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Yo Mick (aka letter to self)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Here's a few things I need you to remember, and I don't trust that you will remember them when you need them most so I am reminding you here.

1) You are not nearly as bad in any way as you think you are, sometimes.

2) You don't need an overhaul; you need some tweaks

3) There are good reasons why people love, and some even adore you.

4) It's just a pile of food. Beyond nourishment and fuel, it doesn't mean anything.

5) Food doesn't mend, fix or change. It is just something you eat (or wish you hadn't.

6) Today is just as good a day as tomorrow

7) Yes, yes you can do it.

8) Sometimes, good enough is good enough.

9) Your world is filled with many friends and friendly faces

10) You don't have all the answers, nor do you need to.

11) It's ok to ask for help.

12) It's ok to do things your own way.

13)You are worth a little elbow grease. Keep going.

14) Love yourself as you love your friends.

15) follow your heart. get some rest, and stop eating.

whew. that about sums it up.

  
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MAVERICK59 6/12/2013 9:19PM

    Love it!

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KCLARK89 6/11/2013 10:38AM

    Awesome!! #14 reminded me of a quote I saw before that said, Would you speak to your friends the way you speak to yourself? Stop the self-criticism and start praising your accomplishments!

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SARAWALKS 6/11/2013 8:44AM

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/11/2013 7:33AM

    Great list!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/11/2013 2:26AM

    Aw I think we all need to tell ourselves these things sometimes.

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DOVESEYES 6/11/2013 1:46AM

    Thanks for sharing this 5 & 14 especially

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NORWOODGIRL 6/10/2013 11:31PM

    Yep. Just add me to the list who needs this letter directed here. Thanks for sharing it!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/10/2013 10:44PM

    Good for you! God Bless You on this Journey to Health!

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MICKEYH 6/10/2013 10:27PM

    Thank you for writing great letter for me. This is just what I needed. I will treasure this letter. *** Hugs*** and "much love" (^O^)/ Mickey. emoticon emoticon

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133ANDHOLDING 6/10/2013 10:06PM

    16) Love yourself inside and out

emoticon and you have covered almost all of the bases

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PINKBUNNY61 6/10/2013 10:05PM

    All true and very well said. We all need reminding

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DOODIE59 6/10/2013 10:03PM

    This is a FANTASTIC letter. I'm going to pretend you sent it to ME:) I think you've nailed it, Mary, and you deserve your best life. Just keep going ...
Take care
Deirdre

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And the Award Goes To....

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The tan ones with the thick waistband! Yes, you are the winner of "Underwear" most likely to stay up! Woo the crowd goes wild.

Who lives like this? ..... I do. I'm guessing I am not the only one. I might be among the few doling out award ceremonies to her underwear drawer at 6am, but hey that's me. I've always had a creative mind, sometimes working for good. : )

Truth be told, I am in the beginnings of some positive momentum which brought me to blog this a.m. I am "experimenting" with not eating meat, and I think I am feeling better. I also am "experimenting" with doing other healthier things, like eating more organic foods, taking a multivitamin, and meeting with a health coach. (appt next week).

Experimenting has a way of trying things out without putting too much pressure on myself when I veer off the chosen path. It gives me an out, which is sometimes all I need for an escape valve for letting off steam, or for me, the pain that comes with perfectionism. (which of course is not a reality, but only smoke and mirrors.)

It's been fun to be back to ramble and digress with all of you, but now it is off to whole foods. I will catch up with you all soon, and I hope you are well, happy and healthy!

  
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MUGGLE_MOM 6/10/2013 12:28PM

    Sounds like you are doing awesome! I am so happy for you. I can't wait to hear how your foray into meatlessness and healthy coaching goes. You are a very special lady and deserve to experiment with things until you feel AWESOME!!!

You Go Girl!!!!

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DOODIE59 6/9/2013 11:05AM

    That is a very mind clearing state of mind -- I like it! All sorts of doors will open for you, then ... the world's your oyster:)
And I do get a kick out of your sense of humour, hehheh.
Take those prize winning undies and tackle the world!
Hugs,
Deirdre

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ADIPOSEROSE 6/9/2013 10:12AM

    The saying "nobody's perfect" is truer than most of us let ourselves realize, Mick--but the main thing is, though we may take side-trips now and then, we still get back on track. I've been on the injured list for the past month (really bad fall, ended up--temporarily--with a cane), but I'm back at work and back in my gym clothes, and like you, I am coming up with a new plan of attack. Nothing works for everybody . . . we have to experiment with things we think will do it for us. Best of luck on your latest adventure, and thanks for caring enough to shake my tree now and again! ;-)
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 6/9/2013 6:55AM

    GIVE UP RED MEAT!!! You won't be sorry. Love your sense of humor, Pat

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BLITZEN40 6/9/2013 1:13AM

    I have to look for jeans that are most likely to stay up. They always fit perfectly when I put them on in the morning, but after an hour or two I better have a belt with me, wherever I'm at! Nice job with the healthy changes you are making!

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MICKEYH 6/8/2013 4:31PM

    Love the idea of your experimenting stuff. I shall follow your shadow. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/8/2013 4:20PM

    I'm with you on the perfectionism thing: it takes a certain twist of mind to leave "Polly Perfectionist" (as I call that part of my personality) on the curb. But when I do? I'm free to TRY things. Apparently you're a kindred spirit in that regard.

Here's to your latest experiment! Spark on. emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/8/2013 2:31PM

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NORWOODGIRL 6/8/2013 11:41AM

    We're all an experiment of one. I hope your current changes make you feel fantastic!

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SARAWALKS 6/8/2013 10:01AM

    Love your sunflowers! AND your imagination!
More protein AND more veggies works for me. But lately bad weather and seductive social events have been pulling me off track. Retirement is less than 2 months away! emoticon
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_KATHY 6/8/2013 9:34AM

    That is an excellent way to look at changes.. Experiments... That is truly how inventions and evolements come about I think. You are working hard at changing how well you take care of your own well being.
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DOVESEYES 6/8/2013 9:18AM

    For me it's high protein midrange fat and low carbs that gets the fat off. Hope you find your ideal plan.

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HEYITSLISA 6/8/2013 8:57AM

    emoticon I completely feel you. I have been "experimenting" with eating more protein. So far no change but I'll hang in there for a bit longer...

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POPROCKS2013 6/8/2013 7:59AM

  Nice job!

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It's OKAY to PUSH BACK

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Good girls play nice, but not everyone does. I know sometimes folks don't do it intentionally, but it does not make it right. Sometimes, you need to push back a bit. And you know what? It is OKAY to do that.

With recent promotion comes staffing changes with staff that used to belong to someone else. People are not always so quick to let those pieces go. I know it can be hard. I know it can be rough. I am sensitive to that, but seriously, have a little savoir faire. I should have been included in the conversation before the colleague disseminated a coverage schedule without my knowledge aforethought.

Per my boss, I handled it right on. The good news is said colleague and I both report to him. It's over, but in the meantime I stood up for myself. It felt good to do that. and oh yeah, I walked up the big hill this morning.

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GEMINIGEM6 5/29/2013 5:56PM

    Yay! I myself love a good confrontation. I mean that in the way that it brings about growth. Not the Jerry Springer kind. So proud of you!

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/22/2013 8:46AM

    Good job, Mar! I had a similar day yesterday and it felt pretty darn empowering.

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DOODIE59 5/17/2013 9:09AM

    TWO victories! Way to go:)
Deirdre

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/16/2013 3:31PM

    Good for you!
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NORWOODGIRL 5/16/2013 1:18PM

    Well done! I am proud of you.

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RAINBOWFALLS 5/16/2013 7:57AM

    We have a lot of changes going on here and they are not making people happy - best of luck

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DOVESEYES 5/15/2013 7:33PM

    You sound like a great boss,and go you for sticking up for your self!!!!

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MICKEYH 5/15/2013 4:58PM

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DMUERHOFF 5/15/2013 4:07PM

    Congratulations! Another step of doing what's good for you!

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TAYGRL 5/15/2013 11:43AM

    Been there done that! OH! And I especially liked the part about how you walked up a big hill!!!

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_KATHY 5/15/2013 10:18AM

    Good for you Mar! I'm getting the image of a kitten growing into a full grown mouser! :D

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MAVERICK59 5/15/2013 10:07AM

    Congratulations on standing up to instead of putting up with.
There are big changes on your horizon.
You go girl!

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Done with Losing Weight

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I want to be thinner. That has a much more active sound to it than I want to lose weight, which even just the sound of it seems depressing! I am hopeful that this little change in vocabulary will help me to feel something lighter and bouncier in my step.

What good thing happened to me today? I caught myself. Literally,..Right when I nearly toppled down the slate staircase, I caught myself and I was able to yank myself to a seated position and avoid taking a header face first down the flight of steps.

Man, that was a scary moment. There was likely some bruises or broken bones for me if I had taken that tumble. I got up (not without difficulty) and climbed up the few steps and went down the hall and took the elevator. I figured better to arrive a couple of minutes late for the meeting, then to not arrive at all. Oy!

I felt shaken up like I wanted to go cry somewhere for a moment (it did scare me), but I soldiered on and went to my meeting. Geez, louise. I need to become much steadier on my feet. IT'S a DRAG!!!!

So here I go in my quest to be thinner. Hope you are making positive changes and putting your own spin on things!


  
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BIGSKYCHERIE 5/20/2013 8:40PM

    So scary! I just read this today--a little late. I had a fall nearly 2 years ago that left me totally dependent. I sprained one knee, broke the other and messed up one shoulder. As a result, I couldn't drive for 14 months and couldn't walk more than 10 feet without help from my husband. It sent me into a downward spiral emotionally to the point where I was ready to go into a motorized wheelchair and just give up. But I guess we have to hit bottom before we can get well. After some introspection and a lot of support from my dear husband, I decided it was finally time to get serious about losing the weight. That was 102 lbs. ago--August 2011. There are still many ups and downs, but I'm now able to walk again (no cane or walker either!), and drive (my little Buick was too hard for me to get in and out of, so my dear husband bought me a new Kia Soul for Christmas last year) and I'm finally able to exercise. I started trying to do 5 minutes a day (many days I couldn't even do that), and now am up to 20 min. a day for sure and am adding a little bit at least once a week. These baby steps are paying off. I'm making healthy food choices most of the time and watching the portion sizes. I've added a lot of fruits and veggies that weren't part of my diet before. And I am LOVING the compliments and support from friends--especially those who haven't seen me for awhile. I had to lose about 75 lbs. before anybody could notice, but now I get compliments a lot. Still have a long way to go, but I won't give up--my Spark friends keep me motivated. That fall was a disaster, but in another way, it was the blessing that I needed to 'get real' with myself about getting healthy again. I'm glad you didn't fall. I hope you can continue the journey to being healthy without such a drastic turning point. Hang in there. Together we CAN do it!
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_KATHY 5/15/2013 10:28AM

    Wow! What a scare. We just have to be so careful and thoughtful doing any task it seems. I'm glad you were able to catch yourself. That in it's self says something about your increased mobility and agility. I also like the idea of becoming more active rather than wanting to lose weight.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/15/2013 4:56AM

    I like that thinking. I have reframed my weight loss. I am releasing weight, off it goes to frolick somewhere else not near me. And I am careful not to say I gained weight, it is not a positive thing! And I never regained it, if I put on some extra fat, it is NEW fat, not the old fat hanging around waiting to climb back aboard.
Funny, but somehow it makes a difference.

Good job on saving yourself from that fall, keep working on your balance and functional fitness and it won't nearly happen again.

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MAVERICK59 5/15/2013 12:08AM

    Mar,
I tripped and fell a few weeks back at work. I did not report the fall.
Hurt my hip, still has not healed, walking with a limp.
We have to take extra good care of ourselves in our quest to be thinner.
I am so happy your blog was not about bruises and broken bones.
Hugs,
Belinda

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DOODIE59 5/14/2013 10:57PM

    As someone below has said, "Sane eating is the key". I'm glad you avoided the fall -- doesn't bear thinking about. All we can do is take steps to improve our health in whatever way we can: eat a little more healthily, move a little more ... we'll feel better along the way.
Hugs,
Deirdre

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MICKEYH 5/14/2013 10:52PM

    Glad you didn't fall down. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 5/14/2013 10:43PM

    Your title certainly caught me off guard!

I like framing my goals using the most affirmative words possible. Perhaps you could even say "I will be thinner!". I believe you will be!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 5/14/2013 9:41PM

    Glad you caught yourself and didn't get hurt!! You can do it!!

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DOVESEYES 5/14/2013 7:59PM

    changing your thoughts is another step toward your goal...glad you weren't hurt. You rock!!!! :)

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OOLALA53 5/14/2013 5:57PM

    Plus, I know I weighed a bit more several years ago, but was exercising vigorously consistently, and I know I was smaller. That's my next step, to get back to that.

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OOLALA53 5/14/2013 5:56PM

    I gave up losing weight or even being thinner, but committed to consistent moderate, sane eating 40 months ago. I have specific guidelines, but even they offer me leeway. I want to feel vital most of the time, so do little overeating. Lost 20% of my weight! But sane eating is the core. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/14/2013 4:39PM

    I want to make healthy choices!

I'm glad you didn't fall ... But applaud that you were on the steps! Hope you can continue to walk, not ride, from one floor to the next!

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LWADE1963 5/14/2013 4:29PM

    Glad you are doing good now.

Sometimes just a change in wording helps you focus better. How bout I want to be healthier? Then, you will be thinner.

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SEATTLESIMS 5/14/2013 4:25PM

    EEk.. glad you caught yourself!
I like that positive spin on want to be thinner vs lose weight..
Also try "want to be more active" or just plain.. 'want to move more'.
Have a great day!!!

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LINDA! 5/14/2013 3:04PM

    I am so happy that you caught yourself. Less than 2 years ago I fell down a staircase causing many broken bones. The worst was a broken shoulder which led me to have a shoulder replacement. I will never be able to use that arm at full rotation.

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JTREMBATH 5/14/2013 3:00PM

    It is no fun falling down stairs been there and done that I was completely bruised down one side.

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Off the Menu

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Wendy, I am sorry, we are breaking up. You know the story, It is not you, it's me. Well, in this case, it really is you.

I was really hungry last night, so much so that I stopped for fast food, which long ago would have been a regular occurrence, but in the dawn of pink slime, not so much. So last night I stopped. I told myself I would only eat the "meat" and skip the buns. Nope, I inhaled everything, and I also did it while driving, so it was like I ate but have no recollection of it.

And then I felt sick.Blech. Bloated. Disgusting, headachy, and woke up at 3 this morning with a wicked leg/shin cramp. What the heck was that. I have not had severe muscle cramps in a while. Throw ina little msg, mix in some dehydration and who knows what pretending to be a food source and the next thing you know, it's I am not eating that again. So, Wendy it's over. It's not me. It's you. It's all you.

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 5/14/2013 6:04AM

    I hear ya! Once we have established healthy eating habits, our bodies get very confused/irritated when we go back to bad habits. Just further proof that our former habits were bad choices.

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/7/2013 2:39PM

    Sometimes it's hard to end a relationship, but it must be done if it is a toxic relationship. emoticon
Sorry that you felt bad after eating fast food, but it was useful in showing you that nothing good comes of eating that way!
Good for you for your wise decision!
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NICOLERZ 5/4/2013 6:46PM

    I got breakfast from Chic Fil A this morning. There was a survey to do for a free chicken sandwich on your next visit, so I did the survey. One of the questions was "How many times have you gotten fast food in the last 30 days, including this visit?" I had to think really hard. My answer was 2. We got subs from Firehouse about 2-3 weeks ago. Not sure if that counts as fast food or not, but I counted it. It's amazing how much we've changed.

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SANDY1969 5/3/2013 1:54PM

    I try and keep a fiber one bar with me for that trip home at night. I eat it when I get in the car with a bottle of water. Then when I get home it's done it's job and I am not hungry.

Not saying I've given up the fast food yet, but I do know I feel LOTS better when I don't eat it.

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_KATHY 5/3/2013 11:55AM

    Ahhhh the fast food blackout. I totally understand. I have water with me at all times but do fast food it on occasion. My choices are much better though. I think the only thing I like at Wendy's is the chili. Breaking up is hard to do...go ahead and sing it with me :)

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HEYITSLISA 5/3/2013 7:10AM

    I still eat fast food maybe once a week, and then it's usually Subway. Occasionally a McD's Happy Meal. Good for you for breaking up with Wendy's. That stuff is evil!

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MAVERICK59 5/3/2013 12:32AM

    Giving up fast food was not easy for me but I did it a few years back.
So I tried some fries a couple of weeks ago and they did not taste at all like my memory of them. What I tasted was salty, stale grease.
It is funny how our taste buds change when given good food to eat.
Yours will too, just give it a little more time.
Can you carry nuts or a protein bar in the glove box to grab during those difficult moments?
I am glad you are making this choice for yourself.
Hugs,
Belinda

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/2/2013 8:23PM

    With the exception of traveling, I do not 'choose' this option when I can help it. I agree, it's never a good option.

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CARRAND 5/2/2013 7:39PM

    Good for you! I've broken my fast food habit entirely and I don't miss it at all.

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DOVESEYES 5/2/2013 7:35PM

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MICKEYH 5/2/2013 6:31PM

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SWEETSUGAR7 5/2/2013 6:16PM

    I think you should break up Wendy and any other bad fast food place.
You want to eat something that hits the spot but not so much to where it makes your body cry out why? I would make small meals ahead of time and if your going to be out for awhile bring a on the go snack bag with water.
Train yourself to have water in your car. I know some people put the 24 pack case in the trunk for anytime.
I hope your feeling better.

Keep up the good work and don't let your setbacks get in the way.

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DOODIE59 5/2/2013 6:08PM

    I'm not sure you could convince me to give up Wendy's chili, but I hear you about fast food in general. Fast food chains are the last place we should be looking to for enriching meals. At least summer's coming, and you'll be able to find all kinds of great things to throw in your salads:)
deirdre

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AJB121299 5/2/2013 6:01PM

    nice

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