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Loving SparkGoodies

Sunday, August 04, 2013

My de-cluttering efforts have given me one more reason to love SparkPeople. We get all the fun of getting gifts with SparkGoodies, but don't have to house them or dust them or take care of them or anything. Isn't that a blessing!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:46PM

    I never thought of that but you're right! All the fun and no mess - a win/win for sure!

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GABY1948 8/5/2013 3:39PM

    Never thought of it like that, Marsha! But you are RIGHT!

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JANEWATKINS 8/5/2013 1:59PM

    Virtual gifts! Just for that I shall send you one right now.

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_LINDA 8/5/2013 2:50AM

    Yes, Sparkpeople is certainly environmentally friendly!!
Have a Marvelous Monday!

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SLIMLILA 8/4/2013 9:08PM

    I met a lady today who took a running clinic started in April and onJune 5, she ran her first 5k, 3 days after she turned 50. I told her she was an inspiration....as are you..


Here's to goodies, and no dusting and no clutter!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/4/2013 4:49PM

    You are so right. I would have a closet full LOL!

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FROSTY99 8/4/2013 4:19PM

    I love it-same thing with gift cards to go out to eat-nothing to find a place for or give away (sorry regift) you get my drift.
Spark Goodies are wonderful. We get the message without the clutter!

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MEXGAL1 8/4/2013 2:30PM

    Totally a blessing. I have enough "adornos" Mexican for nick nacs.
So yes, I love sparks goodies.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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SEAJESS 8/4/2013 1:27PM

    The only way to be a collector!

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RUNNINGAL425 8/4/2013 11:38AM

    LOL.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/4/2013 11:14AM

    Absolutely wonderful! Love not having more physical objects to take care of, yet getting the benefit of knowing we're thinking of one another! Woo-hoo! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/4/2013 10:45AM

    You are just a bundle of positive energy these days! emoticon

I love the Flylady site and am trying to think of a way to suggest it to my daughter. She is a stay-at-home mom who does EVERYTHING except clean her house. (YUCK)

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COCK-ROBIN 8/4/2013 9:47AM

    Wonderful!

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NATPLUMMER 8/4/2013 9:37AM

    It certainly is :-)

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/4/2013 9:35AM

    So true!!!!!!!

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Frenzy Continues

Saturday, August 03, 2013

The de-cluttering frenzy continues. After probably the fastest group run I've ever done (5 miles), I came home, refueled, and took off sorting and organizing, getting rid of excess and blessing this house! Some of the things I arranged for the first time are my running awards, 14 of them since my first run in March of 2011. I used a tie rack my hubby had decided not to use. I may get something fancier later, but for now I like the looks of it:



Think I got them right side up this time. (If not, they hang down. Please imagine.)

While I'm downloading pictures, let me post a couple from Natalie's gymnastics performance yesterday:





Wishing you a happy, healthy day with as much order as you like!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:45PM

    Wow! Natalie is amazing! And........so are you!
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RUNNERRACHEL 8/4/2013 6:29PM

    Congrats on making your running medals/trophies into a nice display! I have mine in a bag in the closet. I like the tie rack emoticon emoticon emoticon idea!

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MSLZZY 8/3/2013 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon on all counts!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/3/2013 10:48PM

    Wonderful!

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_LINDA 8/3/2013 9:41PM

    Great idea to repurpose that tie rack!! Looks great!!!
Wow! Natalie looks fantastic!!
Awesome run!!


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JOYINKY 8/3/2013 8:03PM

    Natalie is really doing great! Grandma too! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 8/3/2013 7:43PM

    Wow, way to celebrate!

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TEXASFILLY 8/3/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon on all counts! BB~ emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/3/2013 7:39PM

    I love your little tie rack medal holder....so very cool and what a great way to remind yourself of how successful you have become. Awesome!
That Natalie is a cutie and so neat she is so into the performance.
Have a great evening
Sallie

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/3/2013 7:28PM

    Wow, she's talented!

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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2013 6:02PM

    A great kind of frenzy . . . . love your medals rack.

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FROSTY99 8/3/2013 5:54PM

    Doesn't it feel wonderful to declutter?? I am working my way thru my house and working in the bathroom now-have medicine to take to a drop for a safe disposal.

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MIRAGE727 8/3/2013 5:44PM

    It's good to display your medals! Positive reinforcement! When you're ready to upgrade your rack...

https://www.medalhan
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Allied rocks! You can personalize it!


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TRAVELGRRL 8/3/2013 5:03PM

    Love the medal display; the ones you buy are expensive so great idea, repurposing the tie rack!

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NEW-CAZ 8/3/2013 5:02PM

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2013 4:45PM

    Nice!

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GOLFGMA 8/3/2013 4:02PM

    Wonderful array of medals. Who wouldn't want to let those be seen. Love the gymnast pictures, also!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/3/2013 3:44PM

    Love your award rack... I recognize that palm tree! And of course what could be more fun than active kids? Spark and organize on! emoticon

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 8/3/2013 3:38PM

    cute pictures. thanks for sharing.

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More Housekeeping

Friday, August 02, 2013

I decided that while I like the little I've read of the Flylady philosophy, I'm just not into moderation at the moment. I'm obsessively tackling my house. I'm delighted with the progress -- but there is a lot more to do. Can always fall back on the "I can do anything for 15 minutes" (Flylady quote) if I run out of steam, but I don't think that is happening.

When I first started losing weight my housekeeping improved as I had more energy and just felt better. Then as I got more into it, I preferred to spend my energy on more intense workouts and, honestly, I chose working out over cleaning house time and time again. I cooked a lot, but no cleaning I couldn't put off. So after almost 4 years of a "lick and a promise" it is time to whip this house in shape!

Today I went to the Y and did a good strength training workout and 45 minutes of intense elliptical. I watched Natalie's gymnastics performance and got to see her on the balance beam for the first time. Wow, does she have good balance! However, I'd spent 2 hours de-cluttering before I went. I kept Gwen for 4 hours and then got back to my tasks for another 2 hours before cooking supper.

I plan to just dabble in Flylady this month. For those that don't know, the FLY in flylady stands for Finally Loving Yourself. Isn't that neat? The habit this month is laundry, but I'm good at keeping up with laundry, so I plan to mostly de-clutter and, of course, clean the spots under the clutter! I know she stresses a shiny sink and I haven't read yet why, but it is usually the last thing I do in the kitchen so my kitchen is looking better. When I started cooking more, I didn't always keep up in the kitchen. I like emptying the dishwasher in the morning and loading it all day. Those clean counters make me smile!!!

One e-letter to Flylady stressed not saying bad things about your house and cleaning to yourself or anyone else. At the end of many of the e-mails it says something like you are not behind, just start where you are. I read that Flylady doesn't call it housecleaning, but blessing the house! I realize that I have had a very bad attitude about housework for the last 30 years and I am going to change that. I have really felt deprived. My dad did a lot of housework. My husband does virtually none and he isn't going to. And he is very, very messy and a terrible packrat. I have been full of resentment for years; felt that I have failed the women's movement. When I imagined myself grown up I truly don't know who I thought was going to do the housework, but it sure wasn't me. So I've kind of felt like Cinderella at the beginning of the story.

I have decided that I want an orderly and clean house for me -- even if I have to do it myself. So I plan to make this house the castle it should be for Slenderella!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/7/2013 3:40PM

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WATERMELLEN 8/3/2013 1:15PM

    As usual I'm learning from mentor SLENDERELLA!! And I'm with LINDA -- you do so much for your grandgirls and set them such a good fitness example, are they able to help you a bit with your decluttering process??

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TRAVELGRRL 8/3/2013 12:56PM

    I have a very unusual husband...when he retired 10 years ago we moved to another state and I got a job teaching at a community college. The deal was that he would do all the housework as long as I was working. I expected it to last for 2 weeks, but it actually lasted 8 years until I quit working a year ago! For 8 years I didn't do a load of laundry, iron a blouse, vacuum a floor or clean a toilet!

Now that I'm no longer working we've had to renegotiate and I'm obviously doing a LOT more. The only hard-and-fast rule we have is that I cook, he cleans the kitchen.

Every female I know thinks I'm the most spoiled woman in the universe, and I can't say I disagree! I'm definitely going to check out Flylady, I like her attitude. And I really enjoy having a clean house. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/2/2013 10:13PM

    WOW indeed! Lemme join the chorus of, "I think I need to checkout FlyLady." Way to go on your progress in decluttering your home. YOU ROCK! *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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_LINDA 8/2/2013 10:09PM

    Wow! A whirling dervish!!! That is certainly a stressor having a messy packrat spouse :((
The one place I believe in keeping clean and clutter free is the kitchen because it is important for health and safety to prepare food in a clean environment and also because I have very little counter space and can't afford any clutter there. But step beyond my small kitchen.. Laundry is the worst because of the restricted hours in our room and the people constantly using it on top of my limited free hours to use it. I love the high efficiency machines, but they take over an hour to get through their cycles! Then drying time means I have to have some good free time to get it done.
I wish you luck with this -trying to get this done on top of all you already have to do! Maybe you could give your grandchildren some little chores to help out -they are usually willing to do something up until they turn into teens :P

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SUSANNAH31 8/2/2013 10:04PM

    You sound absolutely inspired!
I have the same attitude about housecleaning.
Maybe I'll check out FLYLADY and see what it's all about.

Meanwhile, happy blessing!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/2/2013 9:55PM

    Wonderful!

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MRSVB8505 8/2/2013 9:26PM

    Sounds like my house.... I think I should check out this FLYLADY thing too...

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MSLZZY 8/2/2013 8:47PM

    I think I may have to check out this FLYLADY idea. This may even work for me.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/2/2013 7:51PM

    I think I'm going enjoy the virtual journey of watching you go through this. Don't know if I'm ready for it yet... maybe next year?

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Ran, Danced, and Started Flying

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ran in my neighborhood this morning and then had to shower really fast and hustle to be ready for the senior dance. Should have gotten up earlier; should have gone to bed earlier. Oh, well. Got it accomplished and, other than forgetting my earrings, I was appropriately ready for the dance. Hubby and I danced more than ever and had a really good time. Then had a bowl of shrimp creole at a local restaurant -- it was a little too spicy for me, but I enjoyed some of it. Is that a new portion control method?

I came home and really worked de-cluttering the back bedroom. It will take far more than a half day to create order throughout this house, but at least I made a start. I signed up for Flylady (just google Flylady and I'm sure you can find it) after reading that it is like SparkPeople for housekeeping. Not sure that is true, but the e-mails I've received so far have got me inspired to try to make some needed improvements. As long as I add housework to my routines, and not substitute housework for my workouts, I will be improving my life.

Wishing all my SparkFriends healthy, happy days filled with purpose and as much order as you want!

  
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SUSANNAH31 8/2/2013 10:01PM

    I love the idea of spending an evening dancing with the hubby. Sounds like a lot of fun.



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TRAVELGRRL 8/2/2013 8:04AM

    I haven't heard of Flylady but I could sure use some decluttering of my spare bedroom as well! Why do they end up the "dumping grounds" of the house??

Sounds like a great day!

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OWL_20 8/2/2013 7:26AM

    You had an active day! Housecleaning sounds like something I need to attend to...will look up Flylady and thanks for the reminder.

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GABY1948 8/2/2013 6:17AM

    I'm rushing too! Have a GREAT day, Marsha!

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_LINDA 8/2/2013 1:44AM

    Good for you getting your run in and enjoying the dance!!
I actually enjoy cleaning, but haven't felt well enough or had the time to really give it a good go. It would mean giving up my workouts to get it done, because I can't do both. An interesting idea for a website!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/1/2013 8:51PM

    I'm happy for you!

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WATERMELLEN 8/1/2013 8:46PM

    Wish I were quite a bit more domestic . . . I'd like the results, but so far don't have the motivation to do the work. Oh well.

Just think how obnoxious I'd be if I achieved total perfection, right? That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it, even though there is absolutely no danger!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/1/2013 8:10PM

    emoticon I lost my housecleaning mojo, but I picked up a few things, shining my sink at FlyLady... and in my "do one thing" initiative. She's got some really, really good motivational stuff going on. But somehow, going running is more fun to me than seeing a clean sink. Still, every so often, I get the urge... and maybe SOMEDAY I'll "grow up" in that area of life? It is to be hoped?

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FROSTY99 8/1/2013 8:09PM

    I am decluttering my spare bedroom and hopefully a couple more hours will complete that room. Liberating isn't it!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 8/1/2013 8:00PM

    I'm sure that you will like "Flylady." I was on the site for awhile and did get some good tips but just like everywhere else...they want you to buy "stuff."

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This Much? Really??

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to find a way to represent your weight loss, whether it is in sticks of butter, pounds of laundry, or weights in the gym room. It made me realize that I have a great representation right now that won't last long, but I see them daily. Natalie weighs about 53 pounds and Gwen weighs about 32 pounds now, very close to my total loss.

It is kind of shocking to realize I carried that much weight on my body. I have to be very careful even picking up Gwen not to hurt my back. No wonder I had sore knees and many more aches and pains than I have these days.

I've got a great picture of the two of them sitting side by side in a swing from the back. I'll post it when I find it!

In the meantime, I lost this much:


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Isn't that amazing??

Edit: I did finally find the picture I wanted. In my head this is the amount of weight I have lost:




  
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WILD4STARS 7/31/2013 9:09PM

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KANOE10 7/31/2013 8:47AM

    Lovely pictures and a good visual of your weight loss. That is a wonderful accomplishment.

I donated 5 sacks of 20 pound bags of potatoes to our food drive..to commemorate my weight loss. I remember being shocked at the amount of weight I carried.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Need every emoticon in the book to say how special your success at weight loss (and maintenance) has been!
Absolutely adorable photos of your grandchildren!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/31/2013 12:48AM

    emoticon what an incredible reminder! Your girls are beautiful! Glad you have such lovely pictures of them to show you how much you used to carry. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/30/2013 10:28PM

    Wonderful!

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MSLZZY 7/30/2013 9:55PM

    When you look it like that, it is no surprise we have the aches and pain. Try carrying those two at one time? Not a chance! You have done fantastic!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/30/2013 9:34PM

    Wow! What a reality check! I picked up a 10 pound plate in my strength class the other day and thought gee whiz how did I haul around 4 of these on my bones for decades?
Amazing job maintaining this great loss, Marsha!

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TEXASFILLY 7/30/2013 8:38PM

    Congratulations~ on both your weight release and those two beautiful blessings~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2013 8:33PM

    What wonderful pics! You lost all that weight and gained -- the ability to enjoy those two gorgeous little grandgirls!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/30/2013 6:53PM

    It IS amazing, Marsha! And what always puzzles me, looking at my own before and afters... where did it go? Body that took up space is now GONE! Where did it go?

Congrats and keep on sparkling, my friend!

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MEXGAL1 7/30/2013 6:32PM

    That is totally amazing. I can't believe you carried that much weight as well.
great exercise.
have a terrific evening.
Sallie

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GABY1948 7/30/2013 5:51PM

    It IS amazing when we visualize it that way. I shall remember that too! Thanks!

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ROCKLAND2010 7/30/2013 5:41PM

    Congratulations! The visual is very powerful.
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JOYINKY 7/30/2013 4:19PM

    That's pretty amazing! emoticon

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FROSTY99 7/30/2013 3:55PM

    Great visualization!

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ADRIENALINE 7/30/2013 3:46PM

    That's inspiring. Good job!

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PLUGINALONG 7/30/2013 3:41PM

    Those two look like you!!! You are looking good and I'm sure you don't have all that around your body anymore. Take care.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/30/2013 3:09PM

    And a much better place for that weight than on you! Cuter, too, I suspect.
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FCARMICH 7/30/2013 3:06PM

  Nice way to remember to be good to you!

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RITEEBEE 7/30/2013 3:04PM

    That is absolutely incredible!

No wonder your knees hurt is right!!

You have done a wonderful thing for your body!! Amazing work!!

You're inspiring!
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