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9/25/12 1:05 P

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Hi Tina 280....I am so glad that you found something like but since i can only drink soy milk i think it would be hard for me.....but i will look into that . So far so good no sugar craving yet , but let's see if this can last will check in tomm. emoticon

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Ice cream is my downfall. My husband and I had the habit of eating ice cream most every evening. He is skinny so he can get away with it. I finally found the only way to control myself was to get him some flavor that I was not too thrilled with which wasn't easy. Then I buy for myself the sugar free fudgesicles or Sweet Freedom Sugarless Ice cream bars. I tell myself, "No ice cream unless I have done enough exercise to cover the calories." This seems to be working for me.

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9/23/12 10:02 A

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Don't worried you are not by yourself i ate some chocolate yesterday and loved it ,but i am trying to curb emoticon my cravings and your right it is hard when you have a routine for eating certain things....everything takes time....so all we can do is our best and besides it's hard to give up your favorites...but what i did yesterday when i went to the store i strated to buy fruit cocktail in water , fresh strawberries, and apples,oranges,bananas and greek yogurt....starting to eat granola bars that have chocolate chip and peanut butter maybe you should take them to work...,and when you feel you have to eat reach for one.....also chewing gum helps alot ....so here are just a few suggestions...I hope they helped......

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My trigger is boredom, stress, depression. I do fine at work because people don't bring sweets in and I don't take sweets with me. It's when I get home from work, I just have to have something sweet. I crave ice cream for the most part. I can't have just a scoop either. I eat a huge bowl. And it's like a sleeping pill. Then minute I finish the bowl, I fall asleep on the couch. These first two weeks have not gone well for me.
Part of the problem is getting organized and planning. I think if I sat down on the weekend and planned out meals and snacks for the weeks, I would do better.

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9/22/12 1:35 P

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Thank u so much i really thank you guys for cheering up and you right today is a new day and it does take time....i feel better.. emoticon

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You'll be just fine. You have us and we care about those 2% if you do. What is important is that you reached out for support. You are a lot stronger then you think. emoticon

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every day is a new beginning....

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9/21/12 8:40 P

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Well today i did not do so well ,here we go with the dark chocolate it is hard for me to just give it ....the portion is not the problem is the carbs.....normal carbs for me is 52% but i went over 2% now that might not be alot for some people.....but it is for me....be i am not a quitter i will overcome this chocolate addiction.....intervention please... emoticon

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9/19/12 10:52 A

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No kidding - that's rough. I once tried a diet by Dr. Joey Shulman -- it was one of those where you have protein a lot and eat something small every 3-4 hours. I did not end up liking that diet but I did learn a valuable lesson - Dr. Shulman insisted that the 3PM snack never be missed and that it be something like greek yogurt, hummus and carrots, a cheese stick and peanut butter, a banana smoothie, etc. nothing with lots of sugar or carbs. I found that if I did that and did it just before the hunger monster makes his appearance I was just fine and did not have the need for something sweet nearly as often.

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9/19/12 10:18 A

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Its 3pm, Im at my desk. Im mentally exhausted from being screamed at on the phone all day. I need a snack. Not just any snack, but something yummy and sweet. Something to transport me away form my horrible job to a happy place. I do my best to resist but the next thing I know Im surrounded by candy wrappers wondering how I got there and feeling guilty. LOL! So how do I avoid 3pm?

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9/18/12 10:32 P

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Triggers for me - being tired or stressed makes me crave sugar. Walking in the door afterwork = some kind of quick snack. I've been able to largely break the "after-work-snack" thing... but keep me away from any colleague who keeps little chocolates on their desk. The first two days of this challenge I thought I was doing so well - then found myself mid bite on a mini heath bar. I did not even realize I had grabbed one! How sad is that!

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Wow so many of the others talked about big triggers for me.
i think i am going to try having a bit of breakfast which i thought of as being a trigger for overeating int he past but perhaps it will help me to balance out my eating a bit.

That is what triggers me most-imbalance.
i'm exhausted and at end of day want something something to make me feel good. Right now the only thing that seems to call me is a binge of= not a portionof sugar stuff. The week before starting this challenge i actually got sick from some packaged stuff i had to make- not sure why, but i know that i made it the next day and was sick again. This is riduculous i know, and shameful and being ashamed is not helping.

Seeing that others are seriously affected and working on it, is a good thing.

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8/5/12 1:09 A

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Thanks Liz. I appreciate any info. Hope you are doing ok. I am still struggling. But every day is a struggle. Hang in there and I will too.
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8/4/12 1:50 A

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8/4/12 1:48 A

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Hello, this is Liz. When I get a chance I'll email you and give you more info how it works for me.
Yes God will help you of you are suppose to have this medicine.
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Never fails...I love coffee and whatever i can get my hands on! Finally realizing, if I don't buy it...I can't eat it. emoticon

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7/26/12 6:13 P

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Thanks Jensinger3. Maybe I will ask my doctor the next time I see her.I appreciate the info. But I hate taking medication. With God's help, maybe we can do this. emoticon

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Hi TMACOOGAN.The medications name is Phentermine 37.5

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7/25/12 3:00 P

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JENSINGER3 - I know what you mean. I sometimes think about food all day! When I'm eating breakfast, I am thinking about lunch. And when eating lunch, I think about dinner!! Food also calls my name. I can't buy ice cream anymore because I eat too much at one time. A half cup just does not do it for me. And sugar free is not good for you. So I buy fruit or fudge bars. This helps. I keep dark chocolate nuggetts in the freezer just in case. After I eat something sweet gotta have salty. Where does it end? What kind of medicine cuts your cravings? emoticon

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My triggers are not to bad but when they do they can be bad. One of them is during my time of the month. Another is when my husband is eating chocolate I also have trouble sometimes when at a get together

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I'm an emotional eater although I have gotten better over the years.

My triggers have changed as I've grown older, but when I take one bite of a moist, delicious cake with buttercream icing? It's all over. All. Over. Because I'll go after more icing. Heck, I even used to offer to cut the cake so that I could scrape the knife as I served and then take the plate of excess icing and eat that! Yikes!

Or when I'm in a hotel room and I'm giving a welcome gift of chocolates. I'll eat all four (or five or however many) and then go on a search for more. Sigh.

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7/12/12 11:35 P

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I'll eat the "garbage" any time. When I'm bored, stressed, sad, angry, happy...and on and on.
I wont just get one thing. I'll get chips, different I kind of chocolate and candy, cookies, icecream. Then I start the binge.It starts out like a party, just me and the food. I even hide it from my son at times. Well a lot of times. Then I get sick. I get angry and sad, feel hopeless, out of controll, cry. Then I throw the stuff away. There are times I'll go back to the garbage and if the "stuff" has not touched any of the garbge I have taken it out of the garbage. It's crazy.There are many times when I think about food, sweets, all day long.It's like obsessive thinking. My mind does not shut up. I'm always fighting my mind. Totally out of controll. My doctor put me on some meds. that helps with my cravings. Belive it or not, the crazyness in my head is gone. My mind is very peaceful. Thank God for that.. I really hope it will keep working. I started on the meds June 8th. I haven't had any cravings. With no cravings I have been able to eat healthy food. I have lost 10lbs.
Is there others that goes thru this kind a crap??
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7/12/12 9:58 P

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I can't have them in the house, they call my name.They even call my name from the store.

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7/12/12 7:17 P

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I eat when I am bored, just because it's there. I am trying to take baby steps to lower my sugar intake. Cutting back on the number of diet sodas I drink. Slowly putting fewer sugar packets in my ice tea until I can drink it plain. And not feeling the need to eat what bites my daughter leaves on her plate.

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Not doing too good on this challenge. Sugar is everywhere! This is my second week and I have reduced my sugar intake, but still eating my favorite chocolate candy. It is an absolute habit. Why can't I stop?? This is making me crazy! I will continue to try. emoticon

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My triggers are cakes and I keep on track by not having it in the house and not keeping ingredients in the house that would allow me to bake since that is something I like to do.

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Last week was bad....I recognize that my worst time to want sweets is when I go to bed....I need to just drink some water and go to sleep.....

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"Imagined Scarcity": Wow! I hadn't heard that term before. That's the problem I have when I go backpacking. I feel hungry all the time, even when I'm full. I know how much food is in my backpack and that's all I have. Wow. How does one work through that?

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My triggers:

Being too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, for sure. 3:00pm is a trigger. Somewhere around 9:00pm I get triggered, too.

I am triggered when I *SEE* it. I am triggered by imagined scarcity - like seasonal candy.

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My trigger is stress and being over hungry. If I let myself get too hungry the first thing I want is something sweet rather than "real" food. My goal is to not let myself get too hungry, but that is hard with a colicky 5 week old that is in need of constant attention. Everytime i go to eat he wants something. It is also stressful because we are changing his formula so much to find something that works

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4/17/12 6:42 A

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My trigger is night time for sweets. I have a huge problem with chocolate or ice cream. I currently have both in the house and since starting this challenge it hasn't been that bad. I try not to think about them and they are out of sight so it's not like the candy is on the counter. They are hidden inside the fridge where I can't see them even if I open the fridge door. This is a good thing as the whole package would probably be gone.

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My biggest trigger is boredom ... even if there isn't anything pre-made sweet in the house, I'll just create something, like 2 tbsp's of peanut butter and some chocolate chips in the microwave and then cool it, almost like an instant peanut butter cup. Just gotta get busy to not think about that.

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After meals, especially dinner, I feel like I 'deserve' something sweet. I also realised that there's this deep value system in me that says to have a good time (or be hospitable) you have to be eating and drinking something. Probably comes from growing up in the Mediterranean :D So I'm trying to replace that by having tea, or just water, instead of automatically rummaging the fridge or looking for a treat to offer myself or others.

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4/6/12 3:33 A

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I have noticed that I don't have any 'craving hours' ar anything like that.
I have real difficulty in resisiting temtation when I see others eating or even when I have something in front of me. There's this frenzy that starts once I have the first bite...
I can not stop..

I'm like a sugar vampire! emoticon
Can't stop till I eat all of it..

So: I keep my kitchen temtation free and try to resist that firts bite when it comes right in front of me.
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I always had sweets after my meals, so that is my worst time, or at night when I am up alone, I want to dive into sweets...I don't have baked goods in the house until I learn to control this (if I ever do) I keep dark choc pieces in the freezer, and if it gets too bad I have one of those!
I do allow myself a small portion on special occasions only, if I start to eat them on a regular bases I will lose control again..so this is the only way I can deal with this..~Out of sight, out of mind theory~ lol!

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I do the same thing! If I don't have anything in the house sometimes I'll whip up the craziest thing just to have something sweet to enjoy, like a tiny little bowl of "cookie dough". I haven't done that in a while, but I think that's because I have been keeping small amounts of sweets around. If I had nothing in the house, the craving would be too much for me.

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I'm afraid to read these posts or name my trigger foods because, like a smoker smelling someone else's tobacco, it highlights our pleasure pathways & next thing you know it's all you can think about! emoticon Situationally, though, I can say it's after the busy-ness of the day and if I've stayed up late and am hungry. The worst is others eating my favorite trigger foods around me. HELP! I hope to learn here how to turn off that immediate link - the one that makes you salivate just at the smell, sight or thoughts of your favorite sweet! I am losing the habitual need from not having as much sugar, but I'm not yet where I can trust my ability to resist temptation when others are eating the prime triggers. emoticon Anyone relate?

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are twofold: As so many others I crave sweets (usually chocolate) when the day's work is done and I should relax - but remember all the not-so-nice moments of the day instead.
The other thing - suprisingly - is garlic, which is healthy and tasty, but regularly makes me crave chocolate or ice cream after the meal it was in. So I try to avoid it (which is a pity but much easier than avoiding mean people :-)

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TDIXON00: "I'll get there eventually, but as others have said if I cut everything at once there is less of a chance I'll really stick to this, even though I know it is the right thing to do."

I think you're on the right track. That's what I'm doing, too. Somebody on here said "You can't do everything at once" and I think she was right. Slowly making changes seems like they'd be much more likely to stick rather than drastically changing your diet in a few days. I have a bunch of jelly I made (low sugar, but still) and I just can't bring myself to throw that out. I don't eat a lot of it, but it was hard work and tossing it seems so wasteful. At the same time, I think I will start to treat it more as. . . well. . . a treat. Good luck!

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I have tried to cut out sugar, but I still allow myself a diet soda a day (bad) and I didn't throw out my jelly with added sugar, or my wheat bread that has the hidden sugar. I'll get there eventually, but as others have said if I cut everything at once there is less of a chance I'll really stick to this, even though I know it is the right thing to do. I'm an emotional eater, and sugar has become my comfort food, so triggers are everywhere! One day at a time though, I know we all can do this!

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I always crave sweets late at night. I probably should be in bed, but there's just so much to do and I don't always feel like eating more fruit.

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My biggest trigger is boredom ... even if there isn't anything sweet in the house, I'll somehow manage to concoct something to eat ... need to stop that!!!

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I'm another evening craver. It's after dinner when the kids are all in bed that I want something sweet to eat.

Im going to try some banana sweetened oatmeal for dessert, then Im putting in a teeth whitening treatment. Can't eat mindlessly with a mouth full of goopy trays.

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I never crave anything until about 4 o'clock to whenever I go to bed.
I'm still trying to think of ways to overcome this.
I think I may try eating only vegetables and nuts after 6 pm. Like carrots or V8 juice, which are slightly sweet.
Eating fruit may just be too much. Because I know when I have one sweet thing, I have to have a few other sweet things too.

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I am a situational sugar eater and a big situation is presenting itself to me this week-end. A rehearsal dinner and wedding. Add to that my friend does not control her diabetes and is compulsively eating continuously. Help!

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What I learned from my log is that my sugar cravings are all day long...starting from when I wake up in the morning until the minute my head hits the pillow. I am in particular danger when I'm emotional, stressed or worried. Not surprising...what troubles me is that I can always not buy sugary foods and such, but the minute I am presented with some (for example, a friend brought me sugar cookies) I eat them all!! I need to learn to be able to control it in the moment.

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I have tried to exchange good for bad. My substitutes are Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream Bar (100 calories) for Regular Ice Cream Cones; Fruit for regular baked goodies; Low calorie, low fat Chocolate Cookie (36 calories) for regular cookies. Another tip would be to drink Hibiscus Tea, it's slightly sweet with O calories. I need be be moving most of the time, it is hard to sit still. I assume that it's a good thing. Good luck everyone. emoticon

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My biggest triggers are being bored and being tired. When I'm bored I try to busy my hands so I can't reach for a sweet. But it's harder when I'm tired. Then I don't feel like doing anything and my thoughts go straight to sweets. The past week I've been trying to do some exercise when I'm tired, some walking.

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My sugar triggers are all day long randomly. Starting at 6:00 am until bed. I work at a coffee shop so jusr smelling the drinks gets me:( my weakness lately is no bake cookies frozen...thats what im going to give up this next week. Itll be hard!!! I think about sweets all day long and eventually pig out on them its awful. I think half of it is because im telling myself not to....im determined though! Good luck to everyone

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My cravings are during the day between about 10.00 and 5.00!!! I crave anything sweet, chocolate, sweets, cakes and the thought of fruit just doesnt appeal to me. This is going to be a really big battle but I am determined to do it!!

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My sugar cravings hit about 8pm every night once the kids are in bed. I normally save calories throughout the day to satisfy this craving. But since I am trying to cut back on the sugar which is normally in the form of ice cream, I am trying to replace it with a fruit and yogurt smoothie. Takes a bit more prep then I wish to go through at 8 at night, and still loaded with sugar but at least its natural sugar :) I also allow myself one small square of dark chocolate a day, It is mainly because I have myself convinced the health benefits of dark chocolate are worth the sugar and calories it adds.

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3/14/12 7:41 A

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Boredom and bedtime are my biggest challenges. Last night I only had one sweet all day. It was 2 oreos. I was really fighting having them, but i know if I don't give in sometimes, I will go crazy on it the next day and today, I have no cravings yet.

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I definately can relate to your post.... I could have written it except my suger cravings come at all different times...This week I am going to skip the ice cream (chocolate of course) , reduce my coffee creamer and suger.... I may have to give up the coffee!

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3/14/12 1:37 A

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I always something sweet at night and usually go for a hot cocoa. I'm going to juice and apple or drink some hot tea plain instead.



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3/14/12 1:00 A

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Sugar in my coffee and tea. Will use Splenda instead *every* time instead of *most* of the time.

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3/13/12 11:56 P

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try eating some nuts, flavored or plain,such as almonds, walnuts pistachios. A lot healthier. Remember it will take about 2 weeks to stop the cravings. Make some hard boiled eggs when you get a sweet attack have one of those and yes drink plenty of water.

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After I drink my water for the day I usually want a soda...probably as a reward. So instead of that, this week I will just reach for more water :)

Also, at work we have candy everywhere for the kids that come in with their parents. Usually around 330 in the afternoon I hit a slump and will grab a few tootsie rolls. This week I will grab for an apple instead.

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It's after dinner. Dishes are done. My appetite is satisfied. Well, almost. That's when the chocolate craving creeps (more like invades) in. That's a sugar trigger.

A friend/family member/chocolate enabler brings me my favorite sweet treats. I eat everything. In one sitting, no less. That's a sugar trigger.

I love chocolate. Cookies. Cake. Ice Cream with various swirls and gobs of chocolate goodness.

All this I plan to avoid. I need portion control. I need self control. Although Sunday, I gave in to an oreo hot fudge sundae. Baby steps for me. Baby steps.

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