Back in the game

Before Dave and I were married almost six years ago, I was doing a huge amount of exercise.

I wanted to look my best for our wedding and work off some of the Heathrow injection which I hadn’t been able to shake since returning from the UK where pasties and beer were my friends.

In the lead up to the wedding, I established a great routine of morning walks and two games of netball a week.

Looking back I was probably a little skinny for our wedding, but I was fit, strong and well both physically and mentally.

When I became pregnant with our first daughter three and a half years ago, I stopped playing netball and eventually stopped walking when the pain in my tailbone became too severe.

Since then I have exercised very few times apart from some pre-natal yoga, leisurely laps at the pool on a Sunday morning, and a handful of Zumba lessons.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was looking at my side on profile in the mirror with my top up exposing my mummy tummy, Miss Three asked me if I had a baby in there.

‘No!’ I had replied insulted.

‘Yes you have, Mummy,’ she laughed.

There is a baby in there!’

And with that, I began exercising again.

I’m now into my third week of morning walks. Apart from my tailbone giving me jip and me panting so hard I feel like death is imminent, I am loving it.

I forgot how peaceful it is in the mornings and how restorative it is to spend time in the fresh air ON MY OWN.

There is something inspiring about watching the sun rise behind the Norfolk pines as it paints the sky gold and watching the river come alive as the sun exposes a collection of early morning rowers.

It is not until halfway through my walk when I usually spot my first person. Before long though the cyclists come in a busy throne of lycra and rowdy conversation and my peaceful morning is now abuzz with action.

Watching the day come alive in this way fills every inch of me with contentment.

As I breathe in the crisp morning air, I breathe in positive thoughts and energy. I allow the weight to lift from my shoulders, if only for a short time.

While my intention with these walks was to tone up and get rid of some of the flab, they’ve turned into so much more than that.

They are giving me a chance to reflect and focus and give me much needed time away from the screen.

It turns out they are just what I needed both physically and mentally.

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How often do you exercise? What’s your exercise of choice?

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

 

58 comments on Back in the game

  1. Neets
    April 1, 2014 at 5:46 am (3 years ago)

    So pleased to hear you are getting back into it. It’s amazing what exercise can do for the mind & body. I’ve had a rotten pregnancy so have been limited as to what I can do. I love to run & do short intensity workouts & cannot wait to get back into it xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Not long now, Neets! You poor thing. I’m sorry to hear things have been so tough this time around. I must say you are doing an excellent job of remaining ever positive and encouraging others to exercise. xx

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    April 1, 2014 at 6:22 am (3 years ago)

    Isn’t it amazing how just a few moments strung together of solo silence can change the outlook of an entire day? Unfortunately when things get a little crazy here, exercise is the first thing I remove from my routine. Really, it should be the last. I think I need to fix that…

    Good on you for getting back on the horse. Your body and mind will be so very thankful. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s the thing I usually remove too, Bec, but I felt enough was enough. When your little doll gets older you will find it easier. I hope πŸ™‚ xx

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  3. Lydia C. Lee
    April 1, 2014 at 6:41 am (3 years ago)

    argh – guilting me! I will be walking home with the middle boy today, as youngest going to a friends (I have 2 different pick ups, so the walking home from the furthest school has gone out the window – but I can today, and it’s 15 mins there and 30 mins home). So pray for sunshine!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

      I hope it stayed sunny for you and you enjoyed your walk home with your boy πŸ™‚

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  4. sevenyearsinglemummy
    April 1, 2014 at 6:43 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Renee,
    Recently I’ve changed my exercise regime from heavy running to gentle walking..& i’ve gotta say theres a whole lot more peace going on within this body!! I forgot how grounded and calm i feel after a good walk. Good on you for getting back into it & you have to love the innocence of kids comments!! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm (3 years ago)

      You sure do! I’m so glad that you’ve found something that works for you exercise wise. I’m not into the running either. Walking is so much more calmer x

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  5. Mumabulous
    April 1, 2014 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    I love my morning walks – its the best part of my day. Dont worry to much about the “is there a baby in your tummy?” schtick. I think all kids do it. My girls have asked me that I’m a size 8 waist. (Not meant to be a brag as all my weight is on my butt)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. So is mine, Mumabs, so is mine!

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  6. Toushka Lee (@Toushkalee)
    April 1, 2014 at 6:53 am (3 years ago)

    This sounds blissful.
    Maybe, just maybe, if I try really hard, I could squeeze in a morning walk after my husband’s morning walk of the dog and his leaving for work. I think exercising in the morning is a great way to wake up and it gets it out the way early so it’s done. I always have the best intentions, but like a lot of people, mums especially, my own health and exercise get pushed to the bottom of the to do list and most times left out completely.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

      I know this so well and this is part of the reason I haven’t walked in so long. I am trying really hard to find the time and just hope I can keep it up. I hope you get a chance to have some timeout and exercise soon too πŸ™‚

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  7. Katie (@mumabytes)
    April 1, 2014 at 6:57 am (3 years ago)

    Good on you, Renee! I can be so hard to actually get started. I haven’t yet! Before my daughter I was exercising a lot, but now – nada! It is on my mind, though and I’m thinking to invest in an elliptical trainer. I remember how great the feeling of working out is, and really miss it. You’ve given me just a little bit more inspiration! Thanks! xo

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  8. Twitchy (@TwitchyCorner)
    April 1, 2014 at 6:58 am (3 years ago)

    Reading this makes me happy for you. Beautifully described morning view (except perhaps the lyrcra assault part) and elation at time *omg alone*. You already don’t know yourself!

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  9. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    April 1, 2014 at 7:55 am (3 years ago)

    I do personal training 2 times a week (was 3 times a week for the last year but with so much going on including going back to uni I’ve dropped a session) and last night, after our 1 hour session, I realised how HAPPY I felt. I haven’t felt that for a while now, but I felt like I had a really good work out, worked harder than I have in months (I think I burned out there for a bit) and it made me realise just how good for you exercise is. We are about to move to a house this weekend that has lots of hills around it, I will be making a concerted effort to get out on my own more and work those hills! Glad you have found joy in exercise! Early mornings are the best time of day (when I can get out of bed!). x Aroha

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  10. Eleise @ A Very Blended Familye
    April 1, 2014 at 8:11 am (3 years ago)

    I love this!! I also started excercising to loose a few kg, that was three years ago and I am totally addicted. I run, a lot! I aim for 3 runs a week and 2 gym sesssions, it is my time and I just love it! I lost the mummy haze after I started making time for myself and so excercise has brought me back to my own person not just a mum.

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  11. Lauren
    April 1, 2014 at 8:18 am (3 years ago)

    You have described this perfectly Renee. I just love morning walks, there is something about the sense of calm and peace I feel in the stillness of the morning air. I’m so happy for you. I’d also like to apologise on behalf of my husband, he is often part of the lycra brigade in the mornings!

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  12. Lisa (@lybliss)
    April 1, 2014 at 8:31 am (3 years ago)

    I love to run. For that time, all I can do is concentrate on breathing and not falling over.. it is like a form of meditation, no space in my brain for anything else..

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  13. Kirsten McCulloch
    April 1, 2014 at 9:08 am (3 years ago)

    That sounds so lovely, and at the same time, the idea of getting up that early… yeah, can’t see it happening. Mind you, with the sun getting up later now, I guess it doesn’t have to be sooo early.

    I have been thinking about the same thing. With each pregnancy I had earlier pubic symphasis disfunction and stopped moving much, but babies number 1 & 2 and 2 & 3 I got reasonably fit again and lost all the pregnancy weight. Baby number 3 is now 4 and it still hasn’t happen, and I’m sure I’m less fit than I’ve ever been. So some morning walks – at a minimum – are definitely on my agenda. I just have a to figure out a balance that will let it work. Congrats on figuring out yours!

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  14. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    April 1, 2014 at 10:24 am (3 years ago)

    I just started using the treadmill again yesterday. It gave me the opportunity to read a magazine which was nice. Might just do it again today …
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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  15. Toni
    April 1, 2014 at 10:31 am (3 years ago)

    Short answer… nothing. I was a gym bunny before bub but I just don’t find the time at the moment. I go swimming with her once a week and was walking during the day before it got really hot, but I seem to have lost motivation lately. I should get back into it though cos my niece also told me theres a baby in my belly!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh cheeky monkey πŸ™‚ It has been awfully hot lately and nobody wants to exercise in that. It is hard to find the time when you have young ones. I hope you get a chance to get back into it soon enough.

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  16. Vanessa
    April 1, 2014 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

    I have barely exercised in the past year. And it shows on me. Now that I’ve gone from full time to part time work, I’m hoping to feel like I can relax into exercising, rather than it just being one more thing I HAVE to do in my day.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds like perfect timing, Vanessa. You will have to let us know how you go if you decide to start exercising again.

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  17. EssentiallyJess
    April 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh good on you!!!
    I used to walk every morning, back when I didn’t have to get the kids to school, and we had more time in the mornings. Sometimes we still do it in the school holidays.
    I love bike riding for exercise. Although the hills around here are a bit extreme so I’m scared to give them a go!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

      I just had a picture in my head of you riding up and down hills (peppa pig style) at high speed πŸ™‚ Must be so hard to find the time when you have to get the kids ready for school and I bet the evenings are just as hectic.

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  18. Bec @ The Plumbette
    April 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I can’t wait to get back in the game after I have this baby. I love the feeling you feel after exercising. I love a good walk too. I bet you have clarity in mind after some time to yourself too. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s actually been great for brainstorming blog post ideas, Bec. I hope you had a lovely break with the family and are feeling nice and relaxed.

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  19. Me
    April 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Early morning exercise really is so good – if only I could sleep well enough to get up early !
    My exercise has taken a back seat while we were moving but just last night I joined a group training session – 1 hr twice a week – I’ll see how I cope with that. At some point I would like to start running again but that is a while down the track I think !
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Linda. Group training sounds awesome. I bet the moving was enough exercise in itself!

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  20. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    April 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Good on you Renee! I was walking in the mornings after school drop off, then it just got so hot. Getting back into it now for sure.. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s been hard to exercise in this hot weather. Bring on Autumn, I say! xx

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  21. Josefa @always Josefa
    April 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I have come back from our trip best friends with the post-holiday diet and once PJ’s birthday is over (this weekend) I plan to get back into some exercise. Not a fan of the super early morning run, but I can manage the I just dropped off the kids at school run – that could work for me xx Good to see you out there!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds like a great start, Josefa! Make sure you overindulge this weekend πŸ™‚ xx

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  22. Kylie Purtell
    April 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been really bad with the exercise lately, which is not good considering the Mother’s Day Classic is only a month away! I do need to get back in to it though and I am hoping to do a bit more swimming on the days the girls have swimming lessons and Dave comes with me and can watch the girls in the shallow pool.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds like a great idea, Kylie. I love being able to do some laps and let the kids have a chance to muck around too. Good luck with the mothers day classic. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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  23. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    April 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

    That is great you are walking again. I have a dodgy hip and therefore back from my pregnancies and at the moment can’t do much. I am seeing a physio and can’t wait until I can go walking agaiN!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

      I hope they sort something out for your hip, Sam. I’ve been seeing a remedial therapist for my tailbone, but it just hasn’t helped long term. I’m going to have to seek other advice unfortunately. Until then I will hobble around πŸ™‚

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  24. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    April 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

    GO GIRL – I’m very proud and happy for you. My kids often say I have fat belly and yes they are right! And you know right now I could be pounding the pavement, 7.20pm, when kids are in bed and asleep, but what am I doing? Not this. I too was very fit before marriage and kids and I want that back… keep it up lovely and if you have some spare motivation please post to me! Em – (also visiting as part of #teamIBOT)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I will send some your way, Em! Yep, it’s hard to find the time and inclination and keep motivated once you start. Maybe plastic surgery is the answer πŸ˜‰

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  25. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    April 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness I so know what you mean about the amazing feeling of getting out for a walk. I had a few days recently where I wasn’t able to exercise and it was terrible! I hated it! My favourite part of the day is getting out for a walk with my dog and either chatting to my hubby Dave and listening to the iPod. You always feel so much better after a walk. And I agree, while the health benefits are great, the mental benefits are even better! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh you’re married to a Dave too. I didn’t realise. Everyone loves a Dave πŸ™‚ Having a dog is great motivation to get outside and go walking. I hope you get a chance to get out again soon xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Sure is, Martine. It’s getting a little dark now though. Will have to carry a torch!

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  26. lisa
    April 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Ahh, exercise my nemesis. My down fall. I have tried various types of exercise but I use my kids as an excuse too often. I have 3 young boys & not enough babysitters floating around. Hopefully I can get back on track soon. Good on you for getting back into it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

      I can see why you don’t have the time, Lisa! And you’re probably too exhausted too. I hope you get a chance to do some every now and then πŸ™‚

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  27. Andrea
    April 2, 2014 at 1:11 am (3 years ago)

    Awww, so jealous. But what time do you get up, 4am or something mad?? What are you eating, seriously because it is all I can do to drag myself in and out of bed, to and from work, Mr L-Chops to do groceries etc. I think I eat pretty healthily, but so many mums I know seem to have this boundless energy and I feel like I’m running on empty most of the time. Please note this state of affairs preceeds this current pregnancy, however I have a feeling that with UK spring/summer nearing it may help to get a few doses of Vitamin D too. But I would be open to meal suggestions for energy!! Love this post Naisy xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

      A good dose of vitamin D will do you wonders little one. I don’t know that I have energy, I just do what I gotsta do πŸ˜‰ I don’t think you’re alone in feeling like you’re running on empty … we’re all zombies πŸ™‚ Maybe there’s something in those lentil burgers that I eat virtually every night πŸ™‚ xx

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  28. Becc
    April 2, 2014 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

    What the words out of a kids mouth can do. It fascinates me every day, how my child inspires me. It can be an insult such as yours or a compliment. Either way they push you πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. You gotta love them don’t you, Becc?! πŸ™‚

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  29. Kira
    April 2, 2014 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    Good on you! Once in a routine you’ll be laughing…what is it, something like 6 weeks to break/make a habit. You look great anyway! Exercise for me is more for the mental health/energy benefits. After number 1 was born i didn’t do anything for 6 months and then started running and almost reached doing half marathons but fell pregnant with number 2. This time around I got back into it quicker but due to his medical complications I don’t get out as much I would like. Plus you know having foot surgery a week ago doesn’t help! But slowly (and I mean slllloooowwwwly) i’m starting to incorporate more weight/upper body stuff – i hate it but hubby spurs me on.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh gosh! The foot surgery doesn’t sound fun at all. I hope you make a really quick recovery and can ease yourself back in. Sounds like you are doing all of the right things. Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  30. Kathy
    April 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s great Renee – morning walks are as much about the soul as they are they exercise. I’ve gotten out of the habit of morning walks but I’m really into my yoga (5 times a week or so). And I’m sure you have no flab to speak of.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m not so sure about that, Kathy, but thanks πŸ™‚ Yoga five times a weeks sounds amazing. Do you go to a class or do it yourself?

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  31. Tegan
    April 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to exercise quite frequently but I haven’t done anything substantial in forever. I do enjoy walking along the beach when we go though, for all of the reasons you listed.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Walking along the beach is the best isn’t, it?! It’s been too long since I’ve last done this.

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  32. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    April 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm (3 years ago)

    That is EXACTLY how I feel about my walks on the beach… but you are almost convincing me to try mornings again… almost πŸ˜‰ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Sonia. It’s the best part of the day πŸ˜‰ xx

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