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YAY Nancy, I got ya! Let me just tell you, I was at an amazing potluck BBQ pool party today and there were LOADS of desserts there... and for YOU (and me) I didn't touch a thing, even the homemade caramel popcorn that looked and smelled amazing (popcorn was one of my SWPO's), or the coconut cream pie. I ate grilled veggies and MEAT. So THERE!

Good for you with the veggies and MEAT! :D  I have been a popcorn eater for years. I let myself have some on Saturday night, air-popped with added butter, and it turns out I don't really like it much anymore. So I'm tossing the remaining seeds, and giving the popper to Goodwill since it's practically new. I don't ever need to go back to it, although if it was covered in caramel, it would be a struggle. But it would be a struggle I could successfully manage!!

 

Today is day 1 for me on my second W30. I'm glad I have a bunch of stuff in my freezer to tide me over till I can get some cooking done. And I went to Costco yesterday to stock up on all kinds of good stuff. Bought avocado oil for the first time. Let's hope I like it, because you KNOW the Costco size bottle will last a while!

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Hey everyone,

I'm trying to catch up on everyone's successes!

I didn't mean to disappear, but reintro has been less than stellar. We had a wedding last weekend and things went pretty well. Introduced cheese and stuck with the rules for the most part. However, a stressful week followed and I had not stocked the pantry and fridge. We ended up eating taking out a few nights. Nothing crazy but introducing things (such as sushi rice and half and half in coffee) on the same day. So all I have learned is that I do not feel fantastic like I had been feeling with no ideas as to what were the triggers.

Today is reset day. Strict Whole 30 rules for the next two days. I went major food shopping over the weekend so no excuses!

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Still here. I decided that I want to have one cheat meal/week. This weekend it was GF pizza...but then I ate a bag of chips. Oh well. I'm back on track. Cooked a crockpot full of carnitas last night and that will be lunches all week. I'm making chili tonight. Our weather has not really been cooling off so chili doesn't sound great but it's what I planned so it's getting made. 

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I've always found that headaches caused by things I eat do last for at least a few days.  I assume because it takes several days to get the offending food out of your system.  Drinking a lot of water always seems to help.  And light exercise.  Hope it passes quickly.

 

Thanks, Aggie.  I seem to be back to normal this morning.  Boy, 4 days of headache sure takes the fun out of eating dairy.  I may try it is much smaller quantities (not 3 meals in one day) and see if more reasonable amounts are tolerated.  But not for a while.  I want to feel great again.

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I ate a pack of M&Ms yesterday.  And then I got diarrhea and a headache.  Still having sporadic tummy pains today.  @NancyW keep that in mind next time you even consider the cheap donut in the office kitchen.  A cheap donut is in no way worth the risk of diarrhea at work.

 

Now if anyone needs me, I'll be chugging massive amounts water to rehydrate and flush the sugar out of my system.

YUCK! That's a great reminder to avoid sugar.  I passed up rows of Halloween candy and bought glow sticks yesterday to hand out to the kids.  Halloween was usually my start to the annual holiday weight gain - start with left over or sneaking some from the stash before Halloween and continuing through Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

My daughter posted about the Teal Pumpkin project, offering kids a non-allergy treat on Halloween.  You can read about it here

http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.VhvMjyu2p5c

I'm in!

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I am so burned out on doing dishes.  I need my DH to get back so he can help out with some of these.  Or at least give the baby her bath while I'm doing the dishes so I'm not having to do them all after she's in bed.  She's in bed now & I just caught up on the dishes for the day (made mayo & clarified butter this afternoon, so there were a lot of dishes).  But I still haven't cooked or eaten my dinner.  So that means there will be more dishes to wash.

 

Whine over now.  I"m going to suck it up & make my chicken, potatoes & salad.  And try to be grateful that right now doing dishes is what I have in my life to whine about.

I can relate the being really annoyed at the amount of all the time in the kitchen - the planning, shopping and prep seem horrendous.  I'm trying to multiply as many recipes as possible so I can freeze individual meals ahead.  That's helping.  I've been making lots of vegie soups - cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash.  They help me get in my 2 cups/vegies per meal. I have a few breakfast and lunch meals that I can make in batches - eat 1 portion and freeze 3 or 4.  I have the Well Fed 2 cookbook but also check out her site for lots of recipes:

http://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/

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I think my mind is definitely getting Whole30ed...I got up this morning wanting celery and sunflower butter with my breakfast poached eggs. I went to Kroger today and found Organic Grass-Fed Jerky! I got a bag to try...not as a snack, part of a meal only. It's sad that so many people don't know one vegetable from another. I had parsnip and turnip and the cashier asked me what they were. My birthday was Friday and I had no craving or thoughts that I deserved birthday cake and ice cream. My friends and I went to Surfrider and I had my usual steamed shirmp and broccoli.

 

Nancy, I'm a widow and sometimes I can't believe all the dishes and mess one person can make - I blame it on my cat. LOL

What a great birthday present to yourself - a Whole30ed brain!  Way to go and Happy Birthday.  It's bound to be a good year.

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Hi everyone. I have to develop a better habit first thing in the morning, instead of making sure I get my breakfast, I race to my computer to see what everyone has been up to since yesterday.

 

Am starting the W30 again today with Columbus Crew and it should be a good one so will be bouncing back and forth between the groups--hey, does that count as exercise????

 

I have upped my exercise a bit, did some on the bike yesterday and am walking more, did a bit of Tai Chi the other day and will do that daily for 30 days. Can't believe how stiff and unused to moving everything is! With all the fat I have been adding to my meals it should help with lubrication!

 

Have a day! Talk later. 

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

 

I'm drinking a glass of kombucha before dinner as I catch up on a weekend of posts.  Happy Birthday to QuilterVA!  I'm so impressed that you didn't want cake and ice cream.  That must feel awesome!

 

I chose to derail yesterday for an Oktoberfest party to which we were invited.  Local brews and specialty pretzels and cupcakes were my derail.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about it.  I had a really fun time with good friends.  In some ways I wish I had not gone down that food avenue and in other ways, I feel like they were special and part of the special occasion.  I've felt good today.  I wanted dessert after lunch with the kids...but I didn't have any.  I know I've probably invited the sugar dragon back...but I'll kick him back out.  I'm not ready to give any of my new eating habits up.  Not even close.

 

I wish I'd shed a few more pounds...like 3-5.  I feel like I'm kinda stuck.  Which is just a feeling because I don't have a scale anymore.  I would like to have my smaller pants be a little less snug and my muffin top a little less there...like gone.  Maybe my portion sizes are bigger than I realize.  ???  I am going to focus a little more on that for the next few weeks and see where it takes me.

 

Glad to read about each of you and where you are.  NancyW, I've been where you are with the crazy food feelings.  I'm so impressed that you're diving back into a Whole30 and sharing your feelings here.  I'll be sending extra good healthy vibes your way in the next weeks.  

 

peace.

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Ms. Nancy,

I too am struggling a bit. Because I am leaving Thursday am for five days my fridge is not in Whole 30 form... it is half empty... and damn I have to get rid of the cake samples in my freezer as I had a half a piece of one again tonight. I am working with the produce specialist tomorrow thank goodness and am going to hand out the last of those sample boxes and maybe have some veggie and herb samples left over after words. When I get back from Austin am going to start right back on another whole 30 because I feel myself slipping... All non compliant food goes bye bye before my trip. Work has been getting more and more stressful... this has always been my downfall in the past. Stress = return to bad habits. I am not going full on crazy here but not great. I got more exercise in last week and was doing pretty good and then the weekend good but not great...

Just think I need to have more time to keep getting those habits burned into my brain. No alcohol of any kind for me but the darn cake! I am going to have a beer or two in Austin... try and eat healthy for the most part...

Then when I get back I will have exactly 30 days till I have to go to a wedding so I am going to squeeze another Whole 30 in.

Yes this is what is needed for me.

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Looks like I will be a day behind the rest of the Columbus Crew on this Whole30. I went to dinner tonight with friends, and had a plan. We get together every three months, and we always go to the same place, so I knew I could have a compliant meal. And then we started gabbing and I started eating--rolls with butter! I haven't had that since we started our September W30, and it was buttered and in my mouth before I knew what hit me. Tomorrow is a new day, and at least it was only one day in, not longer. This is a perfect example of why I need to do this second 30 right away. Gotta change those neural pathways!!!

 

cristin1868, I hear ya! Slippery slopes everywhere!

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I was walking down the street this morning and witnessed a man getting horribly beaten by another man.  They seemed to know each other, so it wasn't a random attack.  And it was pretty quickly broken up by a woman they were with & two men that ran out of the business they were in front of.  It was so scary though.  The attacker threw the guy down on the sidewalk, was kicking him & stomping on his head.  I can't even imagine how someone can be that vicious.  I am fairly certain they were high, I've seen the woman they were with many times before and she is part of a crowd of aboriginal people who carry around gasoline cans to sniff.  But it was just shocking. I had my daughter with me, so I'm sure that made the rush of adrenaline even higher, because although we were not in any danger, my protective instincts kicked in.  Thankfully the stroller was pointed away from them, so she didn't see any of it.  

 

This really has nothing to do with my post W30 journey.  I just feel the need to share it with someone.  About 20 minutes later I got very shaky, hungry & nauseous.  I assume because the adrenaline burst.  So I went in a coffee house & ate some GF toast (healthiest option on their menu).  And after I got home I had a huuuuuuge lunch (completely compliant).  All that adrenaline made me hungry.  I am pretty certain if this had happened prior to my W30 journey, we would have gone in the ice cream shop that we passed on the way to the coffee house & I would have stuffed myself full of coffee flavored ice cream with hot fudge sauce.  And then probably gone and gotten french fries for lunch.  So, I guess it does have a lot to do with it after all.

 

Oh, the manager of the office that the attack was in front of called the police when the attack happened.  When the attacker and the victim heard the police were coming they both cleared out quickly.  The victim was helped away by some others they were with, kind of walking on his own, but supported.  I pray he's ok.  Head injuries are no joke, my grandfather died from a brain injury that happened in a car accident and I will never be able to forget visiting him in the head trauma ICU prior to his death & seeing him & the other patients in there.

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And then we started gabbing and I started eating--rolls with butter! I haven't had that since we started our September W30, and it was buttered and in my mouth before I knew what hit me. 

 

I have been GF for 5 years.  I get horribly sick if I eat gluten, to the point that bread isn't even at all tempting to me.  But I still will absent-mindedly grab a piece of bread if the basket is in front of me.  It's a really hard habit to break.  I have to make sure that the bread basket is out of arm's reach to keep myself safe.  Most of my friends know this now & it's become a huge joke.  They say they're going to get a tiny intervention banner to put in front of the rolls at restaurants.

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I was walking down the street this morning and witnessed a man getting horribly beaten by another man.  They seemed to know each other, so it wasn't a random attack.  And it was pretty quickly broken up by a woman they were with & two men that ran out of the business they were in front of.  It was so scary though.  The attacker threw the guy down on the sidewalk, was kicking him & stomping on his head.  I can't even imagine how someone can be that vicious.  I am fairly certain they were high, I've seen the woman they were with many times before and she is part of a crowd of aboriginal people who carry around gasoline cans to sniff.  But it was just shocking. I had my daughter with me, so I'm sure that made the rush of adrenaline even higher, because although we were not in any danger, my protective instincts kicked in.  Thankfully the stroller was pointed away from them, so she didn't see any of it.  

 

This really has nothing to do with my post W30 journey.  I just feel the need to share it with someone.  About 20 minutes later I got very shaky, hungry & nauseous.  I assume because the adrenaline burst.  So I went in a coffee house & ate some GF toast (healthiest option on their menu).  And after I got home I had a huuuuuuge lunch (completely compliant).  All that adrenaline made me hungry.  I am pretty certain if this had happened prior to my W30 journey, we would have gone in the ice cream shop that we passed on the way to the coffee house & I would have stuffed myself full of coffee flavored ice cream with hot fudge sauce.  And then probably gone and gotten french fries for lunch.  So, I guess it does have a lot to do with it after all.

 

Oh, the manager of the office that the attack was in front of called the police when the attack happened.  When the attacker and the victim heard the police were coming they both cleared out quickly.  The victim was helped away by some others they were with, kind of walking on his own, but supported.  I pray he's ok.  Head injuries are no joke, my grandfather died from a brain injury that happened in a car accident and I will never be able to forget visiting him in the head trauma ICU prior to his death & seeing him & the other patients in there.

How scary!! Remembering how I felt when my girls were that age, I can only imagine the adrenalin burst that would have happened. That would certainly have sent me running for treats. Glad all ended well, for you and your daughter, if not for the man who was the victim of the attack.

 

 

 

I have been GF for 5 years.  I get horribly sick if I eat gluten, to the point that bread isn't even at all tempting to me.  But I still will absent-mindedly grab a piece of bread if the basket is in front of me.  It's a really hard habit to break.  I have to make sure that the bread basket is out of arm's reach to keep myself safe.  Most of my friends know this now & it's become a huge joke.  They say they're going to get a tiny intervention banner to put in front of the rolls at restaurants.

 

I shared with the group what I was doing, and the consequence (starting over). They won't let that happen next time!! So Day One, here I am again! I think I will always have to have my guard up against that kind of thing. And after not having gluten for so long, it'll be interesting to see if there are any effects. I'm not staying away from it because it makes me physically ill, but because it messes with my head like sugar does. Will watch carefully today and tomorrow...

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Hi! Catching up on all the posts/news from three-day unplugged, restful weekend. Visit with my favorite cousin and her family. In the country near Lima, OH. Walked up and down some hills around the pond. I love it there. Brings back great childhood memories of spending two weeks just about every summer with my aunt (sans my parents!) and Uncle and cousins! Now back to the real life. And need to get back to being compliant. I did off road at just about every meal with dairy and gluten. Did okay. Only one misstep and it was planned. A piece of coffee cake from a bakery that I like. I brought it with to share with my cousins. Because they love pastries from Chicago. I had one slim piece, it tasted wonderful! Typically I could eat a quarter of that cake without batting an eye. And then I watched one of my cousins do just that. It made me sad, especially when I found out she is diabetic. And then I found out my fave cuz is on med for diabetes! I felt bad that I brought the cake. Tried to talk my fave cuz into W30. She noticed the difference in me but not convinced for herself. Of course photos were taken and for the first time in a long time, I look kinda good in them!

Anyway, happy to find we're going to be aunts (and uncles too)! How exciting! And thanks for all the excercise video info! I ordered up the 90-year yoga video and the Well Fed book today. Need some movement and inspiration!

Love you guys!

PS: more on the baby news front: found out my daughter is pregnant with her second! I'm trying to encourage her to do the 30 or at least going paleo. She lives far away from us and I hope when she sees the pics of me from OH that she will be encouraged to go on this lifestyle change!

Onward! Compliant days ahead for me. Need to get to the grocery store, boil the eggs, make some veggie soup!

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Hey all

 

I was on the road and mostly unplugged too.  It was our Canadian Thanksgiving and I ate 100% compliant.  I cheated (or succeeded) though.  We were at my Sister-in-Laws on Saturday for dinner and my brother-in-law made chicken Parmesan sandwiches and homemade (deep fried) French fries.  The Sunday night (at my parents) was a traditional Turkey, Stuffing, Salads and mashed Potato (with dairy).  

 

Before I left, I made a big salad (x 2, with homemade salad dressing) and three servings of compliant sausage (and mustard).  I also bought cubed Sweet Potato and packed it all up in a cooler for our travels.  I had some fruit and veggies from both places but I stuck to the W30 template 100%.

 

My daughter did win the muffin competition (my SIL fixed the voting a bit) and I did not even have (or want) a bite of either muffin.

 

Deserts on Sunday were Fruit custard tarts and apple pie. Neither of these were at all appealing so there was no real temptation or issues.  I told both hosts ahead of time that I was going to eat differently and I was there for the people... There were no issues and I did not feel deprived or shunned in any way.  

 

Monday was my first day of re-introduction.  I did Legumes.  Natural Peanut butter with apples, poached eggs and sweet potato for M1, Salad with tuna and humus mixed together plus a side of carrots with humus for M2 and chili with white beans, peppers, onion, tomato and ground chicken for M3.  

 

Felt pretty good and no noticeable concerns yet for legumes.  I was back to sweet potato hash and poached eggs with a banana for M1 today.

 

Feeling good!

 

Cheers

DJ

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...But it was just shocking. I had my daughter with me, so I'm sure that made the rush of adrenaline even higher... All that adrenaline made me hungry...

Glad you're ok, hope the shock is wearing off. Yes, that is true... an adrenaline rush can definitely result in hunger. I had to take a family member to the ER over the weekend (she's ok now), and ended up eating an extra meal that night, with an extra helping of starchy veggies, I was so so hungry!!

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So the bake sale is consuming my life right now....but that is better than me consuming the bake sale, right?!

 

3.678 more days to go until vacation.  I'm in that weird stage when there is really not nearly enough time between now and tomorrow's sale...but way too much time between now and Friday.

 

@art-school-girl, can't believe I missed that another Tot was going to be visiting my gnereal area.  My aunt is from Lima originally, but I've only been once or twice to extended family reunion type things...still feels like you were just next door!  It's a gorgeous time of year to meader around.  We are taking my nieces to Bainbridge this weekend, just a small park there that we have made an annual "fall leaf" trip to since we were babies ourselves and looking forward to making that part of their childhood as well.  Last year the older girl was just barely stead enough to toddle around on the quilt we spread out...this year it's going to be a mad dash through the leaves to keep up with her.  I should call dibs on the sleepy newborn right now while I'm thinking about it.  :lol:

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Ok, well... I've been staying W30 compliant and sugar-free, but did a few more reintroductions: Had Goat Cheese, and it was soooo delicious on my salad the other day, but then: CONSTIPATION. Ugh. So there ya go. Done.

I tried polenta and it made me moody and irritable (!?), I was just LOOKING to pick a fight!... weird, and totally out of character. How can popcorn and tortillas have been so benign for me, and polenta so volatile? There was nothing else in it, just plain old organic corn. Huh.

I notice the bedtime snack dragon taunting me... Argh, that's a hard one.

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Not much going on with me. I'm finding new ways to get in vegies.  Bought a huge container of spinach last Fri and have been putting many meals on a bed of it just to use it up and get in my 2 cups/meal.  I'm staying compliant with no more intros until I get this headache nonsense under control.  Saw a doctor about it today just because it's been 6 days.  Neurological responses all look great so we'll do a blood work up to confirm that all is OK there.  Could be the heat, a new allergy.  Who knows?  It was manageable today.  Yeah!  Helping a friend pack for a move tomorrow - told her I'm bringing lunch. Cashew chicken salad, some cut up vegies and a yummy honeycrisp apple.

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I was walking down the street this morning and witnessed a man getting horribly beaten by another man.  They seemed to know each other, so it wasn't a random attack.  And it was pretty quickly broken up by a woman they were with & two men that ran out of the business they were in front of.  It was so scary though.  The attacker threw the guy down on the sidewalk, was kicking him & stomping on his head.  I can't even imagine how someone can be that vicious.  I am fairly certain they were high, I've seen the woman they were with many times before and she is part of a crowd of aboriginal people who carry around gasoline cans to sniff.  But it was just shocking. I had my daughter with me, so I'm sure that made the rush of adrenaline even higher, because although we were not in any danger, my protective instincts kicked in.  Thankfully the stroller was pointed away from them, so she didn't see any of it.  

 

This really has nothing to do with my post W30 journey.  I just feel the need to share it with someone.  About 20 minutes later I got very shaky, hungry & nauseous.  I assume because the adrenaline burst.  So I went in a coffee house & ate some GF toast (healthiest option on their menu).  And after I got home I had a huuuuuuge lunch (completely compliant).  All that adrenaline made me hungry.  I am pretty certain if this had happened prior to my W30 journey, we would have gone in the ice cream shop that we passed on the way to the coffee house & I would have stuffed myself full of coffee flavored ice cream with hot fudge sauce.  And then probably gone and gotten french fries for lunch.  So, I guess it does have a lot to do with it after all.

 

Oh, the manager of the office that the attack was in front of called the police when the attack happened.  When the attacker and the victim heard the police were coming they both cleared out quickly.  The victim was helped away by some others they were with, kind of walking on his own, but supported.  I pray he's ok.  Head injuries are no joke, my grandfather died from a brain injury that happened in a car accident and I will never be able to forget visiting him in the head trauma ICU prior to his death & seeing him & the other patients in there.

What a horrifying experience.  So sorry that you witnessed that.  It is hard to imagine the barbaric actions people are capable of.  Glad you're OK.  Funny how stress can trigger our appetite.  Sounds like you handled that very well.  Hooray for you!

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Ok, well... I've been staying W30 compliant and sugar-free, but did a few more reintroductions: Had Goat Cheese, and it was soooo delicious on my salad the other day, but then: CONSTIPATION. Ugh. So there ya go. Done.

I tried polenta and it made me moody and irritable (!?), I was just LOOKING to pick a fight!... weird, and totally out of character. How can popcorn and tortillas have been so benign for me, and polenta so volatile? There was nothing else in it, just plain old organic corn. Huh.

I notice the bedtime snack dragon taunting me... Argh, that's a hard one.

I've always believed dragons to be mythical creatures, but it turns out they are very real. I have a pair of them - a sugar dragon and a salty/crunchy dragon. They are formidable foes, strong enough to keep coming back in a fiery blaze whenever it suits them. But we will WIN, my dragon-slaying sugar-free friend!!!

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Congratulations @AshleyM2484!  Wishing you a very healthy and happy 9 months.  

 

And it's definitely not a coincidence that this happened now, thanks to W30 I am ovulating without medication.  Hopefully in another couple of weeks I'll be able to make a similar announcement on here (fingers crossed).

 

Yes Congratulations AshleyM!!

 

We are also trying, have been for a long time but due to severe anxiety about hospitals as well as suffering from vaginismus I'm only just getting help, I've had initial blood tests which came back all normal, got a laproscopy on Monday to check if there are any issues and I'm so scared- not sleeping, not hungry although I am trying to stay on 3 compliant meals- just a couple of times where I've had a handful of corn chips for meal 2 because it's all I could face. Luckily they are putting me under general so I won't know what is happening- I'm not sure I'd cope otherwise. I really hope I can get through whatever comes- I'm 36 now and feeling the clock ticking- I just can't leave it any longer or it could be too late and I really want kids. I always wanted a big family but at this stage I'll be happy with one! As far as I know there are no issues, I am pretty regular give or take a day so I'm really hoping that the test shows either no issues or something simple that can be fixed quick. 

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