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Joined: Apr 12
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Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 08:43
I think you're basically right, but of course, everyone has their idiosyncracies.

I use a nonidentifying picture as a shield so that I can allow what really matters -- my diet, my weight history, and all that other good stuff -- to be public and accessible. Even more importantly to me, I feel freer to be honest both in the forums and in my journal because I retained that one buffer.

Like you, I don't see the point of being in an environment like this and being completely unwilling to share. When I joined FS, I didn't really intend to be active in the community, but it has become a big part of my motivation in sticking with the site and in sticking with my personal goals.

Joined: Jan 12
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Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 09:56
I have been on here for a while and I just recently made my info available to others. I can't "claim" or convince myself that I live the healthiest lifestyle because my diary contradicts that. It allows me to be more honest and make better attempts to stay on track. I am sure that many of you can keep things private and still reach your goals, but for me, putting my info out there has really helped me become more conscious of my habits.

Joined: Sep 11
Posts: 224

Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 09:58
What's great about being completely open with everyone else is that you're being completely open and honest with yourself as well. This has become a support group for me. I look for advice, give advice, show my gains and losses and I include all the bad food I eat and all the nuaghty beverages I consume. But it's all a conscious decision to be that open. But if one can break through that, you become more of a "real person" to everyone else, flaws included, and the support will naturally increase... and in turn one can become more motivated and dedicated in reaching their goals within a team environment.

Stay the course, stay on point, stay motivated, dedicated, and you won't be stopped. Discipline. Perseverance. Focus. Dig deep and you will be victorious.

Joined: Mar 11
Posts: 216

Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 10:09
I agree it's so easy for me to be myself with people that I have never met lol! It wasn't always that way, just the last few months I have enjoyed journaling more and the online community. I've learned alot.. gotten through plateaus and depressions with the "buddies" I've gathered. I did keep everything public until I realized that googling brought it all up. But I'll accept any requests, the more the merrier!!

Joined: May 12
Posts: 117

Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 11:24
I have left my stats public and I Googled, but it just came up when I entered my user name here. That's private enough for me. I guess I haven't told anyone my user name here.
I love the support I get here, and most of it is just indirect? Not sure what word I want there, but I see people getting fit or having trouble, I know I'm not alone.
Like some say here- FS is what make of it, you can say that about life too. And VEGAS! haha.
Tania Marie you crack me up- meow! back at ya!
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.- Arthur C Clarke

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain


Joined: Jul 12
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Posted: 26 Jul 2012, 06:26
We all have the right to privacy and not uploading a pic into a site full of strangers has NOTHING to do with motivation or commitment.

Joined: Jun 12
Posts: 20

Posted: 26 Jul 2012, 23:37
I posted a real pic because I am a happy newlywed and I looked freaking awesome that day Wink I keep everything open because I have nothing to hide. I totally understand why some people have reasons to.

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