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  1. I have found with this that sometimes I need a little extra water to get it all to blend togehter. I kind of water down the pumpkin first and then add the mix.
  2. I'm so glad that restaurants are getting into the swing of things and providing us with this nutritional information. Maybe we should all send Applebee's a thank you note so they'll provide more / keep it on the menu.
  3. Good for you Tall Cool One! :bcbsalute Welcome back!
  4. I just bought a treadmill in September. It's a Reebock. I really like it and it was on super sale so I ended up only having to pay about $900 for it including delivery charges and tax. (It retails for about $1700.) I use it about 3 or 4 times a week and it's holding up really well. Someone on this board recommended this website. http://www.treadmilldoctor.com. It is a GREAT site. I really used it to inform myself about the options what to look for, what to compromise on, etc. You should definately have your running shoes and shorts on when you shop for it. You'll be taken much more seriously and you'll be better able to judge the performance of the treadmill. Good Luck.
  5. Hey there. I'm a walker whose looking to expand into running. In fact one of my goals is to be able to run for 2 miles without dying. I ran a bit this morning in my year old cross trainers and now my second toe is sore! It's as long as my big toe (I know there's a word for that, but it escapes me). Do any of you have recommendations for shoes to accomodate my weird feet? Thanks!
  6. Great job! Slow and steady with rewards is a great maintanence plan. It's even more important when you're maintaining to journal all your food. Maint is a different mind set, but small rewards will help you stay on track.
  7. Good job! Keep up the good work! You are looking fabulous.
  8. Congratulations! That is awesome! And you have the most amazing eyes. :bcbsalute
  9. That's AWESOME!!!! Way to GO!! :bcbsalute :bcbsalute
  10. They just delivered it on Saturday! I'm so thrilled!!! It's awesome. The best part was that the original price was $1799.00, but it was on sale for $1099. Plus, since this was the last one and the floor model they took another 25% plus $50 off!. Then we added the delivery charge and tax and ended up paying about $900!! I can't believe we got at $1799.00 treadmill for $900. And it's AWESOME! My in-laws are visiting and even they like it! We have a small tv set up in front of it and I've been watching episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while walking on my 45 minutes nights. Tonight's going to be an hour, I think, so that means I get to watch a movie. And for every goal I hit I get to buy another season of Buffy. I have season 1 and season 5 right now. Yay!
  11. DH and I bought our treadmill yesterday. Yay! We went into the store and they happened to be having a close out on several brands. Well we really liked the Reebok RX 7200 they had out there and after some negotiating and trying it out we decided to buy it!! The original price was $1799.00. It was on sale for $1099. Plus, since this was the last one and the floor model they took another 25% plus $50 off!. Then we added the delivery charge and tax and ended up paying about $900!! I can't believe we got at $1799.00 treadmill for $900. They're going to deliver it next week sometime and I can get walking. Thanks for all your help!
  12. Cool! Thanks for all the info. We have a new exercise studio in our neighborhood that also sells equipment so we're going to check out them. I really appreciate the comments about "you get what you pay for." I am also a firm believer in that and this will justify spending more money on it. I just thought that you could get a quality product for that much money. Silly me! Keep them coming. I'm off to surf the great links that I've gotten so far.
  13. I'm looking into buying a treadmill. We've had a NordicTrak ski machine for over a year, but it's really hard on my shins and it's not something I can do everyday. So, I'm looking into treadmills. When we lived in an apartment there was a treadmill in the workout room, but it was a very, very expensive model. This will be in our basement, used about 4 times a week for walking and running, by both me and my husband. We're hoping to spend under $800. I've already done a bit of searching on epinions.com, but wanted to ask people that I trust and that I know really work out. So here are my questions. What model is your treadmill? How much did you spend? Is it durable/sturdy/low maint? How often do you use it? Bells and whistles that you like? I think those are my basic questions. Please feel free to elaborate or expand on my questions. Thanks,
  14. Thanks for this. I love polenta. It's really good with spaghetti sauce and a bit (just a bit) of cheese on it - baked until cheese is bubbly. Yum!
  15. This is really tasty and 7 points for the WHOLE BATCH!!! 2pk frozen spinach 8oz ff cottage cheese 1/4 teasp baking powder 1 heaping tablespoon flour 1 egg, well beaten 1 can sliced water chestnuts garlic salt, onion slat, other seasonings as you desire bread crumbs (optional) cook the spinach as the package instructs and drain. in a 2-quart oven proof dish add the cottage chesse and stir. Then add the rest of the ingredients, except the breadcrumbs. If desired, sprinkle the bread crumbs on top. Bake at 350 until set (about 25 minutes).
  16. I just wanted to report that I made this recipe and it was fabulous!!! My husband declared that this one is staying in the rotation.
  17. My husband and I tried it this week and LOVED it. And it's so easy! 1/3 lbs ground beef or turkey 12oz ziti pasta, cooked 1 cup low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese 1 clove garlic, diced 1 small onion, diced (~1/2 cup) 1 teas of oil, or a little Pam 1 small zucchini (~1/2 cup) 1 can sliced mushrooms (small can) 28oz can crushed tomatoes 1 teasp oregano (dried) 1 teasp thyme (dried) 1 teasp rosemary (dried) 1/2 teasp pepper 1/2 teasp salt Set oven to 350. Heat oil in skillet and saute the garlic and onion. Add ground beef and brown. Drain off the fat. Add herbs, salt and pepper and saute for 2 mintues. Add zucchini and mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes. Bring to boil and then lower heat to saute for 10 minutes. In a 4 quart baking dish put enough of the tomato mixure to just barely coat the bottom of the dish. Add 1/2 the cooked ziti, 1/2 the remaining tomato mixture, and 1/2 of the cheese. Layer again with the remaining ziti, tomato mixture, and cheese. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbling. This makes 8 1-cup servings for 6.5 points. ***Other veggies are good in this as well. If you add more than two you might need to add some water at the same time you add the crushed tomatoes.
  18. This sounds so good! I'm definately trying this one next week. It sounds like a very good burrito filling as well.
  19. There was a really good lentil and beef chili on epicurious.com. I just changed the fat content and then left out the beef and put in 50% more lentils. It was fantastic.
  20. This sounds really good. I'll have my DH pick up the ingredients. (Leaving on business for the week.)
  21. Gosh, I don't do all that with my squash. I line a baking sheet (with a lip) with foil, cut the squash in two, scrape out the seeds, peirce the squash all the way through in a couple of places, and bake at 375 for 45 min or until a knife will go through the skin with little effort. It's usually sweet enough that I don't add anything! I just mash it up and eat it hot! You can also cook it ahead of time and store it in the fridge in the skin. When you're ready to eat it you remove the skin and warm it up in the microwave, then mash and eat. Yummy!
  22. That sounds really good. I'm going to have to try this next week. Thanks!
  23. SurferGirl

    4th ribbon

    Good for you! Holy cow! That's a medium sized dog or 3 hefty cats! How wonderful for you. I hope you do something special for yourself this weekend to celebrate how great you are.
  24. That is great! Good for you! Keep up the good work, soldier.
  25. I was a 36C. Now I'd say I'm a 36B or 34C depending on the bra. I am (and my DH is) still very happy with my size. Now if I could whittle my waist down a bit I'd have more of a figure.
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