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Birthday Adventures, Part 2 - Whitewater Rafting (PHOTO HEAVY)

Friday, August 19, 2011

I turned 41 on August 16th and we brought it in by living out loud. The Mr and I took a trip down the middle fork of the American River with class combinations of 1, 2, 3 AND 4 rapids. If you have never been rafting know this, when in a Class 4 rapid you WILL go underwater. You will also pray while trying to stay in the raft a.k.a. holding on for dear life, listen to calls from the guide and paddling. If you love an adrenaline rush, a class 4 rapid will give you that rush.

We checked in at 7:00 a.m., a little blurry eyed with sleep but full of excitement nonetheless. The van ride to the launch site was a brutal hour and 45 minutes. The Mr slept as I endured the torture of bad music and the insistent chatting of a young woman. Once we arrived, I was noticeably chilled. Orientation began and ended in a blink of an eye. At the end we were assigned guides, rafts and raft mates. Due to the Mr and me being a party of two we were paired with another group which consisted of a married couple (we found out later they are in their 70's) who brought along their nephew (in his 20's) and their grandson (preteen). I would later curse this pairing.

The strongest of us carried our raft down to the launch site. It was at this point that I mentally noted how F’n heavy that raft was but I did my part! It felt like organized madness due to every guide trying to get their rafts into the water first. We got to the water’s edge and everyone noticeably gasped and recoiled when our feet hit the water. It was beyond ice cold! My stomach sank for a moment wondering what I had gotten us into but we were committed so pushed on.

Within minutes of the launch we were in a class 3 rapid. The Mr and I were all smiles and feeling renewed! The rapids just kept coming and we kept yelling to the heavens and giggling to no end. The rapid is called Good Morning and then we came up on the Tunnel Shoot. Absolutely AMAZING! The picture’s tell it all.

This is the other side of the tunnel shoot.

Lunch was a welcome break and was actually really good and healthy. I stayed in the shade as much as possible due to worrying about a burn. They told us we couldn’t bring anything thing with us on the trip so I left my sun block behind. Other people broke the rules and brought some and I was not beyond asking to use some if I felt I needed but the Mr was keeping a close watch. Five hours on the water and I was a bit tan but not burnt. WHOOT!

Near the end of the day we had two class four rapids left to run and I was looking forward to them so the cold water would cool me off. What I wasn’t expecting was a nearly flipping the raft, hitting rocks and cascading down a 32 foot waterfall. Ya, that almost happened. As we approached a class 4 rapid - that was a drop in rapid - our guide told us we had to hit it just right or we could flip. We did not hit it just right. Instead of entering it head on and dropping down we hit it sideways and got hung up on a rock. I was on the right side of the raft and when the raft hit the rocks - on my side - it tipped and I was looking straight down at the rocks at the bottom of the rapid. By now our guide was using every naughty word in his vocabulary and shouting out strokes. We failed but did not fall. We made the drop down, in the raft, right side up with our hearts in our throat. The waterfall is not a rapid armatures attempt so we had to get out of the boat and climb a huge rock formation and reenter the boat at the bottom.

Our guide went over the waterfall and it was amazing to see!

Why were we having such a hard time you might ask? Simple, having two 70+ year old people - one of which dove for the bottom of the boat when we hit a rapid and the other one not having any strength when paddling - and a small boy on board we lacked the strength we needed. The rafting company could have done a better job pairing the group. The guide finally righted the situation when he asked another ride along guide to join our raft. Things went much better then.

As in the beginning, we had to help with the raft at the end. I stepped aside when the old man stepped in front of me to help with lifting the raft. RUDE! He quickly found out that he did not have the strength to assist so walked away. I handed him my helmet and told him I’d help at which he said, “you can try.” OH NO HE DIDN’T! I snapped my head around gave him the evil eye and snatched that raft up over my head along with the rest of the group.

They had drinks and a snack waiting for us when we got to the top of the hill. My heart sank as the Mr turned around with a can of soda for me and a candy bar. I took the frozen snicker bar and asked if there as a bottle of water or maybe a fruit drink because I would go thirsty before I popped that can of soda open. In the very bottom of the cooler he fished out a bottle of water - I was so relieved. I ate that snicker bar as if my life depended on it and drank my water. I hadn’t realized how hungry I was until I took my first bite.

The day was amazing and a complete adrenaline rush.


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ENDUROVET 8/26/2011 11:15AM

    This is an awesome coincidence that several of my on-line friends all went rafting this summer! My boy & I got in a short float on the Yellowstone (big fun after an embarrassment early on, when I tripped & fell at the water's edge; couldn't right myself in a tight-fitting wetsuit & strapped tightly into a lifejacket!) Anyway, we still had fun - looks like you did too! Great job!

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ESHERRILL3 8/23/2011 10:23AM

    emoticon The pics are great! I know it makes me want to go!

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KINSBAILE 8/22/2011 4:42PM

    That is too cool! Excellent bday fun!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/20/2011 5:48AM

    SO much fun! I went white water rafting while I was in college, and looking at your pics, I think I'm ready to do it again! What a great birthday : )

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/20/2011 1:11AM

    My stomach was in my throat for the whole read, and now I am totally exhilerated! You look SO happy and full of life with that big smile! Nothing like celebrating a birthday by feeling alive in a BIG way! Congrats , and happy birthday!

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TEDDYBABE 8/20/2011 12:15AM

    You go girl! Happy Birthday and what an adventure!!! Memories!!

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MAGGIENCALI 8/20/2011 12:10AM

    OMG!!! That is so cool. Happy 41st birthday to you!!! Camp Goodtimes here we come. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Birthday Adventures, Part 1 - Camping!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Mr stated months ago that he had “always” wanted to go whitewater rafting and that’s all it took to plant the seed in my mind. Years ago I had been whitewater rafting, enjoyed it but thought the run I had done then was a bit too soft for the Mr. Why not go big and, why not go big on my 41st birthday?!

While speaking with the rafting company, I decided to book a trip down the middle fork of the American River. The middle fork has combinations of class 1, 2, 3 AND 4 rapids. When in a Class 4 rapid you WILL go underwater. You will also pray while trying to stay in the raft a.k.a. holding on for dear life, listen to calls from the guide and paddling. Why not go big?

After being told Tuesday runs were discounted and seeing that my birthday was on a Tuesday I booked it without hesitation. Why not go big on my 41st birthday?! Stay tuned for full details in Birthday Adventures, Part 2 - Whitewater Rafting!

The Mr has never been camping and I have been looking for a reason to get him into nature so decided to book a night of camping too. I figured one night of “car” camping would allow him to get a taste of the adventure without jamming it down his throat. Baby steps are always best in these situations.

On Monday the Mr was up early and excited about was to come. We set off, on schedule, for the river. The drive there was uneventful. Best of all, we didn’t get lost.

Arriving a bit early for check-in we set out to check out the area and grab a bite to eat.

This is what we didn't have for the night. The Mr wondered why? LOL

This is what we did have.

The Mr before realizing what he'd gotten himself into.

The Mr after realizing what he'd gotten himself into. He's trying to figure out which way to run. *GIGGLES*

Me, after setting up camp.

The view from Chair #1

The view from Chair #2

Wild Berries growing at the campsite

I relaxed & the Mr napped

After building the fire I did cook dinner and I ate S'Mores too. YUM-O!

The heat from the day was replaced later by a cool breeze off the river. I started a fire and enjoyed the warmth. It was quiet and peaceful.

Knowing the Mr as I do, I knew trying to talk him into wrapping up in a sleeping bag would lead to an endless discussion since he was over heated when we laid down. I snuggled down and listened to snores of the beast that invaded the woods a.k.a. the Mr. I drifted in and out of sleep for the night and intermittently prayed I would not have to get up to pee. No such luck. Ever climb out of warm sleeping blanket and tent to feel the cold night air while camping? *GIGGLES* At 3:00 a.m. I discovered the pleasures all over again as did the Mr. When we climbed back in, he rolled over and placed my birthday present on my chest and wished me a happy birthday. Thirty seconds later I hear snores. *GIGGLES* I resisted every urge to open it and rolled over hoping for more sleep. At 5:00 a.m. my brain switches on and tells me to rise and shine ‘cuz you gotta pee again sista! I resist and willed the urge to leave. Meanwhile the Mr stirs and then I hear in plain desperation . . . “Cold.” *FACE/PALM* I wiggle about and get hold of the “other” sleeping bag and wrap him up best I can. He sleeps. I fitfully rest and fall in and out of sleep but the urge to pee just won’t leave. At 6:00 a.m. I finally get up and take the long walk to bathrooms.

Before we break down camp fully, I can no longer resist the gift. I was so excited!

My new MIO Venture - YES!!! The Mr did good, real good!

By 7:00 a.m. we had packed up, changed and reported to HQ for the trip.

Part 2 - Whitewater Rafting coming next.

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ENDUROVET 8/26/2011 12:45PM

    Hey, a nice air mattress makes all the diff, don't it??

Can't wait to hear all about your new gadget when you have a chance to play w/it!

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KINSBAILE 8/22/2011 4:41PM

    That's totally awesome!

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WILD22 8/18/2011 9:48PM

    sounds fun! I can't wait to hear the rest :)
I'm happy for you to have had such a fun birthday.. a little jealous tooXO

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TINAT247 8/18/2011 9:33AM

    awesome pix, love your spirit, GOOD lookin mr, and a rockin you!!! you look fantastic!!!!!! enjoy every moment!

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ESHERRILL3 8/18/2011 9:02AM

    So fun! I love camping too but haven't been in ages. We are planing a trip in September and will be hiking part of the AT....a small part, lol.

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ESHERRILL3 8/18/2011 9:02AM

    So fun! I love camping too but haven't been in ages. We are planing a trip in September and will be hiking part of the AT....a small part, lol.

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ESHERRILL3 8/18/2011 9:02AM

    So fun! I love camping too but haven't been in ages. We are planing a trip in September and will be hiking part of the AT....a small part, lol.

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JENJESS48 8/18/2011 7:46AM

    What an awesome birthday adventure! I'm with the Mr. on camping, but this *almost* makes me want to try it. Almost. lol!

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/17/2011 11:45PM

    How great! Sounds like a blast! Pictures are lovely..you guys are both adorable and the site is dreamy. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ABB698 8/17/2011 9:35PM

    Loved it! Felt almost like I was there with ya! Love how he placed the gift with you and went back to sleep while it drove you crazy! He DID do good! Woo Hoo for you and the MIO! Did you have quads there? Looked like I saw part of one.....Can't wait to hear about the rafting!! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/17/2011 8:09PM

    I love camping! Glad you had a good time and the Mr. stayed, lol!

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I still haven't lost hope.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

After three years of bouncing around the same 5 pounds I still haven't lost hope. Last week I weighed in at 233. Yesterday, 232.5. Today, 234. The elusive 229.5 is yet to be mine. Mentally it's exhausting. I'd like to see a downward spiral, please and thank you!

This week I calorie cycled. It didn't help. Last week I ate on the lower end of my calorie allotment. It didn't help. The week before that I ate on the high end. It didn't help.

My workouts are powerful and I spend countless minutes and hours in the gym sweating and working on my fitness. It doesn't help. I take a few days off to rest and all I get is anxious to get back in the gym.

No, I still haven't lost hope. I know I'm stronger and healthier today. I know I'm more toned than I was three years ago too.

I did email Doc today to give him a status update. He'll ponder it. I'll fret over it. Then we'll have a meeting of the minds. My system might need more time? Things don't right themselves overnight when it comes to health so I continue on. I push forward. I will continue to fight the fight!

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TRENTDREAMER 8/14/2011 4:25PM

    "I did email Doc today to give him a status update. He'll ponder it. I'll fret over it. Then we'll have a meeting of the minds. My system might need more time? Things don't right themselves overnight when it comes to health so I continue on. I push forward. I will continue to fight the fight! "
* really not sure what to say. i hope that ur doctor has some insights.

have fun camping tomorrow.

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THOCK1 8/13/2011 9:14PM

    Forget the scale for a moment. Are your clothes fitting better? Have you taken your measurements lately? How do they compare to "before?" The scale is not the be-all and end-all. If your clothes fit better, or more loosely, or if your measurements are going down, then you're on the right track, and give yourself a break, mentally.

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DIVALOUNGER 8/13/2011 8:27PM

    Focus on the wonderful level of health you have achieved!!!!! You are a rockstar!! emoticon

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TINAT247 8/13/2011 6:22PM

    We can't focus on the weight, even though it is SOOO frustrating! You're doing right so don't get down on yourself. Just keep chasing pavements because one day you will notice you're shadow is slimmer so be damned with the scale! emoticon

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SGRAY478 8/13/2011 4:21PM

    Way to not quit! I am sure you are frustrated, but don't give up hope. You and your doctor will figure out your body!

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/13/2011 4:12PM

    I give you tremendous credit for your patience, courage and perseverance! At least you know you have created a healthy and strong body beyond all measure! I sure do hope the doc can figure out something re the weight loss...3 years is obscene!Keep us posted...

You are a superstar!! emoticon

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ABB698 8/13/2011 2:40PM

    Your determination and strong will are as rock solid as your workout habits, you're already a winner! emoticon Hopefully your Dr. will have some advice.
Have a fab weekend!! emoticon

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Food Intake vs. Calorie Burned Question

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I eat around 1,500 calories a day. Some days it pushes out to 1,800 and some days it goes as low as 1,300. Working out simply suppresses my appetite and I don't eat as much.

I am physically active 7 days a week. My high active days, Monday and Wednesday's, I burn over 2,359 calories. This is calculated by SP and I think it's actually more.

My weight has stayed the same or showed a slight gain over the past few weeks. I simply don't eat enough to gain weight. NOT possible. Before I hit the panic button and contact Doc I thought I'd reach out to all my SP Peeps ...

How do all of you know what calorie range you should be eating in? If I let the SP counter dictate I'd be eating over 2,000 calories a day. That seems like an awful lot of healthy foods to ingest and digest.

As I said on my status update this morning, I don't think I'm eating enough to fuel the machine. How do I educate myself on this? Where do I get the correct info? I don't want to guess and I certainly don't want to give myself to over eat just because I am expending so much energy these days.

If all else fails I'll email Doc and or set up a consultation to discuss it with him. Before that happens I thought I'd do my due diligence.

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THOCK1 8/13/2011 9:21PM

    Have you entered your exercise in your fitness tracker? If you do, and your nutrition goals don't match your fitness goals, you'll get this wonderful RED warning at the bottom of your fitness tracker telling you to update your goals so that it can recalculate your nutrition goals.

If I follow the SP nutrition goals and faithfully track both food and fitness, I'm good. I may not be losing as much WEIGHT, but I am losing FAT and gaining muscle.

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JENJESS48 8/12/2011 11:14AM

    I think your body is craving more calories. I find that I lose more weight when I eat to the top of 1800 calorie range - especially when I'm working out. So for as many calories as you're burning, I think you do need to eat more. But I am absolutely no expert; I think you should talk to your doctor about it. You may also want to ask him if you're getting the right mix of nutrients. Maybe you need more carbs or protein for all the cardio you're doing?

If you do decide to increase your calories but find that you're not especially hungry, try adding in calorie-dense foods like avocado or almonds. Those are my go-tos when I need to plus up my calories on any given day. And they're chock full of healthy fats, which I always seem to be short on.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/12/2011 1:31AM

    I went to the website MUSCLEADDICT32 suggested:
>This is what they calculate for daily intake. Today I ate 1,570 calories. I'm thinking I'm too low.
2657 Calories/day
Fat Loss:
2125 Calories/day
Extreme Fat Loss:
1864 Calories/day

I'm reviewing all the great information given so far and formulating a plan of action and then I'll probably give in and email Doc. Good thing he knows I obsess about such things.

Comment edited on: 8/12/2011 1:33:13 AM

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ABB698 8/12/2011 1:00AM

    I hope you can figure this out! I am going to talk to my Endo about it tomorrow for myself, I think my plateau issues are thyroid related. Good luck!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/11/2011 10:41PM

    For those wondering:
Two days a week I have the following workout routine - 55 min. walk, 60 min. Zumba class, 35 min. on the elliptical, 105 min. boxing. I don't calculate the numbers, I simply put in the information into SP fitness tracker and they spit out the numbers. It comes out to over 2, 300 calories for the day.

The other days of week I do Zumba classes, use the elliptical and walk.

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MOTIVATED@LAST 8/11/2011 9:49PM

    Burning 2300 calories in a day? How are you calculating this?

Figures like this may be achieveable for an all-day bike ride or an all-day hike, but don't sound realistic for most other forms of exercise.


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MUSCLEADDICT32 8/11/2011 9:31PM


>This is a handy tool to figure out your caloric intake!! Give it a try! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/11/2011 8:44PM

    I've had this issue multiple times. The first thing I did was buy a heart rate monitor. I got one at WalMart for $30 that I wear on my wrist. That took ALL the guess work out of calories burned. I don't know about you, but my workout routine is very consistent. I only workout 4 days a week burning about 2800 calories a week. I make sure I input this manually on my fitness tracker, where it asks "how many calories burned" towards the bottom on the fitness screen. From there it calculates the calories I need. HONESTLY, whenever I didn't follow the recommendation, I either didn't lose or I gained. That has been MY experience with it. I hope you can figure out what works best for you, because, believe me, I know how frustrating it is!

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NEWSTARTGIRL 8/11/2011 8:42PM

    Just went through this issue over the last couple of months. I am much older than you so don't know if that might affect the situation. What I found was that I am insulin resistant which means that most carbs I ate were stored while my metabolism lowered to almost a stop.

I go to a physician and use a dietician. They had me go carb free (almost) for two weeks. I was allowed 20 grams of carbs (all salad/fresh veggies or cooked veggies). No bread, rice, potatoes, crackers, baked goods, candy - not even the ones that are mostly sugar alcohol. I was allowed to eat the bars from Atkins that are labeled for Phase 1. Told me to eat any amount that I wanted so long as I didn't load up on fatty things but actually I kept my calorie count down to the 1200 that I was used to.

I start my day with a protein shake - just frozen banana and strawberies, about 4 oz. of water, and a packet of whey protein. Easy to make and portable. I am never hungry in the AM now and I used to be hungry all the time.

After two weeks I began to add other carbs back into my diet but still go heavy on protein. It worked like a charm for me but, of course, I can't say for sure that it would for you. Don't think it could hurt you though unless you have kidney problems and can't eat that much protein.

Good luck!

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The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. And, why I took one for the team.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The ugly truth is my two jobs have collided this week. One boss is on vacation so I have a bit of flex in my schedule. The other boss is getting ready for trial on Monday. So, I am managing my 9 to 5 job and assisting with the trial prep with the other. It's ugly due to our clients being the plaintiffs in a child molestation case. The exhibits I'm having to organize and manage break my heart. One of our clients committed suicide and the other is hanging by her finger tips. It's a sad story and it's ugly. I took one for the team when I decided to stay late and work on trial exhibit prep, I missed Zumba class. It was an easy choice really. Our clients need a voice and if I can help give them that voice I will.

The Good. I made it to the gym in time to get in 35 minutes on the elliptical as my warmup. It felt good to stretch my legs before boxing started. Total time spent working my body was 160 minutes today.

The Bad. My sparing partner did not attend boxing tonight. I'm no longer considered a newbie - which is good - but also means I can and will get paired with the newbie. The last set up newbies have disappeared, likely never to be seen again. Another newbie attended class tonight and I was in fact paired with her. I took one for the team. Newbies have a natural reflex to pull away when kicking with them. I can't blame them really. Tonight I got a little frustrated because I wanted to power through class but had to hold back until we were on the heavy bags. Instead of letting it get to me I used the time during kicking combinations to work on my foot work and leg switches. If I couldn't power kick why not work on foot placement? It worked and I found my place. When I got to the heavy bags I threw like my life depended on it. It was pure bliss!

At the end of the day . . . I'm satisfied with all my choices and I'm healthy for them all.

Now, go hug a child and tell them how much you love them!

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ABB698 8/11/2011 5:38PM

    Wow KT, you have a full plate, but you handled the day/night perfectly! You are amazing! Off to hug my kiddo!!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/11/2011 4:28PM

    That is a difficult job and it's a good thing that you have somewhere to put all that energy instead of internalizing it.

Best wishes,

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KINSBAILE 8/11/2011 11:53AM

    You got it, will hug my kiddo! Difficult job you have, hon! No wonder you work out so often!!!!!

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