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Back to Goal!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I received a bunch of congratulations at the end of March for "maintaining" for 2 years. Technically I was still maintaining, but I was still 3 lbs. over goal. At the end of January I was about 11 lbs over goal, so I started an aggressive campaign to get "Back to Goal".

I'm happy to say I've achieved that goal! I still want to loose 2 more lbs. for that "wiggle room", but I'm ecstatic.

Since I was feeling a little bogus about maintenance back in March, I never really commented or gave my "words of wisdom" blog. I'm really not that wise about all of this, I do seem to obsess about it though. But I'll write down what "works" for me.

My History - I was a slightly overweight child and teen (surrounded by a skinny family!). I was a very athletic, so that kept things a little under control. Back in the late 70's, no one really worried about "obesity"! My first year out of high school I was working full time and going to college at night, so I put on about 20 additional lbs. that fall & winter. Because of a psychology project (rewarding my self a $1 for each pound I lost and the outcome would be a new bathing suit), I lost 50 lbs.! I managed to maintain that until I got married and started having children in my early 30's.

After baby #3, I found myself about 60 lbs. overweight and now in the "obesity" category. I mentioned before, I also got a diagnosis for Insulin Resistance. That scared me and I lost about 40 lbs. I yo-yoed for a while and when I hit 50 (and after seeing a very unflattering vacation picture), I was determined to get to goal (hopefully setting a healthy example for my 3 daughters).

Because I'm competitive and Weight Watchers worked in the past, I joined and lost 46 lbs. and finally reached my goal weight!

Maintenance - I'd like to give all kinds of tips and suggestions, but I truly believe weight loss & maintenance is a individual journey. You got to find what works! Weight Watchers worked for me for loosing the weight, but I let my "snacking" spiral out of control and ended up 11 lbs. over goal.

I started tracking points again online back in January and lost 5 lbs. (but would go up and down - still snacking!). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go "low carb" again to loose those final 6 lbs.! It seems to work for me because it keeps me away from the chips, crackers & sweets.

Maintenance is not easy. In fact for me, it was harder because I didn't have that "gratification" of loosing weight. Like many people, I was extremely disappointed in myself for gaining those 11 lbs. and "destroying" all of my hard work. I tried to keep in perspective that I was still exercising, drinking plenty of water and eating 7-9 servings of freggies, but the portion control & snacking needed to get back in control.

A couple of motivators for me:

Embarrassment - I was such a "inspiration" to friends & family and I didn't want to be embarrassed by gaining everything back.

Clothes Size - the clothes I bought after loosing the weight were starting to get tight and I didn't have the funds or desire to get new clothes. I would rather spend the money on buying cute things for my teenage daughters. I had plenty of nice stuff, it was just getting tight!

Age - I'm 52, I can't keep doing this yo-yoing and since I'm an "older" mom, I want to be healthy and active for my girls and potential grandchildren. I get so much pleasure now being able to "play" with my great nephew.

So those are my "words of wisdom" and what works for me. My goal for May is:

Loose final "wiggle room" 2 lbs.

MAINTAIN

Increase running distance and be ready for 5/18 5K.

Improve 5K running time (under 38 mins.)

Strength Train (yeah right)

I walked with my sister on Monday on the hilly trail for about 45 mins. and ran yesterday with DD#3. I increased my distance to 2.5 miles, so I'm on my way back to 5K!

  
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MAUREENV2 5/24/2013 10:51AM

    Thank you for sharing. I find in maintenance that it is harder to stay steady with exercise for the very reason you said- no reward of losing more weight. As i get older (58) I find strength training even more important than cardio, and when I do it, I always see the results. Keep up the good work

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HAKAPES 5/24/2013 6:07AM

    Thanks for sharing with us your journey. I particularly found interesting to read about your motivators. You could share about these more, like one blog post about each. Happy to have you in the Maintenance team!

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LOGOULD 5/23/2013 5:14PM

    Thanks for your candid honesty. It's good to know that all of us have our struggles and that this journey will continue for about as long as we live. Some parts will be prettier than others, but at least we are headed in the right direction!

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MYAKAYAH 5/23/2013 2:18AM

    I think this post is helpful to many because after reaching goal weight sometimes its hard to stay in range. So maintenance requires thought put into it so gaining can be nipped before it becomes a major issue! emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 5/22/2013 5:52PM

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TORTISE110 5/20/2013 6:20AM

    You are such a great maintenance model, Tina! This is great. Thank you for the post.

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NICKYCRANE 5/20/2013 5:27AM

    Well done! Thanks for sharing your ups and downs! I have only been on maintenance for two months. At first I was neurotic, terrified of putting the weight back on. When I kept losing a little, I at last dared to intuitive eat, and that is working. I have only been doing it for about a week. I jump on the scales every morning, so I can nip any weight gain in the bud, but record my weight only once a week. I am so grateful to SP, and SC, at $28 for a year with DVDs etc thrown in, is such value for money that its virtually free.


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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/19/2013 2:18AM

    Great job in getting back to goal! Keep up the hard work :)

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LRSILVER 5/17/2013 3:52PM

    Great job. Great blog!!

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MY1FAN 5/17/2013 12:25PM

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MKELLY72 5/17/2013 10:32AM

    Good for you to put yourself out there and share with the "world". Being an "inspiration" is one of the things that keeps me so focused on staying at goal too. When I had let a few pounds creep back on--I ended up being most successful when I amped up the protein and cut way back on carbs too--all those freggies and the protein seem to be what works for me too.
Thanks for sharing your story of "imperfection". I think we are all pretty hard on ourselves to stay perfect from time to time at least. It is such an individual journey, but knowing that others experience hiccups along the way helps to maintain my own confidence when I struggle.
Michelle

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KANOE10 5/17/2013 8:51AM

    Good for you getting back to goal. That was a lot of work! You are focused and on track. I know you will get those last two pounds down!

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MOONCHILD8 5/17/2013 7:53AM

    Great job getting back to goal. I have been up and down on the scale. I am taking thyroid medication. I am also my Mom's care giver. I must keep myself healthy in order to care for Mom. I was like you before Mom was sick. When my children were teens I too had two jobs. I sent them to college. They graduated one is working two jobs and other graduated without a job. Oh Well that's the way life goes I guess. Linda from bean town

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ADRIENALINE 5/16/2013 2:18PM

    Awesome job. I wish people all over understood how tough maintenance is. You deserve all the recognition we can give you, You are emoticon !

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MOMMY445 5/16/2013 12:56PM

    such a great blog! keep it up! you are doing fantastic!

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SUSANFL1 5/16/2013 10:45AM

    Your blog was excellent reading as it accurately portrays the struggles of maintenance. I actually found dieting and using weight watchers easy like you. Maintenance is a whole other problem. My problem is the opposite of yours though, I am so afraid to gain weight so much so that I am 5 lbs underweight-not good at all-I am being hounded to put back the pounds but my secret fear is what if I eat and can't stop myself? Keep up your great work! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/16/2013 9:27AM

    Your words are wise to me!

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FELINA 5/16/2013 9:07AM

    emoticon on reaching goal !
You've got a good plan in place, I admire your determination.
Keep up the great work !
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NELLJONES 5/16/2013 7:57AM

    WW does give you the tools to maintain your goal. Getting back to the basics is always a great idea.

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MAREE1953 5/16/2013 3:56AM

    I can so relate to everything you said. Great words of wisdom that we never tire hearing! Best wishes for continued health and success with your goals!

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ELLEKTRA 5/16/2013 3:15AM

    You're doing amazing! Keep it up.

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VTRICIA 5/16/2013 12:30AM

    I relate to so much of your story. I was the one heavier kid in my family.

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_LINDA 5/15/2013 10:58PM

    Right there with you! Snacking is my main problem and still is even though I have been maintaining for two years, due to an injury on my elbow recently, my weight creeped up 3 lbs so that was the red flag warning. I love exercise and work out vigorously and that allowed me my treats, but when I can't go as hard,I can't indulge either. Sparkpeople is what works for me, never been in WW, but did try Physicians Weight Loss Center, but when it closed down after I lost the weight, I never tried one of those again, and I am cheap, like free things, so finding Sparkpeople was a Godsend.
Here is to putting the brakes on yo yo dieting and not having to lose weight ever again. I do give myself a five pound range as weight really does fluctuate, so don't stress too much over small gains, just make sure the upward trend is nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand. No fad diets needed. Just careful tracking of calories and fitness did it for me.
Keep up the great work! Age is just a number! You have the choice to be as fit as your body allows!

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MANILUS 5/15/2013 10:27PM

    Great work!

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SANDICANE 5/15/2013 10:21PM

    Our stories are similar. Yes, maintaining certainly is harder than going up or going down! You're doing a super job! Way to go!

Cheers,
Sandi

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KELLIEBEAN 5/15/2013 9:42PM

    Congratulations on your achievements so far. You have the determination to continue!

I find maintaining harder than losing weight as well. I keep moving forward.

Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck on your 5K Saturday!

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WATERMELLEN 5/15/2013 9:33PM

    Wonderful story! You are persistent and you are determined!! Your techniques work for you and that's what counts!

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MEXGAL1 5/15/2013 8:02PM

    woo hoo and wonderful job getting back to goal.
keep up the good work.

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MOBYCARP 5/15/2013 7:48PM

    Good job figuring out what works for you, which is different from what I am doing. As you note, maintenance is a very individualized journey. One size does not fit all.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 5/15/2013 7:30PM

    Great blog and great job! Congrats on reaching your goal weight. You are right, maintenance is more difficult, and we need to keep it challenging. My dreamboard helps me to stay challenged, as I prepare to fulfill a new dream. Especilly when I slack off a bit!

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MANDELOVICH 5/15/2013 7:11PM

    Great job - congrats on getting back to goal!!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/15/2013 7:09PM

    Great blog! You are really working it. It takes dedication, for sure, but you can do it! You ARE doing it! Congratulations!!

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SUSIEMT 5/1/2013 10:32PM

    I'm glad you got back to goal. You are right you do obsess. But that won't kill you! Keep up the great job!

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PATTYR81 5/1/2013 11:53AM

    Great Blog!

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Rain, rain go away . . .

Monday, April 29, 2013

I know we're not having as much rain here in North Georgia like a lot of places, but we've been getting a lot. The good news is we're no longer in a drought, the bad news is now we have flooding and our grass is growing too fast (plus it cuts down on the outdoor exercise!).

Friday was a nice day, so after dropping DD#1 off at work, I started cutting grass. It had been less than a week for the front, but it was already long. I was mowing (riding lawn mower) for about an hour and saw DD#3 waving at me from the front porch. She wanted to know what was for dinner?! Granted she's only 12, but she was laying around on the couch and I was cutting grass - really!!? Anyway, we had some leftover pizza dough, so she made a calzone for herself (and for DH when he got home later from work). I cut grass for another 1/2 hour and was hungry myself, so I made a salad with some left over grilled chicken. I like doing something right after work because I eat dinner later and that seems to cut down on the snacking!

Since DD#2 was in Florida, I didn't have to go to basketball, so I told my niece I would babysit again for great-nephew (believe me, it's a pleasure) on Saturday. I had to get up early to drop DD#3 off for her Girl Scout ziplining adventure (because of the rain, the decided to not camp, but she was gone from 7 am to 10:30 pm). I got an early start on housework and niece and hubby were running late (which allowed me to finish all my house work), so I met them halfway (they live about 40 mins. away) and took Baby No-No (that what we call him!) home.

It had been cloudy and yucky all morning and it was finally sunny. DH, DD#1, baby and I went to the park. We walked about 45 mins. and the baby slept the whole time. DD#1 watched him while I cut more grass (push mower this time) for about an hour, so that was more exercise! Baby No-No was fussy, so I put him back in the carrier/stroller and walked him up and down our road and around the yard. He fell immediately asleep and I got a little more exercise! My sister (grandma) was coming after work to pick him up for a sleepover, so she picked up Chick-filet for us (salad again for me).

It started raining Saturday night, rained all day yesterday and is still raining. It's now just a drizzle and is supposed to clear up mid-morning. I did absolutely nothing yesterday. DH did the "running around" yesterday. He had to take DD#1 to work (she got called in and was ready to go since she was "grounded" over the weekend), pick up DD#2 from friend's house (they got home late from Florida) and then pick DD#1 up from work. I lazed around on the couch!

It's supposed to be a real nice week, so I hope to run 2-3 times this week. I ended up not adding a fruit in over the weekend - today is 2 weeks on the low carb. I peeked at the scale this morning and it looks like I've stayed the same (although I had a 1 lb. loss on Saturday - fickle scale). The "official" weigh in is Wednesday.

1 more pound and I'm "Back to Maintenance" and 3 more lbs. to get back to my "wiggle room" weight!

  
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SUSIEMT 4/29/2013 10:13AM

    Yea you!

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Solitary Run - Very Nice!

Friday, April 26, 2013

I had a very nice run last night all by myself! DD#2 went to the gym right after school with friend and DH ran and then picked them up. DD#1 & 3 didn't want to go with me, they were playing with the ducks (yes, we still have 4 ducks) and fixing up their new pen. They have now grown too big for their place in the basement workshop, but we still might need to bring them in at night so the "critter's" don't get them.

I dropped DD#2 and friend off (they were getting ready to drive to Florida for the weekend) and then went to the park. It was another beautiful evening. I got there a little later than normal, so it was pretty crowded. I ended up running about 2.3 miles, so I'm upping the distance a little. I did have to stop and walk about 45 seconds since I was having a major coughing fit. My throat was feeling kind of scratchy and I may have swallowed something. I was coughing so bad, some man asked if I was "okay"?!

I'm glad I'm slowly working up my distance. I've signed up for 2 5K's in May - 5/18 (at our church) & 5/25 (a color run). This is my first "color run", so I'm not sure what to expect. It's being held at one of the new parks on the river, so it should be pretty neat. Both running routes should also be pretty flat (for N. Ga.). The whole family is running in both 5K's, so it will be fun to see how everyone does.

The "low carb" eating is going pretty well. I did over indulge in pistachios on Wednesday night (kind of upset my stomach), so I still have to be mindful of the snacking. I'm probably going to work in fruit this weekend. I'm not really missing bread/grains. We had fajitas on Tuesday and I just piled my stuff up on salad and stir-fry on Wednesday, but I didn't eat any rice. Last night we grilled out and I ate my turkey burger without a bun! I do miss fruit though!

I find eating an "egg bowl" (2 eggs, turkey crumbles, spinach, peppers) in the morning keeps me full a lot longer than cereal. I have 3 more lbs. to go, so I hope to reach that goal by Mother's Day.

No big plans for the weekend. I'll run tonight if DD#3 wants to. They're out of school today, and because of the rain, her Girl Scout camping trip has turned into a "day" trip, but they'll be gone all day Saturday. Since it's supposed to rain this weekend (mostly Saturday night & all day Sunday), I'll also try to cut the grass tonight.

I do want to get in a run so I don't loose my "momentum". I want to be able to run the entire time at both 5K's and get in a good time so my family doesn't make fun of me. The joke now is "if there was a race with a turtle, a snail, molasses,and Mom, Mom would come in 4th"! Hilarious aren't they!

  


Ran again with the

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I lost 2 more lbs.! I am now 1 lb. away from my Weight Watchers goal and 3 lbs. from my lowest Weight Watchers weight (or what I call my "wiggle room" weight).

I'm very excited about my progress and really glad I decided to switch to the "low carb" eating for a while and stop the mindless snacking of chips, crackers & sweets. The past couple of weeks have been pretty stressful with work, kids & DH's schedule and May isn't looking any easier. I really find myself wanting "comfort" from food!

Last night I really wanted a "drink" or a big ole bowl of ice cream! DD#1 has been struggling to keep up with her heavy school load (Junior year is really hard and she has 3 Advanced Placement classes!). The high school really ramps it up after Spring Break until the last week of school. Unfortunately, DD#1 stayed in "Spring Break mode". Our county has an online grading system and parents' get e-mails if there are any missing or failing assignments. This could be a major test or a simple homework assignment. Some teachers load a bunch of grades in at one time and some do it on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I've being getting quite a few e-mails about DD#1. She still has pretty good grades, but this is not the time to "slack off". Because of this, she is "grounded" for the weekend (which she should have been last weekend too). She also has the SAT on 5/4 and we're going to study for that. Unfortunately this means she can't see the boyfriend, so she was moping around last night, DD#2 & 3 were arguing and procrastinating and DD#3 ended off the night being disrespectful and slamming her door! I'm happy to say that I didn't eat anything, I just went to bed!

Anyway, got that off my chest! I ran last night with DD#3. We dropped DD#1 off at work and DD#2 off at the gym to run & shoot baskets.

DD#3 is still doing great. Again, if she wasn't such a "goof", she could probably be a great runner. Since her goal is to try out for either Cross Country or Track next year, I found myself wanting to push her. I decided to just let her do her own thing (she's kind of a "free spirit) and besides, I'm no running expert and just doing the best I can.

She ran on ahead of me and when I could still see her, she was messing around with her Itouch (DD#2 is letting her use her old Itouch) and playing games on it. She was doing an 8 min. run/1 min. walk (3X) and I decided again to just slog along. She passed me again turning around and then she was just "flying!". I ran 2 miles straight and then walked the rest of the way to meet up with her.

It was a great run and such nice weather. We drove back to the gym to pick up DD#2. She was playing another "pick up" game with a bunch of guys. She did really good again and they were impressed! Playing these games is really building up her confidence and making her more "aggressive" of a player!

Tonight will be more major running around (and it's supposed to rain). I'm planning to run tomorrow. I'll have to see how the weekend shapes up. The kids are out of school on Friday and DD#2 is going to Fl. with another friend and DD#3 is going camping with the Girl Scouts. That just leaves DD#1 moping around the house (and studying!). This will be a mini-vacation for me since I won't have to drive anyone around! It's supposed to rain, but hopefully I can squeeze in some exercise and some much needed rest!

  


Great Weekend!

Monday, April 22, 2013

It was a beautiful weekend in North Georgia. The storm that blew in on Friday brought some chilly weather, but I like this weather. We had a fairly warm January & February and then March was pretty cold. I was thinking we would move right into Summer and skip Spring, but we had early spring like weather over the weekend. High 60's during the day and 40's at night. It would have been perfect, but it was a little windy.

DD#3 and I were going to do an exercise tape on Friday as part of our "cross training". I dropped DD#1 off at work and DD#2 and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. She wanted to make calzones & pizza for dinner. They looked really, really yummy, but I managed to avoid and eat a salad (I did have some of the turkey pepperoni she used and have been using the pre-cooked turkey "crumbles" in my eggs). Everyone was really tired on Friday, so we just lounged around on the couch (DH and DD#1 both had to work until 10 pm). Needless to say, we did not do the workout DVD!

I got up early and did housework/laundry on Saturday. DD#1 was spending the day with boyfriend (it was his birthday and his Dad was in town, so he picked up DD#1 and they all spent the day together, but I had to pick her up later in the evening), DD#3 was having a friend spend the night and DD#2 had basketball.

I took DD#2 to basketball and walked around the campus where she plays for about 20 mins. before they started the games (they do about 40 mins. of warm-ups & drills before playing games). When we got home, she was exhausted, so she took a 4 hour nap! I cut grass and took a short walk with my Mom up and down our road. So, it was a busy day with plenty of activity, but no run.

I woke up early Sunday morning and ran to the grocery store (my 2nd home!). I ended up buying donuts for the girls (had 2 additional kids). DH had a meeting at work Sunday morning and he also brought home donuts! Guess what, I didn't eat a single donut! My niece and her husband were going kayaking, so we got to babysit my precious great-nephew again yesterday! I pushed some donuts off on them - I had to get them out of the house!

I took a walk with great-nephew up and down our road and visited with my parents (they live next door). My sister showed up around 1 :30. It's her grandson and she had to work a little Sunday morning, but rushed to our house after that (she wasn't about to miss out on spending time with grandson). We packed him up (I forgot how much stuff you have to have for 1 baby!) and sister, DD#2 and I went to the park. We walked for about 45 mins. (he slept the whole way) and then I had to get back home and get ready for church (DD#3 was an alter server so we had to be there early).

So it was a busy weekend, but DD#3 and I didn't get in a run. She has Girl Scouts tonight (along with a bunch of other stuff we have to try to squeeze in), so we'll run tomorrow.

No worries! I'm doing great on my "low-carb" eating and I've lost another pound (unofficial until Wednesday). I'm probably not going to be able to do the 5K on 5/4. DD#1 has SAT's that morning and I'm not sure about DH's schedule. The whole family is planning to do the 5K at our church on 5/18, so I still have that to train for!

If all goes well, I should be back to my "official" maintenance weight (2 lbs. under my Weight Watcher's goal weight) in a couple of weeks!

  
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SUSIEMT 4/22/2013 2:38PM

    I have to keep saying this. You are one busy mommy! Better you than me.

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