Less is More: April Goals

You may remember that my 2016 “motto” (for lack of a better word) was less is more. Now that we’re 25% of the way through the year, I can say that this idea is much harder than I anticipated. It takes constant self-reminding and discipline not to just want more, more, more, more.  I feel our society is pretty big on the idea that more is more and it can be so easy to get sucked in to buying more, spending more, having more. Not that my goal was entirely about physical items and possessions. My capsules are my effort to reduce my own personal belongings and clutter in my closet, but my monthly goals are to help me work on the other areas of my life.

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My January goal was to focus on more real foods and less processed junk for myself and my family. I would score myself an 8/10 on this goal. Most of the time we’re doing pretty well. There have been some busier than usual weeks and holidays where we’ve gotten off track, but in general, I’m feeling good about the food we’re eating. I do not think it’s realistic (or fun) for myself to be 100% strict all of the time, so we still enjoy Friday pizza night as a family and I’ll have a beer or two at the end of the week or outside with the neighbors. It’s the one evening we let the TV be on and we sit on the family room floor and watch a show and eat and enjoy a little more relaxed meal. You know what the kids always ask to watch?….Curling!! There’s Friday Night Curling in America and they love it!

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My February goal was to be more present in real life and less mindless screentime. I actually carried this goal over into March because I wasn’t feeling great about my progress. I’d have to give myself 6/10 because I still find myself checking my phone for no other reason than habit. I have been better about putting the phone down earlier in the evening and therefore have freed up some time for reading again. (Side note: I love reading a paper book, but have really been enjoying the convenience of the downloadable books our library offers.) So far, I’ve read Gone Girl and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I’ve also read Big, Little Lies and am almost done with The Husband’s Secret both by Liane Moriarty. I could definitely improve on not fiendishly checking social media, especially after school when I should be 100% present for my kids, so I’m just going to keep plugging away and reminding myself to stay focused on my real life. I do feel that at least being aware is progress, right?! Any tips or “rules” you’ve given yourselves that have helped break the phone habit? I’m also always looking for book recommendation – what do I NEED to be reading?

Disclaimer: These are my legs before Brynn :) #goals
Disclaimer: These are my legs before Brynn 🙂 #goals

Now for April’s goal. Just in time for shorts and bathing suit seasons, this month’s goal is more physical activity and therefore less jiggle. 😉 I’ve debated how I want to set this goal, but in the end I’ve decided to strive to get 20 minutes of movement, 5 days a week. Two of those days will be higher intensity (I usually do this Jillian Michael’s video at home) and two will be a yoga session (I do online workouts on this site which I found via a Living Social deal), which leaves one open workout. This past weekend I ran laps around our cul-de-sac and did sets of squats, lunges, pushups, and dips in between while the kids were out front riding bikes as my 5th day. This was a great way to squeeze in a workout while doubling up on mom duty. Do any of you do home workouts? If so, what videos do you love?

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    1. I’m currently reading The Girl on the Train, and it’s good. I think if you liked the plot twists of Gone Girl, you’ll like this. I totally need to get some jiggle out… 🙁

      1. Becky,
        I read that one when I was on maternity leave, which is what really sparked me to want to get more reading in! I know a lot of people say it’s dark, but I really liked the twists.

    1. You are so good at grading yourself. My follow through it weak at times, you go girl! I have been exercising maybe 3x per week, eek! This is what I do (http://www.fitbyfirst.com/) it’s kind of like baby crossfit at home. I did it in the fall very consistently and I felt sooo good. He launches another round in May…

      1. I should check that out just to switch it up! As for the grading…teacher problems 😉

    1. You’re working on some great goals this year, props to you for the progress you’re making!
      I started doing home workouts using Yoga with Adriene, I love her morning and bedtime yoga videos.
      Have you tried audiobooks? I like to listen to them anytime I’m commuting and while doing chores. I’ve managed to read so many books this way!

      1. I have not tried audiobooks (or podcasts), which are two things I’d love to get more into. I think it seems like it would be so relaxing.
        I should checkout the Yoga with Adriene – I LOVE a good bedtime session!

    1. for home workouts, Fitness Blender (fitnessblender.com) is my all-time favorite. Hundreds of free videos to choose from (they have a fun search engine to help you pick one depending on your time, goals, and equipment) as well as very affordable multi-week programs.

      1. Oooo….thanks, Amanda! I’m going to check that out. I’ve started finding some videos on Youtube, but I like that there’s an option to search by time. Can’t wait to check it out!

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