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What's Your favorite cold weather food or meal---besides SOUP?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Now that it's REALLY Autumn with the rain and cooler weather,I would like ideas for cooler weather meals besides Soup--that's my favorite! What's your favorite meal or cool weather food? emoticon

  
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RONIE11 10/11/2010 1:48PM

    I love my crockpot.... I put everything in there and whats left over I make into a soup.. just chop and add water... we do way to many beef roasts with potatos and carrots but its still good.... and the whole house smells so good when I get home..

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/11/2010 1:30PM

    Have you tried SP Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos? Gotta make another batch of those (I freeze some to pull out for future dinners)

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LEFTSOX 10/9/2010 8:03PM

    Jambalaya- Spicy enough to get your blood pumpin!

Beef stew - the way I make it it is very thick

Chili- lots of beans and meat

That's about it for foods - drinks are another thing! LOL





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LIVINGONMYTERMS 10/9/2010 7:07PM

    Green Chile stew without white potatoes! Ok, some would consider that soup. So, my next favorite would be anything with curry and ginger emoticon

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DRB13_1 10/9/2010 7:00PM

    chili (vegetarian)

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THENEWME43 10/9/2010 6:50PM

    Gee, Betsy, I was thinking "chicken 'n dumplings" until I read the last part - "besides soup". emoticon
Well, last night's supper (Orange Chicken) would be hard to beat! I put a three-pound bag of frozen chicken tenders into the crockpot, and added a can of frozen, concentrated orange juice. It cooked on low all day, and I served it with brown rice (at DH's request). Talk about good - The whole family loved it! emoticon
Hope you're having a great weekend!

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DOROTHYBERO 10/6/2010 9:47PM

    Spaghetti and chili!! Yum!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/6/2010 3:39PM

    I love green chili stew!

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GEINAHG0757 10/6/2010 2:06PM

    Chili and crock-pot chicken stew! Can't wait!

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FLMOMX2 10/6/2010 2:01PM

    It's finally in the 80's in FL

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You KNOW Sparkpeople is a Lifestyle Change[NOT a Diet] When...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

You KNOW Sparkpeople is a lifestyle change [not a diet] when you bought two drinks @ Subway for your hubby & yourself,forgetting your USUAL 2 bottles of water[because you have a preschooler -in-tow---he likes the tuna sandwich] and you're trying to order dinner for all 3 of you because hubby got a promotion and has to work more] and then you get home and though you TRY,YOU CAN'T DRINK THE CHERRY COKE!!!!! [which used to be a favorite drink growing up] and you throw it away down the drain PREFERRING your TWO BOTTLED WATERS --ICE COLD FROM THE FRIDGE OVER SODA, amidst cheers from your hubby[note: after paying for & realizing my mistake,I got Hi-C for the preschooler & cherry coke FOR HIM ,but then he didn't want it--he prefers a combo of Mr.Pibb and Unsweetened Iced Tea [and they didn't have it].
The INTERESTING PART was that I THOUGHT I COULD DRINK IT because it WAS a favorite from my past,but not anymore!!!!! And it was WORTH the WORTHLESS CALORIES TO ME to throw it away!!!!!!!!
So, I give the fill -in your OWN ANSWER over to other Sparkers-----
You KNOW Sparkpeople is a Lifestyle Change [NOT a Diet] When________________________.
It will be FUN to see what OTHER FOOD/DRINK CHOICES are place in the blank! emoticon

  
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NELLIEC 10/1/2010 10:36PM

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PAMAPPLE 10/1/2010 12:55AM

    ...when you love to order salad instead of a main entree... emoticon

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KATIEJO5 9/30/2010 9:22PM

    ....when you prefer non-fat milk and yoghurt to the old full fat versions.


....when you really don't feel well until you get your exercise in for the day! Who would believe that could happen?



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/30/2010 9:03PM

    you'd rather eat cantaloupe than a chocolate bar!

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THENEWME43 9/30/2010 8:41PM

    ...you reach for fresh fruits and veggies, instead of junk food! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/30/2010 8:26PM

    good job

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RONIE11 9/30/2010 8:18PM

    you wake up from a dream and in the dream you are sparking..LOL
or.. when you go out to eat and turn straight to the salads.. and to top it off the othere choices kinda turn you stomach.. I have gotten where I hate going out for breakfast... I really don't do oatmeal or grits.. so that leaves the fattening stuff.. I have talked hubby into brunch.. he can eat his eggs and sausage and I get my yummy salad...LOL
Great question Betsy... thanks for getting me thinking...

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What's Your Favorite DAILY Healthy Snack?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I wrote a Secret of Success that triggered this blog---I listed that I eat ONE 1/2 cup serving of Knudsen Lowfat Cottage Cheese[ 2% Milkfat /small curd] and 17 people liked it and some even offered THEIR HEALTHY CHOICES for snacks!!!'So,I pose the question---

What is your favorite DAILY HEALTHY SNACK????---Please list Serving SIZE as I may want to try it! THANKS,SPARKERS!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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JILLINWONDER 9/30/2010 8:38PM

    Grapes for me too, but if I need some protein, I'll have a half sliced apple with a tablespoon of almond butter. Yum!

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RONIE11 9/30/2010 8:25PM

    well I play cards in a game room and around 5pm I grab my apple.. it holds me until dinner... and when I'm being quiet in the game room they know I'm eating my apple.Someone usually coments... every day.. I'm so happy its apple season again.. they were getting a bit mushy... I like gala, granny smith, and cameo.. I don't know what kind we have right now but they are real good too...

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NEEDSTODANCE 9/27/2010 3:16PM

    2 cups chopped cabbage /w 1 tbsp of any sort of vinegar(my favorites are either balsamic or seasoned rice vinegar) . mmm... filling, and always fits into my calorie goals.

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FRECKS96 9/27/2010 1:41PM

    Greek Yogurt, usually 5-6 oz, depending on the container size. Right now I've been eating the Yoplait Honey Vanilla (it's on sale and I have coupons) but I really love the Fage with the sidecar of honey.

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/27/2010 12:54PM

    A banana.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/27/2010 12:47PM

    1/4 C. dried blueberries -- almost every day!! Love 'em!

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MRE1956 9/27/2010 12:07PM

    I'm now "hooked on hummus"!

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PANFRIEDTROUT 9/27/2010 1:35AM

    I eat lots of healthy snacks but NONE on a daily basis ... too easy for me to get "burnt out" on a flavor &/or texture. Sorry, I know you were looking for ideas but just thought I'd be honest.



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PAMAPPLE 9/27/2010 12:50AM

    I like Kashi Bars. They are healthy and filling! Yum!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/26/2010 9:14PM

    I love GRAPES! I usually pick the 1 cup of grapes for my serving! emoticon

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What's a Mom {Or Dad} to do When Tantrum Starts....

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last night my husband was getting our 3 yo son ready for bed when he starts a temper tantrum about NOT being able to take a bath [he had the sniffles and had been sneezing all day so we thought it better to pass up his daily bath so he wouldn't get chilled]. Screaming temper tantrum ensued.
What are your thoughts on the matter? How would you handle it? Help, emoticon

  
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JILLINWONDER 9/30/2010 8:45PM

    My son threw a tantrum once when he was 2 or 3. We were at home in the kitchen and he threw himself down on the floor kicking and screaming. I didn't know what to do, so I lay down on the floor near him and kicked and screamed too. He was so surprised and I guess I looked so funny that he quieted down and looked at me. Then his big sister who was about 4 joined us until we were all laughing.

He never threw another temper tantrum. Maybe I was just lucky.

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DOROTHYBERO 9/24/2010 6:19AM

    I would usually just walk away and not give them an audience. But I like TKAYSMILES idea too! Good luck!!

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TKAYSMILES 9/23/2010 4:56PM

    When mine was that young he would throw things and throw temper tantrums. I used to sit down, put him in my lap, with my arms around him telling how much I loved him, but until he settled down we were not getting up. Kind of restraining him. He fought me for a long time and then he started to stop resisting. I had to do it a few times and then no more. You might also just find a time out place in the house where he is put until he stops and apologizes. And if he gets out you just keep putting him back.

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RONIE11 9/23/2010 4:50PM

    My grandson has a terrible time with his temper.. I would let him get it out then gently and firmly assist him in picking everything back up.. he use to throw everything he could get his hands on and it made quite a mess... I didn't punish him because that made things worse.. I feel being left to deal with their feelings then letting them know you are there for them once everyone has calmed down helps keep the peace in the family... best of luck with this.. the good news it they usually out grow this... hes such a good boy I don't think you will have any thing to worry about.. I see lots of great advice here you will need to see what works for your son.. they are all different...

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GALSMILEY7 9/23/2010 4:25PM

    My 2yr old is definitely in the terrible twos. We go through multiple tantrums a day; it's exhausting. What I do is give her a time out, if it doesn't stop after two minutes in time out then I take her to her bed to cry it out. I check on her intermittently until she's ready to behave like the good girl that I know she is. I think she's getting better because she knows the consequences and doesn't want them. She's getting better about stopping her tantrums quicker. I'm hoping they will eventually phase out. Good luck and have a great evening!

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RESERVED1948 9/23/2010 10:56AM

    I used to be a child that threw temper tantrums so I know first hand that they are born out of the frustration for not getting one's own way. Obviously, the worst thing you could do is allow yourself to be controlled by the tantrum. The best thing to do is to let the child have the tantrum and not respond to it. Once when my son was two, he threw a tantrum in a store because I did not have the money to buy him a toy. I did spank him right there and remember how surprised he looked. I thought, if he could throw himself on the store's floor and have a tantrum, I could spank him to show my disapproval. I can't remember him throwing a tantrum again until he was about 16 when I bought him no name sneakers. I did give in to that because I felt if it was such a big deal than maybe I should get him the sneakers that meant so much to him. Ten years later, he told me I was wrong to give in to him and didn't do him a favor for rewarding his bad behavior.
There you got it!
All the best.
Irene

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/23/2010 10:05AM

    You've got good advice here already ... once it begins, I found son had to be isolated from family. Time out on the floor of his room. Once he was quiet, the timer was set (minutes = age); if he started up again, timer started over. Grand-daughter can get herself so worked up she throws up -- really hate that!! Thankfully, those happen less frequently than when she was 3. Stay calm, don't react, and be consistent! God Bless You through the learning process!

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JEANIECOLLEEN 9/23/2010 9:13AM

    I do not think a bath would have done him any harm as long as it was plenty warm and put in warm PJ 's as soon as possible.. The reason for the tantrum was because you messed with his schedule. Kids like schedule. If it happens again you may have to get him interested in something to distract him from the bath. An extra book to be read before bed or something. Staying on schedule is best though. It provides security. Even at that young age try to explain why the change is happening also.
I have 4 children,have done daycare and foster care to vouch for my experience with children. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/23/2010 8:33AM

    I take care of my 3 year old granddaughter when her parents work. I had her 24/7 while mom had C section new baby. When she throws a temper tantrum I try to make sure it doesn't get her what she is demanding. I try to be the adult reasonable one and try to expect her behavior to improve.

When she acts nicely, I try to reward her. I also try to stick to my word. Routine is helpful and explaining why we are deviating from routine can be helpful. I tell her when it is 10 minutes until we are leaving the park, 5 minutes, 3 min, etc. We used to have tantrums when leaving, but she's getting better. He will, too. Be patient. Know just because he has a temper tantrum does not mean you are not an outstanding parent!!

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DAWN.BELIEVES 9/23/2010 8:30AM

    My child never had temper tantrums but my sister's kids did. She would just leave the room and totally ignore it. If the kids came in her room to have the temper tantrum she would go to another room. Usually if she just ingored them, they would stop. And now they are older and no more tantrums. They eventually grow out of it. My prayers are with you. Be Blessed, Dawn

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MOMMABOF7 9/23/2010 7:32AM

    My youngest doesn't do well with change in routine.

We had a temper tantrum in the drug store a few weeks ago. In the floor screaming...I had to carry him out SO EMBARRASSING! I came straight home and sent him to his room for 30 min and wouldn't talk to him until the time was up. The time out chair doesn't work as well for him because he is still in the same room.
It worked because the next time we were in the store he started and I reminded him of how he got in so much trouble the last time and he changed his mind and walked out.

All of the parenting things I have learned through 7 boys, the most important is being consistant. Say what you mean and follow through.

I hope the tantrums are short lived! Good Luck
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8 Month Sparkversary!!! What I Do on SP now on Maintenance....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WoW!!! Was it only 8 MONTHS AGO that I first joined SP and met all my wonderful SParkfriends and lost the weight that I fought for 12 years???? And came in 3rd in the MOMS ' Club Weight Loss Competition [2 mo. duration]!
Well, now that I am on maintenance, I DON'T:
-weigh myself every day,sometimes just 2x/ wk. but at LEAST ONCE a week!
-fret about 1-2 pounds going up because it ALWAYS goes back down w/exercise-walking ALONE has helped tremendously[always wearing my Garmin Heart monitor to track cals.burned!] & having the Walk Slim DVD when it rains,is too hot,etc.!
-blog every day
-do all the SP stuff every day like reading all the articles,huddling,secrets of success,etc.

But WHAT I DO:
-LOG IN EVERY DAY!
-try to enter almost all my food on the Nutrition Tracker ----I feel I keep BETTER TRACK of my food if I still do it!
-eat my oatmeal almost every day to keep my cholestrol in check--those 77 pts. that went DOWN because of exercise & eating RIGHT are going to STAY DOWN!
-exercise almost every day[either run or strength train or sometimes just walking!] and LIST it on the Fitness Tracker!
-get in drinking glasses of water-not necessarily 8 unless it's really HOT or I am REALLY burning cals!
-try to get to answer a SP friend's blog at least 1-2/x a wk.
-answer my reading SP friend's e-mail every day as we are joint-reading the same book!!!!
-try to get to send a goodie to my SPfriends at least 1x.mo. but as I have more friends now, it takes me THREE MONTHS!
-try to huddle with my teams when I can!
-blog at least 1-2/wk.
-list another secret of success at least 1x/wk. {there over 100 secrets listed!]
Note: Now that I am on maintenance {and have been successfully for THREE months!}, I am trying to spend MORE TIME with my hubby and preschooler so that is why I am on less! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS---ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED: No matter how MUCH I would work out, it didn't MATTER if I ate POORLY [which is what I did for 12 years whether working fulltime as a teacher or being a stay-at-home-mom. I have had a trainer,worked out 4x/wk. but STILL ate poorly,making unhealthy food choices! It really DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE what I am eating and the PORTIONS!!! THAT was how I lost the 20 lbs. in 4 mos.!
Hope any of this info. is helpful to my SParkfriends and others,especially those just joining!
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THOMS1 10/11/2010 4:12PM

    Good Job! You have found the secret to your success! emoticon

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MOODY9 10/4/2010 12:48AM

    That's awesome. Great blog. And congrats!!

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PENGUINROSS 9/29/2010 10:19PM

    Good job!

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NIKKI7727 9/29/2010 9:10AM

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GRAMPIAN 9/26/2010 4:11PM

  Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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RANDOM00B 9/26/2010 10:36AM

    Great post! emoticon

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SEJULY 9/26/2010 9:23AM

  Good job.
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SLENDERELLA61 9/26/2010 1:30AM

    Congratulations on your continued success on SparkPeople and in life!! Great blog. So glad you continue to come to SP for support and to give support. Positively inspirational!

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XENA1956 9/26/2010 1:10AM

    emoticonI can't wait to reach my goals and follow your recommendations.

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JIBBIE49 9/25/2010 8:23PM

    emoticonHow wonderful that your blog is featured this week! What an honor!! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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EHERATH 9/25/2010 1:44PM

    That is AMAZING. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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WEDDWT 9/25/2010 12:19PM

    emoticon You've shown us that it really DOES work!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/25/2010 11:46AM

    YAY!!! I think I already commented on your blog, but WAY TO GO on being in the top Blogs of the Week!!! YOU ROCK!!! emoticon emoticon

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JKTENTATIVE 9/25/2010 10:40AM

    Please keep us posted on your progress in maintenance...I know that one day I will also reach it, and it is encouraging to know that it really works.

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JEANPOE 9/25/2010 10:27AM

  What a great blog! I am just starting chapter 2 of The Spark and am working on goals ect. My goal is also 20 pounds but my loss will be slow as I have some medical issues to deal with as well--thanks for the inspiration emoticon emoticon

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GERRYD8784 9/25/2010 10:06AM

    Congratulations on reaching your goals, and -- from my perspective -- doing it so quickly! I've been sparking on and off for more than three years, and though I've come close, I am not there yet. Your blog inspires me to ramp it up and push through this plateau to get to goal!

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MICHELLEJ653 9/25/2010 8:24AM

    great job!

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SLIMMER58 9/25/2010 6:55AM

  Well done! Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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BEGONIAC 9/24/2010 10:12PM

    I've been at it 8 mos. too and I keep thinking SP will be a part of my life as long as it's around! Tracking and logging in works for me too! Still have a way to go before maintenance....probably 6 mos., but it's all good. emoticon emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 9/24/2010 7:58PM

    I've been on maintenance for 18 months and have found I've got to track both exercise and food. If I don't do both the scale starts inching up.

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RONIE11 9/23/2010 1:05PM

    thats wonderful news Betsy... as you know I'm terrified of gaining all this weight back when I go into maintenance... I am gradually eatting more calories a day so that when I can eat at the top end it doesn't make me gain.. so close... yet its been so close for 3 weeks now.. I have high hopes for tomorrow..LOL thanks for all the encouragment on my page and blog.. that means a lot to me... I was just thinking about you this morning and there you were... thanks again my friend and I am so proud of you for your success... enjoy that family of yours ... they are why we are here....

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/23/2010 12:00PM

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I hope to be in maintenance mode soon.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/23/2010 10:08AM

    You've done so well -- enjoy your results! You have very wise steps above, so keep up with the good work!

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DETERMINEDJANET 9/21/2010 9:14PM

    Thanks for sharing how SP helps you with maintaining! Good to know!!

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NELLIEC 9/21/2010 6:54PM

    It most definitely makes a big difference when you eat healthy!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/21/2010 1:14PM

    I have had to learn to make a balance with my family, too. SparkPeople is very important to me, but my family is MORE important! emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/21/2010 1:13PM

    Congrats on your success!! emoticon

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