I can’t believe it’s already May tomorrow! In April, I managed to pay down $954 of my debt so my starting May balance is now updated on the right, and here’s my April goals results (um, apparently I cut off the dates, oops):
1) Run 75 miles, with 2 hill repeats sessions on Torrey Pines – PASS! 76 to be exact, and I did 3 sessions of Torrey Pines since it’s a great reward at the end of a long work day.
2) Meet all the calisthenic metrics (burpees, side planks with push-ups, walking lunges, push-ups), and 4 each of back/bi, chest/tri, delts/legs sessions – Mostly Pass. Except for the push-ups portion (not sure what I was thinking with that metric), I completed all other categories.
3) 12 sweets this month – PASS! With 2 that I didn’t even end up using… I’ve been wearing lighter colored clothes now that it’s spring, so this probably has something to do with it ever since the “Melted Chocolate and White Trousers Debacle” of 2009 (est.).
4) Stick to or go under $600 in expenses (groceries, going out, gas, gifts, miscellaneous), and meet a 25% want metric – FAIL. I ended up going to OC a couple of times to help the fam pack and then unpack (and get rid of a bunch of crap when grandma wasn’t looking), so my gas and dinner expenses were higher than usual. But, I suppose there were some Target purchases I could’ve vetoed. In total, I spent $716.93 with a 30% “wants” metric, so at least now I have a baseline to compare to subsequent months.
5) Study Spanish for at least 10 hours – PASS! I also watched “La Misma Luna” which, controversial immigration/politics aspect and fairly outlandish circumstances aside, was a truly touching movie. I like watching movies with subtitles, and then watching it again the next day by not looking at subtitles. It can be misleading since an actor might say “I want a ham sandwich with a pickle on the side” and the subtitle reads “I want lunch,” but it still helps. I’ve also started using the Spanish option at self checkouts or anywhere it’s available, which I always get quizzical looks at.
6) 4 new healthy recipes – PASS! I also made this quinoa stir-fry with chicken and vegetables which was scrumdillyumptious (I used low sodium chicken broth instead of water for the quinoa, added two egg whites, and replaced snow peas with spinach). Cash Cow Couple’s kale chip recipe also reminded me that I used to like doing stuff like that, so I made spinach chips with a bunch hanging out in my fridge. Adding paprika was a great idea!
For May, I’m sticking to those goals, but also tweaking it a bit:
1) Run 80 miles, with 2 “speed” sessions (speed to me, at least)
2) More weights sessions, 2 upper body (arms, chest, back, abs) and 2 lower body (legs, booty, lower back, abs) per week – my fitness competitor friend asked me to train some days with her and I couldn’t be happier. She rotates me and two others as her workout buddy when she competes, and it’s a win-win since I end up doing more weights workouts even though I use
half one-third one-fourth of how much she lifts since she gets in beast-mode.
3) 2 sweets a week – summer’s around the corner!
4) Stick to or go under $600 in expenses (groceries, going out, gas, gifts, miscellaneous), and meet a 25% want metric – um, and actually do this. This doesn’t include a wedding gift or Mother’s Day gifts for my mom and grandma that I set aside with Ebay items I sold a couple of months back that I mentioned here. But you will notice I’ve added a $500 “fun” money column as discussed in this post, though I will look for ways to supplement and absorb the costs. I put my iPod replacement there even though I bought it this past weekend.
5) Study Spanish for at least 1 hour, 3 times a week – so I can be consistent.
6) Veggies in every meal, including breakfast, at least 4 days a week – I need to start preparing “egg quiches” with spinach and bell peppers and pack them up for breakfast – they keep when frozen, so I just thaw them out and eat. Lunch and dinner always have veggies, anyway.