April was a really good month. I was happy with everything, except my overall weight loss. But, I’m optimistic that I’ll show a good loss tomorrow which will mostly be reflecting what I did in April.
This is an overall report from Fitbit. The first graph shows how my steps increased over the month. I ended up with a lot of days over 10,000 steps. The low step days after the first week were mostly days that I was intentionally taking off so I don’t stress my knee too much.
Calories In v. Out
The calories in versus out graph shows that there were only 2 days when I took in more calories than I burned. One of those days was my birthday, and the other was on a day that we had a family event eating out. Otherwise, I had a pretty good deficit. By the numbers, this would say I should be down 4.5 pounds, but my actual loss was 1.6 pounds. However, I think that I should have a loss tomorrow.
I only started tracking sleep again when I got my new Fitbit Charge HR on April 9th. I would like to have 7 hours of sleep. This says I met it part of the time. Actually, this is a little over optimistic because sometimes the Charge HR thinks I’m asleep when I’m really just laying in bed quietly trying to sleep.
Comparison to Prior Months
What I was really happy about was the comparison of April to prior recent months. I ended up averaging 7292 steps a day. That is more than double last month and is actually my highest month ever since I started the blog. I’m hoping my knee will hold up to it. I’m not getting pain under the knee cap, but I have a little pain on the inside side of my left sleep (so the right side of that knee). It isn’t terribly bad, but it isn’t going away so it is a little worrisome. I plan to soon do a follow up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon and I will discuss it with him if it doesn’t go away.
I averaged 1679 calories burned per day which is over 200 calories a day more than last month. The only times I was burning more than that were early last year when I weighed 30 pounds or so more than now. Calories eaten were good for the month and within the range I was shooting for. The calorie deficit (per Fitbit) was 531 calories a month which is better than it has been since April of last year. I am mindful that all these calories burned and calories eaten probably aren’t exact, but this does give me a comparison.
I upped my activity a lot in April. I started tracking the minutes of exercise per day and per week. During April, my average per day was 60 minutes. Some of this was fairly low intensity. I would hop on the exercise bike and pedal along while reading. This gave me extra calories burned, but wasn’t really a huge workout. But, sometimes it was more intense on the bike and my outside walks and treadmill were more intense. During April I averaged 346 minutes a week of exercise, compared to 48 in March (104 in February, 159 in January). I was really happy with the effort I put in and I know this had a lot to do with my overall calorie burn being higher.
What I Ate
In terms of what I ate, I did better in April. I did well in limiting highly processed foods and avoiding junk food. I increased my fruits/veggies per day to 3.5, but I want to get it up to at least 5. I did meet that on many days, but I had some days I didn’t do well at all. Those days were mostly low calorie days when I ate more protein than anything else. I did a lot more cooking and food that really helped with limiting processed food.
I also did better on other non-weight related stuff. I did better on time management/balance. Not perfect, but definitely progress. I also really started on the decluttering project (working on papers today). I am reading a really good book on forming habits and will be posting more about that. Overall, I’m happy with how things are going.