May Goals + an April Recap

April was a complete whirlwind! Am I the only one? I feel like no sooner did I sit down to write my April goals than the month was over and done with. To be honest, April was the worst month of 2017 so far (for me anyway). Most days I felt completely out of balance and let the stresses of life take over. Realizing that, April wasn’t a successful month for reaching goals. But! I still think there’s value in looking back and learning from the experience.

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It’s already May… But this is my favorite meme of all time!

April Goals

ONE // Drink 100 oz. of water daily

Grade: B-

Most days I did pretty well at this, but there’s definitely room for improvement. Weekends are always when I seem to be less hydrated.

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

Grade: A-

This I accomplished! Although I didn’t keep up with the mileage per runs that I was hoping for, I still got in regular runs. I will work on keeping my mileage up better in May!

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

Grade: F

I did fantastic with this in March, so I thought it would be a great goal to set for April… And then stress hit like a ton of bricks and suddenly, keeping track of every single bite wasn’t as important. For the last few weeks, I’ve been eating more intuitively as opposed to counting every calorie and gram and actually feeling great.

FOUR // Send off the thredUp bag

Grade: F

Didn’t happen. The bag is still sitting in my kitchen chair where it’s been since it arrived.

FIVE // Read. A. Book.

Grade: F

I read one chapter in the pedicure chair one Saturday afternoon. Does that count?! 😉

May Goals

ONE // Run 2x/week and begin to increase my mileage again

This is a repeat from last month, as you can see above. Additionally, I want to complete 100 “miles” of cardio by the first day of summer! I don’t anticipate running every single one of those miles, so I’m counting HIIT towards it as well. 10 minutes of intense cardio = 1 mile

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TWO // Leave work most days by 4:15

I had my LAST day of tutorials for the school year yesterday, and hopefully my last day of leaving at 5 p.m. I go off duty at 3:45, so there’s really no reason for me to keep hanging around much longer. 😉

Leaving work at 4:00 on Monday. YES.

THREE // Eat clean 90% of the time

In the next couple of months, I want to clean up my diet quite a bit and work on losing some fat. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had some of the most consistently clean days I can remember having and I’m so proud of myself! When you build up momentum and see little successes, it makes sticking with something a lot easier.

FOUR // Lose 3 pounds

This goes hand-in-hand with goal #3 and is part of a long(er) term goal. Honestly… I know numbers don’t mean that much, but sometimes a particular number on the scale is still nice to see.

FIVE // Catch up on house cleaning 

Since I want to be leaving work earlier this month, I want to use that time to get caught up on some house cleaning! I’m not a weekend cleaner. I’d rather do a few small tasks each day than everything all in one day. This week has been successful thus far — I swept the floors on Monday and vacuumed the carpets yesterday. But the true test will be whether or not the dishwasher gets unloaded this afternoon. 😉

Are you setting any specific goals for the month of May? I’m linking up for Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

Checking In: 2017 Goals & Word of the Year

Here we are! A full two months into the new year. Both January and February have now come and gone. I have just eight days until my spring break begins! Before we know it, summer will be here showing its pretty face. 🙂 Late, late last year and then early this year I talked about my word of the year as well as my goals. I’m so good at making goals and then never thinking about them again, so I want to take the time to reflect on the last nine weeks and see where I’m going from here!

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First up, my word of the year: B A L A N C E.

balance

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Instagram Lately

When it comes to blogging, sometimes I’ve totally got my game together. I’ve got posts scheduled, or at least planned, for weeks out with fun, quality content. Other times, I stare at my computer on Sundays and think, “What the heck am I going to write about?” This was one of those weeks. 🙂 In those cases, I feel life updates make for interesting topics, so how about one via Instagram? You can always follow in real-time on Instagram, username @teacherfit.jess!

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This past weekend was a great one. I didn’t want it to end! My husband has been traveling a lot for work, so it was great to finally have him home. We took his Corvette out Saturday afternoon, which turned into an impromptu date night at one of our favorite restaurants! We enjoyed the quality time together. 🙂 Even with all the traveling he’s done lately, he didn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without a sweet surprise.

Since we are taking a Disney trip in November, we decided to cut back on gift giving this year. But he just couldn’t resist spoiling me a little bit! “Now you have a shirt to wear when we’re in Disney,” he said. He doesn’t have to twist my arm! 🙂

That week was particularly stressful because one of my teammates was out sick for two days. She was unable to find a sub, so for those two days I had extra students and longer classes. I did my best to roll with the punches, but the stress got the best of me!

I rounded out the week with one of the best runs I’ve had since I picked it up again and then hit the road for an amazing, whirlwind trip to see my family. Since we moved in July, our quality family time has been cut drastically. My heart needed some time with my mama!

I had last Monday off for President’s Day (and all the teachers said, “Amen!”), so I spent it catching up on a million and one things. I still made time for rest and activity though! My activity just happened to involve cleaning my house top to bottom in addition to my planned three miles.

I usually do my meal prep on Sundays, but since I was out of town and off on Monday, I used the extra time on Monday to prepare for the week.

I made my favorite Overnight French Toast Casserole for breakfast and it made the rest of the week run so much smoother! If you want to try it out, find the recipe here!

On Wednesday, I got in another treadmill 5K and was reminded that not all runs are great. I’ve been having SO many good runs lately, I had forgotten how hard it can really be.

I was miserable the entire time and throughout the no-crunch ab workout I did afterward. Luckily, my Saturday run went MUCH better! 🙂

On Friday, I did a total body workout in the new Jillian Michaels app. I’ve been using it since about the beginning of the year and I really like it. I think I’m going to switch things up this week though.

The programs she offers are fantastic, but they don’t exactly fit with my goals right now. On the other hand, the workout generator seems somewhat haphazard and I haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyone else tried Jillian’s app? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Saturday I made a bomb smoothie after my run! I don’t even talk like that, but it was just that good.

It was nothing more than protein powder, almond milk, dark cherries, and strawberries. It was amazing. Or maybe I was just that starving after those four miles. 🙂

Yesterday, I did one of my favorite Tone It Up workouts — kettletoning. Find it on YouTube here! It’s a fantastic mix of yoga and kettlebells and really got me sweating! Love, love, love it!

What’s been going on in your life lately — Instagram or otherwise? Tell me! I’d love to hear about it!