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My Review Of A New FRITOSģ Product

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sometimes, I enjoy a nice snack. Iím not talking about just snacking on fresh fruits and celery and carrot sticks as many of you know that I have for snacks. I also like junk food sometimes for my snack. One of my top snack foods are the regular FRITOSģ Corn Chips. The only issue I have with them is the salt and the sodium, so I donít have them too often Ė itís too salty and have too much sodium. But I just learned of a new product: FRITOSģ Lightly Salted Corn Chips.

I bought some today. Theyíre not bad at all. There is an obvious difference. I could immediately tell it was less salty than the original. I checked the back of the package to find just 80mg of sodium, a drop in the bucket from the 170mg in the original.

Aside from the saltiness, there isnít any difference. The lightly salted version has the same robust corn flavor, is just a crunchy and crisp, and nearly as satisfying: I say ďnearlyĒ as satisfying because it will take some getting used to them being less salty. . . but less salt is a good thing. I hope I wonít snack more now that they are less salty.

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PICKIE98 7/27/2010 3:26PM

    OMG!!My all-time fave!! I have not seen them BUT I have tried the lightly salted Lays potato chips,, they are great, I do not miss the salt,, if they were salt-free they would be good,,

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PLATINUM755 5/1/2010 11:45AM

    thanks for sharing...I'm not a big chip person but good info to know!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/30/2010 7:40PM

    Thanks for the review on these, Will.
I also enjoy a junk food snack now and then so it's good to know that these might be an option that is lower in sodium.


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BAREADER 4/30/2010 10:05AM

    I will try them, but the main reason I eat Fritos is for the salt! I don't eat them often either because I watch my sodium intake. I also love Salt & Vinegar chips for the same reason, the salt burn! Everything in moderation, most days my sodium is in range so it's okay if I splurge occasionally.

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LIV2RIDE 4/30/2010 6:58AM

    I'll have to look for those for my DH. He loves Fritos. Its's probably like getting used to baked Doritos. It took him a while to get used to those but now he loves them.

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_VALEO_ 4/30/2010 6:45AM

    I'm not a chips-fan, but I'm glad you could find a "lighter" version of your favorite ones... and with 0 Trans fat (does it mean they don't use palm oil?)

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MONETRUBY 4/29/2010 11:46PM

    I'll have to check these out sometime, but, like you, I hope I don't eat more just because they're less salty!

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SEMUSPARK 4/29/2010 10:15PM

    I love fritos too but I can't just eat a handful...They're addicting!

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SUNNYH99 4/29/2010 7:59PM

    Will, what great news! One of my faves from "before" is Taco Salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, black olives, kidney beans, grated cheese, Catalina dressing & Fritos! I can veganize it & enjoy this with your discovery!

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KBVMCRAE 4/29/2010 7:31PM

    thanks for the review. i love fritos, but i rarely get them as i can not stick to the suggested serving size!

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RUHRUH1979 4/29/2010 7:29PM

    I saw these as well. I'm going to have to pick up a bag. I'd much rather have chips or pretzels than sweets, so I'm on the lookout for things like this. Thanks for posting!

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TRAVELNISTA 4/29/2010 7:29PM

    Oh man I haven't had a frito in I don't know how long. I love them too but couldn't stand the salt. Good to know for the next time I decide to splurge.

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KOKOEK9 4/29/2010 7:26PM

    thanks for posting

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JETTER4 4/29/2010 7:20PM

  I love Fritos so maybe I should try this.

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MISS_VIV 4/29/2010 7:20PM

    I am a Frito's fan also. Thank you for checking these out for us. I will be looking for them in the grocery.

I could eat the whole bag full right now.
But I am NOT going to dash to the store.
Thanks for another wonderful bog.

Keep up the good work.

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ZZYYGGY 4/29/2010 7:16PM

    Great job.

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Your Diet and Your Brain

Monday, April 26, 2010

I like to read all I can on health, fitness, and nutrition studies from reliable sources, and I ran across this recent information on dementia and Alzheimers. I was not surprised to learn that the most healthful diets, those that are low in red meats and dairy and those high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, fish, seeds and Omega 3/Omega 6 fatty acids may also help to reduce the incidence of brain atrophy such as Alzheimers. That is amazing. If we need another reason to change our diets, this is another one to add to the list.

Read more about this for yourself in these articles:



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MONETRUBY 4/26/2010 11:05PM

    Great stuff, and good-no, actually, essential to know. Thanks for posting this!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/26/2010 8:55PM

    That is good to know especially since I have lost a grandparent on both sides who had Alzheimer's. Any thing I can do to lower my risk of getting it works for me. It's such a heartbreaking disease.

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BAREADER 4/26/2010 7:51PM

    Thank you for keeping up with all these health issues and informing others. This is something that keeps me motivated to stick with a "healthy" lifestyle, not just trying to lose weight for appearance sake.

Another good reason to add to an already long list of reasons to eat healthy and exercise.

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_VALEO_ 4/26/2010 5:52PM

    Keep on sharing those articles. It is important that we realize what we're eating can impact their future life.
I think those tips can also reduce other diseases--reducing red meat is good for the heart.

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PLATINUM755 4/26/2010 2:38PM

    Let's keep those pistons firing...Thanx for the articles!

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ASH72461 4/26/2010 12:31PM

  i am all for whatever helps my keep my mind longer
plus i love fresh fruit emoticon emoticon

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RENA1965 4/26/2010 11:06AM

    I have worked in many dement units- many of the dement people are thin fat suffers...Dement is slowly but surely being also called a lifestyle illness..
Think about it, cholestrol clogs thin people arteries, it also hangs fast in the brain blood vessels and slowly clogs them- people get their memory stolen quietly without ever feeling pain..
The weakest link is different from patient to patient.. Small blood clots or dangerous high blood pressure busting blood vessels the symptom with this is memory loss unless a violent busting of a major blood vessel.. People just fall down, when they recover the damage can be seen on the oppersite side of the body to the side of the brain damaged.. Also cholestrol can collect in the front of the brain and steal peoples eye sight and sense of smell.. The blood clots can be seen on scannings..
I have seen people change so radical it is scarey.. They can be reduced to a child whom bites scratches and doesn't remember their own family or spouse..
This is why I am so radical about the "what we put in our mouth issue!" My thin family didn't stand a chance, BMI made it hard to discuss nutrition quality and even with thin co-workers.. Cholestrol is a silent killer...

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My New Gym

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's been about eight weeks since my last blog posting. I fell off the blog wagon. Now that I have a new gym membership, now is a good time to get back on that wagon.

Okay, so today, I decided to find a new gym. Iíd been a member of Bally Total Fitness since about September 2006. I chose that one because of the location. It is close to home and was decent. But somewhere along the way they got new management and things changed.

First off, the cleanliness factor went way down. The club itself, the area out front, and the menís locker room werenít kept up very well. But the thing that really did it for me and made me decide to change gyms is the due to the poorly maintained equipment. There always seems to be a couple of machines out of order. When I go after work, itís busy enough when all machines are working, sometimes making me wait to use a machine. The last thing they need is a down machine. Thatís probably the main reason why my gym visits became more infrequent.

Well I had been thinking about other local gyms. Not too many to choose from but I definitely need one thatís close to home, and Goldís Gym got chosen. When I walked in I was immediately sold. It was clean all over: the front of the building, the lobby, and the locker room. A good selling point was that Gold's, unlike Bally's, has a Jacuzzi and sauna.The Bally's near me was what they (Ballyís) calls a dry gym: no sauna, jacuzzi, or swimming pool. But Goldís is a wet gym. The young lady who processed me was done in a half hour, and that included time spent showing me around the facility. The Ballyís rep took more than an hour to sign me up. Go figure.

So far, Iím pleased and although I pay about $8 more with Goldís, there are gym features I get that Ballyís didnít offer. Iím glad I made that change. Iím working on taking care of these love handles that crept up on me over winter. Iím ready to get physical again.

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_VALEO_ 4/25/2010 5:47PM

    I'm glad to see you back, and with good news: a brand new membership in a gym that you like. I also prefer the wet gyms to the dry ones.

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SAMTHEMAN60 4/24/2010 12:33PM

    Good luck with new gym. Your other one sounded skeevy. I would have left also.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/21/2010 8:55PM

    Glad to have you back. I kept thinking that I wasn't getting your blogs. I didn't know you were on a blog break. emoticon
I have been a little lax in the blog department myself.

Good for you on finding a new gym you like. If you are paying for something you should be satisfied with the product or service.

Have a good night.


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PLATINUM755 4/21/2010 1:54PM

    Good to have you back with us. Sorry your old gym didn't cut the mustard, and glad you did what you had to do...the added features to the new gym sounds wonderful and make the time there even more enjoyable as you melt those love handles away!

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SUNNYH99 4/21/2010 1:24PM

    Good for you, Will. What good is the gym membership we never use, the gym we never visit? Been there, done that, too! Cleanliness is a huge deal. One can get ringworm and athlete's foot from gym surfaces, and who needs that? To me, price is less important than quality of the services and facilities. Convenience is important to me, too. I go to a gym I can literally see from my office, so that I have no excuse to miss tacking a visit on to the end of my work day on those days I don't have a commitment at home at an early hour. I get there 1-2 times a week, and visit the gym by our place on weekends 1-2 times. Works pretty well for me now. I learned from this blog: mine is a "wet" gym, too, though I don't often use the steam or sauna or pool.

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LIV2RIDE 4/21/2010 7:03AM

    Welcome back! I look forward to reading your future blogs.

I used to love Gold's Gym when my dad and I worked out together. It's a great place. Bally's has really gone downhill the last few years. I thought they filed bankruptcy a few years ago but could be wrong. Most of the Bally's by me turned into LA Fitness. Good luck with the new gym.

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MISS_VIV 4/20/2010 10:19PM

    I'm glad that you have found a club that you can be proud to be a member of. One with all the amenities. Out here, the price of water aerobics, by itself is about $45.. so if you can get water exercises and sauna and jacuzzi for only 8 bucks more YOU ARE A WINNER...

We already knew that......

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MONETRUBY 4/20/2010 10:17PM

    The new gym sounds great. Hope things continue to go well, and that you can get back to blogging regularly!

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MOTHER-NATURE 4/20/2010 9:40PM

    William I am so glad you decided to find a new gym ... you already sound very happy there .. good luck working those love handles off emoticon

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Itís American Heart Month

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Itís American Heart Month. February was first declared American Heart Month back in 1963. This is a good time to focus on the importance of maintaining healthy living for a stronger heart. So what does that mean? There are some things you can do with your diet and your behaviors to help improve the functioning of your heart. Here are three key things you can do:

See a doctor
Many people donít see a doctor unless they end up in the emergency room following trauma or some other urgent medical need. Itís not just because they donít have health benefits. Even many people with benefits donít always get their proper check-ups. A regular check-up is an important step to keeping your heart healthy and identifying any potential problems. So, if it has been a while since your last exam, make an appointment as soon as possible. If you donít have health insurance and cannot afford the out-of-pocket expense of seeing a doctor, donít underestimate the worth of a free or discounted health clinic run by your city or county or state.

Be mindful of the fats in your diet
Fats in your diet can have some long term effects to your health. You should be seeking to reduce the amounts of bad or unhealthy fats (such as saturated fats Ė those that are solid when cold and liquid when heated), which generally come from animals. You should be increasing your good or healthy fats (Omega 3), which you can get from walnuts, avocado, flaxseeds and flax oil, some fish, hemp seeds. This is a short list of foods that contain these healthy fats. Omega 3 fats can help to improve heart functioning.

Increase your physical activity
Itís not necessary to do a rigorous routine for your heart to reap the benefits. Going for a walk every day can help immensely. In addition, take the stairs over using an elevator as much as possible. Grab your significant other and go bike riding, skating, or walking in a park. Throwing a Frisbee back and forth or tossing a ball around is also helpful. Anything you can do that gets your body moving and increases your heart rate is all you need.

So, take some time to focus on your heart health. Incorporating some simple little things into your life on a daily basis can help make your heart stronger, and a strong heart can contribute to a healthy body.

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SAMTHEMAN60 2/25/2010 4:26PM

    I joined this site just to do that, get focused.

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EXERCISEVA 2/8/2010 10:06PM

    thanks for the information on heart healthy month emoticon

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MONETRUBY 2/4/2010 11:20PM

    Excellent and informative, as always. You always have useful nuggets in your blogs, which is why I enjoy reading them so much. Thanks!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/4/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks Will.
Another good informative blog. emoticon

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    Oh Valerie, I forgot all about the Spark heart page. Thanks for that. And regarding your question, yes, you are right, I do not eat fish. But the readers of my blog are diverse and many of them do eat fish. So, I wanted to be mindful of them.

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_VALEO_ 2/4/2010 5:07AM

    Just to complement your blog, I'd like to add that SP has a calendar to celebrate this Heart month, with daily tips. For those who are interested, you can find the calendar here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource

(I saw that you wrote "fish" in the healthy food choice. For some reasons, I thought you were a vegetarian, I didn't know you were a pescatarian. Not a problem, mind you.)

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SUNNYH99 2/3/2010 9:29PM

    Sounds good, Will. We all need to be reminded of our responsibility in ourown medical care, of keeping those annual appointments, having those mammograms or colonoscopies when we need them, and not just waiting for a crisis to drag us into treatment. Thanks!

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MSCHMIDTRO 2/3/2010 11:10AM

    I guess it makes sense that February is heart month with Valentines Day and all. Thanks for taking the time to write such a well written and informative blog!

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The Biggest Loser

Friday, January 22, 2010

So, what do you think about "The Biggest Loser?" I am not a big fan of reality TV shows. Many of them, in my humble opinion, seem to make a fool of the participants, using them as a source of entertainment without giving them much of a reward in return. But I think ďThe Biggest LoserĒ is quite different. It is a good and practical health show. In fact, I would go so far as saying that this show is one of the most monumental health and fitness television programs I have seen in a long time, and the reward is immeasurable.

Although Iím not a regular viewer, I completely support the premise of the show and its approach toward better health. It focuses on lifestyle changes for a healthier mind and body, something that I strongly advocate. But in addition, there is something else about the show that sets it apart from many other weight loss shows.

Many weight loss programs show svelte, well-built and in-shape models who flash a before picture of themselves 100 pounds heavier while they tell you how they lost their weight. Frankly, I donít think thatís very effective. If you are sitting at home with 100 or 60 or 200 (or whatever) pounds to lose, it is not very helpful to see a fit, well-defined model telling you how you can look that way too.

ďThe Biggest LoserĒ shows you real people at the beginning of their weight loss journey and takes you through their daily lives, through their ups and downs. You see for yourself the progress they make; you also get to see when they donít make progress, and thatís the missing piece that other programs fail to show. Itís that missing piece that I believe can better help people who struggle, so they feel connected and can recognize that they are not alone and not the only ones who backslide.

You get to see the frustrations they experience when theyíve maintained their diet and followed their exercise regime yet they still didnít lose any weight since their last weigh-in, and you even see some people who did everything right and they may have even gained a pound or two since their last weigh-in. Thatís how it is sometimes in real life with real people, and you realize that no matter what method you choose to use to lose weight, youíll have good days and not-so-good days.

ďThe Biggest LoserĒ shows you not just the before and the after, the way other weight loss programs do; it shows you the beginning, the middle, and the end. It is no wonder this show has been on for nine seasons. Much kudos to the ďBiggest LoserĒ execs for a job well done.

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MONETRUBY 1/25/2010 12:00AM

    I like some aspects of the show (showing that becoming healthier takes real work, not just surgery or pills, and Jillian Michaels), but I agree that people shouldn't compare their weight loss journey to the ones shown on the show. The contestants get to take a leave of absence from their real lives, unlike those of us who have to go on working, taking care of families, etc. It's a reality show, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's completely real. There's a lot of editing and post-production work done, in order to increase the drama. Overall, it's a good show, you just have to watch it with understanding and a realistic attitude.

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SEMUSPARK 1/24/2010 10:34PM

    I think it's motivational but people have to be careful when comparing themselves to the contestants on the show. They live on a ranch with the best trainers and physicians-they exercise 6 hours a day! Losing 20 pounds a week is CRAZY but it makes for good television. Real people trying to lose weight at home shouldn't expect those results at all. The BL has done a great job of putting obese people on TV though-the shock factor is there when you see people weighing over 300 pounds and with serious health issues. It's definitely done a good job of bringing the obesity epidemic in this country into the media spotlight so we can discuss it.

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    I feel that the show's practices are dangerous to the psyche as well as the body.

I have seen people here on SparkPeople giving up on their weight loss efforts because they are losing at a healthy rate (doctors agree on the 0.5-2 lb/week model) rather than "like the people on the show".

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LIV2RIDE 1/23/2010 8:10AM

    BL is one show I actually sit down to watch. I think what people need to keep in mind is not to compare their journey to anyone on BL. Those people are there to exercise 5-6 hours a day. They have trainers, life coaches, doctors and help making meals. I don't think we get the full effect of the show though. We don't really see the day to day interaction with those professionals. We just see what makes good TV and then the weigh in. What we all need to keep in mind is it is in some sorts a game show. They are there to win a prize. It's funny how their thinking changes about the 4th or 5th episode and they get that they have been given a great gift...knowing what it takes to lose the weight and hopefully an eye opening experience. I do however wonder if it sticks. After 9 seasons how are the contestants of the first show doing?

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_VALEO_ 1/23/2010 3:54AM

    I've never watched it entirely, but only extracts on Youtube--the program doesn't exist over here, we can't podcast it due to some silly international laws. So my comment might be biased: I don't really care for this show, I don't think it is healthy to show persons losing such amount of lbs in so short a time, no one can exercise 24/24.

I disagree with the philosophy of the show: the quick weight loss, the way too intense and unrealistic fitness, the way the coaches yell at them, the starving mode some contestants are doing in order to lose a bit more before the big prime time, the weekly eliminations showing that those who don't lose enough are kicked out (and thus "failures"), the Jillian's philosophy ("no pain, no gain" and how she advertises her supplements because a sponsor gives her money anytime she promotes them--it shouldn't be allowed to promote medicines in a show like that), etc.

I wonder how the contestants are doing one year or nine years after. If you lose so much weight so quickly surrounded by coaches and cut from your own environment, I'm pretty sure you can't manage it once sent back home.
Any of us on Spark could lose such weight in the same conditions, but do we really want that? I think we are smarter than that, and know better!

I do hope such program will never be on air here. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure it'll be.

That being said, I can understand why the show is liked and watched. I have never been obese, but slightly overweight. If I were obese, I could relate to the contestants and would certainly try to do the same--that what fears me: persons trying to do the same without any medical and fitness coaches' supervision.

On a side note: I bought the Biggest Loser on Wii and I'm doing the fitness exercises once in a while. I'm sold when it comes to fitness games on Wii.

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TRAVELNISTA 1/23/2010 12:11AM

    I love the show and especially the last one where the winner is picked. The winner is not the highlight for me but how all of them look after all of those weeks of hard work.

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SUNNYH99 1/22/2010 10:27PM

    I enjoy it, too. In fact, I DVR'd the whole series and plan to watch Episode 2 this weekend. Thanks for giving us your take, Will. I agree!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/22/2010 9:38PM

    I am not much for watching those type of reality shows, but I do watch the Biggest Loser. It's a guilty pleasure.


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DBALZER 1/22/2010 9:14PM

    I couldn't agree more with your evaluation of the show. It is the everyday struggles that ultimately will lead to success, but no one else will tell you that it truly IS A STRUGGLE.

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FLAXQUEEN 1/22/2010 9:05PM

    My husband and I are both devoted watchers. He is very healthy and has never had a weight issue and is addicted to it! The show is an excellent source of motivation and inspiration.

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LITTLEKWONN 1/22/2010 8:45PM

    I really enjoy watching the show also! Its amazing to see them lose so much weight!

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SPINNER1010 1/22/2010 8:08PM

    I enjoy the show as well

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