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Monday, November 23, 2009

Back to dieting again today...SORT OF!

This is for my girls out there who have a hard time getting back on the wagon when they fall off:

After 9 days of cruising the carribean and pigging out I have put on about 6-8 lbs, I'm assuming a few of these are water/bloat related, but the other I have to work off, just as I did before. I find that a lot of my friends on here, at this realization, would be having a fit or ready to give up in my shoes. After all, I am back probably about 3-5 weeks or so of progress.

Especially after tasting all that delicious food that I've not had the priveledge of eating as much of lately and the convenience of eating whatever whenever I want, I realize how much more tempting it is to just throw in the towel. Its just soooooo EASY and carefree!!! I can see how much easier it would be to pass up the oppurtunity to move forward if I were someone who has not recieved the joy of being near goal and has a harder time visualizing myself ever being happy or loving my body

HOWEVER, this is where a successful person differs.

And I am not by any means boasting, cause I too have had huge months of downfall after a short fixable lapse. I know how hard it is to get back up on the horse. Even right now I am craving every food packed with refined carbs and saturated fats! Things I know are not the best choices for my progress, body, mind or health!

But instead of sulking in front of my mirror or squeezing my newly regained belly bloat haha I start making steps! Here is my method for getting back on track:

STEP 1: Assess the situation: OK in my case I am up 6-8 lbs and although it is disconcerting, it also means that I get a clean slate. My metabolic rate has increased from the adjustment to eating SOMETIMES 2000+ calories this passed week and it is ready to burn those calories! Also my maintance calories have increased! How did I figure this out. Writing down on a peice of paper for the last day everything I've devoured without any thought, then plugging it in to spark people to see what my body is used to taking in! Also calculating my maintainence calories for my new weight on a calculator like that @ freedieting.com.

Surprisingly my estimates of what I was eating were much guiltier and higher than what is actually the case. Today I have eaten approx 1200 calories, if I curbed my dinner I could be at a reasonable 1800 calories with most of my proper nutrient levels in tact and without feeling starved.I would have guessed myself to be over 1800 calories already and not remotely close to reaching any more complex nutritent goals. Therfore before inputing all my food I was ready to just shrug and say "tomorrow is a new day" and start then!

ITS IS WHEN YOU ALLOW GUILT TO TAKE OVER WITHOUT ASSESSING WHAT DAMAGE IS ACUTALLY BEING DONE THAT THE "I DONT CARE ATTITUDE" TAKES OVER

IE. If I hadnt assessed the damage now @ 2:00 pm, I wouldve probably said "Heck, theres no hope for me today to eat healthy..might as well start tomorrow and give up for today" I wouldve been wrong and I wouldve completely thrown away an oppurtunity to make today a step in the right direction by eating crap for the remainder of the afternoon and evening! Probably worse than I wouldve normally eaten because I know "tomorrow is the first day of my 'diet'"

STEP 2: Start today..Even if your calories are higher than expected after this assesment, you can easily work them into a calorie cycle to make your week look more fortunate! Just throw in a few low calorie days and let yourself know..in two days I will have to eat a bit less to make up for this. It will be ok. I am working towards a goal again. I will do this! If you need help figuring out how this calorie cycling works..please ask!

YOUR WEEKLY CALORIE INTAKE IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THAN ONE DAY!

STEP 3: Be EASY on yourself. Your body wants those things you have re-tasted and enjoyed...if the first day you're supposed to be "back on the diet" (ugh..hate that manner of thinking) you're eating all crap...(I dont want to say thats ok)...but IT IS OK! lol Once again..its one day and if you know in your heart of hearts you plan to put some gradual steps in place to get back to healthier eating patters- well then you wont allow yourself to feel guilty or affect your entire week with this one day. So for instance day # 1 you know "I have to eat about 1800 calories to get back to a reasonable calorie intake" if its 1800 calories not coming from the healthiest foods, at least you're working towards lowering your portion sizes and calorie intake...Start with calories and set a goal that by the end of the week you will have every aspect of that day back to perfectly healthy nutrition habits!

STEP 4: Proceed towards this goal GRADUALLY. Today I ate 1800 calories, fats were high, refined sugars were through the roof!!, protein wasnt too bad and fiber was a bit short. Tomorrow I will work on replacing some of those unhealthy carbs with more complex carbohydrates and whole grains. This will bring my fiber up! I will gradually increase this til day 7 when I am back to normal. I will start gradually reducing my sat fats (set numeric goals) today it is at 16..tomorrow I will be below 15, by thursdayI will be below 14 by saturday I will below 12 and by sun I will be below 10! Back to normal. Water. I havent drank a sip!! Yikes. By the end of today I will drink 2 cups...by wed 4 by sun 8...etc etc....By Friday I will be on a weekly caloric cycle of 1600 calories..in two weeks 1500..two weeks from then 1400 again! blah blah..you get it...

SLOW AND STEADY CHANGES WITH NUMERIC AND CALCULATED GOALS ARE ONES THAT ARE EASY TO MAINTAIN!!

you will hate nutrition if sunday you get back from a 9 day cruise eating cake, cookies, hamburgers and ice cream...and you make yourself eat tuna and carrots all day monday to "START YOUR DIET" :/...but a tuna sandwich instead of a hamburger monday with a cookie or two for dessert will not make you feel this way...slowly you will get your healthy habits back! Just know that you are working towards that.


This is not a diet! It is your life...you are working daily and consistently towards being a healthier person and in turn a thinner more attractive one too! wohoo! Think of each little slip up as what it is...a bleep on the radar..it is not going to kill you to eat a hamburger and fries one day...but if you eat just that every night for dinner for a year...well you are obviously damaging your health! If you eat it one night and the next sub it for a tuna fish sandwich or grilled chicken over salad...well really...where is the harm!

*****I like to think of it this way...if I ate McDonalds for breakfast lunch and dinner everyday and one day I had a salad with balsamic and grilled chicken would I lose 10 lbs? Would I be fit? Would I be healthier??? Hmmm...so why do we automatically think that one day of McDonalds will make us unhealthy, fat and unfit!? Although its not the greatest choice...its not the end of the world.

Keep pushing forward and keep just pushing the slip ups behind you as if they are nothing..cause as long as they arent your daily norm...they ARE nothing!

Second metaphor that I love and someone on sparkpeople acutally told me.

Consider your slip up as a flat tire. You could either get out and fix it, get out and cry about it and do nothing, or get out and pop the other 3 tires and then really cry about it....you make the choice!

Hope this helps! Wish me luck on getting back to my nutrition goals by sun and in progressing now with this clean slate!

xoxoxo
Lori Anne

  
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SEROOBABA1 12/11/2009 3:02PM

  Thanks for the tips

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STACEYSGETNFIT 12/1/2009 12:36AM

    I love your attitude on this blog! Keep it going!

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SHOPGIRL1960 11/30/2009 7:55AM

    This is GREAT!!! emoticon

Sending you loads of wishes!
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FINEARSESOON 11/30/2009 1:56AM

    You are awesome!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/25/2009 12:12PM

    WOW, this REALLY helped me, thank you! Especially since I too go to the Carribbean on vacations and go overboard eating at my resort and gain a bunch of pounds too. I go every February. Gotta keep your strategies in mind next time!

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DANIEE82 11/24/2009 11:10PM

    Hi,
I just came across your blog and I LOVE your way of thinking. I am starting out (again) but this time feels different. Yesterday was my birthday and I want to make a goal to be alot healthier by my next birthday. I can do this!! Thanks, your blog was like a pep talk. I may not be necessarily 'getting back on the wagon' since its been MONTHS! But I will be starting anew and alot of your tips are very helpful for my situation as well. Thanks!

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JCARDINAL 11/24/2009 1:01PM

    Love your blog! As usual full of helpful tips. I know you will be back on track and losing again soon. Welcome back and keep up the good work!!

Jean

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AZMOM1 11/24/2009 8:37AM

    Those two things keep coming back to me . . . in a good way!

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JENNERATOR13 11/23/2009 11:24PM

    NICE!!! Great advice. Again welcome back and getting into it again. Talk to you soon.

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AZMOM1 11/23/2009 5:12PM

    Love the blog . . . great attitude and advice for everyone . . . love the analogy about the flat tire! I had not heard that one and I like it, it makes a lot of sense. Ditto the one meal at McDonald's. Good luck to you & best wishes going forward - Anne

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PAULDODO 11/23/2009 4:02PM

    She's back- look busy!! emoticon

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BACK!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ok everyone. I am back and had an unforgettable time. What a life changing experidence. It was really unbelievable.

In Haitii:

I went parasailing YEAH THATS ME UP THERE!!!

Went on the "Dragon's Breath Flight Line" over the ocean this was the test run :


and the view from the real thing:



In Cayo Laventado, Dominican Republic

Swam and played with the sealions

Fell in love with a bad little monkey named Memo!


Partied it up at Sr. Frogs in Puerto Rico



and enjoyed some amazing scenery




And went snorkeling in St. Thomas over a shipwreck!! (stay tuned for underwater pictures!!) Among a million other boat activities, like rock climbing, ice skating, basketball, partying at "The Chamber" and eating the most delicious upscale meals which added about 6 lbs to the scale lol. But will be back to the routine tomorrow!

Sad to be back to reality, but happy to be back to you all! Will be in touch tonight!

Lots of Love
Lori Anne emoticon

  
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RHYMEANDREASON1 12/1/2009 8:20PM

    I love this, looks like much fun! And you, look at yourself!

WAY TO GO!

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JENNERATOR13 11/23/2009 11:17PM

    WOW that looked like an amazing trip. Glad you got to experience it and welcome back. I would love the zip line. Looks like so much fun!!!

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AMABILE75 11/23/2009 9:22AM

    You look absolutely amazing in all of those pictures!! :) You kept yourself quite busy indeed. Jason and I are already planning our next cruise for next year. It's so much fun! I'm so glad you had a great time and I'm so sorry that you have to get back to reality. hehehehehe



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JCARDINAL 11/22/2009 2:23PM

    Welcome back! I'm glad you had a good time. Cruises are my favorite vacation. There is always something to do or you can just lay around if you want. You look fantastic and I can't wait to see the underwater pictures.

Jean

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LINDA! 11/22/2009 2:22PM

    Wow! Wonderful pics. Looks a great time.

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MONIQUEV2 11/22/2009 1:26PM

    Looks like a total blast! I'm glad you have a great time! You look beautiful, too!



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TRACYZABELLE 11/22/2009 1:04PM

    Welcome home! You sure look like you had a great time! You were missed ! emoticon

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My Brother Has Been Diagnosed

Monday, November 09, 2009

Thank you all for your wishes for a good recovery for my brother. (last blog) He is doing better. Not 100% but he is MUCH better! ::knocks on wood::

The verdict: He has encephalitis caused by a sinus infection. Encephalitis is caused by another virus that travels to the brain and causes brain swelling when the infection is being faught, leading to sezuires, memory loss, vomitting, headache and some of the other things he was experiencing. He seems to be in a more jovial mood now, kidding and laughing, so I'm thinking the anti-biotics they have him on are really doing their job! Although encephalitis can cause coma paralysis and fatality, it is very rare and in most cases if it is caught early, the patient repairs very quickly. He seems to really be fighting it very well.
I am very reluctant to leave for my cruise and hoping nothing else arises while I am in the carribean and unable to get home! My father insisted I go and not worry that he will be fine. I hope he is right! So I am leaving, this thursday. (Nov 12)

I WILL BE BACK November 21st! I will try to check in before then. Try not to miss me too much!!!

xoxox
Love you all
Lori Anne emoticon

PS when I come back I will update my stats on FIWC challenge if I cant get to it before then and I will also be starting my website and my personal training certification!

  
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DETERMINED56 11/10/2009 3:23PM

    Have a great time on your cruise you deserve it. Best wishes to your brother and I am confident he will have a speedy recovery!pat

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 11/10/2009 3:01PM

    good to hear he is doing better.

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JCARDINAL 11/10/2009 10:16AM

    Glad to hears he's better. My niece got encephalitis after having the chicken pox and made a full recovery. Have a great time on your cruise and try to relax that's what cruises are for!

Jean

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LINDA! 11/9/2009 11:09PM

    Glad he is doing better. Enjoy your trip.

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JENNERATOR13 11/9/2009 9:16PM

    I am glad he is doing better but that is scary!!! Best wishes to him in a fast recovery. And have fun on your cruise!!!

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MONIQUEV2 11/9/2009 6:01PM

    Glad to hear your brother is doing better. I wish him a speedy recovery.

Enjoy your cruise! :)

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CANDYM4 11/9/2009 4:26PM

    Glad the antibotics seem to be doing their job.
Candy

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AZMOM1 11/9/2009 3:55PM

    What a relief to have a daignosis! Glad that he seems to be responding well to the meds.

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Lori Anne and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day! Plus recipes!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Well my 9 year old brother has been hospitalized since thursday night. Today while I was at the gym was the first time I found out about it unfortunately. He has been having sezuire-like symptoms, vomitting and is now complaining of chest pains :( On thursday he was unable to identify/recognize my father and step-mother, but today he was much better and conherent for the most part. It was still very hard to see him hospitalized and hooked up to machines, going in and out of episodes. I used to cry when he was little and would fall and get a boo-boo...Today..I cried a lot...So far no results have come back with any real answers and we are waiting for his MRI as a link to what might be going on. I am praying and hoping he will be ok!

As far as my FIWC goes, I'm sorry it is so last minute..but for obvious reason.

Here are my recipes:

DESSERT: APPLE CIDER-FRUIT SMOOTHIES

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2478868 (explained here)

VEGGIE SIDE DISH: Red Cabbage with Ginger

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 onion thinly sliced
2 tblsp minced peeled fresh ginger
4 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2/3 cup chicken broth

in a medium saucepan heat the oil. Saute the onion and ginger until just fragrant about 1 minute; stir in the cabbage and broth. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve at once.

MAIN DISH: Mexican Turkey Wraps
1 serving

2 oz skinless white meat turkey
1/4 Avocado diced
1/4 c Black Beans
1 Tblspn diced onion
1 tblsp diced Tomato
1 tblsp Salsa
1 tspn Sour Cream
combine and serve on
Whole Wheat Tortilla

  
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MELLYANNA11 11/9/2009 3:25PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your brother!!! I hope he gets better soon!!!! Thanks for the recipes they look wonderful!!!

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MIMMICA 11/8/2009 8:00PM

    I really hope your little brother gets well soon, and that he's done with whatever it is he's going through.



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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 11/8/2009 7:24PM

    sorry to hear about your brother...



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AZMOM1 11/8/2009 6:40PM

    LoriAnn, will pray for you & your family (((Hugs))) Anne

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ANGE47 11/8/2009 4:39PM

    How scary for all of you. I will pray for his recovery and strength for the rest of you to get thru this tough time.

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JCARDINAL 11/8/2009 3:09PM

    I will be praying for your brothers quick recovery and for you and your family to stay strong during this time.

Jean

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NGALAX 11/8/2009 12:41PM

    I really hope and pray he is better soon xxxxxxx

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GRANDKATZ 11/7/2009 11:16PM

    So sorry about your brother's hospitalization. Hoping he is well again very soon. Prayers and hugs for you too.

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2HOTKITTY 11/7/2009 11:11PM

  hope your brother gets better, praying 4 ur family. get u some rest girl!

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OUTRAGED!!! Unbelievable!! These people shall get a nasty letter!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

READ FIRST and if you dont see my response..here it is!!

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
poll_would_you_try_the_cookie_diet



OMG!!! NO NO NO!!! There isnt enough time to list the PROBLEMS! First off..your health: refined sugar, package chemicals, trans fat, saturated fat, and carbs carbs carbs, no protein or healthy fat 6X A DAY?!? Are you kidding. If you wanna diet at 35!

Not to mention the fact that you are STARVING yourself which in turn will lead to tremendous health problems and a huge weight gain when you maintain normal eating for two reasons: (one- you will lower your metabolism so that your body is used to only eating 800 calories-1000 calories a day and two-you are not learning any portion control or healthy eating habits)


AND...you are doing horrible damage to your body by not giving it the means to sustain itself. You are causing damage to just about ever organ and bone and muscle in your body. You are going to gain mass amounts of fat on this diet and lose lean body muscle which while you MAY get down to your goal weight, it will be a mask, a skinny-fat if you will and your body will not look appealing but just a shruken version of your previous unhealthy self!!

Also eating that many carbohydrates (soley) and not complex carbohydrates in any form will leave you without essential nutrients, and NO fiber..you know what that means!! A lot of digestive issues, we'll put it that way. What about tooth decay, poor skin quality, energy crashes......

My god like I said, there is not enough time. Not to mention diabetes, heart disease and worlds of other troubles from eating the same unhealthy food all day everyday!!!

These people should seriously be shot who came up with this. They are feeding off of people who are not ready to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and who are willing to throw away their health and energy to appear thinner. Is this a form on population control?!?! Cause this diet is guarenteed to cut your life expectancy many many years!

Please do not do this!!!! I'd rather see people maintain their poor, but varied eating habits than follow this ridiculous and brutally unhealthy diet.

If you need good diet tips, send me a message and we'll talk!! This is some BS!

-Lori Anne

  
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NGALAX 11/6/2009 3:38PM

    I read that post! How stupid can they get? !!!

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PHOENIXHASRISEN 11/6/2009 11:40AM

    I was so happy to read this blog... it is about time we wage war on the Diet industry so they can stop selling these "miracle breakthroughs". The only miracle breakthrough we get from it as a result is the fact that I know not to spend money on that kind of crap any more.
It is important that we spread the word and let everyone know that maintaining a healthy weight needs commitment and time. By eating in a balanced and healthy way, everyone will be able to drop the weight they need and maintain the weight for good.


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ROCKYMTNS99 11/5/2009 11:17PM

    I agree. People need to learn healthy habits. These fad diets just keep people in the mindset that when they gain weight they'll just diet. (enter the yo yo)...Healthy eating should be a lifestyle not a quick fix. This is something I am still working on myself.

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ANGIERUNNER 11/5/2009 3:22PM

    Its crazy that people fall for these diets!

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GIRL*IN*MOTION 11/5/2009 2:40PM

  My sister and I laugh about the cookie diet -- all it is really is a low cal high fiber diet, people just don't realize it. If people could just learn to watch their cals and eat a balanced diet that's all they need but people don't believe in themselves enough to try it instead to do quick easy fixes, its sad and I've been there. Unfortunately the people who try it aren't learning anything about how to sustain a healthy balanced lifestyle long term, sure they might lose weight (with lots of risks) but they'll gain it back and search for another solution - hopefully spark people where they can learn how to do it the right way :)

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PRESIDENTSWIFE 11/5/2009 1:55PM

    another flaw..cookies are NOT a FORBIDDEN food....NOTHING IS FORBIDDEN! As long as it is eaten in moderation. While cookies arent the healthiest option. You can have a cookie without it jepordizing your health and weight loss goals. Its when you eat 6 cookies a day as meal replacements or as snacks on top of your regular meals...that cookies or any food can become and issue!

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PRESIDENTSWIFE 11/5/2009 1:54PM

    OK read this article about it http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/22/f
ashion/22Skin.html?pagewanted=2
&_r=2&emc=eta1 and it basically covers everything I just ranted about and its from the NYtimes. It seems as though the cookies do contain a signifigant amount of protein from some of the most valuable sources and while I do agree with the fact that it is neccesary to get in all of these types of protein, it is imperitive to derive them from the right sources, BECAUSE they add immense other benefits. For instance an egg: adds mono and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3's) along with minimal sat fat, no trans fat (which I'm sure are in the making of these) and no refined sugar or chemical processing! As well as an adequate amount of protein. Not only this but your diet should be balanced throughout the day with a variety of different nutrients at EACH meal!Sheesh..so I'm still sticking to my opinion that these people should be shot! thank you!

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PRESIDENTSWIFE 11/5/2009 1:45PM

    The cookies themselves contain a day's worth of protein?? Maybe I need to read more about this, thank you. I just saw pre-packaged cookies and here I am thinking oreos 6x a day! However...still 6x a day of any food with no exceptions except for one stinkin meal...is not healthy and does not instill good habits or take care of your body's vital needs. There are so many miniscule nutrients that we need to run at our best!

Thanks for the comment! :0)

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IHEIDIBEFIT 11/5/2009 1:44PM

    I'm honestly surprised they put that on the website. Someone is desperate enough to actually try it! I feel you though, it's not healthy AT ALL! Also, your mind will think, "one cookie, that's it? I'm still hungry."

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YOOVIE 11/5/2009 1:41PM

    despite the cookies tasting like cardboard and boasting a full day's worth of protein, it will never teach people how to feed themselves properly. they deserve to have the rest of their decision-making abilities revoked.

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