Get Out of Pain

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Get Out of Pain

Being in chronic pain is no way to live life.  It sucks the energy right out of us.  In my over twenty-five years of being a fitness professional I have worked with so many people that suffer from chronic pain whether it’s a shoulder, knee, hip or back with low back pain being the most common ailment I see. 

BACK PAIN IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY

In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain some time in their lives.  Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability. 

That’s why when I got this text today from one of my clients who just happens to be a teaching golf professional it brought a huge smile to my face.  Here is what his text said:

“I appreciate all of your help.  This is the longest I’ve been pain free in three years.” –Brian Lindstrom 

For those of you who suffer through chronic pain you know how debilitating it can be.  I myself have suffered through a chronic hip condition that made my life very miserable for over three years.  It saps our energy.  It takes the fun out of life. 

What Brian did to get out of pain was first of all he made a decision that he was going to do what it takes to get healthy and to start to move better.  He made a decision that he was going to be consistent in working on his health. 

CONSISTENCY…QUALITY MOVEMENT…COACHING

Brian started working with me about six months ago.  One of the things I emphasize with my clients is quality over quantity.  I would much rather have my clients spend ten to fifteen minutes a day on mobility and stability exercises six or seven days a week rather than sporadic workouts that are longer that are just sprinkled in when they can get them done. 

The other area I stress with my clients is focusing on how they move throughout the day.   It doesn’t do us any good to move well during our exercise time and then totally neglect our posture and movement patterns the rest of the day.   It’s a constant awareness of how we are sitting, how we are standing and how we are picking up things throughout the day. 

Brian also had the courage to reach out to me for guidance.  I merely set him on a path through my exercise program design protocol that he followed to a letter.  Without the proper guidance in our lives, it’s really hard to get to where we want to go.  We are all on a transformational journey, it’s just a matter of are we willing to accept guidance in our lives to get there. 

You may actually get to where you want to go without guidance, but I am guessing it will take you a lot longer to get there and the path is probably a lot less efficient.  A great coach will support and encourage you and use their expertise and experience to get you there the fastest and most efficient way. 

There are no big secrets to getting out of pain.  First and foremost it’s about consistency.  Secondly, it’s about moving with awareness and finally it’s about getting expert coaching. 

MISSION

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.  My vision is to impact one million men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.  The journey to one million men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?  So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warriors Unite Newsletter and becoming a part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group.

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.  The choice is yours.

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author, Podcaster and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/

https://www.troyismir.com/

 

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Busting Through Our Limitations with a Growth Mindset

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Busting Through Our Limitations with a Growth Mindset

My latest guest on the Spiritual Warriors Unite podcast was Jeremy Couch.  Jeremy is the Executive Director and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a premier Christian university in Central Florida.  He is also a speaker, podcaster, leadership blogger and coach.  We discussed what it means to have a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  Jeremy also shares some of his favorite books on spiritual and personal development and how we can always be learning and growing.  If you missed the podcast you can listen here.  Here are some of the highlights. 

Jeremy’s Scripture of Choice

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

FIXED MINDSET VS. GROWTH MINDSET

A fixed mindset is a limited mindset.  It’s when you don’t think you can improve your intelligence and your skills.   You think this is how I am born and this is who I am.  When you have a fixed mind set you don’t want to be challenged.  This type of person usually doesn’t like feedback.   A person with a fixed mind set ultimately has a very self-limiting belief about themselves. 

On the other hand a person with a growth mind set is defined by opportunity.   They feel like they can absolutely improve their intelligence and skills.   They embrace challenges and are always willing to put in an extra effort.  They welcome feedback because they know they can improve.   They are lifelong learners and get very comfortable being uncomfortable.    At their core they are humble.  It means they don’t have all of the answers and they are OK with that. 

TOP FOUR RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Circle Maker by Mark Batterson:  This book is about the power of intentional prayer and developing the perspective that God can do the impossible. 

Dare to Serve by Cheryl Bachelder:  This book is about servant leadership. 

Leadership and Self-Deception:  Getting out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute:  This book’s central insight states that the key to leadership lies not in what we do but in who we are.  It has powerful implications in organizational leadership and also in our personal lives as well. 

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg:  This book is all about taking care of our soul.  It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith. 

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

A statistic Jeremy cited was that approximately 30 million people have gone to college and never finished their degree.   There are three key things to keep in mind when considering going back to complete your college degree.

  1. It’s very doable, but it’s not easy.

  2. First you have to know your why.  Know your purpose behind getting your degree.  Ask yourself this question, “What is God calling you to do and how will this degree move you towards your purpose?” 

  3. It’s all about the experience and personal growth that comes along with it.  

Having a growth mindset can lead to unlimited opportunities.  Learning and growing is the best way to always stay passionate about life.  When we challenge ourselves in new ways it keeps our fire burning inside. 

In today’s world of technology there is no shortage of ways to learn from podcasts, online courses, audiobooks and just good old fashioned reading.  The key is to be intentional about our learning and to be consistent.  Fifteen to twenty minutes a day of personal growth and development goes a long ways. 

ON A MISSION

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.  My vision is to impact one million men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.  The journey to one million men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?  So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warriors Unite Newsletter and becoming a part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group.

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.  The choice is yours.

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author, Podcaster and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/

https://www.troyismir.com/

 

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ONE Million Starts with ONE

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ONE Million Starts with ONE

In this world of follows and likes on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn and however many more social media platforms we have it is so easy to get caught up in numbers.  Believe me I have fallen into that trap many times myself. 

I often times wonder what our life would be like if we went back to the days before social media.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think social media is all bad and I certainly use it to share my story and encourage others, but I also know it’s a source of wounding.  It’s a source of comparison and envy. 

Sometimes I feel wounded after habitually glancing at Instagram when I subconsciously grab the phone without thinking about it and mindlessly scroll down the page. 

My thoughts run to why does he have so many followers and I can’t get past 230?   Why was he able to find an amazing and beautiful wife and I am still in my singleness searching for my life’s partner and dealing with the challenges of loneliness and the dating world?  Wow, that dude has some serious biceps and abs on him.  What do I have to do to look like him?  Wound after psychological wound.

That’s not good for any of us.  It has created an atmosphere of lack, scarcity and victim hood.  All very negative emotions instead of being grateful for the gift of life we have.   

There is one number that is truly important to me and that is the number ONE.  First of all, I am here on this earth to live for an audience of ONE.  That ONE for me is Jesus.  If I am living each and every day according to His plan and not my own, I know my life will be fulfilling and full of love, joy and inner peace.   It’s the audience of ONE that I crave not the number of followers I have on Instagram.

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The other reason that the number ONE is important to me is that I want to be a conduit of transformed lives ONE person at a time.   Yes, I have a huge vision of impacting ONE millions men’s lives through my Spiritual Warriors Unite community, but to me it’s all about that ONE person.   That ONE person I can reach through my blog, my podcast, my Bible and Barbells ministry, my Faith and Fitness class at Redeemer Lutheran Church, my Spiritual Warriors Unite monthly gathering at The Body. 

I got a phone call the other day from a twenty-five year old man who is seeking out mentorship from me.   If I can make a difference in this ONE man’s life, then I am doing what God has called me to do.  I am not going to worry about the numbers.  That I will leave up to God.  My job is to dream big.  To be more visible so more people can know our amazing and wonderful invisible God.   But my main focus is to be a source of encouragement and inspiration for that ONE man who will be sitting across from me. 

I will continue to have the dream and vision to impact ONE million men’s lives through my fitness ministry, but my main concern is that ONE person God has put in front of me today.   The rest is up to Him. 

What if we all just focused on the ONE?  The ONE interaction we have at the grocery store.  The ONE interaction we have at the gym?  The ONE interaction we have at the park.  We never know how God is going to use us.   We never know when those divine opportunities are going to happen, but when we live with openness and powerful energy and in our strength, God will align the moments at the right time so we can have a positive influence on ONE.

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My message is let’s dream big.  Let’s take risks.  Let’s change the world with love.  But let’s not lose sight that it starts with ONE.  It starts with living for an audience of ONE and impacting ONE person’s life at a time. 

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.  My vision is to impact one million men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.  The journey to one million men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?  So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warriors Unite Newsletter and becoming a part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group.

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.  The choice is yours.

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author, Podcaster and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/

https://www.troyismir.com/

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Personal Internal Commitment

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Personal Internal Commitment

As I walked into the tattoo parlor totally out of my comfort zone and quite honestly a little freaked out I heard a voice coming from above.   “Come up here.”  Is that you God?  Are you trying to tell me something?  As it turns out it was just the owner upstairs where they do all of the tattooing.  There wasn’t anyone on the main floor and they have video cameras to see when someone enters the building.  It wasn’t the voice of God, just the tattoo guy.

As I walked through those front doors completely out of my element and comfort zone, my first initial thought was I can’t believe I am doing this.  I can’t believe I am going to follow through on something that scares the living daylights out of me and something that is exciting. 

My second thought was, is this how people feel when they walk into a gym?  Do they feel out of their element and completely out of their comfort zone?  A little scared and a little excited.

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In the past I had never really been a big fan of tattoos.  I was never against them, it just didn’t seem like it was something that I would ever do.  But I am not that same person.  That person that plays it safe and cares what people think.  I am not that person that looks for external validation any more. 

TAKING A CHANCE ON MYSELF

The reason I got this tattoo is that it represents that I am willing to take a chance on myself.  It’s a personal internal commitment to myself that I will live my life boldly and with courage.  It’s a commitment to myself that I am willing to get out of my comfort zone so I can make a difference in the world that I am called to make.  That I am willing to show up big and not shrink back. 

I want to share with you the story behind the tattoo.   When my coach, Kimberly Dawson from Revolution Business and Life Design first told me that I should brand myself as a Spiritual Warrior I pushed back with everything I had.  I resisted it with all of my being.   I didn’t feel like a Spiritual Warrior.  I was so used to playing small that being a Spiritual Warrior sounded too big for me.  I didn’t feel like I could step into that role.  Quite honestly it scared me.  What will people think of me if I call myself a Spiritual Warrior?  Will they think I am weird?  Or think who does this guy think he is?

I fell into the usual trap of caring what people think about me.  Of wanting to be liked.  Of being the Christian nice guy.   And as Dr. Phil would always ask, “How’s that working out for you?”  Well the answer to that over the years is not very good. 

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For me to make the personal internal commitment of having Spiritual Warrior tattooed on my arm shows me how far I have come on my journey of becoming and believing I am a Spiritual Warrior.  So what is a Spiritual Warrior anyways?  A Spiritual Warrior is someone who goes on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment for a transcendent cause greater than oneself.  Quite simply a Spiritual Warrior is someone who is willing to live our lives for others rather than for ourselves. 

IT’S ABOUT THE JOURNEY

I think the key word here is journey.   It’s a lifelong endeavor.  It’s about who we are becoming and the character we build along the way.   We never fully arrive and that’s OK.  We just keep moving forward.  We keep getting back in the arena.  We learn from our many failures, dust ourselves off and get back in the game.  That is the journey I am on of being a Spiritual Warrior.

For me, the ultimate Spiritual Warrior is Jesus.  That is what the three nails on my arm represents.  The sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross.   Each nail has a significant meaning for me. 

The first nail represents mystery.  It’s embracing the mystery of our great and wonderful God.  It represents being joyful in the unknown.   It is believing that God has a great plan for my life and living each and every day like it were my last. 

The second nail represents surrender.   To show up fully present in the world knowing that I am enough.  That I will be vulnerable and courageous in the pursuit of my purpose and mission.   That I am willing to be more visible to show people the light in a dark world so more people can experience the invisible power of God. 

The third nail represents forgiveness.  We all have a story.  We all have scars.   This nail calls for me to live a life of compassion and service.    To know that there are hurting people in this world and to be a source of healing. 

As you can see, this is not just a tattoo.  This is the story that God is writing of my life.  As I look back on how far I have come since I gave my life to Christ I am blown away.  There have be many challenges along the way, but there has been so much personal and spiritual growth.   I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

Moving forward my personal internal commitment is to continue on this journey of being a Spiritual Warrior.   To create a life of abundance.  To live a life full of joy, vulnerability and compassion.   The scripture that most resonates with me is John 10:10.  “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

I AM ON A MISSION

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.   My vision is to impact 1,000,000 men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.   The journey to 1,000,000 men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?    So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warrior’s Unite Newsletter and becoming part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group. 

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.   The choice is yours. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/
https://www.troyismir.com/


 

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The Making of a Leader

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The Making of a Leader

I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Steve Hoke on my Spiritual Warriors Unite podcast the other day.  There were so many great nuggets of information that I will be summarizing in this blog post.  To listen to the entire interview go here.

Steve is a leader development and strategic life coach.  His passion is helping front line men and women fall in love with Jesus so they can live a spirit filled life and operate in spiritual authority. 

The heart of effective leadership is character and integrity.   Steve recommends the book The Leadership Challenge written by Kouzes and Posner.   According to Kouzes and Posner the following are the five skills or practices of highly effective leaders.

FIVE SKILLS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEADERS

Be able to challenge the process:   Great leaders are not yes people.  They are willing to ask the hard questions and press against the existing status quo.

Inspiring a shared vision:  They lead by vision and inspiration.

Equip and release others to do their work:  They are great delegators.

Model the way:  They are goal oriented, but humble.  It’s not about them.

Encourage the heart:   They pay attention to the heart and the well-being of their people. 

SEEK OUT ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS

The biggest thing that has made a difference in Steve’s personal life is meeting with two to three men on a regular basis.   They ask each other the following questions:

  • What has God been doing in your life?

  • What are you learning?

  • Where are you struggling?

  • How can we help?

  • How can we pray for you?

Without being asked hard questions we don’t grow and transform.

DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

God gave all of us a hand full of spiritual gifts.  Spiritual gifts are where the power of God rises up in us.   It’s important to discover your spiritual gifts so you can cooperate with God in the areas where you are most powerful.  A resource that Steve recommends to discovering your gifts is Leadership Grip

THREE THINGS TO START TO DO TODAY TO BE A BETTER LEADER

Model the focused life by following the leader, Jesus.  Fall in love with Jesus and follow him.  Commit yourself to putting into practice everything you learn from Jesus.

Find a godly mentor and spend time with him. 

Leaders read.  Absorb as much knowledge as possible and ask the Holy Spirit how to apply it. 

To get in touch with Steve you can send him an e-mail at steve.hoke@novo.org or call him at 909-319-8003.  Steve loves to meet with anyone who wants to go deeper with Jesus. 

I AM ON A MISSION

I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.   My vision is to impact 1,000,000 men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.   The journey to 1,000,000 men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?    So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warrior’s Unite Newsletter and becoming part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group. 

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.   The choice is yours. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author and Spiritual Warrior Coach

facebook.com/groups/spiritualwarriorsunite/
https://www.troyismir.com/


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The Next Chapter

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The Next Chapter

It has been about two years since I left the comfort and security of my six figure pharmaceutical job and moved to Colorado after living in Orlando for the last twenty years of my life.   I left behind comfort, safety and security for the great unknown.  What a faith adventure God has me on. 

I would love to tell you since moving out here it has been all sunshine and rainbows.  It hasn’t been.  There have been many ups and downs along the way.   But I wouldn’t change this adventure for anything.

TRANSFORMING PEOPLE’S LIVES

My fitness ministry is impacting many lives as evidenced by this recent text message I received the other day.  “I know the workout is good for me, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.  Your class is a bright spot in my life right now and I appreciate that it’s available to me.” 

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When I get testimonials like that I know I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.  One of the challenges that I am facing is how to make this a sustainable business where I am making the impact in people’s lives that I desire while providing myself the financial means to have the quality of life I desire. 

CREATING ABUNDANCE

I know God does not want me to starve pursuing my passion.   I believe God is asking me to be creative in how I do my fitness ministry so I can I have the impact in this world while living in abundance.  My dream is to have financial and time freedom so I can have the impact that I want to make in the world. 

I think one of the things that holds people back from pursuing their passions and desires and staying in a job that is sucking the life right out of them is that attachment to comfort and security.  Trust me I get it.   We all need money to live, but as the old saying goes, money doesn’t buy happiness.    What good is it if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?

This is where the trust in God comes in to provide for all of our needs.   As Luke 12:7 reminds us, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” 

I am determined to make “pharmaceutical money” and then some living out my purpose and mission.  Yes, I believe God will provide, but I also believe that He is asking me to work hard, to go all in and be revolutionary in redefining how we are currently doing fitness and church.   I have to do my part while I am trusting God. 

GOING ALL IN

God gave me gifts, talents, dreams and desires and He is asking me to use them for His glory.  That means going all in.  That means never giving up, being creative and visionary.  And most importantly of all to keep working on my purpose and mission even if I don’t see the fruits of my labor right now.   For me, it’s all about fulfilling my purpose.  It’s about building my character along the way. 

I can honestly say that I can look in the mirror each and every morning and say to myself that I love the man that I am becoming.  There is no way I would be the man that I am today if I hadn’t had the courage to quit my job and pursue my dreams. 

What I am also learning the more risks we are willing to take, the bigger risks God asks us to take.    We are asked to dream big, not for our own self-centered purposes, but to change the world.   God is putting something so big on my heart that it scares me and I have found myself resisting.  But then this scripture keeps coming up over and over.  Hebrews 10:38 says, “And, but my righteous one will live by faith.  And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”  Wow, if that scripture doesn’t hit you between the eyes, I don’t know what will. 

What if we all went all in on our dreams God puts on our heart?  What if we all lived the lives that made us feel fully alive?  How would our lives be different and how would the world around us be different? 

As I am challenging myself every day to live the life God intended, I want to challenge you to do the same. 

LIVE EVERY DAY AS AN ADVENTURE

I want to challenge you to live every day as an adventure and take every chance you can to live the life God is asking you to live.  To live life boldly and with courage.  To be the man in the arena who is willing to get bloody and sweaty.  To live from a place that you are enough.  To live life like every day may be your last, because it just might be. 

As Henry David Thoreau says, “Live the life I have dreamed.”    In this next chapter of my life I am committed to going all in with my fitness ministry.  I think of all the lives that will be transformed through this ministry and what a disservice to the world it would be if I don’t go all in.  I am committed to living life with a sense of urgency.  I will create my dream life and live it every day!

How about you?  Are you ready to go all in?   Whatever you do, don’t go on this journey alone.  We all need people in our lives to spur us on to greatness.  This is a challenging road.  It is a very rewarding road, but there will be many bumps along the way. 

As your Spiritual Warrior Coach I will help you reach heights you never thought possible physically, mentally and spiritually.  I will help you get out of quiet desperation and live fully alive for the betterment of humanity. 

GOD IS RE-STORYING OUR LIFE

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“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17.  Can I get an Amen on that?  Please reach out to me at troy@troyismir.com so we can sharpen each other and move towards becoming the warriors we are called to be.  Live life with a sense of urgency. 

All of our stories are continuing to be written.   God is re-storying my life.  I know how the final chapter ends when I no longer walk this earth.  I will spend eternity with my heavenly Father.  What I don’t know is what will happen between the dashes.  But what I do know is that God is calling me to greatness and to leave a legacy that impacts this kingdom here on earth.   That is the next chapter in my life.  What is the next chapter in your life going to be?

Troy Ismir, MS

Spiritual Warrior Coach

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