My total weight loss for the month of March is 3.8 pounds. I am now 197.2, which means I’ve officially lost 64 pounds! I wish the total weight loss were higher, but as long as I don’t see a gain, I’m happy. Since starting this journey, I’ve never weighed more at the end of the month than I did at the beginning of the month, so I’m definitely trending in the right direction.
Here’s how I did with my goals for March:
1. Exercise at least 1200 minutes.
STATUS: I ended up with 1133 minutes, which is close but not quite enough.
2. Burn at least 3000 calories each week.
STATUS: I only did this 2/4 weeks. That’s pretty sad.
3. Drink 80 oz. of water daily.
STATUS: I think I did this about half of the time.
4. Consumer 60g of protein daily.
STATUS: I DID do this every day!
5. Begin Couch25K program. I tried this sometime last year, but I don’t think my body was ready for it. I’m determined to keep at it this time. At the end of 9 weeks, I should be able to run a 5k. I think running would be a great addition to my cardio regimen, so I really want to make this happen! My Couch25K days will be every Mon., Wed., and Fri.
STATUS: Did it and still working on it.
6. Strength training for 3 sessions a week. I am good at getting in 2 sessions per week, but I’d like to increase to 3 because strength training is so important for building muscle mass and losing inches. I will strength train every Tues., Thurs., and Sat. unless I decide to pair the strength training with my Couch25K sessions.
STATUS: Only did this for the first week. I think it’s too much for me to do 3 sessions a week on top of trying to run, so I’m okay with only doing 2 sessions a week.
7. Read 2 books. This one isn’t fitness-related, but my reading has been pathetic lately, and I want to remedy that. The books I plan to read (but of course this may change): The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller and The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (given to us by my mom). I think Stephen and I are pretty good with our finances, but my mom insists this book is a must-read for young couples like us, so I’ll give it a shot.
STATUS: I did this! I read both of those books, and I’m currently halfway through a third one called Three Cups of Tea. I loved The Prodigal God and would definitely recommend it. The Total Money Makeover had a lot of good information in it, and even though I don’t agree with everything Ramsey says, he’s very practical and no-nonsense in his approach.
Looking at the month overall, I’m not very happy with how I did with my goals. I think the main problem is that I forgot about a few of them (namely the first two), and there were also perhaps too many for me to focus on all of them. I also don’t think it’s realistic to expect myself to burn 3000+ calories every week, since doing that requires more time than it used to now that I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight.
With simplicity and sustainability in mind, here are my goals for April:
1. Exercise between 225-250 minutes a week.
2. Do 2 full body strength sessions each week.
3. Continue with Couch to 5k.
4. Read 2 books.
That’s it! I’m keeping it simple, and hopefully this month will be more successful than last month!