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March Results and April Goal (yes, singular! only ONE!)

Monday, April 01, 2013

I lost 5 pounds in March. emoticon

The picture below is of the calendar I keep in my closet. Daily I keep track of my weight (if I've weighed), the exercise I've done, and the number of calories I've eaten. The big red marks are days I have *NOT* been on track. (Can you tell I'm a former teacher?? Big red marks indeed!)

When I stopped to look, I was shocked -- it's eight days! About 2 per week!

Now, what do I mean, "not on track?" I've either had alcohol (two days) OR I've willfully not tracked OR I've overeaten. Actually, I don't know if I've "really" overeaten since I purposely "give up" and stop tracking on those days.

Kind of hard for me to say things like "I can't lose weight", "It comes off really slowly", or a million other stupid things when the RED INK tells the story: I am NOT on track 25% of the time!!!

Despite all that, I am starting April at 150 pounds. This is the lowest I've been since I started on Sparkpeople in May 2009. (Yes, I'm a slow learner. I was at 150.5 for a heartbeat and then celebrated all the way back up to my top weight of 180, where I began again. Then I hit 150.5 on November 30, 2012, right before a Carnival Cruise...which started a chain of events that knocked me off my square until mid-February.)

So, here I am. Poised, yet AGAIN! to get into the 140's.

My goal for April is simply to continue everything I'm doing but to reduce/eliminate those lost, off-track days.

I'm inspired by several Sparkers who track EVERYTHING. Every bite of the decadent Easter dinner. Every taste, nibble, or bit swiped off the kids' plates. The things they aren't proud of, the things they knew better than to eat, the things they ate that they didn't even want.

I don't know what I'll find out. Maybe I'll find out that my "off days" aren't as bad as I think. Maybe I'll find that I can minimize an eating episode by measuring and tracking first. If I want to eat peanut butter, I'm allowed! But rather than eat it directly out of the jar with a spoon, I MUST have a rule to measure it first and put it on a plate. emoticon

So that's my commitment for April: weigh and measure everything, no matter how ugly or unflattering it is.

My motivation is that there is only 6 weeks until we leave on a 2-month vacation, which includes a week hiking the Appalachian Trail. The more weight I lose, the less of me I have to haul around the trails!

I'm planning to really ROCK April!!! What are YOUR goals??
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    You have an awesome plan and I know that you can do it!
    2803 days ago
    INCREDIBLE accountability! Brava!
    2803 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You Rock!!!
    Yes the teacher in you shows. But that is a good thing. You are making it happen!!!
    2803 days ago
    You're already starting out rocking April! This is a great goal. I can't wait to see how well it turns out for you.

    My goal is to get the Dr. to answer some questions for me regarding how to recover from some injuries. (Apointment is April 16) Then I'll know how to proceed in strength training without making anything worse.

    You are STILL stepping rings around me with the fitbit! You'll be great on that trail vacation!
    2804 days ago
    Congrats on losing 5 pounds!

    And I am so with you - I did the exact same thing recently, minus the red marks! I thought I had done pretty well in February (and I do track every bite) but when I looked back, I was over my calorie range on fully 10 days - one third of the month. So, last month i set a goal to eat within range 6 days out of every 7 and I did it! (I am all about achievable goals!). I was not perfect in other ways, but keeping that goal made a real difference - I squeaked in just under 150! Woot!

    Good luck this month with your goal!


    2804 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2013 9:30:23 PM
    Such BRUTAL honesty, I love it. Thankyou TG.
    2804 days ago
    I had to chuckle when I saw your calendar. You are definitely a teacher!!! As a special ed. teacher, however, I only saw the 75% of the time you were ON TRACK. That is a phenomenal percentage. Really!!!!! You are doing so well. Make sure to give yourself the "gold stars" you deserve on all the days you did well.
    I'm working on being kinder to myself this month as I shoot for several new goals. So I'm giving you a pep talk to help motivate myself, as well.
    We can do it! You will be a trail blazer in those Appalachians. You'll need to tote a fire extinguisher. Hee Hee.
    2804 days ago
    That is quite a calendar. Sometimes getting hit right between the eyes with reality really helps.

    Hang in there. Good luck over the next few weeks.

    2804 days ago
    I think I need a calendar to put big red marks on when I'm NOT on track. I'm finding it harder and harder to stay motivated and that may do the trick! Congrats on the 5lbs, keep it going!
    2804 days ago
    I'm right with you, cheering you on!

    Let's make this a great month!
    2804 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4357551
    Your focus is simply a thing of beauty. It is so easy to get off track and not think much about it until you really examine where you have been. You made me think about my last week and I was off track 70+ % - no wonder my number increased!!

    I can't promise to do the calendar thing but I am certainly going to be writing things down and hitting the gym every day!!

    Good job on the running in the rain. Very impressive so keep giving yourself credit. You will get that 4 in the middle digit this month! I have no doubt about it.

    Stay safe but keep working hard!


    2804 days ago
    good for you! I love your tracking. that is awesome and I can identify.
    Have a great day.
    2804 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Great goal for APril. You can do it!!
    2804 days ago
  • LBART85
    I love how you kept track of your days. I even love the red marks. It is such a good way to show that even though you had a couple of bad days you did a good job the rest of the month. I am totally taking this idea and putting it into use for myself.

    Thank you for posting
    2804 days ago
    You've identified what's been slowing you down -- but make sure you have a concrete plan to meet your goal. Why do you stop tracking on some days? Is it emotional (feeling defeated)? Practical (away from the computer)? If you can figure out WHY you stop tracking on those 8 days, and implement a plan to prevent the situation from arising, you'll be even closer to meeting your goal for April. Good luck -- you got this!
    2804 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon on your weight loss! You're doing FANTASTIC!! My goal for this month is to get a workout in at least once a week in the mornings.

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    2804 days ago
    You are rockin' it, girlfriend!
    2804 days ago
    If you can lose 5 pounds not tracking 25% of the time imagine what you could do if you tracked all the time.

    emoticon on the 5 pounds.
    2804 days ago
    Congrats on your success in March. And even bigger congrats on your analysis of March and your plan directly linked to improving what you found. You can do it!! I rarely track 100%, but often track more than 90%. I should commit to do exactly what you are writing about. But I will say the amount of tracking I do is a tremendous help even when I don't restart my computer to add my last 50-100 calorie snack.

    For April my goal is to follow my training plan from my running coach as best I can no matter how challenging. Another goal is to weigh daily and update my ticker at least weekly. I am aiming for a default weight of 126.0 and need to lose .6 to be there. Then stay around there. Food is fuel for my workouts and preventative medicine, not a friend nor a source of comfort.
    2804 days ago
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