52 Weeks to a Better You – Update 4

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Well, it’s time for another update. How are you doing on this journey? I hope that you feel you have improved yourself, even if it is only in a small way.

It’s all about doing baby steps.

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

Week 10 – Sleep for 15 minutes longer every day

Week 11 – Compliment someone every day

Week 12 – Replace and unhealthy food with a healthy one

Week 13 – Make a budget

Week 14 – Baby step of your choice

Week 15 – Make your bed every day

Week 16 – Check your posture

Week 17 – Put $5 into an emergency fund this week

Week 18 – Say “thank you” every day for ordinary things

How I have been doing on the baby steps

Week 1 and 6 (Drink 2 cups of water every day)

I know that I am getting in at least 2 cups of water every day, but beyond that I haven’t been measuring so I’m not sure how much more I am doing. I do prefer cold water so I make sure that I have water bottles available in the fridge whenever I’m thirsty.

Week 2 (Move for 15 minutes every day)

This is one baby step that has been very important to me. I began this journey because I felt horrible physically and wanted to be healthier and to feel that way. I have made exercising every day a priority and I do it first thing in the morning before I start my day. When I feel like it is no longer a challenge, I add to it. This baby step is working. My clothes are fitting better and I’m feeling better. If you want to get started with in-home exercising, I highly recommend Leslie Sansone’s workouts. You can see some of my reviews of her DVDs here.

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

Again, this is something that I am not keeping really close track of. I have been trying to build the habit of having veggies in my diet every day though. One thing that has helped me is buying the frozen veggies in the small packages that you just steam in the microwave. I eat those regularly.

Week 4 (Put $5 into savings every week)

This year has brought some financial emergencies including having to remodel our bathroom because of a leak in the plumbing of our slab floor. Anyone have that problem? If your looking for tips on finding a good plumber, check out this post. So, I haven’t been able to put away $5 every week, but I am managing to put some money into savings every once in awhile.

Week 5 (Spend 15 minutes a day with your most important person)

This baby step is a no-brainer for me. I love to spend time with my most important person, who is my husband. We have a habit of spending at least 15 minutes every day together. It is pretty rare for us not to do it.

Week 7 (Spend 15 minutes calming your spirit)

Here is a baby step that is difficult for me to do. I never seem to remember to do it. Instead of spending 15 minutes every day, I seem to get 15 minutes every week. 🙁 I need to work on this one.

Week 8 (Baby step of your choice)

I chose increasing my exercise time as the baby step to focus on and it has definitely paid off. I’ve lost a size in clothing and I can see visible toning on my body that I really like.

Week 9 (List your goals)

I made my list, which is a visible reminder to me of what I want to accomplish. I probably should have it out in the open where I can see it every day, but as it stands now, I look at the list probably every few weeks or so. Still, it is great to have goals, wouldn’t you agree?

Week 10 (Sleep for 15 minutes longer every day)

I hate to admit this, but I am really failing at this baby step. I always have good intentions about getting to bed earlier but I do not seem to make it most of the time. Unfortunately, my Fitbit is a blatant reminder of that particular issue. Gotta work harder on this step.

Week 11 (Compliment someone every day)

I am not an encourager by nature so this baby step is really difficult for me, mostly because I don’t think about it. When my daughter is with me, she does it and then I am reminded that I’m supposed to be working on this baby step. I have definitely not been doing this every day, but I will continue to work on this one.

Week 12 (Replace an unhealthy food with a healthy one)

I have been doing pretty good with this baby step. It helps that I do all of the grocery shopping and that I like to try new recipes. There have been some substitutions that my family is not happy about so in some instance I will make the sub just for me. Like pasta, for instance. My family really doesn’t like any other pasta but regular white. No matter what type of sauce or pasta I try, I cannot get them on board with something healthier. So right now I am making separate whole wheat or veggie pasta for me on those days that I make pasta for them. It’s not ideal, but I will keep working on them. 🙂

Week 13 (Make a budget)

I think I was born with the budget making gene, because I have trouble remembering when I didn’t do it. This is one of those baby steps that I encourage everyone to do because I know from experience how important it is.

Week 14 (Choose your own baby step)

Okay, I kinda cheated on this step because I used it as an opportunity to do some more food substitutions.

Week 15 (Make your bed every day)

This is a baby step that I began long before this journey started. I’ve been making my bed regularly for quite awhile now and it is a habit that makes me feel good about myself and my household. On those days when I don’t make my bed, I feel like the day is blah.

Week 16 (Check your posture)

I have become aware of the need to check my posture because of Leslie Sansone’s workouts. She is always talking about pulling your belly button back to your spine so that you stand taller. It works and it makes me feel good when I am standing taller. I have also been on the lookout for an inexpensive replacement for my office chair that will give me better back support because I know that I tend to slouch if I sit at my desk for too long.

Week 17 (Put $5 into an emergency fund this week)

Given the financial emergencies we have been having this year (see week 4 above), this is another baby step that I have not been able to complete every week.

Week 18 (Say “thank you” every day for ordinary things)

I really need to put up some type of motivational sign to remind me of this step. I am thankful, but I don’t always remember to say it. It is important to say it regularly and out loud so that I do not become ungrateful for all of my blessings.

So there you have it. I haven’t been perfect, but that’s not the goal anyway. I do these updates so that you can see that you don’t have to be perfect either.

Don’t forget that I’ve made a printable to help you keep track of your baby steps. Check out this post for that.

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What about you?

Were you able to keep up with the eighteen baby steps?

Which ones did you struggle with?

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