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Dress Reveal and Choc Cake

Thursday, December 09, 2010

First and Foremost: Tonight is the big fashion show, sooo excited. My daughter's dress has already been receiving rave reviews from her classmates and her fashion teacher is very pleased with it. And of course Me and Sis couldn't be anymore thrilled- we are so proud of you KP. Remember it had to me made out of ribbon and wrapping paper. Tell me what ya think...... I just know it's going to be the highlight of the show. Thanks Sis for being the model and dress dummy, lol.

Front is sparkling hot pink and silver ribbon, with tissue paper and foil wrap adorning the top. I'm told that ruffle look is quite the fashion trend these days. KP gonna "poof" the tissue paper before show time.

Tail ruffle (couldn't think of proper term) made out of tissue paper, foil wrap and silver bow, entire hem is lined with tree tinsel for the added bling factor. All fastened together with hot glue, masking tape, and staples. Cost of completed dress = $7.00

Second: There has been chocolate cake in my house for two days and I have NOT had one measley morsel, and believe it or not, it's not calling my name, it doesn't even appeal to me. So I'm celebrating that small victory of NO CAKE FOR ME - woo hoo.

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KJOHNSON011 12/10/2010 2:16AM

    wow! if tht were a real dress, id wear it! Good job!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/9/2010 11:20PM

    What a fun idea. KP must have a very gifted teacher, who promotes creativity among her students. I, too, love the dress.

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2HAMSDIET 12/9/2010 4:54PM

    No cake and a great dress how much better can it get! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 12/9/2010 2:43PM

    Looking forward to the show tonight myself.

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HEALTHY_45 12/9/2010 1:42PM

    I am absolutely lovin' the dress. It is a real creation!

WTG on the chocolate cake, I'm not sure I would be a good as you with that temptation.

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GRAMMIE1959 12/9/2010 1:12PM

    The dress is AMAZING-be sure to tell her I said so!
Her creativity and resourcefulness shines even brighter than the foil and sparkles!
I've seen stuff on designer challenges on network tv that can't even hold a candle to this dress.
KP-I don't even KNOW you but I am proud to say I know of a gal who...
Again, AMAZING!!!


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MZSLYDE01 12/9/2010 12:51PM

    That is awesome - I wish I was more crafty like that.
COOL the cost is even better.
Good for you with the chocolate cake.

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GR8CGRM 12/9/2010 12:28PM

    Don't forget your sis put the cake out of sight!!!!

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APMAC_D 12/9/2010 11:51AM

    WOW that's great! Very creative

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YELLOWDAHLIA 12/9/2010 11:44AM

    LOVE the dress! She did a fantastic job!

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FIERCESTCALM 12/9/2010 11:25AM

    awesome job on the dress! that's pretty cool. also, way to go with the chocolate cake!

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STIPER23 12/9/2010 10:04AM

    How fun! Great dress!

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NATPLUMMER 12/9/2010 9:55AM

    What a great dress!!! I love it!!!!
Excellent job avoiding the cake. What a victory! emoticon (there is not chocolate cake emoticon).

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BET212 12/9/2010 9:49AM

    Great dress! I bet it was fun for her to make. I love the back treatment. emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 12/9/2010 9:38AM

    Love it! Great Job!

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SBILLIAN 12/9/2010 9:34AM

    Looks great! I can't believe something that cute is made from ribbon and wrapping paper! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/9/2010 9:33AM

    I am simply AMAZED!!! The dress is awesome and I can't believe you all made it out of wrapping paper and ribbon. It's just too damn cute! Your sis is such a hot model, too.

I hear ya on the chocolate cake. Great job for you though. I have never been a big fan of's the chips, salsa and tequila that call my name!

XOXO Sherry

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JLITT62 12/9/2010 7:50AM

    LOVE the dress! Sooooo creative!

Really, chocolate cake is not calling your name? Now that is a major NSV!

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To Do List is Finally Shrinking

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

To do list for this week is finaling being checked off, one item at a time.

Fashion Show Dress - DONE
Meal Planning- DONE
Gift Shopping - almost
Workout - hmmmmmm, we missed last night, but will make up for it tonight
Tree Decorated - DONE
Gift Wrapping - started at least

Got a lot of the "must do stuff" out of the way so I could enjoy this...

emoticonTonight: Workout, easy one dish casserole for dinner, and watch Survivor on TV tonight while riding my bike, followed by two episodes of Meet the Browns (YES, Wed. nite is my chillax and watch TV night, it's only one night a week, so I don't mind indulging and being idle for one night)

emoticonFashion Show - Thurs night, can't wait to see the dress we helped design hit the runway. It's gonna be talked about for years I'm sure - will post pics after the show, don't want to reveal the show stopper before the show emoticon

Friday: My day off - gonna goof off all day, having lunch with a new friend at Knuckleheads, emoticonChristmas shopping with my sister, take daughter to doctor for a check-up, then I get to have the grandteens (that's my word for teenage grandkids, ha ha) for a sleepover.

Looking forward to things slowing down a bit, hopefully. What have you crossed off your "to do" list this week?????

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MZSLYDE01 12/10/2010 7:05AM

    Man - How do you have time for all that and still manage to spark all the time. I think I need time management courses from you or something.!!!!! LOL
Hope you had fun shopping and with the fashion show.
By the way I am done shopping for Christmas. The hubs and I had date night last saturday and got it all done that day. WOO HOOO

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SUNSET24 12/8/2010 5:27PM

    A woman with a plan...... I love it!

you GO girl!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 12/8/2010 5:15PM

    Sheesh, I feel like a slouch after seeing your list. Cant wait to see the pics and remember...if you are riding while watching doesnt make you idle or Im in big trouble. Keep up the great work and good luck with the show! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 12/8/2010 3:51PM

    You are doing so good on your to do list... I have yet to decided on a new tree to buy... I better get moving...

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GBSUTPHIN 12/8/2010 12:27PM

    Well aren't you the productive one. I've gotten most of my shopping done as well. Just a few people left, then of course stocking stuffers. Have the tree decorated and it looks pretty good if I do say so myself. ;)
Looking forward to seeing the dress you designed.
Have a great day!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/8/2010 12:17PM

    You are powering through that list! emoticon
Have a great workout tonight. You should definitely have a chillax nite.
Have fun at the fashion show tomorrow. I can't wait to see pix.
Goof off day sounds fun.
This week, I got most of my Christmas shopping done and went to a concert last night.

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GR8CGRM 12/8/2010 12:11PM

    LIttle bit of shopping left. Everything else DONE!!!!! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/8/2010 10:26AM

    Sounds like a good week!

Gotta go to the mall to pick up my traditional Ansel Adams calendar for DH before picking up the dogs. Picked up the car. Did a bit of food shopping. Will probably get the snow tires on the car tomorrow.

Don't really have much a plan for tomorrow, gotta find out when/if my parents are staying over night next week . . . really kind of planning to take it easy for a few days.

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PARKERB2 12/8/2010 10:01AM

    Got some shopping done this last Sat for the grandkids. Most others will get gift cards. Have a good day. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/8/2010 9:37AM

    Shopping? What's that? I haven't done one darned thing yet! Maybe this weekend. Supposed to snow here Saturday, so that should put me in the mood. Thanks for the reminder.

emoticon Couldn't find a shopping cart, so here's my version!

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SEEAMANDARUN 12/8/2010 9:02AM

    Awesome planning! I need to do some of that. I have so much shopping left to do and my tree is up but not decorated yet emoticon. I plan to finish that up tonight after my super session at the gym!

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SKINNY341 12/8/2010 8:26AM

    Well we have not even begun what we need to do and so far the small stuff is coming along.

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SBILLIAN 12/8/2010 8:05AM

    Sounds great! Have a blast!

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Show Stopper

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

emoticonFor the past two nights, my sis and I have been helping my daughter design and make a dress for her upcoming fashion show this week, it has to be made out of christmas ribbon and wrapping paper - talk about a challenge, especially since none of us sew, but sewing wasnt a requirement, thank goodness - that's why they make hot glue guns. No woman should ever be without a hot glue gun - it's the men's version of liquid nail, lol. We did our P90X chest and shoulders workout last night, my arms felt like spaghetti noodles when we were done, but it was back to work the dress.

Hopefully tonight will just be putting the finishing touches on it. Can't wait to see it finished. I will post pics of our "show stopper" when we are done. Her fashion show is always exciting but designing and wearing a dress she made will be extra super. It's very creative, lots of sparkle and pizzaz. It's really hard to have ideas in your head and then actually make them come to life. I definitely got skipped over on the "execution" part - I can dream it, but have a hard time taking it from the brain to the hands.

emoticonPlyometrics on for tonight - I really hate that workout, way too much jumping, but I am gonna do it anyway, it's part of the program. My sis actually likes it so I can't let her out do me on that one, lol, a little friendly competition between sisters. Competition is such a strong word, its more like friendly encouragement.

Dinner tonight will be a quickie - it's already in the crock pot (thanks sis) so all we have to do is heat up some sides after our workout. Crock pot bbq pork roast, baked fries, baked beans and coleslaw. A total meal under 500 calories.

Hope everyone's day is filled with SPARKle and pizzaz.

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MZSLYDE01 12/10/2010 7:07AM

    OK YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO TELL ME HOW YOU DID BBQ PORK ROAST, BAKED FRIES, BAKED BEANS & COLE SLAW ALL WITHIN 500 CALORIES????? This I have to know. Maybe I am not counting my calories right - You have to spark me on this one. emoticon

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DGIBSON02 12/7/2010 9:04PM

    Should be an interesting show. Hopefully these young girls will have more clothing on than last year.

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HEALTHY_45 12/7/2010 11:37AM

    Sounds like yet another great creation! Can't wait to see the finished product.
Way to rock the P90X workouts!!
YUMMY dinner. We are hosting a family/resident Christmas Dinner at work tonight, so after we are done serving all the residents and their guests, the staff get to eat - so glad I'm going to be busy burning calories before hand.

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2HAMSDIET 12/7/2010 11:12AM

    What a fun thing to do. Please post lots of pictures. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2010 9:54AM

    I can't wait to see the dress. I don't know if you'd be able to actually sew a dress made of wrapping paper and ribbon anyway. I think the hot glue gun is the way to go.
Good job with the P90X. Your arms are going to be so buff. I don't know if my knees could handle the plyometrics. Just think about all the calories you're burning..because it scorches them!
Dinner sounds fabulous. What time do you want me to come over emoticon
Say, do you actually own a pair of the red boots on your page? What brand are they? I'd love a pair.

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GR8CGRM 12/7/2010 9:46AM

    Who's making the cole slaw?? Lol. Dress is looking awesome. I didn't expect any less. You always put your heart into what you are doing. Guess that's why we are great sisters and work well together. What would I do without you?? Hopefully won't ever have to find out. You rock sis. Maybe you should design my wedding dress one day? LOL emoticon

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SWELL10 12/7/2010 9:37AM

    Cool! Can't wait to see the finished design. Sounds like something they'd do on TV. Dinner sounds divine! I get in a rut about what to fix. That sounds sooo yummy. Hope you have a great day! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/7/2010 9:21AM

    The whole meal under 500 calories! WOW!!! Sorry you don't like of my favs, too! I don't like the guitar strummin' jumpin' portion of the workout, but other than that, I think it rocks.

Have a great Tuesday!

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    Awesome. The fashion show sounds so fun!
emoticon for doing plyometrics, even though you don't like it.
Psych yourself up for it tonight and maybe if you fake liking it, you'll eventually feel it.

Have a good day!

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YESIWILLDOIT 12/7/2010 8:34AM

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Magazine Makeover and Photo Shoot

Monday, December 06, 2010

Yesterday was such an exciting day. Makeover and photoshoot day for First magazine issue. My Stylist Kim did an awesome job picking out clothes for me.
Lo and Behold she picked out a purple jacket, purple is my favorite color and I had just happened to bring along my new purple suede boots, just in case, it was my lucky day.
Kim also did my makeup, I had so much fun with her, she truly is a gem.
Anthony did my hair, he was so pleasant to work with, I just loved him.
Time to get dressed

Dressed and ready, awaiting the start of the shoot, kinda nervous

Time to change outfits

Time to got outside in the freezing cold

I had such a fantastic time and got to share it with my sister too.

My sis took all these pics for me, so thanks Neecee. Kim is such a great lady and she has the cutest dog ever, her name is "Pearl".

Photographer said she would give me some pics after the magazine was published, so I have to wait until the end of January.

All in all it was a great experience, just got kinda tired of smiling after a while. But I am sooooo thankful for such a great opportunity - it was one I will remember forever. Thanks SP Bruce and First Magazine.

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BET212 12/20/2010 10:31AM

    You look amazing in all those shots...I can hardly wait to see the magazine spread! All the hard work you've put in has paid off in so many ways but this is like an extra special pay an adult dress up day....what fun!

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STIPER23 12/13/2010 2:52PM

    Magazine?!? I'm sorry I missed this blog earlier.

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MZSLYDE01 12/10/2010 7:09AM

    You looked like a million bucks girl. I am so proud to know you and am so excited to get the magazine. I have a sticky note on my computer reminding me when the mag hits the stands so I can go buy it. I just got the chills. HE HE HE.
Your outfits are sensational. You're looking like a true model. SKINNY MINNY

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WKLYTTON 12/7/2010 6:25PM

    Awesome !!! You look fantastic! Love the smile on your face :)

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NAOMIEVA 12/7/2010 4:19PM

    What an amazing opportunity! And check out those boots & skinny jeans! emoticon

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LEAG0628 12/7/2010 3:49PM

    Those purple boots are ROCKIN'! You look fantastic. Congrats!

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SWELL10 12/7/2010 9:40AM

    Glad you got the opportunity to do this. You deserve it! You look amazing and I love the purple boots. Talk about attitude! emoticon

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CSIENK 12/6/2010 5:17PM

    I had no idea. How great for you! It sounds like you had a fun day... and you certainly deserve it - look how much you've accomplished!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/6/2010 1:49PM

    Looks like a blast! You looked absolutely stunning! Go Purple! Can't wait to see the magazine and tell everyone all about you. So dang proud!

XOXO Sherry

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GR8CGRM 12/6/2010 12:34PM

    You were awesome. I am so proud of you. You looked great!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 12/6/2010 9:45AM

    Woohoo! Looks like you had so much fun you gorgeous lady! Congrats, I can't wait to see the magazine!

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FITTERLIFE4ME 12/6/2010 9:43AM

    emoticon You look amazing and glad it went well for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARTANPHOTOG 12/6/2010 9:42AM

    LOVING the boots! You look great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2010 9:36AM

    You look great in all of the pictures. They picked out really good outfits for you and your boots worked perfectly with the purple one (which of course is my favorite ;-).

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1LCKYWIFE 12/6/2010 9:30AM

    How nice you look!!!!

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VBPARROTHEAD 12/6/2010 9:23AM

  You look great! Congratulations on being chosen for this story! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 12/6/2010 8:33AM

    Looks like you had a good time.

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Donut Desire

Friday, December 03, 2010

Last night we attended my daughter's holiday violin concert, WOW, very impressive for high schoolers, they performed a Masterworks concert called MAGNIFICANT. I enjoyed the performance very much, so a nice evening thus far.

Hubby, myself and my sis left the concert and DH pulls into 7-11, I can't imagine why he would stop there, but I sat in the car while he went inside. I was watching him from the car, he was standing in front of the donut case, staring into it, in deep thought, trying to make his selection. emoticon

I was sitting in the car saying to myself... "oh no he isn't gonna get a donut" - "oh no, he didn't just buy that donut" - well guess what? He had three donuts in the bag. Holy ham, he just didn't know how bad I would have loved to eat that donut, but I was fighting against the strongest person I know... ME - I was fighting myself for a bite of that donut. Well, it was a long silent ride home with the aroma of donuts filling the car. emoticon

We got home and he preceeded to eat his donut, and I didn't dare ask for a bite, cuz he knows darn well I didn't really want a bite or need a bite. But oh how I was struggling. He told me on his way to bed that there was one donut left, me and sis could split it. Sis and I both looked at each other - I could read her mind and she could read mine too....both of us were thinking about running to the kitchen for that donut. At the same time, both of us just stopped emoticon - We had a little something for that donut.... emoticon

We popped in the Kenpo P90X and did a round of kickboxing instead. Every punch and kick was dedicated to the donut. We took turns as we were punching and kicking calling out names and flavors of donuts.

BAM, take that you rasperry filled donut - POW, take that you choc eclair. We were doing some serious donut bashing. We were getting a little carried away with the donut name calling, then in the DVD, Tony says "no Krispy Kremes in the house" - we just died laughing. I totally forgot that he says that in the video, but how appropriate and timely was that.

We finished and just laughed at ourselves. We had taken our donut frustration out by punching through the cravings.

Ding, Ding, Ding and the winner is.... Skinnypowell1 and Gr8cgrm

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MZSLYDE01 12/10/2010 7:11AM

    LOL - Way to go. I love that mental stamina. AND KENPO for that matter.

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GBSUTPHIN 12/6/2010 11:48AM

    LOL Great story. I've got to get some of these P90X things. I hear so much about them but haven't tried them yet. Thanks for the smile this morning.
Have a great day!

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 12/6/2010 11:40AM

    Wow! Way to turn that around! I need more victories like that right now! emoticon

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SPARKNB 12/4/2010 4:11AM

    Wow...hilarious title, and excellent story. The other thing...those donuts might not have been that good-possibly stale, etc. Nice to read about your success!

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DGIBSON02 12/3/2010 6:05PM

    I guess the doughnuts don't scream at me that way, but good job.

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2HAMSDIET 12/3/2010 4:41PM

    I love the image of you and your sister fighting it out with donuts. Sounds like a great video game, idea. We knew you would win out. emoticon emoticon

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NAOMIEVA 12/3/2010 1:59PM

    Well done! That's an impressive victory! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/3/2010 1:36PM

    Way to beat down a craving!

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GIMPYKNEE 12/3/2010 12:26PM

    You go girls!!!!

My wife had a 4th Meal craving the other night. She hates driving at night, can't see so well, so being the nice guy that I am, I made the run for her. Talk about fighting yourself... I was in my target calorie range for the day, so no more eating... I got only her steak soft taco supreme and pintos & cheese, and just had to sit there while driving it home, and she ate.

I didn't put the P90X videos in... I'll have to add that to my list.

But the Rec Center was great this morning!!!!

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STIPER23 12/3/2010 10:30AM

    Great! Way to stick it to the doughnut! :)

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NATPLUMMER 12/3/2010 10:17AM

    Awesome!!! Take that emoticon!!!
That is a total win!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/3/2010 10:05AM

    Don't you love Tony?!?!? He so rocks! Donuts are the emoticon!!!! Good for you for picking up the Kenpo instead. Who wants a "donut" top? Muffins are bad enough!
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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/3/2010 9:48AM

    Awesome!!! What will power you have!

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HOKIEJEN13 12/3/2010 9:43AM

    GREAT idea!!!! Next time I have a hankering for something, I'll try some Kenpo first!!!

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USMAWIFE 12/3/2010 9:34AM

    good for you

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SLINFOOT 12/3/2010 9:33AM

  Congratulations. Well done. I know how hard it is to pass up goodies but you are much better for it. It probably tasted yucky anyhow. I am so proud of you. Good work.

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