Maggie is home from the vet (she had her teeth cleaned).  She seems a little drunk on anesthesia.


As in, she couldn’t make it all the way onto her big, fluffy bed.  I laughed so hard when I walked into the office and saw her.




Otherwise, today was pretty uneventful.  I wrote a lot, and then the Husband and I did a crazy amount of Charlotte research (we’re moving in May or June).  We’re trying to figure out what neighborhood to live in (Kath is helping!).


Afternoon snacks included an orange and a Glo Bakery bar:


And some almonds and raisins:


Dinner was DELICIOUS.  Got two thumbs up from the Husband.  I made roasted yellow potatoes, steamed asparagus, and a veggie burger.  The veggie burger was a Morningstar Black Bean burger with cheddar cheese, mustard, and spinach.  Classic.


Speaking of Costco, the asparagus was actually from the wholesaler.  It was big and juicy, too!


Today was suppose to be a cardio day, but I decided to call it a rest day instead.  Sometimes, you need to rest your body, and sometimes – you need to rest your mind!  I needed a mental break from working out, and I needed it BAD.


If you struggle with exercise guilt (I used to feel so bad when I didn’t stick to my plan – I’m a bit of a perfectionist), try taking a macro view of your workouts.  Instead of analyzing your workouts day-by-day, look at the entire week or month.  It’s true that small efforts make a big difference, but long-term consistency is important, too.  Try to look back on the last week or month and say, “I don’t want to workout today, but last week, I made it to the gym 3 times,” “…but last week, I made an effort to walk after dinner twice,”  or “but in the past month, I’ve made small steps to being healthier and more active in general.”  It’s easy to let go of exercise guilt when you put it into context.


The macro view also helps me keep up with my healthy eating habits.  Eat well 80% of the time, and don’t stress about the rest. 🙂


Letting go of guilt is so important for achieving a healthy lifestyle.  Guilt doesn’t do anything good – in fact, it tears you down!  I wrote more about guilt on my Fat Talk page.


The Husband and I are curling up and re-watching Season 1 of Grey’s Anatomy.  Popcorn is in my future!


STAY TUNED FOR A SUPER EXCITING RAFFLE for the Livestrong Foundation!



  • Kelly March 1, 2010, 8:50 pm

    I totally agree about guilt. I think that’s such a great strategy for not feeling guilty about both food and working out. It’s so easy to say “don’t feel guilty” but a strategy like that can really help us put it into action.

    Ooo, I’m trying to be a cyclist so I’m getting excited for a super exciting raffle!

  • Michelle@eatingjourney March 1, 2010, 8:53 pm

    just laughed out loud.

    Letting go of guilt, with exercise, food, bingeing, etc. is the MOST IMPORTANT THING.

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 1, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I absolutely agree, even though sometimes its hard. I don’t mind missing a workout, but I love sticking to a schedule. I have to learn to be more flexible and switch things up if I have to (and NOT get bent out of shape about it). Enjoy Grey’s and popcorn!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 1, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I agree with you on looking at exercise on a weekly basis, not day to day. Its so important to keep things in perspective!

  • Lizzy March 1, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I’m watching Grey’s as i’m typing this! eeek my favorite show ever!!!!

    Dinner looks awesome, Veggie burgers are my favorite, an i love eating them for quick filing meals

  • Evan Thomas March 1, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Great message! To be honest, I want to exercise tomorrow, but I have EVERY SIGN of overtraining, and I know I need to listen to that as well, so I’m sleeping in and trying not to think about it otherwise.
    By the way–season 1? Season 2 is so much better 😛

    • Eliza March 1, 2010, 8:57 pm

      season 2 is amazing, but 1 is just classic, I miss when grey’s was like that

  • Madelin @ What is for Breakfast? March 1, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I struggle with the exercise guilt. Thanks for the tips :).

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 1, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Exercise guilt is something I will always struggle with a teeny bit, though my laid back hubby has helped make me 100 times easier on myself! Even after my 20 mile run, I was kind of knocking myself because I didn’t finish fast enough. We are too hard on ourselves as women!

  • Beth March 1, 2010, 8:57 pm

    HAHA! That picture of Maggie is so funny.

    Your dinner looks so good! I love the Morningstar black bean burgers. I made something tonight you might want to check out – soba noodles with sauteed tofu and asian style veggies. It turned out awesome and was easy too! I took lots of pictures along the way!

  • jen trinque March 1, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Maggie is so funny! She needs her own TV show 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 1, 2010, 8:59 pm

    What great tips! I definitely get exercise guilt sometimes, so i’ll have to take your big picture approach. That picture of Maggie is adorable!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) March 1, 2010, 8:59 pm

    I must not be feeling enough guilt since I can’t seam to strap on my sneaks.

    Do you put that blanket over her head? Taking advantage of the weak.

    • caitlin March 1, 2010, 9:47 pm

      no! she loves to snuggle and burrow.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 1, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I love the idea of using a macro-perspective to help get beyond exercise guilt. I actually recently posted on my blog about 5 key points to remember when you skip a workout, if you want to check it out!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 1, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Season 1 of Grey’s is the best!
    And poor Maggie!!!!

    I’ve really tried to get beyond exercise guilt.. it’s NO good. Exercise, or the lack thereof, is NOT the end of the world even if it feels like it. I have to tell myself that a lot lately since I can’t do it. It’s been about 2 months since I had to stop and you know what? I’m still alive and kicking 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 1, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I have never really felt exercise guilt, but it probably comes from working in a gym! I was there so much that when I didn’t workout, it was actually a nice break!

  • Sara @ ActiveGal March 1, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Awww sweet Maggie! I hope you start to feel better! Exercise guilt happens a lot to me – I try not to let it affect me but sometimes I can’t seem to help it. I really like the idea of looking at it from a macro perspective, that is a great idea I will have to try that next time!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear March 1, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I totally understand the feeling of exercise guilt. I took a day off yesterday, and my body needed it. I was back on track today. Breaks do a body good. The asparagus looks so fresh, I bet you have enough for the next 2 weeks!

  • Abby March 1, 2010, 9:08 pm

    I laughed so hard at the picture of maggie! Poor girl!!

    This was a great post! I know I struggle with it sometimes. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 1, 2010, 9:08 pm

    morningstar veggie patties make me blush cause they taste fried. Seriously. have you had the gardenburger black bean chipotle? HOLY YUM. I always feel guilty when i don’t work out…like today, instead of doing an hour cardio I lifted some weights. 🙁 Long work week=TIRED and cold.

  • Nicci March 1, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Your so right about not feeling the guilt. I felt I should I should workout, but I know I should rest my body tonight and not strain it.

  • Jacquie March 1, 2010, 9:10 pm

    I agree with your outlook! Another way I like to look at it is to not only look at the macro-level of exercise, but the macro-level of your life. You might be getting more exercise in just the busy-ness of your day…maybe not the sweat of a run or yoga or whatever, but still something. Life can gt in the way of schedules but if we do the best we can, that’s all that matters 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 1, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Awww, sweet Maggie!!! She and my little guy Baxter look like twins from behind 🙂

    Letting go of exercise guilt is something I’ve gotten much better about, largely by taking a macro view like you recommend. In the grand scheme of things, missing one workout isn’t going to matter…just like one cookie won’t ruin your diet. Missing twenty workouts, on the other hand, or eating twenty cookies, will have an impact! It’s so important to recognize that difference.

  • Ellen March 1, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Ohh poor Maggie! (It is kinda funny though, ha). I used to have TERRIBLE exercise guilt when I missed a scheduled day, but I’ve learned to fluff it off and just make it for it (even if it’s just an extra 10 minutes of cardio) during my next workout. Feeling guilty does NOTHING for me…the negative vibes usually keep me on a downward spiral :/

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 1, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I definitely tell myself how well I’ve been doing with my workouts when I feel like taking a day off. But usually I’m pretty good about getting to the gym when I plan to.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 1, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I’ve been watching season 1 of grey’s on Lifetime every night! it’s so good!! I had completely forgotten some of the plotlines!

  • Stacey March 1, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Yay!!! You are gonna be closer to me! woot woot. Funny you mention exercise guilt tonight because that is exactly what I am battling. I just did a post on how guilty I felt about missing my workout for 3 days in a sucks, but I am still healthy overall and these 3 days aren’t going to make a difference in the long run. Thanks for the reminder!

    Good luck house hunting! I grew up in Charlotte 😀

  • Jolene ( March 1, 2010, 9:33 pm

    That dinner looks so good – especially the roasted potatoes!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 1, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Great post Caitlin. I too suffer from exercise guilt – and need to remind myself that a day or two ‘off’ is so small in the long term.

  • Matt March 1, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I have been wondering… Do you buy all of your produce organic? What are the organic selections like at costco? I have a membership with my family, but I never go! I might start going out there!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:00 am

      Nope I don’t buy all organic produce. I should, but it’s expensive and we prefer to buy organic dairy products. They do have really good organic stuff at Costco. Most of their produce (not the spinach though) and dry products are organic.

  • katherine March 1, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Accepting exercise guilt has been a huge accomplishment this year for me. Last year, I was exercising every day, but it wasn’t because I enjoyed it. I did it because I felt I had to. Now, I refuse to make myself workout unless I truly want to. Sure, that may mean I take a week off (or more!). But you know what? I haven’t lost tone, I haven’t gained weight, and I’m a million times happier!

  • Cindi March 1, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Good luck with the Charlotte moving plans. Shoot me an email if you have any questions! BTW – LOVED the Costco list – so great!

  • Hangry Pants March 1, 2010, 10:03 pm

    This is not passive aggressive: I am glad you didn’t have guilt and that you decided not to do cardio today. Your brick thingy was yesterday and that took longer than it takes to run a half marathon! And I really like thinking of it in terms of a whole week rather than day-by-day.

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:01 am

      so true. i’m kind of struggling with oly tri because its so much more intense than even MARATHON training! i feel like i need to do SOMETHING almost every day to get ready (and i’m trying to get ready really fast – 6 weeks).

  • Jess March 1, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I was totally feeling unhealthy food guilt today after eatting 3 break and bakes and 2 GS caramel delights… o my poor sweet tooth. But after reading that little blurb on eatting healthy 80% of the time and not letting it get me down I think I can go to sleep content 🙂 so…thanks! maybe tomorrow will be a 90% day cut it down to only 2 cookies haha!

  • kate March 1, 2010, 10:29 pm

    Ollie (our piebald male weiner) sends Maggie e-love and hopes she feels better 😉

  • Emily March 1, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Loved the fat talk page! (high school tends to cause an elevated level of comparisons, boo)

    P.S – season one is the best!

  • Kaitlyn March 1, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! It was exactly what I needed to hear today! I am training for my first half-marathon and it says to rest on certain days, but I always feel as though I should keep exercising to be overprepared. But, I have found I actually work out A LOT better after a day of rest then if I keep working out every day. Tomorrow is a rest day for me and then it’s back to the grind on Wednesday but I think that day off helps me look forward to Wednesday workout even more and appreciate just how much the body can do! Thanks again for the inspiring post!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:02 am

      rest is just as important as training, esp for a half marathon. if you overprepare, you risk injury! be safe 🙂 enjoy your workouts.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 1, 2010, 10:46 pm

    I just laughed out loud. So funny!

    Love season 1 of Grey’s!

    Thank you for this post on guilt! I’m on my taper week before my half, and I feel bad for not doing more, but I know it’s for my own good. Gotta let it go!

  • steph March 1, 2010, 10:56 pm

    oooh man, that picture of maggie is absolutely hilarious

  • Lizz @ leadingthegoodlife March 1, 2010, 10:57 pm

    Oh, what a cutie-girl! My dog totally burrows under blankets, too. I remember we ‘lost’ her once because she was at the bottom of a basket of blankets we keep next to the couch! Now it is her basket. 🙂

    This guilt thing is a big issue for me. Unfortunately I find that I am most motivated by guilt! Looking at the big picture is a good idea. After training for my first marathon I thought, “Did I really run enough?” When I looked back at my running log, I was shocked at how many miles I had run! It’s like I wrote it down & forgot it – instead of holding onto a sense of accomplishment for each mile.

  • Amy March 1, 2010, 11:06 pm

    I’ve apparently watched too much olympics. When you said you were curling up, I missed the meaning and was picturing you throwing 3 stone rocks down the ice.

    Poor Maggie! That bed was just too big. 🙂

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 1, 2010, 11:12 pm

    aw, mags! hope she feels better soon!

  • Ariffa March 1, 2010, 11:22 pm

    aww i love maggie, shes so cute all doped up
    I totally agree with letting go of exercise guilt, eventually everything balances out and a few missed work outs never killed anyone

  • MageeMommy March 1, 2010, 11:53 pm

    WOW! that dinner looks sooo yummy!!! I hopped over from Such a great idea and inspiring!

  • Jenn ( March 2, 2010, 12:14 am

    LOL, cutest doggie pic of the week!!

    I have the same outlook for calories/eating as you do with exercise. What you eat or don’t eat in a day doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you eat over several days. Balance! 🙂


  • Rika March 2, 2010, 12:33 am

    d’aww maggies so adorable! delicious looking dinner, by the way!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 2, 2010, 12:56 am

    I rarely look at my life from a ‘marco’ point of view. Good idea! Instead of beating myself up for eating way too much chocolate chips, I should be pat myself on the back for fitting in exercise 5x a week and eating 25 servings of veggies each day. Way to be positive!

  • Christie March 2, 2010, 1:32 am

    Hey girl! I totally agree that looking at a week or months worth of exercise can help. I keep an monthly log in excel format that always makes me feel better! Good advice!


  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 2, 2010, 2:34 am

    That’s such a good way of looking at it – I often struggle with exercise guilt, but I’d never thought of it like that. Love that idea! Thankyou Caitlin 😀
    (and haha at Maggie!! I LOL’d at that :p)

  • Megan March 2, 2010, 5:37 am

    Honestly, I struggle with exercise guilt. I think it’s a major part of my eating disorder. I really think they should make exercise bulimia a real diagnosis (on it’s own) instead of being a subset of bulimia…Like Liz (Leadingthegoodlife), I find that the guilt is what motivates me as well. Sometimes I commit to NOT exercising one day. Then the guilt sets in. THEN I give in and go workout. I just don’t understand how a person can be so addicted to something. Even though exercise is good for you.. healthy… if taken to the extreme it is dangerous.

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:04 am

      agree, agree.

  • Anna March 2, 2010, 6:09 am

    Oh wow! That Maggie picture is heart breaking and hilarious at the same time.

    I’m the same way about exercise guilt. Definitely a perfectionist and I like to make plans and stick with them. I do need to stop beating myself up when a work out doesn’t happen/doesn’t go as planned.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) March 2, 2010, 6:52 am

    Very well said about the guilt. It contributes nothing to your well-being, and can often induce downward spirals of thinking and behaving regarding nutrition and fitness. Thoughts like, “Well, I already ate half a bag of chips…I might as well be really bad and eat the rest.”

    Your dog is awesome and hilarious!

  • Becky March 2, 2010, 7:01 am

    Thanks for the reminder about exercise guilt. I know that it’s not healthy to feel guilty, but sometimes I get the twinge when I skip a planned workout. I try to dismiss the negative thoughts asap and look at the big picture.

  • Keri March 2, 2010, 7:12 am

    I had the exact same veggie burger for lunch yesterday. They are so good! My fav type by far. Thank you for the guilt reminders. It is something I also struggle with (exercise guilt), even though I know it is so silly. I have made some progress and every reminder helps!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 2, 2010, 7:25 am

    I completely agree with your views on exercise guilt. One workout here or there won’t make a huge difference overall, but if you let it get to you and miss a whole week or two, that will!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 2, 2010, 7:46 am

    Your attitude is always so inspiring! 😀 Looking back over the past week and month is such a great way of staying on top of things without feeling guilty. There’s no reason to beat oneself up over a skipped workout, because in the grand scheme of things, it all balances out.

    Poor little Maggie…I couldn’t help but smile looking at her sweet little face. Hope she’s feeling back to her normal self soon! 😀

  • Andrea ( March 2, 2010, 8:14 am

    Caitlin, I think you’re so right in thinking about exercise in a macro sense. It’s true that what matters is your overall commitment and dedication to exercise and eating well, not the singular day. Great attitude my dear!
    And those Morningstar Black Bean burgers are out of this world good. Try the pizza burgers from them too- they are incredibly delicious!!

  • Susan March 2, 2010, 8:25 am

    Excellent point about looking at food and exercise with a macro point of view. It especially helps me on days that I over-indulge on the eating side. Sure I ate a bazillion calories one day, but if I step back and think about my eating habits over the past month, or even year, that one day doesn’t seem like a whole lot!

  • cassie March 2, 2010, 8:28 am

    your lunch looks great.. i love morningstar.. have you tried the chik patties?

  • PhillyGirlRuns March 2, 2010, 8:42 am

    Aww Maggie! My dog Sophie was doped up like that too when we brought her home from being spayed back in the fall. You feel bad laughing, but…yeeeeeah.

    Unless you’re just starting out, I think a more macro approach is, without a doubt, the best way to make sure you’re on the right track with both food and exercise. It’s consistency that ALWAYS makes the difference. I didn’t gain weight by indulging like crazy every now and again — I gained weight by consistently eating just a little too much for a year or so, and consistently saying “oh, it doesn’t matter if I skip just this one workout” four times a week…and I’m not going to get back into shape by eating perfectly every now and again or murdering myself on the treadmill once or twice a week.

  • Kelly (Local Foodie Fight) March 2, 2010, 8:44 am

    Awww Maggie, adorable!

    I needed this post this week. I have been inundated with schoolwork and while I have been walking a lot (from dogwalking to babysitting to my intership and school, etc) I haven’t had time to go to yoga or the gym….I hate the feeling. Next week is break though so I can work out every day!

  • Heather March 2, 2010, 8:53 am

    yum popcorn and grey’s, two of my favorite things! you know it comes on every night for 3 hours on lifetime? it just started over with season one again a couple days ago!

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 9:05 am

      one more reason i live lifetime!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 2, 2010, 9:05 am

    I posted about missed-workout guilt last night, too. I wrote it from a different point of view, but I really like your tip about looking at the big picture instead of just that one workout:)

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 2, 2010, 9:06 am

    Such a great post on workout guilt! I was just venting about that today myself. I think after years of saying no matter what condition I am in I have to workout 6 days a week, I have finally morphed.

    It isn’t about the weekly tally, it’s the overall progression forward in a healthy and more balanced manner. As long as you’re feeling good, keep doing what you’re doing, am I right?

  • Kelly March 2, 2010, 9:13 am

    Hahaha your puppy looks adorable all drunken. Animals are so funny sometimes.

  • Whitney @ March 2, 2010, 9:32 am

    OMG Maggie is too cute and that is the funniest picture!

    I struggle with exercise guilt…but I can usually let it go if I’m sick or have already worked out a bunch that week.

  • Samantha March 2, 2010, 9:41 am

    Awesome post lady! After I had gotten to class last night, I had completely gotten over missing my workout. I know a lot of people don’t like to talk about weight or weight loss, but its part of my life right now; its my journey. You know what? Scale went down this morning! I am beginning to except the fact that while exercise will help make me healthier and it is an important part of my weight loss journey, its not the end all be all….Missing one workout isn’t the end of the world. I am lucky to have great role models like you to help me understand that. So thanks!!

  • Alison March 2, 2010, 9:49 am

    love it! i’ve been trying to let go of my guilt as well and really do see how little benefits like walking after dinner, do add up. it’s not realistic to always fit in hour-long workouts or weight sessions, but the everyday stuff we can do. it’s funny how people can become obsessive about exercise because of the ritual aspect of it. for me, even if my knees are killing me, i think i should still go to the gym. clearlyyy my body is telling me something! delish sammie!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 2, 2010, 10:46 am

    this is a great tip for exercise guilt…i’m totally the same way with needing to stick to a plan, and i feel so horrible if i don’t! looking back at my week so far though i’ve actually done a really great job of working out consistently!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 2, 2010, 10:54 am

    This is just what I needed. On Monday, I blogged about feeling guilty that I didn’t make it to the gym over the weekend. I know exercising will help my horrible knees feel less painful, yet I had a gazillion excuses why I couldn’t go. I feel like I’m letting my knees down. Your words have made me feel better…thanks!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) March 2, 2010, 11:24 am

    Ha, I literally laughed aloud seeing Maggie on that bed! I’m glad you posted this about exercise guilt, that happens to me big time as much as I try to fight it. But I think I really need a break tomorrow as proven by a super difficult 5 miles today!

  • Jen March 2, 2010, 11:29 am

    Caitlin, thank you for posting about exercise guilt! I will be linking back to your post on my blog today because i just love what you said so much. I completely struggle with this! and, on the days that I do, it makes my whole day miserable! But, i’m crazy to let it do that because I work out a ton and train for marathons and half marathons and triathlons and do great in them, so obviously I am exercising enough.

    Thank you!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me March 2, 2010, 12:50 pm

    hahaha aw poor Maggie! I can’t help but laugh though.

    I definitely feel exercise guilt. I can be tough on myself. I shockingly wasn’t last week though. I didn’t make it to the gym at all but I told myself no worries and that I’d be back on the saddle this week (and I am!).

  • Carolyn March 2, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I love asparagus, but the husband doesn’t like that “it makes his pee smell” so I don’t buy it because it will usually end up going bad. 🙁

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 2, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Maggie is so cute!

  • Madison March 2, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I almost feel bad laughing at poor Maggie only making it half way on her bed but that photo is just so funny! I hope she recovers quickly!

  • Megan March 2, 2010, 5:19 pm

    caitlin… what’s wrong with maggie? just tired? or did she have an operation or something?

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 5:36 pm

      she had her teethies cleaned 🙂 they have to put them under.

  • Christine March 2, 2010, 7:38 pm

    That picture of Maggie is about the cutest thing I have ever seen! I have a mini-daschund (Lulu) and I am sending you and Maggie big hugs and happy thoughts! What breed is Maggie?

    • caitlin March 2, 2010, 7:39 pm

      she’s a dachshund, too! she’s a rare color called piebald.

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year) March 3, 2010, 10:57 am

    I felt really guilty about missing 6 days of working out in the past week (some intentional, most unintentional), but now that I’m getting back into it my body is responding well and I feel like the rest was needed (although, the drinking and bad food choices on the weekend probably weren’t!).

    Too funny about your pup! Mine get like that, too. I remember when one of my dogs got attacked by a porcupine and we had to take her in to get the quills removed. Well, when she came out of the anesthetic, she was walking around running into things, and she’d always let out this little ‘woe is me’ cry. She was just so sad, it was cute.


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