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Whats your reason for losing weight?

Whenever I need a little extra motivation I ask myself this question. For me its pretty simple-- to feel better. Somehow my health always improves when I drop a few pounds. And vice versa. Someone mentioned that they knew someone who lost 80 pounds or so by walking 5 miles a day. I have been walking as well whenever I get a chance and it really seems to be working. I fell great after I walk.

Tue. May 31, 9:16am

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Have a huge closet full of clothes that fit me at a smaller size and I refuse to buy new ones.

-- Elle

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 1:25 PM

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My boyfriend is so damn skinny! He's 8" taller, and only 5lbs heavier. We'll probably be engaged soon, and I refuse to date someone who weighs less than me!

Okay, that's not the real reason, but it sure does give me motivation!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 3:06 PM

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I have always had weight/body issues, and when I hit 200 lbs, my doctor looked at me and told me I had to start loosing weight or I was going to start seriously risking my health. Lost 25 lbs and still going! I'm motivated now to be skinnier thank I was in middle school and get under 150 for my wedding 2 years from now.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 6:30 PM

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My reason for losing weight is...

I plan to get married and have kids in the next few years and I want to be in the best shape ever so my body is prepared for child bearing. I had a roommate two years ago who worked out for this reason and she made me really think about the future and what I am doing to my body. I guess I am lucky I started trying so early because I have not been able to commit for more than two months...hopefully PEERtrainer will keep me on track.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 8:04 PM

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almost there

i realized the other day that i've always been about 25 pounds heavier than my mum. at the moment, i'm likely 50 pounds more than she is. we're built identically, save the extra pounds on my body.

it's time to be the size i'm biologically supposed to be, not wieghing down my organs and bones with excess.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 8:30 PM

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RE: prep for childbearing

I was in the best shape of my life when I got pregnant. While I was pregnant I walked, swam, did yoga4-5x a week and meditated everyday. I had a WONDERFUL pregancy and an easy drug-free, home delivery.
I believe strongly that being in good shape going into the pregnancy, excercising throughout (lots of walking at the end), mediating and generally being at peace and accepting the ever changing pregnant body prepared me for a beautiful birth. Giving birth was an amazing experience. I'd say completing my first marathon was on par with the giving birth, minus the knee pain :)

Best of luck to you!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 8:43 PM

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I have so many friends with such cute bodies, who eat anything without remorse and all that jazz. So I guess I (the one NOT blessed with a super-metabolism) am just trying to keep up.

Aside from that sort of superficial reason, I just look and feel worlds better when I eat well and exercise. It's also motivating to realize that I can achieve my goals and can push myself further than before.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 11:15 PM

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Sweat and Drool

Reason 1: About a year and a half ago, I was 10-12 lbs lighter and I remember doing a challenging hike and keeping up with my very fit boyfriend. A few months ago, I did a similar hike and I felt like I was going to die. I don't want that extra weight limiting me and keeping me from enjoying things.

Reason 2: I have a 10 year reunion coming up and I want to feel great and make all those guys I used to have a crush on drool over my tone and trim body.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005, 11:10 PM

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To be Happy

At first my reason was to just get in shape for my wedding. But as the weight is dropping off (thanks to Peertrainer) I realize how much happier I am. I feel so good about myself instead of constantly critizing myself. Life seems sweeter, clothes fit better, and I can start to love myself. Plus I have so much more energy.

The biggest reason of all: I am proud of myself for my accomplishments.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 11:33 AM

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Fighting Time

I turned 40 this year and I can see my skin aging and feel the changes in my body. I want to continue to have an active lifestyle and good health well into my 80's (as my grandmother did). If I care for my insides (muscles, bones and all my varous systems) outside will reflect the love I give me.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 11:37 AM

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Yoga -- I love it, I started practicing about 6 years ago, and it made me love my body for what it can do. But I also realized that there are some poses I just can't do because of more tummy, wider hips, fuller thighs than I want. And when I think about myself in 30, 40, and 50 years (I'm 26) I want to be strong, flexible and fit for the rest of my life. I have this vision of myself at 70; smiling wrinkly, strong and flexible still.

Also there are a bunch of CUTE clothes that would look better on me if I dropped a few pounds.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 11:54 AM

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Me too on the closet full of really cute, gorgeous, sexy, exotic clothes that I can't wear right now. In my case there is no reason for it but laziness and lack of discipline in make the right eating choices. I want to be 35 and look hot!

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 1:07 PM

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what's your reason for losing weight

Always got be at the mind just thinks that way. If I'm not at the ideal weight, that means I'm not being as efficient/ideal as I could be...therefore, I should try to get back to the ideal.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 9:13 PM

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I, like many others here, just want to be happier with myself. I've been out of college for 2 years, and the transition to a desk job really added the weight on. I never realized before just how active I was in school. I want my clothes to fit better, and I want to feel good about how I look.

Specifically though, 2 things have prompted me to get back into shape. First, I'm starting law school this fall, and I want to have a good fitness routine that I can keep up with as stress relief during school. Second, I just got engaged, and we'll be setting the date for some point about 2 years from now. I may as well get in shape now, *before* the dress fittings start!

Friday, June 03, 2005, 6:37 AM

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I had been really in shape about a year ago- working out heavily- sticking to triathlon training schedule- eating right and was at one of my lowest weights and sizes. Last August I moved across the country and never recovered my stride. I put on about 15-20 lbs over the year (graduate school, desk jobs) and am now trying to get back to where I was.

I miss the energy I used to have when I was an aerobics instructor, teaching classes several times a week, running 5 miles without passing out, trying new things. With the extra weight I just haven't had the energy, let alone been able to fit into my pants from last year!

I'm aiming to look decent for a wedding I'm in over Labor Day weekend- going to see a lot of old friends and want to look as good as I did when I last saw them all.

Longer term goals: bring myself back to the level of triathlon fitness and continue to train... and look great for Christmas in Jamaica this year!

Friday, June 03, 2005, 8:36 AM

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I have a daughter who's starting to get older and will no doubt hear her friends and classmates talk about dieting. I don't want her to inherit my food issues so I'd like to be healthy and pass that on.

Friday, June 03, 2005, 6:09 PM

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I want to loose weight for many reason. My top 3 reasons are

I don't want Diabetes 2 like my mom
I am 20 and all my friends are cute and stuff
Because if I hear "She has a pretty face but if she only lost some weight" I will smack someone : )

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 8:31 AM

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Good example

In my family of origin, everything revolved around food. It's been hard to change that perspective and gain the skills I need to stay healthy. For my daughter, I want it to be second nature, the way she does things, normal to eat healthy food in good quantities, exercise and listen to her body. It's my gift to her to have a healthy, strong mom who models good behavior, prepares food that will nourish her body and loves herself.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 11:45 AM

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I have struggled with my weight all my life, and have gone up and down and up again. I want to finally get some control over how much I weigh and how fit I am. I've had ME (Chronic fatigue Syndrome) for the last 15 years and this has made it really tough to gain control of my own body. The illness causes me to have weak hips, and the more I weigh, the more strain is put on them.

Also both my parents have type 2 diabetes and my Dad has had a heart attack, and I don't want to follow the same fate.

A friend sent me a link to this place, and it might just be what I'm looking for to finally get this show on the road. I only need to lose about another stone to hit my target weight, but this is proving harder than imagined.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 6:31 PM

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Paris Memory

Two years ago I was in Paris, after going from 195 to 165 pounds. One morning, I got out of the shower and looked in the mirror, and I was so proud of how good I looked. I want that feeling again.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 7:40 PM

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Initially, I wanted to get out of the obese BMI range I was shocked to find myself in. Now I want to get out of the overweight BMI range.

Of course, looking better helps to keep me motivated, but it's the anxiety I felt in the following situations that really got me to start losing weight:
1) I took up tennis last year and my knees started to ache after a single lesson. I shouldn't be getting knee ache in my 20s.
2) I started to feel that airline seats were quite snug and I was having to loosen the seat belt left from the previous occupant rather than tighten it.
3) The zippers on all my size 12 stretch pants started to automatically undo themselves when I sat down, due to a bulging tummy that never used to exist.
4) Moving around was tiring and I could no longer easily get up after sitting on the floor -- I preferred getting onto all fours and pushing myself up!
5) My pile of clothes that I own but don't fit me was growing larger and larger and larger.
6) When I did find a pair of trousers that fit me, they would very quickly need to be trashed, since the fabric would soon fray from my thighs rubbing together as I walked.

All of these points gave me, at 198 lbs and 5'5, a scary insight into what life might become like if I didn't change things fast. Luckily, by logging things here, it was not so hard to identify problems, make simple changes and get myself down to 167lbs in a year.

Now I'm looking forward to losing another 30+ lbs over the next year. I am motivated less by fear and anxiety, and more by the simple self-belief that I can be a normal weight and that I can fit my oldest clothes once again. I'm even starting to hope that I can be fitter and get my body fat percentage down.

Some mistakes may be impossible to undo, but I'm soooo grateful that, so far, weight-gain does seem to be reversible.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 9:08 PM

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why? darn good question

I have a feeling there is more than one simple answer to why I want to lose. My wife's been consistently working out for well over a year and I'd like to be a part of that, if in some small way. My daughter is 4 and I don't want her growing up watching her daddy waste away his hours sitting on the couch in front of the TV. My family has a history of medical problems directly associate with being overweight. Why would I want to tempt that?

On top of it all, I'd love to lose this feeling of being self conscious around coworkers and friends.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 9:19 PM

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Well I have a bunch...

Number 1 I had a baby 16 months ago and after the baby was born I lost most of the weight and got to just 10lbs above my pre-baby weight then noticed I was gaining and gained another 15lbs before I decided I needed to do something. According to my BMI I was overweight so reason #1 to lose weight.

Number 2 to get more energy

Number 3 to look better, fit into smaller sizes and feel better about myself

Number 4 and WAY down the list of importance, I realized my 10 year high school reunion is coming up in 2007 I'd like to be back to my highschool weight by then!

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 5:33 PM

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I've always been insecure, even in high school where I was in pretty good shape. I just want to get healthy, get in peak physical shape, and be able to proudly take my shirt off. Plus I'm single and losing wieght might stop girls from calling me adorable and make them call me hot! ( I can only hope)

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 7:18 PM

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This is a great question!

I finally realized (no, actually, I came face-to-face with the fact) that I needed to change my health and fitness when I went on a hiking trip in 2004 and ended up huffing and puffing for most of the trip! Carrying around a large back pack made me realize how out of shape I truly was!

Last year, I decided to walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day... That, and my 20 year High school reunion were great motivators to keep on moving and getting in shape.

This year, I am doing the 3-Day again, and I was getting ready for my Best Friend's wedding....I find that setting target goals or events really helps me along!

My next fitness goal is to do a team Triathlon with my hubby & friend for next year, when we turn 40. :-) In the meantime, I am enjoying how much better I feel health-wise!

I also want to be healthier because I want to have kids, and to do that, I want my body in as good health as possible.

I know it has taken a while for me to gain the weight and losing it (properly) is also taking time, but I'm worth it!! :-) Plus, I love how I'm able to wear some of the "cute clothes" that I've been wanting to wear over the past few years...

My mindset is that I shouldn't have to look or feel older than I am--Why speed up the aging process? Getting fit will lead to a healthier and fuller life! ;-)


Thursday, July 06, 2006, 11:30 PM

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I have had 3 children in 3 years! I was back to normal weight before #3, then we moved cross country, and I did a lot of emotional eating and actually gained after 3rd baby was born. Now I am getting it off again. We are done having kids now, so this should be the last major weight loss for a while! I want to be attractive for my husband, energetic for my kids, and be able to feel good about what I see in the mirror. My sex drive is a million times stronger when I am thin, because I know I look GOOD! So, my hubby loves it!

Friday, July 07, 2006, 12:59 AM

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I am the previous poster that had 3 kids in 3 years. I just wrote a success story, but it has not shown up yet. My screen name is jess5ash and I am in the Natural/whole foods group (or team?) if anyone is interested in seeing the pics!

Friday, July 07, 2006, 1:03 AM

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To make my friends jealous and the boys drool

And let's not forget, unleash fabulous bedroom prowess, stop paying cover at bars and nude beaches.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 1:28 AM

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I'm not quite ready for a nude beach unless it's in the privacy of my own back yard or just with my hubby... :-) But, do they really charge a cover at a nude beach?

Friday, July 07, 2006, 2:38 PM

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Although I'm not terribly overweight (10-15 lbs) I am the beneficiary (!) of inherited high cholesterol. Been on cholesterol meds for a while but my latest test shows that my level is still quite high. That did it, that and the fact that I couldn't button my shorts. Let's see if diet and exercise can help the medication do what it should be doing. I'll be tested again in three months time -- so that's my challenge, lose weight, bring down the cholestorol, and while I'm at it, lower my body fat percentage and get more fit. -gdoodle

Friday, July 07, 2006, 4:36 PM

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My parents and my future child

I want to lose weight for two reasons that are very related.

1) to turn around bad habits I've learned from my parents and avoid the health problems they are experiencing now, and

2) because I want to have a child and I wanted to be the strongest, physically and mentally, for this new, most important phase of my life.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 9:39 PM

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I want to lose all the added baggage in 12 mos (11 mos left - lost 10 so far have 50 more to lose) for the following reasons:

To have more energy
To be more healthy
To look d--- good in a swim suit
To look good at my sons highschool graduation
To fit in with all of the cute bodies on the beach in Hawaii next year
To really feel good about myself....

Sunday, July 09, 2006, 4:14 PM

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what a great thread.

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 11:36 AM

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Agreed. I'm inspired.

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 1:21 PM

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This thread is over two years old...are any of the orginal peer trainers stil around? have you achieved what you wanted to?

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 9:30 AM

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Call me vain, go ahead, but I'm 39, will be 40 in February, and I refuse to be anything more than a size 6 at my party. I'm one of those "used to be's", and I know that I can look knock out gorgeous if I really want to, and since I have the money, I am going to do the face thing (not surgery, the active fx laser treatment), and get veneers too! When I get there, maybe I'll post pictures!

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 12:34 PM

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12:34- I think what is important is simply that you have a reason that motivates you. Bravo!

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 1:47 PM

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All my life I was a little bigger, and being a teenager I thought a lot bigger. I finally got to the point where I realized that I was happy with how I looked and that a size 8/10 was great for me. Then I started gaining weight and in a year I had gained 25 lbs. I hate feeling the rolls when I sit down and the fat on my hips and stomach just repulse me. I want to feel good about myself again. It was a great feeling. Plus I am poor and I'm not going to invest in new clothes for my bigger self.

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 8:05 PM

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What's Your Reason for Losing Weight?

I want to live. I have survived breast cancer for 5 years and just had a mini stroke 2 weeks ago....big scare, the so called "light-bulb" moment. I want to live to see my granddaughter grow up and that is NOT going to happen if I don't make some immediate and very dastic lifestyle changes.


Friday, July 11, 2008, 12:52 AM

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I am just so tired of being the fat one.
I look at my friends, and even the ones that used to be fat aren't any more. I look at photos of us all together, and I want to cry. They wear lovely clothes that I know I would just burst out of.
I have a mental picture of myself and it no longer fits what I see in the mirror. It's such a shock every time. Where did that stomach and those arms come from? They didn't used to be there.
I'm just working my way back to how I think I look so the inner and outer 'me's can have fun together.

Friday, July 11, 2008, 6:02 AM

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I have the same problem

Friday, September 05, 2008, 11:59 AM

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Why not?

I'm always amazed at the millions of excuses I can make to NOT put my running shoes on or pass on that double chocolate fudge bar. But, when it comes down to it, there is no real GOOD reason to not lose weight ("But my 'fat' jeans are kind of cute...") -- I mean really.

I think the strongest reason why I want to lose and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle is boiled down to respect. Eating well + exercising regularly are two of the biggest ways I can respect myself. By disrespecting my body with junk food and lack of movement, I'm telling myself 'I'm not worth it.' And how can anyone respect you, if you aren't doing it yourself-- and that mirrored admiration from others always feels good.

Saturday, September 06, 2008, 6:29 AM

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Healthy now, healthy for life

I recently read an article that said the more fit you are in your 20's, the easier it will be to stay and get fit in your 30's, 40's etc. I am a healthy weight now don't ever want to let myself go like I did in college. I was so out of shape and I felt like crap in my body.

I am working on shaking a final 10-15 lbs off, but I still feel good. I figure that I am only 23 and if I am ever going to do something fitness-wise, it is never going to get easier than it is now, so I am setting my goals high.

I also want to stay in shape because sometime I want to have kids and I want to be healthy for their health.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008, 9:53 AM

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Why I want to lose weight

I want to be the best that i can be and that means getting in shape! My problem has definitely been laziness and finding it hard to find time to exercise with 2 young children. Since i'm not considered "over-weight", it's easy to just sort of get away with an extra 10 or 15 pounds especially since i'm 5'7", but enough is enough because i hate how i look! I CAN"T ZIP MY JEANS! And i'm like a lot of those that fall into the category of refusing to buy bigger sizes. i have so many cute clothes that i can't wear or at least not look good in, not to mention it takes forever to come up w/ a cute outfit. and then i have to wear a girdle. all my friends are skinny and look great and there's not reason i can't too! aside from my vanity, I truly want to be healthy for my family. I have small children and i want more energy to play with them etc. and i want to live a long, long time. Exercise is the key. i've started yoga on top of doing cardio, but i need to stick with it!!! And l can't forget my incredible husband that i want to look awesome for. Sooooo in a nutshell, i want to look and feel great! Please help me stay motivated peertrainer! Reading everyone's comments really helps. thank-you. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 10:28 PM

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I think all of my reasons are echos of previous posts. I have been technically overweight for about 9+ years now, but the last 15lbs I just gained in one year really woke me up. I can't stand to see pictures of myself, I can't fit into most of my clothese. I like to have more of a selection of what to wear, but at my size - you can't get away with wearing certain things (even tank tops were a stretch this summer). I want to feel healhier and I want to have the confidence to do certain activities (for ex, a difficult hike). I want to feel strong both inside and out. I want to be able to enjoy getting dressed and shopping. I want to be a ham when the camera comes out. I want to live life to the fullest.
I could keep going, but you get the point. =)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 9:12 AM

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RESPECT - for myself. period
I noticed I gained a lot more when I lost a lot more!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 10:17 AM

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There are so many reasons I wanted to lose weight:

1. I felt so ugly and tired all the time.
2. I am only 24 and my 50-year-old boss looked better than me.
3. I felt old
4. I had a BMI in the obese range.

I love PeerTrainer because since I joined on Aug. 14, I have lost 33 pounds. I have gone from a size 16 to a size 12 and I'm excited to reach my goal of size 8. I know I can now that I have supportive groups and teams here that will help me.

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 1:03 PM

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• I have a best friend who weighs 110 pounds, unless your in my situation you have no idea how depressing that is
• I want self-confidence
• prom
• my closet full of clothes that I used to be able to fit into

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 2:54 PM

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Congrats, 1:03 PM! 33 lbs is amazing progress.

Friday, December 19, 2008, 10:11 AM

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Whats your reason for losing weight?

I used to be a model and work in Paris. I was skinny all my life (5'10"-120p). But while working in paris the agency together with my ex-french boyfriend were telling me all the time-LOOSE,LOOSE,LOOSE... so i lost till 100 pounds and started to be almost anorexic... my health was damaged i fell very ill... and after this i started to gain... i've gained nearly 35 pounds in 2 month. And I found myself 150 pounds. So i had to quit modeling but this is my dream - to be a model!!! I decided i won't live like this, because almost for 1,5 years don't want to do anything - as i'm so fat... and i have all other reasons to loose - my boyfriend is lighter, my closet is full of designers small clothes, i'm having my wedding soon and i want to come back to work... also i want my SELF-CONFIDENCE back!!! Hope peertrainer helps me with this...

Saturday, December 20, 2008, 4:06 PM

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Why do I want to loose weight?

1) I hate this spare tire! I look perpetually 3 months pregnant. Visible puckering on the stomach = not cool.

2) I want to look good in pictures, or shall I say, not be shocked at how bad I look in pictures.

3) I want to fit in my jeans that used to look hot on me, pre-baby.

4) I want my self-confidence back! I don't always want to have my weight issue looming in the back of my mind. Wondering if everything thinks I look like a cow. I want to know that I'm at a healthy weight, and look fit!

Monday, December 22, 2008, 2:33 AM

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For several reasons, really.

I do want to be healthier, yes, but honestly that's not what comes to mind first. I want to look better - my particular build means any belly fat always results in a round shape, and I'm asked about my pregnancy on a regular basis. Not just that, but in general - I get a lot of compliments on my face, but have gotten my share of "you'd be so much prettier if you just lost some weight" (which, by the way, is completely rude, no matter what). I'd love to buy smaller clothing, not because I'm embarassed to be the size I am, but it also seems they have nicer looking stuff in the smaller sizes. Everyone deserves cute clothes, no matter what, but I'm not willing to splurge to get special stuff.. so if all this happiness won't come to me, I'll go to it.

I'm depressed, I've had clinical depression and other things for years, and a part of that is my weight. I'm lethargic and weak, physically - I can't lift much, I can't run barely at all before I get dizzy and sweaty etc..

And I'd like to know that people mean what they say. It sounds horrible, I know, but I doubt people when they say I look nice, because I'm always thinking in the back of my mind, "You don't mean that, how could you? I'm fat!"

I'm about 40 pounds over the recommended highest weight for my height/build, and would like to lose about 70 total.

I really don't like exercise, but we just got an elliptical - I've always liked them, and I'll be more motivated to use it if I can do it in the privacy of my own home while watching movies etc., instead of the horrible gym atmosphere.

here's to hoping we all find health and happiness in the new year

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 5:23 PM

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Health, looks, all that.

Especially clothes - one of the things I do to motivate myself, when clothes shopping, is every once in awhile I get something in a medium instead of a large. I keep them in the closet, and I hate wasting money, so it's motivation.

It's not that I had them before I gained the weight, but that I bought them specifically for this purpose. I refuse to give them to goodwill, they're all nice things that fit my style perfectly and I paid good money for them..

As clothes get worn out and need to be replaced, I'm hoping I can get more mediums, not just as a motivation, but because the larges are too big. I guess we'll see!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 5:26 PM

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One word: vanity

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 3:16 AM

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It makes me sooo good

I want to avoid heart disease, cancers, all those sicknesses, and plus I feel so damn sexy when I lift weights and see my results. Makes me want to my lingerie and show it off for my man.

Saturday, December 27, 2008, 5:20 PM

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running on the beach

My memory of running up and down the beach with my son a few years ago, when I was a size 6.

Saturday, December 27, 2008, 10:58 PM

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Why I need to lose weight.

I am 40 lbs. overweight. I am having difficutly looking at myself and I can't let someone take a picture of me b/c I believe I look fat. I want to get down to the size I was about 3 years ago, and I want to feel better.

Saturday, December 27, 2008, 11:41 PM

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Tights - the real reason that I want to lose weight. Tights and a number of other articles of clothing that I look godawful in with all of this extra weight on me lol

More importantly, I just want to make sure that with obesity in my family, and heart disease and other illnesses, I want to make sure that if I do get sick one day, I don't want it to be my fault. I want to be in great shape so I will be able to say that I did everything that I could have to prevent it.

Friday, February 27, 2009, 1:41 PM

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Bathing suits! I'm 46 and battling age AND weight. I'm only 6-8 lbs over where I want to be but believe me, it looks like 20 when I don a swimsuit. Almost wish I loved to snow ski instead of water ski!

Friday, February 27, 2009, 2:00 PM

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I so relate to the being fit before pregnancy. I don't even know if I want kids but I know I want to be as fit as possible and be able to handle eating properly before I toss extra hormones into the equation.
The biggest reason is that I feel like I am letting myself down when I overeat out of boredom. The more I take care of myself by choosing salads over pizza the better I feel!
I finally dropped 5lbs and my body has gotten stronger and leaner. I tried on a bridesmaid dress I wore 4 years ago. 2 months ago I couldn't zip it up now I can zip it up but not over my lats!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep going everyone it's so worth it to take care of ourselves and eat the write whole foods.

Friday, March 06, 2009, 3:36 PM

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I have been overweight my entire life. I've never known what it feels like to be thin.

I just want to be able to go running without my running shorts chafing or my spandex slipping down under my tummy.

I want to look in the mirror, just once, and be happy with what I see.

I want to climb a flight of stairs without getting winded.

I want to go shopping with my friends and have the clothes actually fit.

When I walk into a room, I want to look elegant and graceful, not squat and awkward.

Most importantly, I want to love myself. Only when I learn to love myself and take care of myself will I allow others to love me as well.

Sunday, March 08, 2009, 7:23 AM

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My body desires to be light and buoyant. I'm finally doing it for me, rather than hiding it for others' comfort. I can't wait to pull those size 6 jeans out of the basement bins.

Sunday, March 08, 2009, 7:47 PM

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I finally want to be confident in my own skin (not the fake confident that I show everyone around me).
I want to feel hot when I get jiggy (at the moment jiggly) with my hubby.
I want to be able to wear amazing clothes and look great.
I want to have children who say their mom loves working out and eats healthily most of the time.
I don't want to feel like I'm wasting my life.
I want to live, really live...!

Sunday, March 08, 2009, 11:16 PM

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I'm 43 years old and finally got married for the first time 2 1/2 years ago. My husband is 6 years younger than me and very fit. I was still at my normal weight when I met him 4 1/2 years ago. Since we've been together, I've gone through early menopause (lucky me! - NOT). Anyway I've gained a good 30 lbs and feel old and fat now. We have a wedding to go to at the end of August and the bride and all her bridesmaids are in their 20's and thin. My husband is also in the wedding party and I don't want everybody looking at him, wondering why in the world he is married to the short, fat, older woman. I am determined to get back to my "normal" size and I might even try for a little bit smaller since I wasn't exactly in great physical shape back then either!

Monday, March 09, 2009, 2:57 PM

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I hate feeling out of control when I overeat...Losing enough weight to acheive my goal will help me feel in control again.

Thursday, April 02, 2009, 4:40 PM

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this is such a great question, and I love reading all the different reasons.
The gal who got married later in ife (as I did) and is going to a wedding, I can SO relate to that. And not just going to a wedding. I was at a restaurant/bar a couple years ago and ran into old boyfriend and I felt so fat/embarrassed. I swore then that I was ready to lose the 20-25 so that next time I ran into him he'd be "wow!" and more than that, I'd feel confident that I looked good.

I so relate to the cute clothes in the closet.....100% me. I have BAGS of clothes just waiting to be worn.

And, the biggest one for me: I am so tired/bored/sick of obsessing about my stupid 20 lbs. I need to lose. I think about it all the time, I think about the clothes I need to wear that day, I start a diet every single Monday morning,,, and talk to my friends about how I'm going to lose weight by this date, etc.....I am so ready not to be consumed by 20 lbs. And so far, since I really accepted that I can't keep doing that, I've lost 10. It is my mantra: " I am so tired of obsessing...I am ready to get this done, every day, every single day, I will eat healthy and finally get to a healthy (not skinny) shape.

Thursday, April 02, 2009, 9:33 PM

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I want to lose weight so I look and feel really bothers me being overweight and my love/hate relationship with food. I want to fit better in my clothes and have more energy. I used to be pretty small 98 to 105 lbs, and wore a size 8. Trying to get back down there. I'm only 5 ft tall, so every pound shows. I also want to prevent weight-related health problems down the road.

Monday, April 13, 2009, 2:12 PM

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Whats your reason for losing weight?

I have a few reasons including: "(1) getting and staying healthy, (2) buying smaller clothes that cost less than plus-sized ones, (3) showing off best assets after the fat has left the building, arms & legs and (4) sheer vanity.


Monday, April 13, 2009, 3:29 PM

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I have TOO many reasons.
My latest reason is because I had a NASTY breakup recently. I want to lose 50 - 70lbs and "accidentally" bump into him one day looking hella fine so he can realize what he's lost.

After that... because I've been struggling with my weight since I was in high school and now I am 25 years old, so I'd say it's time for me to stay committed and make a lifestyle change once and for all.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 8:02 AM

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me too! i have a huge closet of clothes that i cant fit into at a smaller size, and im determined to lose all the excess weight now!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 8:54 AM

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Health... and, well....

First it was because my doctor said that I am morbidly obese and that I am in perfect health in every other way. I have about 100 lbs to lose in order to find myself in a healthy bmi range.

But another thing is that I have found myself struggling with weight, food, etc. for my entire life. I think I am ready to let it go.

Finally, I traveled to a place that loves big women recently, and discovered what it was like to be... seen. Really seen. It was an incredible experience for someone who has been overweight most of her life. I realized that it is ok for men to noitce me. Not scary at all, LOL. (Except maybe for my husband!)

Here's to being seen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 9:18 AM

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Intention realized.

It is one of the real signs of evolved living that I can show myself. I can have an intention to reshape my body for more active engagement in life, and I can watch my intention actually manifest in the physical world. I feel better in all of my moments and I feel more powerful in my ability to take care of myself.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 2:33 PM

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The skinny jeans. Thats all.

Friday, April 17, 2009, 12:25 AM

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Because I have never, ever treated my body this poorly. Poor food decisions, non existent exercise regimen. I have always been active, played sports, etc but over the last 3 years, i've stopped all that in part due to a very stressful job but mainly due to laziness, and guess what?? I have an extra 30#'s of fun on my tiny (5'1") frame! And, I want to be a good example to our kids. How can I expect them to eat well if Mom doesn't


Friday, April 17, 2009, 8:55 AM

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I have college in August, and no one will be there to cook for me or restrict me from eating this or that. So I need to lose weight NOW and retain some self control so I'll be mentally prepared to take on any food when i get to Purdue University.
I also want to feel GOOD about myself. I have low self esteem and it's because of my weight. I want to go to Prom and say "Hey, I look damn good."

Friday, April 17, 2009, 12:09 PM

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I'm so tired of being the fat person. I see all of these smaller, healthier people, and I envy them to hell and back. I just want to look my best, feel my best, and boost my self confidence.

Saturday, April 18, 2009, 3:12 AM

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1. I want to fit loosely into my old clothes so I can shop for new ones! ^^
2. I have a friend that I care about and I want to be looking great whenever I get to see him!
3. I'm tired of trippin off the diet and not having enough motivation to get back up
4. I've found out that surgery wont help me or the pills

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 9:28 PM

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I'm turning 50 soon and I don't want to look/feel middle-aged. I like feeling healthy and light and looking cute in my clothes. I like being able to cross my legs.

Also I chose not to get into a relationship for the last 10 years and I am ready is so much funner and sexier in (and out of) bed when you feel confident abut your body.

Friday, April 24, 2009, 5:41 AM

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I have always been overweight. One of my reasons to lose is simple vanity. I want to look good. I also want to take care of my body. Last September I went for a pap and mammogram. For this appointment I chose a female physician that I had never been to before. She straight up told me I needed to lose even just 10 lbs to help prevent diabetes (which is prominent in my family). She also told me daily exercise would help strengthen my bones and help prevent osteoporosis. Since then I have lost 20 lbs and continue striving to lose. I thank her for her honesty and straightforwardness. She is the first doctor to ever mention the subject of my weight

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:17 PM

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I have always been overweight. One of my reasons to lose is simple vanity. I want to look good. I also want to take care of my body. Last September I went for a pap and mammogram. For this appointment I chose a female physician that I had never been to before. She straight up told me I needed to lose even just 10 lbs to help prevent diabetes (which is prominent in my family). She also told me daily exercise would help strengthen my bones and help prevent osteoporosis. Since then I have lost 20 lbs and continue striving to lose. I thank her for her honesty and straightforwardness. She is the first doctor to ever mention the subject of my weight

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:18 PM

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Honestly, I want to lose weight because I want to attract guys. I also want to do it for my self but I feel like my weight makes me ugly. I weigh 150 lbs. I also want to wear cute clothes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 1:36 AM

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To look better. My face is so ugly at this weight, I hate myself.
wear nice clothes
not live in fear that I am getting uglier and fatter by the minute
not feel left out of life
not be afriad to go to parties or gatherings because i am so hideous.
so WHAT IS THE REAL REASON. I want to be me again. I am so twisted up in this weight gain obsession, that I have lost me.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 3:29 PM

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to have confidence and achieve my OTHER goals in life

i have a closet of clothes that don't fit and i am NOT buying new "fat clothes"
so i can go out and attack the world with confidence
so i can stand up next to my skinny boyfriend and feel worthy of being with such a handsome man
so i don't turn into the rest of my family... most have heart disease and other obesity related disorders
so i can accomplish my other goals in life and not be held back by a fat body!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 4:25 PM

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i know what you mean... my best friend is soo skinny and i just feel like the "fat one".. i weigh about 150 and hope to eventually get to 125.. but it just sucks when you feel like the fat girl !

Sunday, July 12, 2009, 9:55 PM

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Why I Want to Lose Weight

I have to ask myself this question everyday so I stay motivated. At my age, I'm 51, health is the first and most important reason. My father has diabetes, there's heart disease in my family, and recently I have watched my blood pressure go up to pre-hypertension levels. Five years ago, I lost 50 lbs. I felt great, shopping was more fun, I had more confidence, and truly believed I had this weight issue licked. Ha! Then I hit menopause, and exercise took a back seat to job responsibilities (I am a high school English teacher). Now I weigh more than ever...I, too, have those skinny clothes in the closet and I refuse to give them away. Losing weight now is REALLY difficult, and while I would love to fit again into those size 8 jeans, I am focusing on the health factor. Is my blood pressure down, do I feel better and have more energy? Yes! Sooner or later, those numbers on the scale will move.

Sunday, July 12, 2009, 10:13 PM

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To look HOT. I've never been 'overweight' but always at the top end of the charts (138-139, 10 lighter currently). I'm 46 and been single all my life. I still hope to meet someone to marry. I want to be physically desirable to men who are also in shape, which tend to be the younger ones. I want to put myself in a different league and look even better in that bikini.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 3:07 PM

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I want to lose weight, because this is something I CAN succeed at. If everything else in my life is spiralling out of control, I know that at least I am in control of what I put into my body, and what the scale says afterwards.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 4:21 PM

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Lose Weight=sexy factor goes up and health risks go down

Adult onset type II Diabetes is horrible and I heard the more overweight you are the chances of you getting it in by midlife is high. I saw a bumper sticker one day that said AMERICAN'S HEALTH PLAN-DON'T GET SICK in other words stay in shape. Plus I love the endorphin rush I get not to mention improvement in sex life!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 11:05 PM

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Confidence!!! I love going out with my husband and knowing that he is proud to be walking with me, and that he knows the other men wish they could be walking with me :) Also, clothes! Im a shopaholic, so to be able to fit and look good in anything makes the 2 hour workout sessions and the ability to walk by the chocolate chip cookie definitely worth it!

Thursday, August 06, 2009, 9:31 AM

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My mom is very concerned with my health because my grandmother has diabetes and she doesn't want me to face the same thing her mother has.

Also, to make it fun and very motivational, we made a deal. If I lose the weight by December, she'll let me stay at my boyfriends house for 2 weeks over winter break (he lives in another city).

Thursday, August 06, 2009, 5:20 PM

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One of the big reasons for me is the sense of achievement. I have had some pretty significant professional achievements each of the last few years. I decided that this year I want my big achievement to be weight loss.

Plus I want to look sexy!

Friday, August 07, 2009, 12:29 PM

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custom clothes

I want to buy my clothes handmade from They cost more, so I want to keep them in time...

Saturday, August 08, 2009, 9:22 PM

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Been thinking about this.

One of my greatest fears is rejection/abandonment, certainly linked to some childhood drama/trauma that was more ongoing than one incident. I'm pretty much over trying to please people to get them to like me, but I know that I have some belief system that thinks if I am thin, desirable men will not be able to reject me. Years ago, I'd once been told by a friend, inquiring about a guy I once liked, that he was "picky". What was wrong with me, just because I didn't look like a supermodel? I've also been told, after sending a guy my picture, that he only dated people who looked like actresses and models. This was also in California, where rivers run shallow.

My romantic life has been mostly a string of disasters and learning experiences, although as I age they come fewer and further between. Since I've dropped 10 lbs and gone blonde with a better hair cut, I do get a little more attention. Of course I want someone to love me for who I am and not what I look like, ultimately, but since men are visual creatures, it's hard for most to want to get to know someone unless they're initially sexually attracted.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 2:18 PM

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Fat management has no meaningful significance outside the context of health.

Saturday, August 29, 2009, 1:22 PM

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Mostly, because I want to look better :) Plus, we're planning on having another baby, and I'd like to be in better shape before I get pregnant again, so I don't get to the Point of No Return!

Saturday, August 29, 2009, 11:02 PM

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Sunday, August 30, 2009, 1:58 AM

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I was just diagnosed with a back condition, and have suffered from terrible back pain for the past year. I want to be happier with how I look and also really try and manage that pain.

Friday, September 04, 2009, 2:40 AM

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"Why" I want to lose weight

I want to look and feel my best> I have been yo-yo dieting all my life and this last year I have been losing and gaining the same 12 lbs> I'm almost to my goal weight and need to have some accountability. Sad to say but my self-esteem is tied to how much I weigh and how in shape or out of shape I am.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 10:29 AM

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To delay feeling and looking and acting "old" for as long as possible.
70 + years and still haven't managed to maintain weight loss.....have had lots of practice!

Saturday, December 19, 2009, 5:12 PM

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To throw some comments back in the faces of some people that I dealt with at Faire this year. I know it's shallow, but it's what keeps me going and why my goals are longer term, easier to obtain. I want to tell the guy that told me I wasn't "boinkable" this year to "stuff it" next year when he sees that all the guys who wanted me will want me more once the weight is gone.

Again, totally shallow, but that's my reasons.

Saturday, December 19, 2009, 6:57 PM

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For me, it's all about the dancing. I started this fitness journey because of dance, and every step of the way, dance has been in the back of my head. I want more pirouettes, more core strength, more flexibility, less belly fat... I want to look good in those skimpy little costumes, not just acceptable. I want to be a dancer, inside and out.

Sunday, December 20, 2009, 11:46 PM

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I just want to feel good in my own clothes

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