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Staying Serious Day 10 But Plain MAD!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Don't know if I've mentioned it in my blogs but I only have internet access at work. Well yesterday pretty much took care of my being on here so often. Much drama. So I will be limited in how often I can come on here which makes me feel emoticon emoticon emoticon Yeah, that pretty much covers it!

I went home pretty upset. I told myself I HAVE TO WORK OUT because I'm so angry & stressed. I did workout & feel much better because of it!

Hope you all are enjoying your day. I will miss checking in frequently. It will probably only be once a day when I'm at work.


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TRAVELNISTA 10/28/2009 4:52PM

    Wow that is a bummer! I am so hooked on Spark that I don't know what I would do with out it. You could always keep a food journal but that will entail a notebook and a book to look up the nutritional counts. You could also keep a journal to write blogs in. It is important that you can still have a place to write your personal thoughts, have someplace to vent, show your progress, where you want to go, etc.

I would hate to see this make you lose your momentum. I would try real hard to budget in internet service. They have dial up for as cheap as $9.99 a month. Or maybe you could see if they would let you stay later in the day to use the internet or on your lunch hour.

Stay strong Simone! I am sure you will be able to work something out. emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEBILLY1 10/28/2009 3:42PM

  Will be praying for you and that things will work out for you - keep exercising and keep record on paper - put on SparkPeople later.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 10/28/2009 1:03PM

    Try to keep in contact as much as you can, keep working out, and yes, track on paper your nutrition, fitness, etc....

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KARVY09 10/28/2009 12:59PM

    Keep tracking on paper. Keep moving. And check in when you can! We all love you!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/28/2009 12:22PM

    It will all work out. There is also internet access at most libraries and sometimes even at local hotels, you might could get someone there to allow you to use the one in their lobby. Just a thought. We want to see you sparking whenever you can. Just do your best and KNOW that we LOVE YOU and are sparking along WITH YOU! STAY SERIOUS my friend. Love, Dawn

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CNAVE99 10/28/2009 12:16PM

    You can do this!

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BETHSHEALTH 10/28/2009 12:00PM

    That's the pits. I try to limit anyway but then I have access at home soooo... sorry, maybe it will calm down and you can come back to more often down the road.


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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 10/28/2009 11:44AM

    Oh no! I hope everything is OK at work, and that the drama ends soon!!!
Keep up the great work, we'll still be here for you no matter what emoticon

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MAFOSTER11 10/28/2009 11:40AM

    Oh Song, that stinks. We'll be happy to see you when you can be on line though. That's better than nothing. Hugs, Ma

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Staying Serious Day 10

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's a gloomy Tuesday and I've been rather busy here at work posting surgeries. I work at a hospital and schedule OB/GYN surgeries.

I feel kinda strange this afternoon. No energy. I got my lab results from my GYN yesterday. It appears my hemoglobin & hematocrit are on the low side-at least they were 2 weeks ago. I need to start taking VITRON-C (an iron supplement) 3x's a day. I'm not surprised. This is probably why I feel sluggish. I will try and take a 10 minute walk in the next 30 minutes or so. I'm sure that will help.

Thank you all again for your positive comments on my blogs. I really appreciate it!

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MAFOSTER11 10/28/2009 11:39AM

    I think winter is the season of gloomy. At least it is for me.
Maybe the iron will be a pick me up for ya. I'm sure it will will the walk. Hope you're feeling better today.

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BETHSHEALTH 10/27/2009 10:53PM

    I think everyone at work today was tired. I'm sure I don't have a business full of co workers with the same issue though. I think it's weather related around here and the fact that it's fall, getting close to winter.

Take care of yourself. I hope you are better at remembering to take your meds than I am. Feel better friend!


emoticon Is this a hangover or someone who's been konked on the head? (did you smile?)

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 10/27/2009 9:56PM

    I hope the Rx has you feeling better soon!

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TRAVELNISTA 10/27/2009 8:12PM

    I am sure you will be energized in no time with the Vitron-C. I am assuming that that means it is an iron supplement with Vitamin C added for proper absorption.

You can still lose weight without exercise so don't get discouraged if you are too tired for a few days till your body builds up its reserves. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/27/2009 6:56PM

    So glad that you've gotten some direction on what you can do to feel better. It's going to make the world of difference in how you feel if you can up your energy levels. I know that you're determined and serious. Now maybe your body will cooperate with you too. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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PEDIPOD 10/27/2009 5:44PM

    SSONGBIRD -- I'm so glad you could diagnose the problem in time to correct it. Now you will have to eat more broccoli and spinach --more?!
I hope your energy comes surging back!!

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IMREADY77 10/27/2009 4:24PM

    I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 10/27/2009 2:42PM

    Hope you things get back to normal soon for you.

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THEQUEENBEE333 10/27/2009 2:33PM

    I am often low on iron and it makes me tired too! Make sure you take it!

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Staying Serious Day 9 & Sharing your spark w/others

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wow, yesterday was really challenging for me. My neighbors, who live on the 4th floor, gave us their wooden bench couch- SOLID WOOD. They also gave us their coffee table-again-SOLID WOOD. So we had to carry both down 2 flights of stairs. Then later around 830 we put our old couch in the dump-not solid wood. I was going to do my workout yesterday but decided I would take a day off from my dvd. Because you know that this moving of furniture was a workout within itself. Of course, no clue how to log in these minutes for cardio but I was definitely moving my tail!

I was sure to hydrate after both moves! Vital. Got in 8 glasses of water. Will do better today!

I am sore today despite stretching after. However, I did forget to stretch after we took ours to the dump. I feel like I need another hot shower!

I did manage to make dinner before we started moving. I sauteed 6 chicken breasts that I'd had marinading in Tangy sauce. I started by sauteeing onions, red peppers and mushrooms. Then removed and added in chicken. I put the veggies back once the chicken was done. I cooked about 6 servings of rice (cooked in chicken broth) and I'd also sauteed my spinach & arugla-2 bags! Last night I just had to zap a can of black beans and VOILA. Dinner was ready after a quick reheat. I HAD A PLAN emoticon

I tried to post this yesterday but it got lost in Spark land I guess. I decided to post it today:
This was in my email box Sunday morning:

How Can You Share Your Spark with Others?

Light is meant to be shared. If you try to hoard it or keep it covered, out of everyone's sight, you'll just end up smothering it. Try to close it in your fist so it doesn't get away, and it burns you. You can't possess light. All you can do is appreciate it, use it and help others use it, too. In the same way, your life is also meant to be shared. Many people look upon their lives as something that must be jealously protected and stowed away. They block out others and are afraid to share their time. What happens? Their spark suffocates. But there are others who have an abundance mentality. They believe, correctly so, that there's plenty of life to go around, that all flames get brighter when we share them. They know that when we invest energy in others, we get even more in return. Don't sacrifice your chance at a bonfire because you're too busy trying to keep a tiny match from going out.

I, personally, have found spreading the spark to be very rewarding. When I have a minute on the computer, I check on my buddies and see how they are doing. I blog. I update my spark pts. I send sparkmail. I just do as much as I can to make a difference on someone else's journey.

You all are very important to me. I want everyone to be able to succeed. Because we are all in this together. And because I truly believe that WE CAN DO THIS! emoticon WE CAN GETTER DONE! WE ARE WORTH IT! emoticon

Love you guys!

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NANCY1204 10/27/2009 12:39PM

    emoticon Great planning - dinner sounds delicious! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/27/2009 12:17AM

    Such an inspiring blog. I love that you are staying SERIOUS my friend. I am holding your hand across the miles my friend. Together we're going to DO THIS. I am so proud of you and your successes. Loved the post your received about spreading the spark. You're continuing to inspire me to work harder and be better. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAFOSTER11 10/26/2009 10:41PM

    Thanks for sharing your blog with us. Great inspiration.

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SUCCESSFUL-GALE 10/26/2009 10:13PM

    Great way of spreading the spark! Good for you!

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TRAVELNISTA 10/26/2009 9:32PM

    I love how you spread the Spark! I always look forward o reading your posts. I absolutely love your accountability.
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    I enjoyed reading your blog. I think you have a great plan. Keep up the good work and thank you for being so supportive. Your dinner sounds good too.

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JENNIFERK2009 10/26/2009 7:19PM

    Planning is the key!! YOU have been an inspiration to me!! From the comments on my page to e-mails just to check on me. I really, really appreciate it!!

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2ABETRLIFE 10/26/2009 6:37PM

    Planning and preparation will help you every time. Good for you! Spark on!

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HPAIGE28 10/26/2009 2:59PM

    You are very inspiring

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SUSAN134 10/26/2009 2:10PM

    emoticon Excellent blog!!!

You definitely had a workout yesterday moving that furniture - that is no easy task, particularly when you are lugging it up and down stairs. BTW, the couch and table sound really nice!

Good for you planning your dinner, and it sounds super yummy AND healthy. You are doing so well...keep it up.

As for the Sparking. Totally agree. The more involved I am here on the site, the better I do. I learn so much and
receive so much from the other members that it doesn't really feel like I'm sparking at all......just visiting with great company!

Keep up the fabulous work and attitude, you will be successful!!

Hugs to you!

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SUCCESSNMOTION 10/26/2009 12:36PM

    Loved the blog :) Glad to see you were able to be up and moving. Doesn't it feel great? :)) I love the part about sharing the spark. I have been telling everyone one I know about this wonderful site. I think i am on here now more than FB. I was at the gym yesterday and I was telling this woman who had just started * her own spark* 3 days before, I told she had to join! I love getting on here and seeing how well everyone is doing and making sure I am hold myself to that same standard of healthy living every day.. well sending lots of positive energetic vibes today you way :P emoticon

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BRE2003SB 10/26/2009 12:01PM

    So true. Together WE CAN do it!!!
Have a great day!

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MOMMA48 10/26/2009 11:50AM

    emoticon Simone! You can do it and you are -- and that is what is so wonderful about it all! You got the power and the determination, success is ahead for you, my dear! Keep it coming!!
Super emoticon to you!
emoticonYour Special Bud & Leader at "Stressed Out Moms/Women Gettin' Healthy" and who thinks you're doing the best!! Love it!!!!!

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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 10/26/2009 10:25AM

    Mmmm next time you make that I'm coming over for dinner!! emoticon
I bet you torched calories moving all that furniture. Did you do a search in the fitness section? I found lawn mowing in there; wouldn't at all be surprised if they have something at least close to moving furniture!

Keep up the FANTASTIC work! You rock!

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TONNIJ 10/26/2009 10:11AM

    Sounds like a productive Sunday and a great start to Monday!

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THEQUEENBEE333 10/26/2009 9:41AM

    You are doing it! Keep up the good work. I hate moving furniture - so more power to ya! Have a great Monday!

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Staying Serious Week 2 Day 8-Goals for the week

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I was truly trying not to break my emoticon this morning. I think it may not be accurate. It kept giving me different readings and I was getting really annoyed. But I finally went with 292 which makes me -7lbs for my first week! Not bad, eh? emoticon

This is how I feel emoticon

I am thinking about my goals for this week. I will put what I'm thinking of thus far. I may add to it on tomorrow's blog.

1)Go from drinking a minimum of 8 glasses to 9 glasses of water-I pretty much did this last week anyway with the exception of one day I believe.
2)Exercise 5-6x's this week to alternate between BL High Intensity and Boot Camp workouts.
3)Gym 1x this week, possibily 2x's depending on how Saturday goes w/it being Halloween. Might get my workout chasing my preschooler!
4)4-5 f/v a day. This proved to be a little bit of a challenge for me this past week. So I want to get another week under my belt before I up it any more! I know that this & water truly aided me in the weight I lost. I think it helped get the excess water out of my system!

I will think on this some more. Right now my mind's a blank.

Don't forget to DO YOU this week. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Check out this link:

WE CAN DO THIS emoticon

Here's to a GREAT SERIOUS WEEK! emoticon


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GLM19566 10/26/2009 1:17PM

    Congratulations -Doing so wonderful emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 10/25/2009 9:54PM

    emoticon doing the emoticon Happy dance with ya!

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MOMMA48 10/25/2009 8:13PM

    Super congrats to you, Simone! What a fantastic weight loss and one to be super happy and proud of! Way to Go!!
emoticon to you!
emoticonYour Special Bud & Leader at "Stressed Out Moms/Women Gettin' Healthy" Who Wishes You a Great Week Ahead!

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2ABETRLIFE 10/25/2009 7:03PM

    Great weight loss for the week and great goals. You are on the right track; don't you dare stop now! LOL

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PINKNFITCARLA 10/25/2009 5:48PM

    Wow, you did great your first getting serious week. You go girl! 7 lbs is awesome and you deserve every one of them :-)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/25/2009 5:08PM

    You're doing GREAT my friend. YOU are worth it! Keep up the good work. Love ya, Dawn

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NANCY1204 10/25/2009 4:09PM

    Keep it up emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 10/25/2009 3:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon your success!


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SUSAN134 10/25/2009 11:20AM

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Excellent! Having the goals set is really important too....You WILL DO this! I know it!!!

Keep it up!


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AMANDAMUGNSTIK 10/25/2009 11:14AM

    Way to go on the weight loss! Good goals too. I have one spot on the floor where I always put the scale and it seems very accurate. I had to put it on our laminate floors because the hardwood gave me different readings.

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THEQUEENBEE333 10/25/2009 10:45AM

    My scale does that sometimes too, but other days is consistent. Maybe they have a moody cycle too! LOL. Good job on the weight loss... even if it varies a bit, you are making progress! Way to go! Keep up the great work!

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Continual Serious Focus-Day 7-Mixed with moderation

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ok, this morning I hopped on the box with the telling numbers aka emoticon and it said I was down another 1.5! Now my official Weigh In (WI)day is Sunday but this means that as of this past Sunday I've lost 6.5lbs!!!! I am so proud of myself and the major adjustments I made in my life/attitude this week.

I worked out 7/7 days this week-I don't remember ever having done this in the past! Last night while I was at the gym, I did 30 min on the treadmill, a little strengthening, then I did another 10 minutes on the eliptical. You don't know what a mental fight that was with myself. But thanks to my iPod Shuffle, I was able to work through the pain and not stare at the time left! Then I did 15 more minutes on the treadmill.

Today I did my BL workout as I have some shopping to do this evening and have a feeling I'll be too pooped to exercise late this evening.

It is wonderful for me to see the changes in myself this week. I'm soo soo proud of myself and what I've accomplished. I realize it's only been one week since I GOT SERIOUS. The plan is to continue to stay serious. I need watch what I am eating and find that delicate balance between eating like there's no tomorrow and starving myself. And I truly feel like I'm right in the middle and achieving that balance!

I am so thankful for everyone who's replied to my blogs this week, sent me goodies and left me comments on my Sparkpage. You all gave me the strength to keep on keepin on and to STAY SERIOUS!

Now, I want to challenge you all to give your weight loss journey your very best efforts. You deserve it and your body won't let you down in the long run. So DO YOU!


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TRAVELNISTA 10/25/2009 2:30PM

    I am soooooooooooooooo proud of you! I agree we all have to stay serious. Our lives depend on it as many of us have realized this past weekend. We can no longer put things off and say, "I will start tomorrow." We have to start NOW!

Let's all stay serious and focused together! emoticon emoticon

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MARIADALE 10/25/2009 9:06AM

    "Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!"
Charles Dickens

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/25/2009 2:35AM

    I am so very proud of you my friend. SERIOUS is what you are and what you are inspiring me to be! Keep up the good work and LEAD THE WAY! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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SANN88 10/25/2009 12:02AM

    Wow! Congratulations! Reading your blog really made me realize that I need to step up my game. I should be working out morning and night too and I hope that you keep it up!!!

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 10/24/2009 11:03PM

    WOW! What a week.

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MOMMA48 10/24/2009 10:55PM

    I so love it, Simone! Love your blog and congrats on the fantastic weight loss! Keep at it and stay determined -- you're doing wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be proud, my friend!
emoticon You deserve it and so much more!
emoticonYour Special Bud & Leader at "Stressed Out Moms/Women Gettin' Healthy" and who thinks you're doing the best!! Love it!!!!!

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MARATHONGIRL29 10/24/2009 10:49PM

    Way to go. Keeo up the good work. You are doing great. What an awesome job. When you said you were going to get serious you meant it. You deserve it. emoticon

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2ABETRLIFE 10/24/2009 10:45PM

    emoticon What a week you've had!

The music really does help on the eliptical and treadmill. They can be so boring and the work seems so hard, but just the right music helps you to find more energy when you thought you had nothing left.

Keep it up! You are doing amazing!

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THEQUEENBEE333 10/24/2009 10:09PM

    Great job! WOO HOOO!!!!

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DESERTBLOOM21 10/24/2009 10:04PM

    You are a rockstar, plain and simple. You're doing so amazingly well, and I'm glad you're proud of yourself, because we're all proud of you too!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/24/2009 9:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI KNEW you had it in you!!


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PEDIPOD 10/24/2009 6:57PM

    COngrats on this terrific loss!! That is spectacular that you were able to work that hard so consistently and peel off some more excess!! GREAT for you!!!!!!

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LINDYPOWER 10/24/2009 6:49PM

    WHOA, what an inspiration you are. I keep putting off signing up with Ballys. My income ceases in three weeks. But for $89 a year, I get to go 1.5 miles from here to swim, sauna, jacuzzi and do my chiropractor wont allow me to work out yet. Still with no oil in the tank, it is a place to keep warm. I MUST DO THIS. Someone gave me two boxes of food so this is a trade-off....I am going to do this tomorrow while there is still a few hundred left in my life savings. My weight and health come first. The lighting company can wait.
thanks so much for your pep talk. in loving kindness, Linda

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