WaistAways Team Chat - MARCH 2023

jugar Posts: 10,133 Member
edited April 2023 in Social Groups
Here is your Team chat room for March 2023. This is where you weigh weekly, 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 often, and help each other succeed! Bookmark this thread to make it easy to land there any time.

Fat2Fit has five great teams. The group and team leaders are as follows:

Our Moderators:
Liselyn - @jugar
Megan - @Megan_smartiepants1970
Ashley - @minstrelofsarcasm
Jessica - @jessicakrall8

Our Team Captains:
Downsizers - @lindamtuck2018 and @Megan_smartiepants1970
Mission Slimpossible - @broncobuddee and @trooworld
Weight No More - @minstrelofsarcasm and @melaniedscott
WaistAways - @jugar and @ashleycarole86
Shape Shifters - @jessicakrall8 and @Pupowl

Our Team Motivators:
Downsizers - @fatfifties
Mission Slimpossibles - @katmary71
Weight No More - @rachelrjh
WaistAways - @conleywoods
Shape Shifters - @angmarie28 & @PatriceFitnessPal

HOW IT ALL WORKS: The March challenge runs for 5 weeks, from Feb 26 - April 1. F2F months always start on a Sunday and end on a Saturday, so adjust your calendars!

Everyone weighs in weekly on their chosen day right here in the team chat thread. 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 celebrate those small, steady losses. If you lose, however small an amount, you are in the green! At the end of the month, we celebrate everyone who lost at least a bit every week. You are heading steadily towards your goal even if you aren't at the top of the weight loss leaderboard. Let's have a Green March!

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 miss two weigh-ins in a row without asking for a break, you will be dropped from the team, so be sure to inform your team captain if you are traveling, sick, or just need some time off. If you take a break, you can be excused for a week or two, or are moved to the Support Team for as long as you need to. You still participate in the discussions, you can weigh in if you want to, but it will not count in the weekly tally.

Once you reach your goal weight, you join the Goal Zone! You continue to weigh in every week. 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 begin!!


  • jugar
    jugar Posts: 10,133 Member
    edited February 2023
    It's March 2023 and we're going for FIVE WEEKS of GREEN!

    This is our home for the month, where all of our joys and challenges take place. Please (re)introduce yourselves and set some goals and daily actions for the month and the new year. Focus on the small every day choices, and you will get where you want to go!

    I am Liselyn, co-captain along with @ashleycarole86 . I live in rural Québec, and I'm a retired university professor of music. It was not until I was 58 that I got really serious with both food and exercise. As of October, I hit 10 years on maintenance, always refining 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 some who might be 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.

    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 :wink: The link and how-to info are under "Announcements" on the main F2F page. Or right here:

    So everyone, tell us a bit about you, your goals, what steps you are going to work on. It's fun to know your name and where you live (if you're willing to share that), what brought you here, how your weight loss journey has been, and where you are headed now. Let the introductions roll!
  • lauren_989
    lauren_989 Posts: 512 Member

    I can't believe it's about to be March! My name is Lauren and I live in NC. I have been struggling with weight my whole life, doing the yo-yo thing. Recently, my husband has been trying to lose weight as well, so hopefully that will help both of us!

    I am going to try my hardest for a green March. I have not had a completely green month since joining, so I know it will be a challenge, but may be just the goal that I need. I have my new habit tracker set up in my room, which has been super helpful! I also plan to come on here most days, if not everday. I may not post everyday, but reading everyone's posts is helpful!

    @MoonlitMuse I missed earlier where you were needing to do sessions to take national certification. I would be willing to do that if you still need someone.

    @carlsoda that is great you have a lot of land and animals! Where do you live? I hope your cancer goes back into remission and you have no future issues.
  • jugar
    jugar Posts: 10,133 Member
    @carlsoda Wow! You have been through all the things, and it is fabulous that you are here with such an upbeat attitude. AND you snowshoe! That is absolutely my fave thing all winter - we'll have to post some photos to make everyone else super jealous.

    You'll find that things work pretty simply here. Just come to this thread, post often, and enjoy the companionship. You don't need to answer everyone's posts or feel obliged to help solve everyone's problems - but any time you have a question, need to rant, have a suggestion for someone else - share away! We're a friendly bunch. Your goals sound completely do-able, and we are all about reasonable goals, non-extreme forms of diet and exercise, and being a little voice in the head for everyone else on the team. I hope you enjoy a long stay here!
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 5,138 Member
    The March Week 1 Group Challenge is open and ready to begin tomorrow, Sunday Feb 26th. Join us for a 7-Day Happiness Challenge.

    Here's your link:

    Hope to see you there!
    Jessica :blush:
  • IDebraK
    IDebraK Posts: 139 Member
    edited February 2023
    @carlsoda, We can soooo be friends! I have chickens and ducks!
    I also have turkeys, goats, an emu, and then just the normal dogs and cats ... and a ferret.

    @jessicakrall8, When my whole life felt like it was falling apart, I found something similar to this. I have, literally, patterned my life around it. Still going strong since 2014! I LOVE THIS!

    @jugar, I SOOO needed this Go Green Challenge. I'M IN!

    @CupcakeCrusoe, pole fitness sounds interesting. I'd probably need to find this "core" hidden in here somewhere. It sounds like you need a solid one for that.

    @lauren_989, I am also guilty of letting the work week get in the way of checking in here daily. I need to get better with that. Not to mention, I get lost on what's going on by only checking in once per week. I have to go back and read 7 pages of posts to get caught up.

    @ashleycarole86, OMG! When I read your post, I realized that my weeks sound like yours, and I never considered how things get all too "routine." I leave my house at 4am and get home somewhere between 4-6pm. That's a lot of hours away. Then, I get home and do the things, try to pry out some gym time, make some half-attempts at a healthy lifestyle, and then to bed. I, too, need a reset!

    March is going to be my month. The stars seem to be in line with the way that these challenges fell. I have my Savage Race on March 25th. I can't wait! My first (and only one) was in 2012, so here we are 11 years later - and doing it again.
  • jugar
    jugar Posts: 10,133 Member
    Sunday weigh-ins - first in line, you lot! Ready, set, go -

  • micki48
    micki48 Posts: 2,266 Member
    @ashleycarole86 Steps

    Sunday 8,276
    Monday 6,650
    Tuesday 8,803
    Wednesday 9,086
    Thursday 10,940
    Friday 9,744
    Saturday 7,075
  • IDebraK
    IDebraK Posts: 139 Member
    Here we are on day 1 of our Go Green March!
    My go green is expanding to keep all of my macros in check as well. Green is green!

    @jugar - I agree with the protein increase for heavier lifting being geared more toward men. I only increased the protein by (say) 20g. (An extra shake post workout). I've also added 1 pouch of Benefiber to my morning coffee - because - fiber (and age)(and gut). I'm fooling around with more plant-based proteins too. I eat a fair amount of veggies, but do not do legumes.

    BTW, since our week here starts on Sunday, can I change my weigh in day to Sunday? It helps if I have everything starting on the same day.

    I skipped a week of the gym last week because of the tummy troubles. I should get a good walk in today if I don't get anything else.

    My day is planned for my regular trip to the cemetery to deliver flowers. Since I have to be there anyway, and there are 8 graves to deliver, I will park at the top, walk to each grave, and walk back. Not exactly efficient for time, but it's great for those steps! It's a county cemetery, and not exactly small. I'll wait about an hour for the fitbit to charge and see how far that is. Maybe get a C25K session in there.

  • jugar
    jugar Posts: 10,133 Member
    IDebraK wrote: »
    Here we are on day 1 of our Go Green March!
    My go green is expanding to keep all of my macros in check as well. Green is green!

    BTW, since our week here starts on Sunday, can I change my weigh in day to Sunday? It helps if I have everything starting on the same day.
    No problem! So today it is. Should I just carry your weigh-in from yesterday over? Or have you miraculously lost 0.1 lb? :lol:
  • jugar
    jugar Posts: 10,133 Member
    Happy March even if we're here a bit early according to the calendar. I just finished the February tallies, and I am 100% certain that we can do better this month! It will be energizing, fun, and we'll do our best :smiley:
  • adrimango
    adrimango Posts: 128 Member
    @LoraineGB Hi vacation goal buddy! What's your plan for this week? My goal is a min of 150 minutes of cardio this week and to keep up with logging. I keep getting overwhelmed with it - figuring how to log meals out and portions and just give up. It's not helping me get to my goal weight for sure!
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