April Goals

I realize that it is April 5 (ALREADY?!) and I’m just now getting around to posting my monthly goals. But, better late than never. 🙂 Before we jump into that though, I want to look over the goals I set for March and see how I did.

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March Goals

Since I’m a teacher, it seems fitting that I should give myself a grade for each goal. I tend to think of goals in a pass/fail way — I either reached it or I didn’t. But as I’m striving for balance in life and realizing that progress is progress, I’m starting to understand that not all goals should be judged that way!

ONE // Clean out our closet/send off a bag to thredUP

Grade: B-

I cleaned out our closet when I was on Spring Break, but the bag I requested from thredUp has been sitting in a kitchen chair since it arrived two weeks ago. Which also means the closet I intend to send have been sitting in our closet floor for at least that long. Counterproductive, no?

TWO // PR my 10K

Grade: A+

…And not just because it was my first 10K! With a finish time of 1:02:27, that was actually around two minutes faster than I expected to finish. I rode the high from that race for days!

Energy City 10K

THREE // See Beauty & the Beast!

Grade: A

My husband hated it. I want to see it again. 🙂

FOUR // Follow the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan (or at least the guidelines) more consistently

Grade: B

I started tracking my food again within the last couple weeks of the month and saw a lot of improvement in the way I felt during my workouts.

FIVE // Have a restful and relaxing Spring Break

Grade: A

My only regret is that it went by too quickly!

April Goals

ONE // Drink 100 oz. of water daily

I’m realizing more and more that the standard 64 oz.  just doesn’t cut it for me and sometimes I struggle to even get that much in! As a teacher, it can be hard to make sure I’m getting enough water because I just can’t take a restroom break whenever I need one.

TWO // Run 2x/week to keep my running base up between now and half marathon training time

I took a break from running last week after my 10K, and it was hard! By Thursday, I was itching to put my running shoes on. I’m looking forward to running more and just hope my new shoes continue to help with my black toenail issues.

THREE // Track meals in MyFitnessPal at least four days a week

The caveat to this is that I want to do it without becoming obsessive. I certainly see the benefit of tracking, but I’m one of those people who can quickly turn it into an unhealthy habit. I want to strike a happy balance between tracking and eating intuitively.

FOUR // Send off the dang thredUp bag

I literally just have to stuff it in the bag and send it off. C’mon, Jessica, get.it.done.

FIVE // Read. A. Book.

*eyeroll* I set a goal in January to read 12 books this year and so far, I’m failing miserably. I haven’t read one. Last weekend, I bought Anna Kendrick’s autobiography, Scrappy Little Nobody, on a whim in Target. Thus far, I’ve read the introduction. I know I would love it — if I weren’t too exhausted to read each night when I crawled into bed.

It all started with a trip to Target. Doesn’t it always?

What goals are you aiming to achieve this month? Linking up with Annemarie, Jen, and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!

Bi-Weekly Briefing | #7

Wow, it’s April! I find it just crazy that we are a full three months into the year now. Later this month, my husband and I will be celebrating our first year of marriage. Time is flying by so quickly!

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Because of that, I’m going to slow down just a little bit and recap what’s been happening on this here blog over the last couple of weeks. Life has been pretty crazy and busy lately. I know it’s just going to get busier in the coming months, so I want to try and enjoy the “now” while I can! And of course, you can always follow me in the “now” on Instagram and Pinterest. 😉

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Last Friday, I posted about some of my favorite podcasts! They’re all wellness minded, so if you’ve been searching for some new podcasts, give these a listen. If you have any tried and true that you’re loving, please drop your suggestions in the comments!

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When I was on Spring Break, I found myself with some extra time toward the end of the week. I took myself to Hobby Lobby and finally completed a craft that I had been thinking about doing for years. Literally, YEARS! Now, I will be sitting very pretty if I can get that thing hung up in half the number of years it took me to finally do it. 🙂

Run Bib Shadow Box Craft

A couple of weeks ago, I started a new series, Last Week’s Workouts, in which I journal my workouts from the previous week. Thank you, Captain Obvious. I’m doing this partly because it’s an easy post to crank out, and partly because I want to be able to look back on my training. I went through a lot of life changes during the time of my last half marathon training and I was not happy with it. I want to be able to easily look back and see what worked, what didn’t, and what I did differently.

Last Week's Workouts

Last Week's Workouts

I also shared a really yummy green smoothie bowl recipe that you DO NOT need to let pass you by! Seriously, get in on some of that sweetness. It’s so good — definitely my new favorite smoothie.

Sweet & Green Smoothie Bowl

If you are looking for a great spring workout, why don’t you check out this upper body routine that incorporates HIIT cardio? It’s perfect to take outside or complete in the gym. I guarantee you’ll be feeling it!

Upper Body HIIT Workout

That’s about all she (she being me) wrote on I Am Teacher Fit in the last couple of weeks. What’s been going on in your part of the world lately?

My Favorite Podcasts

I have just recently jumped onto the podcast bandwagon. That’s probably because I’m getting older. I remember riding in the car with my grandparents as a kid and HATING IT because all they ever listened to was talk radio. As an angsty preteen, the last thing I wanted to hear was Rush Limbaugh for 90 minutes on a road trip with my grandparents. These days, I take the time to listen to a podcast while I’m getting ready in the morning, during my conference period, or even when I’m grocery shopping. Podcasts are the new talk radio.

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My Favorite Podcasts

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Bi-Weekly Briefing | #6

I’ve been slacking a little bit — ok, a lotta bit! — on blogging lately. I had grand plans to be very productive over my Spring Break and front load a lot of writing. Well, it didn’t happen. The time change kicked me in the pants, even though I was technically on vacation and should’ve had no problem adjusting. I anticipate next week kicking me in the pants even more. 🙂

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Anyway! What’s everyone up to this weekend? I’m super excited to say that I’m headed to see Beauty & the Beast with my husband this afternoon. If you recall, that was one of my March goals. 😉 We are making a day date out of it and having lunch before the movie. I couldn’t think of a greater way to end my Spring Break!

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