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12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 24 Check-In

Are you joining us for the 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge? If so, it’s time for our weekly check-in to post our progress.

June’s Challenge:

We’re focusing on developing the habit of a better morning routine. I encourage you to create a simple and doable morning routine and to stick with it.

New to this challenge? Read more details on the plan for this year here.

My Morning Routine Challenge for June

I created a new morning routine (see it here) and am working on sticking with it.

I’m also hoping to keep up with January’s habit of exercising at least 4-5 times every week, February’s goal of eating a big salad at least six times a week, March’s goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day, April’s goal of cutting back on sugar, and May’s goal of getting at least 7.5 hours of sleep every night.

This Week’s Progress:

So I still have a long way to go when it comes to my morning routine, but I’m encouraged at the progress I’m making. And I really feel like this one big change I’m making this week will make a massive difference. It’s already made a big difference just today alone!

As I confessed on Saturday, I’ve not been doing that great at getting good sleep. In fact, I think I only slept at least 7.5 hours two of the nights last week. But I’m determined to really work on that this week. I hit my water goals five days, exercised five days, ate a salad five of the days, and had dessert twice.

How Are YOU Doing?

Leave a comment telling us how you did on your exercise goals this past week. If you’re blogging about this challenge, leave the direct link to your blog post about the challenge below. Are you on social media? You can also share your progress on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter by using hashtag #12MonthstoaHealthierYou.


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  • Heather says:

    Just curious about your big salads. I see that you do a great job of eating several a week but don’t see lettuce in your recent shopping trips. Do you eat these out? If and when you do buy lettuce I am curious about how to keep it fresh for longer than b 3 or 4 days. Love this series BTW!

    • Great question! I bought a big bag of three bunches of lettuce a few weeks back and it has lasted for the past three weeks. I also have have changed things up a few times in the past few weeks and done some chopped veggie salads without any lettuce. {And I also pretty much always get a big salad when we go out — and then I usually take half of it home for the next day.}

  • Jenni says:

    My morning routine has been going well. I had insomnia at first, but with the consistency, my body is adjusting. My morning routine has helped with other goals, like exercising. I do that first thing, and it feels good. I don’t need the coffee to wake my brain up.

    With all that positive, tomorrow morning we start VBS at 9 am. So we shall see how it goes!!

  • I love these check-ins. I am finding it harder and harder to stay on my diet; my issue is that I snack when I finally have time to myself at night, this also contributes to hours of sleep lost at night. As I blog, run a business from my home, and also clerk from home, nights can be very busy for me as well. I have lost 12 pounds, and though I have sixty to go, it feels great knowing I’m not the only one in this boat, if you will!

  • Libby says:

    Well…worked out,drank lots of water and ate well all week, but my morning routine and sleeping are also difficult to stay on top of……ugh…..but we’ll get there….

  • Shelly says:

    I’m making progress on my morning routine. I’m still not sticking to it 100% but most days I get most of my routine in. I really need to change my eating habits more along the lines of how much sugar I’m eating. This past week was awful and I stress ate way to much sugar. 🙁

  • Joye says:

    I want to get the dishes put away and dishwasher reloaded every morning as well as get in a 15 minute yoga workout each day. I have kept up with the dishes, but admit I slacked a bit on the workout at the beginning of the week. I have been successful the last few days, however, so I am going to set the same goals for this week to hopefully make it feel a little more natural to be doing these things every day.

  • Maria says:

    I had a revelation this week with my morning routine also. I figured that while the girls are with their grandparents I could try to do a run-through of my routines. I did it once with success this week, and I realized that I’m expecting myself to do too much in a very short amount of time. I have to rethink through my mornings and figure out how to make some items less of a priority than others. It explains why I’ve been feeling so disheartened lately. With my expectations being so high, I was making myself constantly disappointed.

  • Susan says:

    Crystal — I am curious as to how you were able to determine that 7.5 hours of sleep per night is the amount that you need. Thanks for this series.

    • I’ve found that when I consistently get 7 to 8 hours of sleep most every night, I don’t feel tired and have a lot of energy. And I naturally wake up after 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep — without an alarm clock — if I consistently get that much sleep.

      I hope that helps!

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