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If only tools kept the weight off!!!

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Saw the linked article "A Year in Maintenance" and thought how neat it would be to have SparkPage Award for Maintenance too. There are ones for weight loss and Sparkversary, but none for 1) reaching goal weight or 2) maintaining goal weight for lengths of time.

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10/17/12 7:13 P

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It has happened!! Fitbit and Sparkpeople are partners now!! YAHOO!

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10/17/12 6:22 P

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Just posting to bump this topic up higher. :-)

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7/30/12 2:02 P

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Why don't you suggest it to both.

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7/30/12 1:52 P

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I wish that sparkpeople and fitbit would sync their data - it would be so helpful. Sparkpeople has better food tracking, Fitbit better calories burned data.... they would be perfect together.

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7/24/12 4:19 P

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That would be cool. emoticon

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7/24/12 3:37 P

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Yeah, I know the site evolves, and I figure this is a baby tool (ie, probably recently developed and not yet finished?). Hopefully, it could be connected to the favorite, to the nutrition planner, etc.

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7/24/12 12:18 P

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CarolJean64: Thanks for the reminder to report errors! SparkPeople's info is usually accurate, but the info that is typed in by users has a lot of what I would call "decimal point errors", such as 1 gram of protein vs. 11.


Slenderella61: Do note that many foods have minimal nutrition information listed. This is especially true if they have less than 5% of a nutrient. Those unlisted nutrients do add up, but the only foods I've found that have most of the nutrition info listed are "unbranded" items in the database, like tomatoes and black beans. Even some of those are lacking, like whole wheat flour, for example, has relatively little info listed. My point being, you are probably meeting more of your nutrient goals than the website is showing. :)


EatnBoogers: I agree that it could be a more robust tool. The site keeps improving though, so maybe one day. =)

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7/24/12 10:08 A

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Okay, my immediate feedback: it's interesting, but there's not nearly enough on there. I am pretty whole food, mostly vegan (occ. dairy, occ. eggs, occ. fish) person, and a lot of what I eat is not on there. I wish it were customizable with "favorites."

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7/24/12 10:01 A

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Thanks for remembering mix and match planner. I knew it existed, but couldn't remember what is was called.
BTW, when you do use the nutrition tracker, check the nutrition information. Yesterday DH and I ate lunch at Olive Garden. All the items were in the nutrition planner, but when I looked at my meal totals the protein count was zero!!! I went on line and checked the values and I should have earned 5 gram of protein. There is a small message on the nutrition info that ask you to report errors and where you got your different information. I ended up sending in three messages!

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7/24/12 10:01 A

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No I haven't--thanks! I'm off to look!

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7/24/12 12:27 A

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Re: Meal planning ideas:

Have you checked out the Mix & Match Meal Planner?
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mix-and
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I sometimes use it to get the ideas flowing. =)

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7/23/12 11:02 A

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I agree on the nutrition planner stuff, but even moreso, there could just be more resources overall for meal planning... maybe in the recipe place, the articles, a team, multiple tools. I do a pretty good job with meal planning, cooking from scratch, etc, but I would appreciate even more.

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I agree with MNJONES. I would love it if the nutrition tracker would suggest my evening snack based on my nutrition throughout the day. I never can seem to meet all the nutritional goals.

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5/15/12 5:07 P

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i would like a menu planner that helps me plan meals -- as I type in ham and then it gives me suggestions for what would go with the ham. I seem to lack imagination when it comes to meal planning.

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1/9/12 9:55 P

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MobyCarp: I manually change my calorie range and macronutrients whenever I decide to increase calories. (Fortunately, for me, that is not very often.)
I have always used different amounts of macronutrients here, as I prefer the Mayo Clinic's ranges to the default tracker ranges. (Also, since the Clinic's ranges are by percentage of calories, the numbers are easy to convert.)

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1/7/12 8:59 P

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Your computer probably has a convertor or you can easily find one on line. These will convert grams to oz. which may help.

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I would like ALL the nutritional tracking to have practical measurements. I hate when it says 1 serving as a portion and then when I go to the information it is listed in grams.... I need ALL the servings to be in portions I can see - like cups, tablespoons etc. Especially when I am entering food that I ate at a restaurant. I know packaged foods list portions is grams etc - I just wish that besides these it was translated into everyday measurements.

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12/5/11 7:23 P

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PRESBESS - I've been in maintenance for 8 weeks now. I started out doing the dance as SP recommended, and my calorie range went up by . . . all of 60 calories per day. Since I'd been losing a pound to a pound and a half a week, that seemed a little low.

I'd already concluded that the calories burned by exercise was way inaccurate anyway, so I started adjusting my calorie range by telling the fitness tracker different numbers of calories I was going to burn each week. There have been a few odd places where this doesn't work as predicted, but for the most part adding 1400 calories to what I tell the fitness tracker I'm burning adds 200 calories per day to the nutrition tracker goals.

To complicate matters, I graduated from the 5K Your Way running program a week or so before I hit maintenance, and promptly added running 3 or 4 days a week to my routine. Until last week, I kept losing in maintenance in spite of repeatedly adding calories to my range.

Where I started and ended up: For most of when I was trying to lose weight, my calorie range was 1880 to 2230. I was eating toward the low end of that. After repeatedly adding 200 calories at a time, plus an odd 20 so it would be easy to remember, the range is now 2700 to 3050 calories per day. That appears to have leveled off the weight trend for the past week or so, with eating to the middle or top of that range. Yes, it's mind-boggling.

To come back on topic, it would be nice to have an easier tool to add X calories per day to the nutrition tracker, spread by the SP percentages to macronutrients, without having to do an offline calculation to lie about how many calories I'm directly burning in exercise.

Edited by: MOBYCARP at: 12/5/2011 (19:29)

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12/5/11 3:16 P

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You guys are giving me the idea that I should put "maintaining" somewhere in my little trophy icons.

Like this:
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Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 12/5/2011 (15:34)
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12/5/11 3:15 P

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I love the idea of an icon for maintainer we could put on our posts. It would really help others on other teams who are getting close to maintenance to have someone to ask about it.
I eat between 1330 and 1680 to maintain 135 lbs on a 5' 7" frame.

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I like this thread. I am very new to maintenance. I'd like to see the following:

1. maintenance ticker showing goal weight with the option of having 5, 4 or 3 pounds up or down on either side.
2. icon indicating "maintainer" or something that signifies our maintenance status. it's such work to get to this point and it would be nice have more tools, articles, etc for this group of people.

That's it for what I'd like to see, but on another note, my new calorie range is a mind boggler. I changed my "starting weight and goal weight" to show the same over a six month period (as instructed) and my calorie range only went up by approximately 150 cals. I believe it's to low. It's close to what I was eating before and I lost weight pretty consistently. I don't want to loose more weight. I plan to eat at the higher end of cals and see how it goes for 7 - 10 days.

Does anyone have any feedback on how they adjusted to their new calorie range?

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10/11/11 1:15 P

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I LIKE this idea (sorry, I did not see this idea was already posted -- but our leader directed me here!

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I love the idea of two tickers. I wonder what would happen it we tried to do it right now. Just checked it out seems you can only have one ticker at a time. Maybe we could put it in our signatures.

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I do like the maintenance ticker, but I wish we could ALSO have the ticker that shows our original loss. I think that would be very motivating for others as WELL as ourselves. When lost weight is so often and easily regained, having the original loss also before our eyes would be motivating.

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Feel free to suggest your ideas to the folks who run the site. I think your words carry a lot more weight than mine do, with your 6+ years of maintenance experience.

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And if you have any ideas about things we can do at the team level, please share them! Maybe there's a challenge or something you'd like to create?

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 9/3/2011 (19:09)
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Since you have become the leader, I have become much more active on this team. Before I felt I should join because I was at goal, but didn't see the kind of support I was getting from the Dealing with Depression team. I love the things you are doing.
Any chance of getting Spark People to add the "Hall of Fame." It would be a great goal and they could award points for every 6 months maintainers stayed within a certain percentage of their goal. It certainly fits with the goal setting focus of the whole site.

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@CAROLJEAN

I too wish maintainers were as visible and celebrated on SP as losers are.

It's one reason I started our list of maintenance anniversaries; not only can we celebrate and acknowledge each person's annual accomplishment, but the list also gives us a way to compile a "Hall of Fame" of sorts, so we can look for role models in maintenance.
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(Congrats on being in the top 10, by the way!)

There seems to be a lot of attrition among maintainers. Take a look at this pie chart showing which year each person reached maintenance on that list:
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Half of the people on our list of maintainers either reached goal this year or last year. Fewer than a quarter have maintained for 4 years.

Given the overall failure of humans in general to maintain (95% cannot stay within 5lbs of their goal weight, and 80% gain back more than 90% of the weight they lost in the first place), I suspect most of the 13,000+ people on this team reached goal and then lost interest and left SP, partly because there wasn't the reinforcement they had grown used to during their loss phase.

Out of those 13,000+ people, only 105 wrote a blog post in the past month. Contrast that with the "300 lbs. Plus" team, with 5,600 members, 254 of whom wrote at least one blog post in August.

The maintenance challenge, anniversary list, and revised team goals are my attempts to get people to stay engaged and stick around. If we can even get to the point that 10% of us can stay within 5 lbs of our goal weight, or 50% manage to keep off at least 90% of the weight, that will be a HUGE accomplishment. I'm trying to let the science guide me in terms of where the emphases lie.

As a team leader SP invited me to create a webinar class for them, but I don't have time. I suggested they invite some of our maintainers from the Hall of Fame list, but they said they only wanted to involve team leaders at this point. Maybe in the future they will feature some of our maintainers in this way. I think that could be very helpful.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 9/3/2011 (16:25)
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9/2/11 1:54 A

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The tool I wish for is a new menu plan when a person reaches their goal weight. My menu plan still has me at 1200-1550 calories, and I am approaching the bottom of my BMI. But if I try to eat more, it chides me for going over my allotment. I wish that when it congratulated us on reaching our goal weight, it would automatically upgrade our menu plan for maintenance.

I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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I can't get out of the recipe page either, without restarting SP.

Edited by: DENISEFULLER at: 9/2/2011 (01:55)
I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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First.... love the idea of a ticker that shows weight loss with the addition of the 5 lb. range... also have a tracker icon that indicates the person is a maintainer would be cool.
I would love to see a minimum of an article a week on Spark DIgest that deals with maintenance. The coaches should be writing it or asking for guest posts from maintainers.
At least once a month feature the Spark Page of a maintainer.

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EDiets has a right click on any "reply" that opens a new window for just that purpose. It would make life a lot easier rather than having to start another Spark window and moving down to where you want to reply or comment. It takes so long that I never do it.

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I would like a new window to open up when we read a blog from the Friend Feed, so we could go back to the Friend Feed window and miss nothing. Right now I have to really search for where I was and keep losing my place in the Friend Feed. I would read and respond to more blogs, therefore, be more involved in SparkPeople! I think it would make it easier for others, too.

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I concur that a maintenance ticker would be great. I've had more than one person comment that I'm 2 or 3 pounds from goal when actually I am right in my range.

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Over the years I have substituted the concept of "fat" to mean that I don't like how I look. I currently wear a 0 petite and have a hard time finding clothes that are small enough. The stuff that fits is WAAY to short or otherwise not appropriate for grandma. What I really think is that when I hit my number my body would be 22 years old again, only thin this time, and THAT I know is not happening, regardless of my weight.

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Birgit - Thanks for the words of encouragement. I "know" I'm not fat, even though I weigh more than I expect. I have great muscle tone everywhere but my abs and they're still a work in progress.

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Carrie1948, I know exactly what you mean. I've felt that way for a long time. Of course you know that size 2 petite is tiny and you could not possibly be overweight. But our emotions give us a different message and distort the picture. I'm not saying that I'm completely satisfied with my looks, if it wasn't small fat deposits it would be wrinkles. Even beauty queens only look perfect with makeup on and their photos touched up. If you keep exercising you can gain some muscle and lose some fat and it is easier to do so if your weight stays the same or even goes up slightly. Looks will improve with more strength training and exercise in general.
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I guess my problem is visual doesn't do it for me. I wear a size 2 petite but still look in a mirror and think I'm fat. Perhaps goal is a range more than an actual weight and as long as I can fit in my clothes and zip trousers easily, then things are fine.

I had set a goal weight that was slightly over my pregnancy weight of 30 years ago. That may simply be too low for someone in their 60s.

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I have all the tools I need: my eyes will tell me if I'm at goal (don't care about weight but if I look good in a bikini I know I'm there :) ).
My brain helps me when making decisions about how much to exercise and what to eat. No other tools needed. emoticon

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6/30/11 11:58 A

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Carrie, we are all so different that it would be impossible to have an accurate goal set by any computer model. The only way to determine what you want to weigh is to try it on like clothes: get there and see how you like it. Do you think the weight makes you too thin or too heavy? (Friends' opinions don't count) Are you willing to make the sacrifices to stay there? Models all seem to gain a little weight when they stop working because they don't want to do the work and make the sacrifices required to stay very thin, and why should they if no one is paying them to be superthin anymore?

Most people have never seen a real anorexic and throw the term around to describe anyone who is thinner than they are. Anorexia is a terrible, fatal disease, something that thankfully few truly suffer. An anorexic is literally a skeleton with some skin stretched over the bones, more like a concentration camp resident than a model. I like to have the ribs on my chest show very slightly when I stand up straight, like many actresses who are NOT anorexic. It requires that I eat less than most people, but so far I am willing to do it. If my sister ate as little as I did, she WOULD appear anorexic because she is 6 inches taller and heavier boned. We are all so very different.

Too many overweight people think that there is some "secret" to being thin, yet being able to eat whatever THEY want, not what the thin person wants. There was an old ad for HydroxyCut or something, showing a group of beautiful models around the pool, stuffing their faces with cakes and sweets, shoving with both hands, the idea being that you, too could eat like that and look like that if you took this pill. As we all here on Spark know, it isn't that easy. For the time being, I am still willing to not eat cake. That may change, but for now I'm still willing to be careful.

What do you want? What weight does that require? What are you willing to do to maintain it? What makes you happy? Only you can answer that.

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6/30/11 7:23 A

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I'd like to see a tool that really helped you pick a rationale goal weight. I think part of my problem with maintenance may be that I set the goal too low and couldn't maintain that level of starvation forever.

The number SparkPeople comes up with is too high, but how do you know where to set your goal? What should that number be or should it be a range? More importantly, how do you determine this? I mean, I know I have a poor body image, so my siblings think I'm anorexic and I think I'm fat. But, where is reality. I know part of their viewpoint is skewed by their obesity. But where is reality and how do I know when I've reached it?

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I got my spark check up today and did that. I think it's pretty lame emoticon as it's the same questions and I answer the same all the time. We should at least get a point for filling it out!

I am for the tracker showing something different, like we met goal. I hit 106 last year, did this morning, but I change my ticker on Fridays if my weight is different. So people are like 'oh you are almost there'... when I am here.





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6/29/11 1:53 P

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I'm going to reply to these on new threads because I think they're both excellent topics in their own right.

1) What kind of goals we could set for ourselves as maintainers
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I never readjust my goal weight on my ticker because that doesn't show my intention. I am below goal, but doesn't mean that 5 pounds below where I am now is even a good thing.

The big problem with Maintenance is the concept as it applies to "goals". My goals are more daily that ultimate. There is no graduation, or date, or number on a scale; it isn't even like the room is painted and done. I will never be done. It's more like a series of what Spark calls "streaks" that go on every day forever. But if I think about "forever" I get panicky ("I'll never be able to eat another Reeses in my life" would make me head straight for the Reeses, so I just don't eat Reeses One Day At A Time).

I don't even break my days into distinct goals, just "did I do today what I had planned regarding my weight?" Not very sexy, and that's why so many successful losers gain it back.

I've often wondered if plans that charge for weightloss LIKE people to gain it back so they can get another shot of income? Spark is free so that wouldn't pertain, but Spark may get people who were successful on Jenny or Nutrisystem, or on their own. It's hard to sell Spark as successful in helping people maintain, where are the stats? The before and after pics aren't very dramatic, which is the way I like it, but not conducive to a successful business model.

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6/29/11 7:54 A

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Hi and thanks for asking for input.
My thoughts:
A ticker with maintenance range would be great but without losing the ticker that shows the original weight loss. It is such an incentive to keep it off and inspires others.

Also, on my Spark Page, if I have lost more weight and therefore am below goal weight, I am forced to change my goal weight whenever I need to save changes. . This doesn't represent my true intention and I love having the ticker show I've actually exceeded my goal weight but I don't want to "increase" my goal weight later again.


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6/29/11 1:48 A

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Are there any tools you wish were available for maintainers?

Toss your ideas out into this forum!

For example, NELLJONES has mentioned she'd like to see a ticker designed for maintainers with the goal weight in the middle and 5 pounds on either side.

The more specific you are, the better, because specific ideas are more likely to be understood and implemented. There's no guarantee that SP will build these things, but if they ever want a list of things we'll have it ready for them!

...and even if they don't, maybe we can implement something similar using Google, or maybe one of our members is a programmer and could write something that does it, which we can implement elsewhere. (There are over 12,000 of us. That represents a lot of collective wisdom, creativity, and energy among people who are committed to maintaining their weight.)

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