12 Months to a Healthier You: June 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.

Summer has officially begun!  Weather is hot and sweaty, no more coats or sweaters and we’re stocking up on ice pops!

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

June Goal: Create a Morning Routine

Since we all leave the house pretty early every morning we already have a pretty efficient morning routine in place.  Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and get out of the house.

My goal this month is to continue this routine, but in a much calmer way.

  • Wake up a few minutes earlier
  • Have lunches all prepped and ready to go the night before
  • Find all kids shoes the night before (this has taken up quite a few precious morning minutes!)
  • Have my outfit picked out the night before- it’s been taking me way too long to get dressed in the morning!

These are just a few ideas that come to mind.

Past Months In Review

May: Get More Rest- This hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be.  I really wanted to try and get to bed earlier, but it seems like there’s always something that comes up and needs my attention.  I have tried to take advantage of down-time and nap/rest a bit more, but I’m still more tired than I’d like to be.  I’ll keep working on this!

April: Cut Back on Sugar- yeah…. like I discussed last month, this isn’t something I’m working really hard on.  Too hard!  And with Shavuos and my craving for cheesecake… not happening.

March: Drink More Water- I finally got myself a nice water bottle to keep on my desk at work.  I’ve really been drinking a lot!  Here’s the proof:


It’s all blinged out, but really makes drinking water a treat!  Much more enjoyable than using paper coffee cups from the pantry.

February: Eat More Fresh Fruits & Veggies-  I’ve gotten really into roasting veggies.  And now with nectarines, peaches and melons in season, I’m really trying to snack healthier.

January: Exercise Regularly- The weather has been great, which gives me no excuse to take the train.  I’ve been walking as part of my work commute and it feels really great.  I hope I can continue this even when the weather is not as great.

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

In which ways would you improve your morning routine?

Until next time,