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Sunday

Sunday, April 25, 2010

It has been a nice day.The weather was great until about an hour ago.We had a nasty rain thunder lighting storm pass over.It isn't completely over yet.
Bill has almost finished the butterfly garden and walkway. It just has 2 more blocks on walkway and it will be done.I tried to talk him into one more row but it didn't work. I will be getting 2 more plants but haven't found the ones I want. I do want another red one for sure. I think he did a great job.It was my plan but he did all the work
We had pasta and sauce for supper. I rarely have pasta just because of calories. But this time I fixed some fresh squash,cauliflower and carrots.Then added about 1 cup of some frozen veggies. Then I just used 1 cup of cooked pasta with 1 cup of pasta sauce and had a huge pan for around 450 calories. As most of you that know me know I like volume. It was really good. I have started using more frozen veggies verses canned. I always have fresh veggies too. So I had a big supper and have more than enough calories left over for later.
I was still tired today so I didn't do my regular exercises. I did go in the pool and walk around some and swam 5 laps.
I got the picnic invites printed out and Bill will get them mailed tomorrow. He needs to get a box of envelopes the right size.
We watched Avatar last night and it was good.A little strange. I could see why it would make someone sick to watch it in 3D.
Oops The rain is back. We always need rain here.
Well I hope you all had a good weekend. I did have a 2# gain but I am having fluid again so I am not worried about the 2#.It will be gone plus more next week.

  
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MPARKER67 4/26/2010 12:21PM

    I love the walkway and the stones for the plants. I wish I had a pool. I love to relax on a raft and just drift in a pool. When I move to AZ (5 More Years) I am getting a place that has a pool.

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MDMNINA 4/26/2010 11:14AM

    Hmmmm! I want to have pasta dinner at your house. Sounds delish!

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DICHTAS 4/26/2010 9:52AM

  Your back yard is looking good.. I bought a Rose bush and put it in a pot. I thought I would try them again. I tried several years ago and had poor luck..
have a good day...Joanne

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SUNNY332 4/26/2010 8:47AM

    I love the butterfly garden. Bill has done a great job. I would also be jumping for joy.

Have a Marvelous Monday, my friend and enjoy the day.

Hugs, Sunny

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LYNNDE 4/26/2010 6:58AM

    The butterfly garden is looking beautiful.....so pretty. We've had some rain yesterday and probably all week. Well, it will turn the grass green....I'm wanting the sun! lol...oh well.

Water resistance is great for working out, so I would consider that a workout! You are doing great, and the variety of exercise keeps it interesting. Have a great day.

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GETFITTER7 4/26/2010 1:48AM

    I like your butterfly garden around your pool. Nice work!! You both make a good team...
You missed your regular exercise...as you said but, you did get 5 laps of swimming in. I think that is good and you did it even tho you were tired. So I think that was a plus.
The pasta sounds good, I will have to try it sometime. The 450 calories sound like a good number to work with and the amount sounds satisfying.
I bought Avatar and watched it yesterday with the grandchildren. I didn't mind watching it again after they left. There was some parts that I missed due to being interrupted. It was different than what I was expecting. Very imaginative with the special effects.
Wish you luck on your 2# loss for the week!! emoticon

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KENDRA.PESCE 4/26/2010 12:55AM

    The pasta sounds yummy. I have to try it sometime.

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MICKEY341 4/25/2010 10:27PM

    I love the butterfly garden and the walk. Looks nice! I envy the pool! But Ted has covered up the back yard with concrete so much that there is no room! ha!
Your pasta sounds good. We did left over roast and I made mashed potatoes and gravy for Ted. I had green beans and a salad.
Don't let the gain get you down. You know what caused it and that it will come off! Take care.... emoticon

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TSISQUAUSDI 4/25/2010 10:21PM

    What a great day! We're getting rain up here, too. The "Thunderbeings" are restless!

Beautiful butterfly garden! Is Bill making the walkway encompass the full semi-circle?

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NEWSTART127 4/25/2010 9:37PM

    Looks wonderful! Glad that you were able to get some time in the pool! emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 4/25/2010 9:27PM

    I LOVE the walkway and your butterfly garden!!! It looks sharp! Bill did a wonderful job on the execution and you did a fantastic job with the vision. You 2 make a great team!!! I wish we lived closer so you 2 can help with my sad yard!!!!

I had 3 cheese tortellini with sauce last night and it was yummy. I'm a sucker for spaghetti and garlic bread.

I stopped buying canned vegetables over 5 years ago. Frozen taste so much better. My favorite are the Green Giant Steamers. Green Giant also has small packages for one. I get the broccoli and cheese and put it on a baked potato for lunch and it fills me up. Well, not so much anymore since the baby makes me hungry ALL the time. emoticon

We've had a rainy cold weekend here. I'm really looking forward to Spring. Alex starts baseball in 2 weeks and I don't want to be bundled up in a scarf, gloves, and a blanket!!!

Pat Bill on the back and tell him great job from me!!

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GRANNYS5 4/25/2010 8:19PM

    Beautiful garden. Good job on the paasta, I LOVE it tooo. Wish I could get in the pool, it will be at least another month before we can get in.
Have a great week

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Friday

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ok I did awful last night.I was good til around 10 pm and then it was disaster. Like another sparkers said it stinks to binge when you don't even have good stuff to binge on. I must have a stomach of iron as I had salmon and then peanut butter sandwich and then I don't remember what. But it will not happen tonight. So stupid. We all do it and we all have no answer as to why we do it.Or rather most of us do. But I have done good so far and have seafood soup planned for supper.
As I was in produce dept I hear someone saying .There is my Grandma.It was my grandson Benjamin.I had Bill take a pic with his phone.Not very good of me but I rarely take a good picture. He didn't care who saw him hugging me. Bill said when he found him he got some big hugs too. His mother is expecting and he wants a baby brother.

And while I am showing grandsons.Here is a picture of my sister Joanne and her first great grandson.He is a cutey.
I did get some exercises done this morning. I have only missed 2 days this month.
Here is pic of the butterfly garden and the walkway and rocks Bill is putting down.He isn't finished.When he gets done I can go around all the plants in my walker.

And some pretty blooms

Ok i am getting hungry so I need to get started on my supper. It's every man for himself so I am making the stinky seafood I like.
Hope you all have a great weekend. We got a couple of dvd's to watch.One is Avatar. I don't know if Bill will like that one.The other is a Hugh Grant comedy.

  
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SUNNY332 4/25/2010 8:45AM

    What a cute kid!

Love what Bill is doing for you in the yard and also loved seeing the photos of the butterfly garden.

Today is the BD Party for Aunt Bert and it is raining still. Hope it doesn't put too much of a damper on the party. We got her hair done yesterday but because of the torrential rains, it fell flat (even with an umbrella) so we will redo her "do" this morning. I found her a great new outfit at a little boutique in Hannibal and DH picked up the BD cake. We are ready to celebrate her big
day.

Take care and have a Blessed Day.

Sunny

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LYNNDE 4/25/2010 7:54AM

    lol...my stomach is still doing flip flops after reading you had salmon, and then a peanut butter sandwich...I like them both, but on different days or several hours apart.

I love, love the shirt your grandson is wearing....swat out bullying, I think bullying has gotten worse, instead of better, but with more awareness and everyone working towards a common goal, it has no choice but to get better.

That's great you have been doing so well with your exercises, truly something to be proud of. You are a great example to so many out there who need someone to look up to.

I love the pics of your butterfly garden, and the other flowers by your pool. lol...I just love flowers in general, and would love to have a flower garden with a green room....someday. It's nice to dream...

Have a beautiful day!

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TSISQUAUSDI 4/24/2010 8:28PM

    Consistency is the key to this, my friend. You're doing great the major potion of the time - Remember, you'll have success if you're good 80% of the time. It doesn't sound like you did all that badly!! emoticon

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SARAH5321 4/24/2010 4:26PM

    Hi - I am having the same problem, I could eat a scabby horse!! partly because I am bored and also because I am full of cold and feeling very sorry for myself, I am going to have an early night with a nice cup of Horlics and a good book - keep well
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SAMISUE18 4/24/2010 11:42AM

    Interesting combo right there. Lol. But great for keeping positive to a new day. Love the pix

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DICHTAS 4/24/2010 9:42AM

  None of that comfort food is good for me. It has a lot of salt and that just swells me up.
I say the picture. maybe you could put it on 3FC. I have no way to do that. Not the best picture of me. Looks like my eyes were closed. We were out by the pool.
Good picture of Benjamin.. It is always a surprise to see our little ones when we are out. You are lucky. Mine live too far away...

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KATIE233 4/23/2010 11:48PM

    HI Eleni, i love your pics of the flowers and that will be so helpful with the path going to the flowers.you can have fun taken all of the died buds off.you also will be taking more pictures of the flowers when they all come out in full bloom.well the night snacking is a big problem when we watch what we each we all do it.it,s like we are missing something or our brain says it wants this.peanut butter is great on celery i really like it.better days ahead so take care of yourself and big thumbs up to Bill with the path. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 4/23/2010 7:46PM

    peanut butter...uck. That is one thing I will never binge on.
I did not want to go see Avatar as I said it isn't my kind of movie. I went to the 3D because Glenn wanted to go. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I focused on the love story. The fighting I could do without.

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FEISTYMAMA 4/23/2010 6:33PM

    Salmon then peanut butter? Interesting combination. emoticon

How sweet that Benjamin didn't care who saw him hugging you. Heaven forbid my kids do that in public. He's a cutie. Your sister's great grandbaby is a cutie too. I love the chubby cheeks.

Jason wants to see Avatar but it's not my type of movie. My sister saw part of the 3-D version. She got sick and almost threw up in theater but managed to make it the bathroom. She didn't stay to watch the rest.

Enjoy the movies!

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Thursday

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I have been taking it easy today.Haven't felt good but that happens.Most of you know when I have a bad day I take extra nap times.
I am very lucky to have a hubby that just goes with the flow.I called and told him that supper was his.So he brought home Subway which is good.
I am back on track with eating.Only had 2 days that I went over. I was under last night and am in good shape tonight. Did not feel like exercising this morning but I did go in pool for a couple laps and just did 16 minutes of zookinesis after supper.
The new plants I bought a few weeks ago are starting to take off and are getting more blooms.And the rose bush that almost died is doing good on back patio since we repotted it. Bill has about half of stones down in back and extended the walk way he made for me. He should get that finished this weekend. We still have some more repotting to do.2 of my butterfly plants from last year must go into bigger containers plus the plants he bought me out front need to go into bigger pots. Doesn't take long when we do it together.
I have to make up the invites for our spring picnic.We have one every year in May. I hate picnics but everyone else seems to like it. I am turning it over to the kids to plan next year.
Well Hope you all had a good day
I don't think I showed this plant.It is one of the cacti plants and it has tiny little flowers on it.

  
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MDMNINA 4/23/2010 12:26PM

    My rose bush is going crazy too! Maybe the cold winter helped some things.

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MPARKER67 4/23/2010 11:06AM

    I hate picnics and everybody else seems to like them. I don't get the joy of biting into food that is covered with dust and wasps, etc.

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LYNNDE 4/23/2010 9:08AM

    I love picnics, though I haven't been on one in such a long time. Hope you feel better soon.

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 4/22/2010 10:37PM

    emoticonHope you get to feeling better real soon. The weather has been getting so hot,and the pollen is terrible. That maybe part of what is dragging you down.

The cacti is lovely! My Sister has a Christmas Cactus plant that she has had for years.The blooms are red and it is beautiful.

Hang in there my friend and I can't wait to hear all about the picnic!
I know you will have loads of fun!

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Barbara

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FEISTYMAMA 4/22/2010 8:08PM

    Oh yeah, a family picnic. emoticon You're a trooper for going even though it's not your favorite thing. Maybe it won't be so hot.

Listen to your body and rest. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Take care of yourself!

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SUNNY332 4/22/2010 8:02PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon. You know your body and you do know when you need to rest. Take care and have a Fantastic Friday.

Aunt Bert is spending the night in Quincy with a dear friend of hers and we will pick them both up for a Fish Fry tomorrow. Saturday, we go to Hannibal for the Girl's Only Weekend and she will get her hair done and have a manicure and pedicure. She is going to be Queen for the Weekend.

Sunny

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A Nice Quiet Day

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There is nothing like a nice quiet day.I have been in a resting and do nothing much day. Wait a minute. That's a normal day for me. emoticon
I went way over on my eating last night but back on track today.Supper is over and I have plenty of calories left to snack later. I even did a few exercises this morning.
I ate my first tomato from my small plant.
And Bill's plant is bursting with blooms
My weight did jump up but It is not from how much I ate but what I ate. It will be back down in a day or two.
It has been a nice warm day here and more to come.
Not much happening.Angel is doing well.
Bill is getting back to walking.He walked around our subdivision tonight.
Well I am going to go sit with him and watch some TV. Have a wonderful day and great day tomorrow.

  
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MPARKER67 4/22/2010 9:47AM

    I think this coming Saturday will be my quiet day. I have a mani pedi in the morning then the cable company in the afternoon. Nothing else planned.

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SUNNY332 4/22/2010 8:21AM

    Eleni - what kind of tomato? Looks delish - was it?

What is the name of Bill's beautiful blooming plant?

I hope you have a wonderful day today. We are off to town to order Aunt Bert's BD Cake. She is turning 90 and we are having a surprise BD party for her on Sunday. We have about 30-35 people coming so have lots to do the next couple of days.

She and I are going to Hannibal on Saturday for the Girl's Only Weekend. I made an appointment for her to get her hair done plus get a manicure and pedicure. She definitely is going to be pampered. I also would love to get her a great new outfit so hope she lets me do that. After all, a girl only turns 90 once.

Hugs to you my friend. I am so happy that Angel is doing better.

Sunny

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TILLIEBEE 4/22/2010 7:50AM

    emoticonPerfect Day!
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LKWQUILTER 4/22/2010 7:06AM

    I love those lazy days. Enjoy them.

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GETFITTER7 4/22/2010 2:00AM

    Glad Angel is doing well...and am glad that you had a restful day. They are always a welcomed thing...making you able to enjoy the little things that come along...no stress! Great on the tomatoes, I just got the grass green from being brown. Can't wait to dig in that dirt and get some plants going! Enjoy your TV watching with Bill... emoticon

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KATIE233 4/22/2010 12:26AM

    hi Eleni, love your pics of your tomatoes little ones and Bills flowers. nice colour. why is it take out stuff have so much sodium in it.i went to a & w last friday night had a uncle burger and small fries. the burger i enjoyed with tomato and lettuce and onion and pickles but the fries were very salty i ended up giving most to Glen.specially when you don,t cook much with salt it was terrible.well i been doing garden work instead of going for walk cleaning up from last fall stuff from peoies and cutting the old roses down to the new part.well take care and have a great day tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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MICKEY341 4/21/2010 11:38PM

    Glad you are taking a 'do nothing day'! We all need one of those once in a while.
Gee, I'm envious, my tomatoes are just starting to bloom. And the flower is beautiful! Is it a bougainvillea?
Glad Angel is still doing well...she is still in out prayers, as well as you and the rest of your family!
(((((((((((Hugs)))))))))
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TSISQUAUSDI 4/21/2010 9:57PM

    Even with all the craziness yesterday with my "boys," yesterday was my quiet day. Glad you had one, too!

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SHOAPIE 4/21/2010 9:34PM

    I am so envious--a fresh homegrown tomato. My idea of bliss. So long before I can have one I've grown. My mouth is watering looking at your tomatoes.

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FEISTYMAMA 4/21/2010 8:44PM

    I love those quiet lazy days. How was your tomato? I bought some at the store the other day but they don't taste as good as the ones straight from the garden.

I hope you have a good night's sleep.

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/21/2010 8:24PM

    Nice to hear you had a restful day. I was very busy today with exercise and house cleaning. I did stop long enough to get the camcorder out to record the whales in the bay this morning. I am glad Angel is doing well, give her a hug. Have a good rest.

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Tuesday Finally Good News

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Angel came home today and is ready to get healthy. They came for supper and she looks and sounds good.She knows what she has to do and will be seeing a councilor once a week for awhile. I made her a cheeseburger etc that she was wanting. It was a killer on my calories but I counted them all. lets just say I am over my calories now with none for later. But I will still have something later. It is so unfair that the really good stuff has to have so many calories. Yes I know The low calorie stuff taste good too. But even tho I went over I didn't just pile my plate up.Bill brought home baked beans and potato salad. I measured and knowing how huge the calories were I only ate a small amount but boy they were high in calories. All leftovers went home with them.Even the chips and feta cheese which I had to pry out of my hands. The only thing I kept was a small baggie of chips for Bill and hamburger buns as he likes to toast them. So I have no temptations left.
Now I can relax a little. Thanks again for all the good vibes sent our way.She and I both appreciate it. It has helped me to stay strong.
Ok I have to get the dvds set up.
Oh I sent off for a couple of the Simmons tape I use everyday as the tape almost broke.The one I got from Amazon came yesterday and had a bonus dvd.I just checked the dvd today and somehow they managed to make a copy of the vcr tape.That was great. I thought that was nice of them.
Ok I'm going to go for today.
I am going to relax and watch biggest loser in a while and tape my other stuff.
Hopefully I can rest before the next crisis hits.
Thank you again to all of you.

  
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LYNNDE 4/23/2010 9:06AM

    Well, that is good news....and prayig for your continued strength and Angel's too.

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MICKEY341 4/21/2010 12:57PM

    So happy Angel is home and I know with all the love and support she will be getting, she will be fine.
Do not, and I repeat, do not beat yourself up over calories yesterday! That is behind you, you know what you did and you know how to correct it today! You will do okay!
Sorry I haven't been on much to support you lately, but I have been having some issues here, will be back regular soon.
Just know that prayers will be going up for you and your family even if I'm not online!
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MPARKER67 4/21/2010 9:57AM

    With all the stress you are lucky today was the only day you went over your calorie range. So glad Angel is on the mend.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/21/2010 9:42AM

    I'm glad everything is going well and you enjoyed your dinner. Being realistic, there's no way to keep from going over on our calories once in a while. We're not perfect! All it means is that you be a little more mindful while eating the next few days.
Stay positive,
Sheila

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NANCYRUBIO 4/21/2010 1:10AM

    Glad that everthing sounds good. You sound so up, I hope it stays with you. Did very go in eating, doesn't it feel good.

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NEWSTART127 4/21/2010 12:28AM

    So glad that Angel is doing better! Great news.

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SUNNY332 4/20/2010 8:55PM

    Awesome - so glad that Angel is doing so well.

God Bless her and you too, Momma!

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FEISTYMAMA 4/20/2010 8:19PM

    I think it's great Angel came over for dinner tonight. It's OK that you had a not so healthy meal. It's a treat and this is a special occasion. It's a good thing she'll be seeing a counselor to help her work through her issues. How is Brianna taking everything?

I'm DVR'ing Biggest Loser. I finally got caught up this past weekend. I'd rather DVR it so I can fast forward through the commercials. I hate waiting to see what happens next. We're watching American Idol now. I have to get my Simon fill before the season ends and he's gone. emoticon

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DIASTER 4/20/2010 7:49PM

  Could almost taste the cheeseburger, seems like we like the same kind of foods, would love a day just to eat whatever but know it would not stop at one day. Hope and pray for no new drama for a while in your life. Peace, quiet and love.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 4/20/2010 7:41PM

    I am glad you ad a good day.Yes you went over in calories but as long as you staay in your range the rest of the week and workout you will be fine.Lisa

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TILLIEBEE 4/20/2010 7:37PM

    The low cal stuff is not as delicious. And it will never be. It tastes fine for what it. One of my girls works at 5 Guys Burgers and I'd give anything for one of those and their fries right now. But, no. I keep that down to an every couple of months at the most treat.
So happy Angel came home and is doing better.
Enjoy your tv night :)


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