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12 Months to a Healthier You: Week 1 Check-in


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

January’s Challenge:

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

If you haven’t set your January 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.

12 Months to a Healthier You

My Exercise Goal for January

My goal for January is to consistently exercise at least 5 times per week. I plan to follow the P90X workout schedule except for the days when I’m traveling/out of town. On those days, I plan to stick with cardio/running.

This Week’s Progress:

I started P90X on Wednesday. I’ve gone through the program before, but it’s been quite a while and the first day kicked my tail.

The second day wasn’t quite as bad. And today (the third day), I actually woke up excited to exercise. In fact, I rolled out of bed, changed into my workout clothes, and started exercising first thing!

I’m incredibly encouraged (albeit a bit sore!) because after just three days, I feel stronger and healthier. I am especially thankful because I’ve been feeling somewhat in a funk the past few weeks and I’ve felt so much more energetic the past three days. I really think it has to do with starting my day with strenuous exercise.

It’s amazing how much good exercise does for your overall well-being! I’m hoping my enthusiasm doesn’t wear off as the days go by! 🙂

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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  • Tina says:

    Short-term goal is to exercise 3x per week — hope to get it up to 5 by the end of the year.

  • Stacy says:

    Starting next week, treadmill 3 times/week. Maybe first thing in the morning?

  • Pamela says:

    Being pregnant, my goals aren’t earth shattering. However I want to walk 5 days a week if it gets above freezing and winds are less than 20 mph. Doing well so far : I walked 2 times since the first.

    Trying to get my fit it as close to 8000 steps a day as possible!

  • Lynn says:

    I am a cancer survivor with only one lung remaining, and COPD. The drugs I’m on and the limited activity I’ve been doing due to breathing issues have resulted in a lot of weight gain, which makes it even harder to breathe….vicious cycle. So I decided to move more in all my daily activities, even do a few dance steps as I move around the house, make a few more trips away from my desk at work, and also include BREATHING exercises in my daily routines, something I had never considered before. My mini dachshund is now joining me in dancing whenever “Bad Romance” comes on!

  • Quintana says:

    I just saw this challenge. But I bought a new treadmill with Christmas/Birthday money and started on it Monday. I just finished day 4 on the treadmill. I commit to 4 days on the treadmill and either 30-day shred or weight loss yoga in between. I can’t wait for school to kick back in gear so I can get on a schedule again.

  • elizabeth says:

    Just now seeing this, but I think I am going to try to do 100 jumping jacks a day. Small goal but I think doable with small kids.

  • Joye says:

    I’ve stuck to my plan, but it’s sort of discouraging when wii fit tells me I’ve gained three pounds. That seems to be the thing with me, I start working out, and I start changing my diet and I work really hard, but see no results on the scale. It’s frustrating, but I’m determined to keep going. Even if I don’t get thinner, I hope that I will start feeling better.

  • Melissa says:

    I just jumped on board with the challenge today, but I got my first workout done too! I made myself brave the cold wind/below freezing temps here in NC and got to the gym for my normal Step class I take on Sat. mornings. Then, they were introducing a new class, called Shockwave, that I joined in afterwards to check out. Saying I am “spent” is an understatement, but it felt SO good to get back on track! Yay! Here’s to the next week of the challenge starting and being accountable to stay committed!

  • Jen says:

    I totally resonate! I have been putting off starting a prenatal exercise program because I am already so tired with two littles, and figured I needed to conserve my energy. But I’ve done it every day this week and have felt better and have had more energy than I have in several months! Woo hoo!

  • Jerilyn says:

    I started working out right before new years. Every day so far. Its only a recumbant bike but combining that with diet changes i feel so much better! My energy is higher!

  • sona says:

    I know you are all younger, but anyone have some ideas, videos etc for those of us over 50 beside walking? Dr says I can do anything I can tolerate:)

    • Rose says:

      I am 55 and use the treadmill. I know it is still walking, but I go as slow as I need to in order to build up to a better time and speed. Also walking videos are kind of fun and an easy one is called ” Walk Away The Pounds” the first one is Easy Walk, Mile 1 and you can go only as far as your able and just stop. also the people on there are ALL different sizes, not all skinny, so you feel better about it : ) I can only get through the very beginning so far. only like a 1/2 mile. Other than walking, if you like water, is there a program for older adults in your town that offers water aerobics? They have that here, unfortunately the times do not work for me with my work schedule : (
      If you want an encouragement buddy, let me know!

  • Kim says:

    I rejoined curves my goal is five days a week. I joined last may and did great, after an unexpected hysterectomy in July. I had to stop for a while. Now I am back and going to try even harder. 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    I need motivation and need this challenge. I have not been active lately so I am going to start small and shoot for 30 min of exercise 4 days a week. I will walk or do videos at home. I hope to keep this up the whole month and then add to this each month.

  • I know I’m two days late on the check in, but I just posted my blog link. I absolutely love this challenge and blogging about it is a great way to keep my self accountable! Thanks, Crystal!

  • kathy says:

    I’m late to the party but I am totally game for this. I am starting t 25 tonight. I do my exercise at night cause it works for me. I had already planned to start it with my husband but thus will be some extra great encouragement.

  • Mandie says:

    Me too! I’m back on P90X after this post-partum period. I don’t remember it being this hard. LOL – Really, I do, but I blocked it out. Glad to know I know someone else doing the same thing!

  • Becky says:

    I’m starting small and just aiming for 15 minutes a day. Starting with last week, I did get 3 days in, since I’m counting walking up and down stairs and thoroughly vaccumming the entire townhouse as exercise! I didn’t even try for New Year’s Day, but it’s a start.

  • Ashley says:

    Adam and I are following along with this challenge and blogging about it at and I linked back to moneysavingmom. We are challenging ourselves to walk 30 minutes everyday. Simple and easy.

  • Sandy says:

    I just read about your 12 Month Challenge today and want to join it. I’ve actually been quite sick with a respiratory and sinus infection since 12/29 and ended up on a Z-pack New Years Eve so working out hasn’t been in the plans yet.

    I will start tomorrow. I want to work out 5x per week. I need to lose at least 30 lbs (can totally lose more) but 30lbs geth me to the BMI I need to be at to undergo IVF ICSI should God not provide a child naturally. Others say its easy to do BUT they don’t know me well! I MUST do this for ME!!! My husband has the infertility issue but now the ball is in my court to drop the weight. I CAN do this!

  • Amy Lauren says:

    Good luck with P90X, Crystal!

    It’s so great to read about everyone’s goals. I’m on a running/racing team for a local sporting goods store, so I do a lot of local running events as a participant and also volunteer. I’m young, speedy, and don’t have kids yet, but that’s beside the point of this post.

    Last year in January, we had a group start a Couch to 5K program through our store. It was fun seeing them all grow and progress with their fitness goals. Fast forward to this January- I am pacing the Charleston SC half marathon in 2 weeks, and one of the guys who started Couch to 5K last January… is running it as his first half marathon. His goal time is 2:30. He *never* thought he’d run more than a 5K. This time one year ago, he had doubts he could even do that.

    If you stick with it… you will be amazed at what you can accomplish and what your body can do :). Good luck to everyone!!

  • Kimberly says:

    I broke my foot at the beginning of November and have had a very hard time returning to working out. Ive had alot of “the blues.” But the week before Christmas I began slowing putting weight on my foot again. Beginning the first I started an arms challenge that increases a little each day. And starting the 5th I begin the 30 day 1 mile challenge, which I have been following despite this sub-zero temperatures! 🙂

  • Liz says:

    Crystal I am curious, are you doing P90X for weight loss or just general fitness? You mentioned you’ve done it before, what kind of results did you get? These kinds of programs are really interesting to me but I would have to get fitter (that sounds weird, oh well) before I try and I am wondering what they would be like. Thanks 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      I’m doing it for general fitness. I got much more toned, built some muscle definition, and significantly increased my endurance last time around.

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