Shape Shifters Team Chat - APRIL 2023

jugar Posts: 9,743 Member
edited April 2023 in Social Groups
Here is your Team chat room for April 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 - @Slimmersixties & @JaysFan82
Mission Slimpossibles - @katmary71
Weight No More - @rachelrjh
WaistAways - @conleywoods
Shape Shifters - @angmarie28 & @PatriceFitnessPal

HOW IT ALL WORKS: The April challenge runs for 4 weeks, from April 2 - 29. 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!!


  • PatriceFitnessPal
    PatriceFitnessPal Posts: 1,298 Member
    Congratulations on your renewed motivation, @nancyinmo! It sounds as though you have a lot of positive momentum going with your recent vacation, new home, and training to be an exercise/dance (Jazzercise?) instructor. Great work!
  • SavageMrsMoose
    SavageMrsMoose Posts: 632 Member
    Hello everyone!

    I will re-introduce myself as I don't think I did last month. My name is Melissa and I am a retired lawyer splitting my time between Houston, Texas and Telluride, Colorado. I have two kids, a daughter in her last semester of law school at CU in Boulder, and a son who is a junior studying finance at IU in Bloomington, Indiana.

    I exercise a lot- running, biking, skiing, hiking, but have always struggled with my weight. I've found this group to be a great place of support and encouragement. It has helped me be accountable to myself.

    My goals for this month are different. I am going on a trip to Europe with my husband and will be traveling April 8-26. My goal is to be as close to my weight yesterday (146) by the end of the month. I know I will gain weight during the trip but want to minimize it and, more importantly, get back on track when I return. I have a dress I want to wear to my daughter's graduation May 12 and it needs to zip! I want to be like @nancyinmo !!! Good for you! You're my inspiration! It can be done!


    3/31 9899

    My steps have been really low this month, but to give myself a break, I have been doing other activites on the low days. Yesterday, I went skiing with my husband. He had two hip replacements over the summer so this was his second day of the season! (the hill closes Sunday, so just in the nick of time)

    Have a great weekend everyone!
  • PatriceFitnessPal
    PatriceFitnessPal Posts: 1,298 Member
    edited April 2023
    @Pupowl — Thanks for listing all the various supports offered to members of the F2F Challenge!

    There is no pressure to use every available option but please think about what feels motivating and test out what works best for you. If you have had success with a particular option, please let us know and share why it helps you.

    This Shape Shifter Chat space is specifically for our team. There are three things we post here:

    (1) Weekly Weigh-in (Required) — We post our weekly weigh-in here on whichever day we selected, using the specific format that @jugar included above (Weigh-in Day, PW, CW).

    (2) Step Challenge — If you want to participate in the Step Challenge, please post your daily step goal for the month. Once @jessicakrall8 and @Pupowl get you registered, you’ll report your results here every couple of days. The team moderators keep track and announce the winners at the end of the month. The process is repeated each month.

    (3) Team Support & Interaction — We also use this chat space to encourage one another and share our successes, struggles, progress, updates, goals, barriers, missteps, etc. Once you are part of the team, you are automatically added to the team chat each month.

    There are two additional supports available to members of all five teams;

    Habit Tracker — You can set a specific goal (or multiple goals) and track your progress during the month. This is organized in Google Sheets, so please be sure to select the Shape Shifter team sheet (labeled at the bottom) and add your name and goal(s). We each track our own daily progress so this is self-reported and self-managed as a personal way to build better habits.

    Weekly Challenges — The weekly challenges focus on specific nutrition, movement, or self-care topics to improve our health. These change each week and @jessicakrall8 always appreciates challenge suggestions. The challenge is usually posted on Saturday and begins on Sunday each week. You may want to bookmark this space each week so it’s easy to find outside of this group.

    I hope you find the support you need. Just let us know if you have any questions.
  • nancyinmo
    nancyinmo Posts: 132 Member
    @PatriceFitnessPal thank you! I love that I am about to begin a new chapter! It’s all very exciting!!
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,941 Member
    edited April 2023
    FAQ for New Shape Shifters Members

    How do I post my weigh in?

    (Day of Week) Weigh-in
    PW: 204 lbs (previous weight)
    CW: 202 lbs (current weight)
    LTD: 12 lbs (optional loss to date)

    Where is the Weigh in stats spreadsheet?

    Start at the Fat2Fit Main Page and under the header information, you’ll see a section at the bottom that says “TO ACCESS THE SPREADSHEETS FOR JANUARY CLICK HERE” followed by the link in blue. Once you click on that link, it will take you to the Summary page. Find Shape Shifters on the tabs at the bottom and click on that and that brings you to the stats page. Also on this page (scrolling down), you’ll find the Step Challenge chart as well. This is where we record your daily steps if you sign up to be part of the monthly step challenge. More info on how to sign up is below! Join us!

    How often should I post in the chatroom?

    Whenever you have a question, suggestion, story, news announcement or just want to brighten someone's day!! There's never too much...and please share recipes, tips, laughs, challenges, cartoons, pictures of your pets, pictures from walks you've taken, etc...we love it all!!

    What if I have to be out of town during my weigh in?

    Send a message to one of the Captains (JessicaKrall8 or Pupowl) in the chatroom or in a private message on MFP's mail and let her know your circumstance...if it's just for a week or two, you can be excused from the weigh-in. If you must leave for longer than a month, you may be moved to our support team until you return. When you're ready to come back, send another message and the MODS will move you back to active status.

    What happens if I miss a weigh in?

    If you're late, you'll be marked as LWI (late weigh in). If you fail to report in at all, you'll be labeled as NWI (no weigh in). After two NWIs, you're put on the drop list if you explanation has been provided. It's always best to let your Captain know what's going on and she'll make sure you're covered.

    How do I sign up for the Step Challenge?

    Send the Captains a message that you'd like to join, provide your daily step goal and tell her your favorite place to walk. It's that simple! Please be aware though, you're making a commitment to post your steps every 2-3 days, which helps the Captains keep the stats caught up. If you're not willing to do this, please do not sign up. (THANKS!!)

    Do I have to re-register each month to remain part of Team Shape Shifters?

    No, your membership will carry over month to month. The only place where this is NOT true is for the Step Challenge. You have to sign up each month to participate in it and this gives you the opportunity to adjust your daily step goal.

    If I've missed anything or questions arise, just post them! We'll find the information you need as much as possible! Hope this helps!

    Jessica :smile:

  • Megan_smartiepants1970
    Megan_smartiepants1970 Posts: 38,094 Member
    Hi SS....You have a new member joining your wonderful team...Please welcome @reshii_devi :)
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,941 Member
    edited April 2023

    Welcome @reshii_devi to our team! We're glad you found us. On behalf of myself and @Pupowl , your two team Captains, and @PatriceFitnessPal and @angmarie28, our two Motivators, we hope you find this team to be supportive and helpful on your better health journey!

    Take a few minutes and introduce yourself to the team and tell us a little about your goals for April and beyond. We look forward to celebrating your milestones with you in the coming months! Also, scroll back up to the beginning of this page and make sure to read the FAQ file which will answer many of your questions. If something isn't covered there, make a posting in this thread and I'm sure you'll get several responses back.

    Again, welcome and good luck in April! If there's anything we can do to help you get a step or two closer to your goals, please don't hesitate to ask!
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,941 Member
    The April Week 1 Group Challenge is open and ready to begin on Sunday, April 2nd. This week we're working on Nutrition Pinpoints to help us eat healthier meals. Here's your link:

    Hope you will join us!
    Jessica :blush:
  • LaurieWrobo
    LaurieWrobo Posts: 1,204 Member
    @PatriceFitnessPal I don't see the Habit Tracker for April?
  • LaurieWrobo
    LaurieWrobo Posts: 1,204 Member
    I would like to walk around my neighborhood, but winter is still hanging on in Wisconsin- so I'm lowering my steps
  • LaurieWrobo
    LaurieWrobo Posts: 1,204 Member
    3/29 6,913
    3/30 3,713
    3/31 4,284
  • reshii_devi
    reshii_devi Posts: 196 Member
    Thanks @jessicakrall8 for the warm welcome! <3 Very happy to be here.
  • frankwbrown
    frankwbrown Posts: 11,907 Member
    I'm in for another step challenge: 10,000 steps

    It's getting dryer now, so I can once again walk in one of my favorite four places:
    1. Park 1, half a mile from my house, has a 1/3 mile meandering walkway with benches along the way.
    2. Park 2, a mile and a half from home, is also quite nice. There's a sunken soccer field across the street, and there's a sidewalk that dips down and across, separating the soccer field from a catch basin. Doing a figure 8 once around this is about 0.75 miles, and includes the elevation change.
    3. A rails-to-trails trail that's about 5 miles down and back, but I normally walk the half mile from my gym to the trail, then head south to a pedestrian overpass at the ~1 mile mark. It's 0.25 miles from one side of the overpass to the other, so I can go over and back once or twice then head back to the gym, for a 2.5-3.0 mile walk.
    4. Fourth is a trail along side a creek. Here, there's both a paved path and a single-track dirt bike trail nearer the creek.
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,355 Member
    Welcome to our lovely group! Sounds like you have some nice goals for the month. Let us know if you have any questions. Good luck. :smiley:
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,355 Member
    Good morning Shape Shifters. Here is the card for today. Happy Sunday everyone <3
  • izzyred9400
    izzyred9400 Posts: 857 Member
    My steps for the end of March
    3/29 10,448
    3/30 21,718
    3/31 13,097
    4/1 15,037
    Thank you @Pupowl @PatriceFitnessPal @CassandraW for your encouragement I appreciate the support to carry on.
  • SavageMrsMoose
    SavageMrsMoose Posts: 632 Member
    @reshii_devi Welcome!

    I'm impressed with your 75 day hard challenge. Good luck! I thought of doing that myself in the past. The 30 days makes it seem a tiny bit more approachable as well. I'm traveling quite a bit in April and May, but might try and do it come June 1st and follow your lead- 30 days!

    @Pupowl Love the card.


    4/1 6014 ughh. I did ski for 3.5 hours yesterday though!
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