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Week 10: from 148.6 to 147.8

Monday, March 12, 2012

Almost another pound!!!

My future sister-in-law Mary and I threw a bridal shower for our boyfriends' sister, Pam this weekend. Everything was beautiful and FUN! Mary was in charge of paper (invites, decorations, etc.) and I did food, booze, and games. The theme was San Francisco (where they are getting hitched), so I made standard luncheon fare, but with a SF twist. We had a cheese plate with central coast bleu cheese and dried figs, Chinatown vegetable egg rolls, Palace hotel Green Goddess salad (the dressing was the bomb (and I cut the mayo with light sour cream- shhhh!)), Fisherman's Wharf sourdough sandwiches, fruit salad, fortune cookies, almond cookies, cake, and sparkling wine from Napa and Sonoma. Here are a few pics:






I went OVER calories for the first time this year by almost 200 cals (oy!), but started the day with oatmeal, worked my behind off all day, and ended with fish. Last night I totaled my differentials this week and it exceeded 4,000, so I figured I came out unscathed. Whew... I was nervous.

Yesterday the bf and I went to Balboa Island with Mary and her bf Daniel to celebrate the culmination of this party, lol! Here is a photo I am pleased to share of Mike and I (thinner, yes, but I think we look so young!):


I must admit that one highlight of the party was hearing everyone talk about how much weight I have lost and ask about my secrets (HA!)... It was a very nice pat on the back.

This week will be great! Mike and I start... RUNNING! I mentioned last week that he signed us up for a zombie 5k for later this year, so we're starting the couch to 5k program tonight! I am excited to step it up. You all KNOW I'll let you know how it's going!!!

Love and luck to you all in this sparkly new week! emoticon

  
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APONI_KB 3/13/2012 10:49AM

    The party looks like a lot of fun. I've heard of the zombie runs, but never done one. You'll have to do a blog about it.

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RYDERB 3/12/2012 9:43PM

    The pictures from the show looked so beautiful! Congratulations! Love the picture of you and Mike! Enjoy your running training.
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SEPPIESUSAN 3/12/2012 7:42PM

    I really like how you title your blogs with your weight and almost stole the idea for myself...you look great, very cute couple!!

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SMWATRMLON 3/12/2012 7:05PM

    What a wonderful day!! You planned and although you went over calories you came through with a great week :)

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SERAPHGYRL 3/12/2012 4:40PM

    What a delicious looking buffet. How fun to have others talk about your weight loss. You're looking great! Thank you for stopping by my blog. You are just too kind. I did, and still do, my best to give my children the needed tools to succeed in whatever paths they have chosen in their lives. I'm always happy to hear that other parents have done the same.

Zombie 5K sounds like something my daughter would love. I will tell her to 'goog' it. :p

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CINDYBUNNIE 3/12/2012 12:13PM

    That all looks really yummy. *drool* And very pretty, too.

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2BEABETTERME 3/12/2012 11:36AM

    Okay, I asked the Googs (what are family calls google) about the Zombie run and I have to say WOW! And, good luck! An obstacle course while being chased by Zombies that can turn into a 10 k if you don't run it right. You go girl, and don't get caught by the Zombies! There is one in my area, but that looks to involved for me...and the Zombies would freak me out a bit. Awesome thing to keep you motivated and on track!

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WALKINGRED 3/12/2012 11:20AM

    Thanks, ladies! It's always so much fun to read the comments- Sparkers are too kind!!!

So, the zombie 5k in NOT at night (I would pee my pants!), and we don't wear costumes, but the zombies do (o.O)!!! Scary!!!!! emoticon

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OUT-OF-ASHES 3/12/2012 11:18AM

    That's awesome! You should cater. All of those meals look amazing. What fun! As for the c25k, good luck! You guys will do great! Both of you look so happy and healthy on the beach.
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2BEABETTERME 3/12/2012 11:06AM

    It looks so yummy and pretty! I am finding my 5k training to be fun and motivational. Two, rather dumb, questions: do you wear costumes for the 5k and is it at night? Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/12/2012 10:54AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for the week.
Keep on keeping on!

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MIGHTYMISCREANT 3/12/2012 10:53AM

    awww you are too cute! Love the pic! Great job on the set up for the shower, the salad looks delish! You'll have to keep us posted and let us know how the zombie 5k goes hehe. Very intrigued about that ;) :p

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Week 9: from 149.6 to 148.6

Monday, March 05, 2012

Good morning, Sparkles!

This week was really challenging with school and work, and even though I ate within my calories and walked almost everyday, I was nervous it wouldn't be enough... But it was. One pound- exactly what I worked for and wanted.

School: Oh man... Grad school is hard, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a lunatic or mass murderer, and you should run from them. It's just piles of reading and projects without much instruction. You have to jump into a lot of work acting as if you know exactly what to do and how to do it. I'm managing a group project where we develop a strategic plan for a library I've never visited, and our library liason is not great with communicating. Boo. My cataloging class is just... Tedious. Hard. Frustrating.
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Work: I am teaching kindergarteners the difference between fiction and non-fiction, 1st-3rd graders are getting a library tour to prepare them for a book hunt, and I'm running a review session for my 4th-6th graders on various library skills that they SHOULD have picked up throughout the year *wink*
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Life: Mike pulled his calf and neck this week- POOR BABY! This made working out almost impossible for him, and he didn't lose (or gain, I should note) any weight... We almost had to cancel ziplining on Saturday (which was SO MUCH FUN!), but he was having none of that. A few extra strength aspirin and a heating pad, and he was good to go. He's feeling much better this week, and his crazy behind even signed us up for a zombie 5k (he's never ran a lap!) in October... We're going to start that couch to 5k program next week. I love that crazy kid.
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Things that are working:
-NOT GIVING UP (I had a real epiphany this week about past "failures" that taught me how to get here, so therefore, weren't really failures at all. Now I know what to do- this isn't some crash diet, now this is about longterm health and happiness. Even when the scale stays in one place for far too long, I know I'm doing the right things, so I have to just keep keeping on!)

Room for improvement:
-Strength training! I've only been doing it about once a week, I'd like to double that!

LOVE and best of luck to all of you in this new fresh week! emoticon

  
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YIPPEEYAY 3/6/2012 7:16PM

    Your blogs are very uplifting & real!

It's so nice to realize that "No, it's not just ME that's struggling through plateaus & it's not just me who works out consistently and expects to see SO MUCH change and yet, sometimes NOT(!!)

Thanks for being an inspiration
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MYLOVELYCURVES 3/6/2012 1:10PM

    You're doing great!! :) I had a similar epiphany myself this week after reading some of my old diaries / weight loss journals. All those mistakes and wrong turns have led me to where I am today, and therefore happened for a reason!

Keep up the amazing work!! You're an inspiration :)

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TORIAMAE 3/6/2012 12:21PM

    I love what you said about failures getting you where you are...I've seen that too.

After regaining weight, I felt like I was starting from scratch, but then realized that while I may still have a lot to lose, I have so much more knowledge this time around than I ever had before!

Keep up the good work!

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SHAPEITUP3 3/6/2012 11:37AM

    great job! It is so nice to have someone to be your support like Mike is. My husband is in grad school and he has decided to not workout until he is done (in MAY!!!!!). He has been doing better with his food intake, which is good... but there are some days when I need my gym buddy!

With that said, KUDOS to you for doing this during graduate school. I gained a lot of weight during grad school because you are eating on the go, spending hours in the library and computer labs, and when you're not... you are exhausted and don't really want to workout! or at least, that is how I felt.

Good Luck in your studies and on this great journey!

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KIMCOLLINGS 3/6/2012 11:32AM

    Wow! You are doing terrific! Congrats on the pound down. I can tell you are determined....you fit it in even with being so busy! Great job!!

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MWARDELL 3/5/2012 11:28PM

    Every pound counts and you definitely earned it! Congrats! Sounds like you have a busy but fulfilling life. :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/5/2012 9:45PM

    Congrats on being down a pound and well established in the 140s!!

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BLACKBIRDSING 3/5/2012 9:33PM

    Congrats on the great job despite the hectic schedule! Zombie 5ks sound like so much fun. Can't wait to hear about it!

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MISTYBLUE716 3/5/2012 7:15PM

    Grad school is hard from what I hear..so kudos to you! I went back to do an accelerated program to become a physical therapy assistant and that was intense..can't imagine grad school! and you're SO right..it is a lifestyle change if you wanna be serious about this! Great job!

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LEIAMLOW 3/5/2012 6:36PM

    Zombie 5k sounds like a ton of fun! I can't wait to hear about it! Congrats on your goal weight being so close! :)

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BIZZ27 3/5/2012 5:52PM

    I love reading your blogs!! Even if you're upset they still come across as sounding peppy!!! I think you're doing great, and as for grad school, you seem to know that one step at a time will get you there!!! You are one strong, determined woman!!! I bet you guys will do awesome for your 5K in October! You will like doing more strength training when you go to pick up that weight and it doesn't feel as heavy anymore... I just know it!! :) Good for you, you are AMAZING!!!

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EMKO0916 3/5/2012 3:23PM

    Good for you!!! Your positive attitude is contagious--I love it! You're right about the masters degree. After I got my MBA I vowed to never go back to school. Ever. ;) You'll be glad when you're done though (doesn't everyone say that?).

Hope you have a great week!

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MIGHTYMISCREANT 3/5/2012 11:30AM

    Congrats on your loss despite the busy, busy week!!! Awesome job!!! I had that same epiphany, pretty close to the time I actually started SP. It's an amazing feeling of gaining that "knowledge" hehe. Hope you have fabulous week, and hope the school work doesn't bog you down to much! YOU CAN DO IT!

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CINDYBUNNIE 3/5/2012 11:13AM

    Grad school sounds scary, lol.

And yay for losing a pound! emoticon

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RYDERB 3/5/2012 10:41AM

    WOW! You have been busy! Good luck keeping up with your schedule! At least the added benefit of exercise is stress relief. emoticon
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2BEABETTERME 3/5/2012 10:39AM

    Great attitude and progress! It really is about learning from your mistakes and then letting them go, focusing on what you have accomplished, and move forward. Keep up the great work and have an awesome week!

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Lavash Pizza- recipe

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Holy moly... This is a no-brainer, but I had to share because it was so good. Like, real pizza good. The bf loved it. It was ready in minutes. I got the idea from Skinnytaste.com, which is a great WW recipe site. I get lots of ideas from that skinny lady.

Ingredients:
Sauce- 32 oz. can of whole tomatoes with basil, 6 garlic gloves, 1 T olive oil
Ricotta mix- about 1/4 cup ricotta, a little finely shaved garlic, salt, and pepper
1 9x12 inch whole wheat lavash (the whole piece I had was about 240 calories)
Mozzarella- 1 slice (about an ounce)
Parmesan and red pepper flake- optional, but delicious!

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-To make sauce, sautee whole cloves garlic in oil until lightly browned, then add canned tomatoes with the juice, break up the whole tomatoes as they warm up, and let reduce until chunky
-Half a piece of lavash, spread a couple tablespoons of marinara on top, dollop with riccotta mixture, topwith broken up pieces of mozzarella
-Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown and the edges are crispy

For one whole lavash pizza (2 big pieces) it was about 340 calories, cheese and all. I served it with a light Cesar salad :)

Skinnytaste recommends spraying the lavash with oil before baking to make crispier, but these were plenty crispy without the spray...

I am having this again for lunch tomorrow.

  
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2BEABETTERME 3/1/2012 8:03PM

    I just discovered lavash a crust this week! I like using Flatout Bread but couldn't find it at the local store so I grabbed the Lavash instead. It was awesome! And huge! Yumm-O! emoticon

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CHIPLEY_FL 3/1/2012 12:11AM

    I'm a doofus too, because I don't know what lavash is either. The pizza looks so good I want to try it. I have been craving pizza. It could be when I walk during my lunch break at work I am close enough to a Hungry Howie's to smell the pizza cooking. It is torture. .

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/29/2012 9:41AM

    Yum! That looks delish. Will try it :) Thanks for sharing!!

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MIGHTYMISCREANT 2/29/2012 12:38AM

    I feel like a doofus lol... but what exactly is Lavash and where do I find it? Regular super markets? What kind of aisle? haha... as I said, I'm a doofus. I can't wait to try this once I figure out the lavash part. heh.

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RYDERB 2/28/2012 10:42PM

    Why did I wait so long to read your blog. That looks AMAZING! I know what I'm going to be dreaming about tonight. I wonder if you can gain weight from dreaming about pizza? emoticon

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MWARDELL 2/28/2012 9:06PM

    YUM! I love pizza!

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THINKSHRINK 2/28/2012 12:14PM

    That looks soooo good! I'll try it soon...thanks for sharing!

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TIMEIICHANGE 2/28/2012 11:42AM

    this looks so yummy! I want to try it. I do my own personal pizza with a wheat pizza but this has a lil twist. I can wait to try this. thanks!

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Week 8: from 149.8 to 149.6

Monday, February 27, 2012

I will avoid cliches entirely int his post.

Week 8 was hard for me, but I haven't a clue why. I had the week off of work, got a lot of schoolwork done, ate withing my calories all 7 days and exercised 6 days of the week. I blogged my about my food, pushed myself by doing more hikes (fewer flat walks), and I finally started a little strength training (with cardio as a Sparkfriend suggested- it helped!). I bought clothes in a SIZE 8 because my 10 and 12 work pants have been sliding off of my butt. I have NEVER bought a size 8 that really FIT.

All of these things make me proud, but dang is it hard not to obsess. I want to re-evaluate everything, but I have to trust that what I've been doing is working and just keep it up. I am an experienced quitter, but not this time.

Yesterday I went to a brunch for my best friend's birthday- and it was FUN. I ate a beautiful salad, fruit, crab legs, a glass of champagne, and a chocolate covered strawberry. It was all within my calories, so I'm thinking I need to incorporate more chocolate and champagne into my life, lol! Everyone said Mike and I look great, which I LOVED (I'm such a sucker for compliments!)...

Alright... Onward march. In week 9, I will keep it up, not stress about this little loss, and NOT step on the scale mid-week. I really hope that in my next weigh-in, that I feel like I'm really in the 140s, and not on the edge of the 150s. I'm ready for the next level.

Love and luck to you all in the coming week. Here's to a fresh start! emoticon

  
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ELFLACO74 3/4/2012 9:45AM

    Seppiesusan is right,sometimes im in same number for a whole week and somewhere the following week bang! 3 or 4 pounds out of one shot,so dont worry we all are in the same boat we all will get there.

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BIZZ27 3/2/2012 4:42PM

    You obviously know that those last 10 pounds are going to be very hard to lose, but I can tell you exactly why you didn't get a huge loss this week. First off, when you've got 10lbs to go, 0.2 is still good!! Second, you said something in this blog that just said "RED FLAG" to me... Not in a bad way. In a great way, you just won't see it on the scale right away. Strength training. You've decided to build up some muscles, and turn that last little flab into a rock. That is absolutely wonderful, and exactly what you need to do, but that is your difference right there. Muscles weigh more than fat, so while you're building them and getting smaller, the scale might not reflect that. I have a question for you now:

Would you be ok with weighing 145 and looking fabulous and fit, or are you obsessed with your number of 140?! You might have to come to the realisation that 140 might just be a few pounds under your comfort zone, especially if you're building muscles. But I can tell you, everyone will think you look absolutely stunning even if you're at 145 with muscles!!! Don't lose hope, you're doing wonderful!!!!!!

WAY TO GO!!!!!

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APONI_KB 2/29/2012 7:38PM

    I've been where you are - and back up, let's not talk about that because it is not going to happen this time.

The point is that I did it with WW. What used to make me CRAZY was when I was within a few pounds of lifetime and would lose a whopping 0.4 or 0.2 pounds a week. I would tell myself (and WW would agree) that any loss is a loss. That's great but I fear I'm not above sitting there just seething while people would walk in and lose 5 pounds their first week. Oh that's GREAT, wow you're awesome - grrrr.

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/27/2012 9:03PM

    Very often a week of tiny loss is followed by a week with a much bigger loss, especially for people like you who are doing everything right. I hope that happens for you next week!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/27/2012 4:27PM

    Way to go! I know sometimes it's hard to swallow a small loss, but EVERYTHING adds up! You are doing so fantastic and as long as you keep moving towards your goal, you are rocking it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLEMEL89 2/27/2012 12:04PM

    Props on getting to an 8!! Don't buy too many clothes in that size though, they'll be useless once youre a size 6! emoticon

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CINDYBUNNIE 2/27/2012 10:42AM

    I read pretty often that the nearer you are to your weight goal, the harder it is to shed the weight. You have last than ten pounds left to go, but you're doing awesome! I'm sure adding the strength training will help you lose the weight faster. Wonderful that you're in size 8 pants!

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Food log 2/23

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day three of blogging was just as fun for me. My usual meals aren't too far off from this, but during work weeks I always repeat breakfasts and lunches (like oatmeal and yogurt/fruit/granola twice each, and a Greek salad Mon.-Thurs.). But having this week off, I could try out different things, which was really fun.

Breakfast: Quinoa with cinnamon, brown sugar, 1/3 cup light soy milk, and strawberries- I loved this, it was delicious, different, and kept me just as full as oatmeal (349 calories)


Lunch: Pork tamale I found in my freezer from the holidays over romaine lettuce with tomato, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and salsa verde mixed with light sour cream (256 calories)


Snacks: First I sectioned a HUGE pomelo (it's like a grapefruit, but less bitter) and ate the WHOLE thing! It was great, but I needed another snack before our walk tonight... (113 calories)


2nd snack: half a pretzel rod with a piece each of ham and mozzerella cheese, a little mustard (126 calories)


Dinner: I've been dreaming of chicken pot pie (of all things), so I concocted a casserole by browning a large chicken breast (cut into pieces), tons of black pepper, a pint of mushrooms, and some onion, then deglazed with a splash of reisling, mixed in 2/3 of a can of 98% fat free Cammpbell's cream of chicken soup, topped with a little parmesan cheese, and baked... NOTHING like a pot pie, BETTER. It was like a really good chicken and gravy meets French onion soup. I'll be making this mistake soon again. A little steamed broccoli, and Mike got brown rice, too ;) (478 calories)


And the nutrition:


Thank you all for reading. I love reading other food logs and recipes for ideas and inspiration- especially all of you Bahama Mamas! Are you ladies doing this just for a week? Longer, I hope!

  
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THINKSHRINK 2/27/2012 10:07AM

    It all looks beautiful AND delicious. And your dishes are gorgeous...I love vintage colors and patterns!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/24/2012 11:02AM

    Those foods look yummy and healthy! Keep going -- you are doing great!

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Great Job! Keep up the good work!

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RYDERB 2/23/2012 11:16PM

    I find myself looking forward to your food blog. There's so much variety in your days, not to mention how good everything looks. I would have never even thought of eating Quinoa for breakfast! That's something I'm going to try to do this weekend! emoticon

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FRESHBAKEDPI 2/23/2012 10:56PM

    Your breakfast looks amazing emoticon

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DOLPHINFAN1334 2/23/2012 10:37PM

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW!! emoticon

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