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I miss you my friend ice cream :-(

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

well I just got home from school and as always the first thing I do is make my husband a snack. The man will not eat unless i make it for him.... well thats not completely true... I made him a bowl of ice cream and then 10 minutes later found an empty frosting container in the trash... and he wonders why he does not lose weight lol.

Anyway, I am missing ice cream so much. You see I just recently became lactose intolerant. :-( ... It started about 2 years ago when I could only have maybe a cup of ice cream or milk and anymore than that would give me stomach cramps...

then about 8 or so months ago I noticed that every single day I would have horrible smelly gas and stomach pain and I had no idea why. At first I thought maybe too much fiber and then I thought maybe it was broccoli or beans. No matter how I changed around my diet thought it would not let up.

It was extreamly offensive too... OMG. I was killing my husband at night... quite litterly and in general it was not pleasent for me either.

So I decided that maybe it was milk... I cut out milk completely, all dairy and in about a week and a half, not a problem at all.

Introduced cheese and ice cream and other dairy products and did just fine.... but then one night I had a bowl of cereal with 2% milk ... the next day I was doubled over in pain and smelled like the bog of eternal stench. emoticon emoticon

So I have been drinking Almond Breeze almond milk for the last 5-6 months and have been doing fine. I have not missed milk at all because the almond milk tastes so good and even has lower calories than milk. (I dont like the silk almond milk btw, just the almond breeze, silk is thicker and grosses me out)...

About a month or so ago the gas and stomach cramps came back. The only thing I had eaten was ice cream. So I cut it out, they went away and then reintroduced it a while later and back it came almost instantly.... emoticon

So I suppose its progressing, because I can also only eat small amounts of cheese now too. But soon I will not even be able to eat that.

I have a love affair with ice cream too. It has to be one of my all time favorite desserts. Now I am forced to make hubby bowls while I sit here and sip my tea. So sad.

Anyone know a nice lactose free ice cream. I have looked and looked and cant find one. I would love you for it.

~ Jess emoticon

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MIPALADY23 5/11/2011 8:10PM

    OMG I could have written this! I have had to eliminate all dairy, when desperate for ice cream I eat several lactaid pills and have only about one cup. It's very sad. However I have found that if I freeze chocolate soy milk in premeasured amounts they work great to blend into milkshakes. Add banana, honey, couple drops of vanilla and blend just until mixed...yummo!


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SKYEPHOENIX 5/11/2011 12:07PM

    Just a thought...

Stop making him bowls of ice cream?

I don't know what the dynamics of your relationship are, so I can't say if this is an unacceptable idea or not...but it seems to me, if spooning it out is making you miss it so....maybe try and buy individual sized servings, so he can help himself.

OTOH...So Delicious makes coconut ice cream which is REALLY good. Not sure what stores in the U.S. carry them, but it's fairly common up here. :)

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ASHLEYW_206 5/11/2011 11:18AM

    They make these delicious ice cream sandwiches called tofuti cuties (?) and they're really good, made out of tofu but you would never know! They also make a really good soy ice cream called "So Delicious" that you could check out. Not sure what you have available where you are. If I Couldn't eat ice cream, I'd probably be around 20lbs lighter! Ha ha!

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KJDOESLIFE 5/11/2011 11:16AM

    Large chain grocery stores should carry soy ice cream. The store by me has a separate section for the "healthy/organic foods" with a separate freezer section. I'm lactose intolerant, too, but can eat small amounts without a problem. The soy stuff is great, but I don't remember the brand name. Good luck!

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MANDABEAR11 5/11/2011 11:09AM

    OMG I live for frozen yogurt before even considering ice cream, billion times more delish, or is that considered dairy too? If not sorbet is equally amazing :D

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MISMIS19 5/11/2011 10:44AM

    Hey I loved your blog it was great lol. I am also lactose intolerant to a degree I can eat everything but drink milk, and ocassionally have problems with other products. I love ice cream, so I couldn't stand to think of ever not eating it. You should def try the dairy pill, so you can enjoy the riches of life too emoticon

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ORIONAIMEE 5/11/2011 8:54AM

    Do you like sherbert? If you haven't tried it you should, it isn't creamy like ice cream but it sure is yummy and cold. The other thing you might try is Water Ice. There are a few in the Charlotte/Matthews area...

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MALEXANDER4 5/11/2011 7:34AM

    They make a lactaid tab you can take before you eat cheese or milk. You may try that...but may I suggest while at home. lol. Just in case it doesn't work for you.

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PUNZIE73 5/10/2011 11:17PM

    I feel for you. I just don't know what I'd do if I couldn't have soy milk with my favorite snack of all time ... cinnamon graham crackers. But since you mentioned the Almond breeze, I'm gonna try that and see how I like it. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 5/10/2011 10:53PM

    have you tried the coconut milk ice cream (Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss) - I think there is also rice and almond milk versions too - the coconut is really good, and comes in a lot of flavors - I find it here at the health food store - the only downside is that it costs $6 something for a pint of it

we recently had to switch to diary-free for the kids, and I've actually been enjoying the Silk coconut milk more than the almond (we buy both) - I especially enjoy it for making iced coffee

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SWEETNEENI 5/10/2011 10:49PM

    I see you your ice cream and raise you a french fries. Oh how I miss diner fries. Every time I try to eat them lately I turn into a human Goodyear Blimp.

A moment of silence for our forbidden goodies. emoticon

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AMANDAB1327 5/10/2011 10:28PM

    Have you tried the lactaid pills? I am lactose intolerant and the pills help a lot! I try to stick to frozen yogurt as my stomach seems to handle that much better.

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GOODBYEHORSES 5/10/2011 10:06PM

    I kinda sorta know what you're going through. But with me I can't have dairy on an empty stomach. As long as I've eaten something else I'm fine, but if I have dairy before anything else I get terrible stomach cramps. I'm not a big fan of ice cream though, so I can't help you there. I hope you'll be able to find one you enjoy!

BTW. Have you tried taking the OTC Lactaid? It may help when you're really craving ice cream.

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CARTONIFIED 5/10/2011 9:51PM

    i haven't tried any non-dairy ice creams but here's a link of reviews: http://www.grist.org/article/2009-0

just search soy ice cream in google and there are other links.

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Ups & Downs ~ Monday 4/4

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Yesterday was a good day in general. The past few days have been pretty good actually, I would not say spectacular but pretty good. I have been eating on track and getting my exercise in most days. It has been helping that the weather has gone back to being super warm after a week of it reverting back to artic temperatures. It was damn cold last week and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed under the covers and only peak my head out to eat full fat comfort foods. I did not do that though, I still got my workouts in on most days and ate pretty healthy and just tried to keep in mind that warm weather would soon return.

I spent yesterday and the day before outside alot of the time. I took the kids out on Sunday and let them play in the dirt while my husband worked on his car. He has taken half the engine apart in the last 1 1/2 months and is now in the process of replacing the parts that went bad and putting it back together. It would have most likely taken less time if he was experienced in fixing cars but he is not a mechanic, he is a computer programmer. lol. But he also happens to be an extremely smart guy who can pretty much fix anything he puts his mind to... so I have alot of faith that once he does finally get it put all back together, it will run again. ::crosses fingers::
I really hope so anyway, because I have been without a car during the day for almost two months now and I want my freedom back. With warmer weather rolling in I want so badly to go to the park during the day with my daughter and get some activity and sunshine in.

Anyway, yesterday I cleaned off the back deck... In preparation to scrub it down and finish staining it. Last year I started staining it and only got it half completed. I cant wait to get some nice lawn furniture back there and put up my screened in awning and really enjoy the outside this summer, instead of being cooped up in the house. I also cleaned up the covered porch area where we have piled crap over the winter. I still had Fall and Christmas decorations out there that had not been put back into boxes. I got all that packed up and ready to go into the atic. better late than never I guess.

Last night we had dinner outside on the back deck which was really nice. We had oven fried chicken, corn on the cob and broccoli & cheese orzo. It was a great meal. When the kids were done they had fun picking up the acorns that had fallen between the slats of the deck. Lyra thought they were peanuts and kept trying to eat them. lol.

I put the kids to bed at 7pm and Aiden who is in kindergarten, read me Green eggs and ham. I swear its like I had never herd the book before until he read it to me. I have to say it was seemed like such a simple thing but it was amazing to me.... He was just a baby only a second ago and now he is reading. I know I will remember that forever. I was so proud of him.

It was a great day but then I came in my room to give Bow (like a bow tie) the hamster his medicine, (he has been sick with the hamster flu and we took him to the vet and they gave me medicine to give him last week) and clean his cage like I do every night and he just was not looking good. He was breathing hard and had his little face pressed up in the corner of the glass tank. I picked him up by the scruff of his neck and turned him over on his back to give him the medicine and instead of licking it up out of the dropper he just kinda let it roll down his chin onto his belly. He was not looking good at all.

I put him in his ball and he slowly pushed it across the floor and I took his cage into the kitchen to clean it. The vet said we need to clean his cage every night so any bacteria did not reinfect him. I was trying really hard to make sure I did everything the vet said because I really wanted Bow to get better.

I came back into the room with the clean cage and put down the news paper and was about to put in the wood shavings for him to sleep on. I stopped myself and figured I better check on him just in case. I looked around the room and over by my dresser was Bow's hamster ball, laying still. He was laying down on his side, so peaceful and I pretty much knew right then that bow was no longer with us. I picked up the ball and he wasn't breathing, just laying there. I said good bye and then started crying.

I felt two things.... really sad and really silly. Sad because I had gotten really attached to this furry little creature and silly because I had gotten so attached that I was now crying over a hamster when most people would just flush and be done with it. Not that I could flush bow, he was a really fat hamster.

I searched at alot of pet stores to find the perfect hamster for Aiden's Birthday. It was his first pet and I wanted it to be really special. Pet smarts hamsters were all really tiny and I wanted a big fat hamster that was really holdable. I went to a little pet store and when I looked into the cages I saw a really fat black teddy bear hamster, he was huge and he came right up to the glass and looked at me, he seemed like a really playful hamster. I knew he was the right one.

So now Bow the hamster is buried in the back yard, under a large rock that encircles a small fruit tree. He was a good and happy little hamster and I feel bad that I could not help make him better. The vet said though that what he had was almost always fatal. I guess I got my hopes up because he really seemed like he was getting better the last few days. He had a really good last few days. I guess that is one good thing.

So I am feeling a bit better now... still silly, but not as sad. I broke the news to Aiden this morning but he really didn't seem fazed by it at all. I guess that is a good thing. I really did not want to have to deal with the whole death conversation for a few more years. I figured that this pet would last that long. sigh.

I have to say though, that Last night I wanted to just sit down and eat. I felt really horrible and wanted to run through a few bowls of ice cream, or some bread, or something of the sort. I felt like that would really make me feel alot better. Instead I made a cup of tea and went to sleep early. Im really proud of myself for that.

well thanks to who ever reads this for listening to me mourning over a hamster. Silly I know. I am an emotional person anyway... I'm not too surprised by myself.

~ Jess

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BECKYCOLVIN 4/24/2011 4:11PM

    I'm really proud of you for not letting your emotions lead you to eat. Far better to do something quiet & comforting and get a little extra sleep. :) Good for you.

And its not silly to grieve the loss of a little animal. Death is never a happy thing, no matter what it takes from you. . .

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    I am so sorry to hear about Bow going over the Rainbow Bridge. I believe all animals have a soul and go to heaven.Glad There is nothing silly about having feelings for a hamster. He was your pet. Glad Aiden was ok with the news and not too upset.

I am proud of you for not giving into your emotional eating. That was emoticon emoticon on thinking it though and being true to yourself.

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MARIEFIYA 4/5/2011 7:34PM

    Sounds like you have been very busy lately! Sorry about the hamster. I am glad that your son didn't get too upset though.

Congrats on the tea and going to bed early! You should be proud of yourself:) emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/5/2011 1:46PM

    It is always difficult to lose a pet. Hope you're doing better today - Aiden too.

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NIKKIV2 4/5/2011 11:33AM

    It is not silly to mourn the loss of a pet. I am glad you resisted to the urge to eat your comfort foods and you are doing great! I am loving this new found warmth we are getting again too.

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JENS_MISSION 4/5/2011 11:27AM

    Animals are also a very special part of the family and I can relate with you. We also had a hampster that died and just recently a ginnea pig (who was 4 years old) that died. I cried like a baby...neither of my daughter's cried as much as I did. We also burried it in our backyard and put a big rock over the grave that my daughters decorated with paint.

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RUTHANNE100 4/5/2011 11:03AM

    Not silly at all. Bow was still a member of the family!

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MALIAN1 4/5/2011 10:27AM

    I am so so sorry for your loss...and it is a loss - nothing silly about that. You are an awesome Mom!

Congrats on having a great day before that and for not giving in to the temptation to eat what you weren't supposed to. Good job!

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TABALICIOUS 4/5/2011 10:22AM

  I hope today is better than yesterday ended. Bow was a cutie! emoticon

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SWEETNEENI 4/5/2011 8:58AM

    Aww, he was cute. I am proud of you for resisting the urge to stress eat. emoticon

And I still want to go to your house for dinner. emoticon emoticon

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MILLER*TIME 4/5/2011 8:53AM

    aww I don't think it's silly at all. I know I'd be heart broken if something ever happened to my puppy!! Sorry about the hampster though :(

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MALEXANDER4 4/5/2011 7:48AM

    My daughter had a hamster and we had him for over three years. They don't live long really but we were so upset when that little guy passed. A pet is a pet no matter what it is. We love them just the same. Once I took a baby bunny and tried to save it. I kept it warm on a heating pad, fed it like a baby, did all I was told to do. It passed while I left the room and I cryed so hard because I wasn't there with it. so hun, cry and mourn, that means you have a big heart and nothing is wrong with that.

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BRENDAF761 4/5/2011 7:32AM

    I hope you have a better day today! Losing any pet is hard. It's finally getting a little warmer in Illinois. Today it's sunny and 55 degrees. I'll be going on a long walk as soon as my daycare gang leave. Keep up your exercise and healthy eating and you'll be successful! Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticonBrenda:)

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Homemade Ice Coffee Recipe w/ pictures - starbucks aint got nothin on me!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mocha Almond Iced Latte

(Can use a blender but a magic bullet works amazingly expecially when using the larger ice cubes. If you are using a regular blender I would suggest buying an icecube trey with the smaller cubes because regular blenders are kinda crappy when it comes to crushing up the bigger ones.)


4-5 Coffee Ice Cubes - Strong Coffee - 0 points
3 Tbls. Sugar Free Chocolate syrup - 0 points
1 Cup Almond Milk - 1 point
1/4 cup water - if needed
Whipped topping - 1 point ...... (zero if you use fat free)
1-2 tbls splenda - depending on how sweet you want it

Total points value - 2 points plus!!!


1. Brew Coffee Stronger than normal, Let cool and place in ice cube trey. Let freeze

2. Place 4-5 coffee cubes into magic bullet (or blender) .... pour in chocolate syrup, almond milk, and splenda.

3. Blend ingredients together while shaking magic bullet, untill smooth and drinkable. (if using regular blender, blend, turn off, stir.... repeat until smooth and drinkable) If mixture is too thick add water and then continue blending until the right consistency.

4. top with whipped topping, drizzle with a small amount of chocolate syrup.

5. Enjoy

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MALEXANDER4 3/29/2011 7:36AM

    I"m still enjoying the last one, now this....so many great ideas girl.

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JUSTJUSTY 3/28/2011 8:01PM

    copying this down.... thanks! emoticon

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BOVEY63 3/28/2011 12:16PM

    Thanks - sounds delish!

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SUNFLOWERGRRL 3/28/2011 9:48AM

    YUM!! Thanks!

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ARWS8111 3/28/2011 9:37AM

  it looks so good! that will be my mid-morning pick me up for sure today! thanks for sharing :)

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AMLGARRIDO 3/28/2011 9:21AM

    Wow! That looks so yummy!

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BS2678 3/28/2011 8:35AM

  That looks really really good....and I'm going in coffee withdrawl right now....I want some!

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BRENDAF761 3/28/2011 8:32AM

    Thanks for sharing! It looks so good!

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LDRICHEL 3/28/2011 8:21AM

    OMGosh, that looks DELICIOUS!!!!

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RETURNOFSARAH 3/28/2011 8:20AM

    YUM YUM YUM!!!

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JUNETTA2002 3/28/2011 7:40AM

    Great I will use this

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Daily Accountablity Blog - Sunday 2/27

Monday, March 28, 2011

Well I normally do not work out on Saturday or Sunday but since I skipped my workout on Friday and then did not workout on saturday I decided that I would make up for Friday by getting up and exercising on sunday.

So I set my alarm for 6:30am and had a pre-workout snack

Snack - 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup granola
1/2 tsp Honey
(2 points)

Workout - 30 minutes Shred it w/ weights kettlebell video
30 minutes moderate intensity elliptical

Breakfast - 1/2 grapefruit
4 strawberries sliced
1/2 Southwestern Breakfast burrito made with
Mission Jalapeno Cheddar tortilla
Black beans
Thin sliced deli ham
Shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
egg white
salsa Verde
diced fresh tomatoes
(7 points)

Lunch - smart ones traditional lasagna
small salad w/ cucumber, fat free Italian dressing and croutons
(8 points)

Snack - 3/4 weight watchers ice cream bar
(like a snickers ice cream candy bar)
(3 points for 3/4)

Dinner - 1/8 pound lean ground beef hamburger
1/2 slice Kraft single cheese
1 high fiber bun
1 tsp bbq sauce
lettuce, tomato, onion, 1/6 avocado
1 serving Alexia Onion Rings - 6 points
1 cup green giant broccoli and cheese
2 dill pickle spears

(14 points)
A very high points dinner but it was awesome, and would have been 3 times that amount had I gone out to a restaurant and had the same thing.

snack - 1/2 diet soda cupcake (had a whole but daughter ate half)
- for diet soda cupcakes you just take a box of any type of cake mix and a 12oz can of any type of diet soda.... I used diet cream soda and white cake mix. Mix them together with 1 egg white and put them into 24 cupcake wrappers and bake normally. 2 points per cupcake! Very good

1 serving whipped topping
(2 points) .... (would have been 3 if daughter had not eaten half the cake)

Daily points used - 36
Daily points target - 29
points over goal - 7

weekly points left over after weekend - 29
Thats pretty good, because I normally have closer to zero. My goal is to eat right around 29 each day for the rest of this week.

Water - two 32oz bottles water

Exercise - Total of 60 minutes cardio

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    Now I'm hungry it looks so good! It's nice to get new ideas for meal plans. emoticon

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    I like this blog.

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weigh in & update

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sorry no pictures today... I will continue with the food blogs come monday. Its hard to work it in on the weekends..... But I will give you an update about how my day went.

well I went to my weigh in today and with all the extra working out and the eating on track, you know how much I lost?

I gained 2 pounds. yaaay. emoticon

But that's ok, I was still in a good mood because I knew I worked hard and next week my efforts will pay off. Although it is disappointing because I know I will most likely lose less next week then I gained this week. blah. I feel smaller though, so that has to count for something.

My leader was trying to persuade me to work for weight watchers again. I told her I may be interested but I was nervous about running my own meeting. She said that I could start out as a receptionist, which seemed less threatening so I told her she could forward my contact information to her manager. we will see what happens.

Anyway, I made a decision that I was not going to blow all of my weekly points on Saturday and Sunday like I normally do. Using all of my weekly points durring the weekend could be a reason why I have not been losing.

I went out with my husband tonight. We went out to dinner and the movies. We have not eaten at Applebee's in a long long time, almost two years. We had gone a few times before but I always found the weight watchers items to be bland and boring and the other things had no nutritional info at all which was bad news.

We saw that the Applebee's near us had redone the outside of thier building so we thought maybe they improved the menu as well. We both picked items that were listed either under 550 calories or had the weight watchers icon and then split them.

So I got a Skinny Mojito, which was very good, overpriced for the amount but good and only around 100 calories

Then me and hubby split

The Signature Sirloin w/ garlic herb shrimp
had broccoli with it.... very good!


The Weight Watchers Chipotle lime chicken
had black bean & corn cole slaw and rice.


OMG!!! this was so freakin good. The cole slaw and chicken were so full of flavor and then after I ate it I didn't feel guilty! yay.

Both dishes were 13 points... that is awesome considering most of the entrees at most sit-down restaurants run 20 - 50 points depending on the item.

Hubby really wanted this cookie and ice cream sundae but I told him that it was not a good idea because we did so well during dinner, why mess it up.
I looked up the nutritional info and it ended up being 44 points! Glad we didnt do that to ourselves.

I'm proud of him, he didn't get popcorn at the theater either an he worked out today. That's big for him because he loves movie popcorn and hates working out. lol.

My total points for the day were - 42
My target was 29
So that's 13 points used from my 49 weekly. Not bad, and I plan on not spluging anymore the rest of this week.

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~ Jess

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TEXASGIDGET 3/27/2011 6:16PM

    Sorry about your gain! Sounds like you made some good choices at Applebees though! emoticon Like you, I'd blow through my weeklies over the weekend...this week I upped my protein intake and that seemed to help me along with the workouts. Looks like you have a good plan in place for the coming week and are making an impression on your hubby as well! emoticon

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MALIAN1 3/27/2011 12:03PM

    What will-power at Applebee's...how did you ever do it? That is so hard. Keep up the great work.

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MALEXANDER4 3/27/2011 7:31AM

    I feel your pain this week. I too had a gain and I know why also....those pesky free points. So this week i'm going to curb them a bit and see. I have yet to find level ground with this new pointsplus plan. So today is a new day for all. Lets show those scales heck next week. even if it is what we gained this week.

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AMLGARRIDO 3/26/2011 10:51PM

    Muscle gain? TOM coming soon?

And congrats on keeping in control at Applebee's. Glad to hear they've improved the menu. I'll have to go there one day... haven't been there in years as well because they were icky before. :)

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DIANEM120 3/26/2011 10:50PM

    Good job at Applebee's and thanks for the review of those meals. I love Mexican food and that Chipotle Lime Chicken dinner sounds good. Now I want to try it.


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