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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 by  
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January
24
2007

I just realized this morning that I completely overlooked the 3-year anniversary of the JSF Forum! The JSF forum went “live” on January 21, 2004 – about one year after I started my transformation. Starting a new forum community is usually very difficult: one needs a lot of user activity to get other people to want to join, but people need to join before there is user activity. Many otherwise good forums are trapped in this difficult catch-22, and are never able to get off the ground. I was well aware of this common dilemma, but I received so many emails from regular visitors to the main site asking for a forum that I thought it might actually have a chance to survive, or even flourish.

The rest, as they say, is history. Now I can’t even imagine JSF without the forum! The JSF message board has brought a sense of community to our little corner of the Internet, and – most importantly – has helped countless people make stunning, life-changing transformations. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from the diverse JSF membership, and I am continually inspired.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who takes time to participate on the forums. I’ve been a part of online forums since the days when they were called “BBSs” and accessed by direct-dial using a 300 baud modem, and I honestly believe that the JSF community is the most friendly and helpful group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. Keep spreading the word – we need to do everything we can to educate people and help reverse the obesity epidemic.

Registration for the February 2007 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 7:00 AM (EST) on February 1, 2007 if you plan to participate. To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the February 2007 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part! If you decide to join the challenge, then you are expected to see it through to the end. No slackers!

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