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DPRZYBYLSKI2 Posts: 3
3/29/12 9:53 P

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If I can't walk outside or get to the gym, I walk through my house. I go from room to room and count each step. I'm up to 5000 steps in 45 minutes. Hopefully, my neighbors don't see me and think I'm crazy!!



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3/29/12 9:23 P

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I love my fitbit...it seems much more accurate than a pedometer and it logs the information for you. I often get in more than 10000 steps but on days when it is rainy or cold, or just too dark in the morning to walk, I ride my exercise bike for an hour for exercise and the fitbit doesn't record that, I wish somehow you could convert bike miles to "steps". Otherwise it looks like I am not getting any exercise!



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3/29/12 8:19 P

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I believe the original intent of the 10,000 steps was actually 70,000 steps per week. Which of course averages out to 10,000 per day. But it doesn't have to. If you do 18,000 on your 5 non-rest days you're way passed the 70,000 steps per week.

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3/29/12 6:16 P

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I notice some people saying it feels like cheating using a pedometer all day long, but honestly I don't think so - isn't the goal to get as many steps in a day as possible? I use my trusty old pedometer to log steps I take all day long- of course, the days vary with steps for me. My daily goal is 7k steps just because there are days I know I won't be able to get 10k in just because of my work schedule and such (as I write this though I am at nearly 12k steps for today at 5 pm my time). Most days I get about 8-9k. I use a $5 pedometer from Wal-mart and sometimes it doesn't get every step, but if I can get it to register 7k or above I am fine with it, even though I know I have done more.



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FAntastic Love to DAnce that you are keeping it going even after losing the weight. I was really doing great - averaging prbaby 8500/day and then bam, I had my arrythmia issues. It sure is hard to get back into the swing. The weather is better now though so I plan to get back to it. This girl just has to walk and get ready for golf season. Love the pedometer and the immediate feedback. Great tool!

Re the earlier blog, 10, 000 is a lot of steps walking in place. Hey it beats doing nothing!

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3/28/12 10:05 P

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I use Omron's HJ 7201 ped that it's own software , just plug it into my PC to track my steps, aerobic steps, kcal, miles and I also track my steps/cardio steps on Sparkpeople too. I like this ped cause you can wear it any way on any part of your body but I found the most accurate is to wear it on my hip, especially in Zumba. It shows a 7 day history but actually holds 30 days so if I forgot to download weekly, I'm OK. My goal is 10,000 a day but with a desk job, it's almost impossible to hit that unless I do Zumba or Hip Hop Hustle or 1 hour on the crossramp. I usually do 4-5,000 in those classes. I don't count the distance cause that's not accurate for Zumba but the steps are. I've compared my zumba steps with others wearing the same ped in the same class and our steps were very close. Wearing a ped every single day has become a way of life for me and it really pushes me to hit my daily goal. I've been known to head out the door after dinner to do a few laps around my subdivision to hit my goal. I've hit my goal of loosing 55 lbs. but I still wear the ped everyday and continue to track my food, fitness, steps and cardio on sparkpeople. This is my new lifestyle!!

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3/28/12 3:43 P

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Question about the Fit Bit:

I have a pedometer that I use that counts steps, calories, distance, and moderate steps. Does the Fit Bit do any much more that would make it worth it to spend the $99 on it?

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3/28/12 10:04 A

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How about this, I have been logging my steps since I started and have not recieved any points for logging. I just noticed since I log my steps that I did on Monday on Tuesday morning I do not get the points. I will be a day off from now on.



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3/28/12 9:55 A

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oh no! I meant to bring a pedometer while I was on vacation but I forgot!



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3/28/12 7:26 A

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A lot of you guys seem to love the Fit Bit... Can someone describe it to me? Thanks! emoticon

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3/27/12 9:37 P

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I recently got a Pro-Form pedometer and I've somehow managed to reset it and lose my step count both days that I've used it. Any suggestions for how to avoid doing that? Also, do you wear your pedometers when you're exercising and count that activity as "steps" too? I somehow feel like I will be cheating myself if I do that.

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3/27/12 6:12 P

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I walk in place - sometimes on my own or sometimes following various videos. Coach Nicole has one.

Someone even busier than you is working out right now!


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3/27/12 1:25 P

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Good work!

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Yay for you!

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3/27/12 9:36 A

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I love my fitbit and have doubled my daily steps since getting it. However, I tripled my daily steps when I took up Zumba on the wii! That is the most fun in 5000 sweaty steps anyone could ever have.



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3/26/12 10:05 P

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Sgirl828 I've been wearing my fit bit for a little over a week now. I love it. I ride the train to and from work each day so I get a lot of steps in just walking from the back of the parking lot to the station. Then when I get to the other station I walk 3 blocks to the office. I work on the 4th floor so I take the stairs. At lunch I take the stairs to the 8th floor then down to the first and walk the five levels of the parking garage. Every day I walk further. I'm usually at 5000 step by lunch. I love the fit it tracks flights of stairs. I'm up to 29 flights today. I'm not averaging 10,000 daily but I'm getting real close. Tracking is what motivates me to keep pushing to go further than I did the day before..

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3/26/12 5:01 P

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I'm stuck at a desk all day, and even though I make a point of getting up and walking around once an hour, I have to be conscious and deliberate in order to get in 10K steps.

I have found it's easier for me to track my movement in terms of minutes than steps. So I researched my typical walking patterns using my pedometer, and I found that I need to do 50-60 minutes of walking during the day to get to 10K. I break that down into 15- or 20-minute increments so that it's not so overwhelming.



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3/26/12 3:16 P

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I adopted a dog a month ago and since then I've easily been getting more than 10,000 steps a day. My Omron pedometer keeps track of steps, aerobic steps, kcals and miles - all based on my personal stride and weight. I'm 5'2" tall and my stride is 2.5 ft. I think if you have a dog and you aren't getting your 10,000 steps then your dog is probably not getting enough exercise either!



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3/26/12 3:04 P

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I always wear my pedometer (I use the one on my ipod). I have trouble reaching 10,000 steps normally so I make mini-goals throughout the day. It started out doing 200 steps per hour and has gradually increased. I am now at 700 steps per hour. Problem is that once I am done with work, I get busy with life so I don't pay as much attention in the evenings. But it does help to keep me moving more. Lately my weekly average has been about 9,000 steps.



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3/26/12 3:00 P

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Yesterday was a rest day for me so I paid attention to the pedometer after I had read this thread. I had planned on using my elliptical or just going for a walk but I donated blood yesterday morning and was advised against exercise. I'm sure if I had done something light I would have been OK but I just didn't want to push it.

Anyways, so yesterday, there was no aerobic walking of any sort. Just to the blood drive and back (which is maybe 1-2 blocks) and takes me a total of 10 min round trip. Yet even with no dedicated exercise or walking, I still had 7431 steps. I also went grocery shopping yesterday and walking around the grocery store was 2,000 steps itself.

So I think you will all be surprised at how much walking you do just doing what you normally do.

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3/26/12 10:57 A

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I haven't been counting , but I should start using the pedometer app on my iphone..

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I would say that about 75% of the time I do get that many but not on the rest... It might sound silly but walking to much at one time hurts my lower back.

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I can't say I've actually counted my steps, nor have I used a pedometer. But I am a college student so with the amount of walking I do daily I don't see how I'm not walking at least 10,000 steps.

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3/25/12 10:52 P

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The only time I have a problem getting at least 10,000 steps are my days off work. On normal work days I usually have 10,000 by lunch time.
I have heel spurs, plantar fascitis, arthritis, neuropathy, tendonitis and corns in/on feet so I think I'm doing pretty good on this challenge. Some days I just can't walk anymore though.



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Finding it hard to do.

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3/25/12 11:40 A

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LOVE LOVE LOVE my Fitbit!

In addition to doing whatever exercise I do in the gym daily and getting steps from that, at work I try to get up every hour and walk around, and several times a day I walk around our work building. If I have time, I go for a 30 minute walk at lunch. On weekends I do a lot of my food shopping on foot in my neighborhood. I shoot for 10000 steps a day (one of my non-negotiables) but many work days it is more than that, like 11000-13000+ On weekends it is usually 15000 or more. Yes, I agree that ALL of your daily activity a day should count, not only your exercise. In addition to your exercise, you are trying to be active in your daily activities.

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My rest days are rests from weight training . I aim for 14,000 steps a day because I remember reading in some fitness book that Amish women, who only have the least amount of fat (8% i believe) walk an average of 14, 000 steps a day (The Am,ish men were found to have a 0% obesity rate, walking an average 18000 steps/day). I get a lot of my steps in in the morning (it will sound funny, but I walk around my couch as I read the bible and pray--I'm usually doing this at 3:30 in the morning, so I don't walk outdoors), I do a lot of marching in place at my office (my co-workers and patients have gotten used to it but still smile) and I usually try to walk at least 30 min after dinner.

There was comment very early on in the thread about 2000 steps equaling one mile-that would make 10,000 seps = 5 miles. I have heard that too, but I think that may depend on your stride. I have a short stride, so I would usually have to walk almost 14,000 steps a day to get anywhere near 5 miles.

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3/25/12 9:28 A

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Honestly, I found that if I wasn't walking/running for exercise during the day, it was very hard to hit 10,000 steps. I'd encourage you to set reasonable goals and then work up to it. Every step can make a difference.

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I bought my fitbit at bestbuy. Just learning how to use it

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3/24/12 6:07 P

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So I was using my iPod as my pedometer but I kept bumping it and opening a different application which killed the battery fast so I had to stop it half way thru my shift at work. So I went to pedometers USA.com and purchased a new one.
I just want to say that if anyone goes to this site to buy one, go to retailmenot.com and search for coupons for there. I found a 5% off code which granted isnt grand but it did save me 2 dollars from my purchase which was free shipping. So if anyone does not have a pedometer yet try there!

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I have an Omron HJ-112 and I love that it differentiates between total steps and aerobic steps (walking continuously for more than 10 min). I like that it keeps track of my "aerobic time" so I know how long I have been walking around for. I know my pedometer isn't 100% accurate. Sometimes it undercounts and sometimes it overcounts but I figure that it all balances out in the end.

And yes, I do wear it all day to keep track of my total steps. I don't think it's "cheating" as I do differentiate between my aerobic time and my non-aerobic time. However, I use that total number just as an incentive to keep myself more active. Walking around normally will still burn more calories than just sitting or even standing around.

Now, I walk almost 3 miles a day to and from work so when I go to work, I easily hit the 10,000 step mark (usually 12,000 - 13,000). When I exercise (running or elliptical usually), I usually hit 19,000 - 20,000.

On my rest days, I don't worry about not making the 10,000 step mark but I find that many times I do (although just barely). I'll find that when I go grocery shopping or just out to the mall on the weekends that I walk a lot more than I think I do. And like I said, I use the 10,000 step mark as an incentive. If I find myself with time just standing around, I'll walk in place or walk around the kitchen or something. Anything to keep myself more active.

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3/24/12 2:20 P

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Check out the fitbit.com site. I just looked at it and saw this statement from Jerrod who is on staff: "We ship directly to Canada now."

I also read that REI will ship to Canada but charges $30 shipping. Not sure what FitBit charges for shipping. Maybe you could pick one up across the border.

Good luck. You will love it when you get it!

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3/24/12 12:26 P

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Hey Aehege, I live in Scarborough, Ontario. Where did you buy your Fitbit pedometer and do you know where I could get one?

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@Debbiedmar - emoticon I have found if I don't think about the # of steps just get up and start moving...BOOM I have steps on the pedometer.
Am glad that you are pickiing yourself up and getting moving. Keep it up!



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KNITTYSEW21, If you are referring to SP, you find where your other trackers are and then add a tracker. Steps per day or something like that is listed. Then it shows up on your tracker page and you input your data each day. I think there is also an option to print it out. I am not looking at the page and I have not printed, but I keep a record there and it is one of my goals.

Debbie, don’t despair. Start where you are -- add more each day, or when it feels comfortable to do it. Find little ways to add steps throughout the day other than your exercise walks. Don’t aim for 10000 yet; pick a doable amount and go up from there. You will be surprised how you will find ways to increase your steps! Good luck!

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I've really bogged down on this. It made me realize just how little I move and then I let myself get discouraged and depressed so I moved even less. Vicious cycle that I've repeated too often. I'm back now and hope to be remotivated and invigorated. I know I let myself get too "busy" even if it is with valid things and then self defeat on exercise and eating the way I know I should. Didn't mean to turn this to a pity party. I will pick myself up and start where I left off. I even took a short walk in the rain with the dog!
Have a good day all

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do they still have the printouts to keep track of how many steps or miles you keep i cant find how the printouts please help me

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Anne - I agree with he research that you read. When I was doing some really heavy exercising, I would be pretty lazy the rest of the day. When I wear this little pedometer, I am moving so much more. I am not asking someone to grab me something while they are up, I just get up and do it myself. Park farther away, walk places I might have driven to, just move more in general.

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I've just started getting back to 10,000 steps some days of the week with the time change. I normally get in about 3000 to 4000 steps. I have a bus that goes straight my office about 1.5 miles away from my house, so I've combined my cardio days at the gym with my commute time and I walk to the bus. After work I take the bus then walk the same route home.

Last week I was extra tired all week, but I knew it was because my heart and lungs were catching up to the extra work (I was doing 2 miles of jogging at the gym on those days, and now I have 3 miles of walking). I'm looking forward to finishing next week and seeing what I feel like.



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Due to my job situation, I have a hard time getting 10,000 steps without adding a walk. But that being said, I have found wearing my pedometer keeps me much more accountable for moving around more



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I, too, use it as a reminder to be more active. I'll walk around the house while on the phone, jog in place waiting for water to boil, head out for a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood, etc. I'm kind of obsessive about racking up those steps :D

My log book has a conversion chart for other activities as well, such as biking, aerobics classes, etc.

My "stealth weapon" in racking up steps is Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Jump Rope Workout. I can usually attain 2K steps every time through - if you do that 2-3 times a day it really adds up, as well as being fun and getting your blood flowing. I do it indoors, without a real jump rope, in the interests of limiting damage to floors, walls, and pets.

In all, I think a pedometer is a great (maybe essential) tool. Start with where you are and build up from there.



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I tend to not worry about it on rest days. I still wear my fitbit to add to the count. I try for at least 70,000 steps for the week so I tend to have some days when I get 15-20k steps and maybe one where I only get about 5k. It averages out, just like if you are slightly over your food allowance one day and at the lower end of your range another day. As long as it balances right over time.

I also use mine as another poster (I think Anne?) mentioned, to make sure I am still moving around outside my workouts. When I first started wearing the fitbit and just did things normally (at the time), I was less active in total steps on workout days. It kind of worked out almost the same with cardio workout days having more steps, but strength or yoga days having fewer. I am much better about that now.

Oh, the comment about feeling like it is cheating to wear a pedometer all day... With the 10,000 steps a day thing there are several ways to approach it, one very common way is to use it as a tool to help you accumulate a certain amount of activity in a day. Just like how it can be beneficial to sneak in several short 10 minute workouts in the day (common advice for starting out) it is also very beneficial to spread your non exercise activity/movement throughout the day. I don't do 10,000 steps instead of exercise, I do it including and in addition to exercise but mainly use it to keep myself active outside my workouts. Of course, 10,000 isn't really a magic number, some people may want to aim for 5,000, 7,300 or 20,000. It just depends on the individual's needs, health and lifestyle.



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I wear my each day, even on my off days I do a short 30 minute easy walk ot get me steps in
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AEHEGE's Photo AEHEGE Posts: 2,784
3/23/12 1:08 P

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About wearing the pedometer all day: I read some research that stated that even when some people upped their exercise, they were overall less active because they sat more before and after exercise. I find that wearing the pedometer motivates me to get up and move instead of sitting. I found I was sitting more when my pedometer quit and I did not replace it. Now I have a fitbit and find that I will keep more active during the day when I am not doing a specific exercise. I don't feel it's cheating at all; rather a motivator to be more active which results in better fitness.

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3/23/12 10:41 A

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I LOVE my pedometer!! I wear it all day long, and it really motivates me to move more. I think all activity adds up and is beneficial to our good health. I find this little round motivator keeps me moving.

I aim for 10,000 steps 5 days a week. 5,000 on Saturday, and I take it off on Sunday and just enjoy my day of rest.

Dawn, married for 21 years to Dean. Blessed to be a home schooling mom to Mackenzie, Carter, Reegan, Cael, Quincy, Addelynn, Cade, Kyler , Jaycie, mc 5.5.11


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3/23/12 10:18 A

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10,000 is a great goal, but not always workable. I think as long as you are moving and getting some steps in during the course of the day, you are making progress. I wear pedometer all the time (except when I'm in my jammies!)

“There will be times when it’s tough going and you’ll question whether you can do it or not. There will be times when it seems fruitless and there’s absolutely no progress whatsoever. That’s when you take a deep breath, dig down deep, and persevere.”―Nancy Sathre-Vogel
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3/23/12 9:27 A

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i need to increase my steps!



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3/23/12 9:25 A

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19477 steps yesterday

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SHANDELLYNN's Photo SHANDELLYNN Posts: 78
3/23/12 8:49 A

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I dont know, wearing it all day just seems odd to me. Almost feels like cheating to me.

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Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want.


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