March - accountability month for challenge & support

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  • TinaLeigh67
    TinaLeigh67 Posts: 566 Member
    @MsMcClane
    I can sympathize with you not "feeling it". This is the first month in many months that I am feeling it again. Very normal to have those feelings. It's great that you are keeping your calories in check. It may not seem like much, but it really is. Activity will come with time. I have found for me, those calories are the most difficult thing to control. Best of luck on your health journey and welcome to the group. Hope to see you back with us next month. I find it very helpful to see how everyone is doing. Helps me to realize I'm not the only one with struggles.
  • ashleycarole86
    ashleycarole86 Posts: 3,807 Member
    Height: 5'9" Age: 35
    Starting weight: 293 (1/28/2021)
    March SW: 176.4
    March GW: 169.2
    UGW: 168 (for now.. this was my first big goal of 125 pounds down, will re-assess when I get there in April!!!!!! :D)

    3/01 - 176.4
    3/02 - 176.2
    3/03 - 176.4
    3/04 - 173.4
    3/05 - 174
    3/06 - 174
    3/07 - 173.2
    3/08 - 172.6

    Week 1 results: -3.8

    3/09 - 171.2
    3/10 - 170.6
    3/11 - 170.8
    3/12 - 169.8
    3/13 - 170.6
    3/14 - 171.8
    3/15 - 172.4

    Week 2 results: -0.2

    3/16 - 173.4
    3/17 - 172.8
    3/18 - 171.6
    3/19 - 170.6
    3/20 - 167.4
    3/21 - 167.4
    3/22 - 167.8

    Week 3 results: -4.6

    3/23 - 168
    3/24 - 168.4
    3/25 - 168.2
    3/26 - 166.8
    3/27 - 168.4
    3/28 - 169.6
    3/29 - 170.4

    Week 4 results: +2.6

    3/30 - 169.8
  • MsMcClane
    MsMcClane Posts: 43 Member
    @MsMcClane
    I can sympathize with you not "feeling it". This is the first month in many months that I am feeling it again. Very normal to have those feelings. It's great that you are keeping your calories in check. It may not seem like much, but it really is. Activity will come with time. I have found for me, those calories are the most difficult thing to control. Best of luck on your health journey and welcome to the group. Hope to see you back with us next month. I find it very helpful to see how everyone is doing. Helps me to realize I'm not the only one with struggles.

    Thank you Tina. I really appreciate your encouraging words. I have signed up for April :smiley:
  • BittersweetVita
    BittersweetVita Posts: 461 Member
    January Starting Weight: 194.7
    February Starting Weight: 196.1
    March Starting Weight: 189.8
    End of March Goal: 183.8 (revised)

    Stats: 44 y/o female, 2x cancer survivor with Hypothyroidism dealing with menopause, plantar fasciitis and bone spurs - not to be used as excuses, but to be reminders of being kind to my body and accepting of its journey.

    Goals: Stay under calories; Drink 96oz of water; Daily stretching; Daily low impact exercise and weights.

    03/01: 188.5
    03/02: 190.0 - expected from last night's Mardi Gras dinner.
    03/03: 188.3
    03/04: 188.8
    03/05: 188.9 - been eating higher carbs
    03/06: 188.1 - did not cave to cravings
    03/07: 187.7
    03/08: 188.3 - Oops! I forgot to log that bagel.
    03/09: 188.3 - Been doing things right. The drop will come.
    03/10: 186.7 - There it is! Hoping my body lets it stay there.
    03/11: 186.5 - Yes! It is staying!
    03/12: 188.3 - No, you're back! Lol! Late dinner/higher carb level/not drinking enough water
    03/13: 187.5
    03/14: 187.8 - Cheating on carbs and sugar. Need to stop before it becomes habit.
    03/15: 189.3 - Not feeling well, swelling/rash on face and soft carbs were all my tummy wanted to eat.
    03/16: 188.1 - Tried to stay on track. Taking allergy meds to see if it will help with swelling.
    03/17: 188.5
    03/18: 188.7
    03/19: 188.3
    03/20: 188.1 - Going over calorie goals a little each day equals no weight loss. Consistency is key.
    03/21: 189.6
    03/22: 187.8
    03/23: 188.5 - Binged on food as a coping mechanism. Next time, need to binge on Netflix.
    03/24: 188.5
    03/25: 187.0
    03/26: 189.6 - Over calories and carbs.
    03/27: 188.1
    03/28: 188.1
    03/29: 187.0
    03/30: 186.4 - I've been at/under calories for several days now and was moving more and I got the scale to move! I wish I could eat more, but between menopause and my % of body fat compared to muscle means I am just not able to burn any extra calories yet. My new goal is to start some light weight lifting next month.
  • Lilylady3k
    Lilylady3k Posts: 3,074 Member
    edited March 31
    MsMcClane wrote: »
    Question: Opinions on weighing in every day to once a week. When I saw the scale not moving day to day, I started to become disheartened. I then compared last Saturday's weight to this Saturday's weight and saw that I lost one pound. I was unable to see that with the daily weigh-in. Is it because weighing in daily is new to me and my mindset will adjust? What is the benefit from daily weigh-ins? Cheers

    @Msmclane - I do weigh daily even if I am not posting here because mindset wise it reminds me that I'm on this journey and each day makes a difference. If the scale goes up or down in the range of a pound I just don't worry about it ... knowing that I either did something to trigger the gain or loss or that it is normal fluctuations. But it reminds me to pay attention to what I did yesterday (or sometimes the previous few days just starting to show up) to get that result on the scale.

    My real mile markers though are longer term comparisons!
    Ultimate Lifetime Goal: Weigh Less Each Year Than the Last
    2022....52 Pounds in 52 Weeks Challenge - my regular Monday weigh in over the entire year (keeps me honest over the weekend)
    100 DAYS OF WEIGHTING IN #11 - my regular Saturday weigh in over 100 days (setting a goal and targeting small increments each week). The hundred day perspective is interesting to view ... some I lose and others I can tell I blew completely but the daily entries help me to establish my patterns and habits that work or don't work.
    and here
    March - accountability month for challenge & support - checking in for the month to see how I'm progressing

    As you can see lots of feedback!

    BUT what I notice most is when I'm not posting the weights I'm reading daily, when I'm ignoring the scale and letting it slide beyond the 5 lb upper limit I set for myself that I just continue to gain. This is how I'm back now trying to lose the same darn pounds yet again.

    Do what works for you. Don't get discouraged with the bumps in the road, don't lose sight of your goal and continue to monitor your progress in other ways ... weekly, monthly annually. Make sure to take measurements at least quarterly!!! Amazed at what you'll see.

    Also set NSVs (Non Scale Victories) and track them :) These are so important to remember ... as you strive for the next goal as well as when you start slipping up reminding you of what you've accomplished.

    EXAMPLE Scale & NSVs I'm tracking:
    🎯 Mini Goals & Weight:
    * HS: 123 (NOT a goal to return to this weight at this time)
    * Wedding 1983: 135
    * Normal BMI 24.9: 140
    * 100 lbs: 145
    * Before Kids 1989: 150
    * Ideal SBMI 39/70: 160
    * Overweight BMI 29.9: 169
    * 75 lbs: 170
    * After 3 Kids 1995: 180
    * 50 lbs lost never to be found: 195
    * 20%: 196
    * Obese stage 1 BMI 34.9: 197
    * Onederland: 199 (Dr set target to reach & stay under 200)
    * Weigh less than DH: 200-204 TBD since he is losing weight as well :) ✔️ Not the way I planned to hit this goal. DH is up due to foot injury and so I slipped below his 207: 206 (April 2021)
    * 15%: 208 (Jan 2021) ✔️
    * 10%: 220 (Don't underestimate the positive effect this has on your overall health) (Oct 2020) ✔️
    * Obese stage 2 BMI 39.9: 225 (No longer 🚫 morbidly obese!) (Sept 2020) ✔️
    * 5%: 233 (Aug 2020) ✔️
    * Morbidly obese stage 3 BMI 40.0 or greater: 🚫 43.4 Never again ✔️

    NSVs
    * Weigh less than DH! (April 2021) ✔️
    * Waist < 35”
    * Waist 31”
    * Towel wraps all the way around
    * Doctor no longer concerned about pre-diabetes (Aug 2021) ✔️
    * Belly bulge flatter
    * Smoother hips
    * Less above-the-knee fat so I’m not embarrassed to wear shorts & shorter skirts
    * Bat wings firmer
    * Clothes
    * Dresses are longer & looser (Sept 2020) ✔️
    * Use belt to hold up pants (Oct 2020) ✔️
    * Had to lift shirt to put cell phone in back pocket … shirt draping and not sitting on my shelf back there. (Dec 2020) ✔️
    * Purged my closet of size 20 pants! (Jan 2021) ✔️
    * Tossing out all my size 18 pants! ✔️(Mar 2022)
    * Tossing out any size 16 pants left
    * High-waisted jeans slipped over my hips without unzipping so bought next size down size 16 (Sept 2021) ✔️
    * Tossing out all my 1x shirts! (Jan 2021) ✔️
    * Tossed majority of my XL shirts! Ordering L shirts (Apr 2021) ✔️
    * No longer able to shop in my own closet
    * Wearing poodle lounge pants (Jan 2021) ✔️
    * Need new panties ✔️(April 2021)
    * Need new bras ✔️ (June 2021)
    * New sports bras & bras ✔️(Aug 2021)
    * Buy a new swimsuit ✔️ (Aug 2021)
    * Buy shorts ✔️(Sept 2021)
    * Exercise
    * Walk <20 min/mile (Sept 2020) ✔️
    * Walk <19 min/mile (Aug 2021) ✔️
    * Walk <18 min/mile
    * Run (Jog) a 5K
    * Plank a full minute (Jan 2021) ✔️
    * Join an exercise class (Aug 2021) ✔️
    * Swim 500 meters (Aug 2021) ✔️
    * Swim 1000 meters

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 5,683 Member
    Hi. I am Dawn. 61, 5'2"
    I joined MFP in October of 2018 and have lost over 50 pounds.
    My ideal healthy body weight is 110-118, so I have quite a long way to go yet.
    I have gained 10 pounds over the past year, so I first have to undo that.



    3/01 - 138.2 - Day 2 of a cleanse/reset
    3/02 - 137.0 - Eliminating: dairy, wheat, grapes, fungus (mushrooms etc.), sugar, and anything fermented like vinegar. Mostly missing my morning cream in my coffee, but I am way less bloated after my coffee than previously.
    3/03 - 137.2 - Getting slowly used to the copious amounts of brown rice.
    3/04 - 136.8 - Ended up having to work an unexpected split shift yesterday, so dinner was late. Not sick of brown rice just yet, jazzing it up as best that I can. I realize that I haven't eaten any meat this week! I will add some to my rice concoction for tonight. Honestly, cream of mushroom soup would have been so good in it, but sugar, mushrooms, and dairy are not on plan.
    3/05 - 135.8 - Day 6 of the 7? day cleanse, but on days off so no stress, and lots more time to eat nicely. Forgot to add meat to my brown rice yesterday, but there were so many other things in it. Maybe today.
    3/06 - 135.6 - Day 7 of the cleanse. I put unsweetened almond milk in my cinnamon infused coffee this morning. Yeah, still missing my coffee cream.
    3/07 - 136.0 - Not happy to see a rise. No change to my eating except for 10 calories worth of sugar free jello that I made 2 nights in a row. Out of herbs for the cleanse for 2 days, so maybe that? Tomorrow I will be going back to cream in my morning coffee, otherwise going to keep the eating plan for a few days longer, I have lots prepped.
    3/08 - 136.8 - Officially having some cream in my coffee this morning. However, it is 6% instead of my usual 10% (half and half). It tastes good, better than black coffee for sure, but considering I gave it up for 8 days I should have went with the 10 or 18%. 6% it will be for a week, 500ml, and I put 2 tablespoons in each of my 2 cups of coffee. I won't be adding wheat back in just yet.
    3/09 - 136.0 - Still basically eating the same as I was on the cleanse except for dairy. I had so much food prepped that was within the guidelines, and it is delicious. I am the opposite of most, I have been trying to add carbs albeit brown rice mainly. My fibre was dismally low and the numbers are better on my MFP tracker.
    3/10 - 138.2 - Ouch!! Right back to the beginning of the month. First time having salt (and peanuts) in awhile, I will eliminate it today and hope for a better number tomorrow.
    3/11 - 139.2 - Double ouch. I have re-introduced everything back but wheat since the cleanse, and it isn't boding well. I think that I am going to quit the brown rice and kind of go back to my normal work week food: grilled chicken breast and veggies. I did not resist the tablespoon of peanuts last night. I have to really think about how I was feeling when I had certain things eliminated.
    3/12 - 139.2 - Didn't get a chance for the forums, but did weigh. Catching up on the posts..
    3/13 - 136.4 - Well that was nice to see today. No rhyme or reason though.
    3/14 - 138.8 - All over the place. I had lots of workouts and activity yesterday, healthy food. Hope to see a drop tomorrow.
    3/15 - 138.0 - I am going to keep my tablespoon of spicy peanuts to once or twice a week instead of daily as part of my snack buffet. I had wheat in the form of one of those knorr pasta packets the last 2 nights, 1/2 cup to go with my meat and veg. I seldom eat pasta, it was a nice change.
    3/16 - 136.0 - Dinner will be late tonight because of work (every Wednesday). As usual, my weight is all over the place.
    3/17 - 135.8 - Hmm, unexpected, but I'll take it.
    3/18 - 136.0 - I tend to eat differently on the weekends, my days off. Really hoping that the weather improves so that I can get out to some trails and do some stuff around my house outside. TGIF.
    3/19 - 137.0 - Kind of expected, I had an indulgent night last night. Planning on lots of workouts here and there and a nice long walk outside today.
    3/20 - DNW, up at 3am drinking water, juice, and then coffee once I realized that I wouldn't be going back to bed and weighing when I got back up.
    3/21 - 138.8 - That is my weekend catching up, wings, nachos, cocktails etc. Too much salt I am sure, and not enough good stuff. I was well within my calories because I was so active, so hoping that it will drop back down over the coming days. Today's food is prepped and logged including snacks.
    3/22 - 137.4 - 9 days left of this month. I want this to be a month where I end up with a loss instead of a gain like the last bunch of months.
    3/23 - 136.8 - Glad to see that this morning. Long way to get back to 130.6 from 2021, but determined.
    3/24 - 137.4 - Late work night, late dinner and added snacks.
    3/25 - 136.8 - I tend to be more indulgent on the weekends with funner food. However I also have more time for workouts. We are forecasted rain for the weekend, which means none of my usual weekend hikes. Maybe I should try for just one indulgent meal instead of 2 this time around?
    3/26 - 136.8 - A bit indulgent last night, but also burned lots of calories
    3/27 - 137.2 - I was "good" yesterday, so the uptick must be from Friday.
    3/28 - 137.8 - Not happy to see that this morning, no idea why the uptick. 3 days left, dinner out tomorrow so had better be extra good today.
    3/29 - 136.2 - Going out tonight (Celtic Tenors). Plan was to go for drinks and appies before and after. Too close to the month end weigh in to absorb that, I will see if I can tweak the plan.
    3/30 - 135.2 - Surprised to see this nice lower number, I didn't get dinner until 11pm last night. Normally I am up a couple of pounds after something like that even if my calories were low. Late work night tonight, so another late dinner. Final weigh for the month is motivating : - )
    3/31 - 135.2 - Happy with this. Going to try to lose a few more in April, maybe by the end of May I can get back to the 130.6 from February 2021. It is work!

    March beginning weight: 138.2
    Goal weight (ambitious) 134.2
    Actual weight: 135.2
  • ashleycarole86
    ashleycarole86 Posts: 3,807 Member
    Height: 5'9" Age: 35
    Starting weight: 293 (1/28/2021)
    March SW: 176.4
    March GW: 169.2
    UGW: 168 (for now.. this was my first big goal of 125 pounds down, will re-assess when I get there in April!!!!!! :D)

    3/01 - 176.4
    3/02 - 176.2
    3/03 - 176.4
    3/04 - 173.4
    3/05 - 174
    3/06 - 174
    3/07 - 173.2
    3/08 - 172.6

    Week 1 results: -3.8

    3/09 - 171.2
    3/10 - 170.6
    3/11 - 170.8
    3/12 - 169.8
    3/13 - 170.6
    3/14 - 171.8
    3/15 - 172.4

    Week 2 results: -0.2

    3/16 - 173.4
    3/17 - 172.8
    3/18 - 171.6
    3/19 - 170.6
    3/20 - 167.4
    3/21 - 167.4
    3/22 - 167.8

    Week 3 results: -4.6

    3/23 - 168
    3/24 - 168.4
    3/25 - 168.2
    3/26 - 166.8
    3/27 - 168.4
    3/28 - 169.6
    3/29 - 170.4

    Week 4 results: +2.6

    3/30 - 169.8
    3/31 - DNW (travel)

    March Loss- 6.6
  • MsMcClane
    MsMcClane Posts: 43 Member
    Hi! My name is Michelle, Height: 5'2" Age: 54
    Start weight: 176.6
    March goal: Being new to this, I am not sure what a realistic/do-able goal for two weeks would be
    UGW: 135

    Goals for the March: Track food daily. Get in 10,000 steps a day. Drink water(I find this task much easier in the warmer weather)


    19/03 - 176.6

    20/03 - 175.8 - Morning yoga - 7,076 Steps

    21/03 - 175.6 - Day 1 of Couch to 5K. Hubby now works from home, so we were able to do it together on his
    lunch. It. Was. Rough. I have not gone for a "run" in almost three years. Day two is suppose to
    be Wednesday but it looks like we may get hit with some nasty weather (freezing rain, winds, etc-
    ah, Canadian Spring :smiley: ) Activity: Morning yoga, 7,124 Steps

    22/03 - 174.6 - Morning Yoga, 7,394 Steps
    Baked some banana muffins this morning. Entered the recipe into MFP and discovered that the
    wee F'ers have 258 calories. Tracking really brings these things into the light.

    23/03 - 174.4 - Morning Yoga, 2172 Steps (low energy day)

    24/03 - 175.5 - Morning Yoga, Steps 7113, Day 2 Couch to 5k

    25/03 - 174.6 - Morning Yoga, Steps 15,397

    26/03 - 175.6 - Steps 5,631

    27/03 - 175.6 - Steps 3,669

    28/03 - 175.4 - Steps 3,383

    29/03 - 174.8 - Steps 7,902

    30/03 - 175.6 - Steps 10,831 - Got on the treddy for an hour (Watched Casualty-1909)

    31/03 - 174.8 - Steps TBD psyching myself up to clean out the garage as we finally have a day where it is over 10C. Tomorrow will be back to a high of 3C

    **Thank you for sharing LilyLady3k. Truly inspiring.

    How does one @ ?

  • Lilylady3k
    Lilylady3k Posts: 3,074 Member
    MsMcClane wrote: »
    **Thank you for sharing LilyLady3k. Truly inspiring.

    How does one @ ?

    @MsMcclane - Michelle you are welcome! I hope to inspire myself reviewing my scale and non-scale victories. It was good to reflect back on my list which I've not looked at since Jan 1 this year. Moving forward toward my next baby step goal!

    Using the @ right before the name like I did above basically let's the person know they were tagged in a message.

  • cpanus
    cpanus Posts: 17,168 Member
    I'm in. I'm Chris. I live in northern California.
    72 year old female...5'5" ...I used to be 5'7" but arthritis hit and I lost two inches, so now that two inches is squished around my waist like the billows of a big accordion...
    ...Oh, well. I'll just keep working on it.
    Highest Weight: 192.2
    Challenge Starting Weight: 148.4
    Challenge Goal: 145
    Ultimate Goal Weight: 130.0
    03/01 - 148.4 at 5:30 a.m. ...7.02 miles in 126 mins
    03/02 - 149.0 at 5:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/03 - 149.2 at 6:30 a.m. ...rest day
    03/04 - 150.0 at 6:30 a.m. ...rest day
    03/05 - 152.1 at 8:15 a.m. ...7.38 miles in 128 mins
    03/06 - 149.3 at 8:30 a.m. ...9.53 miles in 183 mins
    03/07 - 148.3 at 8:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/08 - 147.4 at 7:30 a.m. ...7.38 miles in 138 mins
    03/09 - 147.3 at 8:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/10 - 147.6 at 8:15 a.m. ...rest day
    03/11 - 148.8 at 8:15 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/12 - 148.5 at 6:00 a.m. ...3.82 miles in 87 mins w/DH ...my birthday!!
    03/13 - 147.9 at 10:0 a.m. ...7.07 miles in 120 mins
    03/14 - 149.6 at 8:30 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/15 - 150.0 at 9:00 a.m. ...5.87 miles in 124 mins
    03/16 - 148.9 at 8:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/17 - 149.0 at 9:00 a.m. ...6.14 miles in 107 mins
    03/18 - 146.4 at 8:30 a.m. ...rest day
    03/19 - 146.9 at 6:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/20 - 145.7 at 8:00 a.m. ...nothing!!
    03/21 - 149.0 at 8:30 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/22 - 149.0 at 9:20 a.m. ...6.36 miles in 112 mins
    03/23 - 148.3 at 8:45 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/24 - 148.0 at 9:15 a.m. ...7.47 miles in 134 mins
    03/25 - 148.3 at 8:30 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/26 - 150.3 at 8:45 a.m. ...7.44 miles in 128 mins
    03/27 - 147.0 at 9:00 a.m. ...6.36 miles in 113 mins
    03/28 - 148.0 at 5:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/29 - 149.0 at 5:30 a.m. ...6.46 miles in 110 mins
    03/30 - 147.0 at 5:00 a.m. ...60 min workout w/trainer
    03/31 - 147.5 at 5:30 a.m. ...rest day
    Chris
  • river49
    river49 Posts: 99 Member
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  • river49
    river49 Posts: 99 Member
    Hi! My name is Beth, Height: 5'3" Age: 60
    January SW = 175.5
    February SW = 172.5
    March SW = 172.5 | March GW = 169
    01/03 - 172.5
    02/03 - 171.0
    03/03 - 170.5
    04/03 - 171.5
    05/03 - DNW
    06/03 - 172.5
    07/03 - 173.5
    08/03 - 171.0
    09/03 - 170.0
    10/03 - 171.5
    11/03 - 170.5
    12/03 - 172.0
    13/03 - 171.0
    14/03 - 169.5
    15/03 - 168.5
    16/03 - 170.0
    17/03 - 170.0
    18/03 - 170.0
    19/03 - 170.5
    20/03 - 168.0
    21/03 - 168.5
    22/03 - 170.0
    23/03 - 169.5
    24/03 - 169.5
    25/03 - 170.5
    26/03 - 170.0
    27/03 - 169.0
    28/03 - 169.0 (Steady as she goes)
    29/03 - 170.0
    30/03 - 170.0
    31/03 - 170.5 (14-day rolling avg = 169.7)
    Well, must admit that I'm disappointed in myself, as I had reached my goal for the month and then completely went off track. I had a good excuse but it basically comes down to the usual issue of not making my health my first priority. On the positive side, my 14-day rolling average is now under 170, so I'm happy about that.
    Weighing every day can be frustrating but I found when I don't do that, things really go off track because I kid myself about how much food I am actually consuming. Then before I know it, I'm 10 pounds heavier. But like others have noted, you have to find what works for you.