Friday, May 03, 2019

April weight loss recap: never give up

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Well I can’t seem to get it right!  I posted march’s recap a few days early. And here it is May 3 and I am just getting around to posting the recap for April, so I’m a few days late.   Maybe I will hit May spot on!!! April was a mixed bag of success and failure in my weight loss efforts!  I took steps to be more healthy but I also struggled in a few areas!  I learned more about myself during the month.  But the most important thing, I never gave up!!! 

So let’s look at the monthly goals

1. Track every bite of food!    I tracked my food.  There were a few days that I was so tempted to not track, but I went back and tracked it each and every time!
2.  Put money into my savings. Done
3.  Weight less than I do now!  I don't care if it's a measly ounce...I want to weigh less!   I actually managed a 3.2 pound loss this month.  Not spectacular.  Not deserved.  But appreciated!
4.  Do something active (a walk suffices) at least 3 times a week. I did great with walking on my lunch breaks!  I didn’t walk every day, but I hit a LOT of days!  We also did some after work bike rides (not many but a few) and most weekends managed to be active both days.
5. Keep my eating in check for at least 6 days a week. I was over my goal range of calories 9 days of the month.  Only one day did I go over 2000 calories.  (And if I add in exercise that number goes down to only ) days did I eat over my goal range!).  I had a week where I ate a bit more than I wanted...and a weekend of food feeding frenzy!   I definitely need to bring this back into check and lower the amount of ‘over days’.
7.  Walk at least an average of 5 k steps a day... I managed this!  The lunch time walks really helped...and the hikes on the weekend made up for the days that I didn’t walk on my lunch!  I’m aiming for the 5k again this month..but I may try to beef up that number in coming months!!!

Proof of lunchtime walks!

So while I managed most of my goals, I am not counting it as a stellar month of success.  I had some slip ups with my eating and my exercise is still not where I want it.  But all in all I am counting it as a success!

A while back I was interested in intermittent fasting, I explained it a bit in this post I did it for a while and then just kind of fell off the bandwagon.  I had a day or two that I was ravenous in the morning! So I started to eat breakfast and just never stopped again.  Well, one morning this week I got to work and somehow forgot to eat my morning breakfast of a banana.  (I typically don’t like to eat right after I wake up so I throw an extra piece of fruit in my lunch box and eat that when I get to work).  I didn’t miss it!  It made me start to think about why I’m eating that banana in the morning.  I found that I’m eating it out of habit...not because I’m hungry!   I have just naturally stopped eating that piece of fruit...I just don’t want it.  I have packed a fig bar  (Amazon affiliate link....I find the big boxes at Costco also!) in my lunch that I can eat should I get that ravenous feeling...because when I get like that, I tend to gorge on all sorts of things throughout the day!  So I am back to intermittent fasting!  I am aiming for the 16:8 method again.  I’m not going to be religiously anal about it....but I am going to see how it goes!  So far I feel great!

So there you have it.  The recap for April AND the last  epiphany in the month of April!  I had some success in my weight loss journey.  I had some failure in my weight loss journey.  I had some revelations in my weight loss journey.   I am still alive and kicking and I plan on making May a great month for my quest to get healthy and fit!!

15 comments:

Sarah said...

Congrats on the overall loss. That's great. Looks like the month was a success. I have no doubt that you'll make May even better.

Tiffany said...

Its coming along, youre making progress so its all good my friend

*Sweat and Sparkle* said...

Looks like you did great in April! I need to set some goals for May.

SANRDJ said...

3.5 lbs is awesome! kick some butt in May and intermittent fasting is great. I myself do it 5 days a week and find it gives me more energy throughout the day, especially in the morning.

mxtodis123 said...

Congrats on your April progress. You did great. Excellent loss. Doesn't it feel good when you were expecting less of a loss and find out you had a bigger loss?

Mrs Swan said...

yeah!! I'm with sweat and sparkle. I need to set some May goals myself. I need to set a step goal. I'm doing good if I get 2500 haha. Not sure if I should go for X a day or XX a month and math.

MaryFran said...

Thanks!!!

MaryFran said...

Thank you!

MaryFran said...

The goals and habits I try to reach each month really do make me keep trying. And what I have set is not difficult at all!!!

MaryFran said...

So far so good with the intermittent fasting! I think for me it’s so big because it is breaking the cycle of just eating when the clock says to eat!

MaryFran said...

Now if I can just keep that rolling!

MaryFran said...

Make the goals something that is pretty easy...it will keep you doing it because you will think ‘dude, who can’t do that!”

As for the steps. Mine is set as a daily goal of 5k...because on my normal day (without the work break walk) I only get 2500 to 3000 steps. So I originally set it as 5k a day...but then started to do the average for the month. Some days it’s rainy or I don’t feel good. So I like the option of knowing if I double my steps the next day that I can make up for something that was out of my control (or in my control if I’m just lazy!). By doing the monthly goal...or average I am eliminating the ‘well I messed up on May 3 because I didn’t walk at lunch...so I may as well pack it up because I already messed up this month’ mentality! I know that I can recover and still be successful! For me that’s the name of the game...making my goals so that I can have success, even when there is a slight mishap or bobble in my motivation!

Melanie said...

My May goal is a personal one to be kinder!
On a fitness note, since I started blogging in February and tracking my workouts, I noticed that I always exercise 3 or 4 times a week. I set an informal goal (meaning not on the blog!) to try and make that 4 times per week! With warmer weather finally here, that is doable.
Good luck with intermittent fasting. I have never tried it, but I used to have a student intern (boy) who did it. He only drank black coffee until 12 noon. Then he ate a keto type diet. Needless to say he was young and quite thin!

MaryFran said...

I love your personal goal! If only the whole world would take on that goal!!!!! And you totally can do the 4 times a week exercise!!!

Jen said...


Good luck with the 16/8...I do a few days a week on lazy Keto.