Halloween Mayhem 18 days out

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I feel like I blinked and September was over. I’m just 18 days from my show UFE Halloween Mayhem in Chicago.
I have been pushing so hard this year, but I feel really good.

I’m bringing a fantastic wardrobe including 3 bikinis, 56 inch feather wings and a kick ass
Halloween costume for the evening show. My bikini’s are originals and not purchased from the usual online bikini sellers.  Rebeltart.com has created my looks and we have pulled some ideas from Britney Spears, Prince and Victoria’s Secret Fashion shows with an edge.  These are all 100 percent unique!

This year I’m cutting pretty hard at the end. It’s been harder for me to get lean. I notice every year, it’s not the fastest process. I’m not discouraged. I’m really pushing hard at the end here.

I’m still using my IIFYM flexibility but I don’t have much food right now so pretty much anything other than protein and veggies is out the door. Just keeping it real.

I don’t have energy for my pole so that will have to wait until after the show.

This was a week ago at 3.5 weeks out. I can’t wait to see how lean I can get!
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Pink Muscle

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One of our awesome Sleek Bikini Team Athletes competed in Pink Muscle. She looked amazing! That show was really, really fun.  I was able to meet and totally fangirl Amanda Latona Kuclo.  Amanda was pretty much the reason I started competing. She’s the booty queen!  She was fantastic to talk with and really shared a lot.  She’s great for our industry!  I picked up some Booty Queen tights too. You should totally get these. 
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You can go to her site BootyQueenAppearal.com and get clothing line. I really like the fit of these and they stay put for leg day, ladies!!  I got the first pair of these tights, aside from the ones Amanda had on at the show!  Yeaaaa!

Photo shoot is this weekend with our coaches!  I’m super pumped!

I hope your competition training is going great!!
xoxo

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Competition 101: Which shoes are best for stage?

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If you are new to bikini/figure competitions, you may be curious as to which shoe is best for stage.  There are so many styles and many of them look similar.

This is the correct shoe! It is by the company “Ellie” and the shoe is Brook.
Specs:
Color: Clear

  • Heel measures approximately 4.75″
  • Platform measures approximately 0.75″
  • Pig leather insole
  • Heel measures approximately 5 inches, platform 0.75 inches
  • Available in whole sizes only. Half size order upThis shoe fits true to size!! I love it. You will see most competitors wear this exact shoe.Where should I get it?
    Amazon.com has this exact shoe for about $25.
    You can do a google search for it, but you will get lots of different Brook/Brooke Styles and heel heights.
    Be sure the specs are the same as above. This is not an expensive shoe.

    Benefits:
    The base of this exact shoe is perfect. Your toes don’t dangle over the end. Some shoes that ‘look’ like it have a more narrow base.

    It’s seriously  comfortable the minute you put it on for the first time.

    It’s easy to walk in. Seriously easy to walk in.
    Confidence level.. sky high!

    When should I order shoes?
    Now. If you have decided to compete, don’t wait another minute. Order your shoes! Having your shoes makes it real. You need to practice walking too.

    Do I have to ‘break them in’?
    I didn’t have to at all. They are awesome. Fit’s like a dream from day 1 to stage. Even as I lost body fat, I just tightened the straps.

    Shouldn’t I get a strapless shoe? Straps make my legs look fat?
    My first coach told me that.  That’s weird.  I had strapless shoes and my toes fell out over the toe of the shoe.  I like this better. You can get what you want unless your federation says differently.

    UPDATE 2016  I have had 2 pairs of these in the last year. I practice a lot in my shoes so I blew them out. I’m not going to lie, I bought an extra pair with me to my last show.  However, I jumped on Amazon and had them the next day.

    I want shoes with crystals.
    You can add your own if you like. I stoned my shoes in 2013.
    I actually bought this pair from Amazon too.
    I thought it would be good.

    shoeI actually did not wear these in 2015 but I did in 2016. They were great.

    Funny story: A girl at a show I worked, had a broken strap on her shoes. She said it broke a few weeks before the show but she was too lazy to get a new pair. Her body was banging but she walked like she was hobbled. Her T walk was  terrible. I can’t even!

     

    I wish you much luck in your competition!!

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    Here’s a picture of  my little TatuBaby. She has no opinion of shoes.
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Fabletics review: Your must have leggings

Holiday must have!

This is the Salar Legging from Fabletics.  I love this legging! You need 2 pair of these. Here me out.

The picture does not do this legging justice. The color is Black/Silver/icicle print. It’s maximum compression and it fits beautifully even with all your booty gains. It’s going to look hot on you.
This IS the perfect holiday legging!  You can rock this with black boots and
a sweater or dress it up hot with some heels! It’s seriously the perfect go to for the holidays.

The reason you need two pairs is : you will have these for years to come. This will be your holiday party go to  item!! This is a Fabletics fabric that came out for the winter. Who knows if we will continue to see it!

Pricing: VIP pricing for this legging is $54.95 and it comes in lengths
Short/Reg/Tall. Sizing is size 0 to size 20.

I’m not mad at Lululemon for their lack  of sizes but I do want you to know Fabletics sizing is xxs-xxl.  Girls  with booties can buy cute pants here!

Are these workout leggings or going out leggings?
You can rock your workouts in this legging because it is NOT see through. It passes the Squat test, dead lift, burpee  and the pilates test too.

(Pilates test is having your pants stay up while you do the advanced roll up.)

Salar leggings/capris always pass this test.

This legging is soft and  it’s super comfortable. It fits true to size. I’m a size 8 and I have a medium.  It’s a perfect pant

BTW. the Salar Legging comes in 32 different prints.

  Cute top  option 1 is the  Switch Back Tee II. I have this. It is so cute on!
You can add the Hudson Bralette in  Black/Silver/Icicle too.
Switch back Tee II is VIP price $19.95
Hudson Bralette II is also VIP: $19.95
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This  is the Aruba Wrap Top II and it comes in 4 colors! It is so cute
and only VIP: $19.95

The Psyllos Sweater is gorgeous! It’s perfect with the Salar Legging!
VIP is $49.95 for this sexy sweater!
 Accessories!
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Of course you need the matching headband! It’s so cute and festive. Ladies.. if your girls are hooked on Lululemon, they are going to love Fabletics!!  The accessories are super cute!  You don’t have to spend $108 on leggings for your teens.

You can get your first outfit for just $25! Free shipping and returns.
I hope you enjoyed my review. If you could please use my link that woud be super pawesome!


xoxo

Competition 101: Let’s pick a bikini!

Bikini Competitions are the “new wedding”!!   I spent more time selecting all my suits than I actually did selecting my wedding gown 20 years ago.   If you are new to competing, it might seem overwhelming.  Have no fear!! This is the fun part!

What kind of suit do I need for my bikini competition?
If you are doing bikini, the suit you will buy will be like this

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This one is from Saleyla.com. Bikini’s come in any color you like, blingy, really blingy, plan and in lots of top styles.
They are two pieces and have connectors . Most girls have their suits custom made but many designers have ready to go designs available. They come in all price ranges.

If you are FIGURE, your suit will look like this.
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Figure suits are connected and cross in the back. . This girl looks awesome.
If you are a figure girls, this is the suit you will buy. It can be blingy, very blingy, plain, OMG or in between.

You need to know!
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The bottom cut of your suit will depend on the federation you compete in.
You will check with your coach or federation guidelines on their website  for more details.
NPC will be a much smaller cut. Many natural federation like NANBF require the moderate cut.
If you are doing shows in different federations, you can order two bottoms with your top.

When do I order?
Typically, suits are ordered 8 weeks out from your show. Some designers require more time because of stoning or
volume of work load during the show season. You will find that info on their website.  If you need it, many designers have a ‘quick ship’ or quick turnaround for an additional charge.

Where will I find designers/suits to look at?
I love Instagram! If you look for #competitionbikinis, #competitionsuits, you will find some amazing designers!
Google will give you some great results too, but you’ll miss out on some of the newer designers. I say.. use IG!

Glamfitbikini’s has the coolest IG page on the planet. @Glamfitbikini
They get big ups for color coding their entire feed. They are in Australia but ship to the US.
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Katkinis has some beautiful suits!

The connectors!!
 Another cool designer is @Bikini_voronina_Official


How much should I spend?
I bought my first suits from RavishSands.com. They are amazing to work with. There are so many price points when you are selecting your suits. Pricing can depend on amount of stones, upgrades in stone colors and connector choices. You can spend as much as you want!

This one is mineeeeeeeeeee!
This one is mineeeeeeeeeee!

I’ve had suits that were very blingy but this year I went with the stretchy sequins !I bought my suit this year from a picture I saw on IG! @crystallinibikini/   I paid $180 for it and it’s  my favorite suit! I actually felt that the stretchy sequin fabric was a better fit for my implants! I had some trouble with my stoned suits coming up .  I love the connectors. Sequins looked great on stage too!

You can also buy plain suits and stone them yourself if you are up to the challenge!!

MuscleDazzle.com
My new obsession this year is Muscle Dazzle. I saw a girl at my last show with a fantastic suit from them. It came in a pretty sleeper box! Their prices are fantastic!

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Can I borrow or rent or buy a gently used suit?
Sure. Facebook has a great group of ladies on the Figure/physique, bikini competitors ‘buy and sell’ board.
TameeMarie.com rents her suits out as well. They go fast though. You should watch her FB page too.

Does color/style matter to judges?
Tamee Marie her self told me that blondes in pink suits is cliche.  I don’t know. I’ve been to lots of shows and the ONE thing I do know is.. the total package matters. If you pick a suit that makes you feel awesome, look awesome and you rock it, that counts for a lot.  I love blingy suits on stage, the lights make them look amazing but I’ve also seen girls with plain suits win.  Oddly, a girl won in bikini wearing a figure suit at one show. I don’t even know how that worked out, but my guess is ‘suits’ aren’t the thing that makes the judges pick you over another girl.

Suit designers I like
RavishSands.com
They are very very good! This year, they remade my old suit bottoms to fit the federation I was competing in. I sent them the bottoms and they had them back promptly! Great customer service too. I have had amazing luck with them.

Crystallini Bikini (Ellen is your girl).

I got my suit! It doesn’t fit!
If  you are a girl who has to lean out for stage, your suit may not fit until the last week. If you try it on 3 weeks out and you still have work to do, try not to panic. It will fit! The designers are good at their job!

I wish you much luck!!

xoxo

Fabletics review/Haul November 2015

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Fabletics Saint Louis Galleria has a super fun event the first Saturday of each month!
They had a live DJ and champagne! Raffles with giveways too. I came to shop it up with the Mister!

The above capris are my favorite. I love the Salar Capri! This color is Artic/Black Slub.
The regular price for this capri is $49.95 but the VIP price is just $34.95

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Salar capri!

The Salar Capri is my absolute favorite pant from Fabletics. The fabric is soft but it’s so flattering.
It doesn’t budge when you squat/dead lift! They wash beautifully too.  I have this capri in Black Slub too.
I also have the legging version of Black Slub.
I think I have 8 pair of the Salar Capri. For you LULU girls, this will be like your wunder under capris. I like these better!
Booty be popping.

I want to show you this pair or November so you can go get it!
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This pant is really cute!! It’s the Salar Capri in Northern Lights Reflective print.
Precious!

Sparkle!
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I got this! It’s the Hudson Bralette. I had to size up on this but it’s a good bra for lifting and my pole days.
It’s very hard to see the amount of sparkle in this!  I sized UP. Clearly. This one is not lined and doesn’t have any
padding. It’s snug though.
Here is the matching legging..
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This is the Salar Legging in black Silver Icicle .

Tanks
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I also picked up the Neve Tank (Left) . It has a full bra in it and a racer back! So cute. It’s $34.95 VIP
The other tank is the Pryor Tank. It has this beautiful twisty back. Pryor comes in 5 colors and is $19.95 VIP

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My friend, Michaela looks awesome in her Pryor tank!

Got this cute cute cute tee
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The McKinney Tee color is Oasis. They have 5 colors in this top. I sized down to it wouldn’t be a loose fit.
I wear a Medium in tops but got XS and it fits perfectly. Basically.. it runs big.

Gift time!!
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Because I spent $49.95 yesterday, I got a gift!! This is the 3 pack of thong undies.
This normally $29.95 regular price, $19.95 VIP.  Super cute lazer cut and they won’t show under your gear!

So listen, the store has a party event each month on the first Saturday.
You can come in and shop your outfit for your membership. Then you will get a free gift!
You will get chance to win prizes. You can drink Champagne and eat lovely snacks!
Seems like a win win!

If you are not a Fabletics member.. You can get your first outfit for just $25 free shipping! Click here to get check it out!
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Fabletics Haul/reviews

Kate Hudson gifted me some new gear and a sweet note. I'm very honored to be chosen as a Fabletics Master.
Kate Hudson gifted me some new gear and a sweet note. I’m very honored to be chosen as a Fabletics Master.

If you have read my blog, you know I’m obsessed with workout gear. Fabletics is a company that is
repped by Kate Hudson.  The company started with online membership and is now opening stores!
Our St. Louis Galleria is one of the first stores in the US!  I’m very exciting. I want to tell you about
a few items and how they compare.
Camacan Capri

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Fabletics Camacan capri

The tights that Kate sent me are called Camacan Capri.
They area currently on sale on the website for between $20-$30 with a purchase.
These capris fit true to size, and  they have great compression. They do NOT shift around while you are training. They are flattering and there are 12 different fabric styles. They are moisture wicking and 4 way stretch! I did not have to pull them up during my burpees today.

Salara Legging

These are amazing.
These are amazing.

I bought both pairs of these Salara Leggings. The tiny stripped ones are fantastic and soft.
They stay up during all my workouts. It has a little pocket for your key . The stripes are
very flattering and they match up beautifully in the back. They have long and short inseams too.
The Tribal Camo leggings
Fabric Content: 88% Polyester/12% Elastane
Features: Smooth, Chafe-Resistant Design, Convenient Hidden Pocket, Moisture Wicking, Four-Way Stretch.
There are 35 fabric choices of this legging! OMG.  Remember, as a VIP you ALWAYS get the VIP pricing.
These are less than half price of the Lulu Wunder Unders!

Salara Capri
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Here’s the score. These Salar Capris are the bomb.If you are a fan of Lulu Wunder Under crops and these
one going to make you so happy. They have great compression, they don’t budge during my workouts.
They wash great and there are 26 fabric choices! I bought three pair!

Remember, you can join Fabletics and get your  first outfit for just $25 dollars and free shipping.
If you have access to a store, you can purchase your monthly outfit there. If you don’t want a new outfit , just make sure you “pass on your outfit” between the first and the 5th of the month.

I have gotten many reward points and coupons for discounts since I joined. Fabletics sent me a $30 gift certificate a few weeks after I joined. Fun.  The rewards points add up to get you new  gear.

There is also FL2 workout gear for your man! This is repped by Kate’s handsome brother, Oliver from the show Nashville.
My pants in the pic below are Salara Capri in Dusk. I wear  Medium, size 8. I am 5″8 inches tall.

My selara crops and leggings.Adventure tank in Tangerine.
My selara crops and leggings.Adventure tank in Tangerine.
Check out the site and see how you like your new outfits. Let me know what you think!
Check out the site and see how you like your new outfits. Let me know what you think!

Progress photos 2 weeks out

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The goal for 2015 was to grow. I know.. who grows for bikini.  ME. I like the look of bikini athlete.
I build my own package based on what I want.  I compete for me. So, that being said.. I’m feeling pretty
excited that we got some gains.

For my clients who aren’t into ‘muscles’ or bulk.. I’m super flexed here. I won’t even be flexed like this on stage and if you are competing, you won’t either.

This is more accurate here.
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Trust me, it’s going to take me years to accomplish what I set as my goal.
Comparison is the thief of joy.  I step on stage better than last year, I’ve done my job!
Build what you want.  Design your physique as you would build a sculpture.

Shop:
The Fabletics top in my new pic is so fun! I love the back detail.
I love their tops for the back detail.
You can get your first outfit for just $25 +free shipping

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Fabletics Reviews haul

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If you are not familiar with Fabletics, this is the company that is repped by  Kate Hudson. You can purchase your first outfit online for just $25!  Each month you can get a new outfit for half price or ‘pass’. The membership is really cool because
new styles are introduced each month!

Now.. we have a Fabletics store in St. Louis!!

I attended the Grand Opening last night at the St. Louis Galleria. The store was packed with gorgeous pieces!
Much more than the site!

I was able to pick up 4 things last night!
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The IBIS sports bra is the new release for October Breast Cancer Awareness. This one is sold out!
The back detail is so cute. See the pink Ribbon!  I love the pink/black camo!
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The pants are Corfu Capri II. They are great for squats, plyo, and NO see through!
They fit true to size. The mesh detail is super fun.

I picked up the Adventure tank. It was just $ 15. 95 and I actually do like it better than my Lulu CRB tanks.
It’s super soft and very flattering! It comes in so many colors!

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If you are not a Fabletics member, you should join!    If you shop in the store, that counts toward your monthly subscription purchase.  Remember, you can login and “pass” if you don’t want to purchase that month.

One thing that’s fun about Fabletics, is that you get credit toward clothes by submitting reviews of your purchase!

So far everything I’ve purchased, is amazing.  I hope you will enjoy! Click here to check it out! 
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8 weeks out updates

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Almost..8 weeks out.
I use my blog to show benchmarks in my training/progress. I don’t send pics to coaches  since I’m self coached but I still do weekly pics.  I have been busting my booty this week. I ‘almost’ had a cold but found my way out of that so that’s good.
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his is 11 weeks and 8 weeks out. I’m feeling good. Umm.. a zillion miles to go though!

One thing I’m noticing is my recovery time is not super fast. I am not going to say it’s being 50,  but I’m trying to be mindful of that. I am still busting it so hard but as of yet haven’t resorted to endless  time on the cardio equipment daily.  I get some in and will be adding more, but my airdyne bike is keeping me on point.
In my studio, I have a lot of my team cutting for weddings, shows and just because it’s time!  The workouts we are doing are on point to keep us progressing to the end.

Cold: Immune system: abby
I am using thieves oil every single day.  The product I use is DoTerra On guard.  I was feeling terrible
and started a gargle swish thing with a few drops of this. My cold was gone in 1 day. You can use it for
so much but I am determined to stay well this prep.  You can search Pinterest for more on OnGuard
You can get it here from my guru friend, Abby
Remember the other blog post about colds and flu??

New product:
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I LOVE this product.  I am using this as a thermagenic (fat burner) and my creatine. This product has
Dandelion root for water retention.  I feel really good on this one.  You have to drink it before, during and after your workouts. I do 2 scoops for 5g creatine.  It does have CLA so I’m pulling my Abcuts. Be sure to count  5g of fat for this product.   I just supplement around this with my others to meet my needs.

It’s a weird grainy texture. You might not like it but I got used to is after the first day.
I don’t work for GNC. They don’t give me anything. They have a return policy though…

Changes:
I’m not changing macros just yet because what I’m doing is working. My goal is to keep as much food as I can for as long as I can.  I’m using a little more egg white this week to switch it up. Lots of pancakes, mug cakes.

Last night I had a boat load of macros to eat so I ate this
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I modified the hell out of this recipe. No agave. The base of this is
Chick peas. I used peanut butter with no sugar added. I counted
out sixteen 60% cacao unsweetened  chips for the recipe.
The recipe also  has coconut flour, protein powder, and  almond milk.  I loved it.
I hit my macros and everything on this was squeaky clean!!

The rest of my day was perfect. Veggies, lean protein  whole foods.

I’ve been ending my days with a little too many macros left over so I’m trying really hard
this week to go to bed with only protein left.  I feel better. I think I sleep better.

Being on Bro-preps with M6 as egg whites or chicken  was tough.  Now, I try to have
some great food during the day so I don’t mind the egg white pancake as my last.

I’m sure some Negative Nancy- Mr. Boss Around  will fly in here and debate that meal timing does or doesn’t matter and there’s probably some material to back that up. Don’t care.. If it bothers me, it bothers me.
Some of my clients tell me, it matters or it doesn’t matter.  My meal timing is now intuitive on this cut.  Too many carbs before sleep bothers me.   I go to bed at 7pm. lol

Except for pre-post workout, my ish is tight! I eat with purpose!

Here’s a picture of my kitty, Tatu Baby. She’s my smushy!
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Enjoy your day!

Power Pak Pudding for leaning

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Prepping/cutting is tough enough without feeling like you are missing out on treats. I have seen this product around for years but it never occurred to me to check it out.  Well.. I’m all in. I purchased the pack of 4 small sized
Fit and Lean Vanilla Cream pudding cups.   They are
Serving size 1 cup
Fat: 2.5g
Protein: 15g
Carbs 4g

You can learn more about the product at this link on Body Building .com.

This product for sure is great for girls who are struggling to get more protein in. Many of my clients work hard to get their numbers up without going over in other macronutrients.  This product is solid. I got my pudding at GNC but Amazon has it too. I think most Supplement stores have it. Chocolate and Vanilla are your options!! Whoo hoo.
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