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Do or die shopping............

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's the last Saturday before Christmas. That means that the shopping mall (West County Mall is my mall of choice) will be packed. Good luck getting a parking space in less than an hour. I will not be there!!!! I'll be at home, preping for Christmas. My brother-in-law is coming Tuesday and will be staying through Christmas. He is disabled and has a hard time getting around so we'll be eating in a lot. He is easy to please so I'm freezing soups and casseroles. A simple dessert, a bottle of wine, a fruit of some kind, and a salad will make anything that I make taste good.

Enjoy your Saturday. If you go out today, I hope you take plenty of patience.


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READNKNIT 12/19/2010 4:21PM

    I'm glad your brother will visit you! Then Christmas at home will still be a special time for you.

We had so much going yesterday, with the children's program practice, then shopping at wal-mart, then the h.s. Christmas program, that I didn't have much time for anything else.

I'm going to make corn chowder for dinner tonight. A recipe from another sparkfriend. It's on sparkrecipes, so if it's good, I'll recommend it to you! Your brother might like it!

I don't think I have any days this week. There are only three days of school, and I can't imagine many teachers taking days off right now, and certainly not the day with all the parties.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your brother! And the rest of your family, too, of course!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/18/2010 6:30PM

    Nothing like keeping it simple. Have a great time.

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GEORGE7551 12/18/2010 5:10PM

    The menu sounds good...a good bottle of wine will be a big hit!

I was at the mail (by my house) today and you are correct, it's a mad house!

Happy Holidays!

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    Salad, soup, and a bottle of wine sound great to me! emoticon emoticon

You sound like a wonderful host to your family and friends -- I hope everyone has a happy Christmas!

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BARBARACT 12/18/2010 12:59PM

    Have fun with Christmas prep. I actually went to Target this morning and it wasn't bad at all. Found a parking spot right away and got on a register right away too!
But I am done...all done....shopped out....LOL!

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AGILLASPIE60 12/18/2010 11:23AM

    Enjoy your Saturday inside! I hope to get my college age son up soon and take him shopping! I actually enjoy the crowds and find it a bit invigorating! I know--I'm a little crazy! lol Enjoy your holidays and Merry Christmas! emoticon

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Feelin great.......

Friday, December 17, 2010

I'm feeling great. I sparked for about an hour, fixed breakfast for a teen (yes, he eats breakfast every day before school), and worked out to one of the Biggest Loser DVD's. Now, I have a smile on my face and I'm ready for the rest of the day. Hope you have a good one!!

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GEORGE7551 12/17/2010 10:59PM

    Wow...sounds like you are having a great day! Congrats!

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BARBARACT 12/17/2010 10:41PM

    I am happy you are smiling and feeling great! Good for you, I hope you have many days like that!!!


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TERWANTSTOLOSE 12/17/2010 2:54PM

    Good for you! I make breakfast for my teen every day too! :-)

Have a great day and weekend!

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PAMAPPLE 12/17/2010 12:05PM

    I'm glad you're feeling great and energized. I slept in today and feel more tired than if I would have gotten up early. Guess I'll need to throw in an exercise DVD and wake up!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/17/2010 11:11AM

    Glad you feel great, Exercise does that for me! Have a terrific Day!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/17/2010 11:07AM

    Great! It's cold and rainy, so everyone is cocooning.

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GATOR12 12/17/2010 10:48AM


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PJSTIME 12/17/2010 9:33AM

    emoticon You are having the start of great day

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Menu planner

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Do you use the menu planner feature? If you use it, how are you using it? What do like about it?

I turned mine off the second day that I was on SP and didn't look at again until last night. I noticed that it has suggestions, replacement items, and a menu. I thought I'd give it a spin.

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GEORGE7551 12/16/2010 9:48PM

    I've never used it? It's more sporadic around my house!

Happy cooking!

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PAMAPPLE 12/16/2010 7:43PM

    I use the meal planner to enter my own meals and use the nutrient tracker to stay within my fat, carbs, protein and fiber... the SP meals are rather blah...

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/16/2010 4:41PM

    Will have to try that now that you are suggesting it!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/16/2010 12:20PM

    Nope! I prefer to make my own decisions and track everything in excruciating detail. I often enter recipes, too, so that I know the nutrition info and can click on a serving easily!

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MNNICE 12/16/2010 10:54AM

    I rarely use the meals they suggest, but I use it as a guide to make sure I am getting the right amount of protein/carbs/fat, and then track everything I eat all day. I feel it has been one of the most important tools in my weight loss and maintenance. I've also found some great recipes on it!

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JUSTBIRDY 12/16/2010 9:37AM

    Turned it off right away.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/16/2010 8:49AM

    I don't use it because of two special diets here in the house.

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GVANSCOOT 12/16/2010 8:37AM

  I don't use the SP Planner. I do track and create my own favs that are low in calories in stores that I shop at.

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BLOOM49 12/16/2010 8:33AM

    I don't use the planner but I do track my food everyday. Once in a while I look at the planner to get ideas - just looking for variety.

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KEIGENSMOMMY10 12/16/2010 8:28AM

  Altho I don't usually eat the meals they suggest, I do use it to count the calories in what I do eat by the "add an item not on my menu" feature! It's an easy way to keep try of your daily intake.

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Who is the Biggest Loser??????????

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who is the biggest loser? I fell asleep. Not only did I fall asleep right before we found out who the "at home" winner was but I woke up and I also fell asleep right before we found out who the biggest loser was. Duh, do you think I'm sleep deprive?!


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GEORGE7551 12/15/2010 11:48PM

    I wasn't watching the program, but thanks for the update!

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TUBLADY 12/15/2010 10:24AM

    I fell asleep too, so thanks for all the info from everyone.
Now i won't have to go back and watch it on Demand.
Glad it turned out as it did.
Just hope these winner's can maintain their new found bodies.
It's a rapid weight loss.
The real life everyday routines are far different than the "Ranch".

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GATOR12 12/15/2010 9:48AM

    You "ARE" SLEEP deprived. I think you can see the show if you have time and patience & really want to on their web page. All clapping and cheering (justified, of course) And smiles. They did announce new show 3 wks from yesterday and two new coaches in addition to Bob & Jillian (at a secret location) not the ranch!!

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MISSM66 12/15/2010 7:15AM

    Mark was the at Home winner and Patrick was the Biggest Loser,and I am happy for Both of them,especial Patrick,I am also happy for Ada to make to the last three. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARMYWIFENMOMMA 12/15/2010 6:38AM

    Mark was the at home winner and Patrick was the Biggest Loser.

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Good day............

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It was a good day today. I walked for 90 minutes and stayed within my calorie range. I made chili for the family and an asparagus salad for me and picked up one more Christmas gift (new H. Potter book for son). I did two loads of laundry (how can three people have so many dirty clothes a week) and mopped the floor. I got an F in procrastination today. WooHoo!!!!

How was your day?????

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/15/2010 2:01PM

    I got my workout all done, ate healthy and HAD NO SUGAR!! (OOPS, EXCEPT THAT COOKIE IN THE AM)

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PAMAPPLE 12/15/2010 11:11AM

    You sound very productive to me!! Making chili, asparagus salad, christmas shopping, mopping the floor, doing laundry and exercising?! I hate to ask what you do on a productive day!! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 12/14/2010 9:35PM

    I spent lots of time in the garden.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/14/2010 9:33PM

    Good job! Isn't it amazing how Spark can help you put so much into a day? I didn't know there was a "new" Potter book--maybe new to him?

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GEORGE7551 12/14/2010 9:13PM

    Nice day! Hopefully you'll have many more!

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TERWANTSTOLOSE 12/14/2010 6:59PM

    You had a very productive day and asparagus salad sounds yummy!!!! All the Harry Potter books are wonderful! I bought a book today about all the ballparks in America for my son and a Pokemon book for my 17 year old daughter. She is getting ready to go to college and lately has been nostalgic about her childhood and Pokemon was a big part of it! :-)

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LARIESHA 12/14/2010 6:46PM

    That was a very productive day! My day went well, but not over yet. Game night. The only thing is it is raining here and so cold. I had to pull out the warmer socks today and the furry boots. Games usually last 1.5 hours and the gym is always cold.

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