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Welcome 2014!...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I made today a great start to the New Year!

I got my iFit HM training in and followed it with the one hour SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD. I then went on line at Runner's World and found some motivational quotes. I stayed in my calorie range and drank lots of water.

Tomorrow I have my yearly physical. It consists of 2 visits. The first consists of blood work, memory testing, circulation testing, weight, etc.
The second one next week is where I meet with the Doctor to go over the results. My family has cholesterol issues, I have been taking Cholestoff (herbal) for years - hoping it is still working.

I hope you reach all your goals and have a fantastic 2014!

  
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ONMYMEDS 1/2/2014 7:11AM

    Great start!! Happy New Year.

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WONDERGALE 1/1/2014 11:17PM

    emoticon Happy New Year!

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SABLENESS 1/1/2014 9:20PM

    Great start!

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FITFOODIE806 1/1/2014 8:46PM

    Love it!

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Delaware Half Marathon Training Plan...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I went through my fitness magazines, Runner's World articles and ifit.com and settled on a Half Marathon ten week training schedule using my ifit module and my treadmill. Training begins tomorrow! Why wait?? We are getting into yucky weather and by choosing this plan I will have no excuses. It will take me up to 12.5 miles comfortably by February 20th. The Delaware Half Marathon is May 11th so I will have time to work on speed for this one. I want to beat my PR of 2 hrs, 6 mins. I accomplished my PR running the Baltimore HM which is much hillier than Delaware's. I should be able to do it! I ran on a 4 man relay team at the Delaware Marathon 1 1/2 years ago and am familiar with the course. It is a beautiful run down the river, through Little Italy and winds through Rockford Park. The last leg is up a pretty steep hill and then it is all down hill to the finish line!

So, next on my list is to incorporate some cross-training. I have never mixed the two - always just ran. I am ready to mix it up. From what I have been reading, it should help my knees out. I am excited to learn something new. So - it's back to the gym I go :)

Nutrition is also going to play into my training plan. I am going to look toward my hard core running Sparkbuddies for advice as well as the Jeff Galloway book I had autographed and never read!!

I gotta plan! Spark on!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/31/2013 9:08AM

    Great plan!

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FITFOODIE806 12/30/2013 10:38PM

    I'm excited for you!!

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MWWENSIN 12/30/2013 7:13PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/30/2013 4:29PM

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BOILHAM 12/30/2013 3:37PM

  Good plan. With the less hilly terrain you should PR! Swimming, cycling, and weight/strength training all good for cross training. Have fun!

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PLMITCH 12/30/2013 10:54AM

    Good luck! Hoping to a 10K in 2014 so I can appreciate your "plan"!

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KIMPY225 12/30/2013 10:17AM

    Yes! Good luck with the training!

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MBTEPP 12/30/2013 8:53AM

    congratulations. That is a great goal. Good luck on your training and try to get out on mild days to run and stay in touch with the pavement. I am doing my short runs on the treadmill, I am doing long runs on a track if the weather does not cooperate. But I just read an article about training fully on a treadmill for a marathon. That's amazing. It did suggest getting out at least once a week near the end of your training to get your legs prepared for the road race. it sounds like you have plenty of time for that.

Have fun, stay strong.

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A Christmas Miracle...

Monday, December 23, 2013

As many of you know, my 25 year old son has been battling anorexia for 11 months. It has been total hell; an ever-ending roller coaster ride.

Three weeks ago, my son was in the hospital fighting for his life. His numbers - blood count wise, were everywhere, and he checked himself out of the hospital against his Doctor's orders. Basically, I was told he wasn't going to make it. Per my suggestion, he signed a contract with the Psychiatrist on duty, stating that he would do certain things - 1. take medication 2. follow up with his Doctor 3. see a psychiatrist 4. live at my house. If he didn't improve within 2 weeks, he would consider entering an eating disorder treatment center.

Six days after leaving the hospital, he paid for his own airline ticket and accompanied me to my Goddaughter's graduation in San Antonio. My husband was supposed to go, but, due to the flood at our school, he had to cancel. I was apprehensive about my son going because of his medical condition. I decided to just "let go" and see what would happen - was this part of God's plan?

Let's just say that I watched a miracle evolve. We shared a hotel room. He never threw up his food. He ate a lot of mexican food, everywhere we went.
His humorous personality came back and he was so social! He thought about other people's feelings, He talked while he ate, and didn't pick at his food. He ate his food, and didn't stop at half! I think my friends in San Antonio thought I had made the whole illness up - telling me how great he looked!

He went to our family Doctor last Friday - my son gained 30 pounds! 20 was water weight - but, still...he was back up to 140! The Doctor was stunned! He said he actually looked at my son's ankles expecting to find ankle weights! He also made sure his pockets were emptied! What a shock!

I was blown away - in fact, I still am! I was scared to write anything about it! I didn't want to jinx it! Another week has gone by and he is still eating! He has no issues at all with food! All of the anger is gone! He now talks about his feelings and now is thinking about joining a gym to start lifting and running.

He is now doing it the right way like the rest of us.

What changed? He started eating in the hospital, before he started on medication. When I told him the Doctors were alarmed because he didn't get emotional when they told him he was going to die, he said
"I started eating, didn't I?"

I walked the dogs down to the end of the road yesterday and looked out over the river. I thought about how different the river and sky looked now that the fog has lifted over my head. When people ask me how I am I now say "great!" not just "ok".

I still can't believe how quick this all turned around. Eleven months of hell and it is gone in a blink of an eye. I still am watching him like a hawk, but everything is so normal now.

It is a miracle.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers. I truly believe prayers are what saved him.

Merry Christmas!!

  
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KAYWEB555 1/2/2014 8:09PM

    Answer to prayer, and during the Christmas Holidays! What a blessing I'm so happy to hear the news. May you and your son have a wonderful 2014 ! God Bless

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/29/2013 2:09PM

    I teared-up reading this. Soooo wonderful for him, you and the entire family.

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STRIVER57 12/29/2013 2:07PM

    how wonderful—hope it continues!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/29/2013 7:09AM

    I must say, it truly sounds like a miracle. I am so happy for you and your family. You are both so very strong and need to always remember that.
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RACEWELLWON 12/28/2013 3:37PM

    Hugs to a strong Mother and Son ! emoticon

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KAREN_NY 12/28/2013 1:59PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the good news. A merry christmas indeed!

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MBTEPP 12/26/2013 11:00PM

    What great news to report! It is a miracle, but you never lost faith. I pray the recovery continues well into the new year, and that your son uses this experience as a springboard to his new God given life. May he draw strength and persevere.

For every positive motion your son makes, I hope there is a reward to follow. Like those of us, who reward ourselves for weight loss, he should reward himself for his weight gain, and maintenance. He has overcome a huge challenge. Thank God.

I am glad you can rest easier now, and enjoy your son more.

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BLUEJEANS27 12/24/2013 6:46PM

    I am so VERY happy for you! Been reading your blogs and not commenting, but have been worried about your son. I'm so glad things are turning around! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

Julia

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/24/2013 10:48AM

    What a blessing! emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 12/24/2013 10:19AM

    You stood by your son when it was most difficult. I pray his recovery continues. Your struggle has been rewarded. Congratulations!

Bruce

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KIWIANN 12/24/2013 10:02AM

    That is an absolutely beautiful miracle! And what a gift for you to be with him to witness the miracle! I am so happy that the fog has lifted and you can see beauty and experience joy, that is another great gift! Wishing you a very, very Merry Christmas and every blessing in 2014!! emoticon

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WATCHMEGO! 12/24/2013 9:02AM

    I'm so thankful for you and your family!

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SABLENESS 12/24/2013 8:51AM

    Thanks be to God.

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EDENZMOM 12/24/2013 7:46AM

    What wonderful news!! I'm so happy for you and your family.
All the best for this holiday season. I'm very inspired and touched by your story. Best wishes xoxo

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JULIEABIGAIL 12/24/2013 12:55AM

  this is indeed great news--kudos to you and your son for persevering. i hope you have a lighter, brighter holiday season with this new reason to celebrate. i applause your wisdom in continuing to watch him like a hawk. as we know from our own journeys, evolutions are usually works in progress, needing continuing vigilance, commitment, mindfulness, and encouragement. we need to acknowledge our triumphs, have compassion for our slip-ups, and have the strength and confidence to know that if our path becomes confused or unhealthy, we can right away make skillful decisions to get back on track. taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your son, and deserves at least as much energy. i am grateful for the support that the spark community provides. may you and your family thrive in 2014.

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/23/2013 11:45PM

   
This is wonderful news! Prayer is an incredible force! Merry Christmas, my friend!

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LOVINGLIFE43 12/23/2013 10:56PM

    What a blessing. Prayers for his continued recovery.


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STRIVERONE 12/23/2013 10:48PM

    That is certainly some Christmas cheer! I'm very happy for all of you.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/23/2013 10:30PM

    So wonderful to hear -- what a gift!
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CYCLINGSANDY 12/23/2013 10:26PM

    Rosy- That is such great news! We do have a great God and he is still in the miracle business. Your son is evidence of that. I am thankful that your fog of worry has lifted and you are so blessed at Christmas.

In love,
Sandy

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EMMACORY 12/23/2013 10:16PM

    Praise God! I am happy for you that things are turning around. I will pray for your son's continual healing and steadfastness. emoticon

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5% Fall Challenge Review...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in the 5% Fall Challenge.
I was on a supportive team - the Shooting Stars. I came within one pound of losing the 5%. I am proud of that accomplishment! I am back in my old clothes and I feel healthier. I am stronger. emoticon

The challenge helped me get focused back onto myself, my health, and my exercise. That, in turn, has helped me deal with stress a lot better.

I haven't been running - my knee is thanking me. I needed to switch gears, and needed a "kick in the butt" to get going - this challenge accomplished that.

I took Roxy, and sometimes my son's dog Maizey, on 2 - two mile walks most days. Not only was this good exercise for all 3 of us, but it was de-stressing. Here are some pictures of our walk:

Through the woods...


By the river...


The Bostons walk really fast - they didn't want to stop for the picture...


Sometimes they take a break...


We enjoy looking at neighbor's decorations...


And cutting through yards :)...


Looking at boats...


And smelling the food being prepared in the restaurant...


After the walk, they were still ready to play...



I also focused on portion sizes and finally opened up the SparkCookbook emoticon I bought two years ago! I made quite a few recipes and shared the food and recipes with my co-workers. I guess you could say, I shared "the spark"! emoticon

Here is a picture of the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup recipe I made:



Another benefit to this challenge was that I went on an all-inclusive, one week vacation emoticon during the challenge. It was a much needed vacation for both me and my husband. I tracked my food and exercise the whole trip emoticon - not only for myself, but for the team. My husband ended up exercising more, too, and found that he likes Yoga and agreed to take Salsa lessons with me! emoticon I racked up a lot of exercise minutes that week and only gained two pounds, which I lost half way through the next week! emoticon

Because I was more focused on myself, I became more organized. I cleaned like crazy! emoticon I organized my kitchen, my bathroom and my closet. Goodwill loves me! emoticon I got rid of a lot of "stuff" I haven't used or looked at since I moved into my house three years ago. My house lost weight too!

The Shooting Stars were very supportive and active on the site. I loved that part of it. I learned a lot from my teammates. emoticon

I am now looking forward to the 5% Winter Challenge! I have signed up for the Shooting Stars again. emoticon

Hope to see you there!

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REBBLTX 12/20/2013 10:40PM

    I love the photos on your run with the bostons. Very nice scenery to walk/run to :) And seeing that soup...makes me want to see about getting my own SP cookbook!

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REBBLTX 12/20/2013 10:39PM

    It looks like you are doing great with your goals on SP! The hubs might enjoy taking some yoga class at your home town, now...lol. I also wanted to check in on you and see how your son is doing. Hopefully he is getting the help he needs. Still thinking of you guys! emoticon

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SABLENESS 12/20/2013 8:37AM

    Fun blog! Hope things are going better with son.

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SPAMUNDY 12/17/2013 2:06PM

    Great job! You richly deserve the benefit you received from your hard work!


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CYCLINGSANDY 12/17/2013 1:59PM

    I enjoyed your walk pictures and it was like a photostory. I enjoyed the challenge too. I was 1.0 from my goal when we finished, but that was before my trip to the states. I will need another challenge after Christmas.

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BEWELL48 12/14/2013 5:22AM

    You inspired me to work on my getting more organized! I am working way too much and it is not good for my health in general!
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KRISZTA11 12/11/2013 11:39AM

    It is amazing how many good things you have done for yourself this fall!
Congrats to your weight loss success and to focusing on your healthy life.
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SPEEDYDOG 12/11/2013 7:26AM

    You live in a very pretty place. I lived in Maryland for a short time. I remember that cold was pretty cold and winters were grey. When I see your photos I can almost smell the brown crispy leaves on the ground.

Dogs are good for getting you out of the house. Pups always seem so happy just to be outside and moving that their joy transfers to you.

Thanks for taking me along.

Bruce

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SEABREEZE64 12/11/2013 6:50AM

    Great job. Looks like the STARS helped to get you back on track. You are doing so good.

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SPARKLED146 12/11/2013 6:45AM

    emoticon Congratulations on everything you accomplished!

The friendly competition of the challenge really helped me too. I had become too satisfied with the plateau I was sitting on. I'm looking forward to the winter challenge also.

I enjoyed your photos. Thanks for posting them.

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WONDERGALE 12/11/2013 12:21AM

    emoticon I need to get organized too. My house cold stand a little weight loss. emoticon

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KIWIANN 12/10/2013 10:26PM

    Congrats on all that you accomplished in the Fall challenge!! And I just want to add that you were a great member of the Shooting Stars - actively racking up the points, and lending your support to your teammates!! I am looking forward to the Winter Challenge with you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5BADDOGS 12/10/2013 8:39PM

    That sounds interesting.... I hadn't heard of the 5% Challenge - gotta check that out! For sure I could use some motivation to clean house and organize! My closets are packed, and our garage is a mess. Downside of being married to a pack rat.... But I've come to learn "Out of sight, out of mind" holds true for him. If I get rid of something without asking him, he either forgets he ever had it, or thinks he just misplaced it (and eventually forgets about it). So... I can make some of the clutter disappear as long as it doesn't happen all at once. ;^)

Glad you found time to take a holiday with your hubs! With all you've been through these recent weeks, you more than deserve a little break to focus on you and your health and happiness!


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NEWKATHYNOW 12/10/2013 8:31PM

    emoticon emoticon Got yourself some cute walking buddies!

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MLEHTO 12/10/2013 8:03PM

    Good Job!

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I Can Go East, I Can Go West - It's All Up To Me To Decide...

Friday, December 06, 2013

Quite Frequently - lately - I have have heard, "How do you do it?", "You are so strong"... I don't honestly know. I get up every day and start over. I look at myself in the mirror and say, I will handle whatever today brings. I will not quit until my son is okay. I will search until I find him again. I trust in God. I pray to my grandfather and other relatives who have passed to look over my son - I believe that they are.
There are alot of people praying for him - I believe in the power of prayer. It has been eleven months and he is still alive.

One thing I do in the car is listen to one of my favorite tunes by Bob Seger.
It is called "Roll Me Away". Here are part of the lyrics:

"Stood alone on a mountain top,
Starin' out at the great divide
I could go east, I could go west,
It was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin'
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin'

Roll, roll me away,
I'm gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin',
Keep searchin' till I find what's right
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time
We'll get it right"

Bob Seger - Roll Me Away Lyrics

Yes, I am an optimist, but I can't say it is easy. I am well aware that I may lose him - at times my mind wanders to that point. But, I just can't give up.

Today I see a glimmer of hope. He was in the hospital in Delaware for several days. I was excited. I spoke to the psychiatrist and he could keep my son there and commit him. Last night the psychiatrist called me and said Delaware doesn't have any place to send my son for an Eating Disorder. The psychiatrist can't send him across state lines. He told me if my son was at a hospital in Maryland it could be done and I could say which one he could go to.
Today my son texts and says it is time to pick him up. Then I get a call from a nurse telling me my son is discharging himself and the Doctor wants him to stay another day (see the roller coaster ride??). I wait two hours then pick him up. He says he wants to go to a Maryland hospital to finish his IV. I think "Yayyy, this is awesome" I drop him off and call his Doctor. Turns out the person who answers the phone sister's is a pysch eval person at the ER in the hospital where my son is! With my permission she notifies her sister. My son ends up checking in and giving all his info then leaves - he wants to go back Sunday. I went back to the ER without him and told them what was going on with him. They flag his info and tell me - in so many words - that someone has already tipped them off to his issues. When he goes back in he should be headed for a treatment center.

The above is a "normal" day for me right now. But look how it waves, there are so many positives in it that it makes me keep going. I feel so close to this resolving itself--It just has to.

"And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time
We'll get it right"

  
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MWWENSIN 12/14/2013 11:33AM

    No one said life was going to be easy. There are great moments and absolutely horrible moments, but we grow stronger from both. You are a very caring mother which also makes you a optimist. But you'll attract more people that way. Does anyone really want to hang out with a pessimist. I love and grew up with Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band. I loved Against the Wind.

Your son will eventually recover if he wants too. You're doing a great job keeping him on track. I'll keep praying for you and your family.

Thanks for the update

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SPEEDYDOG 12/8/2013 3:17PM

    I think are doing the right thing by taking it one day at a time. In life's struggles, and you are having a really big struggle, you do what you can. But at a certain point you just have to realize that you can only do so much.

I wish I had a magic wand and could make everything all right. I hope someday your son understands the magnitude of your dedication and sacrifice.

Thanks, Bruce

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SABLENESS 12/8/2013 4:29AM

    It's Sunday now, and I hope by the end of the day he's where he needs to be. emoticon emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/7/2013 11:03PM

    You're hanging in there because you can see the progress. It may be two steps forward and one step back but it is still progress! God bless and we'll keep praying for you all! emoticon

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SPARKLED146 12/7/2013 4:05PM

    Yes, you will get it right. Hang in there!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/7/2013 3:14PM

    Hang in there darlin' there is not much else you can do that you haven't done already.

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KIWIANN 12/7/2013 8:45AM

    You are an optimist, a truly dedicated mother, filled with faith, and an inspiration! emoticon

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