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One COOL Mama

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I am so fortunate to not only have an awesome Mother, but a good friend and just ONE COOL MAMA.

What's funny is that it seems like the older I get the closer we become. Not only does she give me sound advice and direction (even when I don't ask for it), but she constantly motivates me to become the best me that I can be.

What makes her sooooo COOL?

1. She IMs me during the day keeping me updated with the clearance sales for all of our favorite online clothing stores.

2. She frequently teases me that she is now on broadband and I'm still on dial-up.

3. So far for the month of June she is SMOKING me on every single Fitness Report at the Y. Including TOTAL CALORIES BURNED...she is ranked #1 and I'm #16.

4. She's always willing to be "my date" at company outings.

5. No one gets more excited than Mama when the infommercial that I'm in comes on the air (then again, my Grandmother may have her beat...LOL).

6. When I am tempted to get too lax with my nutrition or fitness, she's the first one on my case.

7. Last but not least, she prays for me without ceasing.

Pictured above is a collage of Mama and I since July of last year, in the past two years she has lost well over 80 lbs. , five dress sizes and I don't know how many inches. And let's not talk about all of my clothes that she has been more than happy to take off my hands (Smile).

She has done so well with her lifestyle change...no doubt she is ONE COOL MAMA!

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MRSBUNNI 6/28/2008 11:54PM

    Two beautiful ladies! Mom are definitely a very special gift from God. I cherish mine every day. emoticon

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LASVEGASLES 6/27/2008 7:38PM

    Praise be to your momma girl!!

You are BOTH awesome, indeed!

Lovin ya from Vegas :-)


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LILSHINE 6/27/2008 4:08PM

    Love it!!!~ I miss my mom an awful lot - but she was just like yours - the older I got the closer we got. Njoy momma everyday. She's awesome just like her daughter - congrats to both of you on an awesome weight loss journey

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MONTANAGAL 6/27/2008 1:35PM

    Yeah for Deondra's Momma!!! Wooohoo!!! You BOTH look great!! You are truly blessed w one great momma!

Love ya girl!
Deb :-)

PS/ Thanks for the positive comments on my page!

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MONET06 6/27/2008 12:53PM

    What a inspiration to us all emoticon

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WALKOFFPOUNDS 6/27/2008 12:47PM

    Mama looks good girl! You guys could pass for sisters! Congratulations on making your lifestyle change a family affair!! You ladies are doin the darn thang!

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TAMTAM1980 6/27/2008 11:06AM

    Yes I agreea moms are the best, that is why I miss mine so much.. Cherish the moments.

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AUDIE40220 6/27/2008 10:15AM

    Don't you just love Momma's?
You all are wonderful!

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NOEILAND 6/27/2008 9:24AM

    Lost 80 lbs! Go Mama! emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 6/27/2008 8:57AM

    You have one cool Mama. I have a big smile on my face from reading your blog. You are so fortunate to have a mother that has accepted the challenges of getting healthier with you so she can have a long healthy life with you and enjoy finding all the sales with you.

Hugs, Sonia

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2008LYNN 6/27/2008 5:14AM

  How awesome! You guys are a great example of how families can stop just accepting being overweight and out of shape.

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    That is awesome....I am lovin it!!! There is nothing like Mom

Peace and Blessings.


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JANEYJAYE 6/27/2008 1:33AM

    How fantastic to be able to share this all with your Mama! And still have her as a role model and have her support the whole way.

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Working my Plan!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I officially weighed in at 240.6 lbs. this morning, but I am CONFIDENT that this is only temporary.

And why am I so confident? Because I have a plan and am working it.

1. I met TJOI214 at the Y around 5:30-ish this morning and had an awesome 45 min. Cardio workout

2. I have two workouts scheduled for later today...another Cardio workout at "that other gym" and a Core Rhythms workout before going to bed.

3. I have planned my meals for the day and am sticking to my plan

4. Anytime, I'm tempted to stray away from the plan, I remind myself of how uncomfortable I felt in the outfit on my profile picture

5. I keep reminding myself to take everything one decision at a time

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GODZDESIGN95 6/21/2008 10:08AM

    Just dropping by--- you on the move toward your goal and I know you will make it with God on your side.

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NEWMARILYN 6/16/2008 11:02AM

I have been away for a while. I've been eating and not exercising as much as I should... gaining and losing the same pounds over and over again. I know that I can do it and you can do it. We know God! Hang in there. Keep me lifted up in prayer and I'll do the same for you.

God bless,

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LASVEGASLES 5/30/2008 5:09PM

    YOU will do it, girl!!

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." -- 2 Timothy 1:7

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CIERAPOET 5/30/2008 5:06AM

    Girl, you better look in that mirror and smile and remember that God is on your side. I see you wrote the vision and made it plan. Don't over do cardio either and eat right. Yep, I'm playing mama now. You will get there when you are supposed to. So I am praying for you and don't ever lose hope your help cometh from the Lord and He is right there with you NOW.

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FOXYLOSE30 5/29/2008 4:08PM

    Do it!! Do it!!

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M3NOMOFAT 5/29/2008 2:06PM

    Let's get losing! Thankfully, you know how to do what you need to do. This is not a question of if anymore, it isn't even a question at all. The statement is "I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me." Keep the faith...

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ATR1983 5/28/2008 8:28PM

    Sounds like you are back on track. Work it girl. You can do this!

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GIRLINMOTION 5/28/2008 8:55AM

    Deondra, making a plan and having the confidence will help you succeed. You can do it!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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AUDIE40220 5/28/2008 12:49AM

    Work it Girl!
You are fantastic and making it happen!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 5/27/2008 10:41PM

    You will be back on track in no time at all. Work that plan girl!!!


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81GODDESS 5/27/2008 2:43PM

    Keep Striving to do your best and you will continue to be the best. BTW I like the new pic that's entitled "The NEW Before Pic"

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JANEYJAYE 5/27/2008 2:38PM

    With a plan, you can do anything. WE ALL BELIEVE IN YOU! We are all here for you.

emoticon You can DO THIS!

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WALKOFFPOUNDS 5/27/2008 1:28PM

    Sounds like a great plan! You can do it!! emoticon

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MONTANAGAL 5/27/2008 1:12PM

    GO DANCE GO!!! I believe in you and I KNOW you can do this!! I'm rooting and cheering you on girl!!

Deb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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When A Motivator needs Motivation

Friday, May 23, 2008

The past few weeks have been super hard for me both emotionally and physically. The passing of my best friend, then my paternal grandmother, followed by a huge Reduction in Force at work.

Sooooo I haven't felt like consistently planning meals or working out or even Sparking. All of the emotional eating has officially caught up with me AND I have gained a total of 10 lbs.

What should a Motivator do when she needs Motivation?

First of all, I refuse to trip out about it and go ahead and update my ticker (Done!). I know what needs to be done and I need to just GET 'ER DONE.

Second, this coming Monday, I will be 37 years old. My gift to myself will be to get back on track. Which begins with returning to the basics of SPARKING (I sooooo need the support) and all of the other DAILY stuff that i need to do to help me reach my goal (i.e. 10 C. Water/ 2 C. Green Tea/Lots of Veggies and Fruits/90 mins. of Cardio/45 mins. strength training and going back to giving up sweets).

Third, I'll start back on a modified version of Body for Life (mostly to stay on track with my strength training).

Last but not least...now more than ever I've really got to lean and depend on God for strength.

"The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace." Psalm 29:11

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LASVEGASLES 5/30/2008 5:03PM

    "There hath no temptation taken but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,

Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." -- 1 Corinthians 10:13

Sorry about the loss of your grandparent...it's been an emotional month for you, hasn't it?

Oh, and happy belated b-day girl!

Love you muchly!


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CIERAPOET 5/30/2008 5:15AM

    Sweety I am so sorry to hear about your losses. That makes it hard. That emotional eating will get you everytime. It's ok. I love ya and God loves you. He does bless His people with Peace. He is your Comforter. He is with you always. Forever. He never gonna leave you Comfortless. Look up unto the HIlls, your help comes from God Who made Heaven and Earth. I am here for you.

Deborah emoticon

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MZPERSEVERANCE 5/27/2008 11:29PM

    Girl you are in my prayers...Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Love ya


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CBRANCH76 5/27/2008 9:05AM

    I am praying for you Deondra...with God all things are possible!


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IOWAGAL1957 5/26/2008 7:39AM

    when a motivator needs motivation.... girl, you have just done it for yourself. getting back to the basics and back on track is the advice you would give to someone else, it is so much harder to tell yourself that. but you recognized it and i know you will follow through. you and your family have my sincere sympathy for your recent losses.

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ATR1983 5/26/2008 2:38AM

    Hey girl, i am so sorry for you loss and for thing being crazy at work. As for getting off track it happens to the best of us. I got off track for a while too so don't be hard on your self. You will loose those ten pounds in no time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAILYN1 5/24/2008 5:23PM

    Hi Dance,

My prayers are with you and the family. I know how things can be when you loose someone that you love so dearly. Just know that we are praying for you. I recently gained six pounds but for my 37th birthday I decided that I would loose them and get on course as I should. This was my gift to myself. So I wanted to encourage you to stay prayerful and keep blogging because this is what helped me (You helped me). emoticon

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MSDIAMOND600 5/24/2008 11:23AM

    Dance I'm very sorry for your losses. This is a very supportive place for you whether it's a personal matter or wanting to be healthy. We're here for it all.

On another note, I too am starting over. I was away for a couple of months and hated to turn up that tickler. Once I did reality set and I was released from that demon telling me it was okay to eat up everything under the sun. We already know what to do...so LET'S DO THIS GIRL!

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GIRLINMOTION 5/24/2008 1:04AM

    Deondra I know this is a very difficult time for you emotionally, but I know you have the strength to pick yourself backup and get yourself together and focus on your own health needs. You have the tools to get you back on track and you know how to use them. Weight wise this is only a minor set back and you are not going to let this keep you down. You can do it!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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JANEYJAYE 5/23/2008 10:00PM

    Oh, Dance. Again I'm so sorry for your loss! I know the loss of either your friend or grandmother could not have been easy. It's understandable that you lost track of your weightloss goals. Who could blame you? And who hasn't gotten off track at some point in their lives?

We're here for you and we will support you every step of the way! Getting back on track will be easy for you since you know what you have to do to reach your goals. And reach them, you shall!
With us and God on your side, how could you NOT lose? emoticon

YOU WILL "GET 'ER DONE!" emoticon

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GLORILEE 5/23/2008 9:49PM

    First of all I will like to extend my sincerely condolence. I can imagine how that feel. I think that right now you can see it but everyday with the help of the lord the days are going to get better. emoticon I know that sometimes life throw you a curve believe me I could relate. But you have to Pray and ask for motivate and courage to keep on going. Listen, Don't stress yourself out. I know that the anxiety make you do things to make me gain way but believe me things are going to get better for you. Do me a favor and try to remember something good that happen to you everyday.. Little exercise that you do will help you with to lose the weight that you gain. KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNIN 5/23/2008 6:59PM

    I wish life hadn't thrown you so many curve balls. My thoughts are with you.
I think you have made tremendous progress you came back and posted. I am not sure what help I can offer but I certainly will offer up my support if you need someone to help give you a hand getting back on track. Hang in there you will make it and we are here for you.

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MONTANAGAL 5/23/2008 6:25PM

    Hey girl. Sorry for your loss and the craziness at your work. Now.... as far as the slacking off and weight gain. It happens to the best of us. I know you are aware of what you need to do. It just shows that you're human, just like the rest of us. I believe in you. You can do this. Just get back in there my friend and go gangbusters. With God, ALL things are possible. Get back in here so we can motivate you and cheer you on.

Love ya girl!

Deb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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30LISA 5/23/2008 5:42PM

    Im sorry for your loss. You can do this you are so worth it dont give up just take things slow maybe they wont feel so over whelming. I hope things get better for you.If there is anything I can do just let me know emoticonLisa

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A Tribute to My Best Friend in the Whole Wide World

Friday, May 09, 2008

This past Wednesday, my best friend went home to be with the Lord. After battling breast cancer for almost four years, she finally won.

"For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down – when we die and leave these bodies – we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands." ~ 2 Corinthians 5:1

Listed below is the obituary that is posted in today's paper along with the link to the Courier Journal.

GRIGGS, LISA D., LCSW, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Jewish Hospital. She was born June 3,1971 in Nashville, TN. Lisa was a director at Our Lady of Peace Hospital until illness prohibited her from working. She was a member of Greater St. Mark Baptist Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Rexye Allen Greenfield. Lisa leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Darren L. Griggs; son, Darren Allen (7); daughter, Darian Rexye (4); mother, Esther Mae Greenfield; father, William R. Greenfield (Carsella); stepmother, Gayle Houston (Sam); sisters, Theresa Strachan and Kimberly Drake; brothers, Michael Yarbrough (Angeline); Steve Reed (Dana) and Jason Greenfield (Cassandra; grandmother, Jennie Mae Easley, best friend, Deondra Wardelle; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater St. Mark 1425 Bland St. Burial to follow in Louisville Cemetery. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church. G.C. Williams in charge of arrangements.


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NEWMARILYN 6/16/2008 10:52AM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and Lisa's family are in my prayers.

God bless,

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JAZZID 5/31/2008 9:49PM

    Hi, sorry to hear about your loss.. emoticon ~ Dee ~

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SBUCHANAN 5/22/2008 11:22PM


Lisa was truly blessed to have such a wonderful friend in her life. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. You know you can lean on me whenever you need to. I love you girl!


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BLESSED3061 5/14/2008 11:43AM

    Sorry to hear this, I lost an Aunt in March, but to be absent fromthe body is to be in the prescence of the Lord. So as long as she is saved, you will see her again:)

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GOTTHATFIRE 5/13/2008 8:08PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. You and your friend are in my prayers emoticon

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OLEASE 5/12/2008 8:06AM

    My heartflet sympathy; I have prayed that God will fill your heart with peace during this time of parting. Love you.

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M3NOMOFAT 5/11/2008 8:29PM

    My heart hurts for you Deondra. You will continue to be in my prayers and so is your friend's family. I am glad to hear that she was a believer. May GOD's power comfort and provide the solace you all need...

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LASVEGASLES 5/11/2008 3:11PM

    "The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent." -- Psalm 34: 18

Lady D:

Always remember
God’s everlasting love
And that He is always near

Jesus is there
To hold you in His arms
He’ll never leave you alone
Give it to Him
All the hurt within
Don’t bear it on your own.



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    I am sorry to hear about your loss. You know you are in my prayers....


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MBETTIS 5/10/2008 10:43AM

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your best friend. I am praying you and her family continued strength throught this time.

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GIRLINMOTION 5/10/2008 10:34AM

    Lisa will be missed by many, but not forgotten. Such a sad loss for the world of all that knew her. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Lisa's family.

Hugs, Sonia

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CBRANCH76 5/9/2008 3:07PM

    Praying for your strength. God bless.


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    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I bet you are a good friend too. My prayers are with you.

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KAYEREADER 5/9/2008 11:21AM

    D: My thoughts and prayers are with you and each member of your friend's family and extended network.

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YAY ME...I'll be on National TV this Week!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

I'm too pumped. I just found out that the Core Rhythms commercial will be airing this week. Listed below is the viewing schedule (all times are EST):

Wednesday – Bravo – 4AM

Wednesday – Oxygen – 3AM

Thursday – WE – 5AM

Friday – A1TV – 8AM

Friday - DIY (Do it Yourself) Network – 6AM

Friday – FINE Network – 6AM

Friday – TRNS Network – 5:30AM

Saturday – TLC – 5:30AM

Saturday – FIT Network – 4:30AM

Saturday – HGTV Network – 5AM

Okay, now it's time for me to do another HAPPY DANCE (pictured above is me doing a Happy Dance this past Friday night while partying with the DIVAs)

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GODZDESIGN95 4/30/2008 12:04AM

    Ohhh I probably missed it. But you are doing awesome. God is good!

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M3NOMOFAT 4/27/2008 7:50PM

    (((((Deondra))))) I am so proud of you! Love you and I am certainly cheering for you! Kudos!!!
Sister for life!!

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2008LYNN 4/23/2008 3:25PM

  I'm going to set my alarm so I don't miss it on Saturday.

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AUDIE40220 4/22/2008 9:18AM

    You are so wonderfully inspiring! I am so happy for you and proud of you! I am going to really try to catch the commercials! Go girl! Do your thang!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/22/2008 8:47AM

    I can't wait to watch it.

Your are a rising star of awesome influence to so many. Great to know someone who is a positive influence to the people around them. Way to go!

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NOEILAND 4/21/2008 9:55PM

    YAY you! emoticon

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JANEYJAYE 4/21/2008 3:08PM

    I'll definitely be watching! So exciting!

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KAYEREADER 4/21/2008 2:30PM

    Dance on! I can't wait to see you moving!

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    Look at you doing the THANG...You go girl!!!!



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