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Risky Behavior

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I enjoy playing the Spark Trivia game. I guess I started playing just to earn those 3 SparkPoints a day, but I'd play now even if there was no pay off. And now they've even upped the reward. I got a Trivia trophy in June and I liked that. In July I was on vacation and didn't play enough to qualify.

So far in August I've answered 84 out of 93 questions correctly which is 90%. If I don't play any more this month, I should get a trophy. If I play and miss one, that would be 89.5% and I'm not sure they would round up. If I played and missed 2, I definitely would not get the August Trivia trophy. So today I thought the prudent thing would be not to play. But I wanted to. So I decided to risk it. I ended up getting 3 right. Whew!

  
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MONARCHCT 8/28/2010 8:40PM

    I am so impressed with your percentage. I too play every day. And every day am reminded of how much I don't know!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/28/2010 8:00PM

    You are so smart! I don't usually get them right. But, like you, I'm addicted to playing the game!

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ROCKYCPA 8/28/2010 4:03PM

    Good for you. I can't seem to do better than 85%.

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MEXGAL1 8/28/2010 3:16PM

    Wow, proud of you. I play but stink at it but I realize the longer I play the better I am getting since I am getting repeat questions and sometimes remember the right answers.
But you go girl. good for you!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/28/2010 3:09PM

    Congratulations Marsha. You're officially a Bright Spark!
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I'm trailing behind you but improved a bit this month. I've answered 81 of 97 questions correctly this month - 84% correct.

Thanks so much for the goodie - much appreciated.
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DONNABRIGHT 8/28/2010 12:10PM

    Ok, I obviously need to do better - I am usually in the 70's somewhere but I do still like to play and I do learn from my mistakes.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/28/2010 10:44AM

    I agree with you, it is one of the 1st things I do after logon. Great job on your score!

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GAILRUU 8/28/2010 10:11AM

    I hope you get your trophy! I have been close but managed to mess it up at the last minute.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/28/2010 9:23AM

    Well done! I play everyday. If the questions are based on medical knowledge I get 100% but I can easily get tricked! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/28/2010 8:57AM

    What I hate about the trivia game is when I click on something because I've been in a hurry and read it wrong! I knew the answer! But I clicked on the wrong thing! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/28/2010 8:57AM

    What I hate about the trivia game is when I click on something because I've been in a hurry and read it wrong! I knew the answer! But I clicked on the wrong thing! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/28/2010 7:10AM

    Sounds like fun! Help; I can't find it!? Joy emoticon

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JHADZHIA 8/28/2010 1:42AM

    Way to go!!! I have managed to get to 91%, but couldn't hold it, they always throw me a curve and then whammo! I play every day, figuring I would never get a trophy as I get some really bad scores that knock my % down. I need every point I can get so I can give goodies. In spite of my number showing there, I am really low!

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MONTY68 8/28/2010 1:28AM

    Hi Marsha

I also started to play for the points, but now playing to learn something. Overall at 69% so you can see I need some learning, It is fun, one of my teams has some good participation. We actually list our questions and the correct answers and then give our scores. A good learning experience.
I always see you on the score board and you are really great at this. What ever decision you make , you still have done a great job this month.
Congratulations

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PIA2000 8/28/2010 1:24AM

    You must have a really good knowledge base - my score is always rubbish!! Well done!!!:)

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The One in the Shirt

Friday, August 27, 2010



When I blogged about my shirt, several readers asked for a picture. A group of local team members met for a yummy potluck not too long ago at TBRANCH2's lovely home. I wore my shirt. Well, thanks to TBRANCH2 and friends, you can't miss me. I'm the one in the shirt.

  
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JOHAL52 8/28/2010 11:23PM

    Oh Marsha you look so good! Don't lose any more weight though okay? You look just right.

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JHADZHIA 8/28/2010 12:55AM

    Awesome photo! Red really suits you! And you look FABULOUS!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 8/27/2010 8:54PM

    You look amazing


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WALKINGANNIE 8/27/2010 1:21PM

    You look so trim and confident Marsha!

It's great to see a group photo too.

Thanks for sharing.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/27/2010 12:58PM

    looking good!

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MONTY68 8/27/2010 11:11AM

   
Awesome picture, thank you for sharing. You really look fantastic

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DONNABRIGHT 8/27/2010 10:59AM

    Great picture!

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VERIVEGI 8/27/2010 10:48AM

    you look great!

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JOYINKY 8/27/2010 10:35AM

    Looks like a really good time! You look GREAT!

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GATOR12 8/27/2010 9:49AM

    gREAT PIC, GREAT SHIRT AND WONDERFUL LOOKING GROUP W/FUN FILLED GOOD TIME.

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DAWNDMOORE40 8/27/2010 9:41AM

    I love the shirt! Can I have one? LOL. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/27/2010 9:24AM

    I love it! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 8/27/2010 8:33AM

    I love you in your red shirt Marsha! We had such a great time that night too! So much laughter and fun! I can't wait until next Wednesday for the next team dinner!

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KALIGIRL 8/27/2010 8:07AM

    Looks like a great group - too cool and you look MARVELOUS!

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Being My Own Best Friend

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Next Wednesday or Thursday I'll blog about my weight. This week I'm not going to stress about the scale, but just focus on eating healthy and achieving at least a small calorie deficit. If it were my best friend in my situation, that is what I would recommend for her. So I'll do it for myself. That should work!

  
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MONTY68 8/26/2010 10:09PM

    Marsha
I think that is a great decision, perhaps will give you the opportunity to relax and just maybe there will be that happy weight staying consistent.


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AQUAGIRL08 8/26/2010 4:20PM

    Good for you. Treat yourself as you would a beloved friend!

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PARKERB2 8/26/2010 3:06PM

    How true but we tend to do just the opposite.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/26/2010 2:34PM

    Great plan to be your own best friend. Hope that this approach reduces stress a bit.

Of course, you have many other friends too.

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VTORIA3 8/26/2010 1:59PM

    Best of luck in finding your happy place again using a more flexible method. I read your blog on the grants activities and really felt for you (used to do that kind of work before I retired). I do hope that things have lightened up at work so that you have some energy left for YOU! Have a great day, Slenderella! I do think the name send positive mental reinforcement regularly emoticon

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JHADZHIA 8/26/2010 11:09AM

    Way to focus on what is truly important -your healthy lifestyle!! Go for it!! let the chips fall where they may lie!!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/26/2010 9:11AM

    Good thinking! And it may reduce your stress level about minor fluctuations in weight.
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JOYINKY 8/26/2010 9:11AM

    emoticon emoticonWe absolutely do have to be and listen to our own best friend!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/26/2010 9:05AM

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/26/2010 8:59AM

    This is a great plan, now just hide your scale and you will be fine!

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KALIGIRL 8/26/2010 8:24AM

    Wonderful blog - you're right on!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2010 7:53AM

    emoticon Thanks for the reminder of one of the key skills of maintenance: being our own best friend!

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ROX525 8/26/2010 7:43AM

    How true, we should treat ourselves as we would our best friend. Thanks for the blg.

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Fun Morning

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I had a fun morning. I went to speaker's training and the trainer had a video of two people giving presentations. One of the people was me from about 3 years ago.

The trainers and class went on and on about how much weight I've lost! If I wasn't such an extrovert it would have been embarrassing. As it was, I just ate it up!! (No calories, though -- LOL)

PS I was near the bottom of my calorie range yesterday, did a one hour walk, one hour pilates class, and 1/2 hour strength training at the gym. Yet I was up 2 pounds from yesterday. Only stayed at my happy weight one day. Oh, well, I'm just going to have to get used to fluctuations. If I want to fluctuate below my happy weight, I'm going to have to lose a few more pounds.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/26/2010 4:19PM

    Isn't it nice to have someone recognize you for all of your hard work? Congratulations!

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JHADZHIA 8/26/2010 12:10AM

    Good for you getting recognized for all your hard work!!
One thing you must make sure of, is that you have set the Fitness Tracker to accurately reflect all the exercise you are getting in a week. It makes a huge difference. When I changed it from a half hour of cardio to a whole hour of cardio daily, my calories just jumped, from 1400-1700 to 1600-1900!! Remember starvation mode? If you are not getting enough calories for all your exercise, your body will go into starvation mode trying to conserve every little calorie.
Good luck with it!

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MONTY68 8/25/2010 10:05PM

    Marsha
That is so awesome and yes you indeed should eat it up. Congratulations.
You are one on Spark that has done everything necessary to release weight and you did. This fluctuation of the weight is just so unreal and mind boggling.
I know that you will come up with some idea on how to deal with it.

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JOYINKY 8/25/2010 9:01PM

    What a great morning! You deserve the accolades! Don't let the scale bring you down, you are doing great and deserve to fly high! emoticon

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GATOR12 8/25/2010 8:45PM

    Just keep on, keepin'on. You know you're doing the right things. The fluctuations will make you crazy and you don't need that or to stress about your one day of happy weight.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/25/2010 5:55PM

    emoticonHurray! That's wonderful! Eat it up! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/25/2010 4:56PM

    Do you think you are ready to weigh yourself only once a week? I go crazy if I weigh in too much.


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Okay, I Did It Again!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This morning I weighed 125.8, a full .2 below my selected "happy weight" of 126. At 5'6", that is a BMI of 20 and it just feels like the right weight for me. The lowest weight I have been in the last 35 years is 125.6, about 6 weeks ago. The last time I saw that number I thought I was under, so I should eat. I ate too much. So now what?

I suspect to stay around my happy weight, though, I probably need to lose down to 124. It seems like whenever I cut back, I go up just a pound or two when I resume eating maintenance calories. To get to 124 I would need a calorie deficit of just under 7,000 calories.

Weight Watchers gives you 2 pounds above or below your goal weight for a 4 pound fluctuation. A 4 pound fluctuation might be a good goal for me if:
1. I don't weigh on mornings after I eat out due to sodium/water weight
2. I don't weigh in the evenings
3. I don't weigh with clothes on
However, I suspect that I just fluctuate more than the average person and I'm just going to have to live with that knowledge. It could be that when I have been at my happy weight solid for several months, the fluctuations will diminish, but I won't plan on that.

Eventually, I probably want to get where WalkingAnnie is and just give up the scale, judge my success by the way I am eating, working out, and how my clothes fit. But that will be a while. Tracking food would be essential to this method.

Another option is to give up tracking when weight is where I want it, and start tracking whenever weight is up (or hypothetically down, I suppose). That requires frequent weighing. My mom used that method successfully for several years, but then fell off the wagon.

If anyone has experience with truly achieving that final goal weight number and locking it in, please share. That is the knowledge I need right now. Thanks!

  
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JOHAL52 8/25/2010 9:58PM

    Well, as you know Marsha, my weight has been creeping up for the past several months. I started at 127 and stayed at that for several months. Then around Christmas I stopped tracking my calories and, lo and behold, within a month I was up 2 pounds. Stayed there for another month and then another pound came on.... And so it went. When I saw 134 last week I had a fit.
So now I am tracking my calories every day as well as changing the way I have been eating. If after a month my weight has not gone down, then I will put it down to menopause and not obsess about the scale anymore. Because I am going to eat healthily and if I do and if I exercise consistently and happily, then whatever weight I weigh will be my happy weight
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MONTY68 8/25/2010 1:47PM

    Hi Marsha
I am not sure how to answer this in a helpful way, but I have some ideas about our healthy weight. I will speak about mine. 3 years ago, I choose a goal of 180 and that was because that figure came to my mind because I don't ever remember weighing that. I reached that goal and maintained it for a year and then discovered that that weight was still defined as overweight and decided to go down to 170 and did. I was satisfied with that weight and my goal then was to tighten up the belly area through more exercise. I am still working on that. Over the past year, I have dropped as low as 168 and sort of maintain it but it does go to 169 and even 170. This morning it was 168.8. I then accept the idea that it could be any of the 3 -168,169 and 170 and all are fine. I do know that if I am 168 today and 170 tomorrow AM, it is one of those fluctuations that I don't understand as I would know that I had not eaten 7000 extra calories that day. I see on these blogs , large increases like 3 -5 pounds and question how that could be and that concerns me. In those blogs , all would state they have exercised and were in their calorie range and if they were why the increase. It has to be a just a body thing.
So since I have been successful in maintaining what did I do? I track everything I eat, everyday, I exercise and that is it. I don't exceed my range and the one time I did it was 5o calories, so I have to assume I am in the right range. Most charts I see , have a higher range at my weight then the one I use from Spark. I will continue to use the scale but not everyday. I am making an assumption by tracking, there should not be any surprises. I don't think at this time I would rely on the way my clothes fit, The reason is that during a regular day, my weight could increase 2 -5 pounds and I know that from a evening weigh in. I know it is not from extra calories but the weight of the food and water. My point is , that what I am wearing does not tell me that I am 2-5 pounds heavier, so if I used clothes instead of the scale I might find when my clothes felt tight, could be weeks and the actual increase on the scale would be real. So, I depend on measuring or weighing my food, tracking and knowing I am in range,exercising and walking, weighing myself at least weekly and accepting the idea that it could be 168-169 or 170.
So since I went down to 170 over a year ago, I have never been over 170 and it really has not been difficult staying there. What I do, may not work for others.
A point of interest, is that most of us have picked our"happy" weight. According to a calculation online of what we should weigh, I should be at 155-`160. I have no desire to be that "thin".
Marsha, for you, I think as time goes on and you find that your weight is your "happy" weight, it will be easier for you. You have done such a fantastic job and I know that if adjustments are necessary you will do it smoothly.

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PARKERB2 8/25/2010 1:23PM

    I am not maintaining yet but sounds like it will be as hard if not harder to do that. Keep sharing your methods with us so we can be prepared to maintain when we get there. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/24/2010 4:26PM

    I'm doing a happy dance for you!
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AQUAGIRL08 8/24/2010 3:43PM

    Congratulations on being at your happy weight Marsha!

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JHADZHIA 8/24/2010 2:25PM

    Congratulations on being your happy weight!
Obsessing over fractions of weight though, is rather unhealthy. Micromanaging like that will lead to anxiety and stress over every little waver on the scale. You must always weigh in at the same time under the same circumstances. I always weigh in once a week, on Mondays, after breakfast, with no clothes on and have been consistently staying the same weight. I am not sure why I chose Mondays, except that it is the biggest challenge day, right after a possible weekend of bad binging. This tells me if I can get though my weekends okay, I must be doing something right. Its a huge boost of confidence that I am doing well at this healthy lifestyle. And I am pretty consistent with healthy eating and I always find the time to exercise. In the end, getting it done, every day, is the key. A lapse here and there is fine as long as long as it doesn't become a habit..
You are doing this well Marsha, you just haven't realized it fully yet!

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/24/2010 1:26PM

    I too flucuate on my weight throughout the day. My rule is to weigh myself in my pajamas when I first get up and that is what I go by. I don't count it as a loss unless I get the same answer several days in a row.

I too live in fear somewhat that my loss is temporary so I track and track.

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KALIGIRL 8/24/2010 1:05PM

    I use an old (potentially unreliable) scale, so as long as I'm in a 5 pound range and my clothes are comfortable, I'm good to go!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/24/2010 12:18PM

    Well done Marsha! You did what you set out to do! (Why doesn't that surprise me?) emoticon

I think that I have been very fortunate to have only varied by 1lb throughout 2010 based on the weigh-ins that I used as my 'official' weight - always in comparable conditions before breakfast on Thursday mornings. I have fluctuated by up to 4-5lb at other times but somehow held steady at Thursday morning weigh-ins!

I think that tracking has been the key for me. Also, my 'home weight' of 120lb chose me - I was quite happy at 126lb but allowed my body to settle into its own balance - after fretting about it when I started maintaining.

You are very focused and much more active than I am and have proved that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. You are the boss of you now!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/24/2010 12:15PM

    Well locking it in for me has about an eight pound range. But, believe me when I hit the 8, all bells and whistles go off. Love your list of when you DON'T weigh yourself. I do the same thing and never could understand people weighing themselves with shoes on

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JOYINKY 8/24/2010 10:13AM

    Marsha, We all fluctuate; many times throughout the day. Least fluctuation is if you weigh the same time and with the same clothes on the same scale on the same surface. Fractions of a pound aren't worth worrying about unless they are steadily going up. I can fluctuate 1-3 pounds easily in the course of a day. Today, I only weigh once or twice a month. Was obsessive about weighing and it wasn't a good thing; gave my scale away. Now I weigh once, sometimes twice a month at the gym. In my workout clothes and shoes and that works fine along with measuring once a month too. In between I can tell other ways. Bummer is when you are "feeling trim" and step on the scale and show a gain. Rarely has weighing made me feel good. Now just use it for a "check up". You will find what works for you. Be well. Joy emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/24/2010 9:44AM

    Don't obsess over a few tenths. Yes, I do it too, but maintaining also means fluctuations are going to occur. It does slow down as your body shifts from diet mode to maintenance mode.

My rule of thumb is to eat when truly hungry - somehow the weight still stays with the 5 lbs SparkPeople gives and I have yet to ever use that 4th pound.

What works for me is to go below my goal weight so that my 4-5 lbs will not take me above where I draw the line. In plain English, my goal had been 120 but I climbed over the winter to 124 twice and decided to drop my goal to 115 and maintain a weight of under 120. It's working.

Good Luck! You can do it!

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BRITT831 8/24/2010 9:29AM

    Dont have experience but Im thinking if everytime u try to cut back, and u go up a pound or two, maye thats ur body saying it's happy at that present weight. Like it's saying to stop cutting back the cals and just maintain where ur at now.

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