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My Goal Report For April 2021: A New Chapter In Health

Why I dropped my low-carb goal (and what I’ve put in its place).

Welcome to my April 2021 goal report! In these reports, I pop my head up from the sea of daily to-dos and take a look back; providing a recap of my goal progress for the past month.

A few things to note before I jump in…

  • You can see past goal reports here.
  • You can see the goals that I’m currently working on right here (updated often).
  • And most importantly, if you too want to start achieving your goals, you can enroll in my goal success course here.

With that taken care of, here are my goals from April 2021 (listed in no particular order).

 

My goal report for April 2021

  1. Publish one new post/day, five days a week with a word count of at least 500, but no more than 2,500
  2. Complete two books a month (physical, audio, or Ebook)
  3. Take my daughter on a date once a month
  4. Go on a date with my wife once a month
  5. Go to the beach twice a month
  6. CHANGE: Complete at least three 24 hour fasts each week
  7. At least four nights a week, go to sleep (ie. close my eyes) with eight hours, 40 minutes until my alarm is set to go off
  8. NEW: Do 30 minutes of intensive cardio at least four days a week
  9. Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week
  10. DONE: Consume ten or fewer grams of net carbohydrates a day, five days a week
  11. Spend five minutes each day thinking of things I’m grateful for

 

A heart-shaped bowl with fruit in it.

 

Publish one new post/day, five days a week with a word count of at least 500, but no more than 2,500

In April I published 20 posts. 19 were for my site (read them here) and one was a guest post for another blog. In total, I wrote something like 20,000 words. Closing out the month, on April 30th, I published my 155th article to QuickBooost. Consistency, over time, leads to results.

 

Complete two books a month (physical, audio, or Ebook)

I completed three books in April:

  1. 4/2 – The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung (Audiobook)
  2. 4/9 – The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung with Jimmy Moore (Audiobook)
  3. 4/23 – The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (Audiobook)

*Note: You won’t see me finishing any new physical books for a while. I am presently working my way through Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It’s roughly 700,000 words which, put another way, is this article 700 times.

*PS: You can see every book I’ve read in 2021, here. And you can see how I was able to complete 57 books in 2020, here.

 

Take my daughter on a date once a month

My daughter and I went on our April date on 4/18!

 

Go on a date with my wife once a month

My wife and I went on our April date on 4/23!

 

Two people on a date, drinking coffee.

 

Go to the beach twice a month

In April, I went to the beach on:

  • 4/2
  • 4/18
  • 4/25

 

CHANGE: Complete at least three 24 hour fasts each week

You’ll learn the reason for this goal (and its change) further down. For now, note that in April I completed this goal 15 times. I also extended one of the fasts to 48 hours. It was surprisingly easy (though be sure to consult your doctor before trying anything like that).

As an added bonus, I’ve since discovered that on fasting days I gain an hour of time since I don’t have to prep, cook, eat, and clean. Which I love.

 

At least four nights a week, go to sleep (ie. close my eyes) with eight hours, 40 minutes until my alarm is set to go off

In April I completed this goal 18 times. I love the consistency of quality sleep I’ve been able to attain through this one.

 

NEW: Do 30 minutes of intensive cardio at least four days a week

Like my fasting goal, this goal too will be explained in further detail below. For now, note that I completed this goal 17 times in April. Most of the time I’d go for runs, although I’d occasionally throw some at-home spin classes into the mix (or rather, at-my-parents’-home spin classes).

 

A person wearing red on a street bike.

 

Do 50 one-arm kettlebell rows (50 reps per arm), four days a week

I achieved this goal 16 times, thus totaling 800 reps per arm, 1,600 reps total. An example of something little that builds with time.

 

DONE: Consume ten or fewer grams of net carbohydrates a day, five days a week

So long low-carb goal! After six months of experimentation, I have decided to conclude this one. While I enjoyed the challenge of it, it ultimately wasn’t getting me to where I wanted to go (ie. lower body fat percentage). In fact, it sent me in the opposite direction. You can read how I, involuntarily, gained 20 lbs with this goal right here.

As I close the chapter on this one, I keep in mind the lessons I’ve learned: How refined carbs impact my health, how my body reacts to nutritional differences, how not all calories are the same. In its place, I’ve adopted a more complex system. One that is still new, but you can see glimpses of throughout this article.

A system that prioritizes sleep, strenuous exercise, strength training, fasting, gratitude, consuming unrefined, unprocessed foods, and more. It’s too early to tell how this new approach will fare. But, I know that I’ll eventually find the right mix for me. Whether it’s this new setup or something else, it’s only a matter of time.

 

Spend five minutes each day thinking of things I’m grateful for

In April I achieved this goal 28 times. There’s always much to be thankful for!

 

That was my April. How was yours?

Did you make progress? Did you fall behind? Let me know! I’m here to help and always reply back.

Corey

PS: When you’re ready to start achieving your goals in the pursuit of a fulfilling life, enroll in my goal success course here.