very month I like to set some goals. Who doesn’t love the start of a new month? It’s like a fresh sponge cake just waiting to be iced or a shiny new notebook covered in cellophane that you can just rip off and dive right into. I also like to look over the previous month to see how I did on those challenges…
I set 3 challenges in April…
– to take it easy over Easter with overindulging and alcohol
– to exercise for 20 minutes every day
– to be grateful for one thing every day
I was almost perfect with these challenges but I was very unwell with an awful cold for a full week in April so I had to take a break from my 20 minutes a day. The moment I was well enough, I jumped straight back into it though and I always made sure I did my 10,000 steps every day too. It’s important to remember not to give up when you hit a snag. It’s better take a break with a goal and get back to it when you can, rather than give up on it completely. On that note, here’s how to get your shit together in May… who’s with me?
1. Only Eat Fresh and Healthy Snacks
I did the Whole30 in February and I felt brilliant but the only thing I really changed was that I wasn’t eating my raw food bars and protein snacks. I eat very well but sometimes I’m a bit lazy and I’ll grab a protein bar for morning tea when I should really be having some veggie sticks or fruit. So for the month of May, I’m only eating package free snacks. No biscuits, chocolate bars, crackers, store bought popcorn, protein bars, sugary single serve yogurts, health bars or soft drinks. Want to join in with #packagefreesnacks? Just snap a picture of your package free snack (vegetable sticks, boiled eggs, home made dips, home made yogurt) and pop it up on Instagram with the hashtag #packagefreesnacks.
2. Meditate for 10 Minutes Every Day
I’m joining in with my mate Ellen from Potential Psychology’s team for Mindful in May. You make a donation and join the team or go it alone to challenge yourself to mediate for ten minutes every day in May to raise money for Charity Water who provide clean drinking for people in need. It’s a bonza initiative and one I can totally get behind. If you want to join, pledge your donation here, snap a pic a day of your moment of zen every day and pop it up on Instagram with the hashtag #mindfulinmay.
3. Cook 1 Make Ahead Meal Per Week
We are totally out of control in our house (such is life when your partner is an app developer and Apple releases a watch!) at the moment and the one thing that has been saving us from a steady diet of toast has been make ahead meals like vegetable bakes or stew. This May I’m going to make at least one make ahead meal per week so I always have something healthy to pop in the microwave when I don’t have time to cook. If you want to join in the challenge just snap a picture of your #makeaheadmeals and pop the photo in Instagram.
What are your focus areas for April? Anything you need to change to get your shit together this month?