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Team Name: GLBT Team for Health and Weight Loss Support
Members: 198
Location: Anywhere 00000


Profile: This team is for mutual support among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. It is a safe space where we can be ourselves and support each other in becoming healthier.

Last posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 9:23 PM

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I am a 32 year old woman from Dallas, Texas. I am doing Weight Watchers and am looking for encouragement and support to keep going.

I am a 27 year old lesbian who has been in a relationship for the past eight years. I have truly found my soul mate and I want to look the best that I can for her as well as myself. I have always been a bigger girl but was active so I felt healthy. I was active until about 6 years ago. I stopped playing sports and started sitting on my butt. I put on about 50 pounds and became lethargic. I have lost approximately 30 pounds but still have more to go. I would love to start playing sports again. I want to be in the best shape of my life.

Mid-30's, I have a wonderful partner and two amazing little boys (although the baby weight from #2 doesn't seem to want to leave!); I love my career; I hope to finish my doctoral degree n the next few years; I am an out lesbian, an artist, an activist, a writer, and a therapist.

I am 27, just had birthday--have created this goal for myself. heard this site is a great support system

Just turned 31(ouch!) and a culinary instructor. Travel A LOT (6-8 mos per yr)- lots of unhealthy eating in the last few years adding up. Want to look better for myself and for the love of my life who constantly reminds me I'm loved just the way I am but wants me to be happy with myself. We're buying a home, big pool... motivation (swimsuit!). Need to stay on the diet and away from the home-baked goodies I'm testing for the job AND remembering there is such a thing as a PORTION! Also finding enough time to pay attention to what I'm eating and for exercising.

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 am 37 years old. I live in NC with my two teenagers. My partner of two years and I broke up in March. We are trying to work things out though. I am a hospice nurse so I sit in my car all day and drive. I know I have to get healthy before my 40's!

I'm a 43 year old man, a yoga teacher and a musician. After a long period of inactivity following a car accident in 2005, I have used yoga in the past 7 months to return to better health, lose weight and have greater wellness.

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'm 31, I'm a University Student Mediator. I spend my day motivating and empowering students. On my off time I like to write novels. I weighed quite a bit a few years ago and I did the most harrowing thing EVER....I stoppped eating fast food. I lost 50 lbs just by changing what I ate. It's been three and a half years and NO fast food!

I am a lesbian living here in the wonderful desert of Phoenix, AZ! I am a California native (Los Angeles) who decided to try things out here in the desert for a while. I am living with my wonderful girlfriend and life partner of eight years (and going strong). I am studying to be a high school English Literature teacher, with plans to teach college when I grow up.

I am 31, single, lesbian, and a nurse. I work full-time in a physical rehabilitation hospital and am in school full-time -- double majoring in Nursing and English Literature. I am a strong woman that is finding a sense of contentment in life ... losing weight is now something I want for me and my health, not for "acceptance." Sounds like a cliché, but if the shoe fits ... :) I've been overweight my entire life, so I'm curious about how I would even look thinner. It also scares the hell out of me ... lol ... Curiousity is winning this fight!!

I'm a 26 year old Massage Therapist looking to take three years of exercise related education and apply to my own poor frame.

29 yo teaching assistant (work with children with autism) and a part time student. I will be 30 this year and I want this to be the last birthday as a "big girl" I am working on losing 135 pounds.

I am a twentysomething gay guy from New York who needs to finally lose a lot of weight I've been carrying around my whole life.

I am 17, a senior in High School and ready to be done :) .. up untill about 5 or 6 years ago I was a small person.. but once middle school hit and i got on the depo shot, i packed on the pounds and have wanted to loose weight ever since but never could find the right diet. Im hoping that being on peertrianer I will have lots of motivation to do well on the Fat Smash Diet!! I love art- im an artist.. you can check out my work at .. I also am in a happy relationishp with my loving girlfriend, Alonjine :) . Im a very openminded, Pagan, down to earth person.. and thats a little about me

I am 42 years old, and am not willing to accept a backslide. I will never be where I was before. No matter the reason, I am ready to get my mojo back, and feel good about myself again. I am in the process of reinventing myself, and am hoping that the positive physical changes will snowball into other areas of my life (like my job!). But I am convinced that it has to start with the physical. I had my gall bladder removed in 2000 (probably after too many years of poor eating). Luckily, after the surgery, there are certain limitations on what I can eat--and when I eat what I shouldn't, I know it--becuase it feels AWFUL. Greasy food just doesn't sound good when I know that it will make me sick. Too bad it doesn't work with sugar and alcohol too... I know that the key to my healthy lifestyle will always be keeping up my physical activity level. It speeds up my metabolism, and best of all, it makes me feel good! I love animals (and my three dogs), the outdoors, and the mountains. I am in a committed relationship, and will be celebrating year 9 this June.

I am in law school and trying to find a job for the summer as well as work and go to school full time.... It is all a bit much and when I get overwhelmed I eat and don't do anything. When I am working out I am much more inclined to get more things done. Also, when I am eating more than just chips and chocolate and drinking beer I feel much better about myself. But who doesn't? Hmm...What else about me? I have lost a fair amount of weight in the past. I did it through diet and exercise over about 4 years. I am not sure the amount but it is somewhere over 50 pounds. I don't ever want to get that big again. The inactivity and the anxiety due to school and money are leading me down that path. That is why I joined. I will be more able to work on the money and summer plans if I have more energy from working out.

i want to be lighter so that acrobatics (my job and passion) will be easier for me. when i started with PT at the beginning of 09, another of my goals was to be the kind of person who cares for herself by eating well. i have ACHIEVED this and feel good about the way i feed myself. i have become slim and lean in a way that's very exciting. but, i still want to shake 10 more pounds of fat. i lost ten pounds in january with PT, which was the most successful bout of weight loss in my life. i'm determined to get rid of this last ten pounds and looking forward to doing in with PT again. i eat gluten-free, and i have a chronic illness. usually neither of these things feels like a big deal, because i'm so used to them, but i realize they cause me to lead my life in a different way from lots of people out there.

I'm a Ph.D. student trying to complete my dissertation. So that means very limited time and a lot of stress, but since I have had back issues in the past I really need to lose the weight. I love being active-walking and bike riding.

I am 50 years old and live a spiritual life. I was born physically challenged and walked up until last year. I am now in a wheelchair and have hired a trainer to help achieve my physical goals. I have lost 230lbs and need to loose about 75 more pounds. I have one son and 2 grandchildren. I have worked in human serivces all of my life and love working in an assisted living for elders.....I am poet, artist and astrologer.

36 year old social worker who is currently spending a lot of time sitting at my desk. I have a partner, however she is not altogether helpful when it comes to eating healthfully or exercising regularly. I have had type I diabetes for over 27 years, with several of the complications that often go along with diabetes, and sometimes I just don't feel like exercising.

I live in an amazing place if you want to be physically fit - Boulder, CO. In my short time here (been here almost a year) I've realized that there are miles upon miles of biking and running paths. There are mountains to climb minutes from your door... and I'm trying like crazy to take advantage of it all. Exercise/recreation has alway been central to my being, and in Boulder I feel like a kid in a candy shop. Work? Why!? I'd rather be hiking, biking, running, climbing... but alas, here I am, a graduate student behind a computer screen, feeling my butt get flatter by the moment. Lucky for me, having the motivation to exercise is not a problem. Having the motivation to eat the proper fuel... well, that's a little more challenging. I think I do well on the whole, but I'm really trying to figure out how to eat to support my exercise habit as well as my wallet (like I said, I'm a grad student which = tight budget).

I'm a 34 year old woman in the PacNW. I currently have about 100 pounds to lose. Had previously lost 75, and recently regained 40 of it. I work as an accountant for a large company, so I spend 40-50 hours a week sitting. My partner of 3 years is a fitness freak. I'm a former athlete, but after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease in my late 20's have not been doing so well at maintaining my weight.

I am 27 years old... soon to be 28 and I am in a long term relationship and living with my partner. I am a theatre director and an educator. I have a dog about one year old. I recently moved back to New York and am also trying to wake way on my own buisness in the arts. I am a leo and come from a long line of great Italian cooks... my dad is a chef!

I am a 37 year old female who is a wedding florist. I am trying to see if I can break into the field of nursing and have taken classes already. I feel that diet plans do not work for me. I find the thought of setting foot onto the weight scale dreadful. I remember when I use to go on 20-45 mile bike rides and be more involved in the community. I use to help out in the CA. AIDS Ride. I was in good shape and not overweight. My lifestyle took a 180 degree turn from being athletic to being sedentary by becoming complacent when I lived by myself in a very gay friendly neighborhood called Noe Valley in SF.

I am a 25 year old female and have been struggling with weight issues my entire life. I have always been the "chubby" girl and this past year I have finally taken accountability and have been making changes. I love working out and it is my goal to add more variety to my regimen. My girlfriend is currently in culinary school, so she has helped me tremendously in changing my eating habits.

I'm 20 years old and a college student. I played sports my whole life and used to be in pretty good shape, but it has been years since I've felt totally comfortable in my body. The last two years I've stopped exercising consistently and don't pay much attention to my diet. I'm going to a music festival in June and want to be bathing suit ready--but I want to maintain a regimen for good, because my metabolism will just slouch back into sloth mode.

im 19 years old and have struggled with yo-yo dieting all my life. i came to college a year ago and was very unhappy with the weight i had gained throughout my life and unhealthily lost about 50 lbs. I recently put back on 10-15 and want to finish my weight loss goals that i started over a year ago

I started my weight loss sojourn in November of 06 at 240-50lbs, I am 5'4, and now weigh 194lbs. I live in WA state with my girlfriend of 4 years, work in the Emergency Room, and attend college- I'm 21.

I turned 30 this year and let's just say that reaching the "morbidly obese" category was not one of the goals I had planned to accomplish by this milestone. I am a single gay man and not really looking for a relationship because I am forever "waiting until I lose a few pounds." I intend for this to change. I want more out of life than being a fat@#$ allows me to be. This is keeping me from living up to my potential.

I'm a 34 yo relatively chubby dyke. I live with my partner of 8 years in the never-ending rain of Seattle. I'm about 5'7" and used to be really fit--I even rowed crew in college. But that was a long, long time ago. Currently, I am a graduate student in political science, so I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting and reading. I really want to establish healthy habits, which I think means smaller portions (but I LIKE feeling full...) and moving more. I need help with support, especially when it comes to exercise. Overall, I eat relatively well, just too much, and without the exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

I'm a 5' 11", 38-year-old single male living in Boston.

paramedic ... writer... lost 60 lbs but gained 20 back over the last two years

45yo Labor and Delivery Nurse. Lesbian, single. Planning to adopt a child in 2008. Played basketball and softball in college. Would love to regain my athleticism and fit body. My current BMI is probably near 40. Not comfortable in my body any more. Just had hysterectomy last month and am recovering still.

I'm 27 and I live in beautiful PDX with my partner, three cats, and a dog. I am a very busy student, active through school and other organizations. I can't stay that academia is my strength, but I am thankful for the opportunity to grow and move towards my goals. I hope work in sexual health in some capacity.

5'6 195lbs. Some what muscular build. I live in S. Jersey / Philly area. I've been with my life partner for 15 years. trying to loose 30lbs.

I finished grad school in the spring and found I got more than just a degree. I have gained 75lbs over the last few years and I'm ready to take it off! More than anything I miss being more active. I want to be able to be a part of any activity that interests me. I have always been overweight but about 5 years ago I started exercising and lost 39.8lbs before coming to grad school and dropping out of weight watchers. I felt fantastic and that is what I want to feel again. Active, capable and in control. I had never been a particularly active person before and becoming more physical was incredibly empowering. Now that I have finished school once and for all I am beginning a new body of work. I have always been primarly a landscape photographer but for the first time I am making images and videos about obesity. I'm not sure where they are going yet but I am interested in the politics surrounding weight and want to explore a little.

A 42 year old female from Ontario, Canada. I live with my partner of 7 years and our four legged children (2 dogs and 2 cats).

I'm 29, male, work too much. Enjoy cooking, listening to music, backpacking and spending time with family and friends.

43 y/o, 5'11", and currently (3 Sept 07) 210 lbs.

37 y.o Cross dresser that is looking to get the inside matching the outside in all areas of my life.

I am a 39 year old nurse. I work 3-11 shift. I live alone, and I go out to eat often when I am off of work. My weight is definitely impacting my quality of life and I want to do something about it. I have tried before with some success.

I am a single mom of 3 boys. I never seem to have enough time for anything other than the basics. Work, kids, cooking, cleaning, and sleeping. I would like to learn to incorporate exercise into my life. Not just for me but also for my kids. As a kid I was super skinny. Completely obsessive about my size and weight. So obsessive I became anorexic and belimic at the same time. I was hospitilized and everything seemed fine. Then kids and age creeped up on me and my obsession with diet and excercise turned to an obsession with food. Im totally compensating for the lack of love in my life. Food is the best lover because it never has abandoned me. Your BMI & Target Weight: Current Weight: 225.0 Healthy Weight Range: 121.7-163.8 Daily Calorie Goal: 1,575 UNDER HEALTHY OVER OBESE Your Ideal BMI: 24 Your BMI: 34.2

I am a 37 year old professional social worker I am engaged to my partner and soulmate...cheers to living in a state with legal civil unions... and I want to look my best at our ceremony! I have been overweight since I was a teen and I'm tired of letting it keep me down so I'm doing something about it!

Gay man living with his partner of 23 years. The last year I gained weight and can't seem to take it off. I have been on diets all my life. I excercise everyday but no luck.

width = height (uggh)

turned 40 in July, engaged to a wonderful woman - getting married in July 2008

I am a 25 year old professional who wants to get back to my pre-college shape.

In my 30's, a committed relationship, and in the human resources field

I'm 23, have an extra 20 pounds to lose and am afraid of developing diabetes in the future.

I'm an author and life coach in my mid 50s. I live alone with my beautiful German Shepherd, Katya, and my cat, Mishu, and I work from home, primarily at the computer and on the phone. The area I live in is beautiful and conducive to exercise: i.e., flat terrain and minimal traffic--ideal for walking or biking. I've got some physical issues that require putting the treadmill aside for a while and favoring biking over walking, and there will always be some pain no matter what I do, but I can exercise. No excuses here. What I'm looking for is a bit of human contact, at least in these early stages of getting serious now about weight loss. It's helpful to be accountable, and supporting others is always inspiring, as well.

I am a business administration major, and preparing for the transition from a local community college to a California State University. I have the hardest time shopping for clothes, and one of my business ideas is approaching popular labels and designers to make their clothing for larger men. There are some clothing manufactures that do this now, but the cost of these products are unreasonable and the quality of the wares are dull when compared to clothing in normal department stores.

I am 23 and a Graduate Student studying Public Administration. I want more definition, bigger arms and chest.

I moved to New Orleans to work with children, and I have dealt with the stress in a lot of the wrong ways. I've always been healthy, but I'm less so lately, and I've gained a few pounds. Mostly I'm deciding to join this group because I want to reclaim my healthy and environmentally responsible lifestyle and improve my inner and outer well being.

I'm a retired university professor. I work part-time at home for an education and advocacy non-profit. This morning I weighed 205.4 lbs. I'm 5'9" tall

I am a student, painter, and writer, those are my three passions. I intend on being a philosophy professor, and adore anything relating to Hello Kitty, manga, cute girls in lollita dresses.

I'm a 20 year old college student looking to shed a few pounds. I ue to be almost 200 pounds but I am now 145. I got to 165 by myself then I joined Weight Watchers which helped me lose 15 more pounds and get into a good BMI. I hurt my arm a few months ago and stopped working out, then soon after I stoped eating right. Good thing is that I weigh the same. Bad news is I think I lost muscle and gained fat. I'v tried to get back into eating right and working out ( which I did days a week,) but I end up not going to the gym and binging. I want my fire back.

I'm a 19 year old student. I went from 170lbs to 185lbs in one year (freshman 15, anyone?). I've always been overweight, but I'm finally ready to change that. I'd love to look hot in a bikini this summer.

Yo-Yo is my middle name. In 2002 I was the healthiest in my life with a 30" waist and worked out 6 days per work. I never felt more confident and good about myself as during this point in my life. I want to feel this way about me again.

30-something female near Boston. Starting January 2008, I will work four days per week in Boston (at a non-profit) and the rest of the days finishing a grad program. (I need to finish it in 2008!) I rely on gym classes (step aerobics and muscle conditioning) to stay motivated to work out regularly. I'm in a wonderful relationship. I married my partner of 4.5 years in May of 2007. We have 3 cats. We tend to go to Indian restaurants often, where I tend to overeat!!

I'm 45, and weigh 320#. Tired of the yo-yo weight loss and looking to change my eating habits.

I am in my 40's and having a mid-life crisis.

54 years old (for a few more weeks). Got beyond my upper ceiling of acceptable weight after the end of a long relationship a few years ago and just can't take it off. I did take 10 pounds off by seeing a nutritionist, but gained it back. Have done Weight Watchers multiple times in the past and doesn't seem to stick for the long term.

48 yo overcoming her ambivalence about needing a 200 lb weight loss. I have many successes and blessings in life, but this... eternal challenge.

38 year old mother of 3, working full time from home with weekly travel, need to loose 40 plus pounds but feel ambivalent after so many previous attempts, trying "Eat for Health" with Beck solution

56 yrs old, retired, partnered, like dogs and cats, working in yard, and travel

I'm forty years old. Happily married to my wife since 1986, with one adult and two teenage children. Have been on disability for mental illness since 1993. I am diagnosed with bipolar illness and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I was in and out of mental hospitals until about four years ago. A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and began a form of therapy called DBT. It has really opened doors for me, and I am now down to only one psychiatric medication. Trying to get "a life worth living." Part of that is my physical health. My weight nearly doubled about five years ago, probably due to a medication reaction, and I still weigh about a hundred pounds more than is healthy for me. I want my "old" body back...

Used to do triathlon, backpacking, trailrunning and teach Spinning. I gradually stopped exercising and kept eating. I am now trying to work it back into a life that includes owning /running a company and being a partner and mom. I get pretty discouraged because my body isn't what it used to be , but am feeling pretty committed right now.

I am 20 years old. I am a Unified Childhood/Special Education Major with a concentration in Health Science. I was always active growing up , I played soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse. I moved to Rochester about 3 years ago, and my weight sprung (highest at 174 around Feb 2007), I was inactive, lazy, and just ate whatever I wanted. I started playing lacrosse again in March 2007, the weight came off a bit since then. I transferred schools and I am training right now to play lacrosse there. So my starting weight January 2 was 163. Right now I am hovering around 157.

I am a 33 year old transgender man from Austin Tx. My wife and I recently had our first child.

Middle school teacher/Mom that can't seem to say, "no" often enough.

I'm in my mid twenties, and I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I've got a blog (who doesn't these days?) where I am chronicling my weight loss adventure:

I am 26 and I have been working out for over 10 years. Most people assume naturally that I am training for an event or I play collegiate sports when I'm working out due to the intensity and duration. I just beleive that you only get out of a dream what you put into it sometimes.

I'm a 37 yo female. I recently separated from my partner of about 15 yrs. I'm looking forward to getting MY LIFE back as the healthy and athletic person that i was before this relationship.

I am a 37 year old hospice nurse from NC. I lost 40 lbs a couple of years ago but have gained a lot of it back since falling in love with my partner. We have become fat, lazy, and in love! We have both decided that enough is enough and we want to get healthy. I stopped eating meat on 1/1/08 but need to do more.

I am about to turn 30 and have a goal of really getting into shape this year (my new years resolution for probably the last 5 years). I would like to lose about 40lbs and be healthier over all. I work full-time, love my job and have a wonderful partner. I am a Director of a terrific non-profit that provides job training and job placement to low income individuals. I love going to the gym - it feels like "me time". I also love going out to eat and have to learn how to make healthier choices when I go out. My goal is to lose 30 lbs by July and feel confident in a bathing suit - something that I haven't felt in years! I would also like to be able to jog/run again - it's such a stress reliever for me. I used to run 8 miles a day in High School- something I couldn't even imagine doing now!

I've tried to lose weight before but my weight only keeps climing. I've had enough! I'm 266 lbs right now... with shoes on ;) My end goal is to get down to 140 lbs. I want to work out 5-6 days a week for 40min to an hour. I go to the gym 1-2 times a week with a friend. It's th only time I get to see her so that motivates me to go. I'm almost 30 and my partner and I want to start making a bigger family soon... So the time is now.

I am 46 years old, and have 3 kids (19,16 and 12). I am married. Over the last 8 years I have gained 50 pounds. I was in an abusive relationship, became depressed and started eating and eating and eating. Before I knew it I was 155 pounds! Now, I am in a healthier relationship and living in a healthier environment, and now's the time to take back my body! Time to get in control of my eating habits.

My weight has severely fluctuated over the years..from 180 to 230 to 170, up to 250 and back to 200, and now i'm at 270. I work as a computer programmer, where I am mostly sedentary all day, but busy. I have a great partner, 3 pets, and we enjoy working out in the garden or just hanging out at home most of the time.

I'm 25 and am just finding that the weight is starting to become too big for my liking. Would like to lose some weight to feel more healthier and happier.

I am married and in a loving relationship. We have 5 kids and loving every minute of it. We are all losing weight together as a family.

I live in the Boston area, and work for a nonprofit. I'm into art and music, and often contemplate if there's an end to the universe.

54 year old male in Little Rock, Arkansas, diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last year and have started walking an hour a day per doctor's orders. Would like to lose 50 pounds and be healthier. Am 5'7" and 205 pounds.

Hi, everyone. I have been on the path of weight loss for quite some time now with only 20 more pounds of disgusting fat to go. How did I do it? Years ago I became vegetarian and started exercising at least 3 times a week. If can do it, then you know you can! Go for it!

I'm a single, gay, 32 year old professional male in Columbus, OH. I've never really been fit or healthy. At 6'5", I am currently at my all time maximum weight of 280 lbs. I've noticed my self-esteem and energy levels quickly declining as my depression, laziness, and lack of motivation steadily increases.

I'm 34, 5'8" and started on PT in April 2010 at 145 lbs. My general goal is to lose weight and stay active so I can look and feel better. PeerTrainer has helped tremendously in the short time I've been here. 9 years going with my better (bitter :p ) half - no kids but have a dog who's 11 and a cat who's 7.

I am a fitness instructor, divorced, mother of 2 kids. My son is 10 and my daughter is 15. I run an outdoor bootcamp for women in the summer and really looking forward to starting it up again this month. I did get off track a little last year with my health and fitness after my divorce, but ready to work hard and put everything else in the past and look forward to a great summer with a strong new body!

I am recent college graduate, I am 22 years old and a scorpio, I have a total of seven months to get my health and fitness in order because I am moving to the midwest to attend graduate school where I will be obtaining a Double Master's so i want a handle on my weight so that I dont gain excessive weight from stress while in grad school.

Graduate student of Span/Portuguese Linguistics

Just out of a long term relation ship and need to loose the weight I added. Noonone loves a fattie , and I refuse to eat my emotions. Besides the new me is makling the ex jealous.

I'm a busy lawyer in New York, spending 60 or more hours a week at my desk. In the limited free time that I have, I would like to pick up some active habits (less reading and TV, more outdoors stuff).

31 year old trying to get my "dream" body and dramatically improve my overall fitness level. Starting at 204lbs, looking to loose 30lbs, although that number is less important than how my body looks, but I certainly know one effects the other. Motivation has always been my downfall and am here looking for that extra group energy to keep me going when I need it.

I'm 17, full time student, soon going to college. I'm 5'9 and 227 lbs, and I want to look good and feel good.

Hi, I'm Rosie, I'm a college (junior) student and I want to lose weight. Since being in college Ive gained 30 pounds...actually that happened in half a year...I got into an extremely bad relationship and began eating my emotions away. Now it been hard to kick this habit. I'm trying to stop this downward spiral but I need support. Tough Love. This is kind of hard for me(this website) because I've never been one to ask for help. I'm stubbornly independent, but I want and need a change in my life. Random stuff: I love animals (I want to be a vet) Major: Bio, Minor: Chem I'm a nerd, goofball, helpless romantic When I want to do something, I do it. period.

- 48 year old professional, juggling two busy and stressful jobs. Commute about 35-40 minutes each way to work. On call 24/7, though don't usually get called all that often. Have a great 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier

Almost 23, bisexual with an addiction to anything geeky.

30 years old. Work fultlime as systems analyst @ a health insurer in NYC. Law school Fall 2009 - not sure where, or if going full-time or part-time. Not sure parttime school and fulltime work is the best option for someone who wants to minimize stress. Or would the lifestyle downgrade to being an unemployed fulltime student more stress...?

43 transman - I am work full time and go to college full time. I enjoy hiking, bicycling, and watching movies.

I am a 41 y/o nurse, who is in love with my life, I have a wonderful gf who adores me, a grown daughter who I couldn't be more proud of, and an incredible job. My only problem is I'm so happy I have packed on an extra 60 pounds over the last 22 years.

Love bitter & savoury foods. I would have made my name 'bitter&savoury' but it was over the 9 letter limit. I lost 30 lbs by learning how to run which was perfect for my food loving nature. However running to eat did not sustain itself and I ended up back where I started. So going with the opposite angle I used weight watchers to lose the next 20 lbs. But I hated those meetings and being self employed I don't always get to choose when I am available for meetings.

39 year old single professional male

51 years, 5'4" and 295 pounds, and that hurts to actually see it in print, who still can't believe I weigh as much as I do. Was always a little hefty but in shape, gained weight after quitting smoking and a significant job change from heavily active to sedentary. But that was 15 years ago and I need to get on with my life and become the person I think I am in my head! 14+ years with a partner who loves me for who I am whatever version I am. Recently diagnosed with diabetes and I hate it. Big motivator.

49 yo professional, work and travel for work, making excercise program tough to stick to.

I am a 24 yr old professional gay male and I have recently relocated from Central FL to the Twin Cities, MN area. Like many others, I gained a lot of weight after high school and throughout college. I am looking to make a permanent lifestyle change to become lean and fit.

I'm fifty years old, a fourth year PhD student who came back to school after being a community and political activist for 25 years.

Born in 1986. I work in direct marketing. I'm a vegetarian, but I still eat eggs and fish. Not a huge dairy fan. I love weight training, walking, jogging, and yoga. Hobbies/interests include playstation, popular science writing, blogging, technology, news.

I'm a 21 year old college grad who is trying to lose 25lbs that I gained over the last 3 1/2 years as an undergrad. I'm going to grad school in August and want to be in good shape by then so I can put my best foot forward when I start looking for a full-time job.

54 male, live in LA area. No steady relationship, "professional" job in business. Shy by nature, I have a good heart, understanding, non-judgemental, all are welcome. I understand addictions, I have had and have a few! Favorite song: What a Wonderful World by Louise Armstrong (I wish I could live it more).

I'm a 29 year old art teacher. I love heavy metal, video games that don't involve paying a monthly fee, fantasy books, and dogs.

My name is Lisa. I am engaged to the most wonderful woman in the world. I love to read and travel. I am 5'2 and weigh 225 lbs. I have always been overweight, and now is the time to change all of that! My partner and I are getting married in Massachusetts in 2010, and I want to look hot!

Gay law student who loves to cook, read, and go hiking.

I am a 22 yr old former theater performer. I stop dancing when I was 19 yrs old & since then have gained 35 lbs slowly but surely. My body is completely different & I want my old one back! lol

23 y.o. male in Baltimore. I'm a full time underwriting customer service rep. I'm glued to a desk all day 8.5 hours. I live with my mom, dad and sister. I've inherited bad eating habits from them when i moved back home about a year ago and gained the 30 pounds that I lost while I was living on my own. I'm usually motivated the most when I'm around my peers who are eager to stay focused.

i am 49 years old, with a partner of two years. we have a handsome 8 month old son that i want to see grow up.

I am a 30 yo/ female who doesn't wanna be FAT anymore! Being in a relationship you kinda tend to get a little lax with things, but I'm tired of being unhealthy...I didn't survive breast cancer just to be unhappy and unhealthy for the rest of my life, just cause I have someone who loves me for me...Its time I did this for ME!

42 year old woman married to a woman with a perfect body!

I am 28 and have become very inactive! I work at a bank so I am sitting all day. I then go home to watch TV and go to bed. I have become pretty depressed after an increase of 40+ lbs after I quit smoking three years ago. The weight gain and unhappiness I feel has started to become an issue between my girlfriend and me. I owe it to not only myself, but her as well, to make a permanent lifestyle change.

I am a 22 year old gay male, 5'9'' and weigh 185 lbs. I have always been on the heavier side, and would like to shed the pounds and feel proud of my body. I just need some extra motivation to start working out and eating healthy

50 year old woman, run a small farm in rural Montana.

Over 40 mom, liberal, Bi, Lacto-Ovo vegetarian. Live in a household of mostly males, people and pets. Confession time - I currently (3/15/2013) weigh 190-194 pounds. This is not healthy. This will shorten my live span. I am worthy of a LONG life. Pulling myself out of various situations makes me realize that I can totally do this. I can be a healthy weight without stress or worry. I choose every bite I put into my mouth. I choose to eat healthy, before that choice is removed from me.

I am a 25 year-old architecture student in Cape Town. I love running and rowing (both on the water and at gym). I am in the second year of a weightlifting program and have recently taken up swimming. I enjoy gym and feel that, with only moderate cheating where food is concerned, I would rapidly attain a healthy and beach-ready weight. However, I binge consistently and hard. I enjoy reading, writing and painting, as well as French cinema. Some of the weight issues are a little sharper because I'm gay, and the body standards of younger gays can be very demanding.

I'm 47 and live in Austin, Tx, with my partner of 15 years. Our kids are just out of the house, ages 22 and 23. I am an engineer and spend my days in front of computer, making it tough to be active. I'm also very susceptible to living on our couch watching movies and surfing the web.

I'm a lesbian! Yay! Go team! I am 39, but feel about 25! I'm a personal trainer and love what I do a little more everyday! I believe fitness is a way of life, not just a passing fling. When it is treated like a fling, it is sure to end....:) I love the outdoors and can't wait for summer to kick in for long days on the beach! Love biking, camping, kayaking, the WNBA (go Atlanta Dream!), and playing about any sport there is!

Now living in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 48 year old male and I put on weight just walking down the ice cream aisle. I cook everyday and really good about the foods I eat. But to make matters worse, I had a bad broken ankle 6 mo ago and still need to be gentle with it. No running or tennis until July.

37 year old attorney in need of serious weight loss. Just diagnosed with Graves Disease - hyperthyrodism, but unlike 99% of those with this illness, I have not had weight loss as a symptom. Anyway, I am not able to do a lot physically yet, but plan to start walking in my neighborhood this evening after the sun starts to set.

25 year old young professional living in Boston, work 9-5 job outside of the city and am always home on weeknights by 6:30PM. I live in Brighton, near the BSC where I am a member.

40 year old mother of FIVE - - ages 12, 14, 19, 21 & 23 with two (and a third on the way) grandbabies! I am an "out" lesbian in a fairly new relationship after recently ending another of 3 years. An auto accident two years ago - along with an extreme dive in self esteem and motivation - has led to significant weight gain and an ongoing "pity party" which I need to escape!

I have always struggled with my weight. At age 21 I was advised by my doctor to lose weight. I joined Weight Watchers and successfully lost about 23kgs. I have kept the majority of that off in the last 15 years, but about 5 kgs has crept on. Having PCOS makes my fertility very susceptible to weight gain.

19 yrs old.. travelling, currently living in Germany. Gained weight durign this experience, and would like to return home (to Canada) lighter, rather than heavier! (Havn't seen my family and friends since July 2009)

I've been a big girl my whole life. When I was younger they felt I was too thin and stuffed me full of Ensure to boost my weight. Now I wish they didn't. It's been an uphill battle for me. I've lost 50lbs on my own, but now I need some more help. I've decided that I'm going to combine 3 methods of weight loss. The first would be the medically supervised diets that are not very well known, but some what popular. Basically the doctor monitors your weight loss and gives you energy boosting injections. Secondly, I'm going to incorporate some if not all of the insanity diet guide into my life. Finally I'll be taking the Insanity challenge. It is a 60 day intensive boot-camp like exercise program. I figure if I can make it through that then basic training should be a piece of cake.

33 years old. Partnered. No kids yet, but hopefully my partner will conceive this year. Four (!) dogs, one cat. Social worker in the medical field - emotionally draining.

39 years old; 9 to 5 professional in the Evaluation field and trying to write my dissertation on the weekends. I know that simply bringing awareness to my eating & exercise habits goes a long way toward improving them!

I'm 36 years old, 6'1.5" tall and on Dec. 31st, 2009 I weighed 334 lbs. On New Year's I looked back on the decade that was and looked forward to the decade to come. I turn 40 in this decade and for a guy my size, the forties can bring alot of health problems, leading to an early death in my fifties or sixties. It is unacceptable that I am done more than half my life when I havent done half of my living!

I'm a 29 year old female with about 130 pounds to lose. I've been overweight since I was about 4 years old, so I literally have no idea what it's like to be a normal weight. Over the years I've been able to lose some weight here and there, but nothing long-term. I'm quickly coming to the realization that if I don't do something about my weight NOW, then I might not be around to do something about it later. And that scares me.

Work as a researcher full-time while finishing my doctorate.

I am a proud bisexual, wife and mother, professional librarian, amateur actor/singer, who loves her friends, pop culture, movies, music and all things fabulous.

College student. Weighed 140 in June 2007 Weighed 170 in June 2008 Weighed 150 in June 2009 Weighed 155 in June 2010 I want to get back down to 140!

I'm 56 years old, my birthday is coming up and, I can't believe it, I'll be 57. No husband or children, but very very close to my niece and nephew and sister and some very close friends.

I am 22, I work in home health care. I love to do things like going to the beach, going camping, going out and dancing with friends. I would love to be in shape and healthy, so that when i do these things i would feel more comfortable. I also want to be able to love myself of the outside as much as i love myself on the inside. I love reading, music and i am a total sci fi nerd.

27 y/o, masters in banks and finance, manager in a regional toys comapny... I have always been considered successful, but when it comes to extra weight, I've been obese ever since I remember... I've always hated to be labeled as "Fat"... and whenever I get closer to someone I like, I have to draw back because they don't like chubbies... Weight has never caused me health problems, yet, except for some minor back ache, but I am fully aware that if I go on with an unhealthy life style, this will also lead to more complications...

I'm depressed and habitual eater

I'm a busy mom and full time student. I have been thin most of my life. After a few rough years I packed on 120 pounds. Yikes! I miss feeling good in my body.

Im 29 yar old gay male found out i had aids last year and am now trying to make my life healthier.

I am a full time graduate student, which leaves me with a surprising amount of free time, but at very odd hours. I was a fat kid and even though I live a fairly healthy life now with few weight changes, I feel as though I'm starting out behind. All my favorite activities would be so much easier if I didn't have this extra weight to carry around. I recently saw my cousin and her husband do a short triathlon and was completely inspired. I was once a swim instructor and I cycle all the time (generally because I don't like paying for parking), but am a terrible runner.

56 years old, transplant coordinator, with my partner for 20 years. She is very supportive.

I am who I am. I am overweight. I am aware and responsible for the gaining and removal of the weight. I am who I am. I am a beautiful, intelligent woman. I am who I am. I have turned to head into the right direction for a new healthier me. I am who I am. I am surrounded by wonderful, beautiful and supportive friends. I am who I am and I am loved.

I am in my mid-40s and am fairly laid back. I enjoy messing around with technology for fun. My daughter and my cat are my two simplest joys.

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