Shape Shifters Team Chat - APRIL 2023



  • izzyred9400
    izzyred9400 Posts: 857 Member
    PW 138.6
    CW 138.6

    Everyone seems to be doing well with weight loss @frankwbrown @CasandraW @SavageMrsMoose @Jlllswenson & @PatriceFitnessPal glad the scales are moving in the right direction well done all.
    @CasandraW it must be great to have a personalised plan for eating & exercise.I hope you can find a way to fit it in with family meals.I like cooking but I end up doing different meals for people & sometimes at different times,so annoying.
    @SavageMrsMoose enjoy your trip to Portugal & beyond,cant wait to see wher you get to.
    @cre804 I share your frustration but dont let the scales get you down,at least it wasnt a gain.I take it the spill was on your new carpet ? I have the same worry on my new carpet on the stairs & bedrooms,I have a no shoes rule but I'm sure my 2 son's dont always follow it.
    @Pupowl I had a listen to your clips I too love a good choir.My sister is in 2 choirs she never thought she could sing but loves it now.I go to her concerts they are a good choir.Good luck on improvements to your back yard.We have more or less fnished our home improvements inside but the outside needs doing.Thats the next job when the weather improves.
    Have a great Saturday all.
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,947 Member
    @Pupowl Betty decided it was NOT the day for me to sleep in this morning, but she's too cute to get mad at about it! I mean, I just wanted an extra that too much to ask for?!! Does Tinus ever do that to you?!! Perhaps you're a morning person though, and sleeping in is rare for you?! In any case, I got up and did a few things around the house...checked in on here and caught up a few weigh-ins...not sure what my day is going to be like rained all day yesterday and appears it may do that again today...annoying...and chilly outside...only in the 50s and two days ago, it was in the 80s...UGH...rain is annoying.

    I'm going to take a listen to that song you posted...I too love a good choir...anything with good vocals and I'm in...especially great harmonies. I'll post after I give it a listen...

    Gotta go check the weather and make up my mind what I'm gonna do today. Need to get a few supplies at the store for one thing.

    Hope everyone has a great Saturday!
  • nancyinmo
    nancyinmo Posts: 132 Member
    @Jlswensen I’m in Springfield too! Former New Yorker, but have been here since 2000. We’re moving to Miami this Fall. Had enough of the cold! Lol
  • nancyinmo
    nancyinmo Posts: 132 Member
    PW: 165.6
    CW: 164.0

    It feels SO good to be not traveling and back on track!
  • Armygirlarmyof1
    Armygirlarmyof1 Posts: 492 Member
    @jessicakrall8 , having been a tabby cat momma, get used to waking up. They're routine cats as well as snuggles.
  • TexanMom8152
    TexanMom8152 Posts: 76 Member
    Weigh Day Tuesday
    PW 217.8
    CW 216.8
  • TexanMom8152
    TexanMom8152 Posts: 76 Member
    Sorry for the late post this week. I had a last minute trip come up earlier this week and then had a niece get married last night. So lots of wedding activities.

    Welcome to all the new folks, I'm Julie from Keller, Texas (Part of the DFW metroplex). I'm 55, married with a son who is a freshman at Texas Tech. I'm focused on losing weight and working on getting healthy.

    Picture from the wedding last night.

  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,947 Member
    The April Week 2 Group Challenge is open and ready to begin on Sunday, Apr 9th. Please join us for Question Week, giving us a chance to look at past and present behaviors and make changes. We'll open ourselves up to questions from the list provided or bring thoughts/questions of our own to discuss. Looking forward to lively discussion this week and great conversations. Here's your link:

    Hope to see you there!
    Jessica :blush:
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,947 Member
    edited April 2023
    Just posted the link to this coming week's Group Challenge. This one is great for newbies and experienced members you the opportunity to discuss issues, ask questions and just share where you are in your weight loss journey.

    I'd love to see more of my Shape Shifters participate in the challenge, as I've seen lots of questions in here lately. It's just another resource for support.

  • LaurieWrobo
    LaurieWrobo Posts: 1,204 Member
    4/4 4,738
    4/5 6,724
    4/6 3,981
    4/7 4,809
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,947 Member
    Currently missing 5 weigh-ins from this week. Please report in as stats begin early on Sunday morning, as you know...


    @reshii_devi Could I get your first name for the Step Challenge chart please? Thanks!

    All walkers, please post your steps from April 3rd to current...thanks for helping us stay current!
  • Jlswensen
    Jlswensen Posts: 61 Member
    @nancyinmo - enjoy the move to Florida! At some point, my husband and I might move there too, but for now we're still in the rat race. :-)
  • KHill875
    KHill875 Posts: 156 Member
    Friday Weigh in
    PW: 144.0
    CW: 143.2

    3/31 - 12,440
    4/1 - 9,396
    4/2 - 5,973
    4/3 -15,791
    4/4 - 17,135
    4/5 -11,587
    4/6 -11,563
    4/7 -11,173

    It has rained a lot this week, so my steps have been lower then I would like.
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,360 Member
    @izzyred9400 How cool that your sister is enjoying choirs now. I think singing is a skill like anything else, so you can get better at it. There are also a lot of health benefits linked to singing which is pretty neat!
    @jessicakrall8 Oh no, sorry Betty made you get up! Tinus is usually okay at letting me sleep, but I get up early anyway. Sometimes he comes upstairs screaming, and then he will sit next to my pillow for some cuddles. He never meows for very long. I am really bad at staying in bed once I wake up. It makes me feel restless and lazy, so I usually get up within 30 minutes or so. My morning routine is also pretty centered around Tinus and I feel bad if I get up late! So once it is light, I am probably out of bed.
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,360 Member
    Saturday ~ April 8
    Sleep: 9h 1m ~ 85 score
    Steps: 18.196
    Good morning Shape Shifters. Yesterday was really busy and my entire body is sore this morning. I was expecting my dad in the evening, so when the doorbell rang at 8:45 in the morning, I was very surprised to see my dad. Seems he mistakenly wrote evening instead of morning in Whatsapp. A bit dumb of me as well not to question it, since he has never showed up in the evening before! Anyway, I have no life so it wasn't a problem. We started by yanking out all the overgrown shrubs that have been bothering me for a loooong time. I will post a picture of it, though I don't really have a recent one so it was even worse yesterday. Everything in red got pulled out.
    I kept one rhododendron, though we still had to dig it up because it was in the middle of the fence line so we moved it a bit. Hopefully it will be fine and keep growing. After all the shrubs were out, we took some time to figure out what kind of hinges and screws etc we were still missing. We took a quick trip to the store to get everything and then we continued on. I am so glad my dad is such a strong and hard worker. I couldn't have done half of what he did in twice the amount of time. He dug 26 holes for the wood posts which was really hard work since we only had a manual tool that you need to turn around and around while also putting pressure on it. When he was finished with the hole, I would hammer in the pole and fill up the dirt around it. Then we put in a cute little gate and attached the mesh. We also put up two wooden climbing racks for my clematis. I had rope netting, but the rope was breaking everywhere, so I decided to replace it with something that should hopefully last a bit longer. We worked until like 15:35. There is still some stuff left, but we for sure got the worst bit of it done. The rest is sorting out a gate for the driveway, replacing the door to the backyard and putting in the new plants when they show up the 22nd. Some of the posts on the side are higher than others. Because there were a lot of roots in the ground, it was hard to get deep enough with the tool. So next time we will also be sawing off the tops of those posts so they are all pretty much the same height.
    I am really happy with the fence, I think it looks nice. The birds are safer, cats and dogs can't fit through the mesh, but hedgehogs should still be able to. Anyway, that's the garden update for now. I was really exhausted yesterday and even forgot to do my Duolingo lessons! Happy Sunday everyone <3

  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,360 Member
    Here is the card for today
  • PatriceFitnessPal
    PatriceFitnessPal Posts: 1,298 Member
    @cre804 - It’s so disappointing when something like that happens!! I hope you can make it up to yourself. I can imagine that feeling - getting comfortable and then relaxing with a refreshing drink - but then having to clean up a mess instead. 😣 Please be extra kind to yourself and do something special that feels just for you.

    @Pupowl - Wow! 🤩 You accomplished so much in such a short time. I’m impressed! I need a hot bath and a nap just thinking about all that work! I hope you enjoy your day, basking in your sense of accomplishment.

    @TexanMom8152 - I’m so glad you were able to spend time with your son and celebrate your family. Thanks for sharing the family photo. It’s great — your love for one another shines through!

    I appreciate your encouragement of last week’s tiny (but beginning!) shift down @izzyred9400 and thank you for the weekly challenges to keep the momentum going into the future @jessicakrall8! Be well Shape Shifters!
  • PatriceFitnessPal
    PatriceFitnessPal Posts: 1,298 Member
    edited April 2023
    @Pupowl - I agree that singing is a skill we can improve but those acapella singers were born with much higher quality ‘instruments’ than I have — Wow! Such beautiful and unique voices! 🤩 I like all types of music so I’ve been enjoying all the selections shared.

    My sons watched the Prince of Egypt movie at some point and I remember wondering when it had been released because I had never heard of it before they discovered it — maybe it was replayed on television? I found out it was made in 1998, before they were born, and I didn’t pay as much attention to animated productions at that time. I was also very busy that year, working as a middle school teacher, attending university classes, and also working at an organization as part of the requirements for my doctoral degree.

    In retrospect, I really don’t know how I worked that much because my students needed a lot of support outside the regular instruction time but it was very rewarding and purposeful so I guess that gave me energy. I left classroom teaching before my son was born in 2000 because I would never have been able to add more sleep deprivation to the daily equation. Life is a bit more balanced now because I pulled back from a lot of community volunteer commitments during the pandemic.

    I miss working directly with young people now but I plan to volunteer more once I finish my downsizing and decluttering work at home — better get to it!!
  • minstrelofsarcasm
    minstrelofsarcasm Posts: 2,102 Member


    Before we get to the results, I want to take a second to sprinkle some science on you:

    A pound is approximately 3500 calories. Gained or lost, that does not change. Seeing a whoosh, in either direction, from time to time, is typically indicative of water weight.
    And water weight? That's a sign that your body is processing what you have put into it, whether that be filtering salt and sugar, repairing muscles, filtering toxins, pushing through illness, etc.
    Your body does not know that you are trying to lose fat, it just wants to keep you alive. That's all.


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  • PatriceFitnessPal
    PatriceFitnessPal Posts: 1,298 Member
    edited April 2023
    Congratulations on the second place finish! 🎉🎉🎉

    Nice work @SavageMrsMoose, @nancyinmo, @LaurieWrobo! 🤩
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