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Learning to skate

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I read in an artical a little back that most people never learn anything new above the age of 20! wow... I thought that was really sad and I dont want to be that way. I have desided that I am going to take this new body of mine and I am going to live. I want to do all of the things I never thought I could do before or never had the courage or confidence to do before because I was fat.

I have wanted to learn how to skate for a long time. I never learned when I was a kid. I went to the skating rink a few times but never had the courage to get off of the carpet and actually on to the rink. I was always afraid to fall down. I atempted skating one other time outside and ended up falling on my face and chipping my right front tooth... It gives me character lol, if you look hard you can see it on my pictures with a big toothy grin.

But anyway, long story short that was when I was 12 and thats the last time I was on a pair of skates. I really have wanted to learn though and I have frequent dreams where Im skating really fast and Im good at it and it feels really great.

I had been trying to get my husband to take me to a local skating rink so I could give it a try again and he never wants to go so we never had. This past week I desided that I would just go without him then so I asked my two sisters who live with me what they were doing sunday and asked them if they wanted to go to the skating rink with me.

Today all three of us went down there and I laced up my skates and desided to give it a go. I was scared but also really excited. I was a bit torn on weather or not to get inline skates or regular skates and desided on the regular because I think they look really cute.... funny reason. I have tried both in the past and always thought inline seemed a little easier for the breife time I was up on them before. I went with what I thought was harder though because they looked cuter and because I knew it would be a bigger acomplishment for me if I tackled what was harder right off the bat.

I laced them up and rolled around on the carpet for 5 or 10 minutes and I was very wobbly but got a little steadier as time went on. My sisters quickly caught back on and looked way better than me because they had both skated as kids and were pretty good at it. Then I desided to go out on the rink. Scary! I had never been on the rink before and wow it was really slick. You push off and you just keep going, unlike the carpet.

I had problems turning and was really unsteady but after about 10 minutes I had got around the track a few times and had not fallen. I dident keep that up unfortunatly though. I skated for 2 hours and fell about 5 good times.... a few other little falls but 5 that really got me good. I hurt my a** really good (still hurts), I got a huge bruse on my right knee, I fell on my hand a few times and it really hurts too.... but each time I fell I got right back up and kept going.

The times I was up skating more than made up for the falling. Even though I was slightly unsteady and I had hurt myself sevral times I couldent keep the smile off of my face because I was doing something that I had never had the courage to do before.... It felt really good and I got a taste of what I felt like in all the dreams I had of skating. I really really enjoyed myself and can see this becoming something that I do regurally.

My sisters both really had alot of fun too and we are planning on going back next sunday if we arent busy. Im going to seriously look into getting knee pads and wrist gaurds though even if I look like a dork. I really messed myself up out there. It was such a great workout though. It dident seem like I was really exerting myself because I wasent even going that fast at any given time but by the time 2 hours was up I was drenched in sweat and all my muscles in my body hurt. It was a great feeling... well besides the actual pain in my butt and knee.

If anyone is afraid of trying something new then they should just deside that you know what, we only live once and being afraid to do something new is a big mistake. You might find out that you really love something or you could be really great at something. I think that I am really going to love skating and Im going to get good at it.... Just like I might really like running one day (another thing that I could never do, because of obeasity and weak ankles, which are surprisingly not weak now that I lost weight :-) ) and I might be good at it.... maybe... I definatly have alot fonder feelings about skating right now. lol.

~ Jess emoticon

UPDATE: Wow!!! 2 hours of skating burns 1210 calories!!! Thats freakin awesome!

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CHRISS77 5/18/2010 2:06PM

    Nothing new after age 20? Wow. I failed that spectacularly.

So glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself. I love skating and wish we had more opportunity to do that in our area.

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LOSINGJESS 5/18/2010 1:39PM

    haha... no I will never roller derby.... It would be cool but I am not aggressive enough and I want to get to wear Im not falling down... not wear Im contantly falling down. lol. I watched a documentary on netflix instant play/roku a few weeks ago on the rat city roller girls and They went down the list of all the injuries they have gotten... now thats scary.

I just want to skate... not beat girls up .... hehe

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CALLIKIA 5/18/2010 10:42AM

    Skating = Scary! *lol* Good for you, though for giving it a go and realizing you really enjoy it! Get that protective gear and give it a go again! Who knows, maybe you'll become a roller derby girl!

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KENNYWHEELS 5/17/2010 3:16PM

    you really should get those wrist protectors so you don't break your wirsts. Way to go. this is such a great thing to be proud of.

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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/17/2010 3:15PM

    I adore skating! You brought me back some good flashbacks of back in the day when I was MUCH younger on my 4 wheel skates emoticon I used to float around the neighborhood with ease...I got some inline skates ages ago (prob about 8 yrs ago or more) and found its SOO much harder!!! I fell a couple times and every time I would go on a surface that wasn't totally smooth and had even the most teeny amount of gravel or little rocks, I'd FREAK!!! And forget going up and down curbs. LOL!

Good for you for trying out something new - who says we're ever too old (or young) to learn to do something different!!

Love this blog!!

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SILVERWING2623 5/17/2010 2:35PM

    Oh my gosh I wish we lived closer. I adore skating and I haven't been in forever!

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LOSINGJESS 5/17/2010 1:57PM

    Thanks :-) It was nice having you there to try and keep me upright lol... I cant wait to go with you again next weekend :-)

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JAVAGRL 5/17/2010 10:33AM

    you got allot better after about an hour, very proud of you. pokes knee. emoticon

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MESSYJESSY22 5/17/2010 8:35AM

    I love to skate!!! I just love rolling around the neighborhood! And it is a FANTASTIC workout! I am learning something new myself! I'm starting a new class on Wednesday! YAY! Good Luck with everything!

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JESSSPARK 5/16/2010 10:20PM

    As scary as it is I think the regular skates are easier than the inline ones at least for me, I have HORRIBLE balance on the inline skates! :) Good for you for trying something new and I hope your bruised parts improve quickly! emoticon

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LIQUEURLADY 5/16/2010 9:40PM

    I'm so glad you got to take steps to do what you really want to do. I didn't take up skiing until I was in my late 30s, and I hate to think about what I might have missed had I not taken the opportunity. Yes, get the protective gear -- those injuries to joints can be a real bummer. So have fun!

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Impressed with Myself.... Week 4 : Workout 1 - C25K

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Im proud of me today. I had such an awesome day and feel really great about myself.

I went to the park this afternoon with the kids and my husband and worked up a sweat....I was comfortable enough for the first time to wear my Youth size Large t-shirt out in public today without sucking in the whole time....

I ate right all day and this afternoon I went out and got my c25k workout in as well!

Hubby set up my fitness watch for me before I went out this afternoon. I gave him my training scedual for week 4 and he set up the intraval timers on my watch so the alarm goes off every time I am done with a segment.

Here is what I am doing this week

Walking/warm up : 5 min
Jog: 3 min
walking: 1min 30
Jog: 5 min
walking: 2 min 30
Jog: 3 min
walking: 1 min 30
Jog: 5 min
walking/cooldown: 5 min


So I was scared to death of thouse 5 minute segments because I have been walking 1 min and then jogging for 2 minutes.... thats it! The longest I have been jogging is 2 minutes so to go ahead and go to 5 seemed extreamly intemidating to me. 2 minutes is hard so 5 seemed impossible.

I talked my little sister into going out with me. She dident want to come because she hates running but I talked her into it. I figured since she is small (even though I know that has no bearing on your fitness lvl) she would do ok jumping right into week 4.

She did really well considering and her being out there really helped me. It dident seem as hard with her running there next to me. The 5 minute blocks were hard for both of us but we pushed though the first one and it wasent so bad.... the second one was a B*tch though and by the time we got down to 2 minutes left on the clock she was slowing down and saying she couldent go on... I felt the same way but I told her that she could do it and told her not to stop. I knew that if she stopped then I would stop and I wanted to get through that last 5 minutes and finish out strong. I kept telling myself "you can do this, you can do this"

Wow it was really hard... but we did it. We Jogged the whole time on the running parts and as we were cooling down I was so impressed with both of us. I really dident think that I could do it... I thought I would get to 3 minutes and then have to stop... but I dident stop I kept going. :-)

My sister told me that durring the last 5 minute set she was reciting the lords prayer in her head to keep her going. lol. I geuss everyone has things they do to help them push a little farther.

I really hope she continues to work out with me because it helped me alot to have her out there. The time went by faster and it dident seem as hard.

I am so happy with the progress I am making. I never thought 4 weeks ago that I would be able to run 5 minutes stright but I did.... I cant wait to see what I am doing in another 2 weeks. :-)

~ Jess

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DAVEW175 5/17/2010 1:03PM

    Congratulation on your progress!

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BIZENMO 5/16/2010 8:25PM

    You should be proud of yourself! emoticon You keep up the great work! So glad you are now able to wear your smaller shirt without having to do anything but wear it! I can't wait till I can do that too! Great Job, JESS!!!!
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MCASTILLO86 5/16/2010 4:07PM

    You are doing great :) When I feel like I can't go on I also tell myself "you can do it, you can do it" and I always can. Keep up the good work emoticon

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/16/2010 1:26PM

    Great job!!!!!

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MELTINGMIMI 5/16/2010 12:05PM

    Ur doing AWESOME!! And the shirt looks to fit perfect!! Great job on powering thru & motivating ur sister to keep going!!!

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JESSSPARK 5/16/2010 11:54AM

    In a few weeks you will be jogging for 20 minutes! You can do it, and you are looking fantastic! emoticon

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LOSINGJESS 5/16/2010 8:11AM

    well its been really tight and hugged my back rolls... which I know are pretty much not there anymore.. almost. I geuss my mind is still catching up to my body.

~ Jess

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MALEXANDER4 5/16/2010 6:53AM

    Your doing awesome on your runs. I don't know why you wouldn't wear that shirt in public.....you look great.

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CHRISS77 5/16/2010 4:25AM

    That is awesome!! You should be proud.

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LOSINGJESS 5/15/2010 11:56PM

    LOVEMYKIDS- It sucks when you get injured... Im having alot of problems with both of my knees. Im just trying to make sure I warm up good and stretch good and be very mindful of my body when i am working out. I have been making sure to take IB Profin when Im done with my workout and Im also icing both of my knees... I hope your foot starts co-operating soon.... darn zumba! lol.

SIMONE- Thanks and congrats to you too... 5 minutes is a big step.. way to go to both of us, we should both be really proud. :-)

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JUST_SIMONE 5/15/2010 11:31PM

    I did Week 4 Day 1 earlier this week so I KNOW what a big step it is moving into 5 minute intervals. Congrats on getting through it! And great job bringing your sister along too emoticon

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LOVEMYKIDS874 5/15/2010 11:22PM

    WTG! You should be VERY proud!!! CONGRATS!

I'm having a hard time with the c25k right now. Last summer I hurt my foot somehow (probably from too much zumba) emoticon and if I walk too long or run I can feel it start to hurt again. I hope to one day be able to run again...the sooner the better.

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Photo Food Blog ~ Saturday May 15th

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I think I did pretty awesome today :-)

Breakfast: 1 cup blueberry Special K Cereal... 1/2 cup 1% milk, 4 strawberries - 212
(first time I have tried the blue berry.... it was pretty good!)

As soon as we were done with breakfast me and the kids and hubby all went to the park. We took a great walk and then played with the beach ball a bit. My baby girl was as red as a cherry though by the time we left.... she does not do well with the heat. We had alot of fun though and got some much needed exercise in.

all my sweet hearts

kicking the beach ball around

tired and ready to go... lol.... shes so red

Lunch: 1/2 grilled turkey and cheese sandwich on double fiber bread..... 1/2 apple.... yoplait light key lime pie yogurt (yum! I splurged and got cups of yogurt instead of the big bulk container lol) - 333
(And I erased my darn photo... grrrrr!)

Snack: Fiber one oats & chocolate bars - 140
(these are adictive.... I am trying my hand at keeping them in the house again though since I seem to have a bit more control over what I put in my mouth now.... I use to get up at midnight and polish one off.... it was pretty bad)

Dinner: BBQ chicken sandwich (1/3 cup light meat rotisary chicken, 2 tbls bbq sauce, doulbe fiber bun).... 1/2 cup cole slaw..... 1/3 cup bushes grillin beans.... 1/2 serving harvest cheddar sun chips - 598

Snack: String Cheese - 80

Snack: Strawberries, 1/4 cup light cool whip, 1 chocolate cup cake - 279
(OMG! yum)

Total Calories for the day ~ 1641 .... right on target!

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RORYTA 5/19/2010 10:51AM

    Awesome blog, I love those blogs they always put things in perspective as to how much you can eat and still be low on calories...

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LOSINGJESS 5/19/2010 8:54AM

    I have not tried them yet... I saw the 90 calorie ones but the regular ones had 6 per box instead of 5 and ended up being way cheaper once I added in the coupon I had. Usually the 50 extra calories is not gonna matter that much anyway and I find most of the higher calorie stuff tastes better.
I might try them out eventually though. I think I am going to skip getting the fiber one bars for a while after these are gone. I thought I could handle them being in the house but the temptation to have more than one a day is reeeealy getting strong. These are one of my weak foods that I just dont think I can keep in the house in bulk.

~ Jess

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/18/2010 1:48PM

    Have you tried the new 90 calorie Fiber One bars? The chocolate is pretty taste, and I have replaced these with the original ones.

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MAMAFEELGOOD 5/17/2010 11:03PM

    You have given me some of the best ideas for food. Keep up the good work.

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BRANDI0074 5/16/2010 8:52PM

    Thanks Jess for the idea, think I will go and load me up some fresh berries, and free cool whip! YUMMY! Glad you guys had fun at the park! How was the skating?

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JAQUILLIN 5/16/2010 5:32PM

    looks great and you even had some treats!

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CHRISS77 5/16/2010 4:26AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun at the park.

I also love your photo food blog idea! Might try that one, too. :)

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LOSINGJESS 5/15/2010 11:18PM

    she is fine now... She had lots of sunblock on so it wasent sunburn, she just gets really red when she gets hot, kinda like she burns from the inside out.
I am the same way ... when I exercise I turn bright red and stay that way for a few hours.

we both have really sensitive skin when it comes to sun or heat

~ Jess

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LOVEMYKIDS874 5/15/2010 11:15PM

    It looks like you had fun at the park! I hope your daughter's redness goes away soon. That's the worst! I had strawberries and lite cool whip for a snack tonight too! It was really yummy!

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Week 3 C25K progress

Friday, May 14, 2010

I just finished week 3 of couch to 5k and things are going pretty good. Jogging really sucks and I have not gotten to the point where I enjoy it but I have been taking a 30 minute walk after Im done with my walking/jogging intraval and I have really been enjoying that. If I dont keep up with the jogging after the 5k I will definately still try to get out for walking because its really enjoyable to be able to sink into my own little world and have some me time.

When I started I was doing 1 minute of walking and 30 seconds of jogging for 30 minutes..... This past week I was Jogging for 2 minutes and walking for 1 minute for 30 minutes. I have made some progress so hopefully in the next 2 weeks I will get to where I can jog for quite a bit longer. Im thinking that I will be able to make pretty good time on the 5k if I can run at least half of it so thats what Im shooting for.


The last 3 weeks my weight loss has been great!!! I have lost almost the same amount in the last month that I had lost from Jan - april if that gives you any idea how much my weight loss has sped up. I started out this year at 200 pounds and this time last month I weighed 191 pounds. I now weigh 184 pounds.

I think 2 things are really contributing to my weight loss and one of thouse two things is the intraval jogging. Its alot more intense than the exercise videos I was doing plus its high impact. It makes me want to keep it up just because of how good my weight loss has been.

The other thing that is really helping me I think is keeping track of my food with pictures. I eat alot less, eat more vegetables and do alot less nibbling. I think I was eating way more calories before than I realized because I nibbled alot! Im doing pretty much no nibbling now because I know I will have to take a picture of it and put it in my photo food blog.... When I have alot of pictures of this and that and they look not too healthy I feel bad when i look back at it so now I dont do it. It makes me think instead of mindlessly poping things in my mouth.

My current weight loss goal was to be at 180 by mid june. Thats when the pound for pound challenge ends and back in january I pledged to lose 20 pounds. I was off track with that for a little while and dident think I was going to make it. Im back on my line now though..... I use fitday.com and they have goal tracking that lets you see your current weight compared to where your weight needs to be to reach your goal by a certain time. Its great and I keep it pasted on the desktop of my computer to keep me motivated.

My body is really starting to change now... Hips are starting to shrink, belly shrinking, back rolls going away & my butt shelf (that area of fat right above your ass that if you get really huge looks like a shelf) is almost non-existant... its all back now! I have never seen me without these things, even when I was a little kid... I have always had the same basic body shape (minus the stretch marks and loose skin) ... This is a really exciting time for me.

Yesterday durring my workout I actually wore a size medium workout top, wow a medium!

Messurements: before & after

Chest 1/28/09 : (49.5) 5/14/10 : (40)
waist (48.5) (38)
Hips (57) (45)
Thigh (29) (24)
calf (19) (16.5)

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MELTINGMIMI 5/15/2010 2:39PM

    That's AMAZING girl!

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SUSH_ASH 5/15/2010 2:21AM

    great going!! all the best

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MALEXANDER4 5/14/2010 8:57PM

    I'm sorry you don't like running. I love it. I started a bit last fall, and now i'm back to the basics, walk, run, walk, and so forth. I love the way it makes me feel. You have come so far. When I saw your stats it just amazed me. YOur doing great. About the pound for pound...I pledged 10 pounds and i'm not even sure where i'm at with that. you are doing way better.

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KENNYWHEELS 5/14/2010 5:19PM

    Great work. spark people has that very same graph. if you go to your start page and go to My tools and on the button for Weigh in & others click on view progress it shows you that graph and graphs for the other measurements you might be keeping track of. emoticon

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HRD2HNDL74 5/14/2010 3:10PM

    Way to go.

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/14/2010 12:36PM

    Great great job!!!! You are inspirational, indeed!!


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SUGIRL06 5/14/2010 12:26PM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/14/2010 11:48AM

    You are doing so great!

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Photo Food Blog ~ Thursday May 13

Friday, May 14, 2010

Breakfast: 1 cup multigrain cheerios, 1/2 cup 1% milk - 165 cal

Lunch: peanut butter & Jam sandwich on double fiber wheat bread.... 1/2 banana.... 1 cup 1% milk - 350 cal

Snack: 1/2 mini snickers bar - 50 cal

Dinner: vegetable rotini lasagna bake, 1/2 cup green beans, steamfresh lightly sauced broccoli & cheese sauce - 427 cal

Snack: 1 serving baked scoops potato chips, 1/4 avocado, 2 tbls light sour cream -261 cal

Snack: 1 banana, 1/2 tbls natural peanut butter - 175 cal
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Total Calories - 1421 (right on the low end of my calories)

Recipe for lasagna bake - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

Recipe for Pico - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

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CRYSTALFLAIZ 5/14/2010 3:20PM

    Yummy!! Great job.

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FITNTRIMTIFF 5/14/2010 12:41PM

    Love your blogs!!!! Keep up the good work!! And the lasagna looks YUMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BOVEY63 5/14/2010 11:44AM

    The chips and avocado looks so good - my mouth is watering. I have to give that a try!

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/14/2010 11:09AM

    1/2 a mini snickers. Will I ever be able to do that? Wow..... emoticon

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JPVALPO24 5/14/2010 11:08AM

    sounds good!

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WILDBLUEORCHID 5/14/2010 10:49AM

    MMmmm. that snack looks AMAZING!

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SAPPHIRE983 5/14/2010 10:49AM

    Yum! I love reading your photo food blogs! Very inspiring :-)

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    Those nachos look fabulous!! YUM! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/14/2010 10:39AM

    OMG. I want nachos now. I think I have everything to make them. Yum!

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CALLIKIA 5/14/2010 10:32AM

    Ooh...I like that dish in the last picture! *lol*

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JANRTEACH 5/14/2010 10:29AM

    nice pictures~~

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