FFFC August Beat The Heat Fitness Challenges 2014

It’s been a minute since I published one of these regular monthly fitness challenges but no time like the present.  This month we have a nice challenge in store for you.  Before I get to them though, can you believe we are already in August???  This year is flying by and before you know it we will be showing off our brawn and muscles from these challenges in December, in time for holiday little black dress season – HELLO! This month there are 2 primary challenges – exercise and running.  Except for the running challenge, the exercise challenge should not take more than 60 to 90 seconds out of your day.

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Challenge 1:  Fitness Flash Challenge

This is a HOT challenge because you are really trying to beat yourself.  You are working to do as many reps as possible in 60 seconds (with proper form) of each exercise.  Make sure you are hydrated and use proper form (I can’t stress that enough).  If need be, modify the move.  Now let’s make it real fun, record yourself (use your phone, camcorder, etc.) yourself and share it in our private Facebook Group or Google+ Community found here:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/femmefitale/

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/communities/110772048530520804686

OR post yourself before, during or after your flash fitness exercise with your rep count on Instagram with hashtag #fffcaug and tag @FemmeFitaleFitClub so we can check you out and root you on. Your goal for this challenge is to complete more reps the second 10 days of this challenge than you did the first 10 days.

I plan to record myself and post to YouTube so subscribe to my channel at http://youtube.curleedst so you can see how well I do with this challenge.

*Please note, several of us are still doing the DietBet challenge until August 10th but this is a nice additional challenge to help everyone smash their 4% weight-loss goals.

Invite your family, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers in on this challenge.  The more the merrier!!!!! FFFC August Flash Fitness Challenge 2014

Challenge 2:  Go The Distance – 100 miles Walk/Run Challenge

Here’s our second fun challenge this month.  I know many Femme Fitales LOVE running so here is your challenge, run 100 miles in the month of August.

If you can’t run, no worries, walk it.  Just get moving and go the distance!

Use whatever tracking app you like (i.e. Nike+, Strava, Wahoo Fitness, MapMyRun, etc.) and post the screen shot after each of your walk/run activity in our private Facebook Group or Google+ Community:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/femmefitale/

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/communities/110772048530520804686

Also invite your family, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers in on this challenge.  Who wants to run or walk alone?  :-)

Go The Distance August Challenge 2014  We are very excited about the August challenges and hope you participate.  The more the merrier and it really helps when we have folks cheering and encouraging each other to meet or exceed these goals.

Let’s GO!!!

 


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Welcome to the Rock Your Workout Event Sweepstakes

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You know I am always on the lookout for cool, attractive, wearable, and functional workout clothing.  MPG is a brand that provides all of that.

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MPG is a brand of clothing which fuses fashion sensibility with performance function.

In our drive to develop the ultimate active apparel, we have achieved garments that feel and look so great on, you will want to wear them for everyday use. MPG has effectively blurred the lines between fashion and performance.

Truly powerful action is the result of an equally passionate vision and drive to achieve. Behind the energy for perfection surges the will to attain it. In recognizing this balance, MPG has developed a line of clothing that seamlessly blends fashion and function, design and performance. The results are richly detailed pieces with a technical edge — an entire collection unparalleled in conception and construction.

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MPG has offered not 1 but 3 prizes of YOUR choice of top, bottom, jacket and tote! This prize is available for both MALES and FEMALES ! Prizes are also open to USA/CAN!!!

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Farmivore Juicing Box Haul 5

Farmivore Haul 5

I am at it again and this time everything looked DELICIOUS!!!  It was very exciting to open this box, as it is every week, so here I am bringing it all to you.  Check out the menu below and try to stop salivating.

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FRIEND614 for a FREE first box.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Oh Snap!

{Sugar Snap Pea, Cucumber, Orange, Ginger, Pear}

Green Gobblin’

{Collard Greens, Cucumber, Lemon, Ginger, Turmeric}

Drop The Beet

{Red Beet, Celery, Lemon, Orange}

Ginger Snap

{Carrot, Cucumber, Ginger, Pear, Turmeric)

In this week’s haul the “DROP THE BEET” juice was my favorite closely followed by “OH SNAP!”.  I never knew one could juice snap peas and that they would be delicious.  YUMMY!!!!

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:  Oh Snap!, Green Gobblin’, Drop the Beet, or Ginger Snap?


Workout Wednesday – WOW Link Up #38

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard, Natalie | Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen, and Jen | Comeback Momma

Link up co-hostesses They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us.  You can also check them out on the social media scene.

Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Hey there – we just created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics.  Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email so I can add you to the board to share your post(s) at diatta@femmefitalefitclub.com.

Also, you may not have noticed but I also have a fitness blog directory on this site so feel free to enter a link to your blog there as well right here:  http://femmefitalefitclub.com/fitness-and-running-site-directory/


 Let’s party!!

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, Comeback Momma, and Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen blogs. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s blog sites or YouTube channels by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites. 

Theme:

We are linking up blog posts, Google+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTHY EATING or WELLNESS.  

Simple Rules:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:

2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enoughShow some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.

3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.

4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification. 6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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Featured Fitale – Risa Bledsoe

Risa Bledsoe

Me in April 2014, 170 pounds.

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

RB:  My name is Risa Bledsoe. I am a stay at home mom to three kids, ages 7 (daughter), 20 months (son), and 6 months (son). I am studying for my Masters degree in Clinical Counseling. I also write a blog about my life as a Christian wife and mother called Counting My Blessings (http://countmyblessings1.blogspot.com).

FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?

RB:  My weight has been like a yo-yo over the years. Instead of gaining the freshman 15 when I went to college, I lost about 25 pounds. Over the years, I gained it back and then some. After I had my first child, I had to have my gall bladder removed. That started more weight gain. I will admit I kept making excuses. I think the thing that really made me want to lose weight was when my feet started hurting so bad that I couldn’t stand up in church during worship, I couldn’t chase my kids around or even stand in line for something for more than 10 or 15 minutes. I got winded going up a few flights of stairs when I was pregnant. That’s when I knew that I needed to get healthier for myself and for my kids.

FFFC:  What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?

RB:  The highest weight I hit was about 225 pounds. I am 5’3”. The 225 was when I was pregnant with my first son, but I didn’t really gain any weight while I was pregnant with him, so that was all from me not exercising and not really eating right. After he was born, I got all the way down to 185 before I got pregnant with my second son. I gained about 15 pounds with him so I was up to 200 pounds. I am now down to 170 pounds.

FFFC:  How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

RB:  My weight loss journey is not really over yet. I am still trying to get healthier, exercise more, and lose more weight. My husband and I were talking about it and he thinks that it should be more about toning up and losing fat on those problem areas than weight loss at this point. I agree with him!

My weight loss journey really began after my first son was born (in 2012) but was put on hold while I was pregnant with the second son. So I guess you would say it officially began in February of 2014, after my youngest son was 6 weeks old and I had the ok for more aggressive forms of exercise.

FFFC:  What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?

RB:  So far, I’ve tried to fit workouts into my normal daily life. Most of the weight loss came from walking my daughter to and from school each day. It was about a mile each way, so I walked a total of about 4 miles, 5 days a week, from March until the end of May. I also like to play Just Dance and EA Active on the Nintendo Wii. My family and I go to the zoo sometimes, and that involves a lot of walking as well. I have recently worked in some weight training.

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change?

RB:  I ate more frequent, healthier meals because I am breastfeeding . I am hungry quite often, but I try to make sure I don’t eat junk food or unhealthy things. I will try to eat fruits, veggies, etc. The most unhealthy snack I eat is probably peanut butter or cheese and crackers.

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

RB:  For breakfast, I usually have a bowl of healthy cereal like Honey Bunches of Oats, Cheerios, or Mini Wheats (I like the kind with fruit in the middle). When it’s cooler outside I will have a bowl of oatmeal.

For lunch, I will eat whatever is available. It’s usually something like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, ramen, or chicken nuggets that my children eat. Not the most healthy choices for lunch, but I’m so busy with the kids sometimes I just have to eat what I can. At least it’s not fast food! I am trying to buy healthier foods for lunches, but I am still learning a lot about what’s healthy and what’s not.

For dinner, I try to make things that are fairly low in fat. I make chicken, pork, ground beef (85% lean or higher), etc. I always have a vegetable of some sort and will usually throw in some kind of grain/carb like rice, bread, or potatoes.

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FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

RB:  I like to play Just Dance on the Wii. I like to play it with my daughter.

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

RB:  I have to make sure that I work out at least three times a week for at least thirty minutes. This can be challenging sometimes with a six month old who still wakes up during the night. I am sometimes very tired, but I do it anyway.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

RB:  For junk food, I just keep it out of my house. If I do want something like ice cream, cookies, etc. I let myself indulge every once in a while, but I don’t buy a lot of it so it won’t be around the house for me to eat for a long period of time and I share it with the rest of the family so I don’t eat it all!

Lack of activity is a big one for me. My husband was always telling me I needed to exercise more and I really just didn’t want to listen. It was hard to start the habit of exercising and I admit that I sometimes still fail on this one, but I realize that I feel better and look better when I keep up with the exercising. That is what has really kept me going!

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

RB:  You need to be consistent. It’s tough, but you are your own worst enemy. Only you can be the one to say, “I am going to work out today.” Don’t let anyone else prevent you from doing this. Make time. Work it into your daily life. Walk somewhere you would usually drive. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Every little bit helps!

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?

RB:  I think the biggest thing for me was that I had to be athletic to enjoy working out. That is not true at all! Find something you like to do and incorporate it into your workout. You don’t have to be an athlete to be in shape!

FFFC:  Do you have any fitness idols?  Who are they?

RB:  I honestly have to say my biggest fitness idol is my husband. He was an amateur boxer for 8 years and then went into professional boxing for a few years as well. He found the time to work out even when he was going through school for his Masters Degree and working a part time job with a baby at home. He still spent time with us and did very well with his school and boxing. Now it’s a little tougher for him because his job demands a lot of his time and we have three kids instead of just one, but he still makes fitness one of his priorities and has worked to get me to see why it’s so important.

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

RB:  My blog is http://countmyblessings1.blogspot.com

My facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/countmyblessings1

My twitter is @RisasBlessings


Meal Mondays: Farm Fresh Fit Meals by Homeshed Kitchens

Homeshed Kitchens

 

I don’t know about you but between workouts, family, work, etc. there is very little time to prepare nutritious meals that is satisfying.  Many times I try to cook on Sundays only to get maybe 2 dishes out of the effort that no one in my household wants to eat more than a single day.  I don’t know where these people are from because I ate left overs like nobody’s business.

So I can’t tell you how delighted I was when I found out about Homeshed Kitchens and their Farm Fresh Fit Meals.  They are located in Howard county in Maryland and deliver to Howard, Montgomery and Frederick counties.  

Jeannette Warne had a vision when she created Homeshed Kitchens:

“We believe that there are intrinsic virtues in fostering the flow of food, from the area where it is produced, to the place where it is consumed, including the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on.”

Jeannette, along with her team, created Farm Fresh Fit Meals as a way for busy individuals to eat healthy meals without worrying about food prepping.  They do all of the food prep for you.  How cool is that?

I tried one of their taste meals which consisted of raw almond, carrot coconut balls, acai berry breakfast bowl, baked chicken skewers with apple slaw, and beef stir fry.

My review:

First up let me tell you about the Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl.

AcaiBerryBreakfastBowl

I thought this bowl was a nice snack but it was not filling enough for breakfast.  I ate this after a rigorous weight training workout with my trainer.  Honestly I typically like eating something hot for breakfast and this is served cold.  You store it in the fridge and then remove and eat when ready.  The hempseeds gave it a nice nutty taste and the acai berries along with the blueberries really upped the antioxidant quotient but again, it was cold and I prefer something hot.  I ate it but needed something to chase it to feel more satiated.

I give the breakfast bowl a 5 out of 10.  If you like cereals in the morning this is a good replacement.  If you prefer hot food for breakfast, then you will be desiring something a little more filling.

Next up let’s talk about the Raw Almond Carrot Coconut Balls.

Raw Almond Carrot Coconut Balls

These snack balls were absolutely phenomenal.  You can eat these before a workout or run for quick energy.  These contain the obvious (check the name of the balls) including dates and coconut oil.  This wasn’t too sweet and the balls were perfect size for a single bite.  These were some of my favorite.  Healthy energy – can’t beat that.  Igive this snack 10 out of 10.

How about the Baked Chicken Skewers and Apple Slaw with Raisins and Pine Nuts?

Baked Chicken Skewers with Apple Slaw

WOW is all I can say about this dish.  They were very generous with the baked chicken breast chunks on the skewers and the fresh thyme gave it the right touch.  My favorite part of this dish was definitely the apple slaw.  The flavors just danced in my mouth.  Perfect combination of sweet, tart and crunch.  OH MY GOODNESS – this lunch dish was filling and definitely a winner.  I give this dish 10 out of 10.

Last but not least, let me talk to you about the Beef Stir Fry with Cashews.

Cashew Beef Stir Fry

I ate this dish after a tough 1-hour boot camp workout with Sanders Optimum Fitness.  I came home and heated this up in the oven on 400 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.  I asked Jeannette about heating things up in the microwave and her position on this was the microwave breaks down the nutrition and nature of the food so heating up in the oven was preferred.  I followed her recommendation on this and everything was a perfect temperature after ten minutes.

This beef stir fry with cashews was perfection.  The vegetables were the right amount of crunch and not overcooked.  The beef was nice, tasty and tender and the entire dish was infused with the delicious flavor of ginger.  It wasn’t too salty – it was seasoned just right.  This was definitely what I needed after a tough boot camp workout.  I give this a 10 out of 10.

Pros:

  • No prep for you, all prep is on Homeshed Kitchens
  • They have a variety of healthy food options
  • Their nutritionist couples the right food and macros together for you taking out the guess work
  • The meals I tasted were absolutely delicious
  • It is extremely convenient  as they deliver to your gym or workout location on a schedule

Cons:

  • Currently they only deliver in Howard, Montgomery and Frederick counties (they are looking to branch out into Baltimore County)

Summary:

Overall  the meals and add-on snack I tried were phenomenal.  It felt good not having to worry about buying or picking up lunch or worrying about dinner.  You don’t realize how much of a relief that is until you don’t have to worry about it.  If you are a busy person who is conscientious about healthy and clean eating, then this service just might be what you have been looking for.  Check out their website for details at:  http://homeshedkitchens.com/farm-fresh-fit/ on pricing and meal plans.

 

Homeshed Kitchens meal plans

 

BTW they also offer juice cleanses and juice meals.

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this review but did receive complimentary sample Farm Fresh Fit Meals.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.


$50 Amazon Giveaway ~ Bloggers Wanted

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Rock Your Workout Event ~ Bloggers Needed

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Mike’s Vertical Grill Giveaway

Deliciously Savvy Is Celebrating Its 1ST Year Anniversary with a Fabulous Assortment Of Giveaways! Starting With Giveaway #1: Mike’s Vertical Grill ($249 ARV)

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In the Gym with HangTight with MarC

HangTight with MarCFFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

HTWM: I’m a Personal Trainer and Health Coach to persons nationwide providing free multimedia-based HangTight with MarC weekly workouts for total body transformation catered to all fitness levels. I specialize in various metabolic training workouts including-HIIT, the most popular, EMOM, Tabata, AMRAP, also Yoga and Pilates. Health advice is given each week to keep persons on track to a healthy lifestyle and way of living by constant health tip reminders, motivational posters, and multimedia-based Fitness and Nutrition Talk videos. The ‘HangTighter’ Fitness Community is on all major social networking sites, all with a common interest of fitness and health.

FFFC:  How did you get started in fitness and working out?

HTWM:  My love for fitness, health, and wellness has grown to great extents over the past several years. In my former years I ran track, ran cross-country, but for the majority of my career played soccer. Due to my abundant injuries (see below) I don’t have a choice but to stay active and healthy. Fitness and working out are the two things that make me the happiest, mind, body, and soul.

FFFC:  What is HangTight with MarC all about?

HTWM:  My mission is to positively change the lives of my HangTighters through all things in life by Getting Tight (workouts), Feeling Tight (diet tips & recipes), Style Tight (fitness and health tips, along with reviews of new products on the market), & most importantly Seeing Light (God’s Word), and continue improving my health and fitness goals to make HangTight with MarC a success.

FFFC:  Why did you start HangTight  with MarC?

HTWM:  

One day I got fed up, in a friendly way, of people asking me the same questions day after day. I then decided to start in my living room with a camera and yoga mat! For the first year I provided all body weight workouts for persons to do at home. In the second year I started introducing weights to my workout routines to teach others how to work out with weights.

FFFC:  Why did you make fitness your career choice?  How?

HTWM:  Being healthy and fit is the only way to live and feel your best, therefore I couldn’t resist making it a habit and career.

FFFC:  How do you balance making time to get in your workouts with the demands of your career and personal life?

HTWM:  I have a #Noexcuses mentality when it comes to working out. I work out first thing in the morning, which allows me to be structured the way I am. Besides  being a very disciplined person  I NEVER dread working out—it’s the highlight of my day. As a matter of fact working out, eating, and sleeping are my favorite things to do each day, in addition to my family. Therefore, I put working out high on my list, and this allows me to do all the demands of your career and personal life because I feel my best from the inside out.

FFFC:  What do you like most about what you do?

HTWM:  Getting others in shape and seeing their results. Along with watching my progress over time getting stronger and more fit to showcase to others.

FFFC:  What is your favorite exercise routine?

HTWM:  HangTight with MarC style workouts, HIIT, Tabata, AMRAP, EMOM, Time Challenge, and Yoga

FFFC:  What do you consider the most useful workout equipment?

HTWM:  Your body for bodyweight exercises, dumbbells and a workout mat.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this field and what you do?

HTWM:  That you need to workout for hours on end. With HangTight with MarC style workouts you can get in the best shape of your life simply by working as hard as you can for 4 minutes (aka Tabata style training) up to 30 minutes doing one of my longer HIIT workouts.

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for the average woman trying to balance family, career with a fitness lifestyle?

HTWM:  Decide which one on the list matters most and prioritize based on that. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Everyone’s body is different and you have to embrace what God gave you. However, you will have to work hard to get the body you want. I’m in my 20s and I workout harder than ever because I know if I don’t my body wouldn’t be where I want it to be.

FFFC:  Do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers who continue to struggle with poor eating and drinking choices and habits?

HTWM:  Visit the Feel Tight tab of the HangTight with MarC website for ideas and tips on what I eat. Also, if you sign up for the HangTight Fit Package (link provided below) I give you tips each week to stay on track. The biggest suggestion I can give to someone is to hop on board with HangTight with MarC Feel Tight Lifestyle Challenges, done monthly. I challenge my community each month to a Lifestyle Challenge (aka diet challenge) to keep everyone on track. The biggest success has been a long time follower of mine that went from a size 16 to a 6.  Visit the HangTighter tab to see for yourself!

FFFC:  Do you have any new projects or programs you would like to share with us (i.e. fitness programs, boot camps, shows, etc.).

HTWM:  2015 Atlanta Bootcamp and workout sessions are on!

FFFC:  What would you say is your biggest career accomplishment to date? 

HTWM:  Uniquely, my background consists of obstacles I still have to overcome such as sports injuries and surgeries on my toe, knee, and hip. My most recent injury and surgery as of August 2013 has been a foot injury from running in the Vibram Five Finger shoes in 2010. I’m still recovering from that injury to date. I feel this is my biggest career accomplishment, because if I didn’t tell anyone what I’ve been through they’d never know. Why? Because I strive to keep my body in the best shape as my lifestyle.

FFFC:  Who is your fitness idol?

HTWM:  Hmm my dad, former marine. Inspired me to always stay in shape.

FFFC:  How can our readers find you on the web and learn more about your services?

HTWM:  CONNECT WITH ME SOCIALLY:

✔ My Website

http://www.hangtightwmarc.com

 

✔ HangTight Fit Package-Free Workout Schedule, Tight Tips, Giveaways, & More

http://eepurl.com/BWdnn

 

✔JOIN the YouTube HangTighter Community

http://bit.ly/zTADwc

 

✔ HangTight with MarC FB FAN PAGE!

http://on.fb.me/x2k1wF

 

✔Twitter

http://bit.ly/yRPgst

 

✔ Tumblr

http://bit.ly/AaNYVP

 

✔ Pinterest!

http://bit.ly/xsr0XX

 

✔ Instagram!

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