WaistAways - January 2021 Team Chat
Here is your Team chat room for January 2021. 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:
Liselyn - @jugar
Beka - @Beka3695
Teresa - @TeresaW1020
Megan - @Megan_smartiepants1970
Our Team Captains:
Mission Slimpossibles - @broncobuddee and @TeresaW1020
Trimstones - @mulecanter and @jessicakrall8
Weight No More - @minstrelofsarcasm and open
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 - @KUMEcyclingteam
Waist Aways - @Terytha and @conleywoods
Shrinking Assets - @hipari
Downsizers - @Z10Rtza and @littleflutterby
HOW IT ALL WORKS:
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. At the end of the month we celebrate everyone who lost every week. You are heading steadily towards 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):
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. 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. 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.
Once you reach your goal weight, you join the Goal Zone! You need support to maintain, 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 weekly 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 and year begin!!
Welcome to January!
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. Focus on the small every day choices, and you will get 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 it on 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 9 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...
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.
The F2F Habit Tracker
If you want a simple place to track your most important habits, give this a try. You can see how your teammates are doing too
So everyone, tell us a bit about you. It's fun to know your name and where you live, if you're willing to share that, but mostly it is good to hear what brought you here, how your weight loss journey has been, and where you are headed now. Let the introductions roll!3
Hello team! And hello 2021!
As I looked out the window a bit ago, snow started to drift past the street light. Something ethereal in the air!
I'm Kay, 26, living in Boston and working in finance downtown (although I have been WFH since late March). I was a runner and a dancer all my childhood through high school, and totally dropped regular activity in college. Add in an unlimited meal plan and a general dislike for vegetables, and I gained way more than the freshman 15. I consider my start date for this weight loss to be Feb 2018, when I moved out of my parents' house and started my first post-grad job. I am very big on getting my steps in - I ended 2020 on a 410-day streak of 10k or more. Today was the first day to up my goal to 12k. I do home workouts almost exclusively for strength, cardio, hiit, etc. (through youtube and the app FitOn mostly) and I follow Yoga with Adriene on youtube for my daily yoga practice. I am down 45 lbs right now (from 233) and my overall goal is 75-85lb loss - which I hope to meet in 2021!
I love cooking and baking so always looking for recipe inspiration. My biggest struggle with weight loss is bingeing on weekends and emotional eating when I get stressed/frustrated, especially on a bad workday. I joined F2F in August 2020 and it has been so key for keeping my motivation up, even though my weight stalled in the last few months. I want to be a bit more consistent with my posts and reading everyone else's on a daily basis.
Ready to kick the new year off on a good foot! (But not quite today since I was in bed until almost noon and just picked over leftovers for food all day - did get a nice 90 min walk in, however!)5
Hi everyone, happy new year! And welcome to the new members! I'm Masoumeh, 33, from the Netherlands.
My main goal for 2021 is to stop overthinking and overplanning, stick to simple rules and take action instead of planning all the time.
The rules for this month
- Excercise daily even 10 min would be fine
- log food, even if I know I ate more than the valid amount of calories
- keep calorie intake less than 1400kcal
- no added sugar
- consum vitamin/collagen every day.
Hi All and Happy New Year! I'm currently sitting at 190lbs, my highest being 220, BUT my lowest being 148. I managed to get there before my wedding in 2015 by eliminating processed foods. It's literally the only thing that has ever worked for me - I was happy with what I was eating, and how I felt and looked. I gained 20 lbs slowly after having my son in 2017 because I started eating comfort foods again, then rapidly packed on 20 more during this pandemic because I needed more comfort! Ha! Any who, I'm back to eating well and treating my body like it deserves. I'm looking forward to hitting 150lbs by next New Year, hopefully sooner. Good luck all!6
Hi All and Happy New Year! I'm currently sitting at 190lbs, my highest being 220, BUT my lowest being 148. I managed to get there before my wedding in 2015 by eliminating processed foods. It's literally the only thing that has ever worked for me - I was happy with what I was eating, and how I felt and looked. I gained 20 lbs slowly after having my son in 2017 because I started eating comfort foods again, then rapidly packed on 20 more during this pandemic because I needed more comfort! Ha! Any who, I'm back to eating well and treating my body like it deserves. I'm looking forward to hitting 150lbs by next New Year, hopefully sooner. Good luck all!5
Hello everyone. Happy New Year! I haven’t been on MyFitnessPal for about a year and have gained 20 lbs. and I need to be accountable to myself. My goal is to to track all my food everyday and exercise every day and close all my rings on my Apple watch. I want to be and feel healthier. Looking forward to having fellow fitness pals to go on this journey with me!
Weigh In Day: Saturday
PW (Previous Weight): 132
CW (Current Weight): 126 -Today
Happy New Year my friends!
I'm Keri 51 years old with 3 grown kids and 3 grand-babies. Life is good! I'm in Va wishing we had some snow to play in. I started my journey at 200 on October 1, 2020. I try to keep it simple with 5 mile walks or yoga. I mostly control how many calories I eat. MFP has been a life saver for that!
Welcome to all the new people this group is THE BEST!6
Hello! I'm Mandi, 34, and live near Chicago with my son, who's turning 11 this week, and my retired mother. I have been a single mom most of his life and spent a lot of years having a very unhealthy relationship with food and preferring the convenience of fast food and takeout over actually teaching myself to cook. A few year ago I used MFP and lost close to 50 lbs and then gave up and gained it all back. This time I have been around for 6 months and have lost close to 50 lbs again. I have learned to love cooking and to find healthy and filling meals that fit in my calorie budget while still allowing myself to indulge sometimes. I have gotten back to my pre-pregnancy weight for the first time ever and I have moved down from a size 22 to a size 16 pants. This year I will continue focusing on walking regularly, staying under my calorie budget at least 6 out of 7 days each week and adding in a little strength training for my flabby arms lol.7
Hello, and welcome to new members... I'm Vikki, I am a mom to 3 grown children, and wife to one awesome man. I live in Baltimore, MD. I have been with the group for a little over a year, and have lost 30ish pds in that time, I still have 25=30 to go, and would like to hit that by my 50th Bday which is Aug 31... But it is not my goal, my goal is to be healthy, and fit. I do have a goal for this year though, I would like to do a handstand... Yeah I know it's a weird goal, but that is what I want to work towards..
I am pretty good with my exercise commitment, it's my food I have an issue with, I do well during work weeks, but weekends, and days off are really hard, I would love to blame my husband and my son ( the one that still lives here) but it's no ones fault but my own, I just have a really hard time with snacking and eating poorly when there is no structure... So that will be my focus this year.
I tend to post daily during the work week, but that will change in Feb as I am starting a new job, so I think I will make my daily posts in the evening before I shut down for the night. I have found that posting here daily really helps to keep me accountable. I can come here and admit I binged and ate 3 bags of chips, and feel horrible, and all I get is support, there is no judgement. It's sort of a release to share that I messed up and lets me move on from it easier. So I encourage you to share when you have had a setback, I think it is one of the keys to my longevity here, even if I do lose super slow...
Some of my habits for 2021, that I want to use are:
- Shutting down electronics atleast an hour before bed
- My bedtime habit of making sure I take my make up off, and reading some each night, and going to sleep at a set time.
- Exercising every morning, and making my weekly plans and sticking to them.
- Practice running atleast every 2 weeks.
- Eating within calories every day, but forgiving myself and not carrying on with it, when I do fail.
I hope you all have a wonderful day
Hi! I’m Michele. Co-captain with @jugar. I have been with this team since February of 2019. I have lost about 22 pounds more or less, depending on the week. LOL 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.
I have two grown kids and an adorable granddaughter, Juliet, that I talk about often.
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 just progress.
My progress this whole year has been to not give up on this journey. I 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 am ready and our team rallying cry seems to be our January start weight will be our highest in 2021!!. That is my goal. Get back to logging, losing, and moving more intentially. Walking and Piliates are my main exercises. I have also pulled out the stationary bike in case the weather doesn't cooperate. I also want to work on building strength this year.
As a co-captain, I also record steps and results for our team step group. If you are interested, let me know and tell me your daily goal. Mine is 9,000 steps a day. It's amazing how they add up. I just took a new progress photos and there is a need feature which told me I have walked 6 million steps. Wow! (Since I joined MFP, not 2019). But still....
Well, my FitBit just buzzed me to move. Talk to you later.7
YES! Back into my favourite footwear for the first time this winter! Don't laugh at how I can't stop smiling even when I am panting and all my pockets are full of the mittens and hat I had on at the beginning...
Last Call for December week 5! Please weigh in if you can - otherwise, I'll just carry over your last one, and hope to see your posts soon!
Happy New Year!
@jugar use my weight from last week, please. Thanks!
I’m getting to bed a bit earlier tonight than the last few and promise to get caught up on all of the teams’ posts tomorrow. Have a good sleep everyone!1
@micki48 I will continue with the step challenge, 10k per day1
Cw : 213.81
Hi, I'm Kristi and I am 38 and married. We have 3 kids together. I work 4 days a week in a special ed preschool. I started my weight loss journey in Feb of 2019 with a start of 255lbs. Right now I'm at 219lbs. I am similar to @Gidgitgoescrazy. I do great with exercise but slip up with food. This year I am working on eating more protein and getting my macros straightened out. This wasn't the most productive year for me so I am making it a goal to loose 30 lbs this year. My workouts are going to be more ballet and 3 days a week of lifting weights.4
I'm Pearl , almost 39 and been on this group on and off for awhile. I am always very very busy with family and studies (currently working on a new career in mental health) and often put myself and my food last. I tend to be really good for a few weeks but then something throws me off and I find it very hard to get back on.
I have a tendency to 'snack' absentmindedly while doing stuff and often don't even clock what I'm eating.
So, this year is hopefully my year! Lots of challenges including another lockdown here in the UK with the kids off school, but I can no longer say 'after this I'll get back on it' as there is just always another 'thing'. Must bite the bullet...
Good luck everyone!3
Weigh In Day: Sunday
PW (Previous Weight): 190
CW (Current Weight): 186
First round here with everyone so I hope I'm doing this the right day and way! Sunday is my weigh-in day. Down 4 lbs already, yay! I'm sure it's water weight from making bigger food changes (no alcohol or high-carb processed foods), but it's encouraging nonetheless. I've said no to muffins and banana bread and pizza and beer several times this year already, and it's getting easier and easier to say no for the sake of my fitter self. I'm drinking tons of tea and water, and eating food that makes me feel good. I'm looking forward to getting back to 150 lbs and staying there this time! Learning from my past. I know my weight will stall at times, I know I'll get a big drop other times too. I'm here for the long haul. Go Team WaistAways!6
I'm Courtney and I'm an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer at the Ottawa Airport in Canada but I live across the inter-provincial bridge in a rural town in cottage-country Quebec. I turned 40 last summer and had great plans to hit the gym and get in shape beforehand, and then Covid happened and I lost all motivation when the gym closed and stress-ate my face off while on lockdown.
I've been gaining and losing the same 40lbs for almost 20 years, so this time, with all of the motivation around me like I've found in this group, I will finally stick to it, and learn to be satisfied with the calorie limit I should actually be consuming instead of my goldfish tendencies to eat until I want to explode. I had great habits and motivation when I first joined MFP in August so I have to refocus now that I let myself have a mini break over the holidays and managed to regain almost 5lbs in 2 weeks.
My goals for January are the same as last month:
1. Log honestly every day
2. Avoid wine on weekdays
3. Remember to drink water!
Luckily I now have hubby on board for the 'no wine in January' plan so let's hope that lasts. I will be back to logging accurately tomorrow and am usually very disciplined when I'm working, it's just weekends that I tend to get off track. I have an opportunity for a possible work from home job in the spring and that makes me nervous because then the food will never really be out of reach, and I won't be walking 7000 steps on average per day at work. I like to say 'That's not a TODAY problem' so no reason to get anxious about something that hasn't or may not happen! Focus on getting this 5 lbs back off quickly and my goal is to hit onederland this year.
Keep up the good work WaistAways!5
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