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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 4

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Food Blog for Saturday, October 23


(Small Tiger pumpkin was not consumed, only for the photo op, lol)
Eating Right - Multigrain Waffle
Agave Nectar, 0.5 tbsp
Pecans, 0.25 oz
Egg, fresh, 1 large
Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 3 serving
coffee creamer, International Delights, pumpkin spice, 1 tbsp
Pineapple, fresh, 1 slice, thin

Breakfast TOTAL: 356

Morning Snack:

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix - 1 small muffin

Morning Snack TOTAL: 188


Eating Right Chicken Chili with Beans (1c), 1 serving
Sour cream, light, 100 grams
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp

Lunch TOTALS: 446

Afternoon Snack:

snicker's mini - 1 serving

Affy Tapple (caramel apple w/nuts), 0.25 serving (hey, I split it, lol)

Apples, fresh, 1 cup, quartered or chopped (A Pink Lady apple, yum!)

Afternoon Snack TOTAL: 154


I felt like a hot wing salad, so I "faked" it with some veggie hot wings and romaine lettuce with low fat dressing. It was great!

Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1 cup, shredded
Lightlife Smart Wings (Buffalo) 4 wing serving, 1 serving
Salad Dressing, Caesar Yogurt, Reduced Fat, Eating Right 2 tbsp
Cheese, Mozarella, shredded low moisture part-skim

Dinner TOTAL: 222

Late Night Snack:

Ok...this is where it gets a little wonky...

So it was a Halloween kind of day for me and my daughter. We went trick or treating in our town at the businesses, and to my credit I only had 2 mini Snickers from her bag. I also frosted the pumpkin muffins I made for a party we're going to tomorrow and didn't devour one of them - OR the frosting.


Raw cookie dough, Raw Sugar cookie dough to be exact, is my cryptonite. My nemesis. I always tell myself I can handle it, and I never ever can. I am going to remember this and not attempt to bake them at home ever, ever again. Because I always have one (or two) raw...while baking them, and it's so not worth the calories.

Cookie Sugar Pillsbury 2 each Halloween, 1 serving

Ok. Weird, I know. The girls wanted mac & cheese and hot dogs (and to my credit I made a healthy salad and didn't partake in the cheesy goodness of the mac & cheese). BUT there was a hot dog left over and I was still a little hungry after my salad. I said I would just take one bite, but it turned into the whole dog. I usually honestly don't do this sort of thing. But my spidey sense is telling me that TOM is around the corner...

But...it could have been worse...

Hot Dog, beef, 1 frankfurter

Candy Chocolate Bar: Lindt, Extra Dark, 85% Cocoa, 2 squares

Yep...definitely TOM....

Late Night Snack TOTAL: 413


CALORIES: 1,778 (Range 1,300 - 1,650)
I'm over my range by a bit over 100, but for a Saturday - and with TOM around the corner, I'll take it.

CARBS: 159 (Goal 174-252) Guess I didn't have enough carbs...I never usually do.

FAT: 86 (Goal 34-60) Yep too much fat.

PROTEIN: 67 (Goal 60-136) Yeah!

It's 8:30 here and I am DONE eating for the night. No wine, no popcorn...just some nice, hot...

...Tea! Get your minds out of the gutter, lol.

And here's a picture of the beautiful frosted pumpkin muffins (they like to be called cupcakes once they're frosted, lol). I was able to refrain from eating even one!

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WOLFKITTY 11/2/2010 2:07PM

    You make me want to do a food picture blog. :)

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FARLEY_GIRL 11/1/2010 3:04PM

    you did pretty well even with all the goodies :) how did you manage to eat only 1/4 of the affy tapple??? those things are so good....i tell myself, it's good for me...i'm eating an apple :) lol!!!

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WCATAP 10/27/2010 12:03PM

    This was so creative!!!

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IHEARTK 10/25/2010 11:24AM

    It all looks so yummy! I can never take food pictures that look good. Congrats on your healthy choices and on earning the bonus challenge points for your blogs!

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AMBER281 10/25/2010 10:25AM

    Awesome job!

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TEMPEST272002 10/24/2010 7:27PM

    All things considered, you did pretty good. I know what you mean about the cookie dough.... aaargh, I don't bring that stuff into the house!

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ZURDTA- 10/24/2010 9:37AM

    Love extra dark chocolate - the darker the better! You can get 100% from Hotel Chocolat - it gives you a real buzz... I don;t have anything less than 70%, and then that tastes kinda sweet for me. However, I see you have a bit of sweet tooth!

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KITHKINCAID 10/24/2010 12:26AM

    Mmmm, cupcakes....drool.

I love the picture of the hot dog eating contest - hilarious! "It could have been worse" indeed :) Tee hee.

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FLYSOHIGH 10/23/2010 11:57PM

    it looks so varied! that's the best way to it, isn't t?

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/23/2010 10:55PM

    it all look so tasty

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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 3

Friday, October 22, 2010

Here's my food blog for Friday, October 22nd.


Healthy Spinach Egg Tortilla with Avocado
(a link to the recipe is below)

Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 2 servings
Coffee Mate Creamer - Pumpkin Spice, 0.5 tbsp
Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz)

Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 429


This is my go-to salad from the deli at work when I don't bring a lunch.

Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1.5 cup, shredded
Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.25 cup
Hearts of Palm, 0.25 cup
Spanish Olives w/pimento - 2 Olives,
Chicken Breast, no skin, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed


Afternoon Snack:

Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie (YES, I KNOW...BAD...VERY BAD...BUT OH SO GOOD)

Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb 1 Wedge)
Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels, small bag
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 1 container

Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 270


Bread, Healthy Life Double Fiber 100% Whole Wheat, 1 serving
Chile Lime Chicken Burger, Trader Joe's, 1 serving
Goat's Milk Dutch Cheese (1 slice), Trader Joe's, 1 serving
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 cup, pureed
Sushi - California Roll - 1 Piece, 2 serving



trader joe pumpkin ice cream 1/4 cup


Late Night Snack: Herbal Tea

AND I turned down a Dilly Bar! My DH is trying to fatten me up for the winter or something, lol.


CALORIES: 1668 (Goal: 1,300 - 1,650) - just a tad over, not too bad for a Fri. night
CARBS: 157 (Goal 174 - 252)
FAT 86 (Goal 34-60) I went over, but I find that happens on the FBD, it's healthy fat
PROTEIN: 86 (60-136)

And here's the view on my way home from work, the sky looked amazing!!! God is awesome!

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    ooh wow your food is mouth watering and that last picture kinda makes me teary eyed!

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KITHKINCAID 10/23/2010 12:36AM

    Oh my gosh - wasn't that sunset incredible? And then the moon came up behind it. So dang purty! :)

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KSGROTHE 10/23/2010 12:25AM

    Good job on the food blog! That last photo is emoticon!

You're doing great! Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LUCKY-13 10/22/2010 11:39PM

    Looks yummy! And WTG on passing up the Dilly bar!!! Good job!

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AMBER281 10/22/2010 11:31PM

    Looks good!

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LKEITHO 10/22/2010 10:32PM

    That salad looks great!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 10/22/2010 10:28PM

    A good food day for you, excellent bounce back from yesterday. And, you were given your reward in that amazing sky on your way home emoticon Sometimes he shows us things more clearly than others.

Comment edited on: 10/22/2010 10:29:15 PM

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 10:25PM

    Looks so good!!

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SHAKEUPTAMPA 10/22/2010 9:57PM

    Awesome day even with a little overage! I used to want to post photos all the time then got lazy LoL. Great blog! God Bless and best wishes on your journey!

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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 2

Friday, October 22, 2010

My food blog for Thursday, October 21


Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) (2)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes) (15)

(Official image from Leslie's website)

(How mine turned out, lol...with a side of applesauce)

Leslie's Pumpkin Pancakes (82) (for recipe click link below)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)
Mott's Healthy Harvest Applesauce, Granny Smith, 111 grams 50

Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 199


Turkey Chili:
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 fruit without skin and seeds 72
Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans, 0.5 cup 101
Pine Nuts, 0.25 tbsp 14
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp (20)

Tuna Wrap:
Mission , 8" Low Carb Soft Taco Size Tortilla (110)
Bumble Bee Sensations Tuna Medleys, Sundried Tomato & Basil (110)



Milk Dud Mini Fun Size (1 box) (53)

Grapes, 1 cup, seedless (60)

Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original (50)

Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 163


Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas:

Mission , 6.5" Low Carb Fajita Size Tortilla, 2 serving (160)
Turkey- Boar's Head Premium Low Sodium Turkey, 2 oz (60)
American Cheese, 1 slice (3/4 oz) (79)
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.35 fruit without skin and seeds (101)
Hot Pepper Sauce, 1 tsp ( 1)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)

Sauteed Green Beans:
Garlic Minced - 1 tsp (6)
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup (34)

One a Day Women's Multivitamin, 1 serving



I made this for me and Lucy, my 4 yr. old daughter, and she said it was emoticon

Graham Cracker, honey, 1 large rectangular piece (59)
Aldi Fit and Active Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz (35)
Whip Cream - (Lucerne Light (Aerosal) 2 Tbsp, (15)
Pineapple, fresh, 0.25 cup, diced (19)



CALORIES: 1,409 (range is 1,300 - 1,650)

CARBS: 155 (goal is 174-252)

FAT: 61 (goal is 34-60)

PROTEIN: 75 (Goal is 60-136)


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POSITIVE-FORCE 10/23/2010 3:06PM

    Milk duds!! YOU NAUGHTY BISCUIT!

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ZURDTA- 10/23/2010 4:48AM

    That picture of coffee just makes me want to brew up... everytime! lol.

Doing great! emoticon Lunch looks particularly tasty, I must say... yum!

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COLT2008 10/22/2010 9:08PM

    WOW! Good thing I just ate supper the pictures looked emoticon!! emoticon

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YATMAMA 10/22/2010 8:29PM


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AMBER281 10/22/2010 8:21PM

    Thats a good looking blog. Makes me hungry just looking at it. Good thing supper is almost ready.

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KSGROTHE 10/22/2010 4:45PM

    Good job on your blog! It's so detailed!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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    It all looks so dang yummy!!!!!111

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/22/2010 2:35PM

    Yummy! emoticon

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SMALLERMELORIE 10/22/2010 2:29PM

    yummo, the lunch look good.

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HEART4HOME 10/22/2010 1:41PM

    emoticon It looks yummy, especially the dessert. Way to go!

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Win Bonus: Food Blog Day 1

Thursday, October 21, 2010

So I've had a crazy busy week and I was so excited for the Win food blog challenge. I had a terrible eating day yesterday, and I thought this would be a chance to start again and document it in pictures. BUT then I read the challenge - you have to blog for 4 days of the week. Being that the challenge ends Saturday that means if I start today I will only have 3 days worth of blogs and won't get the points for my team.

SO...I am taking one for the team and actually putting down in a blog what I ate yesterday. I didn't take my own pictures, but Googled for images. While my food tracker is public sometimes when I have a bad day I hope no one clicked on my shared tracker. So - here it is in all its naked truth for the world to see. And I'm hoping that I will learn from this documentation!

I ate like crap yesterday, I knew it and wanted to stop it, but there it is. I brought a healthy lunch to the meeting, since I knew Giordano’s pizza was going to be served, but my boss insisted I get a piece, I said no about 3 times, and he felt bad since I was working so hard, so I was like “fine, I’ll take one small thin crust piece). And I ate it, although I was going to just throw it away. It was easier just to eat it. How sad is that? I did have my heathy tuna I brought…but still…then there was a whole stuffed cheese deep dish pizza left, and he wanted me to take the pizza home, but instead I shared it with co-workers BUT I did take 2 slices home for my hubby….well…I had ½ a slice for dinner. AND mac and cheese. Not a vegetable in sight. Not good.

So today is a new day, I’m dusting myself off and starting over. But here's what yesterday looked like....drum roll please....


Trader Joes Organic Cornflakes with Soy Milk Plain Light topped with Pecans

Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) with 1 mini moo cream

Breakfast TOTALS: 319 calories

So far so good!


starkist chunk light Tuna in water with Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil (reduced fat mayonnaise)

and Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original

Now it gets bad...(see note above)...

Cheese Pizza, 1 slice

Morning Snack:

Luna Bar, Lemon Zest, 1 serving 180

Morning Snack TOTALS: 180

Lunch TOTALS: 315

Still not too bad, I had only packed 1/2 a serving of tuna and the piece of pizza I took was thin slice just cheese. BUT mentally eating that cheese pizza wreaked havoc on me.

Afternoon Snacks:

Luna Bar Nutz Over Chocolate, 1 serving 180

(I packed 2 luna bars so that I wouldn't have too many snacks. Typically I would only have one a day....but I wanted to be prepared. Later I ate the other one...not really out of hunger, but out of anxiousness).

At the train station there's a Garrett's popcorn and I purchased a small bag for my DH. I seriously had no intention of eating it. But when I got home I had one piece and that led to another.

Garrett's Popcorn Caramel and Cheese Mix, 0.75 cup 170

Chocolate Chip Cookie, 0.5 box 116
(To my credit I only had 1/2 the bag.

Afternoon Snack TOTALS: 466

Really terrible, my snack totals equal the calories of a meal.


Giordano's Cheese stuffed Pizza - 1/2 slice (at least I cut it in half)

Milk, 1%, 1 cup

Velveeta Shells and Cheese, 0.5 serving

Dinner TOTALS: 565

Still not too bad. Had I stopped here and not done all the snacking, I would have been fine. Not the best choices, but still fine.

Late Night Snacks:

Blueberry Cream Pie Ice Cream (5. cup), 1 serving 170

Kathy's Popcorn (1 cup serving), 1 serving

Late Night Snack TOTALS: 251

Total Calories eaten: 2,097.

My daily goal is 1,300 - 1650.

The snacks did me in.

Here's a note I wrote to myself yesterday after I realized I was right at my calorie range. BUT I still kept eating...

"OK, enough snacking. Enough! Your meeting is over with, just relax now and don't use food to comfort your stress like a blanket! Eat a piece of fruit, would it kill you?"

My Spark Breakdown (I went OVER almost all of my goals, the only one I didn't was fiber, which I was under):

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FARLEY_GIRL 11/1/2010 3:18PM

    Yea, how can you get Garrett's Chicago mix and NOT have any? Mmmm...... 3/4 of cup was being really good :-)

Living and/or working in Chicago is tough w/ all the delicious fattening food around.... Giradano's, Garrett's, etc..etc.... :)

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POSITIVE-FORCE 10/23/2010 3:06PM

    Okay your food blog made me hungry!! lol

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/22/2010 10:48AM

    you made me hungry! hahaha

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SMALLERMELORIE 10/22/2010 8:45AM

    I love the Mayo with olive oil. I have a little trouble with the late night stuff. That is where my husbands fruit snacks get me.

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FLYSOHIGH 10/22/2010 12:45AM

    oh man, such a lovely blog! sorry to hear the snacks did you in, but boy, did blo was a pleasure to read!:-) such lovely photos and all!

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/21/2010 3:22PM

    Thanks everyone!! Hammlin I like it a lot, I don't think it tastes different from the regular mayo at all.

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LECIADB 10/21/2010 3:00PM

    It has half the fat of regular mayo and it tastes a little better than the light, I think.

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KSGROTHE 10/21/2010 2:56PM

    Well, you got it all out there. It was a braver move than I might've done. I am planning to get my food blogs done before Saturday so I don't have to record Saturday's eating so publicly. I tend to get a bit off track on the weekend.

I know how hard it is to refuse food when people are insisting. It's hard when you're trying to avoid eating what your husband is eating, too.

I'm sure you'll get right back on track. You've been doing so well during the challenge! emoticon

- Karen

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HAMMLIN 10/21/2010 2:31PM

    How does the Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil compare to standard mayo? Im a big big big mayo fan, its my weakness.

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WIN: Winter Activity Challenge

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Part of our WIN Challenge this week was to choose a winter activity that we normally wouldn't try and then create a plan to do it.

I initially wanted to try ice-skating, since I haven't done that since I was a kid. But while planning this I discovered that the ice skating rink doesn't open up until the week after our planned visit to MI. While I WILL still do that this winter, it may not be before the end of this WIN challenge season.

SO, my new winter activity is going to be to do a combined run/hike on the Kal-Haven trail. I would love to cross-country ski as well, but I'm not sure if it will snow by my planned date.

I've also decided that this winter I will definitely: ice skate, cross country ski and run in the snow. And go sledding again, that was fun last year and I'm down for it again!

We have another trip to MI planned in January, which is after the WIN season ends, but maybe I can make another trip in December. We'll see.

My plan is to:

1. Set a date when to do this activity - Saturday, November 20, 2010
2. Choose a location - Kal-Haven Trail, South Haven, Michigan. Kal-Haven Trail State Park is a 34-mile crushed limestone path connecting South Haven and Kalamazoo. The trail meanders through wooded areas, past farm lands and over rivers and streams. Trail highlights include a camelback bridge and covered bridge. Trails are great for cross-country skiing, hiking and biking.

3. Commit to the Plan - Our trip is already scheduled, and I'm going to ask my sister(s) to help me by going with me.

4. Train for the day - I plan to run 2-3 days a week, even through the winter season, when all I really want to do after the Hot Chocolate run is hibernate. But I will not give in!

Kal-Haven State Park


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SHERYLDS 10/22/2010 5:50AM

    cross country Sking sounds wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/21/2010 11:33PM

    Sound like you have some really fun fitness plans. I'm going to try snow-shoeing for the first time this winter. Can't wait to see my running trail covered in snow!

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SGTSUNNY 10/21/2010 4:06PM

    Great plan! You can do this! Wow I would not know what to do with snow!

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/21/2010 3:27PM

    Thanks everyone!! Karen I don't run on a treadmill, I am so not coordinated, but I do run on an indoor track at my gym. My work has a free gym with a treadmill in it though, so I should just get over my uncoordination and try to run on a treadmill, lol!!!

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KSGROTHE 10/21/2010 2:54PM

    It sounds like you have a great plan! Can you do some of your training runs indoors on a treadmill?

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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JMEPAYNE 10/21/2010 2:12PM

    oooh! LOVE this idea. and i've been wanting to take another trip to michigan so i'm totally going to check this out!

i am having the same problem with picking a winter activity. i keep thinking of things that require SNOW, but likely (HOPEFULLY!) there won't be enough snow for them in chicago when the challenge ends.

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