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A calmness enters stage right.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

128 days into a trip that has no end

The week started off great for the loss, today I am back up a bit, still under Fridays weight but Up from where I was. I will not worry about it and I will treat it as "fluctuation" I also believe that the fact that I seem to use the bathroom less frequent lately has something to do with it. its been a day or 2 since a boat left port and rode the golden spin into the abyss, hopefully we can squeeze t into our schedule some time today.

My calories for Tuesday were slightly higher than target, coming in at 1565 for the day because of a large dinner. I made a BBQ rubbed roasted chicken breast with seasoned sweet potato fries and some sweet corn with black pepper and butter and just had to have my fill, it was incredibly tasty and when all is said and done not high calorie at all, I was higher because I had an 8oz piece of the chicken. there is a 4oz piece left over that I am planning on having for Lunch today.

The sun shines a little brighter and things seem just a bit nicer over all, and the only thing that has changed is that my weight is down. I am at a weight that I am comfortable with right now and believe that what I weigh right now is just about where I have been for a long time in my life. I resemble many of the old pictures of myself now and my attitude has followed suite. I feel great my clothing fits looser and I wonder why it took so long for me to do this. walking through the trails at the park yesterday with my daughter watching her explore and spot details in the leaves and spotting animals in the woods is something I have been missing out on for a while, I am honestly starting to think about my time in CA and wonder if it effected me that much, and what I mean is that I was not happy in CA and maybe this played a part in my new found rotundness. Dwelling on the past has never been my style but I really do think just the fact that I was not "home" meaning in CT, played a part in my substantial weight gain. the injury did not help things along but I don't think its 100% to blame either. whichever way its rolled up doesn't really matter to me because the past is the past and nothing can change those facts. when you start noticing things likes your belly doesn't come close to hitting the steering wheel on the car while you drive any more, or that you have a lap to offer your daughter to sit on now while she just enjoys relaxing on Daddy, This is when one realizes just how important all of the hard work is...A calmness enters stage right.

As Ever

PS: I would also like to thank everyone for their comments and support on my last post with the photos in it. as well as thank the people that said that I don't look like I weigh as much as I do :)

also I added another pic :)

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CATIATM 5/8/2008 11:27AM

    Your progress is incredible. You look like a Biggest Loser contestant! It's great. Keep it up!

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TANSHAN1 5/8/2008 4:30AM

    I, like Mupp, am standing and applauding!! Great picture, great perseverance and great realization that you..yes YOU are Worth this effort.

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MUPP1970 5/7/2008 11:46AM

    I am literally standing up, here at my desk, in my little office... giving you a standing ovation!


Keep on keeping on my friend!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/7/2008 11:37AM

  Yes having a lap for my 3 little ones to climb into for snuggles and stories is the best! I understand letting yourself go when you are in a place you do not like as well. I moved from Florida to Canada it was a big jolt but, that is all left behind now. One of the things me and dh have learned is to cope healthy now if we do not like our circumstance do something to change them instead of digging a grave for our selves with a fork and good food! Seems like you are making all those lifestyle changes too! eep up all your hard work sure your little darling will enjoy you dancing at her wedding one day!

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MOEDANCING 5/7/2008 9:13AM

    Hello Zeus...

You are living the NOW... BRILLIANT

It has been such a delight getting to know you

Simple pleasures...aaaah

Calmness enters stage right :)

Keep walkin the walk...


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DONEPAT 5/7/2008 8:51AM

    What can I say? I love your thoughts, and introspection. Keep it coming!
Love the done picture too!


I have to copy everyone else, and there are no other words, other than
you really do!

Hugs and stuff

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/7/2008 8:37AM

    Hey DONE Dude.....1st let me say...LOVE The picture.......DONE, DONE, DONE
Woo Hoo...2nd I love having a DONE Dude as a neighbor......ROCK ON CT.....3rd I LOVE your insight.......this journey is so rewarding for you and your family.....


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Progress picture, 95 lbs lost.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Photo can be viewed on my blog here

Saturday and Sunday were spent shopping, a lot in bulk. we went to 3 different stores and compared prices and then bought the things that we needed at each respective store with the lowest price for said item. we stocked up on things and the idea behind this was to see how much we could save this month shopping like that, we spent at least 6 hours on shopping all together and for the most part we have the entire month of may covered for things that do not have to be fresh bought and we will make weekly visits to the supermarket for things like fresh fruit and veggies. if it turns out that we are saving a decent amount because of it we will switch to that routine for good.

I also have hunted down a set of pedals for my bike! I am extremely excited about this. I was searching as I have been doing on and off for a set online and an ebay ad popped up for an entire bike of the same brand etc as mine and it had no reserve and someone had bid it to $9.99 which was likely the start amount, so I decided to email the fella that was selling the bike and ask if I won the auction would he just mail me the pedals as he had "local pick up" under the shipping area. he emailed me back that he would send me just the pedals if I won, I bid and ended up paying $20 shipped for a set of pedals. I am just waiting for them to arrive now and I will have my bike back, and an extra pedal to boot. man I never thought finding a silly pedal for a stationary bike could be so hard.

Finally for my Monday morning post I wanted to post up a progress picture, the after picture was taken on Saturday (randomly by my wife while I was cooking dinner so I apologize for the unshaven face lol) and the before photo was taken by my mother in law last summer, and is the picture that I looked at and decided enough was enough and made me seriously start looking into weight loss options, I really don't remember being that large and that is why when I saw the photo I was shocked..

I have lost 95 lbs since Jan 1st and the difference in this photo is more than that I believe because I had lost some weight (not a whole lot but some) from Aug to Dec 2007. I was going to wait the 5 pounds to make it an even 100 lb loss before I posted progress pics but I figured since I had lost a little from Aug to Dec that this pic will serve as my progress thus far photo. I emailed this to everyone in my family on Saturday night and I called my Mom (who lives in CA) and told her to check her email on Sunday morning, she called me back within 3 minutes crying, to say she was happy about it would be putting it lightly. I could not be happier with my results so far and I think after taking a look at the photo above you can agree that there is a significant change in my body, I must be doing something right :), the keep on keepin on ain't stopping any time soon and the next progress photo will likely be when another 50lbs drops off, Thanks for reading and following along with me.

Carry on...

As Ever

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MUPP1970 5/7/2008 11:39AM

    I can't wait until I can say I've lost 95 pounds!!!! YOU ROCK!

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DIZZYK 5/7/2008 2:59AM

    I understand why your mom cried. That is an amazing difference!! You should be very proud of how far you've already come! And I agree with Kate-- you don't look like you even come close to 441!! Awesome!

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KMEKATE 5/6/2008 12:55PM

    Look at you!!!!!!!!! What an amazing difference. OK can I just say you totally don't look like you weigh 441?! Not at all!

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CINNABERYL 5/5/2008 9:15PM

    Wooot! Congrats on the loss! You look awesome :) Have a great rest of your week!

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MZUNGU-TEMBO 5/5/2008 9:05PM

    DANG!!!! One, you look great. Two, if I said any different you look like you would rip my head off! In all seriousness you've done wonderful for oyurself and your loved ones. Keep up the good work...maybe to cap off your goal you could bike to your mother's house? Blog about it if you do!

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KRISKROH 5/5/2008 7:11PM

    Wow! You are doing fantastic! What a difference in the pics, way to go!

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ABAUSTIN 5/5/2008 1:31PM

    AMAZING! Way to go!!! Keep up the great work!!!


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MICHELEHEATH 5/5/2008 1:20PM

    I don't see any pictures! I wanna see!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/5/2008 12:19PM

  Woohoo!!! You should be be proud of yourself!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Amazing differance I know you got to feel so much healthier too! Keep it up you have proven this is doable!!!!

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CATIATM 5/5/2008 11:01AM

    What a difference! Wowza!

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DONEPAT 5/5/2008 10:48AM

    Wow- the difference is so striking!
You look grrrrrrrrreat!
You are just.......very inspring.! I'm very happy that I know you.
Keep up the great work!
Patty emoticon

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WRITER28 5/5/2008 10:45AM

  Hi, I'm one of the members of the 'Walk Away The Pounds' group you joined.
Took a look at your photos, and I have to say, "great work!". Congratulations on the weight loss. You inspire me to keep going on my weight loss and I'm sure you'll be inspiring to others as well.

Keep posting photos! I love your blog entries, as they are so honest and you deal realistically with issues.

As for the shopping, I've tried the same type of shopping as you did and it does work, if you do that type of shopping for the 'long haul'. Stockpile things like laundry soap, tp, shampoo, deodorant, cereal, boxed and canned food, about three months worth--do this using coupons AND applying the coupons to items ON SALE, don't be too concerned about brand. Once you get a stockpile in your house then you are set for about three month time period. Then do it all over again, using sales and coupons. (If you have room in your house, that is.) The first time I shopped like I said above, I saved 23% on my grocery bill. There's more info on this site if you're interested: Take a look at photos of stockpiles, some of them are pretty crazy looking. Some members have big families and so the stockpiles are huge.


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MRSHONEYC 5/5/2008 10:09AM

    WELL! NICE to put a FACE to the nickname!!!
You're looking GREAT!!!!
You are doing SUCH a TERRIFIC JOB!

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/5/2008 9:48AM

    DONE Dude you ROCK....!!!!

So impressed........So inspired.........So proud of YOU

YOU Rock!!

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SWEETZMIX 5/5/2008 9:39AM

    You look great!!!!! 95lbs in 4 months is sO much weight!!!!!!! Truely inspiring. Keep it up because I can not even imagine how great u would look by the end of this year!!! Keep in touch and keep posting more pics.

Also don't worry about the unshaven face my BF always looks a lil scruffy on the weekends when we are in the house!!!!


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8lbs dropped a MUST read, emotion creeps in

Friday, May 02, 2008

This UM V2S 650 weighs in at 441 lbs

A terrible day....weighing in.

For the fat that thought it had a permanent residence on my body! it is truly amazing what one can accomplish with a little bit of determination mixed in with some drive and a side of hard work, when you stop making excuses and just do what you know needs to be done some really good things happen. I woke up this morning with high hopes that I would have lost a lot this week and man did I! I am down to 441 pound this morning! thats an eight pound loss from last week, 8 pounds?!?! to say that I am ecstatic would be cheating how I feel. I almost skipped the 40's all together and am very satisfied this morning. I cannot say that this has been the easiest thing in the world to accomplish, but I can say that it was not the most difficult either. I have worked my ass off to get to this point, I have done this for Me and my family, I did this without the surgery that just 4 months ago I thought was my only option and for those of you that have followed me along from the beginning know, fear is what was driving me, the fear is gone and its pure Drive and determination at the wheel now.

I am healthier today than I have been in years, I can now walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, hell I can run up that same flight of stairs now and don't even realize that I did it until I think about how I would slowly walk up the stairs damning the fact that my bedroom is on the second floor the entire time just a few months ago. another thing is my range in walking, last summer I was at a park with my wife, children and my father and we decided to go for a short walk to a broken bridge and waterfall in the back of the park, the bridge is less than 1/2 mile from the road block on a paved road, I made it half way and had to turn around because of back pain, today its a different story, now I go hiking on a trail thats roughly a mile long at a different park, with inclines and through the woods and I am carrying my daughter on my shoulders the whole time and stop only because the park is closing and we need to get out! so to say that quality of life has improved is stating it lightly.

To anyone that reads this and is struggling with a weight issue, I want you to know that You can do it. you can drop the weight thats holding you back from what you want to do. there is nothing special about me, I am not superhero weight loss guy. I did not pay someone a small fortune for their miracle fix which requires me to buy books, meal plans, gym memberships or any specialized foods. I am merely a fellow that had enough with being that token fat guy, mix up some drive with a little determination and a lot of hard work and the results will come for you.

I am going to sit here and smile for a bit, thanks for reading.

As Ever

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MUPP1970 5/7/2008 11:24AM

    I just have to tell you... my heart soared for you when I read this. I too, have had that same emotion. I never ONCE thought about the emotional affects of weight loss. Your words have illustrated that feeling perfectly.

If you were a Done GIRL.. I would have to tell you... that I love you. I'm gonna tell you anyway.... I LOVE YOU. What you have accomplished here is more than just weight loss. (I feel funny telling a man.. a married man, "I LOVE YOU"..... but I think you know what I mean!)

Congratulations my partner in Amazing DONEDOM!


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CILLA0025 5/5/2008 9:32AM

    Wow!!! What a difference!! And, what an inspiration!!! That's why you are so DONE!!!

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DONEPAT 5/4/2008 9:42AM

    You never fail to put a smile on my face.
I love your blogs! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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AROCHFORD 5/3/2008 10:44PM

    Wonderful keep it up!

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TANSHAN1 5/3/2008 9:41AM

    Congrats on your making strides on your journey to health. Congrats on the weight loss. And SUPER CONGRATS on starting to Love and Respect yourself!

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BIT_O_KELLY 5/2/2008 7:06PM

    You're doing great! And you're doing it the right way...
Thanks for sharing.

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DTWINGS33 5/2/2008 1:13PM

    What an inspiration. You are awesome. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/2/2008 12:49PM

  That was a amzing blog! So proud of you! So excited for you wife and kids to you have given them their dad and husband back! A amn who is not only healthier but is holding his head up high! A man with confidence and strength!!! Woohoo!!! emoticon emoticon_8 pounds wow that is big loss you must be working so hard! Makes me want to work harder!

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HISHAPPYAPPLE 5/2/2008 11:41AM

    Keep on driving! You're doing awesome!!

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CATIATM 5/2/2008 11:03AM

    You are the bomb, Zeus!

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MZUNGU-TEMBO 5/2/2008 10:47AM

    Great Job! Who knew that the only 'quick fix' out there is in the head. Fix the way we think and that's a large percentage of what is needed!

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PEACHY78 5/2/2008 10:32AM

    I'm so glad that your hard work is paying off. It's amazing when you found out how possible this all really is!! Keep up the good work and keep that wonderful motivation going!! You have got the bull by the horns now!!! WTG!!!

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CILLA0025 5/2/2008 10:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

8 pounds is FANTASTIC!!!! WOW!!!

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A new month a new life is born, a very special day.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Day 121, a special day and a new month.

It's just about 9:30 am, as I type this I am eating some pepperoncini. man I love these things. what were you doing at 9:30 am? just think about that for a minute, as many people on the planet there are answers to that question, and each as unique as the next. pepperoncini for me, perhaps you were running to catch a bus, or standing in the shower reflecting back to another day, perhaps you were laying with the person you love or under a person that you don't love. Everybody has an agenda, each and every one of us has a plan, and a history, what will we do for the day? where will we be in 2 hours? where will you be at 9:30 pm? today is actually a good day for my family, my brother is going to have his first child shortly, a Daughter. so this means that I will have a new niece today, maybe even before I finish typing this post as I just spoke to him and they are in the hospital right this second preparing for the C section (in California). every person has a history of where they were when something happened, what they were thinking, who they were with.

One day hopefully I will be able to look back and say "I use to weigh more than 534 pounds" as the listener stares in awe and disbelief because of the shape that I will be in at that point, perhaps it will be my niece that I tell that story to, maybe it will be you over a cup of coffee. who knows for sure? today I have a sense of calm, I don't know why or where its coming from, its just there. I have dropped a significant amount of weight in the past 4 months and can honestly say that I have a feeling of accomplishment because of that. add that to the fact that I am gaining a family member sometime today and I guess it adds up to my current state of ease with the world. It appears that the new month is off to a good start.

My calories for the day were good coming in at 1340 total. My weight is down, it looks like I am having a decent week for a loss but I will give the total dropped on Friday as usual but let me tell ya, its looking good so far for the week. I am considering posting a picture up when I hit the 100 pounds lost mark but haven't decided yet if that will happen, I guess you will have to stay tuned to find out ;) and let me tell ya, its not far off at all after this weeks drop! Thanks for following along with my little slice of life.

Carry on..

As Ever

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GRAMMABENJI 5/1/2008 11:26PM

    congratulations on youor new niece and the weight loss. sure hope you post a pic of the 100 lb loss. keep it up

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MZUNGU-TEMBO 5/1/2008 9:48PM

    Congrats on your EXPANDING family and your SHRINKING waistline. Keep up the good work you have done and add the niece to your list of folks to 'DO THIS THING FOR' first on that list of course being YOU! Great Post!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/1/2008 7:00PM

  congrats on the neice! Congrats on your weight loss. Keep up all your hard work. Sp is a place were you are accepted right where you are and we support you as you get there. Look at my pics i even got honest and put a rear shot! We are in this together!!!!

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MRSHONEYC 5/1/2008 6:46PM

    CONGRATS on your new niece!!!!

VERY nice reflection in this blog!!!! FYI - At 9:30 I was on my way to work wondering how much I'd missed off the truck yesterday (as I left early due to a migrane!)

Keep up the GREAT WORK! Maybe it will be ME you are sitting having a cup of coffee with!!!

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KMEKATE 5/1/2008 4:07PM

    Wonderful blog...thank you!

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MESACHICK 5/1/2008 12:02PM

  Zeus, that day of "awe and disbelief" WILL are already amazing and inspiring so many of us!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!

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Rain rain go away!!!! hard to walk in the rain :(

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Are we really up to 119 days?

Upon waking I noticed that it is still raining! this is not good, I want to go for a walk! the guy in the plastic box said it should stop around noon but then we will have 30+ mph winds and cold, bleh. Thank you New England. My new sneakers sit lonely in their box waiting to go out for a walk on my feet. I did go over my calorie limit by 30 so the Total calorie consumed for the day was 1530, not really worried about that, it happens from time to time, as long as it does not become the norm we should be ok.

Here is the menu for the day.


8:30 AM
1 hebrew national hot dog 45
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95

12:00 PM
egg drop soup 160

2:45 PM
1 lean cuisine 270
1 arnold 100 calorie roll 100

5:45 PM
7oz baked bbq chicken 385
1 cup fresh frozen peas 140
3/4 cup cooked white rice 150

8:30 PM
1 apple 80

Grand total of 1530 calories for the day, I really wish it would stop raining, even though we needed it bad. it had been like 14 days without rain so its good that its here, I just don't want it to over stay its welcome. I am bummed because of the weather and because of the fact that I haven't been able to go for my walk for the past couple days and a short post is the result.

As Ever

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GRAMMABENJI 5/1/2008 11:29PM

    i know what you mean about the rain. ny has been the same. walked in the rain today with my umbrella lucky there was no wind.

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TANSHAN1 4/30/2008 1:24AM you do realize now that you are officially DONE you are supposed to do 2 things when you are down right? The first ...You do the Done girl Dance!!
Second check in at Done HQ and get your ALWAYS makes you feel better!

Here's to a wonderful tomorrow!

Peace my lettuce leaf,

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 4/29/2008 9:41PM

    Hey Botzzz! Keep up the good work. Just don't forget about your nutrition when doing your calories. Make them count! Green is Good!!! You are doing awesome. Keep up the good work!

Project Mayhem rules!
Captain Space Monkey - out

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GLORYTOGLORY 4/29/2008 7:24PM

  I live were rain is alwasy a issue! Got to either buy some d.vd.s to walk with or got to a mall to walk! Sometimes that rain hangs out way to long! congrats on the cals!

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CATIATM 4/29/2008 2:40PM

    Hola, Zeus! This is when the Leslie Sansome Walk Away the Pounds series really comes in handy. Hope you're seeing sunshine soon!

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KMEKATE 4/29/2008 1:23PM

    I swear O'Victorious One...are you a chef! Come cook for me and plan my menu! Sounds like a lovely day, despite the rain. Do you have comcast on demand? They have the walk away the pounds series on there if so. Make it a super day.

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