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Scale-A-Holics---You CAN Stop the Guess Work!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What may ultimately save your remaining sanity is investing in a "Body Fat" scale, surely you can guess why?

Pick any day here on Spark, the titles of blog after blog after blog after blog read something like this:

"Yippie, I lost 2lbs!!!" emoticon

"Oh no, I gained 3 lbs---Help, Help, HELP!!!" emoticon

"The scale is FINALLY moving, Yea!!!" emoticon

"I'm so depressed!! The scale is moving in the WRONG direction!!!" emoticon

Yes, we all know that when it comes to losing weight, losing "body fat" is the tried and true way to do it---both for long term health benefits and long term success in keeping the weight off. Definitely on this point, I should be preaching to the choir, right?

But no, no, a thousand times NO----it's NOT true that "....there's no way for you to know if you are gaining muscle, or losing muscle, or gaining fat, or gaining water weight, etc. etc. etc.". If I see one more person post that in a blog, I'm gonna have a breakdown and go somewhere and eat a box of Girl Scout cookies myself!!!!

Sparkers, a good "Body Fat" scale will give you this exact information ---- A reading on a) your percentage of body fat, b) your lean muscle mass, and c) how well hydrated you are keeping yourself. Using such a scale will let you see exactly the results of your nutritional and fitness plans, allowing you to track LOSSES in body fat, GAINS in lean muscle mass and your maintaining CONSISTENT hydration levels, celebrating all those successes with renewed vigor!

Imagine being able to feel GOOD about sticking to your sorely needed strength training program while seeing an INCREASE on the scale of 1/2 lb of lean muscle mass?

Imagine being able to see your "body fat percentage" decreasing consistently and slowly over a period of time, while the "pounds" number jumps around like a Mexican Jumping Bean (and it doesn't bother you)?

Imagine being able to determine exactly how much of that 7lbs you gained during your weekend chocolate binge was actually, in fact, water weight?

And all this can be yours for a mere $29 or less!!! (Guess work not included)

The more you know! Pass it On!

"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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SWEETZMIX 4/17/2010 9:28AM

    This is very true and I have had my body fat scale for a while now. A lot of people do forget that just b/c the scale is going up, doesn't mean you are gaining weight.

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MRSRUBLE 4/13/2010 3:40PM

    Great, mine does that but I have not programmed it yet, I guess I will do that today! emoticon

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THERESAMARIEM 4/13/2010 3:39PM

    I need a new scale anyway! I think you were in my head this morning!!! LOL!!!

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APPLE0416 4/13/2010 12:50PM

    Thank you for this blog! I am going to buy one today after work. I gained 4lb last week in 2 days yet I fit in jeans I could not before. Thank you for the info.

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RAVEN227 4/13/2010 12:30PM

    I bought one at Target and it works well. Great blog!

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TAYLORLIV31 4/13/2010 12:17PM

    Love, Love Love You for posting this blog. Thank you standing up and just saying it. We want to keep you away from the whole box of girl scout cookies, but a few probably won't hurt much, LOL!

Thanks for keeping us straight.

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Say NO to Insulin Resistance!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates (which make up the majority of most of our diets), your body converts the carbohydrates into simple sugars. These sugars enter the blood, becoming "blood sugar." Your pancreas then releases insulin to stimulate the cells to take in the blood sugar and store it as an energy reserve, returning blood sugar levels to a normal level.

Carbohydrates can be "simple," high-glycemic carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, sugar, white flour and cakes, or "complex" lower-glycemic carbohydrates, like vegetables and whole grains.

Current theory claims that sugars and starches are far easily broken down than in our more prehistoric past, and today, many of us simply do not need and cannot process the amounts of carbohydrates that are considered "normal" by current dietary standards. For an estimated 25% of the population, eating what appears to be a "normal amount" of carbohydrates in fact raises blood sugar to excessive levels. The pancreas responds by increasing the secretion of insulin to the level where it will drive down blood sugar. For this group, consistently eating too many carbohydrates -- but remember, what is too many for this group is not necessarily too many for the average person -- creates a situation called "insulin resistance."

Insulin resistance means that cells have become less responsive to the effects of insulin. So your body has to produce more and more insulin in order to maintain normal blood sugar levels. The insulin can also remain in your blood in higher concentrations. This is known as hyperinsulinemia.

In addition to those who seem to have a lowered need for carbohydrates, some people simply eat too many carbohydrates. Today's low-fat diets emphasize more and more pasta, bagels, Snackwells, and sugary fat-free products, and most of these are high-glycemic carbohydrates. Basic over-consumption of high-glycemic foods carbohydrates can also trigger insulin resistance and overweight.

If you are insulin resistant, eating carbohydrates can make you crave more carbohydrates. You'll gain weight more easily, and have difficulty losing it. It is estimated that 25 percent of the general population -- and 75 percent of overweight people -- are insulin resistant.

High insulin levels can stimulate your appetite, making you feel even hungrier than normal for carbohydrate rich food, while lowering the amount of sugar your body burns as energy, and making your cells even better at storing fat, and even worse at removing fat.

When you're creating this excess insulin, it also prevents your body from using its stored fat for energy. Hence, your insulin response to excess carbos causes you to gain weight, or you cannot lose weight.

The weight problems are not the worst aspect of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance may set up a whole syndrome of other serious health problems. For example, insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia, which tend to go together, are often precursors of diabetes. And insulin resistance is also associated with a substantially increased risk of coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

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MADDIETER 3/1/2011 9:50PM

  so you people are telling me that I should start to eat fruit? I have been staying away from it as it's a carb.

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DSAVARY 4/5/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks for the info!! Extremely helpful

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RAVEN227 4/5/2010 11:24AM

    Thanks for the info...I am a diabetic and I believe that is why I am a sugar addict. The more you eat the more you want!!!

Great article!!!

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MRSRUBLE 4/4/2010 11:26PM

    Thanks for the info, I just recently have been given up complex carbs and trying to get most of my carbs from fruits. It has definitely proven to be better for me overall. emoticon

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TAYLORLIV31 4/4/2010 1:50PM

    Thanks for breaking it down for us. This is well needed information on wy we need to stick to fruits and vegetables for the long haul. I'm hoping that I can turn my not losing around and become a winner in weight loss. I've switched out my regular breakfast for a five fruit a day protein drink. Hopefully, combining that with the treadmill and some workouts will change my weight challenges into a healthy new me.

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    wow, this is so enlightening. You have explained this so that even I can understand this, I believe that Holy Spirit want you to share this very important message. This is a God sent revelation. Enjoy this resurrection Sunday celebration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I survived JUNK FOOD night !!! Yeah me!

Monday, February 18, 2008

It's started out simple enough ... celebrating Valentine's Day on a date with my daughters ... they do look forward to that every year.

So they usually get to pick where they want to eat ... then they get whatever they want ... dinner, dessert ... run of the house. Ha! I even let them get something to drink BESIDES water (which is the norm). So I was anticipating Outback, Red Lobster or Olive Garden … maybe Carrabba’s. At any of these places, I have my healthy choice already picked.

Picking them up from daycare, I reminded them of the plan ... they could pick dinner and it was MY treat ... but, of course, they had to AGREE among themselves where to go, I was NOT going to take sides. So they whispered amongst themselves while I sliced through traffic ... every now and then telling them I needed a destination to DRIVE to ... finally, they had a decision: Their choice was to have a blanket party at home ... have a picnic on the floor, watch a movie and have ... JUNK FOOD for dinner ... plus root beer floats for dessert.

Now, normal "junk food" dinner for us would be me making them shrimp pasta with a few veggies, maybe spinach or yellow corn ... me having a cucumber & tomato salad for dinner (w/ vinegar and black pepper) and fruit for dessert ... watermelon .... oranges, etc. So I told them it was fine … I was happy to not have to tackle the couple’s crowd at the restaurants … you know the 90min wait time for a table?

Then they “clarified” their request ... "We mean that you will sit on the floor and eat WITH US daddy ... and watch the movie". Again I told them it would be fine ... but they clarified FURTHER, "we mean that you will eat the SAME FOOD that we do ... and have dessert", that's when it hit me!!! So now I became interested in the MENU, having already committed to the date.

They wanted ... chili cheese dogs and Cheetos for dinner WITH soda ... then for dessert root beer floats. Wow!!! They looked at me with eager anticipation ... they reminded me that they came to an AGREEMENT themselves.

So I told them cool ... but we would have to stop by the store to get this garbage (I didn't call it garbage) since we don't keep this foolishness in the house. Usually they HATE going to the grocery store (I guess from all the 'put that back' that they hear?) ... but this time they were eager to go.

So we got to the grocery store ... picked up a hand basket ... they wanted a ride around cart, but we only needed a few items. "But it's OUR Valentine's Day?!?" they whined. Fine!!!!

First stop ... fresh fruit and produce, like always ... I picked up 2 bowls of cut watermelon, 3 cucumbers, 4 tomatoes, and 12 navel oranges ... they looked at me with suspicion ... "Daddy, you're not having THAT for dinner!!!"

"I know", I replied, "this is for tomorrow"

They both gave me the Yeah-Right look that only a 7-9 year old can muster.

Next stop ... snacks aisle ... I told them to just pick out their own snacks, whatever they want. Double picked Bugles (instead of SunChips) and Trouble picked Cheetos (instead of plain popcorn) ... arrrgggggh I thought to myself, but okay, it's THEIR night.

Trying to leave that aisle, they reminded me IN TANDEM that we were not done ... we needed soda. I prayed for strength ... and then told them to have at it, get whatever they wanted. I wondered to myself if I had become one of THOSE parents??? Naw, I thought.... we still have our Wendy's/McDonald's nights ... just few and far in-between.

They surveyed the aisle ... back and forth slowly ... had a mini-conference amongst themselves ... and asked if they had to pick the same soda? "Hey, get your OWN soda ... let's go all out tonight!!!"

So ... Double picked up ... surprisingly Diet A&W Root Beer ... hummm, and Trouble picked up ... more surprisingly, Caffeine Free Diet Coke. I admit I was a little impressed.

We whipped over to the "canned meat" aisle for some chili in a can, I didn't even look at the label, my mind thinking about the sodium content. We kept it pushing over to the hot dogs, opted for the all beef bun length wonder meat ... again thoughts of fat and sodium danced in my head. They even got a pass on picking up some Lunchables for school the next day I was in such a good mood. Finally over to the bread section ... "No whole wheat buns daddy ... cool?". I just nodded seeing that they know all my tricks … they picked up some Wonder Bread white hot dog buns, “Now THESE are REAL hot dog buns, daddy!”. I would save the discussion of processed grains for another battle.

Finally we cut back through the frozen foods section ... I told them to go ahead and get some ice cream ... and just ONE container this time. They raced ahead like a pack of jack rabbits down to the END of the aisle ... and I was a tad confused. I kept walking, watching both of them come to a halt ... staring into the ice cream case in a trance. Catching up to them ... I tried to figure out what was the hold up ...

"Dude … just hurry up and pick some ice cream ...", I said with a snap.

"Wait a second ... !!!", Double told me. I felt decidedly scolded.

She stood there another 20-30 seconds staring into the ice cream case ... then said "Ohhh, there it is!!!"

On the bottom shelf, she had found what she was looking for ... Bryer's No Sugar Added Extra Creamy Vanilla ... looking back at me (with a big smile on my face) ... she asked "What?!?!?", with the cold-snap that only a 9-year old can muster.

"Nothing ... I was just thinking that you're a great kid", I told her.

Of course, she didn't hear me as she choke-slammed the ice cream into the cart (barely missing the hot dog buns) and raced to get in line.

Getting home, they asked if they could cook dinner FOR ME ... cute. Sure, go ahead ... and they proceeded to divide up the “cooking tasks”. Who would do the chili ... who would do the hot dogs ... who would do the buns ... the bugles ... the Cheetos ... ??? Okay, this was turning into a big deal, but they worked it out on their own.

They setup the picnic blanket on the floor and Double checked the status on TiVo ... they had Hannah Montana and Suite Life of Zack and Cody that we could watch while eating. Now if the hot dogs didn't turn my stomach ... I'm sure the shows would.

Dinner was ready and I got to place my order ... just a handful of Cheetos, 2 chili dogs with NO cheese ... add ketchup and mustard ... and Crystal Light to drink (I snuck that one past them).

We sat down ... said our grace ... and got ready to eat ... and I noticed ... both of them were ... looking at me, staring at me ... grinning. "Go ahead daddy ... Eat!!!", said Trouble.

I looked at my plate ... two chili dogs and what must have been 6 kid-sized handfuls of Cheetos ... at least 1500 calories staring back at me with a smirk.

Looking back at my girls grinning at me, I couldn't resist. "What?!?!?", I snapped at them trying to imitate a 9-year old.

They looked at each other ... then back at me, "We just want to SEE if you're really gonna eat that???", Double said.

"Ain't this some bs ....", I thought to myself as I smiled. But I told them, "Hey you guys picked the dinner, of course I'm gonna eat it".

"But you usually only eat healthy food ... ???", again Double being the smart one.

So I put on my thinking caps for a second, seeing that this was a moment for teaching/mentoring...

"Sweetie, I eat all kinds of foods. It's not so important to eat ONLY healthy foods all the time, that's not any fun, is it. It's more important to always pay attention to WHAT you are eating ... and limit junk food to just every now and then ... and of course to exercise every day. Now there used to be a time when I would eat FOUR or FIVE of these chili dogs ... but I don't do that anymore", their eyes got wide with the thought of FIVE chili dogs. "So, yeah I'm gonna eat this ... but it's not like my head is gonna explode or anything … sorry".

"... and daddy, you can have a cucumber if you really want one", said Trouble. I told her I was sure that what I had would be enough, but thanks for thinking about me.

So, we sat there and had our fill of chili dogs and Cheetos. They fixed their root beer floats ... once scoop of ice cream and half a can of soda each ... and they had a good ole time. They even gave me a pass on the dessert, letting me have a bowl of watermelon instead of ice cream, yeah! And hey, even Hannah Montana is not a bad as I though.

Of course, you know … 2AM had me nursing TWO tummy aches … with Fletcher's, ha!

“ … guess we shouldn’t have had those chili dog’s for dinner, huh daddy … ???”, Double asked me as I sent them back to lay down.

“… it was probably all that ice cream we ate, ya know”, Trouble told her sister as she dragged herself back into the bed.

“Just go to bed you two … we’ll all feel better in the morning”, ha!

"He who controls others may be powerful ... but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu

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LJONES23 4/13/2010 6:26PM

    What a great blog! My kids love to bring me breakfast in bed and it's funny to see how the breakfasts have changed as they've seen the change in my eating habits. They absolutely are watching and learning from us all the time!

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CREEPIEPROWLIE 3/29/2010 12:54PM

    This was such a sweet story! Thank you for sharing it with us. I was literally laughing out loud and very hard. You're doing a great job giving your daughters the tools they'll need to make healthy and wise choices later in life!

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MAIA2011 3/18/2010 8:54AM

    That was a super sweet Daddy/daughter moment. You are making great memories and teaching them healthy habits as well as the importance of keeping your word. I am SUPER impressed!


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LADY_KATHY 3/18/2010 8:41AM

    good for you

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FIRSTBB24 7/24/2008 1:42AM

    Great story..i agree you should write a book..i'd buy it!

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CATHYL2008 6/24/2008 11:44PM

    That is a good story. You sound like a good and respectable Daddy. You take care of them girls and Don't forget yourself to eh? Yeah I am Canadian, sorry about the EH? LOL!

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LADYDIAMOND 6/2/2008 11:27PM

I don't even have to tell you this 'cause you already know you should write a book.

The lessons you are teaching your daughters at such a young age will last them a lifetime.

Thanks for sharing that night with us.

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KAYEREADER 2/26/2008 1:03PM

    What a great story! Sounds like you've got your hands full with those two adorable young ladies.

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CMANZO 2/20/2008 8:02PM

    What a fun night! I'm sure that was a Valentine's night that your girls will remember forever! What a nice daddy :)

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SPARKLE1908 2/19/2008 1:08PM are funny but I think it's great that you did that for them!!! Shows you what a great dad you are!!!

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LASVEGASLES 2/18/2008 3:03PM

    Out of the mouths of babes....huh?

CONGRATS on obviously teaching your girls healthy eating habits!

This is a GREAT story and even GREATER proof that you are an AWESOME daddy!!

Hugs and love Daddy-O! Les~

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Will YOU survive "Candy Week"?!? A True Fool Wants To Know

Monday, February 11, 2008

So we officially placed our bets this morning at the gym ...

Some of the old time regulars and myself, we hate this time of year, i.e. between New Year's Day and Valentine's Day, that infamous 6-weeks!!!
Why? We lose all our equipment!!!

You see ... between 6am and 8am, the Cybex Total Body machine in the middle of the last row (on the left), that's MY machine ... something about that machine, I just love it. This other guy, he has the treadmill on the row in front of me, all the way to the right. Another guy, he has the Cybex Total Body on the same row as me, but all the way to the left end, etc.

Every year, January 1st, every gym on this end of the galaxy recruits a new flock of eager newbies vowing New Year's resolutions ... and none of these NEW people know the established ownership rules of the gym. So, we have to give up our machines to the new people ... so bright eyed and full of vigor ... in their color coordinated NEW workout gear ... new SHOES even!!!

But (like the health clubs) we've noticed a YEARLY trend ... the first box of Valentine's Day chocolates that hits this bunch square in the gut ... seems to NUKE the will ... the drive ... the motivation right out of them. Sure, they survived other culinary events during this 6-weeks ... but with Valentine's Day coming right on the heels of the nefarious Super Bowl Binge-Fest ... well, both of those pack a powerful one-TWO punch that just gets in your head.

Some will fall off all together .. never to be see again.
Others will try to hang in there ... more or less being the walking wounded ... for another 1-2 weeks.
The last flock, they will actually kick things UP a bit before bowing out ... sort of a last bit of sound and fury ... signifying nothing.

In the end, usually by April Fool's Day, only the true fools will be left ... i.e. the health and fitness NUTS like the rest of us ... those who have actually made all this craziness a "lifestyle", not a diet??? I mean, who really DOES actually ENJOY working out and sweating, honestly??? And what person really does eat enough brocolli, spinach, carrots and veggies in general to appreciate FRUIT as TRULY God's CANDY???

Oh yeah, back to the betting right? So, we placed our bets this morning on who's who and what's what ... who's gonna make the cut and who's gonna bust a gut. Not really much in it for me though, I got MY machine back right after the Super Bowl (must have been the hot wings, beer and pizza they never recovered from).

So to everyone ... Enjoy Candy Week ... See you at the party April 1st?

"He who controls others may be powerful ... but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu

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IN102WIN 4/15/2010 2:56PM

    Heh hey that's so true. When I used to attend gym (going back in Nov 2010) all around Dec - Feb the gym would be packed. Carnival is usually Feb - Mar, so I know that all now the gym must be empty cause Carnival is gone and there is nothing else before Christmas!!!

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MAFI572970 2/14/2008 10:11PM

    I survived the Super Bowl, and Valentines Day(without a mate or chocolate), and as far as what men do on "Candy Day" without a mate, I am sure it involves a magazine with pictures.LOL
Happy Valentines could have at least added that :)

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KEEKEEWASH1972 2/12/2008 1:09PM

    Just letting you know .... you might need to blog about all of us who will be just as "kicked in the gut" because we WON'T be getting flowers, presents or boxes of CANDY from anyone this week, HELLO?!?!? Trust me, that can put you out of the mood for working out even faster. Love your blog though Sniky, it was a good laugh. And what about you? Are you going to survive YOUR valentine's treats???

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SIMPLYMELY 2/12/2008 6:14AM

    Wow, great blog. What a way to start the morning LOL...
When you described the newbies It reminded me of me when I first hit the gym..My God you described it to the T..LOL..

Well there is no doubt in my mind you will survive this week. Let's hope we all can...Well that and the fact I'm not too much of a chocalate/candy girl YAY :)

While we are it Happy Valentines Day and p.s YOU have a great smile.

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KMEKATE 2/11/2008 3:19PM

    LOL!! Love it, love it...I am definitely surviving candy week! It doesn't phase me anymore, yippee!

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LASVEGASLES 2/11/2008 1:31PM

    Snik -- You know I have a home gym, so I'll just take your word for it. I can only IMAGINE how many people will drop like flies by the end of this week.

Thanks for your birdseye "point of view".

Keep us posted on whether you WON the bet!


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SPARKLE1908 2/11/2008 12:40PM

    this is true!!! I am a member of a gym so I have seen the INFLUX of newcomers at the beginning of the has started to thin out already...let us know who wins the bet!

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PATTYHUDSON1 2/11/2008 11:50AM

    Too funny! And so true!! This is why I refuse to join a gym! I know all the regulars there are betting I won't last....LOL Glad to hear you got your friend's so hard to share when you know their hearts really not in it...let us know the results!

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Yeah Giants!!!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Hey, if you're gonna win a Super Bowl ... knock off an UNBEATABLE undefeated team, da ha!

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SLY_REDUX 2/9/2008 12:30PM

    OK. A man comments on a blog about perimenopausal psychosis. Could be cool. Or could just be very, very brave.

Said same man turns out to be a Giants fan. It's settled then. Cool. To the nth degree. ;-)

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ABENNETT67 2/4/2008 9:36PM

    Thanks for stoppin by my page. Coming from Colts country, we're just glad if Peyton couldn't do it, Eli did!

As long as Coach Spygate and the Brady Bunch didn't win I'm a happy girl!

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LASVEGASLES 2/4/2008 7:04PM

    Way for Eli to get his bling a ding, RING!

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NOEILAND 2/4/2008 2:49PM

    I just wanna beat the Brady Boy! Ya!

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BLNG0142 2/4/2008 1:25PM

    How about those Giants?

I am not a giants or a patriots fan, in fact I am a cheese head. GO PACK.

After the loss to the giants, I really thought they had a chance against New England.

What a very INSPIRING TEAM!!

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MONTANAGAL 2/4/2008 12:31AM

    Wooohooo!!! Giants rule!!!! Yeah!!!!!

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