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12 Months to a Healthier You: Week 6 Check-in


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

February’s Challenge:

We’re focusing on developing the habit of eating more fruits and veggies in February. I encourage you to set a simple and doable goal for exercise and to stick with it.

If you haven’t set your February Exercise Goal yet, be sure to do so and then leave a comment on this post telling us what your goal is. New to this challenge? Read more details on the plan for this year here.

My Fruits/Veggie Intake Goal for February

My goal for February is to eat at least six big salads every week. I’m also hoping to keep up with January’s habit of doing P90X at least 4-5 times every week.

This Week’s Progress:

Yay! I hit my goal this week of eating six big salads plus exercising 4 times!

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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  • Molly says:

    Woohoo! Way to go on reaching your goals! I did as well. 😀

    Thanks for doing this challenge — I find that it’s great motivation (especially with the accountability)!

  • Cathy says:

    I did well with continuing to exercise, but not so well with the increased fruits and veggies. In my defense, though, I grocery shopped Thursday and now there is more selection in the house. 🙂

  • Jenni says:

    I had to take the week off exercising because of being sick. But I did well with fruit and veggies. The accountability helped. There was a couple meals I didn’t include them at first. Thankfully each time I remembered my commitment. 🙂

  • Kim says:

    I did great with the added fruits and vegetables this week! Spinach was marked down at Kroger and broccoli was a $1.00 for a whole head. The cost made it easier.

    I got in 4 days of exercise, but not everyday was the full 30 min.

  • Mandi says:

    I hit both goals this week. (Although I didn’t see the fruit and veggie challenge until Monday night for some reason.) I got in 3 runs and 3 JM videos. I ran 9 miles today at my “big goal” half marathon pace! =) I also got in at least 2 servings of fruit and veggies before dinner- which always has a couple. I know I should do more, but if I manage that consistently, it’s a definite improvement!

  • Joye says:

    I had a good week, met all my goals. I bought and incorporated into my meal plan for the week two fruits and two vegetables. I have never been much of a vegetable eater, but I’m trying new recipes to try to find something that I like. I also met my exercise goals, working out 20 minutes a day for five days. The scale says I gained weight this week, but I’ve been stressed, so I’m just going to move on. Next week will be better. 🙂

  • Shelly says:

    Way to go getting your goals accomplished this week!

    This week I found a great deal on organic kale and red leaf lettuce for just $.25 each bunch so I stocked up. I was able to meet my goal of 4 serving a day of fruits and vegetables this week. I was also able to get my exercise too.

  • Vicki D says:

    I did well this week! I went to Costco this week and got a huge bag of spinach, plus farmers market, to gets lots of veggies for soup. Not only am I adding my veggies, plus my family is getting them too!
    I got in 3 bike workouts and 2 yoga sessions!

  • I’ve been doing good too. We have been doing Bountiful Baskets and I’m making sure the entire family gets plenty of fruit and veggies. Every meal must have something green!

  • Dacha says:

    This week was difficult because I was (& still am ) down with some serious flu. However I did some exercising every day- even if it was mostly some gentle yoga & stretching. I was more conscious of my fruit – veggies intake & often replaced a ” crackers- chocolate” snack by some vegetable soup… But it’s definitely not a habit yet ( & when sick- I crave sugar)!

  • Kristi says:

    What a great challenge! I need to go back and read previous posts so I can get motivated. I have 15lbs to lose by summer and eating better is top on my list. I really need to make a better effort to get rid of processed food.

  • Judy says:

    I met my goal of eating five servings of veggies each day and three servings of fruit. My exercise goal is 20 minutes of exercise five days a week. So far so good! I even got my seven year old son to do a work out video with me and found out he loves my smoothies!

  • Wow, that’s really good. Do you keep your salad stuff all ready (washed, cut, etc.) in the fridge? I find that I avoid salads because it’s too much work. But maybe a little planning would cure that!

  • Karen says:

    I’m continuing to be consistent with my exercise, doing a Jillian Michaels DVD every morning (M-F) and running 5K 3x’s a week. Excited to be running in my first 5K race next Saturday! My goal is to do it in 30 minutes or less. I already eat a lot of veggies so I will continue to do so and focus on upping it even more. Thanks for the motivation!

  • Jen says:

    This is my first time commenting on this challenge. All day morning sickness has left me with little energy for exercise and my stomach had absolutely no tolerance for anything but toast and crackers for the past several weeks. But now that I’m starting to feel a bit better, I’ve been working out on the elliptical for 30 minutes most days and managed to eat some fruit this past week (mainly in smoothies, but that’s better than nothing!). I bought stuff for salad today, so I’m going to try that this week. Hopefully I won’t wake up tomorrow totally repulsed by veggies again!!

  • Shelley says:

    Great Job on meeting your goals this week!
    I have lost 1 inch in my waist and 1.5 # this week.
    I did gentle stretching since I tweaked my neck last Sunday.
    I have been good with the fruit but need to add another serving of vegetables.
    Thank you for your encouragement.

  • Barb D says:

    I did well with my exercising – even did some Pilates this week – which I vowed I would incorporate! I ate my fruits but still need to increase those veggies! I have got to start juicing again – I can hide lots of veggies in my juice…

  • Kristin says:

    I’ve been hovering around, but I was really reluctant to join this challenge because it feels so overwhelming. However, I *did* join a gym this week. I have yet to work out because of my husband’s conflicting work schedule for the next few days (he has to be here to babysit as this gym does not have childcare, but it’s cheap and literally right around the corner), but I plan to work out at least twice next week there. Probably just a little treadmilling, but that’s better than nothing right? 🙂 And I’m a life-long veggie hater, but I there are a few I will actually eat. I just need to make them right.

  • Lori says:

    I continued with the workouts and was able to get 3 CrossFit workouts! I did increase my veggie intake by adding kale & spinach to my morning smoothies. Yay!

  • Kellie says:

    Well, I met my goal again for exercise this week (jog on treadmill 30 min 3x/week; strength training 40 min. 2x/week), but the fruit and veggies didn’t go as well. I’m determined to better next week. 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    I exercised six times this week. I completely forgot to track my fruit and vegetable intake. I guess I need to make that a line on the daily docket.

    Thanks for making your planning PDFs available for free. Your editable half page daily docket is the one I’m using. It’s making a big difference in my days. I feel like I have a plan now, even if I don’t get everything done.

  • Maria says:

    This week was a huge challenge for me with all the icy weather we had, my girls having 3 snow days, my husband being out-of-town, and our small town grocery stores not carrying much variety of produce (I couldn’t find fennel anywhere for a new salad recipe I wanted to try). I adapted and made do with what I could. I still did my daily exercise goal and I ate a salad and a piece of fruit daily, though it was much harder than expected. I’m hoping now we’re heading into mid-month that the weather will warm up and it’ll be easier to find produce again (and to get to the store to buy it).

  • Your challenges are great! I’ve been doing P90X3 for three weeks and find that the 30 minute routines are fitting into my schedule much better than P90X. No excuses for me now!

    I also started reading Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson this week, all about choosing the best fruits and vegetables. It is so fascinating! I had no idea that if you cook your carrots whole before slicing them makes them both healthier and tastier! Or that if you mince your garlic and let it sit for 10 minutes before cooking with it you get many more nutrients. The book is full of lots of other small changes that can really make a difference.

    I’m already planning my next trip to the produce section with anticipation and figuring out what new varieties of veggies to try in the garden this year.

  • Lety says:

    Great job, everyone 🙂 I’m not doing as well as I’d hope, but definitely better than I’d done in previous attempts. My goal is to replace pastries and chips with fruit and veggies. I had a few rough days following through, but I did at least ear fruit and veggies everyday.

  • Renee says:

    I’ve been following your challenges, but didn’t start right away on my own. Today, I completed day 14 of 90, of the Be Fit in 90 challenge on youtube. You exercise for about 40 minutes, 5 days a week, with a warmup, cardio, strength, and stretching. I like it because it mixes up the types of exercises you do every day, without having to think about it myself. It will then up the challenge after 31 days, and then again at 61 days. I am pretty excited about it, and proud of myself for sticking with it for this long. I usually give up on stuff after a week.
    Still working on incorporating more fruits and veggies in my diet. I am a horrible healthy eater and need to find tastier ways to get these things into our diet.

  • This is great! Seeing these posts have definitely inspired me. We just ordered T25. Have you ever heard of it? It’s an intense 25 minute workout that works your whole body. We just ordered it and it should be here soon. But your healthy living challenge posts kept putting the bug in my ear TO DO SOMETHING! So I may not be keeping pace, and I didn’t get going at the start of the year with you, but I’m really glad you keep posting these…even though after my first week of returning to a workout, I may not like you very much. 😉 Hehe! My husband is going to do it with me. We don’t have weight to lose, but we just feel so weak. God designed our bodies for more. So anyway, thank you for the faithful reminders!

  • Ginger says:

    Yay for reaching your goals!!! That is such a great feeling! There’s something about such cold, bleak weather that makes me want to bury my face in a delicious, colorful salad. 🙂 Good luck this week!

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