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Honestly, do you find Peertrainer helpful?

I think pt cures my boredom sometimes, but as for support in losing weight or staying fit, I think it's a black hole.

This is most likely my last post, as I will no longer waste my time on pt, instead, I'm going to get up and MOVE!

Seriously think about how much time you devote to pt and whether it truly helps you.

10-15 minutes on pt OR 100 crunches or lunges, something ACTIVE?


Fri. Apr 27, 4:11pm

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Yes PT and my team mates help me. I do have to be pro active and accountable to myself at the end of the day.

It depends on how you think, communicate, what your style is. I am sure its not for everyone.

For me, writing things down helps.

Friday, April 27, 2007, 4:16 PM

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It took my group members telling me things like, "I understand that you're hungry again an hour after eating a big bagel, so no, you're not going to cut the portion size, but, did you ever think that maybe you'd be more full if you changed the food entirely, to something with fiber, protein and fat, and less simple carbs?" And, then giving me examples of what I could be eating that would be more filling for fewer calories, before I could start losing weight.

Now it's more of a habit. And I only sign on when I'm at work, when I couldn't be working out instead anyway. But I found my battle is with diet, not with exercise, so, to each their own. Also, logging my food helps keep me from eating too much junk aimlessly.

Friday, April 27, 2007, 4:34 PM

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I haven't foun a group that is particularly helpful. I don't know how many you need to "try on" before finding a good fit, I've been in 3. I have found the discussion board to be helpful when I've had a specific question about exercises.

Friday, April 27, 2007, 4:42 PM

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For me it is helpful to write things down so that I can go back and look at what worked and what didn't. Also it cures my boredom at work! I don't log much at home either when I can be exercising or spending time doing other things. But when I'm stuck at work 8 hours a day it's something to do during down time. And constructive!

Friday, April 27, 2007, 4:50 PM

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PT has been a huge part of my success ! I've lost nearly 40 pounds since I joined. I must of lucked out , because the groups I've been in have been great. Very active members and a lot of tips & support. Also, the daily logging of my food & exercise has really helped me be more aware of what I'm doing. So, I can't praise PT enough. However, like everything in life , what works for some people doesn't obviously work for everyone ! best of luck to the OP :)

Friday, April 27, 2007, 5:28 PM

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to the 4:42 poster

Q: How many do you need to "try on" to find the one that fits?

A: AS MANY AS IT TAKES!

If the groups or teams you're in aren't working for you, join some different ones until you find the right one(s) for you.
There are lots of different people out there and it can take a while to find the right ones in the right combinations in a group, but when you do it's so worth it!

Friday, April 27, 2007, 5:34 PM

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pt is great I have lost ten pounds in the first month I have great team members and wonderful group members. we are close knit and check in on each other we make suggestions and if one is slacking we let each other know. we remind each other of our goals and set up challenges for each other to help us attain those goals. I love pt and the friendship and support I receieve here is amazing. My friends here really hold Me accoutable and now I think before I eat something because I know I have to log it. they are supportive in all aspects not just in eating. if we have a bad day we can share it. and we know our members will listen and be supportive. or give us a kick in the butt when we need that too lol

I have tried fit day and other sites but none I have liked more than pt, but what fits for one isnt always a perfect fit for another.

make your own group or team thats what I did.

anyway thats My thoughts

lynneta

Friday, April 27, 2007, 5:43 PM

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I've never lost weight before PT. I love my groups and I could have never lost these 18 lbs. without them! I love PT and find it very supportive in my weight loss journey! Thank you, girls!! :)

Friday, April 27, 2007, 6:01 PM

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peertrainer is the most valuable tool I've ever found on the internet. sorry it didn't work for you but i also would guess that you weren't helpful to anyone either. you get what you give in life.

Friday, April 27, 2007, 6:07 PM

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i don't mind "wasting time" on PT since i have made friends here, i value the opinions and resources available here, and posting my log publicly everyday stops me from reaching and getting that extra cookie!! Plus i like writing down each workout everyday-i'm much more accountable when i have to look at what i'm doing to my body. when i avoid PT for a few days i find myself slacking foodwise and exercise-wise. i've lost 70+ lbs-about 30 of that since coming to PT. I do think it is constructive but not for everyone!

Friday, April 27, 2007, 6:17 PM

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Here's how it works for me...

I hit a loooong plateau (we're talking months, not weeks) or some life trauma hits. I don't feel like dieting, but I feel like I have to if I want to stay on PT. And I want to stay on PT because I don't want to give up the really terrific people in my groups. So I bash away through the tough times, and these terrific people really do try (often successfully) to help me find a solution with knowledge and insight.

Friday, April 27, 2007, 8:41 PM

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I found really no motivation from the groups or teams. I log on quite often to the community to see what is going on or to get advice. That is the part I find helpful.

Friday, April 27, 2007, 9:52 PM

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PT has been great. Since joining, I've lost 35 lbs., found friends, support, help, for weight loss and other life problems. Groups are iffy: when I joined PT, I joined 2 groups. I'm still a member of one of those groups, and we're still together and still support one another in many ways. The second group fell apart after 1-2 months. I joined one team that was not very helpful and left it.

I find the community is a terrific resource.

Different strokes for different folks....

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 3:22 PM

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To the OP

PT doesn't take time away from my being active. It definitely takes time away from other things I should be doing on the computer (I'm in graduate school).

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 3:41 PM

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what irritates me the most is that sometimes when you find a group and everything seems to go well, people start dropping out or becoming inactive, and you're kind of the one who tries to drag the whole thing on and give everyone that 'constructive criticism' they probably don't even log on to read..

It's a pity really that we can't divide the groups into very active, active, not very active, etc, and in those active ones put people who truly are (not just pretend they are!), and in the other ones where people just log on to put their daily food plan - and nothing's bad with these groups too.

I'd just want to know right away.

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 6:26 PM

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take the active members and start your own group and send out invites is what I would do. I am lucky My groups are great and supportive. and will kick My butt when I need it and I do the same for them we support and talk to each other.

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 8:46 PM

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I think people could learn a lot from gauging the level of communicaton of their group ... it' s like any social interaction .. if the group or team is really talkative and writes long posts, go ahead and do that .. if the trend seems to be toward shorter, more direct posts and comments, go with that .. or find a group that matches your communication syle .. I have seen an enthusiastic team stopped dead in their tracks by a really wordy post IN ALL CAPS ... some posters write such long notes in their logs ( long to me it is ..) I feel like I don't have time to read them

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 10:32 PM

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maybe a few people should start a few groups for us very active posters and put the links on here. Then we can all divide up into those groups and we will already know everyone actively posts.

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 1:22 AM

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Yes ! It definitely helps me. IOP If you can motivate yourself to get up and excersice and eat healthy more power toto you! PT has also helped me emotionaly. I feel like I found a anymous friemdly group who really help me and many have walked in my sometimes chubby shoes! I love Pt. Better i sit and read in front of a computer then eat!

Monday, April 30, 2007, 12:17 AM

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I love PT. I'm not sure I would have lost the weight that I have if it weren't for my group members challenging me, checking up on me, keeping me accountable, encouraging me and just listening when I need it. They are the biggest support that I have in my weight loss and I'd go crazy without PT. I get so many ideas for food and workouts and the different workout or eating challenges that they offer to keep me motivated is awesome. I've lost 25 lbs with PT and am only 10lbs from my goal... Once again... I LOVE PT!

Monday, April 30, 2007, 10:26 AM

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PT is the best. I've lost 20 lbs slowly over my two year relationship with PT. I've joined groups, started groups, left groups, and finally found a great combination of people and groups who are incredibly supportive. I think of them as my friends, even though we have never met in person.

For me, being accountable, writing things down, getting advice, feedback, and some tough love on occassion has really helped me stick to my weight loss goals. I would probably have felt adrift without PT.

I am so glad I found this place!

Monday, April 30, 2007, 10:42 AM

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