April Retrospective and May Goals

Monday, May 03, 2010

This blog entry is the fourth of a series of monthly recap posts in which I will endeavor to answer the following questions.

- What went well?
- What didn't go well?
- What improvements can be made for next month?

April Goals:
1. Eat 5 fruit/veggie servings a day. Still not there every day.
2. Get back to keeping up with my water.
3. Hit my next weight goal of 175 lbs. and buy my reward (dance pole!).

- What went well?

Not much, it feels like. I'm still failing at a lot of basics.

- What didn't go well?

I met my water goal 24/30 days. Not bad, but not great considering I used to do it EVERY day at the beginning of the year. I had a 75-day streak at one point.

I met my freggie goal of 5+ only 14/30 days. Not even 50%. Many days I only had ONE. I keep saying this, but when I'm done with my job in two weeks, this will be a LOT easier.

I lost 4 lbs., so I was 1 lb. shy of my monthly goal. I thought 5 was very reasonable, so I'm disappointed I didn't make it.

- What improvements can be made for next month?

I've lowered my daily calories from 1500-1850 a day down to 1200-1550 a day. I will stick to this, exercise more consistently, and plan healthy, balanced meals.

I have lost 24 pounds to date. Not bad I guess. Clothes are fitting a lot better, but I've got a LONG way to go. Working from home, for myself, is going to make a big difference in the amount of time I have to make this work.

January to April changes:

End of January: 191 lbs.
End of February: 185.8 lbs.
End of March: 180.2 lbs.
End of April: 176 lbs.

In January: 4 inches off waist, 1 inch off hips
In February: 1 inch off waist, 3 inches off each thigh, 1.5 inches off each arm
In March: 1 inch off waist, 2 inches off hips
In April: 1 inch off waist, 1 inch off hips
20 inches lost overall

1,956 Fitness Minutes
6,394 calories burned
25 push-ups/min., 58 crunches/min.
2,356 Fitness Minutes
7,583 calories burned
30 push-ups/min., 58 crunches/min.
1,977 Fitness Minutes
7,204 calories burned
30 push-ups/min., 58 crunches/min.
1,320 Fitness Minutes
6,603 calories burned
30 push-ups/min., 58 crunches/min.

February: Ran 21.5 miles, biked 79.5 miles
101 miles total
March: Ran 25 miles, biked 35 miles, walked 8 miles
68 miles total
April: Ran 31 miles, biked 41 miles, walked 4 miles
76 miles total

May Goals:
1. Eat 5 fruit/veggie servings a day.
2. Drink 8 cups of water a day.
3. Lose 5 lbs.



Got back on the motorcycle! Bought an automatic one and I've been riding it all over. Feels so good to do this again, but without fear!
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    You are doing such a great job!!!! Im feeling the same way with a lot of points you made. Im at 24lbs too!!!! I just feel it should be more for how hard I am working. We are doing this the RIGHT way though and in the end it will all be worth it. You are an inspiration!

    4101 days ago
    WooHoo! You have done great!
    4102 days ago
  • NIKI8911
    You are doing fantastic girl! Don't be too hard on yourself now! Look at all the progress you've made! Your mileage by month has jumped immensely too! 20 INCHES....WOW-O is all I can think. You are kickin' a$$! Keep up the great work.

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    4102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/3/2010 9:06:47 PM
    You look great and that's one awesome bike! Don't be too hard on yourself, there's a lot of excellent progress showing in your blog! On to May!!!!

    4102 days ago
    smokin' girlie! What a change four months has made! Keep up your good work. You'll be getting so much more exercise after you get your next reward (tee hee)
    4102 days ago
    It sounds like you had a great month and are still making progress in the right direction!
    4102 days ago
    You look wonderful!

    And AHEM, I have a bone to pick missus -- 24/30 days is GREAT. Veggies 14/30 is better than 0/30! 4 pounds lost is better than 4 pounds gained! Everything in your "not-so-great" category belongs in the things well done category. Those are choices you made and accomplishments to be proud of. Look how far you've come! Just because they aren't as good as they were at one time doesn't make those numbers insignificant.

    you go girl :)
    4102 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Looking good! Don't begrudge your accomplishments. Before you probably didn't meet your freggie goal for ONE day nevermind half of the time!

    Oh and you know your mileage will be up in May, right?
    4102 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Beautiful! Keep going strong.
    4102 days ago
  • MEGANC1988
    you're looking FANTASTIC! Keep up the great work!
    4102 days ago
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