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Body for Life ~ Day 2 (3/18)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

After two days of trying this challenge, I am DEFINITELY a believer.

The hardest part for me to wrap my mind around was not the 6 small meals (I'm eating like a champ) or all of the strength training, BUT the notion of ONLY doing Cardio 3x a week and for no more than 20 minutes at a time....what?! Historically, for me 20 mins. of Cardio was only a warm-up!!!

Well, last night to avoid being tempted to exceed my 20 mins. I worked out at home on my elliptical machine...and dare I say it that was the most intense cardio workout I have EVER had. My heart rate averaged at 151 and got up to 156 during two of my 5 readings (per my new HRM my range during aerobic activity should be between 128.66 and 147.04). At the end of my 20 mins. I looked like a drowned rat, but I felt sooooo good!

Two days down and 82 days to go, until...

I have increased my energy and strength
I feel better overall
I am toned
I have lost 20+ pounds of FAT!!!


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NEWMARILYN 3/20/2008 10:37AM

    This sounds like a wonderful plan. I had not heard of this author or book. But, I will be looking into it. Sometimes, all we need is to switch things up a bit.

God bless,

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GIRLINMOTION 3/20/2008 8:49AM

    Its funny about the six meals. I thought that would be impossible for me (because I was a big eater), but it really does work. It is like snacking all day, and you are not overstuffed. But reversing the amount of cardio would be hard. But I am sure you are going to get great results.

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    Oh also keep us posted on the meals

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    I have read on the some of the weight lifting sites that 20 mins of intense cardio was all it takes...Hard to let go of my hour workout, but you keep doing what you're doing girl


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JANEYJAYE 3/19/2008 12:56PM

    Hmmm, 20 minutes of cardio. That is a tough one but way to tackle that challenge! Kudos, Girl!

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JMWOODARD 3/19/2008 11:25AM

    Hey soror,

You are doing great! I am so happy for you and all of your success! Keep doing what you are doing.

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Body for Life ~ Day 1 (3/17)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

One of my co-workers recommended a book to me that I strongly believe is going to help me reach my final goals. It's entitled Body for Life by Bill Phillips. Basically it is a 12-week challenge concentrating on balancing nutrition, strength training and cardio.

So I started yesterday and although I'm a little sore from the upper body workout, I am sooooo pumped...LITERALLY!

First of all, the DIVAs are joining me in this challenge and to quote NEWBEIN, it seems to be just the "intervention" that we needed.

Second, I was able to effortlessly drink 10 C. of water for the day and I stayed within my calorie goals (although the book does not recommend counting calories, I'm still tracking what I eat on SPARK).

Then the highlight is that this morning I woke up bright and early and full of energy. It may sound weird but I even felt lighter, so of course me being the scale-o-holic that I am I weighed in and to my surprise I've lost 2.6 lbs. since yesterday's weigh in (I'm more than sure it was all water weight, but hey a loss is a loss....I'LL TAKE IT!). YAY ME!!!!

So one day down and 83 days to go...

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GIRLINMOTION 3/19/2008 9:05AM

    Yes a loss of any kind is still a loss. Glad to hear that you are getting your mojo back and you are continuing to inspire others with your positive attitude.

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JANEYJAYE 3/18/2008 6:39PM

    I'm gonna have to check out that book! And it must be good to inspire you to greater heights of accomplishments.

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LASVEGASLES 3/18/2008 5:01PM

    Thanks for posting this info!

I'll see if I can find it at the bookstore and give it a "go" too!!

CHEERS to YOU and YOUR goals DIVA!!


Love YOU! Les~

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    Go girl...that's awesome.


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PHUNKYSTAR 3/18/2008 1:38PM

    I think of out of all the "diet" books out there, this one is truly the best one. I also have a co-worker who swears by BFL. It helped her and her husband get in tip-top shape while also drastically lowering their cholesterol.

I tried to do it, but I found that I was eating even though I wasn't hungry because of needing to eat every 3 hours or so. In the end, I use recipes from his cookbook all the time, and I continue to try to eat a balance of protein and carbs at every meal.

Good luck!

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2008LYNN 3/18/2008 10:30AM

  I'm going to pick the book up at the library on my lunch today and maybe I'll participate in the challenge with you guys. Thanks for posting, I needed something to motivate me to be more consistent, at least for a little while. I'll hopefully complete the entire 12 weeks.

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Gotta Keep it Real....A Convo w/ Myself

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Have mercy Deondra...you have gained 8 pounds!!! What are you doing?

1. Have you been using SP to track your caloric intake? NO

2. Have you been using your manual tracking tools to record your caloric intake when things are hectic and you're unable to SP? NO

3. Are you consistently drinking 64 oz. of water a day? NO

4. Are you eating 25 grams of fiber a day? NO

5. Have you been active on the SP boards, esp. with BBQ and the CCs? NO

6. Is your life balanced? NO

7. Are you regularly meeting with the DIVAs for motivation and support? NO

8. Do you have a set weekly workout schedule with TJOI214? NO

9. Have you been consistently strength training? NO

10. Are you avoiding desserts like the plague? NO

Well, then are you surprised that you've gained weight? Uhhhh NO

Are you going to do something about it? YES


Turn the NO's in the first ten questions into YES's and thank God for the opportunity to get back on track!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEWMARILYN 3/20/2008 10:33AM

    Good for you. You can do it.

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GOTTHATFIRE 3/17/2008 2:41PM

    Great for you and you will feel so much better to be back on track. Now, I seriously need to imitate you :~) GTF

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CIERAPOET 3/17/2008 1:10AM

    I like the accountability to self. I gained 3 pounds and I beat myself up so bad, but I will get back on track and stay there. I will be 145 this year. New Beginnings. We got this. Deondra you still bless me and give me the motivation I need to excel with excellence. Keep going forward.


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LASVEGASLES 3/14/2008 5:46PM

    We are all GUILTY of setbacks girl!!

As long as you admit the setback and do something about it...then it's all good!!

8 lbs is literally (ahem!) nothing compared to how many ELBEEEEEES you have lost in the last few years!!

DO NOT DESPAIR friendgirl!! Give it up to God!!

Don't STOP, get it, get it!! Woooooooooo hooooooooo!

Lots of LOVE comin' atcha from Vegas!! Les~

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    Those NO's will be Yes' in no time at all.

Glad you back girl!!!

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POCOHANTAZ 3/14/2008 11:28AM

    I got my game face on...and YOU of all people know that I have your back!!!! We have come such a long way Queen...that getting back on track is going to be easy this time...because we KNOW what to do and how to do it...and the best part we have each other and spark!!!! Let's do the Dand Thang!!!! Much love..

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KAYEREADER 3/14/2008 8:59AM

    Hey Deondra

So glad to see you on SP! I have no doubt that you will turn all your no answers into yes answers. By the way, I love the new photo! Looking good as always.

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AMYIS200 3/14/2008 3:29AM

    Wow!! What a powerful blog! I've gained a few pounds back too, and instead of beating myself up aout it...I'm just gonna read this blog periodically as a reminder of what to do and what not to do. Thank you!!!!!

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SXYBUTTERFLY 3/14/2008 12:49AM

    Hey Shug, don't beat yourself up too much. We all have been there a time or two on this journey. I am so in awe and proud of you for your accomplishments 8 pounds is not that much in the grand sceme of things. Get back on track and those 8 pounds will be gone within a week.

Get moving sisterfriend!


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LAUNDRYCHICK 3/14/2008 12:33AM

    You can do it!

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GIRLINMOTION 3/13/2008 10:45PM

    Deondra, I know this is only a very temporary setback. You have come to far to let this beat your and defeat you. I am glad to see you that you are going to be active again, we have all missed you so much (we know you are busy with the new job, but your Spark Family worries you know).

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KIMD1972 3/13/2008 8:31PM

    Honesty is the best policy and you did a great job here! Now you know what you got to do, how to do it, and get it done! WELCOME BACK! It's always just take one step to get back on track!

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MONTANAGAL 3/13/2008 7:17PM

    Kudos to you for being honest. That's huge! And I have no doubt you'll get back on track. Just like I had to do.. You know what ya gotta do. Do it girl!!! I believe in you!! Don't give up!!

Love ya!
Deb :-)

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2008LYNN 3/13/2008 7:07PM

  Yes, back to the basics. And never mind the misstep, just get back on track. Tell Newbein I said, same goes for her .

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JANEYJAYE 3/13/2008 7:03PM

    Love this! And I believe in you and that you WILL get back on Track!

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FREE AT LAST....well kinda!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

For the past few weeks, life has been super super super busy. Thankfully it's been all good stuff, but nevertheless things have been busy.

I'm still in the training/transition mode at work and have had visitors for the past few weeks, plus I was responsible for planning the Managers' Holiday Party (2/9) as well as the Site-Wide Holiday Party (2/16). Both parties are usually held much earlier, but the management team voted to postpone everything until I had recovered from surgery (I work with some of the best people on the planet!!!). Speaking of which, pictured in this blog is Melissa and a comparison of me from our party last year and this year (1/17/07 and 2/16/08). Melissa has been so supportive and regularly pops in my office to give me an unsolicited compliment or just general words of encouragement....and isn't she adorable?!!! (smile)

So, speaking of "FREE AT LAST", I had a follow-up appointment with my *new* surgeon on 2/22, and I have been released to return to the Elliptical Machine, Water Aerobics, Spinning (as long as it doesn't hurt) and last but not least my CORE RHYTHMS WORKOUTS!!!! Yay! According to Dr. Samuels, I have healed way ahead of schedule (but I still need to be careful being that I won't be completely healed until Dec' 08). I almost started doing a Core-flection move right there in the examination room!!! (smile)

Speaking of CORE RHYTHMS, I received an email from one of my friends indicating that she saw a picture of me on QVC last weekend (2/17), they were selling the Core Rhythms DVD program and showed a picture of yours truly and commented on how much weight and inches I had lost as a result of the program. At this point, I still don't have the actual date as to when the infomercial will air...but I will definitely keep my Spark Friends posted!!!

Free at last...well kinda...next week I'm in training again, but I'll be spending the next few days playing Spark Catch-Up (when did they add the spell check feature and can you believe that I've spent the better part of the morning trying to redeem my SP Goodies...LOL...have I been MIA that long? [smile]). I so miss sparking with my Spark Buddies and my favorite team mates (CARDIO CONNOISSEURS), plus where would I be without the BBQs, DIVAs and Pretty Girls Wear 20 Pearls???? I am about 20 lbs. away from reaching my final goal and I know that I cannot do it without SP! Even though I haven't been online, I constantly think about all of the things that I've learned from this site plus the support that I REGULARLY receive from my SP friends keeps me going!!! And for that I am soooooo grateful!

I truly, "thank my God upon every remembrance of you"! Philippians 1:3

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NEWMARILYN 3/10/2008 12:27PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad to hear that you are on the mend.

Come on and knock this last 20 pounds out!

God bless you,

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GODZDESIGN95 3/4/2008 2:45PM

    Hi just peeking in on you. You are doing wonerful. Congrats. If I see someone who has an awesome job at weight loss. I give them a little special gift and yours is coming up!! Awesome!!

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HEALTHY4ME 3/2/2008 10:20PM

    Glad all went well and you healed so well and quickly, Happy you can get back to exercising! and wow you look great.
Congrats to all the hard work and determination.

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INTRIGUEDKI 2/27/2008 8:28PM

    You look FAB! You are truly an inspiration... yayy to being able to do your fav. workouts again I know you are happy!! :-)

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IMENOUGH 2/25/2008 2:12PM

    You were missed immensely!!!

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NOMI_822 2/25/2008 11:32AM

    Wow! What a difference, you both look great. Congratulations on the weight loss and Good luck in all you do. Just had to say WOW!!!

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ATR1983 2/24/2008 2:51PM

    Glad you are doing well. I been MIA too. You have been missed. Keep up the great work.

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TJOI214 2/24/2008 2:34PM

    I am sooo glad you are free. I'm ready for our lives to return to normal...

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MONTANAGAL 2/24/2008 11:20AM

    Glad you're doing well sweetie! I missed ya 'round these parts! Sounds like things are going awesome for ya! Look forward to seeing you more around the forum!

Much love,
Deb :-)

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JANEYJAYE 2/23/2008 11:59PM

    D, you have been missed and never forgotten! That photo is inspiring and you look fantastic. I'm excited to hear that you can get back to your cardio and definitely listen to your body. I'm sure it's going to feel oh so good to get that cardio high again.

You are amazing!!!

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KAYEREADER 2/23/2008 6:03PM

    Hi Deondra

Glad to read about your great update and to see you around! You look great!

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GIRLINMOTION 2/23/2008 4:43PM

    Deondra what great news about your recovery. But go easy as you go back into the swing of things, don't want you taking any chances.

I look at your comparison pictures and I have to say girl, "you're not getting older, your getting better".

Thank you for the update, and glad to hear that your doing fine.

Hugs, Sonia

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MZPERSEVERANCE 2/23/2008 12:57PM

    That is awesome D. You were on mind!!!!

Keep doin what ya doing.........

Love ya

Sisterly Yours


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Saving my HEART from a 'BURNING HOUSE'!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A few months ago one of my friends and I recognized and admitted that we had feelings for one another.

BUT, tonight I have had to finally accept the realization that although I have fallen head over heels for him...he is completely emotionally and physically unavailable. Oddly enough in a very sweet way he reassured me that he values our friendship, is attracted to me and wants to spend time with me...it's just that at this point in his life he is not willing to date anyone exclusively...he's unsure about what he wants...and wants to leave his options open. WOW!

Hence, here I am with EMOTIONAL HEARTBURN. Emotional Heartburn = A new term that I've coined which describes what takes place when your head and your heart are in utter and total disagreement.

Or better yet...it's as if I've found my dream house. The master bedroom has a huge walk-in closet full of designs by Karen Kane and outfits put together by Patricia Field (the Wardrobe mastermind of 'Sex and the City'); every room has been decorated by Candice Olsen (from HGTV's Divine Design); there is a tailor-made dance studio/workout room that includes a spin bike, treadmill, stairclimber and an elliptical machine; and so on and so on and so on...just one problem. The house is on fire. Although the house looks good and appears to have everything I want and need the fact still remains...it's on FIRE!

With that being said, I know that I'm temporarily suffering from emotional heartburn, but on this one I've got to listen to my head and it's screaming RUN GIRL! RUN AWAY FROM THIS BURNING HOUSE!

Yes, I like this guy a lot, but I love me more. I can no longer afford to put my heart in harm's way, so I've got to walk...no run away from this situation.

In the meanwhile, I find comfort in having good friends who remind me that I don't have to settle. Furthermore, I know that
God has a real DIVINE DESIGN for me...I just need to persevere, stop TRIPPING and start TRUSTING!

I Corinthians 13:4,7 (NIV)
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

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NEWMARILYN 1/16/2008 11:52AM

    You deserve the best and he is not offering you that- maybe he can't.

God loves you with an undying love and will do whatever He has to do in order to get the man that He prepared for you- to you!

Hold on.

Know that you are blessed and highly favored.

God bless,

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CIERAPOET 1/11/2008 5:09AM

    D, I am sitting here thinking about this guy that I really like and he claims to like me too, calling me his woman, but I think he is trying to love 2...which aint easy to do and I will never share a man. I appreciate this blog you shared with us. It spoke straight to my broken heart. I hate when men can't make up there minds and when they do, we are the ones standing with our mouths open and tears welling up in our eyes.

The Word instructs us to guard our hearts with all diligence and that is what I tried to do with this guy. But he was so different than the other men I had met and I let my guard down. I recognized that I had slipped and let my emotions take over me. He still thinks I am all in with what he is doing(playing games with me and another). I thank God for the words you wrote...and receive them just for me.

I have to get my heart out of this burning house before I become engulfed in the flames of heartbreak. It will be alright sista. It is already alright. Only the best for one of God's best.
Blessings to you!

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HEARTLIGHT 1/10/2008 3:29PM

    "...I can no longer afford to put my heart in harm's way, so I've got to walk...no run away from this situation. " Great decision! Bravo! and just think of all the calories you'll burn :)

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POCOHANTAZ 1/10/2008 1:33PM

    Amen...Have Faith and Wait... i say WAIT on the Lord Queen....He will send you your Prince...believe that...alot of time we think it is our time ...or try to rush God to do what we want Him to do...But WE will wait on this one...agree???

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M3NOMOFAT 1/9/2008 3:09PM

    Been there... I read this blog with my hand on my head and my mouth open. Unbelievable that you could put into a word the devastation of that incident and it's affect on my life and my walk with GOD. I always said to my accountability partner, " My heart will not follow my head. I know what to do but my heart is betraying me."
Thankfully, I am delivered and you will be also. Read my blog for May 8, 2007. It was the first blog I did and it is still a favorite of mine. GOD is awesome!

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LAUNDRYCHICK 1/7/2008 6:40PM

    Ouch! ((((HUGS))))

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JANEYJAYE 1/6/2008 1:34AM

    So happy that you know that you deserve better! I too recently had a similar experience with a man I've known for two years as friends and we started dating only to have him push me away because he was emotionally unavailable. I am so ready to fall in love right now... gotta keep looking and trusting that I too will find a man that will open his heart to me. We deserve more. So I'm with ya, Girl, let's run!

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ATR1983 1/6/2008 12:37AM

    I am glad that you are listening with your head. This is your year and when the time is right god will send a man who is right for you. I have no doubt that this year have great thing in store for you! love ya!

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MSQUAN 1/5/2008 9:51PM

    D, This is your year of the fullness of the blessing. This is your year of New Beginnings and total Abudance, especially in this area. God has so much in store for you including that talior made Man of God! You are on the right track and I am excited to get the testimony of the real MOG God has for you!

Girl you mka me want to use that EMOTIONALHEARTBURN that is REAL!! lol.. But is something when God stops us from getting hurt before he even happens, ya know?

I know God has much in store for you! Love you!!!

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    There is a man out there, tailor made just for you and in due season....he'll be coming your way!!! Until then stay strong, Sis your in control

Hope you enjoyed your outing!!!

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LASVEGASLES 1/5/2008 7:19PM

    "GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble." -- Psalm 46:1

YOU are your own rock ~D . . .

YOU deserve the best man and the best man deserves YOU!!

Love you muchly!

Les~ ;-)

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GIRLINMOTION 1/5/2008 4:52PM

    I am glad you are listening to your head, this will prevent further "Heartburn" (love the term). You have come to far in life to let some man control your emotions. Lovers come and go, but friends are forever.

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KAYEREADER 1/5/2008 3:38PM

    You are right on point! I also agree with Lynn that maturity is a gift and safeplace. Your DIVINE DESIGN is already reserved just for you.

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2008LYNN 1/5/2008 8:13AM

  Isn't it wonderful to be mature. A whole lot of drama, totally avoided so you won't be preoccupied when the real one (man for you) presents himself.

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BLESSED3061 1/5/2008 5:45AM

    Alright now ! Trust in the one and only man that knows how to treat you and he wont break your heart. Run Dance, Run Dance LOL

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