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April goals

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

emoticon It's the first of the month already!!!

So, I was just looking over my last post... goals for March. I have to say that I did pretty well on most of them. I have increased my activity after a terrible slump... got back to the gym and got in a couple outdoor runs now that it is a little warmer (and the mud wasn't too bad). In the last two weeks I've refocused my food goals--aiming for "clean eating" with no white sugar and no white flour. So far so good, minus a couple little blips. DH and I are really enjoying the weekly small group that meets for our lenten retreat. I hope that the group will continue to meet after Easter, even though we will need to move to a new study.

Since I had not been running much at all, I've been building back up to getting to 5k in a single run. I dumped my "increase 10k speed" training plan for the time being. I just couldn't do it on the treadmill. YUCK! Now that I'll be getting outside more, I'm setting my sights on a circuitous route on our rural roads that would be just over 7 miles total. That is my goal by this summer. I have added some short sprint intervals into my running game and that helps, too. Biking is another thing on my goal list for this spring/summer. I want to get out on my bike at least twice a week. We have a nice biking trail near us, so with a quick ride "into town" we can hit a pretty, relatively flat paved trail. I go running there sometimes, too. DH and I tried to hit the trail running this past weekend, but once we got out of the part maintained by the city (read: plowed) there was still a lot of snow so we turned back. It's only a matter of time, though... the snow has got to melt of SOMETIME!

Sleep is one thing I really need to work on harder. For the last week, I've been getting to bed before midnight, which is a step in the right direction. Before that, though, I was out of control. Now I look at the clock on the computer, and it's 11:30 p already... I better shut this down quick.

So, looking at April, I commit to continue working on the goals from last month. I'm seeing some progress, albeit slow.

May spring be upon us soon!!!
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HARVESTER54 4/29/2014 8:53AM

    Hi April, I hope that you are having a good April

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MNNICE 4/2/2014 1:35PM

    It's so important to have those specific goals. You've made a plan and will stick to it!

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OTEN36 4/2/2014 5:32AM

    Great Goals April!
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I downloaded that training/running site and my phone found you pretty fast.
I'll get back to you on how I like it. I don't get off work until Friday morning so I'm thinking that Saturday will be the next time I can run on the road. Sunday starts a new week for me and I'm trying to balance my job/12 hour shifts with water aerobics, running and my days off.
I envy you for having a bike trail. That would be super fun. We bought bikes two years ago but the road one direction leads to a highway only 1..1 miles away. The other directions has a pretty good hill. I think that is what stopped us that first year. It's one of my goals also to get back at it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your blog!
PS. I only have my peppers going and a few flowers. This weekend I decided to fire up the greenhouse and really do some damage....LOL

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Monday, February 24, 2014

emoticon Time to set some goals! emoticon

March is just around the corner. This is the time of year I feel like doing something--starting seeds, getting outside (even if there are piles of snow 5-12 feet tall!), organizing the house, etc. etc. So I'm going to set some goals for myself to hold myself accountable and to also maximize the benefits of my "spring" burst of energy and organizational prowess!
( emoticon emoticon hahahaha...have I LOOKED outside?! hahahaha. Maybe I'm getting a little crazy...)

On to my goals!

emoticon WATER! I will keep hydrated. That means at least 64 oz of water daily, preferably more!

emoticon FOOD TRACKER! This is a must! I need to track at least 5 days a week. In those days I will aim for 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruits, many of them raw. I will also strive to keep within my ranges for fat and calories while increasing my fiber and protein intake. To do this I need to make some rough mealplans, buy plenty of produce, and not let it go bad in the fridge!

emoticon emoticon FITNESS! I need to have at least 3 days of cardio work and 3 days of strength training. My goal this next month is to get out on runs 3-4 days a week, following my "increase 10K speed" training schedule. I know from experience that every other day works best for me. NO EXCUSES! I also need to get into SNAPfitness at least 3 times each week and do a well-rounded strength training routine. At least 3 sets of 15 reps on 4 machines and some core "floor work."

emoticon Get my garden underway! This means getting dirty and planting some seedlings (as soon as my seeds arrive!), prepping my cold box and greenhouse, finishing up my garden plan, and sketching out the plans for the garden addition. I need to be ready to work out there when this snow finally melts away!

emoticon GET OUTSIDE and enjoy the fresh air! So this week I will go out and shovel snow and find our deck. As soon as the weather gets above 18F and the road is not icy I will run outside a couple times a week. I will go out sledding with the kids!

emoticon WORK ON BETTER SLEEP HABITS! I need to tame my inner night owl. This month I will work on getting to bed before midnight at the latest, but aiming for 11:00 IN BED.

emoticon GOD. Hubby and I signed up for a 6 week Lenten retreat. I will do my assigned reading, schedule prayer time in my day, and be honest in my retreat booklet. I also plan on spending extra time with Jesus on Fridays.

emoticon DATE NIGHT. Hubby and I need this. At least twice in March. We will put it on the calendar and go out, just the two of us!

There you go! April, you are required to check back in on this list at the end of March. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! emoticon


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OTEN36 3/4/2014 6:16PM

    Very wonderful goals April!
Now tell me what Snapfitness is.
Any suggestions on training for a 5k?
I'm currently using SparkPeoples 5K group/calendar.
I'm on week #2.
I hope your week goes well. If you need more flower seeds let me know.
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MNCYCLIST 2/24/2014 9:29AM

    Great blog, very creative, thanks so much for sharing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/24/2014 2:25AM

    Great goals! I love your enthusiasm.

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144AUTUMN 2/24/2014 1:18AM

  You can do it!!

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014


WOW. I have not been sick in a lonnnnnng time. That all ended this weekend. And what a weekend for it to happen--my hubbie and I had the kids all going to Grandma's house so we had two days and nights on our own. I had a girls' night out planned for Friday (since hubby was working late) and then a couples' night out on Saturday. Friday started OK, except for a scratchy throat. Went out with the girls and by the time I got home, I sounded horrible. Saturday morning dawned bright and sinusy. Joy. Saturday night we did salvage our couples' night out (had the most AWESOME seafood linguini and excellent service at Chianti Grill), but came home relatively early since I was feeling cruddy, one half of the other couple was feeling about the same. Sunday morning hubby made me breakfast in bed, sinuses were continuing to get worse and I neti-potted to no avail. Watched the SuperBowl at home with the fam, and sometime around midnight the stomach bug hit. Yuck yuck and yuck. I was basically up all night and finally fell asleep Monday morning. I slept for roughly 30 hours, minus a few breaks for a couple trips to the restroom and the single piece of toast Monday night with a side of 4 oz of Sprite.

I obviously needed that sleep. I feel a lot better, though not completely recovered. Still sinusy, have a very foggy brain, and going to head back to bed soon. At least the stomach thing is settled. Another couple pieces of toast and coffee tasted very good.

These little blips make me very thankful for our overall good health. I often offer prayers for many friends on FB or here who are dealing with chronic illness or very scary diagnoses or surgery. I want you to know that I truly do keep you in my prayers. This little bout with the crud inspired me to hold you all up even more.
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Oh, and this is definitely not the way I want to lose weight, but I'll take every little bit I can--down 1.5 pounds today. :-)

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OTEN36 2/11/2014 12:01PM

    How are you feeling now April? Is the illness still going thru your household? I have been lucky and not got it so far.
Good news on the tomato front. I just finished giving it a trim and found three tomato's so far. I'm just super excited. Hubby is going to finish the trim on the windows and put the door on the closet today while I do my taxes. I can't wait for that porch to be done. It's almost time to start our seeds...woo hoo
Get better soon,

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MNCYCLIST 2/5/2014 7:14AM

    Sorry to hear about this, it's been a tough year in Minnesota for illness--I've been sick for months, never been sick for this long in my life. But you're right, it does help us to empathize with others and pray with more compassion and passion. God be with you!

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    I hope you are better soon!

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Fresh Produce in the Dead of Winter=HEAVEN!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I am the coordinator for a local produce buying club. It has been such a godsend to be able to buy organic produce at wholesale prices twice a month! I have 5 POUNDS of red peppers in my fridge--well, actually only 4 pounds now since I munched a pound of them away today. emoticon

It really does make a difference to have those fresh fruits and veggies in your fridge waiting to be eaten. Better yet, I've been cutting up enough for a day or two at a time so anytime I get the munchies, I munch on some blueberries or carrot sticks or red pepper or some sugar snap peas!

Outside the weather has been QUITE frightful! Frozen veggies steamed can go a long way, but sometimes you just NEED some crunchy fresh yumminess. If you have an opportunity to join a buying club in your area, check it out! It might turn out to be one of the best things you have done for yourself!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/29/2014 11:15PM

    What a treat to be able to get great freggies but to also get organic -- a double bonus. Hope your customers are appreciative of all your efforts. Sounds like a good job.

I remember my first year as a youngster living and working in a supperclub kitchen five days and nights a week during the summer months -- I lost 30 lbs thinking I had already eaten so much of the great food leaving the kitchen for our customers. Began waitressing a year or two into the job -- even a great workout when you're serving the public. So glad that's a part of my history. Have a great end of week!

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MONIQUEARIELLE 1/29/2014 10:52PM

    What I cool job, I am jealous! I subscribe to an organic CSA delivery and it is WONDERFUL.

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Seize the day!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Today is your day! Grab it and wrangle it and make it yours. You are in control!!!

Yes, I am. I WILL make healthy choice, I WILL make time for myself, I WILL M-O-V-E this body and it will be rockin' in no time at all!

MOTIVATION... gotta keep it rolling. :-)

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/25/2014 11:09PM

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OTEN36 1/25/2014 9:11PM

    LOVE it!!!
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I really like how fresh and clean your kiwi strawberry page looks
AFter cleaning the house I made sure to stop and allow myself "ME" time to get on the tread mill. a hours worth!
Thanks for sharing the positive spirit
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