April Goal Results

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.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    April was a great month for you! I love how you examine both the goals met and those not met to see why they worked or why they didn’t. Taking the judgment out of the picture and looking at it more…clinically, for lack of a better word, is so much more productive than some of the other possibilities, like blaming or shaming, etc. Good for you, Kitty!

  2. says

    That is so cool that FitBit tracks your sleep patterns, too! I have one of WW’s Activelinks, so I can’t really justify having a FitBit, too. Oh well!

    • Kitty says

      I have an ActiveLink too although I don’t pay for it any more. I got so much more info from the Fitbit and it didn’t require a monthly subscription. But they are both great devices!

  3. says

    Congratulations on the weight loss and the goals!!! Great job! I have similar goals of getting more sleep and walking more.

    I saw your other post about your birthday. You don’t even look 50!!!

    • Kitty says

      Well, in real life I do! I had my husband take a ton of photos of me and I posted the best ones here. I assure you that in some of the photos I didn’t post I don’t look nearly as good as in those I did post.

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