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So who's winning the spotlight?

When do we vote people off? How does that work?

Thu. May 31, 12:13pm

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are you joking?

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 12:32 PM

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the participants in the spotlight are winning just by being participants. the rest of us win by following the members in the spotlight and learning from them.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 12:56 PM

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The winner is....

Anyone in the spotlight that manages to actively log during the whole entire time and set a good example. So often I see many who just fizzle before their time in spotlight is over - not very motivating for the rest of the community.

But THANK YOU to those of you that do set a good example of what Peertrainer is all about - you are the winning spotlight members!!

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 1:24 PM

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I totally disagree with this whole special olympics approach to the spotlight. I say lets identify the weakest link in the chain- the person least committed and helpful-- and HOUND THEM off the spotlight. Maybe of the site altogether. Because who wants someone around who is not a team player. you know?

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 1:28 PM

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No, I'm not joking at all. I thought this was a "biggest loser" kind of thing, someone wins right? I don't undersantd the notion that "participants are winning just by participants". What is the sense in that?

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 1:32 PM

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i think sherri71 is hot looks like a winner to me

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 1:48 PM

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No, I'm not joking at all. I thought this was a "biggest loser" kind of thing, someone wins right? I don't undersantd the notion that "participants are winning just by participants". What is the sense in that?

See the NYT article on marathons linked to below. Seems like most people "win" by finishing.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 1:54 PM

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The spotlight is'nt supposed to be a competition; it's just a window of time that you commit yourself to reaching your personal goals. By being "in the spotlight" you are more likely to follow through. That's all!

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 4:50 PM

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You don't vote anyone off. I do think that 2 teams competing would be cool.

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 6:38 PM

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this was funny. I clicked in thinking the spotlight had changed but I didn't know the new "voting off" thing.

Friday, June 01, 2007, 10:45 AM

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I think jamaica is very hot! She is doing a great job!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 4:17 PM

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No Patty03 is the hottest!! LOL! jk..thats me! lol!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 11:35 PM

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laughing patty that was funny no Im the hottest or working on My curvy latina body anyway.. laughs just kidding.. My name is lynneta I too am in the spotlight and Im very proud to be with a very determined group of people willing to achive their dreams and goals of being heathier and feeling better.

actually Im blessed on PT all My groups and teams are wonderful .. keep watching us guys and call us on what we are doing. the added accountability helps and I like hearing other opinions.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 7:31 AM

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Um, yeah! That Jamaica comment was from my husband! Teehee! Thanks sweetie for the support!------Jamaica07

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 9:10 AM

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Hopefully we will all achieve the goal of getting hot. :)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 9:39 AM

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sherri is the truth!!

check her out! kudos to you sherri you are a motivation for all of us! keep up the good work

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 10:05 AM

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Hey, I think a competition is a great idea, but the spotlight is not the forum for it. OP - would you consider starting a team that votes people out? Would anyone else join this team? It would be a major butt kicker, I bet.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 7:38 PM

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I think that is a GREAT idea. How fun is that?!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 10:49 PM

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I would have fun doing a team competition. That would be awesome but there would have to be stipulations of course. The biggest loser idea wouldnt work for us all. They are doing that at my work and since I am not 100 LBS overweight I dont have 100 LBS to lose ya know. I am in for sure
By the way, Love ya Lynn-Keep up the excellent job

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:37 AM

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I will keep an eye on this thread today and start a "survivor" style team if there is more interest.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 8:46 AM

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I think it would be cool to comepete but you would have to get some really motivated members in groups together and you would have to do it in some sort of weight system not everyone is the same...And how would you know if sombody is being truthful since your weighing yourself as apposed to a television show where you cant cheat.....

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 9:18 AM

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I guess if someone lied about their loss he/she would just honestly be cheating her/him self.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 12:19 PM

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Clarification to the OP

The spotlight is not a competition-- its an opportunity for us to share our struggles with the others in the PT community.

We all have different goals. Some of us are in the spotlight to maintain, others need a kick in the pants to get moving on our goals, while others just want to become fitter. We are all different ages and each of us has our own struggles.

My take on the spotlight is that it's an opportunity for some of us to get some extra motivation to start or continue our journey to better health.

When we are chosen for the spotlight, we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to the other people in the community-- after all, who wants to say that they messed up on their food, fitness and health goals in public?

We're here because we realize we want to be a different place in our own fitness journey--whether it is overcoming an eating disorder, getting healthy because of our age, trying to maintain what we've worked hard to achieve or even need an extra set of "eyes" to see beyond our own perceptions of what we are doing positively or negatively to ourselves... For some of us, it's been a private struggle in the past, for some of us, we've been our own boot camp trainers... (or we've trained others!)

We're here to inspire and help ourselves and each other to get to a better place in our own personal journey to good health. Many of us have had personal struggles with negative self-body image or self-worth over the years due to what others deem as an unhealthy way of living.

For some, joining the spotlight is a chance for us to take our own health into our own hands--We are standing up for ourselves and saying that "enough is enough" and that we will now be in charge of our own destiny.

That in itself is a brave step! Getting "voted off" would not help the cause for those of us who have felt our own personal shame and guilt for our "lack of control" in the past. Instead, it would make some of us shrink back into our old selves where we did not allow ourselves to be in charge of ourw own bodies...

So, after all of this rambling, I'm just trying to say that the Spotlight is a place of positive-reinforcement of good habits. We are also looking for reminders to get back on track when we fall off... :-)

Hope this helps! :-)


Thursday, June 07, 2007, 1:03 PM

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We are all motivated differently

Well, I personally need more motivation and some sort of consequences when I overeat. It has become HABIT to overeat, log it, write to my group "Yeah I really messed up" and have them say "It's okay, start fresh tomorrow." How long can that go on? After struggling for four months to lose those last 10 pounds, I need an extra KICK in the pants, not a pat on the head. I'm also extremely competitive, so that style really works for me.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:22 PM

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To 6:22 poster--
There are some folks in the spotlight that also prefer the kick in the pants... They just let the rest of the people know.

Obviously what motivates 1 person might not motivate another.

Spotlight is there to highlight a variety of different styles of fitness and health-- so that others who share the same style can be motivated as well.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 10:11 PM

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irrisvb- you are right. But you are also right about how everyone is motivated differently. I like the niceness of everyone but i think it would be exciting and fun to play a 'game' and have a group or team started where you would be voted off if you didnt lose weight and there would be a winner. Just a game.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 11:17 PM

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How do people get into the spotlight?

Friday, June 08, 2007, 7:39 PM

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PT emails them and asks them if they would like to be in it.

Friday, June 08, 2007, 10:35 PM

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pt mails everyone to ask if they'd like to be in it, not a select few.

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 5:48 PM

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Oh. Ive only been asked the last 2 times

Saturday, June 09, 2007, 11:14 PM

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