I’m doing a monthly round-up of how my resolutions are going, as a way to encourage me to stay on track and plan goals, rather than leaving everything to the last minute! Here’s my April round-up.
Progress Made – April
- 200 sugar free days: 22 (56/200)
This is definitely getting easier! I’m down to about one day a week now where I eat refined sugar, so the next step is to cut out other items that have a high sugar content like fruit juice. No sugar is easier when you’re on a calorie controlled diet because I often don’t want to ‘waste’ my calories on something sugary, heh.
- Exercise 52 times: 15 (66/52) – completed!
This month was definitely a better month for exercise than March! I carried on with Couch to 5K (I’m now on week four using this app, if anyone is interested), took a ballet class and did some walking too. Next month I want to get back to swimming as I really miss it, and get some more toning/strengthening exercises in. Q is a fully qualified personal trainer now, so I really have no excuse ;)
I’ve actually hit my ‘exercise 52 times’ target, but obviously I’m not going to stop exercising. It was definitely a good motivator tho!
- Clear my ‘to read’ shelf: 7 (13/48)
I made a big effort to read more books from my to-read shelf this month and it paid off. I did, however, buy a few more books so, er, there’s still quite a lot to get through. This is a recurring theme – I might have to put myself on a book ban for May! Ha.
- Read 100 books: 13 (45/100)
Almost halfway with this goal now, always a nice feeling. The readathon helped as I read four books in one day, but overall it’s been a pretty solid month for reading!
- Watch 100 films: 10 (47/100)
I didn’t watch many films this month – a few things on Netflix but nothing special or really of note. Ho hum.
- Watch 26 films at the cinema: 1 (8/26)
This month was shocking for cinema films. There’s been a real dearth of things we want to watch lately – we went to see Woman in Gold which was okay but other than that, zip. Boo.
- Weigh no more at the end of the year than I did at the start: -2lbs (-8lbs overall)
I lost less weight this month but that’s okay. Slow and steady and all that jazz. I took my measurements again and I’ve lost 8.25 inches in total since January 1st and I will take that, thank you. I’m still calorie counting, still exercising, still being mindful of what I put into my body.
It’s a funny thing, really. I’ve always known these things are good for me but it’s still a mystery to me why they’re so easy to ignore in favour of something that I know is not. My mindset is changing, tho.
In the same way that it took a while for my brain to click into “no gluten”, I think healthy eating + exercise will take a little bit longer, but I definitely feel happier, healthier and brighter and that’s making it easier to carry on.
Push against my comfort zone
I ran eight times this month, outdoors, on the street. I also ran on a treadmill in a shop full of people and I didn’t want to do it but it was fine. (Learn that lesson, kiddo.) I took a ballet class even tho I haven’t done ballet for about 25 years and it was fun – my comfort zone is definitely expanding, little by little.
Spend less at the supermarket than we did in 2014
Tick tick tick. Buying less “treat” stuff is certainly helping, but mostly just being aware in the first place is keeping us in check.
Lots of surprise gifts given this month. Tick!
(side note: I never thought I’d post so many photos of myself looking stupid on this blog, ha)
I ticked a few things off my 31 for 31 this month (like donating to 31 charities, going to a ballet class, finally knitting the owl sweater and giving 31 surprise gifts) so I’m counting this as done. We did spend quite a lot of our evenings mainlining Community on Netflix but I also did a lot of knitting and blog post writing at the same time, so I think that’s okay.
Finish the library
After the disappearing carpenter didn’t reappear we started the search over again. Seriously – why is it so hard to find tradesmen who will turn up on time and, y’know, actually do the work you want to pay them for?! We’ve had another quote but it’s fairly expensive and now I’m in a quandary. Do we try and find someone cheaper or just suck it up and use the guy we know will actually do the work?
Build a WordPress theme
I made a tiny bit of progress with this, hand coding a landing page for a client and learning some new techniques along the way. I also changed up the layout of this site slightly which always helps me to learn how WordPress deals with CSS changes. I need to throw myself into this one, I think, it’s not going to be easy to learn in dribs and drabs.
Have more patience
This month has been less stressful in a lot of respects which has helped with the patience endeavour. Clearly what I need to learn are techniques for dealing with impatience when I’m not feeling 100% since those are the time when I need patience the most!