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ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE: WHY DO I CRY?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First of all you might thing this is a funny blog to put on a weight loss site but you know I believe every aspect of our lives has something to do with our weight loss.
The stress of everyday life.
The loss of a loved one.
The disappointments that come our way.
Then there are the:
Joys
smiles,
Laughter
Good friends
Fellowship
and God who sees us through all.

THIS BLOG CONCERNS MEXICO AND I WISH EVERYONE COULD READ IT.
My tears just rolled tonight as I read the last two or three days news papers.
One headline read: CARTEL SUSPECTED IN MASSACRE OF 72 MIGRANTS.
These were people from central and south America.
They found the bodies in one room in a house some piled on top of the others.
One who was badly wounded but able to escape told the authorities which gang it was that did that. I fear for this man's life.
Another incident: AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE ARE REPORTEDLY DEAD AFTER AN APPARENT SHOOTOUT ALONG THE HIGHWAY BETWEEN MONTERREY AND REYNOSA. I used to live in Monterrey and travelled that highway alone a lot but it is so much different now.
Reynosa is where I am building the church and parsonage and I tried to call the pastor's mother in law today as the pastor has no phone but the phone was out of commission. It breaks my heart. I have lost contact with them for now. I hope they call soon.
Another headline: REYNOSA SEES WIDESPREAD BLOCKADES, VEHICLES DETONATED. Actually this was supposed to have happened at a bridge straight out my street and into Mexico.
Reynosa is 8 miles from where I live.
Then there were two officials: Mexican mayors killed .
These were mayors of two towns close together.
Another headline: NEVER-ENDING VIOLENCE. Attacks target police, media in Mexico
massacre.
U. S. pulls diplomat's children from Monterrey.
There are car explosions, so many things.
I could never tell all and besides that they say a lot of things are happening that we never hear about.
We have been warned not to go to Mexico as they cannot guarantee our safety.
PLEASE PRAY FOR MEXICO AND ALSO THE TEXAS BORDER AS SOME BAD THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE ALSO.


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DIDMIS 9/2/2010 12:34AM

    Yes Sunny you expressed it so well. Thanks.

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SUNNYWBL 9/2/2010 12:32AM

    Words are never adequate to express the evil that some are visiting on all the innocents and others, too.......................

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CAROLYN0107 9/1/2010 1:42AM

    I hear some about Mexico even here in Africa. I'm sure we hear much less than you do. I pray that you can make contact again with your friends there.
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KAYDE53 8/31/2010 8:20PM

    It must be sad for you to see a place where you lived & worked in such sad disarray. But the Lord has His Hand on it all, and He knows how it will all come out, we do not. I feel so bad for the innocent people who are caught up in this violence; it must be so scary to live in these conditions. I did see where they caught one of the big ring leaders in one of the drug cartels; he was American, shame on him. I am praying for this situation, and the people and for you, dear sister. emoticon

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KAYDE53 8/31/2010 8:20PM

    It must be sad for you to see a place where you lived & worked in such sad disarray. But the Lord has His Hand on it all, and He knows how it will all come out, we do not. I feel so bad for the innocent people who are caught up in this violence; it must be so scary to live in these conditions. I did see where they caught one of the big ring leaders in one of the drug cartels; he was American, shame on him. I am praying for this situation, and the people and for you, dear sister. emoticon

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SALSMITH 8/31/2010 5:18PM

   
Irene - I know your heart is heavy. Our friends that live in El Paso, told of the bodies that are being found and of things that are going on! Such violence. It is so sad that the world has gotten to this point. I know God is in control and we don't always understand His plans, but they are the Right plans. Will keep you and the pastor and his family in our prayers. Please stay safe my friend. Love, Hugs and God's blessings.

Sallie

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HAPPYMOM8 8/31/2010 4:32PM

    Sad -Sad -situation! Our prayers go out to the leaders of Mexico who are trying to do something about the horrible problem!
It makes me so angry to think that we have people here in our country contributing to their misery by buying illegal drugs!



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CAROLYNVIL 8/31/2010 4:21PM

    One cannot help but be upset over the events in Mexico and the border towns.I will keep Mexico and the border towns in my prayers hoping there will be an end to this violence soon.

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NELLIEC 8/31/2010 3:11PM

    I am praying for Mexico and for along the border!

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DIDMIS 8/31/2010 2:30PM

    You all have been such an encouragement to me. God bless you. We are to carry one another's burdens and we do on Spark.
Irene

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LAVENDERLILY 8/31/2010 2:27PM

    Dear Irene,
I can't tell you how heavy my heart is when I hear what is going on in Mexico. Just know that prayers and blessings are being sent to them and to you.

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CHARHUNT1 8/31/2010 12:48PM

    Irene: I know your heart is so heavy right now. When will this stop? Our country is in such a mess and we have to pray for God to heal our land. He is faithful - He hears our prayers - and answers. We don't always understand the answers, but He knows what is best.
Lifting up your heavy heart, my friend.
Hugs,
Char

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/31/2010 11:00AM

    Dear Irene,
From our human points of view you have every reason to cry and for your routines to be upset! Remember the Lord knows it all and He cares even more than you. He has a plan and isn't affected nor disturbed by all that is happening. He is saddened that men turn their hearts away from Him but is always there with arms open wide to all that will come to Him for salvation or a shoulder to cry on! Do take your burdens to Jesus! He will comfort your heart!

Am praying for you and Dear Folks in Mexico and on the Texas border!

Keep looking up! Jesus is returning soon! May we all be ready!

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GLORYB2014 8/31/2010 10:52AM

    I cannot fathom living under such conditions Irene, I'm glad you let us know how it really is! I hope you hear from your friends today, it is a worry.
My stepdaughter is going to Mexico for a holiday the end of September, I hope she changes her mind!
Prayers going out for you and for the good people in Mexico!
Gloria
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PASTORWILEY62 8/31/2010 10:15AM

    You have alot of support here and much out pouring of the heart. I pray the Lord be with you and keep you. I traveled with another Pastor to Panama she is from there i was not prepared to see what i saw .Men with machine guns on every corner. I stuck out like a sore thumb with my long blond hair. The Lord was with me and its as though i had a covering like no one ever saw me. Her family was very protective of me and had to usher me to safety from a city once and some one was killed in the very alley i stood just an hour later. I pray the same covering over you . You are a very courageous lady and God bless you for all that you do what a inspiration you are.

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TXDREAMSPINNER 8/31/2010 9:50AM

    Irene, the things going on in Mexico and on this side of the border are very scary. I go to school at UTB and park in a lot that backs up against the border. Last semester a stray bullet from across the border went through a classroom window. No one was hurt but they shut the campus down for a day. I have heard a lot of people who live in Matamoros and other border towns who have been caught up in or witnessed violence. My heart goes out to the people who have to live in fear on a daily basis due to this violence. I will keep the pastor and his family in my prayers. I hope you hear good news from them soon.

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GRACEISENUF 8/31/2010 9:46AM

    I have been reading these headlines on the internet and I always think of you Irene and your love for the people of Mexico. I am sad along with you at the recent carnage.

God is still in control and he will make it right. We must hold onto the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Love and hugs to you my friend.
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DIDMIS 8/31/2010 9:37AM

    Thank you for your love, concern and prayers all.
I tried to contact the pastor's family today but the phone is still not working.

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OMI2GC1 8/31/2010 9:14AM

  Irene, thank you for writing this, and I know that it has to be so hard on you not being able to be in contact with the ones you know. It is so sad what is going on, I will keep them all in prayer, and you my dear for all the work and devotion that you do.
May God be with them, and you in your devoted work.
Marsha


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CHARDANU 8/31/2010 8:48AM

    IRENE: Your blog is timely and I appreciate it; I'll tell you why. I have a sister-in-law who travels all over North America by herself in a small RV. She has been going to Mexico the last couple of years spending 3 months on the coast. Last year, some young college kids camping at the same site as her were robbed at gunpoint. For whatever reason, she wasn't bothered.
But this past Friday night, the show Dateline did a story on a family - the husband is Mexican, the wife American - who lived for 16 years in a beautiful place in Mexico, where many USA, Canadian and European expatriates live. It looked to be safe and tranquil. Then all of a sudden as they were returning to their ranch from taking their kids to school, they were attacked and the husband was kidnapped. The story went on about what they did to him, what they've done to others, the police corruption and how most of these extortion/kidnappings/murders are kept secret so that the tourism will not be hurt.
My sister-in-law's computer has been down so I haven't been able to contact her, but I told my husband the family ought to all ban together and threaten that we will never speak to her again if she goes back there. It is too dangerous for her, and for all of us, there would be nothing we could do to help her. As for the not speaking to her part, that would be to let her understand that she cannot just throw it off nonchalantly & go ahead and go; and that we're serious.
I am going to copy and paste your blog as an added piece of information to help drive home the point.
As for your heart, IRENE, I will add your grief, concern and ponderment over what to do to my prayers today. I'm fasting this day because we have mission concerns too - and I'd be glad to join with you in prayer and supplication to the Lord. It comes to me for you to do what Hezekiah did and lay whatever you have on paper concerning this, before the Lord as you call on Him. Will you do that? Whether it's building plans, maps, letters, anything and everything that has to do with it and lay it before the Lord and lay hands on it all as you pray. God will speak to your heart and give you a word, I know He will.
God bless.
CHAR

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MONTY68 8/31/2010 1:31AM

    Irene
It is these kind of events that don't always hit the news in other parts of our country. It is such a tragedy. I can not imagine living under those conditions and the idea that nothing seems to be done to stop it.
I know this info has come in the past, with your friends urging you not to go to Mexico and this seems to be getting worse.
My thoughts and prayers are always with you and each day I think we should be concerned for world peace.
Thank you for sharing this information

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BEEBEE75 8/31/2010 1:22AM

    I agree totally with you-----everything in our lives affect our weight and everything about us. The stories coming out of Mexico are very sad indeed. How can you not be affected. And not just Mexico but all over the world, horrible things happening. "The last days, critical times hard to deal with us. But I also believe that God promised better times, very soon.

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DON'T FORGET THE UNDERWEAR

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The weight is coming off.
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Clothes are fittig looser.
But you don't want to buy new clothes yet as you will just have to turn around and buy again pretty soon.
What to do?
BUY THEM BEFORE THEY FALL OFF OF YOU!
I've told you before my pants literally fell off of me as I crossed the street in front of my house. They were emoticon
Those pants were retired.
Now a big event is coming up!
I'm going north and will be speaking in several churches so need at least two new outfits.
So off I go to shop at the insistance of a girl friend. emoticon of course with a jacket.
I tried one on I liked really well. My girl friend tried to steer me away from it but didn't tell me why right away. She found another she liked (I ended up buying both)
Then she told me! You need to go be fitted for a bra.
Look where the darts are. Yea I looked. The girls (as some call them) were a long way below the darts where they should be.
So off we went to fit me for a bra. I had worn the same size forever. I was amazed at the size they came up with and I looked so much better.
Girls when you lose weight be sure you buy a new Bra.
Then I lost more weight even while being on a four week trip. I reached my goal soon after returning.
The NEXT BIG EVENT WAS WHEN I WAS TO BE CROWNED QUEEN. Another girl friend bought my beautiful dress but looked at me and said you need to be fit for a bra. LOL. Those little bitty things aren't cheap either but since she bought the dress and shoes I at least could buy that litttle bitty thing so off I go with her best friend and get fit again. Different size again.
SO GIRLS WHEN YOU LOSE WEIGHT DON'T JUST CHANGE YOUR DRESS OR PANTS SIZE. CHANGE WHAT IS UNDERNEATH.
Don't forget the underwear men and women. Do you want wrinkles under your clothing. Find something nice and smooth. Throw away whatever might be so big it is liable to fall off of you.
Give away your larger outer clothes. If you don't you are screaming, "I'M SAVING THIS BECAUSE I AM GOING TO GAIN MY WEIGHT BACK."
I used to do that all of the time and sure enough I gained it back and some more also.
Someone out there who hasn't found SPARKS needs those clothes.
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BESTSUSIEYET 8/31/2010 9:26PM

    Good underwear is FUN -- and I like wearing undies that fit! I looked at some of the old stuff before I gave it to Goodwill, and the difference in 'before' undies and 'after' undies!! Good advise!!!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/31/2010 3:26PM

    Dear Irene,
Thanks so much for keeping us straight and telling us how it is! :) You are our Spark Resident Comedian! Thank you so much for this blog!
Hope you look real sharp in your new clothes!!
Blessings and Smiles,
Daddy'sGirl

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JENGRAMMER 8/30/2010 9:24AM

    Irene, my friend, When a friend has to tell you you need a new bra, you know you are 'over the hill'. Just kidding.

Your blog kept me glued to the end. Wish I had been there with you. It must have been a very interesting shopping trip with a very classy lady.

Jen

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ANIHAKA 8/30/2010 1:28AM

    Although those little bitty things aren't cheap it's because you're worth it that you must get them. Apart from that it must be totally gratifying watching your clothes getting too big for the body. Best of luck for the week. emoticon emoticon

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HEILAS 8/29/2010 11:29PM

    Wonderful blog. You are absolutely right, no good having a lovely dress if whats underneath does not do it justice.

Have an awesome day.

God Bless.

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 11:07PM

    You spoke of wearing a suit of armor. I always call it my halter and take it off as soon as possible.
Happy basket, I don't like trying on clothes either. What a difference than when I was younger. LOL
Have a good time with your bra fitting.

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WANDAC2013 8/29/2010 10:47PM

    Great blog! Congrats on your success!!

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PAMAPPLE 8/29/2010 10:38PM

    Irene, another interesting and well-written blog. I've lost over 5 pounds but not enough to need smaller clothes or underwear! My pants fit better, though!

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HAPPYBASKET 8/29/2010 10:21PM

    Irene, Like someone already said, "You are a Hoot". I really had a laugh with your blog. I hate trying clothes on let alone being fitted for a bra but I must do this & soon. I am told that Penny's does a good job of that. Anyone with other ideas. I can not wear underwire This is going to be a jovial job, Wish me luck.
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KAYDE53 8/29/2010 9:42PM

    Good advice..nothing worse that a poor fitting bra!! Although last time I was fitted for one, they fitted me a little snugger than I like. I don't like the girls moving & shaking either, but I don't like to feel like I'm in a suit of armor or a vice grip. emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 7:30PM

    Becky ask Victoria's secret. I have all I want without adding a water bag to it. LOL I like underwire but they say they aren't good for you. I have a problem. Will tell you Thursday LOL instead of here for everyone to know. I wrote on your blog. I will have to take the skillet for me if I do like i did at noon again but I WILL NOT.
Irene

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MOM4407 8/29/2010 6:36PM

    There are just too many chooses for bras. Underwire, no wire, sports, and the colors. I took my daughter and then when I got the bra it had a plastic bag filled with water. What is this?

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CHARHUNT1 8/29/2010 4:17PM

    Irene: My friend you are a hoot! So funny and right to the point.
There are so many changes that our bodies go through that both men and women need to address them all.
Glasses, teeth, outer wear, under wear, shoes, etc etc.
The better the fit the trimmer we look.
Love your blog, lady.
Char

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 3:54PM

    Just got home from church and eating. Thanks for your comments on my blog. Char you are so right. I thought later of how I had to have my glasses adjusted. I don't have dentures so don't worry about that.
Irene

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CHARDANU 8/29/2010 3:25PM

    IRENE: Your blog is cute and funny, and it's VERY practical! There is even an intimate thing that happens to your body after weightloss that only married folks will find out - something you don't read about on these diet sites!
Other things that change in size are hat sizes, shoe size, even dentures and eyeglasses will have to be altered, depending on the amount you lose. Think about it...every part of your body will shrink. EVERY part! Hmmm...something to think about, eh? And it's all good.
CHAR


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LAVENDERLILY 8/29/2010 1:59PM

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Hi Irene,
My bra size hasn't changed with my weight loss.(I never had much to begin with!).However, my jeans are way too big and almost fall off! A new wardrobe is in order, but I think I will wait until I meet my goal and just tighten my belt in the meantime.
I always get a smile from your blogs. It makes my day.

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DONANDMARY77 8/29/2010 1:54PM

    Too Funny! Thanks....
God bless,
Mary

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HOPEFUL67 8/29/2010 11:29AM

    Guess I'm not doing something right - haven't gotten to the point where my clothes are to big. emoticon
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better get off my rump and do exercises.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/29/2010 10:46AM

    Great advice here! My daughters are the ones who point out things like that to me which I am grateful! I need all the help I can get!
Thanks for posting, Pat

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LIS193 8/29/2010 9:51AM

    So true! Without a good foundation nothing fits right. Thanks for reminding us :)

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 9:05AM

    Hey, thanks. I found some more comments on my blog today.
Made me feel good to start this Sunday out.

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MUJU71 8/29/2010 7:36AM

    Thanks for the laugh, Irene!
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NINALEE35 8/29/2010 7:04AM

    This was hilarious but so true! I really enjoyed. Thanks for writing. Also -- I wish I was where I could hear you speak. I'll bet you are terrific!

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CAROLYN0107 8/29/2010 6:39AM

    LOL! No fitters here on the equator, nor undergarments in larger sizes that are available for purchase. I keep a variety if sizes in the attic, ready to get to when I change.

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JODIRICHARDS 8/29/2010 2:36AM

    Great advice, if only I had a place to get a good bra fitting much less to buy a new one. I've had a tailor make new clothes for me but I think they place the breasts much high than we do, but that makes sense when you think how tall our bodies are in comparison. Now to just figure out how to communicate it so they understand. I had taken a shirt that I like as an example hoping that would help, but that detail didn't catch their eye and I am working with one of the best tailors in town. Much rather have this challenge than squeezing into something or needing extra material.

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MONTY68 8/28/2010 11:56PM

    Irene,
per your email,, I have read your blog, I want it quite funny, you have a great sense of humor. But on your serious note, everything needs replaced including undergarments. I will tell you size 48 undies don't feel good with 34 waist.
I gave every thing I owned away, except 1 pair of 48 inch jeans and xxxx shirt, to show others what they can do with their lives.
Keeping anything larger than we need is permission to need them later.

Great blog, thank you for sharing

Monty
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DIDMIS 8/28/2010 11:08PM

    Thanks to all of you who comment. Some say they read which is allright but I like to read your comments also.

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GLORYB2014 8/28/2010 10:59PM

    emoticonIrene, once again you cracked me up! emoticon
Now that I own a pair of "hanging baskets", I'll be sure to be fitted with a proper size bra! emoticon

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/28/2010 9:47PM

    emoticon. Let's hear it for the "Girls"

I have been taking care of all that recently. Victoria Secrets, o-la-la emoticon

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OMI2GC1 8/28/2010 9:31PM

  Thanks for sharing this. It is so true, not just what shows, but everything has to be replaced. Thanks for the laugh, I needed that.
God Bless
Marsha


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SONGOFJOY27 8/28/2010 9:16PM

    Thanks for your words of wisdom! I'm noticing that my undergarments are fitting quite differently these days ... and I've still got a long way to go before I reach my goal. I'm certainly thinking about new undies soon!

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QUEEN56 8/28/2010 7:40PM

    You are right on target with this--I found that just exercising regularly can change your size in "foundation garments."

Timely advice, thank you!!!

(And CONGRATULATIONS!! You have some wonderful friends who really look out for you, and isn't it good to be the Queen!)

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GRACEISENUF 8/28/2010 7:38PM

    This blog is a winner, chucked full of some seriously good advice, thanks!

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MOM4407 8/28/2010 7:26PM

    You are so right. A new pretty bra really makes the difference in the way you look and the way you feel.

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FRIENDS HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD

Monday, August 23, 2010

Well, as a lot of you know I wrote on my status how lonely I am tonight. After I wrote I began to receive Spark Mail and goodies; telephone calls from my Church, one from Facebook and one from Spark. Sometimes both phones were calling me at once.
Today was such a good day at church but this afternoon I was bored and lonely. Nothing seemed to work out right.
But then as I said tomorrow is another day and I know it will be better.
And I DID NOT GO OUT AND GET A BLIZZARD. I ate a nice juicy peach and drank a bottle of water.
I AM AN OVERCOMER AND YOU ARE ALSO.
The Bible says we are MORE than overcomers.
So everyone have a good night, sleep good, eat right, drink your water and let's get moving.
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BORN2BE 8/25/2010 7:30AM

    God has a way of telling us to rest and be bored even when we dont like it. He maketh us to lie down in green pastures and restores the soul. I dont like when I have these moments either but I think we all have some of those moments and you are right God always helps us conquer it. We all adore you here on spark.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/23/2010 9:19PM

    We shall overcome!!
And you did it!
Way to go!
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MNNSAIDE 8/23/2010 6:55PM

    PS - YOU BETTER HAVE NOT EATEN A BLIZZARD!!!

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MNNSAIDE 8/23/2010 6:52PM

    I was reading your post from my cell phone in the morning as I was checking for anything important post since I will NOT get on the PC in the morning now that work has started.

I was very worried about you but with the fist day of school so many things at school/work I could only Pray that the Lord would lift you up.

Your skillet friend!!! there now you smiled!!!

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DOGSNRODENTS 8/23/2010 6:03PM

    It is when we rely on God to provide for our every need (no matter how big or small!) that HE is faithful to us and blesses us abundantly with more than we could ever contemplate in our finite minds. I believe friends coming to our side when we need them is the best example of this type of blessing!

And good move going for the peach. Your body is probably thanking you for that decision today!

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SUNNYWBL 8/23/2010 5:42PM

    You made a very wise decision with the peach and water!

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ANGE1010 8/23/2010 3:49PM

    Irene,
God seems to hear answer us just when we need it the most. On His timing and not ours. our purpose is to glorify Him always, through the easy and tough times. I know, I've been out of work for 9 months. keep the faith my sister.

God bless,

Ange

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YJNANA 8/23/2010 9:47AM

    Irene, isn't it great that we can be in contact so quickly these days. But if its too late to use the phone, the computer and your Friends on here are a Godsend.
We can always reach out and post. Then of course you have Marcy thats not that far away :)
That was very smart to reach for a juicy Peach instead of that fattening blizzard :) Way to go IRENE.

Love
Yvonne

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GLORYB2014 8/23/2010 7:23AM

    I didn't see this last night Irene or I would have bombarded you with spark mail and FB mail!!!
I'm happy you have a positive spirit though, even if you do feel a bit down now and then. You are never alone my friend!
Love you, Gloria x o x o

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MUJU71 8/23/2010 3:18AM

    Glad you're feeling better!
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DIDMIS 8/23/2010 2:59AM

    Thank you Jodi and Carolyn my missionary girls. I feel so ashamed of being down when others have it so much worse than I do and you guys I'm sure you get lonely sometimes. I remember when I saw my parents once a year for about 3 to 5 days and would drive off with tears in my eyes as they stood on the porch and I wondered if I would ever see them again. When I first went to the mission field we didn't have phones and had to go out to a special place to phone someone and it was very expensive when funds were very low. I would make a call once a year though at Christmas time when I knew the whole family would be around the table and would talk to all of them.
Irene

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JODIRICHARDS 8/23/2010 2:34AM

    It seems many are in a season of temptation and testing. I was down this weekend too, but PTL He is faithful! Let's keep being blessed with strength only He can give!

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CAROLYN0107 8/23/2010 1:28AM

    Irene... I'm just getting back to Sparking after two weeks of travels. I missed that you were lonely, but now read that you were bored. I do want to congratulate you on NOT getting a Blizzard! A peach sounds so good as they are too expensive for us out here. I'll get one next summer! I do have some canned peaches. Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you on staying away from the Blizzard.
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MONTY68 8/23/2010 12:54AM

    Irene
You are a blessing to so many people and Spark friends.
How positive your blog is and you touched many people tonight.
Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the peach, a very good choice .

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FREEDOMSTAR 8/23/2010 12:23AM

    That is emoticon and so are you !

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GRACEISENUF 8/23/2010 12:16AM

    Yes we are! What a great encouragement to me to see how God turned your evening all around. Thank you for sharing! Way to go on resisting the blizzard.

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VILLAGE2051 8/23/2010 12:15AM

  Always encourgaging to read your blogs. You were my first friend on SparkPeople so I always check you out and as usual what you write is uplifting.

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SPARK FRIENDS COME THROUGH AGAIN

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Last night I wanted emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonwith emoticon
I called for HELP. Everyone kept me so busy reading their responses and answering that I had no time to go out for ice cream.
One friend said eat some protein, then I realized I had no protein for dinner and no meat all day so fixed myself a turkey burger on a sandwich thin and went to bed. I KNOW I have to have meat every day I am a meat person. Notice I said meat not meat and potatoes and gavy.
I feel so good today. I feel like an overcomer with all of you.
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NELLIEC 8/18/2010 4:59PM

    I definitely have to have the protein for my diabetes! Having more protein has meant better blood sugars, no cravings, and feeling better.

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DIDMIS 8/17/2010 8:13PM

    Thank you everyone for your nice comments and for all of your help.
And Marcy you probably will lose more than me as I am closer to goal and those last few pounds are hard to take off. Come on girl work on it. Be the biggest loser this week.

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MNNSAIDE 8/17/2010 7:53PM

    Good for you!
Since I can't have any - neither can you!
We are in competition for Thursday!!!
Of course I probably gained again....



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MOM4407 8/17/2010 6:46PM

    Its good to listen to good advice.

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SUNNYWBL 8/17/2010 5:34PM

    Sure glad you skipped the 'gavy'! emoticon

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MONTY68 8/17/2010 12:47PM

    HI Irene

I am proud of you, you called out to Spark and your friends did what they do, supported you. However, you still made the final choice and did what you did and succeeded. You also realized the need for meat everyday and will make the adjustment.
There is nothing wrong with ice cream occasionally, but like I said, I would eat the 1/2 gallon in one night. There is also a lot of small portion packages available where i serving would be ok, Some of us would probably eat more than 1.
You have come a long way on your journey and we will help you to reach your goal. You are so close now and WILL do it.
Again, congratulations on last night, now lets get through tonight.!!!!!!!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/17/2010 12:22PM

    So glad sparkers were there when you needed them.

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HVMBRU 8/17/2010 11:52AM

    My motto used to be, when I ate like 'regular' folk, don't have it in the house cause you'll eat it.
Now, that bit about McDonald's? Why that car would swerve and take me to the nearest grocery store instead!!!! LOL

Helen (hugs)

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GLORYB2014 8/17/2010 11:51AM

    A bit of ice cream now and then is good but not if you feel you'll become addicted to it!
I'm glad you were kept busy reading all the responses Irene and too busy to have ice cream!
I love those sandwich thins, the round ones, we had burgers for supper last night and I put mine on one of the thins!
Gloria
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REVELATIONGIRL 8/17/2010 10:43AM

    Praise the Lord!!! That's a wonderful praise report!! And a great testimony to how we can help one another!!

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CHARDANU 8/17/2010 10:29AM

    IRENE: You make me think of that saying, "JUST SAY NO!". Ice cream is addictive. I used to know all the reasons why, because it was one of my hardest battles at the time I was losing 50 lb. long time ago. I think it has stuff in it that makes you feel good - you know, the seratonin kind of stuff. Anyway, you must never have it in the house or you can bet you will eat it. It will call out your name until you open that freezer door and look at it. Then it's all over.
However, SparkPeople allow, even recommend for a low-cal treat, a kid's ice cream cone from McDonald's. That's the soft ice cream kind. For some reason, it's different than ice cream you bring home from the store. It's not addictive like the kind that comes in a box. So...when you get that craving, realize this is what they are talking about concerning "emotional eating," and deal with it by eating yogurt, fruit, or something else. In cases where you're going to shoot yourself in the foot if you don't get any, then get in the car and drive to McDonald's. SparkPeople says that even if you get the adult size cone, it's only 150 calories.
And I don't want to forget to say, congratulations on not giving in to that temptation. We have some strong ladies on the CMW team - you beat the ice cream and AMY beat the professional popcorn at the bank the other day! YAHOO!
CHAR

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WENDYSPARKS 8/17/2010 10:27AM

    A little ice cream is good!! lol

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CAROLYNVIL 8/17/2010 10:25AM

    Ice cream and sherbet are a big thing for me also. If I have them I usually replace a meal with them,but I have to watch it as I cannot stop either. DH had the rest of the sherbet but it wasn't that much just a portion for him, for me 2 portions and I already had one.He has been doing very well with his weight loss 24 pounds in 6 months isn't bad, wish I had lost that much. and he does't excerise. Oh well! I'll find out how much I lost next week when I go to the Doctor, I can't remember what I weighed 6 months ago. I'm going on and on. any way good for you not eating the ice cream and you do need protein every day.

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THE DOCTOR SMILED COMING IN, I SMILED GOING OUT

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Well, a lot of questions to answer.
1. About my painful foot. It is no longer painful but is swollen which is nothing new. Two NSAID'S did the trick. I took my third tonight.
2. I have only two more knee injections to go and I think my knees are getting better. I plan to go to the gym tomorrow and do what i can. It is so discouraging when one thing happens then another but I AM AN OVERCOMER AND IT WON'T GET ME DOWN.
3. I picked up my special shoes today while my feet were swollen as that is the time to do it and they fit good.
4. Then to the heart specialist today to see the results of the stress test. He came in emoticon. He told me that when I had my last stress four years ago there was something he didn't like in my heart. He said today my heart was perfect. So I had a emoticonwhen I walked out. He said come back in six months.
5. I went to TOPS and weighed in. I had lost 6 pounds last week and knew it was water and my doc said that is what might have caused the pain in my toe. This week I gained 2 back but hope I can Lose the last 5 and make it to my goal weight.
This was easier than writing to everyone who asked.
God bless you all. I appreciate my Spark Friends so much and also my TOPS friends. We had such fun tonight.
Irene

  
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THEEXERCISER 8/16/2010 11:32AM

    I am so happy that things are turning out to be more positive for you!

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PAMAPPLE 8/16/2010 10:25AM

    Irene, what great news about your heart! Not only does diet and exercise help us lose weight but helps improve our health. As for your heart, it's perfect, now!

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DIDMIS 8/16/2010 9:39AM

    Thanks again all. I am glad I made you smile SPARKEE and that you were reminded you were an overcomer.

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SPARKEE 8/16/2010 9:26AM

    I smiled when Iread your post! emoticon

I love that you reminded me that we ARE overcomers!



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MOM4407 8/15/2010 10:51PM

    Your doing great keep up the good work

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MOM4407 8/15/2010 10:51PM

    Your doing great keep up the good work

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DDCLEADER 8/15/2010 8:02AM

    Irene you are a true inspiration to me.
Glad things are going better with you and hope your knees continue to improve.
God Bless you my friend

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MARIANTONIA2 8/14/2010 11:20PM

    Congratulations, Irene! Keep up the good work.

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DIDMIS 8/14/2010 9:33PM

    Well, four years ago when I had my stress test the doctor didn't like what he saw as it showed a leakage. Now he says there is nothing. I think taking the weight off has helped me in so many different ways.


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HAPPYMOM8 8/14/2010 8:00PM

    Doctor didn't tell us anything we didn't already know about your heart! It IS perfect! Pat emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/14/2010 7:29PM

    Rock, Gloria, like rocking along in the old rocking chair?? emoticon

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GLORYB2014 8/14/2010 3:33PM

    emoticonYou rock Irene, you really do!!
Love you doll!
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LAVENDERLILY 8/13/2010 7:54PM

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MOM1014 8/13/2010 4:08PM

    Glad you hear your good news!! Keep smiling!Hugs,
Lee

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REVELATIONGIRL 8/13/2010 3:00PM

    emoticon Praise God for the good reports!! I'm so glad your shots are helping. You're amazing, girl! God bless you!!


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CAROLYNVIL 8/13/2010 2:44PM

    So glad every thing turned out well,great news.

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/13/2010 1:16PM

    Hi Irene,

Glad that things are looking better for you. TOPS does help and I know all about the + and - 's. Let just say that, " I am glad I am here" with regards to my wgt. release at my weekly meeting this week.

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HISOWN1 8/13/2010 1:02PM

    you go girl

keep up the good work!

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SALSMITH 8/13/2010 10:07AM

    Irene - So glad you got good news! You are such a special lady to our team. God is so Good. Walking with God doesn't mean we won't have problems in life, but holding His hand we are assured of our Heavenly Home and seeing Him face to face! What a day that will be.... Love ya... Hugs will keep praying for you.
Have a great day. Thanks for posting...

Sallie

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TXDREAMSPINNER 8/13/2010 7:54AM

    That is great news! I am glad everything is good with your heart and that your knees are doing better. You are a very strong person to work through all of that. Such an inspiration.

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MOTHER-NATURE 8/13/2010 5:00AM

    Irene God is good ... I am so happy to hear all your great news.

Hugs

Niki

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MUJU71 8/13/2010 2:58AM

    Great news!
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AHEALTHIERJAN 8/13/2010 12:39AM

    Thanks for letting us know. I'm glad you have such wonderful news.

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SUNNYWBL 8/13/2010 12:29AM

    So why did you bop marcy with the skillet?

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CHARDANU 8/13/2010 12:11AM

    Thanks for the report IRENE; been waiting to hear. What a relief on that heart business, huh?!! Thank you Lord! Sounds like you're dealing with everything just great and confessing in agreement to the Word that you are an overcomer! Praise the Lord!
CHAR

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/13/2010 12:08AM

    Thanks for letting us know how you are doing! You are such an encouragement to others, that when you are down, lots of us are concerned! We are so thankful the Lord Jesus has answered our prayers and you are doing so very well! :)

Hugs to you my Friend!!
Daddy'sGirl

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    I am glad to hear your good news! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 8/12/2010 11:42PM

    Wonderful news Irene! You are a great inspiration to all of us and we appreciate your letting us know when things are going well for you as well as not. You always have a smile and your faith will see you through any obstacles you may face.
We love you too.
Pat

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KOOLNANA5 8/12/2010 11:33PM

    Great new, Irene! I loved the 'smiling' parts .. lol Good for you emoticon

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NELLIEBLUE 8/12/2010 11:29PM

    Glad to hear your good news I'm sure it's been on your mind always a relief to go to doctor and get good news.


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HAPPYBASKET 8/12/2010 11:10PM

    Irene, you didn't need to have the Dr. tell us that you have a perfect heart. We all know it brcause you always show it. Plus your Christian Missionary work proves it. I thank you for the ovely Best wishes & I know that I am fortunate to have had a partner for so long. I tease him because he was gone almost all of the time for our first 23 years of marriage so he is going to have to put up with me for 23 extra years. OH MY.
God Bless you Irene.

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CHARHUNT1 8/12/2010 11:06PM

    whoo hoo! this is all good news
Thanks, Irene for letting us know.

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/12/2010 11:04PM

    Wow! Isn't THAT a great day!? Don't sweat those last 5# -- they're on the run from your healthy habits! Hugs, Susie

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MONTY68 8/12/2010 11:04PM

    Hi Irene
Just look at you , yes you are indeed an overcomer.
I am glad the pain in your foot is gone, you can deal with the swelling. The doctor told you that the shots would help you and they are, I guess it takes that thing called time. When you go to the gym, do what you can and this is not a do more than you can time. You will have plenty of days to get to the gym.
I think your heart specialist was the best news, I love your smile coming out.
Now , the weight thing, Your body made the adjust and you only have 5 pounds to release. That WILL happen and you know that, No reason to hope for it, just KNOW it WILL and it will come in its right time. I believe that for you.
You have had a very good day, a lot of good news and believe me you have worked hard on yourself to get to this point in time. Congratulations and thanks for sharing the good news.

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YJNANA 8/12/2010 10:50PM

    I am Smiling with you IRene, your quite the inspiration to us all.
Wonderful News :)

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DIDMIS 8/12/2010 10:42PM

    I was waiting for all the reports to come in as I didn't know what to tell you yet.

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JULIEFRANCES112 8/12/2010 10:37PM

    That's great news Irene. Glad to hear all is well. I'm sure you'll lose those last 5 pounds. Keep smiling.
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DEE_LITED 8/12/2010 10:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon IRENE!! Thank you for sharing your good report. We have all wondered how things are for you and now we know! emoticon

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BORN2BE 8/12/2010 10:34PM

    We all know you have a perfect heart Irene because you are always so sweet. I am so glad your tests went well.

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