Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Goals - February report

February is done! Let's review the goals:
  1. Lose an average of one pound a week - met!  Well, technically. ;)  By the scale, yes, I'm down 4.4 pounds for the month (9.6 pounds for the year).  Yippee!  However, February was a very challenging month weight-wise with my birthday, so the scale did not move as much as it should have, given the workouts.  Trend isn't the greatest, but at least now it is trending downward again.  The dots on the graph (provided from the Happy Scale app) are the actual weight each day, the blue line is the overall trend, and the green shading is the trends from 30 days prior.  Yes, that means that one day last week, I weighed in higher than I did 30 days before that.  Ouch.  That lowest weight is so baffling to me - but that was the morning of my birthday!  Thanks for the nice gift, scale! ;)  I'm still using the old school Hacker's Diet web site to analyze the trends, and for the past month, I lost 0.77 pounds per week (as compared to 1.1 pounds in January).  I have again met that big weight loss goal that I had for my birthday. :)
  2. Work out at least 20 times a month - met!  25 workouts this month, including two 90 minute classes.  Four days with no workouts and only one day with two workouts.  Thankfully, none of the no workout days were back-to-back.  Intellectually, I know that even though the scale was unkind this month (due to the birthday indulgences), I have to believe that the workouts kept it from being a terrible month weight-wise.  
  3. Cook one new (and healthy!) recipe a month - nope.  I did cook a bunch, and frankly ate out too much due to extended birthdaying, but no brand new recipe this month.  I did print out several that I want to try! ;)
  4. Make an effort to eat clean and healthy the majority of the time - nope.  I'm going to give that a honest fail.  I did well when I could, but honestly, I didn't make the best decisions overall.  Hence more than half of those weigh-ins this month dragging the trend upwards.  But honestly, I didn't eat a lot of fast food (I think maybe twice?) but there were more baked goods and more restaurant meals than usual.  I enjoyed it, and won't beat myself up about it, and will move on.  
Looking forward to a March filled with success (and lots of new recipes!), and continued progress on all of these goals!

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