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How many calories in that gourmet cupcake?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Before starting the BLC20 (Biggest Loser Challenge), Iíve been indulging in gourmet cupcakes. These gourmet cupcakes stores have been popping up everywhere the past couple of years.

Iíve been trying to find the nutritional information with very little success. I wonder why?

Myfitness pal has a couple entries:
Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting Ė Calories 400
Vanilla Stuffed Cupcake Ė Calories 460

I couldnítí find any nutrition info for my favorite Somoa.

I did find a blog that covered Bakery Cupcakes, so Iím going with that info:

Calories: 585
Total Fat: 20 grams
Saturated Fat: 12 grams
What you get: Just one of these contains more than half the recommend daily saturated fat limit.

To burn this cupcake off, I would have to:
- Spend 50 minutes on the torture trainer (arc trainer) emoticon

- Walk for 2 hours and 15 minutes emoticon

HmmmmÖ.Later gourmet cupcakes, you're not worth it! emoticon

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MARGEMF 10/4/2012 1:17AM

    Thank-you for sharing the info. I had heard long time ago that DD muffins were fairly high in sodium which is OK for me but not for most. I am thinking about their fat content, even the 'low-fat' muffins, & wondering what those fat contents are.

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PERSISTANT123 9/24/2012 6:34PM

    You've just shifted my thinking! Now when I really want one of those "goodies" that will really set me back, I need to convert it into what I have to do to burn it off. The momentary satisfaction any food can give may not be worth the real price I would need to pay!

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FLEURGARDEN 9/24/2012 4:34PM

    Wow - almost makes those paczkis seem low-cal by comparison. :-)

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NINJA_SMOO 9/24/2012 11:04AM

  I'm not at all surprised. Thanks for the tips!

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MICHELELYNN777 9/24/2012 8:51AM

    Wow! That's an eye-opener! Amazing how something that small can pack that many calories~you are smart to avoid them! Good luck with your challenge emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 9/23/2012 9:45PM

    Whoa...loads of calories!! Def not worth it.
...you made an Excellent choice! emoticon

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ANYVAR54 9/23/2012 8:36PM

    After a while you will loose that desire for the fat and the sugar.
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LESLIELENORE 9/23/2012 6:13PM

    You don't need them! There are other yummy things to eat that won't bust your calorie budget.

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FITAT50 9/23/2012 4:13PM

    So not worth it!

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DEE797 9/23/2012 3:53PM

    Those cupcakes look good but boy on the calories. Glad I came to read your blog. Didn't know they were that high.

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MAGGIEVAN 9/23/2012 3:34PM

    Wow, it is a tiny bite for all those calories. It is a most the same spas my Sunday lunch! I Agee, it is not worth it.

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LCDM83 9/23/2012 2:15PM

    Sometimes I think "they" conspire to derail us. :) Good finding out so you can avoid it in the future (except for every now and then).

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/23/2012 2:15PM

    Love this. I won't be going there either

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THEMRSH 9/23/2012 2:15PM

    I went through a gourmet cupcake phase too! I love me a good cupcake with the icing piled high. It would be nothing for me to stop and get four thinking I'd share with the family and I'd end up shoving my pie hole with 2 of them in the 15 min drive home. I have been gourmet cupcake free for well over a year now. Thanks for your blog which reminds me to keep steering clear of my favorite bakery.

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KALANTHA 9/23/2012 1:55PM

    Holy crap!!! For one cupcake?!!!

That would have to go on my list of things definitely NOT worth it!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 9/23/2012 1:55PM

    Looking at how high that frosting is, no doubt it's at least 500 calories. My homemade ones run 300 or so a cupcake and that's just with one swirl of frosting on top.

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LWADE1963 9/23/2012 1:40PM

    wow!! good thing you checked out how much excercise it takes to burn it off. def not worth it.

try cupcake mix with diet cola or spice cake mix with pumpkin. low cal and they taste great

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 9/23/2012 1:25PM

    That cupcake looks amazing, but agree with all that saturated fat it is not worth it. Maybe you could have one once a year or something and make it really special.

I love fried clams but I know they are not good for me so I have them only twice a year. Once to kick of summer and once at the end of summer. I think about how good they are the rest of the year so it makes them even better when I do get to have them. I don't feel guilty and I enjoy them too because I know they were a planned cheat.

I guess part of the battle is picking the things that you really want and making it a special treat now and then. Figuring out the things that are not worth it and letting them go is a good way to stay on track.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/23/2012 1:18PM

    I'm having that quote in my head: Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Sorry but those cupcakes are brutal! I would be afraid to even look at them!


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SUSANS706 9/23/2012 12:11PM

    I found one sight that had our local cupcake store's cupcakes at 800 calories!!! Yikes, they have become a once in awhile indulgence, and then I am even sharing one, because they are soooooo rich!!

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DISAPPEARING1 9/23/2012 11:56AM

    Whoa...why did these even need to be invented?

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ALICIA214 9/23/2012 11:52AM


Good choice I hear they also take a chunk out of your wallet.
Did you check chef Meg's recipes there maybe one that will suit your sweet tooth without piling on the calories.

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BLC20 - 12 week plan

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm rockin' with the Spies.

ďBounce, Bounce Nothing's gonna keep me down
Bounce, Bounce Stand up, shout it out
Bounce, Bounce I play hard, I play to winĒ ~ Bon Jovi


FITNESS: This challenge, I will:
1. Target 300-500 fitness minutes a week (walking, elliptical, strength training, and yoga).
2. Focus on quality of fitness, not quantity. I think this is what my body needs now.
3. Focus on my glutes. I have an issue with my glutes not working properly (or at all). I will be activating my glutes daily as instructed by personal trainer. I hope for ďGlutes of SteeleĒ by the end of 12 weeks.
4. Try something new. I plan to incorporate some running and try out a spinning class.
5. Be a 12-week streaker!!!

NUTRITION: This challenge, I will:
1. Target 1200-1600 calories a day
2. Focus on quality of food
3. Track all my food using SP. Every single bite will be recorded! I will ignore those darn Costco and Whole Food samples.
4. Verify that my food nutrition that Iím posting is accurate
5. Aim for a 500-700 daily calorie deficient.

TEAM SUPPORT: This challenge, I will:
1. Support my SPIES to win this challenge. Iím all in!
2. Cheer on team members and assist when I can
3. Read team members blogs and chat thread
4. Do my best to hit the max points during the weekend challenges

FINAL GOAL: Hit my GOAL weight and have fun doing it!

Size 8 Gap jeans are calling my name. emoticon

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DEBRAK14 9/17/2012 9:27PM

    That's a very well thought out plan! emoticon

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LUCYLU22 9/17/2012 1:58PM

    emoticon on a Great plan!! I love the specific goals that you have set for yourself! I think you will have no trouble achieving them!! I am soo glad that you are a part of the Spies!!

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DOOBRIE 9/17/2012 1:14PM

    Well thought out plan - those size 8 jeans will soon be yours!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/15/2012 8:55PM

    Fantastic plan... you go girl. Your plans are clear and it is clear that your mind is going to work for you. I like the glutes emphasis. It is a real kick in the butt. Ha-ha. Thank you for cheering on your team members. In doing so you will find that you are much more motivated yourself and that you are achieving great results.

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FITTEACH87 9/15/2012 8:36PM

    Your goals are awesome! You are going to rock this challenge! emoticon

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LCDM83 9/15/2012 8:23PM

    You've got strong realistic goals- you'll get to the gap in no time- with Glutes of Steel to go into those jeans. emoticon

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FITAT50 9/15/2012 4:57PM

    Excellent plan!! I love to see specific goals, the more specific the better we are at staying accountable.


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ANYVAR54 9/14/2012 8:21PM

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SANDYHAZY 9/14/2012 8:19PM

    This is awesome! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 9/14/2012 7:18PM

    Size 8... I vaguely remember being able to wear that size once. :-)

Great goals - I know you'll excel at them.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/14/2012 3:27PM

    emoticon PLAN!

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    Excellent goals..I especially like the Glutes of Steel one. emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/14/2012 9:50AM

    This is awesome! Talk about great clear goals! I have no doubt you will crush this!


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SHELLEY81 9/14/2012 9:38AM

    With these clear goals and your enthusiasm, I am sure you will be in those size 8 jeans! I like that you are going to try the spin class! Good for you!

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MICHELELYNN777 9/14/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon You have very clear goals and are motivated to reach them! Stay focused and strong for your challenge!
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RASMUSSEN5 9/14/2012 9:14AM

    emoticon Great set of goals and plans for this round! emoticon

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Jungle Gym XT

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I splurged today. I didn't splurge on food but a suspension system.

The Jungle Gym XT is a in-home/out-door suspension training system that can be used in a doorway, on a bar or even over a tree limb. I'll be using it in my doorway.

I'll let you know how it works out. I just hope I don't break my door. emoticon

Now, I still need to get new workout shoes. Ugh! I hate shopping for emoticon. I normally get x-trainers, but if I get running shoes does that mean I have to start running?

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MAGGIEVAN 9/14/2012 6:49AM

    Good trainers are essential. I have visions of you breaking that door! Enjoy and go for it.

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THEMRSH 9/13/2012 10:36PM

    I'd be so afraid I'd get tangled up and stuck hanging in my door weigh until DH got home while my 3 & 5 year old terrorized the house!

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/12/2012 12:47AM

    Nice! Have fun using it. I love getting new fitness toys! emoticon

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TWNOMWE 9/10/2012 8:46AM

    New toys make keep the workout interesting.
That is a good one.

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KRZYKAT3 9/9/2012 7:45PM

    I look forward to hearing how this works for you!

What team did you end up on?

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FLAMENM 9/9/2012 12:41AM

    Sounds like a great splurge!

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HHOLT6 9/8/2012 11:20PM

    I look forward to hearing how this system works!!! emoticon

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FITAT50 9/8/2012 10:46PM

    Oh that looks very similar to the TRX. My former trainer had me train some on the TRX, it's quite a workout. Let me know how you like it!

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GLMOM2 9/8/2012 10:32PM

    My Zumba instructor has something similar to that Jungle Gym. Last I heard it was giving her quite the workout!

Good luck! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/8/2012 10:22PM

    I had a system similar to that. I loved it until on of the bands broke. Let me know how yours holds up.


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SANDYHAZY 9/8/2012 9:41PM

    That is awesome! I use those at the gym and they kick my butt. Good luck with your new toys.

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ANYVAR54 9/8/2012 8:32PM

    I had my stride evaluated at a local running shoe store in January. The shoes they recommended were the best I had ever worn, and made me feel like I was walking on air. I need to replace them, because it has been so long, but if you have a local store like that I would recommend that. Ravyna
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You can WALK in cross trainers.

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FLEURGARDEN 9/8/2012 7:55PM

    Keep us posted on the new toy. I watch people taking a class with the suspension system at the gym, but I haven't tried it myself yet.

I've been tempted to go to Running Fit in Northville to get my stride analyzed before I buy my next pair of walking shoes (I'm hoping they do that analysis there), but I'm afraid they'll want to sell me running shoes and sign me up for beginner running sessions. I do want to try running again some day, but I'm not quite ready yet.

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MICHELELYNN777 9/8/2012 7:29PM

    emoticon I love that you are trying something new! Please let us know how you like it. I don't belong to a gym, so I can always justify getting a new DVD or exercise equipment. Good luck finding just the right shoes~always a challenge for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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CAROL- 9/8/2012 7:17PM

    Looks fun! Enjoy!

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TJCADDO 9/8/2012 5:43PM

    It looks like it is going to be fun! And it looks like it has sturdy pieces that won't wear out fast.

Thanks for sharing! I am going to go and check it out.


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LESLIELENORE 9/8/2012 5:11PM

    hmmm? a suspension system sounds interesting. Let us know how it works for you. I get running shoes primarily because they are lighter and cooler on my feet. They won't yell at you if you don't run... I promise!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/8/2012 4:38PM

    ha ha! I'm pretty sure they don't come back to confiscate your running shoes if you don't run!

The jungle gym sounds interesting! Let us know how it works out.

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Vision Collage

Sunday, August 26, 2012

So call me crazy. I signed up for another challenge, the BLC20. This is on top of the 5% Community Challenge that I also participate in which is on break now. Iím determined to hit my goal weight....so I'm doing what it takes.

One of the assignments for the BLC20 is to create a vision collage. I've been wanting to do this for a long time so I made it a priority this weekend and just completed it.

Yah, I have a new background for my spark page.


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PURITYROSE 12/27/2012 10:42PM

    Awesome! I'm hoping to complete mine tonight. Really need to organize my thoughts to channel motivation.

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TWNOMWE 8/31/2012 1:00PM

    emoticon Great looking!!!

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HHOLT6 8/29/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon so cool! I especially like the BALANCE! That is so important

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WONDERWOMAN 8/27/2012 9:18PM

    Very nice!

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MARYLEE56 8/27/2012 1:12PM

    I love it! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 8/27/2012 9:03AM

    That is beautiful! Great job!

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LADYGSC 8/26/2012 10:29PM

    emoticon mine isn't nearly as neat as yours!!

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ANYVAR54 8/26/2012 9:15PM

    Great job, I am impressed. Every ingredient is included.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/26/2012 8:13PM

    I love it! Did you use a software to create it? If so, what??? (If you don't tell me I may just have to steal YOURS!)

Keep up the good work; and thanks again for ALL of your work on the 5% challenge. Your efforts are SOOOO appreciated!

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LASKIE2 8/26/2012 8:06PM

    Beautiful collage. You have everything in persp ective! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/26/2012 7:48PM

    emoticonLove it! All important aspects.

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RAVENSOUL69 8/26/2012 7:39PM

    Awesome, very inspiring!

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NATALIEGENZ 8/26/2012 7:14PM

    Wow! That is a great collage! I love that "balance" has such a prominent place. I hope you keep this near you and that it motivates you every day.

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High-risk to Low-risk in 1 year!

Monday, July 30, 2012

My father passed away from heart disease. My mother takes 10+ prescription medications, most of which are heart related. All my siblings are all on cholesterol and blood pressure medications. You could say the writing was on the wall for me.

A year ago my doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medication. He said I was at high-risk for heart disease based on my total cholesterol. I asked him to give me a fighting chance to lower it by making healthy lifestyle changes instead of taking medication. He agreed but wanted me to do a blood test every 3 months to check progress. I became a full-blown Sparkie after that physical.

I started walking and making better food choices. I tracked both food and fitness and became active on SP. I found it very helpful to join team challenges and even become a team leader. It was a challenging year; I hit many bumps along the way but never gave up. Giving up was never an option. I had my eye on the prize and that was my health.

At every 3 month checkpoint, my cholesterol markers slowly improved. My latest blood test results came in the mail on Saturday. After I opened it up, the happy dance began. emoticon

My best report:

Total Cholesterol: 184 (desirable)
Triglycerides: 58 (normal)
HDL: 63 (optimal)
LDL: 109 (near optimal)
Radio of cholesterol/HDL: 2.9 (low risk!!!!!)

It took one year and hard work to accomplish this and Iím not going back. Iím hooked on health.

Fight the good fight! emoticon

emoticon and my sparkies!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/8/2012 10:37PM

    A true success story!

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READYBETTY 7/31/2012 7:04PM

Celebrate your good health!

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BBONET 7/31/2012 11:26AM

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You should feel so proud of your determination and reaching that goal!!!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/31/2012 10:40AM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations!

My total cholesterol is in a good range, but I'm very envious of your HDL and Triglyceride numbers. Hopefully mine will improve too over time.

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/31/2012 7:54AM

    Such great news Lori! What an awesome accomplishment!


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ROCKYCPA 7/30/2012 11:15PM

    Wow! that is great - keep up the good work!

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ANYVAR54 7/30/2012 7:26PM

    Very inspiring. And proof that healthy living can change family patterns.

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FLAMENM 7/30/2012 6:57PM

    Great work!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/30/2012 5:12PM


Some very well-earned numbers!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2012 3:43PM


It's apparently the "American Way" to abuse one's health and then expect the medical community to fix it.

YOU HAVE TAKEN CONTROL. I hope your family will take a page from your book and see that a family history of a disease does not make it inevitable!

WOO HOO WOO HOO WOO HOO! I am joining in on your happy dance!


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DIXIEDOLL87 7/30/2012 2:33PM

    YAY!! Way to go!! I am so glad you chose to work hard for your health instead of taking meds and crossing your fingers that they work!

You are AWESOME!!

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LESLIELENORE 7/30/2012 2:24PM

    emoticon emoticonHow exciting!

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CAROLJEAN64 7/30/2012 2:17PM

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You have proved Spark is really about health... not weight loss.

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