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3/2/13 8:34 A

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It was a great night! :)

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3/1/13 11:39 P

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Had fun seeing everyone and laughing together. Nice to meet Shannon (3RDBABYWEIGHT)!

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3/1/13 3:32 P

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That is really too bad. I was looking so forward to seeing you both. Next time!


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3/1/13 3:23 P

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I just wanted to pop in and let you guys know that Rhonda had something come up with the kids at the last minute so we won't be able to be there tonight... hopefully the next time...

Have fun, someone take pictures :)

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3/1/13 12:06 P

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Red Robin doesn't take reservations, but they have listed us as a "call in" for 7 pm. Just say you are with the Spark party.

For those who need an exact address for tonight, it is:
8227 Agora Parkway (Just off 35 N)
Selma, TX 78154
(210) 659-9229

The exit from 35 is closed so it is a good idea to take the Pat Booker Rd exit and take the turnaround under 1604 and enter the Forum from that end.

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3/1/13 10:03 A

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Pooh! Do you work on Sundays? We are having a spark meet up and picnic at Siclovia on April 7th!

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2/28/13 10:45 P

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It will be a work night for me, so cant make it. Disappointing as its one event thats near me. Maybe some day.

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2/28/13 3:49 P

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I can't wait to see you guys at the dinner tomorrow night!

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2/26/13 3:46 P

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I'm sorry to hear that Dana but I understand! We're definitely planning to host dinners all around the city this year. :)

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2/26/13 2:12 P

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I'm disappointed you can't make it, but we will be doing this again in June. I so hope you can make that one! We will be having it in a different area of town. What areas work best for you?

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2/26/13 2:08 P

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I am not going to be able to make it... With work I can't get over to that part of town before 8:45pm. I am disapointed I can't make it😞

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2/26/13 11:44 A

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Yep, what Amanda said! We LOVE meeting new members! Looking forward to it!

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2/26/13 11:02 A

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Definitely not too late! Can't wait to meet you! :)

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2/26/13 10:29 A

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I found this Spark Team just in time! It never dawned on me to look for a San Antonio team until I was reading something on SparkAmerica about get togethers. I just RSVP'd for the dinner. I hope it wasn't too late.

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2/25/13 12:56 P

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NANNABLACK, enjoy your vacation!

This Friday is our dinner meet up! I'm so excited to be meeting some new faces as well as visiting with those we already know! Here's the link in case anyone still needs to RSVP or needs more details: www.sparkamerica.com/city_sparkrally
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2/16/13 1:36 P

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Sorry I won't be able to attend. I'll be finishing up a week long vacation at Sandestin Beach Resort. Hope to meet you guys sooner or later.

I'm originally from Louisiana. I now live in San Antonio.


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2/7/13 11:40 A

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I agree MJ. You all help me so much! And I am glad that we are meeting at a place that make us THINK!

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2/7/13 11:38 A

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Super good information!

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2/7/13 11:28 A

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A natural burger (beef) without toppings is 532 calories. A petite natural burger is 286.

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FYI re: the turkey burgers - they are MUCH higher in calories than the beef burgers. They use the fattiest ground turkey possible, and are often hundreds of calories more than the beef burger. Just to warn you. Also, you can't order turkey burgers or chicken burgers in petite - just beef, I believe.

Yeah, that whiskey wrap is super high calorie - I learned that by accident!

Also, the ensenada platter is deceptive in the calorie content because 1) it includes salad as its side dish for calories, and 2) it includes 2 full breasts on the plate. When I order the meal, with one chicken breast and a side of fries, then calorie total is 586 + any sauces/dips that I eat. I don't eat the ones that come with the meal, but i do tend to eat their campfire sauce or tartar sauce, so I add that in.

Edited by: POOKASLUAGH at: 2/7/2013 (11:29)
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2/7/13 11:22 A

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Thanks, Amanda! I didn't know about being able to order petite sized. I love the french onion soup, but it is so high in sodium it isn't a great option for me.

I am a big believer in ordering what you like when you go out to eat - providing you don't go out to eat very often! That doesn't mean eat three plates of fries or two burgers, but an occasional indulgence is good for the soul. I do admit to liking their fries...most fries I could take or leave. I just try to limit how many I eat. I generally halve their burgers if that is what I order.

I think we will all be just fine and since we live in the real world it is a good challenge for us to go to a place like this and learn to select better options without giving in completely to lettuce, oil, and vinegar as being our only choices!

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2/7/13 11:14 A

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Thank you guys so much! That really helps!

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2/7/13 11:13 A

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Figuring out what the best choices are at a place known for big burgers and never ending fries is a challenge! I've isolated some of the best choices calorie-wise. No choice is EXCELLENT in the sodium range, but a few aren't too bad. I've noted which ones are way high in that realm. Those who really want one of their yummy burgers can always cut it in half (they are so filling this is very doable!) and eat the other half for lunch the next day. I might do that.

Burgers and Sandwiches (I am NOT listing red meat choices, only turkey and chicken):

Grilled Turkey Burger on whole wheat bun - 578 calories

Cali Chicken Burger - 744 calories, and one of the lowest in sodium at 633 grams.

Simply Grilled Chicken Sandwich - comes without mayo at 408 calories. Add Dijon Mustard and it is 414 calories. Add Chipotle Mayo and it is 601 calories.

Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich - 793 calories. Remove the swiss cheese and it is 683 calories.

Bruschetta Chicken Sandwich - 615 calories, but higher in sodium. Remove the provolone and it is 535 calories.

Baja Turkey Club Sandwich - 734 calories but super high in sodium.

BLTA (Bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado) Croissant - 660 calories and had the most fiber at 5 grams.


Plates:

The only plate under 800 calories (which is what I set the limit on) is the Ensenada Chicken Platter. It is only 441 calories but is fairly high in sodium.

Wraps:
I was surprised to read that the wraps (especially since one was with spinach tortillas) were as high or higher in calories as the sandwiches! I'm only listing two, the highest and the lowest to give you an example:

Whiskey River BBQ chicken wrap in spinach tortillas - a whopping 1200 calories!

Caesar Chicken Wrap: 789 calories.

Salads: Not a big caloric difference, but more veggies, presumably.

AVO Cobb O Salad with grilled chicken breast and 2 oz balsamic vinaigrette - 752 calories.

Apple Harvest Chicken Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette - 705 calories

Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad with Baja Ranch dressing - 873 calories (can make under 800 calories with a different dressing)

Simply Grilled Chicken salad with 2 oz balsamic vinaigrette - 574 calories.

You can look over the menu and use the nutrition customizer to build your meal in advance at:

www.redrobin.com/menu

Edited by: MJ-SHE-BEAST at: 2/7/2013 (11:15)
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2/7/13 10:52 A

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I admit, I'm not always onmy best behavior there. When I'm on good behavior, I order a one-breast Chicken Ensenada plate and get fries with it instead of a salad (I don't like their salads - I think they're mostly iceberg lettuce, which is a big no-no for me!!!). When I want a hamburger, I just order it in petite size, which is basically the same size they give to the kids in the kids menu. I'm not sure that's even on the menu, but i found out it was possible at one point and started doing that. I used to also just go and order a cup of French onion soup with a side of fries (I *really* like their fries), but they stopped making their French onion, boo! So yeah, mostly on those days I budget enough room to order something with fries, haha! A side order of fries, according to their nutrition app, is about 450 calories, and I think I usually end up eating around 600-700 calories for a meal when I'm there.

I know other people who order and love the salads, though! I'm just not that sort of person. :D

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2/7/13 10:16 A

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I am wondering what you all order at Red Robin. Just looking at the menu scares me!! I am sure you all have some good choices to share with me! Just planning.... emoticon

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1/28/13 11:43 P

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I had the spurs game time wrong . I will just have to miss!

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I am RSVPed!

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1/28/13 12:46 P

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Here is the link to RSVP for the March 1st dinner at Red Robin: www.sparkamerica.com/city_sparkrally
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Please RSVP as soon as you know how many will be with you. We need to make sure we have tables and chairs set up for everyone!

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1/28/13 12:28 P

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That would be great, Barb! Look forward to seeing you and Rick!


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1/28/13 1:29 A

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Spurs game, but not until 8:30pm. Maybe we could come early and leave for the game at 8:oo.
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1/27/13 11:44 A

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James, on time or not, we would hold a seat for you (and Michelle too, of course!). We would probably gab so much that your being late wouldn't be a problem at all. Hope to see you there!


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Can try to make this but with work and the drive across town it'll be hard to get there on time.

"The most important thing is this: to be able at any moment - to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become!" - Eric Thomas, Secrets to Success Part 1

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YES, I will be there.

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Alright, it's decided: the March meetup will be on Friday, March 1st, at 7:00pm. Like MJ said, it will be at Red Robin the Forum area. Let us know if you think you'll make it! :)

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hope to make it to at least one or two of the meetings...would love to put a face with a name...be blessed all!!!

All things are possible with God!!!


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We have decided as leaders that we will be having dinner get togethers at least 4 times this year. One in March, one in June, one in September, and one in December. This is in addition to other Spark events, rallies, and meet ups that will occur this year. We will try to move the dinners to a different area each time so everyone doesn't always have to drive clear across town to attend.

Our March date has not been set yet, but will be in the next day or so. It will be on a Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Red Robin in the Forum. If you haven't been to the Forum before, it is just off of 35 North as you leave San Antonio, just past 1604 on the Northeast side.

Stay tuned for the exact date. Hope to see a lot of you there. In the meantime, here is the Red Robin menu. If you look to the right you will see options such as a nutrition customizer, so you can plan out your meal and calories/sodium/cholesterol/fat grams etc in advance! www.redrobin.com/menu

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