Spring is here! I’m sitting outside at Starbucks writing this post because, while there is no sun, it is 70 degrees and there’s a light breeze. I have mellow Starbuck music being pumped outside, I’ve got my iced coffee and a chocolate chip cookie and an hour to sit and type. I wish I could find more moments like this. Seriously.. Maybe that should be a goal for this month…
and speaking of goals: time to set some new (or old) goals for the month of May! I love May. The weather is finally under control (at least it is here in Chapel Hill) and all over spring is bringing everyone and everything back to life. Students getting ready for the end of the year and summer, people going for more walks and the smell of grills and BBQ all the time.
I actually went to a BBQ where friends did their own pig picking, which is a thing down here. It was a great time. Summer BBQ food and good company that as a collective whole had a huge weight lifted from them as we celebrated the end of their first year in business school. I just love this time of year.
This month is a hardcore “get back on track” month for me, and many of my goals for this month reflect that. Here are the goals that will be my primary focus this month:
No-Weigh May: I did an entire post on this. I have banished the scale from the bathroom floor for the month. I am so horrifically controlled by whatever number I see pop up on the scale that it messes with me. If it’s a good number, I have an amazing day. If it isn’t…my day is shot, as is my self confidence. I’ve decided to take a month off of the scale to focus on getting back on track with everything else. It is much more important that I track what I eat and get my workouts and activity in. If the scale doesn’t reflect my progress right away I am likely to get discouraged. Giving my mind and body a whole month to get back in the game will most certainly be reflected on the scale somehow. In the mean time, I don’t need my desire to weigh myself daily to screw with my head. Erik moved the scale, and I don’t even know where he put it.
Read 4 Books: I’ve been really into reading lately. I especially love self-help type books. I’m in the middle of a great book called “The Slight Edge” thanks to my free month on the new book app called Oyster. This book is incredibly motivating and inspiring. I’m also enjoying a book about marriage and I still have to finish the Divergent trilogy. I think that it’s really important to stop poking at games and such and actually pick up a book once and awhile. Granted, I still usually have to pick up an electronic device to read, but I still am reading and not poking. I always have such a sense of accomplishment when I finish a book. If you have any book suggestions for me please let me know 🙂
100 Mile Challenge- It’s pretty self explanatory. I’ve got my FitBit tracking my every step and I need it to tell me I’ve gone 100 miles within the month of May. I love having goals and challenges like this because even if I don’t workout, I can still hit this goal. Erik and I went to the mall the other day and I could have easily met my step goal with that trip alone. Including what I’ve accomplished so far today I am already at 19.12 miles for the month, and it’s only the 5th! As long as I keep up this pace, I’ve got this one in the bag. Join me! Even if you don’t want to do 100 miles, pick a number and get moving.
Cook 2 dinners per week– With time constraints and the fact I work at night, I have been horrible at cooking dinner for Erik and I. I usually cook myself eggs every morning, so I’m not counting breakfast in here, but at night he and I usually end up eating frozen meals on our own schedules. I want to make it a point to make sure he and I have something fresh, healthy, home made and delicious at least two times a week. Once he leaves for the summer this will be an easy goal for me to achieve on my own, but I want to cook when we both will actually be home to enjoy it together which makes it hard. I made a nice chicken dinner yesterday, so this week is already off to a good start. Do you have any recipes that are quick, easy and Points Plus friendly?
Stay within my Points Plus Target every week– Again, self explanatory. I just need to start being strict and being honest with myself, tracking everything I eat and actually caring if I start to go over my numbers. This laziness has got to stop!
Spend quality time with my husband every day until he leaves– Erik is headed to Atlanta for his internship at the end of this month and will be there until the beginning of August. You would think that this wouldn’t really bother me much seeing how our entire relationship up until our engagement (which was a year ago at the end of this month! Wow!) was long distance, but I am SO sad that he’s leaving. Maybe I’m just selfish for wanting my husband to not leave me for 10 weeks… Anyway, now that his school work is a lot less (almost nonexistent) he actually has time to be a husband and be around, which is great. I want to make sure we make it a point to spend some quality time together every day, either watching one of our shows, playing a game..whatever. As long as we’re together and focusing on the fact we are with each other, that’s the best I can ask for.
Finish LOST– As I mentioned in my April Favorites, Erik and I are watching LOST all the way through. He’s seen all but the last season or two and I’ve never seen it. It’s mind blowing and really messes with my emotions. Last night I was sitting there freaking out about what I already knew was coming (it’s a show with many flashbacks and flash-forwards). I get a little too emotionally invested. Anyway, last night we finished season 4, which means we have 2 seasons (32 episodes) and 20 days to go before he leaves. He won’t let me finish it without him, so then I decided we didn’t have a choice about waiting. I can’t just let that plot simmer all summer. I’ve already had sever LOST inspired nightmares…
Well, there you have it. I’m really excited for all that May will bring and inspire. While I’m sad I’m losing Erik at the end of the month, it’s for an amazing reason. The benefit to me is I will be able to take June and July to focus even more on some serious and hardcore goals. This begins a time of starting to focus on myself and get myself where I want to be.
What are some of your goals this month?