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12 Months to a Healthier You: Week 19 Check-in

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

May’s Challenge:

We’re focusing on developing the habit of getting more rest. I encourage you to set a simple and doable goal for getting more rest and to stick with it.

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

My Get More Rest Goal for May

My goal for May is to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep every night.

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 every day, and April’s goal of eating dessert once a week.

This Week’s Progress:

I got 7.5 hours of sleep five nights this week. And the other two nights, I sort of had an excuse… which I’ll tell you about when I share our crazy travel day adventure post in a bit. 🙂

I hit my water goals six days, exercised five days, ate a salad five of the days, and had dessert three times. So yes, I’m not hitting all of my goals perfectly, but I’m going to celebrate the progress I’m making!

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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  • How do you exercise enough self control to have sugar only once or a few times a week? If I manage to limit myself to once a day I think I’ve done amazing!

    • Well, knowing that I have to report on how many desserts I ate each week helps somewhat with the self control… but I’m still working on it, as is evidenced by the fact that I ate dessert three times this past week. 🙂

  • Maria says:

    I am going to bed sooner, though I don’t think I’m up to 8 hours of sleep yet. I’m walking more, though, and I think I’ll try to get back into my exercise workouts again this week. Eating a salad has become a rather hard habit for me now, as is eating a piece of fruit. Everyone else in the house has ‘their cup’ for just water, so now I’m trying to figure out what mine will be.

    And while I’m not cutting out desserts as much as I want, I’ve decided to start drinking a cup of water with some vinegar and honey mixed into it. I drink it in the mornings. It’s not the best-tasting stuff, though I’ve noticed a huge improvement in how I feel and how my belly feels after eating a lot of carbs.

  • Jennifer says:

    Okay, I’ll confess. I didn’t pay attention to this 12 Months to a Healthier You because it just sounded exhausting.
    However, I did make an intention in January to get more rest and it’s made a huge difference in my energy level so I thought I would comment on this post.
    My goal is to be in bed by 9 p.m. every night. I have night meetings for work on average once or twice a week and sometimes those nights I’m just getting home at 9 or close to it but I’ve been really successful with it all the other nights.
    After a couple months of going to sleep at 9, when that hour rolls around, I’m really ready to fall asleep. I’ve been able to wake up energized most every morning by 6. Yes, I’m one of those people who really needs nine hours a night.
    If I’m tempted to stay up past nine to work on a project or make lunches, I think about how I’ll be able to get those things done in less time if I’m doing it energized in the morning.

    Good luck everybody!

  • I’ve been successful in my goal of going to bed by 10 or 10:30. (I get up by 6 every day.) I’m glad as I started this challenge that this was the only thing I could really control (my bedtime) since you never know with children the night time interruptions. I think since May 1, I’ve had 2 nights spent up most of the night with sick children and another where my husband and I both couldn’t sleep from 3 am on since his coughing was so bad. Thankfully, I’m still reaching my early bedtime goal since those are things I can’t control (and I’ve had more sleep than I would have without this goal.)

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