Weekday Giveaway: Who’s Hungry?

In yesterday’s post I shared how Weight Watchers helped shed light on how much I was eating as opposed to how much I should be eating.  And it’s true…When I looked at my daily intake in an honest way it didn’t take long to realize that I was overdoing it at home and when I was out.  I still overdo it more often than I care to admit, but Weight Watchers and Applebee’s are trying to make it easier for me.

My favorite restaurants are little hole-in-the-wall places that typically offer big portions sans nutrition facts, but I have to admit that I do like chain restaurants sometimes because it’s easier to navigate the menu.  I like knowing how many calories or points is in the meal I’m eating because when I’m aware of it I’m much more cautious.  I know I’m not  the only one who feels that way, right?

I like the idea of sitting down, looking at the menu and knowing exactly how many calories and/or points are in the meal.  Some cities (New York being one of them) requires restaurants to disclose nutritional information on the menu, and Applebee’s is ahead of the game by sharing  Points Plus information on their Weight Watchers approved menu.

So when Applebee’s offered to let me try a new Weight Watchers friendly dish, I accepted the offer.  And now I’m extending it to you.  Applebee’s is going to give away a $25 gift card to one of my blog readers this week.   Obviously, you can elect to eat whatever you want to eat, but I’d recommend trying the Weight Watchers menu.

I’ve tried the Grilled Jalapeno Lime Shrimp and the Creamy Parmesan Chicken, and I like them both.  The shrimp is scrumptious and light which contrasts the comforting flavors of the chicken.  I’m salivating just thinking about it.  Yum.

Tell me that this doesn't look like comfort food to you...

 

So who wants to go to Applebee’s?  Leave a message in the comments telling me you’d like to win.  I’ll choose a winner Friday at noon central.  I’m e-mail the winner, and he or she will have 24 hours to claim their gift card!

Good luck!  I hope you’re hungry!

 

 *All opinions in this post are mine, and I have not been paid to endorse this product. Applebee's will provide a gift card to one winner. The winner will have 24 hours to respond from the time the e-mail is sent.  Resident must be 18 years or older and live in the US.

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    Deb
    May 16, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Ooh! Me! Me! Pick me! LOL I agree that hole in the wall places are awesome, but there are a few others, Applebees being one of them, that I love.

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    Danielle
    May 16, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hi Kenlie…….
    I WANT TO WIN……NOT ONLY CAUSE ITS FREE FOOD BUT WHAT ELSE IS GREAT BESIDES…WELL ANYTHING THAT IS FREE IS GREAT! LOL AND IT IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO TRY THE WW MENU AT A REALLY LOW COST! LOL

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    Melissa Schaefer
    May 16, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I’ve done WW, and I am trying to get back on track and get involved in WW again. I’ve an Applebee’s about a mile away from me, and love hanging there with my favorite bartender! Does it count that I’ve no unemployment anymore and I am out of work but maybe 2 -4 hrs a wk?

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    jules- big girl bombshell
    May 16, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I would love to win this and try one of their Weight Watcher friendly dishes. It would be nice to go out to dinner and not have to stress about my choice. I can just enjoy dinner and focus on the person I am with rather than struggling with a choice.

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    Shari
    May 16, 2012 at 1:22 am

    You had me at Jalapeno Lime Shrimp. I love Applebee’s & I would love to win! They make it so easy to make better food choices while dining out.

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    Christina
    May 16, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I love Applebees but I usually get the same thing every time i go there and rarely look all the way through the menu, so i didn’t realize they had a weight watchers section. I would love to try one of their choices.

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    Tiffani @ Miles In Murray
    May 16, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I would love to win the giveaway because I would like to try one of the weight watchers options. They sound fantastic!

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    mary
    May 16, 2012 at 3:28 am

    who wouldn’t like to win? a chance for someone else to worry about the cost of food and cleaning up and serving it….yes yes pick me!

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    Jenny
    May 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I do love me some Applebee’s; we’ve long been fans of the WW menu there. I’d love to try it again – it’s been a while, as we’re dining out less and less now that the daughter and granddaughter have moved in. 🙂

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    Cindy
    May 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I would love to win… I love the idea of points on menus!

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    Liz
    May 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I would like to win! I don’t go out to eat often, but when I do it’s usually Applebees because as you said their menu is easy to navigate (this past weekend I splurged with a girlfriend a bit there but it’s okay!). And they’re food (I think) it very good! My kids are big fans of Applebees too, so a $25 gift card would be awesome!

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    Elizabeth Williams
    May 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Please pick me! My husband and I love to go eat out but don’t get much opportunity to do so (lack of time, resources, etc.). I love the idea of being able to eat out and not have to worry about how it’s going to fit into my points allowance!

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    April
    May 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I want to win!

    I looooove Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken. It’s so good! The only thing really unhealthy about it is a little mayo in the sauce, but not even that much. That’s besides the crushed tortilla chips and rice on the side, but overall not a bad dish and so delicious! I love to make it at home too on occasion.

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    Mary
    May 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I would love to win! Applebees has great food and a great dining atmosphere!

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    Grace @ Grace Dishes
    May 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I’m like you and I love knowing the calories in the dish. That’s one of the huge reasons I love visiting NYC to see my sister. The calories are there in plain sight. It’s astounding how fatty and high in calories some dishes are!

    Those dishes do sound delicious! The last time I was at Applebee’s I wasn’t that impressed with the chain. The food tasted bland and tasteless to me (and it wasn’t even from the WW menu)

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    tanya
    May 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I would love to win! I haven’t been to Applebee’s in forever…this would be a great reason to try it again.

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    Aimee
    May 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Very generous giveaway. I commend Applebee’s for their commitment to including WW friendly meals for those who follow WW as well as those simply looking for a healthier option. I find it helpful to know the nutritional information in restaurant dishes.

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    Sabrina
    May 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I want to win! I love free food! Free, healthy food is even better!!

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    Steelers6
    May 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I would like to win 🙂
    I don’t enter everything just bc it’s free, if it isn’t something I really want. But this is something I would use & enjoy! That picture you added above–yum, the chicken looks so good!
    Thanks
    Chrissy

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    Beth
    May 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

    What a wonderful giveaway!
    I am just beginning to start weight watchers after a year or so of calorie counting. So this would be great to see a place that makes it easier for us newbies to get in the habit of ordering the right thing! And that they are good tasting is quite a bonus

    And of course we all LUV winning something!!!!!

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    Amy A
    May 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I would LOVE to win! It is a treat going out to eat as I am on a tight budget! Also, I am all about checking out nutritional info online before I go any where to eat to make sure I don’t blow it! It was eye-opening to see the nutritional info on some stuff I used to eat and thought was “healthy”, salads being some of the main culprits!!!

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    Lisa
    May 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I love Applebee’s! Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

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    Dominique
    May 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I would like to win! 🙂

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    Jen B
    May 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’d like to win! Those dishes look delicious (is it lunchtime yet?).

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    theresa villatoro
    May 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Would love to try a Weight Watchers friendly menu?

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    Nicole
    May 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I would like to win! I live in kind of an isolated, out of the way area and we don’t have many chain restaurants… but we do have an Applebee’s! I just lost my first 17 lbs and need to keep going. LOTS more left to lose. Your blog has been helping me stay motivated!

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    Courtney
    May 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I’d love to win. Applebee’s makes me smile because it was one of the restaurants my husband and I used to go to a lot when we were dating!

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    Lorie
    May 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Pick me, Pick me, my girls and I love Applesbees. thanks Kenlie for hosting this giveaway, good luck to all!!

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    Shannon
    May 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I’d like to win! What a great thing to wake up to from my anesethia on Friday. If you have had a chance to read my blog at all, you’ll see that I have been trying to stock pile in my workouts and find non-standing workouts because I have to have foot surgery this Friday at 1pm (est).

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    Amanda
    May 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I would like to win a free date with my husband. 🙂 I love going to Applebees because they make it so easy to stick to plan.

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    Morgan
    May 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I’d love this!

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    Becky H
    May 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    OMG! I love the Applebees WW menu. 🙂 I would LOVE to win! 🙂

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    Caroline
    May 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve heard about the shrimp plate and would love to try it! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

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    Beverly
    May 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I haven’t eaten at an Applebee’s in ages! Would love to win! Thanks!

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    Helen
    May 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    What a fun giveaway! I’d love to win and would totally try that chicken.

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    Denise
    May 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I’d love to win!

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    Karen
    May 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    This is Awesome! We are all changing the way we eat Applebee’s looks like a good menu choice for anyone watching what they eat.

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    Carole
    May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I would love to win!

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    Meghan
    May 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I’d love to win!

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    Brandy
    May 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Of course I would love to win! 🙂

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    paralaxvu
    May 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve been to Weight Watchers Once,on a free admission. It was right after Thanksgiving, and the leader showed us how to figure out how much we had eaten then. When I showed her my plate, she told me I’d eaten enough for five people. Gulp! Then I was diagnosed with diabetes. Then I had to stop walking the dogs because it became THEIR walk with stops-and-sniffs, more stops than walking. Walking alone is not very much fun. I’ve never been to an Applebee’s because every time we passed one we were on our way to somewhere else. I’m trying to get on my way to weight loss before my 50th high school reunion next year. But you have encouraged my with your blog and your lawsuit, and I’m keepin’ on keepin’ on. I’m not here for the gift card, I’m here because you’ve done a great job encouraging a whole bunch of people that they, too, can lose weight sanely. I don’t need a gift card to Applebee’s; I’m going to make it a point to eat there as my first stop the next time I’m out. I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are to all of us. Nope, not a suck-up, don’t want the card, wouldn’t take it if you tried to give it to me. I just love to write and love to read your blog. (Oh yeah, and I love to eat, too!) Keep it up, Missy, you’re great!

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    Courtney Tucker
    May 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I’d definitely love to win! Thanks, Kenlie!

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    Molly Nitka
    May 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    They also have a great drink selection there as well! I hope I win!

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    A
    May 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win!

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    Heather
    May 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I’d love to win! I love their food plus I love their skinny margaritas!

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    Doris
    May 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Man! Count me in! Thanks so much for giveaway!

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    Linda
    May 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I love their food,and I could not afford to eat out right now, so it would be a blessing!

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    Mariam
    May 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Would love to win it!

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    Eric
    May 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Put my name in the hat please!

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    Meghan Frazier
    May 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I would love to win the gift card to Applebee’s!!! I have never gone there and would love to give their menu a try!!!!

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    Joan
    May 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I want to win an applebee’s gift card, have not been there in while. I would love to try the new weight watchers meals. Joan

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    K
    May 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    The weekly ww flyer had an ad for the new meals – they looked great. Definitely want to try… 36 lbs down!

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    Jennifer Sheremetta
    May 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Oh my goodness! I would love to win! Applebee’s is my most favorite place to eat! It was where my husband and I had our very first date and it’s where we eat for birthdays, anniversaries, etc! However, I am a creature of habit..I only eat the same thing everytime we go. The Bourbon Street Steak and potatoes. Maybe if I win this will get me on the right track to eating! 🙂 I need to start eating better as I need to lose 130 lbs. :'(

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    Sandra J
    May 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I went to Applebees for supper on Monday! Would love to go again for free 🙂 – thanks for the opportunity. I’m a new reader!

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    Tracy aka Tiny Tank
    May 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hello, I have to say I have never been to Applebees. I would really like to try it. Perhaps this is my chance. I like the company is focused on making choices available for those watching there weight! I hope I win 🙂

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    Amanda Champagne
    May 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I would love to win the gift card…it would make for a fabulous healthy date night with my husband!

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    Joanne
    May 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I haven’t ate at Applebee’s for a while. It would be good for me to try the Weight Watcher’s menu.

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    Solducky
    May 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    That looks so yummy! I would love to win.
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

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    Kelley
    May 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I totally relate to your comments about chain restaurants! If I go out to eat without planning my order first, then my dinner is semi-ruined because I’m worrying about hidden calories, making wrong choices, etc. But if I decide my meal at home beforehand, then I can order with confidence and actually enjoy my food. Calories and nutritional info on the menu? Even better! I love restaurants that do this, whether it’s legally required or not. So go Applebee’s!

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    Becky Martinez
    May 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I love Applebee’s…we don’t get to go very often because they closed the one closest to us. The next closest is just up the freeway…about 40 minutes. When we are in that city for other reasons, visiting family or shopping, we try to time it right so we can go to Applebee’s for lunch. One day we were there and I spent almost an hour going through the nutritional information trying to calculate WW pp for non WW endorsed items. My 8 year old daughter plays pretend restaurant, and all items are always zer0 PointsPlus…:)

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    Jen
    May 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I’d like to win. Thanks for offering the gift card.

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    Aubrey
    May 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’d love to win 🙂
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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    Carol B
    May 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I want to win!! I am trying to eat healthy and exercise to lose some weight.

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    Pattie
    May 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I’m a long time reader, first time commenter!

    I would love to win. I just started weight watchers again last week.
    I actually even went to Applebee’s tonight for dinner! I had the Roasted Garlic Sirloin (not part of the ww section, but part of the <550 cals section), but would love to try the weight watchers food, especially the creamy parmesan chicken. yumyumyum!

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    Ann
    May 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    The shrimp sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Jennifer
    May 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Sound yum!!

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    Rob
    May 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Glad there are healthy AND delicious options for those of us who enjoy dining out! Please add me to the draw!

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    Holly from 300 Pounds Down
    May 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    That’s awesome!! I’m so happy for you. Is that you in the video with Richard Simmons?? Awesome!! I LOVE HIM!

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    Sarah R
    May 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Well, I’d definitely love to win. I just went to Applebee’s for Mother’s Day and their WW dishes are delish!

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    Gina H
    May 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I want to win. It would be a great way for me to get my husband into a restaurant where there are healthy choices for me. He is a steak, butter and nachos sort of guy, not that there is anything wrong with that- just not for me when I am trying to save my own life. So, pick me and make me smile and who knows…maybe my husband will consider the healthy eating lifestyle if he hits up my nutritionally sound plate and it has more than lettuce and celery on it 😉

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    Erin Alexander
    May 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Oh pick me! I’d like to win! I love Applebee’s!!

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    Meredith
    May 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Pick me, pick me! My husband and I never go out!

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    Andrea - Making It Healthy
    May 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I’d love to win! Free food is the best 🙂 Thank you!

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    Sarah
    May 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I would really like to win, thanks for the opportunity.
    I have definitely been in a food rut lately, it would be so awesome to try some new things eating out with my family!

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    Liz
    May 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’d love to win because I love companies that are transparent in their nutrition!

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    David (Keep it up, David)
    May 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Haven’t been to Applebee’s in about 6 years. It sure would be cool to win!

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    Julie
    May 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    like to win -treat my friend and I 🙂 thanks

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    Livivua Chandler
    May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    i love the chicken alfredo pasta- want ot win

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    Doris
    May 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Oooh, I’d love to win! Applebee’s is one of my daughter’s favorite places to eat & it would be great to take her to try the WW menu.

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    Alisha
    May 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I love some Applebees! I used to go with friends for half off appetizers and you don’t even want to know how many calories are in those! So I would love a gift card for a chance to pick something healthy!

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    Heather
    May 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Oh my gosh, that chicken looks amazing!! I would LOVE to win and go try it! 🙂

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    Megan Sonic
    May 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I am 18 minutes late… but it doesn’t hurt to try to win anyways, right??? So, I’d like to win!

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