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    Hi

    I thought I'd keep this to give a record of how I'm doing, so here goes

    Firstly a bit of background.

    I've always had a problem with weight, having a serious sweet tooth and a fad dieting overweight mother has meant that diet and nutrition have been an obsession of mine for as long as I can remember even though with hindsight my "problem" was only ever a couple of stone until a few years ago. I've read all the books, tried most of the diets - generally not past the first week, and dreamed of being slim and healthy with no effort. The only times that I've actually managed this state was when I lived alone and just ate what I fancied, when I fancied in between working crazy hours.

    Fast forward to 41, having been happily married for 10 years the weight has gradually crept on so I was about 3st heavier than I would have liked, but I'm happy and going to get round to doing something about it any day now - when I start having some serious gastro problems.

    Before this I'd suffered with acid reflux, backache, general aches and pains which I blamed on the excess weight and bad diet, but suddenly I was up most nights with pain and food going straight through me as well as various other symptoms. Going to the doctor for the first time in five years resulted in a blood test and a bit of a poke about - after a week of hearing nothing I rang the doctor to find out that there was no need to see the doctor as I was "fine". As this being "fine" had had me up all night for 5 of the previous 7 nights I insisted on seeing the doctor, who basically reiterated that the blood tests were fine so it was probably IBS.

    As I said I've been obsessed with diet and nutrition from a very young age - so whilst I generally ignored all of it and carried on with the traditional lousy western diet I was convinced that this was not the case as I'd already tried eliminating most foods associated with IBS with no result.

    I insisted on seeing a consultant, which took 3 months and he sent me for tests which were 3 months away - all this time I was getting weaker but my stomach was getting larger. Eventually they had to admit me to hospital as I was constantly vomiting blood whilst looking 11 months pregnant. Once the medical professionals started to actually listen and stopped trying to tell me there was no problem everything went very quickly and I'm relieved to say that the malignant ovarian cancer was found to have been surrounded by the borderline variety so once they had removed the entire area I was all sorted, just having to cope with a sudden menopause.

    Which would have been great as I was back to my ideal weight and everything seemed to be rosy - except that I'd lost most of my muscle tone and I was craving chocolate and peanut butter as if it was going out of fashion, and my husband bless his heart was determined to fatten me up so I didn't look so ill.

    So I went on an 18 month sugar binge which has brought me here. My cravings were completely out of control to the point that I was almost shovelling chocolate bars into my mouth after eating a perfectly good evening meal - during this 18 months I've had periods of clarity when I've tried CW eating - didn't work, Weightwatchers - didn't work as it was too liberal. I did great until I started using my points on acceptable things like Quavers and WW cakes - then suddenly I was binging again. I also tried the Dukan Diet which is basically a low fat version of Atkins - did great for the next 10 days but couldn't bring myself to do it again as it was too restrictive for long term imo.

    What these diets have shown me is that for me refined sugar is as bad as nicotine - I stopped smoking for good about 5 years ago after smoking 40-50 a day for 20 years and have never looked back or had any problems since but the time before I actually stopped, I stopped for 3 months - again it was easy I was quite happy not smoking but one day I had one of those "twitchy" day - I was bored, didn't really know what I wanted but fancied something - so I had a cigarette off a friend of mine who smoked. The result was amazing - I hated the taste, it made me feel dizzy and sick and I put it out after a few puffs - but within 30 mins I lit it again and finished it. And the cravings started - before I smoked the damn thing I had been happily off cigarettes for 3 months, after smoking one I was craving them worst than in the first few days of initially stopping and within a couple of days I was back to a 50 a day habit. Even though I knew I could happily manage without cigarettes it took me 18 months to mentally get back to the place where I was so sick of wasting money and being an addict that I actually stopped for good.

    So that's my where I am now - mentally I sick of putting on weight uncontrollably, I'm sick of eating carrier bags full of junk rather than the odd bar, and I'm terrified of the amount of weight that I've put on in 18 months which if I continue at this rate will have me dead in a very short time and unable to move at all within about 2 years as I'll be well over 20 stone if I carry on like this. I'm already heavier than I have ever been in my life, but am still slim enough to be able to buy clothes easily and do exercise if I wish to.

    Week 1:

    Its been great and my husband has agreed to do it with me and is enjoying it as well.

    Basic Menu:

    9.30ish - 2 Egg Omelette with Loads of Peppers, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes

    Throughout the day - Cold Roast Meat from night before, Chicken, Prawns, Corned Beef etc

    6.30ish - Roast Joint with all or some of - Roast Vegetables (Parships, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Onions, Shallots (Chunked and Roasted at 190 DegC for 40-45 mins with a little Olive Oil), or boiled Cauliflower and Brocoli, or Salad

    Drinks Water or Herbal Teas

    Weekly Treat: Fruit - I'm limiting this at the moment as the sugar can set me off but as I loose the weight I'll be putting more fruit in my diet.

    First week Results:

    Me: 10 lb lost - definitely water weight but just shows how much grains, sugar and dairy cause me to bloat.

    Husband: 1 lb lost - but he has friends visiting so he's been hitting the red wine every night "to be sociable" so any loss at all is good.
    1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
    Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

    June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

  • #2
    You're off to a great start. Welcome!
    Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

    F/49/5'4"
    Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
    CW: 146.8 lbs
    GW 140 lbs
    A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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    • #3
      Week 2

      Thanks for the welcome

      Well I've stuck to Primal foods as that's going really well and its easy to arrange round work and general life.

      I've also started to add some more exercise so I'm swimming most days now.

      I did go a bit overboard with the 85% Chocolate and Strawberries eating 3 x 100g Bars of Chocolate and 3 x 400g of Strawberries so I'm going to limit that a bit more this week. The key problem was that Morrisons sold both G&B and Lintz ? Chocolate so of course I had to buy both bars so I could make a valid choice on which I preferred - that decision led to me eating 2 bars of chocolate and 2 tubs of strawberries in 2 days so I'm not buying extra again. The verdict btw was Green & Black chocolate - far nicer and creamier imo.

      Anyway after losing 10lb the first week and eating so much chocolate and fruit I wasn't expecting to loose anything this week so I'm really pleased with my 1lb loss.

      Total for 2 weeks: 11lb

      My husband has decided to give up smoking as well and still managed to lose 1lb even though he's still drinking Red wine and eating lots of fruit so he's happy as he doesn't feel like he's actually on a diet.

      Verdict so far: I see this now as our eating style forever as we are both happy eating this way and I think it'll be far healthier for us - I'm not in a great rush to lose the weight as I know it will go over time and the most important thing for me is that I've finally broken free of the craving-binge cycle that I've been in for the last 18 months. I also feel far less stressed, part of that is that I actually feel back in control of my own eating and part is that I'm not constantly having sugar highs and lows.

      Re common primal questions - I can't say that my energy is great yet, but I am carrying round a lot of excess weight with no muscle to speak of so that's not really a surprise and I had no energy before starting this so its certainly no worse. Toilet wise I seem to produce far far less waste than I ever used to - but what there is regular so I'm not stressed about that either now as it just seems to be the way it is.

      Aim for next week is to add in a bit of strength training and walk the dogs more so till then
      Last edited by Solldara; 06-15-2011, 02:40 AM.
      1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
      Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

      June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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      • #4
        Great couple weeks, good job!
        I'm eager to read your Week 3 report soon
        *

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        • #5
          Hi

          Week 3 Report now in

          Well so much for all my good intentions - I did get as far as watching the youtube vids for the primal exercises, and I've nearly got a chin up bar made so progress is happening but very slowly as I didn't actually get any weight training or dog walking done

          I did swim most days and I'm definitely getting stronger so that's a plus.

          My good intentions regarding the chocolate and strawberries went to the dogs as well (3 lots of each) so this week I'm definitely going to limit it at 2 bars and 2 tubs of each. The theory is that as I now go shopping twice a week for fresh food I get myself a bar of chocolate and a punnet of strawberries and my husband a bottle of wine and a bag of apples - that way we both get treats twice a week but once there are gone we don't get any more till the next shop (3 or 4 days away). Turns out the Morrisons also do a 85% bar which is half the price so of course I had to test it. For the record its actually very nice and my second choice but Green and Blacks still slightly has the edge in as its Organic.

          Oh yep did have a total cheat which was a chinese Takeaway which I won't be doing again as I didn't really enjoy it - happy to stay Primal atm but not going to beat myself up over a lazy moment (too late to cook an easy prep meal and couldn't be bothered to make the effort to cook the planned quick cook meal for the first time)

          Regarding the quick cook meal, we actually had that the next night and it was great - my husband went from I'M NOT EATING THAT when I told him what was for tea to emptying his plate and saying he'd look forward to having it again.

          The meal was chicken and mushroom green curry with cauliflower rice - very quick as you can buy a green curry paste with no gluton or additives (be careful most have loads of added non primal ingredients) and you just stirfry some chicken, mushrooms with the paste and a tin of coconut milk.
          For the "rice" - I grated/finely chopped onions and mushrooms and gently fried them - then added the grated cauliflower and swished it round then let it stand off the heat for a few minutes. This way the cauliflower was still part cooked so had texture but had taken on the flavour of the onions and mushrooms - really great.

          Anyway that sums up my week - feeling great and I'm quite happy with the meals - just starting to experiment a bit more now.

          Results: We both lost 2lb this week which I'm very happy with.

          Total for 3 weeks for me: 13lb.

          Till next week
          1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
          Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

          June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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          • #6
            Week 4

            Wow the time seems to be going really really fast.

            Regarding the chocolate and strawberries - what the hell, I'm happy and still losing weight on 3 of each so why fight it

            I did do better with the walking this week so the dogs are happy as I'm now walking with them 30 minutes every morning and I also seem to have found the best routine for me which is dog walking in the morning to give them some attention and swimming to relax after the day with my DH before tea.

            Energy levels are up as well so I'm really happy as I feel far more positive and "can do" which is having a good effect on other areas of my life.

            Weight loss for the week: 3lb

            Total Weight Loss for 4 Weeks: 16lb

            So for me things are great - I actually tried Chilli in place of Curry this week again with the cauliflower rice which turned out as a total hit and I'm now doing all the cooking which is OK by me as the kitchen stays tidier and I can plan the meals better so we don't get the wastage which has reduced the food bills. Before this my DH did a lot of the cooking as he was into fried and processed foods far more, which at the time was really nice but in hindsight made my "can't be bothered cos I'm stuck in a rut" feeling even worse.

            Only slight negative is that my DH has only lost 4lb in the last 4 weeks - he says its OK and I know that he's happy with the meals and this lifestyle as he actually said my version of his belly pork was tastier than when he cooked it - which made my day as I was really worried he wouldn't like his favorite meal if I cooked it.

            I think the problem is that he's not eating enough so over the next couple of weeks or so I'm going to try organising his other meals as well as the evening ones and see if that helps. He still smokes and still believes if he doesn't eat all day he will loss weight wheres I tend to just eat when I'm hungry and leave food on the plate if I'm not - so I actually eat more than he does atm. We both have a fair amount to loose, and are both doing stuff outside so we're getting exercise dog walking, swimming etc so in theory he should be losing more than me.

            Anyway - till next week
            1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
            Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

            June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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            • #7
              Two whole bags of apples a week might be holding hubby back. You sound British, so I don't know for sure what quantities you are talking about, but a bag of apples here (Canada) is generally 4 lbs (2 kg) and consists of about a dozen apples, each at 75-100 cals of sugar. Could he consider restricting himself to 1 apple a day for a week and see what results?

              Great work on both your parts! Loved reading your weekly updates.

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              • #8
                Thanks - yep British

                I thought the same re the apples so I didn't buy him any yesterday - I bought extra strawberries but as they are overripe I'm eating more of them than I planned myself so they don't go to waste

                It turns out he hasn't been eating all the apples so he actually has a load left anyway - but to be on the safe side I'm going to suggest he switches to berries for a while and I've brought some frozen which will be the way ahead I think, as extra strawberries was definately a bad idea..
                1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
                Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

                June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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                • #9
                  Week 5

                  Had a really yukky week RL wise this week - nothing to do with eating, but its had the knock on effect of knocking my enthusiasm for getting out of bed to face the day. So last weeks get up and go has been hiding under the duvet this week and the dogs haven't got walked (not a major as they have acres to run round in all day and get an exhausting workout each evening ball fetching with my DH). All the same I've been letting my good intentions and new routine slide so the alarm clock is coming back into the bedroom after today - (Wednesday is my day off).

                  On the good side I've still been swimming every evening and have happily stuck to primal foods. Sausage and Tomato Chilli has been added to the menu but I think I prefer using mince so the sausages will probably end up with bacon and eggs in future.

                  Weight loss for the week: 1lb

                  Total Weight Loss for 5 Weeks: 17lb

                  Weight wise its helped having fewer apples as DH has lost 3lb this week so he's really chuffed.

                  Weeks Menu's

                  Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks
                  Cold Meats Left Over from Evening Meals, Cooked Prawns, Roast Chicken, Boiled Eggs with Salad Veg of Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Lettuce.
                  85% Chocolate x 350g and Stawberries x 1200g

                  Evening Meals
                  Wed - Roast Gammon and Roast Carrots, Parsnips, Onions and Mushrooms.
                  Thurs - Green Thia Chicken with Cauliflower Rice (Cauliflower Rice is Grated Cauliflower with fried grated Onion and Green Peppers)
                  Fri - Green Thia Chicken with Cauliflower Rice (Made far too much so we had it again)
                  Sat - Roast Chicken Salad
                  Sun - Roast Pork with Roast Carrots, Onions and Mushrooms
                  Mon - Roast Lamb with Broccoli and Cauliflower
                  Tues - Sausage and Tomato Chilli with Cauliflower Rice
                  1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
                  Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

                  June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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                  • #10
                    Week 6

                    Much better week this week diet and exercise wise - after only losing 1lb last week I decided to get my act together dog walking wise and so I've walked for 30 mins every morning and swam for 30 mins every evening. Still haven't got started on the weight training side but I have now got a chin-up bar which is mocking me every time I go past it. Plan is to do next week with the swimming and walking then progress to adding in the weights the following week ie Week 8.

                    Food wise no problems and no cheats - we're now into a routine of roasts, curries and cold meats but I have upped my tinned salmon consumption as I wanted to increase my calcium intake. Still eating lots of chocolate and strawberries.

                    Weight loss for the week: 4lb

                    Total Weight Loss for 6 Weeks: 21lb

                    DH has lost 1lb this week so he's still losing but would have preferred a higher loss - I'm blaming the wine but he'd rather drink and lose it slowly than give the wine up so at least he's losing not gaining weight.
                    1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
                    Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

                    June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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                    • #11
                      You're doing great!

                      I read this "Regarding the chocolate and strawberries - what the hell, I'm happy and still losing weight on 3 of each so why fight it" and laughed out loud.

                      That's pretty much my philosophy. I haven't tried G&B chocolate yet, and I'm not sure if I should! I can only eat a square or two anyway because it's the one thing that triggers acid reflux in me now that I've quit eating grains (which used to give me reflux all the time).
                      Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

                      F/49/5'4"
                      Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                      CW: 146.8 lbs
                      GW 140 lbs
                      A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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                      • #12
                        Thx

                        I read these boards and think others could be a little more relaxed and forgiving of themselves - my view is that we're doing it for life so I'm not going to get stressed over the little stuff if I'm managing the broad strokes and getting the results.

                        Re the acid - - I could have the same problem but I refuse to admit it myself yet .

                        DH says his acid has cleared up completely since he's been eating primal and he doesn't eat chocolate but I'm hanging on to see if the last of mine goes when I've lost some more weight - if not I may have to consider getting rid of the chocolate but that will be a last resort.
                        1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
                        Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

                        June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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                        • #13
                          Wk 7 and the bit afterwards

                          This is a bit delayed this week as I'm having a s**y week fitness wise so I'm a couple of days late posting this.

                          Anyway first half of the week wasn't too bad apart from the fact that the acid was getting worse but by Monday the acid levels had hit "interfering with sleep" levels so I was starting to feel cranky. Couple this with rain and I decided not to walk the dogs but to use my Strider for 30 mins instead. Its my favorite piece of gym equipment and I used to do 30 mins every morning up until about a year ago but haven't really touched it since. At the time everything was great and I was actually impressed at how easy it was to do 30 minutes while listening to music. Unfortunately my body wasn't so keen the following day as after a lousy nights sleep I woke up unable to move and with one very painful calf muscle

                          Feeling very sorry for myself as I had a lot planned for this week I was now overtired and in pain so I decided to give up the chocolate for a couple of weeks and see if that would sort the acid starting Wednesday (the next day). So Tuesday night was acid and stiffness but Wednesday started and I decided to just baby myself through it expecting to crave the chocolate. Oddly the cravings did not appear but the headache from hell did - which I can only put down to chocolate withdrawal as it felt like a caffeine or sugar withdrawal headache but worse (I think the lack of sleep was now affecting my perspective)

                          So Wednesday was not a good day as I had a blazing headache and was still stiff - to add insult to injury I hadn't lost any weight but to be fair I hadn't really expected to, after the 4lb loss last week. Also I can't post DH's weight loss details as he was away for the week and didn't get back in time for the weigh-in.

                          So week 7 and the start of week 8 have not been great - the headache lasted through most of Thursday but thankfully has gone now. Unfortunately all the sitting round rather than swimming or dog walking has started my Sciatica off so last night it was that, that was keeping me up.

                          There are a few major positives though:

                          1 - The acid seems to have calmed right down as well as a specific joint pain which has also been keeping me awake, 2 days is too early to say its gone but its definitely better now I'm not having the chocolate so that's a step in the right direction as its something I have had for years.

                          2 - With DH away I had planned to have a major cheat day when I could have anything at all that I fancied regardless of primal rules and when I feeling really down and in pain on Thursday I wandered round a supermarket fully intending to buy bad food if I wanted it - in the end I left with bottled water, frozen berries and a cooked chicken as I didn't find anything I fancied enough to risk losing the feeling of nurturing my body and being in control of my eating that eating primally gives me.

                          3 - Eating this way really suits my taste buds and lifestyle, I just cooked 6 eggs and left them in the fridge, along with the roast which lasted me 3 days and just supplemented those with tinned salmon (for the fat and calcium), berries and veg. Coming to work this morning I grabbed a couple of eggs - some sliced roast lamb and I always keep tomatoes, peppers etc in the works fridge so that's me sorted food wise for all day and when I get home it'll take me 5 mins tops to add some veg to my precooked chicken.

                          So going into the rest of week 8 - the mind is positive and certain its on the right track even though the body is ****d so I'm going to try going for a swim tonight and see how that goes.

                          Will report on Wednesday
                          1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
                          Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

                          June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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                          • #14
                            Excellent! You could try one square of chocolate (I eat my square after I have my frozen berries and coconut milk sort of like a palate cleanser ). I'm ok with one or two squares but any more than that is an acid trigger. Not that I'm trying to make you eat it or anything! If you're happy without then keep on keeping on!

                            Good job in the grocery store too
                            Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

                            F/49/5'4"
                            Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                            CW: 146.8 lbs
                            GW 140 lbs
                            A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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                            • #15
                              End of Week 8 report

                              Thanks Belinda

                              Very happily I can say that things are definitely getting better. Much as the thought of it pained me, removing the chocolate has really been a winner as I haven't had any acid at all from 24 hours after stopping. I thought I'd really crave it but I'm not missing it as its linked in my head with the acid and I really don't want that back so I'm sticking with the nothing option rather than trying to just have a bit. I do love frozen berries, straight from the freezer so I'm still getting carbs from stuff besides my strawberries and vegetables which is great as I was starting to worry about what I'd fancy when the fresh strawberries went out of season.

                              So real improvement, acid gone, headache gone, energy and enthusiasm levels back up and possibly an improvement with my joint pain but I'm not 100% sure yet. Only negative is that my back is still playing up but that is slowly getting better and may prove to be a good turning point as I've now adapted my desk at work so that rather that sitting for 6 hours a day behind a computer I'm now stood which means that I move more rather than slouching in one position.

                              Weight loss for the week: 5lb

                              Total Weight Loss for 8 Weeks: 26lb

                              So I'm still following the trend of losing nothing or very little for one week and then making up for it the next which is odd when I'm actually eating primally both weeks - but its still averaging around the 2-3lb a week so I'm really happy with it.

                              DH is back and has put on 2lb which I think is actually fairly good going as he's spent the last 8 days camping next to a beer tent with a load of friends, eating take away and bar meals all week.

                              Exercise wise my back recovered enough for me to go swimming every evening again from Friday which is great but I've been wimping on the dog walking by using the excuse that I don't want to make my back worse. Today we're going to the wildlife sanctuary for a walk round (we have annual tickets to support them as they have a breeding program for several species including the Amur Leopard which I help adopt with the WWF). If it goes well then I'll be dog walking again from tomorrow - if not at least it will have been worth setting it off again.

                              If anyone is lurking trying to decide whether to give this lifestyle a go - my advice is go for it as its the best thing I've ever done and I've been on and tried nearly every diet under the sun for the last 33 years (at 10 I was on the Beverley hills diet courtesy of my mother)

                              Anyway till next week
                              Last edited by Solldara; 07-28-2011, 01:26 AM. Reason: I was adapting rather than adopting the leopard :D
                              1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
                              Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

                              June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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