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.