13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Weeks 6 & 7!


13 weeks to a better me

Happy Sunday! It has been forever since I’ve posted an update for my challenge! I’ve unfortunately had to put it on a back burner, due to sickness (you can read all about it here). I have felt wiped out and barely able to get the basics done for about 3 weeks now, but I am finally feeling my energy return and am ready to get back into the swing of things!

Normally I would be at church right now, but my little guy has pinkeye so I’m home with the kids instead (and it’s a potluck day, too!). I’m actually sitting on the recliner with James snuggling beside me as I type. He’s not feeling so great and wants to be close to me, which is very unusual for him.

In the past I would write a review of the previous week and see how I did, for accountability. Since I’ve been out sick, I’m not going to do that this week, but I’ll be back to doing it next week!

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Week 6 Challenge

I am so not looking forward to this challenge… but I know I need to do it for my health. This week, my new challenge is to work out 3 times per week. My plan at this time is to start slow, very slow. 

I know I need to have a clear schedule for working out, otherwise I won’t do it. So every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I am planning on doing a workout in the morning. I’m going to attempt to do them while the kids are awake (I need to use precious nap times for other things!), so we’ll see how it goes!

This week, I’m going to do super easy 10-minute workouts. Like I said, I’m starting slow! I’d rather do a very small workout and actually get it done, than try to go overboard and give up after the first day! I’ll be using this Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates DVD that I already have, which has 3 targeted 10-minute workouts. I love this DVD because each workout is easy enough for beginners, but you still really feel the workout.

With two young kids, I can’t work out so hard that I’m sore all over and barely able to move – that just doesn’t work for me anymore! So this is a good DVD to prevent this from happening. Plus, each workout is only 10 minutes! I KNOW I can handle 10 minutes!

Week 7 Challenge

This week, for the first time, I’m tackling two challenges at once. I’m not trying to “catch up” from being sick, but rather the sickness jump-started this particular challenge for me, so I figured I’d go ahead and officially start it, to make sure I keep up with the progress I’ve already made!

So what is it? Something I thought would be very difficult to start – Cut back to 2 cups of coffee per day. When I was so sick and miserable, I didn’t have much of an appetite and coffee was not appealing at all. Some days I didn’t drink any, and most days I only had a cup. As I started recovering, I started drinking more, but I’ve been careful not to have too much.

So I’ve already been doing this for about 3 weeks now, but this week I’m going to start tracking it and making sure I stick to it. I definitely feel better when I consume less caffeine.

One thing I want to address with this challenge is, how much is one cup?? I’m considering one cup to be about 10 – 12 ounces, because that’s the size my coffee cups are! I know normally a “cup” would be 8 ounces, and with coffee makers a cup is considered 6 ounces. That’s just crazy to me – those would be tiny cups of coffee! But basically, I’m trying to drink no more than 1/3 of the coffee pot, (which is a traditional 12-cup pot) or 24 ounces of coffee. Yes, I’m “cutting back” to 1/3 of a pot of coffee. I know I have a problem.

All Challenges So Far

I’ve been doing this challenge for a while now, and it can be hard (even for me) to keep track of what all I’m working on. Here are all the weekly challenges I’ve started, and that I’ll be attempting to complete and track this week!

Challenge Week 1Drink 8+ glasses of water per day

Challenge Week 2Create (and stick to!) a morning routine

Challenge Week 3Develop a quiet time routine

Challenge Week 4 – Stick to our monthly budget

Challenge Week 5 – Make meal plans, and start making freezer meals

Some of these, I’ll admit, have been total flops so far. (Ahem, stick to our monthly budget for example – since we were sick for half of August, we ended up overspending due to buying anything we could think of to bring some relief, including a humidifier and various cold symptom relievers.)

could beat myself up for not doing as well as maybe I should have. But instead, I’m going to pick myself up and try, try again! I have high hopes for us sticking to our September budget, and I’m feeling energized and motivated to complete my new routines. I’m ready to track my water intake, and have a whole list of healthy meals to create some meal plans. I have been so, so thankful for the freezer full of meals I made last month – it has made cooking the last several weeks a breeze! So I’m hoping to repeat that this month and try some more new freezer Crockpot meals!

One Last Thing…

That’s about it for my update, but I wanted to share again about an amazing deal coming up soon. The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is going to be available starting September 20th, and I don’t want you to miss it if it’s something that sounds interesting to you. If you’d like to be notified by email when this bundle is available, just click the button below!

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Are you following the challenge with me? I’d love to hear what positive changes you are making in your life! Comment below or send me an email at courtney@joyfulintentionality.com.

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Read the other posts about the challenge here!

I’ve Been a Slacker Lately….. so I’m Challenging Myself!

13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Week 1

13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Week 2

13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Week 3

13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Week 4

13 Weeks to a Better Me – Challenge Week 5!

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