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Welcome! Here we'll post diet tips, fitness articles, PEERtrainer group postings and anything relevant to achieving your diet and fitness goals. Please forward any suggestions - we'd love to hear from you. Jackie

September 2022

Launched the new round of the spotlight!

The first participants were extraordinary. If you didn't get a chance to see them, visit the spotlight in the LOUNGE, post a comment, give them the extra peer pressure they need. They have a lot of courage and a great energy and I am excited for round 2! (that and it's 1am and since it's launched I can go to sleep)

jackie , Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 11:20 PM  

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"How We Did It"- upcoming PEERtrainer section

Now that PEERtrainer has been out there for 5 months or so, we have some great success stories underway. People have made great progress, and they have learned a lot that can be shared with others. This will be very helpful to existing and especially new PEERtrainer users.

What we are looking for are stories of how people have benefitted from Peertrianer. What specific things they did, diets and approaches. What tips do you have, what changes did you make, how hard was it, what advice to you have for others.

So if you think this is something you'd be interested in, please send something our way. We will let you put whatever personal info you'd like, you can also be anonymous if you want. But be specific, try and structure the information in a way that is easy to read.

jackie , Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 1:37 PM  

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Typed in weight loss in google today and then hit "I'm feeling lucky"

Here's what I got. I dunno....I don't feel so lucky.

jackie , Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 8:52 AM  

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Maybe I should start eating like my toddler

He's picky. Loves brocolli and eats when he's hungry.

jackie , Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 6:03 AM  

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Great response from Kate to yesterday's blog entry

Kate respectfully disagrees with what I had posted yesterday. Here is what she has to say:

Hi Jackie,

OK, I have lost 80 lbs. in three years and I've never cried about it! I have
done it the "healthy" way, which is making good food choices, trying to get
some kind of regular exercise, and facilitating an overall lifestyle change.
Losing that much weight in three months is not good for anyone's body, nor
is pain when you work out.

For a celebrity like Kate Hudson, it will be easy to keep it off because she
has easy access to personal trainers, chefs, etc., and motivation in the
form of serious MONEY (i.e. movie deals). For normal people like the rest of
us, something like that would be a recipe for disaster because the odds of
keeping it off would be slim due to the drastic method of getting rid of it.
Sure, it would be gone quickly, but three months is not long enough to get
into the mindset of living a healthier lifestyle and keeping it off. Working
out that strenuously and being on such a strict diet is not something you
can keep up easily.

Nothing I have done has been "painful" to me, because I have made small,
reasonable changes one at a time. Giving up mayonnaise was not painful; I
just trained myself to order sandwiches with mustard. Giving up real ice
cream was not painful; I found low-fat options that I satisfy my sweet tooth
just as much. Stopping myself from eating after dinner was not painful;
after a couple of weeks it simply became habit. These are changes I can live
with for the long haul, not radical temporary fixes that will cause me to
gain weight back because I will inevitably go back to old habits.

Kate (kissmekate02)

jackie , Tuesday, September 13, 2005, 11:14 AM  

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No pain, no gain. Is it a myth?

I read something over the weekend that sort of hit me. Kate Hudson was discussing her 70 lb. weight loss in 3 months. While I don't know how anyone could lose weight that quickly, something she said struck me as quite personal. When asked how she did it, she replied, "I was crying while I rode the bike". Crying? She worked out while she was in angst? The second I even sense the slightest pain in my shin, I stop immediately.

That got me thinking: Over the last few years, I've heard arguments contrary to the "No pain, no gain" mantra, I often read, f it hurts, you should stop. That made sense, so I stopped engaging in anything that might appear to be "painful". I think it made the most sense because in America, we are often offered many ways to avoid pain, after all, it's so easy to. There's a pill to take away any pain you wish. We live in a society that can, if you prefer, live pain free.

But then I had another though: anything worth it, takes discipline and "pain" to get. Goals take discipline, and it's not always easy. So while maybe I don't want to cry on the treadmill, I will realize that it takes a little pain to get where I want to be.

jackie , Monday, September 12, 2005, 11:21 AM  

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