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  • clutterqueen
    clutterqueen Posts: 1,652 Member
    April was not a very good month for me as far as having goals and staying focused. I’m glad to see tomorrow starts a new month!
    SRMDB Posts: 96 Member
    April 30
    Exercised? Yes 20mins spin
    Calories? Yes
    Tracked? Yes
  • MadisonMolly2017
    MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 11,105 Member
    MizSpiffy wrote: »
    Last day of April. Oh my. I’m not where I wanted to be. But here I am. A testament to the statement: If nothing changes, nothing changes. So, earlier this month I’d decided I don’t need a lifestyle change to stay healthy and lose weight. What I’m doing is keeping me healthy, and if I want to lose weight (I do, I do!!!) I only have to change the drinks and snacks I have almost every evening, because what I’m doing the other 20 hours of the day is spot on. Just 4 hours between dinner and bedtime… isn’t a long time but enough to do damage, or un-do what I did the entire rest of the day. Can I change my activities for those 4 hours? Of course I can. May starts tomorrow, but re-focusing and planning starts today. Let’s go!!

    I love your attitude!
    I found if I shifted my breakfast earlier & made it larger, I didn’t eat after dinner.

    Have fun experimenting with little trials until you hit on what works for you!

    Also, check your calorie deficit is not too large! You may just be too hungry - perhaps lose more slowly. White knuckling it can sometimes be done in the short run, but I think by adjusting & seeing how you feel, you can make it easier on yourself!

    OR pull some calories for a planned after dinner mini-meal?

    There are 100’s of possible solutions- our job is to discover the ones that work for our bodies!!!

  • TheresaM787
    TheresaM787 Posts: 751 Member
    ✅ exercised 50 minutes
    ✅ calories under
    ✅ tracked everything ate and drank

    Congratulations everyone for sticking with it 🎉
  • znaoiec
    znaoiec Posts: 1,988 Member
    Yes, yes and yes
    Glad to finish April on a healthy note. April was okay but could have been better and I am looking forward to a restart tomorrow. I have travel plans for May so I will need to work extra hard at staying on track and not letting this derail me.
  • SModa61
    SModa61 Posts: 2,886 Member
    Start weight, April 1, 2021: 124.6
    April 1, 2021 – 124.6 (+1.4)
    March 1, 2021 – 123.2 (-3.0)
    February 1, 2021 - 126.2 (-5.8); Tanita BF scale at 6 am 126.5 and 26%BF
    January 1, 2021 – 132 (-3.6)
    December 1, 2020 – 135.6 (-5.2)
    November 6, 2020 – 140.8 (-7.0)
    October 2, 2020 – 147.8 (-5.2)
    September 14, 2020 – 153.0
    Thoughts and Goals for April:
    April has arrived and I am sitting here reflecting back on this month. It is the first month since September that I have closed the month with an “up”. That said, an up had to come at some point since at some point one is no longer trying/needing to lose weight, and I had passed my original goal back in January, I believe. The up on its own would be fine, but the habits, or lack thereof, that crept into my March are the concern. So, for the month of April, I will be focusing on returning to preplanning/pre-tracking as much as is possible and to not just thrown in the day it does not go as planned. I know that I know how to re-group and I need to make sure I find the time and energy for that. I want to up my cardio. Yes, I am “group walking” every day which burns calories, but honestly, I could walk at that pace for hours and hours without effort. I need to push myself, here and there, again. I will also be trying to maintain the social aspect of the group walks as well, so juggling all those time commitments will take a little focus. Lastly, I need to return to adding back exercises. I have not planked in a month, and rarely done exercises other than walking, running, or biking. So I need to figure out how to include bodyweight or dumbbell workouts. Here’s to April.

    Wishing everyone a great month!
    April History
    Date: 4/1
    Weight: 124.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:54:43 group walk at 17’10” pace for 3.18 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 1 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2184

    *** so not the way to start a new month. Did not respond well to another curve ball thrown at me. Going to pre-track tomorrow. It will be a belated 60th birthday dinner for my husband since his mother will have arrived and be able to join us for the dinner.

    Date: 4/2
    Weight: 125.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:21:02 Apple Fitness Spinning; 0:32:29 Indoor cycling to Youtube CV19 news
    Calories?: Yes, 1411/1590 + 314 exercise (net 493)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 2 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2340

    *** This is the way I like to handle my day! And this included dining out. :)

    Date: 4/3
    Weight: 123.2
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:22:53 group walk at 16’30” pace for 4.92 miles, 10 min Apple Fitness core
    Calories?: Yes, 1855/1590 + 312 exercise (net 47 )
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 3 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2079

    Date: 4/4
    Weight: 122.2
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:31:10 Apple Fitness Spinning
    Calories?: Yes, 1746/1590 + 197 exercise (net 41 )
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 4 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2052

    *** Sitting here as I write this, I have to wonder if posting my thoughts here this morning helped me to frame and get through the day. This morning, I did actually expect today to be a pass day, despite the slight optimism I expressed in my post. Ten minutes later, I decided to track a tentative day – carrot cake, stuffed shells and all. When I got done, I saw that even with every food included I could meet my calorie goals for the day. Portion control was the key. The plan was 90% accurate and the other 10% was adjusted on the fly. When I added something, I took something else away (sorry salad :P ). I enjoyed Easter with no pass today. The success feels good!

    Date: 4/5
    Weight: 122.4
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:39:22 walk with MIL at 22’53” pace for 1.72 miles; 0:20:03 indoor cycle
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: No, 4 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 1679

    *** Finished yesterday with “success feels good” and had a total crash day after my entertaining was over. Ate badly and slept a ton. :( Most interesting thing though is looking at the difference in TDEE.

    Date: 4/6
    Weight: 123.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:52:51 group walk at 17’22” pace for 6.49 miles; 0:33:31 late night 5K run at 10’22” pace for 3.23 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1732/1590 + 724 exercise ( net 582 )
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 5 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2657

    *** Interesting how 4/5 was sandwiched between two strong days. Glad I “test drove” running a 5K again. Good to see I can do it.

    Date: 4/7
    Weight: 123.0
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:22:26 group walk at 17’01” pace for 4.84 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1738/1590 + 302 exercise ( net 154 )
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 6 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2019

    *** kitchen close and posting is timely. :)

    Date: 4/8
    Weight: 123.0
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:23:34 group walk at 17’03” pace for 5.06 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1954/1590 + 416 exercise ( net 52 )
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 7 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2207

    *** basic day, nothing special

    Date: 4/9
    Weight: 122.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:28:33 solo walk at 14’40” pace for 1.94 miles; 1:11:41 group walk at 15’44” pace for 4.55 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1940/1590 + 409 exercise ( net 59 )
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 8 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: updated the following day – see spoiler

    *** Had an interesting moment today that I hope will help me to understand the benefit of what was accomplished these 6 months. Today, I got home from a short grocery shopping including two bottles of wine to bring to friends on Sunday. I hate using the elevator at the building so I take the two flights to our condo. I carried all the groceries at once, from the car, through the parking and up the two flights. Not hard, but I could feel the difference. As an experiment, I walked directly to the scale when I got in our unit to see how high a combined weight I now was. I was still almost 9 lbs less that what I weighed in September, and almost 24 lbs less than my high in 2001. Hopefully experiments like this will help me keep focus, and keep my maintenance going. Yo-yo-ing has been my tendancy.

    Date: 4/10
    Weight: 124.0
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:30:07 run at 98’42” pace for 3.10 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 9 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2054

    *** what a difference a day makes. So interesting seeing yesterday’s comment in light of how today went. Day started well by entering another 5K race and did well. Then guests failed to show on time and failed to communicate and threw off the days good intensions. Had been pre-tracked but that all got thrown away as the day evolved and I could not rapidly re-group.

    Date: 4/11
    Weight: 124.4
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:47:12 group walk at 16’28” pace for 6.51 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 10 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2077

    *** today, I faced dinner at a friend’s house and since cooking is not her strength, there was no way I could impose on her by asking what she was preparing. So I decided (wrongly) to just forfeit the day. Spent the day working on sealing 500 square feet of tile grout.

    Date: 4/12
    Weight: 126.4
    Exercised?: No
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: No, 10 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 1699

    *** Woke up to torrential rain. First rain here in months. Of course, this is the day after we spent the day applying grout sealant that could not get wet for 72 hours. So not only is the sealant wet, but apparently rain plus brand new screens creates some sort of black mud which is covering my no longer sealed grout. The day went to heck. No daily walk and, while spending the day re-cleaning tile and grout, made no others efforts that day.

    Date: 4/13
    Weight: 127.2
    Exercised?: yes, 1:21:30 group walk at 16’44” pace for 4.87 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 11 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2163

    *** Should have pulled this day together but the spiral was forming

    Date: 4/14
    Weight: DNW
    Exercised?: No
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: No, 11 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 1644

    *** Did not weigh. This has been very very rare since September and is a red flag of issues coming. Started the day driving to Key West for a “fun” half day sail and ended up motion sick. We then got out second COVID vaccine, and by this time my stomach is just rotting itself. Did an early dinner (poorly selected), drove the hour+ home and headed straight to bed. It was not even 6 PM.

    Date: 4/15
    Weight: DNW
    Exercised?: No
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: No, 11 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 1487

    *** Yesterday, as another day fell apart, I realized the 15th is the halfway point and I can re-group for my last half month. Nope, day after COVID vaccine struck. Only time out of bed was to walk the cats which I never count as exercise. Ate lots of pretzels, soup and other miscellany. BUT, I felt better than my husband did…… really interesting seeing a true Base TDEE!

    Date: 4/16
    Weight: DNW
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:24:14 Solo walk at 14’38” pace for 1.65 miles; 1:22:34 group walk at 16” 02” pace for 5.15 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 12 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2084

    *** No excuse today, just did not happen.

    Date: 4/17
    Weight: 126.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:43:21 mixed solo/group walk at 15’18” pace for 6.75 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1553/1590 + 481 exercise (net 518)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 13 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2360

    *** A good day! :) And even posted on the actual day!

    Date: 4/18
    Weight: 125.0
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:27:02 group walk at 16’39” pace for 5.22 miles; 0:19:20 solo walk at 14’36” pace for 1.32 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1886/1590 + 418 exercise (net 122)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 14 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2127

    *** Good day #2. Posted on the proper day again, and have pre-tracked much of tomorrow.

    Date: 4/19
    Weight: 124.4
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:43:01 group walk at 15’16” pace for 6.70 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 2051/1590 + 481 exercise (net 20)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 15 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2137

    *** less good but good enough

    Date: 4/20
    Weight: 125.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:18:28 group walk at 16’07” pace for 4.86 miles; 31 min Apple Fitness spin class
    Calories?: Yes, 1968/1590 + 567 exercise (net 189)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 16 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2268

    *** Interesting to see the temporary impact of pasta on the scale

    Date: 4/21
    Weight: DNW
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:17:55 group walk at 15’50” pace for 4.92 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 17 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2102

    *** Trying to work through the kitchen shelves, fridge and freezer before heading back north next week is not helping me make the best choices.

    Date: 4/22
    Weight: 126.0
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:47:12 group walk at 16’28” for 6.51 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 2065/1590 + 481 exercise (net 6)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 18 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2020

    *** Not proud of middle of the day bad choices, BUT I sat down, tracked it all and saw I could make my numbers – but barely. Consequently the rest of the day went well.

    Date: 4/23
    Weight: 125.8
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:24:39 group walk at 17’24” pace for 4.86 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 19 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2182

    Date: 4/24
    Weight: 125.6
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:26:42 group walk at 17’20” pace for 5.02 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 20 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 1874

    Date: 4/25
    Weight: 127.2
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:22:35 group walk at 16’46” for 4.92 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 21 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 1962

    Date: 4/26
    Weight: 126.8
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:25:18 group walk at 16’30” for 5:17 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1764/1590 + 309 (net 135)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 22 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2050

    *** For March and April, I have struggled with the planning, tracking and meeting calorie goal aspect of my days. These past days, trying to empty the fridge and freezer before heading back north has further encouraged me to make spontaneous bad choices. Fortunately, the exercise habit that UAC has gifted me continues to hold strong. Few days left to April. Two will be still packing, then next begins our drive north, and my final day is spent visiting my MIL before heading off for the remaining 1400 miles.

    Date: 4/27
    Weight: 125.8
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:20:43 group walk at 16’53 for 4.78 miles
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 23 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2197

    Date: 4/28
    Weight: DNW
    Exercised?: Yes, 1:19:46 group walk at 16’34” for 4.81
    Calories?: Yes, 1581/1590 + 290 exercise (net 299)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 24 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2290

    *** Today was solid. So much easier to stay on track when busy (so not bored), while also not stressed.

    Date: 4/29
    Weight: 124.4
    Exercised?: Yes, 0:56:12 group walk at 17’07 pace for 3.28 miles
    Calories?: Yes, 1703/1590 + 198 exercise (net 85)
    Tracked?: Yes
    Rings Closed?: Yes, 25 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: 2077
    Date: 4/30
    Weight: no available scale
    Exercised?: No
    Calories?: No
    Tracked?: No
    Rings Closed?: No, 25 of 30
    Apple Watch TDEE: updated the following day – see spoiler

    *** Not the way I would choose to end the month. Being on the road and at my MIL’s, plus she had guests join us for dinner tonight. Not much lateral move options. My passes for April technically total 14 BUT that is still better than March was. Now I need to make May more like now October through February were. The tough challenge start will be tomorrow driving 800 miles over 12 hours plus MIL fried chicken cutlets for us for meals on the road meals. I am guessing that May 1 may sadly begin with pass #1…..but you never know. :)

    Passes remaining: -11
  • cjane917
    cjane917 Posts: 688 Member
    Yes x3
    Looking forward to a new month and one where I'm not traveling so i can aim for the winner's circle!
  • achagpar
    achagpar Posts: 493 Member
    April 30:

    Exercise: Yes! 30 min walking workout, 20 min Zumba and I parked near the stairs so I climbed 7 flights instead of taking the elevator
    Track: Yes!
    Under calorie goal: yes!

    Passes used: 2
  • thabit11
    thabit11 Posts: 272 Member
    April (30)

    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? Yes, walking.

    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? Yes, 1,972/1,720 + 454 from exercising.

    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? Yes, 2,550 ml of fluid.

    Pass days: 4 /3

    burned calories: 21,093 /33,000
    Wall pushups done: 1,450 /3,000

    Didn't achieve any of my goals this month, but I'm still satisfied with the results:
    -Instead of 25 minutes of stairs climbing, I managed 21 ( was 17)
    -I'm 79 ~ 78 kilos ( will confirm it tomorrow) was 80.2 in March, so new number, new stage.
    -couldn't burn 33,000 but did 21,000.

    My goals for this month:
    31,000 calories to burn.
    Do more muscle training
    Start practising running again
    Be in the winner's circle

    My insights for 4 days of maintenance:
    This is pretty much the first time I ate without feeling guilty, knowing how much calories I consumed, cleared any doubts. I know four days won't show whether I have eaten enough or more, but it was a nice vication from hunger. I'm thinking about doing this again next month, but as a reward for completing my goals ( except winner's circle).

    See you in May ☺️💜
  • JTreasures
    JTreasures Posts: 856 Member
    Yes x 3
  • idoliov
    idoliov Posts: 165 Member
    Friday is a pass day. Happy weekend to all!
  • oh_jackie
    oh_jackie Posts: 429 Member
    APR 30
    T ✅ | C ✅ | E ✅ [20 min walk]
    Pass = 20/3 | No sugar ❎ | Sleep ✅
  • TXRebelle
    TXRebelle Posts: 139 Member

    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes? Yes. Walked 6.3 miles (in the rain!)
    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day? Yes,
    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank? Yes.

  • BobWw2017
    BobWw2017 Posts: 356 Member
    April 30

    Did I exercise for at least 20 minutes?

    Did I stay within my calorie budget for the day?

    Did I keep track of everything I ate and drank?

    Glad to be done with April. Looking forward to May!

  • biketheworld
    biketheworld Posts: 2,270 Member
    Some of these are in response to April 29 posts -

    @Mrs_Hoffer @LazyBlondeChef @SModa61

    It's no secret I'm a Half Size Me Podcast fan. The episode that got me fired up about strength training is #208 - all the way back from Feb 1, 2016. She interviews Lou Schuler, who is the author of "Strong" and, yes, his first book is "The New Rules of Lifting for Women." I don't often immediately buy a book when I hear a recommendation, but I did this one. I'm reading, I'm marking, I'm putting stickies on pages and getting ready to begin on Monday.

    As for the binge eating - one of my favorite episodes is #469 from February 1 of this year. It doesn't solve my problems, but it certainly is inspirational. I heard about a "Brain over Binge" podcast - is anyone familiar with that? I listened to two episodes but had to force myself to listen to it all. There were some things that really annoyed me. I kept telling myself "listen to it and glean what information you can" but it was a struggle. Do any of you have knowledge or experience with her? (Kathryn Hansen). If it's worth it, I'll keep listening.

    @SummerSkier - wow - I LOVE your goblet idea! Talk about a great visual reminder AND motivator. I'm definitely incorporating that - which will make my hubby chuckle. Another thing that would make him chuckle is the idea of me not having coffee immediately in the AM. Although just as I typed that - the realization hit me that I used to wake up, ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. And I do believe that the more "dependent" I became on coffee, the slower my mornings became. Am I up to the challenge of putting off that first cup of coffee? Yikes - I take Fosomax (osteoporosis) one morning a week and I have to wait 30 minutes for that first cup of coffee. We already joke that those 30 minutes are the worst of the week for me. I think I have a psychological problem here. You also really gave me something to think about with the bingeing. Maybe I need to accept that it's an issue that will probably surface from time to time and the success comes in stopping before it becomes a free-fall. Thanks for your suggestions.

    @abowersgirl - loved your post about overly restrictive food plans and the toll it takes on our emotions and weight loss journey. You are SO RIGHT! I read your post over a few times - you are spot on and very inspiring.

    @MaltedTea - "Grimy" - LOL - you are so right!!! April was brutal - May will be beautiful

    @SModa61 - I would definitely call maintaining your weight a HUGE win!

    There were a few posts about eating after dinner. Here's what I've realized in the last few months. I am a HUGE nighttime snacker and I used to think that I needed to completely stop snacking after dinner. But in March I came to realize that I could PLAN an after-dinner snack. I eat enough during the day to rarely actually feel hungry, and usually have enough calories left over to eat something around 8:30 or 9:00. It might be a handful of peanuts, a bowl of fruit, maybe even a sweet. I'm so much happier not having the "night time snacking is evil" idea and instead have the "plan for something reasonable" idea. I've accepted that's the way it is, incorporated it into my life, and know that it's a sustainable idea. For me, trying to eliminate that nighttime snack is probably not realistic.

    I ended April EXCELLENT - all 3 yes's and headed into May strong, fired up, and ready for success. Let's make May's winner's circle a LONG list!
  • Crosbinium
    Crosbinium Posts: 415 Member
    Yes x 3
  • fourathomej
    fourathomej Posts: 4,273 Member
    April 30

    Exercise: Yes - walk with the dogs...Yard work!
    Calories: yes
    Tracked: Yes
    Pass days: 2/3

    First day out at the lake lot...so much to do...