In April, I set some pretty light/attainable goals:
- Go Streaking: run outside every day in April (1 mile minimum)
- Grow my @healthydoseoflife Instagram to 550 followers.
- Self Care Sundays: Reading, running for enjoyment, Epsom salt baths, foam rolling, yoga, relaxing with a cup of herbal tea are all examples
So, how did they turn out? Streaking and Self Care Sundays were easy. Were there days I didn’t feel like running? Sure, but one mile is a small enough distance that no matter how sore I was or how hard it was raining, I knew I could do it. I loved it, but I’ll be incorporating rest days again in May. I like to be able to listen to my legs and take breaks when necessary (which would’ve been nice the day before and after my half).
As for growing my Instagram: I didn’t put as much work into this as I should’ve. I grew my account, but not by as much as I wanted to. Ultimately, the purposes of my @healthydoseoflife Instagram are to inspire people on their health journey, get people to check out the blog, and connect with other health/fitness enthusiasts. I need to prioritize the “connecting with others” aspect moving forward to achieve my goals!
For May, I’ve set a few more goals and am hoping to challenge myself with a few of them:
- Do 3 hours of yoga per week. I feel so great when I do yoga, but I’m quick to cut it out when my schedule gets packed. 3 hours/week feels very attainable to reap the benefits without making it a “chore”. I’d love to do more classes, but to keep my wedding budget on track I’ll be youtubing from home. I love Sarah Beth Yoga and Yoga With Adrienne – let me know if there are others I should check out!
- Do ab/core work every day. I usually rely on crossfit and lifting to target my core, butI’m going to spend some time outside of class working on bodyweight movements.
- Read 1 book for purpose rather than pleasure. I loved how this goal turned out in March, so I’m excited to revisit it! I’ll probably read “Start Where You Are” but would love to see your recommendations in the comments.
- Follow 3 health/fitness publications. I don’t read a lot of news or articles, but I’d like to change that. Starting with a subject I’m passionate about should help this become a habit down the road.
What goals are you chasing this month?
Last month I set some ambitious goals (read about them here) and now it’s time to check in on that progress while outlining my April goals.
- Grow my @healthydoseoflife Instagram to 450 followers. Check! I’ve been hovering just over the 450 mark. A more consistent posting schedule, following and commenting on other profiles, and some professional photos were a big help.
- Break my record for “most viewed post” on the blog. No dice. I fell out of rhythm with posting. I’m still trying to strike a better balance among my priorities, so this goal will likely pop up again later on when I have a better plan in place.
- Run 75 miles. This goal I actually decided to ditch about two weeks into the month because I realized it was a bad goal. I usually set mileage goals when I’m training for a race or looking to get outside more. Since I hadn’t registered for any races and the weather was not great, neither of these applied. I also found it counterintuitive to my larger priority of performing well in the open. This is another goal that I will likely mix into another month (maybe one where the sun shines?).
- Perform a muscle up. Check! This was without a doubt one of the most exciting moments of my life so far (below getting engaged, above completing a marathon). Now I work on them a few days a week after class so I can get more consistent. Once I’m more comfortable with the movement, I’ll try my hand at ring muscle ups.
- Read 1 book for purpose rather than pleasure. Check! I absolutely loved The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve taken a lot of her advice to heart and intend on starting my own happiness project! As far as books go, I’m back to reading for pleasure for now, but will be dabbling in reading for purpose more often.
- Go Streaking: A run streak, that is! I’m going to run outside every day in April (minimum 1 mile) since the open is over and the weather’s getting warmer. I’m also doing a half marathon later this month. It’s nice to mix it up and prioritize running every once in awhile!
- Grow my @healthydoseoflife Instagram to 550 followers. Same plan as before, just need to keep it up!
- Self Care Sundays. This one is more of a resolution than a goal. I intend on making self-care Sundays a regular habit (right now I’m a bit sporadic with them). Reading, running for enjoyment, Epsom salt baths, foam rolling, yoga, and relaxing with a cup of herbal tea are all going to be part of my Sundays. I push my body and mind pretty hard throughout the week and should give myself more time to recharge.
I’m keeping it pretty light this month since it’s my birthday month and a lot of my focus will be on fun + enjoyment, but I’m excited for new challenges and habits!
What goals are you working toward?
I love Sundays. They’re my day of rest and recovery. My weekly workouts consist of 4-5 crossfit sessions, running 4-5 times and sometimes a little bit of gym time sprinkled in for targeted training. By Sunday, my body is begging for rest (and let’s be real, sometimes its begging for a break by Wednesday depending on the WOD schedule).
I’m a big proponent of active rest, so I usually use Sundays to move in a less intense, more intentional way. I like to get outside and enjoy a little nature therapy with a quick hike or some leisurely rollerblading. I also make a point to foam roll and engage in a light at-home yoga session. YouTube is a great resource if you’re interested in getting into yoga without the classroom setting (or the membership fees). I like to mix up my routine depending on my mood and soreness level, and there are tons of free options that you can check out. I tend to focus on yin/restorative or light vinyasa flows since my goals and the intentions that I set are based on meditation, stretching and recovery. With that in mind, below are my top 5 Youtube Yoga faves:
- Let It Go: This is a fun practice to help you release tension. I feel euphoric after this flow!
2. Into to Yin: Great for meditation and total relaxation, body and mind. It’s very easy to follow, even for beginners.
3. Runner’s Yoga: Great to balance out a tough training schedule. This flow was my secret sauce to stay sane during marathon training.
4. Up the Wall: So quick. So easy. So amazing for your legs. This is a practice that’s truly for anyone, even if you’re not into yoga. I love to do this right before bed.
5. 7 Day Yoga Challenge: Okay, so this one’s technically a series, but I love it. This challenges you to 7 days of yoga, practicing different kinds for only 15 minutes at a time. This is a great way to begin a yoga habit.
Do you practice at home? What youtube yoga videos should’ve made the list?