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I did it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I finally got my whole day tracked for food - that was the only one that was in my way and I really did it. I picked at it until it was the way I wanted and then I ate what I had decided was right - low carb/high protein. I'm not hungry as I ate on time and I have no cravings as I'm not eating sugar - haven't had that stuff for months.

Yup! I'm kinda proud of myself! And I must blame it on SP because if they hadn't been hanging around waiting for me to be looking for a calorie counter that was FREE, I never would have tripped over them and realized, even then in their infancy, that it was the Site to help me and here I am 4 years later, still going strong, losing weight, learning a new lifestyle.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 8/15/2011 8:21AM

    Good for you! I have been eating that way for awhile now and if I stick to it, I have no cravings. And yes Spark People is so great!

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MAHEDAGO 8/15/2011 6:44AM

    emoticonyou are doing a great job for yourself emoticon

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SCREWIE 8/14/2011 5:58PM

    Well done, you!


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GINNJEN2000 8/13/2011 9:40AM

    Your doing it and that is great.

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WEEZYB7881 8/13/2011 8:48AM

    good for you. keep it up

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ALLIGATORKATE 8/13/2011 8:33AM

    I am proud of you too! Four years of work is a long job- and I hope your rewards are bountiful!

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KKKAREN 8/13/2011 8:20AM

    nice going, keep up the good work

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RATLOVER1 8/12/2011 9:14PM

    Hooray Ghost! You really did do it!! Pretty soon it'll be second nature. Hang in there. You can do it again! By the way, I also found SP while searching for a free calorie counter! emoticon
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/12/2011 8:30PM

    Congratulations!! You are doing great!!

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HS1056 8/12/2011 8:05PM

  Doesn't it FEEL GREAT! I am still working at the planning part. It's not easy, but when it works for a whole day it's exhilarating. Makes me feel I CAN live this healthy lifestyle I've chosen for myself. Like I'm on top of the world. You GO Girl!

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JFOFRIJOLES 8/12/2011 8:00PM

    congrats!!!!!! :D emoticon

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FILARECKI1 8/12/2011 7:18PM

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That's exciting. It really helps to track. That way you know when you still can have some more and exactly what type of food it should be.

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CRAZYWOMAN10 8/12/2011 7:00PM

    great job...the counter is what keeps me on track..I've done it everyday for almost 4 mos..I love the easiness of it!
Keep up the good work..you'll be amazed at the progress it gives you!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 8/12/2011 6:43PM

    You are doing great!

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SKYFROG 8/12/2011 6:19PM

    I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful blog - filled with good news and happiness! And brilliant new you will be around for a long time - because brilliant new you knows how to take care of herself!

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VIKIFECAS 8/12/2011 5:44PM

  Isn't it a great sense of accomplishment when you do something that will help you to become more healthy? KUDOS..... emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/12/2011 5:44PM

    Wow!

Great job!

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19PITSY53 8/12/2011 5:31PM

  Way to go ... you are on your way. Keep it up.

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SWEETP84 8/12/2011 5:23PM

    wahoo! Keep going strong and congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Getting it done!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I am a list person. Lists help me get where I am going and to also be dilegent and determined. I can see how much I've done, which gives me encouragement to continue and how much is left, which gives me an idea of how fast I have to work at it, or how hard. It also teaches me to make better deadlines for myself.

I am also an extremist so I sometimes give myself way too much time, or most often, not enough and then I'm down on myself becuase I can't possibly finish on time.

I have worked hard to get somewhere and sometimes I feel as though I am marching in place but then suddenly I find myself much farther along than I thought. Today was one of those days where I see how far I have to go, but I turned and saw how far I've come and all along the line I can see my friends smiling and waving me onward to my goal.

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19PITSY53 8/12/2011 5:32PM

  I used to make lists... I need to get back to it again.

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JFOFRIJOLES 8/10/2011 11:04PM

    are u a virgo??? lol u sound a lil OCD like me

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1BEACHWALKER 8/9/2011 3:29PM

    I make lists too! If I don't I forget half of what I need to do for one thing! Good for you having a good attitude like that! Sometimes we forget to look at how far we have come! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILACEOUS 8/2/2011 8:08AM

    I think I could be a list maker, if..... and its a big IF! The 'if' would be that I could start in a neutral place. I would have so much old stuff on the list that I'd never get to current stuff. So that would become 'old' stuff. I am trying to work on clearing up the old stuff, but its a long haul.

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QUILTINGBUDDY 7/31/2011 5:27PM

    I used to be a list maker too. I wonder what happened to that girl? I think I did better & got more done when I had a list to work from. I'm glad you thought to write about this. I should get back to doing this (if I want results that is). Thanks! ~Karla

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LADYWOLF71 7/31/2011 10:42AM

    You go girl! Lists....I get lost...me OCD kicks in, and I list stuff from tha 80s I never got done!!!!

So....I hides from the lists!

I do advocate um for makin decisions tho....a good vs bad list...it helps!!!

I'm ramblin, dah...

Way to go!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/30/2011 10:28PM

    I do better when I make lists too but I haven't kept up with making them lately.

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The End Is Coming! It's Time to Get A New Government?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Here we are, another day closer to deadline and the elected officials still can't let go of their personal agendas, stupidity, greed, graft, and insain talent at putting the spin on the darkenss to make it look like they are doing something important. I would love to be able to say what I actually feel about them, but I'd probably be prohibited to visit SP ever again, and hauled away to some dark dungeon of the Federal government for saying something obnoxious about our elected officials, even though it's our right. At any rate, some might twist it into something it's not so I'm not saying what I really feel, but I am so tired of being held hostage to their constant posturing and bickering.

I really think it's time to start impeachment procedings. I bet if someone in every state started impeachment procedings against every senator and representative in those two DC houses, they would instantly come to terms and miraculously make a decision to raise the debt ceiling instead of the game playing. I bet it would cease immediately and silence would reign for a few moments as everyone looked at everyone else wondering what just happened. The only thing moving, the only sound would be the papers blowing in the wind. Isn't that where the answer is anyway?

It would be nice to be able to sit back and say, "It'll be alright, I'll just sit back and lock the door and be safe in my house." But will you have a house left by the time this is over? I fear I am going to lose my shirt, I hope I have a spare in the drawer.

Take care my friends. I want tomorrow to be a better day. It will be from my side of the looking glass, but I fear from the other side. Keep on believing and keep on Sparking.

  
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LAURIEANNIE1 8/12/2011 6:44PM

    I think not only do we need to replace the elected officials, but we need to get rid of most of the federal workers in Washington. We elect people and they go to Washington and then there is a "team" to show them what to do there. Get rid of the lobbyist, we the people don't have them and neither should people like GE who is making money on the policies in place now plus they pay no taxes. They close up a plant in Wisconsin to move it to China and no one cares. Boeing wants to open a new plant in the southeast, not shut down a plant, and the government is taking them to task for it. We need to get everyone we know to pay attention. Wake up! Go vote and get some people in office who really care about the country and we the people.

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LILACEOUS 7/30/2011 11:38AM

    It's not time to get a new government... Its time to insist that those we elect to govern do so... not hold us hostage to unnecessary crisises. The debt ceiling is a process vote. We use it to allow the treasury to continue to pay the bills of already existing cost... things that congress has already voted to spend.

What we've been enduring is a totally fabricated crisis. Do we need to spend less? Yes. Do we need to close loopholes? Yes. (The multi-billion $ General Electric pays NO taxes. Multi-million$ CEO's pay 15% in taxes on their income, but with my husband's income and my school bus driver's income - we pay about 25%.) Should we make some adjustments to Social Security and Medicare benefits? Yes. (If your income exceeds $250K a year, you don't need either SS or Medicare. so, benefits should be means tested in some way and the age to receive benefits should be increased.)

Stating that the president is doing this for political theater is an insult to our intelligence, or should be. Is he running for re-election? Yes. So is EVERYONE in the House of Representative and one third of the Senate!

To insist on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution be inserted into this stupidity is to trivialize not only the Constitution but also the institution of democracy.

I'm going to stop here because we are all frustrated. I would like some feeling of security in the thought that my home will be safe, but like everyone else, I'm getting a bit fearful. One of the reason's the deficit has increased so much in the last few years is that SO many people have been financially wrecked and can't pay taxes anymore. The unemployed don't pay income taxes (well, not at the same level as when they were working).

Crashing the economy further by not renewing the debt ceiling will be THE largest single tax increase on every American in the country. When the interest rate on debt increases the cost of everything increases. The only people who will not be negatively impacted by it will be the people who have enough money that they won't notice paying more for anything anyway. Unemployment will go up, again. The real estate market will crash, again.

And ALL of this, so that a group of people, more interested in proving to Gordon Norquist that they will keep their pledge (that they signed only to be elected... before they really knew what was going on) in the hopes that they will be re-elected for the sole purpose of inflicted their ultra conservative perspective on the ENTIRE country.

Its all well and good to be conservative. Its all well and good to be liberal. MOST of us live far closer to the middle. Stop the insanity and start respecting a system that was designed to work for the majority!

Oops, I was supposed to stop. Sorry for bending y'all's ears! :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2011 4:31PM

    I tend to think that the individuals who are holding this up will be help accountable at election time. No voter intended for people to lose their social security checks and such. It's stupid.

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LUCYFIRST1 7/29/2011 3:28PM

    I'm in total agreement with you! I've emailed, telephoned, even had the opportunity to visit with one of my state's congressmen. They all make me sick, from the president down to the youngest member of congress! I've done all I can do for now, but wait till election time rolls around... emoticon

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KKKAREN 7/29/2011 9:24AM

    I feel as you do. I haven't been this disgusted by the government in a very long time.

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IDLETYME 7/29/2011 8:54AM

    I'm 72 and have been through a lot with a lot of Presidents but this beats anything I've seen. We have a president who can't make a decision but runs down what anyone else says! All I can do is make sure all of my personal and financial interests are taken care of the best way I can and hope someone smarter than I am can figure it out! May the Lord have mercy on us and protect our country emoticon

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XANADUREALM 7/29/2011 6:28AM

    Unfortunately, too many have been silent too long ...and you are right "It would be nice to be able to sit back and say, "It'll be alright, I'll just sit back and lock the door and be safe in my house." But will you have a house left by the time this is over? I fear I am going to lose my shirt, I hope I have a spare in the drawer."

Maybe people need to start writing their Congressmen or start petitions. But too many Representative will be up for re-election and don't want to "rock the boat".

Don't give in to Obama scare tactics ...

What makes me really mad is that he puts the blame on someone else, hoping we will believe him and we all that all he has done is spend, spend, spend and take trips abroad.


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LEAPINGLIZARDS 7/29/2011 1:13AM

    i certainly relate to your frustration. What a travesty . . . emoticon

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Politicians, Greed, and Taxes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I've been watching as little as possible about the Debt ceiling and tax issues lately. I'm tired of being scared of tomorrow. Life is being quite difficult these days for a great majority of us and yet we have elected officials sitting in DC debating over the issues and spending too much time pontificating for the media instead of doing their jobs. I wonder what would happen if all the camers disappeared and all the microphones turned off and all the media "talent" were recalled to do something else besides waste money standing on street corners waiting for their chance to ram a hot mic into someone's face. They are so rude in their haste to get a scoop and make it big. But then we all want to make it big in reaching our goals.


But the big queastion I have, and no one else has seemed to bring out is; "What are the greedy politicians, who are fighting over issues that are directly effecting us, going to give up if the rest of us have to give up our "entitlements"? Are they going to give up their no-ductable insurance policies? Are they going to take a cut in retirement benes? Will they still be paid their salaries if they are elected out of the officies they hold or retired? Have you checked the insurance policy on your state senators and state reps? Do you have anything remotely like they have not only for themselves but for their entire families.

I'm not saying we shouldn't have health insurance, but I don't like the idea of some politicians trying to make it mandatory for everyone in the US to have to buy insurance, regardless of if they can afford it or not, or if they don't buy insurance, they are to be arrested and thrown in jail. Hello? There isn't enough jail space in all the US to hold all the people that would not be able to buy health insurance.

Right now there are many of us taking the most inexpensive, correction - cheapest health insurance we can get. $10,000.00 deductable - some wanting to pay more for less deductable but being told their health was of a nature that they would not be insured regardless of how much the policy holder wanted to pay, so take the huge out-of-pocket policy or don't get insured. Even the health insurance companies will not insure all the people. So then what happens - opps! Haul them off to jail!

$10,000.00 deductable. That means that unless you walk or drive out in front of oncoming traffic, end up alive but in pain in the hospital, you will never see the end of the deductable and get the health insurance you are paying for. I don't know how the insurance company CEOs and underwriters can get up every morning and look at themselves in the face. Then we have politicians trying to make us buy it or go to jail. Can we get real. The homeless alone would fill up the jails, never mind going after senior citizens that can't afford the insurance they might have now, or the unemployed that are scraping enough money together to buy food for their family. The foodbank in Manatee County, where I live, is empty. They are despirate for food. I was goig to go there and volunteer so I could feel good about asking for free food. I'm nearly homeless myself. The money we make goes for housing and meds, gas for one of two cars (one is now the Hurricane Evacuation Van) and what's left goes for food.

A buck only stretches so far, then it's gone. I am not alone in my lifestyle right now. I am not alone in my fears. I am not alone in my anger of politicians going out of their way to scare us, and do nothing but point the finger at someone else to get the blame off themselves. We elected them to fix the mess they allowed us to get into in the first place! Now they can't do the job they promised us they would do if we did elect them.

We need to find a way to eliminate the Greed, Graft, Theft, and Over indulgent attitudes of the rich and famous in power today. Stop talking to the media, sit down and get busy on a solution. Stop pointing fingures and clinging like a drowning person to your own personal agendas, which is to accumulate all the wealth possibile in the short time you have in office at our expense.

Where do you think all that wealth will come from when we are suddenly a 3rd world country, nearly as destitute as Somalia, with no food, jobs, or health insurance available to anyone. I think I am going to just move to the desert and live in the pueblos. Whoever survives can lead the nation when it's over. Either that or we'll probably all be dead due to our politians trying to use the last of the our nuke stockpile destroying each other.

I think we should impeach them all and start over. Any politician that allows CEOs to take a loan to bail out their failing company (which is due in direct fact of misMANAGEMENT) and then takes a huge portion of that loan for a BONUS because they are doing such a good job should be removed immediately from office.

How did this happen? We let it by our inability to suffer through the crap that is put out on a daily basis by the politicians. Who wants to listen to that stuff. They don't even listen to it all. They sit in their offices, or plush club rooms eating and drinking to their hearts content at our expense, then send some paige in with their vote. Because they don't want to sit there and do their job, but they are quick to siddle up to a microphone in front of camera, regardless of who is holding it and preach against the other guys.

Let's balance the budget but keep spending money. Let's raise the debt ceiling - we have to - but keep spending. Let's raise the taxes and promise NO NEW TAXES! A buck can only stretch so far and then it's gone! How come I know that and these educated politicians don't know that? Why did we vote them in? Oh yeah! Because they promised us a better life. Now they are laughing all the way to the bank on our buck. Who is stupid now?

I now turn over the soapbox to the next person in line. Enjoy your time. emoticon

  
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LILACEOUS 7/30/2011 9:35AM

    I got so tired of trying to keep up with this circus of idiots this week that I switched over and tuned into 'Big Brother'... Their idiots are smarter and more truthful!

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LILACEOUS 7/30/2011 9:34AM

    I got so tired of trying to keep up with this circus of idiots this week that I switched over and tuned into 'Big Brother'... Their idiots are smarter and more truthful!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 7/28/2011 10:16PM

    From the soap box I say:

BUY AMERICAN!

End the Bush tax cuts on the rich.

Seriously look at waste and fraud in spending and cut it!

Start a work program forcing people on unemployment after x months to clean parks, help in schools, etc. Too many people I know don't even look for work while they collect.

Health care for all. Dental too! Everybody in every (able) body pay. It's so wrong that we pay for insurance through work while we are healthy and rarely use the coverage but when we get old or sick and can't work we no longer have coverage. The insurance companies are sucking out too much of our health care dollars while doing everything they can to get out of paying claims. It makes me sick what executives make.

The bank and Wall Street crowd needs to be stopped! The interest on my credit card was raised even though I always pay more than the minimum and have never been late. My 401 was drained again through no fault on my part.

Don't even get me started on cuts to social Security. I've been paying into it since I was 15 and I expect it to be there when I retire!

Legalize pot and tax it.

I'll shut up now=)

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LOSER05 7/28/2011 10:51AM

    I say empty out the white house and let us poor people run it.. the budget would be balanced. we do it everyday with little money.

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MARTY728 7/26/2011 4:29PM

    emoticon I email my elected idiots to let them know how I feel. I blogged months ago that Act 2 was coming. It is interesting to watch.

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CLCCOOL 7/26/2011 1:44PM

    It's definately a mess! and I think both sides are more concerned with getting their way & politics that the country & people who live here! None of them want to bend, they just want to get on tv & talk about the other "party" and how they won't bend! I know that all of the voters are getting mad & feel the way you do.
What's really frustrating is these guys make NONES of money, why don't they start by cutting their own pay & perks! There be a limit on how many times a year the Pres uses Air Force One! and that it can only be used for job related trips, not family trips & political trips! And how about, if we are going to raise taxes, let's raise them 1st on the elected officials!
What is driving me nuts is, I lost my job over a month ago, the people I have worked for have paid into unemployment insurance all of this time, but my unemployment claim has been "pending" for all of this time & you can't talk to a person to find out why!And try to get a job! no one wants to hire when they are SO unsure about what is going to happen! So, now I'm trying to start my own business & go to school, but as a small business owner, is the government going to tax me so high that I will end up loosing money?
I agree, we need to just start over, get rid of the "parties". We need to vote for the people, based on qualifications & what the actually have accomplished, that's how I have always voted & if I did't like any of the choices, I just didn't vote & PRAYED!
BTW: i haven't had health insurance in 10 years. It doesn't pay out when you need it, anyway & I only go to the dr when I have NO other choice. Ofcourse, this is why I'm in debt, because I made the mistake of actually going to the hospital for stitches!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 7/26/2011 12:37PM

    Wow, I am sure glad I live in Canada with our free health care. And I agree that the bailouts shouldn't have happened.

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Another day, another beginning!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Today, I woke up knowing it was a new day and I would start all over again. Everyday for me is a new beginning. I've wiped the slate clean and I'm starting all over. You coudl say my SparkStreak chart is just a new beginning every day.

I like it that way. There's no mistakes or failures on my new slate. Just empty places to write things and work out frustrations and misunderstandings and make new plans. One of these days I will find the plan that actually works for me and so I'll keep writing on that new slate, everyday. emoticon emoticon

  
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JUSTBIRDY 7/26/2011 10:42AM

    here's to your success!!!!

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MAHEDAGO 7/25/2011 3:25PM

    great mind set, filled with endless possibilities.... emoticon

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DEE0973 7/25/2011 11:05AM

    That's a great way to think about this journey, I'll work on my acceptance of the way things are presently

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LINDYPAINTS 7/22/2011 11:13PM

    Sounds perfect to me! Every day is a fresh start, another chance to get it right!! You go, girl!!
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SKYFROG 7/22/2011 9:57PM

    Good for you - keep the mystery going! it will be fun to see where you are tomorrow

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MAGGIE805 7/22/2011 9:57PM

    Every day is a new day to start again. emoticon

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