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Get to Know Your Spotlight Members

This questionnaire is a way for members of the community to get to know the current members of the Spotlight. Is there someone here who you relate to? Let them know!

1. Just the basic facts – share whatever you would like about yourself. Age, marital status, weight, height, occupation, etc.
2. When did you join PEERtrainer, and how did you find out about it?
3. What changes and accomplishments have you made since you joined PEERtrainer?
4. What does a typical weekday/weekend day look like for you?
5. What is your favorite healthy breakfast, lunch dinner? Do you have a favorite recipe – if so share it here.
6. What are your Spotlight goals?
7. What are your long-term goals?
8. What advice would you give community members about reaching their goals, or the best way to use PEERtrainer?
9. What are your favorite health books, DVD’s, tools, workouts etc?
10. Anything else you want to add? Favorite movies, books, etc? Feel free to add any extra information you want to!


Fri. Apr 7, 10:45am

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About Blozzom....

1. Just the basic facts – share whatever you would like about yourself. Age, marital status, weight, height, occupation, etc.
I am going to be 32 in June, I am married with an 8 yr old daughter, a 5 yr old son, a 1.5 yr old Boxer and a 1 yr old bunny. I am currently 163 lbs, 5'0" and size 10P. I am a small business owner and dance teacher. I LOVE ballet and am still dancing on pointe! I'm dancing better than I did when I was 18 because I had knee issues then and have since fixed those knee issues!

2. When did you join PEERtrainer, and how did you find out about it? I joined PT 12/16/05 after finding out about it on Craig's list.

3. What changes and accomplishments have you made since you joined PEERtrainer? My original goal was to not look like a hippo while doing my ballet solo in a tutu 6/24/06 - I was aiming to go from size 18P to a size 10P by then!! Since digging my heels in 1/6/06 and chipping away at my weight - in 13 weeks I have lost: 19.8 lbs, 4 dress sizes (18P to 10P) and nearly 5% body fat.

4. What does a typical weekday/weekend day look like for you? I have all my meals prepared for me so I have little excuse to cheat - www.meals21.com. My day consists of ~1200-1500 calories a day, 1 gallon of water and 2 8 oz. glasses of skim milk w/whey added. I am following the Body For Life program which requires 40% protein, 40% carb and 20% fat

5. What is your favorite healthy breakfast, lunch dinner? Do you have a favorite recipe – if so share it here.
My favorite is SSHE's blueberry cheeze blintz for breakfast, texas bbq pizza for lunch and Aculpoco Taco pie for dinner. Unfortunately they are all secret recipes!

6. What are your Spotlight goals? My goal for this spotlight is to get down to a size 8P which involves me losing 2.5" off my waist and 2.5" off my hips in 6 weeks.

7. What are your long-term goals? My long-term goal is now to get my bodyfat% low enough to have a 6 pack and win one of the Body For Life Challenges!! (www.bodyforlife.com)

8. What advice would you give community members about reaching their goals, or the best way to use PEERtrainer? My advice... journal, journal, journal and read your peer's journals and comment!! It is not motivating to the rest of us if people don't read our journals and comment! Defeats the purpose of Peertrainer!! Also - take baby steps and set realistic goals!!! Don't tell yourself you want to lose 50 lbs. by July. Break it down into weekly goals!!! It's too overwhelming to think about losing those 50 lbs. - break it down into small steps to get there! Losing weight is a project and like any project it needs to be broken down into small tasks with deadlines!!! If you miss a deadline just re-group!

9. What are your favorite health books, DVD’s, tools, workouts etc? My favorite book is Body For Life by Bill Phillips. I love Peertrainer as a tool!! I also LOVE the tape measurer and love tracking my progress with an online catalog sizing guide like jcpenney's (http://www3.jcpenney.com/jcp/CustomerServiceMenu.asp?cus=sizing_guidelines&CmCatId=CustomerService). I think it is soooo important to stay focused on what your current size is and what it'll take to get down to the next smaller size!

10. Anything else you want to add? Favorite movies, books, etc? Feel free to add any extra information you want to! I'll think about this one and get back to you! Oh.... I do LOVE 7 Habits of Effective Families - there's some really good ideas for families with kids in there!!

Friday, April 07, 2006, 11:01 AM

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One more thing!!!

I take weekly bikini pics to keep me motivated and moving forward!! I'm really seeing changes there!! Although, don't get discouraged if you don't see changes - sometimes there aren't changes until 6 or 8 or even 12 weeks in!!!! Celebrate any of the small changes you do see though!!!

Friday, April 07, 2006, 11:02 AM

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I am a 29-year old female and my name is Star. I turn 30 on September 1st, and getting healty and in shape before then has become my preoccupation! I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two sons - one is 8, almost 9, and the other is a little over a year old. ! currently weigh around 182 - I started at 200 when I joined PEERtrainer. I am short, 5'3" - I blame my parents! :<) My father is only 5'8", my mother around 5'4".

I joined PEERtrainer on February 22, and started following the Body-for-Life-for-Women on March 1st. I learned about PEERtrainer through a google search. I had been exercising a little more and watching what I ate, sort of - but wasn't really holding myself accountable. And I wasn't motivated to really GO for it, even with the big 3-0 around the corner. I don't remember the magic search words that brought me to PEERtrainer - but I haven't looked back. I love this site and it has been just what I needed. The people in my groups are AMAZING and the community is an awesome place to share my fears, recipes, and accomplishments.

Since joining PEERtrainer I have lost almost 20 pounds! A pair of jeans (16 slim) that I could not even button up on March 1st now fit me comfortably. My measurements are going down and my muscles have becomed more toned. I feel happier! Exercising has really boosted my mood, as well as being a part of this online community.

A typical day for me includes taking care of my 1-year-old, sometimes a 4-year-old and then my 8-year-old when he gets home from school. I love to write but don't get in as much time writing as I should. I clean the house (sometimes), exercise, go online, go to the park, visit the mall, see movies, walk to the grocery store and blockbuster, mundane tasks, but they make up my life! I love to cook and usually make a homemade dinner most days of the week from scratch. Weekends include sleeping in, days at the beach, or out riding my bike with my son on mountain bike trails. Sunday mornings usually include a big breakfast.

For breakfast I really like steel-cut oatmeal with splenda and pecans. For lunch I usually defrost a portioned-controlled meal of something I have fixed for dinner previously. I love pasta - so I usually use the whole wheat pastas and keep my portion sizes small. I add extra veggies to a bottled sauce - spinach, zucchin, etc. I also relaly enjoy pork tenderloin served with brown rice and veggies. I have posted a few recipes before - the Garden Style Lasagna is really good.

My Spotlight goals are as follows:
Lose 15 pounds
Gradually increase weight/reps in strength training
Work up to getting up between 5 and 5:30 4 mornings of the week
Work up to writing at least 1 hour a day

My longterm goals are as follows:
To lose 60 pounds in 6 months.

May 24th - end of first 12 weeks - Need to be at 168
165 by June 16th
160 by July 1st
150 by August 1st
140 by September 1st - GOAL!

To learn how to love myself, to stop belittling myself.
To be a better mother, a better wife.
To work on getting a children's book published.
To become more organized.
Wear a backless dress.

I am learning that my get up early goal is failing! I just don't go to bed early enough to get up early. I have always been a night-owl and I guess it is just my nature. But I will keep trying!!! :<) The times I do manage to get up before everyone else I really enjoy it.

My advice would be to really watch your portions. It is amazing to me what portions REALLY look like. I can't believe how much I used to eat. Stay away from Fast Food. Stay away from soda. It is so wasy to give these things up. I still have a coke every now and again - less than once a month - and occasional fast food - but it is rare. Some people eat fast food everyday. Try and stay away from processed foods. It is unreal to think you can make everything from scratch - but limit your intake - try and stay fresh whenever you can. And get MOVING!

Favorite Health Books: Body-for-Life; Body-for-Life-for-Women; Banish Your Belly, Butt and Thighs Forever; Lean, Long and Strong

Favorite DVD's: Cindy Crawford's Shape Your Body, an old Winsor Pilates VHS

Favorite Activities: Riding trails on my bike - swimming - walking. Working on interval jogging when I walk and hoping to be able to run one day! Want to start karate, pick up a tennis racket again, and try to windsurf again!

Ummm...I love my children and my husband and taking care of my family. But I have drained myself of energy by taking care of them and ignoring myself. Ever since I joined PEERtrainer I have been taking care of me. I am much happier, and my family is too!

I love horror books and horror movies. I usually wait to see romance and comedy movies on DVD and choose horror or action or kids movies for the big screen. Some of my favorite DVD's of late...The Weather Man, Elizabethtown. Some of my old-time favorites, Happy Gilmore, Nothing to Lose, The Shawshank Redemption, 28 Days Later, Resident Evil, Aliens, 8-Legged Freaks, Predator, The Shining... anyway I could go on and on. I love movies.

I guess that's it for me. Everyone have a great day!
-Star

Friday, April 07, 2006, 11:22 AM

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Here are some tips I have posted before:

Diet Tips by Star

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Friday, April 07, 2006, 2:21 PM

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About CoffeeGal

1. Just the basic facts – I'm 30 years old, single, living in Center City Philadelphia. I'm 5'7", 190 lbs, about a size 14/16 in Jeans, 12 in dresses (thank you bootie!). I have a construction engineering degree, 6 years in the army, and owning my own coffee shop behind me. I'm currently unemployed, and looking for my next job/adventure!

2. Peertrainer - I found it on Craigslist, and I joined back in September. I took it seriously at the beginning of the year, and this is my second spotlight (I like them, seems to be the only time I post regularly)

3. Changes and Accomplishments - I've dropped about 15lbs since joining Peertrainer, as well as switched to a Gluten-Free diet due to my allergies. I've gone down from a size 18 to 14/16 in jeans and 12 in dresses!

4. Typical Day? Ugh - there is no typical day. I've only been unemployed for a week, so I'm still adjusting. I spend lots of time freaking out, and putting off going to the gym (that's the habit I'm trying to break!)

5. Favorite meal? The easy one! I have gluten-free Pad Thai sauce from "Thai Kitchen" brand. I usually throw pre-cut squash and broccoli from the local terminal market in a covered pan on low heat while I cook rice pasta. When the pasta is done, I toss it in with the cooked veggies and some sauce...sauteè it for a few minutes and violà! A quickie healthy meal! I try to put my recipes down on paper (computer?) http://coffeegirlrecipes.wordpress.com

6. Spotlight Goals - Lose about 12 pounds. Adjust to my ever-changing life. Take my workouts outdoors for the season!

7. Long-term Goals - Get my personal trainer certification. Get down to about a good size 12. Look great!

8. Advice - Don't give up! I've been doing this "trying to be healthy" thing for years. Finally it clicked, and I'm actually on my way! Keep trying - you will get there!

9. What are your favorite health books, DVD’s, tools, workouts etc? Body for Life is a FABULOUS program if you have time to devote to it. I don't do it now, but I really recommend it.

10. Any questions for me? Email me! PhillyCoffeeGirl@gmail.com


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Saturday, April 08, 2006, 9:46 AM

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