Recapping my April Goals

Hooray, FINALLY a month where this post isn’t super depressing! I crushed my April goals and I am so, so proud. I also lost 2.5 pounds, which isn’t a lot but I feel like it’s indicative of progress achieved with small and sustainable changes – and if I lose that much every month for the rest of the year, I’ll be down 22.5 pounds, which would be amazing.

Without further ado, here are my reflections on my April goal performance.

Stay under my allotted calories four days a week. I am so happy that I finally achieved a nutrition goal! Not only did I achieve this, but I actually stayed under my calorie count a couple of additional days in April, for a total of 19 days out of 30 or 63% of the month. Having three days a week that I could splurge really helped keep me on track the rest of the week. I think I would have seen better results if I hadn’t tended to go pretty far over my calorie count on the days I allowed myself to exceed my allotment, so I’m mulling over how to address that in my May goals.

Strength-train four days a week. I was back on my workout schedule in April and I easily achieved this, even with the hurdle of not feeling great after my second COVID vaccine last weekend (more on that experience later). Bill and I started a new round of LIIFT4 this week, so I have my workouts planned out for the next seven weeks. After that, there’s a new workout program I want to try, so lots of good stuff to look forward to as we move into summer!

Average 8,000 steps per day. I’m writing this on Friday afternoon so I don’t have my final step count for today, but as of right now my overall average steps for April was 9,655 per day. I’m sure the additional cardio contributed to my weight loss in April, and I’ve loved getting outside every day and taking long walks.

Complete the Fit Happens 30-Day Beachbody Challenge. My online Beachbody group had two challenges running in April – a daily workout/movement log with a photo, and a daily Shakeology log with a photo. I am beyond proud to say that I didn’t miss a single day (there were a couple of days when I wasn’t feeling well and just did some stretching workouts, but movement is movement!). But my favorite part of this goal was that it helped me be accountable to someone other than myself and it gave me a new motivation to make healthy habits – I didn’t want to look like a slacker!

Serve at least one dinner per week that has fish as the protein. This turned out to be a really fun goal, because I discovered that I enjoy preparing fish! Bill’s overwhelming favorite was my pan-seared Halibut, which has become a part of our weekly dinners.

Motivation Monday: Progress Feels Great

(Note: I haven’t done a post in my Motivation Monday series for literally years, but I thought I’d try bringing it back this month to help me stay on track with my goals.)

We’re five days into April, and already I’m seeing the benefits of my 30-Day challenge and feeling more confident in my ability to meet the monthly goals I set for myself. I still had some slips in nutrition over the weekend, but I did notice myself being a little more mindful of what I was indulging in. I had my Shakeology shakes as my lunches all weekend, and on Saturday not only did Bill and I do a Pilates workout together, but I also walked over six and a half miles with friends of mine! I wouldn’t have done that before, and we had such a good time that I’m hoping I can convince them to do it with me again. And last night I made a nice sockeye salmon with some green beans for dinner, which was tasty and in line with my goal to prepare more fish for dinner.

This morning Bill’s foot was bothering him, and normally I would have taken that as an excuse to skip working out. But then I thought about my Fit Happens challenge and I wanted to log a full workout and not just a walk for today, so instead of opting out of exercising altogether I suggested an upper body workout that wouldn’t strain his foot. We did it and I am so happy!

I feel like my mindset is starting to shift, and I suspect that one of the things that’s helping is that I’m accountable to the others in my 30-Day Challenge. If I’m not logging my workouts and shakes, they’re going to wonder where I am, and besides that I really want to complete this challenge successfully for myself! This reminds me of when I first started going to Zumba classes all those years ago. Before it became a passion of mine, I relied on friends in the class to check in with me and keep me accountable for going, and they never let me down. And once I became hard-core-obsessed with Zumba and was loathe to ever miss a night, I was able to help more new people be accountable for going too.

Right now I feel great about myself and my progress. I can only imagine how good I’ll feel by the end of April if I keep this up!

My Goals for April

It’s a new month and I feel VERY hopeful that I can make some progress in achieving my weight loss goals in the next thirty days. The weather is getting better which means more outside time, and I joined a 30-Day Beachbody Challenge with my coach and a group of other friends she’s connected with to help keep me motivated. I’m also starting a twelve-week group therapy class to help with some of the stress and anxiety I’ve been feeling lately, and I’m really hoping that reducing stress will give me a lot better quality of life overall.

So with that, here are my goals for April!

Stay under my allotted calories four days a week. I haven’t been doing a great job with my nutrition and I think that part of my failure is that I was just being too aggressive with my goals starting out. For this month, I’m just going to try and stay under my calorie goal four days per week. Since April begins on a Thursday this year, I’ll just count my weeks as Thursday-Wednesday.

Strength-train four days per week. I still really like this goal and I’m making it again because I want to have additional motivation to keep going with my workouts. Bill and I just started a new program on Beachbody on Demand called T25, and so far I’m enjoying it. It’s fast-paced and a lot different than workouts we’ve been doing lately, and I’m happy we’re changing it up. Plus, as the name suggests, the workouts are only 25 minutes long, and I like a short workout even if it’s intense!

Average 8,000 steps per day. Because the weather is getting nicer and because I did so well with my steps for March, I’ve increased my goal by 500 steps/day from last month’s goal. I really believe I can do this, especially since a friend of mine recently said she’d like to start getting together and going for walks. Spending time with a person I love is definitely motivation!

Complete the Fit Happens 30-Day Beachbody Challenge. There will be two challenges running simultaneously in my online fit group this month – a daily workout/movement log with a photo, and a daily Shakeology log with a photo. For fitness I’ll have my strength training four days a week, and my plan is to add in long walks and active recovery workouts on teh other days. During the week I use Shakeology as a meal replacement for lunch, so this will encourage me to plan it as a part of my day on weekends too. I have zero excuses not to – I work from home, I’m completely in control of my nutrition, and I have the support system of the others in my group.

Serve at least one dinner per week that has fish as the protein. Fish has a ton of health benefits and I know it should be more present in my diet than it currently is, so I’m going to make a point to add it into our rotation in April. I actually really like fish, but in the past was intimidated at the thought of cooking it. Since discovering over the last couple of years that I actually really enjoy trying new recipes, I’m less nervous, and I want to try my hand at preparing tasty fish dishes.