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Milestone #3: I'm 3/4 of the Way to Goal!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This will be short and sweet...

TODAY, I'm praising God because I've reached the 3/4 point of my weight loss journey!!!


I have 5 pounds to lose before I reach HEALTHY and my wedding-day weight! I have 15 more pounds to lose before I reach GOAL!!!!!! What?!!


Honestly, this kind of scares me though...especially right now. You see, February is a celebratory month. Every year, I gain about 5 lbs the first week of February and I keep that 5 lb gain for the entire month. I have not yet figured out how to prevent it.

One reason is because our 30-day spiritual fast ends on February 1st. Start eating...start gaining. It's inevitable. My husband and I and a few members of our church have been fasting for 30 days in January for about 5 years now and I've still not come up with any good strategies for breaking the fast that don't result in an initial 5 lb weight gain. But, I will, again, TRY my hardest.

The other reason is because it's my son's birthday month and it's my birthday month as well. There will be lots of restaurant meals as my friends offer to take me to dinner to celebrate. After 30 days on liquids, it's hard NOT to indulge. Your mind has desired everything but the kitchen sink. So, it's very hard, but I know it's not IMPOSSIBLE. No excuses.

So, with 3 days of the fast remaining...maybe I'll lose 1 or 2 more pounds to buffer the 5 lb gain....maybe I'll be able to hold on to this milestone of being 3/4 of the Way to Goal.

Fingers crossed AND hard work PLANNED.

Stay tuned..... :-)

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STSCOTT11 2/9/2012 1:01PM

    Everything will be ALRIGHT.
It seems your more AWARE of what COULD HAPPEN but your PROACTIVE so you know SOMETHING has to be done.
I think if you stay within your healthy caloric values monitoring your food intake carefully and get in your exercise DAILY as you come off the fast you should be okay.
You don't have to accept the can fight back...make a plan and dare yourself to stick to it and see what happens.
I use to feel a similar way with my monthly cycle. I accepted I would gain up to +5 lbs. EVERY MONTH. It was exhausting UNTIL I started to FIGHT BACK. I looked for ways to combat the weight gain and most months as long as I follow my plan I don't gain anything and sometimes I lose! :)
Hang have done so good all along and you will make the grade through this too!

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KTTAYLOR21 2/9/2012 12:56PM

    You have done an amazing job so far. Congrats!!!

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WALKINGGIRL6 2/6/2012 7:09AM

    Way to go with your weight loss. Maybe set a calorie limit and use spark to keep track. Can you suggest other ways to celebrate your birthday instead of eating out many times. If you have a friend that is an exerciser maybe go to a drop in exercise class to celebrate your birtday and success so far. How about doing a manicure with a few girlfriends. I have done a girlfriend, book/coffee afternoon at our favorite book store, it was fun and no guilt afterwards. I know how hard it can be my daughter and my birthday are 3 weeks apart. Sometimes it has been eat, eat,eat for 3 solid weeks. Not anymore though. My birthday is on the 13th and I'm planning one meal of limited indulgence at my favorite restaurant. I'm also having one birthday cupcake, the rest are going home with family. Have your water bottle beside you at all times and drink extra water first, it helps fill the stomach and you will eat less. Eat lots of veggie. Sending you strength vibes-------------------------- emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 2/1/2012 6:09AM

    That is so well done. I do hope you lost a couple more to offset the gain that will come with normal eating.
Perhaps consider a partial fast...Cut out added sugars or something for another week or so to try and stop the rebound effect????
So proud of you.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/30/2012 2:39PM

    Woo hoo! Way to go... the finish line is in sight! emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing your blog! No, it's NOT impossible, and it CAN be done! You will DO IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/29/2012 2:58PM

    Congrats on meeting your 3/4 mark! Woots! The fast slows your metabolism, so you might want to adjust your February strategies to truly focus on metabolism building activities: 6 small meals per day, 8 hours sleep, weight training, extra protien/less carbs, etc. Pick 3 days to indulge: birthdays & valentines and just do it for 1 meal each of those days. Good luck!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/29/2012 10:49AM

    You are doing great. I wouldn't be too upset about gaining after a fast. I've always gained some after a fast. If you are eating well just know that you are adjusting to being back on solid food again. emoticon

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COURAGETOMOVE 1/29/2012 10:19AM

    You are on fire this year. Your goals don't stand a chance against you! I think the 5 pounds is your body adjusting back to eating. Maybe you could increase your exercise or figure out a way to gradually add food back in. Good luck either way you got this

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FERRETLOVER1 1/29/2012 9:38AM

    Wow - that's a long fast. I also wish I had advice, but I don't either. Just try to be aware of what you're eating when you go out. Eat very slowly so your mind has a chance to realize your body is full. Good luck.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/29/2012 8:28AM

    Good luck! Coming off a fast like that must be difficult for your body to adjust to. :/ I wish I had some advice for you!

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I'm in the 140's!!!! - 2012 Milestone #2

Sunday, January 22, 2012

This morning, I weighed myself and the scale said 149.8! That means that I hit Milestone #2 for 2012: I am in the 140's!!

I do know that I really weigh 150 if I'm rounding off and that the .2 pounds that keeps the scale from saying 150 may be back as soon as tomorrow. But, I don't care. I won't weigh myself tomorrow. I will hold on to the fact that I see 14__ TODAY. I AM in the 140's TODAY and I haven't seen 14__ in a very long time. So, I am going to celebrate that milestone TODAY!!!

Won't you join me?! emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGGIRL6 2/5/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon I'm happy for you.

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NEENSTER1 1/29/2012 10:58AM

    emoticon You are doing emoticon.. Keep upm the hard work.. emoticon

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Milestone #2 for 2012 met already, and we're not even out of January yet! You are rockin' girl! Keep visualizing those 140s! emoticon
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KANSASROSE67 1/23/2012 2:32PM

    YAY! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/23/2012 1:45PM

    Way to go!!!

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ISMILETOO 1/23/2012 1:15PM


Wait for me Sis! I'm wanna come too.

Sounds like you have a SUCCESSFUL weekend!

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DWERTZY1 1/23/2012 1:15PM

    emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/23/2012 12:23PM

I'm so excited for you!
You've done wonderfully : )

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STSCOTT11 1/23/2012 11:00AM

    I am TRULY THRILLED! hung in there. You worked for it. You earned it. You deserve it...and NOW strut your stuff and ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT and E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G GOOD that comes out of reaching your goal!
I am right behind you...slow but sure.

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SHERR513 1/23/2012 10:14AM

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/22/2012 9:22PM

    Oh no, we round down and celebrate! WTG!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 1/22/2012 8:37PM

    Woohoooooooooooo Congratulations! emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/22/2012 7:42PM

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Enjoy being in the 140s! Now to stay there, below 150, and keep up those healthy habits. It's a lifestyle, not a diet.
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TARANITUP 1/22/2012 7:18PM

    Yeah! I remember I posted something like that about getting into the 130s and sadly have not been back there again lol!

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MICHSTATE 1/22/2012 7:11PM

    That is SO AWESOME!!!!! Congrats!!!!!

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HBOWATCH 1/22/2012 6:33PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you!

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SETAGOAL1 1/22/2012 6:03PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed.

Few baby steps complete a long journey

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POOKASLUAGH 1/22/2012 5:49PM

    Woohoo!!! Yeah hang on to that feeling!

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LEGALSEC20 1/22/2012 5:12PM

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Way to go!!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/22/2012 5:01PM

    emoticon Congratulations!!!!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/22/2012 4:42PM

    I am doing a happy dance for you! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 1/22/2012 4:25PM

    emoticon emoticon That's what I'M talkin' about! WOOHOO!! Way to go! emoticon

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40 LBS GONE FOREVER!!! - 2012 Milestone #1

Thursday, January 12, 2012

At the end of 2011, I wrote a blog and I proclaimed to you all:

"I'm not gonna talk about my goals. I'm not gonna blog about my goals. I'm just going to report that I've achieved them. My motto has become, "Less Talking, More DOING!" In 2012, I'm all about the SHOW!"

So, this is the show.... this is my celebration of Milestone #1 - 40 lbs GONE! I am soooo happy! I can't even hide it. I'm on cloud nine today!!

I hit the 30 lbs. weight loss mark around this same time LAST year. Who would have thought that it would take me an entire year to lose and keep off 10 lbs so that I could get my 40 lbs weight lost trophy! I surely didn't. I came so close, so many times in 2011. I got down to 153 lbs. at one point. I thought I had it in the bag. But, I allowed myself to climb right back up and ended up closing 2011 out back in the 160's.

So, I never could reach the 40 lb. weight lost mark in 2011. BUT THAT'S NOT THE STORY FOR 2012. Nope. That's not the story for THIS YEAR.





Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with me!!

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CHIQUITA72979 1/19/2012 7:13AM

    congratulations! that totally rocks!

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 1/14/2012 10:56PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!God has been good to you. You are a prime example of hard work paying off. God bless you and

Keep Sparkin

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    I LOVE this blog! Hurray! YOU are the picture of SUCCESS!!! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 1/13/2012 5:12PM

    Well, you are as cute as can be. I am inspired because it took me a year,also, to lose 30 lbs, so reading about your journey to 40 gives me hope that I will indeed get there. Good for you!!

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MISSB8604 1/13/2012 4:55PM

    Very cool!


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KEISHARENEE 1/13/2012 4:18PM

    You look fantastic are you glowing must be happiness LOL. I am loving you locs they are beautiful how long have you been loced?How did you start them off and whats the pros and cons of being a loced diva such as yourself? I am natural and would really love to get them one of these days.

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AYABA18 1/13/2012 4:11AM

    Congratulations. You look really great.

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SUZANNE0606 1/13/2012 1:28AM

    Wow, excellent!!! Congrats on a job well done!!

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Great job! You look beautiful!!

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WALKINGGIRL6 1/12/2012 11:51PM

    Congratulations on your 40 lb. loss. You look fantastic and your smile says it all. Your dress is very flattering on you. I think you need new pants, those grey ones look to big on you. Way to go. emoticon

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PEPPERCHILD 1/12/2012 11:00PM

    emoticonLady I am so proud of you - this is a fantastic accomplishment!

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TEMPEST272002 1/12/2012 6:33PM

    Woot!!!! Congrats on passing the 40lb milestone! You look absolutely fantastic. Well done you.

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GOURMETLOSER 1/12/2012 5:37PM

    YAY .I'm celebrating with you!!!!!!!That is so awesome! woooooooo hoooooo




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KANSASROSE67 1/12/2012 5:23PM

    So happy for you!!!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/12/2012 5:00PM

    You look great!
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/12/2012 4:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Not only do you look great your face is glowing. You worked hard for this. I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/12/2012 2:56PM

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Love that you put your plan into action. Now you get to celebrate the results! emoticon

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COCACOLACUTIE 1/12/2012 2:52PM

    Amazing! You look great!

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    YOU LOOK emoticon!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SHERR513 1/12/2012 2:11PM

    You look great!!!!!!!!!!! So amazing!!!!!!!!!! I love your goals emoticon

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MICHSTATE 1/12/2012 2:03PM

    Totally awesome!!!!!! You look great and I like your dress!!!!!:-)
Thanks for all of your support also!!!

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BELLALUCIA 1/12/2012 2:02PM

    U rock hard-core hun!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/12/2012 1:58PM

    Awesome job. Congrats on reaching this milestone

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COURAGETOMOVE 1/12/2012 1:58PM

    Congrat! Job well done!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/12/2012 1:44PM

    You are looking so great, and WOOHOO for that milestone! You've earned it Vanessa!!!!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/12/2012 1:38PM

    You look FABULOUS! Congratulations! emoticon

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Reflections... and The Last Weigh-in of 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011... what a year!

As I report my mere 9 lb weight loss for the entire year, I would have to say that those are pretty dismal results... BUT, I CAN'T say that it was a disappointing YEAR. I just can't say that. My health and fitness journey for this year cannot boil down to weight loss only.

I've had a great year! In fact, although I lost more weight in 2010, I had more personal successes in 2011.

* I walked in my first official 5K (SGK Race for the Cure) - 6/4/11
* I completed my own personal 40/40 Exercise Challenge (40mins of exercise for 40 days) - 4/28/11
* I fit a size 10 dress! - March 2011
* I reached the midpoint of my weight loss journey (30 LBS GONE!) - 1/12/11
* I moved from Obese to Overweight - 1/5/11

Those are my own personal victories... the ones I saw fit to record anyway. That's no small stuff--not for ME anyway! And, I can't wait to record my meaningful personal victories for 2012. I just anticipate soooooo many. I'm excited about 2012!!

So, while I wish I would have lost more pounds in 2011...and I wish I wasn't ending the year at 162 (a weight I had long left early on in 2011), I CAN'T be disappointed. I have no reason to be disappointed. The pounds I lost reflect the choices I made and the effort I put forth. That's my reality for 2011. But, that's okay. That's over. I'm looking forward towards 2012. I know that if I put forth TRUE, CONSISTENT effort and make BETTER, CONSISTENT choices in 2012, the scale will reflect that too. That's an encouraging thought and one that I am completely relishing in right now. I'm excited about 2012!

One of my most inspirational Sparkfriends, Sarah (BIGBOOTYBETTY) wrote recently, "Remember, if your goals aren't frightening you, you are underestimating your ability. AIM HIGH!" That's exactly what I'm going to do in 2012. I'm aiming HIGH. I'm scaring myself. LOL But, you won't find my scary goals written anywhere here on SP. I'm don'e with that. They are written and the action plan thought out, but they won't be shared.

One of my favorite quotes from 2011 is by Antone (finalist from the last season of The Biggest Loser) when he had his last weigh-in on the ranch. John, the other finalist, was talking A LOT of trash about what he was gonna do and how he was gonna do it. (I hated to see him ultimately win the show.) But, anyway... Antone stood on that scale and told Alison Sweeney: "I'm not gonna stand up here and talk about what I'm gonna do... what I wanna do; I'm just gonna show you what I do." I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT QUOTE!! When he said that, I FELT IT!

So, that's what I'm gonna do. I'm not gonna talk about my goals. I'm not gonna blog about my goals. I'm just going to report that I've achieved them. My motto has become, "Less Talking, More DOING!"

In 2012, I'm all about the SHOW! And you won't have to be a "Peeping Tom" to see. I'll leave the windows, the blinds, the shades and the curtains WIDE OPEN. LOL

2012... Here I come!!!

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NEWATTITUDE2010 1/7/2012 6:48PM

  Just wanted to say that I find your blogs so inspirational and refreshing. God Bless You!

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    Great mantra to have. Best wishes on achieving all your intentions in '12. Can't wait to hear about all your successes. Good luck!

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MYHANDS4GOD 1/1/2012 9:23PM

    You have done a great job and with God as your director you will be successful in what you will do.

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GOURMETLOSER 12/31/2011 3:00PM

    You sound so positive that I agree have done a brilliant job this year.

I REALLY want to know the goals for this year (because I'm nosey) but I respect your comments and agree with the sentiment of less talking, more doing.

Living Healthy for Jesus is running a New year Challenge. It'll be a sort of Biggest loser challenge but there will be weight loss, exercise, social, spiritual challenges all of which earn you points so anyone can win! You'd be more than welcome to join us as would anyone interested.

I do wish you the very best in 2012
Happy New Year Margaret

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ABETTERSOUL 12/31/2011 1:22PM

    emoticon emoticon Am looking forward to hearing about your accomplishments this coming year!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/31/2011 11:15AM

    I think you look great Vanessa. You're a beautiful woman with a beautiful body, even if you think you ought to weigh less. I've seen your pictures and you look fantastic. When the weight comes off slowly, it comes off forever. You are doing a great job, and I can't wait to SEE all the places you go in 2012!

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MICHSTATE 12/31/2011 11:10AM

    I love that quote too!!!!!!
Thanks for your comment on my blog!!!! It is nice to know that I am not the only one that is struggling!!!! We will bring it in 2012!!!!!!!:-)
Happy New Year!!!!

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ERINMARIE424 12/31/2011 10:51AM

    congratulations on the nine pound loss! Every pound counts!

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Food Picture Tracking - Dec. 2

Saturday, December 03, 2011


Quaker Old Fashioned oats (made w/milk), pure NY maple syrup, blueberries
302 calories


Apple wedges w/ 1 tbsp peanut butter
125 calories


Kale salad w/chicken and Bolthouse yogurt dressing (not pictured)
(This was so yummy. Kale is so versatile. I'm glad I tried something different.)
383 calories


Baby carrots
33 calories


Tilapia and broccoli
169 calories


Small apple
63 calories


160 calories

(All nutrition goals met for the day, except calcium. I went over on calcium because of my supplement. I probably didn't need it today.)


EXERCISE: none today (took a break... so many minutes yesterday)

*Note* - I'm still coming up short for calories when my snacks and sides are mainly fruits and vegetables. I'm not sure it's necessary; but I'm trying to just add nuts at the end of the day when I find that I haven't met my calories for the day. I feel comfortable with that so far.

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TEMPEST272002 12/3/2011 1:00PM

    Just looking at all that great food is making me hungry! The nuts are an excellent choice. The nutrients/oils are worth the calories. We had similar breakfasts. I had diced apple, walnuts, oats and maple syrup (that we tapped ourselves last spring!). Delicious!

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MICHSTATE 12/3/2011 9:34AM

    This is freggie-rific!!!!! Awesome job!!!!!

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ABETTERSOUL 12/3/2011 9:02AM

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FERRETLOVER1 12/3/2011 7:57AM

    You are doing great! Nuts are a a good addition - filling yet nutritious!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/3/2011 7:06AM

    That makes sense. You've had so many freggies lately, and your body needs a little extra of the other stuff too. You're doing great!

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GOURMETLOSER 12/3/2011 6:03AM

    I think the nuts are a great idea. Well done!

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LONGTERMER 12/3/2011 5:37AM

    Doing great! Looks delicious!

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