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Wk 78 Weigh In

Saturday, October 06, 2012

It's Saturday again! Yesterday was the first day that my calves finally felt better, not 100% yet, but they didn't hurt and I was able to walk normally. Feels good to walk like a human again instead of some weird flat footed primate who cringed going up or down steps.

I didn't have high hopes for weight loss this week, due to the fact that I only went to the gym once, on Monday. I went thinking that I could walk on the treadmill and work out the soreness in my calves. I walked for 1 hour (@ 3mph) and felt pretty good the whole time. But a few minutes after getting off of the treadmill, my calves started to knot up and were just as sore as they had been on Sunday. Walking was a little painful all week so I just stayed out of the gym all together. I lightly stretched and walked short distances at home, trying to loosen them up.

My diet wasn't all that great either this week. Ate a few things that I shouldn't have, and took in more calories than I should have a few times. Normally not too bad, but with no gym time to work off the extras, I expected to be up 1-2 lbs this week. But that was not to be.

On to the numbers:

Weight : 218.2
Lost : 1
Total : 99

So a one pound loss in a week that I expected to gain a pound. That's a win I will take each and every time! Now that my calves aren't hurting I plan on getting into the gym this week and getting back to work, hopefully I can continue moving the scale downwards for a while longer. I have 11 lbs to go to reach my initial goal of 207. Once I get there I will re-examine where I am and where I feel I should go. I'm currently leaning towards moving the goal line another 10 lbs down, but I will wait until I reach the current goal line to make that decision.

Everyone, enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week ahead.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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MCLINORAMA 10/11/2012 12:57PM

    Sounds like you did great despite thinking you were going to gain! Always good to find out you were wrong about that at least! Nice work!

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KATSKASTLES 10/11/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing a great job! Sounds like your calves are almost ready to hit the ground running again :)

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TEACHFIRST268 10/9/2012 7:15PM

    1 lb down is awesome! Keep it going in the right direction! You'll be back at your lowest in no time. You're committed - it's going to happen!

Have a great week and hope your calves are feeling better!

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CLPURNELL 10/9/2012 7:02PM

    Awesome job Bro!!!! Your body probably needed those extra calories after the beating it endured lol!! Great job you are almost back to your lowest weight you will be there by next week!!! Have a great week and continue to heal up!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/7/2012 10:17PM


With the calves almost back to normal, you're in a good position to rock this coming week!

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MINIMINIV 10/7/2012 5:59PM

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/7/2012 1:58PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome Job Buddy! See sometimes our bodies need rest to recover and heal! Glad the calves are feeling better. I felt like that after my 112 Flight stair climb ... lol walking down stairs was the worst .....

you should try a foam roller. I think once I have the money I am going to invest in one!

How much total have you lost now almost!?

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/7/2012 11:24AM

    FANTASTIC!! and glad the calves are feeling better, too!

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GRANDEFILLE 10/7/2012 10:30AM

    That is great a 1 pound loss when expecting a 1 pound gain... It's like a 2 pounds loss!!!!

Good to hear you feel better and will be able to train this week

Have a great one!

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MARYDSAN 10/7/2012 12:26AM

    Way to go for a week when your body was recovering from the abuse of the Tough Mudder! Congratulations on your weight loss this week!

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_BABE_ 10/6/2012 10:08PM

    You must have really beat yourself up man! Thank goodness you didn't reward yourself with bad food choices ( mostly cause you couldn't walk to the frig) and therefore you lost a pound emoticon ...way to go Ken.

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FITWITHIN 10/6/2012 8:14PM

    That's great! I'm glad to hear your walking better and slowly, getting back into the gym. Keep up the great work and be careful as you recover.

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Tough Mudder Pics

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

To learn more and see a video go here:

A good video shot by a competitor at the event that I did:

I have some pics I can share from my epic adventure, known as Tough Mudder. "Probably the toughest event on the planet".

Before starting out, My friend Mike and I looking confident.

Straddling one of the "Berlin Walls".

Low crawling under barbed wire, "Kiss of Mud"

Traversing the "Mud Mile". Several mud filled ditches with slick, muddy mounds between them.

"Mud Mile" aftermath. (Mud Mile was actually about 50 yards)

Random people coming through "Electro Shock Therapy". Hanging wires with 10,000 volts of electricity in them. It was dark when I get here, but my son got pics of others going through it. By the way, when it hits you, you really know it, some people get knocked out!

The after picture.

Our new friends, Juan and Shannon. Both Navy corpsmen in their early 20's. She did the Mudder barefoot, and a few times when the path became too rocky or thorny, Juan would put her on his back and carry her. Truly, these 2 were beasts out there, but they were also kind and friendly.

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SAZZLERAZZLE 10/5/2012 7:23PM

    WOW Ken you are hard as nails!! And can i add that - even covered in mud - your face looks SO much slimmer (and younger!) than your profile pic!! You are doing so well! I am in awe of this event, and the lady who did it barefoot!!! Congrats to you for doing it! emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/4/2012 3:48PM

    Are you doing the same one next year? I am thinking of doing NorCal or SoCal next year too .... Washington Oregon and Cali ... lol

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/3/2012 6:01PM

    Look at your pics!! HOLY COW you look FANTASTIC!!!!

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RUSUNA 10/3/2012 3:31PM

    omg that looks like sooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MARYDSAN 10/3/2012 3:12AM

    Wow-you can really see your progress in these pics! I showed them to a co-worker, and she too was amazed! She said it looked like a different person. Way to go!

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GRANDEFILLE 10/2/2012 9:25PM

    Looks like you had fun! Congratulations! you did it!

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_BABE_ 10/2/2012 6:31PM

    Those are priceless need to put your 'before' beside your 'after' for dramatic effect!

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CLPURNELL 10/2/2012 4:55PM

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just pure awesome Bro!!!

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RUNNER4LYFE 10/2/2012 4:11PM

    Awesome blog! Awesome pics! Looks like u had an emoticon time!!! Way to go!!!

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Wk 77 Weigh In - Tough Mudder

Sunday, September 30, 2012

WOW, I am so sore and my calves still want to cramp up, but I did it. I did bypass some obstacles because I knew that if I attempted them I would not have enough left in the tank to keep hiking the hills and finish the course. There were a few thousand feet of elevation to climb and a few of the climbs were steep enough that many people were bear crawling up them. Some of the descents were just as bad, having to go down sideways, sliding 2-3 feet after taking a 6 inch step, many people just scooted down on their butts.

To me the most impressive thing I saw was a young gal (about 23) who was doing this with her boyfriend, she did the whole course barefoot! She does barefoot running but this was all rocks and thorns and weeds. My friend and I ran into her and her boyfriend about 2 miles in and the 4 of us stayed together the rest of the course. They are both Navy Corpsmen (medics), so who better to travel with when you feel like you may collapse at anytime!

It was mentally and physically exhausting and I was like a zombie near the end, slightly confused, dragging myself along but I wasn't wanting to eat brains. The 10,000 volts of electricity at the end was quite shocking :) It was like getting hit with a stun gun and several people collapsed when hit. Most people ran through that part, but not I! I couldn't run, so I just walked and got zapped probably 25 times, but I was aiming for spots where several wires were tangled together, I think I have a touch of masochism in me.

I will have a few pictures later when I go get my son from his friend's house, he has the camera. But for now I'll just get to the weigh in numbers for this week.

Weight : 219.2
Lost : 3.4
Total : 98.0

A good week for weight loss, a rough week for the body overall. Like I told my dad last night, "I'm hurt, but I'm not injured".

Quote seen on the t-shirts of all of the Marine recruiters from all over Cali that volunteered at Tough Mudder:

"Pain is weakness leaving the body" I did not know that my body was harboring so much weakness!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/2/2012 2:24AM

    I think I need to do Tough Mudder on a mountain. it was almost easy where I was. It was really fun though!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 10/1/2012 8:06PM

Wow Ken! I was so clueless to what Tough Mudder was and I still don't really know fully what it is but from reading this blog, I have a better understanding what it entails. I feel so dumb because when you first said you were going to do it, I just that it was another name for a regular run/ walk race.

As Chris stated, just being a part of this was very courageous of you because no matter how much weight I lose, I don't think I would be able to ever accomplish what you have.

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CLPURNELL 10/1/2012 6:42PM

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Man I cannot begin to express how in awe I am of what you accomplished. I know you are hurting now but you have DONE what many will never attempt!!! You have truly proven what a tough mudder you are!!!!


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JJAQUES41 10/1/2012 2:18PM

    Never heard of the tough mudder, but I'm so intimidated just reading about it here! I can't believe someone ran it barefoot and electrocution was part of the course! Fantastic job not only starting it, but managing to finish it all!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/1/2012 12:19PM

    HOLY COW you had to get ZAPPED???? yikes!!!!
Good for you for getting through..i am so proud of you!!!! You are my hero of the week!! And fantastic loss, too!!

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THEFABMZFIT 10/1/2012 10:26AM

    That is AWESOME! Tough Mudder is FREAKIN HARD!

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MARYDSAN 9/30/2012 9:07PM

    Awesome-all I can say is awesome! Yes, Navy corpsmen are good company (including my sister-in CA- and Dad-with the Lord).

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_BABE_ 9/30/2012 7:25PM

    You are hilarous travelling with medics! I was not familiar with the volts of electricity at the end of one of these there a reason for it? emoticon Well done!

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DNRAE1 9/30/2012 6:47PM

    Wow! Simply Amazing!!! You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 9/30/2012 6:44PM

    HUGE accomplishment & a good week for weight loss - KUDOS!!! Now, be nice to yourself, relax & let your body heal!! :)

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ME_FIRST 9/30/2012 5:48PM

    Congratulations on finishing and a great weight loss this week. Does this mean that you are now a tough mudderer? Wonderful.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/30/2012 3:36PM

    Good gracious! emoticon on being able to emoticon all the way to the end.

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TEACHFIRST268 9/30/2012 2:15PM

Words just don't seem strong enough to describe what you have done and what you have accomplished. Hats off to you for having the guts to participate in such a thing and congratulations for completing it!
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LADISHEFFLADY1 9/30/2012 1:59PM

    Great Job....keep it up!


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Wk 76 Weigh In - Here we go

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Another week has come and gone and my nerves are building. Next Saturday the 29th I am participating in the Nor-Cal Tough Mudder and I am not nearly in the shape I had anticipated when I paid my entry fee last January. There has really been no consistency in my strength training since May and the last month there has been a lack of consistency of making it to the gym just to do cardio. Tough Mudder suggests being able to jog 5 miles on a consistent basis before taking on the course. I can't really jog at all :( I can walk and I do that quite a lot so I will just have to walk the 12 miles I suppose. Although I am sure that I will end up jogging, ignoring the pain it causes me due to the adrenaline pumping through the crowd. My only goal for this event is to finish, to survive the 25 obstacles somehow. I'm anxious, excited and scared, should be a good time.

This week I did better with going to the gym, but still slacked off a bit the last couple of days. I did 135 fitness minutes, could have and should have been more, but I can't change that now. Also, my eating was better this week. I definitely had a couple of off plan meals (nachos anyone?) but over all I did a better job.

I had some stress lifted off of me also when I found out that my final paper for Global Economics and Business Applications had passed. That's 4 more units down (84 units in less than 2 years) and a real monster of a class out of the way. I also wrote a paper this week that I had been sort of putting off for a while because I knew it was going to be a bear. It was indeed a bear, with tons of researching to find all of the pertinent information. I got the paper written (10 pages single spaced) in one day, but that was a terrible day! Most papers take me 3-4 hours to write, this one too approximately 11 hours to write with just a few short breaks here and there. Long, miserable day, but it's done.

Anyway, you didn't come here to listen to me complain about school, you came here to laugh and mock me for my failures!! (kidding) But no failures this week, only triumphs! Let's get to the numbers and see how they stack up:

Weight : 222.6
Lost : 3.2
Total : 94.6

It was a good week for weight loss, maybe I'm back to doing the right things? I'm getting close to being back at my all time low of 217.2, just 5.4 lbs away now. It's too late for me to be in better shape for the Tough Mudder this year, but if things go well (I don't suffer catastrophic injuries) I will have enough time to be in better shape for next time.

So for now friends, I bid you adieu. See you on the flip side.

2011 Nor-Cal official Tough Mudder video:

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 9/26/2012 1:52PM

    Good luck on the mudder Ken!!! I know what a BEAST that is. To finish that is an AWESOME accomplishment! take it slow and get through it! Awesome Job on the loss this week!!!!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 9/25/2012 10:34PM

    You have a lot going on so to get this much accomplished in such a short amount of time is fantastic.

Your sparkpage name is Kingslayer, ok king of your domain, slay this Nor-Cal Tough Mudder race. emoticon Keep a positive attitude going into this race and I have no doubt that you will finish it in one piece.

Just know we are here cheering you on. Congrats on the weight lost.


P.S. How is your mom coming along? Great I hope.

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PENDULA 9/24/2012 4:14PM

    WOW! Those academic challenges are worth mentioning as well. They have a huge impact because they force us to be stationary and the stress sometimes induces bad eating. You are rocking it out man. Just rocking it out!!!!!!!

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KATSKASTLES 9/24/2012 11:41AM

    You are doing great!!! The race is going to be a great challenge for you. :)

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ABETTERME41 9/23/2012 11:52AM

  WONDERFUL! I'm so proud of you. PLEASE give yourself some major props. You will totally kick tushie at your competition. If you think about it, you've already succeeded: Would the "old" Ken have taken on a challenge like this?

You rock!
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ME_FIRST 9/23/2012 8:47AM

    Success all around. Fantastic! You'll be back to 217 very soon.

Good luck next week for the Tough Mudder. You'll do great.


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MARYDSAN 9/23/2012 4:39AM

    Wow! What accomplishments this week-educationally and weight-wise. Congratulations on both! emoticon

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_BABE_ 9/22/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon Wow!! You wrote a 10 page single spaced paper in 3 to 4 hours? Get out of town. Oh yeah and congrats on getting back to the business of weight loss.

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GRANDEFILLE 9/22/2012 8:49PM

    You go! you can do this!

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TEACHFIRST268 9/22/2012 8:04PM

    Oh my gosh!!! I just watched the youtube video. THAT IS A W E S O M E !!!!! I've heard of the Spartan races around here, but those, I believe, are completed individually. I really like the idea of folks working together and helping each other get through this one that you're participating in. Gee...rather symbolic of this weight loss journey and this site, don't 'cha think? ;o)

Congrats on your success this week! Look at you go!!!

And GOOD LUCK next week! Can't wait to hear about it!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/22/2012 7:53PM

    WOO HOO good for you!!!

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CASTIRONLADY 9/22/2012 6:59PM

    Great job with the 3.2 lbs - that is more than 12 sticks of butter. Just think if you had added 12 sticks of butter - what a bummer!

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Wk 75 Weigh In

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Long and dreary, each day seemingly endless; time almost standing still yet still no time for rest. The pain of life endures through the fog of internal war, the din of battle always ringing in my ears painfully bringing tears to my eyes.

That first paragraph means nothing, I just started to type and that's what came out. Sometimes when I need to write a paper I just can't get started so I just type a word or two and then let my fingers roll with with whatever comes out. I usually continue on to writing what I need to write and go back and erase that initial paragraph. This time I decided to let it stay.

Okay, so this week I was at home with my mom each day, I had all of my workout equipment available to me here, lots of things I could do to get my minutes in. So how many fitness minutes did I get this week?? 20 Yep, 20. I walked on the treadmill one day for 20 minutes. It was so boring! At the gym I throw on my ear buds and watch a tv show but out on my patio I had no tv to watch and I don't have a working mp3 player (or much music on my computer to transfer anyway) So I just walked looking at my back fence. Boring.

So no working out but I could combat that with proper diet. So I had steak and rice pilaf twice, corn dogs, and other various crap. Not everyday mind you, but over all I'd give my diet a grade of D for the week.

So let's see how that translates into numbers:

Weight: 225.8
Lost : .8
Total : 91.4

Holy cow, all of that inappropriate eating and lack of exercise equaled a loss of .8! Perhaps if I eat a little better next week and actually get some exercise I could lose a little more and feel more like my old self. I think I may give that a try.

My mom is doing much better and getting around pretty good with her walker. I think I'll hit the gym after taking my son to school in the mornings just to be sure that I get some gym time in. And I'll make more food for myself instead of looking for whatever is going to be easy and fast.

That's it for this week. Be well people :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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PENDULA 9/18/2012 7:21PM

    Making a plan is half the battle and when one is doing caretaking duties it re routes us. You have a plan for the coming week. And you still lost, despite the deviation. You'll be back on track in no time. I only have hope and enthusiasm about where you are going.!!!! :)

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TEACHFIRST268 9/17/2012 6:05PM

    Even though you've been a little out of your routine, you still have an awareness of your eating and exercise. Could you say that a few years ago? This is still progress! Congrats on the loss and sounds like you've got a good plan for the week ahead! Glad to hear that your mom is doing better!
Have a great week!

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CLPURNELL 9/17/2012 12:19PM

    Glad your mother is feeling better. We should know by now weight loss doesn't always make sense lol. You WILL get back into the grove and start lowing those #s away before you know it!!!

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MARYDSAN 9/15/2012 9:13PM

    Glad to hear that your mom is doing better. What I need to know is how you lose with those foods and only 20 minutes of exercise? Were they extremely small portions, or maybe you got in more exercise minutes than you logged by the movement in helping your mom? Congrats on the lose in any case. I'm sure next week will have an increased loss if you do it according to your plan.

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_BABE_ 9/15/2012 8:35PM

    Well Edgar Allan I mean Ken...this too shall pass.....the sun will come out tomorrow tomorrow...wait that's my blog.... lol

I don't mean to tease but I think you are getting a sense of my humour.

Let me put on my psycho analyzer hat and say that it's been a tough haul, you have triumphed and now you are in a limbo.....where does one go next...ok it was a stab in the dark.

Tell me Ken why do YOU think you took a week off from the routine? I am glad you realize you got a free pass with the .8 loss and are getting right back it.

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GRANDEFILLE 9/15/2012 7:39PM

    That is a plan! Glad your mother is doing good. keep going Ken you can do this!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/15/2012 7:22PM

    Glad that mom is doing better..and YAY on the loss!! I'm betting you will be down lots if you stick with it this week!!

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