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Weekend Bonus Accountability Food Blog - Friday

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A bunch of us Sunny Gals wanted to keep accountable on the weekends so I suggested we food blog every day. I did Friday too, just because Fridays are really hard for me.

Here goes!

I stayed w/in my range but with TOM around the corner I have been craving chocolate. I didn't have many calories left by dinnertime, so instead of having the regular fat-loaded pizza my family had (a treat for us, not an every Fri. thing), I got an Amy's Kitchen pizza and paired it with a spinach salad.

Also for our family movie night I purchased a low-sodium popcorn that I had instead of my favorite oil popped corn...I did add 1/3 of the fatter version into my light and it worked out just fine.

BREAKFAST


(I wanted the whole croissant, but only had half....the sausage is a rarity for me)



A.M. SNACK



Trail mix & Hershey's mini

LUNCH


My favorite cream cheese/walnut/raisin wrap with grapes

P.M. SNACK


Watermelon

DINNER



EVENING SNACK

  
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ROEANDGO 7/25/2011 2:59PM

    Looks like you did wonderfully!! Great nutrition!

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TEMPEST272002 7/24/2011 9:26AM

    Looks like a delicious food day. Lots of colour & variety. Going to have to try the raisons/walnuts/cream cheese.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 7/24/2011 3:03AM

    muy bueno!

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TAZIAH 7/23/2011 10:11PM

    Looks as yummy and healthy as always, Kathy! emoticon choices!

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CHUBRUB3 7/23/2011 7:12PM

    Looks very appetizing and healthy!
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The longest...and most rewarding mile.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The other night I planned on getting a run in. I wanted to try for 6 miles but with the temperature at 100 degrees I wasn't sure if that would happen or not.

My plans slowly deteriorated when my day at work got busy. Really busy. And then I made an irreversible change to a presentation...then my printer ran out of toner...then my computer wouldn't work...after being on the phone with IT for an hour I ended up getting home late. It was about 7 and I had decided that I wouldn't go for a run. I would eat my dinner and try to destress and go to sleep.

But my daughter Lucy had other ideas...I had promised that she could ride her big girl bike - her first "real" bike that night...my husband would take her around the path while I ran. She still wanted to go, and a promise is a promise.

So I put my big girl pants on and dressed in the skimpiest running gear I have and we were out the door. Marlo, my youngest is now past her expiration date - she is Tired. She is not going to co-operate with the plans of my running and her being a cute little almost 2 yr. old and walking with Daddy while he helped Lucy ride her bike. So my husband and I did what we often do - tag team!

I took Lucy and he took Marlo. Lucy knew I wanted to run, even though I told her it was OK, I didn't mind if I didn't, and she suggested we run around the pond before we take her bike out. So we ran a mile together - that in itself was amazing.

Then we took her bike out and after I held onto her for a bit, she said "Mommy let go!" so I did. She was going so fast I had to run to keep up with her to make sure I'd be there if she fell. And then it happened. I was running while she was riding her bike. It was the most amazing thing ever to happen to me as a Mom. One of the proudest moments in my life to see my daughter fearless on that bike and proud of myself for being fit enough to run next to her.

YOOVIE posted a blog the other day about building your reputation.

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That day I was the only person on the path running. (Usually there are at least 3 others but the heat must have kept them away). That day I was the mom running next to her daughter as she rode her bike. That day I was the mom who couldn't take the smile off of her face, and as I shook my head, laughing, remembering when Lucy was a toddler and I didn't have the energy to run after her...now here I was...running WITH her.

It was simply amazing.

I looked at my Garmin afterward and saw that the second mile, where she rode her bike and I ran, took a total of 27 minutes. (Lots of starts and stops on the bike, getting off the bike to look at ducks, etc.)....27 minutes is a poor time for a mile. 27 minutes is the longest mile I've ever run. And the most rewarding.

  
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STAYCXL-NOMORE 8/23/2011 11:13AM

    Great Blog , congrats MOM extra mommy and daughter time is always an amazing feeling and when u can keep up with them , all the better !!
Stayc

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RUNNERGURL61 8/4/2011 3:27PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!

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SMARIE101483 7/29/2011 6:58PM

    Awww this gave me goosebumps!!!! I can't wait to do that with my babies...I totally get that feeling!!! Most rewarding and most memorable mile ever!!!!

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NANAKOSUZUKA 7/29/2011 4:41PM

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YUMMYCOFFEE 7/28/2011 11:13PM

    love this blog post! :) made me smile

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FITFOODIE806 7/25/2011 9:59PM

    Thank you for sharing such an incredible experience with us. It made me cry. Happy tears for you. And joyful tears for what my future holds. (mine are 2 and 8 months)
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GODSBEST 7/25/2011 4:33PM

    Great blog ! Thank God for 2-year olds - they sometimes remind us of what we can really do without fear.

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KATSTAMPS65 7/25/2011 2:23PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blog post. It is good to be fit enough for fun with your kids!

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JENNIFER_67 7/25/2011 2:11PM

    emoticon What a great story!! I'm sure your daughter will remember that day for a long time.

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ANNEKATHLEEN 7/25/2011 12:19PM

    This is beautiful--just like you!

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CMERUN29 7/25/2011 11:59AM

    What a great memory for you and your daughter. Loved it!

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MACEWOMAN 7/25/2011 11:48AM

    That is so awesome! Way to go!!

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SARAHJG33 7/25/2011 11:08AM

    LOVE IT!!!! That sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you were there and fit for such a memorable moment in you and your child's life. emoticon emoticon

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YES-I-CAN1986 7/25/2011 11:03AM

    :)

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KATV865 7/25/2011 10:25AM

    Very sweet story. Congrats on getting out there and making family fitness a priority!

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GOGOMAMA 7/25/2011 9:20AM

    Beautiful! I feel your pride and sense of accomplishment!

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REGGAEFLAVA 7/25/2011 8:39AM

    This definitely touched me - as I have a 2 year old. That was very inspiring.

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FIVELILACS 7/25/2011 8:37AM

    This is great!!! Thanks for sharing your longest mile with us! I am encouraged to look at those "interruptions" with a different perspective now!

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ANGELOO29 7/25/2011 7:46AM

    You never know when those special "miles" will come up. Good for you!

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DO4FIT 7/25/2011 12:24AM

    that is a very inspirational story! thank you for sharing it :)

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DWILCZKO 7/25/2011 12:08AM

  awesome!

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 7/25/2011 12:02AM

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AMSCHWEIK 7/24/2011 11:21PM

  Thanks for sharing! Put a smile on my face.

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LAURIE-RN 7/24/2011 10:56PM

    I loved your blog! I had the honor and the privilege of running with my 17 year old daughter tonight. Congratulations on your longest mile. It had to have felt wonderful!

Laurie

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WALKIETALKIE 7/24/2011 9:52PM

    WooHoo!

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KARENE10 7/24/2011 8:14PM

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/24/2011 7:27PM

  this blog made me smile so much.

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GRUBBMEISTER 7/24/2011 7:06PM

  awwwwww.....this really touched my heart...as a grandma of one 13 already 9,6,4 & 2 not only does this bring back memories of being a mom but I have already gone through this with a few of the grandgirls...you are a great mom!

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WORTHEYMOM 7/24/2011 6:38PM

    priceless! I couldn't stop smiling as I read your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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SLFRISBEY 7/24/2011 6:37PM

    So beautiful! If I ever decide to be a mom, I want to be a mom like you! :)

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JULIEBEANNN 7/24/2011 6:10PM

    :: smilesss ::

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LUCKEGIRL40 7/24/2011 5:17PM

    I understand completely! I often have my sons ride their bikes along with me while I run but my daughter was not able to ride very well yet so she either ran with me (so I had to stop walk a lot/mostly walk) or she stayed behind. She just recently mastered riding with no training wheels and I remember coming back from a run and working with her only to run some more while trying to keep up with her. Awesome experience! The next night she went with us.
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JAS1990 7/24/2011 3:54PM

    Awe this blog made me smile :) Good for you!

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HARRIET2 7/24/2011 3:47PM

    Awesome blog.
It isn't the destiniation, it IS the journey.

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GINCHIFER 7/24/2011 3:31PM

    Beautiful. A great moment to treasure.

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RYANMANDY88 7/24/2011 12:26PM

    Freaking awesome! emoticon

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CHRISTMASRAIN 7/24/2011 11:55AM

    This is a wonderfully emotional blog.
I remember when my father taught me to ride my two-wheeler, perhaps your Lucy will remember that day always:)

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EMPTRS 7/24/2011 11:31AM

    YAHOO!!! You are AMAZING!!! Congratulations!!!

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PEARL62 7/24/2011 9:43AM

  Wonderful, good for you.

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SARAH41168 7/24/2011 9:38AM

    Awww = love it. I'm glad that you found that and realized it. Many people don't cease those moments. Bless you for that!

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NELLBELLA26 7/24/2011 7:26AM

    Beautiful blog! emoticon

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MIGURLINNC 7/24/2011 7:00AM

    What an unforgettable moment that you and your daughter can share for a lifetime. emoticon

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WINNIE1978 7/24/2011 6:58AM

    Very touching blog... thanks for sharing. emoticon

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THECAT1964 7/24/2011 5:46AM

    What a lovely story. Glad you enjoyed your run so much. x

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BOOKRUNNER 7/24/2011 5:06AM

    I love this story. Thanks for sharing!

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FEF Food Blog Challenge - Blog 3

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today I woke up at 4:45 a.m....correction, my DOG woke me up at 4:45 a.m....so I decided to take advantage of it and get some reading in with my morning coffee..



A smoothie with spinach mixed in:



Coffee at work:



Morning snack:


Baby carrots and hummus

LUNCH:


Chicken sandwich on deli flat w/ red pepper and melted mozarella cheese with cilantro


Grapes

Afternoon snack:

(Kudos I was running late couldn't take a picture. This was pure fun, I'm sure not a lot of nutritional value, but from the mini snickers, etc. itwas the best choice)



Snack on the train home (that was delayed by an hour,no a/c and I still only had 1 serving of this delish trail mix from TJ's -Temptations (this is the "Snack" size bag...and has 4 servings in it (a serving is 1/4 cup)



(and I found a recipe on Food.com to make your own)

www.food.com/recipe/temptation-trail
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DINNER:



Salmon with brown rice, salad and a biscuit

  
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AMBER281 7/24/2011 4:23PM

    Looks yummy!!

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TEMPEST272002 7/21/2011 5:22PM

    The sandwich, especially, looks fabulous!

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TAZIAH 7/21/2011 11:26AM

    I'm curious about your spinach smoothie too! How did you make it?

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INSPIREBYNATURE 7/21/2011 10:26AM

    How was the spinach smoothie???? I'm curious!!

Looking GREAT! So proud of you!

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ROCKINMOM77 7/21/2011 10:20AM

    Looks great! Love the Pampered Chef Dots Mug emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/21/2011 9:01AM

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MRSB929 7/21/2011 8:34AM

    Awesome! What a great day of eating! Don't you just love how much better food tastes now that you're eating healthy? emoticon

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POSITIVE-FORCE 7/21/2011 8:23AM

    Looks really good...I'm coming to eat at your house!

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MESEATURTLE 7/21/2011 2:09AM

    love your control on the portion sizes!!

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ROEANDGO 7/20/2011 11:58PM

    Great meals and snacks again!! You're rockin' this challenge!

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FEF Food Blog Challenge - Blog 2

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

First, this is for Blaize :)



BREAKFAST


V-8 Fusion Cranberry juice (4 oz)


Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Omelet


Coffee w/ creamer
Coffee mug made by Stemme Fatale
stemmefatale.webs.com/

MORNING SNACK:


The same Fit & Active bar from yesterday, but w/out the wrapper...looks a little gross lol

LUNCH:


Lunch, same cream cheese, raisin and walnut wrap. Added grapes.

LUNCH PART DEUX:

I knew today would be a hard day, so I used the filling for my usual 1 wrap and divided it into two low carb high fiber tortillas - only adding 50 calories onto my lunch, but having a great afternoon snack that was filling. (one of my secrets). Plus light string cheese.



AFTERNOON SNACK:


Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries

RUNNING ENERGY:

Mini Cliff Bar - how cute is this? 100 cals. (I've decided wrapped looks tastier than unwrapped chocolate bars hehe)



DINNER:


Chicken, whole grain rice and broccoli

WATER:

And of course throughout the day I drink at least 4-5 of these



DESSERT:

I had another sundae



EVENING SNACK:

I was hungry after my run, so had a half serving of Fit & Active crackers with a wedge of WW cheese. (taken on my couch, was too tired to get up).

Plus wine (I only drank half of what you see here).





(Wine glass made by Stemme Fatale as well - my special "You'd Better Run B*tch" glass)
stemmefatale.webs.com/



(All nutritional totals are in my public nutritional page..This is roughly 1750 cals for the day)

  
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POSITIVE-FORCE 7/21/2011 8:25AM

    I love your balance on all your meals. You do such a good job!

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CYCLINGSANDY 7/21/2011 4:24AM

    I love your pictures and your motivation.

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KSGROTHE 7/21/2011 3:38AM

    Looks great! I like that you incorporate some sweet things in your meals/snacks. Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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ROEANDGO 7/20/2011 11:47PM

    Great meals and snacks Kathy!! I need to follow your lead!!

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TAZIAH 7/20/2011 9:19PM

    Kathy, everything looks totally delish!! You are on fire!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 7/20/2011 8:21PM

    Great blog and pictures.
Cute jammies and socks.
Hugs,
Angela
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LOOZINITNOW 7/20/2011 4:48PM

    I love your food pics! Love the mug and wine glass too! Very cute!

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AMBER281 7/20/2011 3:38PM

    Looks yummy!! I love your socks too!!

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FREES1 7/20/2011 2:52PM

    you're right about that bar!!!
and i like your socks too

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OFFDREA 7/20/2011 2:50PM

    looks yummy! I love those wine glasses!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/20/2011 1:53PM

    NICE! I think i see Christmas gifts for the girls!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/20/2011 1:50PM

    The wine glass is from my sister's company Stemme Fatale, they do amazing glasses and have a store on Etsy...I love them!! THe link is below and I put clickable links in my blog, too. Also the coffee mug is from Stemme Fatale too. http://stemmefatale.webs.com/

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INSPIREBYNATURE 7/20/2011 1:46PM

    Hehehehe I love that I got a special picture!!!! :) I have a crazy sock fetish can you tell? HEHEHEHE. Ok and your food looks great! I could totally eat up that sundae! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm and I love cliff bars! I need to get some protein bars I think! num num. Love the glass! heheheeh I use mine that you gave me for drinking wine too! tehehehe. You are doing great! So proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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VICKYMARIEC 7/20/2011 1:39PM

    Ooohhh...where did you get that wine glass?

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FEF Food Blog Challenge - Blog 1

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Bonus Challenge this week is to take pictures of all food 3 times this week. This is my first blog, and the others I plan on doing today and Friday, since Wed. and Thurs. I will be offline most of the day due to meetings.

BREAKFAST - Blackberry Smoothie & coffee





MORNING SNACK: A Fit & Active Protein bar.



LUNCH - My favorite wrap (discovered through the Spark meal plans) - whipped cream cheese, walnuts and raisins. It's perfect especially for those busy days. Plus a clementine.



AFTERNOON SNACKS:

(Not pictured as my battery on my cell phone died)

Unsalted sunflower seeds
Herbal tea
Red grapes
1 Hershey Dark Chocolate mini

DINNER - Healthy Veggie/Tofu Pad Thai



DESSERT - Sundae with Edy's Light Choc. Chip Cookie dough ice cream, walnuts and caramel. So decadent but still low cal.

  
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POSITIVE-FORCE 7/21/2011 8:24AM

    Looks really good!!

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ROEANDGO 7/20/2011 11:39PM

    Very yummy!! That smoothie looks Delish!!

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JENJESS48 7/20/2011 4:08PM

    on nom nom nom. want!

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MRSB929 7/20/2011 2:14PM

    I like this idea! I think I may try this! Good job on eating healthy and making it interesting! emoticon

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KSGROTHE 7/20/2011 4:55AM

    Looks emoticon

- Karen

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GINGERPAWZ 7/19/2011 9:14PM

    The smoothie looks very yummy.

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CHUBRUB3 7/19/2011 7:38PM

    Looks Delicious!
Now I want to eat....hmmm...dinner soon.
Hugs,
Angela
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LOOZINITNOW 7/19/2011 5:07PM

    Your pics look yummy and so sinful even though they are not sinful. That's the best part of eating healthy.

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SGTSUNNY 7/19/2011 3:08PM

    Very yummy! Good job getting started on the challenge. Is Healthy Veggie/Tofu Pad Thai a Sparks recipe?


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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/19/2011 2:15PM

    That Blackberry Smoothie looks sinfully delicious!

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KITHKINCAID 7/19/2011 1:33PM

    Your food blogs always make me drool!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 7/19/2011 11:50AM

    Amazing day! so proud of you! love your socks!

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ROCKINMOM77 7/19/2011 11:40AM

    YummO emoticon

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AMBER281 7/19/2011 10:49AM

    Looks very yummy!!!

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TAZIAH 7/19/2011 10:13AM

    Looks super yummy! I love that coffee mug!! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 7/19/2011 9:57AM

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