Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekly Weigh In & Think Thin Give-Away

Good morning!!! It's Friday ya'll, that means we did it again. Another awesome week down the hatch! I have three things I wanna talk to ya'll about today!

  1. Weekly Weigh- In and Linking up with my girl Lora!
  2. Think Thin Give-Away- Holla for a Dolla!
  3. Friday AM Circuit Training Break Down

Raising Steppe Sisters

How many of you are using My Fitness Pal to log your food and daily work outs? I've been a consistent MFP user for nearly a year now, and it's an intricate part of my daily routine. My girl Lora over at Raising  Steppe Sister's challenged herself to two full weeks of logging activity and keeping her calories under her daily goal. Hello weight loss Rock Star! I'm excited to go through and see every one's results!

My weekly weigh-in- I did not lose this week. I'm holding steady at 158.9. I'm totally cool with this status. I took this week off of strict no carb/carb days and I've been sticking a spoon in the crunchy peanut butter jar far too often. I know why I didn't lose. The long and short is that I'm consuming to much protein  I'm eating the peanut butter as a way to get in my daily fat, which I had some issues with awhile back, not getting enough daily fat with my high level of activity was causing some other issues for me, hence the peanut butter. However, coupled with my protein bars AND peanut butter protein is putting me over the edge. FYI- too much protein =  weight gain. I have no desire to body build. Long, lean, fat burning machine, that's my goal. That said, I have noticed I'm building significant muscle definition so I'm not complaining about that. Anywho, this week I'm going to try and get my daily fat in some other way, via almonds or butter, something like that.

How did you do this week?? You can find me on My Fitness Pal here. I share my daily diary with my friends.

Second order of business and probably the reason why you're here- Think Thin give-away! I eat a Think Thin bar daily. If you follow me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness you know this as I'm constantly posting what foods I'm eating and Think Thin bars are in regular rotation. I get so many comments from ya'll concerning where to buy Think Thin bars and which flavors are my favorites. Kassie and I paired up with Think Thin to spread the love around. My least favorite part about blog give aways is that there is only one winner. Pooey. Sooo I'm gonna make SIX of you winners. You'll receive an assortment of five Think Thin bars from me with a little Elle Noel love note to help you reach your Operation Red Bikini goals. I know you're having a hard time containing your excitement right now. Deep breaths.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below. If you head over and like Elle Noel on Facebook, that'll score you extra brownie points. You have until Wednesday, January 23rd to keep getting your name thrown into the hat! Good luck champs! (See plural winners- ain't that just more fun?!)




Last order of business, my latest obsession. Treadmill circuit training. Tuesday evening I did the Jessica Simpson leg workout via Pinterest with my sister from another mister Madeline. I ran three miles then did this crazy fun circuit training routine, and I really feel like it helped me on my five mile run Wednesday evening!

It got me thinking about beating dreadmill boredom and burning serious fat in the process. I set out to make up my own routine. A full body circuit training burn, and treadmill circuit routine.

10 Minute Run- I set the treadmill at a pace that is easy for me to maintain. A pace I feel like I can comfortable run at for long periods of time. For me this varies between 5.5-6.5 pace. I play around in between those speeds to keep myself from getting bored. Round one had me at a little over a mile in 10 minutes.

3 x 18 reps with 8lb dumbbells- hold a lunge position with a bicep curl. Three rounds per leg
2 x 18 Rows in a squat 10lbs dumbbells
2 x 18 horizontal and side lateral raises with 5lbs weights in a squat position
2 x 18 tricep dips and tricep extensions with 20lbs

8 Minute Run- set between 6.0-6.3 ended at just over 3/4 of a mile

2 x 18 Kettle Bell Swings (15lbs) & Squats with a shoulder press (8lb dumbbells)
60 Walking Lunges holding 10lbs dumbbells
2 x 18 Squats holding 10lbs Dumbbells
15 x 2 Pulse Lunges per leg

10 Minute Run - Just over a mile at 6.0-6.5

2 x 20 with 5lb weight- Kneeling Glute Press, Upper Glute Pulse, Fire Hydrant (2 rounds each leg)
30 x 2 weighted crunch & Russian Twists
30 x 2 Bicycle Crunch, Swimmer Kicks, Criss Cross Kicks
One Minute Plank Pulse High
One Minute Plank Pulse Low
One Minute Plank Low

5 Minute Cool Down Walk 4.0

This whole routine took me an hour and 20 minutes to complete. To say I was a tad sweaty would be an understatement. I left feeling extremely accomplished and ready to grab the day by the horns- BOSS UP!


Phew what a burn. I'm tempted to go back this evening and do it all over again, however, I have a 9 mile run in the morning. I have to be very careful not to over train while I'm in the middle of half marathon training. I don't have time for the over training sluggies. I need tons of energy for the run tomorrow. I am so excited for that run. It will be longest distance to date!

Phew this was a long winded post! Weigh Ins, give-aways, and super fun circuit training?! It MUST be Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful day and a seriously fun weekend!


Ahh I just feel fabulous today :)

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Daily Motivator




97 comments:

  1. You are an inspiration, lady! Keep up the hard work. I'd kill to be where you are today and hopefully, in a year, I will be! Have a great day!

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  2. Wow! I just found your blog per a recommendation of a Facebook friend!! You are fabulous!

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  3. I had no idea you could gain from eating too much protein. I try to get a lot of protein...hmm wonder if thats why the weight loss has slowed down?

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  4. New follower here! Love your blog!

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  5. MFP is definitely my key to losing weight! That and staying motivated from people like you :)

    Thanks for doing such a fab giveaway! I realllly hope I'm one of the lucky winners :) You're awesome for picking more than one person.

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  6. I've never tried Think Thin Bars, but am really interested in trying! If I don't win, I'll have to find out where to buy them! :)

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  7. I used MFP for almost 2 years back when I was in my STRICT diet mode...when I lost the majority of my 80 lbs but I've gotten burned out on it...trying to get back into using it again because it really HELPS so much!

    Oh, and I just screen shot that workout up there to use later :) You're like my own little hot, sweet, nice personal trainer :) haha happy Friday!

    P.S...I so want to win some Think Thin bars--I've never had them but want to try them so badly!

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  8. Your such an inspiration chick!!
    I love MFP! Use it everyday!! Yep I stalk you on there too!!
    I've always wanted to try the Think Thin bars!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    Happy Friday!!

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  9. I need to look into these Think Thin bars, I was out the other night and thought about them, but couldn't find them. Where do you get them? Maybe I will win one ;)

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  10. Great giveaway :D And I love MFP...I usually forget to "complete entry" at the end of the day...but I still log everything. And I love seeing what you're eating and other people because it gives me more ideas of healthier options! :D

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  11. Love my fitness pal! logged in for 115 days so far!
    you are so hardcore! I love it! motivates me! Thank you!

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  12. I LOVE your quotes at the end of each post, your recipes, your outfit posts and you are just a darn inspiration to us all! :)

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  13. Good luck on your long run tomorrow! You'll rock it!

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  14. I would LOVE to win the think thins. They have become a daily staple for me. They help kick my sweet cravings.

    Kassie posted on MFP about too much protein and I noticed that I had too much. Isn't that what happened on Mean Girls? Didn't she give the blonde girl protein bars to make her gain?

    I wish I could come workout with you. When you start listing all of those things you did it is like greek to me. I need to google them and then draw a picture of what they are, haha!

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  15. Thank you for motivating me every morning to get my butt up and workout! I love your blog!

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  16. I love ya - never tried the think thins so I entered:) Also as I sit here and eat my english muffin with natural pb.. I love this shi*. PB you make me happy.

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  17. Think Thin bars are one of my favorite snacks. Creamy peanut butter is my first choice but I'd love to try some new flavors!

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  18. Love your blog. You're such an inspiration and motivator for me! :)

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  19. I am new to following your blog and love it! Very motivating!

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  20. Love MFP and I'm always getting good snack ideas from your diary. I've been wanting to try think thin but haven't found them yet.

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  21. I've never tried think thin! Maybe I will get a chance to now!

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  22. I hope to win! I have been reading all of your blog posts and following you on Instagram for some major motivation- I have been using salsa on my salad now! Thank you for your inspiration!

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  23. I love your blog! I would love a chance to win! If ever I am about to eat something sketchy I think about Operation Red Bikini!

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  24. Love your blog!!! Also want to try the think thin bars but haven't yet. I've heard they are very yummy!!

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  25. Would love to win the think bars!!

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  26. love your treadmill routine, will have to try!!! you rock!!

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  27. I would love to try Think Thin bars. Cant find them anywhere where I live

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  28. I still have to try the cookies and cream think thin bars....isn't that the kind you said you loved other than chunky peanut butter! can't wait to hear how you do on your big run. Thanks for linkin up!

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  29. Another motivational post! I love your advice! Thanks, girl :-)

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  30. I tried my first Think Thin bar today actually and LOVED IT! I would love to try some different flavors! I been following your blog for a while, you're such a motivation!

    Happy Friday!

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  31. woo hoo for give a ways! I have been looking for those bars! you are amazing as usual!

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  32. OOOOH SIX Winners!??! I really just want the Elle Noel note of encouragement :)

    Have a great weekend, lady!

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  33. Love your blog! I love the peanut butter ThinkThin bars! Keep working hard girl!

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  34. Good luck tomorrow on your 9 miles, Boss Lady!

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  35. I love ThinkThin bars. I am going to try Treadmill circuit training next week. I am starting to get bored of the treadmill.

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  36. yummm, ThinkThin! have a great run tomorrow!

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  37. Ok...I NEED these think thin bars in my life.

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  38. Love think thin bars, especially white chocolate and the peanut butter flavors

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  39. I think I'm more excited for a love note from you!! How exciting and way to be a boss lady on the treadmill workout! I'll have to try that

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  40. I need to try these think thins!!!! :)

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  41. I eat think thins daily too! Such a good snack to stay full. I was a little skeptical at first but now I'm hooked! Awesome give away

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  42. I am LOVING that blue sweater! And I'm stopping at Target today to try these bars!

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  43. Love your blog and workout tips!

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  44. I would love to try the Think Thins bars. Trying to shed some of the weight I gained after my wedding. You are definitely motivation for me every day!

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  45. I love think thin bars! I think chocolate covered strawberry has been my favorite flavor so far.

    Awesome workout routine too, I will definitely have to give that a shot.

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  46. I really like the idea of using some type of app on my phone, like My Fitness Plan, to record what I eat. However, I work in an environment that doesn't allow phones (or any electronic devices like that) at work. Stinks, I know. It makes me less motivated to keep track of it because then I'd have to write it all down and enter it later, once I got home. #lazygirl

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  47. Hi! I'm a new follower :) I have awhile to go before I'm able to handle your workouts, but it is very inspiring! I'm on my own weight loss journey and I look forward to following along on yours! I will look into the link up!

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  48. I've been a follower of you for a while but too shy to comment until the giveaway! Love your blog and your workouts!

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  49. I've been using MFP for the last year. I'm addicted to it and I just added you :)

    www.cupcakesandcarrots.com/

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  50. Get it girl! I've been wanting to try think thin bars but cant seem to find them around here :( So, I BETTA WIN!

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  51. I've never tried Think Thin bars but I'm having a hard time finding them where I live. You are a huge motivation to everyone that reads your blog!

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  52. I would love to try a Think Thin Bar! PS: You are super inspirational!

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  53. MFP is my daily guide. I love to plan the next day the night before so that I don't have to rush getting my food together while getting my girls ready at the same time. Helps with control. Did you know you can rename and add sections for the log? I just broke my snacks down to am, afternoon, and pm...helpful.

    I am a peanut butter fiend...maybe that is my problem with this five pounds I have been going back and forth with for a few months.

    Good luck on your run tomorrow, you will rock it.

    Count me in on the Think Thins, please. Every time I see your Instagram pics I think I need to head to the store to try some..

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  54. This week is my first week using MFP. Tonight I was totally prepared to have a skinny cow ice cream sandwich but after I calculated dinner I realized I was 7 calories over. Old me would have went ahead and ate it but not the NEW me. Im so glad to know about this app. This is a game changer :)

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  55. I love your posts on IG and here! I'm a new follower.

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  56. Peanut Butter is one of my biggest weaknesses, and almond butter is even worse! Good job on maintaining! I can't find Think Thin bars in my area so I really hope I am one of the six. Have a great weekend!

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  57. I want to win just to get a love note to help reach my ORB jeans. Too sweet.

    I am going to try this workout next time I hit the gym. Thanks!

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  58. Thank you so much for the ORB challenge! I am loving it!

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  59. This is the third thing I have read on Think Thin bars today....must be a sign!

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  60. I need to check out these Think Thin bars after all of the comments! Cheers!

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  61. Just looked for Think Thin bars in my local grocery store after seeing them on your blog and Instagram. I can totally see why ou prefer them over other protein bars. They look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  62. Totes digging this giveaway!
    I've been anxious to try Think Thins due to your Instagram pics!
    Thanks for this giveaway!! :)

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  63. Awesome so excited. I hope I win. I've been a loyal stalker/follower and have been trying to find these awesome bars but have yet to come across them in the stores. Love that you post what you eat on good ole IG. Love the blog but you know that already:). Keep up the great work girl!

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  64. Just entered the giveaway and followed you on facebook. Thanks for all of your encouragement!!

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  65. Been hearing a lot about these Think Thin bars, would love to win and try them out. They are a little pricey for a protein bar so I would love to try before I buy =) thanks for doing the giveaway!! =)

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  66. I've been wanting to try out the Think Thin bars! There's so many flavors that sound delicious!

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  67. I love ThinkThin bars...and your skinny recipes! Awesome giveaway on an awesome blog :)

    dunnejo (at) emmanuel (dot) edu

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  68. I love reading your blog! You have a ton of helpful tips and recipes!

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  69. I've been wanting to try Think Thin bars ever since I saw them on your blog months ago. The selection of protein bars out here is pathetic (I live on a military base in Japan). I'd love to try something new!!!

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  70. I'm a new, everyday reader. Keep it up!

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  71. The training looks intense... maybe one day I'll give it a try! Keep up the good work girl!

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  72. Love your blog! And congrats on completing 9 miles today! I've never had a think thin bar, but need to give it a try!

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  73. Good luck with the rest of the training. I ran a half marathon 2 years ago and the training towards the end was the best!

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  74. I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are to me! As a beginner runner who sometimes struggles to feel like I will ever be able to increase my distance, I look forward to reading your posts to see how far you have come, and know that I can do it as long as I stick with it! I am so proud for you as I read about your accomplishments, and I am hoping 2013 is the year when I am able to achieve some of my goals. Keep running strong!

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  75. I have been wanting to try the Think Thin bars! I will add them to my list for my next grocery shopping trip!

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  76. Holla lady love! I think what you're doing is awesome - thank you for hosting this giveaway! :) xo

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  77. You are inspiring! I didn't know that to much protein could cause weight gain. thanks for pointing it out -- i think i have been eating to much each day too.
    Jen

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  78. I love, love, love reading your blog!! You are such a great inspiration and I have learned so much from you!! Thank you for sharing so much!

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  79. I just tried Think Thins and they helped me keep from binging shoo. Sweets are my weakness!

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  80. yayyy! I want to win this, because I've never tried them before!!

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  81. I can't find Think Thin Bars anywhere in town, so winning is a must for me! xoxo

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  82. You've motivated me to run my first Half Marathon! I'm on week 3 of training right now :) Many of the blogs I follow are always posting about Think Thin Bars- I have to get me some!

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  83. I just discovered your page via Southern Girl Gets Fit (Kassie), am loving the blogs! :)

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  84. My sister had them and they were awesome!

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  85. I am a new Think thin fan! I love love the brownie crunch!

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  86. Love your honesty and wish I had your motivation!

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  87. I love your blog! Hopefully I get to try some think thin bars soon so I can see what all the hype is about! :)

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  88. Following all places now! Thanks for the chance to win! I bought my first Think Thin tonight at Kroger. They didn't have a very big selection so I'm hoping to win and try more out! :)

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  89. I've been reading back over your past blogs getting different recipes and stumbled on the rafflecopter for this giveaway... I'm wondering if that #116 Melissa S is me?! I'm sure I missed out since it was over a month ago but bummer! However, I was at Smoothie King a couple weeks ago waiting on a Smoothie and turned around and "BAM!" I almost screamed with excitement when I saw the think thin bars (I hadn't been able to find them locally)... My husband and oldest daughter were with me so of course we all had to try one :)

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