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which helps you more, your private groups or your public ones?

I'm thinking about creating a group with my friends. Does anyone have experience with a group with their friends?

Wed. Feb 7, 12:11pm

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Yeah, my friends never showed up. I think sometimes people have an easier time being accountable to strangers.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 12:20 PM

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I have a private group with my friends and while they are great-they are inconsistent with logging-I keep the group purely to check in on each other. I'm on a private team though w/ strangers and I find that it's been a great motivator to lose weight and form new friendships because more people continue logging.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 1:15 PM

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My private teams are made of strangers. We just wanted to have some control over the overall attitude and atmosphere of the group. I was plucked from public log obscurity to be in one, and the other, we broke off from an uebergroup in order to have a more focused arena in which to work. It's worked out great for me, but I keep a public team as I like being exposed to new people. Also a great way to scout for "recruits" with whom you may have something in common.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 1:16 PM

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My private group of friends helps me immensly. We meet up on the weekends and I can see the difference in them and they me. We have busy schedules but PT gives us an excuse that we have to see each other, which is cool, because we used to come up with reasons that we were too busy. Now our boyfriends/husbands know we do this so it's great. I've seen a side of my friends, their committment and their knowledge and support that I never saw before.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 1:21 PM

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i found that when i was in a group with friends, i did not get what i needed diet-and-fitness-wise. now i'm in groups w/ people that i probably would not be "friends" with if we met face-to-face and the support they give me is amazing.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 1:42 PM

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My in-person female friends don't show up to the gym and are (like many graduate students) big-time whiners. My in-person male friends have rock-solid abs (12-packs, I swear to god) and run 1/2 marathons. The men and a few of the women are super supportive of me but I don't like to work out with them because I feel like we have really different goals. (I just want to lose some weight and feel better about myself at the moment...maybe someday I'll be interested in 1/2 marathons!) They also have less (or no) weight to lose and so meal logging and all that stuff doesn't interest them. PT has been a valuable source of information and support that meets me at my level.

Friday, February 23, 2007, 2:13 PM

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I am in a group with strangers around a non-diet interest although we mostly talk about food and diets. I like it is because there are so few so I can keep up with them. The most important thing, however, is that if one of us drops out for a while, we all seem to come back. We know the group is there and, because it is small, we seem to feel obligated to get back in. Even more, we know there is a non-judgmental group happy to see us return. I have found this group more helpful than a team although I do dip into a few teams and connect with those who are having similar problems.

Monday, February 26, 2007, 11:13 AM

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