Coffee Talk Tuesday #55

It’s Tuesday! Grab your cup and let’s settle for a Coffee Talk chat.
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If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that we had a whirlwind of a weekend! Between driving 8 hours round-trip to have dinner with my family for Father’s Day and then spending Sunday evening with Johnny’s dad, we definitely felt on-the-go! In great news, Johnny worked on Sunday morning to grout and clean the backsplash tiles. It looks SO good. I’ll share an update soon!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I had a TREAT YO’SELF day on Friday. I started with yummy hot yoga in the morning, then got my unsweetened green tea frappe treat from Starbucks, then I treated myself to NEW colorful sharpie markers and a spa pedicure! I chose a super fun pink color, you can see them peepin’ in my picture! Such a good day. I rounded out Friday with the final installment of the Free Family Fitness series (complete with a fidget spinner game edition, what a fun, quick craft!).

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’ve been in a SHARING mood lately. Last Friday, I shared some confessions of a fitness instructor with tricks of my trade, and today (GULP), I’m sharing a ‘Transformation Tuesday’ type post on instagram, with some very exciting progress from my BBG workouts. I’ve been rockin’ BBG workouts since January 12. I completed 20 weeks of BBG and then started BBG stronger, now I’m on week 4. I’ve noticed a difference already, just switching to the new stronger program. It’s heavier on the weights, which really gives me results and keeps me motivated. Be kind to my progress? I’m forever a work in progress, as are you! Our bodies are amazing and they change and adapt as we treat them with kindness.

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’m beyond pleased with the progress of the Core & More Challenge group! I love hosting these free online challenges and get so excited when someone posts, shares, comments, etc. It’s thrilling to see people coming together over health and wellness topics. It’s never too late to join!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’ve been thinking a LOT about image, social personality, posts on social, etc. I actually love sharing on social sites, and tracking progress. It’s extremely helpful to my personal development, and I love that I’ve been able to curate a business online to complement my in-person fitness classes. I might not post every last detail about my life, but I’m true to my posts. Actually, I think I’m more ‘real’ on social media than I am in person.

Things that I don’t post about that I think I should share (man, this could be a whole post): I’m definitely an introvert. I like my alone time (maybe you can glean that from posts), and need LOTS of it to ‘recover’ from being extroverted as a fitness instructor. I’m super awkward and can be known to bless and thank myself when I sneeze. Even in front of people. I can absolutely polish a complete bag of tortilla chips in one or two sittings. They’re my jam. I’m REALLY ridiculously into Keeping up with the Kardashians. I’m addicted. I completely overthink things and even have full conversations with myself to resolve conflicts. #weirdo Who knows? Maybe you’ll see these things in future posts, because they’re all part of me!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’m very excited to host a Summer Solstice class in the park tomorrow! I’ve hosted this class for the past 4 years and love being able to offer it for free. Together, we welcome the start of summer with 108 sun salutations (the PiYo way – plank, chaturanga, upward-facing dog OR cobra, downward-facing dog). It’s an intense 30 -40 minutes and your shoulders will look hella good the next day. And, um, they’ll feel good, too. Join us!

Other than being very excited for upcoming events, I’m also looking forward to my conference in Chicago AND heading to OBX with the husband! I love having adventures on the horizon. Did I tell you that, for his birthday, I got the husband a water jet pack adventure in OBX? We love trying new things, and I’m absolutely terrified. But it will be blast. Stay tuned for video!!!!!

That’s what’s in my cup today, how about you?

 

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Fit Friday #15: Confessions of a Fitness Instructor

Welcome to a new series on the blog: Fit Friday! We’ll explore topics in fitness and wellness together. Have something you want me to answer or cover? hmu at fitwithaundra@gmail.com. Here’s a collection of all the Fit Friday posts.

I’ve wanted to share this post for some time. I’m SUPER anxious about vulnerability, but I love being ‘human’ to my fitness class participants. True story: take a class with me, and you will learn very quickly that I’m quirky, weird, awkward and basically do not care about it one bit. Let’s be friends? Here we go…

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Confessions of a Fitness Instructor:

  1. That song I’m using in class has bad words. When I go “WOO-HOO” or shout anything, I’m covering up a bad word. Am I successful at it? Do you notice?
  2. When I can’t remember the next sequence, we usually do push-ups or sun salutations, my ‘go-to’ moves. Yup. So, your shoulders can thank my choreo-soaked brain for that.
  3. I get REALLY nervous, like want-to-vomit nervous before debuting a new set. I play it off by being extra weird and cracking very bad jokes. Thanks for laughing. I’m quietly dying inside.
  4. When I forget choreo, I get REALLY BIG EYES and stare down my front row peeps for help. Sometimes they stare back. Hi.
  5. On that note, when I walk around to check form? Dying. Death of instructor. It’s my chance to catch my breath. THERE, NOW YOU KNOW.
  6. At any given time, I have choreo for four insanely different formats rolling around in my head. My brain is 40% choreo, 60% music, and that leaves very little room for much else. So, that’s why bad jokes happen. And nervous laughter. And counting? Psh, forget that.
  7. I’m an introvert! Yup, my idea of fun is being A-L-O-N-E. A lot. But there’s something MAGICAL that happens when I teach a fitness class. I come to life, and you know why? Because of YOU.
  8. I’m ALWAYS learning. Always. I don’t stop. I’ve already signed up for a NEW format class, and I’m looking/debating between 2 more. I love reading about fitness and safety and form, and if I can squeeze it in between the WOO-HOOs (see #1) and all the choreo/music cues (see #7), I like to share my knowledge with you. I’m a huge fan of Did You Know? type trivia, and like making it accessible to you. Do you ever hear it? Or are you dying after 8 sets of push-ups (see #2).

Oh my, I’m sure there is MUCH MORE I could share, but let’s leave it here for now. If you need me, I’ll be hiding behind a giant rock somewhere. Bye.

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #54

Grab your cup! It’s time for Coffee Talk Tuesday.

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If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I still have sand in my shoes from our quickie beach getaway! We did some outlet shopping (a very peculiar activity for this major introvert but I actually bought things! NOT online!!! See above dress.), spent some time on the beach, I got to visit a local gym and workout every day, AND I got to see the sunrise each day. Perfection.

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that the new June challenge – Core & More – started this week and I’m so pleased with the challengers already! People are really getting into it, and it’s SO inspiring to see what everyone does and shares each day. I love hosting fitness challenges, but especially challenges like this because of the added wellness component. We’re sharing more than just core/strength moves. There’s still time to join the fun! Fitness class attendees will get to do the moves in classes!

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I have an extra full week of classes with the two free Family Fitness classes this week! I have some super special activities planned – definitely lots of fun! Will I see you there? Wednesday and Friday 5:30-6:15 at Wilmer Park.

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that we’re loving all the fresh greens and goodness from our garden lately! It’s so refreshing to be able to walk into the backyard and pick out some greens for dinner. Summer salads are my faaaaavorite. We also have our first raspberry! Perfect little delightful gem of summer!

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that the countdown is on for Chicago and OBX. I’m heading back to Chitown for a conference at the end of the month, and then the husband and I are spending some time in OBX! I can’t believe it’s only a few weeks away…this summer is definitely moving quickly.

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I attended my first Blacklight Buti class. It was a little unreal – you enter, make a new friend and get painted, then stuff yourself into a tiny room with other yogis for 90 minutes (die) of booty-shaking, hip-hop inspired, strength and stretch moves under blacklights. The paint glows, everything glows, paint gets EVERYWHERE and it’s amazing. I’m super into Buti Yoga right now, and sad that I won’t be able to go to a class for a couple of weeks. I like to make it when I can! I’m also missing my hot yoga studio, thinking about sneaking in a class later this week.

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that the studio that hosts my beloved Buti class is also hosting an instagram yoga challenge. I love having a challenge to help focus my yoga practice. I usually practice what I feel that day, but it’s nice to have a focused move to work toward in my practice.

Other than a week full of meetings (what the heck?!), and suuuuuper early mornings at work, that’s what’s up in my world! What’s going on in your world this week?

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Fit Friday #14: Core & More Challenge

Welcome to a new series on the blog: Fit Friday! We’ll explore topics in fitness and wellness together. Have something you want me to answer or cover? hmu at fitwithaundra@gmail.com. Here’s a collection of all the Fit Friday posts.

I’m so excited to announce the June online group challenge: Core & More!

What does it entail? Well, this is a special challenge. In addition to a daily move prompt, we will also be sharing a health/wellness tidbit of our day.

I love challenge groups for the accountability. It’s a great reminder to get your move/prompt complete for the day, and you can enjoy the fact that other people are surviving the same torture happy fitness moves as you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Join the Core & More facebook group.
  2. Check out the moves – I posted a list and pictures.
  3. On June 12, get started! Day 1 is walking planks AND post a pic of your breakfast.
  4. Post when you’ve completed the move and post the wellness prompt of the day.
  5. Like & comment on other challenger posts! Let’s encourage each other!

Here’s the list of moves and wellness prompts:

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I hope to see you in the group! Let’s work to build community and a stronger core this month.

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #53

Grab your cup! It’s time for a Coffee Talk. Or tea. Or water. Whatever you want!

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If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that we have lots of changes (again) at work! It’s a totally different place than when I started, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the change has been happening a little too frequently–I feel like we haven’t been able to catch our footing from the last round of changes just yet. But, like good worker bees, we’ll carry on, shifting our goals and priorities to the next regime. C’est la vie!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I debuted a new section/idea in my TurboKick Live class last night (a killer 5-minute set of explosive moves – squats, planks, burpees set to music) and it went better than I could have imagined! I’m so lucky that my peeps will take anything I throw at them with great stride. It’s so much fun coming up with new challenges, and I can’t wait to unveil even more.

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that the husband and I get some beach time later this week! I’m excited to get away for a little bit and hopefully slow down. It’s needed!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I ran half marathon #7 this past weekend! I’ll share more in a race recap post, but overall it went well. We did it! In tutus! Did you see our tutus (scroll through)? It was the first half marathon I’ve run in four years! In 2012/2013, I basically ran any and every race that was offered near me. A running machine! I’m glad to know that I can still do it, but I think I’m happy to keep running for fun these days. I definitely no longer have a competitive running edge! But it was fun to celebrate 10 years of my favorite race, and to put on that fancy tutu.

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’m hosting another free online challenge group! This one is called Core & More, and not only does it feature a daily move prompt, we’re also answering a daily wellness prompt. I love the accountability of groups like this, and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite core moves. I will post photos and videos in the group, and encourage challengers to do the same. Join us!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I finally put together a hammock we received as a wedding present…nearly two years ago. Oops! I put it on my staycation to do list, and I’m so glad that I did! It’s marvelous. Aren’t hammocks wonderful?! I love having one in our backyard!

That’s what’s going on over here – what’s up in your world?

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Fit Friday #13: Changing it Up

Welcome to a new series on the blog: Fit Friday! We’ll explore topics in fitness and wellness together. Have something you want me to answer or cover? hmu at fitwithaundra@gmail.com. Here’s a collection of all the Fit Friday posts.

Do you ever get bored with your workout routine? I go both ways. On one hand, I thrive under a routine — do this workout, do that workout, eat this fuel, eat that fuel. On the other hand, I get impulsive and want to mix it up sometimes.

One of the reasons I chose the fitness class formats I teach is because I have the ability to change up the moves and music often! We get new rounds that are filled with new music and moves to share. Once I feel like everyone has mastered the moves, I switch it up to keep people moving!

(Turbo peeps, this is your head’s up that we have NEW material on Monday! Here’s a sneak peek video of the turbo. I love it!)

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Lately, I’ve been loving my BBG workouts (bikini body guide by Sweat/Kayla Itsines) and she just released BBG Stronger, which incorporates heavier weights and lower reps. It’s the perfect time for me to try something new! So, I put BBG on the backburner and picked up BBG Stronger. My body has definitely felt sore all week.

Is being sore a good thing? I think so, sometimes. The thing you don’t want to feel is pain. Going too hard, too fast is not a good idea. If you’re thinking of trying something new, ease into it. You’ll have plenty of chances to go balls-to-the-wall once your body adjusts.

How do you know when it’s time to switch up the routine? For me, I check in with my motivation. Do I want to go do this workout? If it’s something I’m dreading, then I know it’s definitely time to mix up the routine.

I love my hot yoga classes, for example, but lately I’ve been mixing it up with barre and Buti Yoga, for a little variety. I treasure any class I can make it to, but it’s fun to have something different to try. I’m also itching to get on the water for some SUP Yoga this summer.

It’s A-OK to go back to something again after a little break, or even some time off the workout routine. Just don’t let yourself take toooooo much time off, it will hurt even more when you try to get back into the game.

Even as an instructor, I certainly get antsy with the workouts we’re doing. I’m taking a little break from Zumba this summer, and I just registered for another NEW fitness format to bring to you! I’m super excited for this one – it’s a little outside my comfort zone. I’m also planning one more certification this year, maybe in the fall. It’s tough to try and squeeze it all in – I want to share all the things with you!

Thinking about trying something new? Check out my fears in group fitness post, and my tips for trying a new fitness class.

See you on the floor!

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #52

Grab your cup! It’s time for our weekly Coffee Chat Tuesday.

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If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you HELLO from our new kitchen island barstools! We got these as a birthday gift from Johnny’s parents, and I love them! I am so stoked to have a place to hang out in the kitchen – the heart of our home. I’m writing this post from a comfy barstool!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’m so excited to have a real-life coffee chat with Carly!!!! Can’t wait to see you sooooon.

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that we had so much fun on our birthday weekend Appalachian Trail hike! It was definitely one for the books. We hiked 10 miles in PA, from the Pulpit to the Pinnacle. They’re pretty popular hikes, and we loved the view! I’m working on a NEW page, all about our hiking trips. We’ve covered a lot of ground in just 3.5 short years and have a ton of tips and great views to share.

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that it’s RACE WEEK. The Zooma Half Marathon is on Saturday. I’m ready! Let’s go! I’m planning two runs this week (7 miles this morning, so much for tapering…ha). I’ll be heading to the race expo on Friday to meet up with other race ambassadors, and to pick up my race packet items. It’s getting reallll!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that the husband bought me my very own wireless headset speaker for my fitness classes! I love having my own speaker set-up that I can take to events. And now, I have a headset mic! He’s totally transforming my on-the-road fitness game. I love it!!!!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I’m technically out of the office this week, but will still be working on a couple of projects, in between all of the house, garden, and fitness projects I have planned for the week! I don’t like being completely cut off, especially when I have projects that I like to personally see through to completion. It will definitely be nice to work on my projects when I want (which for me is best in the early morning, I work SO much better first thing in the morning).

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that Street Party this past Friday was a smashing success! There were definitely at least 400 people there (holy moly), the band was amazeballs, and my bartenders poured like 700 beers. I’m so grateful to my volunteers for their support, and am pleased to report that our earnings from the Friday Street Party event made 30% of the overall fundraising income for the weekend!

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I cannot believe it’s JUNE this week. I’m ready for Ocean City/Chicago/OBX trips, and ready for some mega fun fitness events (the first Family Fitness Night is this Wednesday 5:30-6:15!). Let’s go!

What are you up to this week? Did you have a nice MDW weekend?

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #51

It’s that time! Grab your cup and let’s have a Coffee Talk Tuesday chat.

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If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that this is the week of Street Party! Will I see you there? It’s a FREE admission event, and it’s the kick-off of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. Annnnd, yours truly is the coordinator! What we have in store: food trucks – Papa Smurf BBQ, Smoke, Rattle, & Roll, Walker Family Deep Fried Baskets, and Lockbriar Ice Cream! We also have LIVE music by Dell Foxx Company, a caricature artist, beer and wine for sale, and activities for children. See you there!

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I’ve established two work-related (non-fitness) goals for myself this summer. 1) give away many of my day-t0-day tasks that prevent me from the big picture work required of my position 2) not work a full 5-day week each week this summer. I have SO much vacation time, it’s time to start using it. Hello, 4-day work weeks (or fewer!).

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I’m getting super excited for our birthday hiking trip! I love hiking on my birthday, it’s my favorite thing to do. We’re doing about 10 miles on the Appalachian Trail.

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I’m also gearing up for the first of three FREE, Family Fitness nights in Chestertown! The first one is next week. I’m eager to hear from families about the interests for activities. I have several things planned, but of course I want to make sure the people who plan to attend enjoy/can do all of the activities! If you’re planning on coming, share with me what you and/or your kiddos like to do. Don’t have kiddos? Please still plan to come! It’s so much fun to work out with lots of different age groups.

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I get to have a REAL life coffee date with my world traveler Carly next week!!!! Can’t wait to squeeze her and bring her to all the fitness classes (heheeeee!).

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I’m treating myself to a barre class AND a Buti class this weekend for my birthday. Did you know that the husband and I almost share a birthday? Mine is May 28, his is May 29! Isn’t that fun?!

For his birthday gift (let’s see if he sees this), I’m planning a fun adventure gift. I LOVE getting and giving adventure gifts. It’s so much more fun than a thing that we will not use (unless it is a thing we NEED, which are becoming less and less of a thing as we get older).

If we were having coffee together this week, I’d tell you that I’m also gearing up for some summer travel. On the itinerary: Ocean City (family trip!), hiking in PA, Chicago, the Outer Banks, beach weekend in DE, and maybe one other work-related trip out west. Super fun summer ahead!

What’s on your plate this week? Are you gettin’ down with the Strong, Sexy Arms Challenge? I’m so loving this challenge!

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Fit Friday #12: Strong, Sexy Arms Challenge

Welcome to a new series on the blog: Fit Friday! We’ll explore topics in fitness and wellness together. Have something you want me to answer or cover? hmu at fitwithaundra@gmail.com. Here’s a collection of all the Fit Friday posts.

A couple of years ago, I started these fun, online challenges for my fitness class participants. It grew into something I couldn’t even anticipate – friends of fitness class members, friends who live a distance from where I teach, and their friends. I love, love, love sharing my passion for fitness and wellness with the world.

One of my favorite things to train is arms! I feel super strong after a set of push-ups. Naturally, I wanted to share this with others (the curse of a fitness instructor, always wanting to share your tips and tricks).

So, I put together this really fun 15-day Strong, Sexy Arms Challenge.

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Even better, we have an accountability group — we can keep each other motivated, share tips, and more.

You’re so welcome to join! I’ve chosen 15 incredible plank and push-up variations that activate different muscles – shoulders, chest, triceps, and even some full-body moves. Building arm strength was SO important to my personal confidence journey, and why wouldn’t I want to share that with others?!

Here are all of the daily prompts. If you join the group, you’ll also get photos and video explanations and lots of variation tips.

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Any guesses which day is my absolute favorite? I love all of these moves, but there is one that I really credit that helped me build my arm-balancing strength and confidence.

I hope to see you in the group! Let’s build strong, sexy arms and confidence together!

 

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Coffee Talk Tuesday #50

It’s that time! Grab your cup and let’s settle in for a Coffee Talk Tuesday update.

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If we were having coffee this week, I’d say ZOMB let’s talk about Buti Yoga. I went to my very first class this weekend and it was all levels of intense and awesome. I don’t think I have ever sweat or pushed myself so hard in a class. It was also 75 minutes long, oh my! It combines yoga movements with plyometrics and tribal dance. I almost think it’s like insanity-zumba-yoga in one class format. I will definitely return!

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that we’re 19 days from the ZOOMA half marathon! We ran a 9.5-miler this past weekend, and I’d like to do 10 this weekend (heyyyy Melissa). We have TUTUS for the race. Should probably do a test run in those… I’m really excited! It’s my favorite race of the year. There’s still time to register before the prices INCREASE! Go here and use code AUNDRA2017 for a 10% discount.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that my birthday is just around the corner! Things I like to do on my birthday (which extends a whole week, thank you very much): pick strawberries, run, hike with the husband, eat yummy food, eat my weight in watermelon, take ‘staycation’ days off work, play in the garden, slowly sip way too much coffee, and get ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that we’re also like 10 days from the Street Party, the kick-off celebration for the Chestertown Tea Party Festival! I’ve been coordinating this event for the past few years, and it’s evolved into a FREE, family-friendly event that features live music and delish food trucks. I can’t wait! Please say you’ll be there? If you’re one of my sponsors or helpers, you da real MVPs!

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that we spent Mother’s Day honoring my MIL on an adventure trip to St. Michaels! After brunch, we walked around, visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (my very first visit there!!) and had a private cruise on the Winnie Estelle. I even got to steer the boat!!!! What a great day.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that it’s the first week of the NEW summer schedule! I’m teaching 6 classes (sometimes 7) plus a private class each week. It’s SUCH a great schedule, I’m so excited to see everyone. Plus, it gives ME time to workout, which makes me a very happy instructor. Happy instructor = more burpees = EVERYONE WINS.

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that I’m SO STOKED to lead a strong, sexy arms challenge! Arms have become my favorite body part to train, and I love sharing my tips. I specifically chose these moves because they’ve helped me build strength and confidence (to do things like balances and headstands) and I think arms can sometimes be scary for women to train. But they’re SO FUN to train. And we’ll do it together. Join the challenge here – it starts on Wednesday.

That’s what’s in my cup this week! What are youuuu up to this week?!

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