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Autism Cares Foundation 5K!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I signed up for the Autism Cares Foundation 5K in my area. The race is in November! It has been so long since I ran one!

I just re-started my 5K training. It feels good to be outside jogging again! My boyfriend even came with me. It was really nice! I also started Zumba again with my neighbor. It is a great feeling to be in my workout clothes again!

My Fall semester starts tomorrow. I only have one class this semester. Hopefully it won't be too bad!

I decided to do this specific 5K race because I was invited by a friend. She is the mother of an autistic son. She never ran a 5K race before, but she has been training. Her husband and two sons will be doing the family walk! The team she made is "Super Nate" because he is such a great kid despite his problems. If anyone is interested in learning more about the Autism Cares Foundation or want to donate, please visit

I know there has been a lot of hype lately for the ALS foundation - which is great! Hopefully people don't push other foundations aside because of it. Every cause needs help in some way!

FINALLY I am excited about exercising again! I was waiting for some kind of motivation, and this race finally switched me back into full gear!

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WENDYANNE61 8/28/2014 2:52PM

    hope you have fun training for the race and get lots of fresh air while you are at it!

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KONRAD695 8/27/2014 10:25PM

    emoticon Happy you are up and moving. Glad you have a goal partner, it makes it so much more enjoyable. Nice picking a race with meaning, my favorite was a "Help Stomp Out M.S." emoticon

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DALID414 8/26/2014 5:55PM

    Great cause

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WALKINGCHICK 8/26/2014 3:56PM

    This sounds like a great thing to do! Enjoy the training and the event itself - and lots of luck (not that you will need it, as you will be so well prepared!).

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KIMPY225 8/26/2014 1:19PM

    I think this specific organization is from Pennsylvania who is trying to reach out to other areas. They do events in PA and in NJ. It looks like it was founded by parents of a child with Autism who lived in my home town!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/26/2014 12:51PM

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CRABADA 8/26/2014 11:53AM

    That's great! Isn't it so nice when that exercise excitement kicks back on? Keep us posted on how the training goes! :)


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-SHOREIDO- 8/26/2014 11:06AM

    Thanks for sharing! Is this going to be nation wide or different in each sate do you know?? emoticon

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Whole30 Program? - Feedback or comments please!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Some people have been trying to tell me to do this Whole30 program. It seems pretty similar to the Paleo lifestyle. Even a lot of the recipes I found online were taken from Paleo diet cookbooks.

I don't know if I could do it! Plus, it seems a little confusing too. It says to avoid legumes, but on their approved shopping list, it says you can have Green beans and snap peas?

No dairy at all.. I've cut dairy out for 6 months before, so I could do that again. However, my Doctor now recommends me to have Activia everyday to have the active cultures help with my bowel problems. One yogurt every week day does cut back on my stomach problems... so I don't see why I would want to cut that out again.

If I ever did try to do this program, I think I would have some problems with it! It has been almost 3 years since I cut out red meat from my diet, and I don't want to add it back now. The yogurt has been helping me out, so I don't know another way to have active cultures added to my diet unless I try expensive pills. I feel like I could cut out the rest of the restrictions though- no processed foods, no sweeteners, no alcohol, no grains, no beans, no dairy (besides yogurt). The grains would be hard for me because I have brown rice and wheat pasta about once a week.

I can see how some of the restrictions are really good. No sugar or processed foods sounds great! I just don't think I could cut exchange one serving of peanut butter with one serving of no sugar added bacon.

I Would love to hear some feedback about this program! Have you done it?

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KEEPITUP05 9/9/2014 9:44AM

    It's not for me because it's a little too restricted. Most of what we eat should be whole foods anyway. Staying way from processed foods and excessive sugar is a good plan for anyone. If I feel restricted then I get frustrated! So I stick with tracking calories(portion control), sugar, protein, drinking water, lots of fruits and's a plan I can live with, can't live on whole30. Just my 2 cents... emoticon

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KALEWINE 8/16/2014 10:56AM

    I think you have a system that is working for you. Why would you want to change that? If you want to cut out some things, such as sugar or processed foods, then go ahead and try cutting those things out. There's no need to try to follow this particular diet to the letter.

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DALID414 8/14/2014 9:36AM

    Too many restrictions for me

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KIMPY225 8/14/2014 8:47AM

    Thank you for all of the feedback! I really appreciate it. I feel like this specific cleansing may not be for me. I may try to increase my restrictions, but I don't think I could do all of these!

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WENDYANNE61 8/14/2014 8:05AM

    Some people here on Spark loved doing Whole30 and others didnt do well on it. I did a 10 day trial run (just before travelling to Kurdistan) and I had some good results:
a lot less bloating, I lost about 2 lbs which was nice, I didnt miss sweet things, I loved sweet potatoes instead of regular ones and I wasnt more hungry than normal. I also liked knowing that I was not eating any processed junk with additives and chemicals in them.
The negative side for me: I dont like eating so much meat, I missed having milk and sugar in my morning coffee, I need yogurt to make my gut feel right and I got bored with eggs.
Green beans and snap peas have underdeveloped beans and peas inside, so are Whole30 conform because you are mainly eating their "shells".
For me in the long term I will continue to cut down on sugar, will eat more protein and eat a lot less bread in the future.

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WALKINGCHICK 8/13/2014 3:55PM

    We don't have this programme in the UK, so I did some research and looked it up. It sounds like a detox diet for a month, and I'm interested in reading about it even more.
I do, however, endorse what some people have said above - if you have a system that works for you, then it is best to stick with it.
Whatever you choose to do - good luck!

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SILLY7734 8/13/2014 3:46PM

    Whole30 is paleo. I see you're thinking about many of the things you think would be hard or you couldn't do. Your concerns are valid. But, what if it's the pasta you're eating (or something else) that you're sensitive to, but not allergic, that's causing your stomach problems? The idea is it's only 30 days, and if it doesn't work for you, you don't have to do it beyond that. But, it could be 30 days that are worth the effort and may help you feel much better than you do now. And then you can slowly reintroduce foods to more easily determine what's causing your stomach upset.

I'll be doing Whole30 in September, so if you want more time to research, we could do it together! I'm waiting because I have a competition at the end of the month, and Whole30 does drain your energy for the first couple of weeks.

I think it helps a lot when you know what to expect. And yes, there will be some discomfort:

Like I said, if you want to do it together, I'm all in!


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LYNSEY723 8/13/2014 3:31PM

    I have thought about these types of programs but what I've decided is to just eat as clean as possible. To me this simply means eating things as they come from nature. Rice is not off limits, nor is dairy (I couldn't possibly give up cheese!!), and I'll have pasta occasionally, but make it whole wheat. Maybe just try for no added sugar/processed foods and see how that works for you!

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KIMPY225 8/13/2014 2:58PM

    Thanks for the help!
I kinda wanted to try it to see if I could have THAT much control over my food. At the same time, I feel like there are too many restrictions that may bother my stomach.

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JEREMY723 8/13/2014 12:03PM

Babcatgirl76 just finished it, reading her prior blogs might be helpful

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POOKASLUAGH 8/13/2014 11:43AM

    I tried this in May, but had to give it up after 9 days because I was rapidly gaining weight and I became very lethargic. Since then, I've discovered I have bad reactions to coconut, and I was eating a lot of coconut oil and coconut butter, so I plan to retry the program in September without the coconut!

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TATTER3 8/13/2014 11:11AM

    Ask your doctor for a consult to a nutritionist. there is no program that is worth a dime unless you can literally live with it the rest of your life.

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AURORADAWN5 8/13/2014 11:04AM

    Someone else I was following tried it, and didn't do very well sticking to it.
Bottom line, if there are a lot of things there that would be a problem for you, why go there? There are lots of other plans that can be effective.

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Time to start 5K training again!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Hi everyone! It has been so long since I wrote anything. Here is an update about what is going on! I miss everyone! I try to read some pages when I can, but I have been so busy :( It has been a happy busy at least.

-I have been in my new house for 70 days now! I still can't believe it! We painted every room and did a lot. We did so much that now we don't feel like doing anything else haha. Our "To Do" list is very long!
-My garden has tomatoes, peppers, snap peas, green beans, and cucumbers! I can't believe our seeds did so well! I have containers, a raised bed, and even used some of the front yard to plant! I am planning on having a bigger garden next year too!
-I have to start 5K training again! I am signing up for a race on Nov 8th! Brrrr! My friend has an autistic son, and the race is to support the cause! I haven't been doing much exercise besides walking with the dog twice a day, so I really need to step up my game!
-I have been trying different things in the crockpot the past few weeks! Stuffed peppers with brown rice, ground turkey, and diced tomatoes! Yum! I want to try lasagna this weekend!
-Work has been busy, and I am also taking summer courses. I have so much homework and quizzes during the shortened sessions! Ahh!
-I have been trying to Spark more often. It is tough because most of my time on the computer is spent at work or at home doing schoolwork!
-I love GRILLING on the charcoal grill! Chicken, homemade turkey or chicken burgers, corn - yum!

Life is good! I want to exercise more, but I need motivation. Once these two classes are over next week, I won't have homework/studying as an excuse anymore! I am not looking forward to less sunlight at night, but I am looking forward to the cooler weather! This 5K race will hopefully help bring me on the right track! I need to Keep Sparking!

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LYNSEY723 8/11/2014 12:38PM

    I'm so happy you are loving your new home!! You are doing great!

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WENDYANNE61 8/9/2014 5:49AM

    Wow, it sounds like you have been very busy in a good way the last few months! Glad your plants are coming on so well - gardening really helps me de-stress and feel in touch with nature. Have a good summer break and donīt worry too much about your to-do list - you will be able to tick off jobs slowly but surely over the next weeks. Have a lovely weekend! By the way, we missed you too!

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SERENE-BEAN 8/9/2014 3:06AM

    Great photos and energy!

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BOILHAM 8/8/2014 8:53AM

    New home, new garden and training for a 5K. Keeping busy. Have fun on the 5K!

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ROXYZMOM 8/8/2014 8:17AM

    You look so happy! Love your garden!
I think it is terrific that you are furthering your education!
Good for you!!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/7/2014 10:29PM

    You are doing great, how wonderful! Everybody deserves to be happy!


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DALID414 8/7/2014 9:36PM

    Happy busy is good.

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NYKIMMIE 8/7/2014 6:22PM

    I love all the fresh veggies this time of year. Good luck on your 5k. emoticon

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AURORADAWN5 8/7/2014 6:14PM

    Sometimes busy is good. Sounds like your garden is coming along really nicely. Hope you enjoy all that fresh food.

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    Sounds like you have been good busy :)

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Happy May SparkFriends! - I have some exciting news!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! I have been having a hard time updating my Sparkpage and doing the 5% challenge lately. First I had tax season (which is over!) I have had more free time away from work, but I have been filling it with other things.

A fortune I got the other month has helped me out recently: "Anything is possible with a willing heart". I try to stay positive the best I can even though it can be extremely tough sometimes. At times, it seems like I will never reach some of my goals, but I keep pushing forward! I keep working hard at what I do, and I keep being myself. I keep believing in myself and try to realize that I am the one that needs to keep believing in myself the most to have good things happen. I even need to be the one who is OK with the not-so-good things. Life is about perspective and attitude! I have been pretty happy even though my life isn't perfect. No one has a perfect life no matter what it looks like from the outside.

I am still having some stomach problems. I went to a specialist who put me on Cholestryamine. The Doctor thinks my body never fully adjusted to my missing gall bladder. It is normally used for lowering cholesterol, but it also can help with bile salt problems?? He wants me to use the powder mix twice a day, once 2 hours after breakfast and also 2 hours after dinner. I eat dinner at different times, and sometimes I don't have the chance to take the medication. I don't know how it will work out unless I get a more regular schedule after work. At least M-F I am at work, and I eat my breakfast the same time every day. The specialist also told me I SHOULD have dairy. The last Doctor I saw told me to stop having dairy. I stopped for at least 6 months, but now I am eating Activia every morning per the Doctor's orders.

I will probably still use almond milk and coconut milk as replacements for regular milk because I like both of them! I will still try not to eat too much cheese. Just because I can have it again doesn't mean I have to go on a binge!!

There is a lot more going on besides the Iffy health issues. My blood pressure is still great, I feel good, and life is GREAT. I do need to exercise more. I have been walking more, but I want to do more physical exercise like zumba again. Even though I thought I would have more time to myself after tax season, I have filled up that time already. Instead of doing tax season work, I am now doing New Home research and planning! Oh, and I have been trying to pack at my house and my boyfriend's place! I finally found a house to buy with my boyfriend, and we are planning on settlement at the end of May! I am excited, nervous, and a bit stressed about it! There is so much paperwork I have been getting, and I have to wait for some of it. The waiting part really gets me antsy sometimes! I am trying my best to be happy and not stressed, but I just want everything to go smoothly so we can settle this month!!!!!!!!

I am so excited about moving in to my own home, but everything is SO expensive. I just had my yearly review at work, and I got a raise which came at the perfect time. Every little bit will help! Also, I am going to take some accounting classes at the local community college. I haven't been in college since 2005, so it will be tough getting back into School Mode. I am nervous, but also glad I will be learning more which will help my job. My bosses want me to take the classes so I will be able to do more at my current job. They even offered to pay for the classes, so that makes it even better! It is such a nice feeling to know that my bosses really appreciate me and they are willing to invest in ME.

Once I move in and get everything semi-together, I can FINALLY start cooking all of my meals! There are so many recipes I want to try. I am excited about cooking, and I am also excited about having a bigger garden! We started some tomatoes, peppers, and basil seeds indoors. I want to create one or two raised beds at the new house! We also want to plant cucumbers, green beans, snap peas, and squash! I am so excited about being able to cook, and hopefully the plants grow well so I can cook what I am growing!

I still love this website, and hopefully I get the chance soon to visit all of your SparkPages. I really miss reading about everyone!

I haven't written down goals or myself in a long time, so I want to do it for the rest of the month:

May Goals:
-Go Kayaking at least once. I bought a deal online
-Get 1,200 fitness minutes
-Eat more fruits & veggies
-Try to remain as calm as I can/try to be less stressed
-Stay close to my goal weight
-Start tracking my food again
-Stay Positive the best I can
-Start 5K training again!
-Take time to RELAX and do things for me - Pet Fair this month!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/9/2014 9:34AM

    Congrats on the new digs! You wrote this a few months ago; has everything gotten settled in? How is life going?

Hope you have a great day!

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LYNSEY723 5/14/2014 5:38PM

    Congrats on the home!!! I am so happy for you! Keep on pushing... life gets crazy sometimes, but you can get back to living a healthier lifestyle!

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FVUSCMOM 5/13/2014 12:13AM

    Congratulations on buying a home!

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WENDYANNE61 5/9/2014 1:13AM

    All the best, Kim! To help relieve stress I often write a little list of my priorities for the day - it helps me focus on one thing at a time so I donīt flip my lid too often! Hoping the house works out well for you with very few blips! Love your pots of seedlings! emoticon

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DALID414 5/8/2014 9:43PM

    emoticon on the big decision of moving in with the boyfriend.

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    Great goals!
Hope you have fun kayaking!

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AURORADAWN5 5/8/2014 7:40PM

    Buying a new home is both exciting and scary. Hope everything goes perfectly and you love the new place. Gardening is great for getting fresh air an exercise and nothing tastes better than fresh produce, just minutes from the vine.

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BARB4HEALTH 5/8/2014 2:54PM

    emoticon Enjoy your new home and cooking!

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MPETERSON2311 5/8/2014 2:39PM

    Good luck with the house! My husband and I just went through that in Jan. It's stressful but very exciting!

I love your wallpaper!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/8/2014 2:04PM

    Congrats in all areas! This is so awesome and I'm so happy for you and your boyfriend! I've missed catching up with you so I'm glad you stopped by. Again Congratulations!!! Woohoo! emoticon emoticon

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BATCHICK 5/8/2014 1:34PM

    Thanks for the update, sounds like you're doing GREAT.

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MARYANNSQUEST 5/8/2014 12:18PM

    Congrats on your new home. I love all your goals. Your journey is really fantastic! I truly love the
'Anything is possible with a willing heart!
Maryann (aka roodles)

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PMRUNNER 5/8/2014 12:07PM

    Wow, a lot going on at once! Love the fortune, so true!

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/8/2014 10:38AM

    emoticon emoticon Lots going on in your life! Take care and do the best you can. You have great goals lined up for yourself!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 5/8/2014 10:00AM

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your new home!
That does sound like a hard schedule to follow - maybe putting an alarm on your phone would help?
Thanks for the update!!

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    WOOHOOO Kim !!! U GO KIDDO !!!!! CONGRATS on the house,,,, hopefully it will go "as smoothly as it can" being that something almost ALWAYS COMES UP !! The more one "stresses out" about it,,,, ,the joy of it, can be put aside a wee bit,, and of course that's NOT a help,, stressing never gets us any place. :) Just MORE AND MORE FREAKING OUT TIME ! UGHERS !!

Also CONGRATS in the job area. WHen I worked for the city ,, they ALSO paid for me to go back to college,, and they ALSO PAID FOR IT !! I had to agree to work for them for a certain amount of time,, which I did , than I found a MUCH better paying job ,at twice as mch,, and NOT all the STRESS that comes from when you work with a NASTY publlc who are coming in to PAY something they'd RATHER NOT ! And I also had worked in the welfare dept, for quite a few yrs,,, I HATED IT !!! (well at first it was FUN ! But, than we had clients who'd meet others RIGHT OUTSIDE the window,,, we could SEE this happen,,, they would SELL the food stamps we just GAVE THEM For 50 cents on a dollar so they could use the cash to buy booze, cigarettes and of COURSE DRUGS !! Sheehse that so RUINED IT For those who REALLY NEEDED IT !! it mostly the single ones who did this,,, not families,,,,I was ALL FOR Families,,, I STILL AM !


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There is still time to joing the Spring 5% challenge!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hi everyone. I am still super busy at work, but I wanted to post that there is still time to sign up for the Spring 5% challenge. I am really excited about this one! I will have more free time once tax season is over! Plus, I really need the motivation to get me on the fitness track again!

I hope everyone has a great week! Keep pushing towards your goals!

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KONRAD695 3/28/2014 10:53AM

    Hi Kimpy,

Glad to see you're still moving forward. My spring has been kind of busy too, but I'm pushing through it. Doing my own little spring challenge, sorry to say I will not be joining you on this one. Keep your head up, and keep going at it. Best wishes,

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STRONGERLEANER 3/24/2014 11:07PM

    Hoping you have lots of fun and success with your challenge!

Sometimes the group challenges give us the little spark we need!

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DALID414 3/24/2014 9:54PM

    I see people join and blog about these challenges, but I'm scared to join emoticon

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COASTAL6 3/24/2014 2:21PM

    Thank you!
You have a nice week too!

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GERIKRAGH 3/24/2014 11:48AM

    Thank u for the heads up.

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JENRAQTAY87 3/24/2014 9:54AM

    We need a real update soon! emoticon

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TRAVELGO 3/24/2014 9:44AM

  Love the challenges!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 3/24/2014 9:42AM

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I already joined. I love these challenges.

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