Good morning friends! How are you doing today? This week has been a busy one as I’m getting back into the swing of things at work, so I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend! As you may remember, Monday was my monthly goal check-in for April , and today I’ve got 5 new goals for May.
1. Get account on Mint.com and go into saving mode!
After having dished out a fair bit of cash for my recent trip to Australia as well as other life expenses (I’m looking at you, tax return and CRA!) I’m feeling the need to save for a while. I discovered Mint.com a while ago but at the time, Canadian banks weren’t supported by the system. However, now Mint.com is serving Canadians too. (This is probably not new news, but it’s new to me!)
I have a few friends that have signed up with the intention of tracking their savings and improving their finances, and my plan is to do the same over the coming months. The first step is going to be creating an account, then linking up my bank account to the site and monitoring where my money goes. I already have a pretty good idea of what the results of this little exercise will be – it won’t surprise me to learn that grocery stores receive the majority of my income – but nevertheless I think it will also be beneficial in helping me identify areas to save.
2. Moisturize more and wear sunscreen daily
Now that the weather is warmer, more of the pairs of shorts and dresses from my closet are being worn. This means more bare legs and feet, and let’s just say that my feet were definitely neglected over the winter. I like to call them ‘runner’s feet’ but really, that’s just a nice way of saying that I’m desperate for a pedicure! I have enough body lotion in my house to open a small Bath & Body Works, and this month I plan to put it to use and show my skin some lovin’!
In addition, unfortunately my favourite every-day foundation ( Vichy Dermablend ) doesn’t contain sunscreen. Therefore, I’m going to be pulling out my sunscreen again and applying it daily. I know that the winter months aren’t an excuse for not putting on sunscreen, but sometimes on our gloomy winter days it seems like a waste of product. Now that it’s sunny (for the most part – I hope!) I’m going to be better at protecting my face.
3. Try 2 new fitness classes.
As you’re already aware, I’m always looking for new fun workouts to try. I’ve got my eyes set on 2 this month at one of the gym’s I’m a member at, and can’t wait to try them! These classes were previously at times that weren’t convenient for my schedule, but they’ve now been moved to an after-work slot so I’m excited to finally be able to test them out.
4. Run outside 4+ times this month
Yes, the gym junkie is finally getting off of her hamster wheel this month! As you know, I’ve got a half marathon coming up in Vancouver this August, and my lofty goal is to set a new PR. My fastest time so far for a half is 1:33:01, and at the time of that race, I was pretty darn fit. I’d been competing on my university’s varsity cross country team and logging a lot of miles on my own, so I know it’s not going to be easy to hit this target. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible though, and I’ve already plotted out a plan for (what I hope will be) success.
Even though I certainly don’t intend to stop my morning pre-sunrise workouts, I’m determined to get out at other times of day and on the weekends to run outside. I’ll save most speedwork and interval runs for the treadmill so that I can monitor pace easily, but long runs will be done outdoors on real roads, real air, and hopefully not too much real traffic. I made this decision when I was out running the beach in Melbourne , and already logged my first May run this past weekend. It wasn’t quite as scenic as the beach, but it still felt great!
5. Learn more about Thai cooking
I’ve talked about eating and making sushi a lot on the blog recently, but I’m also a huge fan of Thai food. When I was in Australia, the entree I chose on the dinner menu at my friend’s wedding was a snapper green curry, and oh. my. goodness. It was amazing! I love the way flavours of seafood and staple ingredients in Thai cuisine like lemongrass and basil blend together, but for some reason I rarely cook these recipes at home. The curry that night was enough to inspire this goal, and if all goes according to plan, you can expect a little taste of Thailand at some point later this month!
As you can see, it’s going to be a very busy May! I’ve got to get to work now, but I’d love to hear all about what you’re working on this month. So tell me…
What are your goals for May?
What are some of the fitness targets you’ve set for yourself recently? Have you reached any of them yet?
Lastly, a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dad, who is 53 years young today!
Have a lovely day friends, and I’ll see ya tomorrow!