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Clayton, CA
United States

When I joined PEERtrainer in early June, I was intrigued by the concept, as I’d never heard of anything like it before. I liked the idea of logging in my food and my workouts as it made me accountable not only to myself, but also to my group because I knew everyone in my groups would see what I ate. While I know the saying “garbage in – garbage out” I didn’t want everyone to actually SEE all the garbage that I’d been eating – never mind that people could see it in my weight. I’ve never participated in programs such as Weight Watchers because I didn’t have the time for weekly meetings and weigh-ins. I like the fact that I can log into PEERtrainer at my convenience and find my community there for me no matter when I log in.

My goal is to lose 50 pounds and in two months with PEERtrainer I’ve lost 30 pounds!! I’m amazed at how quickly I lost the weight. I must admit that I’ve had some stress that has negatively impacted my appetite, but I tend to deal with stress in two ways – eating too much comfort food and not eating enough healthy food. This time, because I was on PEERtrainer and I knew my group mates would be monitoring my food intake – I was motivated to watch what I was eating and I tried to make a conscientious effort to have the majority of the food I eat be good fuel food for my body – rather than just junk food. When I first joined the site there was a time a friend and I went to the store to get some treats and I had the tasty treat in my hand and was walking toward the cashier to pay for it and then I realized that I’d have to admit to this indiscretion in my food log and I so didn’t want to do that – so I PUT IT BACK!!! Still hard to believe to this day. I view my daily log as striving to get a good grade – there are days when I may get an A because of a great workout and eating wisely, but there are days when I may only get a B because I just wasn’t as strong, but that’s OK. I still strive to get that A and on the days when I may only get a B – my group members are still very supportive of me.

I’ve joined several different groups and I love being involved in so many. I’ve received wonderful support and encouragement from my group members – about my personal stress issues and my battles with emotional eating and weight loss. I’ve received excellent information and tips that I can use in my daily life. I’ve also received kudos when I was able to fit into my “skinny jeans.” (WHOO-HOO!!!!) The support I’ve received from my group members has been instrumental to my weight loss. I feel as if I not only don’t want to let myself down, but I don’t want to let them down either. I like the fact that I can obtain motivation from some members while I can be inspirational to others – it’s a great mutually beneficial give and take process for everyone. Several of my groups have implemented various challenges – such as eating smarter challenges and workout challenges to modify or increase our workouts. When I started with PEERtrainer I was struggling to maintain my goal of four workouts per week. Because of two group challenges I’ve now been working out five days per week since the beginning of July and for the last several weeks as a personal challenge I’ve even been working out six days per week! This would have been unheard of for me before!

I find myself eager to post on the site and read the comments and join my PEERtrainer friends. Thank you PEERtrainer and thanks to all of you wonderful members!!!

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