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March Report

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I had planned for this to be a month of complete butt-kickery, and it was until my eating choices while on an unplanned vacation derailed me. I'm up a few pounds but the whole month was not a misfire. And I'm determined to have a mighty April!


NUTRITION

I tracked my food every day this month, except for vacation days which I estimated at 2,000+ each. I only stayed within my caloric range 11/31 days. Phrasing it like that sounds terrible! I knew my eating was off, but 11/31 is eye-opening. At least I'm staying accountable to myself!


FITNESS

I logged in 1530 fitness minutes. I was shooting for 2000 minutes and was on target until we spent a week on vacation. We spent most of the week in the car, and the other days there was no opportunity. Next month I will reach 2000 minutes though!

I did cardio 21/31 days this month. If you subtract the week I was on vacation, I'm getting much more consistent here.

I only did one strength training workout. I admit I've dropped the ball here, and this month I'm going to take it a lot more seriously!


WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENTS

I did not remember to take measurements this month, but my clothes are a big snug. If you average my weigh-ins at the beginning of March compared to now, I appear to be up 2-3 pounds. I'm not proud of it but I'm owning it.


OTHER MARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

emoticon This month I read The Good Soldier, Howards End, Snow Country, and A Feast for Crows. I'm still on target of averaging one book per week!

emoticon I wrote 3 blogs of an intended 10. This month I'm shooting higher!

emoticon I spent money wisely, I filed my taxes, and I somehow almost doubled my tax return!

emoticon On a more personal note, I also got to spend two weeks with my brother who just returned from Afghanistan. Sadly we as a family celebrated the occasion a little too much with food - and I'm currently wearing the proof - but that is temporary and I'm going to change it!


DIRECTION FOR APRIL

emoticon Write 10 blogs, including 1 Orient Express blog. I've been meaning to write Orient Express blogs for months and haven't gotten to it, but I have started the blog. And the destination is Rome ;)

emoticon Write 3 chapters or 10 new pages in the novel.

emoticon Fix the laptop ... for many reasons but including so that I'm able to publish my resolutions which I typed up in January on that computer. Resolutions in April?! Bear with me.

emoticon Average 5 hours of deliberate exercise per week and earn 2,000 monthly fitness minutes!

emoticon Reinstate strength training. Details to come.

emoticon Take measurements at least once this month.

emoticon Consistently reach 8 hours of sleep a night.

emoticon Continue to work towards the no visible clutter rule in bedroom and bathroom.

emoticon Lastly and "mostly" - ha!, lose that vacation regain. I'm shooting for a three-pound loss this month, but I would be thrilled to lose five in April and five in May just in time for summer.
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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2013 2:34AM

    Yes, that's the thing about a travelling vacation - even if you sightsee on the stops, walking around and doing things, you still spend a lot of time sitting in the car, or bus, or whatever.

To my mind, even if you gained a few pounds while away, consider how much more it might have been if you hadn't been on track the rest of the month.

It's great how you're now using that to re-commit and plan the next phase - keep us posted, hon!
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CLARISSABOND 4/3/2013 1:59AM

    I love the way you have itemized your goals and accomplishments. Putting it all in black and white will keep your goals and your status a top priority. It's only human to gain a little on vacation. You will lose that and more besides. I think you're doing emoticon !

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JANTWO 4/3/2013 1:19AM

    Doubled your Tax return!!!! wow emoticon

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