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Thursday, February 28, 2013

There are challenges to exercising at home....

Especially when you have fur babies...

And I realized that it has been months since I posted new pictures of Miss Kitty! After Lil' Kitty passed, I got really sad and stopped posting about my fur babies...the frustrations and the joys.

Well, this one is mostly about frustration.

On Tuesday, my parents asked me to join them for yoga. Which was EXCITING!! I gave them yoga DVDs and stability balls for Christmas, and they are USING THEM!!

One of the DVDs was a little too challenging...they wanted help modifying the poses. And as I started to go through it with them, the dogs jumped in.

There have been two times in my life where I actually hurt myself doing yoga. The latest time was when I was with Desi, and her daughter grabbed my leg while I was in Warrior 3 - I fell and sprained my wrist.

The first was the beasts.

The beasts are massive, and they think they're lap dogs. Which I love, when they want to cuddle on a cold night. Not so much when I'm trying to do yoga.

The pictures of THE INCIDENT have been destroyed. Which I regret now, because I can laugh about it now. But here's what happened: I was in downward facing dog, and the little one (almost 80 pounds) crawled underneath me.

Yes, just like this, only she wasn't still. She was body-wagging and frantically licking at my face.

So I giggle a little, and move into plank. And even though I thought she'd move, she didn't. She just kept on licking and wagging.

Which is when the big one (130 pounds at this point, though she's lost some weight since) came over and sat on my back.

A little dog wouldn't have made a difference. My friend's 2-year-old would have just helped me work a little harder.

130 pounds of dog, though? Too much.

I managed to hold the pose for a few seconds, while my family laughed and took pictures. Then I bent my elbows a little more, and they buckled. I fell on the little one, who started squirming and knocked me into the coffee table. I ended up with a bump on my head, bruises on half my body, and badly strained arms!

But this week, they didn't climb on me. Mostly because I didn't get into plank or tabletop. They laid down on either side of me, put their heads in my lap, and started snoring. And were very disinclined to move.

Of course, I don't have dogs at my apartment. Just a cat. The Great and Powerful Miss Kitty:

She is also inclined to sit on my during exercise, but she only weighs about 18 pounds so it's not as hard on my body. In fact, it usually feels good, and deepens the workout in the right way. And she doesn't just limit jumping on me to when I exercise:

She's so cute, I know! Don't be fooled, though. She might look like she's sweet and innocent, but deep down she's ornery and mischievous. I mean, she IS a cat!

And then there's the stalking. Cat mommies and daddies, you know what I mean. She will hide under my bed, waiting for her moment, and as I'm dancing or marching or doing whatever else I might be doing - POUNCE! She grabs my feet and won't let go!

Which keeps me light on my toes. But it gets old, and it gets irritating. Sometimes, it's hard to NOT get mad at her.

And THAT is when I watch this video, to remind myself that she is a cat and this is how she plays. You don't get mad at fish for swimming or birds for flying...well, cats stalk and pounce, so there's not much you can do!

Not only is it true, but the cat looks like Miss Kitty...just a little thinner!

OOPS, old link was bad! Here you go!

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TANYA602 3/2/2013 10:39PM

    What a hoot! My dog has this uncanny way of waiting until I am in an awkward position and then sneaking in for a kiss. Gotta love our furry friends!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/2/2013 12:34AM

    I wish I wasn't allergic to cats... But love my dogs :)

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JULESRULES78 3/1/2013 8:03PM

    Hilarious blog. Pets are so much fun. Our German Shepard regularly performs cobra and downward dog poses. At 85 pounds, he also fancies himself a lap dog and regularly takes the opportunity to sit on me when I'm on the floor. It can get quite dangerous around here when there are dumbbells swinging too.

I am so sorry about your injury and hope you heal quickly. I am glad that your back didn't take the brunt of the accident:-) Positive healing vibes!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/1/2013 1:01PM

    emoticon Animals are definatly interesting!!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/1/2013 8:32AM

    Pets keep life interesting!

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    emoticon many of these cat pictures are a familiar sight around our house. The dog disaster is sad yet funny. Thanks for sharing!!

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SHERYLDS 2/28/2013 7:22PM

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love the pictures

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EASTENDCLAM 2/28/2013 5:38PM

    Welcome back Miss Kiity!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/28/2013 1:19PM

    Oh my goodness--furries!!! Thanks for sharing this; it was a fun read (though it's not fun being injured!). I'm glad you can look back on it all and have a laugh :)

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ALICIA214 2/28/2013 12:29PM


Sounds like your work outs present a challenge combined with a bit of hilarity
My fur baby {all seventy pounds of her}should have been named Shadow she is right on my heels every time I move which makes life interesting and a bit hazardous when I am in the kitchen cooking she tends to twist and jump with all four feet off the ground and I have to guess where she will land. No pics.... sorry. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 2/28/2013 12:02PM

    Thanks for sharing the awesome photos of your dogs and Miss Kitty. They are great! Sorry they injured you by their participation in yoga. The great thing about dog/cat attitudes -- everything is play!

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Eliminating the temptation

Monday, February 25, 2013

After running on Saturday, I overindulged in dinner and nighttime snacking. I suppose that the cravings would be normal after a rough workout, but instead of going for the cottage cheese I made myself a second burrito!

It was a really good run, and the first in a while. I did running/walking intervals - 2 mins walking/6 min running. I figured I would need a slower reintroduction. Still, I made it 4 miles in 50 minutes, so I didn't lose all of the strength and stamina I had built over the last 9 months!

Of course, the burrito binge afterwards meant that I still ate more than I burned!

I need to relearn how to manage food cravings, so my goal this week is to eliminate temptation.

When I went to the grocery store, I bought the staples and skipped the urge to start restocking my pantry. No pasta. No "easy meals" box kits. And certainly no junk foods, like chips and cookies. Just good old fashioned whole foods.

Which will hopefully make me think before I eat!

I stocked the office mini-fridge completely - greek yogurt, berries, and bananas for breakfast, salads and cottage cheese and one packet of tuna for lunch, hummus and veggies and a couple of extra greek yogurts for snacks.

NO TEMPTATION to eat out for lunch!

My danger zone is all of the board meetings and evening events throughout the week. Tuesday's meeting, we moved to a coffeehouse instead of a restaurant or a bar. Wednesday's meeting is early (5:30) and I've already told them I will need to leave by 6:15 - no time to order food, and home at a reasonable hour to cook for myself. Thursday's meeting won't start until 6:30, so I'll have time to go home and make myself something to eat before the meeting.

I have no problem letting myself have a treat every now and then. But eating out and having a drink at three + events a week isn't a treat, it's a habit - and one I need to break!

For dinners this week, I went for a couple of favorites that I haven't made in a while - vegetarian vindaloo and baigan bharta (LOVE Indian food!), and I also made some Lebanese lentils and rice.

No gluten this week. No packaged and processed foods this week. (Except for the cottage cheese and greek yogurt...) Hopefully this will get my food cravings back under control, so I can start moving forward again!

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EASTENDCLAM 2/27/2013 5:10AM

    Good plan going forward and your walk / run times are great for getting back into it. Maybe do a big salad at those three a week meetings?

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BRADMILL2922 2/26/2013 7:58PM

    Looks like you have a great plan! Hope it works for you. Good luck!

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TANYA602 2/26/2013 2:47PM

    Mapping it out, stocking the fridge, and getting in your fitness minutes - this is a fabulous way to start the new week! Be sure to make some time for yourself - it sounds like you are way overbooked!

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STODD251 2/26/2013 9:26AM

    Sounds like you've got a good plan. I need to do the same sort of thing. I opened my desk drawer at work yesterday and found a bag of hershey's kisses... and I maybe ate 5 of them... remove the temptation and it will be easier to avoid. Unfortunately I remove the temptation by eating all of it and getting it out of the way... probably not the best approach

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MSCARCHICK 2/26/2013 9:01AM

    I have to work on completely removing the temptations. WAY TO GO on the running though. I'm about to start a walk/jog program again to work up to a 5k... Pray for me :)

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/26/2013 12:03AM

    Looks like you've figured out the pitfalls and have some great ideas in place.
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MLH148 2/25/2013 5:42PM

    Look back to the positive of that great run. And you have such good insight!
Keep moving the right direction!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/25/2013 12:21PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. I need to do the same thing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GENKI_WARRIOR 2/25/2013 10:10AM

    BAIGAN BHARTA!!!! I love it!
Sounds like you're really on top of this--way to be!!! I find a quick check in every now and then through the day to give myself some honor and love helps, too...sometimes lol! Looks like you're doing that in a BIG way! I'm proud of you for taking action!

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LJOYCE55 2/25/2013 9:38AM

  You are really thinking about the pitfalls in your schedule and planning around them. Good for you and good luck.

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SHERYLDS 2/25/2013 9:37AM

    sounds like a great plan...go for it emoticon emoticon

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Mixed news to start Saturday

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I woke up EXCITED! Because today is the kick-off of the 5% challenge, and with my motivation still wavering after the holidays I was very ready for the start of this challenge!

The first step is to weigh in and measure, so that you can track your progress. So I stepped on the scale.


I ate out with some friends last night, and had a couple of glasses of wine. So the odds are high that it's water weight...but I weighed in at 166.7 this morning.

Last week, I was at 163. emoticon

With the fitness center closed for the past two weeks, I haven't been working out as much, and I haven't been running. So a little weight gain was to be expected...but 3.5 pounds was more than I anticipated!

But that's part of weight loss, and it's a part of being a woman. Your weight fluctuates at certain times of the month. And it's pretty easy to retain water, especially at certain times of the month.

Still, it was a little bit of a buzz-kill!

So I went downstairs to take a quick walk around the trails, and found that the fitness center has reopened!!


So I'm kicking off the 5% challenge with my first run in a while. And while I'm at a higher weight than I had anticipated, I've lost the weight before and I will again. I had a healthy breakfast of cottage cheese, and I'm heading to the grocery store this afternoon to pick up more fresh vegetables and fruit.

Ready to go!!

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STFRENCH 2/25/2013 5:47AM

    Well done for not letting the scales get you down! emoticon

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TANYA602 2/24/2013 11:00AM

    Everything has a reason for happening, and the reopening of the Fitness Center coincides with the start of the 5% Challenge which aligns with the weight gain. So you will tackle this and find success! Enjoy the day, and make the most of your opportunities!

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SHARJOPAUL 2/24/2013 9:39AM

    Glad your fitness ccenter is backk open. Don't push that knee too much. Shorter runs on a regular basis are better than a couple of long runs then having to lay off for a while.

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    Ooh, exciting! Our gym makes changes from time to time. Most of them have been great - some not - but I'm always excited to see what they've done. Enjoy the new equipment!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/23/2013 11:09PM

    So glad your fitness center has re-opened! Sounds like it's really nice. Look at it this way, better to have the gain at the start of the challenge than to have it during the challenge! With my heart failure I can easily gain several pounds just in fluid retention overnight (which is why I'm to weigh myself every day) so that's probably most of your gain.

Good Luck with your challenge!


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APPLESBANANAS 2/23/2013 9:24PM

    So glad to hear it's reopened! I have been on a food rampage this week and haven't had the guts to get on the scale. It will come back off!

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/23/2013 7:35PM

    Great attitude and good job getting things back on track so quickly!

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SHERYLDS 2/23/2013 3:03PM

    go for it emoticon emoticon

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NEWRUNNER2 2/23/2013 2:51PM

    Thanks for sharing your ups and downs!


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FRENCHIFAL 2/23/2013 12:26PM

    Thanks so much!

They repainted and retiled the floor, brought in some new equipment, and apparently brought in someone to fix the hot tub (which was why they did all of the rest of the work then) - it looks beautiful now, and there is some new equipment I can't wait to try out!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/23/2013 12:02PM

    Good plan and I am also on the 5% challenge! We can do this, and wil do this

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EASTENDCLAM 2/23/2013 11:41AM

    What did they do to the fitness center? Paint job (you could've helped with your experience;) or expansion? Any new equipment to play with?

Walk to the grocery store and back for the fruits and veggies? That has to count also!

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ALIHIKES 2/23/2013 11:27AM

    You have a great attitude and you WILL be successful. We have all had challenges where we have regained weight. The way to succeed is to keep moving forward with healthy habits! Congrats on your run and your workout! emoticon emoticon

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TCANNO 2/23/2013 11:27AM

    Good luck on getting back on track

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Amazing Video!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A friend of mine posted this to her Facebook page today. I'm a huge fan of Spoken Word poetry, and this one is so very touching! I hope you enjoy!

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KITTY_M 2/22/2013 11:04AM

  This made me cry.

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BRADMILL2922 2/21/2013 11:46PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/21/2013 9:46PM

    This had me in tears! Thank you. It reminded me of the way I was bullied in school and afterwards.

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SHERYLDS 2/21/2013 3:50PM

    Phenomenal....thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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There's something you should know about me....

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I hear it from everyone - coworkers, friends, even strangers that I meet on the street.

I'm too nice.

Well, I should say I'm too nice until you push me too far. And as my brother says, when I get hit once too often, I set my b*!ch shields to 100%.

About three weeks ago, I blogged about a board member who was threatening me. I was debating on leaving the board because of him. And while I was still inner-monologue-ing with myself, he went that step too far and officially pissed me off.

The most beautiful thing about it? I never once doubted that I could stop him, or that I could take back my control. For three years I have been on a healthy lifestyle roller-coaster of self-control versus self-castigation...but in this fight, there wasn't either. I KNEW what I had to do. I KNEW that I wouldn't be able to respect myself if I didn't try. So I just DID it.

I don't like conflict. I don't like fighting. But when it's time to actually stand up or lie down - when there's no other option - well, I don't lie down as easily as people always seem to think I will.

It's hard to stand up to someone. So much easier to give let them win rather than challenging yourself to be stronger.

And even though I should know better, it made me realize that I give in more than I should. I take the easy way out. Actually COMMITTING, completely, to a healthy lifestyle - it's too hard. It's a constant fight as you establish healthy habits. So you pick a few easy battles but keep a few "cheats" in the that you don't have to stand up all the way and take control of your health and your lifestyle.

Even though I am the NICEST person in the world 360 days a year, I have my bad days. And I have my moments where I have just been pushed too far, and I'm going to take charge and do it my way - whether you like it or not.

But I hadn't done it. I hadn't stood up to the person trying to push me off the board. And I hadn't stood up to that inner fat girl who wanted nachos and pizza and all those other bad foods. I had appeased giving her what she wanted once or twice a month, in exchange for a healthier diet and lifestyle when I wasn't giving in to her demands.

But that's the trouble with appeasement. You compromise, and you get some of what you want. But you never really WIN. You find a way around the fight, because you don't want to risk losing it. And so in the end, you never really find out what you're made of, and you never find out if you're strong enough to get everything you want.

I'm not leaving the board. I'm not giving up on something I care this much about just because of one bad board member.

It's time to start applying the same principle to my lifestyle. I shouldn't just be resolved that I want to eat right and exercise...I should CHALLENGE that part of me that keeps sabotaging myself, and start fighting back for me and my health!! No self-doubts...just pure purpose and a resolve that NOTHING is going to stop me from getting what I want.

I guess the moral of the blog is not to push the nice girl too far...because sometimes the nicest people are the ones who dig in their heels and refuse to budge. And right now I am firmly rooted. I'm not going to give in to one person's terrorism tactics...and I'm not going to sacrifice my health either. No more listening to those little tempting voices telling me I've earned a treat. Either I want a healthier, happier, stronger lifestyle - and I'm willing to work for it - or I don't deserve it.

Even though I was so busy already, I found time to take back control of my little corner of the board. Now it's time to start really earning the reward I want most - that healthy weight goal, the healthy body fat %, and a body that I'm not afraid to flaunt!

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    Wow, Falon! I'm so proud of you! It sounds as if you've handled everything in exactly the best ways. Good for you!

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TANYA602 2/23/2013 10:28AM

    Amen, girl! I play the same way, and it's hard being the nice girl, the one everyone counts on, only to get stepped on occasionally and then surprise people with your strength and determination! You are my Rock Star today!

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BRADMILL2922 2/21/2013 11:43PM

    I know what you mean by being too nice. I have that issue a lot with myself. I do love how you are standing up for yourself on both fronts! Good for you and good luck!

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IRONBLOSSOM 2/20/2013 5:40PM

    Hahaha, this guy is not going to know what hit him!! Get 'im!

Sounds like you're doing all the right things (from your comment) and this guy is digging his own grave, but it sure does suck while you're going through it, eh?

Good luck!

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    Wow, amazing the lengths some people will go. Good for you for standing up for your beliefs.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/20/2013 3:24PM

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DOROELLIS 2/20/2013 2:26PM

    That sounds like me. I've been told that I'm too nice, and that I need to learn to stand up for myself. But push me too far (and that includes messing with my family) and I can totally b*tch up.

It's okay to be a nice person. It's not okay to just lie down and take whatever people want to throw at you. Good for you for standing up for yourself!

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FRENCHIFAL 2/20/2013 9:24AM

    Haha, thanks!

I have responded to all of his nasty, threatening emails in the nicest and most professional way possible - and copied all board members on the responses, so that he has to own up to the kind of stuff he's sending out. I also managed to get an email out to the rest of the board before he sent a vote of no confidence request, so he knows that they support the changes and won't let him push me off the committees and the board!

Another board member and I have put together our own committees to unload the most important responsibilities, and we're recruiting strong board members who won't just give in or back down. A volunteer has helped us put together a job description and ensure we have funds for a part-time position.

So our goal is to create accountability, checks and balances, and start moving responsibilities out of his hands rather than attacking. We don't want to put ourselves in a lose-lose situation where he storms away while still in control of the books and vendor lists and such.

It was a lot to accomplish in a month, especially since we both put in 40+ hours a week and have other volunteer commitments, but our annual member meeting is coming up and we need to have everything in place by then!

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SHARJOPAUL 2/20/2013 9:14AM

    You GO girl!!!!!!
A lot of what you were saying about yourself sounds so familiar to me. I avoid making waves until I feel I have no choice then people are so surprised. I've realized that it causes a lot of inner stress that comes out in other ways, like Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ice cream. So standing up and face the problem head on may feel stressful while you are doing it but in the long run it far less stressful than holding it all in.

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    Now girl, you know we want to find out how you handled the board member!! ;-)

Good for you!!

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AMSPARKER 2/20/2013 4:19AM

    whoa, remind me to never piss you off! :) Good job on both your issues, isn't it funny how life works, a similar solution to both of your unrelated dilemmas!

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EASTENDCLAM 2/20/2013 4:14AM

    Go get 'em (both) tiger! You ARE a nice person. That doesn't preclude taking control of your personal and professional lives.

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GINILEE4 2/20/2013 3:26AM


Great news on both fronts. Sounds like you have had some real progressive ideas. Keep standing up for yourself.


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