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Wednesday, January 12, 2011



The school had a fundraiser and really, it's a great idea. I went out grocery shopping today and spent my $320 for the next two weeks. When I got home the girls were like "let's go let's go"...

So, there we were at the local McDonald's for the McTeachers night. The teachers were working the the cash registers, parents and kids running around everywhere. I told them that I would probably get a diet coke as I really really only like ONE thing from McDs.

Yea well, that lasted about 10 seconds. Double quarter pounder later ....


**mcdonalds.com**

I'm not gonna feel TOO terribly bad about it tho. It is for charity (school) and my menu is on the fridge for a full 2 weeks of healthy, calorie maintained foods.

Now...the workouts..

I need to get on that....STAT!!

What's holding me back? I dunno...yeah...yeah I do....

*Hubby on swings so I spend mornings with hm watching the tele and evenings with kids catching up on house and "stuff"...

*lack of motivation for some reason. I've bought the new workout pants, I've bought the new shoes...I really really intend on starting but something always happens or gets int he way...and the thing is. My mind and body seems to really want this...so why am I not moving yet? ugh!!

I will psych myself up. I will. Starting tonight...starting now. I'm gonna start with crunches...even if I don't count them...just DO them!!

Otherwise I won't be watching the Biggest Loser...another 50 pounds and I could be a contestant...

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That double quarter pounder may not have been a good idea after all...

  
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PJCHILIS 1/16/2011 8:16PM

    Hamburger today, nothing tomorrow.

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VIBRANTVIC 1/16/2011 10:33AM

    The Eat this not That guys (I admit I am a groupie) say those quarter pounders are actually one of the best burgers for your buck. I myself am a Big Mac girl and those are nothing but trouble. What a fabulous idea for a school fund raiser! Keep on! emoticon

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 1/14/2011 9:42PM

    Sweetheart you know there is always going to be the times that we are bad....knowing that you can't eat like that everyday is where the good part of us comes in.
Go buy your dress for the wedding and hang it up so that everyday you see it. Have you made your vision collage yet? That has really helped me as I keep a copy at work and in my wallet.
Just as you tell me WE can do this! Have the hubby sit by you as you work out. Ask him to help you by counting the crunches you do. Terry watches me while I lift at home just to make sure I've got the right form and I am breathing....yes I forget to do that sometimes! LOL

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TEACHEROF4TH 1/14/2011 9:20PM

    You will get there! Forget that burger and start fresh tomorrow... drink your water, get out of the house for a walk or whatever, there you have it... fresh start! It WAS for a good cause, and now move on because you're worth it!

hugs,
Debbie

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RENE54 1/14/2011 2:39PM

    Girl i am right there with you! If you go off track for even a little while it seems like it takes a monumental effort to get back where you were. I also have too many distractions and use them as excuses to not get up and get moving. So here is your "kick in the butt" emoticon to get you moving again. I desperately need one as well. Good luck getting back on track. I know you can do it!! emoticon

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YOURJONES 1/13/2011 12:36PM

    I'm with you on not making exercise a priority. I've got the calorie thing down most of the time but exercise? I just don't love it, therefore, I am not jumping up to do it. So lame, I know. We'll get this though. I'm sure of it.


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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/13/2011 11:28AM

    OMG, I don't even like McDonalds, but that picture looks very yummy!!

I wouldn't worry too much about the meal last night since you've got your fridge STOCKED! 1 "bad meal, over the next 2 weeks is NOT bad!

And lets get giong with those workouts!I'm gonna be checking up on you!

Vi

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 1/13/2011 10:38AM

    Everything in moderation right! As long you don't start eating quarter pounders everyday its all good. Plus you helped out your kids' school, awesome! As for the exercise JUST DO IT, you'll be so glad that you did.

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KATIE2POINT0 1/13/2011 9:10AM

    It was for a good cause and one quarter pounder won't kill you. You know how crappy it made you feel so the chances of doing it again any time soon is probably slim. You can't beat yourself up over every little set back or you will get no where. You're doing a great job having all of your healthy meals planned out and ready to go!

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BAKER1009 1/13/2011 8:05AM

    Wow, you sound just like me in the motivation department...well, me 2 weeks ago. I finally seem to be doing OK with getting myself to work out every day. I really want, and need, new work out pants, but I told myself I must stay committed for a solid month before I can buy them. That is helping to keep me motivated.
Life is busy, there's just no way around that. Remember that 10 minutes is better than zero minutes. If you can do 3 or more a day, you're getting somewhere rather than nowhere.
You can do this...I already know that. And so do you! So get with it woman!!

Just an idea, and trust me, I know how tempting McD's food is, maybe just donate some money. Take along a healthy snack next time. That way you have contributed to the charity and not to the calories.

Go get'em tiger!

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FRAZZLEPOP 1/13/2011 4:28AM

    It was for a good cause!!! Maybe you could slowly work your way down to the Single Quarter Pounder with cheese. :) Plus family time is important -- maybe you could convince your hubby to go for walks with you in the morning instead of watching the tele? Housework burns calories. You're gonna be HOT!

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BELLA8881 1/12/2011 11:41PM

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My 3 pt blog/AB Cupids challenge and just...stuff.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ah, what a week! I went out yesterday and bought myself a let of workout pants that draw moisture away from the body. going to put them on in about 2 minutes and go running to Target which is about 3-4 miles away. I figure that kind of jog/walk will have earned me a Starbucks (see how this works) and I will either A) call someone to pick me up in the frigid weather or hike my happy arse back home. Probably the latter as I'm feeling pretty good (thus far)

We are going to look at a house tonight. It's way bigger than I want, but, it's owner financing and we either do that or rent with the slumlords of California for another year. Sighs. VA and lenders want ONE more year under our belt since we lost our house in Washington. Go figure...I don't know if I want to settle for that big ol house or make my family wait. I may just make them wait rather than settle. I dunno. It will be fun to look at anyways. I LOVE LOVE looking at houses and ya know what? It's over there by Target...maybe I'll be on my 2nd cup of... what? I said "maybe" emoticon

My biggest goal for the month of January is to lose 8 pounds. Goiing to do my vision collage: TODAY. My plan of attack and rewards: TODAY and put the decorations laying on the couch away: TODAY...and maybe some laundry. TOMORROW.... emoticon

Ok, Ok, enough of "going to"...now to go do!!! emoticon


emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWeek 1 - "C" -, Compile, Canvass and Communicate emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Cupid's Arrow for the Week: ....

...In the land of Spark, the Cherubescent Cupid, who would normally be Cheerily Crooning and Climbing up Clouds with youthful Candor, found himself unbuttoning his Corduroys and Cringing his Creased eyelids in weary reCollection of the overConsumption of the holiday season. Cram that damn scale under the bed, he thought. "Christen the new year with more Carrot Cake!" Cupid pulled a Corona out of his Classy Coach bag. (Yeah huh, he did.) Catastrophe began its Conquest. Cupid's Colon began to Counter- Consipire him and Collapse. "Crap." (hehe) Cupid was in need of Counsel, and in Communication with his other Celestial Cherubs, began to Consider Commencing better bodily Comfort. First thing's first, Condense the Crud. No more Corpulence inducing junk. But what next? Can you help a Confused and Cheetos dust Crusted Cupid find his way back on track?

emoticon1. Set a Credible example.

COMPILE a list of your goals. This could be easy if you have already been chatting on the 2011 charters, dreams, etc thread and have some ideas. Maybe you have a Bucket List of things you want to do before x age. Maybe you have New Year's Resolutions. Perhaps you want to focus on the big picture. The little picture. Whatever you want - Compile a list. Even if it is your goals and objectives for this challenge.

emoticon Hmmm...my biggest goal for the year is actually not weight related but time management. Weight wise (no, not health wise..WEIGHT!! Let's be real, right?) I want to lose lots of pounds and lots of sizes...starting with 8-10 in January and maybe one size?

emoticon2. Do some research.

CANVASS a few or as many areas of your life as you'd like (family + relationships, work + school, hobbies + lifestyle, finances + daily life, health, etc) and make a list of all the pros and cons in those areas that are affecting your goals.

emoticonLet's see....time management is nothing but cons...(well, at the moment) I'm learning tho through Chalean 30 day challenge...learning to create the "proper" ultimate to do lists and such...it seems to be helping, other than the list doesn't clean my house. It turns out, I have to do that!!

Family support: Pro: It's nice they are coming around, enjoying the hype of the new year con: it doesn't last. LOL

School: Pros: pretty obvious...hoping to get a degree in pathology/speech therapy Cons: time constraints make it easy to slack on everything else.

emoticon3. Blow into Cupid's horn and declare yo'selves.

COMMUNICATE an action plan - draw a flow chart, create a vision board, write a manifesta, write a letter to yourself or someone or some people else who you have something to say to. Declare yourself. Post it here, post a picture on the team page or on your sparkpage and a memo in this thread for the rest of us (and Cupid) to go see, or write a paragraph to check in and describe what you did if you'd like to keep the details private.

emoticon It is on my to do list to get my vision board done TODAY!! I will also post this template as a blog to declare myself.

Hey! The week's not over yet!!!!

emoticon COMPILE - new and quick workout activities that you could do on the go, in the office, while sitting, in a public bathroom, etc that require little to no equipment, in a pinch. Little things add up.

emoticon I will learn to do crunches while watching the tele this week. I normally stink at them because I hate counting, but, I think if I just "do" them and not count...well, we can figure out the rest later...right?

emoticon CANVASS - spark people, the net, barnes and noble fitness book section, spy on people in the gym and see what they're doing and report back to the team 1-2 NEW ideas you got from your gumshoeing that you had never thought of before.

emoticon I see what you are doing here! I shall report back as my mission initiates & proceeds :o) Oh! Oh! I know, I will watch my daughter dance (ballet) tonight and I will canvass various fitness gyms to check out memberships. There, I reported. LOL

emoticon COMMUNICATE - get some index cards and draw stick figures doing the activities - make your own exercise deck, get creative, put glitter glue around the edges and stickers, jazz them up. Punch a hole in the corner and put them on a clasp ring, or in a coupon organizer, or tie your extra gym hairband around them and keep them in your desk, pocketbook, coatpocket. Hide them around your house in places you normally go like the kitchen cabinet, the bottom of the laundry basket, under the hand soap in the bathroom, and do the activities on them whenever you come across them.

emoticonI am actually making a schedule of exercises this week with lovely little stickers to indicate achievement. Then after my "program" of 6, 9, 12 weeks I will reward myself with the goodies. Will post pics with my collage. Is that right?

emoticonCAREBEAR BONUSSSSSSSSSS - What other power "C" words can you Choose and Customize to your plan? Contribute some here. Cheer on your teammates. "...Celebrate and live yo' life." Consult a friend if you need inspiration. Crap Creeping up? Chair it for now and move on to the next good thing.

emoticon My "C" words are Commit to finish, Cheer my fellow mates, Care enough about myself to do this, Complete what I start, and Calculate better what I eat/drink.

COME on! CUPID STARTS NOW!!!

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DOLPHINKARIN 1/12/2011 1:18AM

    Love it.

I will commit to posting my motivation chart on my sparkpeople page tonight ... or as soon as I figure out how to do that. :)

Karin :)

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PJCHILIS 1/10/2011 6:29PM

    I think my biggest goal is to list some goals.

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CUPID's challenge (for AB team) :o)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Yup Yup...I have been sick this past couple of days...like sick, but, I don't have any more time to be sick. Things have to get done around here and to rely on MY kids. Well, that's like relying on politicians to make real change. It will never happen.

So, today I'm up...got my water which does strangely seem to help the tummy. I remembered, by the way, that it's HONEY with ginger tea that is supposed to help with tummy troubles...(I think that was for Healthy-Claire)

Heard on the news today for all those who didn't hear: 1) Accroding to Fox40, those with alcoholism in their genes are more prone to being overweight (interestingly enough) 2) Red meat in excess is linked to strokes (especially in women) and 3) running makes you smarter. Hmmm... If I didn't need to be near a bathroom so much, I would've started yesterday, but tomorrow sounds promising. Hold me to that will ya?

For the AB (Anti Blah) team we are beginning a challenge that soudns cute. I'm also in the C25 challenge and Chalean's 30 day challenge. The 30 day challenge sounds interesting...it's more about accountablility and habits. Something I definately need help with...for those interested in it it's on my Slim in 6 page or I can give you the link if interested....Actually, I'll put the link at the bottom.

Have a great week and let's all do this! Let's stay on the January Hype!! Ride it...soak up enough of it to hold us through the year...

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Welcome to The CUPID Challenge:
Capitalizing Upon Personal Innovations and Dreams Challenge!
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emoticon PART ONE: Housekeeping!

Happy New Year! Gee, look how far you've come!

What's that? You don't have measurements from last year to compare? Well then, get thee to the tape measuring device, STAT!

I don't care what you track, but TRACK IT! Hips, thighs, tummy, boobs, neck, arms, wrists, whatev. Find 3 measurements you want to track throughout 2011 and list it here.

1. Waist (because obviously!) 38

2. Chest (bra line?) 38

3. Hips 46....yes, you read that right. sighs

Also, how much do you weigh today?

emoticon **194.7 was the last official scale weight, but, I've been sick the last two days which means it probably dropped some. Not counting it tho because it will be up when I am LOL**


emoticon PART TWO: Reaching goals

We are now officially 4 days into the New Year. Share with us one of your goals/ambitions for the year. Is there something you can do this week, small efforts or large, to meet this goal?

emoticon** I'm signed up for athe Bay to Breakers this May. This is my first "run" and I'm scared to heck. Especially as I'm sick the first day of C25 traiing! My biggest goals are to finish what I started as that seems to be my biggest challenge.

To prepare, **I will finish my C25**


emoticonPART THREE: Self reflection.

Dear Diary,
Look how far I've come! In the past 12 months, I have done some amazing things. I [drove for the 1st time in 11 years. I have gone back to school, I ran for the first time ever and I am learning to like myself again].

Way to go, me!

As I write this out, I can't help but feel [surreal, like it wasn't me, it was someone else's amazing life].

My life has [changed for the better] and I realize now that 2011 [is going to beeven betta!!!.]

I am going to [be my own success story] in 2011 [because I'm going to finish what I start and lose my 50ish pounds!]


Watch out world, here I come!

This link SHOULD work, but not promising anything. Sign up is free.
www.chalenejohnson.com/30daychalleng
e/members/Find-Your-Push-Goal.html

  
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HAILEY610 1/7/2011 2:02PM

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PJCHILIS 1/5/2011 6:55PM

    Go Girl. Good inspiration!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 1/4/2011 10:33PM

    Sorry that you have been sick. Sounds like you had a pretty great year, here's to another life changing year for you!! Thanks for sharing the link, I love CJ!

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AIDELADE27 1/4/2011 8:59PM

    Wow, girl! You really are starting the new year AMAZINGLY! Good luck with all your teams!!!

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SASSAGAIN 1/4/2011 8:25PM

    Awesomesauce! You are an inspiration!

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Say you, say me

Friday, December 31, 2010

No new pics today.

No new news really.

I have been reading blogs faithfully via my friend feeds, teams, and whatnot and I feel slightly redundant in writing mine. It was page after page of all of us feeling the procrastinator take over our bodies. Many of us haven't achieved our goals or come close, yet, have learned some sort of valuable information over the past year.

Page after page I was reading about myself in your blogs. My responses became almost automatic: "I know how you feel" and it is because it's true. I DO!

Therefore, to all of myselves out there, whether I am living in New York or Alabama, I first say "thank you". Thank you for understanding, vocalizing my thoughts, and thank you for not giving up on all of me.

And to all of myselves I say "we can do this". And we can! You said so in all of my blogs :o)

In one of my blogs that I didn't write....someone said gaining a healthy lifestyle was like quitting smoking for the umpteenth time. As a fellow non smoker, I totally got that. I'm ready....for the umpteenth time.

I guess since I read all of the blogs about myself...I don't need to tell you that I'm motivated to do this again. I'm uncool for the hype (Yoovie), setting goals from what I didn't do to what I did (creatingamanda)...and I've come to grips with all of it.

Thank YOU for not giving up on me. Any of me. Thank you for sharing my thoughts. For holding my hand while crying out in despair. Thank YOU for showing me a part of your world, making it my own.

It's as if my imaginary world of Sparkfriends are running beside me cheering my 30 second runs. Jillian Michaels screams in my ears when I attempt one full pushup, but my Spark friends cheer me when I complete it. My family attempts to support me in my world while my Sparkfriends write my everyday thoughts in theirs.

I'm ready to motivate myself, whether it be WITHIN myself for through another Spark. I want to inspire and mostly achieve. I have a feeling, like many of you, that this WILL be the year. It just has to be.

So, let's do this. All together now, all as one. I've found my running shoes. They were in my 12 year old backpack. I don't know why I didn't look there.... Starting now I will be running in NewYork (Central Park isn't it?) in the snow even though I live in California. I will plan for a wedding in April & continue my strength of a divorce even though I have been married 23 years. Every day I will see myself inside al of your blogs and I will know...that you are there with me.

Happy New Year everyone!!

  
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ENDUROVET 1/5/2011 1:42PM

    Whoa, whoa... wait a minute, what did I miss???
(kinda wrapped in my own pity party) - but DIVORCE, you say!?!?!?

I used to get plenty o' laughs out of joking over missing my ex-MULE more than my ex-HUSBAND (long story), but it's always a serious matter even if it's been a long time coming...

Hang in there my friend!

Val

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PJCHILIS 1/2/2011 5:10PM

    When first we fail, we're back on our feet and going for it again. We're mighty.

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KATIECALLOS 12/31/2010 2:12PM

    i couldn't agree with you more, every time I am reading a blog, I think... that's me, I've done that, i just thought about that today.... So funny how before I started Sparks, I felt so alone. Now I see that millions of people are doing the exact same things...

I am glad that you are ready to motivate yourself with help from us, because you are motivating me!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 12/31/2010 12:42PM

    I love you my sister dear. You are one of my best friends and love that no matter how much I cheat I can come to you and you will always be understanding. I agree that in reading other's blogs it feels like I am also sitting there typing the blog out myself. I had never heard the part about weight loss being like giving up smoking....but also as a non smoker I would have to agree with that comment 110%....now where is the "not eating juck and getting into the gym" patch??
I can't wait to see you in April. It will be so much fun having you all there when I marry the man I have been blessed enough to find. We can do this and I know in the end we will be just as proud of ourselves as we were when we stopped smoking!

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LADYINOHIO 12/31/2010 12:06PM

    pretty cool blog, although I was a little disappointed about not getting to be creeped out at all, haha~
And I expected pictures of shoes for some reason. ;D

I know what you mean... wait, is that redundant? LOL. I know what you mean when you say you read about other sparklings' lives and feel yourself right there with them.
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Hope you have a wonderful end to 2010, and an even better 2011~
Happy New Year!
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BUTEAFULL 12/31/2010 1:44AM

    this was fabulous, I have felt my spark friends triumphs and downfalls too have cheered and grieved, the whole gamut. You were able to put it in words like I couldn't

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Suck it Up! Day...seven or other....

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I was supposed to do day 3-5ish in regards to a healthy dish makeover. I actually made one (turkey gravy over brown rice) but didn't type it or do any pictures. emoticon

My oldest and I are doing finals week in college. This would have been a lot easier as a young adult than now...I think. LOL

Other than that, just very mentally tired. I went to bed early last night and overslept today and could sleep for another week. ugh! Tomorrow is my oral final in Spanish and I think I may know "Como esta". that's about it...

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Suck It December 7th! *TOUGH LOVE*
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Sometimes we get a little too lenient, a little too nice to ourselves and go from being kind and loving ourselves to just plain taking advantage of our own kindness. Maybe we have promised something to ourselves every day this month and never actually really did any of them. It's ok if this is true of any of you, but today you might need to be a littler stricter on yourself. Sometimes the best way to love yourself is to just stand up and do what you know you are supposed to do.

Since lately we are all about forgiving ourselves for slipping, and just concentrating on our victories, we are going to take 12 hours to crack the whip. If you haven't pushed yourself since December started, today is THE DAY to make up for it.

That's right. Today you HAVE to break a sweat. Even if you're a busy mom with kids hanging from her every limb. Before you go to bed tonight, you MUST break a sweat and report back tomorrow morning.

emoticon Tell me what you did yesterday.
Yester I went to school (finals week as I keep complaining about) In P.E. I did an hour of ST so pretty stoked about that. Came home to bleeding and sore kidneys so may have overdone that one just a bit. whoops!!

emoticon Did you binge? What did you eat?
Yup. The intention wasn't to, I swear! I tracked my eating and water all day then hubby says to me last night "know what I have a craving for?" and I did know...and he had the girls go buy ice cream, then scooped me a big ol bowl of jamocha almond fudge yumminess.

emoticon When was the last time you broke a sweat?
That would be yesterday in P.E. the time before that honestly was last Wednesday (pe)

emoticon What is your biggest excuse right now?
Time and the utter lack thereof.

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LYNNA7499 12/8/2010 12:12PM

  Good luck with your finals!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 12/8/2010 8:31AM

    School is a big undertaking, and finals is large part of that. I think I would be more upset if you didn't study. When finals are over you can get your focus back to health aspects.

Don't beat yourself up. Seriously, be nice to your kidneys.


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