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12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 5 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 knew it would happen.  That point when you lose your momentum and can’t quite seem to get back into the grove?  Yeah, it’s been one of those weeks.

My husband has been working long, long hours this week.  My in laws are coming in a few weeks to stay with us (for two months).  My normally (relatively) well behaved children seem to have been replaced with non-napping, screaming, argumentative heathens.

And this mama lost it.

Oh, I didn’t take it out on the kids (yet).  But I’ve taken it out on me.  I stopped exercising enough.  I stopped trying to get enough sleep.  I stopped drinking enough water and replaced it with coffee.  I’ve worn myself out and really have nothing to show for it but a frazzled, tired woman in desperate need of a long bubble bath and a good night’s sleep.

So I wouldn’t say that I made much progress this week.

I did, however, reach my 1,500 fitness minutes goal.  For the week I did 214 fitness minutes which brings my total (as of yesterday) to 1,547 minutes.  I also still lost 1.2 pounds, which I’m quite pleased about.  I’m also pleased about a few small victories I had — like when I resisted the urge to buy my favorite ice cream when it went on sale this week.

Baby steps!

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.

12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 3 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:

So far this month I’ve exercised 863 minutes!  That’s 282 minutes for the week (about 40 minutes a day).  I think I’m down a little bit from last week but I’m still going strong and on track to reach my goal of 1,500 fitness minutes this month.

One day I just barely made the 15 minutes goal but the other days I did very well on it.  I guess everyone is entitled to an off day, right?  As long as I don’t make a habit of it!

Oh, and I’ve recently downloaded a C25K program on my tablet.  I’ve always loved the idea of running but never got into it.  I make so many excuses (too fat, not enough time, can’t breathe, etc.) but in the back of my mind I think I’d really like to give it a shot.

But I’m still working myself up to it.

Maybe that’ll be a goal for another day. 🙂

12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 2 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:

Some days this is definitely a challenge.  You know those days that I’m talking about — when your get-up-and-go has got up and went.  There was one night in particular when I looked at my pedometer thingie (affiliate link) and noticed I was way, way behind on my step goal of the day.  I was so exhausted and really all that I wanted to do was go to bed.  Instead, I sucked it up and walked/jogged around my living room until I got tired and then realized that I’d gone over my goal by about 1,000 steps!   (Cue the happy dance!)

Mini victories like that help motivate me to push a little harder.  And while I haven’t seen the scale move yet (stupid scale) my husband says that I look like I’m losing more weight.  And really, I don’t care what the scale says as long as I am healthy and can fit into (and look good in!) smaller clothes.

So far this month I’ve exercised a total of 581 minutes.  Since today is the 10th I’m right on schedule of achieving my 1,500 fitness minutes this month!  I have done at least 15 minutes every day, even when I didn’t want to.  Especially when I didn’t want to.  Because those are the days that make you or break you.

12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 1 Update

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12-Months-to-a-Healthier-You-5-500x800Earlier this week 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:

Since January 1st I’ve done about 250 fitness minutes.  I’ve definitely done at least a little something each day.  In fact, the least amount of minutes so far has been on the 1st when I only did 29 minutes.  (Apparently I couldn’t make it that one extra minute!)

I do need to amp it up a bit though.  The trickiest days will be Sundays since I’m at church (primarily sitting), at my parent’s house (primarily sitting and eating) or driving (while sitting, funnily enough) for the majority of the day.  I will just have to make an effort to get moving before I have to leave or after I get home.  Preferably both!