April Showers

I made it to the end of the month of March.


They say April Showers bring May flowers but I secretly hope that is not true, for I cannot take another month of the hot summer months that gets closer with each passing day. April is a nice time to recollect. It’s a nice time to rinse out the bad and shower in the good.


Okay. So it’s time to look back and reflect on the positives this past month. And hey hey hey–it’s my birthday April 28th! Can you guess my age?

It’s time to stop worrying so much about this and that and what’s going to happen next. I always have this constant fear of not being accepted, believed or liked by people around me, and I just have to remember to calm down. That I don’t have anything to lose and I’m just trying out things and the worrisome thoughts that plague me are completely unnecessary because they’re just little pieces of the bigger picture–my life! And I’d rather have something to look back on fondly than regret never taking action.

Okay so, here are positive things that happened this month and things to look forward to:

  • Intermittent fasted a few times
  • Yoga photo shoot with a friend done on the 6th
  • Saturday massages
  • Ran beep test twice in the afternoon and ran for 30 minutes in the morning on April 4th
  • Ran fairly well on no carbs and low fuel the afternoon of April 9th(sign of keto adaptation?)
  • English teacher complimented my creative writing skills, saying I have a good sense of rhythm for poetry and I have the potential to become an author of novels!
The beep test takes place on the lower gym. It's always a little intimidating!

The beep test takes place on the lower gym. It’s always a little intimidating!

On top of that I run roughly 3 times a week for fitness class. Fitness class is great. You get a credit just by working out! Isn’t that cool? A totally self-served credit–what an excellent course for gym rats. The only problem is I start to get bored of the gym. I’m just starting to dread the treadmill(or should I say, dreadmill). Each time I head on the treadmill for 25 or so minutes and then wander around the machines and try things out just to say I did so I can write it down in my log, which is being marked for progress. I can only take so much of the same routine before I demand a change or I’ll go insane!

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The goodlife gym near our school.

The goodlife gym near our school.

At the beginning of the semester on my Goal worksheet I wrote, “Run 3k in under 20 minutes”. I was contemplating either 20 or 18, and I guess I should have wrote the latter, but I feared and always have a fear of failure and the need to be on top of challenges. Lack of meeting expectation sends me I to anxiety, and maybe that’s why I set my expectations low. This is a mindset I hope to change. Why do I put such low expectations on myself just so I can jump over them easily? It’s OKAY to not meet it sometimes. I don’t have to go above and beyond. In fact, if I wasn’t able to jump over my goal, it just means I can keep trying until I do. Nothing is every too hard; you just need to accept whatever outcome you get. Fear holds me back from enjoying so much in life and I miss out on things that ought to be cherished! Does anxiety and fear hold you back too?

We have to log out workouts for the fitness course!

We have to log out workouts for the fitness course!

Anyway, back to why I should have put 18 minutes… I smashed my goal! According to the treadmill, I ran(on separate days):

  • 3.1 miles in 27 minutes
  • 4.07 miles in 40:07 minutes
  • 3 miles in 25 minutes (fastest pace)
  • 3.21 miles in 29:01 minutes
  • 3.36 miles in 30:32 minutes (April 2)
  • 3.5 miles in 30:30 minutes(add in the walking and it was 3.71 miles in 33:12 minutes)

For the first time in forever, I’ll be running year-round. I can keep up my fitness and, if I keep the ball rolling all throughout the summer months(which is not likely because I can’t stand running in heat), I’ll be better than ever in the fall when cross country hits because I wouldn’t  have to regain strength I lost.

Goals for April:

  • Send out packages and mail
  • “Genetics and Fitness” Presentation
  • Photo shoots
  • Job Search

What are your goals for April, fitness and health-wise? Anything special going on?

  • jillconyers

    Great accomplishments! A yoga photo shoot sounds fun.

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday 🙂

  • Sami Bookout

    Sounds like you had a great month…and happy soon to be birthday!
    I love that you set new goals for yourself each month. I try and set goals but I feel that if I did it more often (like every month) they would be more attainable. Have a great month!

    • Monthly goals are great! They give you something to strive for every once in a while, not too frequent but not too far away. Try it sometime!

  • YES! I think what you need to do is write a list of all the positive aspects in your life at least every 2 – 3 days, more so if your anxieties are really starting to stress you out. You shouldn’t care what other people think because you’re not going to change for anyone but yourself! I used to care what people thought but then I realized that I probably won’t ever see a majority of the people I meet ever again, and I am confident in what I say, do, and how I act, that I just don’t give a HOOT. If people don’t like it, well then they can leave, because you and I are not! 😉

    • I can see that you’re confident! I see it in the way you fearlessly take pictures and be silly and take videos of yourself, and I admire that! I’m cared of taking photos of myself and videos because I fear it will appear unflattering. I guess I need to get out of that comfort zone because I can’t let it hold me back forever!

      • You really can’t! You have nothing to lose, and only confidence to gain! 🙂 Get in front of that camera MISSY!!

        • Okay, I’ve decided that thin month I am going to do just ONE video of myself doing something. I’m nervous and not techy at all! I don’t know how to use YouTube properly nor have. I experience with filming so wish me luck!

  • Hey there! I found your site in Rosi’s post nominating you for a Liebster award! Congrats!
    Love your goals for this month & congrats on last month’s accomplishments. You have the right mindset!!
    My goals for this month are:
    1) Start eating way more protein that my norm so I can melt off some of this winter insulation I’m carrying.
    2) Remember to take the vitamins my physician told me I’m deficient in EVERY DAY (I’m working on a system!)
    3) Read new blogs & connect with new people!

    I’m interested in your Genetics & Fitness presentation. My undergrad degree was in Molecular Biology. I love continuing to read & research the importance of lifestyle (food, fitness, etc) and its impact on our bodies. Genetics is a big part of our health & wellness, but we have so much control through our lifestyle changes as well!

    Good look with this month’s goals!
    Karen (thewellnessscientist.com)

    • Hello hello Karen! Why thank you kindly for taking the time to check out my blog. I did not know I was nominated but am honoured that I am! I’m no expert in genetics nor do I have a degreex it’s just a presentation I gotta do for school. I’d be happy to share the prezi in an upcoming post that you can check out, although I doubt any of the information will be new to you!