New month! And, it’s May- which means we are officially out of my least desired two months of the year- March and April. From here it’s mostly smooth sailing. Weather will warm up pretty soon now consistently, then summer is always lovely, followed by my favorite (fall), and on to the holidays/winter, both seasons I really like. Once that yucky Wisconsin spring is done, I’m all good for the rest of the year! 😎
If we can kind of forget about our whole “covid/quarantine” adventure that ate up a bunch of the month, April turned out okay.
Looking at my habit tracker, there were some definite good trends:
Workouts- 25/30. I am back into very consistent workouts now and rarely missed a day. I obviously did home workouts during quarantine, but this week I got back in the gym 3 days, too. (Aiming currently for one Back/Biceps, one Shoulders/Triceps, one Legs). After time away I am always reminded how much I really love strength training. REAL strength training, in the gym (I mean, Beachbody kind of counts, but it’s really just not the same.)
I sort of decided to call it quits on picking running back up. Our trip in March and then our quarantine period threw me all off, and honestly, I really wasn’t enjoying it.
And, in a vain/purely aesthetic sense- running literally does the least positive things for my body. In fact, I feel like I look worse when I run as primary exercise form. For ME, strength training hands down gives me the best look (and feel). So, scratching running again, keeping relaxing walks for pure enjoyment.
Reading- Read at least 21 minutes 25/30 days. Finished two books, almost three…but I guess I’ll have to count the 3rd for May’s totals. (I was intrigued by Cal Newport saying he does not track # of books read and instead just focuses on TIME read per day. He said this allows him to actually read several books at once if he wants, quit reading a book if needed, etc. without the “pressure” (self-imposed) of trying to meet some arbitrary monthly or yearly total. Interesting.)
Yoga/Stretching- 4 times. Not bad! Average once a week, at least.
Photo Project – Worked on this at least 7 times (that I recorded). Making some good progress!! I just need to keep plugging away at this and stay consistent!
Gratitude- 30/30. Gold star. 😇
Reading w/ kids- 2!!! Bad. We started that new Beyond the Orphan Train book I mentioned, though (end of month). So, hopefully that will pick back up more now in May.
Screen time- Epic fail. Not even going to bother tallying the average. UGH. I do feel like I’m doing better with not checking it like, all the time at random moments like I used to. (Sometimes I still do, though). I really like Cal Newport’s suggestion (sorry for all the Cal references- I’ve been on a podcast binging streak here… hahaha…) about scheduling social media time in for certain specific times of the week. Like a little date with yourself and your phone (lol) but then you just don’t use it the rest of the time. I feel like this could be actually be a really great option for me, but I’ve yet to try it. The timer method/ iphone limit seems to have lost its power over me. Oops. 😬
Walks- 16/30. Okay, but not great. I’d really like to find a time of the day to consistently ALWAYS take a little walk, bc the outside time is wonderful. I’m fine with even a 10 minute walk. Doesn’t have to be much for me (though when it fits in, I love longer walks, too).
Water intake- I don’t really track this exactly, but mine has been weak. I drink a lot of other stuff…TEA mostly, soda (i know, i know), sparkling water….but plain old water always brings up the rear.
Okay, off to start my very 1st day in May, 2021! Asher has a swim meet an hour away and we need to leave in about an hour, so better go shower. How was your month??? Any big plans or goals for May?
Thought of the Day:
No matter what yesterday was like, birds always start the new day with a song. ❤️
I am grateful for us BOTH being fully vaccinated now. Ivan got his 2nd shot this week. Hoping the approval for 12+ comes soon so Ethan can join the club.