52 Weeks to a Better You – Update 1

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If you are just tuning in here, we are on a journey to improve ourselves. Taking one baby step a week for 52 weeks in different areas of our lives like our bodies, our finances, and our relationships. I promised that I would post how I am doing so that is coming up here.

First, let’s review what the past 4 weeks of baby steps have been.

Week 1 – Drink 1 cup of water every day (Check out the post here)

Week 2 – Move for 15 minutes every day (Check out the post here)

Week 3 – Eat 1/4 cup of vegetables every day (Check out the post here)

Week 4 – Put $5 into savings this week (Check out the post here)

Week 5 – Spend 15 minutes a day with your most important person (Check out the post here)

Since we just began week 5, I will only be telling you about how I’ve been doing with week’s 1-4.

How I have been doing on the baby steps

Week 1 (Drink 1 cup of water every day)

As I mentioned in that weeks post, I’m not a big fan of water. I’d rather drink just about anything else but water. So I was prepared for this baby step to be difficult for me. I am pleased to say that it was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be.

I read a book recently that advised getting your water requirement in by taking 20 sips of water every morning before you start your day. 20 sips? I could handle that. So I have been keeping a full water bottle next to my bed and every morning I take 20 sips from it. It’s room temperature water at this time, so I’m not a big fan, but I can get 20 sips knocked out in a minute or two. I haven’t measured it so I don’t know if that equals the 1 cup that I committed to. That is why I also have a water bottle in my fridge. I find that drinking it cold is easier. I make sure that it is the first thing I see when I open the fridge so that I am not tempted by any other types of drinks.

Between these two things, I have been getting at least 1 cup of water every day for the past four weeks. I’m still not a big fan of water, but I have found that my desire for other things to drink has diminished slightly.

Week 2 (Move for 15 minutes every day)

I’m ahead of this goal right now. I actually began doing 15 minutes a day a few months ago. I exercise every day first thing in the morning before I get started with my day. I started with a very basic walking DVD by Leslie Sansone. At first, the 15 minutes was all I could do. But as time went on, my body got used to it and I am working my way into more advanced exercise.

Week 3 (Eat 1/4 cup of vegetables every day)

I will admit that this is another area that I worried about. I’m not a big veggie person. My biggest struggle was remembering to do it. My eating habits didn’t include many veggies so even though I would have them in the house, I would forget to eat them. Doing this with all of you has helped me remember it. I am actually surprised by the number of different veggies that I have enjoyed. Our family went to a restaurant recently where I ordered grilled veggies as part of the entree. I discovered that I like grilled squash. I also filled my 1/4 cup quota by finding frozen cauliflower and sweet potatoes that were cut into pieces like rice. I added that to dishes where I would normally have rice and found it to be pretty tasty.

I also discovered that I do not care for spaghetti squash. The flavor is okay, but I did not care for the sweetness with the spaghetti sauce. It also took too long for me to prepare and yielded so little for the family that I put that in my failed recipe list.

I think I might have forgotten to get that 1/4 cup of veggies in a day or two during the last two weeks, but I will continue to work on making it a daily habit.

Week 4 (Put $5 into savings every week)

Success! I took $5 in cash and put it away. Of course, it has only been a week so it remains to be seen if I can keep up with it. But $5 saved is $5. I didn’t put the money into my savings account because it is too easy for me to transfer it back to my checking account and spend it or pay bills with it.

So there you have it. It wasn’t a perfect month, but overall I’m pretty pleased with the results.


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Were you able to keep up with the first four baby steps?

Which ones did you struggle with?

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