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Hi Friends,

It’s a beautiful day here in NY.  Spring seems to have FINALLY sprung here!  The trees are beginning to bloom, it’s getting a little warmer and the sunshine is adding a lil pep to people’s steps.  More people are outside enjoying the beautiful weather which is always nice to see. 

I can’t wait to get out and enjoy it myself!  We’ve been work, work, working away on the house trying to get it back to what it once was prior to Hurricane Sandy.  There are times that we get really depressed because it feels like we’ve been at this forever and things still aren’t quite right.  Putting everything into perspective though, we realize how far we’ve come and are so thankful to be living back home again.  It was just about a month ago that we were able to move back home.  I was so stressed and depressed at that point.  I’m much happier now!  We just have to stay focused and continue to remind ourselves of the positives!

Anyway, with spring here I know that summer is right around the corner.  That means it’s almost time for the beach….and bikinis.  Let me tell you, my body is nowhere near ready to be wearing a bikini.  All of the stress really did a number on my poor body (and mind).  I’m back on track now and set up a little beach body challenge for myself.  For the next 90 days I’ll be doing a hybrid of Insanity & Les Mills Pump.  I began Insanity a few weeks ago but REALLY missed lifting, so I decided to purchases PUMP to get my lifting fix satisfied. I think this is going to be a great combo!

Insanity is no joke!  I’m sure you know that if you’ve ever seen any of their infomercials.  There were many times that I watched that infomercial intrigued with the program and the results, yet I didn’t think that I personally would be able to complete it.  I mean, I’m just this normal girl from Long Island.  😉  My thoughts changed when my sister, Melissa, completed it (FYI – she’s now on her 3rd round now!) and my brother, DJ, completed it with AMAZING results (see his pics below – he’s now on his 2nd round). 

Before - 210 lbs

Before – 210 lbs

After - 179 lbs

Comparison = AMAZING!

The wheels in my brain began turning and I thought, “If they can do it so can I!”

So, I got myself onto the Beachbody website and ordered Insanity.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that my true love is lifting.  It takes real motivation to get me to do my cardio.  There are a ton of tricks I’ve adapted over the years in order to get my cardio in.  I’m VERY competitive with myself, so Insanity is perfect for me.  It challenges me to be better than the last time that I “pressed play”, instead of mindlessly pedaling on an elliptical.  After about 2 weeks of Insanity I was really missing my lifting routine though. 

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(I’m not sure where this image came from. I think I found it on Pinterest originally. Sorry for no proper link.)

It didn’t make sense to do Insanity at home and then drive to the gym to lift.  Not having to drive to and from the gym every morning gives me extra time to sleep and do other things around the house before work.  The wheels began turning again and I decided to purchase Les Mills Pump.  Now, I can get cardio and lifting in right from my living room!  I truly believe that these two programs combined are going to get me to my best body ever (especially in combination with my new eating regimen). 🙂

I’m putting this out there for my own accountability.  Two months from now I’ll be finished with Insanity and Les Mills Pump will be complete a month after that.  I’m so excited to see where this takes me!   My brother may be 11 years younger than me, but he is my inspiration right now.  We’ve both battled weight issues for years and I’m so proud of him for taking control of his life and making positive changes ( DJ, if you’re reading this, I love you and I’m SO PROUD OF YOU)!  I hope that my after pics are as great as his!

If you’d like to join me in the challenge of getting into your best shape by summer, let me know.  I’m going to post my workouts and stats weekly to keep me accountable.  Come join the fun!  I’d love to have some workout partners! 🙂

If you’re interested in purchasing the programs I’ll be using (or any other Beachbody programs ) you can check them out on my coaching site.  Just go to the Beachbody website by copying the following into your browser: http://www.beachbody.com/  (WordPress won’t allow this to be a hyperlink) and sign up for a free account, if you don’t already have one.  Then, add me as a buddy.  My screenname is: BeFitWithKim.  Friend request me, even if you already have a great coach.  I love meeting new people!  🙂 You can also check out my new Facebook page where I’ll be posting daily for accountability and inspiration hereI’d love for you to like and follow me there!

*Disclosure: I am now a Beachbody coach, but all opinions are my own.  I will NEVER push products on you…EVER! If you have any questions about any Beachbody program or product feel free to ask me.  I’m happy to help in any way that I can.

Ok, time to get back to work.  I hope you’re having a great day!

~Kim

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Hello? Helloooo???? Anyone still here?  I know I’ve been a horrible awful terrible bad blogger.  Everyday life just kind of got in the way of my blogging time.  Days turned into weeks and then a month and here we are.  Isn’t it scary how quickly time passes?  I find that as I get older it moves faster and faster.  Sometimes I want to yell SLOW DOWN!

During my absence a whole lot has been happening in this crazy mind of mine.  Ever since the hurricane, and truthfully even before then, I was living in an extremely depressed state.  There were days I didn’t know how I was going to get out of bed and make it through the work day.  Many evenings consisted of me snuggled up next to Rob with tears silently rolling down my cheeks.

I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was wrong, since I really have nothing to complain about.  I have great people in my life who love me, a nice home (that we are finally settling back into), a good job, and good health, yet something was keeping me from being happy.

In my last posts before my blogging hiatus I mentioned giving up control and reaching out for help with my eating issues, dreaming BIG & making things happen.  What’s stood in the way of making my dreams come true (and always has) are Me, Myself & I.  I always try to accomplish a multitude of goals without really taking care of the main issue at hand. In my case, the issue has always been my disordered eating.

I’m so proud of myself for reaching out for help.  For years I’ve been very stubborn, thinking that I could take care of the issue on my own.  I knew that I needed to eat more in order to get out of the vicious cycle that was controlling me, but I couldn’t seem to push past the mental fear of eating more.  I couldn’t follow the same advice that I was giving others, which I truly believed in.  So, I reached out to my nutritionist, Jen, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Truly!

Jen said that I am a “nutritionist’s dream”. I eat all of the right things….just not enough.  A few weeks after our initial meeting I was presented with a 7 day meal plan that I will follow continuously until I start making exchanges on my own, down the road.  She wants me to stick with the plan exactly, for now, to be sure that I’m getting everything that I need in.  On a given day, my plan is anywhere from 300-500 more calories that I had been taking in.  Let me tell you that makes a HUGE difference! I can actually make a recipe and eat it now.  AMAZING!  I no longer count calories or macros, which I had become obsessed with, and just follow my plan as it is laid out for me.  My mind is so much clearer now.  It isn’t filled constantly with numbers and/or calculating those numbers.  I no longer worry about how to skimp during the day, allowing myself enough to eat in the evening, in case I am hungry.

Prior to this, I began to think that I might have to go onto an antidepressant because my depression was so overwhelming and taking over my life.  After a few days on my new plan it was as if someone waved a magic wand over me and POOF the depression was gone.

Seriously.  Just.Like.That….GONE! 

No need for medicine when you are eating enough of the right things.  I still can’t believe how quickly everything changed once I was eating enough.

Rob has commented multiple times that I’m like a completely different person and he wants this one to stick around. There have been many times that I’ve been worried that he would want to leave me because I was never happy and, honestly, who wants to be with someone who is never happy?  I wouldn’t blame him!  There have been times that I’d like to be able to get away from myself, but I’m stuck with myself for life. 😉  Haha.  Instead of trying to escape from reality I decided to work on myself and it has made such a difference in my life.  It’s only been one week and I feel renewed!

There are a few new things happening over here that I’m extremely excited to share with you.  It will all come out in time, my friends.  For now, I’m happy to report that the depression is gone and I’m ready to LIVE!

Kim

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Hey Guys!

We’ve made it to the Wednesday hump and this week is already seeming to be very long! I guess that can be attributed to the fact that it’s the first full week back at work since before Christmas. Once I get back into the swing of full weeks again it won’t be a problem, but for now it feels like torture.
I’m trying to stay in the positive in 2013. The negative only drags you down, right?  So, I keep reminding myself how Monday felt like a second Christmas.  Christmas in January!  I may or may not have purchased a few fitness inspired items for myself.  Merry Christmas to me! 😉

Let’s check these boxes out!!
Box #1:

Perfect Fit
After trying Perfect Fit protein for the first time a few weeks ago, I fell in love. It’s the perfect addition to my morning bowl of oat bran and my last meal of the day (which I try to keep as just a protein & fat meal).

Protein Oats

Needless to say, I use it pretty much Every.Single.Day!  I still have to write a review and try it out in some recipes for you guys.

Originally, I thought it was going to be a one-time purchase, but seeing that I do use it so often it was time for me to buy some more. This time, a free hot pink shaker cup was included. Cute! I can’t wait to use it!

Box #2:

Genetix HD
If you’re like me, you love reading Kelly Olexa’s blog. Even better is watching her vlogs while getting some cardio in. Nothing like using time efficiently, right?  😉

Many times during her vlog you’ll see her drinking her GNC GenetixHD Pro-Sculpt in the Blue Raspberry flavor. After doing some research I wanted to try it for myself and ended up with the GNC GenetixHD bundle.  It is pretty expensive, so I found an online coupon for GNC and happily made my purchase. I always love a good discount! Rob always says that “sale” and “puppies” are my two favorite words. I don’t know about “favorite” words, but they’re definitely up there.  

This bundle is a 30 day supply, which will take me up to my trip in February.  Normally, I don’t take any supplements other than protein powder and my vitamins.  I’ll do a full review after the 30 days are up.

Along with the GenetixHD, I bought a container of About Time protein powder that I’ve had my eyes on for some time.

About Time

I tried it once in my evening snack (Which is: protein powder mixed with an egg white and nuked. Then, smeared with some peanut butter). All I can say is “YUCK!” I’m going to give it a second chance in a morning shake and see if that changes my opinion. Hey, that was all the more reason to buy my Perfect Fit protein, right?

Box #3:

Polar Box
I’ve always wanted a heart rate monitor, but for whatever reason (most likely financial) I never got to purchasing one. On New Years Day I felt it was finally time for me to get one, but I had no clue what to get. If you follow me on twitter you’d have seen my request for recommendations and eventually this conversation.

Liz Convo
Thank you Liz Brody!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on my new Polar FT40! While Rob was on a business trip last night that’s exactly what I did. I’m looking forward to putting it to good use for the first time in my workout tomorrow morning.

Polar HR Monitor
Now that all of the unwrapping is complete, I’m back to the grind. However, someone just might have been browsing through the Apple store online last night and purchased this:

Incase Sports Armband Deluxe for My iPhone 4s

Let’s just say there might be some more unwrapping to do on Friday. 😉

Have a great day!

~Kim

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Good Morning, My Sweets!

 

 Well, we’re three days into the New Year.  How’s it going?  Are you still on track to keeping any resolutions or goals that you set for yourself?  I’m happy to say that I’m right on point! 

 Prior to the new year I had let some bad habits creep back into my life.  I was staying up WAYYYYY too late, pretty much every night.  I’m talking about 1, 2, 3 and even 4 AM late!  Staying up that late only lead to being horribly tired every day, missing workouts and binge eating behavior.  I was sluggish, grumpy and totally dragging on most days.  If I didn’t make it to the gym in the morning, which let’s face it was most mornings, I’d be snuggled in bed (or on the couch more likely) until the very last second.  Then, I’d be left to rush and have anxiety about getting to work on time.  No Bueno!!

 When I thought about what I really wanted to commit to in order to better myself this year, I took all of this into account.  My mornings were one big mess which spiraled into the evening.  It was an endless cycle that I couldn’t seem to stop.  Wanting to be the best ME possible, I knew that getting my sleep cycle in order would be one of the best things I could do for my body.  Not only would I be re-energized by morning, but it would have a trickle effect, stopping other bad behaviors.

 I’ve always been a night owl, so going to bed at a reasonable hour is difficult for me.  I used those late night/early morning hours to catch up on all of my “girly” shows (as deemed by Rob), because I couldn’t watch them while he was up.  Once we move back into our house it’ll be easier.  I don’t have to be stuck to him 24/7.  I can watch my shows at a normal hour in a different room, if I so choose.  Where we are currently living I don’t have that opportunity.  Now, instead of watching something I’m not really into, I’ve been using the time to prep my meals & outfit for the following day, tidy up and read. 

 Last night, we watched a recorded episode of Mob Doctor and then Rob put on one of his manly shows.  You know, something about guns, fishing, cars, whale wars, etc.  You get the idea, right?  Some of those shows are good, but they aren’t anything I’m absolutely in love with and HAVE to see. 

I totally could have stayed in the tv area for a little while longer, but I got up and retired to the bedroom, where I read until Rob came in.  Then, it was lights out and I got another full night of sleep.  My body must really be loving me right now and wondering who this new Kim is that goes to bed before 11 PM.  😉

 All because of breaking one habit (staying up late) I am:

  1. Refreshed in the Morning
  2. Not Upset with Myself in the Morning (as a result of binges b/c now I didn’t binge!)
  3. Reading More
  4. Losing Weight Again
  5. Well Prepared for the Following Day

All it takes is changing ONE bad habit and you can create a positive trickle effect in your life.  All I know is, I’m keeping this up!  It can only lead to positive things for me.  I’ll take it!!

 What’s one habit that you’d like to break?  How do you see it creating a positive trickle effect in your life?

Have a great day!

~Kim

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Hi My Sweets!

I’m still alive.  I know I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to lately, but things are beginning to turn around for the better here and life is slowly returning to normal.

I have to be honest, I was on a little downward spiral starting a few months before my sister’s wedding in August.  I was upset with myself…A LOT.  My eating was out of control.  I started gaining weight and couldn’t stop from crying all of the time.

Then, Sandy hit.  I had been doing a little better at that point, but the devastation of Sandy just made me feel numb.  Rob was surprised that I was holding it all together, because I tend to be the sensitive/emotional one.  I think that somewhere in the back of my mind I knew that tears and emotions weren’t going to allow me to get through this tough time.  I tried to just take things day by day, be thankful for my job and for the people there supporting me (more people care about me than I ever realized).

Still, the uncontrollable eating ensued.  My clothes got tighter.  It didn’t help that those that were salvaged shrunk.  I felt like a stuffed sausage.

Every morning I felt a sense of panic about what would actually fit that I could wear to work.  I hated the way that I looked and couldn’t bring myself to look in a full length mirror.  At work, I basically hid in my cubicle as much as possible, ashamed of my appearance.  My weight is the last thing I should have been obsessed with at this time.  Let’s face it, there are much more pressing things to be taking care of, right?

No matter what I should or shouldn’t have been worrying about, it was still a reality that the number creeping upward on the scale was effecting me.  First, I reached out to my former fitness coach.  I thought that maybe focusing on something positive, like getting ready for a fitness competition would get me back on track.  That lasted a few days and then my eating demon reappeared in full force.   I was MISERABLEThere was no hiding from this.  It was going to continue getting worse if I didn’t take action.   I didn’t want to worry Rob.  He already had more than enough on his plate.

So, I did what I recommend for all of my friends who are trying to lose some weight and find a healthier lifestyle.  I joined Weight Watchers.  Since I’m really shy and don’t have much time for meetings, I joined as an online member.  I think that tracking PointsPlus is easier on my mind than tracking calories.  Maybe that’s because whenever I tracked what I ate on other sites, I was consumed with getting each macronutrient to a certain percentage (Ex: 40% Carbs, 40% Protein & 20% Fat).  I couldn’t just live in the moment and enjoy a healthy portion of food that I was actually craving.  I was always preoccupied with the numbers and what time of day it was.  Sometimes, when you know too much it can be a bad thing and that’s what it was for me.  My sister and I have a little theory about where all of this stems from and I’ll get more into it in my Thursday Thoughts this week.

Friends, I have a good feeling about this!  I truly do.  I even have a friend of mine doing it with me so we can keep each other accountable.  I feel that with Weight Watchers I can stay on track while enjoying life.  I can enjoy a glass of wine with my sister, as I did last night, and not feel guilty about it.

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I can go out to dinner, cook a full range of recipes for myself and Rob, and enjoy some holiday goodies ALL while continuing to lose weight.  No more feelings of guilt.  I’ll keep up my exercise routine for my cardiovascular health and to shape my muscles, but I won’t be doing it to step on a stage. I can still push myself to run faster/longer and lift heavier, but it doesn’t have to be for a reason other than achieving a new personal best.  I just want to be happy, healthy and the best ME that I can be.  I want to ENJOY my life and not look back with anymore regrets! It can all be mine when I learn proper BALANCE instead of striving for perfection and going to extremes.  Those that love me don’t deserve what I’ve been putting them through.  Heck, I don’t deserve what I’ve been putting myself through all of these years..decades really.  DECADES!!  It is time to move on!

I’ve come to this conclusion many times before in my life.  The conclusion that I just need to find balance with my eating, exercise and other aspects of my life in order to be truly happy.

Somewhere along the way I lose focus.  I’ll be doing great on my balanced plan, losing weight, enjoying life and then I get the ‘great idea’ that I’m going to kick it up a notch’.  That’s when I decide I’m going to become a fitness competitor, go on some crazy plan and end up worse off than had I just stuck to my balanced living.  No More!! 

I made the commitment to myself that This Is It!  A balanced and healthy lifestyle is what I want and what I’m working toward now.  No matter how I feel in a month or two, when I’ve shed this extra weight, there is no crazy diet and fitness plan I’ll be jumping to.  I’m going to walk my talk and do exactly what I tell those that I love.  I mean, I should love and care about myself as much as I do them, right?  ABSOLUTELY!

With that off my chest, I best be going.  I promise to be around more regularly this week.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m still aiming to complete my New Year, New Me Challenge.

Have a great one!

~Kim

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Hi Friends!

 Man, what a week it’s been!  I feel emotionally drained.  I know I totally look that way too.  Despite this drained feeling, a sense of calm fell over me today.  I was sitting at my desk, knocking out tasks left and right, and I think it gave me a sense of power and control that’s missing in so many other areas in my life.  Like I stated the other day, everything that I enjoy and have been working toward kind of fell by the wayside after the destruction of the storm.  That’s ok with me, because I know that this is a truly a disaster that I’m dealing with and not an obstacle that I’m creating for myself (which I sometimes do).

 I spoke with my coach from IIN last night and she reaffirmed my feelings, which also made me feel better.  I think that I can finally start taking some time for myself.   Getting a mani/pedi and doing some clothes shopping this weekend will be good, for starters.    My sister and I are planning on meeting up to accomplish both.  It’ll be really nice to see her and do some girly, sister things.  I’m looking forward to it!

 I also decided that I need to take myself out of the depressing situation sometimes to make myself feel better. 

For example, where we are currently staying had some water damage that is being fixed as we’re living there.  I look around and feel anxiety because there is so much disorder.  I have a difficult time living in a mess.  When the things around me are messy and disorganized I tend to feel that way mentally.  In the past, whenever I felt really disorganized in my life my first reaction would be to clean my living space.  It’s something that I have complete control over (at least in normal circumstances) and can see changes almost immediately.  Instead of sitting amongst the mess after work, I decided that I’ll make a trip to the library to study in a nicer environment.  Even a trip to Starbucks to get some reading in will do for a change of space.   Maybe I won’t feel so much anxiety and I’ll begin to look less like a crazy, frazzled woman.

 Speaking of feeling  & looking, I miss feeling  &  looking my best!  With all that has happened, my normal gym routine said “Sayonara” weeks ago.  It’s really been eating away at how I feel about myself.  Honestly, I feel disgusting and out of control, which definitely doesn’t help the rest of my situation.  We’ve been eating out SO MUCH more than I ever have in my LIFE!  It isn’t that we’re eating at fast food restaurants or anything, but you still don’t really know what restaurants are adding into your food.  I’d rather have more control over it all.  Is it sad that the highlight of my day today is knowing that we are having a refrigerator delivered so I can go grocery shopping and start cooking again?  I feel like a little kid on Christmas!! 

 I’m mentally so fragile on a constant basis lately that any little thing can set me off (like my pants feeling tighter, etc).  So, I contacted a former coach of mine and told her that I want to recommit myself to the plan that she had set up for me.  I think that this will be great for me because it adds another aspect of my life where I’ll have some structure and a routine, which I feel I’m so desperately lacking right now.  I know that the plan will not only make me feel better about myself (what I have control over, more confidence in myself, inner strength, etc) but will also help me to look better (healthier, more fit, less exhausted, less frazzled looking, etc).

 I think that all of these little things combined will make a positive difference in my attitude and eventually it will show in my appearance.  Fingers crossed!  🙂

 Have a great day!

~Kim

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Hi Guys!

 Brrrr….it cold this morning!!  Rob had to leave the house early and I ,the dork that I am,  always find the need to walk him to the door and wave as he drives away.  I am SO my mother’s child.  Luckily, there’s no one I’d rather be like. 🙂

 Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling so hot.  My headache came back (I actually still feel it lingering today) and I felt hot, but there was a major meeting going on at work and I felt it necessary to be at the office and coordinate everything.  I have a hard time letting go of control, I guess you can say.  I just know that I like things to go smoothly and I take a lot of pride in my work.  What matters to me doesn’t always matter to someone else (small details that others probably don’t even notice), especially if they were covering for me and it wasn’t necessarily their responsibility.  So….I went in.  By the end of the day I was dragging.  My skin was hot to the touch and my eyes were tearing.  I couldn’t wait to go home and cuddle up on the couch!

 Rob saw how exhausted I was and suggested that we get takeout from my favorite restaurant.  That perked me up a little.  After dinner, we resided to the bedroom  so I could fall asleep in bed (instead of on the couch, as I had done the previous night) while watching tv.  It worked out perfectly.  Sleep came to me quickly and before I knew it morning was here.  Here’s to another day!

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Detoxifying My Life…

 I’m feeling better today, not just from illness and lack of sleep but also something within me that hadn’t been feeling quite right for a while.  Rob always tells me to stop living in the past.  There has been so much hurt there and mistakes made.  I always wish that I could go back and change things.  As we all know, that isn’t a possibility unless you’re Michael J. Fox, playing Marty McFly, traveling Back to the Future.

It won’t do any good to hang on to things that can’t be changed.  What can be changed is the present and future.  Steps and choices made today can mold our future into what we want it to be.  So, I decided to detoxify my life. 

I’m letting go of the people who only seem to bring out the negative.  The negative weighs me down and quite honestly I don’t need that.  No one does!  I didn’t deal with drama in high school and I’m not going to deal with it in my thirties.  Goodbye to the pot-stirrers and the one-uppers.  Find another sweetheart to latch onto.  This one is moving on!

 Along with detoxifying my life of negative people, I’m also cleansing my body of junk and the mindset that eating fewer calories is better.  Yesterday morning I had an awesome workout.  AWESOME!!  I’ve always been afraid to break the 1200 calorie mark, but where has that really gotten me in the past?  Nowhere good, that’s for sure!  So, after said “awesome” workout I made sure that I fueled my body properly the whole day through.  I ate mostly whole foods (as close to nature as possible) with a couple of processed food options thrown in like: spelt rice cakes, natural peanut butter & oat bran, which were the only things I ate that came in a container.  My body feels great!  It feels like it’s running like a well oiled machine.

 Now, this doesn’t mean that I won’t have treats here or there.  I am only human, ya know?  😉  A glass (or 2) of wine with Rob on the weekend, a special dessert while having dinner out, an egg white wrap from Starbucks while rushing around on the weekend are all allowed and I won’t allow myself to feel guilty for not eating perfectly “clean”.  That’s where I’ve gone wrong in the past; having the idea of a “perfect” diet and not being able to live up to it.  As long as I make healthy choices the majority of the time and exercise there is no need for guilt when having a treat here or there, especially when even my treats tend to be on the healthier side.

So, that’s where I’m at, my friends.  I’m detoxifying myself of the negative….negative people, certain foods, and ideas of perfection that have collected and created an unhealthy mindset.  The present and future are looking pretty darn good right about now!

Have a great day!

~Kim

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