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Motivational Monday

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Monday…a fresh start.  I can put my weekend of too much food and too many Coronas behind me and get back on track.  Today is a fresh start to eat right, train hard, be healthy, and keep working towards my goals.

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Be proud, everyone.

Happy Monday!

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CrossFit People Are Crazy!

Saw this on Facebook this morning and had to share.

It’s funny…because it’s true!

Are you a crazy CrossFitter?
I know I am!  LOL!  Open-mouthed smile

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Oh My WOD!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Hope you have had a great day.

The weather outside was amazing today.  I didn’t really get a chance to enjoy it, as I was inside scrapbooking for pretty much the whole day.  I did get to sit out and enjoy the sun for a couple hours as I met my hubby over at some friends where he was hanging out drinking beer in the sun.

Despite being on my cleanse, I did enjoy a nice, cold Corona, but I passed on the pizza and chicken wings that they had.  Instead, I came home and enjoyed an Isagenix protein shake as my dinner, since I had chicken parmesan and Caesar’s salad for lunch at my scrap event.

So, the main reason for my post is to show the aftermath of yesterday’s WOD.  On paper, it really didn’t seem like that bad of a workout:  It was 200m walking lunges, with dumbbells.  I carried 10lbs in each hand.  Then every 20 lunges, stop and do 5 dumbbell thrusters.  200m walking lunges is once around the building the box is in.  It’s not that far.  BUT…OH MY GOD….doing walking lunges – and full lunges, touching the knee down every time – while carrying weights is tough….REALLY TOUGH.  The first half of the trip around the building wasn’t too bad.  I wasn’t speedy, but I was moving along okay and the thrusters were good.

Then I started to feel it.  I had only had 2 shakes to eat all day before the WOD, and my energy was starting to fade.  I probably should have had a snack before I went to the box, but I just didn’t think about it.  Anyways, things were starting to ache.  My feet even started to hurt – which surprised me.  I kept going, but was getting pretty slow.  People from the class after the one I was in were sitting outside watching people do the WOD and encouraging us all to “keep moving”.  That helped a bit.  At this point I was last in the group.  After I passed them, they went through the box and out the back garage door to watch people finish up.

I continued along, slowly.  Really starting to feel it.  I was maybe 3/4 done and I so wanted to quit, but I didn’t. I kept moving, but very slowly.  I was quite proud that I managed to keep going.  I looked up and saw one of the girls from the next class had come back around to where I was to make sure I was okay.  She was telling me to keep going, one lunge at a time.  Then Ryan, my coach, came and talked me through every step.  He was great.  I really helped to have him there.  I wanted to cry, it was just so tough.  I told him that and he said “nope, not yet.  The only tears you can have are tears of joy when you’re done.”  That made me laugh and gave me a little push to keep moving.

As I got to the last corner of the building, I could see everyone from my class and the next class sitting on the curb waiting for me to finish.  I knew with everyone watching I couldn’t stop.  I charged through my final set of thrusters,  After I did my thrusters Ryan said “throw them down”.  I said “No way, I’m going to finish”.  He then told me that he didn’t want me to quit, he just meant to drop the weights and shake out my arms.  To which I replied “What, you mean I didn’t have to keep the weights up the whole time! F#&K!!!!!!”  To which he quickly answered with “No wonder you’re so tired”.  So with everyone watching and cheering I completed my last 16 lunges to cross the line, and FINALLY threw down my weights!

I’m not sure I have ever been so happy to finish a WOD.  It took me about 22 minutes.  I did note the exact time when I crossed the line, but by the time I got to my WOD book to record my score, I completely forgot what it was!  And the brutality of the WOD didn’t end there…to finish up – and help get the lactic acid out of our legs – we had to run to the stop sign and back, which is about a 500m run.  Ryan told me to just walk around the building since I just finished.  Instead I paired up with another guy in the class who was suffering and we just had a nice slow jog to the stop sign and back.  After that we headed inside the box to spend a few quality minutes with a foam roller.  Man, that hurt, but felt so good.  I rolled a bit more before I went to bed as well, as I was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to walk today!

After the killer WOD, I was so excited to come home and eat dinner.  We were having grilled turkey sausage on a bun.  And after such a torturous workout, I treated my self to 2 of them – for a total of about 600 calories for the meal.  I’m not sure I have ever enjoyed a sausage on a bun more.  So tasty!

I will leave you with a picture collage…these are my knees.  Walking lunges outside do NOT do good things to your knees!
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I was surprised that my knees bruised so much today, and they are a bit swollen.  Good thing they get today and tomorrow off to rest before I drag myself back to the Box on Monday, when the WOD will be Nancy – 5 round for time:  400m run, 15 overhead squats.  Man, we seem to be doing a lot of overhead squats lately.  Hopefully my legs (and ass) recover by then so I can survive the squats!

And now, I’m going to sign off and finish watching the Leafs-Bruins game.  It’s 3-1 Leafs with 15 minutes left in the 3rd.  Hopefully they can hold on to equal the series at 1-1 as they had to Toronto for game 3 on Monday.  Go Leafs Go!

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Fran

Sorry I have been MIA for the weekend. I had some family things to take care of that pushed blogging right out of my mind.

I still don’t really feeling like writing, but figured I should at least do a quick post. So here we go…

Today I was back at the box and the WOD was Fran. This was my first “benchmark” workout, and in true CrossFit fashion, I was nervous and terrified as I walked into class.

In case you are like me and have no idea what all these workouts are, Fran is a workout of only thrusters and pull-ups done for three sets with reps of 21-15-9. Looking at it on the screen it seems so harmless…but trust me, it is pure hell!

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This was my first time doing thrusters, so once again I was told to focus more on form than weight. I felt like a complete weakling though, using only the training bar (without any weight) and a thick blue band for my pull-ups.

It took me 7 minutes and 1 second to complete the workout. For my first time, the time isn’t too bad. I’m just disappointed I can’t lift more yet or do pull-ups without the band. Oh well…I will continue to work hard and hopefully the next time we do Fran I will be lifting more and using a thinner band for my pull-ups. Fingers crossed!

Have you done Fran?
What’s your time?

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Totally Random Tuesday…Picture Edition

It’s Tuesday….and here are a few random things from my day.

Best thing I saw today:

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Taking the subway back to the office from a client meeting, I saw this lady trying to hide the fact that she was reading 50 Shades of Grey. She pulled the book out of her bag and immediately hid the cover behind a scarf. It gave me a good chuckle.

Best thing I ate today:

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Roasted kabocha squash. This was my first time trying kabocha squash…and it will not be my last. It was delicious. I sliced it into wedges, tossed it with some coconut oil, S&P, and roasted it for 30 mins or so. It was awesome! Best part of it…you don’t need to peel it. You can eat the skin, which has a wonderful nutty flavour when baked.

Best food adaptation:

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My son putting Nutella on his kabocha. He was not really a fan, but I said he had to eat one piece and could add sauce if he wanted. So naturally, he chose Nutella! At least he ate it! And, it was World Nutella Day, so it only seemed fitting that he picked it as his condiment!

I tried a new Clean Eating recipe today: Tamari Honey Chicken with Broccoli & Almond Butter Sauce. Another winner!

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After dinner I made the mistake of sitting on the couch. I did not want to get up and do my yoga workout. I mentioned this on Facebook:

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I received some positive encouragement from friends…and I also go this:

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Now that’s a friend! It worked…I got up and did a quick 15 minute Fitness Blender yoga workout. It was quick, not too tough, but did give a good, much needed stretch to my achy bod.

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Now I’ve got an audience watching me write this post.

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Isn’t he a handsome fellow? Crosby is never too far away, and as soon as I go up to bed, he will be right behind me. He’s my little shadow when I’m home.

With that, I should get my tired self to bed. I need to get a good night’s sleep so I have energy for my CrossFit workout tomorrow night!

Sweet dreams, peeps.
Hope your Tuesday was totally random!

Have you tried kabocha squash yet…if not, you should!

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My First WOD

Today was my first official Workout of the Day, or WOD, as they call it at CrossFit.  I went to the 5:30 class and was both looking forward to it and dreading it all day. I wanted to make sure I got there early so I didn’t have to do any penalty burpees. Apparently it’s 20 burpees for every minute you are late. I got there about 10 minutes early and watched the 4:30 class finish up.

Each day on the CrossFit Newmarket Central website they post the WOD and the WOD for the next day as well. This is what was posted today:

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The class started with a bunch of exercises to warm up. We did dislocators (moving a PVC pipe from your hips, over your head, and down your back, while keeping your arms straight), 15 burpees, a plank, 30 sit-ups, and a squat hold. Then we did some Frankensteins and walking lunges. After that, it was time for the strength portion of the workout. This was 5 rounds of max reps pull-ups with a 2 minute rest in between. I am not good at pull-ups. I can’t really do one 😦 I had to use a band to help. With the assistance of the band (a medium band – although it seemed like a pretty thick band to me!) I was able to do 7-6-4-4-3. The last round was pretty pathetic, but I could not pull out anymore…I was trying and pulling as hard as I could, shaking like a leaf, but just could not get my damn chin over the bar. Oh well…I managed to crank out 24 pull-ups, and I think that’s awesome! 3 days ago I would never have even considered doing pull-ups and today I did 24!

After the pull-ups, it was time to get to the main part of the workout. Since it was my first time, Ryan, the coach for the class, wanted me to start without too much weight yet, since I would be feeling it regardless of how much I lifted. So, for the deadlifts, he got me to set up a 15lb bar, with 15 pounds on each side, for 45lbs total weight. I’m pretty sure I could have lifted more, but he was more concerned with me doing the move with correct form rather than lifting heavy right away. He also modified the number of reps that us new kids did (there were 2 guys who were taking their first class as well). While the main class was doing 15/15 for 10 rounds, we would only be doing 10/10 for 10 rounds.

After resetting the main clock, Ryan said there would be a 20 minute hard stop for this workout, gave the 3-2-1 countdown, and the workout started. Ryan wanted me to focus on having perfect form and not to worry too much about how fast I was going. The weight definitely wasn’t too heavy, I’m sure I could have lifted more, but it was good because I could really think about how I was moving through the deadlift and be sure that I was doing it properly.

After 10 deadlifts, it was right into 10 push-ups. I was able to do the first couple of rounds on my toes, modifying with a hand-raise to help take the pressure off a bit. After the 3rd round though, I dropped to my knees for the remaining rounds, and by the 8th round, even those were incredibly challenging.

I kept going, and definitely found the deadlifts to be the easier part of the workout. I have so little upper body strength, as was emphasized during the pull-up phase of the workout, and the push-ups were killer.

There were 13 people in the class today.  The regulars were all finishing up while the newbies still plugged along.  I started my last round with 2 minutes left.  I got through the deadlifts no problem, and then struggled through those last 10 push-ups.  Ryan was encouraging me, yelling “push” as I worked through those last 10.  Others who had already finished up were also cheering me on.  It was awesome!  I was shaking and dripping sweat into a puddle on the floor, but I kept going and finally got through the last 10 push-ups, and finished the workout in 19:39.  I had 21 seconds to spare!  I was thrilled!  And I wasn’t the last one done.  One of the newbie guys didn’t quite make the 10 rounds…the last set of push-ups did him in. 

Everyone at CrossFit has a workout book.  It’s for us to keep track of all the details of the WOD that we do.  Here’s my first entry.  The best part….finishing within the 20 minute cut off!
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I’m pretty sure I will be feeling this tomorrow…mostly my arms, since I could barely lift them after the workout to eat my dinner – which was pizza night at my sister’s to celebrate making it through the week.  Probably not the kind of dinner they hope you eat after a workout, but hey, that’s life!

I’ve got 12 hours now to rest up and recuperate, since I’m going to another class tomorrow at 11:30am.  I’m super excited to try wall balls.  People were talking about tomorrow’s workout after tonight’s class, saying they hope they at least finish the double-unders.  Hearing this, along with something I saw from Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean, saying she didn’t get to the muscle ups either, I will not be too upset if I don’t finish the workout.  I just hope I can lift my arms tomorrow to throw a medicine ball up a wall 150 times!

So, WOD 1 is in the books.  I can’t wait for WOD 2.  I think I might like this CrossFit stuff…hopefully I still feel that way when I start to hurt tomorrow!

I just need to remember this…

How was your workout today?

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Cleaning Up On Monday

Happy Monday!

Normally I am not a fan of Mondays, but after the bad food weekend I had, I was looking forward to a fresh start and getting back on track.

Today I was determined to eat clean all day and get a workout in.

So, here’s what was on the menu today.
Breakfast: 2 eggs (scrambled in the microwave) with a slice if ham, slice of cheese and some blackberries.

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Lunch: Leftover spaghetti squash with chicken and pears.

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with a delicious Clean Eating Dark Fudgy Brownie for dessert…which, by the way, was amazing! (Special thanks to my sister Erin for sharing her yummy baking)

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Dinner: I tried a new recipe tonight – Clean Eating Spicy Corn Chowder, from the Best of Clean Eating 3 Cookbook.

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This recipe was easy, tasty, and in true Clean Eating fashion, made enough for 3 leftover meals. I’m starting to wonder if maybe I have smaller servings than they suggest in the recipes, because I almost always have leftovers?? Oh well…I love leftovers!

I also had a couple of apples for snacks today – one this afternoon and one tonight while watching Californication. All in all, I’m quite happy with my food choices today…so much better than what I ate this weekend!

While I was waiting for the chowder to simmer, I headed upstairs and got a quick workout in. I didn’t really have a plan, but I knew I wanted to swing a kettlebell. I’m reading 3 books right now about kettlebell workouts. They all say how great the basic 2 hand swing is, so I thought I would do that tonight. I set my timer for 20 1-minute intervals..and then I started swinging! I did 20 swings per minute. At the beginning I had lots of time left in my minute to rest/recover, but as each minute went by and I did more and more swings, I had less and less time to rest. In the end I did 400 swings and was a sweaty mess at the end of my workout. I wore my Polar HRM and this is what the workout looked like:

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Not bad for 21 minutes, and much better than just sitting on the couch!

Tomorrow I have more clean eats on the menu – YAY!!! I don’t what my workout will be yet, but I’m sure I will find something good on the Fitness Blender website. I’ll see what I can find tomorrow.

Today was a good day. I’ve gotten the week off to a good, clean start. Looking forward to keeping it going all week long!

How was your Monday?
Did you eat clean?

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Weights and Skates

Today’s #31Days challenge was to do a strength workout. This was perfect, since I had already planned to do a kettlebell workout video from Fitness Blender.

After getting up early to go watch my youngest play hockey, I came home, changed, grabbed my iPad, selected my video and got to work. This video was awesome! There was a good warm up and then 18 different kettlebell moves and a cool down. Kettlebell exercises included swings (both 2 hand and single arm), racks, squats with press, halos, lunges, deadlifts, get ups, curls, tricep extensions, and a bunch of ab exercises. I had never done many of these moves, but they were well explained in the video and they gave good info about how heavy your kettlebell should be for each exercise. I actually got to use every kettlebell I have today, so I was pumped about that!

I wore my heart rate monitor during today’s workout. I almost forgot, but remembered at the last minute and put it on. It seemed to pick up my heart rate right away this time, but there were a few times during the workout when it seemed to lose the connection, so my calorie burn was likely a bit higher than what this shows, but I’m still pretty happy with the workout…especially the % calories fat burned.

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Tonight, I played pick up hockey with a bunch of friends. It was a ton of fun, and I got to play with my hubby, which I have never done before. I had a great time until some jackass on the other team slewfooted me in the corner! Well…It wasn’t actually a jackass, it was my friend Toni’s hubby, Todd, who was playing defense on the other team. It was actually quite funny, and we had a laugh over it both on the ice and while we had a couple of beers at the bar after the game. 🙂

I should have worn my heat rate monitor during the game to see how many calories I burned. However many it was, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t enough to cover the 2 Corona and the nachos that I had at the bar! Oh well….I’m not going to worry about it. We had a great skate, got some exercise, and had a nice visit with friends after the game. It was a great way to spend a Saturday night.

Now, once again, it is super late and I need to go to bed. I’ve got to get up early and go watch my oldest play his hockey game tomorrow morning. I can’t wait! I love watching my guys play hockey!

How was your Saturday? Did you get your workouts in?
Are you planning revenge against your friend’s hubby too? LOL…just kidding Todd…or am I? 🙂

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I Am Thankful

I am still playing catch up with my Elf for Health challenges.  This post will cover Thursday’s challenge of listing 20 things I am thankful for.

  1. My husband.  He puts up with all of my crap, and I love him.
  2. My kids.  Some days they drive me absolutely crazy, but I couldn’t imagine my life without them.  They are amazing, and I love them to bits.
  3. My cats. I know some people don’t like cats and say they are antisocial.  Well, they haven’t met my cats.  Our cats, Crosby and Ovie, are two of the craziest, friendliest, cutest little bundles of fur you could ever meet.  They keep things around our place pretty interesting.
  4. My health. Sure, I would like to drop maybe 5 pounds and tone things up, but in general, I am pretty healthy. 
  5. My friends.  They are the best bunch of girls and we always have a great time when we are together.
  6. The fact that my sister lives around the corner from me.  I get to see her all the time, we get to run together, and it’s nice having my best friend so close.
  7. Being able to run.  There are days when I hate running, but when I get to run with friends, it is awesome.
  8. Getting to spend time up at our cottage.  Rory’s parents have a cottage about an hour and a half away from us.  We go up whenever we can, and we always have the best time.  Our kids absolutely love going up and just being outside. 
  9. Our home.  I love it and I plan to stay in this house for a long time. 
  10. Finally finishing a half marathon in under 2:30!!!
  11. Clean Eating Magazine.  I’ve found so many awesome recipes that my family loves, it makes it easy to stick to a healthy diet.
  12. Leftovers.  Seriously, they make me so happy.
  13. Being able to golf once a week in the summer.  Being a member of the EWGA ensures I get out to golf at least 9 holes once a week, plus the odd competition here and there.  I’m horrible, but I love it.
  14. Discovering BobHarper.com.  I love these high intensity workouts.  They are quick, and I love that I can always squeeze a workout in.
  15. All of my Apple products.  Especially my iPad and my iPhone.  I love them.
  16. Olga, my housekeeper.  She comes once a week and keeps our home clean, leaving me time to just enjoy it. 
  17. Starbucks Chai Latte.  This is heaven in a cup.
  18. A quiet house.  Most of the time it is total chaos around here, but every once in a while, the boys are out and I’m home alone and get to enjoy the quiet.
  19. My blog.  It gives me a place to track what I’m doing, keeps me accountable, and is just fun.  Plus, I’ve discovered so many other great blogs and learned so much from them. 
  20. My job.  I actually like my job so much, I bought the company!  The Friday before the Christmas holidays it became official.  Myself and 3 other colleagues bought the company from our bosses.  It was a long time coming and we were happy to finally get the papers signed.  It’s a little scary, but exciting at the same time.  I start 2013 as a small business owner!  Wow!

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The Friday Five

This week has flown by…which is too bad, since it’s a holiday week for me.  Oh well…here it is…

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This week’s edition is going to be five things that I need to get done before the weekend is over.

1. Catch up on my Elf for Health Challenges. I am a bit behind in my Elf challenges.
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Before Sunday is over I need to do the following daily challenges:

    • Wednesday’s challenge:  Look at myself in the mirror and find 3 things that I like about myself.  I have been putting this one off, since most of the time I look in the mirror and see the things that need to be improved. 
    • Thursday’s challenge:  Make a list of 20 things I am thankful for.  This one probably won’t be too bad to complete, I just need to take the time to do it!
    • Friday’s challenge:  Make a healthy mug cake in the microwave.  I have never made a mug cake before, so I am going to have to do some surfing and find a good recipe.  Some of the other elves have posted links to the recipes they used for their mug cakes, so I will have to check those out and see what I can find.
    • Saturday’s challenge:  Take some time for myself. Suggestions were to read a book for fun, do a craft, or take a bubble bath.  I’ll see what I can come up with.  Maybe I will try to do a bit of scrapbooking, since I really enjoy it, but never seem to have the time. 

2.  Go for a 5k run.  The Resolution Run is Monday evening.  I’ve only managed 3 runs to get ready for this.  I dragged hubs with me for a 3k run around the neighborhood, and then I did a 4k and a 5k run on the treadmill.  Ideally, I would like to get outside for a 5k run sometime tomorrow or Sunday. 
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3.  Plan my week of meals and workouts. Aside from Christmas Eve and Christmas day, my dinners this holiday week have been rather unorganized.  And my workout schedule has been even worse!  I’m still off from work Monday and Tuesday next week, but need to get organized for when I’m back to work and things will be back to the usual chaos that is my life!
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4.  Write my Beautiful Blogger Award Post.  I’ve been nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award by Veggie Bento Love, (thank you!), and I need to figure out what is involved with this award and then write my post. 

5.  Start thinking about my goals for 2013.  With the new year just around the corner, I think I need to figure out what I need to focus on moving forward.  I am really enjoying my Bob Harper workouts and I found a great site, FitnessBlender.com, with other workouts that look awesome too(yesterday’s kettlebell workout was from this site and I loved it…and I’m totally feeling it today Smile).  I’m pretty sure I will keep up with this type of workout…but I need to figure out how running will fit into my goals.  Running is not easy for me…and training for races takes a lot of time.  I will have to take all of that into consideration when I plan for 2013. 
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Wow…now that it’s all written down, it looks like I am going to have a busy weekend!  Wish me luck!

How was your week?
Have you started thinking about your goals for 2013?

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