April Showers

Where, oh where, did the month of March go? Is it just me or does it seem like time flies the older you get? I guess that’s a good reason why we should all take time to enjoy the moment instead of worrying so much about the future (as I tend to do). :)

I can tell it’s April though because of all the rain. You know what they say . . . April showers bring May flowers. And coincidentally May is my birthday month! Since it’s April, I thought I would give an update on my goals for March, as well as come up with some new goals for April.

One goal I had for March was to only eat out once a week. I would say that I succeeded and failed at this one. There were one or two weeks where I ate out twice instead of once. There was also one week where I didn’t eat out at all so I guess it balanced out in the end. ;)

The other goal I had was to try at least two new workouts. Done and done. For “new” workouts, I did count workouts that I haven’t done in months (if not years). One such workout was Jillian Michaels 30 day shred Level 2. I had made it to Level 2 before January, but for some reason I hadn’t done it since. Well I did Level 2 a couple of times this month and I intend to move on up to Level 3 (a level I haven’t done in several years) later this week.

I also did Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones for the first time ever and I quickly fell in love. This workout is no joke and in 50 minutes it manages to hit every single trouble zone that I have. I have been doing it for a couple of weeks and I think I may move on to something else before doing it again. One thing I have learned is that even though I may be content to do the same exercises over and over again, my muscles are not as happy. They get bored. And I really want to push myself hard so that I can develop a lean and toned body.

For April, I have a couple of new goals. The first goal I have is to eat slower! I swear, I am like a vacuum when it comes to food. There have been lots of times where I have inhaled my food in about thirty seconds. My husband makes fun of me because sometimes I will have finished my meal and he has barely started.

The main problem with this is that the body takes longer than 30 seconds to realize it has had enough. So when I inhale my food, I am often still hungry (of course) and I end up eating way more than I should. By the time my body realizes that it’s full, I feel so stuffed that I feel sick because I have eaten so much. I already tried the whole “eating slower” thing with lunch today and it was tough. I tried to savor my food and drink lots of water in between bites. After I finished, I did feel more satisfied than I normally do. I can tell that it’s going to be a struggle though.

A second goal for April is to work on the 100 pushups challenge. I have wanted to do this challenge forever, but I always chicken out. Don’t ask me why. But if I am going to meet my 2011 goal of being able to do 20 REAL pushups, I should get started. I can tell that I need to strengthen my shoulders. When I tried to do a few regular pushups earlier today, my shoulders were feeling it the most.

Are there any goals that you are working on? How often do you switch up your workouts?

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12 responses to “April Showers

  1. I’m striving to become more toned and stronger this month. :) Great Goals girl! I know you are capable of doing anything you set your mind on! I believe in you!

  2. I need to try the Jillian No More Trouble Zones workout! That’s the one I haven’t done! Have you tried her yoga? I really love it!

  3. I definitely need to work on eating slower. I eat SO fast- seriously, everyone who has ever eaten with me has commented on it!

    You will do awesome on your goals!

  4. May is my birthday month too! I did the 100 pushup challenge before my wedding and loved it. I can still whip out 50+ pushups on a whim :)

  5. Good job and good luck with all your goals! I need to review mine..I always forget them after a few weeks…eeeek!

  6. I was actually talking about age/time last night! I have also noticed how time flies when you’re older. When I was young, it just dragggged.

  7. The Teenage Taste

    Oh my, I should really start trying to eat slower too! I devour most of my meals in less than 10 minutes. Not good! I need to learn to savor each bite!
    Good luck with the push-up challenge! :-D

  8. It sounds like you are achieving a lot of goals so far :) Keep up the good work!

  9. Love that you set monthly goals for yourself. I love Jillian Michaels’ videos. They really are my favorite when I am doing an at home workout.

  10. My arms are so weak!! It frustrates me… The 100 pushup challenge will kick your bootay!
    Good luck on your april goals!

  11. Oh my gosh- eat slower? You and me both, lady! I will eat so quickly that you’d never know there was any food on my plate! Love the eat out once/week goal, too. I need to get follow that rule, too. Big time.

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