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12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 26 Update

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.

Here’s the rundown of how I did on my bedtime/wake-up time:

Sunday night — 10:15 p.m.
Monday morning — 5:15 a.m.
Monday night — 10:35 p.m. (I took a 30 minute nap during the day, too.)
Tuesday morning — 5:15 a.m.
Tuesday night — 12:15 a.m.
Wednesday morning — 6:53 a.m.
Wednesday night — 12 a.m.
Thursday morning — 6:45 a.m.
Thursday night — 11:30 p.m.
Friday morning — 6:30 a.m.
Friday evening — 1:15 a.m. (couldn’t sleep — not sure why!)
Saturday morning — 7:15 a.m.
Saturday evening — 11:15 p.m.
Sunday morning — 7:15 a.m.

So overall, I still have some work to do — especially when it comes to getting to bed earlier — but I’m making some good headway. And I’m encouraged by that!

I hit my water goals six of the days, exercised four days, ate a salad every single day, and didn’t have sugar once (yes, can you believe it? I’m quite proud of myself! ;))

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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  • Jenni says:

    If I’m being too nosy, just ignore my comment, but have you written down what you were doing each night that you stayed up too late? I’m just curious as to what it was that kept you up for so long – don’t feel like you have to share with us, I just thought it was worth considering. Looking at your times, it seems that once you stay up late once during the week, then you wake up later to compensate, which then makes you go to bed later than you want the next night, etc.

    • Yes, I did keep a log of that this week (i.e. why I stayed up late) and that’s helping me to think of ways I can adjust this week in order to (hopefully) do a better job of going to bed by 10:30 p.m. every week night… or at least, that’s my goal! So far, so good!

  • Thank you for the link-up! I think my biggest sleep obstacle is that I cannot turn my mind off, and just think at night. I once read that if you cannot sleep, its better to get up and do something small and mundane, rather than toss and turn; I generally get up and wipe the counters, sweep the kitchen, or something minor while I listen to sounds of nature or a crafting podcast. I usually find that within an hour, I’m ready for bed!

  • Joye says:

    I can confidently say that I’ve met my goal of creating a simple healthy morning routine. I’ve been doing my 15 minutes of yoga, unloading and loading the dishwasher, having a decent breakfast, and then another 20-30 minutes of exercise. The only problem I ran into is that on the days I work in the afternoon instead of the morning, my “morning routine” turned into a “before work routine” because I just have a hard time getting out of bed when I know I don’t have to be up early.

  • Shelly says:

    This past week I did awful at following my morning routine. But I have a good excuse. My husband was on vacation. So I was only able to get half of my tasks done each morning.

    This week is back to a more normal week, so I’m hoping to get back on track.

  • Chelsea says:

    I’ve gotta ask- when you said you didn’t eat any sugar, do you mean, none at all? As in- not even in pre-made things? How do you do that?! I feel like sugar is in everything, and I don’t even eat a lot of pre-packaged foods!

  • Dacha says:

    Hi everyone!
    I’m going at my very own slow rythm but I’m going forward and that’s what counts!
    So far my exercise habit is fully anchored- I exercise every day( running, swimming…). I’ve even added some yoga to target my- ahem- problem areas;) : abs and arms.
    Fruit and veggies at every meal and doing much better with drinking lots of water !! Especially now that it’s getting so warm!
    Getting enough sleep is still problematic. I’m wondering what is it that makes us stay up late, way beyond time when we’re productif? My family are night owls and somehow I feel like I’m not doing enough if I go to bed early ( even if I was up by 6 that morning!) So I’m starting to write down my go to bed- wake up times, like you Crystal . Obviously if I don’t get enough sleep my morning routine suffers but there is improvement there too. I’ve even managed to read to my kids at breakfast . Which means that I was actually able to sit down at breakfast and that’s a great improvement !!
    Less sugar habit isn’t going so well!! Still I’m trying a no dessert week this time!!
    Thank you Crystal for your latest content pieces on your morning routine!!!It helps a lot to learn about how others are doing “it”, what struggles are they going through!!
    Good Luck everyone!!

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