April was an improvement in goals progress over March in almost all categories. Overall, April was a good month. In 4 weeks of Weight Watchers weigh ins I lost 4 pounds. I need to average .8 pounds a week in order to get back to goal by the end of the year. So, I was happy to be averaging 1 pound a week. My overall activity was still a little lower than I wanted it to be. Early in the month, I went to the urgent care center to check on my knee problem. The doctor there sent me to the ER to get an ultrasound to see if I had a blood clot. I didn’t. It was suggested that I might have a hamstring injury, so I went and saw an orthopedic surgeon. He sent me for an MRI on the knee which I had a couple of days ago. I go back to the orthopedic surgeon for the results late next week. In the meantime, he did say it was OK for me to walk, so we did a lot of walking in the neighborhood. It started to get too hot for me to tolerate (humidity is also high) this week so I started using the treadmill more.
Anyway, on to the April goal results:
1. Keep this blog up and go to WW meetings. – Met. I did all of this. I intended to blog more frequently this month and really didn’t. Things should be a little less hectic in May so I plan to do better on this. I’ve averaged posting about every other day but would like to increase this to at least every 2 days out of 3. I particularly want to do this since I actually do have things I want to post about, but time gets away from me.
2. Create a calorie deficit per Fitbit of an average of at least 700 calories a day. – Not met. But, Fitbit says this month’s deficit was 145 calories more per day than it was in March! I was at 597 a day which is my best average for any month this year. I still aspire to the 700 calories a day, but while my knee is bothering me a 600 calorie deficit is doing good. Part of the increased deficit was because I burned 79 more calories a day (per Fitbit), but I also ate an average of 67 calories a day less. I am actually not that happy about that. I was below my average daily calorie goal for the month and I think it would be better for me to up the calories I eat a bit but also work on upping the activity a little to the extent I am able to with the knee issue.
3. Eat at least 3 fruits or veggies each day. – Not met. This was the category where I did worse in April than in March. This is one reason my average daily calories were lower. I ate fewer fruits and vegetables each day. This is going to be a key priority in May.
4. Walk an average of 6500 steps a day. – Almost met. The average for April was 6317 steps a day which is 1687 steps more than March. I would like to up this to 7000 steps a day in May, although this is subject to change depending on what happens with the knee.
5. When sitting at my computer, get up and move for at least a couple of minutes every hour. – I mostly did this. In some instances it wasn’t every hour but rarely was it more than 2 hours and, if that happened, I would move around more. I basically want to keep doing what I’m doing for May.
6. Sleep an average of 7 hours 15 minutes a day according to Fitbit. – Not met, but a big improvement for March. Fitbit says I averaged 7:03 hours of sleep per day which is 21 minutes more per day than in March. I need to keep working on this one.
I am reasonably happy with April. April through June can be tough on eating because we have an early April family celebration and my birthday. Then, my son has a birthday eight days later, and then there is Mother’s Day. June is a little bit, but still has Father’s Day. Last year, it was in this period of time that I started to go off the rails. Part of the reason was the various celebrations, while another part was that when it got too hot to walk outside I just became sedentary for most of the summer. But, we bought a treatmill at the end of last summer so I am fully able to walk indoors.
This is also the month where my weight finally moved from the obese category of BMI to the overweight category. I am also hoping to get into the 160s during May. I’m not sure how this Friday’s weigh in will go. According to Fitbit I’m on track to lose a pound, but my scale hasn’t shown much of a loss so far this week. We’ll see.