Hello everyone! It’s that time again. Update time. You are not going through this journey alone so I am reporting on how I’ve been doing with our 52 weeks to a better you journey.
But before I give you my update, let’s review our baby steps to date:
Week 1 – Drink 1 cup of water every day
Week 2 – Move for 15 minutes every day
Week 3 – Eat 1/4 cup of vegetables every day
Week 4 – Put $5 into savings this week
Week 5 – Spend 15 minutes a day with your most important person
Week 6 – Drink 2 cups of water every day
Week 7 – Spend 15 minutes every day calming your spirit
Week 8 – Baby step of your choice
Week 9 – List your goals
Since we just began week 9, I will only be telling you about how I’ve been doing with week’s 1-8.
How I have been doing on the baby steps
Week 1 and 6 (Drink 2 cups of water every day)
In my last update I talked about taking 20 sips of water first thing in the morning before I get started with my day. I am glad to say that this has become a habit for me so I am continuing to do that. I have also been able to cut out 99% of my soda drinking. I was never the type of person who asked for water at fast food places, but I am pleased to say that I have become a little bolder about turning down the large sugary drinks in favor of water. It hasn’t always been the best choice because some restaurant have pretty nasty tasting water, but hopefully even those were better choices than the soda. I am pretty sure that I am getting at least 2 cups of water per day, but I’m not measuring it so I don’t know how much more I am doing. That is something that I need to remedy because I should have a better idea or my water intake.
Week 2 (Move for 15 minutes every day)
This is a baby step that I’ve been working diligently on. Before the start of this journey I was already exercising in the morning for 30 minutes. At this point, I have worked my way up to exercising almost an hour six days a week. I have lost some weight, but more importantly I am sleeping better and feeling better.
Week 3 (Eat 1/4 cup of vegetables every day)
Okay, this one is a tough one for me, I will admit. I’m not a big fan of veggies. I’m also not keeping track of it that well. I know that I have veggies with most of my dinners so I would probably guess that I am getting in all of my veggies by the end of the week. I have been experimenting with veggie based pastas and I found one recipe that uses green pasta which tastes pretty good. I need to work on keeping track of my vegetable intake though.
Week 4 (Put $5 into savings every week)
This baby step is not such a problem for me because I was an accountant in my former career and I still love to keep track of my finances, so I’m pretty good about moving funds around. 🙂 The only issue I have is that I need to put the money away where I won’t see it constantly or I may be tempted to spend it (or pay bills with it). I’m happy to say that I have been able to do that so I’m seeing a little nest egg growing.
Week 5 (Spend 15 minutes a day with your most important person)
My most important person is my husband and I love spending time with him, so that baby step is not a burden at all. 🙂 Having said that, we are a busy family so sometimes it is work to make sure this baby step happens. We have been spending time together after dinner just talking about our day. On the weekends we have managed to increase that time a little bit, even when we are so busy. Success!
Week 7 ( Spend 15 minutes calming your spirit)
I’m a Christian, so my way of calming my spirit is to commune with God, usually in prayer. This is another area that I need to work more on. I have been spending time with God in prayer on most days, but I will admit that sometimes I just forget. I don’t forget God, but I do forget to just sit down and make time for Him alone.
Week 8 (Baby step of your choice)
I have been so excited about the way I’m feeling with my exercising that I chose that baby step as my choice. Up until that week, I had been exercising by walking and light aerobics. Now I have added some strength (weight) training to my schedule. I also invested in a Fitbit to monitor my walking and it has been very motivating for me.
Again, it wasn’t a perfect month, but overall I am making progress so I’m pleased about that.
What about you?
Were you able to keep up with the first four baby steps?
Which ones did you struggle with?
Share your journey with us!