 6/29/2010 11:09AM

    I definitely eat whatever I want, but I do agree about not adding additional wastes. I have found this to be especially true with Sprite. I bought a 12-pack of these 8 oz Sprite bottles. Whoa. That was NOT a good idea! I find myself waking up in the middle of the night because of all the sugar! I think I'll keep that for an every once and again afternoon addition!! Thanks for the great blog post!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/28/2010 8:57PM

    Woohoo! Sparkers can't hear your message enough...making this a sustainable change means eating what you love, with moderation and substitution. Way to go!

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PSSN4FITNESS 6/28/2010 6:07PM

    This recipe seems fantastic. My bf loves french toast. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!


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XHOOSIERLOSER 6/28/2010 5:55PM

    I agree - it is amazing when we cut to the chase that we can really eat what we love. I think the first bite it the best one, and after that,... well, if you ate it slowly and savored every last bit, have one or two more. Then you are done, happy and satisfied.

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STORMTMB 6/28/2010 4:04PM

    Sounds like a wonderful festival and the french toast sounds too amazing to be healthy. Glad you posted the recipe!

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PAPPHEM 6/28/2010 1:45PM

    Ok, so now i might try your french toast for breakfast this morning!

It's amazing how the small changes in our eating habits can add up! good job and congrats on the weight loss!

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BECKA525 6/28/2010 10:08AM

    I have started turning foods down after just a few bites.. If it isn't yummy enough to warrant the calories then it really isn't yummy enough to eat. I still don't have the trigger foods in the house but nothing is forbidden.
Congrats on your weight loss, good job!

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JWENZEL723 6/28/2010 9:50AM

    i wasn't on spark yesterday to see your big weight loss - but congrats! thanks also for the recipe...i need more ideas for filling meals that don't also fill up the calories! :)

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/28/2010 9:47AM

    This really shows success!!!

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250STRONG 6/28/2010 9:25AM

    Delish. And I think you are SO smart to eat your faves and bypass the "meh" stuff. THAT'S how you make a lifestyle change.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/27/2010 10:46PM

    Yum, yum, and more yum. I need to find the recipe for those pancakes! I agree, no need to have boring food. I love some of the Indian recipes here on Spark and feel that I actually eat much more interesting food now. Oh...and it is blueberry season...can I even tell you how happy that makes me. Blueberries in cottage cheese, blueberry pie, blueberry pancakes....mmmmmhhhh!

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IMSMILEY88 6/27/2010 10:41PM

    It sounds like you did wonderful at the Greek Festival! Way to go! And, the french toast sounds wonderful. Yum! emoticon

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HOSTALADY 6/27/2010 7:36PM

    Great time great food and all manageable too! Great weekend.
Have to try that french toast recipe ~ Thanks for sharing!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 6/27/2010 6:55PM

    Great blogs, thanks for all the infor. I will be trying your french toast also. Without the bacon, yuk. Only eat turkey bacon.

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PINKCOCONUT 6/27/2010 4:02PM

    Living proof of how healthy choices has become a part of your lifestyle! Way to go!!!

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    Yummy recipe!! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 6/27/2010 3:51PM

    Loved your blog and the French Toast!

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GRACEISENUF 6/27/2010 3:05PM

    I'd love me some of that french toast..mmmm! Sounds like you have a full weekend planned...ENJOY!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/26/2010 9:54PM

    Great job! Weekends are always my weakness. Which screws up your weekday efforts....

so gooooood job!!

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TRAVELNISTA 6/26/2010 9:46PM

    Wow that is emoticon if you can eat 3 pieces of french toast with strawberries, sugar free syrup, and 2 pieces if bacon for only 400 calories.

I am really proud of you for how well you ate at the Greek Festival. I don't know if I could have passed up the baklava.

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WHGRN60 6/26/2010 5:59PM

    You hit the nail on the head. Eating a little bit of the things we love helps prevent the "forbidden fruit" overeating that restrictive diets can cause. Good for you!

Blessings
Wendy

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CARILOUIE 6/26/2010 5:57PM

    You know, leaving out the "extras" has really helped me, too. The bread and butter at most restaurants usually isn't that good, anyway. Greek food.... drool. I could eat baklava for every meal and be a happy camper.

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TREKKSTER 6/26/2010 5:30PM

  You are absolutely right about just switching things up and just making healthier choices. I love cooking and trying different dishes. Greek, French, and Spanish are my favorites. I just have to be careful when I eat out. Thanks for the recipe for French toast! I will definitely try that one.

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NANASAMM 6/26/2010 4:32PM

    I love grocery shopping these days. It's like I am on a treasure hunt for healthy substitutes or some new exciting flavor to tickle my tastebuds. It's truly an adventure! I'm not one for same old, same old. I like a lot of variety...BUT I do have some tried and true favorites as well. You're doing so awesome... emoticon

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YASMINSHORTER 6/26/2010 3:12PM

    I love the way you describe success as not starving but not full before bed time, then hungry for breakfast in the morning! The little things DO count too!!!
I'm watching USA Vs Ghana as I type!(42 mins in)

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ALIMESSA 6/26/2010 2:41PM

    It is no wonder you have had such success...your attitude is AMAZINGLY positive and healthy! Thanks for sharing your journey and wisdom with us...you are inspiring and encouraging so many of us!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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CAT5599 6/26/2010 2:17PM

    Great job! All things in moderation!

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CHICAT63 6/26/2010 1:23PM

    I hear ya Sista, same here for me yesterday at Amélie's graduation. It is so important not to close ourselves off from the rest of the eating world. I had a Bloody Cesar, one glass of white wine and I had dessert ! Enjoy your weekend, the festival sounds like fun. emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/26/2010 12:32PM

    Way to go on the Greek food yesterday lady !! That's awesome.

My strength trainer told me it's exciting to watch n00bs train bc you can just keep increasing each tim almost with the wts, where as someone whose been lifting 6 mos or whatev plateaus with the weights. So yay us!! I've noticed I have no upper body strength... You know that 25 lb barbell? I can only use that and can't even do all 12, I get to like 9 and my muscles are fatigued. Grrrr so hopefully I'll be able to add weights to that soon.

Have a great weekend celebrating with your honey !! ;)

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MAMADELIGHT 6/26/2010 12:31PM

    I thought along the same lines last weekend when I ate my lobster and clams without butter. STILL DELICIOUS!

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ABETTERBECKY 6/26/2010 11:53AM

    I have found your words to be so true - I eat everything I used to eat, in moderation. Tracking is so helpful to realize how much to eat and how ridiculously many extra calories I was eating that we just empty calories. I love food, I'm eating healthily and I'm losing it :)

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SLY_REDUX 6/26/2010 11:41AM

    I'm having breakfast at your house tomorrow. Make room at your table.

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LADYINOHIO 6/26/2010 11:39AM

    Wow dude. That was one of the best blogs I've read in a while!!
You have really achieved quite a bit of balance in your life, it would seem!
And congrats on moving the weights up, that means you are strongggggg!! :D

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SASXONTHEMOVE 6/26/2010 11:24AM

    I agree. If you forbid yoruself foods, you are going to binge when the cravings strike. But if you do what YOU did and eat a bit of the things that you love, then you get what you want, flavour and taste but not the extra calories! Good for you, sweetie!

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MSWEEZER 6/26/2010 11:20AM

    You nailed it! All things in moderation. Salads are only a part of the equation and I for one get tired of them quickly. On this journey we must still enjoy those things that we do on occasion if only a bite or two. The thing I think is the kicker is the exercise. It's gotta be a part of it all. Thanks for such a great blog that doesn't include deprivation of living life!!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/26/2010 11:19AM

    That is why I love the food tracker as I eat the food I like and can keep track of the total calories. for instance tonight I still had some calories left and I felt hungry so I had 100grams of yoghurt and 100 grams of warmed frozen raspberries and thoroughly enjoyed it! And am still in my calorie range for the day! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 6/26/2010 11:14AM

    I totally agree with you w/r/t salads... I see so many posts on the boards that start out, "How can I do this diet, I don't like salad??"... hehe. It's not a diet and you don't have to eat salads to be healthy! Everything in moderation. Sounds like you did great last night employing that strategy. If half a serving of moussaka is good, the entire serving is not necessarily better!

Have a great weekend and congrats again on making your WL goal!

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THREADBENDER 6/26/2010 11:04AM

    Yup! You have that just right.

Just got back from having my favorite breakfast out: spinach and feta omelet w/ one egg, two egg white, sliced tomatoes instead of hash browns, and dry whole wheat toast. So glad the local Coney Island meets my requests and it is the most satisfying 500 cal. of the week.

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CHANGESINME 6/26/2010 11:03AM

    I AGREE WITH U THERE! WE HAD PIZZA AT WORK FOR DOIN A GREAT JOB WHEN STATE CAME THROUGH! NO WAY WAS I GONNA EAT THAT GREASY, FATTY, YUMMY STUFF!!! SO I FOUND MY SECRET 2 REPLACE THINGS I SHOULDNT EAT. WORK HAD PIZZA, I ATE SUPREME LEAN PIZZA POCKETS.... ONLY HAS 220 CALORIES.... emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 6/26/2010 10:58AM

    This has been the epiphany of SP... when I actually started tracking what was going into my mouth... it somehow clicked this time that I could eat ANYthing I wanted... I just couldn't eat EVERYTHING I wanted...

And when I eat clean... I don't want the junk... erm... as much as I did...

Yay YOU on a dee-LISH-uss Greek meal AND a GREAT breakfast and doing GOOD WORK on top of it all..
I LOVE it when the balance happens!
MWAH!

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MAIA2011 6/26/2010 10:51AM

    I just ran and now I am ready for a big breakfast BUT everybody else is asleep so it is Cream of Wheat for me!

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PLCARTER718 6/26/2010 10:44AM

    I agree that it's portions and extras that pack on the pounds. Have to be careful but still eat real food that makes you feel full and happy.

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JODYMARINO1 6/26/2010 10:36AM

    Thanks for your blog. I needed it after having a day at the movies with poporn. ALL is NOT lost!

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Overweight Summer Challenge Results

Friday, June 25, 2010

After seeing all the great spring challenges my SparkFriends were setting for themselves, especially those on the MaryMackers and AB teams, I decided to make my own challenge for myself.

So I set off to lose 23 lbs in 16 weeks in order to be "overweight" by the beginning of summer, aiming for a little less than 1.5 lbs per week. Although I don't necessarily subscribe to the accuracy of the BMI scale, 185 lbs on my 5'6" frame would put me into the overweight category rather than obese, which I thought would be a cool way to start the summer!

Since Monday marked the first day of summer, my Friday weigh-in today would be the last of the challenge.

How'd it go?

Starting Weight: 208

W1: 206 - 3/9 (-2)
W2: 204 - 3/18 (-2)
W3: 203 - 3/26 (-1)
W4: 201.5 - 4/2 (-1.5)
W5: 201 - 4/9 (-0.5)
W6: Did Not Weigh (0)
W7: 198.5 - 4/21 (-2.5)
W8: 195 - 4/30 (-3.5)
W9: 195 - 5/7 (0)
W10: 194 - 5/14 (-1)
W11: 192 - 5/21 (-2)
W12: 191 - 5/28 (-1)
W13: 190 - 6/4 (-1)
W14: 190 - 6/11 (0)
W15: 189 - 6/18 (-1)

As you can see, I started out really strong and kinda petered out since May. Not because I fell off course, but I began to think the weight loss would be more slow going now that I was under 200 lbs. I was also training for a 10K race and sometimes felt that training and restricting calories were kind of in opposition with each other.

The past two weeks, I was actually eating more calories and running less, though I was doing plenty of cardio and strength training and eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and clean foods. I probably should have lost more W15, but had some TOM bloat. The result of the last weigh in?



W16: 185 - 6/25 (-4)

I MADE MY GOAL!!!

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So this will officially be my first summer as a non-obese, overweight adult! Today also means I've lost 103 lbs from my highest recorded weight of 288!



Here's to shorts! Here's to the beach! Here's to a swimsuit! Here's to a summer of fun and activity!

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LIMELITESHINES 7/16/2010 12:58PM

    I totally didn't catch this. . . . but you girl are amazing. You KNOW you are gonna rock this Tiki challenge.

GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SPARKY2025 7/6/2010 4:31PM

    emoticon emoticon you go girl

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GRANDMAELL 7/2/2010 2:30PM

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LAINEYINABQ 7/1/2010 2:44PM

    I agree, how come there's not a "YOU GO GIRL" emoticon?? emoticon Congratulations lady, and thanks for being an inspiration!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 6/30/2010 4:18PM

    Fantastic!!! You're going to have a kick-a$$ summer!!!

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SPARKY2025 6/29/2010 4:59PM

    THAT IS AWESOME emoticon emoticon

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SAMSPARK1 6/29/2010 2:07PM

    This is so awesome!!!!!! I am late reading this as I have been MIA a bit lately with lots going on between work and home!!!!!!!! Congrats on meeting this goal! YOU ROCK!

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They need a "YOU GO GIRL" emoticon, I'd use it here!




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CLALIZ 6/29/2010 10:49AM

    You are looking mighty fabulous!!! WOO HOO!!!
Congrats on reaching your goal!!! you are such an inspiration!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 6/29/2010 9:38AM

    I don't know how I missed this post the first time around but CONGRATULATIONS on hitting so many milestones with on weigh in. You are an inspiration.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 6/29/2010 9:08AM

    Holy Cow, Kristine! This is AWESOME!
Go, you!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 6/28/2010 9:28PM

    Congratulations, that inspires me to keep trying it will eventually pay off. Thanks for the blog. Enjoy the shorts and summer.

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PAPPHEM 6/28/2010 9:02PM

    Holy cow, that is absolutely awesome work!! It's very inspiring!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/28/2010 8:55PM

    You are a rock star supreme!! Seriously, what CAN'T you do?!? :-)

When I grow up, I wanna be just like you!

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DEBRAC219 6/28/2010 6:29PM

    Awesome job! You're a great example to the rest of us emoticon

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CAROLSLOSINGIT 6/28/2010 4:57PM

    Congratulations! What an amazing goal you set and made it!
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    congrats to you on achieving this huge milestone! emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 6/28/2010 12:34PM

    You are soooo amazing my friend!!! If I haven't told you lately, you are my hero!

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STARINTHESKY 6/28/2010 12:32PM

    You are so great! Thank you for this amazing post!

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LUCKYONE60 6/28/2010 11:11AM

    Whoa, that is so great! Shows us all the power of setting a reasonable goal too. You continue to be an inspiration...Keep on keepin' on.

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KNITTINGFROG 6/28/2010 10:49AM

    Woohooo!

Way to go!!

Enjoy the Summer!!!!!!!!!

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SDKENT79 6/28/2010 9:35AM

    Way to go!!!! Good job!

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IMSMILEY88 6/28/2010 9:12AM

    Congrats! You look great and are getting healthy and you deserve to celebrate! WAY TO GO!
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KAYLAP101 6/28/2010 9:06AM

    congrats!! your doing fabulous!!

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RJC246 6/28/2010 8:45AM

    Congratulations!! I can't wait until I get to that point! You have done a great job :)

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KATHLOW 6/28/2010 4:09AM

    super! congratulations!

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JANIEWWJD 6/28/2010 12:05AM

    Wow! Keep it up. Good going!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SPARKANN 6/27/2010 11:33PM

    Fantastic! Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 6/27/2010 11:07PM

    Good for you! I won't be there till next summer. Buy then I hope to be past overweight and on to a correct weight for my height, and body. But just because I'm not there yet is not going to stop me from enjoying the summer. I even bought a new swim suit the other day. I'm 68 years young, I want too enjoy all life has to offer now. I can't put it off till I lose. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TENNISFAN99 6/27/2010 11:02PM

    Congrats, sounds like you are making some great progress.

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GABBY98_80 6/27/2010 10:49PM

    great!!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/27/2010 10:43PM

    Kristina: You are AWESOME!!!!
I am always laughing at how parallel our journeys are. I too, am excited about the concept of being "overweight" soon even though I also think BMI scales can be inaccurate. We have some muscle baby! I am only 5'5 so I still have a little weigh (hee hee) to go. So happy for you as you pass each accomplishment. I savor reading your posts and I know others do as well.
GO Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 6/27/2010 10:06PM

    What a great accomplishment!

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MELISSAB401 6/27/2010 9:58PM

    Excellent! Enjoy your summer and keep up the great work.

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FREDDIE_13 6/27/2010 9:55PM

    Girl, you did so AWESOME!!!!!! So glad to see you made your goa, even if it was just a few days late.

I am right behind you, with 1 pound to go till obesity is done, and I am overweight!

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RUNNER_4_LIFE 6/27/2010 8:42PM

    Congrats! What a terrific way to start the summer~!

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SUSIE@2 6/27/2010 8:24PM

    You look great...good job! emoticon

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DORINE55 6/27/2010 8:17PM

  Wonderful!! I am inspired by you. emoticon

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WEYVESGALORE 6/27/2010 7:56PM

    Great Job! Keep up the good work! =)

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KAYALI 6/27/2010 7:54PM

    Way to go!!!!! You are an inspiration!!

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    emoticon gREAT job!! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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    Fantastic!

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STAMPINWOMN 6/27/2010 5:49PM

  i am impressed - super impressed! way to go!!!!

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My First Green Monster Smoothie and Life Stuff

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So FINALLY, I've jumped on the Green Monster Smoothie bandwagon after reading plenty of yummy blogs about them. And I'm totally on! I didn't even taste the two huge handfuls of spinach that went in my breakfast this morning. Mmmmm...



Here's what went in the blender!

1 cup frozen raspberries, unthawed
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 medium banana
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup papaya, diced
1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla

CALORIES: 273
CARBS: 52
FAT: 6
PROTEIN: 8
CALCIUM: 33% RDA
FIBER: 14



Yes, it came out brownish, but I expected that. Just sweet enough! I tasted mostly raspberries in the smoothie and couldn't taste the spinach at all. You could of course add protein powder or Greek yogurt to up the protein, but I'm planning on having my Greek yogurt as a snack later, so I wasn't too worried about protein intake.

Will definitely make another one soon!

I've been eating OK lately, but really just OK. Have been high in my ranges due to family meals that I had little control over and TOM. Yesterday, I had a low-calorie day and seriously, it felt so good to eat on my own terms. Of course, tonight is a Sweet 16 party, so I'll be faced with tons of food and drink. I know I won't make my 185 goal by Friday, but hopefully I'll only be 2-3 lbs off my goal, which is fine. I have one more pound until I'm 100 lbs down from my highest weight!

I also noticed that my running has flagged since the 10K. I just felt exhausted during my runs and stopped to walk a couple of times. Then I realized, uh, duh, it's been about 9 months since I got my running shoes and I noticed I wasn't feeling as "springy." So I ordered some online for $45! Super happy!

Due to me making my own schedule lately and not being required to be glued to the computer, I definitely won't be as active getting back to you guys and commenting on blogs, but I will be reading everything! I'm Sparking today during the World Cup games though (Go US and England!)

  
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SUGIRL06 6/30/2010 10:36AM

    Ok in my effort to not read blogs, this was under the cut off but I was intrigued by the title! So glad I read it!!! I want to make this smoothie this week. I have some papaya in the freezer, some blueberries in the fridge, and some spinach that needs to get used up! Perfect! I will just use regular milk or water and definitely add the protein powder. Mmmm writing this down for breakfast tomorrow!
~Ang
PS. Green apples with spinach taste great in a smoothie too. Just make sure you peel the apple. The skin gets weird!

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BURKEBRIZ 6/27/2010 9:36AM

    Interesting combo. I will have to give it a try. I do love smoothies! I think I, too, need a new pair of running shoes. I had been feeling that the insoles are getting a little flat and as I stretched after my run yesterday, I realized that the treads are thinning near the ball of my foot on the sole. So, where'd you find your steal?

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CARLA-216 6/26/2010 2:51PM

    I started adding spinach to my smoothies a few weeks ago. While I love spinach, I am so glad I can't taste it in my smoothie!
Wondering if one could add other greens with the same no-taste results?

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 6/26/2010 2:36PM

    I've been throwing spinach in my smoothies for the past couple of weeks. Can't even taste the "leaves" as my kids call them....and 3/4 of the kids like it too!

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ALIMESSA 6/26/2010 2:32PM

    Spinach is awesome for you...I've got to try making one of those...have heard about them, too!

Have a great weekend, and keep up the great work!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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MMS354 6/26/2010 2:27AM

    Looks great, can't wait to try. You're such a motivator - thank you!

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GOGOSHIRE 6/25/2010 5:46PM

    Yay for you! Welcome to the green smoothie club! I'm on Year 5 of the Green Monster. :)

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OREOSMILE 6/25/2010 2:05PM

    You inspired me to try a green smoothie yesterday. I used yogurt, spinach, mango, banana, lime juice, and a little water. Mine was bright green and delicious - tart, but in a good way! Reminded me of a smoothie that I had for breakfast almost every day while in Mexico a couple of years ago - that one was pineapple, spinach, and lime juice.



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TRACIENICOLE 6/25/2010 2:03PM

    WOW!! I liked learning about this "Green Monster" I'm going to try it soon! AMAZING!!!

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CALLIKIA 6/25/2010 10:41AM

    I guess I should probably jump on the bandwagon as well. Would be a great way to put my blender back in use...and making breakfast in the morning has been so rare due to much needed sleep I've been catching up on.

Hope those running shoes put the spring back in your step!
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YINYANGSJM 6/24/2010 4:33PM

    mmmm. I'm going to give the spinach in the smoothie a try. I've been having the worst trouble getting in my fruits and veggies which is hard to believe since there are so many good ones this time of year. Thanks for the tip and the pics...now I know to expect it to be brown :)

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KOOKERBEE 6/24/2010 12:58PM

    I'd love to try this! I've steered clear of smoothies because I hate all things milky. Does the almond milk taste like milk, or does it have a different sort of flavor? I might try that! Thanks for sharing :)

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250STRONG 6/24/2010 10:37AM

    sounds great - I love getting new shoes and trying new things (when it works out!)

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/24/2010 9:20AM

    Smoothies are yummy.... emoticon

I have yet to try the spinach smoothie (green monster) but I hear that adding spinach, strawberries, and orange juice makes a great one.



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WHGRN60 6/24/2010 8:55AM

    You're a better woman than I am--I couldn't stomach the smoothie.

And hey, my goal for tomorrow is 185 too! Hope we both make it!

Blessings
Wendy

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GOGETTERME 6/23/2010 10:10PM

    Good for you with the smoothie. I want to make one myself. I am looking for cross trainers right now on the cheap and I can't seem to beat $65. I LOVE New Balance so maybe that's my downfall and there is a cheaper and better brand. Please share. TIA.

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MPALMER15 6/23/2010 9:12PM

    We love green smoothies in our house! Even the kids drink them up. Our recipe is pretty simple though: 1 cup water, 1 huge handful spinach (blend these together first), 2 frozen bananas. Can't taste the spinach and the frozen bananas make it really creamy. Yum, yum!

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TADTURC 6/23/2010 5:50PM

    What a great idea to use up my spinach. Thanks.

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BEINGMENOW 6/23/2010 5:21PM

  Diddo. Where did you find running shoes for $45?

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CHANCE0719 6/23/2010 5:14PM

    mmm, sounds yummy! WOW - where did you find $45 running shoes??

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REINVENT_ME 6/23/2010 4:56PM

    I will definitely give this a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 6/23/2010 3:51PM

    Yum. Actually drinking/eating a green smoothie right now. Yay for spinach and parsley sneaked into fruit, lol. :)

- Josie

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CSAFC84 6/23/2010 3:44PM

    This sounds so good, I want to try it in the morning but have no spinach in - maybe green cabbage would do the trick?? One can but try....

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/23/2010 3:17PM

    Great information in your blog, I'm totally going to try the shake!
Congrats on the weight loss and the deal on shoes.

Continue to be fabulous!

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JEANNETTE59 6/23/2010 2:36PM

  I for one love fresh spinach, one Green Monster Smoothie for me today.
Enjoy the party and the new running shoes.
Pound be gone.
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PRINCESSNURSE 6/23/2010 2:33PM

    You inspired me to try a green monster smoothie today---it was actually pretty good!

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/23/2010 2:10PM

    So it really doesn't taste spinachy at all? ? May try it on my magic bullet

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HELLOKITTN 6/23/2010 2:02PM

    We like to get a crapton of banana's on sale, peel them up when they just get ripe enough, then throw them in the freezer for smoothies. It's a great way to save money and add a velvety texture to your healthy drink!

Kale is also a fun bit of greenery to add in.

Have loads of fun today! Go USA!!!!

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KITHKINCAID 6/23/2010 1:53PM

    I love drinking my V8 Fusion juices in the morning or after a swim. Tons of potassium from all the fruits and veggies and a full serving of each on a glass. Thank god they don't taste like spinach!

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SLY_REDUX 6/23/2010 1:23PM

    This sounds wonderful!

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MBSHAZZER 6/23/2010 1:08PM

    WHOOOOOO - 100 pounds down! You totally rock!

That smoothie sounds yum!! I can't get into smoothies, but if I ever have serious dental work, I will be ON that "spinach in the smoothie" bandwagon in a heartbeat.

RE: running - good call on the new shoes. I like to track my mileage on map my run because they let you track the mileage on your gear, which I find helpful to avoid going overboard on the shoe mileage. Also, you did train really hard and give the 10k a big effort, which does require a little rest - mental and physical afterwards.

Enjoy the Sweet 16! Make it a "naturally sweet" 16!

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RUSSELLORAMA 6/23/2010 12:46PM

    100 pounds down! Amazing work! I am so impressed with you and your ability to drink that smoothie. The only brown things I seem to enjoy drinking are chocolate shakes, so I'll have to give that a try!

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TRAVELNISTA 6/23/2010 12:35PM

    I will have to try that one with out the Almond Breeze so I can keep it Raw. Check out my blog today for some other smoothie ideas and some cold soups which to me are just thicker smoothies but all veggie.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/23/2010 12:25PM

    Green monster huh?, Well Friday is shopping day so I could get the ingredients then...I like smoothies and I like spinach and bananas and raspberries and papya...all seperate mind you!! I do love the nutritional info-that is pretty awesome!! Trying new things is a goal. Looking at it again it actually looks like a VERY chocolate shake...

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/23/2010 12:18PM

    Both England and USA won...so you must be doing SOMETHING right! :-) Woohoo!!!

I actually was craving a green monster the other day from PinkCoconut's blogs...even though I've never even had one yet! But I have a blender on my shortlist of wishes so hopefully I get one soon. My old one died a couple years ago and I just haven't purchased a new one yet. :-( But I want smoothies darnit!!

Woohoo for new shoes! I can't believe it was nine months ago...seems like just a couple months that you got fitted for shoes. LOL Way to go on the super sale score!

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STORMTMB 6/23/2010 11:58AM

    I'm not sure that I'd believe too many people beyond you that the green shake is really good - when you know how bad it looks! I need to increase the fiber and find (non-meat) ways to get protein so I might have to give this a shot. Congrats on the 100 lbs - WOW! And great deal on the new shoes! Glad you thought of it before you hurt your feet. Enjoy your day!

Tina

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TEAM-SARAH 6/23/2010 11:39AM

    Wow 100 pounds, that's incredible girl. So exciting :) I can't wait until I can claim that level of awesome. The smoothie looks interesting..... lots of fiber. Sounds like a great nutritious low cal breakfast. I think I'd try putting in the greek yogurt.... I'm still trying to acquire the taste of it, I might be better off with it blended haha

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/23/2010 11:15AM

    I'm totally going to try that green monster shake!! Thanks for the recipe!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/23/2010 11:06AM

    That smoothie sounds yummy! I have been having a mango smoothie once a day and so enjoy drinking it! GO THE SMOOTHIE!!! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/23/2010 10:41AM

    Good job on your running, I have to stop still A LOT!! What kind of shoes did you get?

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DRRAZZ 6/23/2010 10:33AM

    Congrats on almost losing 100 lbs. That is so awesome!!!!

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SAPPHIRE983 6/23/2010 10:32AM

    I never made a healthy smoothie like that before! Definitely going to try it!

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HOGFAN79 6/23/2010 10:26AM

    Looks Good!

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SPINTOWIN 6/23/2010 10:22AM

    I haven't made one yet, but have been reading about them. It's so nice to hear they are well worth it!

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HEALTHYSASSY 6/23/2010 10:07AM

    emoticon

I need to start making some green smoothies again. It's a great way to get more vegetables into my day.

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STINA6584 6/23/2010 9:53AM

    I love green monsters, but honestly they gross me out when they come out that brownish color! I prefer them radioactive green. (Makes total sense, right?! emoticon)

I actually made one last night, but it was really, REALLY heavy on the berries so it was purple.

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MAGPIE17 6/23/2010 9:52AM

    hmmm....I will have to try spinach in my smoothies! Haven't done that yet!

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WATCHMEGO2 6/23/2010 9:41AM

    My blender would never shred up spinach in a smoothie, I definitely need a new blender....

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NIELSENSLADY 6/23/2010 9:37AM

    I need to start drinking my green monsters again. I think we're going to have much better summers than last year! I'm ready to get out there in my swimsuit and soak in some sun!

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AIMEETURD 6/23/2010 9:35AM

    Green Monster sounds yummy! Congrats on the almost 100 pound weight loss, that's freaking awesome!!!!

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