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How to Figure Out Grams and Ounces

Protocol Portion Sizes

How many macadamia nuts equals one ounce?

How many macadamia nuts equals one ounce?

 

Today’s Help Alert

Comment –

I am just starting and my biggest issue is trying to figure out the grams and oz.
 

My Recommendation –

When I started the protocol I bought a small scale that weighed in either ounces or grams.

While on P2 weighing out the shrimp or chicken was a cinch using this scale!

 

 

Amazon has great prices and I still use my scale especially when I want to do my nut fast.

I just put the mac nuts in the little tray then throw each serving into a snack baggie.

 

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Make Your Goal a REALITY!

goals

 

I had a wonderful visitor to my website ask me a question and after I answered her reply back began with Happy Day!

This struck a chord with me because during the last part of June I was accessing 2013 and started to get down on myself about my progress for this year. Now in my case it wasn’t a weight loss goal though staying healthy and fit is always part of the mix now-a-days.

It was more about my promise to do more with this website, be more consistent on you tube and stay more connected with the social media that aids in me helping people with their weight loss, health and HCG questions during their journey and beyond.

Plus on a personal level I also made a goal to stay better connected with family and friends.

 

Well let’s just guess what happened instead. In January I fell on my treadmill then ended up with a very bad infection that almost got me hospitalized.

I’m not saying this as excuses just merely being honest about the fact that I basically allowed myself to be “stuck” in Jan & Feb.

Though time marched on really the only thing I have been consistent with is being a “over the top” good employee for the company I work for ( I put a lot of my own time into helping the clients).

And I make sure  I always exercise. I thought I was also being pretty good at making sure I answered any questions that came my way from you guys.

Then I realized a missed a few and was mortified! Especially the you tube comments. my email stopped sending the alerts to me and I wasn’t logging in so I didn’t even know.

Now here is why I am telling you all this.

Most of us use January 1st as our time to make goals and make positive changes.

What if that new start just didn’t happen the way we planned. July could easily become the month  of self loathing,guilt and despair.I say “No,No,No!!!

Instead of Happy New Year!  – July is Happy Day!!

From this point on we have the FREEDOM (4th of July…get it 😉 ) To start a NEW positive direction!

Let’s do this –  Who is with me?

You know who else motivated me? There is a lovely lady named Connie. Last year she went thought just about every BAD a person could think of. Between health and relationship met downs I could tell when communicating with her she was in the lowest of low places. I honestly didn’t think I had much else I could do to help.

Well wouldn’t you know the last time she reached out to ask how I was  I assumed she would have bad news to share and my heart dropped. INSTEAD…She is doing GREAT! She is on HCG losing fat getting health and is even doing vlogs on You tube – YAY!

When I told her I felt “stuck”  in Jan/ Feb she replied that she could understand if I was “burned out”.

I read that and thought, Oh my GOSH! She is doing great and it looks to her like I’m going through a rough patch.

No burn out for me!!! I plan on Rocking the rest of 2013  –  Who is with me!?

At this point I could list the usual ways people can make a plan and set out to accomplish it.

What I want to do instead is ask those that read this post to comment what they think has worked for them.

Or if someone needs help say what you think the stumbling block is and let all try and help each other get where we want to be.

Weight loss goals, exercise goals, health goals, people goals  – Positive Improvement in any area that you choose will make each day, week and month so much more fulfilling and rewarding!!

Thanks for letting me share this pep talk…My goal in doing so is to help you and ME both. :)

 

 

HCG – Getting Started Questions

Top HCG Questions

 

A youtube viewer wrote and asked some great questions.

I thought it would be good to post the assortment of questions and my answers because this is just about the top most asked questions when someone is getting ready to start HCG.

 

 

 

 

 

She wrote;
“I’m getting ready to begin my HCG journey. I’m so excited, yet at the same time I’m scared! Between your Loseit4ever channel, Mamaclok, and HCG  forums, I’m getting a lot of information, and becoming more assured that I’m doing the right thing for my health.”


 

Great Q&A!

Q-Can I continue to take my blood pressure and water pill meds while on HCG?

MY ANSWER – If these are prescriptions your doctor has you on you should not go off of them unless the doctor tells you it is ok.
When on protocol you should be drinking a lot of water which will also help you with your releases (2 quart minimum). Once your body “gets” that you will be drinking more water your body won’t try to be a “camel” and retain the water.

Q- I also take Melatonin to help with sleep.

MY Answer — I think Melatonin is good and fine while on HCG.

Q – And would you recommend a supplement for energy?

MY Answer — Many HCGers take B12. I take a lot of different supplements (Not diet pills) that also give my energy. Yerba Mate Tea is also good. But what I want to be sure is understood is that when on proper HCG the abnormal fat stores are being burned. Too many people only look at the 500 cal consumption and worry they will be weak but you won’t be. I wasn’t weak, lightheaded, none of that during my rounds.

Q-What do you recommend is best to eat during load days? I see Mamaclok from youtube ate donuts, but are there recommended “gorge” foods?

My Answer — Since that vlog I think Karen would agree better “gorge” choices are good fats. One successful HCGer loves to eat a big bowl of guacamole. I make sure I eat foods that I think I will “miss” once I’m on protocol. Mexican food and even though it has sugar, ice cream which is also high fat so the fat will slow the absorption rate of the sugar into your system. Other HCGers like to eat fatty meats as well. I just learned that finishing out your last load day 3 hours prior to bedtime with ½ a brick of cream cheese and 15-30 macadamia nuts helps your system to kick into ketosis better.

Q-Is loose skin expected with hcg weight loss?

My Answer — The great thing about HCG is we release the fat quickly.  But then your skin needs to play “catch up”. If I had it to do over again I would have taken the MSM in mega doses as soon as I started HCG.

Q- I see where you were talking about the Apple Cider Vinegar/ MSM cocktail shot – at what phase is this advisable?

My Answer — I came up with the Apple Cider Vinegar/ MSM shot for P2ers.Even though I have done the Apple Cider Vinegar/ MCT during P2. Since MCT is an oil I prefer a new P2er doesn’t do that one until there a reason for going that direction. Or once they know their body is settled into the HCG dose and adding the MCT oil won’t throw off your releases.

I don’t know why but it seems to me it is good to do your very first round as virgin on protocol as you possibly can. After the first round if you feel you want to try more “tricks” to see which ones work  for you go ahead but journal so you know what works and what you should avoid.

Q-I currently take Perfect Food Super Green Powder
mixed in water, because I don’t eat enough veggies. I’ve never checked the caloric content, though I guess it should be low, and fat free. Would you recommend continuing with it?

My Answer — You would have to let me know the ingredients. If carbs or sugars aren’t added it should be ok. But again even if it doesn’t have those ingredients I wouldn’t add it at first . Just do protocol and then add and journal the result. If you see that by adding  it you either stay steady with your releases or even better releases that you know you are good to go!

Q-Where did you purchase your hcg? (I plan on doing mine sublingually)

My Answer — I did injections but sub lingual also uses RX HCG so you can still purchase from where I did if you want.

I prefer Reliable Pharmacy(reasonable prices) is my favorite.
Click logo to order –

All Day Chemist (tried them because other hcgers mentioned them a lot)
and they are fine too. The way to pay with reliable was easier for me though.

How Much Weight Will I Lose on HCG?

Setting Your Weight Loss Goal

have faithFaith Means Acting Before Knowing

-Romans 1:17

 

Can you tell I’m up for a pep talk again!

Here is the thing, I have had so many people write and ask me questions and with the question they ask they usually comment that they don’t think they can get to a certain weight or goal.

 

I did the very same thing when I started my HCG journey. I didn’t set my goal to the   lowest adult weight I had been in the past. Quite frankly I did not think an amount lower than the goal I first set for this journey would be attainable.

But as I was watching other HCGers vlogs and I was seeing their success I would comment to congratulate them and acknowledge how great they were doing. They would many times comment back that what they were achieving would be mine too. I remember writing back says things like, “”well I don’t know about that, or I can only dream to be that small”.

 

But the Good news was that I had faith enough to “act” and start my journey.

Even though I ended up blowing right by my original goal if I had not set some sort of goal and got started I would never have gotten to the easy part! What is that you might ask, adjusting my goal weight to a lower number in both clothing size and scale number!

Trust me, as you move along through your journey each successful day will be also building your faith in what you have and Can achieve!

Instead of doubting what you can do on protocol embrace the fact that it will get you where you want to go. Shoot, maybe even in waters you have never been in.

To this day I am completely floored that not only did the protocol make me smaller than I had ever been but now my body can’t be comfortable any other way.

When I was overweight and I would read that a naturally thin person will stop eating when satisfied (not full) I remember thinking, “How do they do that when something tastes so good?” Now my mindset is the opposite. As good as something might taste it can wait until the time when I need to eat again. I simply can’t eat just to eat. This is completely opposite of how I grew up so having a habit like that take a total 180 is a God send!

HCG – Load Days

Do I HAVE to LOAD to do the HCG Protocol?

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Lets Talk about the Art of Loading

 

When I was first learning about Dr. Simeons protocol one of the steps that sounded pretty cool was the “load days”. I think anyone that is first starting can’t help but think this should be fun.

 

 

 

Well it is not as fun as you would think, but this is why you do it.

Dr Simeons explained in Pounds & Inches that basically you need to stock up your normal fat reserve.

 

It makes sense that if you will be going on a low calorie diet and you are told you should “stock up” on some fattening food. You might as well pick the foods that you might miss while you are on the protocol round. But besides that you want to make sure you add in fats that help your body want to release fat more easily.

Of course if you are going to load or as some others refer the two days as “gorge days”.

You are going to see the scale numbers go up instead of down. This can be a little disconcerting to someone starting. But as soon as you are into your first week and you see that not only the load weight came right off put you are also releasing very nicely the concern of the initial quick gain is gone as quick as it came. – YAY


 

Now here is a little twist on the choice I made during my rounds. I was OK loading for the very first time and all went well. But when I unfortunately let my emotions get in the way of my logical mind I became Load-phobic. I didn’t want to have to deal with the increase numbers on the scale, though I knew they would be short lived. I also really disliked feeling too full. I can’t stand being that uncomfortable.

I figured I would rather go through a couple of “hunger days” instead of loading.

 

But then I got educated beyond what Dr. Simeon explained. Even though the Dr. explained well sometimes you have to hear that one other person saying it a little differently.

Because I already experienced first hand how the fat fast , for example Macadamia Nuts
and cream cheese help the body release fat. And the importance of amino acids ( Protein Shakes).

I was taught that you can even load “clean” if that will help get past the phobia and help a person load instead of opting out.

But don’t get me wrong, I still think if you are going to load if there are any foods you would like to get out of your system (cravings etc.) This is the time to do it!

 

HCG Side Effects ?

Is HCG a Risk or Danger?

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First the two Main Questions I am continually asked about ;

 

 

 

Question;

Is hair loss a side effect?

I experienced the opposite with HCG in regards to hair loss. Before I knew about HCG I did a long fast and the hair loss I began to experience got really scary. When I got on HCG the hair loss stopped. I figured it would be similar to when I was pregnant and I might need to be prepared for some loss once I was done with HCG.

I’m very happy to report that didn’t happen.

 

One more thing about the hair, someone in the past commented to me that she thought the loss may also depend on if menopause is also part of the mix. I’m not at that point in my life so I have no idea. But I have a friend that has never done HCG and part of her pre-menopausal symptoms was hair loss until she got on hormone therapy.

 

If I was limited to what supplements I could recommend and could only select three here they are and why. I prefer the Vitacost Hair, Skin & Nails Formula
for hair. This vitamin slowed the loss I was having prior to starting HCG and then once I was on HCG any hair in the brush was minuscule. And I like to add extra Biotin , so that counts as my first two.

I look at that as my multivitamin selection.

 

What About Loose Skin?

 

I encourage anyone who is starting HCG to also take MSM
(preferably the MSM liquid form) this counts as my third supplement.

I wish I had taken it from day one. Because we release the fat rapidly on this protocol the MSM helps our skin tighten.


 

Besides the questions I have gotten I looked online to see what the websites that are “CON” HCG were listing as risks.

 

Quite frankly many sites were just plain silly, or had not done their due diligence to understand the original research.

Even well known sites that also have T.V. shows were filled with a bunch of bunk.

I’m sure they don’t want to get on their sponsors bad side and have advertising money they receive to go ‘bye-bye”

 

I would look at the “Risk List” and as I read each item said to myself, “I NEVER experienced that, or that one or that one, oh that one? That actually got better once I was on HCG “

 

“Complicating Disorders (from page 26 of my copy of the manuscript)”

 

Dr Simeon’s addresses the disorders that might complicate his HCG treatment in pound & inches

 

NOT because using HCG will cause the problem, on the contrary

Most of these disorders (not all) stem from obesity or unhealthy lifestyle.

 

Yet while doing his research found that the patients on the HCG protocol were not negatively effected even though they had the disorders listed below;

Diabetes, Rheumatism, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Peptic Ulcers, Psoriasis, Brittle finger nails, Hair loss, Varicose Ulcers, and Gout.

As you read the manuscript you will see that the treatment improved the patients situation with the disorder while the patient was going through the protocol.

 

Dr Simeon is SO DETAILED about each of the above disorders and explains why there is improvement or no adverse reaction  etc. once on the HCG treatment. People predisposed to Gout was the one situation I read in Pounds & Inches
that something might be uncomfortable before it can get better. Dr Simeons explains it a lot better than I can.

When I read that section it reminded me of how when someone does a detox they might have some discomfort while the body is cleansing itself of the toxins.

Food Choices if Gout is a concern;

Some of the foods like asparagus for example that are on the protocol food list is a food that can alter the body’s blood uric acid level .So if you are prone to gout being an issue you should check over the food list and make your selections accordingly.

The Hormone Debate;

 “HCG is Not a Sex Hormone

It cannot he sufficiently emphasized that HCG is not sex-hormone, that its action is

identical in men, women, children and in those cases in which the sex-glands no longer

function owing to old age or their surgical removal. The only sexual change it can bring

about after puberty is an improvement of a pre-existing deficiency. But never stimulation beyond the normal.. In an indirect way via the anterior pituitary, HCG regulates menstruation and facilitates conception, but it never virilizes a woman or feminizes a man. It neither makes men grow breasts nor does it interfere with their virility, though where this was deficient it may improve it. It never makes women grow a beard or develop a gruff voice. I have stressed this point only for the sake of my lay readers, because, it is our daily experience that when patients hear the word hormone they

immediately  jump to the conclusion that this must have something to do with the sexsphere.

They are not accustomed as we are, to think thyroid, insulin, cortisone, adrenalin

etc, as hormones.”

 

One last thing I want to mention is the types of so called HCG that are out there.

Since so many new “types” have sprung up recently my concern is the same as Dr Simeon had in Pounds and Inches. If you are doing the 500 VLCD and not taking HCG (the real deal) you will be starving yourself. I’m sure if you starve yourself there will be hair loss, weakness, abdominal distress, muscle loss etc.

Not having hunger isn’t the only thing real HCG is doing. Burning the abnormal fat for energy is what makes the protocol so wonderful and NOT a starvation diet.

 

HCG Pounds and Inches

HCG – Pounds & Inches Equals SUCCESS!!

 

pound inches book

A Must Read

 “Knowledge is Power”

                                              -Sir Francis Bacon

A lot of people are gearing up to get started and I can not emphasize enough how important it is to read the original manuscript pounds & Inches before you start your HCG Journey.Even if you decided to go to a clinic and assume the Dr. at the clinic is all you need –Au Contraire!

 

Before I ever took my first dose I had watched numerous you tube videos to find out what other HCGers were experiencing and read many forums etc.

BUT –THE MOST important was reading and re- reading the Pounds & Inches
manuscript.

Understanding Dr Simeons’ research is vital to your success. Because it is so different than just a diet plan, knowing why it is different is a vital component.


 

Question:

I’m thinking of getting started with HCG diet and to reclaim my life. For the past couple of days, I have been trying to read up as much as possible on HCG. I have seen quite a few vlogs on YouTube. I have also gone through your blog and must say that you are an inspiration to many. Could you please help me with few basic ques – I was wondering how many rounds would be required for losing about 70 pounds? Also, how do I space out these multiple rounds? I am 30 yrs and desperate to lose weight. I have tried everything short of bariatric and have done many other things in an attempt to get rid of my extra pounds. But every time I have been disappointed. I want to give HCG an honest attempt. Thanks in advance for all your help.

 

Answer:

Have you read Pounds & Inches?
I have a link to a free pdf copy on my blog. That is an absolute must before starting the protocol. Reading the manuscript will answer your questions about time between rounds, what kind of fat the protocol targets, and why it works so well. Once you get a foundation of the research and do your first round you will believe that success can be yours. Then after your first round you can decide if you will stay “POP” (perfect on Protocol) or use a variation. I did interruptions or what is also known as cycling. I chose this route because I am terrible about being patient with myself. So don’t focus on that when you haven’t even dipped your toe in the water with your first round yet.

I feel that doing your first round following the original plan is the only way to go if you truly want to succeed at this. I also want to add that I highly respect the HCGers that kept with the original proper phase 3 breaks.

To plan for rounds – I always ordered 3 vials at a time to save on shipping cost when I purchased HCG. I always did 40 day rounds and since I don’t know if you want to do long or short rounds it is hard for me to say how many. But based on what you told me you have a lot going in your favor and I am excited for you! I thought I knew how much I wanted to lose and ended up losing far beyond my original goal and got where I never thought I could.

 

 

How to Store HCG

hcg freeze 200X200How to Store HCG Before and After Mixing

I Love when you ask questions instead of me only telling you what I did or know!

I think it helps everyone Ten fold when I am asked a question. 

You see the question and  answer which helps to put the information in perspective. 

 

 

QUESTION:

How to  Store Before and After Mixing      

I really, really appreciate your mixing instructions and they are so easy to follow. My only question is – with 5000 iu mixed for a 40 day round – do you fill the syringe daily as needed OR do you prefill 40 syringes and refrigerate? Am I correct in assuming that you only want to freeze it if you want it to last beyond the 40 days? I want to do it correctly and make sure that the last dose of hcg is as potent as the first dose.

What did you do?

Also, what is the best way to store the extra two vials of hcg until I need it for my second and third round? (I ordered 3 vials of 5000 iu from reliable).

 


ANSWER:

When doing a round I prefer to fill the syringe each day. The rest of the mixed HCG is stored in the mixing vial in the area of your refrigerator that will stay the most consistent in temperature. For Example; don’t put it in the door of your fridge since the temp will change because of people opening and closing the door.

The other 2 vials that remain unmixed until you are ready for another round.

I prefer to store in the refrigerator (though not mandatory).

 

Freezing is done when you need to save a batch that has already been mixed.

Really your best bet is once you mix HCG for a round Stay Committed and use what you mixed till it is gone and you have successfully completed your round.

BUT is life throws you some crazy curve and you just have to postpone your round and don’t want what you mixed wasted the alternative is to freeze your mixed HCG

 

Another thing to note when freezing already mixed HCG.

Someone in the HCG Community that truly cares about people getting great results on protocol went as far as testing HCG to figure out potency strength after freezing so a person could measure accordingly prior to freezing the loaded syringes.

Channel name Delmen on youtube is a wonderful resource for recipes, how to get increased releases and to help you get overall good solid understanding about the protocol and why it works so well. Along with why different elements of the plan are so vital to your success.

 

Here is the low down so you can store successfully;

Frozen/Thawed Trial

HCG can potentially lose close to 40% of its potency’

Pre-measure syringes to freeze, leave an air pocket for expansion and freezes needles pointing upward.

If you use 125 IU fresh, would want to load syringes to 200 IU before freezing. (200 – 40% = 120 IU)

HCG – What is the Correct Dose?

HCG – What is the Right DOSE ?

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HCG Dose Example

HCG –  Question of the Day

This is a really great question and there are different  dose amounts.

Charts and Lists aside I have found it is all about

Finding the dose “Sweet Spot”

 

 

QUESTION:


I’m currently going to a “clinic” and with your help – plan on ordering from ReliableRX and Amazon and doing this myself. Although I’m having success at the “clinic” (lost 10 lbs. the first week) – they really do push the appetite suppressants and other unnecessary products. I’ll have to continue to go until I get my HCG delivery – but with your guidance – I know that I can do this on my own and save ALOT of money.

My question is – do you change your dose based on your weight or how your hunger is? What dose did you start with and did you continue the same dosage throughout all of your phases? Also – did you inject 6 days and skip one as outlined in the original protocol? I’m currently on 125 – five days a week – skip two – and feel kind of hungry.

ANSWER:
Congrats on such great results, you are doing awesome!

If you are just one week into it sometimes it takes at least that for the hcg to get at a good level. I remember my first week. I was concerned that I was going to be the one oddball that hcg wouldn’t work the same on as the people I was watching on youtube. Then it was Friday late afternoon and I suddenly realized that I wasn’t hungry and I had forgot to eat the P2 food I brought for lunch. I thought, “Oh this is what they are talking about”?
I did dose at about the same. I would fill to just past the “20 and not get to the “25″. How is that for being scientific-LOL

One funny thing about the HCG dose.

Once you find your “sweet spot” you can tell because hunger isn’t an issue. But here is the tricky part. Till you find the “sweet spot” if you don’t dose enough that could cause hunger but if you dose too much that could cause hunger. So if you at anytime decide to adjust do it ever so slightly till “bing” you find the spot! My dose amount stayed consistent pretty much, only backed off near the end but ever so slightly. During my rounds I would only skip a dose one day and of course when TOM arrived.

Good Habits Before, During and After HCG

 

 

HCG Phase One “Do List”

My Experience

Good habits for Fat Loss

Good habits for Fat Loss

 

After going over the entire list I realized just how overwhelming it all is.

So I would rather comment on what I did and why.

 

 

 

 

Not that some of the other Do’s aren’t good too. I simply want to help keep it manageable and within reason. Plus I can share my experience firsthand.

 

I also want to be clear that I did not make a point to do or consume what is on this “Do List” the 30 days prior to starting my HCG journey. Most of them I found out about their benefits throughout my journey.


 

Phase One Do List that I have experience with;

 

 

Do’s –   That I Do and Have Done

 

Drink water – Stay Hydrated and when you are burning fat you need water to help flush it out – Benefits of Water

 

Add Fiber – Keep your intestine swept out

 

Walk – Good Circulation equals all kinds of health benefits

 

Get Sleep – Lack of sleep causes stress on the body. Stress is not a good thing for weight loss and a lot of other things.

 

Get Sun – Good Day Sunshine!  Keep your vitamin D level UP

 

Breathe Properly – Most of us are shallow breathers –Oxygen is KEY!

Is is easy to get into a habit of shallow breathing. That is why we many times lack energy and get that late afternoon lethargic feeling.When you start to feel that way while let’s say when you are at work sitting at your desk.

Try this ;  To bring large quantities of oxygen into your body – Breath in taking in as much air as you can and allow it to fill your diaphragm.Hold that breathe for a moment, tighten your abdominal muscles, and exhale through your mouth as if blowing up a balloon.

I know when I do this I feel refreshed!

 

Extra Virgin Coconut oil for cooking (I use MCT instead) See my other post for the tons of benefits

 

Colon Cleanse – Here is an easy affordable Cleanse –  Cleansing

 

Eat Grapefruit/Apples –

Low Glycemic, good fiber .Apples are a natural diuretic.

Both cleanse the liver, gallbladder and colon  glycemic-index benefits

 

Use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar –  Detailed ACV Benefits

 

Drink Green Tea/Wu long tea – helps regulate hunger, stimulates cleansing of the cells, helps metabolism

 

Drink Organic Yerba Mate Tea-One cup a day. Increase energy, reduce appetite and stimulates releasing of fat cells.

 

Eat Hot Peppers- I put cayenne in my Cali kicker and I like to eat pepperonchini- Increase Metabolism and reduce appetite. Helps release fat stress and reset body set point

 

Use Natural Sweeteners – Stevia Sweetener , Organic Blue Agave

 

Use Cinnamon –

Helps regulate insulin and blood sugar, normalizes appetite and helps the body release fat.

I love baking an apple with cinnamon and stevia – YUM!

 

 

Limit Carbonated Drinks-
You have to watch out for sodium and let’s face it very hard to find one with Stevia but there is Zevia All Natural Soda and it really taste great!

 

Take Digestive Enzymes

 

For those of you that are still curious about the other Do’s and what are the Don’ts I will be sure and post that next.

 

After that I want to share a couple of good questions I was asked after doing my recent vlog on You tube

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