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Welcome! Here we'll post diet tips, fitness articles, PEERtrainer group postings and anything relevant to achieving your diet and fitness goals. Please forward any suggestions - we'd love to hear from you. Jackie

August 2018

Great note from one of our users

Its so great to get feedback from our users!

Hello to everyone at PEERtrainer,

I am writing a quick note to let you know how much this website means
to me. I signed up on Thursday, July 21, 2005. I didn't know what
to expect, but I have since grown to depend on my groups (I am a
member of 7 of them!) for their support, encouragement and feedback.
I am 100 lbs. overweight, and being a part of this community reminds
me to keep my goals in the forefront of my day. Life has a tendency
to get in the way of even the best of intentions, and PEERtrainer has
helped me to keep ME in the focus of my day.

This morning I got a bit of news that sort of knocked me over. I saw
my doctor last Monday for a weight loss consult. Previous blood work
showed my blood sugar on the high side of normal. She sent me for
more blood work and a 4 hour glucose saturation test. The phone call
this morning was that I do have high blood sugar, but not quite high
enough to be diabetes. I fall into the group know as hyperglycemic,
or "pre-diabetic". I spent the morning online looking to see what
that meant, and then I hopped on to my PEERtrainer groups. I went
from feeling very upset and worried to feeling a bit overwhelmed but
that it is manageable. The support, encouragement and ideas I get
from my groups is exactly what I need to stay positive, focused, and
above all, the courage to make the best decisions for myself and my
health, even if it is hard.

I guess I just want to say thank you. I know that I will be
successful in my goal to be a better person because I am surrounded
by others with the same goal, determination, focus and drive to be
healthier people. I think I would be miserable and scared if I
didn't have this tool.

Thanks again,

habibwicks , Friday, August 19, 2005, 3:02 PM  

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PEERtrainer "spotlight"

We've just launched a new PEERtrainer feature: PEERtrainer Spotlight. The Spotlight is designed to feature members of the community who want to open up their logs to the view of the entire community, and get the support of the entire community. The Spotlight is also a great chance for people to share their advice and experiences, for members of the Spotlight groups as well as the broader community.

This is not a reality show. No one will be voted off and there will be no tolerance for ridicule. This is a way for the members in the spotlight to be subjected to amplified PEER pressure. They (11 members) have committed to being in the spotlight for 6 weeks and are inviting you to view their logs to get honest and motivating feedback. They have committed to make their PEERtrainer logs public to be viewed by everyone.

Get to know the members by reading their profile. Read through the logs. Provide thoughtful, constructive and motivating feedback. Let them know when they’re doing well and let them know when they have to get back on track. That’s what they signed up for.

We welcome any feedback about the Spotlight- please email us directly at the customercare or help email addresses. And we also ask that you check it out. And please make all comments as constructive as possible. We do edit public comments here at PEERtrainer to ensure a positive tone.

Thank You,


jackie , Monday, August 15, 2005, 12:14 PM  

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Is the "coat of fat" that you develop when you're pregnant relevant to weight loss?

Most who have been pregnant know the layer of fat that encompasses your body while you're pregnant. And then, for most, it almos melts away. You don't necessarily assume your former shape, but that layer, the one that coats even the back of your shoulders sort of disappears and the pockets of fat settle in and get comfortable on your figure.

That coat is meant to protect your baby. If by some chance the mommy no longer has access to nourishment, the baby will have an adequate meal supply.

Can this be analogous to a weight loss? Could it be that the coat of fat you are wearing is to protect something? If you are having trouble losing that coat that protects you, like a real coat protects you in the winter -- what do you need the protection for? What's making you stay in the winter and avoid the sunshine of summer?


jackie , Friday, July 22, 2005, 10:24 AM  

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Debilitating back pain.

Just cured a friend. I had to share.

About 5 years ago, I bent down to pull something out of my bottom dresser drawer and suddenly couldn't move. My back had been "thrown out". I thought I'd be out for a few days because this had happened many times before. A few days turned into months of physical therapy, massages, trying back-friendly sports. My back pain was so overwhelming that I spent most of my days lying down. I couldn't run anymore (I had gotten up to 5 miles) and I got increasingly depressed.

A friend mentioned The Mind/Body Connection.. The basic premise is the pretty obvious. Back pain is a manifestation of anger. If you heal the anger in the mind, your back will respond. I got better in a week. Literally, a week. I am not exaggerating and haven't had back pain since.

jackie , Thursday, July 21, 2005, 8:04 AM  

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This is a very useful resource--recipes by wholefoods.

Just browsing around and found this gem.

I tried the marinated sirloin tips last evening. Delicious.

jackie , Thursday, July 21, 2005, 7:48 AM  

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Read this today: "When preg do you drink any diet soda, or none at all due to the chemicals?"

Thought this answer was particularly interesting:
"drank diet all the time pre-pg, then as soon as I got pg, diet tasted like bitter poison to me so switched to regular coke".

Maybe we should follow a mother to be's intuition.

jackie , Monday, July 18, 2005, 1:55 PM  

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