New Month, New Goals: April

by Rachel on March 31, 2010

OMFGEEEEZY. It’s April!! It’s time for some new goals!

GET IT GIRL First up, I should check in on all the Madness that were my March goals.

De-clutter. I ROCKED OUT on this goal, as is evidenced by my recipes, office/gym/discotheque, oatmeal station, and closet! I actually get kind of a high from doing this, so I’m going to keep de-cluttering something else each week.

100 Push-ups Challenge. I did keep this goal, but once I started working on my proposal, I admit, I slacked off on adding the reps each week. However, I did a max push-up test on Tuesday and I can do 10 push-ups from my toes. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on with the challenge, just because I miss lifting weights with dumbbells (and I was often too sore to do both) but I love push-ups, so I’ll keep doing them — and doing them from my toes! (I’m really proud of that.)

Cook a paella with scallops. This did not happen. Yep….FAIL. I got a great recipe and and the scallops are chilling in my freezer…I just didn’t have the time or energy to get a paella pan and the right rice. Ehhh…I finished my proposal. The paella can wait.

I also should say that some of my other past goals like taking time to relax, doing Core Fusion, and keeping a food journal are still going on and are now just habits. I love when that happens! Goals should stick with you even when the month is over, much like how that STD sticks with you long after the frat party ends.

Moving right along…

Audrey Hepburn Umbrella

This month, I’m taking into account that my proposal is done, so I have a considerably smaller workload. I’m going to try to enjoy that because I don’t expect it to last too long. Here’s what’s going down this month.

Read more books. I have been reading since I was three years old and to this day could spend hours in Barnes and Noble. I am a total bookworm. But now that I’m older, and have moved on from Baby-Sitters’ Club books, the problem is just starting the books. Once I do, I’m always hooked/in love/obsessed. Biggest barriers: Not starting the damn things. Reward: Being more well-read and therefore a fabulous dinner party companion.

Seriously break up with Ziplocs. My family has a problem. I’m over it. It’s a waste of money and waste of plastic. But this actually goes hand-in-hand with another goal, which is to pre-cut my produce once or twice a week. Biggest barriers: I often grab a Ziploc and/or avoid pre-chopping because I hate digging through the cupboard to find a piece of Tupperware and  matching lid. So…I need more reusable containers. I’ve been saving a lot of plastic food containers from things like feta cheese crumbles or jars from almond butter and salsa to start using for food storage. Biggest reward: Saving the planet, saving money, having lots of veggies ready to go.

Core Fusion/Pilates Challenge 2.0. The February Core Fusion Challenge (40 minutes of a Core Fusion DVD four times a week) was a great experience, so I’m excited to do it again. This time, the motivation is coming in the form of summer and my bikini. I bought the Pure Arms and Abs DVD and I’m starting this afternoon. I’ll post more details on the plan later! Biggest barriers: Wanting to skip strength training to do more cardio. But honestly, while I love cardio for my head and heart, I’m kinda over the long-ass sessions. I really love strength training now and am satisfied with a good 25 minute run or spin most days. Reward: A strong and flat core, more toned arms and thighs, and tons of confidence when I put on my bikini in June! I know Core Fusion works, so I really am less worried about motivation this time around.

Food/culture goal (New Year’s Resolutions!): Really get into Michigan food and culture! Michigan summers are bomb and already, things are getting good on a local level. For the next few months, I’m going to try to take advantage of more local foods, restaurants, and other opportunities, and I’ve got Leah to help me out with this goal. (I’m also reading How to Read a French Fry, a book on food science, for my Res.)

I have a lot of things on my mind that I’d like to improve, so I also decided to make a list of mini-goals. These are the things I sort of already do or won’t require TONS of effort but that I want to make sure I stay on top of!

  • Buy organic! I’ve switched to organic milk, eggs, some meat, and most produce. I’m really proud of this and I want to keep making the effort and do it as much as possible.
  • Continue to beat boredom by trying new brands, foods, meals, workouts, routes, etc.
  • Get back into stand-up comedy. I’ll probably expand on this in a later post, but yes…my roots are in comedy writing and stand-up. (Yeah…that’s what happens when you’re the smart fat girl. Then I just lost weight and suddenly my inner slut was enabled by my outer beauty.)

I think April is going to be pretty damn good. What are your goals??

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1 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

Oh goodness I could take some of these goals word for word for myself!! My #1 goal is going to be stop procrastinating and just get things done. (This could probably be my goal every month though…haha) Good luck with your April goals!! :)

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2 Leah (Nutritionista) April 1, 2010 at 8:34 am

So excited for our tour de Michigan food! First stops: eve and Slows.
.-= Leah (Nutritionista)´s last blog ..I had to post this pic of my lunch date Erin. Isn’t she… =-.

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3 Ashley April 1, 2010 at 8:44 am

I never thought of making month-to-month goals like this, but I’ve seen it on a few different blogs. I’d like to read more, too, but I have to devote a lot of time to job hunting right now!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Life as a flexitarian =-.

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4 Karissa @ CardioFoodie April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love your goal of getting into Michigan food. I grew up in Indiana and I completely miss the summers! I lived on a farm and literally ate every meal from our garden in the summer. Strawberry festivals were also abundant! I now live in Houston where summer just means it is hotter than you know what, and plants shrivel and die. So please enjoy some Midwest summer food and fun for me!

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5 Karoline April 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

Tip for reading more books: Take a few minutes to read the first few pages of 3 different books. Choose the one you feel most into at the time, but now you have 2 other books that you’ve already become a little bit invested in, so those are next on the list.

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6 Sophie @ yumventures April 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

I love your blog, and I love these goals! They are so reasonable, fun, and motivating! You go girl! I definitely need to get my bikini out and tell myself “you are wearing this in a few months!”. I love strength training, I just started and can’t wait to see results!

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7 samantha April 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

this post got me thinking – i haven’t formally sat down and though about my april goals, but thanks to you i’m going to. i love the idea of 100 pushups, i might steal it?
.-= samantha´s last blog ..busy bee. =-.

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8 katie April 1, 2010 at 11:21 am

i think i might be joining you in the core fusion challenge this month – didn’t do it the first time around, but after seeing all the positive results i think it’ll be a good addition to all my half marathon training this month. besides that, the biggest thing i need to work on is reducing my overall spending, and it’s so much harder when it’s nice out and iced coffees are calling my name.
.-= katie´s last blog ..“how to impress a boy by baking”[image via joy the… =-.

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9 Laura April 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Let us know how Abs & Arms is! I love the arms and abs sections from the Body Sculpt/Pilates Plus DVDs and am considering buying A&A, but I probably won’t if the sections are similar.

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10 Bridget @PavementandPlants April 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I really need to strength train. I was thinking of getting the Core Fusion-I am just wondering what type of equipment you need (dumbbells-stability ball?)
.-= Bridget @PavementandPlants´s last blog ..Bonus Recipes: Potato Soup and Banana Bread! =-.

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11 Rachel April 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Bridget — For the Body Sculpt DVD you need light weights (1-3 lbs); for Pilates Plus and Pure Arms & Abs you don’t need anything!

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12 Becca April 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Don’t forget about products like Pioneer Sugar and Bells Oberon (just a couple examples off the top of my head) when buying local!

Good luck as always! I think my goal is to train for my first 5k, May 1st at Hawk Island in Lansing if anyone in the area is interested!

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