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September’s Month In Review #NeverSettle @SaturnMuscle

This month went by fast! I am excited to tally up my goals for September ๐Ÿ˜‰

My first goal was Do not forget to blog. I did much better in September of keeping up with my obligations ๐Ÿ˜‰ Like I said at the beginning of the month, I love sharing my journey and what I have learned. With so many who have helped me with their knowledge I do feel that I should pay it forward and share what I have learned with you.

Goal Two Building a better back and delts. I feel like I am well on my way to where I want to be! I have changed up my routine and I am definitely seeing the difference! I always stress to take progress pics. You will see the changes gradually.


Beginning of the month





Goal Three was staying hungry. I had some issues in August with getting the lazies and taking days off. This month I made sure I was in the gym everyday!!! Even with illness, I made sure the days were made up. I feel like I am back in my groove and ready to work harder than I ever have!!!

Goal Four was do my research on Homeschooling Zoe. She will be starting Kindergarten next year, so we want to make sure that not only is she ready, but we are as well. With where we will be living up in the air, I also wanted to make sure that all of the possible state laws have been researched as well. I did my home work and we have a better idea of what we are getting ourselves into. We are all very excited to get her started! I even found many social groups and extra curricular activities for her in all the areas as well.

Goal Five Keeping Zoe motivated and constant on her monthly goals. This girl is a rock star! She never misses a beat. She smashed her goals a week early and already started on October’s goals ha ha ha. I am so proud of her. I suppose with her being an overachiever, we need to set the bar a bit higher for October ๐Ÿ˜‰


October will is going to be an epic month! We have so many goals and ambitions. I can’t wait to share them all with you!!!! Hope you all smashed your September goals and have your October one’s ready ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Seems There Is Already A Change In The Wind ;-) Happy Monday @SaturnMuscle #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

Happy Monday!

Are you ready to start this week strong?

My goal this week is to hit a pr on at least one lift everyday! I want to grow as much as possible this off season and to do that I need to push the limits!!!

Also a big week for Josh career wise. He has a meeting to see if and when we will be moving on from this market. There is definitely a big change coming in the near future ๐Ÿ˜‰ Prayers are welcome and I will keep you all updated on where we are headed.

As always I start my motivation with some Lady Swole Monday

It’s a great week to be strong! Let’s make the most of every training!!!

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Like Coffee? Check Out The New Keurig K550 2.0 Brewing System! #HelloKeurig @InfluensterVox @Keurig

Before I tell you about this awesome machine, I must disclose that this is a sponsored post. I received the Keurigยฎ K550 2.0 Brewing System in exchange for my opinion on the product. The photos are my own, as well as all opinions ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย I was more than excited when I found out that I was chosen for the Influenster #HelloKeurig campaign!!!!


We have been huge Keurig fans for a couple of years now! We received our first machine as a wedding gift. It was heavily used ha ha. Never once did we have any issues with it. We kept seeing all the upgraded machines and have actually been talking about replacing the old gal.


Josh will keep this one in his office ๐Ÿ˜‰

We had heard that this machine was coming out and was very intrigued. Mainly because it brews a Carafe. This is an important feature to us, because not only do we both drink a lot of coffee, but we also have family over who are big coffee drinkers too. This is a much better option for serving guests rather than brewing several individual cups.



Some reviews I have seen, complained they couldn’t find the K-Carafe cups in stores. I personally have not had any issues finding them. We also found them in the flavors we love! The large cups can brew up to 6 cups of coffee.


As you saw, our other machine was pretty basic. We were excited to get a digital one ha ha ha. It’s the little things ๐Ÿ˜‰ Zoe loves the different light colors in the water reservoir. Red, Green, White, and Blue. You can also change up the screen which is also fun.





Overall, we are in love with the machine! I think it would be a perfect Christmas gift for the coffee lover in your life!!! The first thing we do every morning is say #HelloKeurig

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Thank you to Keurigยฎ and Influenster for allowing us to review such a phenomenal product!!!!


Weekly Check In #BulkingWeek8 #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

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It’s that time again ha ha ha. I actually am going to commend myself for not freaking out too bad this month during shark week. My weight fluctuated A LOT!!!! I went up 10lbs and had quite the belly bloat. I still feel a bit fluffy, but it just ended yesterday. I am not freaking out whatsoever ha ha My weight stabilized back down and I feel this week that I can see some progress, which is AWESOME!!!!


Am I lean? Goodness no ha ha, but I feel strong, confident, and happy with where this bulk is headed. I am week 8 of my bulk staying steady with 1-2lb gains every week. Someone asked how long this bulk will go. I know I need to put on quite a bit of muscle. I also know that being a woman, this is a long and slow process. I will continue to bulk as I am till probably mid June. If I feel I am getting too fluffy I will probably just add some cardio into my routine. I haven’t been doing any lately. At this point I am just concentrating on lifting as heavy as possible and making gains, cause gains make me happy ha ha ha


This week my calories/macros are staying the same. Like I said, I am still steady gaining. No need for adjustments.

Week 7 to Week 8

Weight 137.2 to 138.6

Waist 28 to 28

ย Stomach ย 30.5 to 30

Thighs L 19 1/2 R 19 1/2 to L 19 1/2 R 19 1/2

Calves L13 1/2 R 13 1/2 to L 13 1/2 R 13 1/2

Arms L 12 1/2 R 12 1/2 to L 13 R 12 3/4

Chest/Lats 39 to 39

Rump 36 1/2 to 36 1/2

Calipers/LBM 17.9/112 to 18.6/112


Staying positive, determined, and persistent through this process will be very important to my progress. I am excited about what I am building ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Every Week Gets You Closer To Your Goals! Start Strong!!! #HappyMonday

I, like many, watched the Olympia over the weekend. If That doesn’t kick you into gear, I don’t know what will ha ha ha. So many phenomenal athletes who have busted their butts to get to that stage. They all looked fabulous!!!! Had me itching to hit the gym and keep building towards my goals!!! I am more than ready to get into the gym this week and train harder than I ever have!!!! As always I start my week with a little Lady Swole Monday ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s power through this week and push till we can’t any more. I have goals I want to achieve. Every week gets me just that much closer ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will never settle!!!!

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Weekly Check In…Overcoming Off Season Discouragements

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Some weeks I feel discouraged. Typically around shark week. Ha!!! I know I am hormonal, which makes me pick myself apart. It is probably the worst time for me, self esteem wise. This is the time I kick my own butt! There is no room for doubt. There is no room for negativity. There is only room for improvement!!!

I will not get where I am wanting to go, by beating myself up. Bulking can be frustrating, because you are slowly watching yourself gain. After taking so long to figure out HOW to lose, it’s hard to convince myself to gain it back ha ha. I knew going into this bulk that I was going to go through this at some point. It really is a mind game, but just another hurdle I am going to have to get over.

I know how to lose the extra fluff this time around. I know that gaining some fat is just part of the process that I am going to accept, because I have to! There is no choice in the matter. To grow I have to gain! I am actually proud of myself, because last bulk I gained a lot of fat and gained it fast. It was not a controlled bulk. This time I have more control and am monitoring things much more closely. This is also probably why it gets to me more ha ha. I see more of the gains every week in writing which can be discouraging. Seems this week I am more bothered by photos. Up until this point I have only had to take a few pics of each pose. My usual reasoning for not liking a photo is my posing (which is something I am still working on ha ha ha) This week my belly really got to me. I found myself taking photo, after photo, after photo, after photo, before I realized it wasn’t going to change anything. I am just fluffy ha ha ha. I keep in mind what one of the judges said and that was “You WILL gain fat in the process, do NOT let it hold you back!” I’m not going to let ANYTHING hold me back from myย goalsย no my dreams! I will NEVER SETTLE!!!

My Macros are staying the same. I am seeing the same gains every week, so there is no need to tweak them at all. This week my measurements also all stayed the same. The only change was in my weight, which obviously changed my caliper reading as well.

Last week to this week….

Weight 135.6 to 137.2

Waist 28

Stomach 30.5

Thighs L 19 1/2 R 19 1/2

Calves L 13 1/2 R 13 1/2

Arms L 12 1/2 R 12 1/2

Chest/Lats 39

Rump 36 1/2

Calipers/LBM ย 117.2/112 to 17.9/112

It’s like I have said ย before, I want to keep this process as real as possible. From the frustrations to the joys. There aren’t many who post their off seasons gains, at least not like they do their prep. I understand why ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is hard to put yourself out there like this. This is week 7 of my bulk and I have a very long way to go, but I am ready!

PicsArt_1410908263308I had some ask when I plan on competing again? It will not be till the fall of 2015, for several reasons. Obvious one is I need to bulk up quite a bit more. Another is we are concentrating on Josh’s job right now and getting his goals accomplished. He too has big dreams ๐Ÿ˜‰ and as his wife I need to be as supportive as possible! After all he has been my biggest supporter ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s Monday You Know What That Means….

Happy Monday! I am ready to get this week going and grow, grow, grow!!!!!

I am seeing great results thus far and need to keep the momentum up! Let’s get motivated ๐Ÿ˜‰ As always, I kick the week off with Lady Swole Monday. You can check out all the ladies who participate by CLICKING HERE

Let’s get the week started shall we ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxo Be sure to click on my Giveaways Tab to get entered to win the Saturn Supplements One-Source Multi-Vitamins!!!!

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Weekly Check In #WorkInProgress @SaturnMuscle #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse

Before I start with my weekly check in, I want to say that I remember September 11, 2001 I remember that day clearly and the fear, anger, and how heavy my heart was that day. I remember those who lost their lives. How the world seemed to stop in it’s tracks and everyone was glued to their televisions. I remember the victims families and the pain they must have felt . I remember praying. Today is a day of memorial. A day to lift this country up in prayer. United We Stand…. I remember…

weekly check in

I will not lie, the past week has been difficult to say the least! First Zoe got sick, I immediately followed, then Josh. Any mother knows it is hard enough to have a sick child, add a sick hubby and be sick yourself = a very rough time!!!! We all had the same virus. Basically the worse cold any of us have ever had. I took Friday and Saturday off from the gym. Used the apartment gym on Sunday. Then back to the regular gym Monday. Here it is Thursday, and I am STILL feeling a bit out of sorts. Slowly but surely I will kick this!!! Heck I don’t really have a choice, I’M A MOMMY ha ha ha ha

no sick days for mom

Between the meds and soups, my belly was not feeling much better than my head. I got super bloat and my weight went up 6lbs. Crazy right!?!?! It finally went back down yesterday. It did throw me off a bit though ha ha I was like how the heck did that happen??? Hence the fact I waited an extra day to post my weekly check in ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here is this week’s stats….

Last week to this week….

Macros are still staying the same. I am gaining the way I wanted to. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Weight 134.8 to 135.6

Waist 27.5 to 28

Stomach 30.5 to SAME

Thighs L 19 1/2 R 19 1/2 to SAME

Calves L 13 1/2 R 13 1/2 to SAME

Rump 35 1/2 to 36 1/2

Arms L 12 1/2 ย R 12 1/2 to SAME

Chest/Lats 39 to SAME Calipers/LBM 17.9/110 ย to ย 17.2/112

* Note keep in mind that calipers are NOT accurate. I use it just to get a good estimate on where I stand

My six pack is officially in hibernation ha ha ha I am in all honesty fine with it. I originally thought that once I started putting on visible weight, that I might freak out a bit, but I actually feel good about things right now. I am pretty proud to say I am very comfortable in my skin!!!! It only took 35 years ha ha ha ha


It has been something that I have worked on for so long! Happy to say that Zoe has been paying close attention and she is loving herself too. That means more to me than anything! I never want her to feel bad about herself. I constantly tell her that other people’s opinions do not matter as long as she loves herself. She loves my no OUR weekly check in days ๐Ÿ˜‰


In week #6 of my bulk, I finally feel like I am seeing some real progress! My delts and back look to be growing ๐Ÿ™‚ Those are the two areas I have set most of my focus on and I am happy with what I am seeing so far! This year is going to be really exciting, if I continue to work and grow like I have been. This week’s progress pic has me more motivated than ever!!! Especially after being so sick ๐Ÿ˜‰


I am focused and do not plan on settling. 2015 will be an amazing competition year and I am ready to bring a bigger and better package!!!!!

Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxoxo

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So Your Fitness Challenge Is Over…Now What???

With the rise of all of the 21, 30, and 90 day challenges. The question rises, What about the other 344, 335, and 275 days of the year?

Many spend a fortune on these programs. Sold to them by family and friends with the promise of achieving their dream bodies. The unfortunate thing is that these programs in most cases do more harm than good. They teach eating very few calories (most cases I have seen have been dangerously low) NOTE I personally do NOT know the nutrition plan for any of these “challenges” I am basing this off of friends and family who have told me what their personal diet was, living on a liquid diet, telling people that there are good/bad foods creating an eating disorder of sorts, making people believe that losing weight is only done with taking pills, cleanses, etc. Once the challenges are over, yes some do see a drop in weight/inches. Most is water weight/muscle loss. Most also go back to their normal habits which in turn causes a rebound in weight gain. Therefore right back to square one, or worse one step further back.

It a vicious cycle. In all honesty, I have been victim to it several times. Everyone knows my views on MLM businesses and this post is NOT about that. This is about breaking the cycle. It’s about maintaining a lifestyle that is realistic. If you like doing fitness DVD’s from your living room, I think that is awesome!!! You are doing something you enjoy that IS benefiting you!!! I am certainly NOT trying to bash anyone’s fitness journey xoxo What I want to do is educate.

FACT: Calorie deficit = Weight loss

You can work your butt off, but if you are eating those calories back, you will either maintain or gain weight. With that being said, you can eat too little as well. If you stay in a calorie deficit for too long or put your body into starvation mode, your metabolism will stall out or plateau. I understand the want to be lean, but I also understand the importance of being healthy. Especially being a mom! It is frustrating to see so many posts on social media of tiny meals barely hitting 200 calories. People posting how certain foods are bad. I am the first to say I am totally guilty of doing this in the past. Ex. I have said in the past that fruit should be limited because of sugar content. *Insert foot here* ha ha ha Looking back I realize how ridiculous that sounds.

FACT: Carbs nor Fat will not make you fat

There is all this misinformation on certain macros. Carbs and fat are both essential parts of a your nutrition. Carbs are important not only to provide your body energy, but to replenish your glycogen store post workout. This increases your insulin, which is anabolic. This helps the protein synthesis process to refuel your muscles. Fats are important too. They also provide energy, but also help your body absorb important micro nutrients such as Vitamins A,K,E, and D through the bloodstream. Healthy hair, skin, and nails come from a diet with healthy fat levels.

CLICK HERE to read more about why Macro nutrients are so important *Stay educated*

There is an overload of information out there and it can get frustrating knowing what works, is healthy, etc. Research and trial and error is the best way to educate yourself! So many are looking for that quick fix. There is NO QUICK FIX. I guarantee you did not gain weight overnight, so it is silly to think you will lose at a fast rate. They call it a journey for a reason. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Point being, nutrition is key. There is nothing wrong with taking supplements. I take them daily to meet my micro and macro needs. I just want you all to stay educated and KNOW that you can achieve those goals by just eating the foods you love. Balance and moderation are the key elements that many seem to be overlooking. Be realistic with your lifestyle and always remember that little ears are listening and little eyes are watching xoxo. Challenge yourself not for a limited amount of time, but for a lifetime.

Hope you all have a fabulously fit day xoxo

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No Excuses Motivation Monday

Happy Monday! I am not gonna lie, this week is starting off a bit rough. Still feeling a bit rough, but ready to work through it!!!! I will not allow anything to keep me from my goals. Let’s push ourselves! Let’s build a better package! Stop making excuses and just do work ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lady Swole Monday? Don’t mind if I do xoxo

I am ready to make this week MINE! What are YOU ready for?

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Sick Days…Listening To Your Body

What a weekend… I had anticipated a Family Fun day on Friday, but Zoe was sick and I was starting to feel it too.

I thought I would train Friday night in our apartment gym, but I just kept feeling worse as the day went on. By yesterday morning I was down for the count. Zoe was feeling much better! She said her daddy left her in charge when he left for work ha ha ๐Ÿ˜‰ She did awesome trying to make me feel better. She is a great kiddo!!!!

Listening to your body is important no matter how much or little you train. My body was telling me to slow down and rest. I firmly believe that if I had pushed myself on Friday I would be down and out for longer.ย Feeling better this morning and will make up Friday’s training this evening when Josh gets home from work.

Had a hard time meeting my macros, but did manage to stay hydrated, which is also very important. Back on track today and ready to start my week strong! I know I have several messages that I haven’t replied to yet on my Facebook page. I promise you all have not been overlooked xoxo I will either get back to you or respond on here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! get ready for some awesome Motivation Monday!!! I also have a phenomenal giveaway coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for that news!!!!

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Week 5 Of Bulking Weekly Check In #BuiltBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle

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Feeling strong this week! A little fluffy ha ha but strong. Someone asked how I am feeling about the extra weight? Well, it does get frustrating at times. I think for any woman it is hard to see the scale go up and clothes start to fit tighter. With that being said, I know that it is necessary for muscle growth. It was actually stressed to me by one of the judges. She said, “Don’t be afraid to gain weight in the off season. You will never grow if you don’t.” To be honest, it has been easier than I thought. I really don’t mind the extra fluff right now.


Like I said yesterday, my back and delts will be what I am concentrating on most for the next few weeks. I really need to grow bigger shoulders and wider lats. I know it takes time and patience. Luckily, I have a year to make these improvements ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even then, I know there will still be room to grow!!! One of the ladies I look up to, actually just went Pro last weekend, Nicole Phinney!!! Congratulations to her!!!! She has an amazing transformation. She took a year off between competitions to allow her body to rest and grow. She is proof that A. it takes time and B. that it can be done!

Her transformation makes me excited to see what I can build! This week ย marks Week 5 of my bulk. I definitely feel like I am growing. My macros are the same. I am gaining with where they are set, so there is no need for adjustments.

Last week to this week….

Weight 133.8 to 134.8

Waist 27 to 27.5

Stomach 30 to 30.5

Thighs L19 R 19 to L19 1/2 R19 1/2

Calves L13 1/2 R13 1/2 to Same

Rump 35 to 35 1/2

Arms L12 1/2 R12 1/2 to Same

Chest/Lats 37 3/4 to 39

Calipers/LBM 17.9/109 to 17.9/110


I even tried on my competition suit to see if it still fit. It actually didn’t even feel snug surprisingly ha ha ha


My self esteem has been boosted so much since the competition. I feel comfortable in my own skin. Even with gaining and knowing that I will be getting bigger, I feel beautiful and strong. It helps having a husband who is so supportive ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am going to make the most of each week! Building a stronger, bigger, and better package.

I also have a winner of the STORMp3

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Congratulations lady!!!! I have emailed you and look forward to getting your prize out to you xoxo

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Hello September! Let’s Set Some Goals #PoweredBySaturnSupplements @SaturnMuscle


August was a mental and emotional roller coaster. We have been more than ready for September! Bring on the cooler weather, hoodies, bonfires, colorful landscapes, ย and hot chocolate!!!

I hope you have your goals ready for the month ๐Ÿ˜‰ I plan to hit mine hard!!!!

A Goal

September Goals

Goal 1… Don’t forget to blog! I have been laxed on it since our move to the apartment. I love helping others and sharing what I have learned on my journey and I want to continue to do so.

Goal 2…Building a better back and delts. These are my weakest areas. I have decided to do a longer and heavier back session and do two delt sessions a week. I also have started incorporating light resistance band work on my lats and delts while at home watching tv with the family. From the research I have done, I have found that the term over training over used. It doesn’t happen as frequently or easily as many have claimed. I have found many interviews/articles with Dr Layne Norton about the subject. I need some pumpkin shoulders and some wings ๐Ÿ˜‰


Right is 18 weeks ago Left was yesterday morning. Different lighting and poses were a bit off. i feel my delts overall are slightly bigger and upper and middle back are thicker, but I need width in my lats and more development in my delts, so those will be my focus

Goal 3…Staying Hungry. Typically I am a very motivated person, but the past few weeks by Friday I am tanked. My body hurts and I am physically exhausted. So much so, that I have skipped a couple of training days. THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN!!!! This past Friday I overcame the urge to turn off my alarm. I laid in bed thinking about those who can not get up and do the things I do. Those who wish for another chance to be able to get up and achieve their dreams. Here I was lying in bed whining about being too tired and somewhere someone is lying awaking wishing to be able to walk. How selfish of me. Needless to say, I got my butt out of bed and killed it in the gym. I have dreams and I want to accomplish them! I need to make sure that I have that fire lit every morning no matter how I feel. Off days should be saved for when I REALLY need them, not days where I am just feeling lazy. I will never achieve my goals without doing the work!

Goal 4…Research and learn more about homeschooling for Zoe. I have always done lesson plans and have been working with Zoe since she could sit up. She is almost to school age. Josh and I have discussed it several times and decided that Zoe will be home taught. We move a lot and would hate to have to pull her out of school mid year. Plus there are so many benefits to home schooling. I was home taught for part of my high school education and I feel I benefited more from it. Anyway, there are so many ways to educate your child, that Josh and I want to make sure we are picking the best options for her. Before I can teach her ABC’s I need to learn mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

Goal 5… Helping Zoe stay motivated to accomplish her monthly goals. This is actually very easy to accomplish. Zoe loves writing out her goals each month and being able to check each one off the list. I am very proud of her and her determination to accomplish them all. Last month she had most the list done by the second week ha ha ha. Her excitement to learn and push herself is amazing!



This IS going to be a great month!!!! Hope you all have set the bar high and rock out those goals!!!

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Let’s Work The Weekend Off ;-) Motivation Monday #BuildWithThePowerOfTheUniverse @SaturnMuscle

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous Labor day weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is a laid back weekend for Zoe and I. Josh works 12+ hours each day, the apartment pool is too busy to really enjoy ourselves, and the gym’s daycare is closed today. As much as I want to get into the gym today, it’s not gonna happen. Josh won’t be home till late, so I will have to double up training tomorrow. This means 2+ hours in the gym. I am gonna need the motivation this week!!!!! Let’s kick it off strong with Lady Swole Monday….

Gah I can’t wait to hit the gym tomorrow!!!! Hope you all a have a fabulously fit day xoxo

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