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Spreading awareness

Thursday, October 18, 2012

So my proposal to start a Health and wellness club was approved! I am having an informational/interest meeting on tues. My goal is to perhaps have monthly healthy potluck parties (with wii). I also want to walk before school one day a week and after school one day a week. I want the kids to have someone to exercise with, learn about making good food choices, stress mngmt, get better sleep, organizational skills, continue the no soda and other challenges, etc. The asst principal even suggested I try to get Michelle Obama to come as a speaker! Ill keep you updated! For my meeting tues i am having healthy snacks. I am thinking maybe make your own chicken wraps, fruit, veggies, popcorn, etc.

  
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CLPURNELL 10/22/2012 4:55AM

    Awesome Idea!!!

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LDRICHEL 10/21/2012 9:43PM

    That is so amazing!!! Your kids already love you...can't imagine how they will ever tear themselves away from you when you also help to literally save some of their lives!

I miss you.

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RASLALIQUE 10/20/2012 11:49PM

    What a great idea! I wish you wonderful success! It would be great if Michelle Obama could attend!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/20/2012 11:48AM

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/20/2012 8:02AM

    AWESOME!!!! Such a great idea!

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SPICEMWE 10/19/2012 9:24AM

    This is fantastic! You're really doing a great thing that will not only be beneficial to yourself, but many other people.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 10/18/2012 10:38PM

    That would be quite a coup if you got the First Lady to show up.

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DORAL33178 10/18/2012 9:04PM

    The positive impact of learning healthy habits at a young age is a great thing. Congrats to you for "spreading the spark" and good luck to you for getting your program up and running.

Daphne

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ON2VICTORY 10/18/2012 8:51PM

    Congrats....wishing you the very best and success! :)

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LASARRE 10/18/2012 8:29PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/18/2012 7:45PM

    That's awesome, congratulations!

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SCAREWALDORF 10/18/2012 5:34PM

    Way to go! Good for you!

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/18/2012 5:01PM

    Wow! Terrific!

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HDHAWK 10/18/2012 4:49PM

    What a great idea! Good for you!

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LYNSEY723 10/18/2012 4:45PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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FITBIZZZ 10/18/2012 4:42PM

    How awesome is that? You go girl.

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First Half Marathon

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Yesterday I did the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon. It was chilly in the morning, but ended up being perfect when I started running (i like running in tank tops versus long sleeves). I got there very early so I could park (the marathon started at 8. Half started at 9:45. I got there at 7). My mom and her boyfriend were there around 7:15, so we walked to watch the start of the marathon and then walked to the harbor where the half was starting. I was nervous considering that I ran once to twice during the month of August and September. Plus, the longest distance I have run was 8 miles. What's an extra 5, right?? lol. There were 13,000 people participating in the half marathon. It was awesome. I finished the first 10k in 1:20, which is only 3 minutes slower than my actual 10k record (which is weird because there were hills and I was trying to run slow). The second half of the race was kind of rough. Once I hit the 8 mile mark my legs were struggling to carry me. I walked when I needed to and tried jogging when I could. It was the most difficult finish I've had, but I still sprinted at the end. I passed a lady right at the end. I beat her time by fractions of a second:) That's my favorite part of races lol. Crushing dreams at the finish line lol. I finished in 3:11:27. My goal was 3:30, so I was happy with that. The winner did it in 1:11. THe slowest person was 4:53. Now I was kind of sad to see that I was in the bottom 10%, but 3,000 people didn't finish and millions didn't sign up. Plus, 6 months ago I was only able to walk around the track for a half hour and was 65 lbs heavier! I feel like I've come so far and will only get better. I heard that the whole running festival had people from all 50 states and 23 different countries. 8 of the top 12 finishers for the marathon were from Kenya. They were crazy fast! Here are pics from my weekend.



(Jacked up on energy gummies at 7:30 am lol)








(Awkward running faces... cuz that's what I do lol)

(You are about to be passed....)
(Ruined your day lol)

I heard that if you do the MD Double you get a special crab medal. It is the Frederick Half Marathon on May 5th and the Baltimore Running Festival Half marathon October 12th of next year. I am signing up now! You also get a discount on the registrations ($130 total... the Baltimore race was $90 by itself!). I am super excited. My little brother might run it too. I need to get serious about training consistently and I want to improve my time. The average for the half was 2:17. My other friend did it in 1:51. I would love to be that fast. I've seen how much is possible in 6 months, so I am hopeful.

Here are some pictures from my birthday this weekend.



Sharing my edible arrangement from my parents.

My bf got me a lot of rebok running clothes from Dick's. The pink pull over that I wore in the half marathon pics was new that he got me. I LOVE running clothes:) I am ready to try them out outside. The last time I ran consistently outside was in July, so I am getting used to colder weather. So far I am enjoying it.

  
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RUNNER_TIFF_07 10/17/2012 2:55PM

    GREAT JOB!! So proud of you :)

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CLPURNELL 10/17/2012 6:59AM

    Totally awesome job!!!! You did GREAT!!!!!

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MJ7DM33 10/15/2012 5:34PM

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LDRICHEL 10/15/2012 12:30AM

    So awesome! Gee, wonder where you got the craving for those gummies? Haha. THE BEST!

This was so fun to read, but just made me REALLLLY nervous about the distance. YIKES! Thank you, though, because I'd decided not to run at all this week (to get my knee and ankle as rested up as possible for next week's race) BUT my company drafted ME to be in charge of the Kuali Days running group. Well, I've gone back and forth all day. The first run is tomorrow morning at 6am. But, after reading your description of the race after Mile 8 (because you know I've only ever run 7), I have decided to definitely NOT run with the group. I will meet them down there and I will give them a nice send-off. And then I will go swim laps in the pool. :)

So fuc*king proud of you.

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JANTWO 10/15/2012 12:21AM

    Way to go!!!! That is SO AWESOME!!!! You look so beautiful!!!! Be proud of what you accomplished!!!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/14/2012 11:41PM

    So great what you've accomplished! My first and only so far half time was 3:30. So you beat me, too! I will improve my time next time around.

Great job on everything! Happy you acre enjoying your runner lifestyle!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/14/2012 10:28PM

    You are so dang cute!
I love all the pics...Miss you, girlie!

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HEIDI-25 10/14/2012 8:38PM

    Congratulations on running and finishing your half marathon!! Happy birthday too!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 10/14/2012 8:00PM

    Congrats on your first 1/2!
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ON2VICTORY 10/14/2012 7:20PM

    wow, that is quite a RAWKin medal you got... nice time... you are faster than me :)

way to kill it at the finish.... U R the DOMINATOR!! wtg! :)


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RBETYOURASS 10/14/2012 6:49PM

    Congrats on your first HM chick!
You did an amazing job and look fabulous!
Happy Birthday too BTW!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/14/2012 6:24PM

    You did awesome, congratulations! LOVE Edible Arrangements, Happy Birthday!

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ONMYMEDS 10/14/2012 6:10PM

    Congrats on your first HM. emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/14/2012 5:58PM

    AWESOME!! You look so happy!

Happy Birthday!

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WILSONWR 10/14/2012 5:49PM

    Wow a birthday and you completed a half-marathon. Way to go!!!

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10k and life update (pics)

Sunday, October 07, 2012

So here is an update from the last few weeks. The 10k was AWESOME!!! I was so nice meeting sparkfriends:) LDRICHEL, RUNFOR3POINT1, ABSOLUTZER0, and SPARKL3!!!

The race was fantastic. I finished in 1:17. I was guessing around 1:30, so I was quite happy with this. (also considering I only ran once or twice during August lol). I was so fun running with people and having people I knew at the race. This was a first for me. I also had fun passing so many people at the finish line. haaaa! Here are some pics from that weekend...



















I was also really excited that my students came up with a budget for me for the weekend (they figured out what I should eat while I was there, my hotel costs, my fuel costs, etc.). They were only $1.78 off!! That is crazy!

Here are some pics from recent weeks.






I have to say that I've felt quite skinny lately. I am down to 150.4!!!! This is just about 65 lbs lost since I started last Jan/Feb.

I've lost a total of 8 inches in my hips, 8.5 in my waist, 2 in my neck, 11 in my stomach, 7.5 in my chest, and 7 in my ribs. I am SOOOO close to the 140's. 150 is the lowest I've ever been (even when I did SP in college...). I could never get below that weight. This time is SO much different. I am running. Next weekend I am doing a half marathon! I have energy, I am excited about exercising, I am tracking my food and packing my own lunches every day, I am happy.... this is more than just losing weight for me this time. It really has changed my life.

  
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TWINZMOM7 10/13/2012 5:00PM

  Way to go! You are amazing!

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KIMPY225 10/11/2012 2:20PM

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Woohoo! That is so awesome. You did an excellent job! Keep up the Spark-tastic work!

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BOOSMOM03 10/8/2012 10:41PM

    Great pictures! Hooray for your time on the 10K! :)

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SPICEMWE 10/8/2012 9:29AM

    Wow! So proud of you! You look fantastic!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/7/2012 6:22PM

    So emoticon

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You look great--so HAPPY, HEALTHY, and HOT! emoticon

RUNNING truly changed my life too! You'll get to the 140s and whatever your goal is. You look great and are living this new lifestyle to the fullest. Your trip to meet SparkFriends looks FUN! I want to go to the next one!! Are you doing Grandma's Marathon in June??? I am thinking of doing the half. Already recruited a friend and am working on travel arrangements. It would be so fun to meet you in person!!

You are doing such an amazing job! So happy for you that you are enjoying running and this new lifestyle you've created for yourself!!

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DORAL33178 10/7/2012 3:10PM

    First I want to say I smiled the whole time reading your blog. I LOVE to read about other sparker race reports. And how cool that you met a couple of sparkers too. You are doing great.

Congrats on your finish. It is nice when you finish the race before your guesstimation. Best wishes to you on your first half. Have fun and remember to smile for the cameras; the will be everywhere.

Have a great week!

Daphne

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/7/2012 3:07PM

    You look FANTASTIC! Congrats on your 10K time, you did great!

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CAYCESMOM 10/7/2012 2:56PM

    Great pics!! You look fabulous!! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/7/2012 2:44PM

    So happy for you!!!

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LYNSEY723 10/7/2012 2:04PM

    emoticon so great to read this! You look amazing! Way to go!

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Brutal, naked honesty (warning, gross pictures)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

So I have been posting pictures several times a week. I love how I look now and get multiple compliments a day. Recently compliments have been coming from coworkers that I don't really speak to. However, I noticed today that when I bend over I my stomach looks VERY weird. It is like an alien is trying to come out of my stomach. The middle section of my stomach (like where abs would be) hangs when I bend over. I'm not sure if it's a combination of loose skin and fat?? Before my stomach would hang and was big, but it was consistently round from hip to hip. I can tell my stomach is much smaller, because when I kneel to get onto the bed my stomach does not touch the bed anymore, but it is so weird how it is hanging like that. I am biting the bullet and thought I would post pictures to see if anyone else has experienced this and if there are any suggestions. I know ab workouts would tighten the muscles, but will that help skin? If it's fat too, won't ab workouts not really help that and that would be with cardio?? Was I just too fat for too long and my skin is too stretched and even if I do ab workouts and cardio I'm destined to have this weird hanging forever?? I guess it only hangs in the center like that because I do not have as much fat anymore on the sides, which is good. I think this picture is disgusting and terrifying, BUT I think it is better than it would've been when I started and it shows that I've made progress since it isn't one big blob. I thought it was time to expose flaws and see if people have suggestions. I am owning it and ok with it. This is me:) Much smaller than before. I fit into a size 11 juniors pants and a size small top. I went from tight XL shirts and a size 16-18 womens pants. At this moment I'm down 57 lbs and feel great. I'm taking things one day at a time and am accepting where I am so that I know where else I can go and challenge my body with. I think this will be one of my next focuses.

Note: This picture was taken from the view of the ground looking up at my stomach while I was bending over. Enjoy ;)



The picture kind of reminds me of women's stomachs after they have a kid... but I've never had a kid lol. I know people who have had kids are able to get flat stomachs again. Is this a possibility for me??

This next picture is what my stomach looks like just standing there. Again, I am very proud of this picture. My hip fat doesn't stick out as much as it used to and my stomach is getting closer to flat. I will probably always have stretch marks, but I've had those since probably 3rd-4th grade. I notice my rib cage is smaller as well. I am not upset with this picture at all, but it is strange how huge of a difference there is with my stomach when I'm just standing there versus when I bend over. Any thoughts on this topic???



As always, I love you all more than you will ever know. I am glad there is a place where I can feel comfortable enough sharing my deepest insecurities and thoughts. You are always full of loving support and put smiles on my face every day. No one is judgemental or unkind. I love being around people that challenge you to be your best and lift you up to heights you didn't know were possible. I welcome any feedback and am ready for brutally honest conversations. I want to look the best I've ever looked and would love suggestions on how to keep moving in that direction. Have a great weekend:)

  
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CLPURNELL 9/26/2012 1:41PM

    I agree do ab workouts. Spark has some great ones it will help you tone up there. You have done an awesome job!!!!!!

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LEMOW23 9/25/2012 7:55PM

    Lower ab Crunches/Obliques (side muscles)? I think I've read somewhere that if you also do back exercises, it helps tighten up the front (like the stomach area). It seems odd, but in a way it DOES make sense. Maybe if you did exercises for your lower back area, it will help tighten the area in your lower abs since that is where more of the loose skin is.

Just a thought!

Congratulations on the weight loss. :)



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AATKIN01 9/22/2012 11:04PM

    Congrats on your loss! emoticon

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PATSYB7 9/22/2012 7:40PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! That is awesome! Good news--the younger you are the better chance you have of your skin "bouncing" back! emoticon

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JENNYD97 9/22/2012 4:21PM

    I have seen the same thing I have lost 84lbs and still going. My stomach was always round before and now its saggy but I have been told it does work but will take a long time because I was fat for so long...I have noticed a little change so I am optimistic emoticon

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IMREITE 9/22/2012 2:27PM

    you lost a lot of weight. i t may take a while for the skin to reset and to build up some muscle tone to help tighten. until then enjoy your progres. 57 lbs down is awesome!

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TWINZMOM7 9/22/2012 1:46PM

  First, down 57 pounds is SO AMAZING! You are my inspiration.

Secondly, that looks like my stomach, too! You are not alone!

I don't know if it ever goes away, but I know the way you feel about yourself now and the amazing progress you've made can never be erased!

You look awesome! You ARE awesome!

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CHOCSUNDAE 9/22/2012 12:26PM

    You are down 57 pounds!! emoticon


emoticon to you on your progress !! Keep on doing what you're doing!!


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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/22/2012 11:42AM

    I am sure it depends on the person, but the skin that I had finally disappeared.
Honestly, I chose to ignore it and one day I realized that it wasn't there any more.
Again, I am sure it depends on the person and their skin, etc...
But just keep doing what you are doing!
BTW, I have stretch marks too and they aren't from my son and no...they don't go away.
{Lovely}

You are looking SO awesome!!

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TERRYT55 9/22/2012 11:19AM

    Hi......When I first saw the picture of your stomach taken from below I thought it was me! When I do a plank that's exactly what my tummy looks look like. The similarities end there, the picture of you standing looks100 times better than I look. I haven't lost the "apron" of abdominal fat and loose skin. I had a lot more weight to lose and am much older. I think as time goes on your tummy will tighten up.

You look terrific and all of your hard work shows. Keep it up.

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TXTOAD9970 9/22/2012 11:03AM

    It looks like you are making great progress. I would not worry about this hanging skin - you are still in weight reduction mode so this is to be expected. I think you look great!
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Muscle, outfit, and food pics

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tonight we have the AVID induction ceremony and I was able to find an outfit last night at Target. My house color is orange, so I was trying to find an orange shirt. I was able to find one and it's a size SMALL! I personally would like a centimeter more space in the chest, but I don't think it looks bad. I also bought some khaki pants. They are size 11 juniors! I love how they fit! I tried the outfit on for my bf when I got home and by his facial and eye expressions I can tell he liked it lol. He said I had a model butt. Hahahaha! I've never heard that before. I can't wait for the ceremony and am looking forward to the approaching weekend.













So I was looking at my last muscle pics from August. I see a slight difference in my middle back, which i'll take since I've only worked out once since school started. As long as it isn't going backwards is fine with me at this point.





I made myself some healthy nachos last night for dinner since I was running out of ingredients. I crisped a tortilla in a cast iron pan and added a cut up slice of thin sargento colby jack cheese, some plain greek yogurt, and 3 slices (half a serving) of turkey lunch meat with salsa in the middle. They were great! 200 cal for the plate. I thought they looked like little party appetizers lol.



  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/20/2012 8:43PM

    AWESOME!!! Good for you! Love the side profile pics! You have done an amazing job!

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GIRL*IN*MOTION 9/20/2012 3:32PM

  definatley see a difference. Great job!! Cute outfit to :)

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LYNSEY723 9/20/2012 1:29PM

    Awesome! You look great!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/20/2012 1:00PM

    emoticon on your hard work! Outfit looks good!

Yummy and not high in calories. Score!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/20/2012 12:43PM

    Honey you are looking good in your size SMALL!!!! The fast nachos look festive! I think I might try it with my kids.

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MUSOLF6 9/20/2012 11:46AM

    looking good

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LDRICHEL 9/20/2012 9:20AM

    adorbs - totes

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SPARKL3 9/20/2012 8:09AM

    You look fabulous!!! Great outfit! emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 9/20/2012 7:53AM

    You look great emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/20/2012 7:34AM

    I love the outfit, you look great in it!

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