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I came, I saw, I conquered ....... The USA !!!!! ok, well a very small part of it then... hehe

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hi all,

I have not been on sparks for some time but the very weird thing is I think of sparks friends all the time! I won't name everyone - you know who you are who of you have found a way into my heart and thoughts.

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Most important thing to update you on is that I have put some weight back on again - I have been away from home with work more than I have been home and all that travelling etc.... well you know the rest ... hehe

And I have just returned yesterday from AMERICA spending almost 2 weeks there !! Wow - my first trip and I did not stop the whole time!! My sister went for work the first week and I tagged along. During that week we stayed at The Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach (Orange County) Here is a photo from the hotel balcony..... during this stay I also had the time to make my way to Newport Beach - just lovely!!



Following that we took a flight to Las Vegas, staying at the MGM Grand on the Vegas Strip!! WOW !! There was a huge country and western rodeo event on whilst we were there so cowboys and cowgirls everywhere!

Here's me in Vegas (Yahoo!)



And at the Grand Canyon .......



Then back to LA we went, this time staying on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood West at a hotel called The Moment ..... (The Guitar Centre was opposite our hotel)



I made such a good impression, I'm sure I'll get asked back into your country again hehe!!



Whilst there we did lots of tours and also the hop on hop off bus in LA. We covered much ground and walked for miles. We even almost got in to Paramount Studios to be in the audience of the Dr Phil show, but only missed out because Dr Phil had an urgent appointment to get to and he had to cancel the show at the last minute!! So my sister and I walked the hour from Paramount Studios back to Hollywood!

Such an enjoyable time and I can't wait to go back again.

We are currently looking forward to our Tasmania holiday in about 4 weeks time to celebrate mum and dad's 70th birthdays. 10 days exploring Tasmania by car!

Also now planning for a holiday to Phuket in September 2015.

Glad to be back and when I get more time I think I'll need to start logging calories again!!

Missed you all so very much :)

PS I did enter my first triathlon about a month ago - had been training to do the 400 metre swim leg and succeeded - we can all do anything we put our minds and hearts to through prayer!

Love
Karen
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JUST_BRENDA 12/15/2014 5:36AM

    Sounds like an awesome holiday!!!

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SUNSHINE65 12/14/2014 4:07PM

    Fabulous pictures!


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GENRE009 12/14/2014 3:20PM

    Karen It's nice that you visited our nation, having a good time. Like most I don't live in a city that is so commercial. It's just houses, and businesses, not the glitz, or glamor, and just a nice place to live. All the places you saw were very commercial.
You can see that you definitely made an impression, because their are many people who missed you. I didn't know you that well before, but you were definitely an important piece of our ministry. I am glad that you have a job now, they are hard to come by. Great seeing you back! Have a blessed holiday season. eva

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NHES220 12/14/2014 2:57PM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun and congrats on your first Tri! I'm thinking of doing a Sprint Tri this Spring.

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HABITATVITALITY 12/14/2014 2:56PM

    Wow Kayah, I was at the MGM Grand the same weekend as you! We probably rubbed shoulders! We ate out every night except for Sunday night when we had the bistro inside MGM Grand - all you can eat and drink. It closed at around 10pm and we arrived to eat around 8pm after arriving back from shopping at north Vegas DFO outlets! Fabulous! I love the California Coast - you live in a great world over there!

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MYAKAYAH 12/14/2014 8:03AM

    Glad you had a good time on the West Coast and Vegas! My SO and I were at the MGM Grand last weekend having dinner at Wolfgang Puck, it was a lovely evening!
I grew up in one of the Beach cities in Southern California and so now you know where I lived/live! Glad you saw the Grand Canyon as well :)~ Good to see you again Miss Karen and have fun on your travels coming up this year...

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1HEISTHEANSWER 12/14/2014 7:30AM

    Hey Gal! It is great to hear from you. I am so thrilled you got to visit the U.SA.
I did not know you had gotten a job! Awesome.
Looking forward Big Time having you back on the new team Hopeful Hearts.
Hugs,
Lois

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RSSSLHB 12/14/2014 7:14AM

    emoticon nice pictures

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PURPLEPEONY 12/14/2014 6:22AM

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N_SPECT_R 12/14/2014 5:56AM

    Cool trip! So glad you could enjoy time with your sister and visit the US. emoticon

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EILEEN828 12/14/2014 5:29AM

    What a fantastic trip! Please, please send us pics of your upcoming trips as well. I was a wonderin' where you had squirreled yourself off to. Good luck with the triathlon, how wonderfully ambitious! Hey by the by, welcome back to Sparkpeople! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 12/14/2014 3:31AM

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IGNITEME101 12/13/2014 10:19PM

    You look great!
What was your favorite art of your whirlwind trip to the US?

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GLORY- 12/13/2014 10:17PM

    WOW! Sounds like you had an emoticon time! Come back to the USA when ever you can! emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 12/13/2014 9:26PM

    Karen, so glad you enjoyed your visit. Love your photos. Sounds like you got in lots of activity. Enjoy your Gil's anniversary. What fun. Way 2 Go!

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DOVESEYES 12/13/2014 9:06PM

    What a wonderful trip and more to come, so glad to have you back.

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We are called ... I am Yours .....

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I do hope you will share this song with me

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBcqria2wmg

Who am I?


I am His.....

  
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EILEEN828 7/3/2014 6:43AM

    Hi Karen, thanks for sending such a beautiful song for all to enjoy. I hope you have been doing well. emoticon

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DEB62BIE62 7/2/2014 9:22PM

    Beautiful.

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SPERRIN2012 6/30/2014 8:11PM

    Wish you well

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SPERRIN2012 6/30/2014 8:04PM

    How do you do my down under friend. I just noticed my new wheels and can't even begin to tell you how many times I wished I were in a Tank or the Monster Truck you just sent me running over the #/^. Love it and have you and yours in my many thoughts each day. Hot and still trying to get settled in with new staff. Things take time so I am attempting to be a patient man. emoticon

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GODZY_ 6/30/2014 4:41PM

    Thanks for sharing ... amazing song :-)

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/30/2014 9:10AM

    emoticon for sharing.

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WENDYJM4 6/29/2014 6:37AM

    good to hear from you Karen

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MYJOYNOW45EST 6/29/2014 6:36AM

    Oh, Karen... the Holy Spirit is bright within you! I had my shoulder surgery on June 11th and it's been a long, hard slog. This morning I woke up with a lot more pain than I've had in a while. I think I did too much yesterday. Feeling sorry for myself and asking God why I have to suffer so much... what a beautiful reply. You made all the difference to me, my friend. Thank you; thank God. The dawn is coming up pink and warm here in south Florida. Blessings, Joy emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 6/29/2014 5:35AM

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IGNITEME101 6/29/2014 1:57AM

    amen! I love Casting Crowns and especially this song!! Listening to it now!

He is our all in all and I am His, too.

Why would He even care? but He does and He loves us!!

My (our) affair of the heart!! Jesus!!

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ARTJAC 6/29/2014 1:53AM

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PURPLEPEONY 6/29/2014 12:34AM

    Beautiful song! We are God`s beloved! emoticon emoticon

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RDEE22 6/28/2014 10:39PM

    I have been thinking of you and your family Karen. Sending lots of prayers and good vibes your way.
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My Sparkin' Family!

Sunday, April 27, 2014



My dad has decided to do the 7 day GM program that I just finished doing - this is a big step in the right direction - he is 69 years old and around 150-155kgs.

To encourage him with this wonderful decision to commence on the journey of improving his health, yesterday whilst dad was out most of the day cooking sausages at a fundraising event, mum and I got together and spent 5 hours doing the following:

- went shopping and purchased lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- cooked up a huge batch of vegetable soup for dad to eat over the 7 days.
- cooked up a huge batch of curry vegetables (extra fiery hot) for dad to consume on days 2 & 3.
- made a big batch of fruit salad for days 1 & 3.
- cleaned out their 2nd fridge and filled it with ready to eat fruits and sparkling mineral water ready for day one (today).

Dad was so happy and surprised when he came home and saw all that we had done to assist his weight loss and encourage him through the next 7 days.



My mum and I continue to go to gym - I've just got back from gym now actually. We are getting fitter already and mum has already lost 300grams. She loves to have a dance to the music in between using different pieces of equipment - it is a joy to watch my grey haired 69 year old mum at gym having so much fun! She doesn't have much weight to lose, but wants to build muscle!



My sister continues to sit on the fence. She did phone me last week and say that she really really really needs to lose weight and plans on doing the 7 day GM program herself, but just not that day, nor the next day for this reason, nor the day after that for that reason, nor the weekend for any number of reasons!



So far three quarters of my immediate family are on the path to better health and all because I was sparked by SPARKPEOPLE and made some huge lifestyle changes in my life since September last year and lost 10kgs in the process and they have watched my journey and it has inspired them.

KEEP SPARKING EVERYONE! YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING AND GETTING INSPIRED!






  
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MYAKAYAH 5/6/2014 2:45AM

    Karen's right about this one you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink! You can't give her fish and expect her to know how to fish even if that is what she wants lol.

I know I'm wacky tails tonight, its the insomnia catching up to me over a few days. Between you, mom and dad one day the light bulb will go off for her and then watch out she'll handle business with no more excuses. Heck, we've all been there where she is right?

I think sometimes with people like your dad, it just takes a little help and push in the right direction to get on the bandwagon. Your mom is great and GOOD HEALTH to you all :)~

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CERTHIA 5/4/2014 2:56PM

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A whole family of wild fruitbats! I love it!

I am actually considering joining you in your crazyness this Monday. I will have to fall of the wagon early (My ousins has his confirmation on Sunday), but 6 out of 7 days will hopefully help me kick the sweets to the curb. ( I've overindulged lately, and my pants feel icky and tight..)

If I like it I may give it another more serious go first week of June.

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IGNITEME101 4/29/2014 7:55PM

    Yes!

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SPERRIN2012 4/28/2014 10:35PM

    Hi sparking friend. All good things to do for you and the family. There's always an interesting twist when dealing with family. Great job putting together the listing of healthy food for the next seven days. emoticon

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EILEEN828 4/28/2014 3:51PM

    Lead the way! emoticon

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MYJOYNOW45EST 4/28/2014 8:11AM

    How awesome to have both parents motivated by your example! emoticon I know you'll reach your goal; your dad will too, with so much support. emoticon Blessings, Joy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 4/28/2014 7:51AM

    What a positive thing your family has going on! Guess when you go beyond one person making a lifestyle change you end up with changes in your family, then society. So nice to see an example of positive behavior getting established, growing and spreading!!

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JUST_BRENDA 4/28/2014 5:17AM

    That's so nice of you supporting and helping your dad the way you do.
But make sure you can still take care of yourself too!!!

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RDEE22 4/28/2014 4:15AM

    Good for you, and what a major step forward for your Dad.
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THERESE2015 4/28/2014 3:51AM

    That's great! So sweet of you to help your dad and making it so much easier for him.
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DOVESEYES 4/28/2014 1:24AM

    Inspiring thanks

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PHEBESS 4/27/2014 11:38PM

    Good job on taking care of your dad this way!!!

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WENDYJM4 4/27/2014 11:06PM

    this is awesome. Good on you for getting your father to do this.

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THINFITFEMINIST 4/27/2014 10:09PM

    Congratulations on the great news, your accomplishments and your light shining on other members of the family.

Unfortunately it takes a stick of dynamite blowing up under some while seated in order to get them propelled out of their complacency. And sometimes they simply don't notice the explosion. Sad but true. This kind of person is stuck in their suffering by the fear of change.

Don't let this be a blip on your screen. Continue on. If she is the last person sitting she may decide to get some motivation. Don't hold your breath and don't "help" her.

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Day 4 out of 7 - GM Diet

Saturday, April 19, 2014

What more can I say but YUM YUM YUM!

Banana and milk smoothies + cinnamon + tsp of chia seeds + dash of vanilla essence! OK I slightly strayed from the standard banana and milk ingredients but worth it!



A taste sensation in my mouth! Not to mention the pop of the tiny chia seeds - great texture!

Today I noticed my skin is looking radiant and my eyes are sparkling - I look completely different in my face than I did four days ago. My skin tone is even again and the skin on my face looks 'relaxed' if there is such a thing! My teeth are also whiter! Any bloating I may have had before starting the diet has gone and my clothes are looser.

I ran into a friend in the shopping centre today that I had not seen for a long time and she was so complimentary and said I looked "AMAZING!" since she last saw me. I had also put a moisturizer pack through my hair last night so it was soft and glowing.

All the little cuts and grazes I had from gardening have also all healed in the past 3 days - my body is in super healing mode! If that's happening on the outside, imagine what is happening on the inside.

Oh and I am still sleeping like a baby!

All is great on the GM program.

Tomorrow I can have 2 x 10oz of protein and 6 tomatoes and as much wonder soup as I can eat. I have decided to eat chicken (boiled) this time as I am now craving it (sorry vegans friends! LOL) and I just went to the shops to buy some fresh chicken breasts. Definitely looking forward to a breakfast of cold chicken and tomatoes! One of my favorite snack combinations. I'll boil up the chicken soon so it is ready to eat tomorrow when I awake!

Have fun everyone!



  
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KIM22211 4/26/2014 12:25AM

    SOUNDS AMAZING!!!!!!!

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HEISTHEANSWER 4/23/2014 8:03PM

    I need to look into this.
Congrats on all the wonderful changes.


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CHANTENAY 4/22/2014 10:24PM

    This looks delicious!

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MYAKAYAH 4/22/2014 5:06AM

    Oh no worries about having some chicken I have been known to eat chicken when I need to! Hope you are fabulous~

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MYJOYNOW45EST 4/19/2014 8:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hey Karen, This is the best news! I'm gone for a day and half and you are just chugging along. I lost 4 1/2 pounds before my trip and I'll go back on it now that I'm back. This really works! emoticon And you're right; this diet releases our inner creative selves to explore more ways to cook and present food. I can't wait to try poached pears and apples! Good going. emoticon Happy Easter!! Blessings, Joy

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EILEEN828 4/19/2014 2:18PM

    Your smoothie looks yum! I want one too. Congrats on your hard work and your great shape. emoticon

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THERESE2015 4/19/2014 4:49AM

    Sounds great! emoticon emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/19/2014 4:05AM

    I didn't realize you could switch out the beef for chicken. I guess protein is protein. I would like a nice steak probably. You haven't mentioned weight loss - are you not checking until you're done?

I love reading your updates - motivation for when I go back on it starting Monday!

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IGNITEME101 4/19/2014 2:26AM

    All of this sounds yum, Karen! Thank you for the soup recipe. Della

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144AUTUMN 4/19/2014 1:49AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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RDEE22 4/19/2014 1:12AM

    Thanks for sharing, still watching your journey with this with interest! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 4/19/2014 12:32AM

    Thanks for the updates it's looking great so far

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Day 3 out of 7 - GM Diet

Friday, April 18, 2014

The GM diet is going well and feeling much lighter already - today is Day 3 and I started the day with sliced eggplant oven baked along with a baking paper parcel of diced tomato, onion and mushroom and finished it off with a passion fruit chaser! LOL



Lunch was a vegetable curry which had me blowing my nose it was so deliciously fiery hot! I served it on a bed of baby spinach leaves and drizzled it with the juice of half a lime. I've eaten so much of this and so full at the moment I can't fit another thing in.



I'm looking forward to eating more watermelon, oranges and passion-fruit once this food settles and makes room to put more in! I'm also looking forward to more poached pear and apple slices tonight before bed!

I'm excited that SEPTEMBERSPIRIT is also doing the GM diet - one day behind me and is doing great also and losing pounds already!!

Tomorrow is DAY 4 - banana and milk day so smoothies coming up for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between those meals I'll be consuming as much wonder soup as I can eat.

Happy Easter everyone! This is another opportunity for us to acknowledge Jesus on the cross.

Have fun - I know I will !

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SYDLETZIII 4/18/2014 10:48AM

    way to go emoticon

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SEVERINA418 4/18/2014 7:15AM

    Good luck on your diet, Karen! The foods look mighty tasty!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/18/2014 6:08AM

    Oh HABITATVITALITY... (what is your real name again - my bad)... I ended up going off, but loving reading and seeing your progress. I will have to start it back up after the Easter long weekend. I love getting your ideas for when I do it. I managed most of day 2 with the vegetables, but next time need to be more creative in having a stir fry or something. I have dates and events coming up this weekend (including one yesterday) that make it impossible for me to follow. I am still another .5lb down this morning so just doing the 2 days I lost 4.5lbs of bloat. If I can maintain that now until I start back up - I will be pleased. I'll be looking forward to your posts/updates.

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THERESE2015 4/18/2014 4:39AM

    Looks DELICIOUS and you're doing great! emoticon emoticon

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IGNITEME101 4/18/2014 2:16AM

    What's the soup like, Karen? Sounds yum!

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DOVESEYES 4/18/2014 2:10AM

    Happy Easter

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RDEE22 4/18/2014 1:33AM

    This way of eating looks pretty good. Watching you closely to hear the outcome.
Have a lovely Easter.
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JAYDEE1211 4/18/2014 1:28AM

    Yummo! Great pics.

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MYAKAYAH 4/18/2014 12:55AM

    I'm so happy for you the lifestyle change is going well and that meal for the most part looks fabulous to me. I'm going to try it I do believe. Not the hot veg curry though I'd rather not be on fire for days :)~

Tomorrow is Good Friday, Easter came up quickly this year it seems like~

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