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Monday, November 26, 2012

I drank my water today and have managed what I eat so far. Yesterday, I ate a bunch of sherbet though...just couldn't stop myself! I got on the Wii Fit again today. My husband is off too and he got on it for a few minutes. He says he can't get excited about it because he is strapped for time. I wish he could get excited though because he needs to reduce as much as I do. Here's hoping he'll try it again over Christmas holidays. If you have never tried the Wii Fit, it is a fun tool for getting on track. I set a goal to lose 15 pounds in the next 3 months. I really need to concentrate! I get on every day and it lets me know my progress. I do a few of the workouts and they are kind of fun and I get to see how long I worked and how many calories burned doing it. I'm trying to get on it every day.

I was able to get a Coach Nicole video up on the Wii via the internet. The space in front of the TV is roomier for doing fitness. I made it through 1/2 of a video before stopping. I need to find a mat for the floor. I sure do hate getting on the floor! It's so hard to get off! My muscles are achy from all these different workouts I've been sampling.

Hope you are keeping the spark alive in your program. I've been reading a lot of blogs and people are struggling this time of year. Part of it is the weather and shortness of daylight. Part of it is presence of the holiday temptations. I was going to just hold steady as much as possible during this month, but I have decided to spark as brightly as I can with fitness, water, tracking, and eating. I hope to not only make it through the holiday season but to actually lose weight! The worst thing to do is to give up.

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KAREN608 11/30/2012 8:48PM

    I ordered a dance game for wii, so that ought to get me moving.
I did this game while away ... with a 12 yr old girl who was good
at it, and I laughed alot, so will enjoy it at home. Having someone
play along is more fun than alone, and hope your husband gets more
interested in the wii.

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JOYCECAIN 11/29/2012 9:08PM

    I do not have a Wii, wish I did. I do have some weights, and videos. Good luck.

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JUSTA123 11/29/2012 2:27PM

    emoticon It'svery hard , but we can do it Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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DETERMINED_ME 11/28/2012 11:50PM

    emoticon Just emoticon ,

You don't have to be great to start, you have to start to be great! Zig Zigler

That's so true! You're doing something and that is a great start. The more you "do something" the better you'll feel.

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GIVENTHANKS 11/27/2012 4:18PM

    emoticon for sharing this. I have a Wii Fit also but have not used it for a very long time. I need to get as serious about exercise as I am about eating healthy.


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1EMMA2011 11/27/2012 12:27AM

    Your note yesterday and today really helped me. You have the right attitude and it makes me so happy. Yes, push forward through the holidays - great that you set a new goal. This is so inspirational to others. Today I had my food down and got to the gym for a bit. I have Wii and should try that sometime, too.

I have a quiz that if you are interested in - about career types - that was a lot of fun. it's by a harvard big data analyst. just let me know. you may already know what you are, i had problems figuring out completely for me. there's a cost though of $15. Turns out I would be good at recruiting or promoting, fund raising... interesting stuff.

Well, thank you again for helping me. I wouldn't have gotten my food down today if it wasn't for your help!!


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MNTWINSGAL 11/26/2012 6:39PM

    Great ideas for getting back on track! I just got myself a Wii system and have put the bug in DH's ear that I'd like the Wii I think there will be one under the tree. It sounds like a lot of fun!

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NANCYSINATRA 11/26/2012 4:09PM

    Great Positive attitude. Love it!! This is a tough time to stay the course,. but it is also when I was most successful last year, so I just went back and looked at my fitness and nutrition from this time last year. I now know I need to up the miles I put in each week, and I'm going to copy meals from last year this month to this month, then just make some adjustments as needed.
Think I may have to try the WII fit too. :) Sounds like you really enjoy it. Keep up the great work.

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ITISABOUTME 11/26/2012 3:06PM

    Your doing a great job!!! Rah-rah-rah!!! emoticon

Me on the other hand have fallen off the wagon and got run over by it!! Time for me to do something but I am a fair weather gal and our weather has been anything but fair!! It is currently 33 degrees out and way to cold for me and unfortunately I do not like to workout at home (I have a roommate). I love the gym but that is not feasible as I live 50 miles away from the nearest one pooh. emoticon

I just need to keep digging and find something I enjoy for the winter, unfortunately I am just not there yet!! emoticon

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KALANTHA 11/26/2012 2:45PM

    Sounds like you're doing ok. I'm glad you have the Wii to workout. I've heard it's a great workout tool. I would especially like that it shows your progress and calories burned. Even if it's not exactly accurate, you can still see if the number of calories burned is increasing.

Keep pushing!

You're gonna make it!


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VALYNN26 11/26/2012 2:15PM

    emoticon on keeping up. I had had the same thought a couple of weeks ago to cut back for the holidays, but then I thought why? I'll do the best I can. I have a wii fit also. I don't use it on a regular basis though, just to weigh in on Sundays. But with the cold winter temps approaching & I am already complaining about how few daylight hours we have, I may be getting it out more often. emoticon

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ANGRITTER 11/26/2012 1:55PM

    I am right there with you! AFter my pity party the other day, I felt I had purged some of my anger and issues. I guess I just needed to hear that it was a lot for me to handle. Sometimes I am like my father and can take the weight of the world, but yesterday I was about to explode into a thousand pieces, and I thank you and everyone else for showing your support!

I would love to have a Wii Fit, but my best friend has one and doesn't hardly use it. Her husband is now working after being off for 2 years, so now she is depressed that he is not around all the time. And I do believe she may have forgotten that I promised to install toilets for her. If not, she hasn't bought them yet and I am thrilled with that.

About the disability, I am almost ready to give up. My attorney evidently sucks and I am doing all the work so she is out nothing at all. That's the problem with not having money to start the process and having to pay out of your settlement. If there is no settlement, she gets nothing. So where is the motivation? I told my father I would get a silly job and then probably get fired as I cannot do the sitting all day and office work all day and have to take a day off every few. But maybe that will give them evidence enough to see I cannot do it consistently.

I am going to go outside and take advantage of the weather and get a slow and gentle walk in. Dad has no idea what to do with himself... just a short glimpse into what retirement will be like!

Hope you are well and I bet you will lost the pounds this season. And then your hubby will catch the fitness bug too and you will both start to enjoy it together!

Love and hugs,

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Maybe I'll lose a few before 2013

Friday, November 23, 2012

I stepped on the scales this morning to greet a weight gain. Not surprising as I have not been sparking very brightly these past couple of days. I did eat heartily at Thanksgiving, but didn't eat much before or after the meal. Today, my kids brought home doughnuts and I ate one before thinking about it very long. I made a pretty healthy lunch though. My husband helped me set up the Wii Fit my sister let me borrow. I finally rallied enough to give it a try. My son helped set me up. I managed to burn 111 calories after 21 minutes. One thing about Wii, is that it expects you to lose weight and has you set a goal to do so. So I decided I'd try to drop 15 pounds in 2 months. If I get on it, I can make it happen.

Are you SparkFriends with Boss61? He's running a challenge to lose 8 pounds by the first of the year. I didn't jump on his bandwagon, but I read the blog and considered the action plan. It's do-able! I am going to take those action steps and see where it takes me! Glug glug glug the water. He thinks we can all lose a pound every 6 days if we concentrate. Let's concentrate!

I sent a bulk email to all the members of the 50+ team to invite them to post on our page ways they are Sparking now that the holidays have come. I hope there is more traffic of people posting their action steps. It really would feel good to lose a few before 2013!

I got my Christmas tree up with the help of the family and some neighbor children. Need to clean up and make it look nice around here.

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KAREN608 11/30/2012 8:44PM

    I like the wii fit too, but like walk it out best, not one of the exercises on that. Only have one TV and DH watching all day, so must make a plan B. I do have a small TV that a truck driver thru out as DVD did not work. I hope it has a place to hook up the wii even if it is in the kitchen. Only roomy room in the house anyway.

Ah, a tree! I have a little sprig of one I keep up all year, since I don't have houseplants.

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REDSMIRK 11/28/2012 11:48PM

    Good refocus! And enjoy your tree!

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LISAN0415 11/28/2012 11:42PM

    Please feel to join our Spark Team: Lose weight over the Holidays:


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GUENAVIEVE 11/24/2012 6:27PM

    I'm sure I will have a weight gain on Monday, this week has been horrible for me. I really want to lose some by the new year, I just have to get off my butt and do it! I really want to try the wii fit but we don't have money for it right now so I'm sticking with my Just Dance 2 game. Good luck!

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LOSINIT52 11/24/2012 11:47AM

    Right on! Time to regain focus and whittle away these bodies.
I have a wii fit too. Maybe it is time to recharge those batteries and recharge my exercise routine.
Spark on!

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SCHOOLCOOK2 11/24/2012 9:29AM

    emoticon I was lucky and didn't gain over the Thanksiving meal. Guess I am learning something about eating. LOL I have the WII but haven't been on it for awhile so guess I should get goingon it again. It would be nice to drop a few more pounds by the new year.

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QUALITYONE09 11/24/2012 7:45AM

    I know you can lose more weight before the new year....we all should be working towards that...that is why most of us are here. Each day I am endeavering to get that much closer to my goal. I know it is going to take time and effort on my part and so I keep putting one foot in front of the other. Let's see just how much we can lose before 2013 moves on in and gives us more time to reach our goal!

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NIELSENSLADY 11/23/2012 11:42PM

    Good luck!

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1EMMA2011 11/23/2012 11:30PM

    Great blog!! Yes to the Wii We can do it1 I'd love to lose down to 190 by year end. It will be tough but we can try, right? Lots of water I agree, it's key.


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Could this be true?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was worth sharing with Spark World.

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GUENAVIEVE 11/24/2012 6:24PM

    Hmm have not seen this before, I will have to try it even though I struggle with getting all 64oz down. Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMTHICK2 11/23/2012 6:00AM

    Thanks for the information. All the best! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 11/21/2012 10:24AM

    Hey, it can't hurt! Thanks for sharing!

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GAYLLYNNE 11/21/2012 6:49AM

    I wish I could take those two glasses in the morning but I have an hour drive to work and I would probably wet my pants by the time I got there LOL - but the idea is good!

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JINLYNN 11/21/2012 2:40AM

    Interesting and worth the try. Thanks for sharing.
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1EMMA2011 11/20/2012 11:13PM

    Great thoughts! Thank you for the inspiration!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOYAL_HEART 11/20/2012 9:49PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SHERRYGAYL 11/20/2012 8:26PM

    Dunno but water has so many benefits that it wouldn't surprise me!

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LYNNA1968 11/20/2012 7:38PM

    makes sense, what the heck I'll give it a try!

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LOSINIT52 11/20/2012 12:14PM

    As with many things we try, this can't hurt, so why not give it a try. I think that water before meals helps fill you up at least and it does make sense that it would help with digestion.

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TRAILYN 11/20/2012 9:17AM

    I have seen this before but forgot about it. I will have to remember it going forward and try it. Then maybe I will know if it's true or not

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SCHOOLCOOK2 11/20/2012 9:09AM

    That is a good thing to know. Water is the only thing I really drink because of my esphagus problem, so never worry about how much I get because I know it is alot.
emoticon Thanks for the input.

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    Thank you

Thank you very much

Make Today a Great Day!

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Complicated relationship with Dad

Monday, November 19, 2012

For the past many years, I have been eating Thanksgiving at my Dad's house. My stepmother told me that as long as she was able, she would always have Thanksgiving at her house. So I just assumed I'd be going there again in a few days. My sister called me last night and told me that Dad and Barbara would NOT be having Thanksgiving at their house. My sister was worrying that maybe Barbara is ill in some way, but that there was no explanation given to her and when I found out what was up, to let her know. My sister goes to church with them, lives just 3-4 miles away from them and gives Dad his diabetes shot on a regular basis, so she's kind of in the loop.

So I called my dad and he said it's true, no Thanksgiving dinner at their house, and the decision had been made weeks (months?) ago. My younger stepsister's family was going to Vegas. My other stepsister was supposed to be in Vermont working as she has been doing for several months (but she returned home over the weekend). I was supposed to move out of the country (which didn't happen as long ago as August). Dad and stepmother decided to remodel their house this week. I live 50 miles away, and wasn't aware of their plans.

Y'know, the only thing that has me down is that neither Dad nor Barbara bothered to let me know in any way that they were cancelling Thanksgiving. I find out 2nd hand from my sister. My feelings are really injured. My sister is cooking at her house so I guess we'll go there. If my dad and stepmom didn't want to have it, it's okay, I could have had it at my house instead--everyone knows I don't mind cooking.

Dad was very apologetic and blamed Barbara for not calling me. My stepmom is a nice person and wouldn't deliberately hurt my feelings. She had a head injury 11 years ago, and she's not the same capable person she was. I get that. She probably doesn't even know my number or where it might be written down. I don't know if my number is in her cell phone. My dad is in his 70s and he's pretty depressed about having an injured foot. He explained how he isn't in the habit of calling people preferring the written word. I didn't recieve an email either. I hate that talking to my dad makes me tearful almost every time, but my feelings are hurt that he didn't tell me about this leaving it to my sister to relay to me.

Last September my daughter and I met up with my dad at a family reunion on his birthday. This particular reunion is not my favorite as very few relatives that I know come to it any more. But I went for my dad to spend time with him on his birthday. I had greeted him when I arrived and a few minutes later it was time to get our food so I got in line and saw him sitting by my daughter. AFter I got my plate, I sat by my daughter but Dad was not there--I assumed he was getting his plate. I sat at that table with a bunch of relatives that I didn't know and a daughter who had her earplugs in her ears, and he never appeared. I finished eating and looked around the room for him--and he was gone! He didn't even say good-bye! I had driven 50 miles to be with him on his b-day and he just disappeared. I was tearful again and didn't want to put on a show so I left too and boo-hooed for 10 minutes, shaking up my daughter a bit.

I feel so guilty sometimes for not having a better relationship with my dad. I hardly ever call or visit him. He's usually pretty busy too and he and his wife like to travel when they aren't working (Tax season is coming--their busy time). I have knocked on their door to discover no one home many times when I spontaneously visit them. I would visit them more if they would actually invite me as it is a pretty long drive between our houses. I don't think they miss me really even though they'd probably like to see me more.

On the nice tip, my dad just loaned my mom 50,000 to build an addition on my sister's house. My parents have been divorced since 1972, so that was kind of out of the blue. I appreciate that he did that of course as it helps my sister and mother a lot, and apparently he has it to loan. My sister is buying her house from my dad too, so I guess it makes sense for him to participate in expanding it.

I get tired of every time I call or hang with him, I'm in tears though.

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PATSYB7 11/20/2012 6:01AM

    Previous posters have given some good advice! If you can, perhaps talking with a therapist might help. Best wishes. emoticon

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MOONSTORMER 11/20/2012 12:21AM

    emoticon emoticon
i'm SO sorry that you're going through this. relationships with parents can be so tricky. i think you need to decide for yourself what you want to get out of your relationship with your dad - is it just the connection, or are you also looking for validation, advice, etc. maybe you can start emailing with him on a regular basis, or even text messaging (if he's open to that). but in the end, you need to figure out what it will take for YOU to feel better, and try to get that in some way, shape or form.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/19/2012 8:20PM

  I am sorry to hear this......... Relationships can be very fragile. You mentioned that your Dad likes the written word rather than phone conversations. Could you write down exactly how you feel in a letter? Maybe if he read it in black and white, he would more readily absorb how you are feeling. It could be a start to working your way back to a better relationship before it is too late...........
I hope that you have a good Thanksgiving with your sister. emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 11/19/2012 5:10PM

    I wish I had words of wisdom to help you through the tough times with your dad.

Hoping your Thanksgiving at your sisters does not bring you to tears.


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THE_JENCH 11/19/2012 4:01PM

    I hope this will pass and your relationship will develop closer again!

I lost my Dad almost seven months ago and more than ever I realize the importance of maintaining caring relationships with family. I was lucky, I never went through a difficult stretch with my Dad (both my brother and sister did).

Maybe try something kind of sentimental and hokey? Mail him (and your stepmom too if you want) a card for Thanksgiving, expressing why you are thankful to have him as your Dad. You might receive a desirable response, or none at all... but at least you put it out there.

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SOCPAGE 11/19/2012 3:41PM

    I am so sorry things are awkward for you with your dad. Do as much as you can to stay in contact so that if he were to die tonight, would you be able to sleep with a clear conscience? My mother is difficult, and as much as she pushes my buttons and generally makes my life a living hell, I sleep like a baby every night because I know I am doing the very best I can for her. You can come over and have Thanksgiving with us....even if it only on Spark.

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BARBARASDIET 11/19/2012 2:58PM

    I learned recently that perceptions of what is going on in a difficult relationship can be so skewed on each side. You said that you don't call him often--maybe try doing it more and see what happens? If it doesn't help, you have to stop letting it get to you and get on.

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KALANTHA 11/19/2012 2:44PM

    I'm sorry your relationship with your Dad isn't what you'd like it to be. Family relationships are difficult and can be more so on the holidays. I hope you know that you are loved by many people and that we here in Sparkland are thankful we have you.


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ITISABOUTME 11/19/2012 2:17PM

    emoticon emoticon Relationships can be so hard and complicated. Sorry you are struggling and know that I am here to listen if you need an ear.

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Sparking today with Hungry Girl

Friday, November 16, 2012

I started my day with Hungry Girls "Growing Oatmeal." This very filling dish consists of just 1/2 cup of oats cooked with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup water as well as some fruit--in my case, I added a fresh pear to mine. Also you'll need splenda, salt, cinnamon, and I added nutmeg. It makes a large serving of food that keeps you feeling full for a long time! I might make it again tomorrow! I saw that Hungry Girl was on Dr. Oz, but I couldn't watch her because my family was coming home and I needed to fix dinner. I watched her today on the computer. She was showing Dr. Oz ways to increase serving sizes with no cal/lo cal fillers. Very inspiring! I intend to make the zucchini/linguine dish later this week! I also saw her demonstrate how to make cake with a cake mix and a can of club soda--which I happened to have! So I stirred that up too. It's cooling on the stove. I really crave chocolate and sweets sometimes!

She and Dr. Oz were encouraging viewers to lose 5 pounds by following some easy strategies: Move for 15 minutes (I moved 20 today), eat your regular breakfast (the delish oatmeal), Eat one meal with HG's expanders (hmmm...), and substitute another meal with soup and HG provided some cool suggestions to make them more filling. She uses store-bought cole slaw mix in her soup or Greek yogurt in tomato soup to make it creamy. I got the plain Greek yogurt and a can of tomato soup to try it. Not sure I'll make it today though. I wish I'd remembered the slaw mix, but I DO have broccoli slaw in the fridge from my mu shu experiment!

Another way to expand your food to feel more satisfied when you eat a frozen entree is to dump the heated entree over the contents of a bag of heated mixed veggies. That way you can improve the mixed veggies with the excess sauce in the entree. It is so easy for people who cook for one!

The Hungry Girl is one of my diet gurus. I think she knows what it is to be a person with a hearty appetite but a desire to lose weight too. If you haven't subscribed to her emails or seen her programs on the Food Network or Cooking Channel, you ought to seek her out. I thought the streaming videos on were very good. I hope you will watch them too!

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SCHOOLCOOK2 11/19/2012 8:31AM

    I have done the cake. I did the cake mix with a can of zero 7-up. It was delious. I love my oatmeal and eat that most mornings. It helps keep you fuller. I also like the broccoli mix and add it tio salads. Will have to try in soups. I am not a big fan of Dr. Oz but will look up Hungry Girl and her recipes. Thanks for the hints. emoticon

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LOSINIT52 11/17/2012 5:31PM

    Some days I have so many bulky foods I can barely finish the meal. I start my day with steel cut oats usually.

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JINLYNN 11/17/2012 3:49AM

    I have heard of Hungry Girl but have never tried any of her recipes. Your blog has inspired me to check them out.
Your comments about the Greek yogurt were interesting. I have been hearing other people praise it too.
Thanks for sharing.

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