Shape Shifters Team Chat - MAY 2023

jugar
jugar Posts: 9,711 Member
edited June 2023 in Social Groups
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Here is your Team chat room for May 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 - @PatriceFitnessPal

HOW IT ALL WORKS: The May challenge runs for 5 weeks, from April 30 - June 3. 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. Don't worry! You can come back if you get dropped and then return.

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!!
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  • PatriceFitnessPal
    PatriceFitnessPal Posts: 1,295 Member
    edited April 2023
    Hello Shape Shifters! It’s hard to believe it’s almost May, and time to introduce ourselves again.

    My name is Patrice and I’ll be 57 years old in a couple of months. I live in Alexandria, Virginia with my husband and we have two college-age sons who visit during their university breaks. So, we’ll be seeing them soon! 😍 We are still grieving the loss of our 12-year old Boston Terrier dog, Petey, who left us peacefully in early March. 🐶 It’s sad but we’re able to smile more at the many joyful memories we shared with him. 🌈🐾

    I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and visit there often because most of my extended family is there, and our older son studies biochemistry at Boston College. If I travel to Boston alone, I stay with my mother and help her with household tasks. My sister is a nurse and she is increasingly more involved with our mother’s care so it gives my sister a break. My father-in-law has dementia and we (my husband, his siblings, etc.) had been taking turns caring for him at home but he moved to an assisted living facility recently due to his declining health. At first he didn’t like the idea but he’s very social so he has adjusted well. We bring him to our old neighborhood near the ocean and he loves to drive along the beach, go to church, and get his haircut whenever we see him. I miss the ocean, too!! 🌊

    Now that we are ‘empty nesters’ I’ve been trying to purge many of the things we accumulated while our sons were growing up. It’s been a slow process, full of memories, so I’m just accepting that life transitions take time. This phase seems to ebb and flow as our sons come and go, older family members need help due to health issues and other challenges arise, etc. So, opportunities to focus completely on my own health and well-being are still sporadic but I’m gradually building some positive new routines and habits. I’m trying to reflect on what’s working and make those habits ‘stick’ but it’s a work-in-progress. I’m fluctuating more than I’d like but just working on staying curious and engaged in the continuous improvement process — studying, practicing, refining, and building sustainable habits.

    My work is related to solving problems with the people most affected by them. I help decision makers partner with practitioners, families, and community members to improve access to education, health, and wellness services so that more people can benefit and contribute to making improvements.

    We all want to be a part of solving our own problems but it’s hard work to make the changes— even when we know what works. So, I hope we can create a supportive ShapeShifters community to help each of us reach our goals. Thanks for being here! Your contribution makes a positive difference to our team!
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,933 Member
    edited April 2023
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    FAQ for New Shape Shifters Members

    How do I post my weigh in?

    Userid
    (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!

    Welcome!
    Jessica :smile:
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,342 Member
    @Zaxa2021 Got you down, happy stepping! :smile:
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,933 Member
    The May Week 1 Group Challenge is open and ready for participation starting Sunday, April 30th. Look forward to seeing you as we begin the Self-Love Bingo Challenge. Here's your link:

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10889636/may-week-1-group-challenge-self-love-bingo/p1?new=1

    Jessica
  • jessicakrall8
    jessicakrall8 Posts: 4,933 Member
    dcresider wrote: »
    Hi all. I'm looking forward to starting the May challenge as a first timer. The last time I lost substantial weight was 13 years ago after IF issues.

    A little about me: I'm a 53 yo happily married DC gal of 19+ years living with her hubby (no kids, 2 covid adopted rescue cats) in the greatest and fittest city in the world.

    Your Captains adore adopted rescue cat pictures! Don't we @pupowl !! HINT, HINT! :smile:
    Jessica
  • Sbus12
    Sbus12 Posts: 191 Member
    Hi! I’d like to be included on the step challenge too. Tonight, after complaining that I was so tired, I went out for a 42 minute walk and it truly felt great. My goal is to walk every day, and I continue to build my endurance and stamina. I will start logging my food tomorrow as well as my exercise.
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,342 Member
    edited April 2023
    @Sbus12
    That's great! What will your step goal be for every day?
  • Pupowl
    Pupowl Posts: 1,342 Member
    dcresider wrote: »
    Hi all. I'm looking forward to starting the May challenge as a first timer. The last time I lost substantial weight was 13 years ago after IF issues.

    A little about me: I'm a 53 yo happily married DC gal of 19+ years living with her hubby (no kids, 2 covid adopted rescue cats) in the greatest and fittest city in the world.

    Your Captains adore adopted rescue cat pictures! Don't we @pupowl !! HINT, HINT! :smile:
    Jessica

    Totally! I love all pictures, so share away. :smile:
  • CasandraW
    CasandraW Posts: 493 Member
    @jessicakrall8 I honestly didn’t know if we were going to take I75 or I77 until we were on the road.
  • vicky2767
    vicky2767 Posts: 2,472 Member
    Sbus12 wrote: »
    Hi! I’d like to be included on the step challenge too. Tonight, after complaining that I was so tired, I went out for a 42 minute walk and it truly felt great. My goal is to walk every day, and I continue to build my endurance and stamina. I will start logging my food tomorrow as well as my exercise.

    This is fantastic
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