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Crazy Weekend with My Best Friends!

Monday, March 14, 2011

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What a weekend!
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I am so blessed to be friends with 3 ladies who mean the world to me. We all worked together a few years plus ago. Hit it off so well, that it started with coffee and progressed to ladies nights out. Then we started little mini holidays together, usually shopping expeditions. This was one of them. Last summer was our first holiday for one week to somewhere warm. Our husbands approve and are very supportive of our friendship, for which we are heartily glad (not that we need thier approval, but it is nice to have).
Anyhow, we had a blast! I walked the malls so much that my legs, feet and tush hurt. But I am holding my head high! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Oh My! I was not planning on really purchasing much of anything, but got some real deals. My friends are all different sizes, but I am definitely the larger of them. They are great about going with me to my plus stores and very supportive of everything for me. But my stores aren't as prevelant in the malls as regular sizes, so I mainly follow along giving input and opinions. Except this trip...
What made this all the more sweet was that for the first time in so long, I can't remember, well... I SHOPPED IN REGULAR STORES!!!!!
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I am so happy. Yes they were XL or L, but that was so spectacular to actually be able to wear them. So something must be happening, even though I have plateaued. I must have lost some inches.
I wasn't going to even attempt trying anything on, but at the encouragment of my friends I did and boy am I glad!
Ok, so we had a ton of fun. Laughed ourselves silly, and even checked out a dueling piano bar. That was pretty neat all in it's self. Felt like a kid at a sleepover again, staying up past the time we should, just to gab.
I think relationships like this are hard to come by. If you are fortunate to have close friends like this hug em tight. If you haven't just yet, I wish you friends, close friends to share the good, the bad and all in between.
Hugs!
Angela

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/24/2011 12:00PM

    I am so very glad you got to experience this apst weekend with your friends. A change in apce is good. And like yous aid good friends are hard to come by. You are I are wearing the same sizes now. Good luck and don't worry about that plateau!
Debbie

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KLOE23 3/21/2011 4:57PM

    That's AWESOME!!!! You are definitely losing inches which is really what matters in the long run! I can only imagine how grea that must have felt! Good bye plus size stores!!!

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ZCTMMOM1 3/18/2011 11:04AM

    THAT is sooooooo awesome!!!!! I, also, am leaving plus sizes behind...and, while not plateaued...with only one fill to my name, it is a SLOWWWWWWW process...but I am sooo happy!!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/16/2011 3:46AM

    emoticon emoticon on your achievement...well done....adds to the enjoyment of friendship and also encourages you along the way....enjoy the new clothes

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CHAS1949 3/14/2011 4:28PM

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regular stores are such a motivation

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BOVEY63 3/14/2011 1:30PM

    So happy that you had such an awesome weekend - I love get-always like that.
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Congrats on the new clothes sizes - I remember how exciting it was when I was able to shop in the regular sizes again. I am so happy for you!

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FELICE73 3/14/2011 9:55AM

    I am so jealous you have that support system and such great friends! Congrats on the sizes and shopping in REGULAR stores! A lot of plus size clothing is so UGLY!

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TEXASGIRL48 3/14/2011 8:31AM

    Congratulations on the smaller size. Isn't it a great feeling to be able to shop in the regular stores? It sounds like you had a great time.

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You have to try it!!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

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Don't knock it until you try it!
Zumba that is!
I went to an hour class yesterday with 5 friends and one's daughter. There was 7 of us.We are going to try to go every Saturday now.
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But we were told at the start of the class that the instructor would not be talking during the class and she didn't care that we did not know the steps, that would come in time. She only wanted us to MOVE our bodies.
Well no wonder she didn't talk! The music was upbeat and a good volume; and the pace was fast. I hardly had a chance to flap my gums, and for me that is rare! emoticon
But oh did we MOVE! I think I shook things that haven't been shook in ... EVER!
Between going the wrong way, twirling when I should of twisted, and shaking my booty! That hour class flew by!
The absolute best was the laughs all of us had. Either at our own expense or at each other, we had the best work out in a long time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So we are definitly going back. We are all at different fitness levels, me probably near the end, but that won't stop me from going again. Who knows when I will actually learn the steps, but I tell you that ab workout from all the laughter was the BEST! emoticon emoticon
I wish you could join me in a class, we would have so much fun. One day my friend! emoticon
Today, the day after I can feel my workout. My posterior is a bit (or more than a bit) sore. But hey! If I can have a Latin a** one day that would be amazing!
So keep dancing my friends!
Hugs,
Angela
Here is a beginner link to Zumba steps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsSrq3HBa
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SWEET-T 3/26/2011 11:48AM

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MARTY728 3/14/2011 9:30AM

    I have wanted to try Zumba, but at my gym there are always more attendees than can fit in the largest room they have. So even if you get there early, you are packed in tight by the time the class starts, so I have stayed out. I am hoping with the summer coming and more people being outdoors, etc., the Zumba class will have less attendance. emoticon

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MY_5_KIDZ 3/9/2011 11:29PM

    I love Zumba. I have been doing it for about a year now, and I still have no clue how to do the dances. But I'm moving and that's what counts. I do mine at the Y so I don't have to sign up for the class, I can just go. So I do at least once a week, I get in a second one when I can.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/8/2011 5:26PM

    ounds good....may give it a go....

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KLOE23 3/8/2011 4:56PM

    It sounds like a ton of fun....I might actually have to give it a try one of these days.

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BOVEY63 3/7/2011 4:58PM

    So happy that you found a way to exercise that is so enjoyable.
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Here's to your up and coming Latin a$$!
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FELICE73 3/7/2011 9:46AM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE zumba!! And it helps to have a good instructor too! My jazzercise instructors are all so motivating and fun and the new zumba teacher at the gym hardly has any energy and she is the type that only cues with her hands but it is ok because I will go anyway because I LOVE it too!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/6/2011 10:43PM

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it! emoticon

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IMBRENDAB 3/6/2011 3:36PM

    I love Zumba! I don't get to go as often as I would like...but when I go...I feel soooooo good!

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RESULTS361AP09 3/6/2011 2:35PM

    I'm going tomorrow night. It took me a couple of classes to get the steps down & there are a few I still can't do because of physical limitations, but I agree that the main thing is to keep moving! The music is totally different from what I usually listen to so it is lots of fun. I'm trying to get my son's girlfriend & her sister to come with me. I even ordered one of the belly scarves-so much fun! I like adding in a little variety to my workout too instead of walking all the time. I was kind of nervous about trying it as I've never taken a dance class before, but anyone can do it!

Try it-you might just like it!

Way to go Angela-keep up the good work!!!

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CHAS1949 3/6/2011 1:55PM

    I saw it advertised on TV and it did look like fun!

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MAMAFISH1 3/6/2011 1:37PM

    I went last year for awhile and loved it. I'm too far to drive now with the gas $$$. Glad you enjoyed it.

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A11PERSONALITY 3/6/2011 1:23PM

    I have heard so much about Zumba and now they have it at my Curves facility. I know that moving is a big key to the dancing so you probably did real good yesterday if you are feeling it today. Good for you!

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MIMISCHENK 3/6/2011 1:20PM

    It is also a lot of fun.

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Yes!!!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

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5cc in a 9cc band!
I saw the Doctor today. He checked me out, said all was good and filled my band. Apparently there was some fluid already in there, so he topped it off to total 5cc.
I wasn't sure what band I had installed in the lap band procedure. Was told it holds 9cc and that with the next fill I should be finding my SWEET SPOT! Yes! Exciting!
I am on baby foods for the next couple of days and if no trouble then proceed to regular.
Now I am told that once I am at the 'best' place I can be. I will be eating 1 cup of food 4 times a day. Protien and vegetables, cutting out starches for my ideal diet. Kind of exciting! And intimidating too. But will make it happen!
Neat how they insert the needle until they hear a click. Didn't hurt at all. I do feel a bit of pressure where the band is , but surprisingly all is good.
Hugs!
Angela
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KLOE23 3/8/2011 4:54PM

    That's awesome!!! I'm so excited for you. I should have read your blog before posting on your page. I hope your fills get you there a lot quicker than mine are happening. I just scheduled fill number 3 for 3/17. I do have the bigger band so I still don't feel anything at all. So happy that you finally got yours filled. Keep us updated!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/3/2011 9:41PM

    That is truly awesome....am so so pleased that all is good for you and you can progress back to some kind of normality....
WooHoo.....

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LINDAGRAVEL 3/3/2011 8:36PM

    Best of luck

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RESULTS361AP09 3/3/2011 8:35PM

    Angela-I'm glad to hear your procedure went so well! I have to ask "what is your favorite baby food?" emoticon

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GIGALENA 3/3/2011 8:01PM

    Awesome lady! I am so excited for you.

Big hugs!

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BAKERICLISA 3/3/2011 6:17PM

    Best of luck!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/3/2011 5:44PM

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BOVEY63 3/3/2011 3:57PM

    So happy to hear that all went well with your appointment and that you are doing so good!
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CHAS1949 3/3/2011 3:12PM

    You have an excellent attitude! I'm glad you are sharing your journey with us. I knew NOTHING about the procedure..I am learning a bunch!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/3/2011 1:22PM

    Angela, I'm so glad this is working out well for you! I have to say that I do not think I could eat baby food, but maybe it tastes better now than when it did 20 years ago when my kids were little?

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Get ready, Set, GO!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ok here we go!
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I have a few goals I am going to meet this week, no excuses, no quitting or getting discouraged!
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I AM going to get my blood sugars under control. This Diabetes is not going to control me, I will control it. I am eating healthy and exercising so there is no logical excuse for high blood sugars. If I need to adjust I will. If I need to be more aggressive...WATCH OUT!
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I am starting back into my weights this week. Yes, I will be smart and gradually increase my weight. I will not think I can start where I left off prior to surgery. Baby steps!!
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I have already made an appointment and a commitment to start ZUMBA this coming Saturday. I am very excited about it. Have gotten a group of friends together so that it will be a joy all around and not a chore.
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I have my appointment with a surgeon (not mine) to get checked out finally. As well to hopefully have my first fill for the lap band. It will be 7 weeks since my surgery and I am ready to progress. I am nervous, but very excited too!
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I WILL MEET MY GOALS THIS WEEK!!!
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What are your goals this week my friends?
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I hope you make some and work to achieve them. I will be here to cheer you on. Why? Because I care about you and you DESERVE to achieve what you desire!
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Each of you factor hugely in how I succeed. I can only hope that I help in what small part I can to help in your success.
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Hugs,
Angela
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LYNMEINDERS 3/2/2011 5:01PM

    In your corner cheering you on.....
Glad to read that you are getting back into things and I love your total determination....

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LYN

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SUPERDUPER26 3/2/2011 1:13AM

    Those are good goals, ncie way to focus on the big picture!
However, use caution on the diabetes goal. You can only control so much, focus on your inputs not your outputs (bloodsugar). If you do the best you can in terms of diet and exercise and still your BG is haywire, don't beat yourself up, go get help instead. I only say this because I've lived it, and when I finally decided that I really WAS doing the best I could but my BG just wasn't behaving then my doctor and I could actually make changes that worked. In my case, metformin has made a huge difference, and while I understand drugs aren't the only answer, I can tell you that NOTHING else I tried over the last few years made as big a difference as fast as the metformin did. I still have to eat real food and get exercise, but my results are much better. Not to say that you can't make good BG a goal, but don't beat yourself up if you're taking the right steps and the results aren't what you want. : )

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/2/2011 12:18AM

    Hurray! You are making it work! Good for YOU! emoticon emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 2/28/2011 5:13PM

    You will make those goals once you get a fill. I envy the Zumba class. I wish there was one around here for me to check into. I do line dancing but I'm sure Zumba would be great too.

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BOVEY63 2/28/2011 4:37PM

    You can do it - I know that you can.
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GIGALENA 2/28/2011 4:32PM

    Angela, you got this girl! You are awesome! I am so glad your are moving forward. WOOHOO!

Hugs
Angela

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CHAS1949 2/28/2011 1:00PM

    Your attitude is great!! You will succeed!! No excuses is a good thing to stick to.

We are here to cheer you on!!
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KLOE23 2/28/2011 11:37AM

    Those sound like some fantasitc goals! I know you can reach them all! emoticon

Can't wait to hear how you like Zumba....I have zero dance coordination so I haven't tried it yet.

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My thoughts are adrift as I watch the snow fall.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Another winter day. emoticon emoticon
I am sitting by my window watching the snow gently drift down, covering my world in a blanket of white. emoticon
It is quite mesmerizing, as it allows my mind to drift to other topics or thoughts that occupy the space between my ears.
I wanted to be at the gym today, but without the Surgeon's ok, not happening. I have been on the treadmill almost every day, which is a good thing. If I had not at least done this I would be a puddle of trouble by now. Although by the time I actually go back to the weights and more intensive classes, I will be weaker than the littlest kitten. ( You know the saying " Weak as a Kitten.") emoticon
I think I may just start doing a little more on my own and see if my body responds well or not. However I certainly don't want to undo my progress by moving too rapidly.
Have tried to get back into the Surgeon after he cancelled on me twice, but he is triple booked until the end of March. emoticon
I was able to see my Dietician/team leader on Monday. She was not impressed that I had not been seen yet after 4 weeks. I was to have been seen at 2 weeks. Anyhow she is trying to get me in and in the meantime has scheduled my first fill with another Doctor for March 3. If I still have not seen the surgeon by then, this Doctor will do the exam first and then the fill.
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I was in tears of happiness when I first arrived at my appointment with my Dietician. After weighing me, she told me I was the first in the group to have lost weight 4 weeks after lapband prior to the fill. YES!! I was happy. emoticon
Then a little later, I am told I have to eat more. OK... Mixed bag. emoticon emoticon
I was aiming for 1200 calories and need to up it to 1500 calories. Is this what lap banders eat? There was no prior indication of calorie intake so I am a bit confused. Thinking stomach smaller, should equal smaller calorie intake? Anyhow I will try.
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Ok.
I should really go paint. I am working on two projects. The first is a rose, emoticon will take me awhile to finish this. The second is a quick workshop I want to have ready to present to my students soon. Maybe have it ready for teaching in March, it is portrait color study of my nephew eating ice cream. I just thought it was so cute. BIASED! Yes I know, but kids are usually popular paintings for students to learn from. emoticon emoticon
House is clean, except the floors. So I am going to go and paint.
Stay warm wherever you are and stay safe.
Hugs,
Angela
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LYNMEINDERS 2/22/2011 2:24AM

    Well done....I am so proud of you....

Praying you get into see the surgeon real soon

Blessings

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MOMMABOF7 2/17/2011 9:14PM

    it is Great that your doing so well!

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HONEYFIN 2/17/2011 8:56PM

    I forget other places have snow! It was 70 degrees here! I do love the prettiness of snow...just won't be happening in my neck of the woods.

I don't know much about lapbands, but I would have thought less calories, too. Maybe because it empties so fast now you have to eat more? Does that make sense?

Congratulations on your weight loss and good luck with the whole thing, regarding the surgery and exercising and all.

Wish I could paint like you can...or at least take a class with you!
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/17/2011 10:54AM

    What a lovely day you're having. Don't worry about the calorie intake now. Since you've been and will continue to work out, you'll burn them. If necessary, you can adjust downward when indicated. 1500 is still weight-loss level. I try not to go past 1100, but then again, I'm an old broad and don't exercise at all, although I keep telling myself that I "should." I don't know who wrote "The Book of Should," but she's (ahem) a dope.

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TEXASGIRL48 2/17/2011 9:51AM

    You are doing great. At least you are on the treadmill. My surgeon told me I could begin an aerobics class after two weeks. Just couldn't do anything laying on my stomach and couldn't lift any weight over two pounds. I didn't get a fill until 8 weeks post-op. That was also my first meeting with the surgeon. Of course I had my surgery in Mexico so I never saw him again after the first fill.

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RESULTS361AP09 2/16/2011 8:58PM

    I'm so glad to hear that things are going well for you! I don't know much about those procedures, so I have to ask "what is a fill?" Hopefully you will be able to see the doctor soon & get to do more exercise. In the meantime, do what you can & don't hurt yourself!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 2/16/2011 5:22PM

    Congrats on how well you are doing.
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I sure hope you can get in to see the surgeon soon. It sure doesn't seem right that you should have to wait so long. I have never heard of such a thing after any surgery.

I hope you share your next painting with us - love seeing them.
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KLOE23 2/16/2011 12:41PM

    I can't wait for you to get your first fill! I asked the NP yesterday about caloric intake and her response was that we shouldn't be focussing on numbers but if we did she recommended around 1200 calories. But she stressed eating only until satisfied, not full and not eating between meals unless you absolutely need a snack and that should stay under 100 calories. She also stressed making only good nutritional choices so that every calorie consumed was a good one.

Hang in there and March 3rd will be here before you know it!

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DEE0973 2/16/2011 12:29PM

    I'm happy to hear that all's going well with the exception of not being in to see the doctor as yet. Congrats on your progress thus far

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