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12 Months to a Healthier You: Week 21 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.

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:

Well, I had high hopes that I’d hit my goal of 7.5 hours of sleep every night this past week and I didn’t quite make it. However, I DID get one 11-hour stretch of sleep after I came home from my trip to Florida, so that makes up for some of it, right??

I hit my water goals five days, exercised four days, ate a salad six of the days, and had dessert two 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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  • Maria says:

    I increased the amount of exercise I did this week compared to other weeks past. I’ve eaten a salad almost everyday, and I think I drank my water goals more this week too. It’s not perfect, though it rarely will be, and I’m improving.

  • Wendy Dykema says:

    I definitely avoided purchasing all kinds of treats at the store this week! As a great reward, we made cookies at home, but with freshly ground flour, honey and agave, and pumpkin. The veggie cookies were good – and nutritious! I am finding if I take something out, I must put something healthful in its place so that I don’t “miss” it.

  • I am tracking my water intake and try to get at least 8 glasses per day. I did not feel well to exercise much this week so I skipped gym once but at least I keep taking my dog for a long walks every day.

  • Dacha says:

    I find that new habit building takes time so I’m taking it slow. I’ve been exercising 6 out of 7 days and I added a 15 minutes yoga routine to do every morning. No matter what happens during the day- that is always something achieved. I’ve been eating fruits & veggies at every meal. I’ve upped my water intake and it helps tremendously on so many levels! Still a lot of progress needed in the sugar and rest departments. But ” baby steps”!!

  • It sounds like everyone is doing well! Great job 🙂

    I have been all over the place when it comes to my health journey. I am going to probably revamp the goals I had for Jan-Mar and identify the ones for April and May to catch up.

    I did take what I feel was a gigantic step last week in accountability. Following through with my goals has become crucial. I need all the support I can get. I found a large group of people to be accountable to. So far, it seems to be working.

    Wishing everyone another great week. 🙂

    • I am so very inspired by you and hope I get a chance to meet you sometime! It makes me so happy to hear about your new accountability in place! I’m proud of you and cheering for your continued success!

      • Lety says:

        Crystal, your sweet encouragement means so much to me! Thank you for taking the time to leave me such kind comments. : ) I’d love to meet you, too! I hope to read you will be in my area soon. 🙂 Have a great and blessed day!

  • Shelly says:

    I did better this past week with getting my sleep in. I didn’t fall asleep right away each night but I did make it to bed on time, which is progress.

    I didn’t do as good at limiting my sugar intake this past week. But I did well at eating fruits and vegetables, exercising and drinking more water.

  • I so need to get back on my sleep schedule. I think I get at least your 7.5 hours of sleep each night but I found that I need 8-9 to feel totally rested. I don’t even have a productive reason for falling off the sleep wagon—got hooked on Dexter on Netflix. That’s over now so I will be shooting for my 8-9 hours so I can wake up and run before hubby goes to work (and before it gets too hot)! 🙂

  • Gislena says:

    love the challenge. feel bad i didnt see it sooner , im gonna start waaay later 🙁
    BUT this week i just started making some home-made bread instead of buying it and trying to sleep at leat 1 more hour . i guess it’s something 😀

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