Get Healthy With Me | March Recap + April Goals

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April Goals

Hey everyone, you may have realised there’s something a little different about this post from the title. I’ve only been doing this series for a couple of months now, but I usually do two separate posts for my recap and new goals. This is a two in one. The reason? You’re about to see that March was a bit of a fail not as good as I would have liked, so many of my April goals are the same/ slightly different. So, let’s see how I got on.  Last month my goals were all related to beating the bloat too, so I’ll give you a little update on how I got on with that towards the end.  

 

Goal #1 

EAT ONLY WHOLE FOODS 

With a very heavy heart, I tell you this did not go to plan. I made it to day 16 without slipping up once, then PMS kicked in and it went out of the window. Bloody hormones. I stopped caring about my whole foods plan from that point, then tried to bring it back towards the end of the month. I will say though, for the first half of the month I did see a reduction in the bloating, and it did come back when I slipped up. So, my plan did work. Definitely something I’m taking note of going forward.   

Goal #2 

RUN OUTSIDE AT SOME POINT 

Well, my exact words in my goals post were ‘providing it gets warmer’. It’s April, it is yet to get warmer. It snowed yet again after I published that post. That being said, I said I’d be happy to run outside once or twice. I managed once, for a whopping seven minutes, at the very end of the month. I’d just like to add it was a tempo run that my plan had scheduled, I didn’t go out expecting to run for an hour, get bored, then come back. This goal is technically complete although it leaves much room for improvement.  

April goals

Goal #3 

DRINK 3L WATER A DAY 

BIG. FAT. FAIL. I honestly thought this was easy. I usually drink about 2.5l a day without thinking about it, so I wasn’t adding a lot. I don’t know what happened last month but there were some days where I doubt I managed a litre. I got better at this towards the end of the month. Towards the end of the month I also realised I drink more if I drink out of my Kilner jar, so I’m taking that on board for next month.  

APRIL  

Goal #1  

BACK TO WHOLE FOODS….KIND OF.  

As I noticed it made a huge difference, I’m going to try to get back to it. As I realised it isn’t 100% maintainable, I’m going to try the whole foods ‘based’ approach to my diet rather than strictly whole foods. What this essentially means is no heavily processed food and unnecessary additives but the odd slightly processed thing isn’t going to hurt. Essentially, bread is still out unless it’s fresh bakery bread and things like dairy free yoghurt are back in, in small doses.  As long as my snacks are whole foods and most of my meals are, I’ll be happy to say this was a success at the end of the month.  

quinoa breakfast

For this recipe, click here.

Goal #2 

RUN OUTSIDE AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK 

Hopefully more. It’s now April. It HAS to get warmer soon, right? As much as I’d quite happily spend my life on a treadmill, that isn’t going to get me to my end goal, so I need to readjust to running outside sooner or later. Preferably, sooner.  

Goal #3 

LEMON WATER AND KILNER JARS 

One of the main reasons I wanted to drink more, was that I’m bad at hydrating throughout the day and consume most of my water at night. I thought by drinking more, I would have to drink earlier in order to get it all in. I’d like to start drinking some water first thing on a morning. My body, however, walks to the kettle and presents me with a post of coffee before I’m even fully awake most days. 

I’ve been waking up and heading straight for the kettle for decade. I can’t just switch that off. I can however make some hot lemon water first thing THEN coffee, rather than just coffee. This way I still get my hot drink on a morning and more water intake.  

As I discovered water apparently goes down much easier when it’s from a jar rather than a bottle, I’m also going to attempt 5 Kilner jars (mine is 0.5l) in addition to my morning hot water. Which will bring the end amount back up to around 3l again. We’ll see how that goes.  

Wish me luck! What are your health goals for this month? 

Until next time,  

Sophie  

 



31 thoughts on “Get Healthy With Me | March Recap + April Goals

  1. I can relate to so much of this, my periods always throw me off healthy eating & I just NEED something like a chocolate biscuit, or 5. Then there’s tea & coffee, my kettle just seems to wink at me every time I walk past it & I’m like…:/ I need to drink some more water & get back on my fitness hype 🙂 x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

  2. I can definitely relate to it snowing by me as well – didn’t realize even in the Spring I would be hoping it wouldn’t snow on a day I’ve planned to go running! I used to be terrible with drinking water regularly but something that really helped me was starting with a bottle a day and then increasing it to two bottles a day the next month!

    1. It’s so annoying when the weather gets in the way of a good run! Especially when you’re really feeling it and want to get out there. Hopefully it will improve soon x

  3. We are all allowed to drop off the wagon for a bit. It happens to us all:) The water one is super hard to achieve l find. I tried sticking to drinking 2litres of water today but its hard to do for someone like me who hates using public toilets unless l am desperate. Little water tip: Try split it up? So for instance these days l drink 750ml in the morning with breakfast, and in the evening before dinner. Then the odd one here and there during the day. When l am home all day, l try and hit my 2l target. Theres some days that l absolutely fail but the days l dont it feels amazing!
    P.S. Absolutely love reading you healthy food posts girl!

    MJ X
    http://www.beeingyou.co.uk

    1. Thank you so much! I have some with me all the time but I don’t really get thirsty all that often. I’m usually good at just drinking it anyway but when I’m not so good, the fact I don’t get thirsty means I’m pretty bad at it. The jar is really helping me drink more, I’m easily hitting my 3l so far x

  4. This is a great post and you have lovely goals there! I wish I could drink 2.5l of water daily but I barely manage 2 litres but that’s my goal for the end of the year!

    Ayse Merve Demir x

  5. That’s a great idea about adding lemon to your water. I struggle with this one myself and always end up drinking water but adding squash which defeats the point I suppose. Hopefully the weather is nicer this month and you can enjoy running outside, I don’t blame you for not wanting to go out last month, it was sooo cold! Good luck with your goals Sophie! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  6. Everyone seems to be setting up their monthly health goals and here I am still too lazy to get up just to get a bottle of water. I need to do better! I hope you’ll achieved all of your goals for this month. Good luck! x Ain

  7. Although you didn’t manage to fully complete your March goals, it is super impressive that you kept up with your first goal for so long! I am so easily influenced by my cravings when I’m bored that I would never be able to be on a strict eating plan! As for the other two goals, mine were similar. The only running I did last month was from my car to the front door because of the rain! I also failed on the water intake too – but this just makes me want to challenge myself to be better this month! Good luck for this month, I’m sure you’ll do it! x

  8. I love lemon water, and cucumber water as well. It’s so refreshing to pop something in and give it a bit more of a flavour! Good luck with your goals this month!

  9. I like that you set goals for yourself although you didn’t follow them. We all have excuses for not accomplishing them which is perfectly fine. I was attempting to run every Saturday and Sunday but i skipped it last weekend and only did one run on Saturday the previous weekend. If you are looking to drink more water start by getting rid of the other liquids in your fridge or pantry. One thing I found helpful is only buying whole food ingredients to make meals. I also only buy almond milk and no other liquids. If I want flavor then I buy lemons, limes, ginger and pineapple. They can be use to flavor a complete body cleanse. Follow my blog, I have lots of tips:-)

  10. I think the Kilner jar will really help you. I myself keep a 0.5l mason jar at work and it helps me drink water more readily than directly from a bottle. Moreover my doctor had actually advised that I should sip water instead of gulping it. When we drink from a glass or a jar, we tend to swivel the water in our mouth and swallow it slowly which helps with hydration more than just gulping it down.

  11. I had the goal to drink more water a little while ago, and I did it! It felt great…until I stopped sleeping at night because I was up every 5 minutes to pee best of luck with your goals for this month!

  12. I love the idea of only eating whole foods but a lot of healthier food seems to make my digestive system have a bit of a meltdown! It’s brilliant that it’s helped with bloating for you, it’s mad how much bloating can really affect how you feel from day to day, not to mention your confidence too! Good luck with your running, I really hope April is a better month weather-wise and I bloody love lemon water too!
    Alice Xx

  13. Lemon water is my favourite thing to drink in the morning, and sometimes I add some ginger pieces too! I hope you succeed with your goals this month!
    Ellie x

  14. This is a great post with great goals. I think my biggest challenge would be trying to eat whole foods and drinking more water. Definitely need to get on that – hopefully you can accomplish your goals.

    cabin twenty-four

  15. Good luck with your April foals & getting back to eating whole foods. Happy to hear you found a difference with bloating with eating wholefoods and hope the benefits continue. Fingers crossed on the weather picking up, it’s been so unpredictable lately & I am sick of the snow.

  16. I love this post! Drinking more water is at the top of my list of goals, I have a 1L glass jar which I’m going to fill up every morning with cold water and drink throughout the day. Getting outside more often is definitely one too, fingers crossed we get some more sun!
    Zara xx

  17. Good luck with your goals for the month! Love how you are trying to push for a more engaging lifestyle! Even though it was difficult to go to whole foods 100%, you tried! If you’re moving towards that direction, even at 50%, it’s all good! Keep working hard and your future self will thank you :).

    exquisitely.me

  18. I really like how you’ve just tweaked your existing goals into something that’s much more accustomed to your lifestyle! Instead of giving up completely, you just made them more do-able. Love that!! Great goals!!

  19. Really enjoyed reading this! What I like to do is half lemon water first thing in the morning in my 0.5l Starbucks cup haha! So then it becomes easier to complete my goal for the rest of the day! xx

  20. Ouuu lol I was going to attempt the 2 or 3 litres of water but I failed too :’) Good trying though. I try to do detox waters so I would use lemon or berries or apple and cinnamon (zero water) and even cucumber, but I haven’t done it recently. Lol I’ve been going for jogs to get fit since I’ve been slacking on the gym for the past months so I hope you get enjoy a warm run soon. I can only imagine how cold outside is with the weather being annoying. Good luck with your goals babe! 🙂

    xx | Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  21. Good luck! I usually get my water intake but my healthy eating has gone out the window. I’m off to Vietnam in June and I want to lose a little bit of weight before then however I have slipped a disc in my back which has rendered me helpless. I’m trying to get it sorted now so my goal for April is to be exercising again by the end of the month! X

  22. Best of luck with your goals! Although 16 days of only eating whole foods is absolutely BRILLIANT I think we need to treat ourselves and just eat what our body is telling us to eat sometimes and PMS can have SUCH a huge impact on that so don’t feel downhearted for not completing that goal. You didn’t fail at all!

  23. Even though you had a goal to only eat whole foods, you lasted an amazing 16 days!! I totally understand you about those cravings though – they’re strong! Hope you can find some time to run in the future when the weather gets better! Good luck with your goals for April! Sending you lots of good vibes :).

    exquisitely.me

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