12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 4 Update

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12-Months-to-a-Healthier-You-5-500x800Earlier this month Crystal over at Money Saving Mom issued a challenge:  complete twelve healthy habits, spaced over the course of the year, which would help bring about a new, improved and healthier you.

And since I’m not doing my own habits this year I thought this would be an awesome challenge to take part of.  A few of my 2014 goals center around becoming more healthy.  Plus this challenge has built in accountability!  What’s not to love?

January’s Challenge:  developing the habit of exercising more

My Exercise Goals for January:  

  • 1,500 (or more) fitness minutes
  • at least 15 minutes exercise daily

This Week’s Progress:

I kicked it hard this week!  As you know, I’ve been working on my fitness minutes (which is, of course, the whole point of this month’s challenge).  This week I really started watching what I was eating as well and I’m happy to say I’ve seen a 2.2 pound loss this week!  I’ll be measuring myself at the end of the month to see if I see any changes there but so far I’m super pumped about those two pounds.

This week I exercised a total of 470 fitness minutes (yipee!!) which brings me to a total of 1,333 minutes for January.  Since I still have a week left in the month I’m sure I’ll be able to surpass my 1,500 fitness minutes goal.  {Cue happy dance!}  I averaged about 67 minutes of activity each day.  I think my lowest day was last Friday when I only had 42 minutes.

I have used walking as my primary form of fitness activity.  I also make sure and do some strength training a couple times a week.  This week I’ve been loving a couple of my many Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds videos — this one and this one (affiliate links) if you’re interested.

In fact, yesterday I had just finished a two mile brisk walk when my daughter woke up from her nap.  She was not happy that I had started without her so I had to do another mile with her!  I started cooking supper a bit late because of it but I got to spend some quality time with my daughter and show her that exercise is fun.  And since the U.S. has gotten so sedentary (not to mention our rising obesity epidemic) I think that is a valuable lesson to teach her.

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