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Team Name: The Motivation Station
Members: 450
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Profile: This is the place to come when you need some motivation! Be prepared to GET and GIVE motivation, inspiration and advice on healthy living. Daily logging and comments are expected from everyone.

Last posted: Monday, October 04, 2010, 8:23 PM

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I just turned 48 - on Saturday! I work in the city 4 days a week and have 2 children, 4 & 5. I was chubby as a teenager, lost the excess weight in my early 20's, kept it off for close to 20 years by keeping the focus. When I entered baby making years I gave my all to that and have been putting on 5-6 lbs a year. I need support I can fit into my life.

Im a 5 11 330 lbs I was in the army Ive been married for 18 yrs and have a daughter and a son.

I am a 56-year-old early-retiree from a successful office administration career. I am married and have two adult children - a boy and a girl - who have already finished grad school and on their own now. So I am a housewife now making sure that my husband gets his meals as he has to work to take care of my medical bills. I am hoping to get information on some activities that I could be involved in to help boost my morale and give me something to look forward to that will make me try even harder with the weight loss plan.

I am 30-something and live in sunny san diego. I am usually very active socially, but am enjoying taking more time for introspection and planning a trip abroad. the down side is I have more trouble motivating to work out.

I am 34 and going back to school to get my PhD. I run run run all day long and come home and pig out and go to bed from my food induced coma! I am married with 2 dogs (german pointers). My husband has maintained his weight since our wedding several years ago, but I have gained about 6 pounds a year! I gained most of my weight from long nights studying (with junk food) and not exercising as much. I lost a bunch of weight on peertrainer before but then I had a baby and Im a FAT AGAIN!

I'm 25, female and on a mission to shift the weight I have gained over the last few years. Through bad eating habits and constantly giving into cravings I have gained two stone and I'm no longer happy with the way I look.

Married over 10 years, no kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats. Work full time for living. Like camping and boating in summer with my dogs. A few years ago, I lost 20 lbs being on, but a year later, I gained 12 lbs back. This time, on my own, I lost 10 lbs in 2 months. I don't want to regain what I've lost again, so I need to keep me motivated with healthy eating and exercise.

im 28, father of 3 year old. ive been active in sports most of my life but for the past 4 years ive let my self go. im 5'7 195. i would like to lose my gut and tone up.

I'm 46, female, single, hetero-sexual, European-American, creative, honest, joyful, loving, fearful, grateful, busy... on the path to enlightenment (through yoga, internal growth, sacred ceremony, practice, et cetera).... work as a personal assistant and coach (vegetarian chef, organizer....) I tend to spend alot of time helping others... I am changing that and making time and appreciation for myself.

I am 29 and married. I like books, music and tattoos. I have a job which allows me to travel quite a bit and I have a pet bunny rabbit. And my name is Mia.

I'm 52 years old and moved to the USA from Canada 5 years ago. I love hockey, baseball and reading a good book. Which all 3 consists of sitting on your butt. Have 2 children in their middle 20's, 2 dogs and a wonderful man.

I am 34 close to 35. I like to work out because it makes me feel good. I want to enjoy life as much as possible.

I am 41 years old and single. I live in Manhattan and work crazy hours at a non-profit in Queens.

I am a 40 year old mother of 10/5 year olds,married for 15 years. Currently a SAHM who aches to get back into the job force. Kids are at school full-time so I have no excuse for not working out!!

I'm 43 and have battled weight up and down all my life. I've lost 25 lbs and would like to lose the next 60. I work full time and really find it hard to be mom, wife, professional, and healthy too. I need to be healthy to be sucessful, for myself most of all but also for my family.

I am 23 and starting graduate school in July and I am going to be more busy than I already am. I used to live an active and fairly healthy lifestyle in college but for the past year I have been living with my parents who lead a lifestyle entirely different from mine. Their unhealthy habits are too tempting for me. I situated myself with healthy people in college and they supported my desired lifestyle and helped to make it easy for me to be healthy. Here I am surrounded by junk food and SUVs and my will alone doesn't seem to be enough. I need help!

I am 28 years old, live in Boston, and I am an analyst at a media monitoring company. I joined PeerTrainer in 2006, but I was not very active. Most of the goals I outlined in 2006 are the same today. I recently lost weight (due to stress and lack of sleep... so this weight loss was not entirely healthy) while in graduate school. Since leaving grad school, and since starting a new job last year that requires me to drive to work (in contrast to the walking/running to work with a bag full of text books every morning and night), I have been slowly gaining weight back. I only do Pilates, so I need to push myself to do another form of exercise. I also live with a very motivated athlete, who is very supportive about joining me for runs now and then, but I still cannot get sufficiently motivated to do any exercise besides Pilates. I also have issues with portion control and overeating.

I'm a 31 year old girl living in Montreal. I've struggled with food and my weight my whole life. For the past ten years, my weight has ranged from 95 to 165 pounds. I love to knit and I have a knitting blog:

Japan fanatic who would be very happy to be a fitness fanatic as well! Approaching 40 too fast!

48 YO, have had end stage hip arthritis for 4 years, have had secondary complications from compensating for it (low back probems, now a knee problem). I ride horses (altho much less than 4 years ago, sigh)

I'm 28 and just had a baby girl, Sofia, on March 25. I weighed 122 lbs before the baby and now I weigh 139. I can't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes, and I am really frustrated because I know I can lose the weight. I am an Account Executive with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage here in Tempe, AZ and love my job!

athletic but overweight, i'm a longtime runner who has gotten out of the habit in the last three the summer of 2003, i ran two marathons - traverse city, michigan, and anchorage, alaska, and somehow i stopped doing it and gained weight. i want to get back to that...

I'm 38, married with one toddling son. We live in the SF Bay Area. I own a stationery design studio and love what I do. I collect etiquette books and am a sucker for community fund raiser committees.

28, married, 1 infant, just now getting serious about loosing weight

I am about to enter my junior year of college and I really would like to lose 10 pounds. I never had a problem with my weight until freshman year of college when I gained 10 pounds. I work out a lot, but I have a lot of trouble controlling my eating. I love chocolate which is by far my biggest weakness. I just really need support to get this done and I hope peertrainer will do the trick!

I'm 30 and work as a Data Manager for a social research firm. I also go to school part-time, and right now I'm also taking Driver's Ed classes.

My name is Lee Anne, I am a Teacher, mother, wife, daughter, sister..... and all that impies.

I'm 20-yrs old and enagaged to marry my high school sweetheart (someday). I have 3 dogs and love aniamls so I volunteer at my local shelter. I'm also a strict vegetarian with around 8-10 lbs to lose. I just can't stay motivated like I used to be!!

I am a 40 year old mother of two, who is sick and tired of yo-yo dieting. I feel like I have been worrying about my weight everyday for the last 10 years, and I can't stand it anymore. I need to diet, do it right, stick to it, and include exercise...not just once in a while, or when I can find the time, but everyday! I just need to up my motivation level, and I could really use some encouragement, and accountability. I have 40 pounds to lose starting today.

hi im a 45 year old single mother of a 10 year old son hes my world and i have put on so much weight since my back surgery i need to loose it for my son now i have diabetes and feet problems

I'm 5'3". Approximately 7 years ago, I hit my highest weight at 170lbs. I have since learned not to eat everything on my plate, and that food does not cure how I'm feeling (well, not all the time anyway). I lost the weight really slowly and I plateued for a while. I hit my lowest weight just before my wedding in June 2007, at 126lbs but it has creeped back up to 134 because, I'm just, to put it plainly - lazy. Trying to get back in the swing of things and back to the world of exercising and healthful eating.

Already lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers and have hit a plateau.

HI, I'm 18 and a lifetime vegitarian (sometimes vegan) from boston, although i'm currently living in california, attending UC Santa Cruz I'm 5'3" and unfourtunately take after my grandma (short and round). I love to dance; all kinds (tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contra, salsa.....) and I refuse to run. I'm a UU and a bit of a hippie =P

I am 35, never married and no kids. I have a very cute dog who makes it only once around the block before he wants to go home. I drop him off and head back out. Dietwise: I am an emotional eater. It is a hobby when I am bored, a number when I am hurting, a distraction when I am frustrated and feel out of control. I am not happy that I make my body work so hard to digest so much at once.

i lack discpline, my weight fluctuates like the stock market. need to be more consistent. I work mostly a sedentary research position and preparing to go back to school to get my MBA in the fall.

I love animals, I have 2 ferrets and a kitten. Animals are my passion. I am studying in the hospitality management field. For the longest time I didn't feel like I needed any girlfriends but lately (I don't know if it's my age or what!) I've been envious of other girls w/friends and I think it would be cool to have people other than my boyfriend to hang out with! I never took the time to make or stay in touch with friends before and I regret that now. But hey I'm only 27 so it can't be too late!

I just turned 25 and I'm at a job where I'm up and about for most of the day. I got back in the routine of working out this past January until we went on vacation in April. Shortly after I injured my ankle so I was unable to do much. I'm finally to the point now where I can begin to get more active and just need some motivation.

I have been overweight most of my life. I was at my heaviest in 2000 or 2001 at 240 lbs (at 5'7). I got down to between 180 and 185 by exercising some and not eating like an utter maniac. I've been on this plateau around 170-180 for about 2 years now and I'm ready to step things up and see what I can really accomplish. I'm a full-time student. I work a part time as a manager at walgreens. that mean i run from one side of the store to the other constantly for about 7.5 hours a day... soooo I'm kinda busy...but its ok, that's how I like it...

I am 18 and about to start my freshman year in college.

I'm 34,single mother of one. I like being silly and acting childlike but I can be senseable when I need to. I'm very down-to-earth. Into arts & cratfs,

Animal lover. I have a horse, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a man. He's the hardest to maintain. He doesn's show love like they do and his love is conditional. Oh well, I am a free spirited loving person so I keep him too. I am a spiritual thinker, I love music and writing, so I do that too. I think it's age that has slowly added weight to me, it first started in New York state when I was 35, a car accident left me with severe back problems. I am better now but not as active as I use to be. I want to incorporate yoga in my life again. I did yoga in my early teens and in my 20's. It's good stuff. Nightbird

sit in chair and enter data all day, half hour lunch gives no time for exercise trying to eat healthy and count calories

I lost 30 lbs two years ago and still have another 10-15 to go. I've gone thorugh a major job change and move in the last year, and have completely lost the motivation to work out. I'm also finding it's harder to keep on my diet since I'm living closer to my boyfriend. I need to be accountable to something for what I'm eating and to actually get myself moving.

I am 6'1 28 year old guy in Texas. I got chunky between last November '05 and January 06 due to a funky period where I was constantly stressed out about money and school. After working fulltime for 5 years I returned to College in August 2005. This first semester was stressful for me, and I guess I compensated by eating too much, which, once I gained weight, made me a bit depressed too.

I'm 18 years old and im at a normal weight but I would like to just tone myself up especially my abs and lose 12 pounds.

I just turned 41. I have a 9 1/2 yr old son. I will be starting school in January. I have been a stay at home mom for 10 years. I am seperated and will be divorced soon. That should be all the diet I need. I want to return to my pre-child weight which is 125lbs.

I'm a SWF, 46,living in San Diego. I JUST returned to school after more than 20 years! I'm now studying Child Development & Family Studies in order to get my CFLE. I'm quite the free-spirit, but also very caring and sensitive. I'm big-hearted, yet brainy. I live in San Diego. I have a master's degree in sociology, and I combine that with my other knowledge therapeutic knowledge to work as a Holistic Healer. I love to read and to learn about people and relationships. Unfortunately, I suffer from fibromyalgia, so that makes weight loss and fitness rather challenging! I am very determined to get thinner and healthier, and already I have had some success! My most inspiring book regarding my goals here on Peertrainer is HEALTHY AT 100.

I'm a 26 yo woman in Seattle. I work in politics and have a pretty busy job where I usually sit on my duff all day long.

I'm a chef in the philadelphia area, doing pastries and cakes. I love to do specialty cakes and use my artistic flair. I'm newly married, a new home owner, and I have two energetic dogs to help keep me motivated.

I am 5'1". I'm a 31 year old, married, mother of 4 (ages: 11, 9, 7 & 5). I live in South-Western Ontario. I like movies, music, camping, the outdoors, going for walks, shopping, spending time with my family and singing.

I am going to be a senior in college....... I am not fat, but could stand to lsoe a good 10 pounds to feel more attractive to myself, my boyfriend and my peers.

I am married, and have 2 daughters. I have been a yo-yo dieter since I was 11. That was a LONG time ago.... I recently lost 36 lbs. And with the exception of the above mentioned 7 lbs, I have managed to maintain the weight loss.

i am a big animal rights activist, 23 years old. i work in a restaurant right now until i can get a teaching job for the fall. im fluent in french and spent quite a bit of time in france last year. ive only been vegetarian for 2 and a half years, vegan for 8 months.

I am 29 and work two jobs. My full time job is at a desk, so I don't get much of a chance to be "active" while at work. I have been doing a "pretty good" job watching what I eat by using the weight watchers points, but seem to have troubles finding time to make it to the gym.

HI! I am a teacher and a single mom of 3, and am now an empty nester! I have spent most of my adult life running around taking care of the kids, working full-time and running a household. I have not done a good job of taking care of myself, though. I have a lot of weight to lose, but am committed to succeeding this time.

I'm (still) 51, have two lovely teenage daughters, a goldendoodle, an interesting job working from home writing grants for non-profits. Life is good. I need to take care of my health and make that a priority after a year or two of slacking off. I'd be up for some female exercise partners in the area, if anyone is around northern MA or southern NH and would like to walk or perhaps go to a gym.

I weigh over 165 pounds. I just had surgery to get my gall bladder out which wasnt allowing me to lose weight since i could not digest anything. (I had a sack full of gall stones). Im a college student and always have had trouble with my weight and am SICK OF IT. I need help.

I love movies, shopping, and socializing with friends!

I am 26, Iive just outside of Boston and I work about 50 - 60 hours a week. My biggest obstacle is finding the time and motivation to exercise and eat right. My downfall is grabbing poor food choices simply because it is easier just to grab a slice of pizza for dinner.

24, teacher

21 Years Old. College Student. Been at lowest weight of 105 when I was Anorexic and then turned Bulimic, which caused weight gain to weight I am currently at. I'm starting a healthy lifestyle and have seeked help with my food issues and hope to lose the added weight healthfully.

I'm 33, I have 3 wonderful children: 8, 12 & 15. I'm happily married and live in Charlotte NC. My ultimate goal would be to lose 45 lbs. but at this point I will be happy with just 1 lb. that would stay lost!

I am 24 yrs old and recently celebrated my 2 year anniversary with my wonderful husband, Billy. My husband is a military cop stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. We plan to start a family someday, but I do not want to add more weight until I lose at least 50 pounds first!

Once I start a program I go into it whole heartedly and see results...I need this in my life .....other women suporting one another in the battle for health and fitness.

Hi! I'm Kristan and I'm 21. I've been at this weight for about 2 years now. I've been overweight most of my teen/adult life. I'm looking to start a new chapter in my life! I've just moved to Michigan from Kansas.

I'm 46, married for 22 years, and mother of a 17-year-old daughter. I feel young and thin inside and hope that this support I get along with the support I can give to others will help me to get back the body that is waiting to return. I'm really tired of being out of control in this part of my life -- I feel like I have it together in most other areas.

I'm a 21 year old university student. I'm vegetarian/vegan.

Im 17 and a junior in high school. I am on the dance team. I am one of the heavier ones on the team and would just feel more comfortable if i was more fit. Losing weight is a hard thing to do while in high school because most of my friends can eat the most unhealthiest foods and never gain anything, but I could never do that. Good luck everyone!

I'm a cop in one of the busiest jurisdictions in the area. In addition to the normal stuff, I also handle Spanish translations and crisis negotiations for my department. In my spare time, I do just about anything to keep from having to do housework!

I finally got sick of not being completely happy with who I am. And now all that talk about losing weight beore, I guess I'm finally doing it. I gained over 70lbs about 4-5 years ago, and I'm finally ready emotionally to lose the weight. I can feel that this time, I'm really going to do it. That's part of the reason I joined this site. I realize now that trying to lose weight, is like trying to stop an addiction. You NEED a support system just like an alcoholic would. ***UPDATE*** So true....why did i leave?

Going thru a very difficult time After losing my husband of 27 years, 3 years ago, I finally got out and decided to date. Met an awesome man approx 10 months ago and he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and in a very advanced stage. Life seems extremely out of control n I feel as if I can watch what I eat and eat healthy, thats one thing I do have control over!

I am a 43year old mother of two beautiful girls (5 & 8) from Canada. I have been married for 10 years. I have always struggled with weight loss. I start exercising, then after a couple months, it is not a priority anymore. Especially if I dont see any changes on the scale.

6-4 350 very down too earth I work at a tire factory in warren ohio so i lift alot of weight

I am a 40 something single lady and my biggest challenge is sweets at social events or work. I'm pretty good about not buying them when grocery shopping....except for ice cream. But I even pass on that a lot.


I am 36 and recently married. I love all the arts. Especially dance, painting and drawing. I also love travel, learning and music.

I am about to turn 30 . I have 11 year old twins and am married. My goals are to lose weight while improving my overall health and wellness.

Starting law school this fall... Between school, work, friends and personal time it's hard to fit exercise into the equation! Now that I'm 21, everything involves drinking which isn't exactly a good way to stay fit. Once I moved out on my own, I lost almost 15bs, just by changing my eating habits and walking more. 5'8" and 125 lbs

I am 5"6 married and would love to lose the pounds and gain more energy! I am a working mother and know I need to get out more to be able to lose this weight.

I am 5'2" and weigh around 156, most of the time. No matter what diets I have tried I always stay in the 150's. I work with my husband so we are together 24\7, which is a good thing, I think. He also is overweight so I try to feed both of us healthy food but sometimes it is very hard, many temptations out there in the busy workplace...

I have recently been trying to eat vegetarian and i want to document the food i eat to see what it is that i am doing.

i need to be pushed im best when the preasure is on but i will also do the same for anybody who asks so i think that is the only way im going to lose if someone is there helping. im a 23 yr old guy from texas im just looking to lose this weight ant keep it off im barely starting college after spending time in the Airforce . well i kno how to work out i kno how to eat i just need help in motivating my self to do what i kno is right

20-something gal who has been too busy to do anything lately (excuses excuses)... I am working towards getting back into shape and staying that way. I resumed working out at NYSC in December...

I'm a 45 yo mother of one, married for 12 yrs or so (I'm the one who forgets our anniversary...). I've struggled with compulsive overeating since about age 10 (or at least that's when I started looking overweight in photos). Have been normal weight at times but it takes enormous amounts of exercise (e.g. daily run + 3x/wk wtlift + 4 nites/wk team volleyball + 2 afternoons/wk doubles volleyball). As a mom I don't have time for that now so I guess I've finally got to change my eating habits! I'm about 85 lbs overweight.

I'm 25 and engaged to be married in September 2007. I'm working full time in a library in Boston while working on my master's degree in library science. I used to play sports in high school and college, but rarely find the time anymore. I weigh 155 right now and I would like to lose 15 pounds.

I am a 41 year old mother of 2 and married for 15 years. As far as exercise goes, I've been pretty dormant for the past 2 years relying on my active job to stay fit. Now that I've been promoted (good thing), my job is not so active anymore and I'm noticing the 'spread'.

Im 34, married, mother of 3 teenage boys,nurse but currently a homemaker, recently moved to Alaska.

My husband and I have been married almost 8 years (second marrage for me) he is the most wonderful man and really takes care of me and my 2 boys who mean the world to me, My oldestwho is 20 just came back from Iraq where he served and now has come back home to me. My younges is 16 and is on the high school basketball team and pulls all A's in honor classes, Hes the brains of the family, I also have a Lab (Ozzie) and a chiuhauaha (Diva) I also volunteer for Operation Care Package Michigan which sends our soldiers care packages and letters to keep their spirits up, me and my girlfriend run this in our town, check out the website, . I also am a first response advocate and speaker against childhood sexual abuse, this is the most gratifying thing Ive done thus far in life. I love what I do and the people I can make a difference in there lives, cus they all touch mine...

I am a 23 year old teacher and I've gained about 5 pounds over the last 2-3 years and would like to lose 5- 10. I have always been active in sports, running, and in exercise but I want to change my eating habits. I am not overweight but I just want to lose a few pounds to feel better about myself.

My name is Kira, I'm 18 and a college freshman. I've tried dieting multiple times, but I always give up after the first few days. This time, I want to stick with the healthy lifestyle I'm trying to lead. :]

I'm 26 years old, currently single but attached, love to knit, and need to start getting serious about taking care of my body.

I am a 26 year old woman, I am a law enforcement park ranger and being fitt is a big part of my job. I need to be able to respond to emergencies, whether that be hiking up a trail to an injured party, or dealing with a hostile individual. I enjoy all outdoor activities including camping, hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing.

I am a 38 year old married Atlantan. I've really never had weight problems before, however as my metabolism changed my eating habits didn't. After the age of 33 I noticed that my weight continued to increase, in spite of my being active in tennis and softball. 5 years later and 20 lbs heavier, I know I need to lose weight, and I know I need accountability.

i lead a fairly active lifestyle- i play waterpolo, go to the gym, or run outside almost every day. i like to eat well, i don't eat much junkfood. i'm also lactose intolerant and don't eat meat. my class/ work/ practice schedule makes it difficult for me to get in real meals, so i have a tendency to snack all day. i tend to go through cycles of eating a lot, especially in the winter.

I am 26 years old, a student and an administrative professional.

i'm a college freshman in north carolina trying to eat a mainly vegeterian/vegan diet...while i'm fairly athletic, i've been a bit overweight since i was put on meds. in the eighth grade (i gained about 30 lbs)...and i'm sick of it. i want to lose weight to boost my self esteem. i'm also tired of always asking myself, "does this make me look fat?"...i'm extremely motivated & am happy to be making changes in my lifestyle that will leave me feeling and looking better.

I am 22 years old. I work full time in an office I want to lose about 80 pounds by December 2007 so I will look pretty, and most importantly.. FEEL GREAT at my wedding!

Not computer savvy. Can't do the photo stuff until my husband or young grandsons can help! Love duplicate bridge, NYTimes crossword puzzles,knitting, reading, shopping (too much)..Am currently in Naples, Fla for winter but will leave for NJ on 4/5. Just move to an apt in NJ after living on 3plus acres in the country. What a change! Husband is semi-retired and will probably stop working this summer. My kids are older than all of you.I am 64 andcannot believe it...but no one asks for Senior Discount ID any longr.

49 1/2 year old divorced, African American female Teacher 2 adult children who are the love of my life 7 brothers(1 passed away 10 years ago) no sisters no grandchildren

I am a 28 year old special education teacher now living just south of Richmond, VA in Chesterfield county. I enjoy eating and make mostly healthy choices though I have a long history of food love and binging. I'm currently 127, which is great, but I'd like to get down maybe 10 pounds to see me skinny!

I've lost almost 30 pounds. ******UPDATE - I've lost almost 40 pounds! 165 to 126. Took almost 3 years. *** Feel free to read my daily notes for tips on using this site, and for other helpful ideas to help you with your weightloss and fitness journey. Let me know your thoughts!

I'm a 26 year old mom of 2 girls (5 - 1.5). I stay at home with them and work part time as a software developer from home. I love to work out but have trouble fitting it in. I need accountability! I teach aerobics 3 times a week, but have discovered that I don't actually feel like I'm working out during that time - I don't push myself enough when I'm teaching.

I'm a senior (super senior) animal science student trying to figure out what the next step is education/career wise. I love love love animals and have a cat. Once I have a good job I'll get a dog, until then I'll just have puppy envy.

I am 20 yrs old. I am a university student, who has always been slightly overweight. In high school i was in the 160's, but was physically active (especially volleyball) now just wrapping up 2nd year in uni, and am pushing 195 pds. I need to lose weight now.

I've been overweight for all my life, but I'm finally taking control of my life and losing this weight!

Ultimately, I'm hoping to lose about 70 lbs. It's gonna be a challenge, but it will be so worth it!

Mother of a 4 &1/2 year old and a 10 month old girl. I am a busy stay at home mom that does some part time work on the side. I need help changing my lifestyle.

Single Dad. Recently Separated. I was once into many sports and then had a knee injury. Since then I have gained and lost and gained and lost. The only weight i have every lost which I have not gained back was just by making healthy sound decisons and being as active as possibe.

I'm 39 years old and over the course of the past 5 years I have gained 30 lbs. I have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and once on medication I was hoping things would improve, but no such luck. I'm now trying to dedicate myself to eating better and trying to loose this weight. I'm very unhappy with myself right now.

Post wedding I have gained a lot of weight, I want to be able to shed some pounds and just gain an overall healthy lifestyle and eating habits.

I am a single, African American woman, in her late 30s interested in achieving and maintaining adult fitness. Currently, I have taken time off of the professional world, to pursue a graduate degree full-time. I had not been overweight until my mid to late 20's where I gained 30 pounds in five years. I successfully dieted and lost nearly 30 pounds in '98. My weight slowly creept back up from 2001 until now where I am now at a new alltime high, and the biggest size I have ever been.

I am 32yrs old and recently moved up to the Seattle Wa area. I am married and am excited about starting our family. but first I'd like to loose a few pounds. I love creating, crafting of all kinds, sewing and just about anything that involves making stuff!

I recently turned the big 30 & decided once & for all to get into shape & get healthy.

I work for a health insurance company as a data entry clerk, preprocessing medical claims. I've been married for three years, and I have three cats, but no children. I enjoy my time on the computer and I'm not very active, but I'm hoping to change that. I like to cook and read and write.

I am 32 years old and the mother of three beautiful little girls. After giving birth to my last daughter in Nov. 2005, it has been a struggle to lose the weight and get back the body that I once had!

I'm 34. I have 2 teens and I've been married 16 years this month. I never seemed to be able to lose the weight from the birth of my second child and I've learned that after 14 years you can't use child birth as your excuse. I work 2 jobs and I'm hoping to go back to college in the fall.

I have gained about 40 lbs in the last year or so and don't want to gain any more! I hate the gym and hate diets and always seem to find some reason not to work out. I really want to get in shape this time and hope that I can stay motivated and on the right track.

43 - Female. Two boys, both in their 20's and live away from me. My husband and I live in Florida with the two dogs (yes, of course we treat them like children now). My weight problem began to really worsen several years ago when I went back to Not only did I sit at a computer all day at work, I repeated the same sitting routine at home for school. My eating habits worsened and as the stress increased of all the deadlines for work and school, I reacted by eating more. Last year I decided enough was enough and I had to get healthy. April 12 2006 I quit a two pack a day smoking habit. I am happy to report that I have not had slipped once in over a year with cigs. EATING replaced them! Now topping the scale at 188 lbs, (the most I have even weighed in my life, even when 9 months pregnant). I am ready to make changes and regain my life.

i am 28yrs old. i have always been chuncky. there was a time were i was losing alot of weight and was close to be considered thin but i met someone and i gain all the weight back. i am at my heavist now and of course i am not with that person anymore. i weigh 194 lbs, in jr high i was 190. i want to lose weight but its hard. especially having a hugh latino family that loves to eat and celebrates everything. deep down i know i can do this but its hard when i am doing this by myself.

Ive been married 20 years, have three childrean and one grandson...with another grandchild on the way! I love being a grandma. I work as a nurse aide and hope to get through nursing school in the next few years. I enjoy taking care of people and find healthcare very rewarding.

I am 24 and I am married. I love dogs, I have 2 that are my children. I am a nurse aide and I would like to become a nurse.

I am a sahm, doing daycare from my home. I have 7 kids, 3 left at home. 11 grandkids so far. I am dangerously close to 50, and 40 lbs, more than I would like to be. I am changing my outlook on food, and hopefully will be able to make myself feel healthier, and fitter, with looking better as a side effect.

I am 33 years old, I am married and have 2 kids.

Early thirties (but if asked I always say 24), working 2 jobs, typical single girl...

I am a stay at home mommy...I LOVE my job. We do a lot of playing, laughing, and dancing everyday, but hubby's favorite spot is his recliner. I think motivating him to get healthy will be my biggest challenge.

I am a 36-year-old mom of two active boys. I work from home as a market researcher and copywriter. Two pregnancies and life as a working mom have left me with extra weight and eating habits that must be changed. Being on the tall side (5' 8") has always been something that I liked about myself. But I am a tall woman with a short torso. And after two pregnancies, I am now carrying around an extra 30 pounds. So, I am basically a bowling ball with long, skinny arms and long, skinny legs. LOL!

I am 46. I remember a time when I felt sexy. Now, i feel nothing only weight creeping up. I am an artist. I also work for a fab company to meet expenses.

I am a mother of two. My son Aiden is 15 months. My daughter is 3 months. I am a full time student for nursing. I have about 50 pounds of after baby weight to take off and keep off.

Hello I am a married mother of a 1 year old. I have struggled with my weight for a very long time. I am currently 28 and the last time I felt good about my weight was when I was around 14. I currently work from home and I try to be active with my son. My husband owns a restaurant and works long and different hours so it is hard to find time for just myself.

Hello! I am a 17 year old from Clovis, CA. I am Senior in High School, and I want to look better and be in shape. I'm 5'6, ans need to lose about 75 pounds to reach my ideal weight of 150. I am here to look for support from people who are or have been on my boat.

I've had a problem with weight all of my life, but now, at 56 years old I am the heaviest I have ever been or ever hope to be. I always fluctuated between 15-25 pounds overweight. But now I am 100 pounds overweight. My goal is to lose 80 pounds this year and work on the last 20 as a secondary goal. I'm a recent "empty-nester" and am really loving my new life style.

Im one of those people that know what to do, but knowing an doing are two different things.

I am a 50 something recently diagnosed with Hashimotos. I need to lose over 100 lbs. I need real encouragement because it seems like an impossible task. I have lost weight in the past but have never been able to reach a healthy weight. I would get discouraged and give up.

I am married to an awesome women. I work hard at my profession. I am heavily involved with my family and church. I have 3 cats and 4 fishy's. Currently reside in Salt Lake City. However, I am San Diegan through and through.

I am 57 yrs. old, married and work full time. I never really had a weight problem until I quit smoking 15 yrs. ago. Since then, food has replaced cigarettes.

I have a very addictive personality and have had food issues all my life. Food is what i turn to when I am happy, sad, nervouse, bored, anxious... etc. I tell people I eat healthy 80% of the time but I totally blow all my hard work in the other 20%. I love to inspire others, but struggle when it comes to inspiring myself.

I am new to peertrainer and also a mother of two. i heard about this website on good morning america and thought maybe it was finally time to do something. i didn't have a weight problem growing up but now that i am getting older i find myself not wanting to take pictures and definitely dread shopping for the cutest outfits that just don't fit right.

I am a single professional that commutes from Nashua to Boston 4X/wk. This commute is a definite barrier to weight loss and involving myself in the community. I have 3-4 outfits that fit and many more that will fit when...

I am a 36 year old mother of two. I have a 4 year old son and a 6 year old son. I am happily married and have been for 7 years. I work out of the home full time. I have battled for as long as I can remember with my weight. Always up and down. Have never been able to maintain a healthy weight.

I am a city girl living in North Carolina. I work full time, go to school, married and have two children. I am trying to work out also and eat right. I am very easy to motivate but I can be easily distracted when it comes to my diet and excercise plan. (I am a really bad speller so sorry in advance). I have really decieded to give this my all. So here I am.

I work part-time as a Psychologist and have two children. My son is 11, and my daughter is 6. I have been married for 13 years and am 41 years old (I am??)!

I'm a 25 year old state employee. I'm not married and have no children...except for my dog and cat :) I go to the gym 4-5 times a week, take a kickboxing class, and weight train. I have a little cottage house along the Susquehanna River.

Im still in college at the University of Michigan. Im 21 years old. Im 5'5 about 165. I have a lot of muscle but have excess fat that I want to lose. I have been working out 5-6 days a week since January 1st and lost weight but gained it back by eating poorly so I really want to stick with it this time.

I am a 43 year old mom of two boys, ages 8 and 10. I work four days per week behind a desk, and then jump in my car so I can drive kids to soccer, baseball, music lessons etc. Then, comes the evening rush...homework, dinner, kid time, bed! I don't recognize myself anymore...I'm fat and have no energy. I need a mind/body tune-up!

I'm a 20 year old college student going for my bachelors in Communications. I want to start eating the right foods and working out more.

I am a young professional who is serious about losing the weight. I am in an enviornment where I need to look excelent and feel excellent. I feel that this group is serious about losing weight and keeping it off. At least I know I am!

I'm 37, single, living in Denver, trying to lose the 25 lbs that crept on in the last 5 years...Gluten and dairy-free (or trying to be, out of necessity), training for my first marathon (January '09, Miami), on the road to becoming vegetarian/vegan (currently mostly pescatarian, and I avoid dairy and eggs, and honey, though I've had some real slip-ups regarding both the meat issue and gluten and dairy issue (and Ive paid for it!). Ready to start fresh and stay motivated to reach my goals..

I am 44 years young. I am the mother of 9 children. My husband had 3 from his first marriage and I had 3 from my first marriage and together we have adopted 3. We have 3 kids living at home now, 17, 9 and 7 year old girls. Lots of work there. I have a very stressful job working as a courtroom clerk. I have been promoted this past January and it is a lot to learn. I don't get any exercise at work and sit in the same chair for 8 hours. I am lucky to be able to get up and go to the bathroom during the first 4 hours at work. At lunch time I have been walking for over a mile at work with a friend. I am not one to work out while at work because I don't want to sweat and then go back to work but a slow walk helps me get up and moving.

I'm a college student, working as a waitress. I've been in a relationship for a year and I've put on 40 pounds NOW it wont come off. It so easy to put it on but so hard to take it off and keep it off.

I've recently turned forty and I'm tired of being fat. I'm a librarian, pet lover, and I'm starting to get exercise into my daily routine. I've started jogging and can jog 3.5 miles right now (although it is at a 13:02 mile). I plan to run in a 5K this September.

I am 32 with three kids, 13, 8, and 3. I'm not sigle and for the most part live a pretty cushy life materially. I wish so bad to stay on track to lose the weight I need to lose. I won't lie, alot of it is vanity - I wish I could say it was all just health, and don't get me wrong, I'd love to be healthy too but my first motivator is the way I look. I have become so wrapped up in my kids life that I have not takin the time to develop my own likes, that is a " Coming Soon" I'm 160lbs and 5 feet tall so there is some work to do.

5'6" - 160 lbs. ~wanna be fit and healthy~ I'm 24 years old and work in Advertising. I'm not very happy with my job lately so I know that has a lot to do with my eating habits. I live with and incredible boyfriend and our equally incredible dog. My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years. I'll add more as I become more involved on this site but that's a start.

I am a grad student in computer science and an inventory controller for a major retailer...two jobs which unfortunately keep me stuck in a chair for 90% of my day.

OK so i am a 24 year old V.P. of a natural gas and oil development firm who is also attending school full time to get a degree in English, political science, and philosophy. I know seems masochistic but i am passionate about all three things and do not want to be stuck at my pay scale for the rest of my life. I work hard in all that i do and have recently met the woman of my dreams. When i say recent i mean about a year ago. During the past year i have become happier than i have ever been before and thus content. With me contentment equals NOT working out too much. In fact hardly ever. Whereas i used to have time to workout regularly between, before, or after work and school i find myself spending every moment with her. Thus my issue. I have booked a cruise for August 12th through the 19th to Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and medico for the two of us and am going to ask her to marry me then. I am and have been displeased with the amount of weight i have put on over the past year but have never had a real reason to do anything different. However, now i do. I am at 215 and need to be back at 180 by August 18th. Not only do i feel bad and my cloths fit like crap but i want the love of my life to be proposed to in a manner that will be something she will always remember. And that does not involve me being over-weight as i am. Thus i have 88 days to lose 35 pounds. I know this may sound ridiculous but i want to feel good when i propose not overweight and fat like i feel now and my baby deserves a man who takes care of himself. And i want to look good for her and me! Thus 88 days and 35 pounds...lets see what happens

20 years old. Attending Suffolk University Looking to lose weight before a trip to India in December 2007. Been overweight about half my life, and I just don't think this was the skin I was supposed to live in. I want to stay excited when I shop, instead of gettin down in the dumps after trying on somehting I love and it not fitting! Ive tried a couple of things that have only left me in extreme debt since the age of18. : (. Trying to do this without telling anybody I know, so I don't have anyone making me feel like I failed, and because I want to surprise everyone with this change. I don't know how to go about doing this so ANY tips will be happily accepted!

Im 21 and trying to start a new life with my boyfriend and future husband. i dont wanna be a fat bride, wife, or mother.

I am currently in graduate school studying School Psychology. One more year and then I'm finally done! I enjoy outdoor activities: cycling, swimming, camping, cooking out, etc. My best friend just asked me to be her maid of honor, which is just more motivation to lose some weight and get into better shape!

I'm 17, 233 pounds..... I own a 2 year old paint/draft cross names Ava( hmm...) and I love her to death. I am taken by a wonderful if not immature( aren't they all?) man named Dale who loves me the way I am and sometimes says negative things about me losing weight. But honestly he is a doll :}

I'm 19 years old and attending Michigan State University. I'm getting my undergrad in Hospitality Business, Psychology and Japanese. Hopefully will be able to travel within the HB program and am just in love with psychology. I love going out and having a good time i'm funny outgoing, loud and have a huge personality. However, i feel ugly while all my peers around me have great bodies. Also, my family has a lot of health problems - diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure - so I'd like to lose weight, get in shape and become healthy if I want to make it past 60 down the line. Also I want to get strong and fast to become the best darn rugby player in Michigan.

Married, also to my computer My Web

I am a 35yo male, 5'11" 191 lbs. I'm married with 2 boys age 6 and 3. Recently went on 10 year anniversary trip and didn't like what the pictures showed.

I am a 30 year old, happily married, stay at home mother of 3 children. Two girls and a boy ages 10, 7, and 6.

I'm a single female in her thirties and fifty-sixty pounds overweight. I want to look good among my family and friends and look hot naked. I want to be athletic and toned, the way I know I can be. I want to take back responsibility for the health of my heart, my lungs, my bones and muscles, and everything else that gives me life. I'm educated, have a good job, have been told I'm beautiful here and there since my teens, and have great family and friends. Except I'm overweight. And I'm embarrassed and ashamed for it. Every day. I'm ready to get serious about losing weight after many, many half- hearted starts.

Married for a long time, 2 small monkeys, I mean kids, self-employed busy mom. Emotional eater wanting to be free of it! Exercise is an area I want to improve, as well as documenting my intake so I can have a better handle on my calorie intake. I actually have been here once or twice before (weight wise), lost the weight and then got pregnant each time. This last time I lost my weight was the most significant because I did reach my goal and maintained it for nearly a year. Then I got pregnant, gained EEEKKKK! fifty five lbs and quickly lost part of it, but I have 34 lbs to go and it's been about a year since I actively lost.

I am Christi a married 31yo with a 20 mo old baby. I have a long history of playing sports: soccer, swimming, tennis. I unfortunately, tore the ACL in my left knee 12 mo ago. After just getting into pplaying and working out after the c-section birth of my baby. I have also come to realize I have Myofascial Pain Syndrome, basically knots in my shoulder blades that send pain to my neck, head and sinuses. This limits my upper body workout and strain. It has been a long road.

I may be 58 years old, but in my heart, I'm 30! I have a sedentary job working with college students, so it's important for me to move when I can. Deep down I am adventurous and like to go on small trips. I live in a town of 30,000 outside a metropolitan area in Ohio. I came from Detroit area, so living in a small town has been a major adjustment for the past 3 years. The town is lovely and the people are great, but I am not as conservative as most.

I am and 18 year old vegitarian. I am 5'1 and currently about 135 pounds.

I'm 22. I officially weigh the most i have ever weighed. 142 pounds.

I am a 26 year old female from Texas. I joined peer trainer when I was 24 and desperate to lose weight. Within the past 4 months I have lost 25 pounds. My fiance' has lost 30 pounds. We have both been doing isagenix. It is a nutritional program that's main goal is to make you healthy. It is a lifestyle change, but it is well worth it. Diets do not work long term. That is why I am so happy that this isn't a diet.

I'm 53 years old and have slowly gained weight over the last 25 years. Back pain kept me from exercising, and being in pain depressed me, so I ate. I had back surgery a year ago and feel great now. I'm walking and swimming on a regular basis. Now my biggest problem is stopping my compulsive eating. I'm focusing all my energy on portion control and would appreciate support from a group in that area.

38 years old and mother of 7 year old and a one year old. Had a hysterectomy and now on hormone replacement. Really hard to lose ....

I am a 29 year old case manager that investigates abuse and neglect cases on the elderly. I came on this site after viewing a story in People magazine who had found it successful. I am easy going and like to do pretty much anything for fun. My Dad's whole side of the family is obese. I am trying to prevent my genes from taking over my jeans. I don't want to get early onset diabetes like my aunt who is 12 years older than me and weighs about 350 lbs. My grandmother (who is 70) weighs about 275 lbs. My dad and my uncle (47 and 45 yrs old) both weigh anywere from 230 and 290 respectively.

I'm 17 yrs old. I currently got my GED and I've been overweight since I was in 5th grade (right after my parents got a divorce). The most I've weighed is 189 and once I hit that I lost 30 lbs by only eating when I was hungry. Now I weigh around 170. I would like to get to a healthy weight and get more energy so I can feel confident about my self.

I'm a 6' 2" 260lb 29 yr old executive that needs his life back. About 4 years ago I made a significant career change that took me out of the city, away from a large company with a competitive atmosphere and now I am in a rural area in SW Kansas. I thrive in the urban environment, but it is apparent that I do not do as well "in the country". I have a very demanding and draining work life, which I can handle, except that I have no outlet for re-energizing and having fun. Eating has become my source of reward. In two years I have gained about 55lbs. In addition, my wife and I had our first child 6 months ago. My wife is an incredible mom so I know that she will be very supportive and give me the time I need to get healthy. I've been able to live in denial quite well, but every now and then I realize that this isn't just some quick phase that is going to pass. I am still living in the past. At 20 I really dedicated my life to fitness. The highlight of my day was getting to the gym. It was truly my lifestyle. Now, I find myself telling my wife what I used to do, what I used to look like. And then she kindly reminds me that was 5 years ago. What a wake-up call. It seems like last year and I can just start next week and be right back into shape. The reality of the situation is that time is moving forward, not backwards. If I don't change my lifestyle now, it will most likely never change. I find myself accepting my weight, telling myself that as long as I'm happy, what does it matter. It matters because I am rediculously unhealthy. I don't have the energy to do anything. I mean anything. I want a happy, healthy life filled with energy.

I'm 22 years old and I'm a programmer and self declared geek. I just graduated in May with my bachelor's degree and am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life. This includes losing 100 lbs to get down to a healthy weight. I've always struggled with my weight - I've been overweight since I was a kid. What has really hit home lately is the fact that, since I started college, I have gained about 70 - 80 lbs. I used to be 175 lbs and a size 14 (I'm a tall girl) and now I'm 252 lbs and a size 20. I'm sick of being this way - I want to be healthy and I want to feel good about myself. I want to feel good in my own skin and I want to fit into the clothes that I've always wanted to wear. It has been a long time since I have felt truly good about myself. I am going to stop procrastinating and I am going to do this.

I'm a father of four boys and a beutiful wife and I want to be a good example for all of them

I'm a 24 year-old computer security analyst who spends his 8-5 behind a desk. I just moved over 600 miles from home to work for the University of Michigan. I need to lose the weight but have been having a hard time staying motivated -- especially since I know no one locally outside of work.

i want to lose about 10-15 pounds.

I'm 35 years old, I have two boys that are 7 yrs old and 10yrs old but they live 3 hrs away from me. I'm in a long-term relationship with a great man of 1 1/2 yrs, very supportive. I was skinny all my life but after having a c-section with my 7yr old, my body needs help now. I used to be very active but the last year and half, I become not very active. And I see myself slipping away each day by getting fatter everyday. You cant really tell because I do a good job at hiding it with my clothes.

44 years old- Have ran for the most part of the last 25 years. I have ran 15 Kentucky Derby Mini Marathons in a row since 1993. In 2000 I took running a step further and ran my first marathon. I ran 6 marathons between 2000-2004. The past two years my work has consumed much more of my life outside of family time. I will start a training program and for some reason or another get sideline and loose track and motivation.

I am 46, divorced, full time working mom with two children ages 12 and 14. My blood pressure was high at the beginning of the year so I set out to correct it. I've lost 20 pounds but need to lose more and get back into a work out regime.

30 years old. PhD student. I eat whenever I am anxious, which turns out to be 80% of all the time that I am awake.

I am a 27 y/o (recently) single female that is 5'5" and 168lbs. I work full-time and attend law school @ night which leaves me very little time for exercise or meal preparation, and makes it way too easy to stop @ a fast food restaurant on the way to school. The stress also causes me to make bad food choices and the studying keeps me from getting a substantial amount of sleep/rest!

I am a mother of 2 ages 10 and 5.

Former runner, gymnast. Now just boxing for fun at a really competitive gym, cycling and training for a marathon.

I am a 19 year old college sophomore who has tried every single diet tha exists, and I am finally ready to start a routine for me, that helps me feel the absolute best I can!

30 and single.

I'm a 35 year old attorney who is being healed from PCOS, hypothyroid, fibromyalgia, and CFS. I have had hormonal issues in the past that caused me to gain lots of weight, but I am currently undergoing a holistic-based approach to heal my body completely and the weight is melting off as my body seeks to reach its perfect weight. I now have the energy to work out every day, have little or no pain, and feel amazing!! (I'm calling things that are not as though they are. I try to live by that)

I am 40, happily married, and the mom of 3 (14, 11, and 10). I work part-time as a middle school tutor while I am attending grad school to renew my teaching license. I run and lift weights but not always consistently. I started playing co-ed soccer with my husband and friends last year. I have struggled with my weight for the past 20 years and just want to find a way to be content with myself and stop obsessing!

I'm 23 years old, I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I have a very hectic life due to work commitments. I don't even know how to explain what I do without taking up 10 pages. Basically I'm in entrepeneur I work directly with someone who is basically my mentor. (if you've ever seen the show "The Real Estate Pros" on TLC, my life is freakishly like Ginger's just without the camera, yet, and not in real estate) At the moment I am actively involved in getting 3 businesses off groung and running (all at different stages). Because I have a very un-balanced lifestyle. I basically live and breathe business. I work irregular hours, which I find makes it difficult to stick to a gym schedule and not be tempted to just grab anything to eat. How I gained weight: When I first went to university lI was about 180 (I'm 6 feet tall which probably be taken into account, I also have a naturally larger frame and I've always been very ahtletic). Like most I gained the classic freshmen weight. At my heaviest I was 210. Then during second year I progressively lost some weight, down to about 190-195. Then in my 3rd year I transfered universities because I was recruited to play bball. So basically talk about a crash boot camp in getting back in shape. So I ended up being between 180-185 but crazy amounts of muscle. At the end of that season, I stopped playing but maintained good eating habits and relatively high level of activity. I proceeded to lose some muscle mass and a few extra pounds of fat. I was 168 pounds, and I looked amazing!!!!! I felt so great about myself and looked so healthy I was glowing all the time. Anyway this lasted until a year and a half ago when I became very depressed due to the loss of my best friend. I lost all motivation in life. I gained more weight and have been hovering around 190 since then. I really want to be fit and healthy again. I've fought tooth and nail to pull myself out of depression. I have a fabulous life again. I'm still not perfect. I still struggle with the past, I can't seem to let go completely. I still have very large flood-gates controlling my emotions. I'm a completely different person from who I used to be which is sometimes scary just due to the unknown. I have new goals and ambitions and driving forces. Anyway I really think my keys to success will be giving my health the focus I give other areas of my life, time management and staying positive. Probably the thing that would keep me on track the best is to have a support system. I'd really like to make some friends through this and help each reach our goals.

I am 40 years old and married. Looking to get into old wardrobe I wore before I met my wife.

I'm a full-time teacher in a high school. I have two children (ages 5 & 7) and my husband and I own a business in our small town. So, not only do I have a full-time job, but I also have to do the bookwork in the business on the side. Time for me to do my own thing (like exercise) is very difficult.

I am a working mom with three girls (5,7,9). I developed hypothryoidism during my first pregnancy and have had a very difficult time losing weight. My life is hectic and I don't make the time to take care of myself.

I am married with two daughters, 15 & 12, I just started a business at home on top of my full time job and am finding it hard to make time for my workouts. I am exhausted by the time I get home at 6pm and then need to make dinner. I don't always follow the healthy recipies because pasta and potatoes are my favorite foods.

I'm a freshman at the University of New Mexico and I'm very involved in music; singing, guitar and piano, mostly. I'm majoring in political science with a concentration on foreign affairs.

Up until about a month ago, I was a very active student athlete. Since then, I've left my team due to differences with the team and coach. I've just seen my weight go up and up from 140 to almost 150. I am an emotional eater and have trouble sometimes exercising control. Now, I want to find that balance with food, exercise, school, life!

i have been chubby for as long as i can remember. i love to work out, but i'm still fat! i attribute this to my love affair with ice cream, pizza, bread, etc. i have been a mindless eater, chronic snacker, and indulger to the max. it's time to change, time to tone up and get healthy. junk food: this relationship isn't working any more. it's not you, it's me. we need to break up.

I am a highschool senior who has been trying to loose weight for atleast 6 or 7 years. I have never felt secure about my body and have always been jealous of those who seem to have 100% control over their weight. I am 5'7 1/2 and, as of 10/9/07, I weigh 175lbs... because I am moderately active, I know alot of the extra weight is just muscle but I still could loose a few pounds. I believe the main reason I have not been able to lose the weight is lack of motivation and time to actually workout. I hope this online community will be that extra push that I need. Currently, I am about 175lbs. I hope to be 140lbs by the end of March 2008. That means, I have to lose 35lbs in 20wks. So about 7lbs each month, and 1.75lbs per week. I will have to lose about 875 calories per day. That sounds practical to me! Hope it works. I will do my official first weigh in on 10/14 I will weigh myself every sunday after that.

I'm a 27 year old woman who, among working 2 jobs and having just bought a house, is finding it hard to muster the time and the energy to get out and exercise.

I am 27 years old. I am a teacher and am currently teaching pre-school in Korea.

I'm 35, married, have two sons in grade school, SAHM, and I'm pursuing a career as a personal trainer/fitness instructor.

I work long hours and always find myself snacking at night because I was stressed when I got home. I need to do better and start moving!

*** BACK FROM SURGERY AND READY TO ROLL... or rather... lose the rolls!*** I'm 22 and newley married to the love of my life Sean. I am a below the knee amputee due to congenital birth defects but that has never held me back. I was very active growing up, I played soccer, and ran track, however, as I've grow my activity level has dropped to practically non-existant.

Busy mom of two teens and a caregiver for their dad who has Stage IV kidney cancer, metastasized to lungs, liver and lymph nodes. I also have a "disability" which has limited my activities. Now on a better medication and supplement regimen that helps, I am anxious to get into a regular exercise routine for strength and conditioning... Using a modified Atkins program, I am now working towards losing about 30 lbs too.


I am married, 41 and have 2 sons. I have always struggled with my weight. I am struggling with high blood pressure and other health issues and want to be more healthy.

I love being active... Tennis, running, swimming, kickboxing, and yoga are my favorites. I go to the gym at least 3 times per week.. on most weeks more like 5 to 6. It seems like I've been on a diet for my entire life. It's tiring. I've returned to College to become a Dietician/Nutritionist, and feel like I've got to be in super shape in order to follow my career path. In my teens I was 60 pounds overweight. It's been up and down for most of my life. Now I'm within 10 to 15 pounds of my goal, but am starting to lose control with snacking and binge eating. I exercise soooo much and have gained a ton of muscle.. so I feel hungry a lot. The problem is, once I start eating it's hard for me to stop. Also, if I eat one bad thing my whole day is shot, and I'll keep eating crappy for the rest of the day.

I work full time, sitting in front of a computer and have a long commute each day. Married, 40's, no kids, lots of pets (dogs, cats, chickens and geese) :o)

I'm 30 yrs old, live in NYC. Now that I've hit 30, I've decided to get into the best shape of my life. Part of that means getting rid of all the little self-sabotaging things I do: emotionally eating, getting too stressed out by work, not sticking to regular eating and sleeping and exercising schedules. In short, not being the best I can be!

Second year medical student. Lots of inactivity, couch sitting, mindless eating. I'm actually in good cardiovascular shape, work out a lot, just eat too much and don't do much else other than the one hour 4X a week step classes.

I'm a 44-years-old married professional female working in Silicon Valley. I'm a pretty happy camper. My only health issures are a foot disability and high blood pressure. The foot disability means I can't do much weight-bearing exercise (running, walking) and the high blood pressure means I have to lay off the salt. My "kids" are my pets: dogs, cats, and birds. I have a merry menagerie.

I am 23 years old, I have gained at least 10 pounds since I graduated from college in May 2007. That is a lot of weight in such a short period of time (Well, actually I guess that's only 2 pounds a month, funny how weight sneaks up on you). I have always felt kind too big, and it ends up being a source of insecurity. I am going to get a handle on this weight issue because I believe that everyone deserves to be happy and feel comfortable in their own skin. I do not want to spend my life insecure or overly concerned about my weight. I want to be able to pick up and go to the beach when ever I want or pick something out of my closet to wear and not have to ask myself... "do I look fat?" I have never been that big, although I have felt that way ( mostly because I have big hips and a butt... think beyonce. *lol* As I've gotten older I have grown to love my curves, I just want to reduce my size overall) Oh and I love running and the rest of the time I'm studying... I'm a first year medical student. [change] I am a SECOND year medical student I ran a half-marathon in 2005 a Marathon 26.2 miles in 2006 another half-marathon in 2007 (So I must say, this is why I feel guilty constantly complaining about my body. My body has done some amazing things and I want to be proud of my shape. This is the reason, I am going to change my life style and lose weight for good! I deserve it... and you do too!

Licensed Massage Therapist, 20 years old, 5'3.

Before: 175lbs
Currently: 125lbs
Goal: 110lbs

I work a lot. im putting myself through college by working as a nanny. finding time to work out is hard, but health is important to me.

I just turned 25 married to a wonderful husband we are almost to our 1 year anniversary. We despertly want children but unfortuantly I have PCOS and the doctor said getting the weigh off would help so here I am. My starting weight was 365 about 6 months months ago my current weight is 298 so 67 down a lot to go. I stay at home and have a home daycare witch I love.

I'm 36 in a few weeks and I've never been on a regular fitness program or diet and I want to change that. I'm not huge but I would like to feel better about myself physically. I'm here to learn and to make a difference in my life. I'm 6'2" and my weight has fluctuates between 200-2010lbs.

I am 28 yo and I weigh 220. I am tall, but not tall enough to make 220lbs look sexy. I love to eat, and I hate to exercise. I just recently put on this extra weight. I feel like a fat monster. I used to be very attractive. I want it back!

I'm 18, 5'4 and live in the Cayman Islands. I graduated high school in June 2007 and am currently working/going to college. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, reading and listening to music among other things.

26 year old female. I am not quite overweight, but I would really like to look a little more slim and toned, and be more comfortable with my body. I haven't been wearing a bikini to the beach for probably twelve years, and I think it's time I do it this summer.

42, single, love to cook, dont make the time to eat right or workout on a regular basis. Tournament level tennis player, was 230-240 most of last year, but packed on the weight since January - major knee surgery. Sober for 3+ years and active member of AA.

Running a company and being a family man hasn't left a lot of time for me to dedicate to fitness. I live in New York City and walk to work everyday but that's about all the exercise I get besides carrying around my 9 month old baby boy. But exercise is critical for physical and mental health and I am ready to get back into it!

I'm a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in English and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture with a minor in Japanese. I used to weigh around 145 when I was competing in Miss America local preliminary pageants. ...then I went to college. I'm back up to 175 and I'm looking to get my pageant body back!!

I'm a 6'0 200 pound senior. I'm headed off to college soon, so I want to lose my belly and to get stronger by my graduation and the start of college. I plan on going to South Carolina, Cincinnati, Marquette, or UGA. My target weight is 175-180.

I'm 41 years old and enjoy being with my 12 year old daughter. She's very active and keep us busy with her activities. I'm an Art Director for Kansas State University. Enjoy living in Manhattan, Kansas. I also enjoy working on my Mac.

26 yr.-old former elite athlete (Tae Kwon Do --2nd Degree Black Belt), I've run numerous marathons all over the U.S., but haven't run recently since I decided to transform my body and put on a decent amount of muscle in 8/07. Now, I need to start back up w/ the cardio daily. Looking for people to keep me accountable w/ my running, etc. I have my nut. license & PT license and am happy to be here to offer support!

I am 40+ years old. I really did stop counting after 40. I dont feel any older so why keep adding to it. I am happily married 23 years and have a wonderful husband. I have two great daughters, one in college and the baby is a senior in high school. I have been fighting the "baby fat" ever since I had my last daugther... in 1991. I have over 70 pounds to lose.

I'm 31. I've gone through some dieting ups and downs over the years and I finally want to journey to weight loss by changing one habit at a time. I work for full-time in ministry. It is a busy job that I really enjoy. This takes up a full work day, plus lots of volunteer time as well. This leads me to eat food on the run and rush from one activity to another. I realized that by allowing life to dictate my time I'm not truly taking control and using my time as wisely as I'd like. In addition to weight loss, I'd also like to work on planning and managing my time better.

I work for the state (stressful), and I go to school part-time (yikes!). I gained weight during my first semester back in school, and I weigh more now than I ever have in my life. I want to be able to run with my boyfriend (who is in the best shape of his life).

I'm a 38-year old Healthcare Administrator in the U.S. Air Force. I've been married for 2 years, with no children. I'm a member of a 5-woman running club we formed in our neighborhood, which is very supportive, but I need a support group to help me stick to my diet goals.

I'm a Sophomore at college and double majoring possibly in Human Biology (working towards Physical Therapist ) and Communications & the Arts with a minor in Theater. I love going out dancing and hanging out with friends when I get the chance.

The summer I graduated after college I got really sick and lost close to 20 pounds. I had never thought I was heavier before but when I lost that weight I liked the way I was looking. I hadn't been doing any physical activities in years so I started walking, which eventually turned to running and also changed the way I was eating. When all was over I lost 35-40 pounds. Now I am just trying to maintain my new weight. I think the "newness" of being skinnier has worn off for me so now I feel like I have to work harder, or that I don't look the same when really I actually do... trying to work on that:)

I am 31, married and have 2 very active girls, aged 11 and 5. I am 5' 3" and around 240 lbs??? I was a VERY active kid with sports and school and when I had my first daughter (when I was 19) that all changed! I live in a rural community and only have dial up :o( I am definately not a "girly girl" and Iove the outdoors and animals. (Hoping to eventually have a hobby farm)

I am a self employed attorney. I am in court daily, since I do criminal defense, and I drive a lot - over 40,000 miles a year. My car always seems to be drawn to drive throughs, (and it doesn't help that I never have time to have lunch). Stress seems to be increasing, since I am taking on more and more work, and yet with court delays, I am out of the office from 8:30 a.m. to 5pm, and then work late to catch up. I'm also in the middle of a divorce and I feel the stress of that quite a bit.

I guess it's time to do a little updating, although there really isn't much to do update. I am 31 years old now and currently not working and having a hard time finding a job which really makes me feel depressed. Which isn't a good thing when you're trying to lose weight in my opinion.

I am 52 and a computer systems manager. I sing in musicals and opera for a hobby and am leanring to paint I have 2 step daughter and 3 grandsons. They visit fortnighly and keep me young

I'm a 20-yr-old undergrad student majoring in Environmental Science. I'm very active in my college's Theatre and Dance Department, and my hobbies include singing, horseback riding,

I'm a 21 year old student from England, I havent been happy with my body since I was about 15 years old and am fed up of having self confidence issues. I have a bubbly personality that doesnt always show when I'm feeling down about my appearance. Too many failed relationships for my age and think if I change my image I'll get to the point in my life that I'll be happy in myself and then I won't be constantly looking for someone, and hopefully they'll just come along with no effort at all :-)

I am married, with a wonderful husband and son. I want to lose the weight not only for my health, but for my 30th year Anniversary on May 27th. Cruising in May08! There will be swimsuit opportunities, which I MUST look good for.


I am a 36 yr old mother of two (5 & 8). I recently went back to work FT as an attorney after being off or PT for 4 years. I lost the weight from the last baby, but over the past 3 years put it back and then some! I am starting weight watchers and the Beck Diet Solution workbook. I have got to get a slim, professional look back.

I'm currently a student working on my doctorate in physical therapy set to graduate in May. I've lost about 20 lbs since June 2007. I've hit a bit of a rut and am having trouble getting out of it and getting motivated again. I'm out of school on clinical rotations and my schedule changes so often that it's hard to get into a good routine. I'm currently working with children, and I'm finding that it's difficult to keep up with them all day long! I'm working from 7:30am until 6:30-7pm and by the time I get done with my day, I'm completely pooped and don't want to do anything else even though I know I should! I've had a horrible time with self-image for most of my life, and I get frustrated very easily when things aren't working out well. But this time, I haven't given up... I'm trying to get myself motivated to keep going!

I am a 24 year old female from Lafayette, Louisiana. I am Type I Diabetic and Bipolar. I take Insulin, Lithium, Cymbalta, and Topamax. I am in a relationship. I have a brother and three sister, two of which are pregnant, and one nephew. I enjoy visiting with my family and my boyfriend, reading, going to dinner and movies and festivals, and watching football. I have three years of college, one in biology and two in nursing. I hope to return to school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for either Micrbiology or Criminal Justice to work as a Social Worker. I currently weigh 170 pounds and strongly desire to 150 pounds, mostly so that I can feel better about how I look and look better in the clothes I like.

I'm a 31 y/o, happily married mother of two.

20 year old college student. I'm extremely giggly and smiley...:-D I'm trying to stay on my workout schedule but it's getting hard now that classes have started back again. So I'm really looking for motivation and support to keep going.

I am 17 years old, am overweight, and may be depressive. My whole life has been bad events bridged together by good events, but in the past year, everything seems to have gone down hill. From age 8 to 13, I was anorexic. I got help for it after 8th grade. My freshman year in highschool was shaky, but since then, after all the required stays and everything, I gained weight steadily, which was good at first. But now I'm going to college in the fall- I don't know where yet still- and the stress of everything is causing me to put on even more weight. I want to be healthy when I start college, because there, I won't have the comfort of friends who already know where I've been and what I've been through.

I'm 38 and work part-time as a psychologist. The rest of the time I'm running after my georgous 18-month old twin daughters. I always seem to feel tired. I'm still partly breastfeeding but hoping to wean towards their second birthday. Never used to have a weight problem - except always wanting to be 10lb thinner. Now I'm struggling with having learned to eat loads during the pregnancy and breastfeeding. Almost all the weight had come off, but now I find it creeping back up. I live in a beach town and dread revealing this body this summer.

I am 27 years old, married, and have a wonderful little boy. When I actually go to the gym I like it- alot. I need motivation and encouragement. I didn't really have anyone to talk to about my weight and overeating till I met some great friends on peertrainer! I've been dieting my whole life. I think that is why it is sooooo hard to lose weight this time (after having my son). I think I just need support from people who understand me and who also need support and motivation. I NEED TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT FOR ME!!!!

I am not new to the weight loss journey...4 years ago I lost 70 lbs...only to regain it over the last 3 years due to ill health from lupus...that was the result of a ruptured appendix....over the last few years...I have lost muscle mass and gained weight...and mounting depression. Unlike in the past when weight was simply a looking good thing to it is a life altering/saving/replenishing choice that must be made if I am to live a normal happy life with my partner...myself and my 2 children. Oh ya...I am a 32 year old with 2 kids, a partner....and the need for daily support!!

I'm 18 years old. I've been married for about 7 months. I love the color pink. I collect fairy and tinkerbell related things. I like most types of music. I like to read. I'm Christian. I've been overweight most of my life.

I am a mother of a 3 year old, self employed who loves wine and sweets! I am a fitness to run, cycle, play tennnis, wt train, pilates, name it, I love it! I love to munch througout the day, and love to have wine in the evening..which makes me more hungry and I end up eating way more than I want to!

I am a data analyst / IT liason. I have been overweight forever (really) and have tried a multitude of different approaches to conquering this. The only thing that seems to make sense is to be healthy - oh - and stick with it. UPDATE: I have lost a total of 70 this last 50 IS obtainable... I like to think of myself as upbeat and outgoing and perhaps a bit of a work-a-holic. I love hiking and challenging myself to the next level.

I am a mom who gained 100 pounds while on bedrest for two years. Used to be a weight lifter and runner. I've lost some weight already, but thought I may benefit from PEERTrainer. It's been 5 years since I gained the weight... Time to get rid of it!

34 year old female, married with 3yr old son and 15 yr old daughter. I've recently had a hysterectomy and I've lost weight since the surgery and want to keep the pace moving. I'm larger than I have ever been even while pregnant and want to start eating healthier and getting my body back to that high school figure ! ! Man, I was fine back in the day ! ! with the help of you guys I'm going to get there again.

I'm 17 years old and looking to tone up, I used to be very active and now between highschool, my college dual enroll, and co-oping I have very little time for excercise.

My name is Jessica and I am finishing up my last year as an undergraduate. Ive always played a sport which has helped incorporate some type of evercise into my life, but now it seems as if its not enough. ive changed my diet and am begining to eat healthy, but even with that i feel like i still need add more exercise but i cant seem to get motivated.

New to NOVA and ready to be fit!

I am 5'9" and weigh 110kg I have always been of large build and although I am considered extremely obese using the BMI calculation by no means do I consider myself to be in that category as it doesn't account for the amount of muscle mass I have (which is heavier guys). I am a professional who leads an active life but also love to get out there and party, sometimes too much.

I'm 42, single, and have been overweight since I was about 9. I have a family history of just about every major disease (cancer, heart disease, diabetes) that you can imagine. I'm pretty sure I'm hypoglycemic now, which is why getting the carbs under control is so important.

I am 34 years old. I am 5'10 and weigh 218 lbs. I married to my husband of 12 years. We have 3 children: a 10 year old daughter, and six year old boy/girl twins. I am a 6th grade school teacher. We live in Alabama. I have gained and lost lots of weight over the past 12 years, but I currently weigh about 30 lbs more than I did when I got married. I looked okay at that weight, but I weighed 20 lbs less than that when I met my husband. I would like to be back to that size.

I live and work in Rome, italy. I've been here 17 years and passionately love my 'adpoted' country. (including the food and wine, alas). I have a loving partner of 15 years, three dogs and four cats. I love to cook and entertain -- I love good food in general I guess.

I am 35 years old student/stay-at-home mother. I've been married for 14 years. I have four boys ages 23 (step-son), 13, 8, 6. When my husband and I were dating I weighed 96 pounds. I now weigh 190. I can't seem to get it together to lose the weight. I eat emotionally and just don't want to turn away any food. I used to work out, so I know exactly how to stay fit. I just need the motivation to do it. I'm a member of Weight Watchers.

I am 25 and work at a PR agency. I am training for my second season of triathlons.

I have struggled with weight most of my life. At my highest weight, I was 260 pounds. I had a modified version of standard weight loss surgery. The modification is that the surgery only changed my stomach size and nothing to do with my digestive track. I have lost a great deal of weight, but I am still not at goal and won't get there without addressing food and fitness.

I am a 43 year old pharmacist turned SAHM to a 9 year old son. I'm from Atlanta, GA and until I was 36 years old I wore a size 2-4 petite! I suffer from depression and my doctor put me on Paxil which made me gain tons of weight! I'm not depressed anymore but now I'm bummed out about my weight. I've recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrom (PCOS). I'm at high risk for diabetes if I don't change my diet and lifestyle.

I love tv and movies a little too much.

Im Corrie. Im 17 years old and i live in alabama. I currently weigh about 135-140. Over the years i have put on the pounds. A healthy weight i want to be at is 115. Most of all i want to get my body in shape and i think the rest will take care of itself.

I want to get rid of my belly fat and build lean sexy six pack abs.

I'm finishingup my Masters in animal science, and getting ready to move to Australia to get a Ph.D., also in animal science. I lived on a farm until I went to college, and the lack of physical activity has "turned me soft" as my dad tells me. I'd like to gain some muscle back and lose some fat.

I am a 49 year old SWF on the East coast of Canada. I have always been involved with exercise and love it dearly when I am in the swing of things.The ultimate goal is to lose 25 - 30 pounds. I have done it in the past, so I know I can, but I seem to gain weight quickly if I don't watch it. Likely because of being 5 ft. Christmas is a challenging time, but I will have some holidays and a chance to get on the exercise wagon again!

I have just turned 31 in Feb 08. I am an Art and Drama Teacher in Brisbane, Australia. I live with my partner of 2 yrs, my cat Ernie and my dog Minnie.

Living at a college dorm for the moment...I don't have my own fridge, the fridge for the buliding stinks so bad.I wish I had my own place to put my food in *sigh* only problem is that sometimes I end up oevereating....I always feel guilty after i eat a cookie, ice cream, or anything considered "bad".

I am a writer and in marketing and PR. I love dogs, my family and love wine. (ohh this will be haaaard) -

I am a 27 year old wife, college student and pharmacy technician. My husband is am amazingly supportive man who I love dearly! I want to lose weight, get healthy and fight off the stress that always seems to haunt me.

I am 48, mother of two, (9 & 11) and have been married for 13 yrs. I'm 5'10" and weigh 282 lb. There, I said it outloud!! I'v had issues with food and body image from the time I was a kid. As an adult, I struggled with binge-ing and compulsive eating. The best thing I found to get into shape was power long as I was consistant. My arthritis got much worse after having kids, and so the pain of that has almost immoblized me. Of course, I have been gaining weight steadily as my activity level decreases. I'm tired of being in pain and not being able to do ordinary activities with my kids.

I am 19 and i want to looose that weight i weigh 170 and i want to be somewhere around 120-130 please hellllllllp meeeeeeee! :) :D ;P

Age 46, married to a wonderful man, Phil for almost 22 years. We have 2 sons, Chris, 18 and Daniel, 13. I am a Christian, a wife, mother, student and Registered Nurse.

I'm 22,   I moved to Dubai from the UK 8 months ago.  I was already in pretty bad shape,  but the life style out here has caused me to put on an additional 14 pounds since I've been here.  Once i get into a habit of working out i really enjoy it.  I like dancing, going out with friends, and generally having a good time.

I am a recently-engaged, recently-relocated, job-seeking attorney. I moved to Chicago, IL a few months ago to be with my fiance, who is literally the best person I have ever met. He's my best friend and I have never been this happy! However, due to the stress of moving from Texas to Illinois, selling my house, looking for a job and planning a wedding, I have put on about 18 lbs and went up 2 sizes. I got into the the trap of eating whatever my fiance eats (He's 6'6" and thin -so not fair.) and eating because I was stressed or had a bad day. Not good! In Texas, I used to run about 4 times a week and completed my first half-marathon last year. I weighed 120 lbs then and was in great shape. Now, I am determined to get back there!

I turned 40 in May. I am married and have a 6 yo son. I work part-time.

I am a stay-at-home mom of 5 yr old boy. Ever since he was born, (2003) I have steadily gained weight, and have not been able to take it off.

I'm 24 years old and have just finished grad school. I'm really like being outside so the winter was horrid for me! I love the rocky coast line where I live because I enjoy tide pooling. I also like going to county and town fairs, amusement parks and oceany areas.

I live in NYC. I work a full time and part time job and am in school working on my undergrad in Communication and Culture. I am enrolled in the Institute of Integrated Nutrition as well and would like to be a health counselor part time, maybe full time if I can get enough clients. I am determined to make sure I am healthy and living my life the way I will be teaching my future clients. It's hard, because I LOVE chocolate and sugar. Being a pastry chef part time doesn't help matters.

I am a 23 year old college student at Willamette University in Salem Or. I am a muic education major. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. June 5th I will be moving to Texas to teach kindergarten. I am so excited to start my future career.

I'm 5'3" and I have an small body build because I'm Asian so with even a little fat I look terrible. I have a history of Eating Disorders including binge eating disorder and bulimia. It sucks but I've been getting help for my problems.

I am a married mother of two. Work full time and spend my evenings taking kids to activities. i have always been overweight but since having kids my weight has sky rocketed partially due to thyroid problems but mainly due to my not caring what I look like.

I love dancing and pilates

I am a 29 year old stay-at-home-mom of two boys. I've been married for almost 7 years to a wonderful man who has been overweight his whole life. I am small framed, only 5'2, and have been tiny my whole life. After getting married and then having kids my metabolism stopped and all the food I've always eaten stayed on me. I am super flabby now and have that gross belly overhang. I have two weddings coming up and I want people to remark on how good I look instead of their first line, so what have you been up too?

I'm a 34 year old single, small business owner from San Francisco. Now that I have started to make big changes in my life, job, dating, etc, it's time to take care of my health. I have 45 pounds to lose (as of my last official weigh in). I started working with Dr. Mark Hyman's Ultrametabolism 2 weeks ago and have had great results and look forward to having a place to work with my peers, keep my motivations strong, and acheive my goals.

I wasn't always big. In fact, I was always healthy and thin. I remarried four years ago and fell into the "happy and fat" trap and adopted some of my husband's unhealthy habits. I'm 5'2" and I almost 180 lbs. I'm having trouble staying motivated because my husband doesn't care. Also, I am a shift worker and eating at regular intervals can be problematic.

i was always the heavier girl growing up. through random gains and losses (50lbs at a time) i am now at my heaviest...once again. i feel terrible and now have time to get back into shape. mentally and physically. motivation is the key to success and would be the reason for why i feel this way. I NEED HELP and MOTIVATION FROM OTHERS!! I would love to help others in our journey toward successful weight loss and happiness!!!

Really hard to diszipline myself

Ecto Pear. College freshman. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, always have. Biking around town, reading as many books as possible in my free time, candles, soothing music. My mother, friends and boyfriend are very important to me--I spend as much time with all of them as possible. It's hard for me to find time to work out.

I'm a 26 year old recent college graduate currently working for a law firm in Oregon. I gradually gained some weight in college and really started chubbin up with an office job. Too much sitting.

I joined peertrainer in April of 08 and have lost about 20 pounds so far. My current weight hovers around 180 but I would love to see that number drop in 2009.

I feel so much better about myself when I am working hard in all areas of my life, and maintaining good health should top the list! I want to be the best I can be, not some chubby girl who sits in an office all day wishing she had a life. Heckkkk no.

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou

I am 21 and a junior at NYU, double majoring in Psychology and Economics. I like crossword puzzles, reading, books, traveling, exploring the city, etc. I used to be a dancer until I came to college. I took up running a while ago and I got very into it. Unfortunately, I have been on a hiatus from that and I really want to return to my former dancer/runner physique.

Forty something, married, mother of two adult daughters. Vegetarian approximately 10 months. The last year my body has seen some drastic changes. In June I quit a 20 year pack a day smoking habit, a month later, intending to participate in Meatless Mondays, I ended up going vegetarian. Last month I made the full jump to vegan. While I'm more than pleased with my choices, and am careful to get all the nutrients I need, the fact is my lifestyle is sedentary. I used to hike and quit smoking to make the hiking easier. But somewhere along the line I gained twenty pounds and lost energy and motivation to move. I quit smoking and went vegan for a healthier, happier me as well as a healthier planet, but the extra pounds and loss of energy feel anything but healthy or happy.

I am a 33 year-old graduate student in central Illinois who is ready to get moving. I have led a sedentary lifestyle since the beginning of winter. I have a deep desire to exercise for my health, longevity, mental alertness and elevated moods that result. I am here for motivation, inspiration and accountability.

I am 19 years old. Never really was very athletic but would like to become more active. I want to be healthy and in shape. I am in college and live at home during the summer. My favourite sport is curling.

I am a busy working mother of two great kids and have been married for 14 years. My weight has gone up and down since the birth of my second child. Before my second pregnancy and before my weight was between 115-125. I don;t want to really get back to that exact weight but rather be more healthy, strong and toned. I was in a car wreck in October 2005 and had some severe soft tissue damage between my 1st and 6th vertebrae. I was unable to really move around for sever months and still struggle with chronic pain and limited movement in my neck. I can;t stand feeling helpless anymore and am ready to take charge and make a positive change in my life.

I am 21 year old young woman who works a full time job, studies part time and lives with her boyfriend and finds it really hard to find time (or motivation) to exercise regularly and get healthy!

I am married, 20 years old, senior in college, and I have a 4 year old daughter.

I am a stay at home mom.I like painting and being outdoors.I have a great Husband of 20 years and three great Kids 2 boys 19 and 16 and my little girl who is 10.

I am 28 years old and work as an office manager. I am getting married to the most wonderful man this October 4th. I am two classes away from finishing my bachelors degree in business. The last few years I have gained a few pounds and would like to develop habits that keep me from gaining a more pounds as I get older.

I'm 47, 5'9" tall, and I never had a weight problem. But that evil "over 40" thing has kicked in, and I've found for the first time in my life, I need to be aware of what I eat and my activity if I want to continue to look and feel healthy. On April 20, I began using an online food journal, and learned that I was eating WAY more than I thought. That has helped tremendously. I hope Peertrainer will be even more helpful.

I'm a senior English/Secondary Education major at Syracuse University. I have a pretty busy life, and college is hard because of all the junk food! I love reading and stage managing!

I am a nurse and have two children. My daughter is 10 and my son is 2. I have always been a little overweight but after my last child it is even harder to take off. I am 37 years old and happily married. I am the ultimate procrastinator and need the extra motivation. Hopefully joining this site will help.

I am a 24 (soon to be 25) year old. I graduated with B.A. in Psychology in 2006. Right now, I am living and working abroad. I live in Bulgaria (one of those former Soviet states in the Balkans) where I am serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I've been here for almost 10 months and will be here for about 18 more. I work in the Youth Development program with an organization that works with at-risk youth. I have loved playing sports my whole life. I was a swimmer throughout my youth and though college. Water sports are by far my favorite activities. I really don't like to run, but I will do it. I enjoy being outdoors and active. Sadly, I seem to be lacking in discipline and motivation these days. I really want to get down to a weight where I feel comfortable and healthy. Hopefully, this will help!

I'm in my late 20's and mother of two boys. I am trying to tone my legs, butt, and tummy.

I am an online student who's become inactive. I struggle with thyroid issues and have gained SEVERAL pounds which I would like to LOSE.

I'm a pescatarian. College student. Economics with German minor. I graduate this May. I'm married and love dogs =D Oh, and I'm hypoglycemic.

51-year-old, married with a 21-year-old Stepdaughter. Work 2 jobs - both sedentary. Ex-jock. Husband eats whatever and stays trim.

I only have 15 lbs to lose, but every pound for me is a struggle. I hope to make a change in my lifestyle through fitness that will last through out my entire life. I will be starting college this year and would love a fresh start free from self conciousness.

I'm a third year medical student in North Philly. Treating people all day long has become a powerful motivator to get fit!

Im now 20 years old, I used to weigh 60kgs, I managed to lose a good bit to a stage where I was in good shape and practically no fat. then i experienced a stressful event, gained weight (not back to previous but gained fat where as before I used to have muscle) I spend 10 hours a day sitting in an office, and with over an hour commute to my home that leaves me with very little time or energy to exercise, and lots of stress leads to overeating... :( I want to get back to my previous condition!

I have a severe emotional relationship with food and I'm a compulsive overeater. I'm 18 years old and well i'm here to be helped by people with the same situation so we can all achieve our greatly meaningful goals!

i am 37 and have gained and lost more times than i can remember i have been struggling with my weight since i was 9 i have recently gained the most ever after a semi serious accident at work and a very severe case of blahs. i weigh what i did pregnant... and my son is now 9... akkkk i am now a stay at home domestic servant/crafter...

Gave myself an excuse to eat whatever I wanted after my mother passed away and gained 15lbs in additional to the 10 I regained after I had reached 130 with WW.

I'm 6'0 and 18 years old. The last 17 years I was constantly told by doctors and family members that I could always gain a few pounds because of my height. I took that way too far. One year and fifty pounds later, I'm in a viscious cycle of bad habits.

52 year old mother of two teenagers. Work full time and like to paint in my spare time. I've been overweight for the last 10 - 15 years. I'd like to feel healthy and energized again.

I'm 39 and have always been in decent shape. I'm married to a supportive guy and have a six-month-old daughter who is a lot of fun. But I broke my leg (tibia and fibula) four months ago, and have been so sedentary due to the slow healing. Now, I can do some exercise, but am having a hard time being motivated.

I'm going to be a sophomore in college this fall, and I want to spend these last two months of summer preparing my body, mind, and spirit. My freshman year I fell prey to the freshman fifteen (plus 5 more pounds) even though I exercised every day with the rowing team. I have already lost 10 pounds since April, and I'm hoping that by joining peertrainer, I can find that extra motivation to stick to my diet and speed up my weight loss.

I'm a 25 year old young professional working in Raleigh, NC as a Geographical Information Systems Specialist. Travel about 60 percent of the time. I lost my father in January due to a massive heart attack and want to do everything in my power to get back in the shape I was in when I was 20. Every year I gain a little more weight and keep telling myself I'm going to lost it but haven't yet. Today is the day I start getting back into shape!

Hi, I'm Jen [waving]. I'm 35, married & a mom of 3 [2 are still at home]. I've almost always struggled with being overweight. I've lost significant amounts of weight several times in my life, so I know I can do this. At 17, I went from 190 to 125 in 3 months. Then became pregnant, and gained 125 lbs. At 26, I went from 280 to 195. I became pregnant again and gained 55lbs, gained another 40lbs after the baby was born, then got pregnant again. I had gestational diabetes, and only gained 2 lbs this time. I had also become paralyzed temporarily. I was now over 300 lbs. In 2006, I started walking as exercise and lost about 25 lbs. I gained it back plus some, and now, I'm tired of playing around with this. I done having children now, and I'm ready to take this seriously.

I am a 26 year old public relations account executive in Detroit.

I'm 22, 4'10ish and currently 157lbs.

my whole family is big including me. I'm 5 feet 2 inches and weigh 160 lbs. I sometimes become depressed about my weight. I want to start feeling good about myself and my body once and for all. hopefully, peertrainer can help me do that.

I'm just a college student w/ very little time on my hands to pay attention to working out and eating healthy. I want to lose some weight and get fit though, so I'm trying to balance school & health! I just want some more self confidence, and losing weight seems like a good plan!

I'll soon be 33 - I was very active with exercise as a teenager, I found the passion again a few years ago but I haven't had the motivation in the last 3 years. I enjoy food *a lot* and I have a pretty stressful job so sometimes either I don't eat or I eat what's food...I really want to get focused and get healthy.

I am 18 years old. I am 5'3" and weigh 125 lbs. My weight is fine, but my build is not slim. I was always teased about being the heaviest one of the family (from cousins). This demolished my self esteem when I was really young. I have never felt right in my body. I need to change to be happy. I recently was diagnosed with hypoglycemia, which means I get shaky if I don't eat often. This means I take in too many calories. I need to learn how to balance good foods with activity.

I am a 27 year old married woman. I live in the country with my husband and dog. I am in the mental health field and in graduate school. I foster my creative side with a part time business doing flowers for weddings.

6 years ago, I was a certified personal fitness trainer at a local gym. It is where I met my husband Carleton. I just don't know what happened...I stopped working at the gym, I stopped training with the owner of the gym...and I put on 40 lbs. Having a trainer for me was key - but it's no excuse. I KNOW what I have to do. I just lack the motivation to do it.

Professional in the real estate industry, married (no kids) with a lifestyle which includes eating out a lot.I enjoy travelling and am also into theatre and reading groups.

I am married and I have a 2 year old son.

Here's the full backstory. 5 months ago (right before Thanksgiving) I woke up on a Monday morning having a hard time breathing. After a trip to the doctor I found out that I had acute bronchitis. I was then informed that if I didn't stop smoking (yeah I was a smoker) I should expect the bronchitis to become chronic and in about another 1 - 2 years I could expect to be on oxygen. Yeah, that was quite a wake up call. At the same time They took my weight, blood pressure etc. I remember thinking "how did I end up being a 38 year old divorced overweight smoker with high cholesterol, relatively high blood pressure, weighing 265 pounds?" I never EVER wanted to feel as low as I did right then again. I quit smoking, joined a gym and have not looked back since. Now over the past 5 months things have gotten better (no cigarettes, better diet, my weight down to 230), but I still have a way to go, and I am finally setting some goals for myself. I have just started some relatively intense personal interval training and I am hoping to see some serious results, but need help with my eating habits especially.

College student trying to ditch the freshman 15...

I'm a 31 single mom. My husband passed away two years ago from suicide. I got pretty thin afterwards dealing with-but then gained around 30lbs due to medicine I was put on . I really want to lose the weight that I've gained but lack the motivation to keep to it. I want to be more active and feel better about myself so I can be a better mom and a happier person.

I'm a 15 year old girl, overweight in a school of stick-thin girls. Not saying I want to be one of them, but I'm tired of being fat.

39, happily married, 2 year old son. Was very active before pregnancy, have not picked it back up since.

31 years old. Gained a lot of weight during school and never addressed it. Never did anything about it. I work a lot and make excuses regarding working out. :(

Graduate student and married mother of 2. Recently turned 30 and really feeling it. Pregnancies did a number on me. It didn't help that I hate to exercise and love to cook and bake. Generally happy and content. I could use some friends and more attention from my husband, who is a great guy but is probably wondering what happened to his petite 19-year-old beauty.

I'm a 41 yr old SAHM with two kids in the People's Republic of Boulder. I am very active -- I do boot camp at 6 am 3 days a week, and fill in with at-home aerobic cross-training another 3 (or Nia classes). I lost 26 pounds last year on WW, but let go of all those healthy habits when I put myself last to get our house remodel completed. Then I felt so guilty and embarrassed and pissed at myself that I gained everything back by January. Now that I've gotten my exercise and work/life balance back on-track, I'm mentally ready to address my diet. My girlfriend in London wants us to plan a two-family trip to Portugal next year, which is my new motivation to look good in a bathing suit once more.

I am a teenager trying to lose weight! I know what your going to say, that i'm a teenager and shouldn't be worried about weight, well i am, its just that i feel like to boost my confidence i need to get in shape! I don't think i should be defined by the way i look or my age!

I am a 35 year old wife and mother of 3. My weight problem began in my early years, around 1st grade, I guess. I remember being lined up at school to have our weight recorded, and mine was "73 pounds". I found it odd that the older kids wanted to see my piece of paper with my weight on it. I gained about 10 pounds every year until about 7th grade. During those formative years, I was teased by my 3 older brothers and their friends. Today, I would probably be described as overweight. Maybe 10 to 15 pounds. I have wanted to take these pounds off for the last 5 years.

I am 26 and newly married. I teach French to students from toddler through middle school and host conversation groups for adults as well. I enjoy sewing, reading, photography and right now organizing is at the top of my priority list.

I'm 22 and looking to change my lifestyle to a healthy one.

I am a 37 year old living in Burlington, Canada. I am married to an absolutely fabulous man and have a two year old daughter. In addition, I work full time. When I was pregnant with my little girl I gained 40 lbs. I was able to lose all of this weight and then some through LA Weight Loss, but once I stopped using the program, I started gaining the weight back. So far, I have gained back 20 lbs and I need to stop this slippery slope I am on. This time, I want to lose the weight through proper eating and exercise. I need help keeping up the willpower to do so.

I'm lazy, crazy, stubborn, and demotivated...

I am 24, just experience vast changes in my life that were high-stresses, but love to go to the gym everyday and workout. I need more motivation to not eat crap food, but other than that I like a healthy diet. I have a part time job and will be attending school in January. I am single and love life and live it to the fullest!

I am happily married with 3 children. I love to eat. I think I may be a little obsessed with food. I worry about what I am going to eat quiet often. I have a great husband who is very supportive of me. My kids are the greatest. My life has been very blessed.

I am a 27yo police officer from kansas. I have a beautiful wife, a 2yo son, and one unknown on the way! I have been a typical yo-yo dieter all my life. I go up and down, but just cant seem to keep it off. I do good for months at a time, but then think i ok, and just stop. Lately it seems that i just have no motivation, and i know that doing nothing just makes my energy even lower. I give myself excuses like, i work 10hr shifts, and then I go home, sleep very little and get up to spend time with my family. I know they would understand that i need to do this for myself, but i just keep making the excuse that it makes me a bad person for not devoting all my time to them.

I am 25, very active and yet very fat! I want to feel good in my body and loose 35lbs. I can't fit into most of my clothes and I keep from seeing certain friends or doing certain things because I am not satisfied with my body. Time to stop talking about it and do something, something that I will ACTUALLY commit to!

I have struggled with weight my entire life, and although i "bare" my wieght well I have had problems with my self esteem and image since middle school. I developed a mojor eating disorder in my junior year of high school and dropped 60 pounds in 3 months, to go from 185 to 125. I was thin and beautiful and I hated myself. Nathan, my future husband has been literally saved my life the night I tried to kill myself by asking me out with him and some friends. Since becoming friends and ultimately dating I have gained all of the weight back, plus 10 pounds more.Through counseling and being a health student i realized that I am beautiful and that ultimately i have people who love my and that my health is the most important thing. I just want to be healthy and be in my target BMI range which is a weight from 137-to around 159ish.

I'll be 50 in March...I'm crazy in this perimenopause stage of life...looking for support from some sisters who have either been there or going through it...I have a lving husband, 7 crazy wonderful kids, one I lost 3 years ago (she was 21 and yest it still hurts), 4 grand kids, a big dog, and a disrespectful cockatiel...twin grand baby girls due in january, and another grand baby comin in April. I am a business owner, working part time for an attorney to help make ends meet. I love bicycling, reading, cooking, eating (duh!), sudoku, and championing worthy causes

Bearing down on 40 in November. I've noticed the past 3-4 years it is much easier to gain the weight than to lose it. I've been athletic most of my life, though not very consistently. My kids are both competitive athletes (good genes?!).

I'm a 16 years old female, junior in high school, ready to get rid of all my excess fat.

I'm an almost 44 year old Mother of two boys ages 12 and 10, married 17 mostly happy years. I'm a stay at home Mom and for the most part, I love this life. I volunteer a lot in the schools. I spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking with my dog and friends. I joined and journaled on Peer Trainer this past spring and lost five pounds. More importantly however, I was eating better. Then I lost motivation for the daily journaling and my old habits started creeping back. I don't need to lose weight, just eat better to feel better and prevent putting it back on.

I am 26 and my doctor just labeled me as mildly obese! Not a very friendly phrase! Started doing our own version of the Biggest Lose at work and wanted to do everything I could to help myself keep on track.

I'm a 36 year old married plumber with two kids. I've been lifting weights pretty regularly for a couple of years, but have a nice spare tire covering up any gains I may have made.

Hey, I'm Elise. I'm 14,Vegetarian and if i tryed to list all the things i hate about myself i'd fill up about 300 pages before passing out. had problems with eating since i was 11 when my mom got a new boyfriend and had new kids. She moved to texas w/ them for her new life and left me here w/ my grandma. I dress a little strange but thats ok, "frankly my dear, i don't give a damn." (kudos if you know where thats from) Drawing is my passion,it distracts me. i love photography too. I don't know what i'm gonna do with my life but maybe it'll come to me... As of 12/7/08 I..m 5'10" and 142lbs. If you want to know something then just ask like a normal person. lol.

I am a full time student who works two part time jobs. I need to stick to a workout schedule or i wont go at all.

I'm 15 and up until the beginning of summer last year, I was overweight. I didn't exercise at all, and I ate a lot of fast food and junk food. I started going to the gym, and when I weighed myself in October i was 167 pounds. I'm now 136.

I am a - student - wife - musician

39 year old Christian mom/wife/full-time employee (three kids at home, 13, 5 and 2); working on losing the last 15 stubborn pounds and I also have stretched ab muscles which I hope to get back together. I'm also a National Guard officer.

I am new to this website/approach to lose weight. i'd like to develop a new attitude towards food. I would also like to loose weight by the summer!

I am 19 years old and have always been very active. Every since my freshman year in high school, I started eating way to much and put on weight very quickly. I have maintained that weight for a few years (its good that I haven't gone up any) however I am ready to really lose and stay as thin as possible. I am a professional ballet dancer and it is kind of a job requirement. I seem to be able to lose a few pounds very easily, but they always seem to come right back. I don't know if its that I get confident and start slacking on my diet or if my body is trying to tell me that I am at a good weight already.

I am a teacher, an avid gym goer, and always looking for new healthful habits in diet and exercise!

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