April Progress Report + May Intentions

Well April went by in a flash, but I’ll tell you what — I feel like I just sucked the life out of this month!

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Trashing the scale turned out to be a wonderful act of kindness toward myself and I have to say — even though tomorrow is May 1st, and I am well within my right to weigh myself, I’m NOT going to. (WHO AM I?) Part of this, of course, is that I have just come off a Major Food Bender, which means good looking odds are not really “ever in my favor” are they now? But more important than that, is that it has felt good to show the scale who has the power in this relationship. I think in May I’m going to get my body fat measured. Like, for realsies (EEP!) It might satisfy the little tracker-nerd in my heart, but still keep me sane. We’ll see what happens.

It was nice to get back to cooking and planning menus in April that did not involve counting blocks or carbs or proteins or fats or whatever. I can do all of that just fine and it does appeal to the little organizer in my brain, but man — there is something really satisfying about cooking from your heart. God that sounds so cheeseball, but I really enjoy creativity in the kitchen. It’s a quality of life thing, and I have enjoyed getting back to it this month. I plan to continue it more in May.

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I didn’t get the garden in the ground like I had hoped, but honestly that was just laziness on my part this past weekend. It just means I’ve given myself some weeknight homework this coming week.
Soil Testing...will it make a difference?
Maybe a little Wednesday night soil testing. :) GAH! I am so far behind on the garden chores this year!

I’m going to grow tomatoes, spaghetti squash, zucchini and summer squash again, but I might try my hand at a few other things like regular cucumbers (I grew lemon last year but they were only good for a few weeks, then they got seedy) and maybe some other wild card things. Who knows? Locals, if you’ve got recommendations, I’m all ears. I basically fly by the seat of my pants when I garden and then just beg Elizabeth and Sarah to commiserate with me. It’s worked so far.

So shall we discuss May Intentions? I’ve got 4 things on my mind:

Fitness
So June is goal testing month at CrossFit, and I’m aiming for ONE (just one!) unassisted pull up. That means this is the last month I’ve got to get my chin up over that damn bar. Will I do it? Hmmm…I hope so. It’s a goal that is feeling lofty right now, but I’m not going down without a fight.

Also, mark my words — May will be the month I get in some exercise outside. It’s just way too nice out lately. Trail Run? Yep. Kayaking? Yep. They will both happen this month, FOR SURE. I’m saying it out loud here!

Food
I want to enjoy some alfresco dining. Alfresco…it just sounds fancier than “Eatin’ Out Back” right? :) But seriously, I want to enjoy the nice weather before it gets sweltering here in Sacramento. And you know what is great for alfresco dining (how many times can I say alfresco in one post?) — Good Looking SALADS. May is the month I will have fun with salads!
Dwarf Pears
Pear and Gorgonzola with Balasamic Vinaigrette will probably make an appearance or two!

Celebrations
Garrett is turning 31 this month. While we certainly won’t be celebrating like we did last year, I want to make sure he feels special!

Style
My big style items including getting some more color in my wardrobe and I need to do something drastic with my hair.

It’s time.

My hair is the longest it’s been since 1997, you all. The last time I had hair this long flannel was cool.

Day 16: Sunglasses - a lot of good they're doing me in the rain #marchphotoaday

But the truth of the matter is, I’m a short haired gal at heart! I love a good sassy haircut and I’ve got my eyes peeled to find one that I’m inspired by (and can also pull off my face during hot summer workouts) and then get into my hairdresser. Let’s see if I have the cajones to do it next Month.

Also, I need to purge my closet soon and finish reorganizing. I’m still planning to wear dresses for a week in May. 7 days of them. Anyone else in? We could do it together? And take Facebook Fish Face Self Portraits? It could be fun!
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HAHA! Happy May, my friends. What’s on your To-Do list this month?

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12 comments to April Progress Report + May Intentions

  • AndreAnna
    May 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I basically only wear dresses all the time in the summer. Or skirts. It makes my crossfit body happy not to have to be shoved in jeans.

    However, since I work from home and work out at 3:30 pm, I rarely ever get “dressed.” That’s kind of sad, isn’t it. I get up, shower, and put on my work out clothes, go about my day, WOD, eat dinner, shower, and put on pajamas.

    No wonder I get pissed off when I need to go out on the weekend and I have like 3 outfits.

    • Holly
      May 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

      But at least then all of your clothes are I’m Going Out And Having Fun clothes. I have a lot of crappy This is Appropriate For Work But Not My Favorite, type clothes. I should really just get rid of them.

      I’m going to be a dress machine this summer!!!

  • Miriel
    May 1, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I love this! The progress report/intention posts are always really inspiring to me šŸ˜€

    I want to figure out a strategy to take better care of my knees so I can do more running. Also FINISH MY FIRST YEAR OF GRAD SCHOOL what what! One paper and one teaching assignment to go…

    • Holly
      May 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

      I think going to grad school is like being pregnant. For 9 months, if anyone asks you to do anything, you can be like “I’m growing a person! I need not do anything else.

      Ok so not exactly…but you know what I mean. Grad school is a huuuuuge mission. Congrats on getting through the first year! Cheers!

  • sizzle
    May 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

    My to do list is this:
    1. Do not lose my mind during this house buying experience.
    2. Keep my proverbial shit together while planning our wedding.
    3. Get lots of sleep.

    • Holly
      May 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Good luck with 1 and 2. I am empathetic! I think # 3 will help with both of those. I love putting Get More Sleep on my To Do Lists. Mentally, it helps me “allow” myself to be a little lazy, while still feeling productive. God, I’m psycho. But you know…it always helps! Sleep rules!

  • Joy V.
    May 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    How about green beans? We bought some last weekend at that Green Acres place (everything! cheap! most plants $1.99! lots of tomato varieties!). We picked the blue lake green beans per the recommendation of another customer in the area while we were looking. She recommended the bush kind, but we bought the pole kind just because we already have a set-up. But bush would be easier if you have the space :)

    • Holly
      May 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Green beans…good call! And I have a metric ton of space, so maybe I will do the bush thing. Hmmm…Thanks for the suggestion!

  • TenaciousCleo
    May 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Dude, you gotta do the cukes in the garden….we’ve done theme very year for a few years running and they’re the best. When they come in, they just don’t stop. I was sad in October when I had to take the garden down and I actually had to BUY cukes at the market instead of going out back to pick them. They’re fab and a breeze to do. Yay for gardening. That’s totally on my to do list for the coming weeks. Oh, and baby knitting for my 85 friends who are all pregnant. Ungh.

    • Holly
      May 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Oh man, it was like that with zucchini last year. It was coming out our ears, I could hardly *give it away* fast enough. But I loved it. And so did our grocery budget! I felt depressed about the tomatoes last year when we had to buy them at the store. Man there is nothing better than home grown tomatoes!

      Ok, you have me feeling motivated to plant! Thanks. :)

  • Home Sweet Sarah
    May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Oh, I am so down on a week o’ dresses!

  • bethanyrx
    May 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Personally, I am partial to my own haircut, the slightly-longer-in-the-front-and-angled-to-be-shorter-in-the-back look (maybe look at my FB pics to get a better idea if you don’t know what I’m talking about), and here’s why:

    1. it’s short, but not too short.
    2. it’s slightly longer in the front, ergo pulling it up/back is no big b/c the front pieces are long enough for the pony holder.
    3. it’s shorter in the back, which removes the SWEATY NECK from the equation (most of the time!).

    But, you know, I’m a little biased. šŸ˜‰

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