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The Power of Intermittent Fasting BBC article

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Spotted this on the BBC website today:


While I would agree that fasting has its place, I can't accept that forcing your body into starvation mode by only eating 500-600 calories every other day, and stuffing your face with any old junk in between is a healthy way to diet.

But at least it does say this diet should be done under supervision, and that it would not be suitable for people with diabetes.

The programme - Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer - is on BBC2 Monday night at 9pm, if anyone is interested in further details.

Lex xxx

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STONECOT 8/6/2012 7:38PM

    I thought it was fascinating. I had known about the link between calorie restriction and longevity for a long time, but not why it worked. I thought it was something to do with food releasing oxidants. I would try it. I did the Cambridge diet for six months and that was 400 calories every day. I didn't suffer any ill effects at all. And i lost four stones, unfortunately it didnt teach me how to maintain it. This is sustainable. The stuff about 1200 calories a day is arbitrary anyway. One is not obliged to eat crap inbetween, just have a normal diet.

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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:13PM

    I scanned the article the other day. It didn't seem that bad to me. I didn't come away with the impression that on non fasting days you binge.

And if I remember correctly they found that cholesterol and other stuff improved.

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BOVEY63 8/6/2012 11:21AM

    I wouldn't want to do it. Sounds pretty unhealthy.

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 12:53AM

    I heard of a Spark member wanting to try this diet and it sounded dangerous to me. The 1200 calorie bottom limit is just what they feel is the minimum calories needed to meet your body's daily nutritional requirements. To regularly go below it may set yourself up for health problems down the road if your body gets starved for certain nutrients. I hope this is just another passing fad that gets exposed for the rubbish it is soon.
Thanks for sharing this Lexie!
Linda xxx

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CCHEF1 8/5/2012 1:39PM

    I do a bit of intermittent fasting and enjoy it and find it helpful, although I don't follow any of the popular plans. Thanks for posting this.

Love your beautiful blog.

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SHAWFAN 8/5/2012 11:02AM

    I wouldn't be able to do it, that's for sure.

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MEADSBAY 8/5/2012 10:31AM

    This is just one man's experience.
No-one is sure when 'starvation mode' (actually 'metabolism dropping mode') kicks in but probably after 2-3-4 days.
I have been researching and trying out several of the many different ways of doing IF and have found what works for me-
3 days a week of 16-18 hour fasts (wed, fri, sat -due to work schedule)
7 pm (dinnertime) to 11 to 1pm on just water and green tea.
I have learned SO much about hunger and am finding it fairly effortless.
I try to work out in a fasting state.
I eat healthy all the time and would never 'eat whatever I want' on fasting or feasting day- that seems just silly to me.
It's too soon to tell how it will affect my wt loss journey (just one part of my path to better health) as I interrupted my experiment for 2 separate long vacations but will keep you posted.

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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2012 10:06AM

    interesting ..........but not for me..I likes me grub too much!

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SENATOR9 8/5/2012 9:54AM

    I would be very carefull

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Halfway through our Olympic Challenge!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

So, time to check in and see how all my Spark Pals are doing with the Olympic Challenge so far.

How are you getting on? Racking up the medals I hope! :-)

Obiously, I had to take a bit of a break part-way in, thanks to the barium enema, but so far this is how my medal table looks:

27th: 1 Bronze and 1 Gold - Dancing
28th: 1 bronze - Dancing, 1 Gold - Boxing
29th: 1 Gold - Karate, 1 Gold - Aerobics
30th: NONE
31st: 1 gold and 1 silver - Aerobics
1st: 1 silver - Boxing, 1 silver - Aerobics
2nd: NONE
3rd: NONE
4th: 1 bronze - mixed disciplines
5th: 1 Bronze - Dance, 1 bronze - boxing, 1 bronze - Aerobics
6th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Boxing
7th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Yoga
8th: 1 Gold - Dancing,
9th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Karate, 1 Bronze - Aerobics
10th: 1 Bronze - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Silver - Yoga
11th: No ooomph day
12th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Bronze - Aerobics

Total so far: 5 golds, 3 silvers, 6 bronze

Now I just KNOW that some of you must have left me in the dust by now! :-) So, where am I on the leader table?

I felt well enough to exercise for 30 mins today without any ill effects, so I think I am more or less back to normal. :-)


And in the real Olympics, are we Brits doing an awesome job or what!!!!

THIRD in the medals table!!!

And SIX- count them - SIX gold medals on Super Saturday!

I am so in awe of these incredible people!

And, of course, our amazing commentators are doing a fantastic job, sitting in their commentary boxes, observing and reporting with complete impartiality, no matter what - even when , for instance, we have a totally unexpected win in the Men's 10,000 metres...


Tickled me mightily, I can tell you! *grin*

We are always hearing the the Olympics are for everyone, and indeed, this was the idea behind the Opening Ceremony.

In this spirit, a group of Old Age Pensioners at a sheltered housing facility decidfed to prove that ... in style...

The Jessop House Games:


Inspired to turn the kiddie's paddling pool into an aquatic centre now? LOLOL

Today, I have the women's marathon on in the background at the moment, and delighted to see that it has stopped raining at last! Poor things were getting well drenched earlier. However, what I'm most looking forward today is watching Andy Murray in the tennis! He is Going for Gold in both the Men's Singles and the Mixed Doubles!!!

I have about everything it is possible to cross crossed for him, and for his doubles partner - Laura Robson.

So, enjoy your day! And see how many medals you can earn before the end of our challenge. :-)

Lex xxx
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P.S, I use the 'add link' button here at spark, but for some reason the links don't always work. If you can't get through, go to you tube and search 10000 metres commentators to see link one, and The Jessop House Games for link two.

P.P.S: Thanks guys for spotting the extra 's' in the links. I've taken them out and the links are working for me now. Hope the same for everyone else. I'll make sure I edit those out in future. Don't know why they are there, but Tara says it has something to do with website security. *shrugs*

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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:15PM

    I've been sick for a few days, so my medals aren't really going up. I'll try to make up as soon as I start getting better.

Well done you :)

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BOVEY63 8/6/2012 11:20AM

    Way to rack up those medals!!!

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 1:10AM

    LOVE,LOVE, LOVED that video of Jessop House Games!!! Too much!! those folks have an AWESOME sense of humour!!
I have a great big goose egg for today. Not a stitch of exercise what so ever. The only movement was dish washing a few times and back and forth from the couch to the snacks :P
Have a marvelous Monday!

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SENATOR9 8/5/2012 9:24AM

    Team GB is doing awesome We felt the same way in 2010 winter games in Vancouver emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2012 7:51AM

    Hi Lex
I had to go to YOU TUBE to view your links (I think it's because you have an "s" after http that it doesn't work.
But both were brill, loved Jessop House!

Team GB is doing an amazing job and I heard last night that it's the best we've done since 1908!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! About bloody time then..

This is going to be a year to remember; The Jubilee and Olympics!!

Hope you're feeling less sore today and a bit brighter....you certainly sound it emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 8/5/2012 7:47AM

    I've got five golds so far but feeling really lethargic today. Maybe later . . .

When I click on your links, the : disappears, it works ok if I edit it back to https:// in fact it works with or without the S in

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Back and recovering nicely. :-)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Well, it all went better than I'd hoped when I went for the barium enema yesterday. The thing I was most worried about was the potential side effects of the buscopan injection. So, as I'd figured out from various things I'd read that they were not always necessary, it was the first thing I asked about when I got in there.

I had two radiographers in the room, the lady leading the fun and games and her young male assistant. The lady said that if the injection was worrying me that badly (it was quietly freaking me out) then me not relaxing would affect the effectiveness of the injection anyway, and make it hard for her to do her job, so we could start without it and see how it went.

Well, as soon as she said that I relaxed, and they could tell I was feeling happier because I positively jumped onto the examination table. :-)

So, I won't go into gory details here. Don't want to put any sensitive souls off their dinner. LOL

I'll just say that it was a very interesting experience, with some weird sensations. There is no room for ladylike behaviour during this procedure, as things are a little out of your control. :-)

It often felt weird, and at times uncomfortable, but not really painful until the last few minutes when the woman finished the main examination, and the young man had to take four standard x-rays and pumped me full enough of air to make the pain like the cramps I've been suffering. But it was only a few minutes, and when he released the tubing, and deflated my spare tyre, most of the pain went.

I followed both their and Anne's advice (thankyou so much for all the support and advice Anne!) and drank plenty of fluid, but by the time I was home the pain was back with a vengeance. You get left with quite a bit of trapped air after the procedure, and this can cause a fair amount of discomfort, and I was getting a lot of pain.

Then it occurred to me that when they put the barium into me they had me rolling from side to side to coat the bowel effectively, so I thought that maybe rolling about on my bed would help the trapped air find the exit, so to speak.

So that's what I did! I went upstairs, laid on my bed, and rolled about, hearing the most extraordinary noises as the air started to shift.

Then I went to the toilet, and did the longest, loudest parp you ever heard! And all the pain just went! Magic!!! :-)

So remember this technique if you ever have a barium enema and am suffering from trapped air afterwards! Seriously, it works like a charm! In fact, I'm thinking about writing to the team at the hospital to thank them for being so nice to me, and to suggest they might like to add the advice based on my experience to their aftercare brochure. Who knows, it could help other people too.

So most of the barium has since been flushed out, and things seem to be almost back to normal in the input and output department.

In the last week I dropped from 12 stone 11 1/4 to 12 stone 7. But I do not recommend barium enemas as a weightloss tool! Too much hassle for too little reward! LOL

All in all, though, I seem to have got through this procedure with a lot less hassle than some people, and a lot of that I put down to being a sparker. SP has got me used to drinking copious amounts of water - vital for keeping hydrated during the laxative stage, and for flushing out the barium after the procedure is over.

Also, I had the good sense to keep strictly to the menu plan the hospital gave me, so I was effectively as clean as a whistle when I arrived at the hospital, making it easy for the radiographer to get her pretty photos of my innards without having to use the injection.

Anne's advice on eating as little as possible the day before the laxative so there was less to flush out also helped make the laxative day go smoother than it otherwise might have.

My girls being here to help and support me was a real boost to keeping me calm.

And last, but never least! All my spark friends who have been supporting this scared lady get through a very daunting few days!


So, I got up this morning, feeling absolutely great! Put on my exercise clothes, came downstairs, started to exercise, and discovered a few minutes in that, actually, I'm a wee bit wobbly still, so I cut it very short, and will make sure to rest over the weekend and then build back up to my usual amount. I just felt so much better that I thought I could get away with it. Nope!!! :-)

Abd what was the first thing I wanted to eat when I got home from the hospital?




Fish and Chips?

No, no, no and no...

What I fancied more than anything else I could think of...

A bowl of porage with some cooked apple on top!

It tasted so incredibly delicious, I can't tell you!!!

I followed that up a short while later with some plain crisps and dips, and had potato salad, salmon, cold meat and peas for my evening meal.

Very satisfying! Yum. :-)

So nice to be back on real food. :-)

I am having a plate of my pork chow mein tonight, on a bed of noodles, with loads and loads of veggies in it! I can hardly wait! :-)

Enjoy your weekend! I certainly plan to! :-)
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/9/2012 4:06PM

    I'm glad it went okay for you!

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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:26PM

    Great to hear you have got through the experience relatively unscathed :)))

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_LINDA 8/5/2012 1:32AM

    So glad this ordeal is over for you and that it wasn't as bad as anticipated -nice lady radiographer bypassing the injection part, got to really like that!
Way to get back on track so quickly!
Have a Super Sunday!!
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 8/4/2012 8:11PM

    So glad it went well for you and that you were given such good advice. As always you put such a comical spin on it!
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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2012 7:53PM

    So happy to hear the procedure went well and you are OK. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/4/2012 4:27PM

    I'm so glad it all went well for you!

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NJMATTICE 8/4/2012 2:11PM

    I have never heard of the expression, "parp", but I like it. (and I knew what you were talking about. It is an otomatopoeia!) Congratulations on discovering a new way to eliminate pain! And thanks for sharing your experience. Here's to a good report.

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2012 1:14PM

    Glad you're through your ordeal Lex and still with your sense of humour intact.
Have a good rest this weekend, your bod's been through quite a bit (understatement of the century LOL). emoticon emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/4/2012 11:18AM

    Glad you got through the procedure with no difficulty, and that you were able to release the pain afterward. Take your time getting back into normal activity. Give yourself a day or two. There's no harm in that. emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 8/4/2012 11:15AM

    I ADORE the kitty pic! My large cat has been trying to drag me to the kitchen all afternoon, but he got discouraged when I blew in his face.

So glad things went relatively well yesterday. Doubt it's anyone's idea of a fun occupation but you seem to have carried it off with verve, aplomb and something similar to music. emoticon

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How can I explain today delicately?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I'll do my best not to give too much information. :-)

Suffice to say the Turbo laxative has been doing its job very efficiently, and I was lucky enough not to suffer any bad side effects apart from real and genuine difficulty drinking the Picolax without immediately vomiting it back up.


It was bad enough at 8am, but even worse at 4pm.

But I talked sternly to my bod, and my tummy put on its big girl panties and sucked it up. So proud of my tum! :-)

I have done EXACTLY as I was told, eaten only what I was allowed, and rested as my bod copes with the laxative invasion. I drunk loads of water to make sure I didn't dehydrate, and that also helped.

Been plenty of toilet humour in this house today. The scrabble fairy produced some very apt words, and even the jelly was parping when forced to part from the bowl! LOL

But now, I'm a bit sore, VERY tired, and off to bed, even though it is early.

Awesome day for Team GB in the real Olympics, but no medals for me today, except in the Sitting Room to Bathroom Stair Stakes! ;-) Reckon I deserve a Gold for that!

Catch you tomorrow with any luck.

After the barium enema.

Thinking calm and relaxing thoughts and sending them to my bowel!!! :-)
Lex xxx
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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2012 9:33PM

    I so dislike the cleaning out procedure, drinks and all. Not the best way to flatten a belly emoticon. Congrats for hanging in there and getting it done.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/3/2012 1:51PM

    You're an absolute star! Hope today was not any worse than strictly necessary.

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BOVEY63 8/3/2012 12:39PM

    Hope you feel better today and that the results are good.
Love the pics and your humor!

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SENATOR9 8/3/2012 8:56AM

    Keep you sense of humour everything will go well

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-POOKIE- 8/3/2012 7:44AM

    Hope things go ok xx

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MRE1956 8/3/2012 6:54AM

    Bummer! Kudos to you for keeping a calm head and strong sense of humor - I don't know if I could have done it!

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SHAWFAN 8/2/2012 6:42PM

    Glad you've been able to keep your sense of humor through all of this. It will be over soon and you can get back to normal, whatever that is. emoticon
Thanks for the smiles. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2012 6:16PM

    Lex you've kept your sense of humour over this so far, more than I think I could so I take my hat off to you.

Good luck for the morning, hope you get some sound sleep..........it's almost over

Great pics especially the second one!
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GABY1948 8/2/2012 5:26PM

    Been there, Done that! Love the pictures and jokes! RELAX, it's almost over!

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KRISTA-GIRL 8/2/2012 5:02PM

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}}!!! Good girl to take it with humor. :-) My dh used to do the procedures for a living - the after is pretty funny, too!
Btw, looooove the pics, especially the last one.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/2/2012 4:59PM

    Sounds familiar. I had a scopy last month. All went well, no pun intended.

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CARLA-216 8/2/2012 4:18PM

    I feel for you! I have heard that the prep is worse than the procedure. I hope you get a good report after the BE tomorrow.


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White Food Day Gone Pretty Well

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I'm amazed, frankly, at how well today has gone. Apart from automatically reaching for a MacDonald's chip at one point, and stopping myself just in time, I've had no craving issues at all. Mind you, the smoked fish had a lot to do with that, as I do love it so, but don't have it often because it is usually a little tough to wrangle on our budget. However, as I'm going through my own personal Dante's Inferno tomorrow, and today is prep for that, I decided I deserved a treat to make the day more palatable. :-)

The Kedgeree was really delicious. I just mixed together 50g cooked white rice, 200g flaked smoked salmon fillet, and two hard boiled eggs chopped up. I ate half for breakfast and the other half as a teatime meal.

Note to self, however: boiled egg reheated in the microwave has the constitution of rubber!

My lunch was a whole 120g pack of smoked salmon slices on a bed of plain chinese noodles. Kind of supernoodles without the 'super'. :-)

I didn't really notice the lack of flavour with the noodles, because the salmon was so totally awesome! :-)

And tonight's supper is a chicken leg plain cooked in the slow cooker, accompanied by a couple of unbuttered new potatoes. Who knew new potatoes actually have a decent flavour without the addition of butter! :-)

Bry arrived about 3.30pm today, and after a bit of a chat and a catch-up, we went on a MacDonald's - Waitrose circuit. Tara is feeling the effects of my impending ickiness, and as a result has lost her appetite, so if she wants MacDonalds, she can have it, if it will help her get some food in her tum.

Then it was to Waitrose to pick out a Smoked Salmon and Samphire salad for Bry, who has more discerning taste. :-) I admit to picking up 1/2cm of samphire to taste, and dipped the teeniest of finger dips in the salad dressing to find out if it was something I'd enjoy once I feel better. It is! :-)

While at Waitrose, we had a funny, that both Bry and I are kicking ourselves that we didn't take a photo of.

We were walking past their book selection, when Bry stopped, pointed and said, "You have got to be kidding!"

You guys have all heard of the controversial book trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey etc, I'm sure.

Well, Waitrose has the three books on sale on the same shelf, and attached to the shelf was a sign saying...

Children's Novels Offer: 3 for 2!!!

Glory be!!!

Well, we found one of the assistants, and I pointed out the error, and he ran off to fix it before someone's sensibilities were shaken, leaving Bry and I in fits of laughter. Have to wonder if they know what's on that shelf! :-)

So, off to bed soon, after I catch up with my Scrabble Pals on Facebook.
Wellies, matches, nose pegs and air freshener is all poised for the morning! I went on the Royal College of Radiologists website to look at their interactive guide. The patient's account of the procedure was very interesting! LOL

For those who are curious, the account is available here:


Just hover over the picture and click on the patient, then click to read the text version.

Right, Scrabblers! Here I come!

Night night all! See you tomorrow, if I can sit at the computer for long enough. :-)

Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 8/2/2012 3:08PM

    Good job on the food!

That book store story is too funny!

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CARLA-216 8/2/2012 10:35AM

    Good luck!

As for new potatoes being tasty without butter - you are so right! New potatoes are the best!


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SENATOR9 8/2/2012 8:32AM

    Good luck my friend

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2012 2:57AM

    Love kedgeree but haven't had it for AGES. I laughed at your comment about new potatoes.

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_LINDA 8/2/2012 1:51AM

    I had to search all the names of those foods as I had never heard of them before -your kedgeeree sounds delicious! Don't know about the samphire -a marsh weed? Tried kelp once and didn't care for it.
I didn't think potatoes came unbuttered, who knew??
All the best with it Lexie. My tummy was awful today, was doing the 50 yard dash several times :P

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GABY1948 8/1/2012 8:27PM

    GREAT day...I LOVE the pics....ESP the kitty....EWWW emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/1/2012 7:59PM

    Good luck hun!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/1/2012 5:42PM

    Sounds like a good day

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