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2/18/11 9:34 P

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Thank you so much GMA! I tend to get a bit carried away sometimes and I worry I'm sending people into a coma with a big pile of words, so it's wonderful to hear positivity (is that even a word?!) emoticon

And can I just say I love your picture? You have such a beautiful sweet smile!

Thank you!

Joanie

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2/18/11 8:59 P

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I'm glad you're a posting hog cause I really enjoyed reading your message and agree with it. Since I joined SP, I am very aware of everything that goes into my mouth and have cut down on my diet soda to 1 or less a day and try to drink more water. Keep sharing cause it helps.

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2/18/11 12:49 P

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Sorry to be a posting-hog, but I posted this on another thread, and I felt like it really belonged here:

I've found something interesting about my journey here as regards cooking...I've been trying to eat all "real foods" (rather than like low-cal stuff) to see if I could actually lose weight like that, and you know, it's kind of working! I mean, I still use some "diet-y" things; I have a reduced-fat cheese I love (Trader Joe's reduced-fat Celtic Cheddar -- it actually MELTS!), reduced-fat mayo (that stuff made with olive oil -- it's really good), and cooking spray, but mostly real foods -- meats, veggies, whole-grain breads, other whole grains, olive oil and even a little butter!

It's like, I've been dieting for so long (let's call a spade a spade, what I've been doing was dieting, not following a healthy lifestyle) where I was always looking for the lowest-point, lowest-calorie foods and eating "diet" this and "reduced-fat" that...it's like I'm a baby learning how to eat real foods in reasonable portions. But it's kind of cool, and I'm already seeing how I'll reap the benefits long-term. Like, I've been getting this fantastic bread from the farmer's market. Now, if I used Oroweat Sandwich Thins for my lunch with my Spinach Hummus I make, I could make a sandwich. But if I use the Farmer's Market bread, two slices of it is almost three ounces; three times as many calories! So, I bring a slice and a half, toast it, and spread the hummus on it open-face. What's huge about that for me is that I can see to the future where, once I've lost the weight I want to lose, I can just have the two pieces of bread. Like, maintaining my weight will be the same as losing my weight, I just get a bit more of the food I already eat!

I don't know, this feels like a revelation to me!

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2/17/11 2:57 P

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I SO agree with all of you -- it's SO fun to get new recipes "under my belt" (literally!) but when you add "healthy" and "delicious" to the mix it really is a great feeling of accomplishment. I've spent so many years relying on the crutch of "diet" and "substitute" foods that it is SUCH a wonderful surprise to cook REAL FOODS and still be healthy!!!

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2/17/11 4:37 A

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emoticon I am having so much fun trying new recipes too! I used to not cook at all hardly..so my hubby is definitely enjoying it too LOL

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1/20/11 1:17 P

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I love it too! the bacon wrapped asparagus is my favorite! I'm leaving for home today for a family emergency but I'm sharing the recipes I did try with my family this weekend! I hope we get to make some.

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1/20/11 12:45 P

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Hi, I just wanted to say that I agree with you about the enthusiasm! My DH has tried all of my recipes that I've made. He also is mmm-mmming. I'm so glad he likes them! I like hoe you can add them to you nutrition page.

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1/20/11 11:09 A

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Congrats on your 60 lb weight loss. So glad to be with you on our road to success. Slow and easy is the best for so much in life.

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1/20/11 10:46 A

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I feel the same way I am losing slowly but for the first time I can continue to eat like this for the rest of my life ! and keep loosing ! I figure by next year I should have reached my goal.
Losing a little over 60 pounds in a year vs. 60 in a few months. I'll take the slower way cause it works in the long run.
Here's to a healthy us !!!

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1/20/11 1:41 A

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1/19/11 10:13 P

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Way to go re: the enthusiasm. It will take you far. you can do it.!!!

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1/19/11 10:05 P

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You are going to do great when you start making these recipes. They are the greatest addiction to have. LOL I'll send you all the ones I tried as I try them. :) Happy cooking!

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1/19/11 9:55 P

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Your enthusiasm is contagious. You have motivated me to start going thru recipes and cooking. Can hardly wait to go grocery shopping.

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1/19/11 9:45 P

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I have found quick learning recipes that are simple to make and simple to buy for. I'm driving my fiance nuts but after I cook these awesome meals I find here on the website, let's just say his "mmm-mmm" does all the talking! LOL I have never been this pumped to lose weight and I have enough to bring to lunch with me tomorrow. I can't believe it! This is just awesome!

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