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How many grams in a portion of ___

Monday, August 01, 2011

Right now we are having a freggies challenge in the 5% Challenge Spark Team.

Right now we have fresh cucumbers!

I googled, "how many grams in a portion of cucumbers" and came up with several hits, the best one having a calculator that can also be downloaded!

You can look on the USDA website and see how many grams they reckon a cup would hold of most foods:
www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/searc
h/


or download it to use when not online:
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?d
ocid=5720


It's not perfect - didn't work for my figs -
but it works for pineapple, strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers
BTW, cucumbers with peel, 1/2 cup = 52 grams.

Now you know where all my freggie portions are coming from - and I omitted 2 yesterday when I posted 15 instead of 17.
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This is the food scale I am using for 2 years now and loving it!
www.oxo.com/p-501-food-scale-with-pu
ll-out-display.aspx

  
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BARNABABY1 8/4/2011 1:24AM

    This is exactly what I needed!!!! Thank you so much for blogging this emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 8/3/2011 6:39PM

    Thanks for sharing Linda!
I have found my food scale to be indispensable!

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REBELBLITZ 8/3/2011 2:05PM

    I have enjoyed reading your blogs and your journey to a healthy weight. You look amazing.

I like the link to the scale too. I don't have one, but I do measure with cups and bowls. Maybe I need to invest in a scale too. Move over counter space!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/3/2011 12:07PM

    I have been guessing at my freggie count, but I eat a lot of them.

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NEW-CAZ 8/3/2011 11:46AM

    thanks for sharing Linda

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DESTINYE 8/2/2011 10:44AM

    That is a lot of cucumber lol!

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SHERRY257 8/1/2011 11:01PM

    Thanks! I have never measured cucumbers. I will give it a try. I really like your scale. Mine is red and very well used!

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SHARON6612 8/1/2011 10:22PM

    Thanks, Linda. As always - you are a fantastic source of great information.


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LIZABETT 8/1/2011 7:37PM

    Thanks for helpful blog, Linda. My little digital scale can't compare to yours, but it works okay...measures ounces and grams. I do love Freggies and try to eat as many as possible.
I'm so proud of your accomplishments and all you do to keep healthy and fit. You are an inspiration and encouragement to me.
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MSLZZY 8/1/2011 6:01PM

    Good informational sites! Thank you!

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SUSIEPH1 8/1/2011 5:40PM

    Thanks for sharing Linda ...Great site
I also use a food scale .
Hugs Susie

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ERTSMOM 8/1/2011 2:52PM

    Thanks for the great information - I, too, use a food scale (though not as fancy as yours).

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WEEZYB7881 8/1/2011 1:41PM

    thanks for sharing, Linda. the site is great

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MARTY19 8/1/2011 12:04PM

    That's great. I just wish I could eat asmany freggies as you do. LOL! You have me beat.

Love you,
Marty

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 8/1/2011 11:19AM

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1BEARWIFE 8/1/2011 11:14AM

    You just proved that we continue to learn new things on Spark!! emoticon

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IRENESH 8/1/2011 11:05AM

    Wow, 52 grams.
I never used a such good sophisticated scale. Maybe I need to get a better one. It's a good thought. Thank you.

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WALKING_WONDER 8/1/2011 10:20AM

    Cool! Thanks for sharing!!!

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SparkGuy Chris is one sneaky dude!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I can still remember the pride I felt the day my Fitness Minutes passed my Spark Points, leaving them in the dust!
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So, what does SparkGuy Chris do? He makes it possible to earn even more Spark Points every day! OMG!
My Spark Points have now left my Fitness Minutes in the dust! emoticon

You are one sneaky dude SG Chris! Now I must get off my ball and start moving even more to try to once again have more fitness than spark points!
emoticon ...and here I thought you were just being kind to us! Nope, you want to make us move even more!!

Love you SparkGuy Chris! Oops, gotta get off my balance ball and get moving again!
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MARZIPAN22 8/6/2011 10:40AM

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SPRINGBREEZI 8/5/2011 12:53PM

    Never thought of fitness points being higher than sparkpoints guess I should give away all my sparkpoints to get to that.

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DESTINYE 8/1/2011 9:35AM

    I was all maxed out on points! Now I have a new level to get lol!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/1/2011 2:10AM

    Can I have a NEW CAH? LOL LOL Why not a LIME GREEN one,,,why don't they something cool? A convertable?

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LJCANNON 8/1/2011 12:45AM

    Those silly Spark Points are SO addictive!! emoticon
And try explaining them to a Non-Spark Person!! They think I am NUTZ emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 8/1/2011 12:21AM

    Now if we could just buy stuff other than goodies with sparkpoints!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/1/2011 12:15AM

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SUSIEPH1 7/31/2011 5:19PM

    Woo Hoo!! Way to go Linda!! emoticon emoticon

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ASTORRES1 7/31/2011 4:17PM

    Great Blog Linda...gives us all new motivation...to get moving and stay moving!!!


amy

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HELEN_BRU 7/31/2011 12:58PM

    Hm...that's interesting! Gotta check mine.

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1BEARWIFE 7/31/2011 12:51PM

    I'll keep on my ball, keep up with walking, gardening, dancing, quilting, cleaning............it's all good.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/31/2011 11:08AM

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BELTONWALKER67 7/31/2011 9:45AM

    Oh Man! What a challenge you have presented! Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/31/2011 9:01AM

    Oh, oh- I remember when mine were much closer- I gotta LOT of catching up to do now!
YIKES!
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MARTY19 7/31/2011 8:55AM

    Yup he sure is. My fitness minutes are still ahead but not by a whole bunch. And I won't give up my points so I have to increase my minutes. ~sigh~

Marty

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 7/31/2011 8:42AM

    Haha, I never thought about this! Now it is my new goal! Thanks!

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DIZZYDOC 7/31/2011 8:36AM

    emoticon I guess I got a whole lot of work to do too.
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NEW-CAZ 7/31/2011 8:26AM

    emoticon Linda

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JANDTSMOM 7/31/2011 7:42AM

    That's awesome that your fitness points beat your spark points! Amazing! emoticon

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Can't Afford to Eat Out?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I heard from another sparkie celebrating her Anniversary that this is the first Anniversary she and DH couldn't afford to eat out.

It was an AHA! moment for me.

Many years we really couldn't afford to eat out so we celebrated at KFC or even McDonald's.

Since starting my Spark Program I still cannot afford to eat out - but now it is health, not money keeping me home! AHA! I can't afford to eat what I can afford to buy!

So now we really celebrate not only our anniversaries but our good health!!

Spark On!

  
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SPRINGBREEZI 8/5/2011 12:58PM

    Yeah, eating out causes weight gain. Even carefully ordering and asking lots of questions does not control what they do in the kitchen. For example yesterday I ordered whitefish almondine, it came with sauce over the almonds and the whitefish was floured and pan fried. I am up a pound today. Also came with yellow rice, now what did they put in the rice? Don't usually eat bread at home but they had homemade rolls, ate 2, very good. Aslked for the veg medly steamed came with carrots and squashes...only ate the carrots did not want gas. At least had water. It was good, I was starved but there is a one pound gain today.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/1/2011 2:05AM

    Yeah I do NOT eat out like I used to, plus on a med I just can't, but it's NOT worth the cals. Just simply NOT worth it Linda. I m in this to WIN

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CHRYS13 7/30/2011 3:39PM

    Fantastic!! emoticon

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PINKCIS 7/30/2011 12:21PM

    Sometimes it best to eat at home. emoticon

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MARYANNGI 7/30/2011 10:27AM

    Our last trip to a Chinese resulted in stomach cramps. Too much fat, MSG we hadn't had in almost a year. My DH, who isn't the healthiest eater, decided that this would not be repeated. I almost LOL. When he decided that something is healthy, it is a HUGE event.


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HELEN_BRU 7/30/2011 10:12AM

    We slipped up last time we went out to eat and ended in a Chinese restaurant because it was Friday and we had no reservations and showed up too late to get immediate service. And, boy! that Chinese sure shows up in the wrong places!!

We can afford it, but just don't bother going out much anymore. We miss the excellent restaurants in Vancouver, B.C.

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MARTY19 7/30/2011 10:00AM

    McDonalds and I got a divorce. I haven't been since I started this challenge. To tell the truth, I don't miss it. It had become a habit fairle easily broken. Now I eat for health. emoticon for us!

Love you,
Marty

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MEADSBAY 7/30/2011 9:49AM

    We prefer to eat in now and just spurge on a steak or lobster or shrimp for celebrations.
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JERSEYGIRL24 7/30/2011 9:36AM

    Something I've thought about many times. We still eat out and regretfully it is usually not too healthy. But there was a time when we ate out every Saturday night whether we could afford to or not. I can't tell you how many meals we ate at Friday's, Chili's or Applebees! Friday's used to have a reward program, and a few times the waiters commented on how they had never seen anyone with as many points (actually we were saving them for the big prize, a cruise or round trip tickets, but the program was discontinued. I got $150 in gift cards to Kohls when that happened - not a bad reward). In the last few years we have really cut down our eating out, and when we do, we tend to go to locally owned places. I don't think they sabotage the food as badly. I recently ate at Friday's with my son because we were alone that night and had a good coupon. I made a wise choice and had a nice meal. But it was the first time I had been there in two years.

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DESTINYE 7/30/2011 9:17AM

    We go out and eat healthy food! We have a great natural restaurant near us too! And a lot of healthy options around!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/30/2011 8:24AM

    You are so right! Spark on! Go Dawgs! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2011 8:12AM

    Linda you have your hubby and you're healthy! Cause for celebration emoticon


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SUSIEPH1 7/30/2011 8:10AM

    So Very True Linda My friend!!
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Hot Outside?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Just received this email - I did a LOL!

  
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SPRINGBREEZI 8/5/2011 1:52PM

    cute! Glad it simmered down to the 80's here and somewhat less humid

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DIANEDOESSMILES 7/30/2011 10:58PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA ! LOL Way to funny ! I am imagining my brother is feeling that way in Kansas ! I though in Maine am NOT ! It's cooled back down into the low 80s here. THANKFULLY !

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HELEN_BRU 7/30/2011 9:18AM

    Loved it!

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LOPEYP 7/30/2011 7:22AM

    Cute!

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2011 3:02AM

    ROFLMREO emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/30/2011 12:42AM

    It was 105 degrees here today... withOUT heat index being included. Love the cartoon. emoticon

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JENNIFER_67 7/29/2011 11:11PM

    emoticon I've definitely been feeling like that.

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/29/2011 9:09PM

    Too funny!!! I felt that way when it got up to 108 last Friday, highest temperature recorded in Newark ever!!! emoticon

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MARTY19 7/29/2011 8:07PM

    This was priceless emoticon Maes me want popcorn. Iy hit105 last week, but it has cooled down this week. Much more comfortable.

Love you,
Marty

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DESTINYE 7/29/2011 8:02PM

    LOL - how corny :)

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Another Sparkie makes it to Onederland!

Monday, July 25, 2011

I hope you'll join me in "liking" this blog - please go show support for this fantastic lady who has lost a kid and a cat along the "weigh" and maybe you will "like" the blog too!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384180


**On another note, I hit an all-time high today of 125 lbs! A well-meaning relative dropped off some "chocolate-chocolate fudge cake" from Walmarts/Sams Club and knowing how good it is was my undoing. Mind you, I have been struggling for weeks for some reason - the heat isn't helping.

From this day forward, no one will be dropping off goodies at my home. If I am not buying them, no one should be bringing them in either. A sliver would have been bad enough - 2 very large pieces means I cannot control this food. Add this to my little list of "NO" foods.

I think I need to make a new sign for my door. We used to have a "No Smoking" sign, now I need one for "No Chocolates Of Any Kind Allowed In This Home" to hang prominently on my doors.

I do know it is temporary weight gain, but it should have been avoidable too.

... it says, "no chocolate zone" emoticon

  
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SPRINGBREEZI 7/29/2011 12:11AM

    Yeah, I understand that one. It always seems to happen when you are doing really well and it knocks you off track.
Family events have me off track now trying to get through them.

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GINILEE4 7/28/2011 8:26PM

    Linda . I know that weight will come off. I have no worries about your determination. Sometimes we do need to indulge just to rememeber where we have been and how far we have come. A few steps down a forbidden path doesn't have to turn into a voyage. Could you make me a NO CHocolate sign for my door and by that I mean my mouth, too. LOL See you in Spetember, thinner,

Gini

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/28/2011 6:27PM

    Oh, I hear ya! There are several no-no-don't-go-there foods. I can do a little bit of very dark chocolate, though, without getting carried far away...

You are so sweet (pun, there) for providing support for Shelby.

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WATERMELLEN 7/26/2011 7:30PM

    Gonna check out your recommended link.

And: my sympathies on the chocolate thingy. I managed to deeply offend a friend who wanted to drop off a homemade fig loaf; had to tell her (nicely, I thought) to please not do it. Because . . . delicious as it is . . . I'm not going to be able to not eat it. And eating it is going to trigger other food cravings. Grrrr. Which I'll be battling for weeks (like taking a bottle over to an alcoholic, basically).

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KINSBAILE 7/26/2011 11:14AM

    We have the ups and downs. It'll go back down! :)

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ASTORRES1 7/26/2011 8:28AM

    Linda....YOU are strong...and I know you can withhold the urge....YOU will win back the pounds gained!


amy

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RORYLYONS 7/26/2011 2:41AM

    I love chocolate..but it doesn't like me...Wonderful idea attaching a sign on the door.I know you will do this..woof! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/25/2011 10:12PM

    My DH would be very disappointed but I'm with you on this one! Take care-hugs!

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GRALLEN 7/25/2011 9:32PM

    I think it's rude for people to do that especially if they know how hard you've worked to get where you are today. They should have brought a nice veggie or fruit tray.

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 7/25/2011 8:31PM

    I agree with several others that you could sell those signs! I would take one for when I go back to school in a couple of weeks. I'll need all my willpower and more to deal with that.

I also agree with everyone that you will turn that around in no time. You are definitely on of my biggest motivators and inspirations! emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 7/25/2011 5:44PM

    I should have a No Chocolate sign too!!! The heat is getting to me too, you are not alone there. Cake is everywhere! This week I have my husband's birthday today and my son's on Friday! I wish I could just buy cakes and be done but with our food issues I have to make them. I baked a cake today and will make another one on Thursday! They are small but ugh!!!! I need all the help I can get here so please send positive thoughts and warm fuzzies!!! LOL Make that cool fuzzies!!!! Baking cakes in this July is crazy and warming up my house even more. Sigh....
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SUSIEPH1 7/25/2011 5:33PM

    Hi Linda!
Chocolate is Fatal for me too ..
I don't have a sign on the door but is a great idea.
I think and hope, I am past that now .. if I do indulge I only have a piece ..
I can do that now ...
Once upon a time the whole bar would go in one hit !
To be absolutely honest .. I only like the really dark chocolate any way .
So it is much easier to say no thank you !!
Love and Hugs Susie
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HELEN_BRU 7/25/2011 5:15PM

    Love the idea for a sign!

You are so motivated, Linda, I am sure it won't take long to get back to your weight again.

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MARTY19 7/25/2011 5:03PM

    What a wonderful blog. Leslie is a wonderful motivator as you and I know. I wouldn't get worried about 125. You wil turn it around and be back to 117 before you know it. You are the most motivated person I know.

Love you
Marty

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KIKI0531 7/25/2011 3:16PM

    I would like to purchase one of those signs for work. It seems like all the yummy treats that no one wants in their house, they bring here. I don't mind it once in a while but we have a woman here who does it all the time. I am constantly refusing her offers.

NO, I do not want a double choc chip cookie. NO, I do not want a piece of your leftover birthday cake. NO, I do not want a bear claw. I am surprised this woman sleeps with as much sugar she ingests in a day. NO joking !!



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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/25/2011 2:59PM

    I love that idea of a sign on the door. Perhaps that is what I need too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/25/2011 2:22PM

    Linda I've visited the blog hun.
Glad you know your gain is tempory and can easily be recified- but remember it's not ALL about the scales hun! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/25/2011 12:46PM

    Went to 2 cookouts yesterday and enjoyed an ear of corn, a bit of pasta, some wine and a little dessert.
Back on track today and will avoid the scale until next Sunday.
Please send me one of those signs, too.
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JENNIFER_67 7/25/2011 12:43PM

    I think you could make a fortune selling those "No Chocolate" signs.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/25/2011 12:03PM

    You crack me up, Linda! Maybe you should back up your sign with a gun! emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/25/2011 10:47AM

    Thanks for the link......it is a great blog! I need a No chocolate sign too, along with a no sugar sign!

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DESTINYE 7/25/2011 10:12AM

    LOL on the sign!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/25/2011 9:20AM

    Thanks for the link....I'll check it out.

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