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Every Sparker Knows How to Lose Weight!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ask anyone of us here how to lose weight and we will likely all agree - eat the right foods in the right quantities!

You can lose weight if you consistently -

Calculate your recommended calorie range.
Stopping eat out so often.
Eat home cooked meals.
Find a diet that you will stick with.
Learn all the food rules for your diet.
Learn the success factors for the diet.
Find recipes that suit your diet.
Make a grocery list.
Shop only for foods on the list.
Read food labels.
Plan your meals.
Cook meals from scratch when possible.
Learn to prepare meals without a lot of sugar, fat and salt.
Know and use portion sizes.
Measure everything.
Track your food and beverages before you eat.
Don't skip meals.
Stop eating when you've had enough.
Stay in your calorie range.
Have variety in your meals.
Do this every meal, everyday.

I have been preparing ALL my DD's meals and snacks and she has lost 8.5 pounds in 16 days. Wow almost a pound a day! I am so happy for her and her success is motivating me.

I have spent a lot of time looking for recipes, menu planning, food shopping, reading labels, creating recipes, cooking, weighing, measuring, packaging food, cleaning the kitchen, entering food in Spark and revising a daily menu to meet the dietary requirements. The results have been well worth it. DD compares these meals to her own personal Nutrisystem and is very happy with her weight loss and very motivated to continue with the diet.

I am going away for a few days so I have made up entrées for all DD's meals, so she can continue eating as she has. She will be preparing her own fruits, snacks and salads. I expect she will continue to lose half a pound a day, but the difference is she will now be doing some of her food preparation and we all know the temptations that lurk in the kitchen.

OK someone will ask - she is doing the Full Plate Diet. There is a free online book.

www.utexas.edu/student/housing/pdfs/
fullplatedietbook.pdf


I need a personal Nutrisystem chef!

  
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SUEARNOLD1 11/1/2014 10:08AM

    What a great Mom you are!

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FUNLOVEN 11/1/2014 9:55AM

    You didn't mention if you are gaining any benefits from all of this Kitchen Duty, but I would think you must be losing some too.

Good idea to have DD start doing some of her own food prep little by little. That way she can learn to tools without feeling too overwhelmed.

Good Job, Mom!

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LIVIN4LISH 11/1/2014 8:12AM

    Congratulations to your DD! You are a great mom for getting her headed in the right direction.

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SWEDE_SU 11/1/2014 5:39AM

    you've got it there, in a nutshell!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/1/2014 12:45AM

    That's great. Awesome blog.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/1/2014 12:08AM

    She is a lucky girl!

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LESLIELENORE 11/1/2014 12:08AM

    Great reminders!

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BILLB000 10/31/2014 11:09PM

    Love this blog... and such good reminders. Heard it all before, but the way you present it now is really concise, direct and helpful.... I am going to copy and paste this so I can keep it handy as a daily 'nudge.'

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/31/2014 10:42PM

    You are such a great Mom!!!

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JAMBABY0 10/31/2014 10:29PM

    thanks for sharing

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Kali's Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014


Kali's Dinner!

  
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TERI-RIFIC 11/1/2014 6:28AM

    Yikes! Didn't I see her on Walking Dead last week?

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/1/2014 12:09AM

    How lovely !

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/31/2014 10:40PM

    Kali is adorable!!!

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EMMACORY 10/31/2014 9:59PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2014 9:53PM

    LOL!! She is such a cutie!

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SUEARNOLD1 10/31/2014 9:41PM

    Love it!

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    Cute!

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AUNTRENEE 10/31/2014 9:39PM

    Oh joy!!!

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Thoughts on Wednesday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today I read a few blogs. Someone wrote about the importance of be an example to our children. I certainly agree and replied 'Teaching our children to eat properly will be what they remember as home cooking.' I am an empty nester and wish I knew then, what I know now. But I do remember how kids can be picky little eaters.

Today I did zumba, yoga and recumbent bike. I am getting good use of my YMCA membership. Later I am going to pickleball, more to see my friend Monica than to play. I have to make up 7 days of meals for DD. I am going to Vancouver Island next week and want her to continue with her weight loss and I want to keep it easy for her.

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/30/2014 1:49PM

    Good day. I bet your DD is loving having a personal chef!

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SLIMLEAF 10/30/2014 1:02PM

    Well done on all your exercising today.

and EXTRA congratulations on making seven days' worth of meals for your daughter - what a star you are!

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WALLAHALLA 10/30/2014 12:17PM

    wish my mom was close enough to fix meals for me...hope your daughter recognizes what a blessing you are

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LIS193 10/30/2014 12:02PM

    LOVE pickle ball - we are playing at 3 nights a week So much fun and great exercise in 80-90F temps and high humidity. That's why we play at night, at least no direct sunlight
Have fun!

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LYNCHD05 10/30/2014 10:55AM

    Zumba is a wonderful cardio class unfortunately my knees don't like it but there certainly are other choices. Good for you for taking advantage of your membership. It is a great facility.
What a good Mom you are cooking for your daughter. Can I call you Mommy too?

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FUNLOVEN 10/30/2014 9:11AM

    What a good mom you are!

I have been "pudgy", I think that is the term they used in my days of childhood, since a very young age and I contribute some of that to the eating habits I developed from my mom. So when I became a mom I made super sure that I did everything I could to teach my children how to eat healthy. I never wanted them to have to battle weight issues like I did.

I can proudly say that my efforts paid off. I have a DD who is very health conscious and has a nice little body even after 2 children. She is good at making sure her children eat healthy with little sugar in their diets, no junk food, and no soda. I enjoy watching her develop their mealtime rules that follow right in the path of how she was raised.

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MRSGOFARR 10/30/2014 9:07AM

    So TRUE. I will definitely teach my kids everything I learned in adulthood, NOT in childhood. I think there will be a whole generation of parents like me who probably did not learn to eat balanced meals, how to read food labels, proper serving sizes, and things about salt, preserves and you name it.

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SUEARNOLD1 10/30/2014 8:08AM

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You are an inspiration!

Thank you!

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SWEDE_SU 10/30/2014 5:47AM

    you're doing a great job following through at the Y. and what a wonderful thing you are doing for your daughter, preparing the meals!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/29/2014 10:12PM

    You inspire me!!!

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ROCKPORT9 10/29/2014 8:06PM

    So sweet to prepare meals for DD.

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ROXYZMOM 10/29/2014 8:03PM

    You are doing great! You are taking care of your daughter, by taking care of yourself!
Too cool!

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SOPHIEDO13 10/29/2014 7:22PM

    Your doing great with the exercising !! Give yourself a pat on the back. emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/29/2014 6:27PM

    Good for you! It all sounds positive and forward thinking on your part - always a good thing! Thanks - again - for the info on THE FULL PLATE, because I am loving it!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2014 6:27PM

    We tried every fruit and veggie on our son when he was a toddler and he liked all of them but beets. He did go through periods where he was picky or on food jags but eventually he ended up being a very adventurous diner. He will try things I won't try and is a lot less picky than I am. The key is to introduce foods early.

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MAINEALI 10/29/2014 6:23PM

    My kids weren't picky eaters and that makes me even more mad that I didn't do a better job with nutrition when they were young. Thank goodness they and I, have changed and will set a better example for their kids and my grandkids!

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LESLIELENORE 10/29/2014 6:17PM

    That is so great that you are willing and able to prep those meals for her.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 10/29/2014 5:32PM

    You're awesome :)

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PATRICIA-CR 10/29/2014 5:28PM

    You're doing great! If only we knew what we know now, back then when we were raising our kids. But I'm sure it is never too late for good things to happen. Never!

Keep up your good work on your healthy and everybody will start noticing it, and asking about it.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/29/2014 5:27PM

    emoticon I found myself almost getting caramel dip for apples for my toddler granddaughter. What was I thinking! She can grow up thinking apples are great by themselves.

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ISLAMOM 10/29/2014 5:18PM

    Way to go on the exercise!! Good for you!



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UMBILICAL 10/29/2014 5:10PM

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Oh the places you'll go

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was sick for a few days and this morning I did an assessment of where I am at. Day 9 of the Full Plate Diet, and I should have a good weigh on Saturday. I am trying new recipes and created a few of my own. I cut back on eating out. My criteria - it has to be a friend's idea, not mine or DH's. This week it was Friday night dinner out with a group of friends, and Tuesday lunch with 2 friends and only bowl of soup.

Last weekend I was hiking in a mountain park. So this is my motivation today, a quote I love by Dr. Suess -

Oh the places you'll go,
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So.... get on your way!

OK I am back on track! Mo I am walking my laptop up to my treadmill desk right now! You won't have to do an intervention on this possessed laptop, that keeps making it's way back to the sofa and making me sit down.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/25/2014 11:22PM

    You rock! Glad you're feeling better!

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WALLAHALLA 10/25/2014 9:51PM

    So happy you're on the mend. Good luck on the scales!

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MAINEALI 10/24/2014 9:13PM

    So glad you're feeling better. Keep moving forward!

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COLOR-BLUE 10/24/2014 4:18PM

    Oh the places you have been!!!!!

I'm delighted that you're feeling better and getting the possessed laptop the boot, while getting yourself back in line with what you've accomplished so far! Here's to a good weigh-in this weekend! emoticon

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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LYNCHD05 10/24/2014 2:07PM

    Glad you are feeling better and here's to a great weigh in this weekend!!!

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LIS193 10/24/2014 12:34PM

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Here's to a good weigh-in!

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SWEDE_SU 10/24/2014 6:01AM

    those mountains are getting covered in snow now! time for lowland hikes instead… hope you have a great weigh-in on saturday!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/23/2014 11:30PM

    I hope you have an outstanding weigh in!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/23/2014 11:18PM

    I am glad you are feeling better!!! I am also glad that you got that wayward laptop under control!!! LOL

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DBEAU57 10/23/2014 9:39PM

    I don't have a laptop, but I spend too much time sitting here at my desktop when I'm on SparkPeople!!

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You're doing great!



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SISSYFEB48 10/23/2014 6:20PM

    emoticon Hope you are soon totally back to feeling yourself!

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SLIMLEAF 10/23/2014 6:10PM

    Sorry to hear you've been unwell. Don't push yourself TOO hard, will you?

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PATRICIA-CR 10/23/2014 5:03PM

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/23/2014 3:02PM

    This IS very motivational - I love that quote and that book

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/23/2014 2:44PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! I am working on developing some good recipes with high fiber - will keep you posted! Keep up the excellent work!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/23/2014 2:41PM

    I love that quote too and and so happy to see you doing so well. I have been sick too and hope to get over it soon.

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    emoticon for being back on track!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/23/2014 2:28PM

    I love how excited and dedicated you are!!
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MRSGOFARR 10/23/2014 2:26PM

    I love that book. I think sometimes we have to remember the simplicity in life and the motivation just in that alone.

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LESLIELENORE 10/23/2014 2:19PM

    Sounds like you are feeling better. Yay! Hope you have a great weigh in.

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FRUITYFUL 10/23/2014 1:39PM

    My laptop does the same thing! Glad you're feeling better, can't wait to hear how your first weigh-in goes!

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Happy Dance with High Fiber!

Monday, October 20, 2014


Last Tuesday night I kicked off the high fiber diet. I assembled all the foods I needed to make DD's meals for the next day.


The right foods in the right amounts. Have to measure EVERYTHING! No eyeballing it.


Here is an example of a lunch. DD's Day One high fiber, calorie appropriate lunch, served with a large sliced apple.


My Day One lunch.

Having DD as a new diet buddy has given me renewed interest in the kitchen. To plan and prepare DD 3 meals and 3 snacks, I record the foods in my nutrition tracker to calculate the 40g fiber and the calories. That is what she eats. At the end of the day, I adjust the tracker to what I ACTUALLY ate. Sunday I ate fewer calories and fiber than she did. I took out the snacks and added in 2 beer.

I've been asked about what type of foods I am making for this high fiber diet. You can look in my food tracker and see what I am eating. Another Sparker's recipe inspired me to create one of mine and post it.

Curried Butternut Squash & Onions

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2817912


Happy Sparking!

Edit - you can look in my tracker for the day ahead to see what DD is eating the next day.

  
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LYNCHD05 10/24/2014 2:09PM

    Will you make my meals too?

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CAROL_31649731 10/22/2014 11:30PM

    Thanks for sharing . . . this looks like a diet I might be interested in trying myself. I hope you have very good luck on it, as I'm sure you will. emoticon emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 10/22/2014 4:30AM

    looks delicious! i also aim for high fiber, and am pleased every day i see the nutrition count go "over" the recommended amount. emoticon

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LIS193 10/21/2014 12:11PM

    Those meals look great!
Thanks for the inspiration!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/21/2014 11:12AM

    Yummy & filling!

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SHEILA1505 10/21/2014 2:36AM

    Thanks, L, and also for the reminder to look at your Tracker
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CHERIRIDDELL 10/21/2014 12:08AM

    That looks fabulous I am impressed !

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/20/2014 11:58PM

    Those meals look delish!!!!

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LYNNIERN 10/20/2014 9:27PM

    I purchased that book you mentioned, I can't wait to get it. The food looks yummy.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/20/2014 8:43PM

    That looks really good

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ROXYZMOM 10/20/2014 8:31PM

    Yum!!

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COLOR-BLUE 10/20/2014 8:19PM

    Thank you for the food blog! I use to do that for all of my meals at the end of the day, pictures and all, but it got so time consuming and when I got sick I quit doing it. You make me want to start again! However, I'm going to put it on hold until after my surgeries! I'm so happy that you and DD are doing this together! Keep up the good work!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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MRSGOFARR 10/20/2014 7:56PM

    And I want to share with you. I love this blog. I love that you made a food one. I know some people on spark over the years have actually kept a food blog as it does hlep with accountability. Keep it going.

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SIRIUS2014 10/20/2014 7:06PM

    Very lovely!

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ROCKPORT9 10/20/2014 7:06PM

    Yum! So healthy and tasty!

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BAHAMAMARG 10/20/2014 6:52PM

    Well done - what a great mom you are to prepare everything for your daughter - enjoying the prep is certainly a plus!

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/20/2014 6:42PM

    Looks lovely!

Thank you so much for getting me going with this! I am having fun with this eating plan! Right now there are many types of squashes around that are fresh and local and YUMMY. Beans are always good and I love barley and lentils and brown rice. You can dress up all these things with a little spice or a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes or adding a chopped onion. Baked acorn squash is heavenly with a little orange juice and cinnamon on it. You can make an amazing frittata with chopped up broccoli and a little finely diced red onion and celery.

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PATRICIA-CR 10/20/2014 5:57PM

    Lunch looks YUMMY!! I wish I had someone to prepare my meals!

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DBEAU57 10/20/2014 5:47PM

    What a beautiful lunch! You have inspired me to make my own plate look so pretty! Your recipe sounds great, but my husband doesn't like curry...I might make it with garlic and turmeric instead.

How old is your daughter?

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LESLIELENORE 10/20/2014 5:46PM

    I like cooking... I just don't like cooking for one all that much. That is why I go to my parents' house on Saturdays and cook for everybody. Much more fun that way. I eat a lot of salads the rest of the week. Glad you have found renewed interest in the kitchen!

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PBAILEY06 10/20/2014 5:10PM

    Had to check out your blog with a title like that! The meals look great and I think its wonderful that your interest in cooking/preparing meals is renewed. I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed cooking once I started doing it again.

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WALLAHALLA 10/20/2014 4:57PM

    Doesn't the Spark America page let you add family members so that it tracks their stuff separately, and you don't have to delete anything? Wish you were fixing those for me too. Yummilicious! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/20/2014 4:46PM

    Very pretty meals!

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FRUITYFUL 10/20/2014 4:03PM

    Holy Cow those meals look amazing! I wish someone was making my meals like that! Your daughter is lucky!

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