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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So my calorie intake isn't really great yet, but I did track the past two days. YAY! :) And I am going to MAKE myself get in the habit, cause I gotta keep on a roll here.

I interviewed at that job this morning - that went well, I think.

Audition last night for Orchestra went well, also.

We'll have to see if the job thing works out since we have one car and everything.

I got the OK to go shop for boots today - YES! I NEED SOME BOOTS!

I slipped and fell on my bum last night. No further injury, just embarrassment. I wish my foot would get better. Bad sprains can take a long time to heal, right? So I don't need to freak out just yet, right?

The location of the pain makes me think it really can't be bone related, but the fact that I'm not bouncing back from this quickly freaks me out a bit. It just happened Monday. It's Wednesday morning. I need to settle down. :P

We're supposed to give talks in church on Sunday AND it's a potluck that day AND I'm supposed to be there early for choir. :P At least all that stuff happens all at once.

As soon as I get a copy of our lease from the property manager, I'm going to go get our VERMONT PLATES and my Driver's license. We're planning to get enhanced licenses so we can pass to Canada without bothering w/ a passport. We want to get passports too... but that takes time and this is easier. And cheaper.

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    Hope your foot continues to heal really fast. Good luck on the job - hope all works out for you. You are just a moving queen by now, right!? I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading - I have been reading your old ones up until this point - you're still such a great inspiration!!

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HOPERY 1/23/2012 10:22AM

    Oh, that reminds me to get my Washington license before my Ohio one expires in Feb. I know, I haven't lived in Ohio in almost 2 years. I am bad.

Sounds like southern girl moving to snow land needs some ice walking lessons.

And after you visit Jen, it is just a half a day drive to see me. Then a day drive to see Amee. Bunny tour?! emoticon emoticon

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MSILVER94 1/20/2012 12:08PM

    Wow all the way in Vermont! Well I hope this moves brings you change in a great way! And yes, I think I will have to track my darn food for life- well at least 5 days a week or something because when I don't...you know the rest.

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TRACYZABELLE 1/20/2012 7:25AM

    at least it was just embarrassment and no injury!!

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AIMLESS07 1/19/2012 7:52PM

    Eek...sorry you hurt yourself. I hate it when that stuff happens. Hope you can heal up soon.

Keep up with the food tracking. That is what works for me.

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SKYFYRE 1/19/2012 2:11AM

    BOOTS! And Sundays, are they suppose to be that stressful, meh, it will be stress that leads to fellowship and thus de-stressing, hopefully, so all worth it is my guess! I hear ya on the intake thing, intact I am not moving and eating like I run as much as Sharon ;/

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MARLIE13 1/18/2012 10:47PM

    YAY for the boots and the enhanced plates. That is a really cool feature. Oh and the boots are amazing! So cute! Sorry about the foot. It sounds like you are keeping super busy though.

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SEEHOLZ 1/18/2012 9:27PM

    I never heard of enhanced licences- that is cool!
Keeping my fingers crossed for the foot- no clue as to what it might be... just hoping that it's gone asap. ( btw, I also fell this morning... my poor wrist)

Hope the activities and more regular schedule are going to help with the eating situation (aka from last blog) That is something I am extremely prone to- it's an engrained emotional reaction of sort, but I know you'll get your eating back on track!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/18/2012 8:22PM

    YeAh you can come to Canada! Drive 3-4 straight days and you can see brįegh. Another day+ drive you can see me.

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KNH771 1/18/2012 3:02PM

    Oof! Sorry about the sprain. And the fall. Take care of yourself and good luck with the job.

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2012 1:01PM

    That's so neat about the DL's! Hopefully, you take many cool trips to Canada!

I will keep my fingers crossed for you on the job interview and remember to RICE that ankle!

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REEKU731 1/18/2012 10:04AM

    Sorry to hear about your fall!! I picked up a cute pair of boots a few weeks ago and I hope you're able to find a pair as well!

Definitely take it easy with your injuries - you'll be back to 100% in no time!!

You're doing a great job with your tracking! Keep up all the great work!!!

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ZORBS13 1/18/2012 9:49AM

    I can tell you from personal experience that tailbone bruises take FOREVER to heal. And the one time I slipped on ice while running and fell on my butt cheek (the meaty part) even that took a week or 2 before the pain went away, even though there was no visible bruise or anything.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

So... being at home all the time is a tough thing for me with the eating.

I hurt my foot somehow this morning when I fell on my butt? I'm confused by it as well, I don't remember doing a thing to my foot but the HEEL hurts when I step on it.

Jerk foot.

Anyway - no gym membership yet and I can't run.

And I ate... allllll morning.

There you have it blog - confession!

So anyway, I did one set of crunches on my newly recovered stability ball. And I applied to be a front desk person at a gym - It's part time (so keeping stress factor low and time during the day for running) and I would get a free gym membership, so I think that's a win win. We'll see if it works out since we just have one car and whatnot.

Bottom line - spark more. Eat less. Work out. Don't turn into a blob!

Oh and P.S. - I THINK I logged everything I ate this morning if you want to go spy my tracker. It's not pretty.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/18/2012 5:04AM

    Hang in there, it will pass!

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MBSHAZZER 1/17/2012 4:06PM

    Oh, right, I just realized that you are probably not working yet. And the house is probably all set up now. And you can't run. GAH!!! Dana, I just read your earlier blog - you have lost SO MUCH weight and learned so much about maintenance... I know you can get through this, so chin up, fork down!


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SWEETZMIX 1/17/2012 3:49PM

    Spark more...yeah I need to do that too!

Good luck with the job :)

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REEKU731 1/17/2012 8:07AM

    We all have our "off days" - don't stress about it! I think you've got a good plan for the future! Part time job = free gym membership & more time for running! I think that's a definite win!!

This is a tough time of year nutritionally for a lot of people (myself included!) but we can all get back on track and start heading in the right direction!

I think your goals are great and I can't wait to see how you do!! Not turning into a blob is a fabulous one to have!! I've got that one too


OH and I'm sorry to hear about your foot!! I really hope it starts feeling better soon!!!

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WAVEDANCER7 1/16/2012 9:03PM

    So i totally checked the tracker. And you know what I noticed? How you pulled it together for dinner. Veggies, brown rice, and chicken breast. On days when you screw up on meal it is SO easy to just throw away the whole day. You did not do that. So instead of a tsk tsk, I'm giving you a HIGH FIVE lady! You deserve it!

Good luck with the desk job. Sounds PERRRRFECT!

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HOPERY 1/16/2012 7:06PM

    So, I did look at your tracker. What is a Fage? And um, was that all breakfast? It is hard to watch the food at home for me too. Of course, I have nowhere else to go and my kids remind me of food by wanting some every hour. AAGGGHHH!

Job at a gym desk sounds like a good fit for you:)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/16/2012 4:08PM

    SPARK MORE!! YEAH. i eat at work. i am ok when i am at home. i am at work. emoticon

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

I joined SparkPeople 5 years ago today and I am at 4 years of a healthy weight.

As in the past couple of years, that weight is a little higher than I'd like it to be at my anniversary date, but I'm still here rockin' it.

4A-HEALTHY-BMI posted a great blog recently about the odds of maintaining your weightloss depending on how long you've been maintaining - they go up to 50% at 2 years, and up to 75% at 5 years - so I really need to make this year count and get myself into the good odds category. The work is DEFINITELY NOT OVER once you've lost the bulk of the weight you're trying to lose, and once you're done losing, a whole different journey begins.

Trying to figure out how to make the lifestyle long lasting and keep interesting and allow for real life events... it's a challenge. But we keep growing and the rewards of staying healthy are DEFINITELY worth it.

Here's to another great year with SparkPeople!

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LITTLE_GIRL 1/31/2012 5:20PM

    Awesome! I always come to your page when I need some inspiration. Thank you!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 1/25/2012 11:40PM

    I like your insight about maintenance. Being very honest and clear to every one about it.

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SEEHOLZ 1/18/2012 9:23PM

    You are an amazing role model! Great annivesary blog- oh and I finally get to use the Spark anniversary emotiocon, hehe. emoticon

Happy Sparkeversary Dana!!!

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WOLFKITTY 1/18/2012 1:21PM

    OUR SPARKVERSARY IS THE SAME TIME TOO?!?!?!?! That's awesome! You have 1 year on me.

Love you, Dana!
Thanks for being such a great example!

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AUNTC321 1/17/2012 1:48PM

    Thanks for sharing your struggles. Your honest evaluation and comments help to keep many people motivated. Congratulations on the Sparkiversary and the great new move.

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/17/2012 11:44AM

    Congrats! Woohoo! So much has changed in 5 years, eh? More positive changes to come!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/16/2012 10:55AM

    Thanx for the shout out and congrats on being here 5 years!
(as well as the 4 years of mainenance, of course!)


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CURVES_N_CURLS 1/16/2012 12:39AM

    My biggest tip is... Don't have a baby. ;-)

Seriously, though. 5 years kicks ass!!! (And 4 of maintaining is AWESOME!!!) Proud of you. :)

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CHARMING_GIRL 1/16/2012 12:00AM

    emoticon emoticon

I started SP in 2004. They don't have an 8 year emoticon, maybe it's this, emoticonlol.

Awesome job!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/15/2012 7:53PM

    Wooty wooty wooooooooo˘oooooo!

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New Year, New City, New Home - Time to get CRACKING!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I will share some pictures of the new place, but first -

I need to track my food.
I need to run.
I need to strength train.
and DANGIT I need to hula hoop!

:) and yoga sometimes.

OK now that we got that clear - the move went pretty well. There were some hiccups along the way, but nothing disastrous, and now we are really getting settled. I've got the downstairs looking perfect, and today's goal is to get the upstairs closer to downstairs (really I just need to sweep/vacuum/mop so the floors are clear of all the moving stuff in and out crud) and get a run in today.

And track all my food.

I've got a kitchen (MY OWN KITCHEN AGAIN!! WOOHOO!) with healthy groceries, and I've gotten most of the moving in work accomplished, now it's just little things, so it's time to get cracking.

I'd really like to be down around 20lbs I think. 15-20 - we'll see. But I'm feeling super motivated that I've got a strong base to start from here in the new place and in control of my settings and surroundings.

Now for some pictures:

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EUPHRATES 2/8/2012 12:08AM

    VERY nice!!!!!

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MSILVER94 1/20/2012 12:06PM

    Beautiful place!! :)

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KENSINGTONC 1/8/2012 9:38AM

    Wow, SO cute! So much character. I love it.

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SKYFYRE 1/7/2012 2:36AM

    Dana, you ARE settled, holy smokes!!! LOVE love love the new casa! How exciting! And I hear you on the OWN kitchen, it is half the battle! Way to gon on the winter training in the CUTE snow ;) and ahem, shhh... yoga, lol!

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SEEHOLZ 1/6/2012 1:16PM

    I love your place! So cozy and yet your style!!!

Happy New Year Dana- I sure missed you around here :-)

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    Are you sure you just moved in? Hee hee - you inspire me! I just moved in too and have to get on it. Congratulations on your beautiful new home.

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AIMLESS07 1/5/2012 7:21PM

    Nice place!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2012 6:16PM

    Oh my goodness...you JUST moved in and already everything is all set up!!! We moved in August and we still have tons of stuff in boxes! I have a very similar closet under the stairs to yours, so I took careful mental notes about how you set that up. Everything looks fantastic, cozy, and clean!!

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SEESTARS 1/5/2012 4:20PM

    Great place. Enjoy that amazing kitchen!

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    What a beautiful place! Enjoy it!

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KNH771 1/5/2012 2:42PM

    Built-ins and a lovely kitchen! What a lovely home!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/5/2012 2:02PM

    Ooh, looks great. I'll be right over.

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WAVEDANCER7 1/5/2012 1:28PM

    Hahah bunnies think alike. I LOVE THE BEAMS TOO! It makes it very "vermont-y". PS- did you know Ben and Jerry's is based out of Vermont? Dum di dum... pretend i didn't say that.

I didn't see any Zumba on that list of NEEDS. I bet you can find a local class once a week somewhere too! Ya know.. if you are still into that kinda thing ;)

How close are you to ski resorts?

The place is BEEEEEAUTIFUL! And your kitchen looks like it should be photographed in a magazine! YAY for the move!

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HOPERY 1/5/2012 10:57AM

    Beautiful place for a beautiful bunny!

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BRE7482 1/5/2012 10:28AM

    The new place looks fantastic!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/5/2012 10:20AM

    Very cute. Looks like your year is starting off right. Enjoy the run.

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/5/2012 9:45AM

    Happy New Year! The new place looks nice! You took starting anew to another level. *smiles* I'm glad ultimately the move went well. Here is to a great year!

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REEKU731 1/5/2012 9:42AM

    Happy New Year! Your new place looks fabulous! I think you have some fabulous goals and you're going to rock every single one of them!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/5/2012 9:16AM

    Dana, happy new year and happy new place! It looks awesome! so vermonty and professor-ish!

Best of luck to you and Henry in your new home!

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MARLIE13 1/5/2012 9:14AM

    Saw these on facebook...the pictures...and I just wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE and LOOOOOVVEEEEE the open beams! Just love.

I'm sooo excited for you to be living with open beams. I'm kidding. The new place looks fabulous. You are working so hard. And I'm just so excited with all the newness for you. No place but up and fit for you!

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Food Madness

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sooo.... a couple of things have contributed to my recent nutritional craziness.

1) Trying to save money - New car and a move coming up? great. But the deal when getting the new car was I had to keep our grocery expenses lowwww. YES you CAN eat healthy for cheap. But it's not always fun, it can require sacrificing some variety and not always eating what you "want" to eat. It also means I get in a mentality of - hey I could eat this food for free cause it's here! - which I don't really have when I'm satisfying all my food wants with good healthy foods in a variety that I supply myself when I'm not as restricted in my food budget. It's an excuse for sure.

2) Holidays - yeah holiday treats are coming out....

3) Moving - we want to eat all of the places we might not get to eat again in a long time!!! Like the Happy Tummy - last Thursday was probably our very last trip there, so we did it up. Then this weekend we went to Dreamland BBQ - originally started in Tuscaloosa and definitely a small local mini-chain type place.

So I haven't been tracking for a while lately, and then add those recent things and I've been all over the place nutritionally. Some healthy things and then all the splurges when I feel like I have the chance to eat out of the norm FOR FREE!

Well - I'm not going to promise not to still go out to all the places we'll miss - that IS going to happen. But I AM going to promise not to give myself $$free$$ extra calories that will cost my body in the long run. No more bonus holiday treats just cause it's food I don't have to pay for.

AND I am promising to track everything to the best of my ability save one meal per week. That is my old standard plan and it worked very well for me in the past.

This morning I had a breakfast of eggs and cereal. They were in-laws stash of staples. I need to go grocery shopping. Gonna make a list today and hit the store after work and try to get some things to help keep my interest on what we bought to eat this week as well. And I need to do better getting the protein in. This morning's breakfast was great, but I haven't been doing so hot on that lately on my own so I think that's been contributing to craving of the treats and whatnot.

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SKYFYRE 12/17/2011 1:03AM

    More than "free" food- I have the "it's gonna go bad" food at my house. Need to work on preservation, not consumption! Lol! If only I ruled my tummy like a tight economy! So exciting that you are moving! Track, TRACK! TRAAAAck! You can do it!

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2011 9:59AM

    I used to be really bad about free food! I still am, but The food has not come up as often-LOL. I think that protein helps me a lot!

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REEKU731 12/6/2011 11:30AM

    The holidays are always hard with all the free food hanging around! I know you'll be able to stay on track! This is a great plan!!! Hope you have a marvelous day!

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EUPHRATES 12/6/2011 4:49AM

    Keep in mind you'll be in Ben & Jerry's country soon. :)

That said - yay for VERMONT! (Just read your last blog) Visiting our friends who live in Montpelier was the impetus for this whole healthy journey for me - they do the community garden, grow their own food, can and preserve and brew and buy things local deal, and OMG eating "real food" was amazing. When we came home, I started looking into how to incorporate some of that into our lives, and once I started getting the organic/local delivery service, it made no sense to spend more on healthy food if I was going to make it unhealthy by overeating...so I dusted off my Sparkpage, and here I am 75 lbs lighter! :) FWIW, we intend a mass diaspora to Vermont eventually, probably to Montpelier (though Burlington is pretty awesome too). What part of Vermont will you be in?

Hang in there - you've got a lot of transition going on, but the dust WILL settle eventually.

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AIMLESS07 12/5/2011 10:53PM

    It stinks when that food is just sitting right there. Sometimes I feel like it's taunting me! Many times I can say no though b/c I know I have to enter the food in later.

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AUNTC321 12/5/2011 10:02PM

    You motivate me by being yourself. No happy promises just telling it like it is.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/5/2011 6:51PM

    I think it is hardest to stay on track when I don't think I will have enough. I hope all goes well. But, learning to eat mindfully has really helped. Keep moving forward.

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KNH771 12/5/2011 5:11PM

    I know a bit about nutritional inconsistency. Trying to do better...
Have fun getting groceries!

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MBSHAZZER 12/5/2011 12:58PM

    Free food can end up being very expensive, nutritionally. You have a great plan, though!

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FREGGIEQUEEN 12/5/2011 10:52AM

    I have the "free food" problem myself sometimes, especially at parties, potlucks, or when there are treats in the work kitchen. I just have to remind myself that even if the price tag is free, it's costing my body instead.

And yes, NELLJONES, my husband and I have been watching House Hunters and some of the young people on there are RIDICULOUS! The DH and I like to try to live humbly, and to hell with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Give me a small yard to grow vegetables in and a happy and healthy family, and I'm set for life.

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NELLJONES 12/5/2011 9:38AM

    One of the hardest things for me is to eat properly when at a buffet. I mean, I already paid for it, why not eat it? It is SO hard to say No to Free.

When my first hubby and I were just starting out we were very poor, and I had 3 kids while he was still in grad school. Yet that was when I went to WW and lost my weight. It IS possible, and I'm glad I learned that lesson early on. So many young people today start life with closets full of clothes, cars, and granite countertops. A lesson in poverty when young (and everyone else is poor) is really great training for the inevitable tight times that affect all of us throughout our lives.

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