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Shades of the mad scientist....

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday 7 am...
I awoke feeling 'off it' this morning.....upset stomach, achey and generally feeling tired.
I think I know why.

I've been doing a little experiment on myself over the last three weeks.....that's where the shades of the mad scientist come in, I've always fancied myself as a wild haired experimenter!! LOL
For the past eight weeks since I climbed back on the Spark wagon with great gusto and managed to stay there I haven't had the irritable bowel like symptoms which have been plaguing me on and off for the last couple of years.
I've no idea why it clicked but suddenly it made sense to me that when I was eating good wholesome home cooked food my symptoms were so much better.
So three weeks ago I decided on a little experimentation.

I'd long suspected it might be what I was eating so on the Thursday I stayed within my calorie range but had processed readymeal type food as my main meal and again on the Friday.
Saturday dawned with an upset stomach, tiredness and aches.

From the Saturday I went back to my home cooked wholesome meals, veggies, fruit etc and then repeated the processed foods on the Thusday and Friday of the next consecutive two weeks and lo and behold on both Saturday mornings the symptoms were back.

I'd suspected it could be proccessed food for a while before I started to experiment and though I can't really prove anything and it might not be that it's certainly looking that way.
I can't pin it down to anything specific as I had different foods on all six days but all of them had a big long list of e-numbers and additives in them.

I don't have readymeal type things very often but they are handy if I'm in a rush or going out for the day.
Now I've decided my 'homemade' ready meals are the 'in' thing from now on and I'm going to plate a couple up every now and again and freeze them so I'm never tempted to buy readymeals again.

From today I'm back to my good nourishing home cooked recipes using fresh ingredients, I just wish I didn't feel 'off it'!

red onions from the local farm shop

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MARTHA-ANN 6/26/2010 12:54PM

    thanks everyone I hope it proves useful, I'm definitely not going through it again!! emoticon
I've also noticed I don't get indigestion as much when i eat home cooked food.

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SHELLB39 6/26/2010 9:19AM

    Thanks for so bravely exploring this topic. I believe it's important to keep this in the fore front of food choices. I have wondered for some time now, how all the additives/preservatives may be playing a part in the cancer rate that seems out of control in so many areas of the globe! So here's to fresh beet salad today with ingredients grown locally! Time to go chop chop!! emoticon

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KAT573 6/20/2010 9:33PM

    wowow have you looked at the additives in the readymades and found any in common? You ARE a scientist! but Mad? I don't think so! Smart is what comes to mind.
KUDOS on taking mindful considerations. Unfortunately for me, I have IBS no matter what.....and it is worst at certain times than others so I will ahve to figure out what clean foods may be causing irritations.

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NEELOJ 6/19/2010 4:11PM

    Sorry you are feeling a little off today! But doesn't it feel good to learn about the things that you have!!
You are so smart to experiment and find what is best for your body!!
Now "you GO girl"!!! LOL

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MARTHA-ANN 6/19/2010 4:05PM

    Thanks everyone, I'm back on the good wholesome food again and feeling much better. emoticon

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FISHKNEES 6/19/2010 12:13PM

    I learned that lesson for myself this year..I too suffer from food kills me and that is all ate for it is home cooked food for me...what else I figured nothing I make ever makes me feel off..I can eat everything I want now...I have also learned what portion size works best for each food item..I have become a cook..who would of thought it a year ago...Keep up the good rock!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAINLADY 6/19/2010 12:08PM

    Looks like you found the source of your IBS. Good for you. I think you are right on as I notice when I eat better I don't have the IBS either. However, I don't think I put it together until just now though. Since you have already proven this to be fact, I won't put myself through trying it out. I'm going to take your word for it and stay away from the ready made meals as much as possible. It sure makes sense and all-in-all you'll be eating much more healthy.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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CAROLYN0107 6/19/2010 10:48AM

    It looks like your experiment taught you a lot.

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PANSYLADY2 6/19/2010 10:07AM

    It's fascinating to see what foods our bodies react to. I learned long ago that mine does't like carbonated beverages of any kine! Am looking forward to any more of your "mad scientist" experiments. Really happy to hear you sharing about your success.

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DOLLBABE56 6/19/2010 9:59AM

    You know, I completely understand this. One of mine appears to be milk. I can drink/eat it occasionally, but if everyday it seems to build up in my system and the acid reflux sets in. At least I think it's milk.... I know that garlic and onions are culprits too. I do have acid reflux and non-acid reflux, so I am "supposed" to follow a certain diet.

That is a great idea of freezing a few meals. Good luck!!!

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Wet, windy & wonderful....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My DH and I walked part of the Wolds Way on Sunday.
We did around six miles even though it decided to bucket down with rain instead of the light showers we started off with.
We do walk and bird watch a lot when I think about it but it doesn't seem like hard work when you're doing something you enjoy. I'm slower than I used to be but persevere and manage quite well. I'm very good at walking uphill but not much kop at coming down them when I always end up sidling along like a crab...LOL it's to do with the joint I think, no pain going up but pain coming down.

I have an arthritic knee and ankle and recurring problems with piriformis syndrome, morton's foot and a ligament in the back of my knee...this is all in the same leg...LOL...but I find walking through the aches and pains pays off as by the next day I can usually feel the benefit. This week I didn't ache much at all when I set off, that came later back at home when I relaxed, but I slept well and next morning I was more or less ache free again and I'm convinced it does me good by giving me exercise and enjoyment.

High points along with the fresh air and exercise were many and varied:

Being enthralled by a hen harrier catching prey and carrying it back to the nest, hanging in the strong wind with a mouse dangling from her beak but sadly not long enough for me to focus with the camera.

The kyloes with their calves, trusting enough to come quite close to the fence but not quite close enough for you to touch sweet!

Standing on the brow of the dale with the wind in your hair, the carved oak waymarkers pointing the way and the green fields undulating in the background.

Turning a corner from a high hedged lane to see an oilseed rape field sporting a streak of beautiful red poppies across the middle.

Walking through the darkling wood listening to the raindrops pattering on the foliage above our heads.

OK it rained...a lot!! but the fresh air, the sights and sounds more than made up for it and we finished up in a beautiful country pub for tea.....simply delicious and through my wise choices all healthy and on my programme too!!
Was I good or what??

All in all a Wonderful day.

oak waymarkers on the brow of the dale

poppies streak across a field of oilseed rape

Kyloe and calves

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SPIRITSEEKER2 6/17/2010 1:32PM

    wonderful.. thank you

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DEBHAPPY2B 6/17/2010 10:53AM

    Wow, Martha-Ann, thanks for the beautiful pictures! It makes me want to come over and stroll in the rain with you...well, maybe just have that cup of tea, lol! Thanks for sharing with us!

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NEELOJ 6/15/2010 2:25PM

    What a beautiful walk we just took!!!
Thanks for the adventure!

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FISHKNEES 6/15/2010 11:49AM

    Looks beautiful...Thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AFM-SPARK 6/15/2010 11:19AM

    Sounds nice, good job on 6 miles!

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MAINLADY 6/15/2010 7:00AM

    Your walk with your DH sounded wonderful. I have the piriformis syndrome, too, so I know how painful it can be. I cant' wait for the day when I can actually go out walking again. I do need surgery and that will have to happen first.

The poppies are gorgeous. I would love to see a field of them. How beautiful.

I'm glad that you pushed through the pain and the rain and ended your walk with a nice cup of tea. You can proud of yourself.

Have a great day today.


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MARILYN1260 6/15/2010 5:02AM

    Martha-Ann, you really are an inspiration! It's so good that you didn't let the weather keep you from enjoying your day. The scenes you described sounded so much like those I read in the romance novels that take place in England.
Hugs, Marilyn

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a bit of what you fancy does you good.....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Many moons ago when I first join Sparkpeople I set out some Spark Small Goals.
One of them is to reward myself every time I lose ten pounds.
Nothing much, just a little incentive to keep me going.

Over time I've treated myself to...
A country music tape.
A whole fresh lobster which was so delicious I treated myself to one again on the next ten pound loss.
A pair of pretty summer flip-flops.
An inexpensive pink diamante butterfly brooch.
A small book of poetry by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
And...a nifty stainless steel gardening trowel.

Today I hit another ten pounds small goal and after much deliberation I've come home with a bottle of nail varnish in a pretty shade of pink called 'Raspberry Crush'.
I never paint my fingernails but I've always done my toenails, changing the colour every couple of weeks.
Now it's summer time and sandal weather I thought a nice new colour would set me off just fine.....not that I haven't already got a shelfful to choose from!!

I have psoriasis so can't choose things to pamper myself with like bubble bath, soaps etc. as I'm not able to use them so I usually have to rack my brain for something.

Tonight I've changed my toenail varnish colour a few days early and 'Raspberry Crushed' them so they should look pretty swish tomorrow when my friend and I go out for the day.....I just hope it doesn't rain and I can put my sandals on!

'Raspberry Crush' nail varnish

A bit of what you fancy does you good....

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SHELLB39 6/19/2010 12:13PM

    Thanks for your "pretty pink" reward message and congrats to you on your recent 10 lb. goal accomplishment! emoticon

Here's wishing you a sunny day to show them off! Cloudy here in Minnesota too!

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HAVALOVER 6/18/2010 11:17PM

    Love it, Martha-Ann! I bet it looks fabulous on you.
ps. I adore the word "fancy".. I should use it more often, just for the heck of it, hahaha... Oh, it's so British, even for a Panamanian!

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MARTHA-ANN 6/15/2010 3:52AM

    It was a lovely day out!
And I ended up with another reward as DH bought me a small lobster all to myself, it's good job I'm from a fishing family and I know how to cook them!! was yummy! I can't understand why he doesn't like them!

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AFM-SPARK 6/11/2010 4:53PM

    I hope the stately home was fun!

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DOLLBABE56 6/9/2010 7:36AM

    oooooo - I like the color! emoticon

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FISHKNEES 6/9/2010 4:22AM

    beutiful color for a beautiful will quit raining someday...I hope emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 6/9/2010 1:14AM

    Thanks everyone, I didn't get to wear my sandals, it poured down ALL day! emoticon

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NEELOJ 6/8/2010 10:03PM

    What a wonderful color!!! Congrats on the ten!!!!

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MAINLADY 6/8/2010 7:22AM

    Wishing you a sunshiny day to show off those Raspberry Crushed toes. Wonderful idea about small rewards for every ten pounds. I've yet to reach that first ten pounds but when I do it will definitely be a lobster!


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CAROLYN0107 6/7/2010 11:49PM

    Great idea and congratulations on losing another ten pounds!

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MARILYN1260 6/7/2010 10:22PM

    Martha-Ann, congratulations on reaching another goal. Hope the weather is wonderful for your day out. Take a picture of your pretty toe nail polish.
Hugs, Marilyn

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KAT573 6/7/2010 9:34PM

    Wowow one of the things I have trouble with is rewarding myself consistently and for specific achievements! You have some good ideas there. I will have to sit and think about what I want for mine; right now that lobster sounds darn good. LOL!

I think I am gonna have to sit down and work on this; it is my big weak point.
show off them toes, woman.

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DOLLBABE56 6/7/2010 7:02PM

    I like to paint my toenails also, and am not a fan of painting my fingernails. I like all of your rewards. I'm still working on my first 10 lbs. ugh.

I hope that the rain holds off for you so you can wear those sandals.

Have fun! emoticon

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arthritis, frizz & barbecue....

Saturday, June 05, 2010

It's been a good week.
I feel really well except for an arthritis flare-up in my knee and ankle which has knocked me off the exercise a little bit.
I've persevered through the pain and done what I can but I've missed my long walks.
I did find some chair exercises on the internet which I've been doing and found very good, I'll keep them in mind for when it has another flare.
It's much better now and I hope to get back to my regular walking next week.

I did potter in the garden a little bit but it's been so hot and humid that I didn't do much, the weatherman said it was supposedly hotter than Brazil and Europe!
I don't mind it when it's dry heat, it's the humidity I'm not keen on and it always affects my hair, foggy days do it too, and I end up looking like some wild haired mad woman!
It just won't lie down and frizzes out like candyfloss.
I've even put straightener serum on it but it makes little son calls them my 'stand up and be counted' days!
We have a sixtieth birthday barbecue party to attend tonight so I think the serum will be called on yet again!

Dietwise I'm doing good even if I say so myself.....LOL.....the experience of the nasty woman last week has really spurred me on, she's definitly my new weightloss tool and no I just have to be good at the barbecue!!
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GOLDFISHLIZ 6/7/2010 11:06AM

    Hi Martha -Ann! Just saw your blog - we have a lot in common - I'm from Yorkshire originally, now in Cumbria; I have arthritic knees, and my hair can frizz out for England!! Let's get to know each other!!
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NEELOJ 6/5/2010 5:34PM

    It amazes me how often your weather is just like it is here!
We are very hot and humid. I am just sitting inside this weekend. I can't take that humidity either!!
Barbecue sounds fun! Can be great if you just eat the right things. Of course I always want the wrong things!! LOL
Have a great time!!

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DOLLBABE56 6/5/2010 2:53PM

    I feel the same way about the humidity. It is so humid and hot here today in Alabama. Even with a breeze it is still unbearable - not to mention the hot flashes I have anyway. ugh.

Have fun at the barbeque. You will do fine. Everything in moderation! Now, I need to take my own advice. We can do this!

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FISHKNEES 6/5/2010 12:27PM

    You will be good at the BBQ...I totally understand the hair thing...lmao...I got the wild women look all summer long too...I embrace it...I am happy to have hair to complain about...I have lost it once in my life and that was enough to make me enjoy and love it even when it looks like Einstein or Don King!!! emoticon

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MARILYN1260 6/5/2010 10:22AM

    Enjoy the barbecue. A little bit of this and a little bit of that :)
Hugs, Marilyn

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a new weightloss tool.....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm not sure if the tool is anger or disgust but it works!!

On Saturday I had a thoroughly unpleasant experience which really upset me.

It was a beautifuI warm sunny day with lots of holidaymakers strolling through our little town.
I was walking down the street, minding my own business, when a woman of around my own age of sixtyone, maybe even a little older and DEFINITELY old enough to know better, whom I'd never seen in my life before directed a nasty and derogatory 'fat' remark at me which was very obviously intended for me to overhear.
I was shocked.
I didn't retaliate and carried on walking.

When I got home I realised how upset and mad I really was, mainly mad with myself for not retaliating.
I know why I didn't.
Because she was with two other people.
Another woman who was nodding, smiling and agreeing with her and a man who did have the good grace to look sheepish and tell them to shut up.....
I was out numbered.

Anyway, I alternated, on and off, all day between quiet seething and bouts of crying which is definitely not like me.
Everytime I thought about it I got upset, and I couldn't NOT think about it.
Who was she to spoil my day?
Who was she to knock my confidence?
Who was she to make me angry and upset?
Who DID she think she was?
I'm not a fighter and I don't use bad language but I could have quite happily knocked her straight into next week and the bad language inside my head would have shocked even me if I'd used it!!!
Consequently I didn't sleep very well.

But next morning, on a beautiful hot and sunny Sunday I enjoyed a walking and birdwatching day up in the dales miles away from any people with my DH.
It seemed to put things into much so that I decided that I'd use Saturdays horrible experience to MY advantage.

I got weighed and I'd lost another 1lb.
As I was altering the ticker on my Spark page I realised that having already lost seventy seven pounds I WAS an achiever and I wasn't going to let some mean spirited woman I didn't even know throw me off course.

So, if ever my resolve weakens.....
I'm going to use the experience to spur me on towards my goal.
I'm going to use a negative comment to make a positive outcome.
I'm going to reach my goal.

So Mrs. Horrible Woman whoever you are I'm turning you into a weightloss tool.
Your warped view of people has NOT succeeded in me falling off the wagon, to the contrary I'm up on it and staying here.
I'm not upset or mad anymore, I'm POSITIVE.
Your unkind, nasty, vindictive and unnecessary comments have spurred me on to a new high.
I'm glad now that I didn't retaliate and come down to your level and I suppose I should, albeit grudgingly, say thankyou to you as I feel as if I can reach the goal I've set myself and in a warped sort of way you're the catalyst for that.

On Saturday afternoon, just after it happened, I posted on a Spark board entitled 'What's on your mind?' that I was seething over some 'fat' remark made to me by a stranger.
Not long after I received a wonderful comment and mail from a kind and caring Sparker proving the contrast between people. This person helped me get things into perspective and showed me that most people are kind and caring, it's only the odd one who can turn a pleasant life into turmoil.

Spark helps us achieve in so many ways and so do its wonderful Sparkers, I'm so glad I found it and all of you.
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KAT573 6/5/2010 9:47PM

    OMG! I missed this! being out WEST! What is truly pathetic about it all is that this woman, having NO INKLING of the success and hard work you HAVE put into a positive lifestyle change, presumed to know what she did NOT. Anger, used proactively, is a very powerful tool and I commend you for doing that. If it had been me, I would have said something tho; I would have said "Thank you for acknowledging my presence, now, I would like you to acknowledge the fact that I have achieved a 77 lb weight loss as a consequence of working on a LIFESTYLE change, and you certainly could benefit from it, albeit from a different perspective but we are ALL in need of improvement and I wish you well on YOURS!"

NOW I AM MAD! lol! you don't want to get this kitty kat mad. I am glad you had someone who helped you put this into perspective. And I know that you would have even if not, but better to move on asap! so I am happy for you to have had this.

I love you and cherish you and your attitude is a gift to the world. NEVER give UP!

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MARTHA-ANN 6/5/2010 9:49AM

    thankyou Carolyn emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 6/5/2010 2:36AM

    Congratulations on your 77 pound loss!!!!!!
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MARTHA-ANN 5/26/2010 4:43AM

    Thankyou so much everyone, I really appreciated your friendship and concern emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/25/2010 8:15PM

    Good For You!!!

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FISHKNEES 5/25/2010 8:09PM

    Use it to help you be stronger...mean people suck..people say things out loud so u can hear it...does it make her feel better about herself...doubt it..You did the right thing by just walking away,,,I know that is hard to do..but you did it already...stay strong..let the comments are beautiful emoticon

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LISALIVING1980 5/25/2010 8:01PM

    This has got to be one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. I can't stand when people have the nerve to judge others!! It drives me crazy! Who does that woman think she is!?! I am so glad to hear that you didn't let her mean spirit affect you or your journey! She doesn't know anything about you......she has some nerve!!!! You have come too far to let someone like determine if you continue on or not. You should be very proud of yourself and how you handled that situation...I don't think she would have gotten the same reaction from me! Good JOB!! :) and you look great!!!! I wish you continued success with the rest of your journey!!!


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NEELOJ 5/25/2010 7:03PM

    Good for You!! You can be better then ever.
Don't worry, people like that will get what is coming to them. Life has a way of balancing things out.

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    Good for you Martha Ann !! A lot of people who say mean things are very unhappy people to begin with !!They have issues and you were right to ignore it!Its too bad that people like this are out there!!You are on the right track keep up the Great work we love you and the nastys do NOT COUNT!!XOXOGinger emoticon

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QUIETCUPOFTEA 5/25/2010 2:35PM

    i am so inspired by you! there are so many mean people in the world, it would be easy to get derailed by them. but, like you, i log onto SP to get the support and kind words that i need to hear. that Horrible Woman may be thin on the outside, but inside her hatred weighs more than a ton, i'd wager! keep up the good work and i'll see you in "birds n blooms"! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 5/25/2010 9:58AM

    What a great attitude and response to the situation! Just remember, people that say things about other people are just dealing with their own insecurities.

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CANDY251 5/25/2010 9:10AM

    bleh... I can't believe people. I like to believe you should be the change you want to see in the world. This woman is the plague of this thought... she had no right to say anything like that to you. She is clearly immature - ugh... Have you heard the song "Pray For You" by "Jaron and The Long Road to Love" that's what I like to keep in mind with people like that ;)... I'm sorry that you had to go through that. You're a better person than I because I know I would've reacted in a stronger manner or maybe just gave a dirty look. By getting upset your letting her win, and you're better than that. grr... this makes me upset and I wasn't even there. Blah... I'm just so sorry you had to deal with someone like that!

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