12 Months to a Healthier You: August 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.


I know, I know…. it’s not the first of the month, but since I missed posting on August 1st, I’m posting now.   Just shows how much more hectic my schedule has been lately!

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

August Goal: Go to Bed Earlier

If I ever needed a challenge, this is it.  For some reason I just can’t seem to get my act together at night and end up going to bed much later than I should.

I don’t think I have a real plan for this one other than to just go to bed earlier.  It doesn’t sound hard, but for me it is.  I’m definitely a night person and going to bed too late has always been a challenge for me.  If only I didn’t have to wake up so early every morning!

Past Months In Review

July: Read More– I can’t believe that this month, aside from reading my weekly Binah magazine I also read an entire book!  I finally made the time to read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and it was fantastic!  I hope to write a book review soon…

June: Create a Morning Routine– I’ve really been working on getting everything ready the night before and getting out of bed in the morning on time.  It’s been hard, but really paid off.  I didn’t miss my train once this month!

May: Get More Rest- This month I’ve actually taken time for myself to nap on Shabbos.  I can’t nap for too long, but any time I get for a nap is awesome.

April: Cut Back on Sugar- I’m not even gonna try to justify myself… complete fail.

March: Drink More Water- I still have my water bottle on my desk, but noticed I haven’t been drinking it as much as I used to.  Note to self… must start drinking more.

February: Eat More Fresh Fruits & Veggies- Roasted veggies all the way.  Prep is quick and easy and they taste yummy.

January: Exercise Regularly- Due to the heat and lack of time I’ve taken the train more than I would’ve liked when I could’ve walked.  Will try to walk more.

My progress overall is very slow, but I’m happy with it.  I have a super busy life and can’t always make time to work on myself, but at least with this challenge I know I’m trying.

What’s your secret trick to going to bed earlier?

Until next time,