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Team Name: Progress NOT Perfection 2015
Members: 210
Location: 01503



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Profile: We may all follow a different path, but we share the same goal. We all want to get healthy while losing some pounds or maintaining where we are at. This team offers amazing support to it's members and gives a kick in the butt if that is what is needed.

Last posted: Sunday, June 04, 2017, 6:19 PM

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46 with three young kids. My goal is to get to goal weight and eat plant based more often than not! Achilles heel: night time eating, processed carbs, and sweets


I am a 57 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.......


I am following a habit building process developed by Charles Duhigg in his book titled "The Power of Habit". You can read about this process and my progress log on the Progress, Not Perfection community tab.


Happily married, in my mid 60's w/ two grown kids and a 4 yr old grandson.





I am 32 y.o., 5'7", starting weight 323lbs and starting BMI 50.1. I am a strong vibrant woman. I am happily married to a man that I could never have dreamed of. He is wonderful and is my support and guiding light. I have 4 amazing. I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia but have been coping. I recently had some major life changing experiences that have finally spurred me to live a healthier lifestyle for the first time in my life.


I am 43 years old now.. I have accomplished alot on this journey.. I started out at 415 pounds.. Im still a work in progress but have released almost a whole person. I have more work to do. In 2011 I lost my dad to cancer from smoking and I let my life go. I was also taking care of my disabled mom until last month. I met a man this year.. Bry is so amazing and supportive.. I moved to PA away from my family to be with him. He cares about living a healthy lifestyle and were finishing our journeys together. no more yo yoing. I am finished with that. no more excuses its tie to finish what I started years ago. 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!..


Age 55, married 30 years, love dogs and pets. Professional Pet Sittter.


I am 48 (50 ->>51 now) year old married, working mother with a teenage son still at home. I have always struggled with my weight and have lost a lot of lbs. several times but I gain the weight back plus another 15 lbs. Even now, I occasionally plateau even when I am doing everything right- I have to learn to keep going even when the scale doesn't move. I am still (and will forever) working on taking care of me, not derailing my progress when bad or stressful life events happen-emotional eating and I have a tendency to put all of myself into others and neglecting my own needs- I am working on this.


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!


This is the year I turn 50 and recently both of my parents not only were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but had caratoid artery surgery. That is my future, unless I make a big effort to change my eating habits, my exercise habits and make life changes. This is the year....I will do it.


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


Mom of two teen boys, married, work full time in stressful job


I'm 53 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.


I'm a retired from a physically demanding profession, the mother of 2 grown men and 5 grandchildren that I don't get to see nearly enough. I enjoy walking, gardening, sewing and quilt making. I am blessed to have a husband that is able to provide for us. For extra money I do some "mystery shopping" and business audits as a sub contractor.





I'm 48, happily married w/ no kids. I have been challenged by binge eating disorder for 35 years but I'm making strides in dealing with it.


i turned 64 on may 21 - married and have 2 kids - daughter 34 and a married son 30 - i currently weigh 144.4(down from 182) im only 5 feet so want to weigh 110 - i am body building, doing cardio and eating a high protein/low carb diet for now - i also have a bodybuilder friend that competes and i make the suits she wears


I'm married with no kids but I do have two beagles which are what I consider "my boys". My husband of over 25 years is a chef and my best friend. He is as supportive and encouraging as any girl could want. Started the Freshstart Cleanse in August 2012 and continued a tight regimen for 2 years in which I dropped over 80lbs. Over the last 2 years I've slipped back into old habits and have put 60 lbs back on. I don't like it. I need the support of like minded people to help me modify all those bad habits I've begun again. I love the communities here on PEERtrainer. On Monday 04/25/2016 I'm starting the Cleanse protocol again. Long work days make exercise a difficult thing to begin again but I'm starting that process today as soon as I've "declared my intentions". There's nothing like accountability to keep me on track. So here goes... Peertrainer was a life saver for me. I know I can do it again as long as I stay focused and keep my eye on the goal.


37, wife and FT working Mom, Goal wt: 145.


Female, 47 married no kids but 2 big dogs. I play soccer in the summer, but don't have a winter sport. I started PT Nov 22 2008 @ 155 lb, got to 140 using PT and BFL (Body for Life) but hurt my foot and was in a walking cast for 3 months and it all ended and now unfortunately I'm up past my old high to 163 lb. I want to really get to 130 or lower and stay there.


I am 62 years old, a Christian, married, mother of 6 ages 37 to 22, and grandmother of 16.


I am in my 30s. I have a wonderful husband who works a separate shift than me so that makes it a bit stressful. In my house I have my son with my husband who is 3. I also have my step son who is 11. We have him full time and he is a huge help. I have a huge problem with binge eating right after I get home from work. I also have the all or nothing perfection mentality that really needs to change. I yo-yo all the time. I never stick to anything and it drives me nuts and this is exactly why I am not a success story. no amount of motivation seems to be a big enough drive for me. What I really need is someone who is there each day pushing me and motivating me and checking in with me.








I am female, early 30s...love to read and cook and go bowling...like to travel and try new things, kind of a nerd. ;)


I've been T2 diabetic for 12 years and have been able to manage my blood sugar with minimal medication. But I think I've been kind of in denial about this. I need to work harder and control my diet to lose the weight and get off the meds. completely. I'm also hypothyroid and am currently recovering from a hysterectomy. Ovaries were also taken so just started hormone replacement therapy. Now is a great time to re-evaluate and get started on a the road to healthier eating and healthy living. I don't want to gain any more weight as I continue into menopause. My biggest challenges have been to not feel defeated by all the hormonal factors (thyroid, insulin resistance, diabetes, perimenopause) and to not let those issues be an excuse to stay heavy and out of shape. No more poor me! I need to work harder at working more wisely to achieve greater health.


57 y/o wife, mom of 4, RN. Started the dieting game in high school and have yoyoed ever since gaining and losing the same 25-30 lbs. Also an emotional eater . Have been working on that. Last year at highest weight of 154 and felt awful, experiencing GI issues. At that time got serious about changing diet and adding in exercise which resulted in a 10 lb weight loss that I have been able to maintain .Feeling stuck now in which I haven't been able to move anymore at off. So want to become more serious about " clean" eating for health not just weight loss.


I am 50 years old. My weight has been up and down for the last 10 years, I would like this to be the last time I weigh this much


I am a 30 year old female, professor and pole fitness and dance instructor. I am an emotional eater with a serious addiction to sugar, take out, and food in general.


I'm 31, female, 5 feet tall and I weigh 75 kilos (165 lbs). I frequently travel for work and find it really hard to control my weight loss efforts during my business trips.





Hi I'm MenoBabe I am 54, 5' 4" live in New Zealand and have found in the last couple of years my blood pressure has gone up my weight has gone up and my mobility and health in general has gone down, Menopause has started this year as you could probably gather from my name. I am a foodie so any diet food has to be tasty and I like my wine. I quit smoking 7mths ago and put on a bit of weight but it doesn't matter, so happy to have quit, now I deal with the fall out. :-)








I am 57, and when I was in my 20s & early 30s I was thin and found it easy to stay that way without dieting or exercise. Then in my mid/ late 30s I was in a stressful marriage, compounded by a stressful job, and I ate. Gradually I put on 50lbs, and I've struggled to lose it - so I've just given up. I stumbled across this plan a few months ago and decided to try it once the holidays were over - so here I am trying to be hopeful & determined! Ouch, I weighed myself today - for the first time In many years - and realized that I've put on 70 lbs, and not 50 like I guessed. So I have plenty of work ahead !!








Live in the country, work in the city (lots of hours sitting). Two kids, one in daycare, one in school.


Happily, I am again in the place to make some serious changes in my life after letting myself go after a few tough personal challenges over the past few years. At the same time I am creating a start up business of my own that I am optimistic about. Its Caterpillar time for me & I am ready for it! By November of this year, I should reach some calculated important goals & I will enjoy reading updates of like minded women who are also working hard to make some dreams of their own come true. Small or grand in scope. It's a haul. But a worthy one. All of that said; I am usually very upbeat & enjoy a good laugh.


Mom of 4


I'm a single 30 something female who works in ministry and is currently living out of the country but will return at the end of the year and hope to start my own non-profit.








I am 56, 100 pounds overweight, married, retired, mom of 3 and mom mom of 4.





I work in an office so my goal is to workout sustainably 3x a week








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 overweight. Prior to my first pregnancy (my daughter is now six) I was fit and a healthy. 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 scary thought. So, I am restarting my journey to regaining my health and functional fitness.


Single mom of 4 now 2 are out on own. Really have many things keeping me away from taking care of myself. I am back to only getting enjoyment from eating. I need to find other ways to relieve my stress and feelings of overwhelming. I am tired of having to do everything alone. I am finding is so hard lately.


I'm 34, 5'3" I love the outdoors, drawing, dancing, writing and music.


I am 44 and married with two boys ages13 and 8. I work full-time and rarely have time to myself. I love my house and garden and spend any time I can to keep it neat and clean!


Pushing 50 years old, living in the midwest, two great kids (7 & 12) One wonderful(most days) husband. Just want to get healthy to be able to keep up with my kiddos and to give myself the confidence boost I need to get back in the job market.


The typical story as many here, 59 years. Recently found a notebook that I had in college (1972) that I used to record what I ate in order to try to lose 10 pounds. Have I honestly been dieting for 40 years? That's ridiculous. Well I didn't diet when I was pregnant, twice-- two girls-- permanent 10 pound gain each time. Like I said, pretty typical.


I’ve been at this for more than 15 years. I’ve actually struggled with weight my whole life. I weighed 220 pounds at age 17. Although I never really dieted, per se, as a child/teen I wrestled with body issues and self-esteem greatly. It was such a battle of wills that at age 17 I gave up with caring about how much I weighed. I told myself that I was born fat and would always be fat so I was going to eat whatever I wanted and be happy. I wasn’t going to make myself miserable trying to get skinny. I wasn’t going to worry about looking fat or weighing myself anymore. I went 11 years (ages 17-28) without stepping on a scale; without worrying about what I was or wasn’t eating; not feeling bad about myself; not caring what other people thought about my weight. It was really liberating. Between the ages of 5 (when I came home from kindergarten crying because the other kids called me fatso) until the age of 17 (when I felt as though everyone thought of me as a fat pig) those were the things I seemed to always be thinking, feeling, defining myself as. High School were the worst years of my life. At 17 (graduating HS senior) I went off to college and a new start.

Eleven years later I stepped on a scale and found out that I weighed 232lbs. That’s 12 pounds more than I had thought all those years. I was also told for the first time that I had high blood pressure. I had always had LOW blood pressure. That was rock bottom for me. I decided then and there that I was finally (as an adult) going to get this weight problem under control. I was older now. I could deal with it. I could live with it. I should no longer deny it or pretend it wasn’t a problem.

I gave up butter, mayo and soda instantly. I got on the Slim-Fast program – 2 shakes a day and a reasonable dinner – and lost 64 lbs. in about 4 months. I went from 232 pounds down to 168 pounds. I told myself I would never weigh over 200 lbs. again. AND I haven’t!! Even with regaining and losing, regaining again and losing again about 3 times now over the course of 12 years I have never gotten over 200lbs again.

I maintained that 64 pound loss for about 4 years. Then I met my now husband and over the course of a year I regained 30lbs due mostly to eating out so much. When I hit 198 lbs. I knew it was time to take the bull by the horns and get back on an aggressive weight loss program again. After all I had promised myself never to weigh over 200 pounds again and if I didn't do something soon I would break that promise. I tried Slim-Fast but it just didn’t seem to cut it that time around. It was harder because I had been working out all along and eating reasonably well. The reason I was able to maintain for so long was because I would workout for at least 1 hour everyday. The weight gain was because of all the unhealthy food I began eating when I met my husband. I tried to do it by myself without a program just by going back to healthy eating again. The weight gain stopped, but I wasn’t losing. This is when I found Michael Thurmond’s 6 Week Body Makeover.

In about 6 months I lost 53 pounds – the 30 I had regained plus 23 more. I was at the lowest I had ever weighed – 145 pounds. I quickly regained about 9 lbs. and was able to maintain at about 154 pounds for about 3 ½ years. I was pretty happy at 154 pounds even though it was at the very top end of the healthy weight range according to my doctor. Then the summer of 2009 I regained 18 pounds and was weighing in at 172 pounds. I was definitely not happy at this weight.

I knew I had to find the motivation to get back on track and stay on track. This is when I found a highly motivating group in PEERtrainer. I had actually gotten on PEERtrainer for about a month the year before but stopped logging on when I couldn't find any active groups. I was also part of a weigh loss competition at work. During the Fall of 2009 I lost 18 pounds. During the beginning of 2010 I continued to lose until I reached a new lowest weight of 139 pounds just before my wedding in July of 2010. In the few months following the wedding I gained about 15 pounds and yo-yoed between 148 &154 throughout the rest of 2010.

Although I was happy at 154 pounds for over 3 years (2006 -2009) I felt awesome at 145 and pretty happy for the brief time I was 139. 154 seems to be the number MY BODY seems to like, but my heart and mind is telling me I could and should be in the 130’s.

My goal for 2011 was to lose 26 lbs and weigh in at 128 pounds if only for a week and then maintain between 128-132. That didn't happen. I re-gained 9 pounds the first half of the year then maintained around 165 until mid October when I decided I needed to get working on my final goal of 128 pounds. The last 2 months I have managed to lose 10 pounds and started 2012 at 156 lbs.

UPDATED - Current as of AUG. 4, 2015 Well, it is 2015 and I am still 156lbs. I am working on getting stronger now with programs like Pump and Body Beast. I am no longer tied to the scale and feeling great. Diet mentality is gone. I no longer binge eat and rarely have sugar/junk food cravings because of the healthy way I am eating (21 Day Fix meal plan) and drinking Shakeology every day.


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.


For the past 10 years I have been happily married to my wonderful husband. I lost 62 pounds before and Got off track for the past few years So I am trying to get back on track with a healthy eating plan.


In a LTR, vegetarian, self employed, struggled w/ weight my whole life.


I'm an active, fit 42 year old woman with a massive sugar addiction I like to run, practice yoga and plan future travel. I come from a long line of happy and large people, so I know watching my weight will be a lifelong commitment.


I am 63, married, retired, living a life I love! So much of my life is exactly what I want, I just need to find a way to live without food issues/addictions.


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 am 51 yrs old. Married & have three kids (19, 21 & 34). And my beautiful grandbaby. I started my first diet in 5th grade and other than a few years, I have been overweight to one degree or another and have tried too many diets to count ruining my thyroid in the process but was always very physical & active till a move 10 yrs ago. I am concentrating on healthy foods and cutting out processed as much as is realistic for my life. Trying for 80% or more raw foods 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 have been on this journey way too long. I live in Tallahassee, FL . I have a 15 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.








I've been a yo-yo dieter most of my adult life. Been to goal several times; a year is the longest I've ever been able to maintain my goal. I'm weary of always "being on a diet" because I can't control myself otherwise. So here I am again, hoping this time I'll stay motivated for all time hoping with PONR that I'll be able to learn the tools and reset my mindset to achieve "Permanent Weight Loss"


I'm 33, married, and happy and can't seem to lose or keep the weight off. Peer trainer has helped me before about 7 years ago lose abour 35 pounds, but I'm looking to lose a lose about 60 or more which is huge. I have a lot of issues with emotional eating and stress and motivation.


I'm a 31/yr old female. Currently not too busy as I don't have a steady job but will be starting full time school in August. Have had up and down battles with weight and am tired of being heavy and all that is associated with it- low energy, aches and pains, difficulty walking without pain etc. I like execrsing, I am just bad when it comes to food.


I am a 35 year old woman with a 4 year old son and a lovely supportive husband. I have lost and gained weight my entire life. The last success I had was 2008-2010 when I lost around 50 lbs and started running. I then got pregnant with my son and put on 70 lbs which I have yet to get off.





38yo female with 2 amazing children (11 and 7) and a terrific husband.





I am a married mom of one and an overworked teacher so therefore I love wine. I love eating real foods and I'm not afraid to cook or meal plan but don't always have time. I am an emotional eater that is drawn to sugar/flour... when I am stressed, sad or feeling inadequate food makes me feel better.


I a 51 year old professional. I work too much and though I enjoy my job it is demanding and stressful. I love art and I love to paint and create. I feel frustrated for the lack of time to do things I love. I love to travel and take photos. I play flute and enjoy classical music although I don't have time to be in any music groups right now. I have a great network of friends. I like bible studies and church but have not made time for that in a while. My husband and i enjoy classical concerts and traveling. I love going out to eat and cooking on the weekends when I have time. I enjoy wine.


22 years old, I used to be a ballet dancer, after I stopped and went to a desk job the weight started gaining quickly. . I've already started making healthy changes in my life and I'm hoping to continue to learn new things to keep myself healthy everyday


20 years old, college student. I've always been skinny until about senior year of high school when I started closet eating kind of/drunk eating and suddenly realized how much I LOVED food. Gained around 40-50 pounds and told myself I would lose it before college, but now I'm almost finished my second year of college and still have not lost any of the weight!!!!! IT IS TIME.


I am a 24 year old veterinary nursing student from Australia. In my free time I run a baby name blog called The Name Garden. I am a huge cat lover, and can't wait to be able to leave home to live with my long-term partner. I've been trying to lose weight for a number of years, but due to my binge eating disorder, have gained rather than lost.


Going to be turning 50 this year and start grad school for Nurse Practitioner. Nursing is a late career change. The new stress of my job, moving, and menopause added 50 pounds to my figure within the past two years. I feel stable now and expecting my first grandchild. I wouldn't mind looking better for my husband too, but mostly for myself.


I am 54 years old and I have 2 grown boys. I have a husband that is 9 years younger than me and I love him to bits. I want to be the best I can be for all of them and myself


training to be a doctor, fighting the urge to binge, attempting to train for a marathon and trying to be self-disciplined





Excited to find PeerTrainer... retired, 64 years old with a chunk of weight to lose. Hope to draw information, inspiration and fuel for success from PT, from each of you as my motivation to do what I need to do. Expect the sharing of daily food plans, and the feedback/commenting to really help. Two married daughters...two grandkids. Husband diagnosed last year and on meds for Multiple Sclerosis; looking to be my best for myself and him!








I work in design and purchasing while helping my sister take care of her 2 kids!.. So I'm basically a full time mom with another full time job!


I recently moved from Northern CA to Savannah GA. I have gained a lot of weight through poor eating habits, too little activity and compounded by surgery on both feet. Really want to lose weight and regain my health and confidence. Using this cleanse as a starting point.


49, Christian, mother of 4yo twins, work full time, was an actress in a previous life, love outdoors, camping, the ocean.





40 year old male from Ireland, working in IT. Struggling with emotional eating, particularly at night. Over last decade have lost 70+ lbs several times only to find I gain it all back and then some.


I am 45 years old... i have been through a lot of ups and downs like most on their journeys.. I lost my dad in 2011 to cancer.. i became full caregiver to my mom that's partially paralyzed and now is losing her memory.. i lost a relationship.. i gained a lot of weight back.. but through hard work i am almost back to the weight i was when my life fell apart.. so now its a new year. its time to finally let the new me shine through.. no more excuses.. i have made excuses for too many years.. its time to reach my goals.. i started this journey at 415.. that girl is long gone.. i will forever be grateful to her for loving herself enough to change .i am now in the 170s.. my goal is 135 this year and a size 6.. hence my name. I am being reborn into a new me.. I am a fiery phoenix.. nothing can stop me, but myself. and that's not going to happen.. im done with the self sabotaging.. i want this.. and i am ready to change forever.. this is a lifestyle a forever thing.. it takes dedication and perseverance to become the best person you can possibly be in mind, body and soul... change doesn't happen in our comfort zone.. it happens when we push ourselves and become uncomfortable. im ready to make things happen. no more excuses.. only results.





44 year old mother of three


I am a 27 year old mum of one and I work part-time as a nurse. I love cooking and am on the lookout for lots of healthy recipes that I can feed my husband without him ending up still hungry. I really hate the gym!





I am getting older and really starting to feel it! Have never worried about my weight or what I eat until now, my 30's have changed my body and self-confidence. I would love to be happy with my weight and actually feel healthy and fit again, but not really sure how. I do not know much about cooking let alone cooking healthy, nor do I have much time to do it! Hoping I can pick up some tricks and tips that might get me started on the right path and keep me motivated to actually change my life permanently.








Female, 33 yrs old


mum, wife and student... like gardening and walking











Married mom for 4 just turned 50. need to get it together and get back in shape.





I'm in my late 30's and I have been overweight since Jr. High school. I was once roughly 107 lbs over weight, but have lost 32 lbs so far. It has been a frustrating journey learning to navigate weight loss among food addictions, my lymphedema, and emotional scars. I feel like I'm in the best place I have been so far to finally get rid of all of this weight.


I'm 52. I have an incredible husband and two teenage sons. My husband is thin, but pre-diabetic. My oldest son has autism and is a picky eater. My youngest son plays soccer and is incredibly active. I am a vegetarian. The eating situation in our house is complex and exhausting. We cook almost all our meals at home but keeping everyone's dietary needs met is wearing me out. I need motivation and accountability to stay on track. My biggest problem is portion control, and I bake bread for my sons a few times a week. I find it almost impossible not to have a piece when it is warm from the oven.


I am 42, married with two teenage kids and homeschool my daughter.











Update: 12/14/15 YIKES!! I gained so much weight during pregnancy!! Now it's time for me to lose it all and be in the best shape ever by May 1st 2016.


I am so overweight and it's really frustrating because as a child/teen/young womam, basically all my life, I was so thin, energetic and active. I am now 57 and I would say for probably the last 10 years I gain weight consecutively. I am now probably at least 60 lbs overweight which I despise. I know I should love myself regardless but it really does bother me to the point of not wanting to see old friend (or rather have them see me). I also feel very self conscious of my looks. I want to feel pretty again.


I'm 30 years old and recently engaged - we're getting married on September 16th, 2017, so that's a huge motivator to eat right and exercise! I'm a full-time educational assistant and part-time student, working towards a Master's in school psychology.


I am motivated to be in losing weight mode and feeling pretty happy about that.


I'm 48, married & live in San Francisco.


i'm 35 years old. i'm 5'10 and my goal weight is 180.


Male, 48, future author of both fiction and non-fiction, living in San Diego, California, where I lived 2nd-12th grades (born in Tennessee). In high school, I was both getting straight ‘A’s in gifted classes (and French), and a Mod—meaning I dressed in suits and Air Force parkas and rode around on an Italian scooter listening to mid-1960s Brit garage rock and ‘northern soul’ (e.g., Motown), hanging out with other teens all over the city, with friends who were in live bands. I have returned to this beachside resort city after three decades away. Overeducated with a bachelor’s in French and three graduate degrees--in international policy, public management (this one at the Harvard Kennedy School), and then a combination of the two--I was set to get a job at the World Food Programme working on food distribution in countries experiencing civil war, as a stepping stone to working at UN headquarters in New York for the Department of Peacekeeping Affairs or at the UN High Commission for Refugees headquarters in Geneva. (I swear this was not JUST so that I could meet Angelina Jolie!) I spent my junior year of undergrad in France and returned there for another half a year; worked a summer at the United Nations in Geneva; and another year as a professor in Bulgaria. I am unabashedly liberal, and spent a year in DC working in the Senator Kennedy’s office. I gravitate to alternative/indie music; HBO television shows (and The Amazing Race, weight-loss reality shows, and Kitchen Nightmares!), and adore anything romantic like “Downton Abbey.” My favorite pastime is osculation (“the art of kissing”). I love all animals, but am primarily a cat person. I have over 100 fiction (mostly historical and/or fantasy) and non-fiction (mostly political, of course) book concepts I am ready and able to do, once I finally build a routinized schedule of writing. But my health and fitness come first.


I am a mom of two elementary age girls. I work full-time, mostly from home.


Married w kids - need to find balance when juggling family, work and time for self care.


I wrote this back in 2012... still true: I think part of my lack of motivation is a lack of confidence in the dating world. I can't seem to find the match that suits my taste and that works in the world. This attitude of pessimism paired with the stresses of life give me a feeling of apathy. BUT I want to feel attractive despite it all. I want to have some modicum of a positive attitude and not just sink into the sad mire of middle-aging. I'm (in 2016 56) though I appear a little younger. I do however need to work on myself. I think that letting myself go a bit is making me look older. I've never felt like I am old. But the more you tell people your age the more they want to keep reminding you that you are old. I'm through telling people. Being vibrant, hot, and fun can last much longer than society stereotypically insists on.Yuck the middle-aged stereotype is so depressing.


i just moved to a different state, and i am starting to make healthier choices, for a couple of years i have been depressed, anxious and unmotivated to be healthy. i realized that its time i get back on track.


I'm 53, married, and have two boys, ages 15 and 12. I was on PeerTrainer in 2012, diligently did Point of No Return, and lost 15 lbs, then I injured my back (2 torn discs) in September 2012. With all the pain I was in-- and the fact that I couldn't get to my refrigerator for a lonnnng time-- lost another 5 lbs, for 20 total. I've been in physical therapy now for almost 9 mos and have realized that 10 of the 20 I lost have now crept back on. I refuse to go back to my "fat clothes"-- in fact, I think I got rid of most of them, so this is do or die for me. I lost my job due to my injury too, so we are living through a very stressful time but need to stay healthy through it all. Stress and menopause are wreaking havoc on my body as what use to be my body's "favorite weight" of about 150 over the past two years has crept ever upward, despite exercise. Bottom line is I need to lose 20 lbs-- but most of all I want to stay healthy and strong so I can be chasing my boys around for another 10 years. I play piano, love knitting, enjoy gardening, quilting, photography, love to read and follow politics. Oh... and I have that COFFEE thing going on as well.


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'm 30 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.

UPDATE: So I stopped using PT and started grad school. Things got out of control from there. Not enough time for exercise or meal prep. I started buying convenience foods and basically just let myself go. I'm about to graduate in a few weeks and I've recenlty ogtten myself back on track. I've lost 7.8 bs in the past 17 days and I'm feeling back to myself. Exercise is really challenging at the moment due to some injuries and the fact that I'm so overweight and out of shape. It's amazing how easy it is to slide all the way back to square one, but the difference is that this time, I KNOW I can do this because I've done it before! Excited to kick this weight to the curb for good this time. I deserve it.

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 have been having a really hard time with motivation, but seeing pictures of myself has really started getting through to me.


So much has happened in one year but in the end it has all definitely made me into a better person. One year can change everything and I'm ready to make that change for my family. My journey will continue and I will be patient. Each day I think about the amazing people I met,great times we had and unbelievable opportunities we experienced. 2015 taught me so much about myself and others. The up's and downs have been a great journey for me and my family. I have been blessed with a great husband and 2 wonderful kids that I'm very proud of. Feeling thankful! 2016 is my year. I'm not promising to lose weight or change. I know what I want. Doing everything in my power to accomplish it.


I am a 41 year old married mother of a 10 year old who has been freelance lawyering (research and writing for other lawyers/firms) for five years. I struggle with eating when I am alone and not setting myself up to make the better choice (ie, having the nutritious food more accessible than the non-so-nutritious food).


39 yr old mother of 4 daughters (ages 14, 11, 8, 6). I have been working part-time since 2009 and will start working full-time in March 2015. HUGE transition for our family. I'd determined to not let it derail my health and fitness goals. I've read Eat to Live and Eat for Health, The Starch Solution, The Virgin Diet, Almost Vegetarian, In Defense of Food, and others. I went through the PT Point of No Return and Emotional Eating. On a journey of learning to cook mostly dairy & wheat-free, and nutritarian. I used to think I ate well--lots of veggies, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Followed (loosely) the South Beach Diet for nearly 8 years with some success but lately the weight was creeping back on. ETL has turned that around and given me tools (mentally & literally) to bring back my health and vitality. Hardest thing for me is finding foods my kids will eat too so I'm not making 2 meals every night. My husband has high cholesterol and is overweight--his frustrations and failure to stick to not snacking often lead me to snack right along with him. I'm a night-eater. Hardest habit to kick:nuts and chocolate--they're my gate-way drugs. I can't just have one bite. For exercise I use a stationary bike we have at home for intervals, run once or twice a week with a friend, and use some resistance bands and free weights for strength training (at home). Someday I'd love to be able to get to a gym but we live in the country and the time factor between work and kids is just too much of a barrier at this point. Challenge: to not stress about the length of time or intensity of the exercise, but be happy with even just a 20 minute work out so I can maintain a daily routine.


I am 65 and have been 'dieting' for over 50 years! Lost nearly 100 lbs about 20 years ago and put nearly all of it back on. Lost most of it again 3/4 years ago, then have been slowly going up over the past year or so! Wanting to get back on track.


Over 50. Married, two children, one in college and one in high school. I work in a job away from home that I enjoy, but it is primarily desk work and the atmosphere isn't conducive to working out during the day. Generally healthy and happy. Life-long endurance sports participant. Want to reach optimal health for the second half of my life.


I am 32 years old. I am a stay-at-home mom to 5 kids. I have a 10 year old and a 8 year old and 6 year old that go to school full time and a 5 year old and a 1 1/2 year old with me at home. I love my kids and want to take care of myself and be healthier.


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!


Just turned 50 and need to be healthy and active.


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.








Late 50's, married, 2 grown children, very active, but have gained/lost/gained back/lost much of adult life. Would like to somehow develop the discipline to lose and stay there. Emot'l eater. Also have long work days with long commute which doesn't help the situation. But....lost 15 pounds last winter with PT and have recently gained much back. Want to drop it again, and hopefully stay there.


Mother/Gma Lots of hobbies





43 year old teacher, small business owner, mom, vegetarian, lifelong learner, amateur musician


Spend my life working, traveling and spending time with friends. I want to feel healthier again and get stronger.


I am a 51 yr old mother with two kids (ages 9 & 13), and I've been married to my husband for 24 yrs next week. I was just diagnosed wit diabetes and I'm scared...maybe this is what had to happen to get me serious about losing weight... I in love kayaking, rapelling, target shooting and :) and I'd love to be able to participate in those things without back pain (chronic pain patient) or getting winded. I have several herniated disks in my thoracic and lumbar spine and am currently getting set up with a new pain management doctor. Hopefully with less pain I'll be able to exercise more...it's a vicious cycle.


I will be 50 next month. I am a wife, mom, grandma, with LOTS of friends and responsibilities.








BE THE BEST I CAN BE today and everyday by focusing on constant and never ending improvement





Mother of three, two special needs kids (Autism and adhd). Lives in Turlock, ca. I lost 56 pounds over the last 5 years and would like to loose the rest of the weight. I enjoy books, yoga, meditation and a good cup of coffee.


I am a teacher and new mom who loves to read.


My mom was and is a diet freak. I am currently gluten, dairy, and egg free. I like reading diet books but I am happy with my weight. I want to stay healthy.


I am 51 years old, have 3 grown sons and a great marriage. I work full time (or will again after the go ahead from the cardiologist and the cardiac surgeon) Just had aortic valve replacement surgery due to a congenital defect on Monday November 16 2015. I remember feeling good being active and I want to again.


Im a 41 yr. old female, Ive had a tough year. But I'm getting back on track and I'm really hoping this support system here will help. I'm currently 292lbs, and looking to lose about 168 more. I've started doing T25, which I love. I have also started tracking my food. I have alot of trouble sticking to what I've started, especially when it comes to food. I'm an emotional eater.





A busy mom to 5 children with only one left at home. I am looking on increasing my energy levels and losing weight I've put on over the past 12 years. My ultimate weight loss goal is 80 pounds gone forever. I am down 3.7 pounds over the last 7 days and looking to connect with motivated peers to help me reach my goal.


Late-twenty-something in financial field. Crafter and beekeeper. Lover of all things pretty, baked, or pertaining to her dog.














I am a 41, nearly 42 Y/O from Michigan. Work full time in the manufacturing industry as a HR Manager. Mother of 2 teenage girls with a husband who works out of state weekly.


I am a middle school teacher and mom of 3 kids under the age of 5!








The day came when the risk2remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took2blossom








I've been slightly overweight all my life and now I'm just way over the limit! I'm 23 and I have gradually gained weight since I left high school (and stopped playing varsity sports). I'm 199 lbs as of today and I'm afraid of hitting the 200 lb mark. :( I want to continue shopping at my favorite stores like Forever 21 but I also want to feel healthier and not be out of breath when I go up 2 flights of stairs!


writer, work from home, runner and yogi, aiming to lose 8-10 pounds and stop mindless snacking, especially at bedtime! I'm 46 and I want to incorporate healthier eating habits for life.





Am 40 year old, I just need help to be consistent this time. I alway start and loose interest after one month. Just need to stay on it this time.


I'm a 41 year old mom of 4. Mykids are 12,14,16, & 18 years old, with the first 3 being girls and the eldest a boy. They are all very fit and actively playing school sports like badminton and volleyball. I slowly started prioritizing my kids for everything and the weight slowly packed on. I lost it once with Weight Watchers but gained it all back and more. Now I do have more time but I can't stop making excuses. I need to lose 30 lbs and am determined to do it with your help. I suffer from fibromyalgia which can get in the way of my workouts but at least I can still control my food intake.








I am 42 years old and a second grade teacher. I live on a horse farm in the south.


I have struggled with weight loss since i was a teen. I have managed to reach my ideal weight once but gained every single pound i lost back and have a very hard time to discipline myself into losing it again. Outside of weightloss related info, I am a primary school teacher, i love reading, music movies and tv series, art crafts and company. I live with my boyfriend and currently getting ready to apply for my first master in school psychology.


I am 66 years old and retired from education after 37 years. I have been somewhat overweight most of my life. I know a lot about nutrition and exercise, however i am not consistent. I don't like to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to cook, much less take the time to cook it.


I like to run, but am terrible at routines.


74, married, a vegetarian, 3 grown children.





43 yo mom of 3. 2 grown.





28 year old female doctor -juggling busy work schedule and time for myself. Recently single, I decided I need to focus more on myself and my wellbeing. Love to travel and wine nights


I am a college student who recently joined the Army. Once I graduate I will have to serve for 4 years but before I can do that I have to pass the weight standards. During my initial check-in I weighed 172lbs and barely passed. Now I know I won't pass unless I do something about it. I'm a very fit and active person, but am still overweight. Even though I have a bunch of healthy food in my house I like to snack and have a tendency to overeat. I'm hoping that this group will help keep me more accountable.





I am 62 years old, retired from the USPS and live a pretty sedentary life.




















35 year old Single working mom who has motivation issues for exercise based on exhaustion.





I'm 54 years old I am 6' tall and currently about 95 lbs overweight. I've been overweight all my adult life and have tried many diets. I seem to be successful at the beginning but then burn out. I have a hard time following through so am looking for more accountability. I am facing double knee replacements in the future so I'm trying the best I can to lose weight and get healthy.











I am stuck. i have lost 110 lbs, i have lost 90 lbs, and I have lost 70 lbs each time I have a little sugar and a little more and I am back to my old habits. I tend to do better when I do the same thing over and over. I don't do wel





I am 24 year old mom that works full-time and also goes to school full-time. May 2018 I am getting married, so I need to stay accountable to myself and my weight-loss goals.


I have struggled with my weight all my life! I'm 38 and the health issues started to appear like gastritis, an injured knee (turns out there's edema), depression


I am a mom of 2 beautiful, crazy, active kids who suffers from various chronic illnesses. My illnesses make it difficult for me to be as active as I would like and I often turn to food for comfort.


I hit the big 5-0 in about 6 weeks! I had a goal to lose 50 pounds by then, won't hit that goal, but will keep going.


I will be 60 in July.Ugh! I weigh 185 now. I am a nurse with a 5-day-a-week-supervisory job. I am so sluggish bcse of my weight and I tire so easily. I HATE salads-help! I find it very hard to move (walk/run) and exercise (free/weights).


32 Y/O with two young kids and busy job. Trying to lose weight to improve health and feel better.


Busy mom and wife. Have been able to make time to eat healthy and exercise. Recently fell off with wagon and REALLY struggling to get back on. So, reaching out to support groups to see if it's helpful.


im 24 years old and should be doing more then just siting around my house doing nothing





23 years old, university student, loves horse-riding,travelling, singing, reading and spending time with family. Life is too short not to be happy and make the most of opportunities






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