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Days 69 and 70/1000 New Spark Team Created for Wii Fans

Friday, June 24, 2011

Well, my energy is better, and I've got some exercising done. :-)

Day 69 (Thur)
Wii Fit Plus Skateboard Arena. 3 goes = 12 mins
16 Just Dance and Just Dance2 songs = 48 mins
Waitrose and back = 30 mins

Day 70 (today)
Wii Fit Plus Rarely Played challenge
All of these hadn't been played in 30 days or more:
Free Jogging = 10 mins
Zazen - 2 attempts = 4 mins
Step Basics - 1 go = 3 mins
Rhythm Kung Fu - 2 basics and 1 advanced game = 6 mins
Table Tilt - 1 beginner and 1 advanced = 6 mins
Balance Bubble - 1 beginner and 7 advanced = 7 mins

Feel the Burn Friday Challenge:
Perfect 10 - 1 beginner, 1 advanced and 2 Super Advanced = 6 mins

Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo - 5 songs = 15 mins

Zumba Challenge June week 4
7 routines = 32 minutes

Amazing how it all adds up. :-)

Healthwise, TOM is improving after that complete rest day on Wed. Annoyingly, however, I woke up on Thursday with a sore throat, and have an upset tum today as well as the throat, and Tara is shivering and a slightly elevated temp, so something is obviously upsetting us. :-) Here's hoping that whatever it is stays mild and goes away fast.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

ODDLASS and I haz a new Sparkteam!

We started challenging each other on our Wiis a while ago, and then a couple of friends joined in, and we thought a team would make it easier to keep up with challenges. If anyone has a Wii and wants to join in they are very welcome to do so. The team is here:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=51697


This is the first time I've set up a team from scratch, and it is fun, and a lot easier than you might think, if you have been considering setting one up yourself. :-)

Tried a new curry again this week. Much more successful than last week:

Waitrose Goan Fish Curry:
"Chunks of hake marinated in lemon juice and coriander in a rich, aromatic sauce made with coconut, tamarind and ginger - warmly spiced with sweetly-sour kokum."

It was right at the top of my heat comfort zone, so I didn't have to dilute it with yogurt, and it was utterly delicious! I was very good, and ate half, saving the rest for another meal. I had to. :-) The combination of the price, and the calorie-rich sauce meant it needed to do two meals. :-) It took all I had to freeze the leftovers rather than munch the lot down. :-) Next week I'm trying one of the two prawn curries they make.

Oh, I had another wardrobe surprise today. Those black sports bras I got some months ago that were too tight are now wearable! Been in one all day today! :-) I always thought it strange that they didn't fit but their white counterparts were ok. Well, now the white are a little looser, and the black are snug. Another sign that things are shrinking. :-)

I'm tired! Been an active day, and whatever is bugging my throat and tum is winning at this point, I think. :-)
Have a great rest of your Friday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 7/1/2011 3:26PM

    I hope you all feel better soon and it doesn't turn into anything major. I'll check out the team as soon as I get a Wii, really I will get one some day.

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LINDABENEDICT 6/27/2011 6:35PM

    emoticonHope you both are feeling better !!!!!
emoticonon Wii team ....if I had one I'd join you !

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MNOT2THICK 6/27/2011 6:28PM

    Are you and Tara any better today. emoticon

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CARLA-216 6/25/2011 10:11AM

    I hope you and Tara feel better soon!

That curry sounds really, really good! emoticon

Well done on fitting into the smaller bras. That is emoticon!

xoxo
Carla

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SCREWIE 6/25/2011 5:03AM

    I hope you and Tara feel better soon.

Love that Garfield picture! A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a coffee jar with the writing: "all the coffee in Colombia won't make me a morning person" :)))

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LIBBYFITZ 6/25/2011 12:51AM

    emoticonfor the new team!

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SENATOR9 6/24/2011 10:59PM

    good luck on your new team

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BOVEY63 6/24/2011 9:44PM

    Hope both you and Tara are feeling better and have a wonderful weekend!
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Congrats on the bra fitting so well now - must be all the awesome workouts you have been doing.
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Day 68/1000 Rest Day ... whether I want one or not! :-)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My body decided that today I rest ... whether I want to or not. LOL

I have to count my ten minutes exercise as my Wii Fit Plus Body Test, and a short walk to the shops for essentials. TOM has been a full blown pain in the whatsit, and I had very little sleep last night, and had absolutely no energy today. Not even enough to get on my beloved Wii for a single game, or dance to any of my bingo songs today. And you know how unlike me that is. :-)

If only I had an Iphone, because....



But, I don't and so...



But never mind, I'm sure that by tomorrow, I'll be back doing...



All I need is a little sleep ...



Night Night...

Hugs,
Lex xxx


  
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CHERIRIDDELL 6/24/2011 2:36AM

    Hope you feel better .I love the Stonehenge picture on your page!

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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 4:00PM

    Our bodies do talk...and we better listen!!

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SENATOR9 6/23/2011 9:55AM

    Take a break we all need it

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LIBBYFITZ 6/23/2011 9:08AM

    emoticonWe all need rest days! Hope you get up ango comes back real soon! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 6/23/2011 8:55AM

    Have a nice day off and rest. We all need a little rest!!! Hope you are back to yourself very soon!! I love the pics!! LOL!!

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CARLA-216 6/23/2011 8:07AM

    Rest is good for the body and soul!
I hope you're feeling much better today.

xoxo
Carla

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SCREWIE 6/23/2011 4:48AM

    Good to have a rest once in a while. Burn out isn't a good thing!

Love the pictures :)))

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 11:45PM

    Everyone needs a rest day. Feel better soon..I am so glad not to have to deal with that anymore thanks to my Depo...
You seem to have an endless supply of those funny photos! Thanks for taking the time to find and share them all with us!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 6/22/2011 10:20PM

    You have been working out hard. Enjoy your rest. emoticon

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CJANSEN40 6/22/2011 9:36PM

    Feel better

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/22/2011 7:11PM

    LOL...Love the pics!

Hope you are feeling back to normal tomorrow!!

Healing, positive energy sent your way!

Rhonda

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Day 67/1000 Summer Solstice Blessings

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I had a wonderful little Summer Solstice Ritual up at Highwoods this morning. Not right at sunrise, because I was still very much in the Land of Nod at the time, but I took Sophie up there a little later, and said prayers, and did a reading. It was very pleasant to be able to do that outside for a change. :-)

I know the sun was there somewhere:



We walked the three field circuit before going home. The pond at the bottom of the third field looks really lush:



By late afternoon, the sky looked amazing:



I woke up this morning with a dull ache in my tummy, which, had I been more awake, might have forewarned me, but it wasn't until I got back home that I realised TOM had decided to arrive early. Drat! Plans had to change. So the strength training didn't happen, because I had to do a grocery run, and since then, I've been bloated and achy, so tomorrow instead, all being well.

Still, I had an hour walking at Highwoods, and the shopping walk, and I danced to 6 songs for my Bingo game catch-up. :-) So I did get some exercise in. :-)

Right now though, I'm yawning fit to bust, so I'm off to bed.

Oooh, nearly forgot! I popped into the charity shop on the way back from Waitrose, and grabbed up 6 CDs and a DVD. The DVD was The Time Bandits. The CDs were mostly greatest hits one: 10CC, UB40, Roxy Music, Slade and Genesis, plus Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full album. Got all those for a total of *drumroll please* 65p! They were all Newspaper freebies, so they sell dirt cheap. :-)

Oh yes, and I had my usual little seasonal play-around with my Sparkpage. I hope you approve. :-)

So, I really am off to bed now. :-)
Summer Solstice Blessings to you all.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 3:59PM

    You do quite well when not feeling good! No wonder you're amazing when you feel great.

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SCREWIE 6/22/2011 4:00PM

    Love the new page!

I should start remembering solstice and other seasonal stuff... yesterday I only realised what day it was when dad mentioned he'd seen "that place with the big stones where we went a few years ago" in the paper :D

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BOVEY63 6/22/2011 12:44PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day despite TOM. Love the pictures - especially your new background, it looks so peaceful.

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CARLA-216 6/22/2011 11:44AM

    Sounds like a good day to me despite TOM making a surprise appearance. Hope it doesn't give you a hard time this month.

I do like your newly decorated page!

xoxo
Carla

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SENATOR9 6/22/2011 10:02AM

    Love your new profile .Well summer is finally here

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BOE4LIFE 6/22/2011 6:27AM

    Thank you for sharing the beauty with us, that must have been a great walk. Awesome deal on the CD's and DVD don't you just love bargains. Well I need to get my day started. Great job on the exercise keep it up. Blaze On!!

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 2:39AM

    Awesome cloud shots! Always love seeing the greenery :)) I sure would like your secret of how you seem to be able to upload your photos to Sparks so easily all the time!! I love the way you are always changing your backgrounds! So pretty!!
I am so happy not having to deal with TOM, it get so many women down. I have been on depo prevera since 1999 and just love the freedom it gave me!! I went on it because I had weird periods that would come with no warning, could be four days apart!! They were so erratic and ruined so many clothes, I had to do something about it. The four times a year shot is just so convenient and easy to remember.
Feel better today!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2011 2:32AM

    Love your new page .You have brightened my day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2011 2:31AM

    Love your new page .You have brightened my day.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/21/2011 7:01PM

    Sounds like a lovely full day! Get a good nights sleep and hopefully you are feeling better in the morning :)
Pics were beautiful...everything is so lush and green!

Rhonda

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Day 66/1000 A little top-up blog

Monday, June 20, 2011

Exercise today:

Tested the last of the outstanding songs for use with Tigger and Roo. 3 CDs of show tunes from such stage delights as Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, and Rocky Horror! :-) Most were too slow, but I got a few gooduns out of it. :-) Timewarp anyone?



Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone = 32 minutes

Just Dance 2 Bingo: one song = 3 mins

Golf Driving Range - four sessions on Wii Fit Plus = 20 mins

Cycling basics challenge - 3 attempts = 11 mins

Just Dance 2 Challenge, week 4 - 3 songs = 9 mins

Took me to over 8000 steps. :-)

I think I'll play with some strength training tomorrow. :-)

Let's see... Has anything else happened since this morning? Hmmm... Not really. :-) I could waffle on about nothing, or keep this a short blog and call it a night.

I do have some sewing to do. The Littlewoods Sale has given me some great workout clothes as you know, but the leggings I got don't have a pocket for my pedometer, so I need to find a bit of material to make a small one to sew inside them. Time for a wee rummage through my drawers. LOL

So, catch you all later.
Have fun with the rest of your day.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 3:15PM

    It's kinda fun to go through old songs!

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 2:04AM

    Great work outs!! I haven't gotten another pedometer after losing/ trashing five :( Women's clothing is lousy for having good pockets. I like the idea of wearing one like a necklace, but haven't seen anything around here that will work that way. They all say should be close to your hip etc.
I can't work out to slow music, but would enjoy listening to the oldies!
ope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 6/21/2011 2:17PM

    Great job on the workout!
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Love the pics!
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CARLA-216 6/21/2011 12:01PM

    Good girl, planning to play around with stoutness exercises today!

xoxo
Carla

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SAFFYS_PAGE 6/21/2011 8:59AM

    i have a rather nice pedometar that i wear about my neck , when out walking with the dog or can be clipped in my bag if i am going some place i dont want it to show.
i also have a small bag ...( my pouch) that i carry the rest of the essential junk in while i am out and about.
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SENATOR9 6/20/2011 10:58PM

    Those picture of yours are so funny another great workout

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CHEVY63 6/20/2011 8:34PM

    Love the pictures!!! You always make me laugh, have a great night!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/20/2011 8:17PM

    Yes, I am up for a Time Warp...haven't heard that in ages!! I love that you are going to play with strength training tomorrow...what a wonderful way to view exercise...YOU ROCK!!

Rhonda

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ELAOPET 6/20/2011 6:26PM

    I don't own a pedometar and should be ashamed to say what I carry in my pockette when going to exercise. besides doggie poo bags, my keys and a mobile phone instead of a wrist watch (will get one soon) I also carry with me a pack of cigs and a lighter! I am sure I am a sight when lighting one after a good workout or just before...or even during some stretching...I plan on quitting - when I am good and ready. Untill then, main thing - I get out and workout. And hide the cigs if someone's comming!
I love your LOLS! SO cute!

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Day 65/1000 I Like Icing on my Cake! :-) (not what you might think)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 65/1000 (Sunday 19th)

Sunday was when I meant to write this, but the day got away from me. :-) My lasso skills being as bad as they are, I failed to rein it back in. Why don't they have lasso throwing on the Wii Fit Plus so I can get some practice in? *grin*

So, fully expecting after last weeks weightloss (remember the astonishing 2 1/4lb loss?) to have gained it all back as is my usual routine, I stepped on the scale with some trepidation Sunday morning. I looked down, rubbed my eyes, looked again, stepped off, found my glasses, put them on, stepped back on the scales again, looked down again, and (if I remember correctly) the following phrase escaped my lips, gradually rising in volume to a crescendo, while my eyes did a good imitation of coming out on stalks, and my jaw hit the floor:

"Oh...my...God! Oh my God! Oh my God!! Oh my God!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!"

No, I really wasn't seeing things. The scale read 12 stone 9 1/4lbs. I lost another 1 1/4lbs!!! That makes 3 1/2lbs in two weeks!

*Does imaginary cartwheel!*

OK, I admit it! Losing weight is a HUGE rush! :-) No matter what I say about how being healthier and getting fitter are my main objectives, and that losing weight is just icing on the cake for me, so it's no biggie that the scales refuse to move.

Turns out I LIKE ICING ON MY CAKE!!! *grin*



The Wii has proved to be a massive boost to my progress. I can't believe the difference it is making. It has taken a few weeks of building up, but I am really pushing my boundaries now, and it is really paying off!

Would you believe that I went to Wii Fit Plus and played Rhythm Boxing for 38 minutes? I can't believe it myself, but I did! And I hate boxing! LOL

Plus there were 5 out of 6 songs on my Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo cards, so I did those = 15 mins too. :-)

I also worked through several albums of songs, testing them for suitability as exercise music to accompany me on Tigger and Roo (mini trampoline and aerobic step) Got my steps in nicely for the day doing that. :-)

And talking of steps. I was set for a minimum of 6100 steps per day, and I managed that ever day this week:

Sun - 7260
Mon - 10716
Tue - 9204
Wed - 11220
Thur - 8138
Fri - 7726
Sat - 6523

Total steps = 60787, which = average daily stepcount of 8684

So I've increased to a minimum of 6200 steps per day. :-) Four more increases and I'll be on a minimum of three miles a day!

This coming week I am working on Wii challenges with Sparkfriends, and ones I've set myself, plus building an exercise plan to try and make sure that I fit all the most personally beneficial games in at least once a week. I am also back to tracking my food. I took some time off, which doesn't seem to have hurt, but I want to track again for a while and see how what I feel like eating fits in with what I should be getting calorie and nutrient wise. So far, so good. I've been a touch below my minimum calories once or twice, but it has balanced out over the week, and it seems that I have no problem keeping to the lower end of my ranges these days. I want to see that trend continue. :-)

Someone commented on my last blog that I shouldn't buy any more jeans yet, because I'll soon be dropping another size! I'm still happy to settle for a comfortable size 16, but, maybe a 14 isn't totally beyond the realms of possibility....

Wow! Never thought I'd see the day when I'd be saying that! Last time I was a fouteen I was in my early 30s. Pre-second pregnancy. I don't know exactly where the line between overweight and healthy is for me, but it might be interesting to find out whether it equates to a 14 or a 16! LOL I'm certainly a lot nearer to it. :-)

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get Day 66 under way. I have a two mile walk With Leslie Sansone planned, and a round of golf with my sparkfriend challenge buddies, among other activities. :-)

Have a Magical Monday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 6/23/2011 3:14PM

    Are you able to actually play with these sparkfriends on the wii at the same time? Now that might really make me go buy one!! And CONGRATS on the sustained weight loss...what's a cake without a little icing anyway?

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MNOT2THICK 6/22/2011 10:11PM

    Go ahead Lexie. You are emoticon, emoticon.

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LOVESLIFE48 6/21/2011 9:16AM

    You are doing awesome!! You make me want to go out and buy a wii RIGHT NOW!!!!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/20/2011 8:54PM

    CONGRATS on yet another weight loss!! Icing on the cake is good, it keeps us motivated even if our goal is health and fitness. It is nice to see results from what we are doing and it makes the times that we look to other measures more balance...and balance is key!

Have a GREAT week!
Rhonda

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0309COOKIE 6/20/2011 5:01PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

I always love the pictures you include in your blogs. You have such a good sense of humor. The one today that slays me is the cat tap dancing. That is hysterical!

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CJANSEN40 6/20/2011 2:41PM

    emoticon I knew you could do it! keep up the good work!

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ODDLASS 6/20/2011 1:51PM

    I now know of SO MANY people who have had wii fit and got 'board' and got rid of it. But it is like I told a friend yesterday, who is thinking of getting one, 'It is like a Gym membership or an exercise bike. You don't get anything from paying for it, you have to use it! You can't go to the Gym and have sauna and sunbed and lose as much as someone who spends the same amount of time sweating and pushing to the limit!'
and you Lexie my love, are pushing it with the wii!! BRILLIANT!!!
Feeling better and better health IS what we all aim for .... but hey ...... don't the icing taste good????

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ANNEMAC5 6/20/2011 1:32PM

    You are doing fantastic, well done on the weight loss, believe in yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/20/2011 11:43AM

    It is so wonderful that you have found a system that works for you - and still using Tigger and Roo too!
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CARLA-216 6/20/2011 11:30AM

    I'm so psyched for you that you're dropping the weight...even if it is just icing on the cake! You are doing fantastic!

All this Wii talk makes me want one again....Hmmm...

xoxo
Car
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Well done!! So glad your wicked Wii Workouts are wacking that scale into submission!!
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Great mileage too! Keep up the momentum!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHEVY63 6/20/2011 9:39AM

    Congrats on the wonderful weight loss! You've obviously been doing a lot of good - keep it up!

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