10 September 2012

Eat to Love & a Giveaway Winner

Hey ladies. I hope you've all had a great weekend!

I certainly had a nice time that involved the usual over-indulging of meals upon meals and treats with dessert on top, all from the convenience of my couch, dining table or pretty much anything else that allows me to eat while sitting on my ass. So I am starting this Monday off on a new another "get healthy" kick. Start getting active again and eat healthier (and less of it!)

I don't know where the willpower I had in my youth went. In high school, I went through several years where I was a good 30+ pounds overweight but just sucked it all in as part of my well-this-is-high-school experience. I ate everything and it did get to the point where I was pre-eating (having a meal before your normal meal). Half-way through, I made up my mind that what I was doing just wasn't working, so I worked out - i.e., walked in place in front of the TV - and ate less. Just like that. Made up my mind and stuck to it. The weight just dropped off and stayed off through college and beyond, even though I stopped watching what I ate back in high school.

colorblock stripes

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Top: J.Crew colorblock stripe (sim as dress)
Jeans: J.Crew vintage destroyed matchstick - note to self, flats with rolled jeans, eh ... (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Shoes: Sam Edelman trina (worn here - sim, sim)
Necklace: Overstock (sim, sim)
Bag: Longchamp (worn here - sim, sim, plain)

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But now I obviously don't have the metabolism of a 16 year-old and have a fairly sedentary job when I am not traveling - so what's a girl to do? The hardest part for me is getting started. I have no willpower! Where did I all go? I totally live by the "I'll start tomorrow" mentality when it comes to food because I never want to miss out on that great [insert food name here]. And I can't ascribe to the Bethanny Frankel mentality of "eat what you want, but no more than three bites" because I certainly can't stop at just three bites of anything - and who wants to throw away perfectly good food?

I know I am not overweight by any means, but my life seems to be a constant struggle with wanting to continue fitting into the clothes I already have (in the size I have them) and just wanting to eat everything in sight.

So I'd love some advice, ladies. How do you maintain your lovely figures? What do you do to start yourself in a new level of eating or activity, and how to you stay motivated?

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 colorblock stripes

Shorts: Old Navy (sim, sim)
Shoes: Jack Rogers via Anthropologie whipstitched akebia (worn here - sim, sim)
Necklace: Emerson Fry gold (sim zodiac)
Bracelets: J.Crew factory cabochan & F21 (sim, sim, sim)
Bag: Pour La Victoire roma (worn here - sim, sim, sim)

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And on a non food-related note, thanks to you all of you who entered in my Shopbop giveaway for a $100 gift card. It's time to announce the winner! So out of 201 qualified entries (originall had 195 comments, deleted 4 dupes or corrections, then added 10 that should have been separated entries), the winning entry drawn by random.org, is -


Which means that the winner of the gift card from Shopbop is -


Congrats! You'll be contacted directly by the generous folks at Shopbop with instructs on how to redeem your prize. Thanks again, to all you lovely gals who participated.

64 comments:

  1. Ugh. I am basically still in my youth but will power is definitely a weakness of mine! I have found that if I give myself a realistic goal, a motivation, etc I do better.

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    1. My current motivator is "make it through the next five minutes" - ugh, I'm so weak!

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  2. i am having a hard time losing weight right now... i'm trying something a little different now so hopefully it works. i've just ALWAYS had issues with losing weight and it's frustrating. i love that top, by the way!

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  3. Cute colorblocked and striped top! I'm the wrong person to ask because I don't usually work out. I'm sure one day all the crap I eat will catch up to me but for now I'm not worrying about it :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart Win a Mint Statement Necklace!

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    1. I need to go back to my college years - ate what I wanted, never worried about any of it, never gained a pound.

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  4. I love that top, it's so colorful and it seems to be a great staple piece! I like both of your looks but my favorite is the one with the shorts! I totally prefer to work out a little bit more than stop eating or enjoying the food that I love. I have always been very bad following diets or food restriction, so when I start feeling guilty about what I've eaten I prefer to walk a few more extra miles!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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    1. I need to do more like you - right now when I start feeling guilty about what I've eaten, I just bury that away with more food, bwahhaha.

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  5. Can't tell that you need to lose weight, but I understand about wanting to be healthier. The easiest way for us to be healthy is not keep any bad food at home. If we even have a box of crackers in the house, the whole thing will get eaten at one sitting (but those 5 apples in the fridge will still be there!).

    To me, the best way to eat what you want and maintain a healthy weight is through exercise. You need to find something you love to do and stick with it. Good luck!

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    1. My household is totally the same way about crackers vs apples, haha. I have a real affinity towards unsalted saltines, so those are dangerous for me. Pretty much all white carbs, my dearest food loves, need to stay away!

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  6. Try blogilaties. It's a really fun exercise. As far as eating healthily, I'd subscribe and read more health conscious blogs and magazines. It's a subtle difference, but you feel guilty enough to be motivated.

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  7. I will say that I have a high metabolism and I'm on the move a lot and have weighed the same my whole adult life. I have never been on a diet and if I feel that my clothes are feeling snug I try and eat a true portion. I also eat most meals on a salad plate and I'm a snacker as well. Some days I eat somewhat healthy and others not so much. Don't beat yourself up. You're beautiful!

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  8. I am just like you, I have the start it tomorrow mentality on eating better and working out. In a weird way, I think that it is this that sometimes motivates me to workout more, because in a sense its motivation to prove myself wrong, if that makes any sense. I like to keep the idea of a work out routine out of reach, always saying I'll start it when I complete this or that first, but the more I put it off the more I actually want to start. Truthfully, the possible addition of a dog to my household is now my #1 motivator - walking briskly with a furry companion seems way more enjoyable than walking alone. :) Love these outfits by the way!

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    1. Having a pup def helps in the "keep it moving" mentality - though my pup sometimes prefers to meander and smell the roses, if you will, as opposed to actually moving at a steady pace!

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  9. When you're small, even a few pounds can wildly change how your clothes fit and how you feel. I totally get it. (Don't you hate when people say that you can't diet or try to be in shape b/c you're already small!)

    I hate exercise other than walking, so I just try to eat very, very healthily. I always make room for desert though! I just skip the sour cream, cheese, etc. in my regular meal. It works for me.

    As far as the contest goes, WOW! I never win any of these blog contests, it seems, and this is a great one to win! Thanks so much!

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  10. We joined a gym and I feel guilty fit paying the money and not actually going so it helps motivate me to go. I still eat like crap though....
    Love the striped top!

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    1. This is terrible for me to say, but I paid for a gym membership for over a year once and went on average once a month. Yeah ...

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  11. Lisa, you are not the only one who is struggling with this same thing. It's hard for me to stay motivated with exercising and I love food to much to go on a serious diet. I do know that something has to change because I feel so lazy and some clothes are starting to feel snug. I just can't have that, but it's hard to just take that first to getting on a healthier path.
    Yesterday after trying on clothes and not quite fitting into the size I usually am in a skirt, I said something has to give. I got home and said to my fiance that I'm going for a run and just put on my running shoes and ran. It felt good to just actually exercise instead of thinking I'll do it one of these day. My body is feeling like an old woman right now, but I have to keep in mind that exercise always makes me feel good afterward and I have to hold on to that feeling and do it all the time.
    Having friends/family to work out with is helpful too. The key is making sure you both don't have that, let's just do it tomorrow attitude, lol.

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    1. I wish I could motivate myself to just go out for a run, but my physical capability of running consistently in one session is laughable at best. I am totally that walk-run-walk-walk-jog-walk-ice cream kind of girl, haha.

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  12. I am so with you on this. My will power is gone! But the truth is that's one of many of my excuses. What I feel is most important is to balance everything out. if you eat a pizza, try to eat more veggies during the week, or if you ever wake up with a lot of energy or feel like doing something different, then go running or biking or hiking or whatever it is you think you might enjoy :)
    Most of all, if you ever feel a health kick coming in, take full advantage of it right away because it may not stay for long if you ignore it haha that's what happens to me!

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    1. I've always had trouble with that "I had pizza today so I need to eat lighter for tomorrow" thinking - my diet would be so much easier if I could do that!

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  13. "my life seems to be a constant struggle with wanting to continue fitting into the clothes I already have (in the size I have them) and just wanting to eat everything in sight."

    Hi, you just described MY life as well! Is it bad that my only motivation to lose weight is to fit into my size 4 clothes? I don't want to have to keep buying larger size clothes, damnit. I have too many cute things in that smaller size.

    As far as advice, I have none, because I am terrible. I love donuts and I love pizza, and I have a hard time resisting both. Also, cooking healthy meals is time consuming and expensive, so... sigh.

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  14. Having recently lost 100+ lbs, I have way too much to say on this topic. For me what works (sort of) is: keeping tempting foods out of the house, eating lots of small lowish calories meals all day with one large meal (I do dinner with my husband because he cooks and I hate to), and drinking gallons of water. I also had to accept the depressing fact that I can either eat what I want OR wear a size 4. My body wasn't built for both.

    Although I did not exercise at all when I was dieting, I also recently started running 25-30 miles a week. I don't think it has helped me lose weight (in fact I gained a few pounds) BUT I am little less jiggly.

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    1. You are awesome, girl, congrats!

      I am facing the realism about the eating/weight thing - can't have both. But I am definitely starting to up my water intake a ton!

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  15. For the past few months, I haven't really dieted, but I've been walking 1.7 miles every day on my lunch hour. I take a change of clothes and walk in the mall that's a couple miles from work. Takes about 20 minutes and I eat in the food court while I'm there. Then I walk 1.3 miles at home on my treadmill for a total of 3 miles a day. Not a super hardcore workout, but it makes me feel better when I eat something "bad."

    Also, I freaking love french fries and fast food, but I started only eating the kid's meals at places like that.


    Hope you get the motivation to get started!! That's the cruelest part :(

    Taylor

    ohwelltatslife.blogspot.com

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    1. That's awesome of you - and you have a built-in excuse to visit any new sale, haha.

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  16. I'm so jealous of your Sam Edleman sandals. I ordered them but they look horrible in size 10. So cute on you though; I still love that gilded heel.

    I'd suggest working out with friends; either walking during lunch or after work or taking a group class (I take Jazzercise & pole dancing). Having someone else can help motivate you to start and I keep going even when my friends bow out.

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    1. I've enlisted BF for help and support right now - I may need to expand that to my friends too. Worst is when I go on biz trips - I barely have time for sleep on those things, I don't know about the folks who can also workout and find the time to eat healthy.

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  17. That top looks so much better on you than it did on me!
    For me there is no secret tip. I have to work my ass off to keep fitting into the size I want. I go to the gym every morning and several evenings I take on of the kids for a powerwalk in the jogging stroller. I don't eat as clean as I could... if I did, I probably wouldn't need to exercise so much. I also find that limiting carbs helps a LOT...again, no fun but a necessary evil. The good thing for me is that I actually love running and working out...I enjoy doing it. So that part is not hard for me. But I am terrible at willpower when it comes to food!

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    1. Oh lady, if only I didn't hate sweating, haha. I've got to find a workout that works for me. I used to do Jillian Michaels' workouts all the time, but found that all it did for me was build muscle without losing the fat, so I just kept looking bulkier.

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  18. I wish I had the answer!! I've been doing Jazzercise for over a year now (but not consistently that whole time). I find that I feel better when I do work out regularly, but I also find that I pretty much cancel out the good I do by what I eat. I try to eat somewhat healthy meals, but it's the desserts that get me. I have no willpower--I'd laugh at Bethanny's face if she told me to just have three bites of ice cream!

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    1. Haha, I'd be on the same boat as you!

      I have a friend who is addicted to Jazzercise - and as much as I do make a bit of fun at her for doing "Jazzercise," she's got a great figure!

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  19. First off, you look great!

    But I'm totally with you! Getting older has changed my metabolism in a not good way, so now I really have to focus on portion control and workout often (Physique 57 and Tracy Anderson DVDs are my favorites). I actually am able to abide by Bethenny's "taste everything, eat nothing" philosophy; it's helped me to reign it on certain indulgent foods and not get carried away thinking I have to eat all of it just because it's there in front of me. But of course there are days where I'll eat all of it, and no one can stop me, and I'm okay with that since I workout. : ) I eat pretty healthy 80% of the time, so that helps. I do have to say that I'd much rather workout a ton than restrict the types of foods I eat. I just love food too darn much.

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    1. Oh I wish I had your discipline. If I could only stop at three bites of gyro or fried chicken or ice cream, I'd be set!

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  20. It's great to be healthy and get into that zone of mind. I was just talking about this with my friends at work! A girl who is trying to lose 4kg in 4 weeks hehe. Just need to cut the bad stuff out and insert - good food - Seems simple right? be a bit more active and tada you got the body! if only it was that easy! Just need to get that motivation!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. I did just eat a slice of leftover pizza for dinner. Ugh. But I have to stop kicking myself in the butt for doing things like that, because then I go, "oh heck with it!"

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  21. Stumbled upon your blog & glad I did....that colorful top is a must-have for all seasons!! More power on your fitness journey!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  22. when i need to lose weight i cut down on working out and eat better. i do the best when i stay on a budget, actually. when i was really really low on money i lost the most weight because i thought about everything before i ate it. now i've just gradually gotten into the lifestyle changes, like eating at least a few veggies every day, if nothing else. its working ok, i think :)

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    1. I def need to up my veggie intake. I am trying out the not-going-to-the-market approach first. Figure the fewer foods I have at home right now, the better. Then I can start by buying new healthier foods.

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  23. You look really small in blog pics. Or tall. I think all style bloggers look tall...

    Eating healthy at a desk job is hard. I admit to eating at work for entertainment. I usually struggle with keeping weight on, but if it goes the other way, those Hershey's Kisses in my desk are the first to go.

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  24. I have found that eating slowly helps me eat less! I take the same amount of time that I would with a larger portion, but just eat smaller bites and chew slower. Somehow, since it's the same amount of time, my brain thinks I've eaten more than I actually have!

    I've never been very good at exercising consistently, but I'm a firm believer in trying different routines and techniques until you find something you love! There's so many options, from simple walked to classes at the gym.

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  25. I struggle with keeping the weight off as well. I love to eat all kinds of foods like fresh bread, fried chicken, mac and cheese and I'm obsessed with ice cream. I run and workout at least 4 days out of the week, just so I can eat my favorite foods. The days that I can't work out, I increase my vegetable and salad intake. Sometimes it's super hard to stay motivated, so I had to get a running buddy and a workout buddy for the gym - these ladies really help keep me going. I also check out a handful of healthy lifestyle bloggers for extra motivation.

    Moody Girl In Style

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  26. I hear you! I never lost my winter hibernation weight this year, so I'm entering pencil skirt season in decidedly non-pencil shaped form! I'm hoping more regular running will help counteract the eating I love so...that and a vow to wear pants once a week as soon as I can actually squeeze into the darn things!

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  27. I have no idea. I'm definitely a size or maybe even two more than I was a few months ago. I think my job helps me most of the time. I'm so busy I don't have time to eat much during the day and so set in my routine that I can happily build my salad for lunch everyday. It also helps if I don't have ice cream in my house...

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  28. Super cute top!! I don't even want to get started on eating...it's a brutal cycle. Why can't we just eat whatever we want and not worry about the aftermath:)
    xo, amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  29. Loving the stripes!

    I feel like I do best with a "plan"...if I read the plan and know the plan I can stick with the plan. I did South Beach when my daughter was like 2 to lose the "baby weight" (I don't think it counts as baby weight when your kid can walk, just over-weight lol!). I lost 30 pounds! I too have noted the scale creeping up. Better pull out the book and read it again.

    I think you look great! But if you feel sluggish or tired or just like you need a change in what you eat, look around and find a plan you can live with.

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  30. I can't really help with dieting advice because I just can't do it. I work out almost everyday for about an hour, sometimes longer, just so I can eat the foods that I want! The biggest thing I can say is just start doing it (working out) and making it a habit. Once you've done it for 30 days it should become a habit and you will feel off when you haven't fit in that workout for the day!

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  31. I eat whatever I want and just stay within a calorie range (1400-1550) to maintain my weight and activity level. I run for an hour 3x a week and lift weights for 2 hours 3x a week. This works for me because I enjoy those exercises. And as far as exercising, do what you enjoy doing because that'll be the only way you stick with it. I hate the elliptical and if that was the only thing I could do, I'd have a new excuse to skip the gym everyday. The whole counting calories thing is sort of a pain at first because you have to weigh out serving sizes. After about 2 months or so though you're more or less able to eyeball it pretty accurately and make good guesses.
    I like to tell people that my motivation comes from wanting to set a healthy example of body image and fitness and a good relationship with food for my toddler daughter. And that's true. But I really just want to continue to wear the clothing I've invested so much money into.

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    1. I;m starting to count calories now and it kind of sucks, but it has been the only thing that has worked for me in the past.

      (BTW, I love your profile pic - isn't that the bus from Totoro?!)

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  32. You know I have way too much to say about this topic!!! haha! I tend to think of it this way--think about "tan mom"...she LOVES sun/tanning beds and being all tan right? But it's gross--not nice to look at and it's so bad for her! That's how eating junk food should be, but our culture tempts us to make excuses. You eat crap your health will be crap and your body will eventually look like crap. Plain and simple.

    Drink tons of water, clear your home of any junk food, and allow yourself two weeks of detox from garbage foods. It will be very tough--some people claim sugar/carbs are as addictive as cocaine (not sure on the validity of that, but I think some people crave it more than others...) Once you start feeling the effects of only eating foods that are meant to be eaten by humans (and not the nasty preservative-heavy junk foods that have shelf lives of ten years) you will appreciate a good diet.

    Adorable outfit, as always :)

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  33. I find that it helps to give myself limits and rewards. Limits being, "No, you cannot eat those Twizzlers until 3:00." And rewards being, "If you ride your bike to work every day this week you can have mac 'n' cheese for dinner on Friday night." I think it even helps me to enjoy the food more because it's now a TREAT that I had to work for.

    I also pack my own lunch every day, and it's lots of plain veggies, fruits, and a hard-boiled egg. I figure if I eat candy all afternoon and eat a crappy dinner, at least I got my veggies in.

    And I buy fruit for my bedtime snack instead of ice cream. If I'm craving chocolate I put a dot of Hershey's syrup on it.

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  34. This is something that I struggle with daily! What really got me back in action though was signing up for my first 5K. My competitive side kicked in. Since then I've done several other races and am training for my first half marathon! Although my diet is far from perfect the running certainly helps compensate for cheat days!

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  35. I think you look great just the way you are Lisa!! I love the two versions with the top. Yay for outdoor pictures!!

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  36. At the moment I have to say to myself 'no chocolate/sweets or puddings on Mon/Tue/Wed' and that lets me have treats if I want or need on the other days without feeling like I spent the week eating junk. Also then it feels like a reward when I do eat a treat. :o)

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  37. Well, first off, hopefully you are at least eating whole grains..whole wheat pasta, bread, etc..no processed food (as little as you can) but you really have to find some form of exercise that you really enjoy. I love weight training..I have a "how to" on my blog (top tab)and once you see results you will be excited to continue. They also say to work out in the morning because you are more likely to stick with it. Anyway there is my advice..take away what you wish and if you have any questions you can e-mail me!
    Best of luck
    Sheree xxx
    www.itsnotthatdeep.com

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