100 lb. Club - April- Your Monthly Outlook/Plan

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03-31-2013, 11:42 AM

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare

Well here we are....steps away from April.
How was your March?

And what does your April look like? Do you have any big plans? Any obstacles you foresee? Any big family events?

Since there are no holidays in April- I think I'm pretty home free. I'm just going to try to power through and lose as much weight as possible.
Isn't it amazing how fast these months go?! Before we know it- it will be Memorial Day!

03-31-2013, 11:49 AM
March was good for me - I started at 316 and ended at 303. I added exercise a few times to March and hope to improve that!

April should bring Twoderville and hopefully some good hikes as the weather improves.

03-31-2013, 11:49 AM
Happy Easter, Lunar!

April is going to be a great month for me, I decided.

Going to keep plugging along with the C25K and see how I do with that.

Looking forward to spring weather and breaking out some warm weather clothes. Bought a pair of size 16 jean capris yesterday so I am armed and ready to spring outside with my capris and flipflops! The only other capris I have I wrecked the last time I gained weight so they only close with a safety pin, oops.

My goal for Memorial Day will be to wear a size 14 capris. I hope I can do it! Then it will be time to finally buy a bathing suit, gulp...

Edited to add--I lost 10lbs in March. My slowest month yet...

03-31-2013, 11:53 AM
The last two months I've spent getting a grip on my eating (a real grip, not an 80% grip). I also spent that time getting used to the idea that I may only lose a pound a week now, and that is okay. I was used to losing maybe 2 pounds most weeks but things have changed and I lose more slowly now. I am okay with that now.

So going forward, my plan for April is:
Stay on Medifast 100%
Bike 6 days a week even if it is only 10 minutes
Do everything I can to get my pain under control, including acupuncture and supplements
Weigh at least once a week but don't let the scale freak me out
ENJOY the spring!

If I lose 4 pounds in April I will be happy with the loss.

03-31-2013, 12:09 PM
March was not so hot for me, but April will be better. So far I've been able to lose weight by simply cutting calories and upping exercise, but I think it's time to be a little more specific in my diet and my exercise. I really want to start taking dance classes soon and want to drop as much weight as possible before I start.

03-31-2013, 12:17 PM
Charliee - didn't you lose like 8lbs in March? I think that's pretty good! :p

03-31-2013, 01:15 PM
Rodeogirl, it is good, but I lost them all near the beginning of the month and the end of the month has been up and down. It's still a good loss overall, but compared to my previous months, it's lower.

The real issue is this is the time I tend to give up, as soon as the weight loss slows. I'm trying to stay positive and stick with it. Every loss is a win, every day on plan a victory. :)

03-31-2013, 01:24 PM
I think my March went ok. I lost about 9lbs. The only thing I didn't do was exercise consistently enough, so that's my goal for April.

I also see a big obstacle for me this month in that I'm starting a new job, with a fairly long commute each way, which means overall I'll be out of the house between about 7am and 7pm every day. Even though I'm not much of a planner usually, I think I need to plan carefully to avoid picking up bad snacking/convenience food habits during April.

03-31-2013, 01:34 PM
March, I am down 8 lbs and pretty happy about it. I have been going to the gym as much as I can, and am hoping that the slowly decreasing scale numbers is a reflection of the muscle I have gained! (My scale says I have 7% less fat :woohoo:) I am going to kick April's A$$ and be down another 8-10 by the end! Can't wait until the eleventeen feet of snow has melted and dries up. Everything is a swamp and it makes enjoying outside difficult.

03-31-2013, 02:22 PM
Hi! I hope it's ok if I join here.

I'm a teensy bit proud of myself: I made it through a big family event in the last days of February and then another one in the first week of March without gaining any weight. I even lost 4kg this month (a good 8lbs, or so the converter says). But the best thing about it: this loss means that I went below the 100kg mark, for the first time in... well, ever! Yay!
(Ok, still another 7 or 8kg to go until I'll be in the 190lbs range, but it seems doable now. Maybe by the end of May?)

April is going to be pretty stressful. Lots and lots of work. Which means I'll have to remind myself to eat regularly. When I'm buried in work, I tend to forget about eating - until I'm virtually starved and overdo it with the food when I remember. Oh, and my water intake is simply disastrous. So working on that shall be my goal for April. And I'd like to try a new exercise "program".

03-31-2013, 02:27 PM
April will be a time of new beginnings for me. I'll be back on-plan for the first time in quite a while. I will start tracking what I eat, counting calories and get moving again. I'm not quite ready to go back to he gym, but I needto stop sitting all of the time and go for a walk, run up and down the stairs a few times, clean house. Just move!

03-31-2013, 02:38 PM
April will mark the beginning of my training for the summer season of mountain hiking. I started with walking twice a day on flat ground, now am starting hills near me, and then in late april/may will drive out to the mountains and do the easiest trails in preparation for june.

March shocked me. Full stop. Maybe because it's only my second month in this time around, I lost 17 pounds. :) I am sooooo happy with the results. I know I can't expect this every month but I am still very happy.

My plan for April will be lots of excercise of course (for hiking).
I will intermittent fast from 9pm to 5pm. I will eat very low carb. I will count my calories loosely and eat according to real hunger.

03-31-2013, 02:42 PM
March was a new start for me. I will continue this positive thinking! I want to lose at least 1.5 lbs a week for the month of April as I am going on vacation for two weeks in May and I want to feel healthy and strong for all the kayaking, snorkeling and hiking i plan on doing.

03-31-2013, 03:59 PM
My March was good (I thought) I have lost 9 lbs and maybe 1 more today as I have been trimming my palm trees) and reading everyone's posts.. I should have lost more... I have stayed 90% on plan and walk 10 miles a week.. I have a feeling its my age... (54) as I had lost more weight in a month when I was younger and "ran hotter" engine wise it seemed. So my hope is that I lose 9 lbs in April. It will be alot hotter outside and sweating will be easier LOL and I will have the added stress of this new job that I start tomorrow. If that happens I will be past my goal for my Bday (275) and way past the 10% off goal and that would be absolutly wonderful. I will be walking at least 4 times a week (2.5 Miles in the sun) and should be walking faster as my strength and endurance gets better. I am also trying Zumba (Zumba gold DVDs) as soon as my hips stop hurting. I tried 10 minutes yesterday and had to stop. I can't believe that I used to dance for hours and not hurt... but loved it.

Always push for the best I can do and BELIEVE it. :)

Spring time.... Time for us all to Blossom! :flow1:

03-31-2013, 04:09 PM
I lost around ten"ish" pounds in march. April will hopefully be another ten pounds or so putting me another ten pounds away from Onederland. I plan to keep counting and tracking calories and add back the exercise.

03-31-2013, 04:09 PM
March was a real struggle for me, and it showed on the scale - I only dropped 5.6 pounds this month when I expect to lose 10 or more. I'd also like to power through April, and I'm feeling very committed even though I'm also feeling pretty frustrated. I've made a commitment to exercise at least 300 minutes a week in the new April/May resolutions thread, so I'm hoping that will both improve my mood and kick my weight loss into a higher gear!

04-01-2013, 12:13 AM
March was an okay month for me. I lost weight, but had a couple weeks where I really didn't feel good.
April will be a change. I'm phasing off my diet and moving to healthy eating and exercise to lose the rest of my weight. I have so much energy now and I just want to get out and exercise! I am also starting a C25K challenge and will start hiking towards the end of the month. I'm hoping to be ready for a 5K color run in May!

Vanessa M.
04-01-2013, 01:31 AM
I lost 5 pounds in March. I'm happy with the 5, but am hoping for 8 or so in April. In April, I'll be focusing on water (see my water thread!), continuing 30 Day Shred, and *hopefully* starting C25k.

04-01-2013, 01:04 PM
I don't have a weight loss goal for April per se. I want to continue with intuitive eating. I'd like to get below 220 - but this is like 2lbs away. Ideally I'd like to get there before April 15, my original goal. I want to eat a little less junk this month.

I want to start running again soon. I've had a foot injury. But I've been doing spin. I want to run a 10K in the middle of July, so I need to start training for that. I'd like to weigh 210 or less on race day.

04-01-2013, 04:50 PM
I got through the entirety of March without a single Cadbury Creme Egg. I've certainly wanted one, but not enough to risk throwing my entire body out of whack over sparking unnecessary killer sugar cravings. I'm so proud! :^: *sniff sniff*

I'm planning on continuing my low, laborious pace of one pound a week, give or take. With that I hope to be under 210 before April is over. And looking even further beyond, I hope to be under 200 before August. That's not so far away and will get me out of obesity and into the overweight category. I can so totally rock being overweight, I just know it. :lol:

My current plan is continuing to log my food and getting a quarter mile of jogging in every single night; I majorly slacked on the latter last month. :nono: I'm still avoiding added sugar while watching my portions on healthy, higher-quality food. Eating out has been a breeze; I haven't been tempted by my old favorites in ages. :)

The most difficult part of this whole thing right now is simply waiting for the results. I'm ok with eating right and doing the work, it just takes so freakin' long at this pace.

04-01-2013, 05:31 PM
April is all about restarting for me. We now have longer evenings and getting slightly more warmer. Over the past 3 months, I've gained 12 lbs. Now it's time to get back moving and get back on track.

For April:

I have one event on the 11th. I don't know how it will effect me just yet. Depends if I want to have a drink or two which could add some weight.
Focus on my exercise more. Longer walks. Re-introduce weight lifting.
Keep track on my foods. In particular, my junk food, sweets and candy.
Drink at least 1 litre of water a day but try aim for more than 1 litre.
Been 140lbs for the last number of weeks. Aim to lose 3lbs this month. Small loss, but we will see how I do.

04-01-2013, 06:04 PM
I got through the entirety of March without a single Cadbury Creme Egg. I've certainly wanted one, but not enough to risk throwing my entire body out of whack over sparking unnecessary killer sugar cravings. I'm so proud! :^: *sniff sniff*

We are awesome, I made it too!!!!! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

There is no way we can eat one now, we are worth so much more than half-priced leftovers in the store. :bunny2::bunny2::bunny2:

I felt enormous relief after Christmas and Valentine's Day too not eating any tempting candy so now we are in the clear for more than a few months.

We did it, that means we can keep doing it!!! :dancer::dancer::dancer:

04-01-2013, 07:15 PM
lunarsongbird, thanks for starting this thread. Since March was the 1st month of my do-over, I thought assessing how the month went would be really helpful during month number 2 and I'm glad there's a place for it!
So my 1st month back on 3fw and the healthy eating train, I lost 10 lbs. Which sounds excellent ....
Except I lost 9.2 of those 10 lbs the first 2 weeks and then spent the rest of the month yo-yoing between 238-241. I ended the month at 238 on Saturday but then promptly overate for the next 24 hours.
If I've learned one thing from March, its that my issues with food are a long way from being anywhere near resolved.
Also, as someone who's not a subscriber to 'the slow and steady wins the race' mentality of weight loss, I'm frustrated with myself that I only lost 10 lbs where I know I could've easily lost more this first month and started off with a bang. If I had done everything right and then only lost what I lost I'd have been ok but I know that I sabotaged myself a lot and I'm still not sure how to fix that. Overall, I would say I ate in my calorie range about half the month and probably had 8 or 9 binges. To me, this does not say someone who's making a lifestyle change or has even managed to put a dent in her bad habits.
On the bright side, I definitely met my gym goals this month. This month, I spun, I zumbaed, I ellipticalled and I even started the C25K. I love the gym and am starting to get that itchy feeling when I don't go for more than 2 or 3 days.

So that was March.

For April, my goal is to
1) really focus on my eating habits. I've decided to keep a cravings diary in which I write down exactly what is going thru my mind every time I get a really strong urge to binge. I'm hoping I'll start to see patterns and that the act of stopping to think about my feelings will allow me enough time to slow down and decide against it.
2) Lose 12-14 lbs. I want this bad!! More than that, I want to be out of the 230s finally instead of just hovering at the tip of bouncing back into the 240s.
3) Believe it or not, I want to cut back on my gym time. I think I use the gym like a crutch to allow me to overeat and my goal is to remove that crutch. I want to do the C25K 3 days a week with a day of zumba for fun and that's it.
4)Stop avoiding 3FC when I have a bad day out of shame and guilt. It never helps.

04-01-2013, 07:44 PM
It sounds like everyone had a lovely March! I lost nearly 10 pounds, which I'm really pleased with.

I would LOVE to hit ONEderland in April, but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, which is why there is a very zen "lunar" on my ticker. I WILL get there. And I WILL keep moving forward.

On Thursday I fly out to Chicago for a couple days. I'd like to eat some traditional foods from Chicago, but I'm also planning on walking quite a bit. I'd like to be at 211 on Saturday.

Come Saturday, April 6th- I want to really hit the pavement hard.
I'd like to see something like this:
April 6: 211
April 13: 207
April 20: 203
April 27: 199

Haha. One can hope, right? Gotta put that positive energy into the universe.

I think this month I really need to meditate quite a bit on my health. I'm also really wanting to focus on intuitive eating.