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Monday, June 06, 2011



We're huge Red Sox fans and had such a great time on Friday night enjoying our first Fenway luxury box! Free food and drinks and parking (meaning no long walk to get there) means it wasn't a very Spark-friendly night, but, well, all in moderation!

  
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TRACYZABELLE 6/25/2011 12:59PM

    Looks like you had a blast!~

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ROGUE_1 6/12/2011 11:34PM

    You guys are so cute! Looks like a great night to me :)

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SKYFYRE 6/10/2011 12:06PM

    GREAT Photo! Sounds like fun!

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STEFANIE822 6/8/2011 7:55PM

    Thats a beautiful pic!!!

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SPARKNMOM 6/7/2011 8:57PM

    Check the two of you out!!! CUTE CUTE CUTE!!

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MBSHAZZER 6/7/2011 9:18AM

    Awesome! Looks like such a fun evening!

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FITGIRL15 6/7/2011 8:40AM

    WOOOO HOOO! You both look great, Susan! Thanks for sharing the pic!
Nights like this are meant to be enjoyed! They don't happen often enough!!!

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BOOTS1221 6/7/2011 8:32AM

    Awesome pic! Go Sox!!!

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FRIZGIRL 6/7/2011 8:12AM

    xoxoxox love this picture! You look so beautiful and that's an awesome backdrop.

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SEEHOLZ 6/7/2011 7:53AM

    That picture is amazing- totally wall worthy!
Glad you had fun- I hate the Sox..hate might be too strong of a word, but yeah... Boston teams are almost the last team I'd follow in all sports- I love the city and I love the people, but not the sports teams-LOL. Then again, I can't say, I'm an avid fan of any sports team.

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LITTLEWING21 6/7/2011 7:26AM

    There's nothing like a game at Fenway!! Glad you had fun :)

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NO1JESS 6/7/2011 5:59AM

    Jealous!! Looks like you guys had a blast!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/6/2011 5:57PM

    my husband will be in boston tomorrow/wednesday! i think they are going to try to go to a red sox game too. (they are there for the hockey though)

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Random Friday Thoughts

Friday, June 03, 2011

When you have Monday off, like many of us did on 5/30, you reap the benefits twice: First, you get a long weekend after looking forward to it all week. Then, you only have to work four days until the NEXT weekend! YAY, it's Friday again already!

Today a certain coffee chain I frequent (not saying which one so I don't encourage anyone who's trying to be good!) is giving away free donuts with the purchase of any drink. I hemmed and hawed over whether to take my free donut and even asked if I could have a bagel instead (answer: "Nice try, but NO.") I selected a jelly donut but left it in the car - figured I can give it to my husband if being in the car all day doesn't ruin it. That way I can just eat one bite of it rather than the whole, ridiculously unhealthy thing!

Yesterday at the gym some chick got on the elliptical yesterday and she STANK of some bad perfume. I didn't want to breathe it in! I turned my head away from her for every inhale I could manage, and silently cheered when she went away.

My husband's boss is giving us free tickets for luxury seats at Fenway tonight, and I only just found out this morning as I was on my way out the door! YAY!!! I wish it were time to go right now!

  
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TERRIANGEL 6/6/2011 6:10AM

    NO perfume at the gym!!!!!

It was nice for Fenway, right?? WOOHOO! Go SOX!

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HOPERY 6/5/2011 1:11AM

    Passing up the free donut=Woot!

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SEEHOLZ 6/4/2011 10:30PM

    Heavily parfumed people are gross, so are people who reak like cigarettes, mildew, gross sweat and aftershave. Strange body odor or extra strong morning breath ( I work out in the AM) are also horrible- or farts that come your way and then keep coming yet the person letting them loose is completely non-chalant about it.

I have to say, I've been pretty lucky lately- I don't do machines too much, but I can't say I've been annoyed by any of those too much lately- just realized how lucky that is, because the mere thought is making me want to vomit-LOL.

Maybe as I get older, my sense of smell gets more sensitive rather than less-oi.

As for the free donut- I got bavarian cream and I ate the cream only- I figured a bit of pudding is okay. There are articles on why donuts are okay. I used to feel the say away about the ridiculous donut issue, but I'm generally not too drawn to them, so some free pudding seemed okay to me...

Lucky you about the tickets- I bet you had a great Friday night :-)

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HEALTHYCHIC 6/4/2011 8:58PM

    why do people wear perfume at the gym, it KILLS me too! are you really working out if you are more concerned with smelling good?

Comment edited on: 6/4/2011 8:58:25 PM

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PHD140 6/4/2011 6:01PM

    wow! that's willpower!

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SKYFYRE 6/4/2011 2:13AM

    we shoule have an mma fight and see who wins: smelly perfumed-up gym girls, and over makeup-up'ed girls, LOL!!!

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FRIZGIRL 6/3/2011 10:39PM

    short weeks are the best.... smelly gym mates are the WORST

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NO1JESS 6/3/2011 8:27PM

    OMG, I blogged about that last year. One morning and older lady plopped on the elliptical DIRECTLY next to me when the entire row was open and she stank of that rich-people-musk.

Have so much fun tonight!!!!

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CARILOUIE 6/3/2011 7:38PM

    AAAAAHHH I can not stand heavy perfume or cologne. I like the smell of "clean" or "a good workout."

I ate a donut on Sunday, and it was SOOOO good. I totally am over my donut craving.

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/3/2011 6:38PM

    i hate perfume. all perfume. i hate heavily scented soaps and creams and air freshneres. i don't get it. so you want to smell not only like bo but bo and bad cologne too? lol

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/3/2011 1:16PM

    hmm i'm guessing Dunkin Donuts? Lol. Now I gotta hope I don't drive by one today and somehow end up inside for a donut! wahhhh!

That is nasty about the perfume! Maybe she had just got off work though? IDK, no idea haha.

Enjoy the game tonight! How awesome!

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MBSHAZZER 6/3/2011 12:34PM

    I like your work around on the donut! And this week has seemed really really slow for me!

As for perfume... OK, I run EARLY in the AM. I am out the door by 5:45 most mornings. There is this woman I pass most days who has drowned herself in perfume! It's so gross!

Enjoy the luxury seats tonight!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 6/3/2011 11:50AM

    The whole perfume thing at the gym is nasty! I once had a chick go on the treadmill next to mine....I was almost done with my run, was huffing and puffing and breathing all deep, and couldn't get away from it....and it allergies/asthma....it wasn't a good combo. Luckily, I only had like 10 minutes to go before I was done.

Have fun tonight at the ballgame! Sounds like it will be a blast!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/3/2011 11:07AM

    Have fun at the game tonight! I'm from Boston (but live in San Diego now) so I love going to games! The last time I went, my mom had got free tickets for luxury seats and I drank entirely too much free wine! haha.

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ZIRCADIA 6/3/2011 11:04AM

    AWESOME on the tickets to Fenway! WOOT! :D BOO for perfume at the gym. I HATE THAT. Nice resiliance with getting the donut and not actually eating it! That's amazing!

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I wanna blog more often.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Blogging is such a treat for me. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't do it because it puts the burden of reading it on all those who are subscribed to my blog, and what I write might be boring! But I've proven to myself that I need to stop taking my healthy lifestyle for granted - it's STILL not innate for me. I need to accept that it's okay to celebrate the good things that I do, to encourage myself to keep doing them.

Sooo....after my brief visit into the 140s a few weeks ago I messed up and quickly ate myself all the way back up to 156+. I am SO GLAD that I snapped out of it before eating myself all the way back up to square one, which for me always seems to be upper 160s/lower 170s. I actually was able to nip it in the bud this time, and I'm now back to the lower 150s, which is actually where I was for almost two months before the quick dip down to 148. Honestly if I stay in the lower 150s forever that'd be okay I guess - it's in the healthy range for 5'6" unlike the upper 160s where I used to hang out. It would be nice to be under 150 for sure, but it would also be nice just to be able to maintain a normal BMI.

Oh, many people commented about my friend who's starting to lose weight a few blogs ago, suggesting I tell her about SparkPeople. You guys should know that I tell ALL my friends, family, and coworkers (well...not all my coworkers, but the ones I talk about weight with!) about SP! The friend who is losing weight has actually had a SP account since 2009! She texted me this morning, seemingly out of the blue, asking, "What was your highest weight while with Jess?" (Jess=hubs) Unfortunately the answer to that is 180+. Funny, because when I first met Jess and was over 180 pounds, he was at his thinnest - barely 150, and I didn't think ANYONE would want me, I wasn't even trying to meet anyone. I like it when he weighs more than I do! Anyway, it turns out my friend was looking at my SP pictures and wondering how long it took me to lose my weight. She said she might start using the SP iPhone app and she might even come to my gym with me. And if she happens to be reading this (??????) - YAY! Hi! :)

  
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ROGUE_1 6/12/2011 11:37PM

    Don't think of blogging as a burden to others! People can choose to read others' blogs if they wish, or just skip it. Keep on writing if it makes you happy. And you know, it's NOT a burden...it's so helpful to read what others are going through, to share in their successes and also to lend an ear or a shoulder when times get rough!

Good job at reigning it back in. I'm at that place now and need to make better decisions immediately before i find myself right back where I started (that makes me shudder!).

Have a great week, and I look forward on catching up your blogs that I've missed while I've been MIA.

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NO1JESS 6/3/2011 8:25PM

    BLOG! I love reading :)

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SEEHOLZ 6/3/2011 5:30PM

    I don't ever subcribe to blogs- I just stop over to see what my Sparkfriends are up to. you are one of my favorites, so I stop by- good, bad whatever. Friends are here for it all and you know... to learn from, encoursage, even disagree at times.

For me, I miss you when you are gone and I sometimes see patterns in my own behavior. Truthfully, in all the time I've followed your blogs, 2011 seems most balanced. I cherrish balance- so it jumps at me. If I'm wrong, you are good at hiding it-LOL. I've read your blogs at 133 staring at the mirror, being hungry and still getting on the bike etc.... I didn't judge, but wondered you know? Right now, you just seem most content in your blogs- minus the last few hiccups. I think it's total progress to catch yourself way before you went back to having to start over- AGAIN. I think- and this is merely my outside opinion-that the attitude of being okay where are now is going to make you a more content person, rather than persuing a number that might make you feel good- but only on the outside layer. That girl who was worried about 133 in the mirror in the gym just simply didn't seem as happy/content as the smiling one in the MM halloween costume or even the latest pic from Easter? or some occassion. I like her confidence, because it's much more deep rooted. Just saying. Plus, as I keep saying, I love that you acutally eat :-)

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SKYFYRE 6/3/2011 12:57AM

    Hey Susan! Um, a few things... people who read your blog most likely identify with what you are writing (me for instance), get inspiration from your little notes here (me for instance), and probably don't feel as though reading them is a chore (again, me for instance!).
With that said... BLOG MORE!!! You may not get a comment on every blog but, is this for you or everyone else? Maybe a little of both, but I say write if it helps inspire, commemorate, heal (etc) you! I find it helps me to stay on track and not go off the deepend, or bring me back if I went off the deep end!

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YAYPRIL 6/2/2011 2:57PM

    I always like reading your blogs, Susan, and if someone else doesn't they can just stop reading. :) In the time I've been enjoying your blogs, you've shared a lot of different helpful things that you've learned and tried. More blogs, more blogs!

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DAMIENDUCKS 6/2/2011 12:07PM

    yes! blog more often! whatever helps! (and I for one subscribe to your blogs b/c I want to read them, so no worries about boring blogs...I think I've go the market cornered there!)

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BRUIN2 6/2/2011 11:56AM

    Blog away!!!

You know what works for you. Period.

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MBSHAZZER 6/2/2011 10:50AM

    We subscribe because we WANT to read your blogs! :D Blog away!

I know you don't think "healthy lifestyle" is innate for you, but it really is... look at how quickly you snapped back into shape after a lapse. NO ONE is perfect all the time - the key is knowing how to right yourself when you get off track.

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/2/2011 10:47AM

    if you need to blog then blog. is someone doesn't want to read it they don't have too.

way to inspire a friend. i told a co-worker do ww about spark the other day too. i suggested it to her for the boards since she is already "calorie counting" with points.

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FITGIRL15 6/2/2011 10:34AM

    Susan, It was just an observation. If the daily weigh-ins work for you... then for YOU, then it IS healthy!

... but for me, it is obsessive!

Comment edited on: 6/2/2011 10:35:17 AM

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/2/2011 9:37AM

    I completely disagree that frequent monitoring of my weight "isn't healthy," actually. Weighing in once per day gives me information that I find quite useful and I have discovered so many patterns about how various behaviors affect what I see on the scale that I never would have been able to discover if I weighed in less frequently.

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FRIZGIRL 6/2/2011 8:58AM

    Well, as a faithful Susan blog stalker, I LOVE when you post new blogs! Great job catching that temporary weight gain before letting it get out of control. I always keep in the back of my mind that usually 5 lbs of it is sodium weight, but it's always good to remind me to eat healthy again and focus on real, delicious foods that I know work to fuel my body. I'm so glad your friend is thinking of joining spark... you should have her join the WLW!!!!

You are amazing girl! Way to go losing all that weight from wehn you first met Jesse. I was unfortunately at one of my lower weights when I met Mat, and sometimes I think he regrets it.

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FITGIRL15 6/2/2011 8:40AM

    Susan,
It seems to me that you spend a fair amount of time monitoring your weight. Because... it is VERY VERY easy to gain 5 pounds in ONE DAY, ON THE SCALE.... but it's mostly just water retention from a particularly high salt intake on one day. Compound it by a couple days, and the scale could read or more 10 pounds up!

I KNOW that you know this type of monitoring ins't healthy, nor an ACCURATE representation of your true health/ fitness/ size/ worth .... but I wonder WHY you haven't taken more steps towards working on that aspect of your brain (getting over this numbers, all or nothing mentality)????
I think that BOTH you and your hubby will reap the benefits from this! SERIOUSLY!!!!

I honestly DO NOT know what steps you might take in order to make small steps to improving this... but I think once you have a healthier perspective on weight and weight loss, you are going to be an unstoppable machine!!! Because DAMN GIRL, you really do know what it takes to lose weight... we've all seen you!!!

I remember how confident you were at your lowest weight... You definitely acted (blogged) like a completely different person!!!

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Not much, but sets a good tone for the week

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Just said no to banana bread in the teachers room.

  
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SPARKNMOM 6/2/2011 10:49PM

    Awesomeness!!!! I, too, have done well avoiding those sugar laden end of the year treats!!

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TERRIANGEL 6/2/2011 5:48AM

    Niiiiiice!

Congrats on 3 lbs down!!!! WOOHOO!

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SKYFYRE 6/1/2011 2:00AM

    Just think of the food in there as contaminated! Lol!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/31/2011 9:19PM

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CARILOUIE 5/31/2011 5:37PM

    Yahooooooo!

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FRIZGIRL 5/31/2011 5:27PM

    just wanted to let you know that I almost caved in and ate raisenettes at work and then thought of you and passed them by! Two temptations that didn't get the best of us! Thanks for the motivation!

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FITGIRL15 5/31/2011 12:53PM

    Go eat an apple! The fibre and fluid are better for you then that carby banana bread anyways! ROCK!

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/31/2011 12:29PM

    hecccccccccccck yes!!!!

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FRIZGIRL 5/31/2011 10:07AM

    most excellent! I am making "healthy banana bread tonight" so can at least eat that one without feeling guilty. And I agree, SP should award bonus points for resisting temptation.

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ZIRCADIA 5/31/2011 10:01AM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Banana bread is a weakness of mine for sure - great job!

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OPERADIVA114 5/31/2011 10:00AM

    TEN POINTS FOR YOU!

I feel like SP should award bonus points for resisting temptation like that. At any rate, I'm awarding them to you. Had it been me, I don't know if I would have been able to. KUDOS!

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MBSHAZZER 5/31/2011 9:55AM

    Nice job! And re: your other blog.... yes, exercise is like natural Prozac! So glad you had an amazing workout! That PB frozen yogurt sounds awesome, too!

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Quick One!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Just wanted to write and say I'm pretty sure today was my fastest, most hardcore elliptical workout ever. In 65 minutes (60 minutes of fastness plus 5 minutes of cooldown) I did 7.21 miles and 1,019 calories. Yay. This was the first time I've gone faster than 9-min miles in a few weeks. And the funny thing is I was in this horrible mood before the workout...pushing myself hard was excellent therapy!! My mood was back to normal afterwards.

Also wanted to just provide a Body Pump status update - this is totally for my own future reference (like when I'm rereading this post a year from now) and not to be at all entertaining.

For each track I put the following weights on each end of my bar:

Warmup: 1 medium + 1 small (I've heard there's never any need to increase warmup weight)
Squats: 2 big + 1 medium + 1 small (often heaviest weight in the studio - proud of myself! the small is a recent addition, but I'm already wondering about advancing to 3 big which I think would be equivalent to 2 big + 2 medium)
Chest: 1 big + 1 small (the small is a recent addition)
Back: 1 big + 1 small (I dabbled a few months ago in 1 big + 1 medium but it was a lot...should probably go back to it though because I think back weight should be more than chest weight)
Triceps: 1 medium + 1 small (this weight has been stable lately and is fine for me...when we stand for overheads I use 1 big)
Biceps: 1 medium (I used to use 1 medium + 1 small but I think my form is better with the lighter weight, and I think it works me even harder when my form is better!)
Lunges: 1 large + 1 medium (I did this for the first time yesterday - it was heavy!)
Shoulders: 3lb or 5lb dumbbells (I can never seem to make much progress with my shoulder weights - I feel like I'm working quite hard at 3lbs sometimes)

Random comments:
*I am obsessed with peanut butter frozen yogurt these days
*instant motivation: new workout clothes
*discovered a reeeeally good lunch place near the gym - amaaaaazing Greek salad with grilled tilapia! Had it for lunch yesterday and today!
*We're watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on DVD...funny


Okay, this is getting to be a not-so-quick one, so I'll wrap it up here. Happy Memorial Day all!

EDIT: OK, by popular demand, here's the peanut butter frozen yogurt info: I usually get the fat-free soft serve kind at JP Licks, but yesterday I went to a local non-chain ice cream place where they make it themselves using fat-free frozen yogurt and real peanut butter. Yummmmmmm.

  
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STEFANIE822 6/1/2011 6:00PM

    OMG PB fro-yo?!?!?!?!?!? I think I have to find some of that! I am so obsessed with PB haha. And holy workout woman!! Thats intense!!!!

PS: Sunny is my all time favorite show :D You should find the Nightman Cometh episode...funniest sh*t ever!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/31/2011 9:18PM

    i misss peanut butter. being allergic sucks. that salad sounds delish though.

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FRIZGIRL 5/31/2011 8:55AM

    oh... JP licks... how I love thee! LOL, luckily we don't have any here and Boston is a little bit far for a impulse craving buy. Although I did buy some italian ice cups yesterday :)

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SKYFYRE 5/31/2011 1:13AM

    Yummy! And congrats on the fast eliptical and added weight to your body pump class!

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TATYPREZ 5/30/2011 9:12PM

    Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt!?!?! NEED MORE INFO!!!!
Also congrats on the amazing work out!!!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/30/2011 9:11PM

    Peanut butter frozen yogurt.....something you make or buy? If you make it how? If you buy it, what brand? I could fall in love with something like that.

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