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WaistAways - December 2020 Team Chat

jugarjugar Member Posts: 5,870 Member Member Posts: 5,870 Member

Here is your Team chat room for December 2020. This is where you weigh in every week, post your goals and progress, discuss any issues or topics of interest, share ideas, support your teammates, receive help when you need it, and dream big. Try to post every day, and help each other succeed!

We have six great teams. The group and team leaders are as follows:

Our Moderators:
Liselyn - @jugar
Beka - @Beka3695
Teresa - @TeresaW1020
Megan - @Megan_smartiepants1970

Our Team Captains:
Mission Slimpossibles - @broncobuddee and @TeresaW1020
Trimstones - @mulecanter and @jessicakrall8
Weight No More - @1theresamcvean and @minstrelofsarcasm
Waist Aways - @jugar and @micki48
Shrinking Assets - @Boehle and @beka3695
Downsizers - @lindamtuck2018 and @Megan_smartiepants1970

Our Team Motivators:
Mission Slimpossibles - @AustinRuadhain @katmary71 and @raleighgirl09
Trimstones - @Emmajhare and @angmarie28
Weight No More - @GingerPwr and @KUMEcyclingteam
Waist Aways - @Terytha and @conleywoods
Shrinking Assets - @hipari
Downsizers - @Z10Rtza and @littleflutterby

Every challenger weighs in on their chosen day, every week without fail! At the end of each week, the tallies are done to determine the team and individuals with the most weight lost. The best losers are announced with full fanfare every Sunday. The team competition is all in good spirits - may the most losing win!

We also track those small, steady losses with the Green Week count. If you lose, however small an amount, it counts for 1 week in the green. The total will be by month, and cumulative - so you can really rack them up and get to your goal even if you aren't at the top of the weight loss leaderboard.

To make your weigh-in easy to find for your team Captains, please put it right at the top of a message, and use this format:

Weigh In Day
PW (Previous Weight):
CW (Current Weight):
LTD (Loss to Date): your TOTAL loss since your highest weight ever (optional)

If you need a week off, a break, a change of weigh-in day - just ask your Captains here on your team chat page. If you take a break, you are moved to the Support Team. If you miss two weigh-ins in a row without asking for a break, you will be dropped from the team, so be sure to ask if you are travelling, sick, or just needing some time off. You can remain on the Support Team for as long as you need to. You still participate in the discussions and weigh in if you want to, but your weigh-ins will not be counted on the weekly tally.

Once you reach your goal weight, you join the Goal Zone! After hitting your goal, you need support to stay there, and you can help your teammates join you. You continue to weigh in every week, and if you have 2 weeks above your self-defined goal zone, you go back to the regular team to lose that amount before it builds up. You will have a chance to hone those maintenance skills and stick with your team!

In addition to your own team, there are F2F Full Group CHALLENGES. You can do all or none - it's up to you. Participating adds a lot to your success, so we hope to see you there often! These can involve anything fitness, health, or nutrition - and they’ll get you moving, thinking, and learning about this journey. Check the Announcements section for full group challenges.

Let’s show our fellow challengers some F2F love! Introduce yourselves right away, and let the new month begin!!


  • jugarjugar Member Posts: 5,870 Member Member Posts: 5,870 Member
    Welcome to December!
    This is our home for the month, where all of our triumphs and challenges take place. Please introduce yourselves and set some goals and daily actions for the month. A good focus on the small every day stuff will get you where you want to go!

    I am Liselyn, co-captain along with @micki48. I live in rural Québec, about 85 miles east of Montreal, and I'm a retired university professor of music. I haven't retired from being a musician, but these days the performance opportunities are zero! My weight loss story? After being somewhat overweight for most of my life, I really packed on quite a lot while in an admin job that involved a lot of sitting, meetings, travel, and meals. I tried many times to lose, but it was not until I was 58 that I got really serious with both food and exercise, and lost 40 pounds. I have been in a good zone for 8 years now, always refining and figuring out the things that work best, and making sure I don't have to do it all over again. Yes, it is possible to lose weight and get in shape during and after menopause!

    I know there are people on this team who have a lot to lose, others who have lost a lot and are closing in on their goals, and others who are working on losses that are stubbornly resisting. There is much wisdom here, and the most important lesson we learn from each other time and time again is that it is not a straight shot, there will be trials and errors, and sticking with it when it feels like you have fallen off yet again is the best thing you can do for yourself. Plateaus can be good, but going back the way you came is not!

    Some helpful information/tools:
    Posting your daily updates
    We know from experience that posting daily (or as often as you can!) makes a huge difference to your success. Use any format you like to let everyone know how you are doing on your daily goals and habits. You can report on food, exercise, water, sleep, or whatever you are tracking and trying to stick with. While you're there, talk about how you are, ask questions, and if you can answer someone else, please do! Congratulate others, commiserate, enjoy someone's rant, or go ahead and rant yourself. It all helps make the kind of community where we are in each others' heads when the hand is reaching for that off-plan snack, or the couch is feeling way too inviting...

    Weighing in
    Please try to weigh in on time! When you post, put your weigh in at the TOP of a message, so it is clear and easy to find. If you cannot post your weight for whatever reason, please request a week off, or if you need a longer break, you can request to move to the "Support Team" where you can still participate but your weigh-ins will not be part of the weekly tally. This is where members who are ill, on vacation, or just needing a break can hang out for as long as needed.

    Let the introductions roll!
    edited November 2020
  • Beka3695Beka3695 Member Posts: 3,920 Member Member Posts: 3,920 Member




    20 pounds lost

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    70 pounds lost

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    Under 150

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    Under 250

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  • jugarjugar Member Posts: 5,870 Member Member Posts: 5,870 Member
    OK! All the announcements and opening info is posted, time to get down to work!

    @YinxFed has gotten us off to a great start. Can everyone match her? Lose one half pound this week at the least. That should be doable for everyone, so get ready and make it happen! If you lose more, so much the better, but I am sure we can get .5 losses across the board. I know, that is well within the "fluctuation range" so it might not always work out on your weigh-in day, so maybe aim a bit higher :wink:

    What changes will you make to make your 1st weigh-in of December green?
  • jugarjugar Member Posts: 5,870 Member Member Posts: 5,870 Member
    This week's Challenge is UP! And I hope it will help - you'll pick 2 magic numbers to track all week, and post every day about how they are going. You can change during the week if you need to - as long as you track 2 things every day. Check it out!
  • micki48micki48 Member Posts: 1,639 Member Member Posts: 1,639 Member
    Way to go @MandiSaysHey, @happimess01 for reaching those milestone goals!!!! Hurray for you!👏🏼🎉. Keep up the great work.

    Hi! I’m Michele. Co-captain with @jugar. Unlike her, I am not at goal. I am still working to get where I want to be and have 30ish pounds to go. I know what a daily struggle it is to make the right choices, stay motivated, get exercise, drink water, etc. I see you because I am you. My weight loss struggle has always been part of me. In HS, I thought I was fat. (I wasn’t) I played sports and didn’t have a tiny waist. Early in my 20s I went to Weight Watchers and made it to goal. Then had kids, gained weight,, went back to WW and got to goal again losing 50 pounds. But life has a way of getting busy and I put me last. I bounced up and down gaining some and losing some but never keeping it off for good or establishing a care program that focused on me.

    My frequent tipping point was reaching the weight (and then some later) I was when I delivered my son. It was the heaviest I had ever been and I didn’t like the way I felt being there.

    Now my kids are grown (32 & 29), I’ve officially made it to menopause this month, and I am still fighting this battle.

    Being part of Waistaways has been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. It has all the pieces I loved and needed about WW without the cost, getting to meetings or points. I love that everyone does what works for them and shares that to help others searching for the right fit. The greatest thing I’ve learned is not to give up even when I could have easily walked away. “Quitting” isn’t part of this for me because it’s forever. Not a diet a way of life. Not looking for perfection (god knows there’s none of that) just progress.

    My progress this whole year has been to not give up on this journey and to have pretty much remained the same weight all year. That’s definitely disappointing, but considering a pandemic, menopause, and being in my house so much, I’m going to claim that as a win.

    I’m currently trying to get my head right and back in the game. My Fitbit died last week, so a new one has given me some life. It tells me to move when I sit too long. Lol

    December is always a challenging month. I love to bake and food is comfort and love around here. I’m not setting any crazy goals given all that. Hoping to stay where I am or maybe lose a little. Most importantly, I will make good choices as often as I can. If I mess up snacking. I will forgive myself and move on and try again.

    I’m sure that’s more of an introduction than you need, but just thought I’d share my weight loss journey.

    I also record steps and results for our team step group. If you are interested, let me know and tell me your day goal. Mine is 9,000 steps a day.

    Well, my new Fitbit just buzzed me to move. Talk to you later.
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Member Posts: 2,463 Member Member Posts: 2,463 Member
    :star:The Green Challenge :star: Percentage of people who lost weight this week. No matter how small the loss the weights are recorded in green. Remember that even if your team doesn’t rank the highest in weight loss for the week you can still be the Green Percentage winner by having the most losses in your team! So keep it up!! B)
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Member Posts: 2,463 Member Member Posts: 2,463 Member
  • EvMakesChangesEvMakesChanges Member Posts: 326 Member Member Posts: 326 Member
    @micki48 My steps for the week:
    Sun 11/22 8,400
    Mon 3,400
    Tues 5,250
    Wed 4,100
    Thurs 5,600
    Fri 4,440
    Sat 5,500
    Sun 8,000 (it should be at least 8,000 - if it's higher, I'll add it to tomorrow)
    Pretty feeble week, I know. The weather didn't help. My daily goal is still 8,000. Let's see how December goes.
  • CurvyCalorieCurvyCalorie Member, Premium Posts: 249 Member Member, Premium Posts: 249 Member
    @micki48 My steps for November 29

    I’m Keri, 51, Mom to 3 my youngest is 16. I’m a Ma to 3 also. 😊 I’m a housewife, and my Mom lives with us also. Never a full moment. Haha

    My goals are to enjoy Christmas and all the goodies, but not to over eat. It’s a delicate balance!

    Cheers my friends!
    edited November 2020
  • jugarjugar Member Posts: 5,870 Member Member Posts: 5,870 Member
    I always love the new month intros. December is always a tricky one, but if we can really dig in this week and next week, starting the month with a good solid loss, it will be so much easier to sail through the rest! So lose a pound for the team! Or a half a pound. Let's see if we can hang on to our strong showing for November (in spite of a lackluster final week) - keep green, and then if there is a red week or 2 at the end, we're ok.

    As you all know, one of my favourite jobs here is to remind (nag) everyone about their weigh-in day. For you new folks, when you weigh in (and also when your steps or exercise are counted), your post is marked "insightful". That just means we have put it into the spreadsheet! It's probably best if everyone else avoids that button. Everyone will have to settle for "inspiring" :smiley:

    Step team + Exercise team! If you want to log your daily steps, you are not limited to steps! Please also log your intentional exercise, and I will translate that into an equivalent number of steps. I rarely get all my 10,000 steps from walking/step counting. But I do 45 minutes on the exercise bike at 13-14 mph for 5400 steps equivalent, or 20 minutes of yoga or pilates for 2000 steps, etc. So please join the step/exercise team even if you don't get all your exercise from steps. It is fun to see how far we all go in a week. Here's the chart I base the equivalencies on, if you're interested -
    I'm usually a bit more conservative than the chart, but if you are really going full out, sweating like a crazy person, and working super hard - say so and I'll up your numbers!

    Heads up for Monday weigh-ins:

    edited November 2020
  • Megan_smartiepants1970Megan_smartiepants1970 Member, Premium Posts: 20,236 Member Member, Premium Posts: 20,236 Member
    Hi Waistaways.... You have 1 more new member heading your way ....Please welcome @FFwife925 :)
    edited November 2020
  • jugarjugar Member Posts: 5,870 Member Member Posts: 5,870 Member
    Hi Waistaways.... You have 1 more new member heading your way ....Please welcome @FFwife925 :)

    Welcome indeed! Since you are a Monday weigh-in, you get the jump in at the deep end treatment. If you know your weight from LAST Monday, I could put that in for your starting weight so you have a week between weigh-ins, but if not - no worries. It will all go along normally from tomorrow on.

    Tell us about yourself, and ask any questions you might have!
  • Kali225Kali225 Member Posts: 232 Member Member Posts: 232 Member
    @micki48 steps for the last week:

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