I got back on track (again) in April, and had a successful month. This is the first time that I've been able to successfully pair healthy nutrition and exercise, beginning what I plan to be a lasting lifestyle of wellness. Here's the rundown for April:
April 1st: Started the month at 277 and ended at 267.
April 9th: Returned to the gym after a 3.5 year absence.
April 14th: Crossed 1000 monthly fitness minutes.
April 22nd: 5 pounds gone for the month!
April 23rd: Crossed 1500 fitness minutes.
April 27th: Met with a personal trainer for a strength training plan.
April 29th: 10 pound gone for the month!
April 30th: Finished the month with 2050 fitness minutes!
The most important key for me has been tracking everything I eat each day and staying within my calorie range. It is so much easier to remember that I am in control of my weight and my fitness when I acknowledge that I'm in control of every single pound-producing calorie that goes into my body. I'm in charge. Tracking helps me feel in control even when I've had a chaotic day. It has once again helped me view food in terms of it's value to me long-term rather than the instant, but temporary gratification it has provided in the past. A food has to be worthy of me spending calories from my daily calorie bank. I manage my calories in the same way I would manage my money. If I had $100 to spend however I wanted, I certainly wouldn't buy one hundred $1 lottery tickets because I know I'd likely end up with nothing in return. In that same way, if I have 100 calories to spend on a snack, I'll get more bang for my calorie buck if I eat some almonds and dried cranberries instead of a snack size bag of greasy potato chips that will still leave me hungry.
Other things that helped me in April were:
~Exercising every single day. Even on rest days, I have promised myself that I will do something active for at least 20 minutes.
~Walking more with my sweet pup who has a heart condition and benefits from the exercise as much as I do.
~Drastically reducing my Diet Dr. Pepper intake. It has no nutritional value and I know from past experience that cutting it out of my diet completely helped improve my sleep. I still have one now and then, but I am drinking over 100 oz. of water everyday now.
~Visiting SparkPeople everyday. Doing the activities to get my SparkPoints helps me educate myself in being healthy, learn from others who are working toward similar goals, and keep my efforts in the forefront of my mind.
~Joining SparkTeams. My SparkTeams motivate me to strive for more exercise and healthy living.
~Cooking most meals at home. It helps me stay in control of my calories without having to fuss over special requests at restaurants or the temptation of free bread and fried, cheesy, fat-laden dishes.
My goals for May are to continue the same with weight training being something new that I am adding now that the personal trainer got me started. I'm excited to see how far I've come at the end of the month.