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Thursday, August 27, 2009

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I can hardly believe that I have beat the Food Demon for 2 weeks. It is getting harder. The new supply of tomatoes that hubby brought home saved me again. Plus saving half my salad from supper.I still need to decrease how much I eat at night. I know I will never be able to not eat at night but I can eat less. I have to really plan and count everything but it is worth it.Scale seems slow for how good I am doing but it may still show a good drop by Sat. I will be happy with a steady 1 or 2 pounds each week.
I am still working on getting some exercise going but have been on lazy side so far.Except for lifting the weights that sit by my recliner.I do use them off and on during the day.
I am getting a few butterfies every day.Another new one stopped by this morning. I didn't get camera ready fast enough. I know this guy was new as he looked a little larger and was a very pale light yellow.
I have 2 small tomatoes on one of my plants. But I also have leaf miner everywhere.Bill sprayed for it but we get rain every afternoon now.I went out and cut off as many leaves as I could.This will most likely be last time for me to try veggies.I will stick with flower plants which I have better luck.
I am on the more tired than usual side today.May take an early nap today
Ok I am hungry so I am going to go have my soup and 1/2 flatbread tuna sandwich.

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PITTSD70 8/28/2009 3:43AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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CANBDONE 8/27/2009 8:18PM

    14 days! Girl....I'm so proud of you! Planning+Perserverance=Progress & Peace

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FEISTYMAMA 8/27/2009 7:17PM

    2 weeks is quite an accomplishment!! You should be proud of yourself. Exercising should help get those pounds off too! You're an inspiration!!

I get really sleepy when the weather is icky too. It rained all day and I wish I could've stayed home in bed.

Keep up the good work! I know it's hard but you're doing an excellent job!!

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SUNNY332 8/27/2009 6:53PM

    Awesome - I am so proud of you.

I love the bears hugging. How did you know I needed a hug today?


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LKWQUILTER 8/27/2009 6:02PM

    YOU ARE DOING GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are an inspiration to all of us fighting the food demon. I love to see someone winning and you are definitely a winner!! (((HUGS))) Linda Kay

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RURAL3 8/27/2009 5:12PM

    You are doing great Eleni. I would love to give you some hugs and Way to Go's but they don't work on the comments. I think its making me mad. LOL

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LOSINIT52 8/27/2009 1:17PM

    You're really doing amazingly well. I'm so proud of you. Hard as it might be remember how worth it this is. We can do this. We're strong and we are motivated.

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    WOOHOO!! YYAAAAYY!!!! 2 weeks!!! Amazing!!!

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/27/2009 1:10PM

    You are great. I wish you win. I am on your side. Do not stop, it worth to do.

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CRAZYMOM1574 8/27/2009 12:43PM

    way to go on beating the food demon , hes a tricky fellow! i also struggle with him daily.

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Pocket size scale came today

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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The pocket size scale came today. Bill says he will not eat out with me. But he will.He always grumbles a little and then does whatever I want. But if you travel a lot and need to weigh your food but don't want to pack your kitchen scale this might work for you. It is 3"X4.5"X 7/8'. It is a little bit bigger than the palm of my hand.
The lid serves as a tray. I don't know if I will use it or not but that was the plan when I ordered it.
Hubby came by for lunch and brought subway sandwich.The sandwich was fine but he also brought me a small bag of baked chips. I am going to have to tell him no more chips unless I ask. It was 140 cal for chips and I could have had 2 cups of my soup for 110 cals.
I was in my calorie range again.I am still amazed I have been doing so good. It does take a lot of planning and thinking ahead.
i have to work better at the exercise. That is still lacking.
I am now getting a few butterflies every day.Instead of flying past the window they now stop at the plants.For now it is just 1 at a time. It will be kewl when I get more at a time.
I guess that is it for now. I think I need to move some barbells out here next to computer.In fact I think I will do that. Have a great day

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CANBDONE 8/26/2009 8:52PM

    Isn't it amazing when things go right? It feels so great to be on track...your success motivated me to "just do it!" My failure to stop bingeing was really making me fearful!

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FEISTYMAMA 8/26/2009 6:49PM

    emoticon You found your groove and you're moving right along! Good for you!!! You're doing GREAT!!!

That pocket scale is a wonderful idea. I haven't bought one for home yet. I need to do that. I'm going to put it on my Christmas list. I've gone this long without one, I can wait a few more months.

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LOSINIT52 8/26/2009 6:00PM

    Neat little scale. I'm getting pretty good at eyeballing and predicting weight of foods. Not that I would ever want to count on that for very long. You'd kind of have to disassemble your meal if you used it in a restaurant. Maybe Bill's right this time. At least it gives you an option though.
There is a restaurant in our city where they give you a bowl and you choose the ingredients in your stir fry type meal and they grill it for you. You pay according to the weight, and if you can guess the weight of your meal, you get it free. No one ever does of course. I'm thinking I could get pretty close these days. LOL

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ROZOZ68 8/26/2009 5:16PM

    You Are Doing Great!! Keep up the streak! Woo Hoo - Go Gal!

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SUNNY332 8/26/2009 4:13PM

    Of course, he will still go out to eat with you. Great tool here but probably wouldn't use it - would just order something I know would be healthy and in
my calorie range. We are not eating out much these days but have a trip coming up so will get my share of "eating out" then.

Take care. Sunny

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RURAL3 8/26/2009 3:20PM

    Poor Bill. He really is a sweetie. Tell him we are all so proud of him too for helping you along. Keep kicking that demon

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/26/2009 1:54PM

    Bill better to understand that you are in war with this Red Guy. You are really strong and focused. I wish you win.

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MARJIJANE 8/26/2009 1:42PM

    I am soooooooo proud of you! Woo Hoo! You now understand the commitment it will take for your success! The more you are familiar with your portion sizes, you will be in more control over the demon... Eleni you are on the right path... I know, because I travelled there just ahead of you!

PS... I hate my fat pictures, too, but they are a good gauge for me to see where I am and where I've been!

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Tuesday Blooms

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I have to work on going to bed earlier.It was almost 2am before I went to bed. I hate going to bed because I know I am going to have pain off and on all night. I am always hurting but this is worse.My arm or arms will go dumb and then they hurt so bad until I get numbness out but sitting up or getting up. I got my best sleep from 8am to 10 pm this morning.Bill insists it is my side of bed and he could be right.Maybe we will look at new beds this weekend.
Yesterday was a good day.I canít believe I beat the Food Demon again.
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I was in the middle of my range and I would rather be closer to low side but I was still way within my range. I have never done this good. But I am working at it. And I couldnít do it without all the help I get from you guys.
I have come up with a plan that I hope will work for me.
1.Stay under my high side of calorie range
2. Weigh or measure and count calories for every single thing I eat.
And to achieve the above I will do the following in addition to counting all calories.
1. I will go back to using my chop sticks
2. I will use a baby spoon for stuff like yogurt
3. I will count to 20 between each bite.
4. Take a minimum of 20 minutes to eat a meal.
5. I will do some kind of exercise each day even if it is just a small amount.
6. I will continue to look for foods high in volume and low in calories.
Got any more ideas for me??
I am starting to see more butterflies wandering around outside my window.
Got some nice pics this morning.

I went into the pool and swam 10 laps. I couldnít believe I went in with the temp so low in pool. 82 is real low for me. I guess because the outside air was 90. I was very surprised to see a tiny tomato on one of the new tomato bushes. Maybe we have learned from our 1st try. I am not sure if I will attempt veggies again.We may end up getting more butterfly plants and sit them outside my window.
The 1000 points I got were for Goodie points which can be used to buy goodies but donít show up as spark points.And as shocking as it was to be I got it again today. SO I will be sending out a bunch of goodies
My large Orchid is full of blooms.Here are a few pictures of just some of buds that will bloom. There are probably 10 bud limbs on this plant. I never dreamed it would get so large.

Ok I better end for now as I have a lot of pics on here.

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KATIE233 8/27/2009 10:02PM

    hi there eleni, love your pictures of the flower and butterfly. i never have luck with them to get a picture. you are doing great winning don,t let that devil win not even one day. he,s mean.he,s evil. thanks for leaving comments on my pictures had a great time and love taking pictures. i got more today went to Fenelon Falls ontario and got lot more pics.will try and get them on my gallery before weekend ends.take care and big hugs

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BEESPARKLE 8/26/2009 6:15PM

    you use chopsticks with certain food. My that is something. It is something to learn those choppers. Good for you.

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MPARKER67 8/26/2009 10:27AM

    Your orchids are beautiful. I tried and mine died. Do you mind if I follow your plan? I just can't get my food in line so I am so glad to see that you are winning. Keep up the good work.

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SUNNY332 8/26/2009 8:38AM

    Wow - what great photos! Loved the butterflies and also the photos of your orchids blooms. I can't wait til they open up. Please send photos then. OK?


Take care and have a great day. Good job on the laps.

Hugs, Sunny

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PITTSD70 8/26/2009 3:30AM


Good for you for writing down your plan. I love making lists (I'm weird that way) and checking things off each day. I can relate to your lack of sleep, but so sorry for your pain. I hope you have seen a doc.

Thank you for the pictures. I look forward to them.

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CEB2007 8/25/2009 9:53PM

    Your butterfly pictures are FANTASTIC. I also like the flowers. I'm not familiar with those.


Hope you get some sleep tonight.

Your friend,


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COOLGIRL68 8/25/2009 9:48PM

    Beautiful butterflies. I can't remember the last time I saw a butterfly myself.

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FEISTYMAMA 8/25/2009 8:03PM

    Great butterfly pictures! I don't see many butterflies here.

You have a great plan put into place!! They're goals that are obtainable but will take some work and dedication. I know you can conquer this!!!

Boy, I thought I was going to bed late!!! I've been going to bed around 11PM or so and waking up for work at 6AM. Next week I have to start getting up at 5:45AM BUT the kids will be going to bed earlier so I will be too. I need to get 8 hours of sleep in order to feel good and lately I've been like a zombie.

Have you looked into getting one of those sleep number beds? My co-worker has one and loves it. They are pricey though. She has a king and paid aver $4,000.00 for hers.

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ROSEHIP:-) 8/25/2009 5:08PM

    You are doing really well, you should be very proud of yourself. It is not easy, I know. You have well laid out plan when emoticon lies ahead. Those chop sticks should really give you time to chew each bite 20x's!

Nice pics once again! I'm going to have to plant some butterfly plants next year.

So you received 1,000 Spark Goodie Points 2 days in a row? WooHoo!!!

Well I have my tape measure out, so I'd better finish measuring and see if I'm shrinking. emoticon

Hope you have a pain free sleep tonight.

Spark emoticon,

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/25/2009 4:54PM

    I am so glad you are my friend. I love your photos. I saw Orchids only in Home Deport, they did not look like yours.

You are so strong and consistent. I wish you luck and win in that combat.

Probably Bill is right about bed. I could not sleep on our bed, and we took another. I cannot say that I sleep very good, but it is better then it was before.


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CANBDONE 8/25/2009 4:29PM

    I SO enjoy your beautiful pictures and admire the life filled with beauty and friends that you have carved out for yourself! You're inspiring us, Girl!

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TILLIEBEE 8/25/2009 4:21PM

    Your pictures are so beautiful. I wish I could be motivated to swim laps. I just spent an hour floating on a raft. I'll miss summer.
You are beating the food demon so well!
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RURAL3 8/25/2009 11:52AM

    Hey Eleni.
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Whatever you are doing it is working so keep it up.
What kind of plants are those with the butterflies? They look pretty. Have you tried sleeping on Bill's side just to see if it is the bed? I am sure your sweetie would let you try it. It's a big purchase to make if you aren't sure that is what it is. Don't like to hear you are hurting though.

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LOSINIT52 8/25/2009 11:46AM

    You are doing SOOOO well. I am so proud of you. It really is exciting and I know it is going to have such an impact on your health. You're a wonderful lady and deserve the best life has to offer.
I'm doing much the same as you are diet-wise. How about adding Making a list of all of the advantages of losing weight. I started and had maybe ten and now my list has grown so long and I add to it every day and just keep feeling better and better. I was planning to blog about it later today.
Have a great day.
I'll be checking in on you. Best wishes.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Finally.I have been trying and trying to get this started. Every time I tried I would have to log in and then I was un logged.UGH.
I was so excited when I spun the wheel today and won 1000 points.When I saw it on the wheel my first thought was I never win those big ones.But I did.But it isn't showing I won it so I sent a message to techs. SO spark has been very ornery this morning.
I did well yesterday. I was struggling last night to keep from going over and it was close but I won. Don't want it to be that tight a race today.
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Yesterday was good.Bill did play a game with me.We have had this game since 1985
And I won as usual .On rare occasions he will win but I win most of the time.He thought he had me when I had to skip a turn and get 5 new tiles.I never do that.But I came back at the end and beat him. emoticon
Well I am going to try to get some kind of exercises done today.Have gotten out of habit of doing them except for hand weights.I keep hand weights by my chair and I do use them randomly during the day.
Ok I am ending this as I keep hitting the wrong buttons etc.Hope you all have a great day.

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SUNNY332 8/25/2009 8:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the 1000 extra spark points. That is great. I one a Spark T-shirt one time and wear it all the time.

Take care!

Hugs, Sunny

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PITTSD70 8/25/2009 2:44AM

    I'm a huge scrabble fan - I have GOT to get this game! Let us know how it turns out with the 1000 points.

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/24/2009 10:32PM

    Eleni, you have so many friends. When I finished to read all these post there is nothing what I can say new, everything is already said.

I am glad you are good in fighting of Food Demon.

I will not say I am glad you almost all time win in game. Lev and I use o play chess, and he won almost all the time. It is not interesting, and now we do not play chess at all. I used to play good but after surgery and some treatment I lost this ability forever.

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CANBDONE 8/24/2009 8:25PM

    You're doing SO good in SO many areas. I'm enjoying hearing about the positive things that are happening for deserve it! Your hard work and perserverance is paying off. I'm heading in the right direction too.

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GLDNLVR 8/24/2009 7:37PM

    Wow....1000 points...I have not yet gotten over 2 points for the wheel.

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FEISTYMAMA 8/24/2009 7:22PM

    WOW, 1000 points! That wasn't even on the wheel when I just spun it. I think I got 2 points.

I remember my sister got UpWords for Christmas one year, the box is the same. I wonder if she still has it. Fun game!

Great job on beating the food demon again!!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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DICHTAS 8/24/2009 6:44PM

  Very Good Sister. You are doing better than I am lately.. I'll keep coming back here to get motivated.. Evening has been the worst for me so far.. lately..
You are doing good keep it up.. Joanne

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LKWQUILTER 8/24/2009 4:49PM

    Way to go Eleni. I have heard of others having SP problems too. I sure am glad that it worked out for you and you were able to blog. That game looks like a lot of fun. I wonder if I could get my dh to play it with me.

You are sure beating the food emoticon. I hope I am that good too.

(((HUGS))) Linda Kay

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NANA-JAN 8/24/2009 4:11PM

    emoticon 11-0!
If your 1000 Spark Points didn't show, maybe they were Spark Goody points?
Hey - we used to have Upwords & that was fun to play! No mercy for Bill, huh?!
Coach Nicole has a 20-minute workout where you sit in a chair the whole time. If you want to check it out, here's the link:
Have a great day!

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JOEPHINE 8/24/2009 2:57PM

    Great Job!!!! That food demon can be beaten once we recognize him and not fall for his schemes. I like using the phrase "food demon". Thanks for sharing about him. emoticon

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    YAY!! Good for you. Do you know that you have almost beat that food demon for 2 weeks straight?? Wonderful.

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LOSINIT52 8/24/2009 2:34PM

    Hmmm That UpWords looks like fun. I've heard of it but never played it. Maybe I should mark on my calendar as a reminder for possible Christmas ideas.
And you're a "winner" not just at the game of crosswords. Congrats on another day well done!

I was wondering if you have heard of Richard Simmons "Sit Tight" DVD. It's for people with limited mobility. Of course you'd want to check with your doctor first, but if you get the ok it might be fun. I have several of his DVD's (haven't seen that one) and I find them actually kind of fun to do.
You can find it by googling (Richard Simmons "Sit Tight)

Glad you're staying strong girl. Have a great day!

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RURAL3 8/24/2009 1:30PM

    Glad you finally got your blog up. I think your problem had to do with that food demon not wanting us to know the score. emoticon You showed him. It's just like the game. You can have a bump in the road and still come out on top. emoticon Carol

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This is how good 269 calories can look

Sunday, August 23, 2009

It looks good to me and tasted great.
This was 2 cups of my homemade soup and a roast beef wrap made with 1/2 piece of flatbread or wrap bread. The extra tomato and a small piece of cucumber I just sliced up on the side. I used 1/2 teaspoon of mustard on bread. In addition I got my chop sticks out.I have not been using them like I was but I will from now on.I also made the meal last 20 minutes. I would take a bite and then counted to 20 before I would take another bite.But I stretched it out to the 20 minutes. I also made an effort to chew each bite longer. So that was one challenge I met and won. And this is war.Me against the food demon and I want to win.So I have to work and plan or I will not succeed. We are having pizza tonight so I am planning on it by keeping calories as low as I can during the day without going hungry. I have plenty of tomatoes & cucumbers for later if I need them.
Bill was suppose to bowl in a tournament today but when he got there it was cancelled.Not enough people showed up. So he just played a few games with someone that was there.
My purple butterfly plant is blooming like crazy.It is full of flowers every morning but they blow off by afternoon
Well It is a good day. Bill just said he will play a board game so away I go.

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SUNNY332 8/25/2009 8:00PM

    Thanks for the spark goodie. I do not know why but I am not getting your blogs. I have subscribed again.

I love this one. That meal looks awesome. If you have an Aldi's Grocery Store near you, they also carry a whole wheat flatbreat at a good price. It is good too.

Take care and have a good Wednesday.

Love the bloom. Are you getting any butterflies?


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TILLIEBEE 8/24/2009 8:45AM

    Great MEAL!!!!!!!!!!!
That looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PITTSD70 8/24/2009 3:10AM

    I tried the yogurt in the freezer - almost forgot about it, but YUM. Where do you buy that flatbread?

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NEWSTART127 8/24/2009 2:28AM

    Yum yum! Looks good! Hope you had a fun time with Bill!

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KATIE233 8/24/2009 12:07AM

    your lunch looks yummy, i love flat bread too specially spinach ones and whole wheat.your soup looks interesting too. good luck on the board game. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROSEHIP:-) 8/23/2009 10:04PM

    From a fellow flatout flatbread lover, your lunch and flowers look great.

Have a good week and God bless,

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NIGHTSTAR777 8/23/2009 9:40PM

    I got 8 lbs bach after vocation. now I am looking for your blogs more careful. Food looks very good for me. I think I can be good with it.

Love your flowers.
About biting. Did you try to play computer games when you eat? I did, and it is good. I just so busy moving mouse that there is no time to bite. Not one of our computers is broken, and I do not like games on this one. Hope son will fix dad's computer and we will have two as usual.

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RURAL3 8/23/2009 8:05PM

    That looks so tasty. I think if you food looks good you will enjoy it much more and want to savor every bite.

Are you going to let the sweetie win?

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CANBDONE 8/23/2009 5:07PM

    Looks good and satisfying! You give me hope that I too can beat my Food Foe! What's the score now?

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LOSINIT52 8/23/2009 2:50PM

    Wow! Very satisfying! I am definitely adding flat breads to my shopping list.
I would not have thought of eating half, but with the soup and veggies on the side, that is all you need. Love the presentation. I might try with smoked turkey, or tuna as well. Yummmy!!
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. It helps to keep me pumped and excited.
Have a great day.
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HOME-BODY 8/23/2009 2:39PM

    Looks yummie I would love to come to your house for meals!!! You are one fantastic cook. Love your flower picture. Have fun with the board game my friend.


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CRAZYGAGRANNY 8/23/2009 2:30PM

    emoticonYou are such a Sweetheart for sharing all your fantastic ideas we us!
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KAYLSLYNN 8/23/2009 2:25PM

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FEISTYMAMA 8/23/2009 2:23PM

    Look delicious! Wraps are so yummy. I like using pita bread too.

The flowers on your plant fall off every night? How weird...

I hope you enjoyed your game with Bill. What did you play and who won?

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SASH1996 8/23/2009 2:11PM

    You're doing great, and thanks for the new idea for lunch.

Good Luck.

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SALLYSEAGULL1 8/23/2009 2:10PM

    Looks good! Thanks for piccies!

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