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It drives me CRAZY when people have TONS of information in their "goal" section of their log. Some people write novels in there, pictures, poems, you name it. Then if anyone wants to take a look at their actual log we have to scroll down for half a century before we actually get down to the food log only to realize they didnt log at all!!!

Sorry, but I had to vent.

Oh! and another one. People who stand in front of the free weights in the gym to do their lifts. Please, if you are one of these people, back up two steps so that other people can get to the weights you are not using.

Sun. Jan 20, 3:34pm

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Yes - with the free weights! Argh! I know there's a whole thread on gym pet peeves, but I'm saying it again! And I close out logs as soon as I see novellas in the notes section - ADD, I guess! It's great they've got so much to say, I just don't have that kinda time :)

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 3:56 PM

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Yeah, I am smiling and nodding about the novel writers....I was on a team full of them....and sadly enough I usually didn't read their logs ...lost patience with all the scrolling. Felt like all the writing got in the way of really knowing them which probably wasn't their wish.

I am in a group now with someone who BARELY posts (is frequently "on vacation") and has two huge pictures (computer mock ups)....never comments but is present enough to remain "present" for the count. It's weird...kind of like we have this lurker in the group. I never read her logs anymore. She's part of the woodwork.

Guess we all show up here the best we can. Some of the song, poetry, icon, people tend to be pretty serious long timers. Many have lost lots of weight. There are lots of ways of "raising energy" to stay engaged in the process but I wonder if PT would do us all a favor by cutting back the space for some of the daily posting..or at least keep it to text and maybe a counter....and allow the more creative expressions to show up on the profile page where you might read it once or twice and then get on with getting to actually know the person.

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 8:53 PM

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makes me really appreciative of my team! i haven't seen these novels - i suppose it is true fiction since they haven't returned to the site...

Sunday, January 20, 2008, 9:06 PM

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I agree with the novels for goals. I also can't stand when people give advice and its clear they have no real knowledge or facts to back anything up. Why comment on something you know nothing about. Or what about those people who don't even bother to double check what they've written.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 1:04 AM

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I agree. I wish people would keep their forever stuff in their profile section. It's like they like taking up all the space.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 8:36 AM

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Maybe they should just move it to their personal notes, they can see it but its not for everyone else.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 8:48 AM

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I too have stopped reading the logs of people whose goal section is so long that it takes forever to scroll down, I HATE THAT!

Monday, January 21, 2008, 9:59 AM

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I'll take the opposite stance -

I really like it when people put a lot of information in their goals section. That way, I know what they're trying to accomplish, how long they've been trying, whether or not it's been working, etc. It gives a lot of info, and it's usually interesting. That way, when I get to their logs, I know what they're trying to do, and it's easier to leave comments, etc. And I don't have to toggle back and forth from their logs to their profiles.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 10:50 AM

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Which just goes to show that this site is full of different kinds of people, and everyone here should be able to find a group that suits them.

Because the site is first and foremost a tool for fitness, each member should be able to use their log in the way that is most helpful for THEM. Otherwise, what's the point?

Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:00 AM

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I don't mind when the Goal section is a little lengthy with things like a record of their weight loss, their monthly and yearly goals, that sort of thing. But when it's full of trite motivational stuff they copied out of a calendar ("I can do anything I put my mind to", "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels", etc) and then their logs are sparse or comes across as talking a good game without really playing it. Kind of depressing to see the shadow of the inspired person they were once upon a time followed by weeks and months of blah.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:03 AM

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I think people with super long goal sections are just trying to compensate for the fact that they never log!

Monday, January 21, 2008, 4:10 PM

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yeah I have one like that in our group, never logs just checks in once a week and knows that will keep them in the group. They are just taking up space.I feel like leaving but I like one person on there.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:20 PM

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it probably takes them too long to ge to the end of the page to put their notes in LOL

Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:22 PM

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ok being one of the long winded writers that your talking about. I have to say I dont pretend to know everything. I have lost a huge ammount of weight, but I am by no mean what I consider to be perfect in my eating. I have slips and slides. I am human.
I do have a list of tips that have worked for me this far. I am still about 40 pounds from goal weight, I have my trackers. I have quotes that keep me going when I feel like this journey is too hard.

I also have a song I revamped and I have a small pep talk to all my friends.

I guess the things we put in our log helps us to keep going. the quotes motivate us when we dont want to get up in the morning and walk.. or when we really want that piece of cake.. or have had a cookie and want another.

I disagree that us long winded writers dont always log. I am in many groups and teams and I am active.. Im away from a computer on the weekends , but I log when I get back sunday and I keep a diary of what I eat and Im honest .. good or bad.

so I guess I am trying to explain the long writings are not always just for show, but its to remind us that we have come a long way and its to inspire others to believe in themselves and that they can make it across the finish line.

my log is public if you want to check it out. I do try to make good choices. I dont always eat what I should, butwhat I do works for me . lately I have been emotionally eating, but I am stopping feeling sorry for my self and getting back on track.

we all can do this together.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:49 PM

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Im the previous poster.. my name is lynneta

Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:50 PM

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Even if you do log, it takes everyone so long to get to the end of your page, that it is not even worth our time. If you need to write all those things, do it in the note section, don't bore the rest of us.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 6:39 PM

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I too find too much information in the goal section makes it a bit tough to scroll down to see the log.

But my attitude is that I'm here to get support and to support. And I think to extend myself a lil bit, get out of my way to scroll down further to read their logs isn't all that bad. Obviously it's important to the person who put them all down, even though it may do nothiing for me.

Though I find it much more disappointing for thos who have long goal info, but not log frequently. That bums me out.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 7:27 PM

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Just don't read it if you're not interested! Why dictate who writes what where? Live and let live :)

Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:09 PM

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I DONT READ IT!!!! But it still takes me a half hour to scroll through it.

And if you are a person that logs, then I dont really care. But I have found that most of these people dont log too often, and it is frustrating.

Monday, January 21, 2008, 11:42 PM

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what bothers me is when people keep the I'm on vacation mode even when they are not, and are logging. the reason is simple.. we can easily look at the date of the last log to see if its worth scrolling down to see it. if the I'm on vacation note is there, there is no date to check so you scroll all the way down and then there is no log! I like to look at the logs, its very inpspirational for me, its my choice if I want to scroll all the way down to see it, but please be considerate of others and take off the vacation notice.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 3:43 AM

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whoa - calm down there 11:42!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 8:40 AM

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OK, I'm kinda new to this still, but I like some of the long logs. I've found some cool quotes that help motivate me. Granted they are not on my log, they are in my daily planner, because I keep my planner with me everyday. I like seeing the accomplishments others have made and I use the long logs to help keep me going sometimes. It's nice to see motivational songs and quotes. I say keep them coming. If you are a long logger keep it up. I like knowing that there are those out there that need mental motivation because I am one myself.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 9:10 AM

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Yeah, I think some people's logs are too long... I would say a high percent of the people with the novels do not even log every day... very frustating.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 11:34 AM

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but it's their log! maybe that's how they choose to keep "healthy" at the top of their priority list. don't look at them if you don't want to, but quit complaining about THEIR log!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 12:11 PM

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Maybe the goal column should be after the food log column, then it will satisfy both the parties

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 12:34 PM

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maybe people should quit complaining about the little things in life and stick to their own goals. sounds to me like to OP is being nosy and sifting through everyone else's logs instead of concentrating on their own goals.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 12:42 PM

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I do not think the OP is being nosy. She/he is just reviewing logs as we should all be if we are part of a group. I thought the reason behind the success of peer trainer is accountability. Well, if you do not review or fill out your logs then how is that being accountable? I think the OP raised a good point about people not logging.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 1:27 PM

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the op is complaining about long logs and goals, not about their inability to log. that's what other people said!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 1:37 PM

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lol PP, well EXCUSE ME!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 2:22 PM

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