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I just joined peertrainer today after reading about this group on Fitness magazine. Any tips on how I can be successful with my membership?

My biggest challenge with fitness & healthy eating is lack of motivation. I will start out enthusiastically and fizzle out after a few weeks of trying to keep a food journal, counting calories, etc. Then I eat like it's the end of the world because I'm starting a new diet and repeat the same pattern. As a result I've gained about 20lbs in the last 6 months and my clothes no longer fit. I'm only 5'2 and my current weight of 140lbs (32% body fat) is way out of control!

Any tips are GREATLY appreciated!

Sat. Feb 18, 11:57am

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Welcome to Peer suggestions are to jump right in....find or create group for people with your same goals in mind and post often. The more you keep track of your exercise and eating....the more feedback you can get and the more accountable you can be.....Also...if you have trouble along the way ask questions, seek support and advice in your group forum and here in the main forum.

There are so many people here that its a great place to get questions answered and get recommendations.....

Good Luck!

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 12:49 PM

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use the community- it's a great resource!

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 3:24 PM

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Hi, I am new to peertrainer also ! I would love to chat with you two also. I am poofus and it is a nice site but I haven't any response from the group I am currently in.


Saturday, February 18, 2006, 7:53 PM

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I joined yesterday

and I seem to have the same problems as you. I lack motivation and I have moved to a new area where I know nobody, therefore I have no support. My husband and children are junk food addicts....if it is not in my house I don't want it, but if it is there I tend to eat it late at night.

I would love to be a support for you and you for me as well. I am 5'5 and weigh 142.....around 15 pounds would put me where I would like to be. My id is brwnidgrl.......lets do this together!!

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 8:04 PM

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Might be good for those of you posting here to try putting together a group. :-) Because you are all new here, you may have the same enthusiasm!

Definitely use your logs-- it helps to keep you "accountable" and also you can review them and see how you have been doing!

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 11:53 PM

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I'm new too

Hey I too joined today read the same article in Fitness... and ya know what we are worth the effort to stay on goal and achieve our goals! So congrats for joining and lots of luck with your success my advice make life changes and not temporary ones...


Sunday, February 19, 2006, 3:24 PM

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For those who are new and find that you have joined a group that's not very active or motivated - keep trying! Soon you will find one that's the right activity level for you. It took me a couple tries to find a great group and it is absolutely fabulous when you find one where you all 'click'. We've been together for several months now, lost one member, gained another and have been through some bad weeks and great weeks together.

Try to find a group where the other members are in a similar 'place' you are (ie: 10 pounds to loose, doing WW, 50+ pounds to lose, committed to doing yoga daily, etc).

Once you're in a group it's just like any relationship - there are things that you need to do to make the relationship work. Things we all do that make our group work....

1. Log (nearly) every day. Yes once in awhile one of us will have a no activity day, but it's rare. We are all committed loggers. We fill out the notes section with activity, or recent events in our lives and others often 'comment' on what we've written. It's our way of sharing with each other. If we're counting calores we note it, if we're doing WW the points are noted, etc..

2. Read each other's logs and comment. We are quite positive - in many ways I don't think anyone can beat me up on a bad day worse than I'm kicking myself inside, but the encourangement and opptimism of my group can really get me back up and at it the next day! If I wasn't in a group and I blew it for a day I would be tempted to blow it for the whole week... OTOH if no one ever commented on my log I would be less dedicated about keeping it up (even though it is a great tool for just myself) and would be tempted to 'fall off the wagon more often. the act of keeping my logs makes me more accountable to myself and others and being dedicated about it makes me face my bad eating head on because they're right there in front of me.

And that's really it - logging consistently and interacting with your group members consistently. If I don't do those two things I am much less motivated and don't get nearly as much out of this experience.

Welcome to Peer Trainer - I hope that you find this site to be as friendly and helpful as I have :-)

Sunday, February 19, 2006, 5:27 PM

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