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The Very Worst of TRENTDREAMER (Part II)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Originally posted: Saturday, October 24, 2009 (1 response)
***Update Below***

Good Riddance 220s; Hello 210s!!!!!!

Weight: 219.6

I don't think words can really express how happy I am right now. When I started SparkPeople I weighed 225. For the first three or so weeks I lost 1-2 pounds/week. Then I hit a plateau at 220/221 in early September, which dragged on for six weeks.

This morning, the scale finally coughed up a "1" in the ten digits of my weight. This is significant to me for four reasons:
1) It's my first five pound milestone.
2) My BMI is below 30. I am officially no longer obese
3) I'm in a new 10 pound range (no more 22x.x, now 21x.x)
4) It's the first time in my adult life where I set a really difficult health related goal, met a lot of challenges, stumbled but still persevered unto victory

Now I know that I'm not significantly healthier than I was a pound and a half ago. I know that this is just the first step up a long stair case. Part of me wants to just say "good" and start planning the next phase. But no. This today is a day to celebrate. I will stick to the SparkDiet and nothing more. Tomorrow, battle resumes. Thanks for reading.

- TD out

***Update 07.20.2010***
- One SparkBuddy responded to this one, but I deleted their comment accidentally when trying to access their page.
- I went back up over 220 for another few weeks, but then the weight started coming off fast and furious soon after.
- The hanging at 1-2 pounds over the new 10 pound range has repeated itself twice.
- This Saturday, Lord willing, I will hit my 25 pounds lost milestone
- This Saturday, Lord willing, I will be in a new 10 and 100 pound range.
- I will be in my fourth 10 pound range since starting on SP (bye 220's. 210's and 200's. Hello 190's)

Bottom Line: I celebrated like it was 1998 then, but that will pale in comparison to when the scale says 19x.x this Saturday. I am so psyched!!

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J_MARAMA_T 7/23/2010 8:28AM

    Woot! I am rooting for you for tomorrow - good luck on the scales!!

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STEELKICKIN 7/21/2010 9:08PM

    I'm so psyched, too! This is so exciting that you're allowing us to share in your journey! I'm taking this ride with you, Trent, pulling for you every single step of the way!

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SROBBINS02 7/20/2010 3:31PM

    You are going to do it. That's not some sort of happy clappy cheer, it's a statement of fact. I look forward to your victory-ey dance emoticon

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KRITKRIT 7/20/2010 2:43PM

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FITGRL124 7/20/2010 1:12PM


Thanks for reposting! You've come a long way and I'm so proud of you!!!


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TANNERS 7/20/2010 10:56AM

    I'm so glad you are reposting these blogs so I can see the ones that I have missed out on. I know you have been frustrated lately, but you have truly been an inspiration to me. This week will be your week and you will break thru your barrier! I can't wait to read your victory blog!!!

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MEADSBAY 7/20/2010 9:25AM

    I can't wait!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/20/2010 7:17AM

    I love your energy about this. We are all waiting in the wings for it to happen with you!

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HICALGAL 7/20/2010 5:50AM

    i am psyched for you too...but for reasons that go beyond weight loss. your determination and perserverance in lieu of the disappointments, heartaches and emotional distress that goes with this journey, makes me proud to call you sparkfriend. so no matter what happens my're still a winner in my book!!!
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The Very Worst of TRENTDREAMER (Part I)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Originally posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 (0 responses)
***Update Below***

Eating Like a Doofus

OK so yesterday's mid-week weigh-in went really well(220.2). By that, I mean really really well. And by THAT I mean like...OK moving on. I had 219.8 in the bag for this Saturday. I was going to let it out of the bag by writing my most triumphant blog ever, basking in the glory of achieving a goal that I have been within a pound of for six weeks (count 'em) now. Yup, victory scheduled for Saturday: manifest destiny.

So what do you think I did yesterday and today(multiple choice here)? No peaking at the blog entry title:
(A) Continued to eat exactly as I did to get down to 220.2.
(B) Upped my game and added some more vegetables and whole grains
(C) Ate a little bit more, but certainly not enough to sabotage Saturday's weigh in.
(D) Totally blew it by eating like a complete doofus.
OK time's up. Pencils down.

(DING DING DING!!!!) Yes, sadly the correct answer is (D). Ugh! This is like your old Uncle Herb's favorite joke. When you were five and heard it for the first time, it was funny. After a few more times it was cute. Then it became tedious. Twenty years and 6 hint Christmas gift joke books later, ol' Uncle Herbie is still telling it like it's his next ticket to comedic stardom. Again, I say "Ugh!"

I know that "tomorrow is another day" and I know that "I can do it" and I will "hang in there". I just get frustrated with myself when I am this close and seem to blow it week after week. OK, enough grousing.

Tomorrow, it's war. For the next nine days, I will be strong! (crowd applauds) I will eat the healthiest that I have in my entire life (crowd applauds again). More fruits, more vegetables, and more of TD just being plain ol' awesome (crowd snickers). Hey crowd, stop snickering. I'm serious.

Bottom line: If I don't weigh less than 220 this Saturday, you can bet your sweet bippy that I will the following one.

OK, luv ya bye,

- TD

p.s. The word doofus is funny. I'm just saying

p.s.s. If bippies were valued by size, something (namely a mirror) tells me that if I were to bet my own sweet bippy, the U.S. treasury itself couldn't make a calling bet .

p.s.s.s. Actually, Uncle Herb's joke is kind of funny. I might use it at work sometime. Hmmm.

***Update 07.19.2010***

- I went below 220 at that Saturday's weigh-in.
- Uncle Herb's joke is still funny
- I've continued being plain ol' awesome ever since (crowd snickers again).
TD: (to crowd) Shut up, you mooks!!

Disclaimer: No bippies were bet in the making of this blog or its update :D

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NATKITA 7/23/2010 8:39AM

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J_MARAMA_T 7/23/2010 8:27AM

    Ha ha! This blog made me laugh - awesome sense of humour, Trent, and great to hear that you went below 220 that weigh-in. Loving your 'Very Worst' series.

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HICALGAL 7/20/2010 5:41AM

    if i knew you then, it wouldn't have been a total zero. your blogs are good...just didn't get the exposure...but that was then..this is now!

pss - 'bippy'...had to look it up as it's not something normally used on this side of the ocean...hehe. i'd have to disagree...although the treasury's a bit on the thin side, the guys running the show could not only call but raise and bet your sweet bippy...would win!!

just read your update -
a belated congrats on that sat's w.i.
i'd love to meet uncle Herb.
you are!

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STEELKICKIN 7/19/2010 2:06PM

    You have seriously, dude, got to bottle this stuff and sell it. Sometimes you have me smiling so big my cheeks hurt! You could really really give Jay Leno a freakin' run for his money.

BUT!! So many congrats to you for bustin' your "old" blog. Look at how far you have come, my man! Look at all of your accomplishments! Look at how strong you've become! I am so happy for you, Trent. It makes my heart swell just to think of it!
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TANNERS 7/19/2010 1:41PM

    All I can say is that yes Trent.. you are pretty freakin awesome!!

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MAMADWARF 7/19/2010 10:36AM

    Thanks for the snickers this morning... oh wait, not like the candy bar, but more like a low chuckling but not quite a rofl.. anyway, thought it was very funny and am happy for your determination in getting below that number that was making you crazy. Good for you! Jan

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SROBBINS02 7/19/2010 9:56AM

    How did I not reply to this first time?? I remember it! It made me laugh! It was great! And you still rock.

AND, you're currently consistently 20 pounds lighter than when you wrote this... emoticon

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AKELAZ 7/19/2010 8:51AM

    You're witty, clever and plainly committed and determined - tho maybe not quite enough of the last two - much like all the rest of us. You need to stop sabotaging yourself and maybe figure out why you do that.

I have written in red lipstick on my fridge door, mirrors, a piece of paper stored with my debit card (huge supermarket purchases are my downfall!) on another - and larger - piece of paper opposite my bed, in my car etc etc (you get the pic) - 'STOP EFFING AROUND AND JUST DO-O IT!!!!' Does stop me in my tracks some of the time. I recommend it - or similar - to you.

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POOKAQUEEN 7/19/2010 7:59AM

    Hahaha, what a great blog! I love your sense of humor!

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What WILL be impressive.....

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Goal: 191 by 9.11!!
Last Week: 202.8
This Week: 201.4
(-1.4) Meh.

Let me ask you a question. If you lost and gained the same two pounds for over two months, how would that make you feel? If you're like me, extremely frustrated. While it's my natural reaction to think "Wow, I lost a pound and a half" or "Hey, it beats gaining" neither is really the case.

My weight has vacillated between 201 and 203.5 now for a long time. I want to break through the 200 pound mark. I want to start losing weight again. I want to reach new weight loss milestones. I didn't swim this week, I continued to tread the same water.

What WILL be impressive is when I choke 199 out of the scale.

I'm trying a new eating program. It's one of those "Superfood" diets (Like the Abs Power Diet, but with a different slant).

Some very nutrient rich foods. I really believe that I may weigh less than 200 next week. In Blithe anticipation of that I will do 2 things:
1) Write my victory speech for next Saturday.
2) Post updates to my least popular blogs ever and call it "The Worst of Trent Dreamer Series".

No foolin' these were the blogs where I literally had to fight the urge to tap my computer and ask, "Is this thing on?"

Bottom Line: I want it. I'm going to get it!

To Crappy Blogs!!!
Crowd: To Crappy Blogs!!!
(glasses all clink)

Trent: I think I've made my point.

191 by 9.11!!

- TD Out!

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MEADSBAY 11/13/2010 10:06AM

This blog was from when I was away on my spark-cation but just wanted to let you know, I feel your pain, buddy, and am right there with you- bouncing, bouncing, bouncing and it ain't' no fun!

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AZCUPCAKE 7/22/2010 1:16AM

    Can't wait to see you hit the 199! You will do it, I just KNOW it! (Wild cheering and applause going on right now!) emoticon emoticon

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CWOMACK138 7/19/2010 1:56PM

    I'm right behind you pushing you right on down into One-der-land Trent - can't wait to read your speech!!!

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AKELAZ 7/18/2010 4:47PM

    Get that Victory Speech drafted - you're GONNA need it! emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 7/18/2010 11:09AM

    YOU ARE GOING TO GET IT. You WILL be victorious. See, it's hard not to believe in you. If we ALL could just bottle up a little portion of Trent, we would all be successful in WHATEVER we set out to do. I want to be on the frontlines when you deliver your Victory speech. (I'll be the one waving the "Go, Trent!" flag, btw....) I'll be the one with the loud annoying whistle and jumping up and down.

I got your back. I always and forever will....

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TANNERS 7/17/2010 8:18PM

    Can't wait to see this victory speech!! I know you can do it!!

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SROBBINS02 7/17/2010 4:46PM

    You ARE going to destroy this evil plateau!! emoticon

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FITGRL124 7/17/2010 4:36PM

    Changing things up a bit is exactly the advice you gave me so let's do this!!!!! emoticon

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YOGINI_JACKIE 7/17/2010 10:08AM

    I have no doubt that you will get there, and I think changing up what you eat may be just the ticket. You got this!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/17/2010 9:51AM

    You can do it! that is pretty frustrating, but you've stuck through it and came up with a new approach to try! You will hit that goal!

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ANVIBEXTOR 7/17/2010 9:42AM

    You will see that number soon! Good luck.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/17/2010 9:41AM

    Awesome! You are almost at GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So What Would a Smart Alec Say to These (Part III)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

So I have a lot to sort out mentally. It seems like whenever I'm at my worst emotionally, one of my SparkFriends/Teammates taunts me with one of these. Only 25 this time. WhEEEEEEEEEE!!!

1. Do you have any pets?
* Yes, they do my taxes for me. I love cats!!

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
* Existence and the quandaries that it brings in my computer.
* A metaphorical representation of my life in my possessions
* Tacos

3. What's the weather like right now?
* Repeat after me.....W-W-W-.-W-E-A-T-H-E-R-.-C-O-M. Good Quizzie!! Here's a cookie!!!

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
* I'm glad that this one stopped at two questions. I was afraid it would start psycho-analyzing me.

5. What time did you wake up this morning?
* Who says that I did?

6. When was the last time you showered?
* Geez, skimp on the deoderant ONE morning and even the quizzes turn on you.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
* This one!!!!
I don't think that was really Jackie Chan....

8. What does your last text message say?
* lik omg thz qzz r stpd =P

9. What's your ringtone?
* Picture that question being asked by a slightly tipsy girl who is really trying too hard. You'll see why I am rotfling now.

10. Have you ever been to a different country?
* Most would argue I was born on a different planet. Does that count?

11. Do you like sushi?
* More of a ska fan actually

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
* At a GROCERY STORE (Whaaaa!! Dreamer 1: Question 12? g00s3 366!!!11)

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
* Don't need 'em. My pastor's sermons are available online in mp3 format.

14. How many siblings do you have?
* Does my cell phone count? What about the toaster?

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
* An IBM mainframe is arguably neither.

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
* As if my current age is such an irrelevancy

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
* No other possibilities, eh?

18. Do you color your hair?
* Yes, I color it the exact color of my natural hair. Strand by strand.

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
* Wonder why I filled out yet another one of these

20. When was the last time you cried?
* at the end of "ACCEPTED"

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
* I didn't become a SparkPerson by...

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
* TrentDreamer asks, "Why choose?"

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
*blushes* Well, I'm not "THAT kind of guy"......But if you're interested.. ;D
(This question is almost as smooth as the ringtone girl in 9)

24. What is your eye color?
* Which eye are we talking?

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
* Yes, I can! That University diploma has certainly paid for itself!

Wait a minute (records scratches to a halt). I just actually kind of answered a question. Man I'm losing my touch.

191 by 9.11!!

- TD Out!!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 7/22/2010 1:59AM

    Totally made me laugh out loud. Enough that my neighbor came over and asked what I was doing. (To be fair, my front door is open, and we have thin walls... )

You rock.

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RUNJEWELRUN 7/15/2010 6:45PM

    Love it :)
I love tacos too :)

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SROBBINS02 7/13/2010 6:13PM

    OH MY GOD you have NO idea how glad I am I just read this- you make me smile! emoticon

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RORYLYONS 7/12/2010 4:53PM

    You definitely made me hilarious... emoticon emoticon

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1DEBIE1 7/5/2010 8:25PM

    This is about how I usually answer these kind of quizzes too...I think my friends are on to me that I'm not going to be taking these Q&A's very seriously....sheesh, these are worse than 1st Date Interviews.

Love the tacos toooooooooo

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LIFEGENESIS 7/4/2010 5:52PM

    ;D lol Love it!

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TSEWARD 7/1/2010 10:39PM

    AWESOME! My favorite was your answer to the text question. Do you really love cats? I just read your comment on my page and it was PERFECT! I was reading along thinking, hey, this sounds familiar....Great choice of verses, you made my day.
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STEELKICKIN 7/1/2010 8:53PM

    Okay, that was definitely hilarious. Where in the world do you get your wit?? Too funny!!

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AZCUPCAKE 6/30/2010 2:25PM

    You are one seriously funny dude! I think you need to take your show to the stage! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AKELAZ 6/30/2010 1:32PM

    You're certainly very smart, 'Alec' - very funny too. Thanks for the first laugh of my day. emoticon

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HICALGAL 6/30/2010 4:04AM

    i must be losing it cause i actually laughed at more than a few... emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing!

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191 by 9.11!! (11 Weeks to Go)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Goal: 191 pounds by 09.11.2010
Last Week: 202.0
This Week: 203.2
Delta: (+1.2)

No surprise there. My eating has been totally out of control this week. Third straight gain in a row. Kind of frustrating.

That being said, I am still less than four pounds away from being below 200. This means that I could healthfully be there in two weeks. Therefore, in addition to my 3 pillars of "191 by 9.11!!", I'm going to try an experiment.

Replace doughnuts, chocolate and other sugar/carb junk food with WholeGrains:
* Whole wheat pasta
* Brown or wild rice.
* Cereals that are free of high fructose corn syrup (Bye FiberOne and Total!!).
* Whole wheat bread
* Any suggestions from fellow Sparkie Friends who I love very much.

Shooting for 4-6 servings per day. I already eat some, but I didn't realize how few until I started tracking.

I know that I'm eating more because of stress so I've got to figure out how to handle that. At the same time, I'm wondering how much of it is a physical addiction to sugar and carbs (or how much that's playing into it).

I'm also not going to weigh myself next Saturday (my mid week weigh-ins won't happen either). I want to focus on what making good food choices will yield. I believe that two weeks of good eating can get me below 200 and that's what I'm shooting fer.

My next weigh-in will be 07.10.2010. That's when I start my BL themed weigh-ins. I love doing those.

191 by 9.11!!

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SROBBINS02 7/13/2010 6:28PM

    How are you getting on? As I'm so able to say to other people.... please, please don't beat yourself up for not being perfect (NB- hypocrite cow mode from last post is still on!) emoticon

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HICALGAL 6/30/2010 4:09AM

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ps...thanks so much for your support on my latest meant a lot to me. i'm here for you too. hugs x 100

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1DEBIE1 6/28/2010 5:58PM

    Oh PARDON ME, Mr. Trent. You BARELY gained a pound and you're STILL eating donuts and chocolate?????? Dude, I am SO trying not to be all sad and bitter over here.

Yeah, I'm sure if you cut out the crap food, you'll lose like 5#s instantly!!

Let me know, and sorry for getting back to you so

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MEADSBAY 6/26/2010 9:19PM

    Good ideas- may I suggest you eat a lot of lean protein- egg whites, Greek yogurt, cottage or ricotta cheese...
That will help you feel full.

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AKELAZ 6/26/2010 7:10PM

    Being very good to yourself and putting good things into your body is great. You can and will make all of this come good and resisting the scales for a while will take a lot of pressure off you which should help considerably. Go for all that healthy eating my dear friend - this WILL be OK. emoticon emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 6/26/2010 2:01PM

    When I switched to whole wheat stuff and brown rice, you WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE DIFFERENCE it made for me. It seems that the white stuff just kept those nagging pounds on me and I was constantly struggling with flabby spots. My daughter is actually the one who said, "Mom, you eat way too much white foods. Let's try this..." and it worked. You have to be strict with yourself. At first it was difficult but now I won't eat anything else.

To be honest with you, Trent, it helped my mood swings, too. Sugar and starches will play havoc with you and I'm not as temperamental as I used to be. Go for it...I'm backing you up. I think this may be the key you're looking for....


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AZCUPCAKE 6/26/2010 12:39PM

    You have a good plan. Weighing in every week can be constricting, and it is good to take a break from it occasionally. You know where you are going and how to get there, and you are good at sticking to your plan....eating healthfully will be a good focus and will perhaps alleviate some of the stress that you feel. Taking care of yourself is always necessary, and I feel like you are pulling out of your 'burnout' stage with the revisions and modifications you are willing and able to make.

191 by 9.11!!

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WATCH_IT_BREAK 6/26/2010 12:22PM

    I gained about 5-6 pounds from vacation and birthdays/graduations/weddings/fami
ly gatherings/barbeques with friends/etc... this month has been a nightmare! So I totally feel you on the frustration of gaining. It looks like you've got a good plan for tackling it, though.

Good luck!! I'm pulling for you! emoticon emoticon

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