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11.08.2006 ||>   Like Yule in November

I couldn't take watching the polls after 11pm last night, so with some races to go, I went to bed. And to awake to such a sight - the Dems winning control of the House and gaining seats in the Senate - was like the December holidays all coming to call in November.

I am definitely looking forward to the first woman Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi better do what she has said she will do, though. A balanced budget, anti-corruption legislation and a check on presidential powers. What else could a girl ask for?

I am disappointed about some races. A Lamont victory in Connecticut and Jon Kyl being unseated in Arizona would have made my year. But I'll take the bad with the good and see what the Dems come up with in the next two years.

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I voted straight ticket. Usually, there's at least one Republican I like. But this time around, there needed to be a clean sweep of Republican greed, and I'm glad that it happened in my district (which went all Dem - also, I believe for the first time in decades), as well as the country.

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11.07.2006 ||>   Choking it down

Next week, I have a doctor's appointment with the doctor that told me to lose weight last year. So, for the past three weeks, I have been dieting in order to get a seal of approval from the doctor that I am healthy. Also, I have been wanting to lose weight since I came back to America and I seemingly got all my lost weight back at Customs.

For the first week, I just exercised and ate like usual, but I only gained a half pound. Now, I am still exercising and doing the LA Shape Diet, which consists of two high-protein meal replacements and a protein-rich dinner. Supposedly, I am to consume 100 grams of protein a day. Each shake is to have 35 grams of protein in them, and is by far the hardest thing about this diet. Not because I'm hungry (believe me, I'm not), but because getting a thick, protein-laden shake down my throat makes me want to throw it right back up. Yesterday's strawberry kiwi shake almost killed me. Today's pumpkin-banana was better, but was still hard to take.

On the upside, I do think I'm losing weight this week. I can see a hint of cheekbone, which is always a good sign. Also, for the first time in years, I can run 10-15 minutes straight without having to stop. I am weighing myself on Thursday, so hopefully I have met my goal by then.

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