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NEW SparkPeople Workout Generator

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

We're happy to announce the SparkPeople Workout Generator, which just launched today! You can find it in the Fitness Resource Center (under the Healthy Lifestyle tab).

Using the Workout Generator a simple!

Our Coaches designed over 100 strength training workouts for every fitness level. Simply answer three questions and you'll receive several workouts that match your needs. You can easily view the workout details, print the demos (or watch them online), and add the workout to your Fitness Tracker.

We hope you enjoy the variety of the SparkPeople Workout Generator. If you have any questions or comments about using it, please post in the Site/Technical Help forum.


Coach Nicole

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

QUICKKITTY 2/5/2011 8:35AM

    this thing is awesome - love it

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NORASPAT 10/22/2010 9:41AM

    I am so glad this was on the wheel today i had no idea where to find it. Now I can feel better with the fitness, My lower body i chose almost matched yours but I feel better now knowing I chose well. Pat in Maine.

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NEABIGSIS 3/12/2008 2:38PM

    Thanks I need all the help I can get.

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NEWNANCY50 2/19/2008 9:33PM

    Thanks this is great!

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LEGGYLADY 1/12/2008 6:02PM

    This is so exciting!
Thank you!

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NINTENDOGIRL 12/27/2007 4:29AM

    I just found this and I have to say how perfect it is. Thank you SO much. This is perfect for me. Wishing the team a great 2008! -NG

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CLITTLE11 12/15/2007 8:48PM

    I L-O-V-E the new workout generator! You guys rock! It's great to change things up a bit without having to look through and evaluate all the different exercises.

Thank you so very much!

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JOEGIRL6113 12/15/2007 4:12PM

    I think this will be great. I am trying to play catch up after being without power part of the week and in an ice storm. We finally got all power and furnace back yesterday evening. I will get back to this next week I hope. Rosy

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MERRIME 12/13/2007 5:13PM

    Awesome! What a great idea, we're going to try it!

Thanks :)

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NUTMEG25 12/12/2007 11:54PM

    I didn't find anything I can do in a chair. I can't stand long , can't walk, but I can move in a chair.

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CYNTHIAS50 12/12/2007 8:25AM

    Woo-Hoo, I love it! Thanks so much :-}

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NYXWOLFWALKER 12/11/2007 11:01PM

    Interesting, though might be nice to offer intermediate and not just basic and advanced as choices, though the advanced options to me are intermediate not advanced, but thats me. An interesting deal nun the less though.

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MRSHONEYC 12/11/2007 10:51PM

    I checked it out - it's pretty cool! Good idea for those who can't decide WHAT to do or where to start!

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ILENEJ 12/11/2007 9:41PM

  This sounds great. Just what I need to give me that extra push.

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GWYNNEVERE. 12/11/2007 8:56PM

    This is absolutely great! I tried it and loved it ...

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WILDNTEXAS 12/11/2007 8:43PM

    Sounds great! Thank you so much!! :-)

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PHEBESS 12/11/2007 7:16PM

    Very cool - thank you!

Can we save the workouts in our fitness trackers, so we can rotate them? I can't quite figure out how that is done. Saved it to tracker, but is it there in my named workouts for future use?

Thanks again!

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ANGELIS 12/11/2007 4:43PM

    This is great. More suited for me and great program choices. Love it. Keep up the great work.

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LADYPI 12/11/2007 4:32PM

    Tried it and it is great !! Thanks

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KMKMOM 12/11/2007 3:53PM

    Thanks so much! This is great!

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KITT52 12/11/2007 3:39PM

    This is great and what a help for getting a new workout plan.


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GRANNYGRUMP 12/11/2007 3:38PM

  Awesome! Thank you!


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COACHGIA 12/11/2007 3:27PM

    Thank You! The workout generator is an awesome tool that will be enjoyed by many.


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SparkMail Custom Folders Now Available

Friday, December 07, 2007

To make SparkMail more efficient and helpful, you can now create your own custom Folders within SparkMail. Members have requested this to help them organize and categorize messages they have received and sent.

To get started you can go to your main SparkMail page and click the "Create Folder" button. You can create as many folders as you like. Whenever you are viewing a list of messages, you can select messages and use the dropdown box under the messages to move them.

Thanks to everyone who gave the feedback that led to this enhancement!


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COCOMAMA2 1/9/2013 11:33AM

    3rd. attempt. PC new to me. I hope I can save certain emails into a folder as instructed. Thanx

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COCOMAMA2 1/9/2013 11:32AM

    I hope I'm able to save my emails in a folder. Thanx.

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COCOMAMA2 1/9/2013 11:31AM

    The PC is new to me!! I hope I can save certain e-mails this way???

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KATHYJO56 12/28/2012 9:51PM

    Thank you so much for this great addition.

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SUNRISE14 3/7/2010 5:42PM

    i am not receiving my sparkmail hardly ever what can i do? I cleaned out my cookies ect! Is there a way of finding the one that sent me the sparkmail . I feel bad not answering them to let them know i didn't get it! I can't get my points for buying the spark either and most of the time my e-mail points don't work. I love the program but can't get the benifits it has to offer. WILL YOU PLEASE HELP ME ? emoticon emoticon

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FOXYROXY762 1/25/2010 8:15AM

    The Folder option is great, but don't know how to get the messages in the folders. Know how to set up folders and retrieve, edit etc. But physically transferring the message to the folder not covered.

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NEWMARILYN 12/27/2007 2:54PM

    It's hard to know when members are no longer active. Is it possible to have a "last updated" or "last visited by member date" stamped on the SP pages.

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TEXASFRIENDLY66 12/24/2007 2:15PM

    Hey Sparks Guy,
I see a lot of members with I lost 50 pounds with sparks. Where can I find it. Please help.
Happy Holidays

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HEIDI14DAN 12/11/2007 4:01PM

    I love this new feature. I had pages and pages of mail that I wanted to save but hated having to page through when looking for something in particular. This folder option was fantastic because I was able to move them and totally clean up my inbox. Thanks for this!!

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COACHGIA 12/11/2007 3:30PM

    This site gets better and better! You Guys are the best. Gia

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SAM60SUMTHINK 12/11/2007 1:36PM

    Thanks for the folders! I needed them!

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WILDFIRE_STAR 12/11/2007 2:10AM

    I want to Thank you and your Team for the extra folders! I am on a challenge and having the extra folders is so much help!

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EBLOOMING 12/9/2007 7:19PM

    Thanks so much for this place. I am now excited again about my efforts to become slimmer and more healthy ... just for me. Selfish huh? Also, I am so happy that sparkpeople encourage families. My daughter introduced me to this and I became a Sparkperson.

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

I have noticed the mirrored results from folks like you and others.

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    This is fab! Thx!

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More Gift Ideas from SparkPeople's Coaches

Friday, December 07, 2007

In addition to SparkPeople's gift articles, our Coaches have compiled some gift ideas of their own. You can find them in the blog links below:

For more healthy holiday ideas, check out these articles:
Healthy Holidays Survival Guide
2007 SparkPeople Gift Guide

To Your Health!
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SUNNY89 12/13/2007 6:53PM

    My husband is a geocacher and he uses that website. You can pay a fee and then go to events or just find the caches. He also has his own cache that he maintains and also has two travelbugs out there. The one has made it all the way to Germany. It is a very interesting hobby. It has taken us many places and we have seen things that we otherwise wouldn't know even existed.

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DSMITH927 12/12/2007 7:58AM

  You might try the geocaching.com website. You can search for geocaches by area.

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THREEE 12/12/2007 3:14AM

    i've ordered gps trackers to give for a GEO-CACHING gift package, but i don't know where to start...like a map or coordinates to give them for their first expedition...any clues?...thank you...karen

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LEEBOB1 12/11/2007 11:05AM

  good article

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Bringing Families Together

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Here's one of my favorite recent testimonials - I love seeing families come together to motivate each other to reach health and other goals!



11/21/2007 8:51:37 AM

Thank you so much for creating this website. I have lost weight before but I wound up gaining it back and going back to old habits. Thanks to this site I am truly changing my habits for life and I am halfway to my goal weight. This is a truly supportive and motivational website. I also want to thank you for bringing my family together in a new way. Our family rarely gets to see each other, but this website has brought quite a few of us together through our Sparkteam, it is awesome. Thanks for starting and spreading the Spark!

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CLASSACT911 12/2/2007 6:32AM

    I'm so glad that SP is making families stronger. Bet that's a side affect you weren't expecting, eh?

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1VALKYRIE 11/29/2007 11:46AM

    Wonderful idea.........

Noe has anyone got any recipes for Xmas sweets as well? I used to make baskets to give as gifts for Xmas long ago and want to start doing that again now.


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SEACHELLES81 11/29/2007 11:03AM

    I can not wait to get those cookie recipes! I love this site it has helped me a lot already. Thanks

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BRITTISL 11/29/2007 8:33AM

  What a great idea!

I hope the emails are able to get through to my email system as most SparkPeople emails are being blocked by Comcast :(

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PINCURL 11/27/2007 9:24PM

  this is my first day,I can't wait for my first week

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CYNTHIAS50 11/27/2007 9:24PM

    A wonderful testimonial! I wish my family were more supportive of my efforts, but my many Spark-Sisters here keep me going!

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SparkPeople's 12 Days of Holiday Cookies!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We're happy to announce SparkPeople's 12 Days of Holiday Cookies! Members who subscribe to our Recipe of the Day Newsletter will receive one new cookie/dessert recipe each day, beginning Saturday, December 1. What a delicious way to get ready for all those holiday parties and gift exchanges!

If you're interested in receiving the 12 Days of Cookies, but don't currently subscribe to the Recipe of the Day Newsletter, click here to change your email preferences.

We hope you enjoy it!

Coach Nicole

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TRAVIS07 12/24/2007 10:26PM

    Great idea!

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TRAVIS07 12/24/2007 10:23PM


ilove to make cookies .nothing nicer than homemade goodies to give away to the special ones in your life.

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MERRIME 11/30/2007 3:10PM

    Count me in too? What a great idea. I have a few recipes for healthy cookies -- should I post them somewhere? They're really low carb with no sugar (I use Splenda). Will you be posting recipes too?

Looking forward!

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DANCINGGRANNY 11/30/2007 11:42AM

    I am ready for something sweet and not add the pounds... let them come.

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KRISULA 11/30/2007 12:00AM

    My kids have already started making cookies. I'm excited.

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NATIONMOM 11/29/2007 10:42PM

    This will be great. We are doing a cookie exchange this year.

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BIKINIBOUND!! 11/29/2007 10:34PM

    mmm..between Food Network 12 Days of Cookies and this, I should be set for awhile! Looking forward to it!

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DEEDUM 11/29/2007 10:10PM

    can't wait! :)

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JOEGIRL6113 11/29/2007 9:53PM

    This will be great. Looking forward to it.

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CRAZYCOL 11/29/2007 9:35PM

  Hope these cookies are low fat and low cal, looking forward to checking them out. Thanks

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LADYREDWOLF 11/29/2007 9:22PM

    I like cookies with milk sometimes at night for a snack. I like a variety of cookies so this site will be perfect. I plan on making them and hopefully my children will enjoy them as well.
Thank you !

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CSONIA 11/29/2007 9:18PM

  i lovvee cookies........cant wait this seems like fun.. New cookies new ideas..

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NO_X_CUSES 11/29/2007 9:17PM

    I need some low fat gift cookies.

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FORTUNEPAULA 11/29/2007 8:50PM

    Wonderful, been trying to find lower calorie and fat versions as my family expects me to bake at christmas.

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ILENEJ 11/29/2007 8:44PM

  Looking forward to some low calorie cokies

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MARKOSKI 11/29/2007 8:43PM

  This sounds wonderful. I can't believe there are actually holiday cookie recipes that I won't have to feel completely guilty about! Thanks!!!

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JACKIE4019 11/29/2007 8:23PM

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm cookies. Sounds like a great idea.

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TIFANNY 11/29/2007 8:19PM

  I'd love to be included, cookies are my cheap gift this year. . . .

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DIANEJ64 11/29/2007 8:06PM

  I can't wait to see what cookies are on the list!
I'm always looking for new recipes to make not only fo rmy family but to share with others!

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GRANNYOF05 11/29/2007 8:05PM

    I'd love to be included in this. I collect cookie receipes.

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JUDYSPOSITIVE 11/29/2007 7:47PM

    This is such a good idea, I can hardly wait. My daughters are Christmas baking this weekend. I wasn't going to because I didn't think it would be a good idea. Now I can actually make something that will be okay. WONDERFUL IDEA!

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KRISTI1225 11/29/2007 7:37PM

    Oh I have been looking for healthy cookie recipes. Please sign me up.

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GETNITBACK 11/29/2007 7:30PM

  Perfect for those of us that love to cook, but don't for the guilt of the good tastes we create, sign me up!!

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JIMINYC 11/29/2007 7:17PM

    Are the cookies healthy or lower fat/calorie versions?

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SAYLASPUNK 11/29/2007 7:14PM

    Sign me plz!

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HUNT4DANIELLE 11/29/2007 6:35PM

    Sign me up!

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BETHRICHTED 11/29/2007 6:28PM

  I'm in! Thanks!!

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BHICKS04 11/29/2007 6:18PM

    Include me in on these recipes, I like trying something new

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PJB1415 11/29/2007 5:57PM

  This is a great idea please add me to the e-mail thank you.

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19XINE69 11/29/2007 5:39PM

    oh, cookies! i love!!!! add me please in your mailing list for the 12 days of cookies. yum yum yum yum!!!

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DINKS4ME 11/29/2007 5:35PM

    Oh YESSSSS! I would love to in on this!

Thanks so much!


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LITTLESANDI 11/29/2007 5:22PM

  I love to bake so I am looking forward to the 12 Days of Holiday Cookies. Please include me in getting the recipes.

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TAMMY1513 11/29/2007 5:05PM

    I would like to receive the recipes on different desserts, I love to bake. I would love to bake different things for my church and family. Thank you

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CALIDREAMER76 11/29/2007 4:52PM

    I hope these are going to be low fat/low calorie recipes.
Some of the recipe of the day recipes seem they are for my "Old" lifestyle, not my new, healthier, low fat, low calorie life style.
I look forward to making things that are tasty and healthy to bring to school to share with my students and co-workers.

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DIVINEBEING 11/29/2007 4:17PM

  I love the idea as long as it is guilt free as I love to bake but am trying to keep my family as healthy and fit as possible

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DJHEILMANN 11/29/2007 4:13PM

    You can subsribe by:
- Going to your My Tools/Start page
- Clicking account/email preferences on the upper left of the page
- Clicking Manage Email Preferences on the next page
- Checking the box next to Recipe of the Day email
- Clicking Save and Submit

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MRYOUNESS 11/29/2007 4:06PM

    I have to agree with LORIMCA. Although it is optional to subscribe, I just think this is a temptation for people. I would have loved to have seen something along the lines of 12 different healthier options that we could bring (and eat) to some of these holiday parties. For example, I have a great pumpkin bread/muffin recipe from Thanksgiving that is very low cal/low carb, but very yummy. Those are ideas I would love to see this month.

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LORIMCA 11/29/2007 4:00PM

  Well, I really don't like opening up my sparkpeople nutrition tracker and seeing pictures of cookies! I'm work awfully hard to keep this going well... and yes I expect to see cookies in the grocery store and at parties and functions, but I just don't like seeing them on my tracker page and I really didn't expect it. I'm really kind of disappointed...

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JERSEYGIRL26 11/29/2007 3:28PM

    I would love this but says my email address on account is not valid, can it be sent to the sparkmail?

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BMERRITT98 11/29/2007 3:15PM

    How do you subscibe to the recipe of the day newsletter? I want some cookies.

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COLJER1 11/29/2007 3:05PM

  thanks a ton , have been dying for something sweet

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KATHY_NATURELVR 11/29/2007 3:01PM

    I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts. I also sneak healthier alternatives into my food when I cook. They don't even know!

Yea for cookies!

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TESSA_NJ 11/29/2007 2:21PM

    How about some sugar free cookie recipes? Maybe with Splenda?

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GARDENBUG8 11/29/2007 1:51PM

    I've added some great recipes from the daily newsletter - can't wait for the holiday ones! Thanks for always thinking ahead!

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KFOLIVE 11/29/2007 1:30PM

    I just looked up cherry pie (which someone put on my desk!) and I did not eat it after seeing how much damage it would do! Would love to have had a low calorie, low fat alternative because it sure looked yummy!! : (

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APRILJCARRASCO 11/29/2007 1:22PM

  I can't wait to get some different ideas on great treats for my family!

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MYSIDE 11/29/2007 1:20PM

    Gluten free recipes would be great!!!

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MEMALYN 11/29/2007 1:15PM

    I too would appreciate Gluten Free recipe's.

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REESE76 11/29/2007 1:15PM

    Thanks for the info and I can't wait. I have been really liking sneaking good things into the old bad stuff my family eats. Most of the time I never tell...lol Just like oh yes Angel those are carrots (sweat potatoes), or pumpkin in the muffins/cookies.

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OUTOFIDEAS 11/29/2007 1:02PM

    Will there be any gluten free recipes?

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