The easiest Overnight Oats recipe you’ll ever find!

Hey, everyone! Without further adieux, I’m thrilled to report that the needle has finally moved! Drum roll please — today’s weigh-in:

196.0

Now that’s pretty cool, right? Three whoppin’ pounds down since last week’s near-200 squeaker!

Yes, in addition to (and perhaps even related to) my weight loss, I’ve also made a major life decision!


Well duh, but you already figured that out, right? No, the other big life decision is, I’m a vegan (again!)!

And this makes — let’s see — oh geez, at least the third time I’ve tried it during my lifetime. Back in the ’80s I lived for a while under the influence of some hipsters (well, they seemed hip at the time) who were granola-munching vegetarians.

But once I moved out and got my own place, I went right back to the hard stuff!

Then in the early part of the century (the current one!), shortly after my marriage to the longsuffering Mr. 50by60, I tried it again. On the one hand, it helped that, as a pierogi-munching Byzantine Catholic, he knew some good vegan recipes, since Eastern Catholics, as well as their estranged cousins, the Orthodox, go semi-vegan twice a year.

But it was really hard to find good meat and cheese substitutes back then, in the Dark Ages, P.D. (Pre-Daiya)! And after a long, arduous Amtrak train trip when Mr. 50’s menu featured luscious, well-cooked pasta with cheese, chicken, salmon, etc. and my vegan option was basically “yellow fake meat patty with rice” meal after meal after meal … I broke!

Yeah, I went back to the yummy dead animal carcasses and excretions! But long blog post even longer, two weeks ago I read Jonathan Safran Foer‘s new book, Eating Animals, and by the time I finished, I was done — and I done gone vegan again!

Well, not quite — there’s still that Overnight Oats recipe I promised in the title! See, I love oatmeal, but as we all know, as good as it is for you, it also has loads of calories! I decided to try this Overnight Oats thing I kept hearing about, but every recipe I found seemed to have a long list of ingredients, which always irritates me. Just give me the basic concept, and let me figure it out from there!

And the fact is, making oatmeal overnight is easy peasy lemon squeezy — although I don’t recommend adding lemon!

No, the basic and EASIEST O.O. recipe is the concept behind it! Basically, you just take one serving of oatmeal — say 1/4th of a cup — and put it into some kind of container, with a lid. THEN you add water — when I made it the other day, I put 3/4s of a cup. And THEN — you put the lid on the container, stick it in the fridge, and sleep the sleep of the just!

When you wake up in the morning and go check your container, you’ll be thrilled to find that science has, once again, proved correct, and that OATS plus WATER plus TIME equals an EXPANDED container of oatmeal which should last you for a few days!

Now, as Mr. 50by60 pointed out, it’ll be cold from being in the fridge, but you can easily just dollop out the amount you plan to eat and heat it up in the microwave or on the stovetop. That’s also a great time to add in your plant butter, sugar, etc. (Remember, though, even though sugar is “plant-based,” that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly become your best friend! Use it with caution!)

So there ya go (pant pant), a super long blog post with a somewhat anticlimactic sort-of recipe at the end, but y’know, you’re not paying for this so go complain elsewhere, ‘kay?

Ooh, sorry ’bout that! Well, that’s what happens when I don’t have my cofveve before blogging! I’ll do better next week, promise! Meantime, have a FANTABULOUS week, and remember — 2020’s almost OVER!!

Post-Debate Special: More Uses for Plain Greek Yogurt!

Yes, yes, I’m sure we all enjoyed watched that exciting, never-a-dull-moment debate last night!!

The debate, in a nutshell! nyuk nyuk!

and we’re all ready for more excitement this morning, so with that thought in mind, let’s get right to the Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In!

Today’s weigh-in:

Hey, that’s okay, I’ll take “same” instead of “gain” any day of the week!

Sure, or even Tuesday Weld, who was wayyyy before your time, but y’know, anything for a laugh, right?

And since that’s as political as I really want to get today, let’s focus on something REALLY important: more uses for plain Greek yogurt!

Obi Wan is right — there’s TONS (or ‘tonnes’ for my British/Canadian/lousy speller friends!) of uses for that weird tasting plain yogurt besides dumping Ranch Dressing powder in it, like I suggested last week! Here’s just a few, just off the top of my head:

  1. Use instead of mayonnaise or sour cream in pretty much ANYTHING. I love to make tuna salad with mayo or sour cream, but the calories, eek! So just use a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt instead, then sprinkle on your onion salt, celery salt, and/or whatever you like to put in your tuna salad.
  2. Mix in some raisins. I get those big bags of cute little 45-calorie boxes of raisins, and dump them into salads, yogurts, etc. An 80-calorie yogurt with a 45-calorie box of raisins is, er, let’s see …

… well, anyway, it’s less than 150 calories, that’s for sure! Which is pretty sweet for a breakfast treat!

3. Mix in pretty much any other kind of fruit! Blueberries, strawberries, etc. – whatever you like!

4. Add a little sugar. Yes, real sugar! One teaspoon is 15 calories, so sprinkle that in, add a dab of vanilla extract, and voila, you’ve got a yummy vanilla yogurt for less than 100 calories!

Oh all right, enough with the math! Listen, if you want more ideas for plain Yogurt, here’s a great article at Today.com with way more (and better) suggestions for you to peruse: Yogurt is not just for breakfast! 53 ways to use this magical ingredients

Enjoy — and let me know what you think, in the comments! Did author Karen B. Gibbs cover your favorite idea, or do you want to add a #54?? Go for it, and I’ll highlight your ideas in NEXT week’s post!

Have a great week!

Whoa baby — I’ve actually got a loss!

Well, happy Wednesday, fiends and nabobs! How’s everyone doing this oh-so-fine morning?

Well, good to hear, Mr. Lumberjack! I’m doing pretty okay myself, given that I have a nice big weight LOSS to report this week!

Aw come on, David, this is a good thing, trust me! Anyway, ready for the weight loss?

Yes sir (or ma’am — as I’m sure You know, I’m exploring the Divine Feminine right now, so I’d hate to misgender you before I get to my…

Okay, okay! Ready? Here it is!

197.6

Yes, down a whopping ONE POINT FOUR POUNDERINOS since last week!

And I owe it all to calorie counting a̶n̶d̶ ̶e̶x̶e̶r̶c̶i̶s̶e̶.  Yeah, obviously NOT exercise because (a) my gyms are closed and (b) it’s a little hot outside!

So it’s been all down to calorie counting ONLY. But guess what — that actually still works!

Yeah, well, we’re not all as highly educated as you, Napoleon, so suck it up, buttercup! Anyway, I’m happy about it, especially since I’m going on a road trip next week, so I’ll need a good running start (metaphorically speaking) to deal with all the fast food temptations I’ll be encountering along the way!

I won’t be able to do a weigh-in, but I’ll at least do *some* kind of post next Wednesday, just to let you know how it’s going (and to keep me honest)!

Hey, it’s worth a shot! So one way or another, I’ll see you next week!

Grab your face masks — we’re goin’ in!

Testing …

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testing …

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and WE’RE BACK!!

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Yes, that’s right, ladies and gents, welcome back to your favorite weight-loss blog of all time!! And I know you’ve all been on tenterhooks …

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… I mean, pins and needles, waiting to see that fresh, updated Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in after — what’s it been now? a month? month and a half?

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Well, Agent Cooper, as I think we’re all WAY too aware, it’s still 2020, and will be for quite a bit longer, I’m afraid! BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t try to have a little fun, right?

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And part of that fun is seeing just HOW much weight your favorite weight-loss diet guru blogger has lost during this shutdown thingy, seeing as how I’m, y’know, supposedly setting an example and all that … right?

damn right anchorman

So without further adieux …

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Oh, sorry, Lord! OK then, today’s weight … let’s see … um … gee whillikers:

198.4
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Way more than before!!

Eep!! OK, yes, I did gain a teensy bit. Probably from all the stress, and the fact that my gym was closed. Certainly couldn’t have been the food … I hardly ate a bite, I was so worried!

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Well, OK, maybe I took in a FEW more calories than I put out! But hey, we’re all in this together, right? I’m betting you [pointing left] and you [pointing right] and you in the middle there [pointing straight ahead] didn’t do that great either, right?

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So look, in the words of virtually every TV and radio ad I’ve seen for the past few weeks, we’re all in this together, paddling the same canoe, blah blah blah togetherness, etc.

same boat cat

And now those of us who’ve, er, fluffed up a bit recently, have a chance to create a “new normal” for ourselves, which, if we do it right, should involve COUNTING THE GOLDURN CALORIES again, consarnit!

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Whaddya say, friends and neighborinos? Should we jump back on the horse that threw us, and head out on the trail again? I’m game if you are!

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Okily dokily — let’s give it a try! I’ll meet you back here next week!

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Repost for Ash Wednesday, ’cause I’m preoccupied, dagnabit!

Hi, everyone! Oops — just realized I’d forgotten to do a blog post this morning! Dare I say I made an “ash” of myself? (Get it? ‘Cause it’s Ash Wednesday?)

Oh well, sorry! Anyhoo, no weigh-in today, but please enjoy this blast from the past (last year, to be exact) and I’ll see ya next week! 

FROM FEBRUARY 25, 2019:

Post-Road Trip, Pre-Lent Weigh-In

Good morning, everyone!

Meatfare Groundhog

Yes, that’s right — as I’ve occasionally mentioned in this blog before, I’m an Eastern Catholic (Byzantine, Ruthenian, Greek Catholic, or whatever). We’re simple folk with different ways, but we’re cool.

easternstress

Anyway, the main thing to know about us as it relates to this blog is that even though we’re Catholic, we follow the same basic traditions as the Eastern Orthodox. And yesterday was what we call “Meatfare,” or “Farewell, Meat!” (You militant vegans out there should appreciate that since it’s the total, polar opposite of “Meet your Meat.”)

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The idea is that instead of melodramatically going from feast (Mardi Gras) to famine (Ash Wednesday), we kinda slide into the whole fasting thing gently. This week, we give up meat. Next week, after Cheesefare Sunday, we give up … well … everything else, basically!

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That’s right — our Lent officially starts two days BEFORE your Ash Wednesday!

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Anyway, you can read more about the whole Meatfare/Cheesefare Sundays thing here, if you’re so inclined. Meanwhile, I suppose I should get on with the whole weigh-in thing.

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Oh … wait … did I mention I was on a road trip last week? So that might have affected my weight? I mean, I did put the words “Post-Road Trip” in the post title and all, so I probably should at least mention it, right?

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Oh, all right!! Today’s weigh-in is, like people who don’t spout their political opinions to everyone they meet, whether they want to hear them or not (*cough* EVERY DAMN PERSON AT THE OSCARS *cough*), surprisingly neutral!

180.0
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That’s right — it’s EXACTLY the same as it was Monday, before I hit the road for beautiful, sunny Phoenix, Arizona!

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And I did indulge in some non-diet-type foods at the hotel’s fabulous Continental Breakfast Bar.

So I’m actually pretty impressed that I managed to keep the numbers from wildly skyrocketing. I did do some walking (in between the torrential storms) so that probably helped.

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Anyway, that’s it! And I’m going out on a limb AND going on record (hmm, can’t seem to find a meme that combines those two images! how bizarre) to renew my pledge, before God and everybody, to start counting my calories again. To be completely honest, I’d slacked off a bit on actually writing everything down, and keeping a running total in my head. Now that may work for you super math geniuses, but y’know, I’m not one of those.

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So it’s back to pen(cil) and paper for me! Let’s see how that works out. Meanwhile, have a GREAT first week of pre-Lent, everyone! See you Friday for a brand-new Five!

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Back From the Precipice!

Good morning, good morning!

And it IS a good morning, in spite of the fierce winds currently blowing outside our lovely estate here in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, because after (finally!) getting back to jotting down my calories on a daily basis, the needle on the scale (or the electronic equivalent thereof) budged:

193.8

I’m gonna keep this a bit short because there’s coffee waiting for me.

Also, there are strange rustling sounds coming from the boxes of papers and books behind me, here in the office. It’s either a cat, or something being CHASED by a cat.

Either way, I better check it out! Meanwhile, if you’re wondering if calorie counting really works as a weight loss tool — yes, it does! It may not work for everyone, but it works for me. I think it’s because making myself write down what I eat makes me more aware of what I’m eating – more “mindful,” to use a rather overused buzzword.

So if your weight loss has stalled, why not give it a try? You can get an app, like MyFitnessPal, or just use an actual piece of paper, and a writing implement of some sort.

I actually find the old-school way works best for me, but then I’m old, and I went to school, so there ya go! Anyway, I’m relieved to see the numbers finally starting to slide back from the 200-pound precipice! Let’s see if I can keep the momentum going!

(and week!)

Whether dieting or “Jesus-ing,” stick with the basics!

Welp, yet another small but HISTORICALLY significant gain this week — but some theological AND diet wisdom to go along with it! First, the annoying news:

190.4
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Yep, that’s right, as of today’s weigh-in, I’m no longer 50 pounds down!! Thus, I’ll either have to rename the blog (“50 by 61?” “50 by 62?”) OR get back to basics and recalibrate that diet!

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And in a weird weigh way, it kinda ties in with some theological stuff I’ve been dealing with. See, as you longtime regular readers (all 3 of you!) know, I’m a Byzantine Catholic.

babushka

However, every so often, like most sensible people, I have my doubts about the whole “religulous” thing. That’s because, also like a lot of otherwise sensible people, I have a tendency to let my religion get tied up with my politics, and wind up worshipping something more like the all-too-human leaders of my party of choice (whichever it is at the time) than any transcendent deity that may or may not exist!

And no matter which version of Jesus you favor, Democrat, Republican, or “other,” you have to know, deep down inside, that if there even is any such Person at all, He’s probably not tied to any one particular political party or ideology that we humanoids have managed to cobble together for ourselves!

30 rock we count those

Anyway, the nice thing about going through a bout of atheism on a regular basis is that it’s kinda like cleaning out that junk drawer in the kitchen.

junk drawer.jpgYou know how it is — you throw everything out, clean the drawer, leave it empty for a while, till one fine day you need to store a new kitchen thingy (“Hey, why not in that nice, clean, empty drawer?”) and then another thingy, and another,  till before you know it, everything’s back to normal! Except now, at least you’ve got NEW junk in there, instead of all the old junk, and for a while, anyway, maybe you’ll actually remember what’s in there, and occasionally even find something useful there!

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(And trust me, I’m getting to the dieting stuff! Be patient!)

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ANYHOO, so from time to time I throw out all the theological crap I’ve been storing in my internal junk drawer, aka “brain,” and then a few weeks/months/years later, I find myself with a brand new religious idea that makes sense! So I store it in my nice, clean, empty brain, then add another,  and another, till pretty soon everything’s back to normal, till the next spring cleaning time rolls around.

But the mistake a lot of theologically inclined people make when they’re losing their faith is to try and “Jesus” harder, a term I first came across in Rolltodisbelieve, a “nonreligious” Patheos blog by the very amusing and perceptive Captain Cassidy, aka Cassidy McGillicuddy. (And before my religulous friends get uptight, yes I’m still religious, but you know what? When you’re lost in the forest, sometimes it’s helpful to consult someone who’s outside it, and thus has a better view of the overall map!)

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Anyway, in a recent post, Captain Cassidy writes about how Christians rarely think about how they will cope if they find themselves starting to lose their faith:

If the doubters don’t want to do a bunch of busywork or they don’t respond in something other than the expected manner, then Christians fall back on accusing the doubters of Jesus-ing incorrectly. …
If doubters fail to resolve the doubt in question, then obviously the doubters allowed the scripts to fail.

Again, I don’t necessarily agree with all of the Captain’s *conclusions* in that post, but I sure do love the fact that she really pinpoints the problem(s) in ways that my fellow religulous friends are sometimes afraid to! And that brings me — AT LONG LAST!! — to the connection with the diet!

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When a longtime dieter who’s lost a whole bunch of weight starts regaining — “Why is this happening? I’m doing all the same stuff I was doing before! I’m eating all the same stuff!” — and they go online, what happens? Do they get sympathy (“Oh yeah, I’ve been there! Don’t worry, just take some deep breaths, get on with your life, take it one day at a time, it’ll all work out!“)? Well, maybe sometimes, but more often, they get stuff like:

“You’re dieting wrong! You should be [fill in fad diet of the month here] instead! What are your macros? Check your macros! Keto! Vegan! Calories don’t count!”

So here’s the connection! (OPINION ALERT!) Just like there’s all sorts of religions out there — all sorts of ways to find God and/or be spiritual or whatever — the ultimate goal of the best of them seems to boil down to having, and expressing, compassion and empathy for everyone.

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Now, some religions do that better than others, but you have to admit that’s at least the ideal, right? Well, the ultimate goal of every DIET is, of course, to lose weight! And some of them do that better than others — but they all do it by producing the same result: the all-important CALORIE DEFICIT!

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As another blogger I admire, Jay at aworkoutroutine, points out, the best diet is the one that achieves that:

Whatever diet plan best suits your personal goals, needs and preferences and is therefore going to allow you to put the required fundamental principles of weight loss into action in the most Preferable, Enjoyable, Convenient and Sustainable (PECS!) way possible… THAT is the diet that’s best for you.

And that ties in with my personal opinion about “which is the best religion?”

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OPINION ALERT: The best religion is the one that makes you less likely to deliberately run over someone on your way to/from work — and the best diet is the one that results in a calorie deficit!!

Yes! It took a while but we finally got there!

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So there you go, your deep, heavy theological and dieting wisdom for the day! And yeah, I know this was a super-long post, but then again, I’m super-late posting it, so deal with it! See you next week!

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Sigh…okay, back to the grind, then!

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Yeah, the bad news is:

189.0
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Yikes! Well, that’s what happens when you (a) don’t count your calories and (b) spend a whole lotta time with your feet up on your comfy recliner binge-watching “30 Rock” during the “dog days” of summer!

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The good news is, it’s a wake-up call to get back to the basics:

1. Count my calories,

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2. Eat right,

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and of course,

3. Exercise!

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No excuses! And I’m gonna get started…right AFTER my planned vacation, which starts, er, today! and hey, it’s in Phoenix, Arizona, so maybe the pounds will MELT off!

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So I’ll try to spend the next week eating sensibly, yada yada yada, and we’ll see what happens.

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(my NEXT binge watch??)

Have a great week!

3 Signs You Should Step Off the Scale (Shared post from MyFitnessPal)

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Good morning, everyone! Here’s an excellent post from My Fitness Pal which really resonated with me this morning. Enjoy!

Should You Weigh Yourself? 3 Signs to Step Off the Scale

by Elizabeth Millard

Daily weigh-ins can be a valuable tool in understanding where you are in terms of a goal. But for me, and for many others, it can also become a source of anxiety and frustration.

Here are three signs you might want to put the scale away for at least a little while:

You can read the rest here! And after reading this, I think I am going to take a break from the daily weigh-ins. Maybe the best thing to do is focus on our overall health and enjoyment of life, and not let the numbers dictate our feelings.

As Elizabeth points out in the article:

After I stepped away from the scale for a while, I ended up going back with a better strategy and attitude. I chose to weigh myself weekly instead of daily, and to use that number as a guide that could help me tweak my caloric intake and activity levels — not as a set on an emotional roller coaster.

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Makes a lot of sense! Hopefully, this article will give you something to think about as well.

Hope you enjoyed this “surprise” mid-week post — see you next Tuesday for the weigh-in!

Same Ol’ Same Ol’!

Hey guys! Gotta make this a quickie weigh-in as I’m off to do some errands, churchy-type stuff, etc. Here we go:

186.0
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Same as last week … oh well, I kinda thought with all the walking I’d been doing, not to mention actually writing down my calories (for at least a couple of days!), it’d be down a little.

Oh well! As I have to keep reminding myself, the numbers on the scale ain’t everything!

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That’s right! Plus my other “non-scale” victories are holding firm, like being able to wear “normal” clothes, being able to go out and do long walks (which I still love, when it’s not 150 degrees outside!), etc.

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So overall, I’m actually feeling like my body is happy at this weight. And if my body’s happy, I’m happy!

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Listen to the whole song here and dance your way to work! https://youtu.be/y6Sxv-sUYtM

Anyway, as aforementioned, gotta run! See y’all next week!