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Tue. May 15, 12:30am

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I am brand spankin' new too...so I'll watch this post as well!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:47 AM

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the best thing to do to get the most out of this site is search the groups and teams and find some good supportive ones. it may take a bit to find the perfect fit. its not always easy. I have some great groups and teams , but I quit a few that weren't so great to find the mix I have now.

the most important thing to do with this site is LOG LOG LOG. log every bite you eat. this site is about accountabilty to our actions. log the good things you do as well as the bad.

if you only log the good things your only cheating yourself because your groups cant support what they dont know. they only know what you need if you tell them. ask for suggestions. if you have experiences and dont understand them. like I got sick after a gym session. My group gave Me tips to keep that from maybe happening again.

we are all in this together. set goals for yourself, but make sure they are attainable goals. Im not saying not to keep your ultimate goal in mind of say losing 60 pounds which is what I want for Myself, but set small goald to help you reach that main goal. like I have in My log a list of things I will do everyday and I put Done each day I do them and no each day I don't. when I dont do them My group and team members let Me know it. I love Pt.

if I can help in any way please dont hesitate to ask.

lynneta is My user name


Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 4:43 AM

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New on PT

I am new and am wondering about the feedback. The first group I joined - a Getting Started group - disappeared and I can't find it. I then joined Elle's group and am logging. How do I receive feedback? Thanks.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 9:17 AM

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You give feedback by looking at others logs, and you get as well, usually by asking in my experience. The best thing you can do is to start logging to notice your habits. Go to the member directory and you'll see people and how they use their log for progress. Join a group and interact with the other members - offer a supportive comment. Ask for help if you need it. You give what you get here.
Hope this helps.

- Laura

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 9:41 AM

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A few more thoughts for new PT members -

The core of the PT site is the (shared) log. You pretty much have to make log entries of some sort to get value out of PT. Some people make very detailed logs and update several times a day, and others are very bare-bones and may include only the meals, or only the workouts. Some people confide every detail of their existence to the Notes section. It's up to you to decide what and how much.

You're probably here because you want to lose weight or get in better shape or something like that. PT does not give you a plan. It's a support device for whatever plan you choose on your own. You can chat with others in a group or team about what works for you or for them, or what you might like to try, but in the end you make the choices.

You're allowed to make up your plan as you go, and to change it any time. You're allowed to change groups or teams as often as you want, and you should expect to make at least a few changes in the process of finding compatible group/team members. You can join several groups or teams at the same time if you like a lot of chatter.

Groups are listed in the directory only if they have open slots, so when there's a burst of publicity for PT as recently happened, hundreds of people arrive at the same time and the available groups change drastically from hour to hour. You can't entirely rely on the group profiles because the tone of a group depends on the people who are in it, and usually the membership turns over eventually. Just remember, you can come and go as you like.

PT is a "support" device but support means different things to different people. Think about what might be useful support for you, and make it known. People differ, and we don't know you. Some people respond best to lots of praise, some want to be nagged, some only want to have that sense in the back of their mind that someone is watching and they don't really need or want to hear much. Make your wishes known, and see if that's something you can get from the people you're with. If not, just change groups.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 10:28 AM

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