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Do people know you're trying to lose weight?

I'm just wondering how many people share their weight loss efforts/progress/plan with others?

Sat. Aug 25, 1:03pm

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everyone arround me knows about My weight goals.. it keeps me more accountable to myself.. they are all very supportive.. I am really lucky.. I have an amazing husband that supports me.. He says he loves me as I am, but knows I need this for me.. my family and friends support me every step of the way.. not to mention my pt family I could not get through the rest of this journey without.. they are terrific!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 1:19 PM

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The only ones who knew were my doctor, my daughter, my two best friends, and my friends here at PT. Otherwise, I didn't share w/ anyone, and intentionally kept it quiet. I'm not sure why...I think I was afraid I'd fail or expected to hear negative comments, discouragement. But now many people, especially coworkers comment almost every day about how much weight I've lost.

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 1:49 PM

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No I don't like people keeping tabs on me!

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 2:01 PM

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My husband knows obviously - and it helps, too, b/c now he makes a point not to offer me anything that he's eating after dinner (my danger zone.) My friends know now just b/c it's now obvious that I've lost weight, but I didn't tell them before hand. I generally kept my efforts to myself unless there was someone I knew well who expressed a desire to lose weight, then I tried to rally them (and myself) by proposing a joint effort. It usually doesn't go anywhere (some people get stuck with the action part...), but a friend did recently take me up on the offer and together we've lost 45 pounds!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 2:06 PM

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I didn't tell anyone I was trying to lose weight... they just began to notice I was eating better and getting smaller, and then I told them I was making changes. I try to keep it as low key as possible because, for one, its quite personal, and also I just don't want the pressure. I get plenty of accountablity here on PT! Also, I don't know about you guys, but none of my friends or family know I use PT. I love PT but for some reason I want to keep it a secret.

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 2:08 PM

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2:08 - I keep PT a secret, too :) Have no idea why! I'm just a closeted internet user I guess!

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 2:09 PM

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1:19 poster here. I didnt tell eveyone.. of course My husband knows. and close friends and family, but when I lost 2 stones.. to americans thats 28 pounds. I got what are you doing? wow you look great? so I started sharing.. it helps too. I work in a choc shop and dont get offered as much by my coworkers that way lol

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 2:41 PM

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This is an interesting question. I have never been one to talk weight loss mainly because people have so many preconceived notions about what a that involves....mainly because they expect a diet....and diet jail....and going off a diet. I can't even go into that space for any length of time ..mainly because I don't make a good jail bird.

I HAVE lost a tremendous amount of weight and the effects are unmistakable so now I talk (this is a five year effort...very slow moving but I have taken off about 85 pounds). My strategies are for the long run and are focused toward permanent change so I do some very nondiet things like eating dessert...but I only do that once a week and it is real dessert, ordered out in the company of loved ones and shared. Don't hear people who "diet" talk about that unless they are talking about cheating...a word I don't include in my vocabulary.

I have become a one woman movement and I talk about how people are living.....that is my focus. I ask about the amount of sleep they are getting and how they deal with stress. I also talk about real food vs. manufactured "food".....and I talk about having fun which for me is being active outside in's not hours clocked on an eliptical. So it is complicated and many people are so convinced that dieting is THE answer it gets confusing for many. But I am still talking.

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 4:28 PM

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I don't tell folks - that is tantamount to an invitation to make comments and offer advice, and quite frankly, my eating plan and weight loss goals are not up for debate, scrutiny, etc... They've been working for me and I don't need to advertise.

Sometimes I have folks notice (esp if they haven't seen me in awhile) and ask how I did it - I usually don't go into it because I've tried before and for the most part, unless they're at 'that point' where they are ready to make changes in their life, they may ask but they really don't want to hear about it.

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 8:08 PM

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8:08 - I hear ya! In my case, I find the people who don't really want to hear about it are the ones who are disappointed that there's no 'secret' to how I did it - it's good old fashioned eating less and exercising more.

Saturday, August 25, 2007, 9:41 PM

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