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Team Name: Progress NOT Perfection 2015
Members: 79
Location: 01503


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: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 4:23 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'm a 52 {{48 (50 ->>51)}} 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) be 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.

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.

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 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.

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'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 66 on may 21 - married and have 2 kids - daughter 35 and a married son 31 - i currently weigh 154.6(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 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!

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 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 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'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.

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 work in public health research, but applying what I know to my own life is the challenge! I'm 48, have 3 children, and at 120 kgs the situation felt dire. Saw my doctor and feltl very ready to make the necessary changes. My plan is pretty straightforward - cut out the crap food, eat healthy meals, and do a daily achievable exercise session.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Just turned 50 and need to be healthy and active.

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

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'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.

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.

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).

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.

I am 34 years old. I am a stay-at-home mom to 6 kids. I have a 12, 10, 8 and 6 year old that go to school full time and a 2 year old and a 4 month old with me at home. I love my kids and want to take care of myself and be healthier.

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

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!

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

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

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.

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'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'm 38 years old. i'm 5'10 and my goal weight is 190.

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.

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.

Married, 2 children: my son is 11 and my daughter is 8. I'm the co-founder of PT and I rarely have a free moment with being a wife, mother, running a business and everything that comes with it. I am focused on energy and health at this point after losing over 60 pounds; it's everything!

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).

Im a Christian, wife and mommy of two.

Working hard to get to my goal weight. Need to stay focused. I have done it before and can do it again!!

Started peertrainer in April 2014. Love it here. It has helped me come to terms with reality and forgiveness when it comes to eating. I am almost 60, been married 19 years, retired 1 year. Love animals, gardening, cross stitch, and walking in half marathons. Have 2 grandkids that I cherish. I am so grateful for Jackie and Habib for their awesome guidance and healthy tips.

I am 41 years old and have struggled with weight since 1994 when I got pregnant with my daughter. I have been up and down on the scale so many times it not even funny. I am a diabetic and every single medical issue that goes along with that as well as others that would be as long as my arm if I was to write them all out... BUT i know I am stronger then my medical issues and I know I can get myself healthy again

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