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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Courtesy of ANGELA76H:

Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?

Nope *sigh*

Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 9:09AM are unique and one of a kind...just my kind of spark peep...for sure...for sure! emoticon

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    great answers.

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    Last thing I did, lugged wood to the wood stove. Miss my husband too.

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NORASPAT 2/6/2013 9:39PM

    I will do it but time is a wasting,. HUGS Thanks for the comment.

I agree why a BOBCAT, I fear them for sure. AND why no shoes, that is not a good idea in the winter. We are being told we will get a Nor'Easter, ---I wonder. HUGS PAT in Maine with no snow where we are. HUGS You are just the emoticon LIMEADE for the LIMEY, always loved the stuff. Pat

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HIPPICHICK1 2/6/2013 8:24PM

    "Wish list item?
"BobCat. "

I'm more of a cougar type of person...

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Reply to HIPPICHICK1 that got too long, and so wound up as a blog.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I have a Fit for Life cookbook that I liked - that was pretty much my whole reason for knowing about the Diamonds. They ate the kind of food that I like (pretty basic, and not in down-to-the-gram measured amounts) and, other than breathing techniques, didn't invoke huge amounts of radical exercise.

That being said, my feeling was (and is) that a way of eating can hardly be deemed "best" if humans haven't evolved in a way that takes advantage of that method. Early humans were lucky to have enough to eat at all - at any point on the globe - year round, let alone evolve a digestive system that works optimally when certain food groups are eaten only under certain circumstances. Humans - like all other creatures - ate what and when they could and it seems contradictory to common sense to assert that only some combinations of food are optimal. It's only in the last 40 or 50 years, surrounded by plenty, that we've had the luxury of choosing what and when to eat, and see where that's got us - a US obesity rate of what, 30+%?

If I had to pick a New York Times best selling diet book, it would probably be one based on ancestral eating patterns, on the theory that indigenous peoples evolved an optimal eating and digestive style that reflected their surroundings; e.g., Norwegians would thrive on fish, but people from central Africa probably wouldn't digest it well at all (as the Norwegians wouldn't digest a diet heavy in fruit terribly well.) Still, we move around so much today that "indigenous" barely applies to anyone anymore.

If I look to my own ancestors (who are, as nearly as I can tell, on one side purely Highland Scots and on the other French or German, depending upon who had the Alsace at the time) and see what they were likely to eat, then eat that way, I feel better - and my weight normalizes more readily - then when I eat, say, watermelon or avocados in January.

I dunno, I think we overanalyze these things. I think we all have an innate sense of what is right for us to eat - or do - at a given point in the year, but we let our desires drown that small voice out. My body wants me to eat meat in the autumn and winter, but for years I wouldn't do it - I was a vegetarian, dammit. In early spring, I'd drive home from the grocery snatching handfuls of salad directly from the bag but never put that together with my distinct non-desire for a salad in December.

Our bodies know what we need, and when we need it - all we have to do is be willing to listen and not override with fickle desire. The Siren song of "food" made in laboratories can't possibly be good for us, or it would already exist in nature. (Yes, I know that there are things in nature that are toxic, and you know well enough not to eat them. Stop playing that game.) There are lots of things that might appeal to us, from Velveeta to crack, but if you listen closely, your own body will tell you what to go to and what to avoid (like Velveeta and crack - both are probably to be avoided.) Just because it doesn't kill us, doesn't mean it makes us healthier or stronger - most grown-ups can survive a rattle-snake bite, but they're no stronger for it.

I guess my long-winded point is simply that if a given Diet insists that you can only eat one item from column A with one item from column C at the same time, and column B can only be eaten before 11:00 a.m. EST, then it's probably a construct for commercial reasons rather than health reasons.

I'm just sayin'.

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 9:06AM

    The problem is that the 'big foodies' have us in a vice. They have learned in their little hidden test tube factories how to appeal to our taste buds in ways that are notoriously unfair to our brain wiring.

The sugar, fat, and salt that they slide into our diets should be illegal in much the same way that drugs are outlawed. Sometimes I really think that the big foodies, the AMA, and the FDA all sit in big fat swanky boardrooms plotting their money making scams to get us sick(FAKE food glop), then charge us out the kazoo for being sick and pump us full of drugs (sicker still), but great money making profits...shove us in long term care (prolong the sickness as long as humanly possible) big money there too from the family's pocket now that they have drained the patient's pockets..and then there is the funeral industry for their final payout. The things they tried to push on us for a swanky funeral for my little mother who died at 93. WHO the heck did she have left to even INVITE to her funeral at that point in time.

It's shameless capitalism all dressed up in it's best 'emperors new clothing'...I don't fall for it...I just WON'T fall for it.

I try to eat close to the land. And I even worry about that now with all the GM seeds out there. The only way to really be healthy is to grow your own.

Do I sound betcha! emoticon

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    I read the book also about the ancestral eating patterns. I do think the gene pool is diluted for most Americans. For me it came down to thinking that I am an individual science experiment; that I have biochemical individuality; that I need to listen to my body and decide for myself what works best with that. Then I realized that I had adjust for life circumstances, in my case, the ageing process!

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    Very interesting blog. I'm not sure if I have a Fit For Life Cookbook. I have so many. I tend to also think we should eat more whole foods and less processed. The longer the ingredients the more I worry.

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PEPPYPATTI 2/6/2013 7:14PM

    What an awesome blog! I so agree with you that if only we would listen to our own bodies, we would know what we need!
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BETHGILLIGAN 2/6/2013 8:14AM

    This is a thought provoking blog with many ideas and statements that resonate with me. I think getting too focused on food intake is not a good idea, either. What you say makes a lot of sense but I, too, wonder if my gene pool isn't extremely "watered" down which makes it difficult to follow that as a rule. I'm starting to lean more to a moderation diet (I still HAVE to track as portion control is my downfall!!). Trying to eat more natural and less processed foods. It's an ongoing learning process of what works and what doesn't. By the time I get it figured out I'll be dead anyway!!! LOL!!!!!

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_UMAMI_ 2/5/2013 10:40PM

    Wow, lots of food for thought.
And, for the most part, I agree.

I think everyone has to find what works for their bodies. Dang---you and Lisa Marie are doing well enough---why are we, the UNCLEAN, still struggling?!

, my Irish/German hodgepodge had a smoked salmon w/ pasta (oops, Italian) meal w/ salad (homemade cider vinaigrette) w/ a Rose (French) and took a walk (channeling Kafka).

I do like the idea of "what worked for my ancestors". Most of whom were NOT FAT.

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NORASPAT 2/5/2013 8:34PM

    T think of it this way. If we have teeth for tearing flesh, we are hunters.
Hunters hunt animals not vegetables so my fish chicken and steak my body knows how to process.
I was born and raised in England an island that had the cool wet climate for root vegetables.
We had potatoes carrots parsnips and cabbages. So that went with the Meat and made us our feasts. I have never bothered to look up sugar history I just know it was rationed in my youth and my mother traded any sugar rations for fabric so she could make me clothes.

DH and I still eat pretty much that way. We rarely used any spice or herb, we always grew and used ONIONS. Rather large amounts of onions.
Salt was my hang up living close to the sea-The North Sea. We had lots of fog so there was always salt in the air. I CRAVE SALT never sugar.

It all goes back to my roots and my roots never saw a TV commercial. I am so glad . happy we rarely watch it.
When someone on TV says try this it is good for you or easy to make or even made for you most people will buy it.
Children watch all the ads all the time and pester overworked Moms to buy Junk food. It is so much easier to say yes than no-----so the beat goes on.

With the small but healthy selections from my past I am certain I could eat well but alas self discipline disappears. I am having a really hard time with portion control right now in fact just writing about my food history has made me feel hungry and we just finished DINNER.
Got to go to make a CUPPA TEA!!! HUGS Pat emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 2/5/2013 8:22PM

    Great thoughts here! I've just been trying to get the majority of my food from local natural sources. Yes, I have occasional treats -- I'm not a fan of all-or-nothing thinking -- but I stay away from manufactured food most of the time. I've redeveloped a taste for simply-prepared food. I watch portion size, but I don't have a lot of complicated rules. It's working for me.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/5/2013 7:50PM

    You are wise. But as JaneDoe said, I do believe that many of us have "perverted" or have had perverted our natural sense of need and nutrition. I don't know if I can trust my body to know what it wants. My body is perfectly capable of convincing me that the hunter/gatherer within is crying out for Count Chocula or for Smurfberry Crunch.

So I tend to follow the dictates of reason, which I know can also be misleading.

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JANEDOE12345 2/5/2013 5:37PM

    It would be easier if our natural sense of what is right to eat were not perverted by our merchandising-minded culture. Especially with those who have weight issues -- how much of our natural taste is even left after being advertised at from childhood? Think of the studies (sorry, am not citing them) that show kids + TV = obesity. Then those obese kids turn into obese you and me, we who are of the TV generation.

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HIPPICHICK1 2/5/2013 5:25PM

    "...if a given Diet insists that you can only eat one item from column A with one item from column C at the same time, and column B can only be eaten before 11:00 a.m. EST, then it's probably a construct for commercial reasons rather than health reasons."
Yes! Absolutely. I agree.
The diet may actually "work" for some creating weight loss, but how sustainable is it?
I have been of the mind lately that hunter gatherer eating is the way to go, so I find it interesting that you talk about ancestry and eating in season. I agree with you there too. Are we too diluted now? I'm part English, Irish, Austrian, Ukrainian, Polish and French.
There are a billion schools of thought on eating, our evolution of how we eat, how we ate, what we should eat, why we shouldn't eat it...
I read a lot about food, take what I need or what works for me; what resonates with me and leave the rest.
Experimenting with food has helped me lose a big whack of fat. Let the experiments continue!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/5/2013 5:02PM

    And I agree.

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Oh dear...what have I gotten myself into?

Friday, February 01, 2013

I signed on for the 2013 Winter 5% Challenge without reading the small print...or any print, actually. I'm such a pushover for the New Shiny Thing, and this was certainly glinting seductively in the sun.

I think I can do this, though...let's see...5%...8 weeks....*fumbles for calculator*...a little better than nine pounds. Meh, okay - that sounds do-able. emoticon

I plan to concentrate on fitness this month anyway, so as long as they don't insist that I log anything else, we'll be okay. I generally don't weigh myself weekly - more like monthly - but I can do that, too.

I saw a few familiar faces around the "airport" - SHERYLDS (who invited me), FLORIDASUN, G.I.JANE - hope to see some more before this thing gets officially underway !

Here's to us! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 8:45AM

    I'm enjoying the 5% gives you something to be accountable for and if you are like me...I's GOT to be accountable...otherwise I run freely amongst the calories with unabated enthusiasm. What team are you on...I'm on the Cats team this go round...haven't seen you on our team. emoticon

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SILVERANGEL6 2/3/2013 6:59PM

    Ouch! But I'm sure you can do it, now you have made your mind up to do it....just remember to use the self love affirmations, to spur yourself on....

Love & Light

Sylvia XOXO

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AURORAMILLET 2/3/2013 1:13AM

    Take one step at a time...


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    'I'm on prednisone right now. My goal will be not to gain weight. LOL.

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BLESSEDBEING 2/1/2013 11:17PM

    Try it--it's all about finding what works for each person. Personally, I don't do boot camps or challenges; I babystepped my way to losing a third of myself (75# total). But if it inspires and motivates you, brilliant!

Wishing you joy and success!
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ACIMPEGGY 2/1/2013 11:00PM

    Sounds like a winner!


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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 2/1/2013 10:55PM

    Hi Scooter! What have you gotten yourself into...just the best SparkTeam out there! lol.

Regarding some of your questions, I suggest that you...
Go to the Winter 5% Challenge Team: General Discussion Forum and click on the topics...Just Joined the Team - READ THIS FIRST & Mandatory Reading-Updated with important changes...respectively.

It will give you a clear picture of what is involved in the challenge. You will be placed on an Individual Team soon. One of your team leaders will send a SparkMail directly to you with instructions. I remember it seemed a bit overwhelming when I joined the challenge for the first time in 2011, but I caught on quickly and had plenty of help from my team leaders & members. You will too!!

If you have any specific questions until then, you can ask me or go on the 5% Team page and ask your questions in the...Buzz Around the Airport-Discussion. Either way we'll make sure you get some answers.

emoticon The overall 5% Team & Individuals Teams are encouraging, motivating and very supportive. You'll make new friends and have gentle accountability. Good luck in moving towards your personal goals. It's gonna be a fun flight!!! See ya 5% lighter.

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/1/2013 8:42PM

    Don't know what the challenge is exactly but 9 pounds??? You've got this!!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/1/2013 7:21PM

    I will be at the airport too! It's fun. I am a cat; what about you?

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PEPPYPATTI 2/1/2013 7:00PM

    You will do just fine! I have signed up for it too-just hoping I am well enough to participate when it starts-lol!
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OLIVIANIGHT 2/1/2013 5:44PM

    Good luck, I'm sure you can do it : )

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Friday, February 01, 2013

You guys have *got* to try this!

The bands are four separate exercises - arrange in order from one end to the other (the ends are fixed, the rest are drag-and-drop.)


Okay, got your scores?

I shocked myself - got a 3. I did better than my children, including the professional photographer. I *am* good at something! emoticon

Now, how can I make money with this skill..... emoticon


Incidentally, as for all that blogging I did yesterday, I've decided to slay one dragon at a time. February will be devoted to fitness.

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FLORIDASUN 3/13/2013 8:42AM

    I'm a little miffed! emoticon Known by my friends as 'the Queen of all things Color" I only scored a 10! How can that be...I must have been in a hurry..hee..hee! emoticon

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    LO. Fitness it is.

I promise to try this when I can see straight.

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/1/2013 2:38PM

    Your site is causing me much frustration today! I got an email that you posted a blog about an I hate to cook team. Sounds right up my alley--however, it doesn't seem to be on here. Next, I can't get the link in this one to work. emoticon I have copy and pasted the link a number of times with no luck. Now, I'll never know if I was good at this or not.

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AURORAMILLET 2/1/2013 2:00PM

    Interesting, I will have to try it!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/1/2013 11:10AM


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Thursday, January 31, 2013

so I figure it's the best time to set some goals - better than a month with 31 days, anyway. Hey, baby steps.


So I wrote all of the below, then got an unexpected call from daughter #2, who took her car in to be looked at by a local mechanic. He's a father of three daughters himself, and she said that when he looked underneath her car, he just blanched and told her that she could have been killed, literally any moment, driving that car. Apparently the steering is so bad that it's a hairsbreadth away from locking in a right turn, sending her into the car next to her or over the cliff (and in Pittsburgh, there are plenty of cliffs.)

The thing is, she got the whole steering thing replaced a year ago, so this mechanic is going to have words with the place that did it, and with any luck she can work out a way to get the other things fixed on some sort of payment plan. I wish I could help her, but she makes more than I do, by quite a bit.


In light of the above shakeup, I'm considering just swearing that in February, I will be A Proper Grown-Up and set a Good Example for the Children.

written earlier:

I'm not even going to promise to log everything, because I know I won't do it. I won't log food - I've sworn too many times to do that, and it never happens. I'll try (and don't get on me about the Yoda thing) to check off the water and freggies, but I don't promise.

I *will* promise to do some sort of fitness thing every day, even if some days it's just the One Minute Yoga. And I *will* promise to log the fitness - I'm interested to see how much I actually do and don't do. I worked so many jobs where fitness was just sort of a side effect of daily life, like when I had the landscaping company, that it's difficult for me to make exercise a daily priority, but now that circumstances have changed, I see that I need to do this.

As a corollary to the above, I promise to wear the FitBit every day and remember to download its info. I also promise not to throw another one into the washing machine, still attached to the bra it was clipped onto - that was getting expensive.

I also promise to cut back the glasses of wine from 3-4 to 1-2 (no, it's not an every day thing.) No problem there - just need to pay more attention. That goes hand in hand with the next one:

I promise to do the dishes after every meal. (Thank goodness that doesn't start til tomorrow .) That might seem like I'm being an awful slob now, but if you live alone and hate to cook, you really don't generate that many dishes, so they're easy to ignore..

I also promise to be sure I'm getting a sufficient amount of protein.

That's enough for now. February isn't a great time to swear to eat more vegetables or fruits, since I'm pretty much devoted to local produce and right now there isn't any. I'll promise that in another couple months.

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MYOWNHERO 2/5/2013 5:50PM

    Wow...what a month!

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    That is so scary about your daughter and the steering wheel. I'm glad she had it looked at.

I loved you goals! So uniquely you.

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/1/2013 1:50PM

    Geez, Louise!! That's quite a list there!!! I think you've about covered the bases!! Do what you really care about and forget the rest. (I don't care if you don't do your dishes. You live alone, it's OK!!)

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HIPPICHICK1 2/1/2013 1:47PM

    Great goals list!
I know what you mean about having a job where fitness was part of it. I taught dance for 7 years and could easily burn up to 600 calories on those days. Now that I have to WORK at it....
It ain't that easy.

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FLORIDASUN 2/1/2013 9:35AM

    Hey...those goals are pretty admirable! At least you don't lie in public! Smirk...I have many sparkling friends that are just too...well...perfect!

I'd like to shadow them for a week or two and make sure they REALLY eat only nutritionally balanced meals with each and every lettuce leaf properly calculated into the tracker. Come on Lucy! No one is that perfect every single day of the spark week!

But...on the other hand...maybe that is why they have a ga-zillion spark points at the top of their page and I have a measly...what is it...20,000 something after almost FOUR spark years!

Some days I'm reduced to grabbing a 3 point booster on the recipe page...and DON'T get me started on those that take the 3 points without even rating the recipe..there should be some spark zapper that flys out of the keyboard for those who rant without rate.

I'm going to my Slow Cooker RIGHT now to make my Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken for tonight...ohhhh those 3 extra points are going to feel SO good tomorrow!

Seriously I love my it to the moon and back. It really inspires the booty to keep moving! AND...I don't have to log goes into the tracker automatically!

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KASEYCOFF 2/1/2013 2:34AM

    I hear you about the dishes: I used to frown at my mother-in-law's habit of rinsing them, putting them in the dish-drainer, then re-using them, without soap and hot water in between. She lived alone, and only washed dishes "properly" if people came around for a meal. Now, with the kids grown and gone and just the two of us rattling around here - I can sorta see that the ol' lady made sense. Far better things to do than a few dishes. Besides, why waste the soap / hot water until there's a basinful?

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_UMAMI_ 2/1/2013 1:14AM

That's what I would rec to you in your part or the world, at this time of year.
Also, I have no idea if this is legit, but we've had many, many grey days for weeks, and, even when it wasn't grey out, I'm kind of a skin cancer poster matron, so I started taking Vitamin D, and I realized that today, despite stress, lack of sleep, the usual, I felt pretty damn good! I'm NOT a supplements advocate, but I think I may try to keep taking the anti-depressant med supplements: Vit D, FIsh oil, B vitamins, etc.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/31/2013 8:12PM

    Don't forget to make your bed.

(Just kidding! Whatever is important will rise to the top of the list and get done.)

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NORASPAT 1/31/2013 5:53PM

    I have sworn back to my Fitness for 28 days. I began with Spark in January but it took the entire month to work out what to do. I almost QUIT so February was my first success. I hope I can repeat the result.

I hope your Daughter is able to get that car fixed. I hope it was a dealerships garage and she has the paperwork too. It is good the new place will attempt to help.
Take care of yourself and eating more protein always works for me. I rarely feel hungry with protein.

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