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GOGIRL_93 Posts: 65
2/27/14 2:23 P

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I don't use my friends for support. In fact, I haven't even told them that I am trying to lose some weight. Instead, I rely on family. It has not been easy when I visit home and my parents have all sorts of foods that I never buy stocked up. However, they generally respect my decision to cook for myself since they don't usually eat healthy because my mom is so picky. I rather eat stuffed peppers or fish than kraft dinner anyways.

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8/26/13 1:45 A

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This topic is actually one of my hardest challenges in trying to start a healthy lifestyle. I love my friends, but sometimes I feel like I can't rely 100% on them for support in this journey. Some are naturally thin so they don't know how hard this can be, or some are happy with being overweight. That's great for their self-confidence and positive mindset, but for me I need to get fit and slim down for my own health and peace of mind.

My friends don't pressure me to drink now like we used to do in college, but they do love to eat. So do I. When I go out with my friends, it's so damn hard to deny the plate of chili-cheese fries and chicken wings when it's sitting right in front of you, calling your name, making you drool.

So, I sadly came to the conclusion that in order to REALLY take this journey seriously, I need to set my priorities straight. Now when I meet my friends, I tell them I'm eating my dinner at home and suggest that we meet for 'coffee', and then I order a healthy herbal tea or something. Or when it's a situation where I really don't want to be a debbie downer (like a friend's huge birthday party), I eat what's being served but in smaller portions. It's a sad life when you're a huge foodie like I am. But, ultimately you do have to make the right decisions yourself if you're serious about wanting the results.

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4/22/12 3:33 P

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My friends like to lecture me about the evils of diet soda while swilling enough booze to preserve an elephant's liver. Aspartame won't kill me, but I think the tequila could! Normally I just smile pleasantly and nod. Sometimes I argue, but that usually doesn't get me anywhere because they think I don't know what I'm talking about.

One day I may just tell them to kiss my grits.

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I don't hardly ever drink, so that is not an issue to me. But all my friends are either rediculously fat and don't care or super duper skinny and don't change and they all eat candy like MANIACS! None of my friends are on diets but one and she's always so busy, though we do go to the gym together about once a week. Otherwise I'm with my family and friends who all eat JUNK ALL DAY!! No joke, we don't have vegetables or fruit of any kind in our house... It's crazy! I do go out of my way and eat healthy most of the time but I just can't stay away from chocolate... And everyone always waves it in my face "You know you want tooooo!".

I know, I'll just get new friends.

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1/31/12 11:20 P

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It goes far beyond dealing with just friends. It's my family, it's my customers, it's myself. I love beer and so does everyone I know. But the end justifies the means!

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1/3/12 10:16 A

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This is so tough for me because my friends (mostly guys though some of the girls too) like craft beer and microbrews, which are all thick and dark and full of calories and carbonation that make you feel extra bloated. And we just sit at talk at these breweries or Belgium pubs or sports bars. Oh how I WISH I could find a different crew to go dancing with! Alas none of these brainiacs like dancing (sorry guys! I love board games too but just want to do something active once in a while). And when we get something to eat it's usually hot wings. emoticon While moderation is usually the key, I just don't see how hot wings could ever fit into a healthful diet... Being part of this social scene was probably what packed on those 15 lbs for me in the first place. Now I have to stop trying to be one of the guys in terms of just admitting that I don't even really like beer, don't care about being able to hold my own in discussions about beers, and will stop at just a couple of drink instead of keep pounding them back. It's tough because I feel like I'm almost changing who I am in order to sick to my diet, but really I'm just being more true to myself, which makes facing potential ridicule and loss of hipster cred much more tolerable.

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8/31/11 1:57 P

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This was so tough for me, especially when I first started trying to lose weight. Finally I said whatever and just told my friends I wanted to go dancing but didn't want to drink. I ended up having one small drink, but danced like crazy for 3+ hours. I felt good about it afterwards and no one really bothered me as much as I thought they would...

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7/4/11 9:00 P

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I am in a sorority so I am having a huge problem with partying and late night eating! I am going to be keeping healthy snacks next year to eat if I come home hungry but I am also going to be sticking to 1-2 drinks a night and clear alcohols only.

My friends are otherwise very supportive and since I have such a big pool to grab from I almost always have someone to take a class with!

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6/4/11 10:53 A

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This is my biggest problem as well, as all of my friends are pretty big drinkers. I've started putting the maximum I expect to drink in my calorie tracker at the beginning of the day, so I don't overdo it food-wise. I'm a big fan of vodka with a calorie free mixer/chaser, and if I'm going to a party I try to bring my own mixed drink so I know exactly how much I'm drinking.

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5/27/11 8:17 P

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I feel very lucky that I, and my friends, are not huge into the drinking scene. I end up going out once a month (if even that) for 5 or so drinks.

I have a bigger problem with a few of my friends wanting to eat out all the time. I just stick to it and tell them that I don't feel like it.

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2/9/11 12:30 P

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I totally know how you feel. I adree with Bizzmckill, moderation IS key... When you go out, instead of having three or four drinks, opt for one thats made with 100% juice or diet coke and dance your tush off on the dance floor to get those calories out! Maybe you could choose to DD, that way you will be held accountable to not over doing. As far as going out, just try to make the best possible decision you can and since it's so late, you dont *need* to eat a huge meal, eat something fresh and hydrating, and if its fast food, make a list of safe food from each restraunt that you would be comfortable ordering.

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2/6/11 12:59 P

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I think it's okay to indulge once in a while. Moderation is the key. However, overdoing is the problem. When I know I'm going out to eat or whatever that night, I try to reduce the amount I take in during the rest of the day. Go with the kids meal idea. ;) And it should even itself out. You need to know it's okay to eat the "bad foods" once in a while. Completely cutting out things like that tend to lead to caving and going nuts with it. You can do it! And you should be able to be completely honest with your friends.

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2/3/11 12:09 A

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This is a problem for me too. When we go out it kind of revolves around eating.Maybe i can have healthier things on hand for after bar snacking. Of course we go out to eat beforehand. Im starting to realize that i can order healthier things like a salad or soup while they order pasta and burgers. It's just a matter of me doing it.

This sunday will be a test when we go out for the superbowl. I told my gfs that i was losing weight and that i'd prefer to go somewhere to eat with healthy options. We'll see how it goes!!
Maybe only two beers at the bar!

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A couple years ago I lost about 70 pounds. When I started grad school I drank a lot with my friends and packed the pounds back on. Luckily I never got close to my original weight. But now that I'm working and have recently moved to a new place where I don't really know anyone, I can get into a routine and cut back on the drinking.

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11/16/09 10:45 A

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I last went out on Halloween and input four drinks into my nutritional tracker early on in the day and balanced out my calories during the day so I didn't go over. I only ended up drinking three of the four I allowed myself as I just wasn't really into the night out and I grabbed a bottle of water somewhere in between.

I didn't end up wanting any fast food once we left but I always let myself have some because I really enjoy fast food after a night out. Three months ago, I would have gotten a pizza with loads of toppings and either chips and cheese or a piece of chicken to go along with it. Now I just get a portion of chips. I'm still letting myself have something and its a treat anyway because I rarely eat chips any more.

I think its easier for me than most since I don't like drinking that much anyway. I have recently quit smoking too which means I'm trying to avoid nights out so I'm not tempted. I'm definitely at my weakest where my cravings are concerned when I'm drunk!

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8/14/09 10:11 A

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That is probably the hardest thing about losing weight! I usually will have a few glasses of wine before we go out so that way I can just drink water at the bar. No one complains because that means I'm usually the DD for the ride home! I usually factor it in my calorie intake for the day so that way I don't go too overboard. Fast food on the way home is the HARDEST of all though. Yum! So, instead I'll go home and have a piece of toast of half a grilled sandwich on light bread to make me feel better-which is probably about 1/4 of the calories I would have had if I would have gotten a cheeseburger and fries and I don't feel left out at the same time! At least I'm not alone, I know a lot of my friends think I'm being ridiculous, but I know I'm not.

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7/6/09 4:18 P

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I stick to drinking light beers or champagne and even then, its one drink, one glass of water...

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Honestly, I've found my friends actually follow my influence when we go out to eat. For instance, if I order water instead of a drink (alcoholic or non), they will also order water. It's somewhat encouraging.

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I think the fake drink thing was a great idea. I am going to try that!!

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2/16/09 3:13 P

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I don't have more than a couple drinks when I'm out because I've discovered I have just as much fun if I'm a little buzzed as I do drunk. One of my friends in particular is uncomfortable with it cos she likes to drink a lot, so with her I do the opposite of what everyone is saying and I drink fast so that she thinks it hits me harder. But that's just with her :)

As for going out to eat after, I've found that if I tell my friends I drank too much and eating will make me vom, they're pretty quick to stop pushing it. Unfortunately, not everyone is as thoughtful towards us as we'd like them to be, but I can guarantee they don't want you puking on them!

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2/15/09 9:35 A

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Try to have a buddy that will help you out when temptation arises. That way they can watch out for you, and have your back. I have learned to just continue to say no to my friend when they keep offering bad foods to me. It's hard as we always want to please others, but if you tell them it's because of health reasons they will usually understand and stop offering.

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I'm trying to cut back on alcoholic drinks. I'm so proud of myself! I went out with a group of friends after work today, and although I was given a hard time about not having an alcoholic drink and having water instead, I stuck to my decision and didn't give in. Also, I probably had just as much fun without drinking as I do when I drink.

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2/7/09 1:45 P

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I find this to be such a big problem as well. It's so hard to stick to only a certain number of drinks when you have pressure from friends. Recently I have been drinking vodka and mixing it with a zero calorie drink, so the only calories are in the vodka. Also, for the food problem, I try to limit myself. I know what I would normally eat, so I try and eat less than that (instead of 2 slices of pizza, have 1) and instead of a regular portion, get the smaller one. Also, I try to do really well all week if I know I'm going out on the weekend. If I do have a really bad night, I try and stay at the gym a little longer the next day.

Remember even if you have a bad day to tell yourself tomorrow is a new day. Don't beat yourself up over it or give up completely. Tomorrow is a new day!

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Some of my friends aren't very encouraging and try to intentionally distract me from my goals...I just try to be strong...

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If you don't want to drink like you used to, just simply tell the people you're with something like "I'm trying to reform myself and not drink as much." You don't have to tell them why. Ask them to try and hold you to that. They should respect your decision no matter what, and help you along the way.


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Iíll used have a few (or more) drinks when I go out with friends on the weekends and not really worry about it because if I knew I was going out I would just budget the drinks into my calories and fat for the day. However, I recently stopped drinking. The good thing about it is you donít get those intense cravings for greasy food in the middle of the night that seems like such a good idea at the time and you hate yourself for it the next day. The bad thing about it isÖ drink people are annoying when youíre the only sober one.

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1/12/09 8:25 P

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i will keep one drink and sip it the whole time im out 2 like someone said it really does work people offer me drinks i can just say not thanx i got one...

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For me, I always just tell myself two drinks and stick too it. My friends never bug me about drinking another one or anything. they just let me have my two and don't worry about it.

as far as fast food most places have a little side salad you can get. or a little sandwich. Just have some water and remember to have some fun.

Have you ever just tried saying "I dont want any more".. if not, just tell them that you don't want to drink that much. You friends should understand, or maybe it's time to think about your friends and why they have that kind of influence on your decisions.



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I'm not a big drinker so I wouldn't have a problem with this. If you get free drinks just pass them along to your friends. If you're not really up to drinking try being the dd, and that should keep you from drinking!

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If you've got your eating/drinking groove on for the rest of the week, then in my book one night of indulgence is okay. Here's my strategy, though it's not for everyone:

Unless I'm out with friends, I don't drink. I also keep it healthy. This way, going out only counts for a few indulgences every week. Also, you can drink less alcohol when you're out.

If I go out with friends, I try to go with them to do an activity. For instance, today I am going indoor rock climbing with my friends. If you're at the club, you can dance off those calories! In other words, it's good to avoid the typical movie and dinner outing. Even shopping provides a lot of walking.

I try to eat lighter than usual for the rest of the day. That way, if we go to dinner and have drinks, it's not so bad. Also if you can go to a chain restaurant, you can go online and check the calorie counts. That's if you're really strict on yourself. Good luck!

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in response to the threads below, I have a go-to drink that totally helps with moderation: vodka soda water with lime. The important part is that its not tonic water, its got to be soda water because there are 0 calories in that, so the only calories are in the vodka. Also, its not the absolute easiest thing to drink, so I find myself more aware of each sip i take.

My problem is, it seems like I have friends visiting all the time who want to go out and long distance drink (from like brunch to dinner) and then i end up feeling like i wasted my whole week of good food monitoring and exercising. Its so hard to get back on board on monday!!!

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you know what I do to stay on track at the club or house parties, I take one drink, and keep it all night long. everytime someone ask what I want to drink, I can say, no thanks, I got one right here. it works wonders. except with my two best friends that know what I'm up to. or I say, designated driver, cant drink! you'll get so much respect for that one. try it. and the fast food one, do the same thing, order something small and nibble at it.

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I'm having the same problem. The worst part is that I'm a social drinker that just can't say no after a few drinks. So I get retarded every time I go out and then I feel horrible the next day and just sit around and eat junk to ease my hangover. My only solution so far is to just not go out. I feel like I'm losing my social life, but at least I'm not sick every weekend and I can still work out.

My only question now is, where the hell do I make new friends or meet new people if not in a bar?! That's all my social life has consisted of for so long that I'm completely lost without the bar scene.

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I've switched from the late night partying wtih friends to only getting a few drinks after work. We'll meet up and go to a bar to have a glass or two of wine. If we're hungry, we'll share an appetizer. It's just easier for me to do this than to be tempted.

I can remember dieting in college and the partying and the late night diner stops. I say, limit the drinks to 3 or 4 and when you get something to eat afterwards, split something with a friend or get something small. Order off the kids menu, get a sandwhich but no fries, that sort of thing. Also - if you're not hung over the next morning, you won't be craving greasy breakfast food!

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I pretty much stopped drinking to excess over the last year but when I do go out with friends for a party or just for a girls night, I am the girl that nurses her beer. People stop noticing after a while that your only on your first or second and I've been able to get away with only drinking one or two many nights. The only problem I seem to have with that is I cant stand drunk people when I am sober so I usually end up leaving early. Which can also be a good way to avoid the late night drunk food!

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I agree with the "fake drink" thing, except that I dont pretend that it is an alcoholic beverage. If the people I am out with try to pressure me into drinking, then they arent the kind of folks that I want to hang out with anyways. My friends that I usually go out with like to go dancing, so what I do is dance for a couple hours and drink lots of water (with lime, if desired). I usually end up burning a lot of calories, instead of drinking and eating them. And if after that we go get a late night meal, I can eat something and know that I earned it from all the fun dancing. So I guess my tips are: when you go out, do something active like dancing, and, if in doubt, order seltzer water with a lime in it and tip the bartender for it. After that they will be quick to give you a refill of the same whenever you desire, and you can toast and drink to your hearts content with your friends. :)

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If faking the drinks doesn't work tell your friends that you are on a medication that cannot be mixed with alcohol. If that doesn't shut them up then I would have to say that they don't care about your well being. ESPECIALLY if you say its cause of a medication.

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i've used this little trick with great sucess: order water with ice and a lime. looks like a mixed drink, keeps you hydrated and low cal, plus, you don't lose your inhibitions and the fast food is not nearly as tempting. that way your friends won't bug you about not throwing them back with everyone else.

and if i feel like actually drinking, i keep it to just a couple, and i'm a big fan of sticking to shots... eliminates the calorie issues of mixers.

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Limit yourself to probably 2 drinks the entire night and you will be so proud of yourself, you wont even have to drink.



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The only way I found to avoid that exact situation is to avoid drinking with friends except on a special occasion and no more than once a month. Otherwise I feel like a fat girl for the next week. emoticon

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Just stick to eating as healthy as you want. You are in Europe and the food is great there. Just use your brain and you will make it.

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10/6/08 6:48 A

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it's super tough in Europe too.
The pressure to be skinny is even worse than in the States.
and there are pastries everywhere!!
It's tough to be the only one just chilling there while everyone else is eating.
I'm trying hard not be a group eater.

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CLAIREBEAR_1980's Photo CLAIREBEAR_1980 Posts: 1,188
10/3/08 8:52 A

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yeah its a toughy. i have found myself as i get healthier i can't handle as much drink without feeling yuk.
what works for me when i go out is to drink a lot of water- i try and have water every second drink. it helps me not drink as fast, and it also helps keep me feeling full too so saying no to fast food is a *little* easier.
if you can hold out on the fast food when you get home you can make yourself a healthier snack - like cheese on toast or something. that way you don't feel deprived...and you don't feel so guilty either.

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LYRICANJL's Photo LYRICANJL Posts: 424
9/30/08 5:46 P

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Yeah, that's hard. One way to cut calories is to avoid sweet or creamy drinks. Fruit juice can add a lot of unnecessary calories. Drinking "clear" alcohols like vodka/rum/tequila (nonliqueurs), drinks mixed with tonic water or diet soda, or nursing a beer can save you a lot in the long run.

After you've been drinking, it can be hard to turn down the fast food...if you find yourself going along, ordering a smaller portion (like a Happy Meal with iced tea, or a regular sandwich instead of the Super Jumbo sandwich) can fulfill your tummy and your craving without busting your diet quite as badly.

I lost 106 pounds on Sparkpeople from January 2007 to December 2008, then my first daughter was born in September 2009, and my second in November 2011...needless to say, it's time to lose the baby weight!


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I'd even go so far as to say have some snacks in the car (if you are driving) that way you guys can just grab something. Also it gives you a reason not to drink

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I say make good choices. During the day you usually know if you are going out at night. Buffer in the calories you'll have then. Make smart choices with your drinks and don't over do it. Then after it is ok to say no to food on the way home. Your friends should understand if you say no no I'm fine. If they pressure you I think you should explain to them how you are trying to lead a more healthy life style and drop a little weight along the way. Good friends WILL understand and not give you flack for it.

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9/30/08 10:49 A

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I have the hardest time trying to go out and stay true to my diet. When you go out to a club with your friends and you drink you add a lot of calories. Then after or on the way home your are going out to eat, usually fast food. It makes it very difficult. Does anyone know a good way to deal with this?

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