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Team Name: progress NOT perfection 2014
Members: 138
Location: 01503



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Profile: We may all follow a different path, but we all have the same goal- get healthy and loose or maintain weight. Support, motivation and the occasional kick in the butt is what we offer to members.

Last posted: Monday, October 20, 2014, 5:00 AM

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Members profiles:
I'm a 45 year old voice/choral/music theatre teacher and song writer. I weigh 189 lbs on a 5'1" frame. Two years ago, I weighed less than 140 lbs. For the larger part of the last 2 years, I was ill and couldn't move off of the couch. This devolved into a period of depression that I'm just coming out of and I need all the helpful cheerleaders I can get! I'm going from a completely sedentary life to needing to move, change what I eat, how I eat and how much I eat. I was very happy with my experience with PeerTrainer in 2007/08. I posted very frequently and found the groups really helpful!


I am a 55 yr old mother of 2 grown children. My weight has gone in every direction since college. I have had health issues and many years of caring for ailing family members. Now I need to focus on me; I have horses, goats, and dogs, so I am busy. I need energy-so I won't starve myself-- I need to eat right and not fast..... And I have to have a sense of humor during this challenge.......


Hi I am a 46 year old mother of a 5 year old and currently a education director for a NGO. I lost weight 3 years ago and became really fit but then broke a rib and gave up...literally gave up. I did a boot camp last year and completed it but was horrified at myselff. Now, a year later, heavier and out of shape more than ever, I went to the doctor in Feb 21012 and he prescribed 7 meds, lifelong for COPD, asma, etc. So, I chucked the meds in March 2013 and started a 30 day juice fast to kick my health back in! Goal accomplished! OH yes, and even as a Librarian and lifelong teacher, I am horrib-le typist, sorry. I get really motivated and then as soon as I start seeing results or start feeling better I tend to sabotage myself.(Point in fact, right after my blood tests and clear lungs, I stopped my juice fast..and ate EVERYTHING again!) I do well with mini goals and support AND accountability. When I was working with a trainer threee years ago and at my best physically in ten years, I used to receive daily and often hourly texts from him and it was enough to keep me going. Although guilt is my biggest motivator and I hope to get to a place where JOY replaces the guilt, Still working on the guilt and the feeling of entitlement!


Happily married, in my early 60's w/ two grown kids and a 3 yr old grandson I watch 3 days/week.


I am 40and a mother of 3. I lost 50 pounds back in 2008. I was very active with peertrainer while losing but quit with my accountability after I met my goal. I'm going from working full time to now part time couple days a week. My sole goal for 2014 is to find myself again and get mentally, spiritually, and physically healthy. And for peer vanity reasons.....my license needs renewed thus summer and I absolutely can not go from having a 148 lbs on my license to 200! So it's time to get serious again. .


I am a 34-year-old busy working mom of 2! I love to workout but it's often hard to find the time!


Halloween of 2009 was when I came to PT at 154 and after a year was solidly at 140 (which was the high end of my original goal). Sadly, since a vacation in early December, I went back up to 145, but am back down below 140 most of the time. I am married to a wonderful man. Who since April 2011 has lost about 50 pounds, with about 40 more to go. Our house has been a difficult conglomeration of diets and emotions over the last year. We don't have kids. He is retired, I run my family's bar and grill. I am a born again Christian and trust in the Lord to take care of everything in my life.


I am 53 years old, 5'3 and currently weigh 150lbs. I would love to loose ten to 15 pounds and get pressure of my knees and ankles.


I am a 59 year old, Middle School Orchestra teacher, currently working on my Ed.D. (Graduate in May 2016?) I have 2 children in their 20's and a husband that works in another city. I must lose these pounds, improve vitality by my 60th birthday!


I am a teacher and do well in the school year when I have a good schedule. Summer presents a new challenge for me every year.


I'm 28. I work at a school providing music therapy services to high-risk youth. Also working on finishing my master's in music therapy.


I am 25 years old, and am finally adjusting to my not-so-recent marriage and move to a new city. My husband and I got married in October of 2012 and I moved to Waterloo, Iowa to live with him. Over the course of a year, I have gained 35 pounds! I don't necessary hate the way I look, but I'm scared by my decrease in energy--most likely due to the added weight and poor food choices. I used to be fairly physically fit through healthy eating and exercising with a personal trainer, but all that changed when my husband and I began our marriage and suffered and very bad financial situation. We've taken a while to recover and during that time I became depressed by not knowing anyone in a new town and being unemployed for a while. I turned to food and alcohol to comfort me. I am feeling much better now with a job that I love and a wonderful marriage; now it is time for me to get my mojo back and take back my health! I am very committed to this and appreciate all the help and encouragement I can get. I am a musician/liturgist by trade but in my spare time love to read, play video games, go for walks (when it's not -20 degrees), lift weights, do crafts, and cook.


I am 42 years old now.. I have accomplished alot on this journey.. I started out at 370 pounds.. Im still a work in progress but have released almost a whole person In 2010 I lost my dad to cancer from smoking and I let my life go. along with taking care of my disabled mom wheelchair bound now. so alot of hurdles to overcome. well enough of letting my life go. its time to take it back and thats what I am doing this new year.. alot of changes to come. my life is still unwritten. and im writing it this year!..


I am an educator working at the district level.I was extremely happily married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. He was my rock and my support in everything even though he was physically ill all of our marriage. He passed away in August of 2012 after 4 long years in and out of the hospital. That first year he was sick I gained 30 lbs to a bit over 200lbs. Through Peertrainer and Dr. Fuhrman, I lost almost 80lbs and now weigh 126. I had been attending the untiversity and was almost through with a Ph.D but had to stop to care for my husband. I dont think I will go back. I have a huge supportive family and a lot of good friends. I am trying to find out how to live the rest of my life in a way that honors my husband's memory. He never complained and lived his life to the fullest, refusing limitations. I am working on it! I am vegan, still need to exercise, and an Elvis devotee. That is part of who I am and part of my daily experience. My kids are all grown with kids and grandkids of their own. My goals include getting back to running and finding a way to be happy.



I'm 28 years old and live in Ontario, Canada. I've been a member of PT for 9 years, with some breaks, but I'm back, because I really missed logging.

Highest Weight: 312lbs, Dec 2012 I am currently at 272 - I have lost 40 lbs in the past 18 months and want to ramp it up!

I love boxing - I got into it 1 year ago and am so glad I joined a community of people who work hard and really strive for what they want. It's truly a little family at the club. I've decided to leave though, and join a more regular gym (alot less pricey) - and I like it there too.

I saw a naturopath about a year ago and learnt that I'm lactose intolerant and mildly intolerant to gluten. It's a challenge creating a new life around those parameters.

Looking for friends on PT to help with support!


I'm a mother of 2, Cole age 12, and Emilie age 9. I gained weight not because of the kids, although that would be a great excuse, but to be honest it's just my own bad eating habits. I live in Omaha, NE.


38 yr old , have let work and stress affect my lifestyle for too long. Gone from home for 13 hrs a day, so need a low fuss plan. Avid dancer and knitter / fiberholic. 1/2013 had severe ankle sprain that really derailed all my regular activities...finally getting back towards normal abilities a year later


Well I'm 55 now, but being Fifty Something and Fabulous is still the goal :) But more important I want to be healthly. We have a lot of health problems in our family and the one main factor is weight, so it's time for me to do something about it. I'm happy to report....that I've been here since May 2007, and I've dropped over a 100 lbs. I'm 55 now and I'm healthier and fitter than I'm been in years. As of Aug 19, 2009, I feel my final goal weigh for myself is around 140, I'm close but still not there..........


44 with three young kids. Resumed running in 2012 and would like to be happy with my time for,*any* race!! My goal is to get to goal weight and eat clean more often than not.


From beginner runner in August 2007 coming into PEERTrainer.
+First 1/2 Marathon: September 2007
+First marathon: December 2007.
+Marathon Maniac: March 2009.
+First Back2Back Marathon weekend: October 2009
+50 State Marathon Club member: December 2010.
+Marathon Maniac Diva: May 2011.
+Half Fanatic: September 2011
+First double (back2back days): October 2011.
+First ultra distance (50K): September 2012

*50th lifetime marathon completed: 11/11/2012*
@ the Outer Banks Marathon (NC)

26.2 PR: 2013 Wisconsin 6:17:50
13.1 PR: 2008 Kona 2:43.04


48 yr old, 5'6". Happily married/Mother of Two teenagers and One Loving Lab.


Not my first time on PT. Joined a few groups over 2008/09, reached my goal weight and got super fit! Then life changed and I've been on a slow backwards slide.... I'm 29, work for a hospital in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I want to get fit and healthy again so I can get out and enjoy it!


I am 53 years old and a mom of three great kids. I met my goal a few years ago when I first joined PT but then gained it all back and then some. I don't like how I feel and want my old clothes back so time to do it!


I am a 35 year old mother of two small children (5 years old and 3). I am 5ft1 and weigh about 135 pounds. In July 2011 I weighed about 116lbs so I would like to lose these extra pounds that I have put on. I must remember that I need to make nutrient dense food choices and exercise...not an easy task with two small kids and working full time but I know I can and must do it!


I am 61 years old, a Christian, married, mother of 6 ages 36 to 21, and grandmother of 16.


I'm 51 and my body is a bit ravaged from injuries, but I still get out. I currently hold the title of "Riverboarding World Champion in Freestyle Surfing" for what it's worth. I want to be thinner to be more attractive and lighter/meaner in sports. Energy is better thanks to my naturopath and the corrected thyroid dosage.


43 yrs old, feel 22.....runner, mother, wife.





I lost weight in the past with the help of Peer Trainer. I slipped into my old habits and here I am again. Since May I have lost 30+ pounds. Hoping to be at 130 by the end of December.


Am 52- the lbs gradually accumulated over the years. I lost weight and reached my goal about a year ago, and am now trying to maintain my weight.


I am 26 years old. Two boys (3 year old and 1 year old). I am working part-time at a law firm as a paralegal. Husband is active duty army. I gained 90lbs during my second pregnancy and am in the process of losing the weight. 60lbs gone, 25lbs to go! After my first pregnancy I gained and lost the baby weight and will do it again!








48, single mom of 6 great kids aged 13-23


I'm a 47 year old woman with two adorable 10 year old daughters. My husband is very supportive of my weight loss efforts and my job is very stressful! started PEERtrainer 7/3/2013 weight - 135.4


I will be fifty in January , and have been on this journey way too long. I live in Tallahassee, FL . I have a 13 yo daughter, and my BF has recently moved himself in - not a bad thing, but a bad influence when it comes to food, and sitting on the couch.


Married Mother of 4 kids, Ages 9, 7, 5 and 3 Home Maker Christian





I am 44 year old Christian, married for 22 years, 4 children(27, 21, 19, 18) , 1 daughter in law (27) and 3 grand children (3,2,1). My18 year old daughter still lives at home with my husband and me. I work full time, and going to school part time and try to go to the gym every weekday morning. I like to kayak in fairly calm waters, hiking, travelling, and just started learning scuba diving.


I'm single mom with 4 kids at home. I own a web design business and am an introvert so I spend alot of time at home alone behind my desk. My weight has gotten out of control this past two years - I gained 30 lbs!





I am a full time employee of AON, I am a triathlete-I did my first tri in June. I am a runner and have been for the last 6 years(minus a year for knee surgery), I am an avid reader and like to quilt. I am a mom of two kids(22 & 16) and I have two dogs and two cats. I have been married for 24 years.


I have yo-yo'd all my life.


I am trying to lose 30 lbs I gained/lost/gained again during/after my pregnancies and probably pretty much my life ever since I was 15. Last year at this time I weighed 20lbs less than today (July 25, 2012) and only 10 lbs away from my pre-pregnacy weight. This is humiliating to say the least. The 'baby' 's now 2 years old and she sleeps through the night (on most of the nights anyway). This is a good time for me to re-start my healthy living challenge again, this time I am determined to make it sick for life. I will be tryiing to fit 1 hour of moderate exercise on most of the days and follow a vegan diet, with the goal to adopt some good habits so I can maintain healthy weight for life.


I work in health research, so know what to do, but applying it to my own life is the challenge! I've always struggled with my weight, and have often over time been a bit overweight. Prior to my first pregnancy (my daughter is now six) I was fit and a healthy weight of around 64kgs. However, three children later, plus lots of chocolate and stopping exercise, I am now at my heaviest. I am shockingly unfit, and finding that things like just getting up and down from the floor are an effort and that I am not able to keep up with my kids. I am also very concerned that obesity would lead to other conditions and that not only would I not have the energy to be the best mother I can be, but that it could take years off my life - and being an older mother of young children that is a scarey thought. So, I am restarting my journey to regaining my health and functional fitness.


I am a 39-year-old woman living in Ca, working as a speech-language pathologist for kids who are deaf and hard of hearing. I love what I do even though it does seem to get REALLY BUSY. Sometimes it’s hard to fit in the amount of work I feel I need to accomplish in the hours that I am paid for. Have an amazing and quirky family. Jogged my first 5K in Dec of 07 and now have a PR of 29:23.1 (Feb. 2013). I like spending time with friends, heading out to the beach, working out , swimming reading and walking my dog.


i turned 61 on may 21 - married and have 2 kids - daughter 31 and married son 27 - work with a friend making baby buntings (cocoons) -help a friend making horse riding jackets for shows,and i get to go to a horse show in feb in arizona i currently weigh 152.6(down from 182) im only 5 feet so want to weigh 110 - i am body building,spinning and eating a high protein/low carb diet for now


Interested in long term change and living a healthy, whole life in every way.


I am 50 something, very unhappy right now with my weight. After the death of my mother, I completely lost all desire to exercise and have steadily gained back all the weight I lost and kept off for 3 years. Now I have to face the mirror again. I need plenty of help.





i'm 32 years old and i want to shed 15-20lbs. i originally weight 220 . i'm 5'10 and my goal weight is 170-160.


I'm 28 yrs old and ready for something different. I am a teacher and life is pretty hectic around here. Between planning, marking and extra-curriculars, I am left with little time to myself. Is this fair? Absolutely not. I spend so much time caring for others, but never myself. This time is different and I will change.


I'm 35, 5'6', wife, and Mom of 3.Consistent PT food logging helped me lose 20 lbs in 2009... Slowly put it back, so I'm back here logging.


I'm a 57 year old mom of three grown children, and I have 9 great-grandchildren, whose families I'm very involved in supporting (so the moms can stay at home). I work in a hospital lab 3-4 days a week. I also love to ride bikes, read, sew, refinish furniture, and work in the flower beds.


I'm 27 yrs old and I'm trying to figure out this crazy thing called life. I know that losing weight and getting in shape is going to help me out in a lot of ways. I'm getting so close to goal and having so much fun. I love exercising now and I'm learning things about myself that I never knew. I love my PT family and owe a lot of my success to them.

Here are some of my favorite quotes that have kept me going:

- Excuses or Results. You can't have both.

- I know I can do this because I AM doing it.

- When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

- You are stronger than you think you are.

- You can feel SORE tomorrow or you can feel SORRY tomorrow. You choose.

- Is this the healthiest choice I can make right now?

- Respect yourself and others will respect you. - Confucius

- Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda


I am married, no kidsd, two dogs and one cat. Work from home right now. Tired of talking about getting healthier but not really doing it.


I am a 45 year old Chrisitian SAHM. I homeschool 4 children and am married to a wonderful guy.


LINK TO MY LOG:http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/CommittedtoLoseWeight Lost 110# finishing on April 1, 2008 Married professional male with two kids. Live on West Coast. Tend to gain wt in Oct and lose in April. Trying to break that cycle. Lost 110 pounds finishing in April 2008. Lost first 30 on Atkins then 80 on Optifast.


I joined PT 3 years ago and have lost 20 pounds during that time. I am now 66 and retired 4 years ago from a very stressful job. My life is complicated and the decision to make a change began with leaving work. I am making healthy changes in my life by tackling one challenge at a time. Joining PT was the second most important change I made. The Cheat System coupled w DR. Fuhrman's Eat to Live Program, has served me very well because it gives me the freedom to embrace my current challenge..to over come cheating by embracing it! The responsibilities of being a caregiver for my 96 year old mother and my developmentally disabled 30 year old son who had to move back home w me 7 months ago, brought increased stress that added 5 pounds to my lowest weight. since November. Logging food and positive support from like minded people has worked best for me. Although things got crazy for awhile, and I stopped logging and commenting, I have recommitted to taking time for myself once again. Daily exercise is essential to keeping my stress manageable, so I walk whenever possible (usually about 5 - 6 days a week) Also I have an arm injury so I try to work a few days a week w weights.


I am 72 and have been active and thin. But put on 25 pounds in the last few years.. 15 in the last 8 months. Need to re-become who I was and want to be. Need support to meet my goal.


I was an avid runner until I blew my knee out a few years ago. I gained tons of weight and am having a difficult time losing it. I am married and the mother of 3 grown children, two of whom live in Germany.


A young 57, 5' 7", married 38 yrs, no children, 2 dogs. My expectation is to become Fit for Life. Previously, I lost 60 lbs with Weight Watchers and gained it all back because I didn't plan a maintenance program after I lost the weight. My weight has yoyo'd up and down all my life. It's time to take conquer this aspect of my life for once and for all time! My utmost desire is to lose and stabilize at a comfortable weight for health, happiness and peace of mind. I am currently struggling to overcome health challenges since Sep 2013, which has made ramping up exercise and making too many changes to my diet too quickly a little frustrating at times. I find myself taking two steps forward and 1 step back. You never know how much you can do until you try! I have every faith I will get there if I keep pressing forward a little at a time.


I would love to find someone in my area Newnan GA!!!I am 57 and have gained 10lbs that I can not budge! I own my own business and now have the time to commit to myself! I am married and have 22 yr old daughter. I used to love exercising now I can't get started.


I am 42 years old. Before I turned 40, I wanted to lose some weight I had been gaining. I turned 40 and then said the same thing about before I turned 41. Now I AM 42 - I want to get serious about this. I am a part of the team "Progress not Perfection" and it has been great! I am starting over - so to say - as I just haven't been taking care of myself - although I have been doing well back at school.


I am 49 yrs old. Married & have three kids (17, 19 & 32). I have battled my weight since 5th grade and other than a few years, I have been overweight to one degree or another but was always very physical & active till a move 7 yrs ago. I have lost 39 lbs in the last year or so focusing on foods, but not adding "extra" activity and want to continue a bit more aggressively. I want to do the things I used to do... be active ... ride & train my pasture ornaments, hike & find a workout buddy again some day I Live on mini farm. I do not generally believe in western medicine practices that only treat but do not cure.


I am a user experience designer for mobile and web... which means a lot of time in front of the computer. I struggle to get out and about and go hiking, etc.


I'm a 23 year old college student and ready for a change. I've been overweight my whole life, it runs in my family, but I would like to break the cycle and stop having "lose weight" on my to do list. I want to make permanent good lifestyle choices that will end up in losing weight. So my current goal is to find a workout routine that I can follow and actually enjoy (which is easier said then done). I'm starting out at 226 pounds and my goal is 130 pounds.





I love living in the country and have a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter.








I'm 64 and overweight and not feeling good. I want both to change.





A mom in my 30's, with two young children, needing to put some focus back on my own well being.





32 yr old stay-at-home mother of 3 kids ages 7,4, and 1. I used to hate running, but now I like it. I like to read, sew, and travel. I love being outside in sunny weather.





Stay at home mom/ biz owner, motivated in everything else but weight loss is my monkey on my back! I am on herbal magic currently and it has taught me about my eating habits or my non eating habits ! 31 down so far now and looking at 20 more . My original.goal date was mid May but I travel a lot and struggle during those times away from my own kitchen.


You can read my log: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/start-now-sa.asp I = icandoit276. But I summarize my totals here anyway. 50+ year old married male profesional with 2 kids on the LEFT Coast of USA What works for me: 1. Daily logging of cals and exc 2. Low fat meals 3. Commenting on PEERTrainer 4. Planning the food I eat 5. Beck-style awareness 6. Hypertrophy of my resistance muscle 7. Keeping goals in mind: health, longevity, good looks and good shape, staying around for wife and kids, avoiding stroke, heart attack, cancer


I'm 22 years old and love learning about nutrition. I am ready to change my body and to become more connected with the foods I choose to eat.


24 year old professional/grad student. Need to lose 20lbs. Love to run and workout, but have trouble staying on track.


I am 48 (49 now) year old married, working mother with a teenage son still at home. I have always struggled with my weight and have lost a large amount of lbs. several times but I gain the weight back plus another 15 lbs. I have been making small changes over time and I am feeling much more energetic.





I am a 38-year-old single mom of a 5-year-old, working part time. I find it hard to get serious about this whole process because of everything else that is going on in life. But ignoring the fact of continuously putting on more weight and going out to buy new bigger clothes several times a year has not helped at all so far. ;) So here I go - let´s get started!


44 grandmother of 1 and mother to 2 boys... married to a great man who loves at all sizes... wanting to get healthy and stay healthy for me! all kinds of issues run in my family -- heart disease, diabetes, hypertension... Been gluten free for 4 years now.. I also have hashimoto's disease from years of not being diagnosed correctly with thyroid issues...


I'm a 34 year old mother. I'm a stay at home mom to three children.


Mother, wife, mom, writer.


I'm a soon to be 39yr old working full time with an 18yr old daughter at home. Have been overweight for coming up 20 years.


48 yrs old female, 5'4" & 280 lbs. Formerly fit, but battled illness & stress. Looking to rebound!


50 something counsellor, celiac and possibly lactose intolerant too (not sure which will be harder to give up, fresh bread or milk and Greek yogurt!)








My name is Heidi and I'm a married 46 year old mother of a 20 year old son, and 17 year old daughter.


I am a 48 year old wife and mother of three grown children ages 24, 22 and 19. I am in pharmacy school so life is a little crazy and certainly challenges my eating habits.





I'm a 38 y/o female, 5' 6", starting weight 147; married with no human children but do have the other kind: one dog and two kitty-heads! Since being married – four years now -- I’ve gained 20+ pounds. Since then, I've had more "Tomorrow is the start of a new me" days than I can count! What has finally started working for me: Being an active member of Peer Trainer and following The Cheat System Diet. So grateful for both!


I am a 44 year old medical professional, married, no kids. I have struggled with food issues my whole life. I lost 85 pounds and kept it off for over 2 years. Gained 25 pounds over the past year. Still need to lose 50 pounds to get to where I need to be.


I'm Rachel and I work in the health care industry so fitness has always been important to me. I look forward to meeting others who share a similar passion as we support each other in our journeys.


I am 35 years old. I have two toddlers and I work full-time as a therapist.


Since my late 20's I've been gaining a comfortable 5 pounds per year. 30 pounds later, I am having so much trouble losing just 1 pound and keeping it off! I think about food or look at it and I gain weight!


I am 54 y/o and parent of one very athletic child. I am a working professional and have to juggle family, work, church. I have backslid a lot due to injuries but now need to get back to where I was. PERSONAL MOTTO: Based on my results, how hard am I working for what I want?


These are my motivations for getting to my goal weight (130s):
1) Health
2) Comfortable longevity
3) Stamina & energy
4) Easier and safer for running
5) Sense of accomplishment I get from running
6) Sense of control and self-actualization

I'm already at an "acceptable" weight, but that's the problem. I keep gaining and losing the same 25-40 lbs (within the "healthy" range, according to the charts, but it is not healthy to yo-yo!) It is too easy to just say "I'm ok the way I am." I am at my best when I'm in the 130s, so I want to get there and stay there.

This is my ultimate goal: I am training for a 5K which has not been scheduled yet (in fact, it is probable that the race organizers have not even been born yet!), but it will be March 4, 2062, the first Saturday after I turn 100. All of my marathons, all my workouts, all my good eating habits – all of this is directed toward that one goal – being healthy and in good condition to run this 5K. And I will keep running them until I get an age group medal! :-)I am 52, separated, mother of two adult children. I’m a church organist and I teach piano at a community college and in a community school of music, and I do some accompanying, wedding gigs, etc. I am also a volunteer adult literacy tutor, and have three three-legged cats. (Nine cat legs total).

Before age 42 1/2, I did no exercising whatsoever. I was only slightly overweight – (5’7”, in the upper 160s) -- nothing to be too concerned about, but a question popped into my head all of a sudden – “What kind of 76-year-old do I want to be someday?” -- and for some reason, I pictured a 76-year-old me, running a road race. This was weird, because I knew I couldn’t run 2 blocks. But I realized that the future I was envisioning for myself was not the future I was preparing for. So I bought a pair of running shoes that day, and have been running ever since. I have had good times and bad with this – including several marathons in several states – and a stress fracture, with a period of time spent on crutches and in a wheelchair! I think I have a handle on what I’m doing now, but I am constantly learning new things about what works for me and what doesn’t!

I thought that with all that running, weight loss would come automatically, but that was not the case. It was pretty clear, though, that the running would be a lot easier if I lost 20, or even 30 lbs., so I started reading about what is the best way to fuel (and not overfuel) all this activity.

I joined PT in April 2007, and found that just logging what I ate caused me to lose weight! Even if nobody reads it, I feel accountable, and I am aware of what kinds of foods I’m eating and in what amounts – so it’s a natural check & balance. Logging every day is really important. I quit being active at PeerTrainer a few years ago, but now I'm back -- because so is the weight. Thought I'd give it a try again.

Now that I have read through the Beck Diet Solution more than once, and DONE THE ASSIGNMENTS (that's important!), I finally feel like I have a handle on my relationship with food. Yay for cognitive restructuring!

My next challenge is to apply this to something that is even more of a problem for me: clutter. I am not a "hoarder," but I was not "obese," either -- but just because I'm not extreme in my problems, doesn't mean that I have it all together. I am continuing to do the Beck techniques for my weight, but I'm also turning my attention to the clutter issue. I found "Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding," by Tolin, Frost, and Steketee. They are psychologists who specialize in applying Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Hoarding Disorder. This is the Beck Diet Solution for clutterers. I am also using the book "Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff," by Dinah Sanders, for a lighter approach. I want to change my relationship with "stuff" as positively as I have changed my relationship with food, and I want these changes to be permanent. An interesting thought -- these two challenges are related. Both involve thinking errors that are hard to unlearn. And it's about more than just clutter and calories.


35 yo fem seeking to shake up the status quo.


59 and tired of being fat. I know eating for nutrition makes me feel great, and the weight loss is an added bonus. After dissolving a long term partnership I have spent the past year wallowing in a pity pool the size of Montana. It stops now. And I begin again.


My health is important! Treating my body with love and respect. Core Rules: 1) eat/drink to win (refers to healthiest version of self) 2) 64 oz h2o daily 3) do not turn to food for support - even when stressors are crazy! 4) keep active (will increase w time) 5) remember there is a light at end of this tunnel = health 6) 1st healthy choice 2nd portion control 3rd overall awareness of my body's needs 7) sleep well 8) pray (always top priority for me) 9) will identify more....


I moved to York in August 2010 and moved into an apartment in November of that year with my boyfriend. I'm currently learning that it's much harder to lose weight when living with someone who also likes fattening food as much as I do, but won't be as motivated and dedicated to stop the habit. Sadly, I have gained back the 50 pounds I had lost, and now weigh more then I ever did at 270. I always scoffed at those people who regained so much weight...and now I've become one! *Sigh*


A healthy vegetarian looking to get a bit slimmer and more toned; currently at a decent weight of 120 lbs. thanks to ETL. Took up regular jogging on the Galloway run-walk method in 2009 and lost 25 lbs. in 20009-2010 on the ETL 6-week plan and ETL Life Plan (from Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live book).


Highly motivated. Can take on too much resulting in lack of organization. I am a CPA; but currently at home with three kids 14, 9 and 9. Hubby 18 years. One adorable cat.


I'm 40 and finally moving towards a vegan diet after 20 years of being vegetarian.


I follow the Core Rule Plan which can be read on the Progress Not Perfection 2014 community tab titled "Core Rule Plan". My log "Peelouts Journal" is also kept there.


I am a 48 years old and I have struggled with my weight for years, and I have had success with other programs, but I have a hard time sticking with them for the long term. I did the cleanse a few years ago and I had great success, but when my work schedule became erratic, and my hubby started cooking, I put on weight. (He does not follow my eating plan) The past few years have been an emotional upheaval and I am back to my heaviest weight. I am committed to eating healthier and getting to my goal weight and staying at it. I need to stay connected to my teams for the accountability.


I am a 23 year old mother of two from Canada. I enjoy doing outdoor activities like gardening, 4x4ing, camping, boating, etc. When I had my second child, I went into a downslide and gained a lot of weight. About 28lbs. I am short so around 118 or a little less is more of the norm for me. I have had spinal surgery when I was young and added weight proves to be a challenge for my rebuilt spine. I have to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet for my own benefit and way of life, not to mention my kids and my husband. I want to be there for them in every sense possible.





I am a 59 year old female, retired nurse Adjusting too an active retired life. I have a lap band and have lost 30 lbs in the last 3 years but now my weight is stuck at 195 lbs. Have health issues including, 2 partial Knee replacements ,and Chronic osteoarthritis Allergic to gluten and dairy but still have challenges being tempted by these food items.....


I am a 47 year old recently divorced single mother of 3 teenage daughters. I work full time as a nurse. I have gone up and down in my weight for years. In 2011 I lost 40 lbs, doing a very low calorie restricted diet but once I got to my goal I couldn't maintain it and gained it all back and then some. I have been through a very difficult divorce and have gained weight due to stress and using food for comfort. I was depressed over the divorce but am starting to get over this. I would like to stop this cycle and get fit, healthy and happy.


Just started PeerTrainer on June 12, 2014


I'm a 35-year old, single professional who works an 8-5, M-F desk job. No matter what I've tried I still come home mentally exhausted and simply want to zone out.


I just turned 40 and I definitely don't feel like it.... I feel at least ten years younger! Mentally that is...lol. Physically I feel very uncomfortable and I want to change that. We are going to be moving to Houston in about a month and I am super excited! New place, new experiences, new life!! :) Otherwise, I'm a caring, goofy girl who loves to cook. I'm definitely a girly girl...lol. I'm so glad I found this site to help keep me on track :)


I'm 44 and work 3 jobs. I own my own dog agility business, work at Edward Jones part-time as a secretary, and help a CPA friend of mine do tax return collation. My husband and I are also getting into barn hunt in addition to our existing agility business. We have a slew of critter. 6 dogs, 9 ducks (with babies on the way), 1 goose and 12 rats (with 3 on the way). We stay ultra-busy which leads me to eating fast and making unhealthy choices . . . stress being my excuse.


I'm usually happy with me. Lately, I'm not. My weight is creeping up again, my exercise routines are practically nil and I sure could use some encouragement. Just approaching 60 in a few days - that kind of has me spooked.


I am in a very demanding program for school right now which has not allowed me much time to workout the past 9 months and I have gradually seen the scale go up. I am now getting to a point that I can work in some time to exercise, but I am having trouble finding motivation.


I'm 33 years old Métis female. I am looking to lose about 50 lbs of fat and gain muscle mass. I am a shift worker. Looking to try to reverse the years of damage I've done to my body by following the Primal Blueprint and Perfect Health Diet principles. I have epilepsy and the high fat diet allows me to feel the best possible, while grains cause me major cramping and bloating.





40 year old mother of 3 with a wonderful husband. Love to cook, love to eat, active. Black belt in karate, medical technician, avid reader and musician. Started gaining weight with pregnancy, no weight problems as a child. Diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (auto immune, arthritis type of inflammatory disease). Several food intolerances confirmed with blood tests, several foods make my inflammation flare up. Trying to lose weight for 20 years :(





I am a 41 y/o married mom of teens. My daughter goes off to college this year. I have been working out for over a year but my weight has been stuck in the low 150's. Not anymore! ( :








Feeling determined, I have done it before with Weight Watchers.. I can do it again!! For my 40th birthday in 2012 I managed to loose over 55lb, having been overweight for most of my life. Over the past 12 months, or so, I have deviated from my path... but now it's time to get back to it, and do better than I did before.... Light and blessings <3


I will soon be 60 and need to really show myself some tender loving care.


I work a lot and free time is spent either out in the yard, taking care of the house or reading for my job. I realize it needs to change and am making a conscious effort to succeed at this. I stopped smoking 7 years ago, cold turkey... but the weight has been a problem ALL my life.


I'm a full time employee, wife of 23 years and mother of two. My faith is in Jesus and I am trusting him to see me thru this journey.





I'm in my forties, very happily married and have two great daughters. I love reading, jazz, coffee (!) and I'm still making peace with my new treadmill. After seven years of over the road truck driving, I'm fat, out of shape and tire far too easily. It stops today.





I am a 38 year old mother of 2 that balances a full time career as well as volunteer teaching religous education to 3rd graders, volunteering as a board member for a not for profit and car pooling kids to and from sports. While I constantly watch my diet, my protein shakes, meal bars. fruits and on the go eating was full of 'cheats'. Brain Chaos was keeping me from losing and now I am ready to make the change. I have hit the point of no return.





Age 45 - 2 kids still at home - another struggling on her own Busy lifestyle watching children participate in activities. I work 40 hours a week, I commute 15 hours a week.






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