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Never procrastinate!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You'd think I'd learn, but no. In the end, procrastinating costs you time and money. We procrastinated a lot on our home, and it's come back to bite us. The first good deal fell through we presume because the inspection found the house needed a new roof (knew that, disclosed that), the a/c needed work -- ok, we didn't know that one, it's relatively new; and we needed a new water heater -- also pretty much knew that, but again, dragged our feet on it.

We actually don't know why they backed out, but it seems a pretty good assumption that they just didn't expect that many things "wrong" with the house. We have several other offers on it . . . there's been lots & lots of interest . . . but we don't think we're going to get as much as we'd like. At this point, I just want it done. So we can move on with our lives.

Maybe if I'd kept up with the yearly heating/ac checks like you're supposed to . . . it always seemed so silly to do it when the unit was brand new. Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference. But I do know we put off a lot of things because we didn't want to invest the time and/or money -- and yet look at how much time & money we're having to waste now! If there isn't a lesson in there. I firmly believe you have to learn from your mistakes.

I did take my rest day on Sunday -- there wasn't really anywhere to walk around at our hotel. Somehow I still managed to rack up 7000 steps that day. Unfortunately, I also came down with a cold that evening, which is why I've been offline. So I'm having a lot of rest days.

As colds go it isn't really all that bad, but I've just been feeling wiped out. So I've been laying on the couch for the better part of the last 2 days -- didn't even turn my computer on til today. Not sure I'll feel up to going to my WI tomorrow. We'll see.

As promised, above is me in my reunion dress. I really do think the photo doesn't do it justice. You can't see the beading on the dress, for instance. I wish I could hunt down a photo of myself from the Bat Mitzvah last year (scary) for comparison. I don't have anything on my computer; I'm not counting on my husband to find any soon either, unfortunately.

Actually not to bad a head shot. The double chin is mostly gone! I now have 2 large zits on my face, but fortunately they hadn't erupted yet.

I definitely got the reaction I've been waiting a year for when I met a friend for brunch on Sunday. She's an online friend, and we met once before about 2 years ago. She was amazed, even tho she knew I'd lost a lot of weight.

Another way I'd procrastinated (besides my weight) was with my browser. I've been using Netscape since the beginning of time. They stopped supporting it over a year ago. I get popups daily to switch to a browser called Flock (I really hate MSIE), but was always afraid that things would get screwed up.

Well, this morning Netscape was crashing every time I logged onto SP. I finally managed to do the Flock install, and it hasn't crashed on me yet . . . it's amazing what fear can do to you. It can just paralyze you. In all areas of your life.

We had planned to do a charity walk this weekend, but I didn't manage to sign us up in time for the early-bird fee. We're still planning on it, but we'll see how I feel. It benefits animal rescue (big surprise, right?), and we can take the dogs. We've done that sort of thing in Austin. DH is hoping his coworker, who has Great Danes, will come -- so we can get a photo of our little chis with the Great Danes.

Anyway, I'll be catching up with y'all over the next few days.

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TRECECOOKS 6/21/2009 6:07PM

    You look lovely, and the dress is gorgeous. Hope you had a really fine time!

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SUZY6281 6/11/2009 12:14PM

    You look beautiful in your dress.


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KEAKMAN 6/11/2009 8:50AM

    First off, Judy, you look stunning in your LBD! And the head shot is great! (although I have to admit to a stab of jealousy when I saw all of your curls)

I am sorry about the house sale not completing. I will be hoping that someone comes along to buy it up soon. Are you going to try to make those repairs, etc long-distance, or just setlle for a slightly lower price? (sorry, that sounds waaaaay nosier than I meant it to be! I was just thinking that getting repairs done from Albany would be tough and could be expensive and frustrating, too!)

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 6/10/2009 7:31PM

    I absolutely love that dress - you look totally gorgeous! Nice choice! You know, lol, I think this is the first time I've actually 'seen' you.....so nice to put a face to your valuable words. Thanks for sharing.

Sorry to hear about the house...it will happen eventually and then it will feel great to get it out of your hair.

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MTER67 6/10/2009 7:02PM

    Sorry about the house sale falling through. I know that is a worry you really don't need right now, what with another mortgage payment to make. There IS a lesson in there about regular maintenance and not putting off decisions. I wish I could say I was good at doing that kind of thing, but I am not. Definitely a lesson worth learning!

You look fabulous in your black dress! I can't see the beading, but I can still see how beautiful the dress is and how great you look in it. Wow! You must have felt fantastic entering the room. I am so happy for you!

Hope you feel better soon. Nothing like a cold to zap your strength and set you back on your exercise goals!

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STARTSPARKING 6/10/2009 3:57PM

    Sometimes I think "Procrastinate" is my middle name! emoticon You're right that often there is a price to pay for things we put off. In terms of weight loss, the consequences can be severe and irreversible. Today I made an annual OB/GYN appointment for me and mammogram appointments for me and my mom. These are never things I look forward to do, but I know they are essential. This time there is another reason I can't procrastinate. I am currently on COBRA, and that will run out in a few months. I will get coverage under another health plan, but it will have a MUCH higher annual deductible. Therefore, I'm trying to get as many doctors appointments out of the way as possible while I'm on a plan with more reasonable fees.

By the way, you look absolutely beautiful in your reunion dress. You have made a lot of progress, and I am so happy for you. You and your husband look great in the second photo as well. Thank you for being such an inspiration on SP.

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Should I take a rest day?

Friday, June 05, 2009

Altho they say rest days are important, I walk the dogs every day -- twice a day most days. I have the opportunity, tho, to take a real rest day this weekend. We'll be away, so no dogs to walk.

I had a semi-rest day last weekend; only about 6000 steps. I've logged 12,000 - 13,000 most days this week. I did have a small gain this week, but my period is due to start any moment -- altho this always bothers me, because I have managed not to gain and even to lose occasionally with TOM; but that's life I suppose.

I haven't had a vacation since last August, and other than the very few days I've traveled this year, I don't think I've taken a single rest day; even then, I usually try to get some amount of walking in.

It would be a no-brainer, I suppose, except for the fact that there's the reunion & brunch with my friend.

So what do you think: should I go for a walk Sunday morning, or just take a rest day?

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STARTSPARKING 6/10/2009 4:16AM

    So what did you finally decide?

I don't have a planned rest day from my exercise classes. However, something ALWAYS comes up, and I usually miss about a day a week. I don't get too upset about it because I know my body needs rest.

I hope all is well with you, my friend. You remain one of my most diligent SP friends, so my hat's off to you!

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SUZY6281 6/8/2009 4:14PM

    I think you should take a day now and then if you want. I've found that if I take a day off of exercise now and then, that when I go back to it the next day, often I am invigorated and actually get a great work out.

Don't feel guilty about it. Life happens all around us while we are on this journey. Enjoy it.


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TRECECOOKS 6/7/2009 6:54PM

    Walk if you want to, or not. Either way, don't let it be a "demon of perfection" for you. Enjoy the reunion, and the LBD!!!

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DDHEART 6/6/2009 10:13PM

    I like KEAKMAN's reply....you can have a low intensity walk any time...I generally take one daily with husband regardless of what else I'm doing with exercise...it's 5 miles but not anywhere near the level of exertion. It makes me feel good but it also is good to let the body have a little break now and then. Anyway, I would say do a more casual walk so you don't feel like a sloth but still let your legs have a breather.

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KEAKMAN 6/6/2009 9:25PM

    How about splitting the difference if possible? A stroll tomorrow morning - window shopping or a hand-holding walk with hubby along some scenic place. You would still "do" something but you wouldn't be "working out".

(of coures you won't get this until you get back.....)

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MTER67 6/5/2009 8:27AM

    I know with running they say rest days are important for muscle fibers to repair themselves. You make fitness gains when you give your body a chance to heal. This is especially important after a very hard effort. You probably ought to just base your decision on how you feel. You certainly deserve a rest day if you want one!

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    I find myself in a similar quandry - I have 2 little dogs that need to walk every day. We go a minimum of 30 minutes, up to 1.5 hours on the really intense days. I, too, have seen the recommendations of resting on some days - but they need their walks! And I feel better after waking, and I'm trying to keep my streak of 10K steps days going. Sigh. I figure when I walk them slower, that'll have to count as my rest day.

So, should you walk or take a rest day? You'll be away, no dogs - how about just strolling and exploring if the mood strikes you.

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FITKAT2010 6/5/2009 6:32AM

    Wait and see how you feel Sunday.

I can't take a rest day with my hypoglycemia. I lose any progress I've made in my exercise regimen. That's the breaks. LOL

Have a great weekend hon.


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Do you have a lifecycle?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I'm not talking about the exercise bike here, either. So you find yourself doing the same things, over and over, throughout your life?

I get interested in something, or start something, and throw myself whole heartedly into it. I either start a new job, take up a new hobby, or maybe even just take one class. Then I start buying every book pertaining to my new love I can find, and every supply I need, too. Some things I stick with -- like knitting -- although my interest may wax and wane; others I am either into intensely, then burn out, or I never really get that into them anyway.

It's happened to me over and over again throughout my life. When I started working in a printing plant, I learned a lot & I loved it -- that knowledge did come in real handy when I started my own graphic design business, too, just as I'd planned. But by the end, I couldn't wait to leave my job. The same with my graphic design business. I would stay up late (for me), lost in working on designs, but by the end, I was so burnt out, I closed my business and don't want to start up again.

Then there was the bookbinding class I took. We made our own hardcover books. It was fun. I was going to make my own books -- I bought books about it, I bought a ton of paper and some other supplies. How many books have I made? Exactly zero. And all that paper? It got moved with us, still untouched years later -- probably to be donated or sold in a garage sale, because a) I no longer have the space for it and b) it'll never get used in my lifetime, anyway.

Of course weight loss journeys can be like that, too. You're super motivated to start, then as the days, weeks, months, years drag on, you find your motivation slipping. It's hard work. Maybe you lost the weight, but are tired of all the work. Or maybe you couldn't lose the weight and figure why bother.

I'm hoping I can break my life cycle. Become more aware of what I am doing to myself: of the junk I don't want to haul to my next home -- both weight and stuff.

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CITABRIA 6/5/2009 12:15AM

    I tend to do this too, but I've become a lot more forgiving with myself about it. Especially since I've noticed that I *do* go back to most hobbies/interests after a time away, so the supplies aren't actually wasted. They just get a little dusty. ;)

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 6/4/2009 10:50PM

    That is so true.....don't know how many beads and other craft supplies I bought but they are all just sitting there. I too always go back to my knitting.... Hope I'm not that way with my healthy lifestyle.

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EOSTAR_45 6/4/2009 6:50PM

    I so do that. First there was writing. I bought books on creative writing and even though I still want to write, have not done much of it. Then there was diversity which was related to my last job and I had all these great books on activism, multiculturalism, diversity etc etc and now I find that that was not really my passion but what I had to do for work. I donated most of my activism books but have kept my writing books because I really do want to be a writer someday.

But donating some of my books then prompted me to go through the rest of my books donating ones I didn't really care for. And now I am doing my closet--only keeping clothes that I feel good in.

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KEAKMAN 6/4/2009 12:22PM

    I like the novelty of new. I do not like hard work. For me, that explains the whole thing....I want to do it, but I don't want to do the work. Or not for the long haul.

I spent three wonderful years teaching college students. I loved it. Then I lost my job. I still sonder if I wouldlove it after 15 years or if I would have left on my own.....

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MTER67 6/4/2009 9:25AM

    Great blog! Why do we do that, do you suppose? Throw ourselves into things so completely, only to give up when our interests wane? My parents were like that--my dad especially would become the best at whatever he focused on and then wham! He would abandon it, move on, and never look back. Most of the things I have picked up over the years, I have dropped and picked up over and over--gardening, knitting, sewing, even writing. Some "activities" fit into our lives during certain periods and not at others. Fitness and eating well shouldn't fall into that category, however, and need to become as regular to our routines as breathing!

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FITKAT2010 6/4/2009 6:48AM

    We feel that the chosen new path will bring us what we want. Externalizing our happiness is a habit we all have. A habit to break.

This doesn't mean that a healthy life-style is something to quit. Challenging yourself to be better everyday and to treat yourself well is self-love at the highest-order.

Self-love will bring up anything unlike itself for purposes of healing only!

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What's important to you?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Nothing like a move to show you what's really important to you.

I remember when we moved to Austin, we were moving to an apartment that was smaller than our condo. Since it was a temporary move (and the company paid for it), we put a lot of stuff in storage. 2 years later we got that stuff back -- and, of course, let a lot of it go.

There were many things I could live without right away when we moved here; my cookbooks weren't one of them. I didn't immediately unpack the cookbooks (altho I did mail a few I thought were really important up to my husband beforehand, so I'd have something); but after a week or so I wanted them.

And when I couldn't find some of my favorites, I started to hunt down cookbook boxes whereever they might be.

Regular books, of which I also have plenty, are almost all still in boxes. And they can probably remain that way for a while, too. The ones that happened to be waiting to be read are already unpacked -- they were in with our bedroom stuff.

I know that I'll be getting rid of a lot more books. It won't be easy. I hate getting rid of books. But I'm trying to simplify my life. And even tho I cull my cookbook collection on a regular basis, I will probably always have a lot of cookbooks. They're important to me.

I have to think about what else is important to me. Was having the dessert at the Cheesecake Factory really that important to me? Most of the time, I'd rather wait for an amazing dinner at a local restaurant for dessert than a chain restaurant. My own stuff can rival most restaurants, so I'm not depriving myself. Plus, there's the reunion this weekend. I doubt that food will be great, but you never know -- it was a high end high school, so maybe it will be better than I'm expecting. And I'm going to brunch with a friend the next morning, too. So I'd rather save my calories for that.

Maybe if there'd been anything on the menu at the Cheesecake Factory that was reasonable, I might have gone for dessert. Even their salads (which our lunch companion had) looked pretty fattening.

What foods are important to you? I can live without french fries most of the time. I generally prefer sweet potato fries, and you don't get that at restaurants too often. So if they're luke warm & salty, they don't hold a lot of attraction for me.

Chocolate, in some form, is very, very important to me. I won't give it up. Almost all the desserts I make are chocolate.

Store bought cookies? They rarely satisfy me. Why bother?

I guess that's life -- deciding what's really important to you.

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CITABRIA 6/3/2009 10:32PM

    What foods are important to me ... always, or just that sometimes I need to have this?

Always/regularly important to me (even if seasonal) are steak, tomatoes, fresh corn, avocados, shrimp, feta cheese, ff yogurt, mangoes, watermelon, clementines, popcorn. (I know, I know, it's a pretty boring list -- but it explains why I've done so well on Core/Simply Filling.)

Sometimes foods: cheesecake, coffee ice cream, potato chips, chocolate, pizza.

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KEAKMAN 6/3/2009 2:16PM

    Deprivation also teaches you what is important....I would never have guessed that running is important to me these days.

Chocolate, of course.

A good book.

Iced tea, light on the ice, no sugar.

Sunny days. Lots of them. In a row!

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LEONALIONESS 6/3/2009 10:43AM

    Heh. I learned that, unsurprisingly, the animals are the major important 'things' to me. I'm sleeping amid boxes in my room - the cats have their posts, window seat, toys, basket and food dishes/fountain neatly arranged and conveniently located. The rats are in their huge condo with treats and toys aplenty. Cage was cleaned last night and their move is totally done. LOL. Before I unpacked a thing for me, the animals were set up with all their goodies, necessary or not. :D

Then it was my kitchen and my books. I just felt WRONG until my books were in the shelf.
Somehow, though, I've ended up with two empty shelves on my case that weren't there before. No books seem missing... hrm. I'm wondering if I didn't go two deep on all the shelves when I had them in the case at the old place. Either way, I have space for MOAR books. ;) Which is always a pleasure. Especially since I've got about $75 in credit at my favorite used book store. And a small bag of books to sell to them, too. As sad as it makes me to EVER sell books, I found I could trim a grocery bag of them this time.

Moving sort of feels unending, huh?

As for what food I must have I don't think I could be happy without Ethiopian from my favorite local joint, vegan Moo Goo Gai Pan at my favorite local chinese place... etc.

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MTER67 6/3/2009 9:18AM

    I have been craving chocolate for the past couple days and there was nothing in this house to satisfy it. So today I made chocolate chip cookies from my grandmother's recipe. Best cookies in the world, but probably also the worst nutritionally. I ate a couple cookies and now I am happy. Chocolate crisis averted. I don't know for sure, but I think if I had tried to ignore my craving I might have eaten a lot more later on. You are right, every individual has to decide for him/herself what is most important. There is room in every diet for our favorite foods; but like so many other things in life, it is all about choices--we can't have it all.

Have fun at the reunion!

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FITKAT2010 6/3/2009 7:18AM

    What's really important to me is being healthy. That ties in to not having glucose crashes and seizures.

So I gave up all that I thought held recreational value to me in the food arena.

I eat healthy. I will eat healthy the rest of my healthy life. LOL


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Go easy on yourself or plan B

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Rome wasn't built in a day. Every journey begins with a single step. Baby steps, baby.

Yeah, you get the idea -- everything you've always heard; it's true. You didn't put the weight on overnight, and it won't come off overnight, either.

After trying on & choosing which dress to wear, I was tempted to add more running workouts into my week this week. To burn off a bit more calories. Like one week would really make a difference, right?

I run because I just need to push myself a bit harder some days, not so much because I like it. If walking alone did it, I'd walk from here to Australia, because I truly enjoy walking most of the time. It's just not a tough enough workout for me, and sometimes I need to push myself harder.

I've come to running late in my life, tho, and I'm careful to only do it a few times a week -- I have no knee problems, and I'd like to keep it that way. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to stick with my regular exercise routine. I've fallen into the trap of trying to be "good" before an event too many times before. This time I just want to be normal, because normal is working for me.

I did decide I'd try to work my arms a bit more, since it's a sleevelss dress; even tho I'll be taking a shawl along with me.

However, even that didn't work out yesterday. We won't actually close on our house in Austin; the relocation company does. But we did have to do a bunch of paperwork so that the relocation company can close with the buyer -- and it had to be notarized.

My husband found a notary at work, and offered to take her out to lunch. She chose the Cheesecake Factory, where I'd never been. I looked up the menu online -- no nutritional info, and that means one thing: the food is fattening!

Ok; I don't really have a problem with that. I know one fattening meal won't cause me to gain 20 lbs either, and it's been a while since I've been out to eat. I had an eggplant veggie sandwich, which was good -- but obviously had a fair amount of fat in it (not to mention no whole grain roll). It came with fries -- I was good with that, too; I so rarely eat fries. Unfortunately, mine were luke warm, so I only ate a few. I guess I was lucky, actually, because if they'd been really good, I'd probably have eaten a whole lot more of them.

Whenever I have a high fat meal like that, tho, I skip dessert. Well, most of the time, anyway. I don't do "cheat" meals, because I think even high fat meals have an occasional place in a healthy lifestyle.

The Cheesecake Factory, obviously, is known for their desserts. I didn't have one. I don't regret it -- I have my own home made goodies at home, altho I chose yogurt with a banana and some chocolate chips instead.

Because of the lunch and walking around the mall aftewards, I didn't have as much time to exercise in the afternoon as usual. My arms got worked, but they didn't get that little bit of extra work I wanted to get in.

It's all good, tho. That's just life sometimes; it doesn't always go the way we plan, and that's why we always need at least a plan B & to go easy on ourselves. There's a fine line, tho, between not beating yourself up and letting yourself get away with murder. You've got to learn to walk the line.

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TRECECOOKS 6/7/2009 7:05PM

    I am inferring that the house in Austin has sold - WooHoo!!! I know you were hoping it would.
As the others have said, you are to be commended for your cool, calm and collected attitude. Maybe someday I'll get there. . .

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MTER67 6/2/2009 9:39PM

    Again, you showed amazing will power and committment. I am not sure I could have skipped the cheesecake. I would have justified it somehow. But you obviously thought it all through; checking for a menu online beforehand and remembering your healthier sweets back at home. Your committment to your lifestyle changes is really an inspiration. Woo hoo!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 6/2/2009 8:03PM

    Walking the line.....I like that (and yes, I'm going to singing that song all night - lol). Way to go at the Cheesecake factory - it could have been a lot worse, their desserts are good, but yeah you! You're walking the line.

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DDHEART 6/2/2009 10:25AM

    The best part of this blog to me was that you decided to not try to overwork before an event....just like your comment that one high cal/high fat meal won't put the weight on...we know in our heads that an extra burst of working out and "being good" won't magicly transform us either...and most times what that does is set us up for the " I was so good I deserve..........................(f
ill in the blank) trap. You are soooooo smart!

I'm afraid that I couldn't have passed up on the dessert at the cheescake factory...the last time we weer in Denver we had lunch there and I don't remember what I ate for an entree but we did split a dessert....Big deal....that probably only decreased the damage from my half to a days worth of fat & sugar! emoticon

Thanks for sharing!

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KEAKMAN 6/2/2009 8:36AM

    You are being so sensible and thoughtful about your life! I love it!! You are right - suddenly changing up your plan (which is working so beautifully for you) is asking for trouble. Stick with what works. And finding healthy choices at the Cheescake Factory is sooo hard. Double gold stars to you for skipping their desserts! emoticon emoticon

You are a great motivation to me - always so calm and serene and right on task. No drama, no fanfare, you just plan yourwork and work your plan. Awesome!

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FITKAT2010 6/2/2009 6:59AM

    Being hypoglycemic and hating crashes, I can't have a bite of off-program food.

I'm jealous. LOL


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