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Krav Maga - 2010 Fitness Boot Camp

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Monday, Wednesday and Friday (2 weeks) - 530am to 730am of Pure Hell

Really there's no word to describe it !!!


Some action videos!!!

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JUSTFOXXY 9/19/2010 6:26PM

    Awesome boot camp! I just completed the third week of my four week bootcamp. Your camp makes me look like I've been skipping in circles. emoticon

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JREA24 9/19/2010 7:04AM

    That looks fun and tough.

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GOODBYEPOUNDS 9/16/2010 8:13PM

    WOW, that's what up emoticon

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ELLIPSER 9/16/2010 4:03PM

    Way to go! This is very cool! And close to where I live! How exciting. Perhaps next year I could participate too?

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    Cool! I've never seen a place like this before.

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SHAPELY75 9/16/2010 3:30PM

    Looks very intense yet cool as hell! I know you felt great afterwards.

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I no longer want to live on this planet, sheez!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ok, so I thought at first that the IHOP Cheesecake Pancakes were bad.....

But No, that was not good enough for the masses, was it?

Next, I guess KFC heard me talking about people needing to eat less bread, huh? Their Double Down Chicken Sandwich is the answer?

But before you get too up in arms, there is the alternate thinking --- that there is nothing wrong with bread in a sandwich. As a matter of fact, just make the bread that much MORE interesting! Enter Friendly's Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt, Ta Da!!!

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LOSINGAMBER 10/13/2010 12:39PM

    My hubby was watching Man Vs. Food last night and I just don't get someone that eats like that. I get enjoying your food but in such massive quantities at once is beyond me.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/13/2010 8:29AM

    These have been out for awhile now. I was pretty appalled when I saw them too.

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DBFBILLY 10/13/2010 8:12AM

    YUK!!! I can honestly say i've never heard or seen these items...I'd be sick for a week if I ate one of those...YUK YUK!!
And society wonders why America is having a problem with obesity and diabetes.... emoticon

That's one good thing I do, I don't eat out that much anymore...and when I do, it's Subway, or a Chipolte modified veggie salad....

I can't believe people eat that junk emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKYWATSON 9/16/2010 4:14PM

    Dang it, now I'm hungry!

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SHAPELY75 9/16/2010 3:32PM

    That is sick! All this stuff is a heart attack waiting to happen! emoticon

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DIVEMASTER01 9/16/2010 2:48PM

    Wierd stuff that people will eat. I wonder what was going on in the head of the inventors.. emoticon

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    Couldn't a said it better....WOW!!! emoticon

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POINTAFTER 9/14/2010 12:45PM

    WOW!! emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 9/8/2010 2:48PM

    That's just gross.

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    Good grief!! What next??!!

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ODIROM 8/31/2010 7:11AM

    Now now, at only 11 grams of carbs, the double down is not THAT bad. If you go with the grilled it is only something like 4....and the original recipe is DELICIOUS!

The other stuff?

YUCK! (But I love the double long as you split it into two meals and enjoy it some 3 to 5 hours apart...)


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TRIP2HAPPINESS 8/30/2010 6:09PM

    Can we say clogged arteries and a stomach ache?? Sheez!! is right! emoticon

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ELLIPSER 8/30/2010 5:42PM

    Have you seen the new Fried Cheese Melt sandwich at Denny's? American cheese AND mozzarella cheese sticks between two slices of bread, grilled up. Served with fries, of course.

My gallbladder hurts just looking at it....

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STARFISH619 8/30/2010 5:20PM

    There is nothing friendly to the waistline from that Double Death Grilled Cheese Nuclear Burger Melt-down

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2010 5:18PM

    You know what gives me an instant barf-reflex? When I'm channel surfing and get to that show on the Travel Channel - Man vs. Food! The guy eats incredible amounts of garbage food and I can't bear to watch.

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THATWEIRDGIRL 8/30/2010 5:04PM

  Reminds me of the kind of thing you'll see at

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    hahah the title is from futurama right?

also i dont see how that food exists! i thought deep fried twinkies were bad!

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AMBERAMA76 8/30/2010 4:50PM

    I can not imagine eating a burger with two grilled cheese sandwiches!

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PONYFARMER 8/30/2010 4:36PM

    All I can say is that when and if I get a terminal disease, I plan to eat what I want, when I want and as much of it as I want.

I dunno that thought just came to me today! I plan to blog about it.

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ALYFITN 8/30/2010 4:35PM

    These are disgusting!

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QUIKSYLVER 8/30/2010 4:31PM

    Go to, if you want to see some disgusting meals!!! I think they have that grilled cheese burger on there.

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NIKINIK11 8/30/2010 4:31PM

    I just read about this on It's crazy, freaking crazy.

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JUST_SIMONE 8/30/2010 4:27PM

    Wow. Just wow.

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Willpower is just like any other muscle in the body....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

.....the more you EXERCISE it, the STRONGER it gets emoticon

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still” - Lao Tzu

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ODIROM 8/27/2010 1:16PM

    Inspiration in easy to consume portions. LOVE IT!

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COCHORIFIC 8/26/2010 5:08AM

    yeah gotta say thats some powerful stuff right there....good advice from an old and respected tactitian

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BRIT_JAMEL 8/20/2010 2:01PM

    I love these quotes!

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    Great quotes!!

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OMG!!! --- I finally Get It!!! Amazing!!!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Yes, I got the shock of my life this past weekend .... the little light bulb in my head finally clicked on emoticon Yes, I "get it" now that some people...lots of other people...they just DON'T "get it", at all. Holy Moley!!!

As usual, I was having lunch at Longhorn with one of my best buds the other day. He's struggled for a LONG time with his weight, trying to find the right formula for being able to slim down from his current 300+lbs. Alas, he was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance and basically he's headed towards full blown diabetes...unless of course, he makes some changes to his lifestyle.

Well, we were sitting there at lunch, talking about his current state of affairs and letting him do some soul searching, over lunch.

I thought it funny in the midst of our conversation to watch him having his "same ole" lunch from Longhorn....starting out with sweet tea and bread, then ordering the bacon and cheddar burger w/ fries...and he always finishes with the Golden Nugget Fried Cheesecake.

Of course, I'm having my "same ole" meal......unsweetened tea (w. Splenda), no bread, garden salad w. extra cheese (no croutons), the Outlaw 18 oz. bone-in ribeye, a lobster tail and a double order of steamed brocolli.

So my friend was lamenting the changes that he was going to have to make to his diet, as recommended by the doctor of course. Most definitely, he didn't know how he was going to live life at the dinner table making such drastic changes.

At one point during the meal, looking at my plate, he commented, "Man, for real, I just don't know how you eat LIKE THAT and still stay in shape?!?! Plus, how are you not gonna be sleepy as hell after you get done eating?!?!?"

I responded to him, like I've responded to him a thousand times before, "Dude, I'm not eating any carbs, what's your problem?!?!?"

But this time, hearing that answer, he paused....looking curiously at my meal. He asked, with a curious look on his face, "What do you mean, you're not eating any carbs???"

Cutting off another slice of my ribeye, I asked him, "What carbs am I eating?", as I popped the meat into my mouth.

His eyes darted from the salad, to my steak, to the brocolli, to the lobster tail, then back to the salad....pausing there.

I jumped right in, "Yes, there's SOME carbs in my salad from the tomatoes and ranch dressing, but the lettuce and cucumbers are mostly water.... so give me like 10g of carbs from the salad..."

Then he looked at my brocolli, again, I interrupted his thought, "Yes, carbs in the brocolli, but most of that is fiber so it's not counted in 'net carbs', give me another 10g of carbs from the brocolli. This whole meal is like 25 g of carbs, right?"

He looked over my spread once more, then his eyes wandered to his side of the table....and I pointed out the sweet tea that he was drinking was probably 30g of sugar in each glass (and we were on our 3rd refill at the time), the multi-grain loaf bread that he was eating was probably another 100g of carbs EACH loaf (he was on his 2nd one), the bun for the hamburger was another 30-40g of carbs, and the french fries probably another 50-70g of carbs. So he was probably already at 400g+ of carbs ..... and that was before the cheesecake arrived.

He sat there with the most stunned look on his face emoticon which was doubly strange to me since we've had this exact conversation before, time and time again. "Damn man....that's what the dr. is talking about, huh?", he asked me. Confused, I just had to ask, "What's what the dr. is talking about?"

Then he started talking about how the dr. was telling him he absolutely has to cut out eating so much sugar and highly processed carbs (no dip sherlock?)....where he was thinking that he didn't eat a lot of carbs or sugar. The dr. was telling him to start focusing on eating more proteins,veggies, lean meats, beans, nuts, and maybe fruits, etc (really, imagine that?) but to cut out all the bread, and potatoes, and pasta, and desserts, etc.

Not able to contain my frustration, I blurted out, "Dude, what the hell? I've been telling you the same thing for YEARS?!?!?"

"Yeah, I know, I know...", he said, "But NOW .... I Get It!!"

And now, I guess I get it!

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DBFBILLY 10/13/2010 8:32AM must feel like you are going to have a heart attack just watching him eat emoticon I hope he's learned something from you by now....

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MAIA2011 10/12/2010 12:59PM

    I feel some sympathy for this guy. If you haven't learned about nutrition then it is a real eye-opener. I track my food and I am always surprised by how few "carbs" are in vegetables which I love to eat. My problem is portion control and fat grams. I almost never even get close to the amount of carbs that SP recommends.

We all struggle until we get there. He is lucky to have such a patient friend to help him.

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ODIROM 8/20/2010 11:37AM

    I am stunned that he didn't get it. But I guess most people don't. There are so many 'healthy' foods that are down right horrible. And the packaging and marketing for these foods not only make them sound healthy, but they sucker people into thinking that they are doing good by eating them. Or, that because they are so good, that they could eat two and it would be ok.

Arby's "Market Fresh Sandwiches" come to mind. Each is the equivalent of eating a Whopper or Big Mac. (or worse) And people think they will have that, some fries and a sweet tea and they have eaten "healthy".

They literally, DO NOT GET IT.

I are stunned.

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KACOPHANI 8/10/2010 6:29PM

    Nice to be there to help walk him through it, huh? Good work keeping your cool, too ;)

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DIVEMASTER01 8/10/2010 6:20PM

    I was riveted to your accounting of that "aha" moment for our friend. Kudos to you, and good luck to him in integrating this newfound realization. I am workig on streightening out my eating too and to eat more cleanly. Thanks for sharing!


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GONABFIT 8/10/2010 5:46PM

    Yea... it's weird how that happens... and just a warning... don't be shocked if your friend needs reminding....

great job on your healthy choices... and your "carbs" were all veggies... which are all necessary for your body's metabolism... so honestly your dinner choice was pretty darn good!

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AKAFIT 8/4/2010 10:13AM

    You know it often takes something like this moment for most of us to have our AHA moment. Unfortunately, now it is "DO OR DIE" (no pun intended), but hopefully it is the wake up call he needed to change his life for good. Keep being his friend and speaking the truth, but most of all keep leading by example.

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SHANTODD420 8/3/2010 7:48PM

    Way to go on helping your friend. He is so lucky to have a friend like you.

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BABY_GIRL69 8/3/2010 6:05PM

    You know it takes time for people realize just close to death's door they are for them to change. Yes I could die in a car crash blah, blah, blah but what if I don't? Then I need to do what is necessary to eat healthy, get some cardio & weight exercises done & make it a overhaul in my whole life. Make sure he understands he can move in baby steps & introduce him to Spark.

God bless & its about time that he got.


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KMIRANDA2000 8/3/2010 3:47PM

    Hysterical! Surely he has a newfound respect for you and your healthy lifestyle!

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JUST_SIMONE 8/3/2010 2:51PM

    I'm glad you were able to show him by example, even if he didn't pick up on it right away.


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MINENA1 8/3/2010 2:10PM

    I'm so glad he got it. emoticon

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RAVEN227 8/3/2010 2:10PM

    This is a great blog....I am glad your friend got it...cutting out all of the carbs does help.

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    Amazing. Glad he got it. And I hope he recognizes that all carbs aren't bad. Just like fats, there are good carbs and bad carbs. But either way, those light bulb moments are special.

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 8/3/2010 1:53PM

    Well written and thanks to you, your friend finally got it. I used to feel that parting with certain foods was like mourning the loss of a friend. Then one day after losing some weight, I decided that the weight wasn't worth the friend. Sometime you just need to examine your life and make new friends and enjoy them for who they are.


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CATLADY52 8/3/2010 1:53PM

    Your friend sounds like the proverbial 'box of rocks'. Let's for his sake hope he learned something this time and retained it.

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MERALO 8/3/2010 1:42PM

    That's funny, I get that response from my kids regularly! "Yeah mom, we KNNOW you said Coke is really bad for you but we didn't believe you until we read it on the Internet!"

Good going on giving your buddy the heads up! And that lunch you had sounds toally yummy....

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ELLIPSER 8/3/2010 1:34PM

    Pretty amazing stuff. I'm glad he finally got it (and you too). I hope your friend is able to start on a new, healthier lifestyle now that he gets it!

P.S. I googled the cheesecake because I had no idea what it was...and I will never ever try it! The calories and fat alone are enough to discourage me, without even considering the 94g of carbs (and you have to figure a lot of those carbs are from refined sugars). Ick.

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JREA24 8/3/2010 1:27PM

    Good for him. Some need to hear it several times.

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CMBUTTACI 8/3/2010 1:22PM

    This post just cracked me up! Back in my skinny high school days I worked at Longhorn (and managed to stay skinny somehow) and my first real "Wow!" moment when it came to nutrition was when I was in charge of cleaning off the recipe menu cards. I came across the recipe for the amazing honey mustard dressing... and then promptly decided that I would NEVER eat it again. My biggest turn off was the entire tub of mayonaise in there, but overall, there was not one good ingredient. Granted, I still love Longhorn and I did eat the honey mustard dressing again. But I very quickly came to realize how easy it is to fall into traps like your friend did!

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TUDI4480 8/3/2010 1:13PM

    Cool! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Habits are SO HARD to Break!!! Thank Goodness!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Yes, I definitely know that BAD habits are hard to break....seems that's most of what people battle with here on Spark: Breaking bad habits and replacing them with new ones to support their NEW lifestyle.

Thank goodness, once the NEW ones have taken hold and gotten ingrained into your everyday thoughts and behavior patterns, they are just as hard to break emoticon and I found it out first hand this past weekend.

This is hell week for me, well last week and again this week, since I've added our yearly krav maga fitness boot camp to my normal daily routine.

If you've never gotten up at 430am to enjoy burning 2000 kcal (yes, my heart rate monitor said 1831kcal last Wednesday, thank you) and losing 8 lbs of sweat over a 2 hr fight conditioning/fitness boot camp (530am-730am), you're missing out on one of the finer pleasures in life. emoticon

All this is just getting the day started mind you. Being the over-achiever that I'm accused of being, I'm also sticking to my normal evening workouts---don't wanna be called a slacker by the other nimrods at the gym emoticon

Boot camp being Mon-Wed-Fri, those days are pretty grueling: 2hrs for the morning workout and another 2-3hrs in the evenings emoticon I must be a glutton for punishment. But I digress from the "good habits" lesson that I learned.......

Feeling particularly proud of myself for making it to Friday evening, leaving the gym, I made the announcement to a few friends that I was gonna "chill out, eat and have some fun" for Friday evening and the entire weekend. Of course, my friends all being "normal", they were glad to finally be able to include me in the "eat, drink and be merry" festivities they indulge in daily, if not hourly.

Friday night was supposed to be bar-be-que night, complete with ribs slathered in sauce, baked beans slathered in sauce, cole slaw, french fries by the pound and of course bread, bread, BREAD galore. But when it came my time to order my food.... I just couldn't do it. I couldn't pull the trigger! I ordered a pound of beef brisket (hold the sauce), a small red beans and rice ..... and brocolli. emoticon

The look of disgust that came over my friends face, said it all. "Dude, I thought you said you were gonna eat tonight???? That's the same $%&@ you always order?!?!", he mocked.

Later at the dance club, I got busted the bar. I thought that I was being slick, just ordering a plain Diet Coke, getting refill after refill after refill (lying about being the designated driver to save face with the bartender)...but telling my peeps that I was drinking Rum&Coke emoticon That worked, of course, until it was time to pay the bill and mine was only $2.95, oh well.

I had even agreed to go to IHOP the next morning, telling my peeps that I was "skipping" the Saturday morning gym routine....since boot camp was so rough on me. Again, I fell short of my I forgot to unset my normal 7am Saturday morning alarm. As I laid there in bed, I realized that I could go do my normal 2hr workout, get back home, shower and change....all before my peeps even rolled out of bed for the day. Plus, I could workout in anticipation of the IHOP pancakes that I was about to one but me needed to know, right? emoticon

But getting to IHOP, my best laid plans were again thwarted. Just as we sat down to our table, the server for the table next to us was bringing those customers their food. And one of them had ordered the Cheesecake Pancakes and what looked like a triple order of hashbrowns. Now if you don't know...the IHOP Cheesecake Pancakes consist of: A pancake on the bottom, then a layer of cheesecake, then another pancake added, then another layer of cheesecake, then another pancake. Keep piling it on if a short stack ain't good enough.

Of course, I was sitting there with the ole "You gotta be frigging kidding me?!?!" look on my face emoticon as the guy about to chomp down on said 5-Stack Cheesecake Pancake monstrosity was a particularly portly fellow that could stand to lose a few pounds! I know each to his or her own, but hey, that just ruined it for me. I ended up ordering the T-Bone steak and Eggs, and gave away my pancakes that came with it. emoticon

Saturday during the day was more of the same. Turned down Ben and Jerry's ice cream later in the day in favor of polishing off the fruit I had at home before it went bad. Turned down the movie theater popcorn, candy and soda, in favor of my Coke Zero and beef jerky that I sneaked in with me (Inception is a VERY good movie by the way). And after the movie, I reneged on the Thai Crab Fried Rice, instead ordering a stir-fry dish with extra, extra veggies (hold the rice, thank you) and even worse, I turned down more dessert at Cheesecake Factory, instead coming home and eating two of my Supreme Protein Bars, the "wanna be candy bar", washing both of them down with a tall tumbler of ice cold Soy milk.

Sunday, well, my friends dropped me like a dirty shirt. Of course, they always say that THEY can't really enjoy themselves with food and drink, if I'm not going to be a participant. Pure and utter Hogwash to me, I swear I'll never understand that thought pattern. No worries though, I enjoyed my carefree, relaxing Sunday, even getting into bed by 8pm to be ready for my maniac krav trainer at 530am this morning emoticon

So yeah, it's hard being BAD isn't it???? Curse those good habits!!! emoticon

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KACOPHANI 8/10/2010 6:35PM

    Ya know, your blogs really remind me of how our friends can really sabotage our progress. Maybe not intentionally. But you know the old thing about drug addicts needing new friends? Same can be true for us foodies. Good for you, sticking to your good habits. Cause I totally woulda tried that cheesecake thing... second time Ive "seen" you talk about cheesecake... you might be sabotaging me, now!

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DIVEMASTER01 8/10/2010 6:27PM

    I couldn't help but to comment. I have only begun tracking my food again a little over a week ago. I had the same intenion yesterday to take a day off tracking and just enjoy. I did have a burger and fries to get rid of a craving, but I did track everything I ate yesterday. I fould I just couldn't do it either. Isn't that wonderful when you WANT to do h right thing?


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  Ok..How do you do it??? You are so motivated!! I could take a few pointers from you, for sure. My job and school keeps me busy enough to only make the gym an hour a day at most. During my vacation I put on like 6 lbs just by eating I feel like I'm back to square one. Any advice on how to get rid of these annoying lbs without sweating them off, lol?

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TOYASWORK 7/30/2010 4:14PM

I don't know what tickles me the most...your friends with their eyes on everything fatty and tempting, the gross combo of pancake and cheesecake or that you resisted it all. You're a champ! emoticon

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WILLBOYWONDER 7/27/2010 1:22PM

    Sometimes, the influences of our associates/friends/hanging partners can contribute to our plans being sabotaged. The old saying about how birds of a feather yadda yadda yadda, it does ring true. I get the same thing when I socialize with people. I went to a July 4th event at a park and got the same bit of ribbing about how Ill probably not eat anything. Sometimes, its definitely to break away from the habits (and from the kidding of our friends) but in the end it pays off to stick to your own plan. Good luck with your goals. Stick with it.

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ALASKASKY 7/24/2010 10:11PM

    I find that my mindset for eating out has changed also. I'm not as good as you are, but I do find I can''t bring myself to eat the way I used to. I'm getting there slowly but surely.


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ELLIPSER 7/19/2010 2:33PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I need to work more on my own good habits and keeping them all the time! Thanks!

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