April Results + May Goals: How Did I Do & How Can I Improve?!

A month ago, I wrote a post about my goals for the month of April. Today I bring you the results and my new goals for May. Come check out how I did and what I’ll do to push myself further!

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Man, the month of April just flew by. I can’t believe it’s May already! Ahh! I think I’m finishing April with more to do than I started the month with. Oh well. I did get quite a bit done, though.

Physical Goals

A Negative Mind Will Never Give You A Positive Life

My overall goal was to restart TurboFire (<– affiliate link), which if you remember I did for two months last year and I lost 6 pounds and 9.5 inches IN THE FIRST MONTH!

So in April, I detailed out a workout plan to get my body and mind back into the swing of things, in order to restart the program. Here’s the breakdown:

Week 1 Goal: Walk x 3, Yoga x 2

Week 1 Reality: Walk x 3, Yoga x 2 (Woo, I did it!)

Week 2 Goal: Walk x 3, Yoga x 3, Cardio x 1

Week 2 Reality: Walk x 3, Yoga x 1, Cardio x 3 (While I’m sad I didn’t do all three yoga sessions, I did make up for it with my cardio workouts!)

Week 3 Goal: Walk x 3, Yoga x 4, Cardio x 3

Week 3 Reality: Walk x 2, Yoga x 2, Cardio x 5 (Again, I didn’t hit the marks on walking and yoga, but overshot on the cardio. Since Turbo Fire is mainly cardio, I’m okay with this.)

Week 4 Goal: Walk x 4, Yoga x 5, Cardio x 5

Week 4 Reality: Walk x 4, Yoga x 3, Cardio x 4 (I got much closer to my goals this week.)

Anything New?

Small Progress Is Still progress

I did a couple of new things last month! First, I got a Fitbit Charge HR (<– affiliate link). I absolutely love it! Not only does it monitor my heart rate ALL DAY LONG, but it gives me my steps, distance I’ve walked (you wouldn’t believe how far I walked mowing just PART of the yard [2 miles]), calories burned, and so much more! I am so excited to see what happens next month!

First Mile On Bike

The second new thing that happened in April was that I started to ride my bike again! I haven’t rode since high school, back before I had a car. The bike I have has literally never been rode more than a mile and I managed to ride 2.3 miles! My ass hurt for a week, but I’m excited to incorporate cycling into my fitness routine in the upcoming month!

Overall Impression

I did great! I didn’t hit the goals for everything every week, but I’m not perfect. I did what I could with the time and energy I had at the time and it was still good enough. I feel confident going into the next month! Speaking of which….

What Are My Goals For May?

Watch your habits, not your weight

Well, this is an easy one. I’m restarting Turbo Fire! I’ll be posting daily updates over in my Facebook group, called Health and Happiness. So head over and join us today!

I’m using an old 20 week schedule, which can be found here. This schedule has me working out 6 days a week, with a rest day on the third day of the schedule. I really wanted to start it so the rest day falls on a Saturday, but that means I wouldn’t start until Thursday, May 4th (Hey! Star Wars Day!). Since the first falls on a Monday, I”m just going to start then.

TurboFire Schedule

I was going to insert my schedule, but it’s so long! You can check it out on the link provided above or over in the Health and Happiness group!

Expectations/Thoughts

Even though I’ve gone through the first two months before, I’m not sure what to expect in terms of my results. My body is better prepared than it was the first time around, so I know it will be easier. But as for the results? Who knows! Here are my stats and progress photo:

Stats As Of 4/30/17:

  • Weight: 262.0 pounds
  • Bicep: 19 inches
  • Bust: 49.5 inches
  • Hip: 53 inches
  • Neck 15 inches
  • Thigh: 27.5 inches
  • Waist: 48 inches

Before Front

In addition to Turbo Fire, I’m going to focus on getting more miles in on my bike. I don’t have a breakdown, because it’s been so long since I’d rode that I don’t want to fail. My modest goal is to ride 1 mile per week. That’s it.

Okay, last physical health goal. For all 31 days of May, I want to track all of my food and water intake. I’m using Fitbit’s app, since my tracker is connected to it!

Mental Health

In addition to my physical health, I set a goal for my mental health again too. My goal was to journal once a week. And I completely failed at that. I just ran out of time.

I did do something right, though. I restarted my gratitude journal! It’s where I write down three things I’m grateful for each day. That’s it! It’s a simple and positive way to wind down my day!

What About May?

I will continue my gratitude journaling each day and I’m starting a mood tracker as well. I hope that this, in combination with my Fitbit, I can narrow down any depressive episodes and anxiety attacks, if I have any (fingers crossed I don’t!). If I do have any depression or anxiety, I can see what I’m doing or not doing that might have attributed to it.

Blog Goals

Each Day Is A Fresh Start

This might not concern some of you, but if you’re interested, here are my blog goals.

In the month of April, I set some modest goals. The first was that I write 12 blog posts. sadly, I failed that. I wrote xx.

The second goal was that I get 100 followers/likes/subscribers on my blog, Facebook page, Instagram, and Pinterest. I inserted a graph below for the details.

I didn’t hit any of my goals, but I did get pretty close.

What about May?

Instead of setting a specific value to my social media numbers, I am setting my goal to get the same percentage increase or better. In the graph above, I listed the percentage increase for each social media account. Here are the actual numbers I’m aiming to get:

Blog Graph May 2017

 

Okay Guys, Question Time!

What goals do you have for May? If you haven’t thought about them, it isn’t too late to start! Let me know what you want to accomplish this month! I absolutely love reading about it!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Carolyn | 5th May 17

    I really enjoyed this post. Good for you with the exercise goals and I like that you have recorded your social media growth on a spreadsheet. I’m going to start tracking my growth like that as well. Thanks!!

    • Megan | 6th May 17

      You’re so welcome! I LOVE spreadsheets!

  2. Lauren Becker | 6th May 17

    It sounds like you’re doing pretty good with all of your goals. That’s awesome. I have a lot of physical health goals, like exercise/move more and drink a LOT more water! I’m on my way. 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Megan | 6th May 17

      Thank you! I’m pretty excited to see the changes at the end of the month.

  3. kaitlindcuevas | 9th May 17

    YOU GO GIRL!! I love how you’re setting goals for physical and mental health – I feel like a lot of people don’t see how they go hand in hand. Keep it up!!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

    • Megan | 9th May 17

      Thank you! Being healthy is so much more than just being fit. It’s about mental health too.

  4. Jo | 24th May 17

    Awesome job! I love how specific you are on your goals- something I can work!

    • Megan | 24th May 17

      Thank you! I try to set realistic goals for myself and create the action plan to meet them.

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