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April Goals

New month, really the time that officially starts to feel like spring.  My garden is popping up a little more each day and I can’t wait for the tulips to bloom, even though that is a few weeks off.  My brussel sprouts are back!

Okay, the sedum.  I wonder how hard it is to grow brussel sprouts? Everything is coming up a little early in the garden, even though we have had a cold spell.

I gave the chia seeds another try (waste not, want not).  This time I just threw them in a pot with about 3/4 cup of water, brought to a boil and added 1/2 cup of pumpkin and whisked in some liquid egg whites.

Kind of like pumpkin custard.  I put a little drizzle of honey on there, but you can’t really see it.  Guess I should have just taken a photo of the bowl again.

This was decent.  Again, it did not last me very long.  After 2 hours I was sooooo hungry!  I had a morning snack of 1/2 cup of applesauce with 1/4 cup of part-skim ricotta.

I really liked this, actually.  Good to know.

Lunch break:

More of the chicken apple sausages.  Easy.

The cucumbers reminded me of my facial yesterday and I was going to rub some on my face, but then I just ate them.  :mrgreen:

So, new month and you know what that means! Here are my April goals:

1.  Continue with the fit female program.  I am loving this so far and seeing some change in my body, even at this early stage.  Goes to show you how changing up a program can really light a fire under one’s butt. Stage 2 of the 4 stage program will begin in a week and I will post those workouts.

2. Work on hills with my bike.  April can be a little touch and go weather wise for biking, but I should be able to do a good amount of this.  I will have to see how it fits in with my lifting program and weather.  I can’t do hills on lifting days.

3. Spring cleaning! Okay, really just cleaning our windows.  We had those new windows put in a couple years ago and they are tilt in windows, so It’s time to get the outsides clean!  If I just do a 1 or 2 every other day, I will be done at the end of the month.  I think we have somewhere around 18 windows.

4. Do more stretching.  Do you ever have one of those goals that you just continually have trouble with?  Stretching is mine.  It’s not like it is that hard or takes that much time – I just don’t do it like I should.

I was trying to think of another one, but I think my eating plan goes hand in hand with #1, so I didn’t want to repeat it.

The afternoon went by pretty fast.  It was a tiring day of dictation today.  Not sure if it was because it was Monday or some of the doctors were just having difficult dictations today (perhaps both).  I needed my caffeine hit.

We bought more salmon at the store on Sunday so that was on the menu for dinner.  I am just being so adventurous! I have appointed John the Official Cooker of Salmon, so I don’t have to worry about messing it up.  He started out with it on the grill, but then the grill ran out of gas.  Don’t you love when that happens?  So we finished them off inside. John mixed a little maple syrup and soy sauce together to baste the fish.  I don’t know as I tasted either.

With my brussels.  Shredding them and  pan sauteing is really the quickest way to cook brussel sprouts.  Plus they get that little bit of crispiness on the edges that I like.

The temps were in the low 50s and I thought about going for a ride and doing a hill workout after dinner, but then the wind was like this:

I will ride in the cold, but the wind – no way.  I hate riding in the wind.  Just ask John.  I become the  Whining Queen.  Instead, I did a metabolic workout in my Fit Female book.  It’s just intervals of body weight exercises.  Sure gets the heart rate up, too!

** A note on the google reader and comment feed.  If you have not done so, unsub and resubscribe to the feed. I am hoping it is all better. I haven’t gotten any feed since  Saturday, so while I hope I didn’t just jinx it, I wanted to make sure that you do this if you are still getting feed. **

Tonight’s snack ready for later- pear and peanut flour mixed up.

Monday night already – today sure went by fast!

 

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21 comments to April Goals

  • I’ve been meaning to ask you–is PB2 just peanut flour with a little salt and sugar?

    Only 18 windows? If you are doing one a day, that would leave you 12 days to come out and do my windows!

    • Yes, I just do a pinch of salt, some cinnamon and a bit of honey (about 3 grams). I don’t really think of it as peanut butter, because the taste really is different, but I like it as a dip/spread.

      If you fly me out there, I will clean your windows for you.

  • You totally got me on the sedum/brussels sprouts! I was thinking–oh how cool! And I’m with you about riding in the wind. I get ear aches. I have a little biker’s headband that covers the ears and helps, but I avoid windy rides. Has it really been two years since you got the windows? I would have guessed one year. We got our in December, so I’m resting from window cleaning this year, but looking forward to the neat tilt feature that they have.

  • I know what you mean about riding in the wind. I just can’t do it! We had a very warm, sunny day here in Minnesota–again. Our winter and spring has been so unbelievably warm and milk that it’s a bit scary. Your food looks great, and your windows sound great! Have a good week…

  • Stretching! I always forget to do that…

  • Miz

    I forget stretching AND to reorder my PB2 happy

  • Kim

    I hate wind when I’m riding as well. I won’t go out if it is over 15mph, especially if the air temps are already cool. Hoping for calm winds for youhappy

  • Have you thought about shredding up some sedum and sauteing that? Just a thought. happy

    And yeah, stretching is the thing I “forget” to work into my day. Every day.

    Great goals for April!

  • Good goals for April, Lori! I still haven’t started with FFB, but the time will come…I think I should set myself a start date so I don’t keep putting it off. winking

    Sometimes I get lazy with stretching too. I’m a naturally flexible person except for my upper body, which is messed up because of all the sitting and I’m also the kind of person who reacts to anxiety tensing her muscles..

  • That unsubscribe/resubscribe didn’t work for me; I tried it last week and got 11 items from you todaysad I struggle to stretch too. Which is why I am back at yoga. I figure that counts!

  • So glad you are enjoying the workout program. Can’t wait to hear more! I change things up a lot but really doing even more than normal right now & liking it! Lifting heavy again as the 54 year old bod does not hold muscle like it did on my 20-40′s!

    I stretch a lot only because with age, I have to – a huge difference from my younger years & that means 40′s too. Body changes so much in the 50′s. I always did stretch but now I really have to work on it even more… I don’t want injuries!

  • I’m good about a quick stretch right after a run but I always feel like and wish I could find time for an extra stretching session only each week. I suppose it’s just a matter of scheduling it, right?

    You don’t like to ride in the wind, I don’t like to run in it (unless by some miracle it’s a tailwind the whole time)!

  • Holy wind! I’m with you – biking in the wind is no fun.

    Congrats again on the salmon. I *know* fish is so healthy but I just can’t do it. Fish oil pills is as fishy as I get.

    I don’t mind washing windows until I look back an hour later and see them all streaky. It’s the re-doing that drives me nuts.

  • Flo

    The unsubscribe does not work. I had ten from you this morning, and unsubscribed. Marked all ten of the comments read. Then I subscribed again. That was about an hour ago and I just got notified of seven new- they were all comments.

    It is not a big deal, but just letting you know this problem still exists.

  • I wish we had a veggie garden this year. We’re just never home to attend to it. Lucky you – Brussel Sprouts! YUM!

  • Chris

    I recently discovered your blog and really enjoy it. I read recently where you kind of do the Sugar Addict’s book type of eating. The lady mentions eating a potato before going to bed to help with serotonin levels, to aid in getting off of sugar. Did you ever do that in your journey to this type of eating? I am very interested in this type of eating. Thank you.

    • I did at one time eat a potato or starch before bed. I now eat protein and fruit as my evening snack. I don’t do quite a totally sugar-free diet as I do like my treats and I like honey. I certainly eat a lot less sugar and white stuff than I used to.

  • Stupid wind!!!! So exciting though to see those buds coming through. I know you’ll kill your April goals Lori!!!! No fooling! Oh groan…that is a bad April fool joke..

  • I’m terrible at stretching. When I do a DVD it’s always at the end of the workout and I do it. But after a run I just stretch my legs for maybe 1 or 2 minutes and that’s it. Guess I’m lucky I never have injuries, think that’s why I’m so bad at it.

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