I lost 5 pounds in March.
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.
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??