My Weight-Loss Journey Day (56) 22

started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to day 56 of my weight loss journey. I started the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck on day 45. I skipped ahead and am now on day 22.

According to healthline, the average woman needs to eat about 2,000 calories per day to maintain her weight, and 1,500 calories per day to lose one pound of weight per week. (The average man needs 2,500 calories to maintain, and 2,000 to lose one pound of weight per week.)

I’ve been struggling to stay under 1,500 calories every day. In my original weight loss plan, I allowed myself 2,500 calories on days when I worked and only 1,500 calories on days when I was not scheduled to work.

As of recently, I am working 7 days a week unless I have a doctor’s appointment. On days when I have been under 1,500 calories and working, I have awoken the next day feeling like I’ve had a sugar crash (could be a headache, stuffy head, runny nose, energy drain). After eating, all of my symptoms go away – because I am sensitive to sugar. This tells me that my sugar is likely crashing overnight, now that I am sleeping more than 8 hours and not eating midway through the night.

Although I am not a diabetic, I am hypoglycemic among other things, so I must have calories about every two hours to avoid passing out from an energy depletion. It is better for me to eat several small meals, rather than skipping early meals and eating a large dinner. However, I am finding it challenging to break the habit of sleeping through breakfast and sometimes lunch also on days when I work the mid-day shift, then having a high calorie meal after work before going to sleep at night.

I have a plan to restructure my calorie intake. It involves interrupting my sleep to take in a low-calorie snack, then going back to sleep until breakfast time. I used to eat a midnight snack because I was not going to sleep before midnight and I felt the urge to eat. I never felt ill the next morning and I did not sleep 8 hours. The problem is that I was already over 3,500 calories before taking in the midnight snack. 3,500 calories is equal to one pound of weight gain. So, I was basically gaining at least a pound every day.

My weight currently fluctuates between 245 and 250 pounds every day. I had lost 5 pounds since beginning the Beck diet, but just off the scale at 8:45 pm tonight, I weighed 249 again (so I re-gained 4 pounds).

I am going to google diets for hypoglycemia and see if an overnight snack, or anything else I could change, is recommended. So here’s what I found…

According to Medical News Today, hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that can cause headaches, weakness, and anxiety… A person should always try to eat breakfast as soon as possible after waking up, as blood sugar levels may have dropped during the night… People with hypoglycemia should try to include small, nutritious snacks in between meals to keep blood sugar levels constant and ensure they are having enough vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, proteins, and fibrous carbohydrates in their diet. Eating one snack mid-morning, another mid-afternoon, and something small close to bedtime can help keep blood sugar levels stable throughout both the day and night.

So it seems my hypothesis was correct. My sugar is likely crashing overnight and because I am sleeping through breakfast and sometimes lunch too, I am compromising my immune system – hence the ill feelings the next day. I already eat snacks after every meal, I’m just used to chips and cookies and it’s hard to eat a single serving at a time.

I am going to try something different. I am going to take 2,000 calories and divide it into equal parts over the course of a 24 hour period… So that’s 2,000 calories / 24 hours = 83.33 (with 3 repeating) calories per hour.

If I divide the day into equal two hour time slots, there are 12, two hour time slots every day. That’s 83.33 (with 3 repeating) calories * 2 hours = 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories per two hour time slot. If I factor in 8 hours of sleep time (breaking the night up into two equal parts of four hours each) and waking up earlier to avoid skipping breakfast and lunch, here is what my day and night would look like…

  • 12 am – Sleep Thru (calories for this interval are added to 2 am snack)
  • 2 am – Snack + Missed 12 am Snack – 333.33 (with 3 repeating) calories
    After snack, go back to sleep for 4 hours until breakfast at 6 am.
  • 4 am – Sleep Thru (calories for this interval are added to breakfast)
  • 6 am Breakfast + Missed 4 am Snack – 333.33 (with 3 repeating) calories
  • 8 am Snack – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 10 am Snack – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 12 pm Lunch – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 2 pm Snack – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 4 pm Snack – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 6 pm Dinner – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 8 pm Snack – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
  • 10 pm Snack at bedtime – 166.66 (with 6 repeating) calories
    Sleep 4 hours until snack time at 2 am.

The hardest part won’t even be waking up in the middle of the night, since I’m over forty and usually have to get up during the night anyway to use the bathroom (LOL). The hardest part will be keeping the calorie intakes to equal portions. Most likely I would be over on some intervals and under on others. It’s too late to try the above plan this morning, but I will start with the 10 pm hour as of this post. Tomorrow, we’ll see just how many calories I actually take in.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (56) 22

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, July 11, I weighed in at 249 pounds – one pound less than the weight I was after finding out I was misreading my scale. I have lost 5 pounds and gained 4 pounds since beginning the Beck diet. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 18th.

AM Notes

SATURDAY FOOD & DRINKS

Saturday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0

Saturday Breakfast at 7:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0
  • I slept through breakfast at 7:30 am and the morning break at 9:30 am.

Saturday Morning Break / Snack at 10:30 am

  • 1/8 Bottle of Peach Fruit Mist Sparkling Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 8 oz of Almond Milk – 80 calories
  • 1 Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Croissant – 410 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 490

Saturday Lunch at 1:30 pm

  • 1/2 Bottle of BodyArmor Fruit Punch (15 fl oz) – 105 calories
  • 1 Snack Stick of Sharp Cheddar Cheese – 80 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 185

Saturday Afternoon Break / Snack at 3:30 pm

  • 1/2 Bottle of BodyArmor Fruit Punch (15 fl oz) – 105 calories
  • 1 Snack Stick of Sharp Cheddar Cheese – 80 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break / Snack Calories = 185

Saturday Dinner at 6:00 pm

  • 1/2 Can of Sprite – 95 calories
  • 1/2 Bag of Spring Mix Salad – 15 calories
  • 1/2 cup of Cooked, Diced Skinless Chicken Breast – 74 calories
  • 1 oz of Sugar Snap Peas – 10 calories
  • 3 Tbsp of Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing – 150 calories
  • 5 Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – 140 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 484

Saturday Dinner Break / Snack at 8:00 pm

  • 1/8 Bottle of Peach Fruit Mist Sparkling Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1/2 Can of Sprite – 95 calories
  • 24 Corn Chips – 320 calories
  • 1/2 Pkg. of Roasted Almonds – 170 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 415

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 0 + 490 + 185 + 185 + 1,774 calories as of 8:00 pm. 1,774 – 1,500 = 274 calories over my 1,500 calorie limit as of 8:00 pm. 

PM Notes

  • Take night meds.

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Best of Mental Health and Wellness,

Goodnight.

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My Weight-Loss Journey Day (55) 21

started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to day 55 of my weight loss journey. I started the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck on day 45. I skipped ahead and am now on day 21.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (55) 21

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, July 4, I weighed in at 250 pounds – the same weight since finding out I was misreading my scale. I usually weigh myself only on Saturdays, but yesterday morning, I couldn’t resist getting on the scale. To my surprise, my weight was 246. This morning, it was 245! I’ve lost 5 pounds since beginning the Beck diet. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 11th.

AM Notes

FRIDAY FOOD & DRINKS

Friday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0
  • I was still awake at 4:00 am, but resisted going to the fridge.

Friday Breakfast at 7:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0
  • I slept through breakfast at 7:30 am and the morning break at 9:30 am.

Friday Morning Break / Snack at 9:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0

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Friday Lunch at 11:30 am

  • 1/4 L of Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 2 Pkgs. of Instant Oatmeal with Raisins, Dates, and Almonds – 280 calories
  • 3 1/2 Strips of bacon – 150.5
  • 8 oz of Almond Milk – 80 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 510.5

Friday Afternoon Break / Snack at 1:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Powerade Zero Fruit Punch (7 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 12 Stax Cheddar Chips – 140 calories
  • 2 Snack Sticks of Sharp Cheddar Cheese – 160 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break / Snack Calories = 300

Friday Afternoon Break / Snack 2 at 3:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Powerade Zero Fruit Punch (7 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break / Snack 2 Calories = 0

Friday Dinner at 6:00 pm

  • 1/8 Bottle of Peach Fruit Mist Sparkling Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 6″ Ham and Pepperoni Sub from Subway – 330 calories
  • 24 Stax Cheddar Chips – 280 calories
  • 2 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – 400 calories
  • 2 White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – 420 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 1,430
  • Yes, too many high calories cookies at this meal. I’m sure I won’t have a dinner break / snack after this.

Friday Dinner Break / Snack at 8:00 pm

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 0

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 0 + 0 + 510.50 + 300 + 0 + 1,430 + 0 = 2,240.5 calories as of 9:32 pm. 2,240.5 – 1,500 = 740.5 calories over my 1,500 calorie limit as of 9:32 pm.

PM Notes

  • Take night meds.

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Best of Mental Health and Wellness,

Goodnight.

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My Weight-Loss Journey Day (54) 20

started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to my weight loss journey. This is day 54. I skipped ahead in the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck and am now on day 20.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (54) 20

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, July 4, I weighed in at 250 pounds – the same weight since finding out I was misreading my scale. I usually weigh myself only on Saturdays, but this morning I couldn’t resist getting on the scale. To my surprise, my weight was 246! I’ve lost 4 pounds since beginning the Beck diet. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 11th.

AM Notes

THURSDAY FOOD & DRINKS

Thursday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0

Thursday Breakfast at 8:30 am

  • 1/4 L of Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1/4 Bottle of Powerade Zero Fruit Punch (7 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 2 Pkgs. of Oatmeal with Raisins, Dates, and Almonds – 280 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 280

Thursday Morning Break / Snack at 11:30 am

  • 1/4 Bottle of Powerade Zero Fruit Punch (7 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 12 Cheddar Stax Chips – 140 calories
  • 2 Sticks of Sugar Free Extra Watermelon Gum – 10 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 150

Thursday Lunch at 1:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Powerade Zero Fruit Punch (7 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1 Banana – 102 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 102

Thursday Afternoon Break / Snack at 3:30 pm

  • 1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Black Raspberry Frost Water (8.45 fl oz) – 2.5 calories
  • 1 Pink Lemonade Popsicle – 60 calories
  • 12 Cheddar Stax Chips – 140 calories
  • 1/2 Piece of Naan unleavened bread – 190 calories
  • 2 Snack Sticks of Sharp Cheddar Cheese – 160 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 552.5

Thursday Dinner at 6:00 pm

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 0

I took a nap and slept through dinner at 6:00 pm and the dinner break at 8:00 pm.

Thursday Dinner Break / Snack at 11:00 pm

  • 1/4 L of Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Black Raspberry Frost Water (8.45 fl oz) – 2.5 calories
  • 8 oz of Almond Milk – 80 calories
  • 1 Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Croissant – 410 calories
  • 7 Yogurt Covered Pretzels – 147.78 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 640.28

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 280 + 150 + 102 + 552.5 + 0 + 640.28 = 1,724.78 calories as of 11:16 pm. 1,724.78 – 1,500 = 224.78 calories over my 1,500 calorie limit as of 11:16 pm.

PM Notes

  • Take night meds.

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Best of Mental Health and Wellness,

Goodnight.

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My Weight-Loss Journey Day (53) 19

started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to my journey. This is day 53 of my weight loss journey. I skipped ahead to day 16 of the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck and am now on day 19.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (53) 19

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, July 4, I weighed in at 250 pounds. I am at the same weight since finding out I was misreading my scale. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 11th.

AM Notes

WEDNESDAY FOOD & DRINKS

Wednesday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0

Wednesday Breakfast at 7:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0

I slept through breakfast.

Wednesday Morning Break / Snack at 9:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0

I slept through morning break.

Wednesday Lunch at 11:30 am

  • 2 Strips of Bacon – 86 calories
  • 1 Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers Original Biscuit – 170 calories
  • 1 Scrambled Egg – 91 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 347

Wednesday Afternoon Break / Snack at 1:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Black Cherry Sparkling Water (16.9 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1 Oatmeal Raisin Cookie – 200 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 200

Wednesday Afternoon Break / Snack 2 at 3:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Black Cherry Sparkling Water (16.9 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1 Stick of Sugar Free Watermelon Gum – 5 calories
  • 1 Pkg. of Peanut M&Ms – 250 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 255

Wednesday Dinner at 6:00 pm

  • 1 Glass of Pink Lemonade (8 fl oz) – 110 calories
  • 1 1/2  Slices of Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut – 465 calories
  • 1 Breaded Bone-Out, Honey Barbeque Wing from Pizza Hut – 100 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 675

Wednesday Dinner Break / Snack at 8:00 pm

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 0

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 0 + 0 + 347 + 200 + 255 + 675 + 0 = 1,477 calories as of 9:56 pm. 1,500 – 1,477 = 23 calories remain as of 9:56 pm.

PM Notes

  • Take night meds.

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Best of Mental Health and Wellness,

Goodnight.

——————— END ———————

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My Weight-Loss Journey Day (52) 18

started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to my journey. This is day 50 of my weight loss journey. I skipped ahead to day 16 of the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (52) 18

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, July 4, I weighed in at 250 pounds. I am at the same weight since finding out I was misreading my scale. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 11th.

AM Notes

TUESDAY FOOD & DRINKS

Tuesday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0

Tuesday Breakfast at 9:30 am

  • 1 Banana – 102 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 102

Tuesday Morning Break / Snack at 11:29 am

  • 1/4 L of Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • Total Morning Break Calories = 0

Tuesday Lunch at 2:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Black Cherry Sparkling Water (16.9 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 1 Chicken Bacon Salad from SubWay – 270 calories
  • 1 Oatmeal Raisin Cookie – 200 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 470

Tuesday Afternoon Break / Snack at 4:30 pm

  • 1 Ice Cream Cone – 250 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break Calories = 250

Tuesday Dinner at 6:30 pm

  • 1/4 Bottle of Black Cherry Sparkling Water (16.9 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 3 Breaded Bone-Out, Honey Barbeque Wings from Pizza Hut – 300 calories
  • 1 Slice of Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Hut – 310 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 610

Tuesday Dinner Break / Snack

  • 1 Pink Lemonade Popsicle – 60 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 60

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 102 + 0 + 470 + 250 + 610 + 60 = 1,492 calories as of 9:30 pm. 1,500 – 1,492 = 8 calories remain as of 6:40 pm. Boo-Yah! Under 1,500!

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Best of Mental Health and Wellness,

Goodnight.

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My Weight-Loss Journey Day (51) 17

started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to my journey. This is day 50 of my weight loss journey. I skipped ahead to day 16 of the Beck Diet by Dr. Judith S. Beck.

————— MY FOOD MEMO FOR SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2020 —————

My Daily Food Diary – Day (51) 17

Current Weigh In: As of Saturday, June 6 (Day 21) of my weight-loss journey, I weighed in at 250 pounds. I am at the same weight since finding out I was misreading my scale. My next weigh in is Saturday, July 11th.

AM Notes

MONDAY FOOD & DRINKS

Monday Overnight Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Overnight Snack Calories = 0

Monday Breakfast at 9:30 am

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Breakfast Calories = 0
    I slept through breakfast since today was my day off due to a Dr. appointment.

Monday Morning Break / Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total Morning Break Calories = 0

Monday Lunch at 12:30 pm

  • 1 Ice Cream Cone – 250 calories
  • Total Lunch Calories = 250

Monday Afternoon Break / Snack at 3:30 pm

  • 1/4 L of Water (8.45 fl oz) – 0 calories
  • 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies – 410 calories
  • 1 Glass of Almond Milk – 160 calories
  • 1 Bag of Corn Chips – 1,280 calories
  • Total Afternoon Break Calories = 1,850
    Chips are my weakness. I struggle to just eat a few, then I’ll be watching a movie, and before I know it I’ve eaten the whole bag. That’s just what happened here.

Monday Dinner

  • 1 Pear – 102 calories
  • 1 Pkg. of Ramen Noodles – 370 calories
  • Total Dinner Calories = 472

Sunday Dinner Break / Snack

  • None – 0 calories
  • Total After Dinner Break calories = 0

Total Calories Consumed: 0 + 0 + 0 + 250 + 1,850 + 472 + 0 = 2,572 calories as of 9:30 pm. 2,572 – 1,500 = 1,072 calories over my goal limit of 1,500.

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Coming Back From Crazy

I like to watch documentaries on true life stories of mental illness and how one works toward mental health. Today on Showtime, I came across the story of Metta Sandiford-Artest (Ronald William Artest, Jr.), who last played in the NBA in 2016-17.

The former All-Star was born November 13, 1979 in a rough neck of the woods where he was raised, the Queensbridge projects in Long Island City, Queens, New York. As an adopted New Yorker (I lived there when I went through my first “mid-life” crisis that led to a divorce), I was pulled into Artest’s story of anger management, medication, and talk therapy. 

From Wikipedia

Sandiford-Artest played college basketball for the St. John’s Red Storm. He played for six teams in the NBA and gained a reputation as one of the league’s premier defenders. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, when he was also named an NBA All-Star and earned All-NBA honors. He won an NBA championship in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sandiford-Artest was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the Malice at the Palace, and is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior.

In April 2010, it was announced that Artest would help develop and produce his own reality show titled, They Call Me Crazy. Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace on September 16, during the offseason of 2011. His publicist, Courtney Barnes, said that World Peace chose Metta as his first name because it is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all.

I remember having an identity crises in my 30’s as well. (I am three years older than Metta.) I changed my name several times on paper, but never permanently. In New York I was known as Renee A Harlem (which translates directly in French to “Reborn at Harlem”).

Despite his early career disciplinary problems (not uncommon for those coping with mental illness before they learn what it is and how to manage their symptoms), Metta has become involved in advocacy relating to mental health issues (now managed by medication and therapy). When Metta shared the championship with the Lakers, he thanked his therapist.

I had a phone appointment with my therapist today. I can truly say that talk therapy is a blessing in my life as is my therapist. Mental health is still highly stigmatized. Talking about is a huge weight off the shoulders.

In December of 2010, Artest announced that he would donate some or all of his salary for the 2011–12 NBA season toward mental health awareness charities. He auctioned off his 2009–10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide.

In 2016, Metta told Sports Illustrated, “Some people don’t understand mental health is broad. You have to ask questions. Are you depressed? Are you schizophrenic? Do you have anxiety? Are you bipolar? Those are the different things that come under the banner of mental health.”

In 2019, Showtime acquired Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story, by filmmaker Johnny Sweet: a documentary about the controversial NBA star Metta World Peace, now a mental health advocate. In the video below, Metta says that he even resisted telling his story in the beginning because there were so many “dark” moments that he did not want to remember. After doing the documentary, it was received with rave reviews.

I hope to also be an inspiration for those coping with mental illness.

Best of Mental Health and Wellness,

Goodnight.

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