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My sexy breakfast (with pictures)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thanks to Yoovie, who is an advocate of Sexy Breakfast, this is what I had this morning. Under 400 calories, YO!

Eggbeaters omelet with mushrooms and bacon
2 mini biscuits with gravy (The new mini grand biscuits are fabulous and the packaged kind is only 40 calories a serving!)
Hash Browns with a tiny bit of olive oil

Definatly a great way to start the day and keep me out of the cookies and stuff I am still making!

Here is a sample of what I have been up to

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ATREAT4ME 1/13/2011 10:38PM

    So I'm trying to catch up on what I missed over the holidays and lo and behold there's gravy on your plate! I want that recipe too! OMG that looks beautiful. If I weren't so full of Mexican food, I'd be jonesing for it right now! I have missed you, Jan!

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/21/2010 1:43PM

    Holy crap. What gravy do you use? Recipe, please?! NOM NOM NOM!!!

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NEDERLUNG 12/20/2010 3:47PM

    Cake balls look very professional!

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KMICHA 12/19/2010 9:03PM

    You are making me hungry . . . I need to log in my food and see it I can afford a snack!!!! emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/19/2010 6:49PM

    Great breakfast and love your holiday goodies!! Beautiful pictures!!

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BIGMAMAT 12/19/2010 6:31PM

    yummmmmmmy! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 12/19/2010 5:58PM

    I am soooooo drooling!!

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SARAWALKS 12/19/2010 4:50PM

    emoticon Gotta check out those mini-grand biscuits! emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/19/2010 4:39PM

    Seriously tasty.

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KCBYTHEC 12/19/2010 4:28PM

    I love the look of your breakfast, really you're only a short time away from a good and healthy home cooked meal with no bad things in it.

That meal has all the right proportions and content. emoticon

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KRAWRS 12/19/2010 4:04PM

    Woah... it all looks amazing!

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JEANNERR 12/19/2010 3:47PM

    Wow! You are going to be a favorite with your family and friends this year.


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DAISY443 12/19/2010 3:22PM

    Can't decide whether I like the breakfast or the cookies better! I want them all!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/19/2010 3:15PM

    I am so impressed. Hard to believe that delicious breakfast is only 400 C! Looks yummy too. emoticon

..) .)
(. (. (.`♥Victoria!

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GRACEISENUF 12/19/2010 3:05PM

    Will you adopt me?

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BRAINYBLONDE5 12/19/2010 3:04PM

  YUMM!! it all looks sooo delicious! :)

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Basic cake ball recipe, due to popular demand

Saturday, December 18, 2010

1 box of cake mix (yes they have sugar free) Or you can bake your own
1 can of cake frosting (yes they have sugar free) Or you can make your own

Bake the cake like you ordinarily would in a 9 x 13 pan. (I havent tried the soda cake with the diet soda instead of oil and eggs yet but I am going to today).

Let it cool for about 30 minutes, then crumble it into a big bowl. Make it small crumbs and take out any crispy bits.

Mix in 1/2 to a full can of the frosting until it is sticky enough to form into balls. (I used some frosting and some fat free cream cheese I had in the frig).

Some people like to refrigerate the dough for 20-30 minutes but I haven't had to do that yet.

I use a small scooper and roll the balls and put them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer till I am ready to go to next step.

Let cake balls thaw for about 30-40 minutes before you begin.

Get the Candy Melts or whatever kind of chocolate you use that hardens when cooled and melt it. You may have to add some vegetable oil since this needs to be fairly thin so the chocolate falls off the ball with gentle tapping.If it is too thick, the balls fall off into the frosting and it is a mess and not fun. Also if the balls are too cold, when you dip into the chocolate, the chocolate gets all clumpy. Also annoying.

The best way I have found to do this is to use good toothpicks. Spear a ball, dip into the melted chocolate then sprinkle your favorite item on the ball or dip the bottom of the ball in sprinkles, nuts, coconut or whatever and set on more parchment paper. They will dry in about 10 minutes into a coated ball of deliciousness.

When Kady made the tiramisu ones, she added freshly brewed espresso to the cooled white cake, crumbeled it and then we used chocolate frosting (a litttle under 1/2 a can) to bind it together.

You can use any variety of cake, frosting, chocolate or items for the outside. I did lemon cake with white chocolate,
white cake with peppermint in the batter with white chocolate and crushed candy canes,
chocolate with chopped peanut butter cups in the batter with milk chocolate and chopped peanut butter cups and chocolate chips
Tiramisu batter with chocolate and white chocolate drizzle.

We are going to take pictures today so I will post pix of the steps and the finished product. They are really fun to make and people go crazy for them. You can also do as pops with the candy sticks in them. (You can buy at a baking store or Michaels craft store).

Gotta give thanks to Nederlung for sparking the cake ball extravaganza. I had never heard of them and now I love them and will be making them for other events. It is a fun way to do cake. (Alot of people say when they have cake leftover from a party or whatever, they turn that into cake balls and then take them to work or save in the freezer for when they need a quick desert). Really the possibilities are endless.

Have a great day, guys!

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NEDERLUNG 12/20/2010 3:46PM

    Might be too late to add this comment as most of your readers have already moved on, but I've found that adding the peppermint candy or nuts, etc. at the same time as the frosting (not in the cake batter before cooking) is easiest. - Debie

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KMICHA 12/19/2010 9:01PM

    I'm going to have to give it a try!!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 12/19/2010 7:31PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/19/2010 6:54PM

    Yummy..I'll have to add this to my holiday baking list :)

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KAMAPERRY 12/18/2010 3:45PM

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BRIAEL 12/18/2010 11:57AM

    So simple, yet so perfect. Thanks for sharing, MamaD. :)

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MADGEHANDS 12/18/2010 11:44AM

  Great choice to share....oh, how I love these!!!

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Cake balls and other tools of the devil. Dont read if you are hungry or easily influenced.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Every year, I bake for 4 companies that we do business with. I make everything from scratch and put it in a basket and deliver it myself. I have taken my dog (all dressed up) and my girls when they were little but these days I do it myself.

I make everything from scratch, homemade, with love, just like my mama taught me. Pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, homemade almond toffee candy, truffles, and now this year, cake balls.

Anyway, I was thinking this year I wouldn't do it. I mean, how much can one person take? I am a sugar addict which is what got me into this mess and I am one pound shy of my 60 pound mini goal loss.

I never back down from a fight so I decided I would do it. I would bake BUT I am going to do it all over this weekend. I figured if I took my time and did it little by little I would eat little by little for a week and probably gain 3-4 pounds. So I thought I would trick myself and do it all in 2 days.

Bake, wrap, freeze or put in the baskets ready to go for Monday am. I think I will do better and not be as tempted and I will be more aware of my daily intake.

SO: I have started the cake balls. I made chocolate peanut butter cup with chocolate then I made vanilla peppermint with white chocolate and crushed candy canes and Kady has made Tiramisu ones with white cake, espresso, and chocolate with white drizzle.
My neice called and said her co-workers really need some too, so I will make another batch of something else. I am thinking white cake with white chocolate and toasted coconut.

Then the pumpkin bread will be next. That is easy not to eat because they are in loaves and can be wrapped right up and put in the baskets. Then the cookies: sugar cookies with sprinkles (shaped), chocolate chip, peanut butter with hershey's kisses.

And finally, the candy. Almond toffee is alot of work, lots of stirring and it has to be cooked exactly right. I will make a double batch, one to keep for family (in the freezer) and one to give away. Then I will be done.

Oh yea. I am taking pictures of everything I am making and will post them. LOL. I know. I am a brat. Misery loves company!!!

I will warn you in the subject line so you can skip that blog if you want. Hope you guys have a good weekend and have all your shopping done. I have 2 things left so that will be easy. Then, let the fesivities begin!!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/21/2010 12:56PM

    You know, I never had cake balls / cake pops until I moved to the bay area. I thought the midwest was supposed to be bad for my eating... :D

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NEDERLUNG 12/20/2010 3:42PM

    I've been offline for a few days and return to find several blogs with cake balls in the title, I'm worried....what did I start? Smiles

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KMICHA 12/19/2010 8:57PM

    Sounds yummy! I like to bake and give away too!

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DONNACFIT 12/19/2010 7:00PM

    I love to give treats at Christmas..did my marathon baking and have given away most of it :) Love your ideas!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/19/2010 11:43AM

    I love that since you love a fight you were still up for the challenge. Good for you. I LOVE pumpkin bread. It's my weakness. Thank God I don't know how to make it, purposefully never got my mom's recipe and I can't find it in a store. Or else all hell would break loose.

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JEANNERR 12/18/2010 10:41AM

    I love to bake for the holidays. My trick is to pull out 1/4 cup of the batter from a cake or banana bread, etc. and bake it in a small Ramekin. (shorten the baking time) After baking, I prepare all the goodies for delivery, make a cup of coffee and enjoy my mini treat. I don't feel deprived or have to be tempted by leftovers for the rest of the week.

Jeanne emoticon

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SARAWALKS 12/18/2010 9:07AM

    Are you posting recipes too? emoticon
I think you made a good choice to have a marathon & get it over!
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ELFITZPA 12/18/2010 8:44AM

    Mmm sounds good!! I'll be doing bonbons, fudge, bank and lots of cookies myself. It's certainly going to be an exercise in will power. Best of luck and I look forward to your pics!

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ZIPLOCK 12/18/2010 7:30AM

    Oh my... I can't wait for the pictures!!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/18/2010 6:56AM

    Oh Mama!!

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DAISY443 12/18/2010 4:22AM

    You are the bravest person I know! All those goodies! Can't wait for the pics!

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KRAWRS 12/17/2010 11:14PM

    Sounds delicious!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/17/2010 10:43PM

    I am having a hard time with the baking too. I decided to just do my best and not beat myself up. You are awesome!

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ATREAT4ME 12/17/2010 10:37PM

    So, you have my snail mail address, right?

Oh you betcha I want to see the beautiful pictures! If I can't eat the treats, I at least want to look at 'em!

What part of California?

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BIGMAMAT 12/17/2010 9:50PM

    How long will it take me to get to California??? lol. Sounds yummmy! Have fun baking!!!

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Then today, I ate a doughnut.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So really, just when I think I have it all together, how tough I am, how strong, how sticking to the plan I am, I cave. It really is a journey, isn't it?
Progress, not perfection, right?

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/21/2010 1:48PM

    Whatever. Donuts are freaking delicious. You're allowed one every once and awhile.

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CELLISTA1 12/16/2010 10:50PM

    If this was easy, we'd all be skinny. I think you are a HUMAN BEING, not a diet robot. emoticon

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NEDERLUNG 12/16/2010 12:36PM

    I don't see why you are so upset. This isn't a deprevation contest. This is life. Jan - you ate ONE, heck, much better than the whole dozen! Stop beatting yourself up! you deserve to treat yourself. All this struggle isn't to avoid these foods forever, it is to learn to eat them in moderation and get/stay healthy too!

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KAMAPERRY 12/15/2010 10:40PM

    Always progress, not perfection, ever moving forward :) emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 12/15/2010 9:29PM

    While I'm sure I have a similar story, I doubt I could share it so succinctly or with such a sense of humor. Glad you're laughing AND more importantly, moving on. Woohoo!

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RIGBY31 12/15/2010 9:20PM

    I'm not going to get into my true confessions here, let's just say one donut in the journey isn't the end of your world. Onward and forward.

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BRIAEL 12/15/2010 8:33PM

    One donut does not a diet break! Repeat that to yourself until your brain knows it was a one-off and then you'll be fine. :)

It does the soul good to have a little splurge on calories every now and then (not to mention keeping your metabolism up and stopping plateaus!) so accept that this was a day when you NEEDED that donut. :)

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GRACEISENUF 12/15/2010 8:31PM

    It was National Cupcake Day and my DD and I celebrated it!
(she wanted to visit her favorite bakery while home from college...of course I didn't argue). :)

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RACHEL_MAC 12/15/2010 8:28PM

    I had a part of a muffin yesterday. Oops, too :) It happens, even at our best, we slip. It's about how you recover.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 12/15/2010 8:25PM

    yep.. but it was also just a donut.. not a dozen.. or an all day binge.. now that's what I call progress!!

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LISA1101 12/15/2010 8:24PM

    I bet it tasted good emoticon

and you enjoyed it at the time and you are now back on track! emoticon
And just remember it's one donut - not 2, not 3, not 12.

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PASTTHEMISSION 12/15/2010 8:14PM

    better a donut than a muffin :)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/15/2010 8:13PM

    I bet it was a good donut. On to another day!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/15/2010 8:11PM

    I was going strong with the eating - on the straight and narrow, totally staying on my program. Issue happened at work, made me emotionally uneasy and the first thing I reached for was a doughnut. It didn't make me feel better, but after I devoured it, I forgave myself and moved on. It's an ongoing transition. We gotta continue to pick ourselves up and dust off. We can do it, lady!

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BAYBELIEVER 12/15/2010 8:07PM

    You are so right! It is why I try to think of it as choices rather than perfection. I know I am never going to cut everything out, so I need to learn to live with it. And on this journey I am learning to make choices: when is it worth it, when isn't it? So, I just tell myself no matter what I eat, I have to track it so I know the cost.

We are traveling toward healthier lives! HopeI can only make sure my choices are worth it at the time!

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DAISY443 12/15/2010 8:07PM

    One donut, hmmmmmmmmmm! How did that fit into total calories? How much did you exersize? Were you a good girl otherwise? Don't sweat the small stuff - and one donut is small stuff!

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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/15/2010 8:01PM

  Yes, I completely agree - it's a progressive journey. You still have it together, you're just human

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Did I or not?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So you are probably thinking, "Wonder how Jan did at Outback tonight? Did she stick to her guns? Did the onions and fries get her? Did she eat a baked potato or a Brownie sundae?"

Let me take you through the meal.

We arrived, got seated and they immediatly brought that delicious brown bread. I had looked up ahead of time and the loaf was 200 calories so I promptly cut half a loaf, eyeballed out a TBS of whipped butter, cut it into 3rd's and said to myself, "Thats it".

The table ordered the bacon cheese fries and the fried onion blossoms. I asked for a salad with dressing on the side. The waitress was awesome. She got that I was watching my weight and she gave me a salad with no croutons and no cheese. (Yea for her!!) and brought it when the appetizers arrived. SCORE! So far, so good. All according to plan. I kept opening the menu and looking at my choices and was the only one there excited that the calorie content was listed. In the end, I went with what I had earlier decided. Sirloin steak with steamed broccoli.

While waiting, I sipped water, visited with people and went back for the other half of the bread, knowing full well what I was doing and also knowing I had room in my day for it. Then I ate 8 onion strings. Did I crack and keep eating them? Did I snap and say screw it? Nawww. Not this girl!

When my meal arrived, it looked kinda sad next to all the yummies everyone else was eating but Kady orderd the side of mushrooms and I added a few of those and spiced it up a bit. I could taste the butter on the broccoli but ate it anyway.

When desert came, I did not order one and I had 2 bites from my girlfriends ice cream and it was really yummy. Then, I was done.

So yea, I can say dinner was a success. You are welcome to look at my tracker to see everything I ate today and I dont think you would say that I suffered at all. It was not hard to do and while I thought about other food, I was happy with my choices, I was full, I was satisfied and best of all, I was happy that I had a successful day and did not go crazy and be defeated by food.

I just went to dinner with my friends. That's it. I can live with that.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/15/2010 1:52PM

    Go Jan, I knew you could do it! You knew too...

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KRAWRS 12/15/2010 1:33PM

    Sounds like you did fantastically!!! Next time I go out, I'm going to follow your lead!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 12/15/2010 1:07PM

    Well, aren't you something?? you go girl!! plan... follow the plan.. ROCK IT!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/15/2010 12:29PM

    GO YOU!!! Food successes, when you decide to just NOT have the crazy stuff and don't feel deprived, are the best things EVERRRRR. :D

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RIGBY31 12/15/2010 12:19PM

    Major self control. emoticon

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LCHADBOURNE 12/15/2010 10:30AM

    Way to go! Eating out and making the right choices for you is the true test if you are living a lifestyle change, in my opinion! Awesome!

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KAMAPERRY 12/15/2010 10:06AM

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BBGYRL4 12/15/2010 9:32AM

    Yay, so proud of you!! You're AWESOME!!!

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SARAWALKS 12/15/2010 8:10AM

    Beautiful! Love your choices - that delicious black bread is enough of a treat for me! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 12/15/2010 7:40AM

    Awesome, Mamadwarf! Just brilliant. Making these informed, intelligent decisions that align with your goals. That is the best ever!

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MACILINN 12/15/2010 7:21AM

    woohoo! I am so happy to see that we can do it all! I almost always go out for meals and w/alittle won't power we can have a bit of all, isn't that the way skinnies eat anyways? It's home that does me in the most. Hurray for you!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/15/2010 6:51AM

    That's great Jan. You have really changed your life!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/15/2010 6:43AM

    aww you are a super star!! it's hard to order the healthy options when nobody else is!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/15/2010 5:53AM

    You are a rock star. That is all

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BRIAEL 12/15/2010 1:39AM

    Jan, that is awesome. I admire your willpower and your control of the situation. Great job today! :)

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NEDERLUNG 12/15/2010 1:02AM

    I knew you could do it, you are so strong! You are todays idol!

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