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biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 24, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail. --Henry Wheeler Shaw

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (23 min/5.5 mi); Walk 10 min

Day 25 was good.

During my Circuit Workout yesterday, something made me think of "Chubbies." And it made me laugh too! (Disclaimer: I'm sorry if you're offended by my writing about it.)

I wasn't fat when I was little. I wasn't even fat in HS. I wore bikinis in the summer, which the bottoms came nearly completely off of when I dove off the diving board--even the high dive. I think the bottoms got down to my knees once (during a dive)--haha! I wore size 9s then--maybe a 7 once or twice. Maybe by today's teenage standards I was fat, I don't know. Do you remember "5-7-9 Shop?" I guess now it would be called "0-1-2 Shop" or something--hahaha!

I remember exactly two fat girls from (my) age 5-18. One was my friend from K-3, until I moved. She wasn't all that fat, but was BIG and taller than the rest of us. Her dad was way over 6 feet tall. I also remember my mother made a "tent dress" for me to wear as a party dress--ONCE--yikes!

People who are different catch alot of hell. The worst thing to be back then was different from the "in crowd." I was just as opinionated as I am now. I got into alot of trouble for asking why certain things were the way they were--back then. I was certainly allowed to ask, but things most certainly didn't change as a result of my questions.

You probably have to be a certain age to remember that size for "chubby" girls. It made me wonder what the sizing is now for children "of size" or overweight or obese children, since we're told that it's such a problem these days. I don't see fat kids for the most part, I guess they're inside playing video games. All the kids I see riding bikes around here are of essentially normal weight (I assume). (Maybe they're underweight.)

Anyway, I would assume there's quite a large market (no pun intended) for "plus size" children's clothing. I'm sure it's not "Chubbies" for girls and "Husky" for boys these days. That would be soooo politically incorrect by today's standards. I used to shop for my niece a few years ago and I didn't notice "Plus Size" for children back then.

Hope you have a lovely day!

1829 cal * 55g Fat * 17g Fiber * 84 oz Water
785 cal Deficit * 13% Activities

geevee on 03/24/2006:
I remember the 5-7-9 shops. That 9 we used to wear is probably a 5 today. I remember chubby and husky too. I imagine "plus" is the only acceptable term nowadays.

liza36 on 03/24/2006:
I remember the 5-7-9 shop too. There definitely is a problem with childhood obesity now that there wasn't when I was a kid. I think the kids now just have to go up to adult sizes if they can't fit in children's clothing. It is an epidemic, and society has a lot to do with contributing to it. Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox before I say too much!

By the way, WHOO HOO on your size 10 shorts! That's awesome to be able to get them on and zipped, as you described yesterday. You are doing a fantastic job!

Thanks for your comment to me today. I really appreciate it. I have been very frustrated at the lack of exercise I'm able to do. The doctor has ordered a stress test, which won't be done until May. But I think I'm going to start up my normal activity soon, because it's driving me crazy to not do anything! Thanks!!

Maria7 on 03/24/2006:
I like your statement about the dog...so true.

I think SIZE of fast foods contribute to obesity. I ordered a SMALL cone of chocolate ice cream today and was given one stacked so tall it was leaning over. Of course I didn't refuse it and once I got it, I felt COMPELLED to finish it...though I'd planned on one half that size, since it was listed as 'SMALL'. I'm not saying fast foods are 'THE' reason for those who are overweight in America, because it really all comes down to us and whether we say yes or no, but I think we've become accustomed to LARGE servings at fast food places and that makes it easier to overeat at home, also. Remember the size of servings when we were growing up? Much less smaller than today (but I'm sure NOT complaining!!!) Just something to think about. But to also remember...it's always our choice.

monet0239 on 03/24/2006:
Hmm.. maybe you should come out with a clothing line for the "chubbies"... hehhe.. no really , the only bigger clothes I ever saw when buying for my boys was the huskies.. but both of my boys always wear slim.. my oldest is now 6 foot 2 inchs and weighs 205.. but he doesnt look fat.. just toned .... my yougest.. grrr.. he could wear a size 5 slim around the waist and 8 slim for the length.. but they dont makem like that.. so he has to wear the 8's and a belt..lol.. I dont alow the saggin and baggin in this house..

keep up your great work.. and you gave us something to think about.. .. having children in school... I have seen the "chubbies".. and I get mad at their parents.. maybe me having a weight problem makes me help my boys to make better choices.. dont get me wrong.. they have their sweets from time to time.. but I am not one to let them have them all the time.. or all the sodas and chips.. I get them apples and oranges.. I never was 'fat" or chubby is school.. now that I look back on it..lol I always thought I was.. just because I had really muscular theigs.. from dancing.. but I do know how other kids tease the "chubby " Ones.. and its sad.. I dont blame the kids for it.. but to each their own I guess.. I remember when Korbey was little.. he would carry around abag of those little carrots.. and I wouldn't let him have kool aid.. my friend used to get on to me.. hes a kid.. let him have some.. he would when we went to her house.. and she even bought some for Korbey to take home.. It stayed in my canister for years , till I threw it out..lol.. yuk I say.. too much sugar.. and my lil one now is hyper enough let alone give him more sugar..lol.. eeeek.... ok I better hush.. lol.. you have a great evening.. :O)hugs

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 23, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

A year from now you may wish you had started today. --Karen Lamb

For my activity: NordicTrack 31 min/3.4 mi; Jog 12 min/DogJog 5 min/Walk 20 min

Day 24 was good. I did my 12-min test and it wasn't all that great (1.05 mi=fair; 1.1 would have brought me up to average for my age group). I did keep myself at a steady pace for the whole time though--felt like stopping for a walk break at 5 minutes in--but I kept on going!

On a whim I tried on some size 10 shorts that I've never worn in public. (This is always a good thing to try when I feel skinny:-) Well, they went over my hips, buttoned up and zipped up! Who woulda thunk it--haha! They're not quite ready for "public consumption" though. Just to see if it was a fluke I tried on another pair of 10s that I've never worn and with the same result. Bit by bit I'm getting there.

Hope you have a lovely day!

1526 cal * 52g Fat * 31g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1122 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

me_interrupted on 03/23/2006:
awesome about the size 10s! Woohoo!!!! The "not for public consumption" is how I feel about my 14s right now. LOL someday!!!

Also, that 12 min test is interesting. So, they are assuming that roughly an 11 minute mile (5.5mph) is considered "average". Interesting... Right now, my running intervals are at 6.0mph, but I can't sustain that for more than 2 minutes at a time yet! LOL

Maria7 on 03/23/2006:
WOW!!! Good for you!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 22, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch. --Orson Welles

For my activity: NordicTrack 57 min/6.6 mi; Walk 10 min

Day 23 was good. The only thing I know is that I feel skinny today. I'm not skinny, but I feel that way--haha! I think that I shall go jogging today. I should do a 12-min test. It's always good to do one when I haven't been jogging for a few days--I can give myself a chance to go all out, which is the point of the test--to "test" myself and see where I am! And since I feel skinny, I need to take advantage!

Hope you have a lovely day!

1557 cal * 46g Fat * 25g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1290 cal Deficit * 18% Activities

Maria7 on 03/22/2006:
You must be doing good! And you are! You work out a lot. I really think the tape measure is a better gauge than a scale, anyway! Have a great day!

biscottibody59 - Tuesday Mar 21, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 165.5

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.4 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. --A.A. Milne

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (20 min/4.6 mi); Walk 15 min

Day 22 was good. Only down a half-pound, but that's okay.

On my measurements I'm down a half-inch overall. It would be alot more if it weren't for my calf measurement going up by about a half-inch--the only thing I can pin that on is my weight workout yesterday--I'm currently doing 95 calf raises. And I don't have small calves to begin with--I think they're ready to take to market--hahaha!

And if that's not enough--my body fat using the Health Central Home Body Fat Test is down from 33% to 30%. This is probably the most consistent I've been with the weightlifting in about 15 years--and even though it takes nearly half the workout to not feel like I'm being dragged through a keyhole, I'll keep doing it. This is especially true with the abs work--I almost feel like I could do one more set by the time I finish the second one, whereas the first one feels like I never did a crunch or leg lift in my entire life! I'm extremely curious where I'll be come June or July if I stay consistent!

Hope you have a lovely day!

1671 cal * 72g Fat * 29g Fiber * 84 oz Water
900 cal Deficit * 12% Activities

Calories Breakdown for the Week 3.14-3.20: Fat 36% :: Carbohydrate 39% :: Protein 25%

Progress as of today: 23.5 lbs lost so far, only 20.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 03/21/2006:
Hi biscotti,

It was kind of reassuring to read what you wrote about your weightlifting workouts, because I feel the same way when I'm running. I'm always on the brink of panic when I start because my legs feel so heavy that I don't know how I'll be able to run for even two minutes! And yet once I get into the rhythm of it, I often feel like I could go on and on. It really shows how important it is to be mentally disciplined enough to persevere past that first stage and get to the really rewarding part!

Maria7 on 03/21/2006:
I like your rivers statement. Btw, congratulations to you!

monet0239 on 03/21/2006:
Keep it up girly.. !!!I'm cheerin for ya.. whoot whoot

biscottibody59 - Monday Mar 20, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. --St. Augustine

For my activity: Jog 18 (9-2-7)/Walk 15 min

Day 21 was good. I had one piece of cake--yep it was soooo good! During my jog, at least the last 7 minutes were good. I'm getting there:-)

I finally got a good night's sleep. I've been getting 5 and 6 hours consistently for the last week and that just sucks--I don't function well with so little sleep. And it's not conducive to losing pounds. I'm pretty sure I'll have a loss on my measurements tomorrow.

Hope you have a lovely day!

2614 cal * 128g Fat * 18g Fiber * 56 oz Water
-26 cal Deficit * 12% Activities

me_interrupted on 03/20/2006:
You're doing great! Sleep is SO important - many of life's illness and problems would go away if everyone were to gert enough sleep! At least that's my take on it! LOL If I don't get enough sleep, then nothing works right.

I have three questions for you: 1) What is your running goal? 2) Do you have some kind of template that you use for your posts to make them look the same all the time and include all your stats? How did you do that? :-) 3) What does % Activities mean?

geevee on 03/20/2006:
I ran across a repeat of the Larry King interview w/Wynonna last night and listened to it until the calls started coming in. I couldn't take any more of it! She seemed SO programmed and brain washed, repeating and repeating about reaching out for people and not food. What I did like about the interview was the split screens with her performing - FAT Wynonna and slim and pretty Wynonna. What a difference! Who is she kidding abouthow weight doesn't really matter!

It looked like she was wearing that leather jacket she's stuffed into on all those trailers about Country Star that I've seen. It's like gals who tie a sweater around their waist thinking that it makes them look smaller when all it does is accentuate the fat!

me_interrupted on 03/20/2006:
Hey! Thanks for all the explanations. I'm with you on the running shoes. I'm running with a new pair of Ryka's right now. This is the first time I've tried them. My problem is that I wear a size *12* shoe (after two kids, anyway), and finding any store that first carries that size, and second in a style that I like AND is comfortable AND does not cost a fortune is a real PITA, if you get my drift. LOL So I do usually end up wearing my shoes a little longer than I should, simply because it takes me weeks to find a new pair!

My goal is to be able to run 4 miles in under 40 minutes, so I can do it on my lunch hour and still have time to shower. LOL but I cannot run more than 3-4 times a week. If I do it more than every other day, I start to have problems with my hips and back. (Which strength training will help with too). I would caution anyone against running more than every other day, though. It's super exercise, but very hard on the joints! :-)

I'll have to check out those web site you included. Thanks!

Maria7 on 03/20/2006:
I LOVE CAKE!!! Especially chocolate! At the grocery store I go to a lot, they have these half cakes...and the one that tempts me most is the 4 layer chocolate iced/yellow cake one....I know not to get it...I'd probably eat it all in one day!

borntocry on 03/21/2006:
Oh, I didn't realise it was your birthday - happy birthday!

biscottibody59 - Sunday Mar 19, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: NordicTrack 30 min/3.3 mi; Jog 18 (11-7)/Walk 15 min

Day 20 was so-so. I felt so underfed (in my head to a certain extent) after breakfast. Very unusual. So I found a very good lemon vinaigrette dressing to make and made a salad. It helped a little. What helped more was taking a cat nap a little bit later. It's true for me that sometimes the hungry feeling is actually lack of sleep.

Well, for my birthday cake I made myself a fresh, homemade, luscious-looking German Chocolate Cake--I had been dying to make one for awhile, but I thought this was a pretty good excuse. I haven't had any of it yet.

Hope you have a lovely day!

1981 cal * 62g Fat * 32g Fiber * 56 oz Water
780 cal Deficit * 16% Activities

biscottibody59 - Saturday Mar 18, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (37 min/8.9 mi)

Day 19 was a good day.

Hope you have a lovely day!

1557 cal * 44g Fat * 28g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1122 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

monet0239 on 03/18/2006:
Thanks for the heads up on the colored font hun :O).. I will try it out later.. :O).. keep up the great work you CAN do this !!

Maria7 on 03/18/2006:
It's almost Sunday (writing this late Saturday night)...so...

<font color=red><b>HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Whimsy on 03/19/2006:
<b><i>HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!</b></i>

Thank you for your kind comments on my new diary. Looks like you are doing an AWESOME job yourself!

Here's to many more good days, and an especially wonderful birthday!!

Happy 8 Celsius!!

Maria7 on 03/19/2006:
<font color=red><b>Happy Birthday!!!

biscottibody59 - Friday Mar 17, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

I'm sixty years of age. That's 16 Celsius. --George Carlin

I celebrate my birthday on Sunday when I will be 8 Celsius!

For my activity: NordicTrack 38 min/4.6 mi; Jog 18 min/Walk 15 min

Day 18 was a pretty good day. Reducing my minutes to 18 from my standard minimum of 20 turned out well. I don't get winded, my body just isn't back to where it was when I was jogging up to 6 days/week. I actually JOGGED with no breaks--what a concept! It'll happen for me in due time--I've just gotta be patient:-) And I didn't do the "shuffle walk" thing for the last 2 minutes--I can just imagine how funny this looks to someone who may see me--it's something that started in the last couple months at the tail-end of my jog:-)

p.s. I got the rainbow text from here: Rainbow Text Maker

Hope you have a lovely day!

1686 cal * 27g Fat * 71g Fiber * 84 oz Water
1163 cal Deficit * 18% Activities

liza36 on 03/17/2006:
Way to go on another successful day. You'll get up to where you were before with your jogging. For now, it's great that you are being so consistent and working on it.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Early Birthday!! Love the George Carlin quote.

borntocry on 03/17/2006:
Haha! How well I know that "shuffle walk"...

Maria7 on 03/17/2006:
I guess that means you will be 30??? Happy Birthday!

monet0239 on 03/17/2006:
wo0o0oh0o0 on the jogging girly.. awesome job,,,

now I want to know how to get colors.. nit the rainbow.. just a purple color..lol.. how do you laides do that in here??? its probably something simple like the picture and I just dont see it? lol.. thats me.. silly girl..

you have a great Saturday.. hugs

me_interrupted on 03/17/2006:
Happy Birthday on Sunday! That's my hubby's birthday too - he'll be 38! I turned 30 back in September, and so far it's treated me well! LOL I hope to reach my goal weight before I turn 31. We'll see! I see you are a runner - that's what I want to be (and used to be). My goal is to be able to get a 4mile run in (work to library and back) plus time to stretch and shower during my lunch hour. Guess that means I need to be able to run about an 8 minute mile! Yikes! I can't even run for two stright minutes yet at a 10-minute mile pace! LOL Oh - and I know that shuffle-walk well! :-) Happens somewhere between 4.5 and 5.0 mph... LOL

biscottibody59 - Thursday Mar 16, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

Growing old is no more than another bad habit. --Spanish Proverb

For my activity: NordicTrack 41 min/4.6 mi; Walk 10 min

Day 17 did not go well at all. It was a tar baby--I couldn't seem to get rid of it--a discouraging day! And I learned again (how many times does it take) that I can't eat cereal and milk at breakfast and not have my cravings/hunger adversely affected. Why I thought to mess with what's been working lately with the "Lean Bodies" thing--when I was just starting to lose for real, again--I'll never know. Live and learn I guess.

So that set up my day to be nearly screwed. It doesn't look so bad in the numbers, which included six pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate--I can usually eat one or two and stop when I just have to have some chocolate. Otherwise I can keep them for weeks and weeks and never touch them. They're the ones wrapped in red foil with a little something printed inside--like "It's definitely a bubble bath day."

If this sounds like I'm discouraged, I'm not. Yesterday is far behind me, I hope. It's all in the game, although I could have done without it:-)

I knew going jogging would put a bullseye on my awful mood and pretty much blow it away, but I resisted because I've been trying to be mindful of moderation re: exercise. I don't want to fall BACK into the trap of "eating more because I did thus and such exercise-wise." I don't need to feed my vulnerabilities. I'm in this for the long haul. Life is too damn short!

So, once again I am going to schedule the next few weeks of jogging the way I did when I first started--it helps my accountability to write it down. My outlook is utterly negative when I don't get out and run the roads occasionally:-) Who knew that I'd still be jogging nearly 4 years after getting back into it after so many years away. I'm grateful that I have the wherewithal and the health to do it!

Hope you have a lovely day!

Posted @1:20 p.m.

1892 cal * 55g Fat * 35g Fiber * 56 oz Water
883 cal Deficit * 14% Activities

liza36 on 03/16/2006:
Oh, I'm so sorry your day did not go as planned. One thing I can say is that you have had 16 days in a row up to now that have been great. That's impressive as far as I'm concerned. My good days are few and far between. It sounds like you are pretty consistent and know what works for you. So don't worry too much, just stick to what you know works. You are really doing a fantastic job!

geevee on 03/16/2006:
Oh, to be able to run again! Go, Biscotti, before the joints give out!

And THANKS for your positive comment!

monet0239 on 03/16/2006:
Hi sweetie.. sorry you had a bad day.. but I am so glad you put it behind you !!.. keep it up hun.. your really doing great.. expecially with that exercise.. hugs

Maria7 on 03/16/2006:
Hey...I see I'm not the only one that LOVES chocolate! Oh, well!

borntocry on 03/17/2006:
Hi biscotti,

When I first started trying to lose weight and get in shape, I made a pact with myself that I would never let diet get in the way of exercise. I know all about that trap of feeling like you deserve to eat more because of the amount of exercise you've done. But you can limit the damage. I choose one or two small rewards for myself beforehand - no more than 200 calories or so - and stick to that after my run. And the truth is that I would probably need a snack by that point in the day anyway, but instead of forcing myself to choose something healthy, I let myself have whatever I want, as long as it's not over a couple of hundred calories.

Running does a lot to lift my spirits too, and I actually find that with just a little effort I can usually keep my calories even lower on the days that I go running than on the days I don't. It helps that I'm in a better mood afterwards, and then there's also the hour or so I spend running which I would probably otherwise spend eating!

biscottibody59 - Wednesday Mar 15, 2006
(WDDFW Hybrid/Exercise--Weightlifting/84 oz Water)
Weight: 166.0

Start: 189 (June 2001)
Low: 150.5 (Jan 2004)
Current BMI=28.5 My Realistic BMI Goal=22.8 (133)

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. --Beverly Sills

For my activity: Circ Aer Wkt using Airdyne (22 min/5.3 mi)

Day 16 went well. I did a little different routine with my workout yesterday. Normally I do 3-4 exercises, then the Airdyne for 5-10 min. This time I did two exercises then about 2 min on the Airdyne. It still took a little over an hour to do it all (22 min aerobic portion/~25 min exercise).

I did eat a higher calorie/fat supper, but I don't see me completely going off track yet. Of course that's not saying much--I don't think I've EVER seen myself going off track, though it has happened time and again!

I just went through some of the menus for the "Lean Bodies" deal mentioned below. I just can't do it at this point. I tested a couple of ideas just for breakfast through Fitday. It would increase my carbs to the point that I fear I'd be running to Sonic for about eight menu items or something by about 11 a.m.--haha! I see why I didn't try it before. I'm just feeling a little too vulnerable to failure at this point. Maybe when I've dropped a few more pounds . . . for now, I'll just dig my heels in with what's been working lately:-)

Some time ago I got the book Lean Bodies, Total Fitness by Cliff Sheats. I was looking for it on my bookshelf and thought I'd found it--I was looking for the workout schedules. The one I actually picked was the original Lean Bodies. I got it at Half-Price Books at some point and apparently stuck it in the shelf and forgot about it. The books do mirror alot of the basic plan. The original doesn't have the workouts.

So after skipping through it and realizing that and feeding my numbers obsession, I did the little calculator for "optimal calories" after reaching your "ideal weight." My result: 3040 calories @145 pounds (fairly high activity level--not the highest listed). I had done this a few years ago, and it does sound a little out of kilter to say the least--even keeping in mind that this is quite low in fat as eating plans go.

Anyway, I never really tried the plan in the book. (I'm going to go ahead and read the entire "original" as long as I'm at it as well.) I was apprehensive that I would feel deprived and then go on the binge from hell. I feel now is the time after managing to control my hunger/cravings in the last couple of weeks (more than in the last 2 years--at least). Now is the time to try it for real! I'm going to give myself a 4-day chance.

As an aside this book (and the other) is chock FULL of testimonials of how great it is, ad nauseum--just like every other diet/lifestyle book. Still, I'm not a believer, because I haven't tried it yet. So here goes.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Posted @9:25 a.m. :: Update @4:20

2216 cal * 92g Fat * 27g Fiber * 84 oz Water
407 cal Deficit * 12% Activities

Maria7 on 03/15/2006:
I did have a cone of soft serve ice cream at McD's today! But I think it's listed as only 150 cals.

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