Five Goals for May

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Every year about this time I think “Yay, summer!” And then I remember I live in Chicago and we don’t get consistently get summer for another month. So while I’d like to make one of my May goals to go for drinks on a patio or rooftop, well, I think I’d better save that one. But before we get to my May goals, let’s see how I did on my April ones, shall we?

April Goals

  1. Actually study one chapter a week of my NSCA book – Ha! Well, this one certainly didn’t happen. I’ve gotten to chapter 6 of….24, I think? It’s just a LOT more science and physics than I was expecting. However, I did take one of the practice tests and did better than I did the first time I took it. So there’s that.
  2. Get my overhead press into the triple digits for my one rep max – This one didn’t happen, either. I did manage two reps at 65 pounds which, considering my previous one rep max was 70 pounds, means I’ve definitely increased my strength. Slowly but surely I’ll get there!
  3. Take clothes to the consignment shop – I took a bunch of items to the consignment shop and they took 5 of them. The rest are being saved for fall or got dropped at Goodwill on my way home. Score!
  4. Read another book – I finished A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise: 9 Steps to Giving Up Everything and really enjoyed it! It’s a nice mixture of light hearted reading and actually thinking about what you’re doing with your life. I’d recommend it.
  5. Try a new brunch restaurant – Yep! Sarah from Windy City Wanderlust helped me complete this one with our trip to The Publican.

So what do I want to make happen in May?

  1. Complete at least two more chapters in my NSCA book.
  2. Play one of the new board games I just bought (my coworker recommended Castle Panic and Red November so I bought them both).
  3. Go to dinner at a new-to-me restaurant in my neighborhood. If I get to sit outside all the better! I’m thinking MAD Social. Anyone want to join me?
  4. Run a mile in under 7 minutes. I’d like to see if I can do it at 9.0 MPH on the treadmill. That’s a 6:39 mile, I believe. 
  5. Read another book. I just got Pretty Girls for my Kindle and I’d like to actually start (and finish) it!

How about you? What do you want to accomplish in May? Maybe voting for your favorite outfit from April? Hint, hint.

7 replies on “Five Goals for May

  1. Mike

    These are all great goals to have Erin. Thanks for sharing!

    Let’s see. For me, I guess mine would be:

    1. Make at least 3 postcards
    2. Get back into studying my Arabic language (I’ve been away from it for sometime now)
    3. Finish reading “The Feast Of Roses” so I can be ready for our next book discussion
    4. Trying one of my friends’ recipes to prepare (still learning how to cook)
    5. Taking at least 1 day off from work and just relax, maybe

    I don’t know about that last one as I’m a bit of a workaholic, but the other 4 should be pretty easy for me to accomplish!
    And your 2nd goal for this month sounds interesting, Erin. I haven’t heard of those games before. But speaking of board games, one of my future goals is to learn how to play Monopoly, a game I’ve always been intrigued by but never played. I bought a board set some time ago (the original one) but never had chance to play it. Since I like numbers and math so much, I figured that would be the perfect game for me! But for now, I’m having too much fun playing “Fortune Street” on my iPod, which is similar to Monopoly but is more in depth. I highly recommend it!

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    My high school is hosting an alumni track meet in May, and I’m going home for it pretty much exclusively to do the 1600 to see how fast I can run one mile (which is technically 1609 meters, but, whatever. Close enough.) You could do one of CARA’s new ‘Go Runs! They’re free, and timed!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I thought about that, but none of them are particularly convenient for me. Same for volunteering at one! I mean, I get what they’re trying to do so I won’t complain, but it does make me less likely to participate.

  3. Jessica

    Those tabletop games sound good…i’m always on the lookout for new ones that i can persuade my husband to play!
    Definitely down for dinner! Eating outside…yes! Looking so forward to being able to eat outside in the summer again…it is unbearably hot here in NC. This west-coast native has never been able to fully adapt.

  4. Emily @ Out and About

    You know I’d totally be up for checking out MAD Social with you! It’s been a little while now since you, Margaret, and I last got together to check out a new restaurant – so maybe it’s time to find a time on the calendars?

    That would be awesome to run a sub-7 mile! I know you can do it!!!

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