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No More Meat :) Win Joke Blog #1

Tuesday, November 02, 2010




The teacher in our Bible class asked a woman to read from the Book of Numbers about the Israelites wandering in the desert. "The Lord heard you when you wailed, 'If only we had meat to eat!' " she began. "Now the Lord will give you meat. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, or ten or twenty days, but for a month -- until you loathe it." When the woman finished, she paused, looked up and said, "Hey, isn't that the Atkins diet?"

-- David Martino

  
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REENSKI 11/6/2010 12:57PM

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    emoticon thanks for the chuckles, after the day I had these cute joke notes have sure helped lighten up the heavies.

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    hahaha that's cute!

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    Hilarious blogs today! Thanks for sharing.

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    lol

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    emoticon Love it!!! HAHAHAHA!

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KITHKINCAID 11/2/2010 1:22PM

    Hahaha! Bible humour - I love it :)

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    emoticon Too funny!

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    Make it a Ribeye and I'm all for it emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/2/2010 12:43PM

    that's funny...even tho i did throw up a little bit in my mouth fromt he pic! hahaha

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October Progress Report

Monday, November 01, 2010

October Progress Report:

Start weight: 221
End weight: 218
Weight lost: 3 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 39.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 80 lbs.

It was my goal to lose 6 lbs. again this month, but I only got halfway to that goal. I didn’t reach my goal of 13 lbs. for Halloween, but I did dress up as Marilyn and still looked pretty darn good.

However I did reach a total of 80 lbs. lost!!

My goal next month is to get to my wedding weight, 213, which is 5 lbs.

Grade for the month: B-

Fitness accomplishments:

My V02 score went from “Poor” to “Good”!

I can now do the jumping jack kicks in Leslie Sansone’s video. I used to have to modify it, but now I can jump and skip rope.

NON-SCALE VICTORIES:

A woman at my church said I was like the incredible shrinking woman and that the only other time she’s seen anyone lose weight that quickly was when her poor husband suffered a stroke and had to change his eating habits, losing 91 lbs.

My old boot camp instructor came up to me at the gym and said “Wow, you’re the incredible shrinking woman!”

I now look forward to doing things outside with my family and strive to make fitness fun.

Lucy commented on how sculpted my arms are and said she wants to be strong like me!

I did strength training one night while watching TV instead of cuddling under the covers like I wanted to. I knew I needed to get it in, and I felt better for doing it.

My “new” size 16 tankini bottoms were falling off of me in my water aerobics class!

My husband watched me without my knowing while I ran the track at the gym and he told me how proud of me he was – he said I had a power stride and I was so focused, he could barely tell it was me.

A co-worker asked me if I had run the Chicago Marathon and he wasn’t kidding.

Another co-worker that I only see twice a year said “Hey, you lost a bunch of weight! You’re, like, skinny now!”

I can fit into my lingerie from my honeymoon.

During a busy week at work there were these yummy gooey cookies after one of the meetings and instead of having one (I am sure that even 1/2 of one was 250-300 cals) I ate a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream cookie - which is still bad, but 170 calories, so I could count it and be confident that it wasn't some crazy 500 calories or something for a cookie.

I am proud of the fact that although I am so busy at work this week that I have found time (even if it's only 10 min) to work out and also have stayed w/in my calories.

I got hungover from ONE glass of wine...A girl loses 80 lbs. and then can't hold her liquor

I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween and got lots of compliments, the best one being from my sister who said that I looked more like HOLLY MADISON (the Playboy Bunny) than Marilyn!!

My husband told me I was “getting’ tight”

One weekend it was pouring rain and I didn’t have an umbrella for me or Lucy – I was rushing to get her to dance class. We ran about ½ block to the building and then after dropping her off I ran back to my car. I would never have been able to do that just a year ago. I wasn’t even out of breath!

Pampering:

It was a challenge goal in the Sunny Gals team to pamper ourselves the last week in October.

I purchased some nice tea - Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie tea - this is fabulous! A nice hint of vanilla. I take time out of my day to have a cup and not do ANYthing else....I breathe in the aroma first, then sip...slowly.

I bought new bubble bath and plan to take a nice bath this week. I realized I haven't taken a bath in our bathtub since Lucy was born 4 yrs. ago!!! I used to always do this.

I purchased some really nice lotion and in the morning instead of rushing I take time to put it on and take time for me before I start each day.

I read a verse from the bible each morning to keep me on track for my day. I love the Bible in a Year for Women, it's all laid out for each day.

My hands at work get really dry and lotion alone doesn’t cut it. So I bought hand salve by Burt’s Bees, it’s an ointment in a small tin I can carry in my purse.

I’m also going to get my eyebrows threaded this week and get a haircut/trim.


THINGS I'VE LEARNED:

Don’t let one setback (a day or an entire weekend) literally “set you back”. Get right back on track and you will be fine. You may even still see a loss on the scale. I did, and I was ready to throw in the towel.

Never underestimate the call of Kraft Mac & Cheese. Stay away! One bite turns into two.

There isn’t such a thing as too much exercise. I used to think “Oh, I’m running later, so I’ll rest up now”. Lately I’ve been trying to do a mile with Leslie every morning, just 15 minutes of my day, but it makes a big difference. I can do that AND run later. I won’t collapse or anything.

Don’t let sodium creep in. One day of high sodium can ruin a weigh in day. Moderation in all things.

You can’t go back. Ever. Ever. Ever.

When you look back (because let’s face it, it happens sometimes) life can look sweeter, perhaps you’re missing out. You’re not. Life has changed and evolved, and so have you. You are a new person. I am a new person. So move it along, please.

A bad weekend CAN add 5 lbs. to your body. Relax, it will come off as soon as the sodium exits your system and the alcohol.



My October Spark Calendar. Yellow is good.


Down 47 lbs. from last October.

A comparison photo of myself at last year's horrorfest and this year's horrorfest. Not at my highest weight, but I can see a big difference still. This is showing a 47 lb. loss from last October to this October.

  
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SKFEREBEE 11/4/2010 12:16PM

    Your non-scale victories are emoticon! emoticon!

You are very inspiring! emoticon

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FLYSOHIGH 11/3/2010 5:32PM

    Wow, you just NEVER STOP. I love how consistent your progress it. I love those monthly reports you write. SO INSPIRING. Thank you!!!

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JLITT62 11/2/2010 5:43AM

    I can see a big difference in your face & your arms!

You have done great. You have learned a lot of great stuff. Keep up the great work!

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HEARTS4ME 11/1/2010 10:32PM

  Oh my gosh! I am sooooooo proud of you! You rock!

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AMBER281 11/1/2010 10:04PM

    Great job!!!

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YATMAMA 11/1/2010 9:52PM

    You ROCK!!!

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    Great job lady! emoticon

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FARLEY_GIRL 11/1/2010 2:56PM

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woohoo!!! on the 80 lbs and all the other NSVs (ha! I learned a new acronym :) ) Hopefully we'll get to meet this Saturday @ the Chocolate extravaganza :-) I'll be walking though....

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JMEPAYNE 11/1/2010 1:59PM

    ROCK ON!!!

i looooooove NSV! to be, they are better than seeing the number on the scale go down.

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KSGROTHE 11/1/2010 1:36PM

    emoticon on reaching 80 lbs lost, improving your V02 score, and having all those non-scale victories! You're doing great!

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- Karen

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LKEITHO 11/1/2010 1:19PM

    Congratulations on hitting the 80 pounds lost mark! WTG!

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JENJESS48 11/1/2010 1:12PM

    You are totally emoticon! Keeping track of a month like this is a fantastic idea and obviously very motivating. I particularly like the non-scale victories; those are always way more motivational for me. Kudos for keeping track of your compliments! It's a great idea.

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KITHKINCAID 11/1/2010 1:03PM

    I'm so glad you had a fun Halloween! You look great!

And I also love reading all your NSVs every month. I should really start keeping track like that so that I can look back on my month and really know what a difference being here is making in my life outside of the number game.

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FANTASTIC!! I give you an A+!! You are doing awesome!! Keep it up!!

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SMALLERMELORIE 11/1/2010 11:17AM

    Lookin' Good Sweetie. You have done so well, keep up the GREAT WORK Sunny Gal!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/1/2010 11:14AM

    you are amazing!

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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 4

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Food Blog for Saturday, October 23


Breakfast:


(Small Tiger pumpkin was not consumed, only for the photo op, lol)
Eating Right - Multigrain Waffle
Agave Nectar, 0.5 tbsp
Pecans, 0.25 oz
Egg, fresh, 1 large
Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 3 serving
coffee creamer, International Delights, pumpkin spice, 1 tbsp
Pineapple, fresh, 1 slice, thin

Breakfast TOTAL: 356

Morning Snack:


Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix - 1 small muffin

Morning Snack TOTAL: 188

Lunch:


Eating Right Chicken Chili with Beans (1c), 1 serving
Sour cream, light, 100 grams
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp

Lunch TOTALS: 446

Afternoon Snack:


snicker's mini - 1 serving


Affy Tapple (caramel apple w/nuts), 0.25 serving (hey, I split it, lol)


Apples, fresh, 1 cup, quartered or chopped (A Pink Lady apple, yum!)

Afternoon Snack TOTAL: 154

Dinner:



I felt like a hot wing salad, so I "faked" it with some veggie hot wings and romaine lettuce with low fat dressing. It was great!

Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1 cup, shredded
Lightlife Smart Wings (Buffalo) 4 wing serving, 1 serving
Salad Dressing, Caesar Yogurt, Reduced Fat, Eating Right 2 tbsp
Cheese, Mozarella, shredded low moisture part-skim

Dinner TOTAL: 222

Late Night Snack:

Ok...this is where it gets a little wonky...

So it was a Halloween kind of day for me and my daughter. We went trick or treating in our town at the businesses, and to my credit I only had 2 mini Snickers from her bag. I also frosted the pumpkin muffins I made for a party we're going to tomorrow and didn't devour one of them - OR the frosting.

But...

Raw cookie dough, Raw Sugar cookie dough to be exact, is my cryptonite. My nemesis. I always tell myself I can handle it, and I never ever can. I am going to remember this and not attempt to bake them at home ever, ever again. Because I always have one (or two) raw...while baking them, and it's so not worth the calories.


Cookie Sugar Pillsbury 2 each Halloween, 1 serving


Ok. Weird, I know. The girls wanted mac & cheese and hot dogs (and to my credit I made a healthy salad and didn't partake in the cheesy goodness of the mac & cheese). BUT there was a hot dog left over and I was still a little hungry after my salad. I said I would just take one bite, but it turned into the whole dog. I usually honestly don't do this sort of thing. But my spidey sense is telling me that TOM is around the corner...

But...it could have been worse...


Hot Dog, beef, 1 frankfurter


Candy Chocolate Bar: Lindt, Extra Dark, 85% Cocoa, 2 squares

Yep...definitely TOM....

Late Night Snack TOTAL: 413

TOTALS FOR THE DAY:

CALORIES: 1,778 (Range 1,300 - 1,650)
I'm over my range by a bit over 100, but for a Saturday - and with TOM around the corner, I'll take it.

CARBS: 159 (Goal 174-252) Guess I didn't have enough carbs...I never usually do.

FAT: 86 (Goal 34-60) Yep too much fat.

PROTEIN: 67 (Goal 60-136) Yeah!

It's 8:30 here and I am DONE eating for the night. No wine, no popcorn...just some nice, hot...

...Tea! Get your minds out of the gutter, lol.

And here's a picture of the beautiful frosted pumpkin muffins (they like to be called cupcakes once they're frosted, lol). I was able to refrain from eating even one!


  
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WOLFKITTY 11/2/2010 2:07PM

    You make me want to do a food picture blog. :)
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FARLEY_GIRL 11/1/2010 3:04PM

    you did pretty well even with all the goodies :) how did you manage to eat only 1/4 of the affy tapple??? those things are so good....i tell myself, it's good for me...i'm eating an apple :) lol!!!

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WCATAP 10/27/2010 12:03PM

    This was so creative!!!

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IHEARTK 10/25/2010 11:24AM

    It all looks so yummy! I can never take food pictures that look good. Congrats on your healthy choices and on earning the bonus challenge points for your blogs!
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AMBER281 10/25/2010 10:25AM

    Awesome job!

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TEMPEST272002 10/24/2010 7:27PM

    All things considered, you did pretty good. I know what you mean about the cookie dough.... aaargh, I don't bring that stuff into the house!

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ZURDTA- 10/24/2010 9:37AM

    Love extra dark chocolate - the darker the better! You can get 100% from Hotel Chocolat - it gives you a real buzz... I don;t have anything less than 70%, and then that tastes kinda sweet for me. However, I see you have a bit of sweet tooth!

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KITHKINCAID 10/24/2010 12:26AM

    Mmmm, cupcakes....drool.

I love the picture of the hot dog eating contest - hilarious! "It could have been worse" indeed :) Tee hee.

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FLYSOHIGH 10/23/2010 11:57PM

    it looks so varied! that's the best way to it, isn't t?

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/23/2010 10:55PM

    it all look so tasty

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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 3

Friday, October 22, 2010

Here's my food blog for Friday, October 22nd.

Breakfast:


Healthy Spinach Egg Tortilla with Avocado
(a link to the recipe is below)
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/recipe_d
etails.asp?nutrition_id=43024518


Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 2 servings
Coffee Mate Creamer - Pumpkin Spice, 0.5 tbsp
Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz)

Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 429

Lunch:



This is my go-to salad from the deli at work when I don't bring a lunch.

Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1.5 cup, shredded
Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.25 cup
Hearts of Palm, 0.25 cup
Spanish Olives w/pimento - 2 Olives,
Chicken Breast, no skin, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed

Lunch TOTAL CALORIES: 308

Afternoon Snack:


Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie (YES, I KNOW...BAD...VERY BAD...BUT OH SO GOOD)


Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb 1 Wedge)
Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels, small bag
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 1 container

Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 270

Dinner:


Bread, Healthy Life Double Fiber 100% Whole Wheat, 1 serving
Chile Lime Chicken Burger, Trader Joe's, 1 serving
Goat's Milk Dutch Cheese (1 slice), Trader Joe's, 1 serving
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 cup, pureed
Sushi - California Roll - 1 Piece, 2 serving

Dinner TOTAL CALORIES: 536


Dessert:


trader joe pumpkin ice cream 1/4 cup

Dessert TOTAL CALORIES: 125


Late Night Snack: Herbal Tea

AND I turned down a Dilly Bar! My DH is trying to fatten me up for the winter or something, lol.

TOTALS:

CALORIES: 1668 (Goal: 1,300 - 1,650) - just a tad over, not too bad for a Fri. night
CARBS: 157 (Goal 174 - 252)
FAT 86 (Goal 34-60) I went over, but I find that happens on the FBD, it's healthy fat
PROTEIN: 86 (60-136)


And here's the view on my way home from work, the sky looked amazing!!! God is awesome!



  
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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/23/2010 4:01PM

    ooh wow your food is mouth watering and that last picture kinda makes me teary eyed!

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KITHKINCAID 10/23/2010 12:36AM

    Oh my gosh - wasn't that sunset incredible? And then the moon came up behind it. So dang purty! :)

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KSGROTHE 10/23/2010 12:25AM

    Good job on the food blog! That last photo is emoticon!

You're doing great! Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LUCKY-13 10/22/2010 11:39PM

    Looks yummy! And WTG on passing up the Dilly bar!!! Good job!
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AMBER281 10/22/2010 11:31PM

    Looks good!

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LKEITHO 10/22/2010 10:32PM

    That salad looks great!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 10/22/2010 10:28PM

    A good food day for you, excellent bounce back from yesterday. And, you were given your reward in that amazing sky on your way home emoticon Sometimes he shows us things more clearly than others.

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 10:25PM

    Looks so good!!

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SHAKEUPTAMPA 10/22/2010 9:57PM

    Awesome day even with a little overage! I used to want to post photos all the time then got lazy LoL. Great blog! God Bless and best wishes on your journey!

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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 2

Friday, October 22, 2010

My food blog for Thursday, October 21

BREAKFAST:


Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) (2)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes) (15)


(Official image from Leslie's website)


(How mine turned out, lol...with a side of applesauce)

Leslie's Pumpkin Pancakes (82) (for recipe click link below)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)
Mott's Healthy Harvest Applesauce, Granny Smith, 111 grams 50
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/recipe_d
etails.asp?nutrition_id=43022653


Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 199

LUNCH:



Turkey Chili:
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 fruit without skin and seeds 72
Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans, 0.5 cup 101
Pine Nuts, 0.25 tbsp 14
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp (20)

Tuna Wrap:
Mission , 8" Low Carb Soft Taco Size Tortilla (110)
Bumble Bee Sensations Tuna Medleys, Sundried Tomato & Basil (110)

Lunch TOTAL CALORIES: 428

AFTERNOON SNACKS:


Milk Dud Mini Fun Size (1 box) (53)


Grapes, 1 cup, seedless (60)


Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original (50)

Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 163

DINNER:



Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas:

Mission , 6.5" Low Carb Fajita Size Tortilla, 2 serving (160)
Turkey- Boar's Head Premium Low Sodium Turkey, 2 oz (60)
American Cheese, 1 slice (3/4 oz) (79)
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.35 fruit without skin and seeds (101)
Hot Pepper Sauce, 1 tsp ( 1)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)

Sauteed Green Beans:
Garlic Minced - 1 tsp (6)
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup (34)


One a Day Women's Multivitamin, 1 serving

Dinner TOTAL CALORIES: 490

DESSERT:

I made this for me and Lucy, my 4 yr. old daughter, and she said it was emoticon


Graham Cracker, honey, 1 large rectangular piece (59)
Aldi Fit and Active Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz (35)
Whip Cream - (Lucerne Light (Aerosal) 2 Tbsp, (15)
Pineapple, fresh, 0.25 cup, diced (19)

Dessert TOTAL CALORIES: 128

TOTALS FOR THE DAY:

CALORIES: 1,409 (range is 1,300 - 1,650)

CARBS: 155 (goal is 174-252)

FAT: 61 (goal is 34-60)

PROTEIN: 75 (Goal is 60-136)

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POSITIVE-FORCE 10/23/2010 3:06PM

    Milk duds!! YOU NAUGHTY BISCUIT!

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ZURDTA- 10/23/2010 4:48AM

    That picture of coffee just makes me want to brew up... everytime! lol.

Doing great! emoticon Lunch looks particularly tasty, I must say... yum!

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COLT2008 10/22/2010 9:08PM

    WOW! Good thing I just ate supper the pictures looked emoticon!! emoticon

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 8:29PM

    Yum!!

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AMBER281 10/22/2010 8:21PM

    Thats a good looking blog. Makes me hungry just looking at it. Good thing supper is almost ready.

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KSGROTHE 10/22/2010 4:45PM

    Good job on your blog! It's so detailed!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/22/2010 2:46PM

    It all looks so dang yummy!!!!!111

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/22/2010 2:35PM

    Yummy! emoticon

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SMALLERMELORIE 10/22/2010 2:29PM

    yummo, the lunch look good.

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HEART4HOME 10/22/2010 1:41PM

    emoticon It looks yummy, especially the dessert. Way to go!

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