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Thursday 4/22/2010.....getting over my tantrum, food, and the weekend

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mornin all

I'm sorry about the past couple of days. No one wants to read complaints. Hello! My name is Jamie and I'm a complainer. LOL. Just call me grumpy smurf! This is me getting over it. To explain, I've been dealing with supervisors throwing orders at me lately about doing things that I feel they should be doing. I can't understand why so many supervisors get by and lead without the technical know how. I was hired as a coordinator, I'm treated like an assistant. Have you ever seen that show where bosses dress undercover and actually work with the employees......Most of them don't know how to do the work involved. I'm an advocate for the laborers and assistants..........Ok moving on.

So this week health wise has been good. Even yesterday I ate Chinese Chicken and Broccoli which is one of the better choices for WW. The only problem with it is there are so many different records of their points levels and calorie content. I wasn't sure which to use. I don't know if I over counted or under counted. It was really tasty so I figured it was higher in calories than usual. LOL. If I like something. It's usually bad for me. So I tracked my best estimate and moved on.

Since I track on a notebook I'll give you guys a basic overview of what I ate this week. May not be full on clean eating but I do the best I can. I'm enjoying my meals so that helps me get through the day.

Pre Breakfast
One cup low calorie Almond Milk and One tbsp of lite chocolate syrup (2pts)

Breakfast
One Jimmy Dean D-Lite Sausage and Egg Bagel (5 pts)
One cup of coffee with one tbsp Coffeemate Sugar Free Vanilla powder (1pt)
Two packets of sun crystals (0 pts)

Mid morning snack
Half a banana (1pt)

Lunch
Turkey Sandwich
Two slices of low calorie white bread (1 pt for two slices)
5 slices of Hormel Naturals Turkey (2pts)
Mustard and Helmans EVOO Mayo (1pt)
1 wedge LC Garlic and Herb (1pt)

After Lunch Snack (I'm hungriest this part of the day)
Half banana (1pt)
Cup melon, usually canteloupe (1pt)
Lara Bar (4-5 pts)

Dinner Usually 8-9 pts left
I try to make dinner around six or seven points if I can
4-5 ounces of a meat
one cup of veggies

After dinner snack (3pts)
Been drinking a mini green monster. Take all the ingredients and halve them. I use a little almond milk and a little bit of lactaid milk to get in more protein.

I fit in yesterday's Chinese because I didn't have a Lara Bar. This puts me at my totals of around 29 - 30. This is my basic go to menu I use but I will modify things often to fit in dining out or a different snack. When I add activity, I eat more too.

I'm gonna do one of those picture blogs one week when I get the chance. I actually have pictures as far back as March I need to post on here. I still promise to post them when I get the time.

I wanted to add that this weekend is our local town festival. I have a strategy to keep from eating crazy and I hope it works. I will post more on this after it has taken place.

Happy Earth Day! emoticon

  
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DDHEART 4/22/2010 9:20PM

    I think you've been doing great and my own personal belief is that our blogs are a great place to get rid of some of the stress we have in our lives.....When a friend of mine is having to whine or complain or have a tantrum....I figure my job is to listen...maybe to encourage, and if it really seems like it may be time for a nudge well I can do that too....gently as a friend. You see, I have had the same done for me and I know howgood it feels to vent in a "safe" place.

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MRS.CARLY 4/22/2010 8:27PM

    One of these days you will a job you love!

Food intake looks on target

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THESHRINKINLADY 4/22/2010 1:17PM

   
What's a mini green monster?

It looks like you have healthy eating down pat! Keep it up!

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KARVY09 4/22/2010 12:57PM

    Looks like a good day of eating! YUM!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/22/2010 12:56PM

    Yes! Thank you indeed to those who allow me to vent! Thanks for your support!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/22/2010 12:44PM

    This looks like a good way to track your points and be accountable. Great job. I think a picture blog is a good idea too!

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1AVERY 4/22/2010 12:32PM

    I watched that show twice (Undercover Boss) I really enjoyed it and think that all bosses should have to do the job to see what it entails. It will never happen but it would be nice.
Most people on sparkpeople don't mind venting. It is good to get it off your chest and sometimes just writing it out is enough. I have written some and then deleted them and that helps me get it out of my system sometimes. There is always someone on sparkpeople willing to read our VENTS and get back to us with a positive response. Thanks to those of you that do. Have a great day. Teri

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NIELSENSLADY 4/22/2010 11:59AM

    Yes! It is defnitely good to vent! LOL!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/22/2010 11:24AM

    Don't worry about venting. It's good to get it out!!!

Glad you had a good week on the health front!!

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4/20 HA! (It's tomorrow by the way)

Monday, April 19, 2010

I'm sure most of you know the significance of the date which is why I laugh.

It was today six months ago that my husband left for deployment which sucks to think about but it's great to know that we've gotten that much time out of the way.

However, I'm talking about tomorrow 4/20. It is the day I decided to take control of my weight again. I've been recommitted to Spark People for six months. What I wouldn't give to say I've successfully dropped 60 pounds but is not that much. I can tell you how much I've officially lost either tomorrow or Wednesday morning. LOL. I believe I'm back down the 25 pound mark though. Yesterday was 230.4 and today was 231.4. TOM is haunting me right now.

So I'll just say I've kept off 25! That averages out to about 4 pounds per month and one
pound per week. Just call me the slow and steady tortoise. emoticon

Lovin the points. It's just so much easier for me to do. I also love that if I don't eat my activity points that I've racked up one day, I can indulge in them later. I like looking at my program in terms of numbers through out the week. I'm always thinking ahead.

I still have a great shot to lose another 25 before the hubby gets back. That puts me barely over 200. That's another pant size down. Another bag of potatoes I've gotten rid of or something.

Had some weak moments this weekend. Nothing too terrible. My activity well made up for it. I hope that I can overcome my weak moments of compulsive snacking. It was definitely mental. No hunger issues that were significant.

My stomach is still an obstacle. At one point, I was rejecting the lactaid milk too. So I will have to stick to Almond. The problem is almond milk has no protien in it. 1gram. So I will have to find some other protein to satisfy potential hunger issues. *sigh*

Found the Lara bar this week. I'm going to try Peanut Butter and Jelly today. Hope my stomach likes it.

I'm done rambling today. Have a good one.

  
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ANGIE_1230 4/21/2010 8:38PM

    I have a whole new respect for you and other military wives who go for such long lengths of time without your husbands. I'm a slow and steady tortoise in the weight loss department, too. It gets frustrating, but at least we're doing it. Hang in there.
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MSDESERTRODENT 4/21/2010 7:48PM

    Wow! I never knew your hubby was deployed! Hubby came back from one in August. He's gone right now for TDY but those are at least short.
Congrats on making it to the halfway mark!!!! I know exactly how you feel right now!

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STEPHANON 4/21/2010 6:01PM

    Mmmm....I'm a recent convert to almond milk, and I love it. So much tastier than regular milk. So glad to hear that you're doing well and that your husband's deployment is half over.

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MRS.CARLY 4/21/2010 5:09PM

    So you are having problems with the lactaid too?? That sucks!

I think I am soy intolerant too....I haven't had any gluten in a while and none today but my tummy is feeling funky. I think that the GF bread crumbs I put in my meatballs have soy in them so I suspect that might be what is giving me the achy belly. Blah!

I would like to try WW....but with GF foods. It was difficult for me before because protein and GF foods are so high in calories!

Keep us updated on how you are doing!

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HHILDE99 4/21/2010 4:25PM

    I'm a slow and steady tortoise too! You can get those other 25 off in time you! Seeing that close helps too (at least it does for me)! Keep up the great work!

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DDHEART 4/20/2010 12:37PM

    Nothing wrong with "slow and steady wins the race". Congrats on having this much of your hubby's deployment out of the way! Keep examining your hunger/craving issues and keep looking for good ways that your tummy can deal with what you know you need....everything is a bit of trial and error isn't it? emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/19/2010 11:11PM

    You can get those other 25 pounds off!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/19/2010 11:57AM

    Slow and steady is a great way to lose the weight and know it will stay off long term. I know you will finish what you started! emoticon

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MAIA2011 4/19/2010 10:52AM

    I like Kirkland vanilla soy milk a lot (that is from Costco). You can use it in cooking and baking, also, instead of milk.

Also, I lose weight even more slowly than you! I lose one pound every ten days. So there! Here's hoping we are both in the next pants size when your husband comes home.

Please thank him for me when you see him. I am a United States citizen who appreciates those who defend out country.



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SATYAGRAHA 4/19/2010 10:02AM

    25 pounds is emoticon You can keep going! I know you can!

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 4/19/2010 9:56AM

    That sounds like a great plan!! I hope your stomach gets to feeling better soon. Have a great day!! emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 4/19/2010 9:56AM

    WooHoo your halfway there !!!! emoticon emoticon

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CRAVE_FREE 4/19/2010 9:43AM

    emoticon for 25 lbs down and emoticon for another 25!!!!

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My slow return

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's Sunday night and I felt like writing a blog. LOL. I love my days off! Monday comes to quick. Since Josh left I've gone from 234 to 232. He's been gone about two full weeks so I'm back to my usual slow weight loss. It's a loss I will take.

I've checked out my scale to see if I've had progress on WW since last Tuesday. Scale so far says I'm down 1.5 which is fantastic! I'd love to lose that consistently every week. I know there's no way I can control something like that but it seems like a reasonable goal that has a good chance of being achieveable if I keep to the program.

I've got about two months of work left. GAH! Then it's time for a new job! I hope these next two months don't drag. I'm so ready to move on to something else. I still am no closer to figuring where my career is going to go. Part-time work will be the next step.

Is kind of scary to think about the fact that I've spent all this time and money doing something I don't even like. This current job does not completely define all I've gone to school for. I chose the administrative track though in higher education. Administrative is behind a desk in an office for a large percentage of time. I chose this field because I wanted to help students. How I help students seems to be decided by the senior staff of universities, which kind of takes away from alot of creative freedoms of middle management. At first I wanted to advise students but I spent more time calling students with bad grades, demanding they come to the office to ask them why they're failing.

I personally don't think that's any of the administrative staff's business. If a student fails and doesn't want to share, then that's their personal choice. If they don't seek help, then we shouldn't demand helping them. We're supposed to help them and not parent them. When in that previous job, my performance began to go down. By the end of the internship, my boss criticized my dress (tshirt and jeans LOL) my performance and demanded I either find another field or seek counseling. LOL

That's not even what I'm doing now. What I'm doing in my current job sucks even worse!! LOL. I hate selling something or forcing something on someone when they aren't really sure. I hate pushy sales people as it is. Why would I want to do it? I do it right now and that seemed to be the main motivator behind all my administrative positions on campus! All about the Benjamens!

I've spent a little bit of time today writing a list of things I like, don't like, want, don't want. Things that I do when I'm not at work. Things I could see myself enjoying on the job.

I'm rambling but I feel this affects my weight loss indirectly. It's stressful to deal with. I feel consumed by it sometimes. I wish I had an answer.

I do have a question.

To anyone that reads this.....Have you ever chosen one career, only to go back and do something completely opposite. Am I crazy or is this normal? Did it work out for you?

  
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C4CHRISTINE 4/19/2010 7:26AM

    oh fellow teachers, I hear you! I hate wokring so hard for student success only to find them uninterested in their own outcomes. That's the hardest part of the job IMO.

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CRAVE_FREE 4/18/2010 10:05PM

    My sister got a gen. ed degree, became a flight attendant for 3 years, then managed a hotel for 3 years and most recently, went back to school and got her LPN and is now a nurse. She's 34. It takes time to find what you want to do.

I'm a teacher too and I struggle with the students who aren't motivated and don't care. I often wish I'd been a pharmacist, lots of cash and little interaction.

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MRS.CARLY 4/18/2010 9:34PM

    I think a lot of people go through that. In fact, when I did my internship most of the counselors that I was working with told me that the job wasn't what they expected and wanted to go back to school for a different degree.

It seems really hard to find our "dream" job...especially with a recession. Are you still going back to school for other classes? I remember you mentioning something about that.

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MRS_LOOMIS 4/18/2010 9:04PM

    1. I TOTALLY agree with you about students who CHOOSE to fail. As a teacher, I think one of my chief missions is to teach life skills like "deadline matter" and "no reward for poorly done work." Like you, I end up spending too much time chasing after the ones who don't care and too little with the ones who humger for success.

2. YES---My degree is in broadcast journalism! I learned pretty quickly that the calloused heart journalists MUST have to survive is not the kind of heart I want to have. So, complete turn around. I teach high school literature and composition now---but only part time. My "other" life is as an artist (mixed media and photography.) At 45, I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up!!!

Totaly normal!

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Race for the Cure!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today was the 5K. It was wonderful! Honestly I wish I were able to run it. I would love to be able to take it seriously. I'd show up in my cute little spandex tank top and capri's with my fancy new running shoes.

Well maybe quite not like that emoticon

It would be cool though to run it and be one of the first to start and to finish. Our time was ok. It would have been better but there were so many people to walk around and it was the three of us so its made it a bit difficult. The coolest part was the free champagne and my lil mini powdered donut. I had only one!

My friends and I stopped and had a big breakfast afterward. One small cup of champagne was enough to buzz me after going an hour with no water and I had no breakfast before the race.

I wasn't completely sure if I was going to be able to manage the walk after yesterday. My heel was tight and my digestive system was out of whack alllllllll day and night. Every thing I ate reacted negatively.

But I was all better by morning. We spent time afterward walking to the farmer's market and a local flea market. We had to have covered at least five or six miles. This was a proud moment for me because it showed me what I was capable of.

Now I'm home waiting for my new couch to arrive! I'm doing some research as well on a new career. I think I still want to go back to school but I want to find something that I can enjoy and be good at. One personal passion might be food science, given my stomach issues. We'll see.

Have a great weekend!

  
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STEPHANON 4/18/2010 6:50PM

    So glad your heel was better and you were able to do the 5k! And you even got more activity in afterward - awesome! Congrats!

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GINGINB 4/18/2010 9:44AM

    Congrats on getting out and walking the 5k. It's more than a lot of people are able or willing to do.

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ALLBW2U 4/18/2010 12:03AM

    Good job!! And an encouragement to all of us, too.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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CRAVE_FREE 4/17/2010 7:51PM

    emoticon Great cause and great work!

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MEL_UNRAU 4/17/2010 3:27PM

    Great job girl!!!

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GINA7249 4/17/2010 3:16PM

    great job walking it is ok to just walk for the first time and anytime. proud of u. way to go share more later about ur other journey and challenges.

gina

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HONEYBEE56 4/17/2010 3:14PM

    Just walking it is awesome!

Good job!

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What the "Double Down" frickity frick??!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In case you haven't heard the word....

www.kfc.com/doubledown/



I want thoughts please.......

I mean I thought the Monster Burgers from Hardees were bad! I've never ever eaten a Monster burger either!

Honestly they aren't terrible calorically speaking, but the fat and sodium levels are awful!

  
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SHERRYK5 4/15/2010 1:15PM

    OMG I thought fast food restaurant were trying to make healthier dishes. I can't believe this. YUCK

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MISTYMOVIN 4/15/2010 12:37PM

    It doesn't look at all appetizing to me.

And I avoid Hardee's as well. Though I have to admit I used to love their Jalapeņo Thick Burgers, now when I get the craving I grab a Subway Roast Beef with Jalapeņo, pepper jack and a smidge of Southwest sauce + veggies and Num Yummy, healthy swap.

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MSDESERTRODENT 4/15/2010 11:45AM

    OMG!!!!! YUCK! I have actually heard of this around here and was grossed out.
When I was younger I may have tried this but as I got older my stomach has been less tolerant of junk/fast food so my stomach just turns when I see this one!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/15/2010 11:22AM

    OMG! A friend of mine and her boyfriend tried them last night, probably the fried and said they were awesome! Not that I'm saying my friend would not buy the grilled. I just know my friend.

I'm sure they are which is why I won't do it!

My hubby says he'll try the grilled when he gets back. I told him he should get it to go and put two pieces of bread over the meat to add extra fiber. LOL!

Thanks for all your input guys!

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KATJAMN 4/15/2010 11:10AM

    yeah, no thanks.. i think the grilled one looks good, but no..
not for me.
I can't even imagine what the thought process for this is.


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SUZANNE0606 4/15/2010 12:52AM

    Wow, looks delish, but the sodium would kill me!!!!!

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ALLBW2U 4/15/2010 12:21AM

    I gained 3.5 pounds just looking at the picture!! :-)

In the old days, I would have probably tried one of them. Now I know how many miles/minutes that I would have to work out and it is NOT worth it!!!

I hope that you have a great rest of the week.....Bill



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PURPLEVALENTINE 4/14/2010 6:17PM

    I saw this and wanted to gag. It looks and sounds so disgusting. Way to be healthy KFC! emoticon

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WHOAMOMMA 4/14/2010 5:33PM

    I can't believe it. The restaurants claim they are suppose to be going towards healthy and this sure shows they aren't.

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STARLIGHT615 4/14/2010 4:58PM

    Yeah no thanks!! That is crazy the sodium levels are sky high!! OMG I would gain weight just from the water weight!!

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ANG76H 4/14/2010 4:52PM

  There's 1300+ mg of sodium In it! Not to mention way too much fat!

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NIELSENSLADY 4/14/2010 3:33PM

    I have friends who will try it. My husband will probably try it. LOL. I love their chicken which is why I'm not gonna attempt it. KFC has addictive qualities.

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/14/2010 3:21PM

    If I were to say I think the sandwich is a total nutrition travesty, I'd be preaching to the choir. LOL !!

Here's the thing, KFC isn't marketing the sandwich to people like us i.e. those of us who want a healthy lifestyle. KFC's target audience are those folks who aren't trying to lose. And the fact is, there are plenty of people who will eat this sandwich. they new that this sandwich would cause a hoopla in the media and they are loving it. The more free publicity, the better.

So, personally, I wouldn't eat it. Although, I'll admit, I'd try a bite out of curiosity. I wouldn't eat the whole thing. Gosh, do you know what it would do to my tummy ! ;)

Nah, this sandwich was designed to get a rise out of people. This is nothing more than a passing fancy. Most people will forget about it in a few weeks. By then, one of the other fast food chains will have thought of some outrageous new calorie and fat laden sandwich.

Okay, so I have to go have a leafy green salad now. LOL !!!

-- karen




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JUNEAU2010 4/14/2010 2:45PM

    I read the SparkPeople blog before I saw anything else about this. I went to KFC the other day, had a 200 calorie salad and brought my own salad spritzer. Saw the big banner for it and my friend was this close to getting the double down. My BF thinks it sounds great, but I told him what SP said and he simmered down. I am sure it would be one of those foods that would reawaken all the fat food cravings for me. Stepping away......!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/14/2010 1:02PM

    I read an article on this and it was voted the worst fast food item ever! I even think there is a Daily Spark blog concerning this!

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MARYONAMISSION 4/14/2010 1:02PM

    WTF? I agree, there is no way those calories are right. I would stay far, far away from that thing. I can't believe the crap restaurants come up with to feed us and keep us fat!

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COACHDNUKE 4/14/2010 12:23PM

    In my former life I would eat that, and even on atkins I would eat that. BUT, I have since found out that much sodium would have me retaining a "TON" of fluid which would be completely counter productive to my weight loss goals.

To me this seems very similar in calories to a 2 or 3 piece chicken meal from any chicken place. ITS ALL K "FRIED" C

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MRSKOTARSKI 4/14/2010 12:07PM

    Saw a commercial for it yesterday and was like, oh my goodness, what the heck is THAT?

:)

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RONNIEKAY 4/14/2010 11:57AM

    I have to be totally honest here - I think it looks super yummy.Yummy, but dangerous.
But, the calories look completely wrong.
The company's don't care about what they're doing to our bodies. The $$$$ is the bottom line, if people will eat it, they'll sell it.

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TRADTRAV 4/14/2010 11:55AM

    I would not dare to eat that! Usually, it also comes with french fries and coke, and there it is 1000 calories for not even feeling satisfied.

Since I have been eating low fat for years now, my stomach don't like me when I eat something like that!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/14/2010 11:47AM

    That just doesn't seem appealing in the slightest...But I guess there are probably plenty of people that will just gobble it up...all 30+ grams of fat and all!

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SARA_ANN12 4/14/2010 11:43AM

    Atkins lovers dream, maybe minus the sauce. I don't think it actually *looks* too bad either (but I also thought those were hash browns and I love hash browns!). The numbers on that sodium and fat are enough to drive me in the other direction though! blehhhhh!

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MLG511 4/14/2010 11:39AM

    I avoid KFC all together. Theplace is not good for you at all!

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STEPHANON 4/14/2010 11:26AM

    I've seen ads for this. Is it terrible to say that it looks tasty to me? The only thing preventing me from consuming this in one of my horrible binge modes would be the fact that I don't eat pork, and I'm pretty sure they don't make it with turkey bacon. Ha ha! I agree the official calories seem kinda low. Even if they are correct, though, the fat and sodium are enough to make me feel queasy.

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LOOZINITNOW 4/14/2010 11:24AM

    The grilled is not much better and has even more sodium! Why are they trying to kill us??? Not something I would even splurge on!

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LAROSEBAUGH 4/14/2010 11:22AM

    The calories can't be right. It's just not possible!!

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