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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 4

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


I was just up for too long and I was hungry. :-(

BREAKFAST (9:20 a.m.)

Because I was up so late the night before, I woke up sort of rushed this morning. I just grabbed a Fiber One bar as I was headed out the door.

LUNCH (1:00 p.m.)

6-inch Subway Club on wheat (toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, black olives, spicy mustard, light mayo, red peppers, and pepper jack cheese); and a Yogurt Parfait.

DINNER (6:20 p.m.)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast (3.5 oz); steamed broccoli (1.5 cups) with Olivio buttery spray. (This was my first time trying this spray. It taste pretty good.)

SNACK (9:45 p.m.)

I had this right before my workout.

I didn't have my multivitamin today; but I'm pleased with my choices today.

WATER TOTALS: 10 cups (80 oz)


Walk 19 min/mile: 20 mins; 83 calories
Jumping rope (slow) 10 mins; 118 calories
Daily Totals: 30 mins; 201 calories

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HALLELUL 10/5/2011 5:54PM

    Would you please come and cook for me. Your supper looks so yummy.

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MICHSTATE 10/5/2011 5:10PM

    Good job!!!
I think I would be starving eating so little, kudos to you!!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/5/2011 1:34PM

    emoticonI hear jumping rope is one of the best ways to burn cals!

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TEMPEST272002 10/5/2011 8:30AM

    Great choices today! Good for you!

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GOURMETLOSER 10/5/2011 7:09AM

    Looks like another good day

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CANNIE50 10/5/2011 12:51AM

    Great way to record what you eat. Your portions are so sensible. emoticon

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GHK1962 10/5/2011 12:41AM

    10 cups of water! That is my HARDEST goal to meet...the water thingy. You rock. are always fun to look at.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/4/2011 11:51PM

    I LOVE broccoli. Your dinner looked better than mine. emoticon

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ELLSKI85 10/4/2011 11:49PM

    This is really cool! Great choices and water drinking.

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 11:38PM

    Once again digging the veggies!!

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RIBKNIT 10/4/2011 11:33PM

    What a great way to record what you eat. Thanks for the good idea.

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 3

Monday, October 03, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:00 a.m.):

2 pieces of turkey bacon; 2 eggs; 3 oz (half package) baby spinach; 1 slice of Nature's Own Whole Grain 100% wheat bread; 1 tbsp Polaner All Fruit spread (strawberry); 8 oz Silk Vanilla soy milk

LUNCH (12:00 p.m.):

4 cups mixed field greens; .5 cup cherry tomatoes; .25 cup Kraft Triple Cheddar cheese; 3 tbsp Bolthouse creamy Yogurt Dressing (blue cheese)--I LOVE this dressing. It's only 50 calories per 2 Tbsp and its soo good; 3.5 ounces of grilled, skinless chicken breasts

SNACK (3:00 p.m.)

5 prunes

DINNER (7:15 p.m.)

Tilapia and Pacific Whiting; broiled cauliflower and brussels sprouts; Two 8 oz cups of fruit punch.

I know it looks like I piled some food on a big ole plate, but really it was a saucer. See...

I had the middle sized plate. The smallest one is really one of those plates you place your tea or coffee cup on. LOL I never eat off that size. So, it was okay that I didn't take the time to measure dinner.

I was so hungry by the time I got home and I was exhausted. Since I changed careers and started working for myself, I rarely get home late. I'm usually in and out of the house a few time during the day as I go from assignment to assignment. So, when I get home as late as I did when I worked a desk job, I feel exhausted...mentally. I'm mentioning all this because it's a trigger. I recognize that now. When I got home I wanted to "treat" (or rather sabotage) myself. I wanted sugar or chips or something. I ALMOST allowed myself to binge, actually. I was headed for the chips WHILE I was preparing my dinner. BUT, I stopped myself. I didn't have them. Instead, the sugar I decided upon was the fruit punch. I hadn't finished drinking my water for the day so it really was "off-plan" to have the juice first. But, I was like "whatever!" which really brought home the point that when I feel mentally drained and exhausted I still turn to food. I'm glad that it wasn't ice cream or cookies or something though. That fruit punch is Turkey Hill and it's about 100 calories per 8 oz or something like that. I didn't look. I didn't care. But, I could have just had the Single Serving Diet Snapple Peach ice tea packets that I have in the house. That would have been only 5 calories. Why did I pick the fruit punch. Hmmmm.... I still wanted (subconsciously) to be destructive and sabotage myself. Why? Goodness goodness me. Wow.... I still have some mental work to do, huh? Yep!

Overall: Good food choices and good self discovery. Successful day!

WATER TOTALS: 8 cups (64 oz)--I actually downed 3 more cups of water *after* having had the 16 oz of fruit punch, so that I wouldn't feel so bad for having the punch before I had finished my water for the day. I may not have had water first (before other drinks) but I got it all in today. :-)

NO EXERCISE TODAY. It was a scheduled strength training day, but I didn't do any. Boooo!

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ABETTERSOUL 10/4/2011 2:29PM

    I think you did great!!!!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/4/2011 11:44AM

    Food looks great today! I'm thinking the urge for sugar is likely more to do with brain chemistry than self-sabatoge... when the body gets to a certain hunger point, it is ONLY interested in glucose (ie fruit juice). It's a survival thing & it's not many of us that can fight it off for long.

The solution is simple - plan to eat a protien + carb snack every day on your commute home. Nuts or seeds (use snack size ziploc bags & premeasure them) plus a small apple is a good option. If you bus, you could have a single serving of greek yogurt.

You're doing great. Keep going!

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HALLELUL 10/4/2011 9:34AM

    emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 10/4/2011 7:26AM

    I have these little bowls that hold about a cup of cereal. I love them so much, but when I take pictures of them it looks like I'm having this big bowl filled to the brim with cereal. :D So I know what you mean about the picture looking bigger than the plate actually is! :D

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GOURMETLOSER 10/4/2011 4:35AM

    Looks great.

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 1:03AM

    your dinner veggies look so YUM!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/3/2011 11:21PM

    Looks yummy!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 2

Sunday, October 02, 2011

(Next blogged weight report will be this Wednesday)

BREAKFAST (8:00 a.m.):

Multivitamin (YAY); 12 oz cup Silk Vanilla soy milk; 2 pieces of turkey bacon; 1.5 egg (I cooked 3 and split with my daughter. That's how I wound up having 1.5. LOL); Broiled veggies--carrots, brussels sprouts, baby zucchini. (I love the broiler. I broil everything that I possible can. LOL It's quick, efficient and gives me that grilled tastes when I allow the heat to char (or burn) whatever I'm cooking. LOL)

SNACK after church (2:40 p.m.):

A Fiber One Bar

DINNER (5:15 p.m.)

My leftovers that I carried home from Olive Garden yesterday.

SNACK after workout (8:45 p.m.)

Six (6) entertainment crackers; about a Tbsp of peanut butter

Another great day! I am ABSOLUTELY loving these food picture logs!!! It causes me to think before I eat. I mean, I can't just pick up something and put it in my mouth mindlessly because I need to take a picture of it first. And, how embarassing would it be to take a picture of 4 huge cookies (like the ones I had last week from Wegmans). You guys would surely give me a much-deserved lashing. Also, if I take a picture and it doesn't come out well, I'll just decide not to have the food item. LOL That happened yesterday when I was going to have the after-dinner mint chocolate that came with the restaurant bill. (I'm sure it didn't have that many calories in it...but you never know.) The chocolate mint was wrapped in foil and it just didn't come out well in my picture. So, I just skipped it. LOL Now, If only all tempting foods came wrapped in aluminum foil this month. LOL

Until tomorrow...

WATER TOTAL FOR TODAY: 7 cups (56 oz)

EXERCISE TOTALS (copied from shared fitness tracker):

Treadmill - 24 min/mile: 10 mins.; 35 calories
Treadmill - 5% incline 24 min/mile: 30 mins.; 190 calories
Treadmill - 20 min/mile: 30 mins.; 112 calories

Daily Totals: 70 minutes; 337 calories

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLESSEDMAZARS 10/3/2011 2:46PM

    Looks like this is really working for you. I am SO happy for you! You are doing great! Can't wait to hear the results of this week. Keep going, girl! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/3/2011 9:51AM

    Looks like you had a great eating day. emoticon

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1NANA4EVER 10/3/2011 9:20AM

    I am enjoying your food consumption blog. Wow you really know how to do a breakfast. It puts my boring cup of cereal, non fat milk and fruit each morning to shame! I am going to start using my broiler more, this is a great idea.

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TEMPEST272002 10/2/2011 11:21PM

    The broiled veggies look so delicious! Great job getting in the exercise.

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MS_PEACEFUL 10/2/2011 11:01PM

    Love the picture food blog. Gives me ideas, thanks! emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 10/2/2011 10:44PM

    You are certainly doing well. DOn't know if I'd be strong enough not to eat something because the picture was lousy! Good for you.

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SUZANNE0606 10/2/2011 10:33PM

    Ahhhh, Wegmans!!! My favorite store!!! The food looks great, btw!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/2/2011 9:57PM

    hahahah, I would never skip the Andes mint. I live for those at Olive Garden.

True story: When Jason and I were first married, we went to OG on a date night. Jason knew how much I liked Andes mints so he asked the waitress for some extras as we left. She brought out AN ENTIRE BASKET of them and said "Take as many as you like," then laughed as Jason dumped the whole thing into his bag. She must have thought he was cute or something. :D

PS - We used them to make a roof for our gingerbread house. :D

Comment edited on: 10/2/2011 9:58:09 PM

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LINNEA918 10/2/2011 9:56PM

    I love that you photograph your food for the blog... I may just snag your idea. Hope that's ok! :)

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INITANURSE11 10/2/2011 9:40PM

    Love your idea of taking pics of the food you eat. Keep up the good work emoticon

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ERIKO1908 10/2/2011 9:27PM

    Looks like you need to put another jar of peanut butter on your shopping list!! I've happened upon your food pictures blog two days in a row by accident...keep up the good work!! May all the tempting food come to you wrapped in tinfoil!! ;) Happy Sparking!!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 1

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Breakfast (7:40 a.m.)

A very ripe medium banana; Fiber one yogurt; multivitamin

This ISN'T a typical breakfast for me. But, I knew I was going out to dinner with my sister that evening, so I was trying to keep everything fairly light.

Snack or Lunch (whatever you want to call it) (12:18 p.m.)

I was in a class at church from 9am - 12p. When that was over, I immediately had my snack that I brought with me. But there were also refreshments downstairs, so I grabbed an apple and ate that too. The fiber one bar would have been sufficient. Honestly, I felt like "greed" caused me to consume the apple as well. I know that it was a healthy choice, but looking into the *reason* why I added that apple to my already consumed Fiber One bar was just because it was there and it was free. That IS something that I struggle with; so I thought I'd mention it here just as a way of bringing attention to it for myself.

Dinner (5p)

I had dinner with my sister at Olive Garden. Eventhough I'm not counting calories, per se, I'm still mentally noting them and trying to consider them. I couldn't help myself. So, I asked our server for the Garden Fare Nutrition Guide before I ordered so that I could make better choices. Yay me! LOL Sooo.. of course you get the unlimited salad and breadsticks:

I had two bowls of the salad. It already has the dressing on it, so who knows how many calories was in that. I had two breadsticks. The picture shows one breadstick split in half, because I thought MAYBE I could eat half of one and call it a day. That didn't happen. Anyhooo...

For my main course I ordered the Capellini di Mare, which was highlighted as one of their lower fat entrees. It was also a lower calorie choice. The entire entree is listed as being 650 calories. And this is what it looked like when they brought it to the table:

HOWEVER, I *immediately* asked the server for a to-go box and only left on my plate what I thought to be an adequate portion size (considering that I had already eaten salad and had two breadsticks). So, this is what what left on my plate after I put the rest in a to-go box:

Not bad, huh?

I really wanted a dessert, but the dessert I *really* wanted (Warm Apple Crostata) was 730 calories!!! LOL I didn't want one of those little itty bitty mini desserts either. Soooo, I decided to skip dessert altogether.

It helps when you go out to dinner with someone who is making good, healthy choices as well. My sister is a good influence as far as portions are concerned. She doesn't go overboard. She always eats just enough of what she needs. She's a Type 1 diabetic so she has always been really good about watching her intake and she has never counted calories. She always has leftovers. She's like a size 6!

Looking at her reminds me that my goal is attainable and that I'll mostly likely look just like her when I reach it. LOL People already asks us if we're twins anyway and I'm like 12 years older than she. We always get a kick out of that... well at least I do. LOL

Well, that's it for Day 1. Tomorrow morning is weigh-in. I'll just post it on my sparkpage. If there's a lost, SparkPeople will announce it and you'll see it. Otherwise, keep following the journey... something is bound to happen sooner or later. And, I think that THIS is going to be my month! :-)


Cardio & Calories Burned MINUTES CALORIES BURNED
Walk 30 min/mile 120 348
Daily Totals: 120 minutes; 348 calories burned

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/4/2011 10:43PM

    Having the food boxed up is a great idea. I'm going to incorporate that also. Thanks for the idea!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/2/2011 8:36PM

    Looks like you made some great choices today. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/2/2011 1:41PM

    Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow!

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MICHSTATE 10/2/2011 12:57PM

    Good job eating out!!!!

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TEMPEST272002 10/2/2011 12:53PM

    Interesting insight about the apple. Paying attention to what triggers us mentally (like free food) is a good way to break those habits. I think it's great that people think you're twins with a sister 12 years younger! lol Great for the ego boost. My SiL makes eats very healthy & it's such a relief for me to know when we're invited to dinner that she'll serve things I can eat. You made excellent choices at the restaurant!

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1NANA4EVER 10/2/2011 9:59AM

    You did a great job capturing day one. If anything would keep me honest this would. Have a very successful month!

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HALLELUL 10/2/2011 8:39AM

    You did a good job yesterday! I had a bowl of Cheerios w/ milk (and a little sugar) early morning and went all day doing my catch up shopping. I didn't eat again until after 5 or 6 pm not sure, but I do know that Kashi cereal snack I had was the bomb. I think I'll do a food log too.

Anyway I did good the only bad I ate was some Fruit Certs candy, but NO GUM!


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POOKASLUAGH 10/2/2011 8:37AM

    Olive Garden is so hard to keep from eating too much. And if you didn't see, those mini-desserts are ridiculously high calories. I figured they'd be about 150-200 calories when I had one a few months ago, but I looked them up with I got home, and for like two spoonfuls it's 350 CALORIES. Seriously?? I could eat two whole hershey bars for about the same amount, why did I waste that on a two-bite dessert???? That was my thought at the time, haha. Not that I wanted to consume two whole hershey bars. The thought of consuming even ONE whole hershey bar makes me a little sick, haha. :D

I love this idea!! I love seeing the food and I'm glad it helps to make you more accountable.

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FERRETLOVER1 10/2/2011 7:15AM

    I know exactly what you mean about the free food - I, too, feel like I'm entitled to why not take it.

I really like your daily food photo blog idea - keep it going. It will really help you in the long run!!

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GOURMETLOSER 10/2/2011 2:57AM

    Sounds like you made some excellent choices. Well done!
Keep building on the successes.

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DRB13_1 10/2/2011 1:40AM

    intereting blog...hope the Fiber One products are not adversely affecting you GI tract or giving you any cramps (that's a LOT of fiber!) Good luck with your weigh in! emoticon

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I have decided that this month, I'm going to track all my foods consumed by picture instead of using the tracker. I think I'm becoming a little obsessive about tracking. LOL And I'm not sure it's helping me reach my goals either at this point.

So, I'm going to take a picture of EVERYTHING I put in my mouth AND the times. I'm going to put the pictures up in a blog at the end of the day or the next morning.

It's just an experiment, and I'll probably go back to regular tracking next month. I don't know. But I'm hoping that, at least for this month, photo tracking helps me make better choices and be more accountable. I track on the nutrition tracker, but you won't see it unless you're curious and choose to click on it. But, putting it up in a blog means everyone who choses to read my blog, will definitely see. I'm hoping that in seeing what I'm eating, my Sparkfriends--my honest and insightful Sparkfriends--will be able to help me with some suggestions if you can see possible mistakes I'm making.

I know FOR SURE, it'll save a ton of time! Just click and eat.

Now, I warn you, I keep it pretty simple when I'm cooking. LOL There won't be any fantastic recipes or meals that you'd probably want to copy and fix for yourself. LOL Meat and veggies is my staple, with possible some brown rice on the side. I don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But snacking...that's something different. So, keeping track of the snacks and the times, especially, that they are consumed will help me TREMENDOUSLY, I think.

During this experiment, I'm also going to weigh myself a minimum of three times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. My weight will appear in the blogs for those days. But official weigh-in is still Sunday. Without knowing the calories I'm consuming, I think I'll have to keep a more dilligent eye on what's going on with my weight so that I can adjust accordingly.

I am working out everyday this month too, alternating between cardio and strength training. That'll continue to be tracked on the fitness tracker. But, at the end of my blog, I may copy and paste my workout and the calories burned just so that I can have everything in one place.

Well, that's it. It's October TODAY and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. So.... gotta get my camera ready. :-)

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ABETTERSOUL 10/3/2011 12:27PM

    Interesting idea...hope it works for you! Looking forward to seeing your blogs!

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REBELBLITZ 10/1/2011 12:18PM

    Looking forward to your photo blog and your success in your weight loss journey. Great idea!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 10/1/2011 11:17AM

    Cool idea! Can't wait to hear the results. :)

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1NANA4EVER 10/1/2011 10:51AM

    I think this is an interesting idea and experiment. I am going to track your progress and will be interested to see the results at the end of October. emoticon

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WORDLILY 10/1/2011 10:44AM

    Good to change things up! Hope the photos help you make progress. :)

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TEMPEST272002 10/1/2011 10:03AM

    Meat, veg, snacks.... hey, that's me! I'm an all day grazer - so I find it useful to measure out my snacks in the morning & then pick at them throughout the day. It will be interesting to see what you're eating & I think, over time, it will definitely make you more aware of patterns & triggers.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/1/2011 9:50AM

    Cool emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 10/1/2011 9:20AM

    I await the results with interest

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FCARMICH 10/1/2011 7:58AM

  Whatever helps you!

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FERRETLOVER1 10/1/2011 7:52AM

    I'm looking forward to your picture blogs - hope it helps you see exactly what you are eating.

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PINKBEANBOO 10/1/2011 7:32AM

    I'm a simple eater, too. Hamburgers. Mac n cheese. Green beans.
You'll be doing a lot of blogs this month or maybe they'll just be long.
Be sure I'll be reading them.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/1/2011 7:23AM

    I like the picture idea! I hope it helps you forward on your journey.

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