12 Months to a Healthier You: May 2014

12 Months to a Healthier You is a monthly challenge I’ve decided to take on. By taking on small challenges every month I’m hoping to make lifelong changes in the way I live.

Is it really May already?!?  Why is time passing so quickly?

As a reminder, here are this year’s focus areas:

12 Months to a Healthier You

Focus Areas for 2014

January: Exercise Regularly
February: Eat More Fresh Fruits & Veggies
March: Drink More Water
April: Cut Back on Sugar
May: Get More Rest
June: Create a Morning Routine
July: Read More
August: Go to Bed Earlier
September: De-clutter Your Home
October: Cut Back on Caffeine
November: Keep a Gratitude Journal
December: Simplify & Say No

May Goal: Get More Rest

Getting more rest is something I am always working on.  Ever since DS3 has been sleeping through the night (bli ayin hara, poo, poo, poo), I’ve been feeling a lot better and have had way more energy.  I think I’ll focus this month on getting to bed earlier (which I know is August’s challenge, but it sounds like they overlap- don’t they?).  My kids wake up somewhere in the 6am hour and I’d love to have the energy to take care of them that early in the morning.  Wish me luck!

Past Months In Review

April: Cut Back on Sugar- To be completely honest…. I think I totally failed at this one.  If I’m going to do this challenge right and blog about it, then I want to be honest.  While I always try to limit my sugar intake, it’s not something that comes easy to me and my sweet tooth.  Add Pesach to the mix and it was almost a complete disaster.  I’ll try to work on it, but I think this one is definitely the hardest!

March: Drink More Water- I’ve really made an effort to not buy any soda or iced tea during the work week- which leaves most of my drinks water.  I should still be drinking more, so will try to focus on that this month.

February: Eat More Fresh Fruits & Veggies- Now that Pesach is over I have to get back into the groove of the work week and bring fruit with me everyday.  I’ve been pretty good about eating a lot of veggies since I really love them roasted and roasted veggies are super easy to make.

January: Exercise Regularly- No real update here, I’ve just been making a real effort to walk to and from work instead of taking the train.  It’s really been great- the other day I wore my sneakers and made record time!

So, as you can see, these challenges have been exactly that- challenges! I’m not giving up!!

Are you currently working on overcoming any challenges?  What has helped you succeed?  Any tips you can offer?

Until next time,