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Weekend report

Monday, July 14, 2008

We went away this weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to see just how much my lifestyle has changed. I didn't have access to a computer and we were attending a family celebration where I had no control over what would be served. I'm thrilled to say that my thinking has definitely changed. I was very aware of the foods that I did eat, and because they were also foods that I was familiar with, I had a pretty good idea of what the calorie count would be. By my calculations (mentally calculations...oh oh!), I believe that I stayed with in my calorie range quite well. I ate lots of fresh veggies and fruit, yogurts, baked potato, passed on the meat, more because meat just not appeal to me, passed on the desserts, as once again, I don't have a sweet tooth and they really didn't appeal to me, drank lots of water(I took my own water with me, so always had some ready), as I don't drink alcohol that worked out great. I found it very interesting how my first thought before reaching for any food, was....can I afford to eat this today! LOL. I even managed to get some walking in, not as much as I would have liked, but figured the visiting with family that I hadn't seen for years was good mental exercise. We did have a great weekend. Garry's Mom and Dad were there, his brother and SIL came from BC and aunts and uncles from Saskatchewan as well as his sisters from Calgary, and I wowed them!
I was interested to note that the first remark from any of them was "You look fantastic...you look so young!" the weight elimination was secondary. I did some meditating on the "look so young" part and came to the conclusion that it may have more to do with the facts that I have so little stress now in my life and the spiritual journey that I am on has brought me so much more peace and acceptance, my positive outlook on life and refusing to allow negative energy be a part of my life, than with the actual weight elimination. Not to say that the weight elimination doesn't have something to do with it, but it seemed to be of secondary importance to those I talked to. Coming from my husband family, that is big....weight is a much discussed subject with many of them!
I'm thrilled to report that when I weighed in this morning...I have eliminated another pound! Go ME!
I am feeling much more confident that I will not have a hard time of maintaining this lifestyle once I have reached my goal weight. Although it was only a weekend, it was a weekend of no computer access and knowing that it was an automatic response to ask myself "can I afford to eat this today" has been a wonderful boost to my confidence. When we go away now in August to another reunion, we will be gone for 4 full days, no computer access, and again no control over foods served, but I will pack up my own snacks, fruit and water, and I'm set.

Am I excited about what I've learned, you bet!

Did I miss you guys, yep! Was thrilled to read your blogs this morning and see how positive you all are. See you don't really need me to help you see your positives, you are doing so well on your own! I'm a proud Momma! lol.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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DHARBBY 7/15/2008 9:17AM

    I have been anxiously awaiting the report from this reunion!! And I am definitely NOT disappointed in what I've read!! Good for you!! Not only did you make good choices, you ELIMINATED a pound on top of that!!! Yay for you! I'm proud of you. I agree with you that the reason for your "looking younger" is a result of your mental re-shaping than weight elimination. Nothing will age you faster than stress and unhappiness. I think you're going to be great at maintaining and handling your new lifestyle. You're working on the WHOLE package and not just the weight. I just can't tell you how wonderful I think you are. Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/15/2008 7:22AM

  Wanda, you are FABULOUS, girl! My vote is with Marla, Marie, Kathy & Polly - we missed you! I was so excited when I saw the email about your blog - your positive attitude rubs off on us - while we work at making it a habit for ourselves!

I'm so excited for you - especially that the weight was secondary to how stress and positive thinking can take years off one's body! I can't wait to get to the point where I don't have to write it down...but when I'm away - I keep my trusty little notebook handy - I still need that visual.

Welcome home! ~~ Hugs, Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 7/14/2008 11:20PM

  Wanda

Now that you stated where you were I now remember that in your blogs. Just a senior moment. We get so used to your encouragement and that contagious postive attitude of yours. You were missed.

Yeah on the reunion and all the positive comments you received from Gary's family. That sounds so great they were on the supportive side. Great job on the eating those times are always challenges. Can't wait until it becomes second nature for me and I can be fabulous because of it. LOL

Marie

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KSNICKER 7/14/2008 9:10PM

    Wanda - Don't go thinking we don't need you... You are our Positive leader... We DO need you... I'm still learning... lol So no weaning me off yet... hee hee

You did so well on your trip... and wowed everyone... Woo Hoo! But I knew you would... Thanks for sharing your tip about the comment..."can I afford to eat this today" I may use that one when I go for 3 days starting on Thursday. It will be the same for me... No computer and it will be hard to keep on track eating out most meals. I will bring fruit and water... but the other meals I will just have to make good choices... So hopefully I can learn from you...
I appreciate you sharing with us... It is such a help for me...Thanks

So glad that you enjoyed yourself...

Have a good night...

((hugs))


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POLLY20 7/14/2008 9:03PM

    Wanda I'm so glad that you & Garry got to go away.. It's great to visit other places.. Good for you both.. Getting away is always so good for the soul.. tom & I are going to Maine for an overnight.. We all missed you so much, but glad that you are back with us.. You also missed our Friday night Sock Hop.. Lots of fun & Music & Friends.. Love Ya Polly

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MARLA7 7/14/2008 7:52PM

    Wanda - Oh, but you're wrong. We do need you! Always. Missed you. So glad you had an enjoyable time, wowed them all & continued making your healthy choices. After all, this is our new way of life. So glad you're back.
(((((((((((Hugs))))))))))) Marla

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My essay!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Today Marie's blog inspired me to do my own blog about how my attitude changed to one of success!
Thank you Marie...and here's my essay...don't mark too hard lol.

I was in the same boat as everyone else when I started SP...blaming everything and everyone else for my health and weight issues...my low self esteem too. I had read a book called the "Law of Attraction" by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It talked about how we are really the creators of our own reality. How focusing on all the negatives only brings more negative into our lives and keeps us in a downward cycle. How changing our focus to the positives brings positiveness into our lives and we can begin to create the reality we want and desire. We don't get handed it on a silver platter, we have to work at it. With God's intervention, I found SP's website. At first I was very afraid, I didn't want to attempt another diet...and fail once again! I was tired of feeling like a failure. After about a week of lurking around the site, I realized that it was NOT another diet plan, but rather a lifestyle change. Okay, maybe this was worth another second look. I knew that I wanted to be healthier, I was aware of all the reasons why becoming healthy were so important, I didn't want to live my life any longer as a person who felt so unworthy of even taking up space in the world. So....what was I going to do?
Well...if I'm the creator of my own reality...yuck, I didn't like the reality I was living. If I was going to create the life I wanted, I was going to have to get real! Acknowledging that I am the only person responsible for my actions and reactions was my first step forward into creating my new lifestyle. I WAS RESPONSIBLE for how my life was/is. Now that's a heavy! Life is all about choices, what choices am I going to make. I am not a child anymore dependent on others to guide my choices, I am an adult fully capable of making those choices for myself. Along with making those choices comes the responsibility of accepting the consequences of my choices....another heavy! If I'm the one making the choices, then that means I, not anyone else, am responsible for the outcome. Okay...lets start tracking the nutrition and tracking the fitness....having a visual display for me was and is a key factor in my success. If I wasn't going to make wise choices in my food or exercise, then I wasn't going to see the results I wanted to see. When I wrapped my mind around all these concepts, the path to health became easier. Knowing that everything that I do has a consequence and in order to obtain positive consequences....I have to make wise choices has made this journey a wonderful challenge. I know that I will succeed, because I am choosing to succeed. I know that I will maintain this new healthier lifestyle, because I choose to maintain it. Each morning I choose to greet the day in a thankful attitude, after all I woke up didn't I? I can choose to be miserable or I can choose to be happy, I can choose to eat healthy or not, I can choose to exercise or not....I can choose to be positive or not! Life is all about choices....my choice....to be the best person that I can be, to be a positive influence for others and to have the reality that I desire....health, happiness and wonderment at all the blessings that God provides. God loves me and wants only the best for me, so why would I not want the same for me?
With God's love and gentle guidence in my life, with the support of so many on SP, the positive bloggers group, the challenges and the willingness to get real about myself, the choice to create the reality I want is in itself a reality. I am worthy of being in this world.

Sorry Marie...it's more than 100 words, but they are my words, my journey, and now my philosophy about life.

If you haven't made the true commitment yet to a healthier you, do a reality check and see who is really holding you back from having the life you want. If you are willing to get real, I will be thrilled to encourage and support you in anyway that I can. Join in on some positive blogging and see if life doesn't change for the better.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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SPORTZFAN25 7/14/2008 4:41PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you for sharing a small piece of you that has made a big impact! You are AMAZING!

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POLLY20 7/11/2008 3:35PM

    You summed it all up Wanda.. I have followed you for almost 11 months now.. I think that we started somewhere about the same time.. I started Like on Aug 12th.. I remember when we would try to encourage all of the new Sparkers.. I loved how you welcomed every-
one.. I can remember just what you said to all.. I was the same way & I think that we complimented each other.. Now You are doing so much to keep every one activated & moving right along.. I think that
your Blog thought us a a great lesson.. Marie, You had a lot to do with this as well.. Opening & Inspiring Wanda.. You both have created so much positive here. we Salute you both.. Thanks for all the Encouragement.. & keep making it happen.. We are all in this together.. Love & Hugs Always Polly Are you going to stop by the Sock Hop today? Fri & Sat Night Sock Hop.. Love Ya

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MARLA7 7/11/2008 10:49AM

    Wanda - Your blog was right on! Kevin is always talking about consequences & repercussions from the choices we make in life. He's made some bad ones in the past but always stood up to the plate to face the consequences... I thank God that he makes better choices now! He used to drink & do drugs back in the 70's...but hasn't touched any of that for years & years. (I married an ex-hippy!)

But, I also find myself making better choices daily...because if you keep making the wrong ones eventually they catch up to you...and the only person you're really hurting is yourself.

I'm proud of you for that wonderful essay! You've got your head on straight & you're helping others daily by example.

(((((((((((hugs))))
)))))))) Marla

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DHARBBY 7/11/2008 8:28AM

    As usual Wanda, you know exactly what to say and how to motivate! Everything you've said is so true. When I get a minute today, I want to send you aprivate e-mail. I really do want what you have. I know life is about choices and consequences and acceptance and change, I just wish I had to the tools besides desire to make it happen. Although, I have to say that I'm really trying and I, too, feel fate brought me here to SP. And all the wonderful people here have helped me in so many ways, not just weight, which for me is really great. Thanks so much for starting this and being you, you have helped so many of us get on the path in life that we want to be on, but just weren't sure how to get there!!! Reading the blogs shows that (except mine lately lol, although even there, the old me would have just quit instead of plugging on).
I think you truly are an angel sprinkling that fairy dust!!! Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/11/2008 7:23AM

  Wanda, thank you for such powerful words...and I just want to know if you were sitting on a branch of the tree outside my counselor's office the other day...since we talked about this exact thing. You have so inspired me to take that hard look at my own reality...which, as I sit here this a.m., is exactly what I need to do.
Thank you so much for sharing this. ~~ Hugs, Mauri
P.S. I'm with Marie & Kathy - the teacher in me says A+!

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ALFREDIA 7/10/2008 11:04PM

  Wanda

I agree with Kathy you deserve an A+. You are at the head of the class and we all want to be right behind you or maybe we want to first. he he

Thank you for all the encouragement you give and for sharing your story and thoughts with us.

As I said I know these things but have failed to make the choices that lead me in the direction I want to be. I have no intention of giving up and all of you have made me feel so comfortable in being me and sharing my thoughts. This is a journey but I plan to have the time of my life getting there and enjoying all the positives along the way. My glass is still half full. LOL

Marie

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KSNICKER 7/10/2008 10:05PM

    Ok... Where's the red pen... I need to make some marks on this essay... lol ....................A+ right at the top...
WOW you have such a way with words... And you are so right... It's all about choices... I told Marie that I get up each day and re-commit but the better word is Choose... I get up each day and Choose to continue on this healthy lifestyle journey... and yes sometimes I fall or chose something different but then always get back to making the better choices again...

Thanks for such a powerful blog... And reminding me that all I need to do is choose...

((HUGS))

Kathy

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Trying to beat the rain....

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Just a quick blog tonight, I need to get a walk in before the heaven's open up again!

Great day today despite the thunder clouds and rain patches. A co-worker has returned to work after a length illness and the loss of her son in law. Cindy is doing well as are her grandbabies and daughter. Life will be a struggle yet for awhile, but they are all coping.
Not much out of the ordinary happening, just life and all it's blessings.
I'll try and stop by again later to see how you are all doing,
Have a great evening, think positive thoughts, find your blessings and keep moving forward.
Hugs,
Wanda

PS...too funny, I went to post this and realized at the last minute that I had typed it in as a comment not a new blog for today! Yep, humor is still around. lol

  
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DHARBBY 7/10/2008 8:51AM

    Yes, I shut down my computer early last night. We had really bad thunder,lightening and pourind down rain!! As usual, you sound healthy and strong. I really admire you greatly. You do give me hope and inspiration.
Have a great day. Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/9/2008 9:18PM

  Wanda, hope you got your walk in before the rain - I'm a person who LOVES to walk in the rain...always feel that God is helping to wash away any sadness or badness in me...and refreshing me with His Spirit! (Being raised Catholic, water has great symbolism in my spiritual life.)

Now it's my turn...to go write my blog for the day!

Hugs, Maurizia

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ALFREDIA 7/9/2008 8:38PM

  Wanda

Walk fast inbetween drops. LOL I tried walking outside and got 10 minutes in. It wasn't raining hard just enough to get you wet. I decided to move the box off the treadmill LOL and walk. Got another 20 minutes on it. Still want to do some free weights. This honesty thing is the pits. I can't even find an excuse not to walk outside. Moved the box off the treadmill and wiped the dust off of it. LOL

Marie

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MARLA7 7/9/2008 8:09PM

    Wanda - It wasn't rain drops...that was KATHY swishing her tail around splashing you!!! Look out! Splash!! You shoulda worn your boots!

I know it will take time for your co-worker and family to deal with the death in the family. It's a hard thing to get over. You miss them always.

Well, I hope you didn't get toooooo wet on that walk! Keep moving & motivating!
(((((((((((Hugs)))))
)))))))) Marla

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KSNICKER 7/9/2008 8:06PM

    Sorry to hear about your co-worker... Hope it all works out for them...

Did you feel that? I think it's a Raindrop... Hurry Hurry... Walk faster... lol

Hee hee

((HUGS))

Kathy

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Just another wonderful day....

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Hmmmm, what do I say about today???

A very busy day at work, but I like being busy. Selectors are finally grasping the concept that ordering more of the same title of a hotlist book up front saves frustration in the end.
A beautiful sunny day, despite the weather forecast calling for thunderstorms. When I got home from work, I was able to sit out on the back deck, enjoying breeze and the warm sun shine. Even got to do a little reading before having to go and pick up Shy from work! woo hoo!
An arm load of holds were waiting for me to pick them up...love that I only have to go to a different department to pick them up...no long drive, just a walk down the hall.
I'm getting excited about going to Red Deer this weekend for a family anniversary celebration...almost no one knows about my new healthy lifestyle and the great results to date! Looking forward to some surprised faces. lol. Just the fact that I am looking forward to going to a family function is a real about face for me. Amazing how much more confidence you gain as you start to feel better health wise.
A pretty normal day for me....lots of blessings, lots of smiles and laughs, lots of friends connecting with friends.

Enjoy your evening everyone...give of yourself...you'll be amazed at the returns.

Hugs,
Wanda

  
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GERRYD8784 7/9/2008 7:55PM

    Wanda, your day DOES sound wonderful! Nothing like settling down on a beautiful day with a pile of good books!

I hope the family reunion is as good as you anticipate. I know it feels good when people who haven't seen you for a while first notice how much better you look! It makes all the tough decisions and sacrifices worth it!

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DHARBBY 7/9/2008 9:16AM

    I bet you're going to be the center of attention this weekend at your family function!! There are going to be some very surprised people I'm sure!! And knowing you, you'll have every one of them joining SP!! LOL You're quite the motivator and you definitely lead by example.
It's hard sometimes to comment on your blogs, cause you're always so darn happy!!! LOL Have a great day. Love and hugs.

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MAURIZIA 7/9/2008 7:31AM

  Good morning, Wanda! I am beginning my day by reveling in yours! Is there anything that could be better than getting lost in a book? I don't think so...It reminds me that in 1st grade, my mom got called to school because the teacher asked us to list 5 friends - all mine were characters from books. They bring us places to which we may never go - but we can experience. Thanks for reminding me how important reading is to me...Think I'll pick one for today!

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

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MARLA7 7/9/2008 4:55AM

    Wanda - Glad your day went well. Enjoy that sunshine while we're here soaking up all this rain we've been getting! LOL I'll bet your family will really be surprised this weekend when they see you! Revel in it!
(((((((((hugs)))))))) Marla

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ALFREDIA 7/9/2008 12:11AM

  How exciting to go to a family reunion and surprise everyone. Maybe you need a name tag so they will know you. LOL When Bob lost his weight people didn't recognize him they would look at him and then cautiously approach him not being sure if it was him. Then I would get taken aside and ask "is Bob okay?" LOL

A nice day in spite of the prediction of rain. Does it rain a lot there. We usually get spring rains and some in the summer not a lot it gets pretty warm and humid.

Your back deck sounds a little like your retreat. That's what my patio is to me where I can sit and enjoy the scenery.

Marie

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KSNICKER 7/8/2008 11:14PM

    I love hearing about your wonderful days.

I wish I could see the faces of the family members that haven't seen you in a while... They are gonna flip! LOL You will be the talk of the family anniversary celebration for sure...
Enjoy it as I know you will... I can see you smiling...
Glad you got some reading time and enjoyed the sunshine and breeze today... BTW what's a breeze? LOL So hot and humid here... you can cut it with a knife. LOL

Enjoy your evening...

((HUGS))

K
athy

P.S. I see that you did visit Mauri's blog and that's how you knew to invite her... Duh!!! LOL

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My day.....

Monday, July 07, 2008

Ahhhhh, a day off work. I have so much overtime right now, that asking for a day off seems to be very easy to obtain. Went for a nice long walk this morning, came home did some housework, did a little dancing as I was doing the housework (part of a challenge!). Drove Shyra to work, came home again and grabbed a book and put my feet up outside in the sunshine and read for awhile. Got too hot, so came back in and spent some time catching up with friends on the internet. Went to pick up Shy from work, made supper. listened to some of the news and now here I am again! A day in my life! It may sound boring to some, but I really enjoyed the day to do with what I chose.

My motivation tip for today...clean out your closet. Try on all those clothes that are still either too snug (it will encourage you to keep on going, next time you try them on, they just might fit!), fit just right or are now too big! Take the too big ones and bundle them up to donate. The clothes that fit just right are probably the ones you tried on a while ago that were still too snug! It's a great way to visually see progress.

My positives ....

I eliminated another pound this week....day off work....a lovely long walk this morning....discovered that several of my clothes are really toooooo big now!....knowledge that I am going to have to get some new clothes this fall....time spent catching up with friends on the internet....a wonderful sunshine day....reading time, meditation time....did a little dancing, let my inner child out to play!

Definitely a good day! Hope yours was too.

  
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DHARBBY 7/8/2008 8:30AM

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! I've been trying since last night to post my comment to your blog and it just wouldn't let me and I almost stopped trying this time too. Then it went through!!!
There is nothing better than that extra day off work! I remember when I was working, I used to love to see that long weekend with that extra day! Then the whole rest of the week was great too! Sounds like you had a very nice day on top of that. Doing a little of this and that and relaxing and reading in the sun for awhile. Ahhhhhh! Perfection.
Well, I know it's back to work today for you, so hope it's a good day. Knowing you, I know you'll MAKE it a good day! LOL
Love and hugs.

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REDCHICK5 7/8/2008 7:29AM

    cleaning out the closet sounds like a great idea - I was actually thinking I should do that as I don't seem to have enough space in my drawers for all my tops...so maybe its time to go thru and do a spring (bit late) clean! :)
Glad you had a nice relaxing day! :) I'm looking forward to some of those to come later in summer...fingers crossed for sunshine! :)

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ALFREDIA 7/7/2008 10:45PM

  Good idea cleaning out my closet. It's a little late this evening but tomorrowis another day. Now if I just don't procrastinate. LOL I sometimes think that is my middle name.

Your day sounds very relaxing. When you work those days don't come often enough. Glad you had some time off.

Marie

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KSNICKER 7/7/2008 9:25PM

    Wanda,
I loved your day... Simple and easy... Oh and love the dancing part too... I used to do that all the time... I even have a dancing with the stars DVD I miss it as well as my walking with Leslie Sansone... Hey see you just motivated me to get my dancing dvd out... I will do One song/dance... Tomorrow... Instead of the whole 1 hour dvd... lol I'm learning...

Congrats on the 1 pound eliminated... Woo Hoo... You are doing so good my friend... Must be all the exercising. huh?
( I lost 2.5 of the 3I thought I gained...) Guess it was fluid or something... lol

Glad you had such a nice day...

((HUGS))
Kathy

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MARLA7 7/7/2008 9:01PM

    Wanda - Loved your challenge. Don't know if anyone took me up on it or not but I still loved it.

Oh, I cleaned my closet yesterday! LOL See, you motivated me without even knowing it!!!!!

Glad your day went well. You deserve it.

((((((((((Hugs)))))))))) Marla

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