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Photo Food Blog ~ Wednesday May 19th

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breakfast - 1 1/2 cup chocolate special k, 1 cup milk,- 350 cal

Snack - 1/2 special k bar... 1/2 apple.... 111 cal ( I cant even count this as a snack because it was one of thouse pop it in my mouth without thinking about it moments... hangs head... I feel totaly crappy about the first part of my day... I over ate at breakfast and then had this stuff... grrr Im mad at myself)


Lunch: Flatout burrito w/ 1/2 cup wild rice, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 tbls salsa.... 1 medium apple - 373 cal

Snack: 1 cup strawberry halves, 3 tbls light cool whip - 81 cal

Dinner: 1 cup whole wheat rotini with 1/4 cup ragu cheese sauce, 1 light beef hotdog, sprinkle of panko bread crumbs, sprinkle of dried rosemary...... 1/4 cup bushes grillin beans (horrible in calories, I will read lables better next time)... 1/4 cup cole slaw..... 1 cup green beans - 604 cal

Snack: 1/2 serving sun chips - 105 cal

Snack: Lrg salad with - lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, kidney beans, bacon bits, kens light sweet onion dressing - 186

Snack: glass lemonade .... 1 glass water mixed with 3 tbls bottled lemon juice, 2 tbls splenda, 1 lemon slice - 10 cal

Total calories for the day ~ 1815 ..... I went 65 calories over my limit for the day... Im mad at myself because I overate durring breakfast because the cereal box was almost empty so I just pored the last 1/2 cup in my bowl and then I had the un-thought-out snacking after breakfast. I tried to get in lots of veggies today though and all my water and succeeded so I geuss thats a possitive note. I know tomorow will be better but right now Im feeling kinda fat even though I know Im not any bigger... I just feel it.

~ Jess

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CRK910 5/20/2010 4:00PM

    Hey Jess.
Don't worry about going over.
If your counter is anything like mine by default its already between 500-1000 calories below what you need to maintain so that little bit wont mean a whole lot in the long run.
Just keep at it, your doing great.

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/20/2010 3:54PM

    I like the added touch with pictures of you! emoticon

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LOSINGJESS 5/20/2010 3:21PM

    thats a good idea... restaurnts can be scary places, good job resisting... I know when I go out the mixed drinks look pretty good... but really bad on calories

~ Jess

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MICHCLEARY 5/20/2010 1:35PM

    cool pics and way to be accountable. I went out to dinner with a client last night and don't know about calorie ranges but instead of taking pictures, I emailed a SP friend so I would be accountable. That helped me avoid ordering things I shouldn't have like alcohol and dessert!

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LOSINGJESS 5/20/2010 12:13PM

    I just take a non stick frying pan and spray it with cooking spray and then over medium heat brown it on both sides. By the time Im done all the cheese is melted and it tastes yummy.... Im big on pan grilling sandwiches, brings out so much flavor.

~ Jess

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LOSINGJESS 5/20/2010 12:11PM

    yeah I later regreted the sunchips as well... I did not have the calories to be eating them but I dident figure that out till later.

I love my smurf glass too...Its the perfect weight to drink out of and it brings me back to my childhood.

~ Jess emoticon

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BRANDI0074 5/20/2010 10:40AM

    What do you use to toast you burritos and wraps? Do you do it in a skillet, or do you have a press?

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STEPHANON 5/20/2010 9:51AM

    Yum...flatout burrito...All your food looks so good! And I agree with WATCHMEGO2 - 65 calories is not a biggie, especially since it was at breakfast. Looks like a good day!

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 5/20/2010 9:01AM

    Your food blogs are awesome! I made your asian dumpling recipe a couple nights ago and everybody loved them. Even my picky eating son loved them. Thanks for all of the great recipe ideas. I just love the smirf glass. I have a little smirf plate. I can remember watching them when i was little. You are doing great! Getting all of your water in is very positive. That is what i struggle with. emoticon

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WATCHMEGO2 5/20/2010 8:40AM

    Don't beat yourself up over 65 calories girl!

If you are going to overeat it is better to do it at breakfast so you have the rest of the day to work it off. You are doing awesome!

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MALEXANDER4 5/20/2010 6:53AM

    It's funny how when we overdo it we feel awful afterwards. I did this myself tuesday night, and of all things watching the biggest loser. i just got past it and moved on. you will also, you always do. Keep doing what you've been doing.

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MSNIKE 5/19/2010 11:23PM

    Everything looks good! IDK if those 4 Sunchips would be worth it though LOL Love the smirf glass....I had some of those growing up! Keep at it...I love your food blogs!

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    I love that Special K...can't get it here anymore. emoticon

Keep at it,every day is another chance to succeed.

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photo food blog ~ Tuesday May 18th

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breakfast: 2 slices double fiber bread toast, 2 tbls jam, zero calorie butter spray, 1 medium apple, 1 yogurt

Lunch: 1/2 baked potato, 1/4 cup ragu double cheddar cheese sauce, 1/4 cup kidney beans, 1 tbls sour cream

Snack- 5 large strawberries, 3 tbls whipped topping, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

Dinner - Carrots.... steam freash lightly sauced broc, cauliflower & carrots....... 1/2 cup plain couscous...... 1 serving louisiana smothered chicken (chicken, onions, tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf, thyme, sugar, salt, pepper & flour)
(recipe posted at bottom of blog)

Snack: fiber one bar

Did not track calories for the day but I ate less than I normaly do so I dont think I went Over.

~ Jess

UPDATE: The recipe for lousiana smothered chicken comes from the cook book "great taste, Low-fat" by: time life books... I got it from my grandmother for my birthday in 1999, This was my first cook book and I love it... I need to get a new one cause mine is falling apart... If you have never used this cook book, get a copy, its full of great recipes that are both tastey and seem gormet with not too much effort or ingredients.

Anyway I posted the recipe as it is in the book and the recipe as I made it... they differ slightly as my receipe uses less chicken and consists of chicken in peices kinda like a stirfry... the origional recipe has whole chicken breasts, 1 per serving

Here is My version of the recipe ( 204 cal) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

Cook books version (370 cal) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta

both versions are great!!!

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CHOCMOM 5/19/2010 3:14PM

  Thank you so much - love meal, food ideas anywhere I can find them. emoticon

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BRANDI0074 5/19/2010 10:59AM

    Of course awesome again, my favorite blog everyday. Please let me know when you post the chicken recipe, it sounds like a creole chicken. Can't wait to try it!

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LEYETTE 5/19/2010 10:39AM

    Oooo, thanks so much for sharing your food blog!!! I learn so much from these blogs...they are my favorite!! I'm not so good at creating & planning my meals so these really help me a lot. emoticon

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CINDYY00 5/19/2010 10:39AM

    I'm HUNGRY!

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LOSINGJESS 5/19/2010 10:36AM

    I really like interesting dishes .... you will notice that most of my dishes are all different and dont match lol... Im always buying new ones on clearance. Most of the dishes I get at IKEA on clearance for between 0.50 - $1.00.

My sister got me the oval bowl for christmas and there is a kinda round triangle plate that goes with it.... she got them at marshalls which is kinda like a closeout store so you might have a problem finding them.... the brand is "red vanilla" though and they have a website which is listed on the bottom of the bowl too... www.redvanilla.com .... they may have similar styles but I have not checked it out.

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COMMITEDJC 5/19/2010 10:32AM

    Hi did you take your snack at morning or at the evening? I guess if I had that B'fast I'll be hungry by 10am....

Thanks for sharing

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AMBERADAMS1 5/19/2010 10:26AM

    I absolutely love food photo blogs! Thanks for sharing! Looks like your eating is on point! Good job! (Oh, and I'd LOVE to have that chicken recipe so please post.)

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SAPPHIRE983 5/19/2010 10:25AM

    Your meals always look so delish! I love the oval bowl you use for your lunch! Where did you get those?

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 5/19/2010 10:24AM

    Love this! What a great way to track your food. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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C25K : week 4 ~ workout 2

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Yesterday was my 2nd workout for week 4... I dragged my sister along again because It was nice having her there last time.

I mapped out a new route around my neighborhood using spark people routes.... if you havent used this feature before its really cool. You just type in your starting point and it brings up a map kinda like yahoo maps... You then can draw a line for everywhere you walk and map out the exact distance and course you are walking. Anyway I spent a little time maping and mapped out a route that was exactly 3.1 miles round trip. I wanted to see how long it would take me walk/jogging a 5k. I dont think I am going to be up to full out jogging a 5k in the next 2 weeks so my plan is to walk/run it just like I have been doing durring training.

anywhoo It was nice not jogging back and forth on the same street over and over again but I dident take into account that the route I mapped out had alot of really large hills.... and it just so happened every time my watch alarm beeped for me to stop walking and start running we happened to be going up one of thouse said hills. :-(

anyway I did not have a very good workout... I had to stop sevral times durring the running segments and walk because I was dieing running up these hills. It sucked really bad...... And here is my skinny little sister on her second workout running ahead of me with her perfect little booty. Not that I am going to be prejudice because she is thin... Im just saying it dident make me feel any better about myself. lol.

We got a little farther than half way through the route when the last segment ended our 30 minute workout. Then we power walked the rest of it.... I tried to walk as fast as I possibly could because I was trying to have a good time doing the 5k.

Anyway by the time we got back It had been exactly 45 minutes. I dont think thats too bad. I hear that an average time for a begginer to run a 5k is around 30 minutes so 45 does not seem so bad to me to walk/jog one, expecially with all the hills slowing me down.

Overall even though I had to walk durring some of the jogging portions I think it was a good workout. I worked hard for what I did do. I think I am going to leave the hills for when I get in a little better shape though.

So does anyone know if 45 minutes is an ok time? Lol I know its silly but my biggest fear is that I will take so long to reach the finish line that there will be no one waiting to cheer me on when I do finish. I know thats silly but its stuck in my head.

~ Jess

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BIZENMO 5/19/2010 10:03PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up! emoticon

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SILVERWING2623 5/19/2010 9:47PM

    You are doing excellent!! I think 45 minutes is fine. I've never run a 5k as I am just starting, but I have found lots of lists of finishing times while I have been looking for upcoming 5k's. It seems like there are plenty of people who finish at the 45 minute mark or later. :)

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/19/2010 2:52PM

    I've done a few 5k's and trust me there will be a lot of people behind you if you finished in 45 minutes. I've done some with my baby pushing a stroller and finished in about 50-55 minutes and people come in way after me.

You are doing great.

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KENNYWHEELS 5/19/2010 2:32PM

    i have been a fan of mapping feature for awhile. i have over 40 mapped out i think

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TEMPEST272002 5/19/2010 1:51PM

    I run in a very hilly area - and hills are killer hard... especially when they go on for blocks and blocks! Most times, I just make the attempt to run them, but if the hill is too steep or too long, I just push "pause" on podcast, walk up the hills and then resume the program at the top.

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MARLIMOO 5/19/2010 1:13PM

    YOU DID IT. That is the starting point. LATER- worry about time. GOOD JOB!

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JESSSPARK 5/19/2010 11:05AM

    I wouldn't be worried about being last unless you are clocking an hour or more or for some reason the race doesn't attract any walkers.

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/19/2010 10:19AM

    Congratulations!!!! That is great! We are on the same level of C25K, I did W4D2 last night too. That is awesome that you mapped out your route using Spark routes. I've used that after a workout but not before, that's great to plan ahead like that, I'm going to try that. It sounds like you had a killer workout, and 45 minutes sounds like a great time to me. I don't know for sure, but be proud of yourself. I know it's hard, but try not to compare yourself to your sister. You will get there in your own time.

I'm also running my first 5K at the beginning of June, but won't have completed C25K by then, so I plan to run/walk it. I'm hoping to run more than half of it, we'll see.

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SUGIRL06 5/19/2010 10:18AM

    30 minutes is fast for a 5K! I'm still trying to break that mark! I did my first in 37 minutes. You'll do just fine!

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TEEDAGG 5/19/2010 10:12AM

    I love using Sparks routes! I do it for biking, walking and running. I've decided I'm going to try c25k and start training so I'll be ready for the end of the summer events. I have no idea what a good time is, but I would say that even at 45 minutes, you won't be last! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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Photo Food Blog ~ Monday May 17th

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

breakfast: Banana Nut Oatmeal ..... 1/2 cup cooked old fashioned oatmeal, 1/2 large banana, 2 tsp splenda, 1-2 dash pumpkin pie spice, tsp sliced almonds... 1/2 cup 1% milk - 247 ( Really great combination)

Lunch: Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon bits, kens light sweet onion dressing, turkey lunch meat & shredded carrot...... yoplait raspberry light yogurt - 328

Snack- 1/2 cup chocolate special k cereal.... 1/4 cup 1% milk - 108

Dinner - 1 1/2 servings BBQ meatloaf, 1 cup mashed potatoes, 1 cup green beans, 1/2 cup frozen peas, 1.5 tbls smart balance margarine, 1 tbls ketchup - 728

(overate at dinner so I desided not to snack much after dinner)

Snack - 1/2 square dark chocolate - 26

Total calories for the day ~ 1437

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DEBSZOO74 5/19/2010 5:10PM

    Great blog! It's nice to get some new ideas! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CHOCMOM 5/19/2010 3:16PM

  Definately must subscribe to your blogs - thanks for the food ideas.

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CHERKYLE 5/19/2010 10:00AM

    Looks like a yummy day of food!

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STACEY3940 5/19/2010 8:30AM

    Love the breakfast idea, looks yummy! I've started doing a food diary/blog with photos on my page too. I've seen other people doing it and thought it may be fun and I've realized knowing I am going to take a pic and post it on my pages makes me think twice before eatting bad stuff or seconds. Great job on your weightloss so far, you look amazing!

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STEPHANON 5/19/2010 8:09AM

    Yum, it all looks so delicious! I do the pumpkin pie spice, too. :)

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MALEXANDER4 5/19/2010 7:55AM

    We all seem to have the same Idea on you pumpkin pie spice. I'm going to try that this morning. You are so inventive in the kitchen. thank you for sharing your ideas.

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/19/2010 4:55AM

    Great idea abou the pumpkin pie spice and oatmeal...I will have to try that!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/18/2010 4:10PM

    Good job, once again JESS!!! emoticon

I love old fashioned oats! I love the idea of the pumpkin pie spice...yummo! Everything looked good enough to lick my screen! Good girl! You're gonna be a skinny chick before you know it =)

emoticon on a job well done!


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CITAPITA 5/18/2010 2:59PM

    Oh, man. Now I want some meatloaf! YUM!

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CINDYY00 5/18/2010 2:14PM

    GIRL!!! You just make me HUNGRY! I freaking love your food teach me, teach me. that looks sooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

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CINDYY00 5/18/2010 2:14PM

    GIRL!!! You just make me HUNGRY! I freaking love your food teach me, teach me. that looks sooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

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JPVALPO24 5/18/2010 2:00PM

    You food always looks so good!

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/18/2010 1:22PM

    Jess! That oatmeal looks delicious! I will have to try that. emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 5/18/2010 1:03PM

    I'm with Sarah....pumpkin pie spice??? YUMMY!!!! I cannot wait to try it! I think my kiddo will LOVE that! It all looks wonderful!!!!

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SARAHF_24 5/18/2010 12:59PM

    Oh your dinner looks YUMMY!!! And Pumpkin Pie spice in your oatmeal?! Totally going to try that! Thanks for the suggestion!! I usually just sprinkle in some cinnamon but pumpkin spice...OMG!!!

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MICHCLEARY 5/18/2010 12:54PM

    Awesome. I love that special K cereal. :)

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LOSINGJESS 5/18/2010 12:53PM

    I try to stay away from the pre-packaged oatmeal... if Im rushed on time I just use the quick oats which only take a minute after the water boils... I have found the package kind tends to be alot more calories for the amount of actual food you get and doesent really fill me up. I really miss maple and brown sugar though mmmm....

Its funny I took a pack of instant oatmeal from my sister (she lives with me and buys different food)a little while back and desided to fix it for my 5 year old (I use to give him instant all the time about 2 years ago).... He wouldent eat it because he said it was too mushy... He will only eat the quick oats or oldfashioned oatmeal now.

I dont really watch fat/protien/ sodium or sugars.... I do try to make sure I get a balance at most meals... I say try because it dosent always workout that way.... I make sure I look at sugar contents on cereal and stuff like that but other than that dont really pay much attention to it.... and fat is usually in the good range for what spark people recomends but it does go over on some days when I throw in nuts and too much avocado on the same day or I eat out at say ruby tuesdays or olive garden.... because sit down resturant food is really really bad on fat even if you split a meal... but I dont do that too often.

So overall its just calories and common sence.

For this day I ended up within range on fat (56g mid range) & carbs (171 low end) .... protien was at 68 ... Im not sure what the correct range for protien is though.

~ Jess

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SUZEQ09 5/18/2010 12:17PM

    Breakfast looked delish. Will have to try some different combo's with oatmeal as I generally buy the prepackaged flavored kinds. The salad looked good too.

How are the rest of your counts with your eating? Do you just watch cals? Or are you also watching carbs/protein/fat? Sodium levels? Sugars?

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 5/18/2010 12:09PM

    Sounds yummy!

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AMBER1997 5/18/2010 12:07PM

    Sounds pretty good...hope you enjoyed

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Sunday Photo food blog

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Breakfast ~ Hungry Jack light and fluffy pancakes, 2 tbls tripple berry jam, strawberry sauce, 3 tbls light cool whip, 1 fried egg - 314

Snack~ 1 tiny spoonful of mint chocolate chip ice cream - IDK

Lunch ~ Naan flatbread pizza with pico topping, small salad w/ shredded carrots, cucumber, mushroom, bacon bits & 1 tbls wishbone regular ranch - 329

Snack: fiber one bar - 140

Snack: Monster lo-ball coffee energy drink - 100 cal
(no pic)

Dinner: Subway foot long oven roasted chicken breast sub on 9 grain honey oat... 2 1/2 slices of provolone, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, salt and pepper, sweet onion dressing on the side. 1/2 32 oz. light lemonaid.... 1/2 serving sun chips - 844

Snack: Mcdonalds Ice cream cone - ate on the way home from subway - 150

Total calories for the day: 1876

slightly over my calories today I think mostly because I really ate alot around dinner time. I prob should have skipped that mcdonalds cone too. I was soooo hungry after getting home from skating though so I was in find food now mode. I think with all the activity I got in today I should be ok. Pretty much inline with the calorie cycling I have been doing the last few weeks though, mid range to low calories durring the week and then higher calories durring the weekend... its been working out pretty well for my weightloss.

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MELTINGMIMI 5/19/2010 6:27AM

    Mint choc chip ice cream is the best!! :)

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VIAFREE 5/17/2010 12:38PM

    Not too bad and looks as if you got in a variety of foods to satisfy salt and sweet cravings. Thanks for sharing, you've given me ideas.

Have a great week


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CHERKYLE 5/17/2010 10:44AM

    Love these food blogs! helps me alot!

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WATCHMEGO2 5/17/2010 9:41AM

    I gave up cheese on my subway and honestly, I don't even miss it!

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MALEXANDER4 5/17/2010 6:52AM

    Sun chips are my favorite. You've been working hard and I think one day of "rest" is going to do you fine. I love your menus.....i got your cheese sauce and am going to give it a try.....now about the strawberry sauce?

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CHRISS77 5/17/2010 5:14AM

    Mmmm... looks yummy!

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LOSINGJESS 5/16/2010 11:33PM

    The half a serving of sunchips was actually less calories than the cone. 110 vs. 150.

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TRACKMOM64 5/16/2010 11:25PM

    I would keep the McDonald's ice cream cone but skip the Sun Chips. Thanks for sharing.

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KALEIGH2010 5/16/2010 11:23PM

    looks delicious!

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