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April 3, 2012

Hey everyone, did you all survive Monday? Somehow I did… My legs were crazy sore! Mostly my quads and my calf muscles, and sitting in class all day sure didn’t help! Today I want to share my goals for April with all of you, but first, a quick book review!

I participated in Julie’s book club again this month and loved her choice: The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. With all the distopias I’ve been reading, this was a nice change!

This book is interesting because it’s kind of a mystery, but the reader knows the secret the whole time! The anticipation comes from waiting to see whether the secret is revealed, which makes it nerve-wracking to read, it was almost like a suspenseful movie! Haha you should have seen my face in parts, I’m sure people on the bus thought I was crazy!

The story follows you a young woman who gets involved in a crime because she is in love with an older college student and will do anything for him. She learns quickly that he was using her (duh!!!) and her whole life is turned upside down. One thing that bothered me was the difficulty I had liking one of the main characters, Corinne. Her behavior as she grew up was awful, and I think I feel that way because I strongly believe that family is one of the most important things in life, including respecting our parents (yes, Dad, I just said that).

Despite my dislike of Corinne’s behavior (which I can’t really talk about or it will give away a lot of the book!) I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually got excited to go to school because it meant I could read this during my commute! I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a suspenseful novel and a quick, fun read.

 

Now, back to me!! Haha.

I realize that it’s already the 3rd of April, but because of my half marathon, I’m just now getting to do my goals post! If you’re new to the blog, every month I come up with new goals to work on, and re-cap my goals from last month. Here are my past goal posts:

March 2012 Goals

February 2012 Goals

January 2012 Goals

2012 Goals

December 2011 Goals

November 2011 Goals

October 2011 Goals

September 2011 Goals

Whew! I’ve been doing this for a while! I didn’t realize how many that was! These go back to before I got my own domain and I used blogspot!

Alright, enough of that. Let’s take a look at my March goals and see how I did:

1. Give more compliments and complain less! I did alright with this one, although I wish I’d written this goal down somewhere that I could see to remind me about it every day. I think I might try and keep this one up because I love giving compliments because I know how good it feels to get them!

2. Get more healthy fats in my diet and eat more earlier in the day.

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I did a little better with this one but not anything amazing. I have certain breakfasts that I like so it was a little harder to just add in more calories without making it too much food. I did work on making my morning snack bigger though, which really helped curb my hunger until my late lunchtime most days. Also something I’m going to keep up!

3. Cook at least two new meals with my parents in Colorado.

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Hmmm… okay didn’t really do this. We did cook dinner at home a couple times, but it wasn’t anything new for me. Honestly, I just wanted to relax and enjoy the time and not worry about cooking. I actually had less free time than I anticipated because I kept wanting to get outside in the gorgeous weather!

4. Follow my Best Body Bootcamp and be a Rockstar!!!

Did this one except for last week! I followed all the Best Body Bootcamp workouts, but last week I had to tailor the plan to fit my tapering. I did the upper body workout and the cardio, but I didn’t do any leg strength training because I didn’t want to be sore. I’m excited about being able to fully dedicate myself for the second half of bootcamp now that my training is over!

 

Now that we’ve taken a look at how I did last month, it’s time to look at my new goals for the month of April!

April Goals

1. Take spinning classes. I had intended to take spinning a while back, but I realized with my half marathon training and Best Body Bootcamp, I just wouldn’t have time to fit it in! I actually bought a Groupon for 4 classes to a local spinning studio, so I’m excited to try it out this month now that my half is over and give spinning another chance!

2. STUDY FOR FINALS AND KICK BUTT! Oh dear Lord, it’s that time of the year again! Finals start up in 4 weeks!!! In law school you usually don’t have any grades in your class during the semester, so the final exam counts for your entire semester grade! Ridiculous, but it means that I need to start NOW. Outlining is already on my To-Do List.

3. Re-arrange my apartment/get a a desk! I’ve realized that having just one small table to eat, study and do blog work/surf the internet at is driving me crazy. I really need to have a separate eating area and working area. There are too many food smudges on my books and papers. I’m hoping to find an EXTREMLY CHEAP white table/desk and finding a way to fit it into my apartment. It will happen.

4. No anxiety/boredom eating! I tend to eat a lot when I’m bored or anxious, so I’m trying really hard this month to cut back on this bad habit! I think having a separate desk will help with this too!

5. Adventurous April Janetha at Meals and Moves is hosting Adventurous April! I’m new to her blog and have never seen her monthly challenges before. The challenge is to do something I wouldn’t normally do, and then report back to Janetha about it. I think this is great for me because I really need to push myself out of my comfort zone! Even little things like striking up conversations with people I don’t know, or trying out a new coffee place to study at. I tend to be quite a homebody and I don’t chat with strangers very easily… So I think this will be good for me!

 

What are some goals that you have for yourself?

 

What’s something you could do to push yourself out of your comfort zone?

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2012 6:52 am

    I really like this! I was thinking before I read this what I want to accomplish for April. I really need to get on that list! I def want to help my bf get settled in our new apt (OH YES WE FOUND ONE 🙂 and study study for my two exams that I really need to do well on.

    I want to take a workout class! I’m not a fan of working out in a group setting but I’d love to try it!

    • April 3, 2012 6:58 am

      Congrats on finding that new apartment!!! Haha and yes, studying is a necessity. You should definitely try a workout class, they can be so intimidating to walk into but they usually end up being a great time!

  2. April 3, 2012 7:14 am

    I like Janetha’s challenge, I should try that too!

  3. April 3, 2012 7:50 am

    I love spinning! You will too.

    What school do you go to?

  4. April 3, 2012 8:18 am

    My goal right now is to always work out 4 days a week. Eventually I want to hit 5, but 4 is a good step up for me.

    Giving more compliments is a great goal too- I might work on that as well 🙂

    • April 3, 2012 10:20 am

      That’s a great workout goal! I did the same thing when I started to try and workout more than once a month in college… Haha. It was hard to start the habit, but once I did it felt weird not to get in a few workouts every week!

  5. April 3, 2012 8:52 am

    i like your april goals! i hope you enjoy the spin classes. wish i could take them with you! 🙂

  6. April 3, 2012 10:31 am

    Definitely try spinning, I bet you’ll like it if you find a good instructor!

    I want to heal! I’m recovering from a stress fracture/ overuse injuries. I want to start May FRESH and ready to base-train!

    • April 3, 2012 10:34 am

      Healing sounds like an amazing goal!!! Haha. And send me an e-mail if you ever need some froyo to help you heal, I’m always up for that! (I hear it has magical powers… )

  7. April 3, 2012 11:11 am

    Great goals! I just finished the same book for Julie’s book club too!

  8. April 3, 2012 11:32 am

    Love this post! I hope to finish out this semester strong and graduate!

  9. April 3, 2012 3:42 pm

    I read in an Amazon review for this book that it takes a talented author to make you dislike a character so much. So I guess Chamberlain did her job because Cory frustrated me plenty throughout the book!

    One of my friends from college runs/ teaches Real Ryder in Chicago and is always reporting what a great work out it is. Hope you like it!

    • April 4, 2012 10:39 am

      Haha I like that review – so true! And I’m glad to hear that about Real Ryder! I can’t wait to try it out!

  10. April 3, 2012 4:05 pm

    I love that idea of adventurous april! I think I may have to try that out too! I am not usually a big fan of change and don’t ever step outside my comfort zone either, but I definitely want to start trying! You only get one life, might as well make it exciting! ha
    Let me know how you like the spin class, I’ve always thought about trying that too, but I’ve heard it hurts areas I am nervous to hurt! 😉 ha

    • April 4, 2012 10:39 am

      You should definitely try to do Adventurous April! And I’ll be sure to let you know how spin goes…

  11. April 3, 2012 7:46 pm

    Great goals! I need to eat more earlier in the day also. 🙂 Spin rocks!!! 🙂

  12. April 5, 2012 1:25 pm

    Thanks for spreading the Adventurous April love!

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