I just got a fantastic email from a user and I wanted to share it with you. There is a lot in here, but the first thing I wanted to highlight was that this person got started on PEERtrainer through a weight loss contest at work. As you will read, she is more active in her groups than her co-workers right now.
In answering her question, I pointed to a new team we have started associated with the Weight Loss Bootcamp we are doing. But I would also point out that people go on a journey like this at different paces, and just being there for the co-workers might do the trick. You might also start a team and invite many people into it. The reality is that some will be more active than others.
I also said that we started the daily email program and the coaching calls as an added layer of support. So if your groups lag, PEERtrainer is there to pick up the pace. Here is the email:
"I love Peertrainer!
I signed up with three of my co-workers because we were looking for additional ways to support each other in our weight loss goals. We've had a "Biggest Loser" contest going for the past three months. At the end of each month, we each pay $10 to whoever loses the biggest % of their body weight. We found after two months that the contest itself wasn't enough motivation. None of us were really doing anything to try and lose weight-it was always just luck that someone's weight happened to fluctuate to their advantage the last week of the month. So we talked about different ways that we could support each other through the month, did some research on the internet, and found Peertrainer. We work in different locations, so the online support group environment sounded like a perfect fit for us.
What I thought was going to be just a tool for online food journaling has become so much more to me. I'm signed up for the daily tip email (which I make a point of taking the time to read every day), I called in for all of the Bootcamp conference calls and I plan on signing up for the intensive program. I'm also motivated now to look into Weight Watchers and find other ways to incorporate diet and exercise back
into my life. In the past I've avoided figuring out the cause of my poor eating habits, but now I'm looking forward to taking that journey and fixing it once and for all.
The one thing that I would really like more help with is finding ways to get my co-workers more involved again with our Peertrainer group. Their online journaling has dropped off in the last two weeks...they feel that don't have enough time to keep up their journals. I know that I can't force them to participate, but I would love some ideas about how to get them involved again and how to encourage lots of active participation in our group.
I'm looking forward to a long and successful relationship with Peertrainer.com! Thanks for all you do!"
Weight Loss Ideas For You And Your Co-Workers
That was a great email and prompted some thinking on how to lose weight along with your co-workers. One of the biggest things you can do is really help create a thin culture at work. Simple things like candy dishes can be a huge temptation for people. Keep in mind that everyone has their own downfall, their thing that knocks them off track. Office food, cakes in break rooms, candy dishes from well meaning people- all these things really throw folks for a loop.
Maybe you are an HR person or even a CEO or senior executive. You know how health effects the bottom line in so many ways. Instead of struggling to do expensive and burdensome programs, just start talking to people in the company and ask them specifically if the workplace hinders their weight loss.
Daily logging and journaling works, and so does group support. An online PEERtrainer team can be a great way to get everyone in the same page and help create the culture. And if you are worried about people doing too much internet at work- have the HR and Executive staff join the team as well so they can see the benefit.
Join Weight Watchers Online instead of doing onsite meetings. Most people won't tell you that while they love Weight Watchers, they generally hate doing the meetings at work. People are often embarrassed and sometimes senior people in the company do not want to be on a "level playing field" with others in the company. It can erode their authority in their mind.
So join Weight Watchers Online and then challenge your co-workers to join as well. No matter what you do, remember that the workplace is tilted towards creating pitfalls and so much has to do with corporate culture. Creating an example and leading others in a successful effort to make the workplace healthier is also a great example of showing leadership. And this might end up being a pretty good career move as well. If you show you can control yourself, that you can lead and inspire others- the senior folks are going to notice.
If You Are Active On PEERtrainer You Have Already Started This Leadership Process