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11/2/11 9:50 A

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My long term goals are to carry on planning meals ahead and to make a couple big batch meals a month so that if I come home tired I don't have to spend time and effort thinking about what I should make or i can take something out of the freezer.

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10/28/11 2:56 P

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Using less fat when cooking and adding more fruit to my daily intake.

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10/27/11 8:10 P

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Long term: incorporate a veggie with every meal (before the challenge I was pretty bad at this one), continue weekly meal planning, look for alternatives to high sodium / fat recipes, and exercise regularly.

I have not failed. Ive just found 10,000 ways that dont work. Thomas Edison


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10/18/11 7:44 A

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I liked this challenge a LOT. I am making enriched meals that makes my family eat so much better! My long term goals include:

*Nonfat milk at every meal and with snack

*Make healthy frozen meals to keep in cases of being pressed for time. (avoid eating out)

*Use those nifty substitutes to help lower the unhealthy in our lives

I love cooking! I hate eating out! Thnx for the great challenge and info to help me stay on track and be happy!

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10/13/11 10:33 A

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I am now incorporating my healthy habits into the family. My Hubby and I had a discussion last night about desserts - I've been making healthy dinners, veggies at every meal/lean meats, and at the end of the night he'll eat a bowl of super-sugary cereal, or cookies, or pop-tarts. I had to tell him that its not going to work if its just me, that his unhealthy habits are going to sabotage my goals...and his son has now picked up on these same habits. So I've set a goal for him! He can only have sugary dessert once a week, on the weekend. Otherwise he can fruit or yogurt after dinner. I hope this works. I would love to change our view of how we eat - Eat for fuel!!


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10/12/11 9:45 P

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My long term goal is to continue to plan meals ahead of time and to incorporate more organic fruits and vegetables in our diet.



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10/12/11 1:58 P

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Also I think it might be fun to take some cooking classes together - maybe after we've reached our weight loss goals and have more calories to play with.

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10/11/11 9:30 A

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My husband has started cooking with me now, and we've made some healthy, yummy stuff. Last night we were talking about remodeling the kitchen to make cooking even more enjoyable! I think we'll start that project as soon as we have the money for it.

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10/10/11 9:21 A

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I had already been using some of the techniques explained in this challenge, and am learning how to get more nutrients I need in each meal. I've discovered some great-tasting recipes on the site - my favorite so far being butternut squash risotto. I need go incorporate much more fish into my diet, and rewrite some of my collected recipes. This has been a wonderful challenge, as I needed direction with planning and preparing healthy meals.

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9/25/11 1:19 P

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We plan to continue to eat more fish & chicken. I am learning to tweak my old recipes to make them more healthy & diet friendly. Also fruit has become my go to snack. A lot has changed & for the better!

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9/22/11 10:01 A

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i love baking so i have been rewriting a lot of cake recipes. i recently fixed peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate icing. 200 calories each.

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9/11/11 9:15 A

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I am going to try a new recipe every week, eat more fish, and to start out my day with a healthy breakfast.

This has been a great challenge and I am going to hate to see it end but I guess this is really the beginning to incorporate all those new healthy habits into a life time.

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9/2/11 1:40 P

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I used to cook healthy meals every night. Admittedly, I have gotten lazy since my surgery in my neck. My goal is to start cooking again every day. Not just dinner but breakfast and lunch. I now have a step-son who is 14 and needs the nutrition of a healthy diet, this is going to help motivate me.
I cook only with olive oil
broil more dishes instead of baking
barbecue without the sauce
quit being lazy and make up menus for the week and follow them

Life is what you make it, so make it the best!


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8/30/11 7:59 A

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My long term cooking goals (based on what I have learnt from this challenge) are:-
To use spray oil a lot more
To substitute apple sauce in cake recipes
To use egg whites instead of whole eggs more
To plan my meals more so I have a more balanced diet as a whole

"It's time to discover what you really need."


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8/26/11 8:17 A

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My long term goals are:

To make healthy substitutions while cooking
To cook healthy meals more often
Make sure I am eating enough of the foods I need


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MEMATHREE's Photo MEMATHREE Posts: 55
8/21/11 12:34 P

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Long term goals:

To continue to plan meals ahead
Use the substitutions for baking
Add variety to my meals
STAY ON THE HEALTHY COOKING LIFESTYLE!

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8/19/11 7:21 P

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My long term goals are
1. Continue to try one or two new healthy recipes each week.
2. Continue to make fruit and veggies the major part of each dinner.
3. Continue to use as little oil in cooking as I can get away with.
4. Continue to plan menu's a week in advance after I have checked sales flyers so I can build them around the weeks specials.

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8/10/11 5:09 P

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My Long Term Goals are:
* Start planning my meals around the sales flyers
*Continue to modify fave recipies to make them healthier
*continue to take my lunch to work 2-3 times a week min
*continue to buy groceries every week off of grocery lists

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8/6/11 1:05 A

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My long term goals include:
1. One new healthy meal each week/new ingredient once each month
2 .Eating more vegetarian meals
3. Making most of my food from scratch
4. Save money and shop the ads and buy less



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8/5/11 12:13 A

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My long term goals:
1) continue to modify recipes with healthier alternatives (freshly ground whole wheat, good fats and sugars).
2) vary protein intake for dinner each week (1 fish, 2 poultry, 1 pork, 1 beef, 2?)
3) continue to make all meals at home. Not only is it less expensive but I know exactly what goes into it, the calorie content and the nutrition present. So far I have eaten out one time in the past 4 weeks...and it was a yummy healthy salad! I am having fun in the kitchen and the family is enjoying the variety and food.

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8/3/11 5:46 P

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My long term cooking goals are to turn my favorite dishes into low carb variations and use sugar substitute instead of sugar from now on.

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7/29/11 7:16 A

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I've made major changes to my cooking, food shopping, and menu planning this summer. During the first week, my husband made the remark "just because you're on a diet doesn't mean we all have to suffer!" Last night at dinner he said "I love all the fresh vegetables we're eating!" What a change! Since I'm a teacher on summer break, I've had the time for menu planning and trying new recipes. Once school starts, I know I won't have that time any longer, so my goal now is to have a binder of meal plans and easy recipes prepared that I can rely on during the busy school weeks. On slower weekends I can still try out new recipes, but having those plans already prepared will keep me on track.

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7/28/11 12:41 A

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My long term goals include:
*continue menu planning
*stick with my menu
*substitute whole wheat more often
*add more vegetables & fruits to my meals
*try out a new vegetable or fruit each week if possible!

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7/26/11 12:56 P

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My goals are to continue menu planning, and to incorporate at least 1 new recipe into each shopping trip to keep things fresh and tasty! I'm also planning to experiment with making adjustments to more favorite recipes to see how to lighten them up.

Another goal is to continue to pack lunch the majority or the weekdays, as eating out can become a caloric and financial pitfall for me.

Can't believe I'm already in week 4, as the challenge has just flown by! I am grateful it has helped me refocus on cooking, which I really enjoy when I give myself the time to make healthful meals for my family and friends.

Andi

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7/25/11 6:56 A

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My goals are to keep myself excited about healthy cooking. Since I have only been cooking for two the last few years I have gotten away from home cooked meals. I am having a blast finding recipe's that are healthy, cheap and easy to make. My husband really loves it. I forgot what a good cook I am. My next goal is to keep shopping with a grocery list. If I stop that one thing I will go right back to convenience shopping and bad food choices.

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7/24/11 7:45 P

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My goals would have to be to continue to making a weekly menu every Sunday, pack my lunch four days a week, and finally I want to cook at least four dinners a week.

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7/22/11 4:07 A

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Stick to menu for health and financial reasons.
Keep looking for nutritious cheap recipes.
Cook more batch foods.
Keep hunting down alternatives to White Rice and Pasta. These are cheap. I have Bulgar Wheat and Cous Cous in my cupboard. I am trying to buy Quinoa; have tried 2 out of the 3 supermarkets in town.
Find lots of healthy filling snacks for my husband and children and encourage them to stick to them!
Enjoy cooking more and sharing our food with friends.

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7/19/11 9:48 P

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My long term goals are to:

1. try 1 new receipe a week
2. plan my weeks meals
3. shop with a grocery list
4. try something new each month

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7/18/11 10:39 A

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my long term goals:
*on saturday or sunday plan meals and shopping list for the week ahead
*during the week use meal plan as a guide to stay within calorie and nutrition goals
*make paperbag lunches for work
*cook a meal at home atleast 5x/wk
*try at least 1-2 new recipes per week
*use cooking/baking substitute list and herb/spice cheat sheet as much as possible

These are all included on my weekly at home checklist, so they are officially part of my new every day life!

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7/12/11 2:18 P

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Veganism!

I've been a vegetarian for over a year now, and would like to make the transition into veganism. My menu for this week, actually, is almost completely vegan (there is egg in the dinner tonight, but otherwise, I'm cruelty-free for the week).

My pescetarian partner is completely supportive as well, and I'm really quite excited about making the change.

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7/11/11 10:15 P

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My long term goals are:
- Incorporate techniches and habits learned during last weeks into my daily life
- Continue using my new Kitchen gadgets (as a working mom, they make my life much easier)
- Try new healthy recipes now and then
- Continue eating fresh and healthier stuff (add more veggies and whole grains to my diet)

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7/11/11 7:08 P

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I am always looking for new recipes on SP and other sites like EatingWell.com; Whole Foods; Eat Better America... they even take your old family favs that may be calorie and fat laden and remake them to a much lighter version and retain the taste.

I have been cooking healthy for years now, ever since I had Lupus and had to eat a specific diet that had NO added fat AT ALL!!! and no salt. Learning to cook with herbs and spices was a challenge but it soon became pretty easy.

My favorite thing to do with chicken... everyone loves the crispy skin and it really is a huge NO NO! I take onions and quarter them peel and all, same with carrots but slice down the middle lengthwise first, and celery... slice in half lengthwise then chop into thirds or fourths depending on the size of the stalk. Then you poke these under the skin, load it up even into the thigh area and underside of the chicken. Pat the chicken dry, season with old bay or other seasoning of choice, a little sea salt... OH and stuff the cavity with whatever is left over to get those flavors roasting into the flesh from both sides. Roast your chicken just until juices run clear, discard the veggies or add to stock pot whichever you prefer... and enjoy your chicken. It really does take on quite a good flavor!

I love to cook and am going to begin the process soon of writing a cookbook - a HEALTHY FOOD CHOICE Cookbook, with healthy tips, quick cooking methods, time saving recipes. I have helped a dear friend who not only could not boil water, but massacred anything she tried to make, love her dearly but she could not even make mac n' cheese from the box. She is now turning into an adventurous, healthy cook. Her husband has a heart problem, she is pre-diabetic and she is on a quest. Her mother is from Italy, and was an amazing cook, and she just never learned and Mom lived with them. Mom passed on leaving my friend to fend for herself and she was IN TROUBLE! We spent many Saturday's in her kitchen cooking, teaching her the how too's and she has made an amazing transformation. SO PROUD OF HER EFFORTS AND SUCCESSES. We are now working on NOT overcooking the chicken because she is afraid she will poison someone...LOL! She is getting there, and it has been fun!

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7/10/11 10:19 A

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Long term healthy cooking goals:
- Continue trying out at least one new healthy recipe each week.
- Prep in bulk for lunches during the week, and pack a healthy lunch and two healthy snacks each day.
- Continue my efforts to plan meals for the week.. a habit I'm still a little shaky with, but with continued effort I know I'll settle into it. I already keep a running grocery list, and before I hit the market I re-organize the list to match the store layout. It saves time, and and also reinforces the healthy items I want to buy.

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7/7/11 11:20 A

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During my challenge days, I wanted to come up with a better way of serving oatmeal to my kids. It is so costly to buy those packets and they have so much additives in them. I ended up buying some organic whole oats. I cooked it, divided it up into servings of 7 days for 4 servings each. To each day, I added different things, fruit, honey, etc. Since it hardens up in the fridge, all I do is add water or milk, warm it up in the microwave or stovetop and it comes out just like those little packets. Yes, it is alittle more work but my kids eat healthy. I bought the oats at Trader Joes.

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7/5/11 2:22 P

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Long term cooking goals:
1. Expand my cooking "know-how" by finding new recipes.
2. Cook more often for my family.
3. Use a "Master List" when I go grocery shopping.



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7/5/11 2:08 A

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Long term cooking goals are
1. eat more veggies with my meals
2. shop the outside aisles of my grocery store
3. keep my pantry stocked with healthy foods
4. check my blood glucose levels before I eat always



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6/29/11 7:57 P

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My Long-term cooking goals are
1. to keep cooking more healthy meals at home.
2. to take lunch to work, instead of buying high calorie meals.
3. to try a new recipe at least once a week.
4. to go to the local farmer's market for fresh vegies and fruits.

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You have a great plan here! Congratulations on making it to Week Four and completing the Challenge!


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6/29/11 7:07 A

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My long term goals are to keep shopping the perimeter of the grocery store.
Keep cutting up all my veggies as soon as I get home from shopping.
(I love how they are ready to use asap)
Keep cooking easy meals and using only veggies as side dishes.
(Potato,pasta,and breads will be a treat for me 4 times a month)
Always plan and bring my grocery list every week.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
And always fit in a 20 to 30 min. walk/run everyday.
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One of my long term cooking goals is to introduce more vegetables and fruit into my diet. I found that if you go to higher end stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes as well as the small Asian, Mexican, Indian, Morrocan stores that you see around town, they have some fantastic foods there that you won't find anywhere else. This has given me more variety in my salads.

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I am going to try at least one new recipe a week. Continue to eat healthy and provide healthy snacks for my husband and I. Also, I will make sure to never leave the house without a grocery list.

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Make at least 5 meals at home and use my crockpot more.

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6/15/11 9:08 A

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My long-term goals:
- Make at least 3 meals a week, including one meatless or seafood meal
- Have only healthy snacks in the house
- Eat salad or a vegetable side with every dinner

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6/13/11 10:03 A

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My long-term goals are to
1) continue providing whole grains for meals and snacks
2) continue buying locally grown, seasonal produce
3) continue making treats and snacks instead of buying processed foods
4) continue adding extra fruits and veggies, even if I have to sneak them in!

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6/8/11 6:49 A

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My long team cooking goals are to build on what I've learned in this challenge & to refer back to the team regularly for more ideas on spices, substitutions, recipes. I enjoy cooking at home, looking into the fridge and seeing all the different, fresh produce there; picking veggies &/or herbs from our small hanging garden, trying new products & new recipes. Thank heaven my husband has a willingness to try my new experiments - he says they all taste good so far but it's still no on the tofu. He just picks it out of his serving!
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My long term cooking goals are to cook the majority of our meals at home using fresh, natural items while reducing processed & pre-packaged food items/meals. I will put more time into pre-planning all the week's meals to be more organized and prepared for providing healthy options for myself and my family. I will continue to incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into each and every day!

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My long term goal is to write up the weeks menu, so I can already anticipate the busy nights we are need quick dinners, instead of being surprised when they come and just rushing to get fast food.

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5/24/11 10:29 A

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My long term goals:
-Have not only fruits, but veggies cut up on stand by all the time (much easier to make a salad when everything is cut up)
-Cook in large batches and freeze the extras for nights when I don't want to cook.
-Cook as much as possible!

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Long term goals are:
- using more whole grains and continuing to try new ones
- continuing to make old recipes healthy
- using the crock pot regularly
- having a snack every day before I come home from work so i'm not super hungry when i get home
- more fruit and veggies as snacks
- trying new healthy recipes until I start using them regularly

Anna
Height 5'7"
1st April 2011- 100.4kg (221lbs)
1st April 2012 - 74.6kg (164lbs)
1st April 2013 - ~78kg (171lbs)
1st April 2014 - ~85kg
(188lbs)
1st April 2015 - ~85kg
(188lbs)


 current weight: 208.0 
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Other plans I will stick with after the challenge are to cut up veggies and fruit so they are more convenient to eat. (I have really enjoyed watermelon this week that was already cut up).

The crockpot will be put into better use too.

Grilling veggies is going to be a summer favorite!


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