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Juice fast done! Well for now anyway

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

After 8 days decided I would stop the juice fasting for awhile. Very happy that I have lost over 7 kilos and feel wonderful.

This weekend one of my nephews is getting married and am spending the next 4 days with family and friends. My nephew Timothy is FINALLY marrying the girl he has been with on and off for 10 years. Talk about a commitment phobe!

I have now seen the family for a year so breaking bread with them is an important part of family ritual and I want to be able to enjoy that with them over this upcoming long weekend.

From there I will staying my best friend in Sydney and back on juicing - she is very interested so I may have a juice buddy while I am there for 5 days. Also going back to the hypnotherapist who got me OFF cigarettes last year for 2 months - considering that my head is in a much healthier place now a return visit will seal the deal - goodbye cancer sticks!

Therapy has been such a wonderful revelation for me and I am so thankful for where I am right now. Still work to do but II have made some major breakthroghs in the last few days and am excited about the future.

I am then off to Hopewood which is a health farm in the Blue Mountains. NOT a spa, but very health focused.

I went there many years ago and did a 21 day water fast. I was SO energised and so full of appreciation for life and my body that I am planning to do another one. Again with my mind so differently focussed, it will be a much more beneficial experience.

Its a rather provocative health treatment and doctor tend to be split over its benefits, much like many new agey therapies. All I know is that for me it works.

Some reading here if you are interested:


I am in a much healthier place in my head and am looking forward to focusing solely on my physical health for a few weeks.

Many of you maybe shaking your heads at the thought of a water fast however it's been a really positive experience for me before so I am looking forward to how I feel at the end of it.

I know none of this has been very Spark specific however I like keeping in contact with you guys and once I have finished the water fast I will be back on and using Sparkpeople to keep me on the healthy and right track!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day and if you had no one special around that you were special to yourelf!

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ANAIS57 2/17/2012 5:11PM

    safe travels....i am interested in hearing all about your experiences.

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BACKATITAMY 2/15/2012 5:34PM

  Glad you feeling better David. Have fun with your family and friends and good luck at the health retreat.

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JEAN111766 2/15/2012 12:56PM

    Hello my Spark Friend,
You sound so much better!!! I am sooo happy for you!!!
Enjoy the wedding and your visits and travels! I truly hope you have a wonderful time and I cannot wait to hear back from you when you get back!


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TRISH579 2/15/2012 10:01AM

    Wow!! You are going in the right , positive direction in so many areas of your life; breaking out of your shell and taking care of you!!! Please keep us posted as to your progress.

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DUBAIGIRL 2/15/2012 5:39AM

    have fun with your family David and tell us all about the water fast when you get back, it sounds challenging!

Edited to say; well done on the weight loss!!

and having now read the article you recommended and some other bits that google threw out, i might try a 24 hour water fast though I'm not sure I have the ability! How you're going to do 30 days I have no idea!

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WENDYJM4 2/15/2012 5:27AM

    good luck David and have a fantastic time with your family. You sound so much more positive, it is so good to read that in your blog. Fantastic David.
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DUTCHPETE641 2/15/2012 5:20AM

    Good luck with that buddy. Good to hear you are in a better place now.
And, well done on the fags, 2 months is great going!!


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CANADAUAE 2/14/2012 10:17PM

    I would looove to do a water fast...I keep trying to do it but then I don't do it! How much did you lose on that...my scale didn't budge yesterday or today :( I am eating wayy less calories and doing a lot of working out...I feel my inches are smaller but for some reason that scale is the same as 2 days ago...so maybe to jumpstart I will try the waterfast thing for 10 days or 1 week anyways...when r u starting the waterfast?

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Are the scales in your head stuck in time?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

First off the juice fast so far.

Today is the start of day 7. 15 lbs/7 kilos down so far. By Day 8 I am supposed to be starting to feel much more energised and I can say that I AM feeling some of that this morning. Adding a vegetarian meal for dinner has made this so much easier - I have 4 x juices, one coconut water (Could someone please ask God to add in a flip top to those things because they can be a pain to open! emoticon) and then a veggie stir fry and I might add some tofu and a little rice. No dairy or meat at all.

Adding this meal reduces the juice fast cleansing properties a little BUT it's what I needed to do to be able to enjoy it more so it works for me. And its nice to know there is something to look forward to at the end of the day - because life was not meant to be suffered through.

About 18 months ago I was 120 or so'ish kilos (260 lbs) and had been that way for 3 to 5 years. If I approached 130 kgs alarms would go off and I would do what I had to to pull back from that weight.

6-9 months ago I just started to put on weight and ignore the scales - in that time I added 28 kilos or about 60 POUNDS.

In my head 120 kilos is my starting point to lose weight because it has been for years, so the loss that is happening now feels less important for some reason. Like its what I have to do before I can actually start losing weight.

Its kind of strange...like I am ignoring the additional weight because I just don't want to acknowledge it and am waiting for that to go so I can really start to lose weight.

I don't really think of or see myself at 148 (320 lbs) - perhaps the weight gain was so quick my head could not keep up.

Is that weird...or have some of you felt that way as well?

Don't get me wrong - I am feeling really happy and each day makes me smile a little wider. After a week of juicing I DON'T feel like I am missing out or craving bad food. I feel really good about achieving something I never thought I could do!

And by the way...YOU rock! Even if you don't know it, others already do :)

Spark on emoticon

P.S. Funny story - my nieces daughter who is 7 was playing with my iPhone and found a couple of shots I took of me in my underwear so I had a before picture. She announced to me in a loud voice in front of the whole family "Uncle David why do you have rude nudey pictures on your phone?"The whole table stopped and looked at me, speculating on what pornographic material I had been downloading LMAO EMBARRASING! lol

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BRWNNTWN 2/15/2012 2:26PM

    OMG - YES!! I still tell people I've lost 50 lbs - even though I've gained back 15. And so when I think about my goals and how much I hace to loose - I am stuck on the 240 number - it is always such a shock to actually get on a scale and see the TRUTH. *ugh

Keep thinking that maybe, if I ignore it, it will go away. guh, like the annoying neighborhood - it just can't take a hint.

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WENDENANNIE 2/14/2012 1:30PM

    Hey my friend!

I understand completely! I started this weight loss journey a few years ago at 234.....at the first of the year I was 288 and I feel I will win a big victory when I just get back down to where I was.

LMAO at the iphone incident! I have a grandson that is 7 and I could just picture him doing that!!!

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/13/2012 11:15AM

    emoticonYou're doing great, hang in there. One pound at a time - You'll DO IT, I just know it. Keep up the positive attitude.

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So glad that you are really getting into the swing of things and having great success - I haven't been stuck in the scales mind trap that you mentioned - for me it is in the clothes trap - I still pick out clothes in the store in larger sizes and am genuinely shocked when the sales clerk says that they are too large - can't get my head around smaller sizes yet. I must go through my wardrobe and get rid of all the too big favourites.
You are awesome!
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DUBAIGIRL 2/13/2012 12:19AM

    OMG about the phone incident, hee hee!

Also, I comletely get where you're coming from regarding being stuck in your head at a certain weight. I'm in the same boat. I put on 30lbs but in my head I won't actually start losing weight until I'm back at 196lbs. Then any weight lost is 'real weight loss'. Which means I have to lose 30lbs to get back to losing 'real' weight. WTH is wrong with me?!! ha ha :)

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ECHAVEZ2 2/12/2012 9:40PM

    You are doing a great job! Hang in there. Juicing seems to be something new and very interesting! I may have to do some research. It seems to do the body good and helps the body repair itself also. emoticon

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JEAN111766 2/12/2012 4:43PM

    Awesome David!!! You are doing just awesome! I can feel and hear a change in you and how you are writing. Your blogs are so much more uplifting and positive!
Soooo happy for you!!!!!

As far as setting a weight loss goal, the one I use is from Weight Watchers... taking it in 10% increments. So for 320 lbs, you are looking at 32 lbs as your first 10%. It makes a big difference for me to look at smaller goals- the bigger goals are too depressing ;(

The picture story was absolutely hilarious!!! Thanks for sharing!

Talk more soon,

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AMYB1985 2/12/2012 3:30PM

    You're absolutely right, this is about where my head seems to be too. It's frustrating to see how far I've come and i on the one hand be reveling in that, and yet to still have another part of myself somehow unwilling to let go of my now over-sized clothes.

Thanks for making me feel like I'm not in this alone. emoticon

And that sounds like something one of my children would say.

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CANADAUAE 2/12/2012 2:19PM

    You totally take the thoughts out of my own head! I call the weight I just put on "X" and I did the same....ignored the scales for a good 4 months...and sill think this is "just a blip" and I will lose it faster than the speed of light!

But this weight DOES count...it is JUST sooo annoying that it is there! You know don't think of it as nothing...it is breaking down the "BARRIER" to get to the "starting weight" in your mind...

We have to stick it out together as sparkie buddies...I am excited for your progress...I can't believe how much we are alike in our thoughts on things in this topic. Anyways when I DID get on the scale this morning I MADE myself so I can see my progress every morning...and "X" was a tiny bit more than I thought...it will stay as "X" on my sparkpage until I am comfy...and I was mad when I gaiend 1kilo lol! All stressing out...anyways I hope we can all support eachother...check in daily...and make sure we are on track...we can do it...sometimes I feel like ahhhh I am done...but then I come on here and read stuff like this! Thanks and thanks for teh henry ford quote! :D

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PEPPYPATTI 2/12/2012 1:02PM

    Aren't children wonderful!!! That is a funny story! emoticon

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TRISH579 2/12/2012 12:21PM

    It's so great that you are so positive and energized! You can go a long way to reach any goal you set for yourself with such a good attitude! Keep up the good work!

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So why is it that I keep failing EVERY time!!!! I think I have the answer :D

Friday, February 10, 2012

First off juicing.

Have now been juicing for 6 days - I feel AWESOME! and have lost 6.6 kg's/14 pounds.

Its more about rebooting my body then weight loss, but the loss is a great by product of it. My recent blogs have more details if your interested. FYI I have switched to the Juicing plus Dinner option - so much better for me!

Some of you who have been with me since the start may remember Bert. I described him as the other me who weighed around 100 lbs, was my constant "friend", the monkey on my back and the one who told me over eating was OK and never left my side - that was from a blog in December 2010:


Fast forward to yesterday at my therapist. I was talking about how I felt that there was another "me" who was back there watching my constant attempts to lose weight and knew that I would fail. To me it felt like he was more powerful than my need to lose weight and was not connected to me or "with" me in the battle to get healthy.

You know, that frenemy who says "well I won't say I told you so but..."

After some talk and a few tears I realised that he has always been there and really just wants to stop me getting hurt. His intentions were pure many years ago and to him still are. He knows I hurt badly when I fail, he knows i have failed every time I have tried to lose weight so therefore he doesn't want me to try again because he knows I will fail and get hurt again. And he cares about me in his own way.

Once we had talked through that it was like a lightning bolt to me.

How could I ever lose weight when "Bert" was there watching and as soon as he saw one single mistake assumed that failure was coming and sabotaged me early to stop any further hurt.

He was just trying to protect me in his own way. Weird but true.

This revelation has been SO good for me, so enlightening, so freeing I just can NOT describe it. I have tears in my eyes just writing this.

I am ALLOWED to make a mistake and just let it be that without Bert sounding the alarms and shutting everything down. This seemingly simple realisation holds the key to so many of the battles I have fought internally.

I have written because I am sure some of you have the same monkey on your back or other you which sabotages you for what it believes are the right reasons.

And I hope that MY realisation can maybe help for you to see even a little of what your well meaning saboteur maybe doing.

I feel SO good today after uncovering this about myself emoticon

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CANADAUAE 2/11/2012 4:24AM

    I think you are doing great! JUst keep going thats a LOT of weight to lose in that short amount of time and that should be motivation to keep going! How much cals ont eh juice fast are you taking in? So anyways I cn understand that sabotge thing. Monkey on the back. One slip up and you cn't move on so you sbotage the rest of the day too and say tomorrow...well 6 days in and no way u can turn bck thats a loooooong ways you came. So Keep it up....you also have the THINK you are a thin person and you will be! Don't let your mind or past mistakes hold you back.

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WENDYJM4 2/10/2012 5:20PM

    wow I am so glad you have come to realise that. You are an inspiration to me with how far you have come from when I first meet you. Keep going David, so proud of you for continuing with the therapy and your journey on Sparks. I had to face a lot of my fears when I was enrolled in uni and as Wendenannie said the "monsters in the closet". You will come through this.

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TRISH579 2/10/2012 5:20PM

    I am my own worst enemy. "Hot fudge sundae?" "Don't mind if I do! So yummy!" "You deserve it! You've been a good girl, just look at all the B. S. you've had to put up with during the last week. Eat up!"
But, I can stop this, weighing 50 or so pounds more than I should does not made me a happier person!
Bert is trying to be kind, but is not.

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CHRISTINABLUE 2/10/2012 5:14PM

    I think I have an Elephant on my back, spurring me on to not lose weight, because when I lose weight something tells me to eat something bad and so it begins the yo-yo effect. It is like an inner voice is telling me to stay just the way I am, how do I get out of this hole.

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WENDENANNIE 2/10/2012 4:01PM

    What a wonderful blog today David, and what a wonderful discovery...my saboteur is "Miss Perfection" since that is what was expected of me every day growing up! I have learned to live with her and she isn't near as strong as she used to be....I am stronger and so are you! I am so glad for your revelation and the relief it brings...therapy is SUCH a good thing for those of us that live with "monsters in the closet", so to speak.

Hang in there and it will get better every day....little by little, step by step!!!!

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BRWNNTWN 2/10/2012 3:19PM

    Well, thanks for sharing! (FYI my monkey's name is Mi Self)

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AWESOME at falling off! Not so good at getting on...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fell of the horse yesterday afternoon and my juicing stopped cause I was tired and starving, had missed 2 juices during the day and ended up having a couple of my bakery favourites. Not as many as usual but still, I fell off.

This morning I woke and am straight back on the horse, juicing and feeling good. No beating myself and no bruises to show.

The metaphor of falling off a horse and getting back on is used often around these parts (pardon my inner cowboy talking there :).

For some of us falling off takes time as we grip the reins and clench our thighs against the horse with out teeth gritted, trying to hang on until we finally slow to a canter and slide off with a little dirt on our pants and an embarrassed look on our face.

Then we run after the horse, stop it, climb back on and learn that that particular style of holding on or riding wasn't quite right and we learn and keep going.

That slow almost graceful fall to the ground is NOT what I have been an expert at.

I used to prefer the horse to be running at full gallop and as soon as I started to slide I would let go and crash into earth at high speed and with damaging results, while the horse sped off in another direction. I'd usually roll around on the ground for awhile enjoying the mud and eventually figure out that I probably should see where that dang horse went.

And then roll around some more, making sure I was good and dirty and feeling wrecked.

The more I dig into myself the more I am starting understand about what is going on. That all or nothing is not the only option. That making one mistake doesn't mean you have failed and are not allowed to even think about getting back on until you have well and truly numbed and fed yourself into a coma....for at least a week.

That falling of that horse doesn't mean you then have to beat yourself mercilessly for being so stupid.

It just means you made one little mistake and that's OK and get back on.

That horse is your friend in the end and he wants you to get where you need to go. You just have to let him do that.

Right that's me done - I have to go and check online for chaps and jeans. In a smaller size!

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Oh - and after all that I only gained 100 grams. All good:)

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ANAIS57 2/13/2012 12:23PM

    how wonderful that you were able to climb back on. when i do any kind of regimen and i have a slip.. it is definitely over and all the hard work has been wasted. and it is a start over, so you were great to keep the train going.
going to read through the rest of your logs about the reboot and see how it is going for you. love to know how you will go forward when you reach your goal.

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WENDENANNIE 2/10/2012 4:09PM

    Great analogy David! Love your sense of humor and I could picture everything you said. I have been a horse lover since I was knee high to a grasshopper and got my first horse when I was 12. Have had them all my life til 11 years ago when I sold my mare to move to Alaska. Since then I've sold everything but my saddle....even though I cannot afford a horse in my present situation, I sure would love to put that saddle to good use again when I can get some of this weight off! That is one of my ultimate goals. Thanks for reminding me....and remember...never give up...always get back on!!

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BRWNNTWN 2/10/2012 3:16PM

    You know, I have NEVER ridden a horse. One of the things to do on my "when I am thin" list. (SERIOUSLY - It would be vruel and inumane for me to get on a horse at this weight!)

Thanks for the inspiring blogs! I do not think I cold juice - unless I could juice a chicken breats (bluck! eeew)

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TRISH579 2/10/2012 9:11AM

    Super analogy David! Those 2 bakery treats won't be the end of the world. You enjoyed them, allowed yourself to enjoy them, now they're gone, and you're back on the trail. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/10/2012 7:57AM

    I love the "getting back on the horse" analogy. I look at it from a boxer's point of view [and not the cute four-legged ones, hee hee]. Get back up and go for the knock out. Live to fight another day and always get up and give it your best shot and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER throw in the towel. [Corny, but true}. I see you becoming a very successful boxer in your near future. emoticon emoticon

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    As another 'all or nothing' person (trying to reform) I loved your perspective - fantastic. Thanks
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WENDYJM4 2/10/2012 3:12AM

    well put David, I like your metaphor. It was only a little fall after all, I am glad you got back on.

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Weird stuff you learn.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I found out this morning that those things that hang off your legs can be used to walk further than from the kitchen to the couch.

Feet I think they are called? So, anyway, if you just keep putting one in front of the other they will start do do it automatically and before long you are doing a thing called ecksercize!

Doesn't look right...ekcersyze? ...nope....EXERCISE? Yep thats it.

Who knew?

Day 4 of juice fast, 12.5 pounds down and feeling SO much clearer in the head and slept really well.

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BRWNNTWN 2/10/2012 3:13PM

    OH - you mean those things have a use other than modeling awesome shoes? Who knew! emoticon

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WENDENANNIE 2/9/2012 11:50PM

    Good Job David!

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CRAUDI 2/9/2012 7:46PM

    Woah, nice going! I did notice your ticker was much more moved than I've seen it in a while!!! Great job! :D

P.S. Keep walking. It's so nice. :)

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TONYVOYAGER 2/9/2012 10:41AM

    I just looked down and by Jove, I have them too. The feets! This could be a breakthrough.

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BACKATITAMY 2/9/2012 9:57AM

  Great job on the weight loss and exercise David. Feet can be a magical tool in weight loss. LoL, :)

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WENDYJM4 2/9/2012 1:44AM

    way to go David. emoticon emoticon

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JANTWO 2/9/2012 12:12AM

    I am with some of the others here....WHAT JUICE FAST???? You have done GREAT!!!! emoticon

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REALLYHOPIN 2/8/2012 9:27PM

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I think u know what I mean.

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DREMARGRL 2/8/2012 6:17PM

    Please do share your juice fast.....xo

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CANADAUAE 2/8/2012 4:10PM

    OMG wow...which juice fast!!!!!!!!???? Wowweee! I'd like to do one again for a week...I did one before for 6 weeks and lost 31 pounds...was awesome and felt so clean and new! I'd consider it again actually just hard to get past the first 3 days!

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AMYB1985 2/8/2012 3:48PM

    Love it, dear friend! Keep going!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/8/2012 3:35PM

    E X C E L L E N T - you're doing emoticon

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TRISH579 2/8/2012 2:53PM

    12 1/2 lbs.! Amazing!!! Keep up the good work. Before you know it, you'll be looking forward to taking nice, long walks, and working those things!

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JEAN111766 2/8/2012 2:52PM

    Way to go my friend!!! How long will you be doing the juice fast?
I am so happy that you are back on line and on track!!!

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