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By Special Request

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

This blog is by special request. An SP buddy said she missed knowing what I was up to, so here goes.....

The doctor released me from Physical Therapy. He said I was doing everything right and to keep doing the exercises he gave me, but NO running. He said NO IMPACT from running and to make the Eliptical my new best friend.

Well... My sister has a new Nordic Track at home that has hardly been used, so last night I decided it was time to get off the tushy and get busy. I did a 30-minute workout, ugghhh, can we say BOR INGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. But, it is better than sitting on my tushy, so I have made a committment to do it five times a week and slowly work in the strength training. I think my patience is definitely being tested since no exercise that I've tried that I can now do gives you the major calorie burn that running does, so it's going to take a lot of effort and a lot more time spent on the Nordic Track and walking on the treadmill, aka "dreadmill". Again.... boooorrrr inggggggg.

I didn't want to push it last night since it was my first day "back at it" and since I am recovering from an awful head cold that I developed on NYE, spent all the NY weekend in bed with a headache, clogged sinsus and chest congestion, ICK. The leg and hip held up pretty good. I did do all my stretching exercises afterward and applied the trusty ole ice pack, just as a precaution. I'm happy to report that I am OK this morning, I was a little worried, lol.

I started logging in my food again "FAITHFULLY" on Tuesday. Did ok, but yesterday went over by 25 calories, darm those Hershey Kisses, but I finished them off so as not to tempt me today, haa haa. All the holiday candy and goodies are now gone from the house - YEAH !!!! So no excuses now.

I believe that this year is going to be a real challenge for me in a lot of areas, but guess what????? I'M READY. GAME ON.

  
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TIFANO 1/10/2012 4:05PM

    I was going to suggest swimming too. Hang in there. You'll be running again before you know it!!!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/4/2012 11:41PM

    Im so glad to hear you completed your PT and are able to get back to something even if its not your favorite. I had to laugh at your candy comment...I know exactly what you mean and am glad to say there is no open candy left in the house so Im not tempted anymore. I did my 24 miles yesterday during biggest loser and today used my American Flyers movie. I know the dialogue by heart but it has some great bike racing pieces from the riders perspective that really gets me moving. Maybe you can use tunes or something like that to keep you inspired too. Thanks for checking in...it always inspires me to keep moving!

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GIMPYKNEE 1/4/2012 2:21PM

    Game on, indeed. I'll see you around!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/4/2012 11:36AM

    Hang in there girlfriend! You've come so far and done so well!!! I agree that you need to turn up the tunes and crank it out. It helps me tremendously. Hugs sweetie! Have an amazing 2012!!!

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SUEAZZI 1/4/2012 10:28AM

    Bring it on! If anyone can grace this hurdle you can; I have faith. Setbacks stink and revamping routines can be disheartening but train your psyche to love your options. Check out my latest blog; maybe it will ignite the spark tee-hee.

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NATPLUMMER 1/4/2012 10:03AM

    The elliptical is not that bad. Crank up the tunes and go. I can get a great calorie burn.


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SAMI199 1/4/2012 9:01AM

    Game on!

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2HAMSDIET 1/4/2012 8:40AM

    Looking back over both my husbands and my former weight loss and gain it all came back when injury came. We just couldn't change gear. We are ready this time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVE_ONE 1/4/2012 8:18AM

    Hey there...just remember that at least you are doing some exercise. I hate elliptical too but have just started doing it since I cannot run either (more on that later this morning in my own blog). Between elliptical and cycling, I feel like I am so bored, it is crazy.

Hang in there...be patient.

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JLITT62 1/4/2012 8:05AM

    I don't suppose you swim? has the doc given any indication when you can start running again?

Kudos to you for following his instructions. So sorry about the cold - I don't exercise much when I have a cold; no energy.

Remember, it's really about 80% about nutrition. I hate that, but it's true.

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The Ghosts of Christmas Past

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I hope all my SP buddies enjoyed a lovely holiday and are excited for the approaching New Year. I have a lot of goals to accomplish this year, but first I wanted to take a look in the past.

I compiled this picture so I could see the "ghosts" of Christmas past and now the present. This pic starts in 2006, then 2009, 2010 and 2011. I am certainly haunted by the Christmas past pics, was I really that heavy? YEP. I am so excited to have finally reached my goal weight this year and have been successful at maintaining it for over 8 months.

I would like to lose a few more, but I have to admit I've gotten a tad lazy about tracking my food, so for the new year I will be getting back to the basics. I love SP and I am so happy for the gift of health this Christmas.

  
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SYNCHRODAD 1/5/2012 9:32AM

    Wow...

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BET212 1/2/2012 1:09PM

    You look great Lisa! Congrats on the maintanance !

I need to get back to tracking myself. It really does make a difference.

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NEW_PARADIGM 12/29/2011 9:36PM

    Great walk through amazing changes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/29/2011 9:20PM

    Great work, rock star!!

Have a great new year!! I am sure you will be just a successful next year as you were this year. Hugs.

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KAREN_NY 12/29/2011 5:40PM

    A decreasing dress size and an increasing smile! Congrats@

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WONDERWOMAN 12/29/2011 5:03PM

    I've said it before about you and I'll say it again...WOW!!!! emoticon

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TEACHLIZARD 12/29/2011 4:05PM

    Congratulations! You look fantastic. And I have to agree JLITT63, you do look the happiest in the latest photo. Best wishes for the New Year and thank you for your SP friendship and encouragement this past year.

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JLITT62 12/29/2011 1:37PM

    You know what I notice the most? How happy you look in the last photo!

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FREDANN 12/29/2011 1:03PM

    Wow! What a fabulous accomplishment!! You look fantastic, you look so happy, you inspire me to keep going and not lose hope. Congratulations!
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DGIBSON02 12/29/2011 10:29AM

    i don't know that lady on the left and that was 5 years after i met you.

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SUEAZZI 12/29/2011 9:28AM

    You captured a wonderful timeline in your pics of Christmas past! You always enCOURAGE me with your posts and kind words. Congratulations Skinny, your hard work has paid off ~ you look fabulous! emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 12/29/2011 9:26AM

    Wow, what awesome changes!!! You don't even look like the same person! You look so much younger.. and happier!!
Congratulations!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/29/2011 9:14AM

    Every year your smile got bigger! emoticon

Congratulations for all you have accomplished. I have found maintaining is the hardest part of weight loss. You've kicked that, too! Great job!

Here is to a great 2012 for all of us! Can't wait to see what the New Year will bring! emoticon That's what I'm thinking!

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KRISKECK 12/29/2011 9:05AM

    Wow! Congratulations! You look wonderful and even more than that, you look happy! And what a great attitude! You are an inspiration!

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PIXIEMOM13 12/29/2011 9:02AM

    Wow, what a great series of pictures. You look amazing (and do look younger)..but even more than that, you look *happier* as the pictures went on. That first picture you look like you're just barely tolerating having your picture taken...in the others you look joyous.

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HALFFAST 12/29/2011 8:56AM

    You have really accomplished so much! You look fantastic, and so much younger too! Thanks for being such a great Spark friend and I'm hoping that in 2012 we'll be able to find a race where we can get together in person! Oh, and I've also been lax on tracking lately, which has me up 5 pounds (not to mention all the holiday cookies!) so I'm looking forward to making some New Years goals myself. So here's to a happy and healthy New Years for us both! Much love and hugs, Laura

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SAMI199 12/29/2011 8:56AM

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You look amazing!!!! I am inspired everyday by your success & your friendship!Thanks.

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ELAINEROSE5 12/29/2011 8:53AM

    You are an inspiration to many of us. Im so happy you have had success! You rock! emoticon

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Applebees....A Blind Date with a Side of Pain Patch

Thursday, December 15, 2011

One of my SP buddies, JCBRITT was in town for business and we decided to meet for dinner. Her hotel was less than a couple miles from my home so it would have been a shame NOT to meet up. We had never met before so this was a "blind date". I was so excited to meet someone new, and a fellow SPARKIE at that, she was very charming and sweet. We had dinner and talked the whole time, so nice to get to know a little bit about her and it was so nice that we sought each other out to take a few minutes out of busy schedules to discuss SP, running, healthy eating, kids, hubbies, etc. I could have sat there and chatted all night, seemed like we really "clicked". She had an early business meeting this morning and I had to be at physical therapy early so we had to call it a night. Hoping we can meet up again sometime. Funny thing is she lives along the route that we drive to go to WV so we may be popping by to see her sometime. Sure was a great experience - we had a lot in common and I really enjoying meeting her.


Physical therapy this morning was grueling, oooh the pain and torture. After doing some deep stretches and getting a deep tissue massage, my therpist Glenda put on this electronic patch with some kind of anti-inflamatory med in it, it even has a blinking red light. Hope this works, I'm feeling more and more optimistic each time I go, so if nothing else it helps mentally. Come to find out my therapist is a runner so she is totally empathetic to my situation. I am so thankful that she is really taking the time to try new things on me to help me get back to beating the streets and taking a real interest in my progress.

  
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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/29/2011 9:17AM

    Girl time is the best! I'm glad you got to meet a fellow Sparkie in person. Isn't it great? Hope the therapy fixes you and you're back to running or jogging soon. If not, walking is good, too! It's all good!!! emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 12/25/2011 12:30AM

    Wow, that is so cool that you met up with a fellow sparkler...glad you had a good time. Glad to hear your PT is doing good things for you...mine is improving my state as well and will find out if it is enough along with the cortisone to defer the surgery. Keep up the good work and have a great holiday!

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JCBRITT 12/15/2011 9:11PM

    Thanks Lisa for such a nice dinner with you and your husband, Mike. A definite do over when we get a chance. My meeting ended at 1pm and I decided to put the pedal to the medal and drove straight to my daughter's school...I walked in at 7pm on the dot. Her expression was priceless when she saw me...well worth the grey hair I gave myself driving like a mad woman home!!!

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2HAMSDIET 12/15/2011 6:02PM

    What fun to meet a fellow Sparker. emoticon
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SAMI199 12/15/2011 5:23PM

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That is great! You both looked lovely! There are amazing things they can do with PT & pain control-I know you are strong enough to endure the "Cure".

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 12/15/2011 4:24PM

    Must be frustrating having your knee out of action after finding running being such a perfect for you in your life.

If only we were like our cars and could just get thrown up on the hoist and get them replace out our worn out bits with a new spare part!

Then again, me up on a hoist... hmmm ... lets ignore THAT mental image emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/15/2011 3:37PM

    Cool!!

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JLITT62 12/15/2011 1:06PM

    No one ever comes to Albany. Not that I can really blame them!

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Sounds like great fun!

Hope the PT helps. So much really is mental, so your attitude is very healing!

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LISAINMS 12/15/2011 12:44PM

    How fun to meet Jenn! Glad the therapy is helping. You will be back on the road in no time!

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-DYET- 12/15/2011 12:37PM

    My younger daughter used that patch too. It helped her! Good luck!!!

How wonderful to meet a Spark friend!!

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ELAINEROSE5 12/15/2011 11:14AM

    I think it's great to get to meet a spark friend! Hoping for a healing knee/hip soon!!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2011 10:23AM

    Yay for meeting a Sparkfriend!!!
I think any help form PT...either physical or mental, is a benefit.
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Physical Therapy and Retail Therapy

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I have had two visits to physical therapy for the knee issue, but we have found that the problem area is future up the leg, closer to the hip. So I have a lot of stretching exercises to do everyday to stretch the ole IT Band and still have to ice it too. I am hopeful that if I take my time and let it heal properly and fully that I will be back to running after the first of the year. So in ther interim I've been trying to focus more on the healthy eating and yoga. Therapist says yoga is absolutely fabulous for this type of injury. After the holidays I will get back into a good workout routine, but for now I'm enjoying all the holiday preparations - not really the shopping aspect of it, but I did get lucky when DH and I went to the mall the other night. These boots had my name written all over them. And if I tell you what I actually paid for these you wouldn't believe me anyway, really.


Boots were a super fantastic deal but a distraction from what I was supposed to be shopping for. I only have to buy a couple of gifts for my DD, so why am I struggling with that so much? perhaps it's because she already has everything? or perhaps there is really nothing that I've seen that is worth spending the money on, lots of junk in the stores and the same ole things.

I have a holiday party to go to this Saturday night, so today I am scouring the SPARK Cookbook for a recipe for an appetizer, hmmmmm. And I am volunteering at a race on Saturday too, figured since I can't run might as well be a part of the racing community and cheer others on. It's a 50K so I'm guessing I will probably never want to run quite that far. Hoping the rain holds out, but who cares, I love being in the running action even if I am just a volunteer, Runner Verification (not sure what that involves), but I am happy to be a part of it. Runner's are the nicest group of people, and I'm hoping that being a part of this race, even in a small way, will help to fan the flames of hope of my return to running.

  
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BET212 1/2/2012 12:54PM

    I had some trouble with my left side IT band and Piriformis muscle this year. Massage and stretching helped as did using the roller or a tennis ball. Not fun at all but it finally got better.

Love the boots!

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VERONICAVW_140 12/14/2011 10:59AM

    I had a pain in my hip area a while back and I looked up remedies. I found that stretching really well, strengthening the IT band and glutes helped. I tried doing all that and I was back to jogging in no time. I'll keep you in prayer that you will have a speedy recovery so you can get back to your routine.
Those boots are killer! I love them! Sooo cute!

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MZSLYDE01 12/14/2011 9:24AM

    Ya Baby - HOT MAMA BOOTS.
At least you are able to do the yoga. That reminds me how much I miss doing it.
Hope the shopping for the DD gets better. Tonight I am taking care of all the gifts on the list. And tomorrow doing the cards with SH. Should be exciting.
Enjoy your time volunteering at the race. That ought to be fun. And also when you find a recipe for the party let me know what it is and if it turns out good. I am always looking for some good healthy recipes. emoticon

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LORI-K 12/14/2011 8:51AM

    WOW!!!! Those boots are AMAZING! Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery with PT. I felt like yoga helped me alot too while I was going to PT for my foot. You'll be back running in no time!


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2HAMSDIET 12/14/2011 3:31AM

    Great boots...so glad that yoga seems to be doing the trick for your injury and that you get to be part of the race. Enjoy the rest of your Holiday Season emoticon

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MYLADY4 12/13/2011 9:57PM

    OMG those boots are what we call CFM boots and they are HOT!!!

Do the stretches and they will help. Good luck.

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HALFFAST 12/13/2011 1:28PM

    Those boots are FABULOUS! I also meant to tell you that I LOVE that pic of you and hubby on your last blog. You look fantastic! Sorry I've been MIA again. I haven't even ran in almost 3 weeks. Just the winter blah's I think. I'm trying to sort things out, and hope to be back around more regularly soon.
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LISAINMS 12/13/2011 1:16PM

    Yay for retail therapy. Love the boots!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/13/2011 12:58PM

    I'm glad the physical therapy is helping. We know that retail therapy can do wonders. Love the boots!!
Have a great weekend!!

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SAMI199 12/13/2011 12:05PM

    Wowza...those boots are the best! Retail Therapy...think I just might need some-STAT.

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SASSYDREAMER 12/13/2011 11:50AM

    LOVE retail therapy! Love the boots! What about a lemony kale pasta salad? Found a fantastic recipe on another site and it is super delish. I'm making it for a potluck tomorrow.

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DDOORN 12/13/2011 11:24AM

    Great plan, re: healthy eating and yoga...your body will be most appreciative! :-)

Cool to volunteer for that GIGUNDO run! 50K...? Whew! Cannot FATHOM!

Don

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/13/2011 11:06AM

    emoticon Ohhhh...nice! You're one hot mama! Rock those boots girl!

I am glad to hear you'll be all better next month.

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JLITT62 12/13/2011 10:06AM

    Swooning over the boots! You MUST tell us where you bought them! I've actually considered similar ones.

Good for you got volunteering! I keep saying I will, but haven't yet.

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SUEAZZI 12/13/2011 9:54AM

    One of the things I love about you is how you take an obstacle and turn it into a positive; what's the sense on dwelling right? You are absolutely doing the right thing by giving your knee/hip the proper time to fully heal otherwise you'll just keep landing back at square one. Staying involved in the runners circle is fabulous, kudos to you kiddo. Glad you're enjoying the holiday season and the boots are purrrrrrrrfect!

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WONDERWOMAN 12/13/2011 9:32AM

    You sound good. Hoping PT works all the kinks out for a great 2012!

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Spark Cook Dan

Monday, December 05, 2011

Just wanted to give a special shout out to my SIL Dan (DGIBSON02). He has been experimenting in the kitchen a lot lately with some SPARK recipes and has come across one he liked and wanted to share with the family. He came over yesterday and cooked dinner for the entire family, all seven of us. If you haven't tried the SPARK Blackened Tilapia, you don't know what you are missing.

Our healthy dinner menu consisted of a blackened tilapia, mashed/baked potatoes topped with cheese and a mixed vegetable medley. Thanks Chef Dan, it was delicious. A "repeat" is definitely in order.

DH and I have followed tradition again this year and attended the annual Christmas parade at the oceanfront with the family on Saturday evening, doning our new Steeler santa hats. Camped out on the curb for an hour awaiting the start of the parade with a thermos of coffee and some homemade Tollhouse cookies. It's beginning to feel a little more like Christmas now, we spent the remainder of the evening decorating our house and listening to Christmas music.

Hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend and is ready to face a new week.


  
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MZSLYDE01 12/9/2011 3:05PM

    OH GOSH YOU BOTH LOOK SO CUTE IN YOUR STEELERS STUFF. I AM GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT.
CAN I JUST SAY - THIS PIC OF YOU IS AH-MAZING... REALLY!
AND I WILL HAVE TO STOP BY THE CHEF'S PAGE TO SAY HI AND ASK IF HE'D COME OVER AND COOK FOR ME AND THE SH.
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SAMI199 12/5/2011 8:27PM

    Fantastic! Sounds great...

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NOTHIN2IT 12/5/2011 1:24PM

    Sounds wonderful. I will definitely have to give that one a try. You and your hubby look very cute! Glad you had a great time!

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NATPLUMMER 12/5/2011 12:45PM

    Yay sounds great!

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DGIBSON02 12/5/2011 9:19AM

    that pic of me sucks!!!! I look like i was hitting grandpa's medicine cabinet, lol. That food was awesome last night. I'll have to jump on some more recipes and see what taste good.

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2HAMSDIET 12/5/2011 8:42AM

    Thanks for the recipe review. I will be giving it a try. emoticon

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