Start your next bullet journal with 12 months of healthy challenges! Change it up each month and keep yourself motivated to achieve your goals.
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I have a confession.
Last year, I created a page in my journal called 12 months of healthy challenges and I fell in love with it from the start. Immediately, I knew it was something that would help me reach my goals, keep me motivated, and be something new and fresh each month.
But, because I changed journals midway through the year and didn’t migrate this spread over, I stopped using it. Sad face.
But, as I set up 2019, I am fully committing myself to the 12 months of healthy challenges challenge.
So, what is this 12-month challenge I speak of? It’s something I came up with last year after seeing tons of different healthy challenges online. I wanted to do them, but knew after a month I would get bored.
So, I figured if I had a layout that was set up in advance with 12 months worth of healthy challenges, that I could incorporate a new challenge and new habit each month.
And because I know so many others who are embarking on health and fitness journeys and setting big goals for themselves this coming year, I wanted to share this as a way to add some fresh fun to your journey.
In this post, I will share my setup along with a list of challenge ideas that you can try, and an awesome printable health and fitness bullet journal pack including the 12 months of healthy challenges spread.
12 Months of Healthy Challenges Bullet Journal Setup
In 2018, my setup was pretty open and flexible. I designed 12 boxes in which I wrote out my healthy challenge ideas in advance. Then, at the end of each month I would pick which one I wanted to do the following month.
From there, I drew out a mini-calendar under the challenge I wanted to do to correspond with the month I would be doing it. This is where I would track my progress and hold myself accountable throughout the month.
I love this setup and think it’s a fun way to choose what you want to do each month. However, there are a few shortcomings here.
With so much flexibility, it’s easy to forget or each neglect picking a challenge for the month. Also, you have to draw out the calendar each month, making a little more work for yourself when you are setting up your monthly.
My Plan for This Year
While I haven’t yet drawn out my 12 Months of Healthy Challenges spread, I have it mapped out in my sketchbook. I’ve been incredibly busy, but if you subscribe to my Youtube channel, my 2019 Plan With Me video will be up soon with my 12 months of healthy challenges spread.
It will look much like the one from last year, but this time, I will be adding in the months and the monthly habits below and above each box in advance.
I feel this setup gives me more structure and I can prepare for the challenge ahead of time.
EDIT 12/14/18: Check out my 2019 Plan With Me Video for 2019 to see how the 12 Months of Healthy Challenges turned out.
Another option would be to create a smaller layout without all of your challenges written out for each month. Then, as each month approaches, add the specific challenge to your monthly habit tracker.
This way you aren’t flipping between multiple pages to mark off habits and your monthly challenge.
Healthy Challenge Ideas for Your Bullet Journal
So, are you in?
If so, here are some fun and healthy challenge ideas to get you pumped up and working towards those fitness goals.
- 3 servings of vegetables every day
- Yoga 5x per week
- Gym 6x per week
- 8,000 steps per day
- No eating after 8PM
- Workout in the morning 5x per week
- No soda
- No candy or sweets
- 8 glasses of water every day
- Green tea every day
- Stretch for 15 minutes 5x per week
- No fast food/eating out
- Write a healthy affirmation every day
- Walk/bike to work or school all month
- 25 squats every day
- 60-second plank every day
- Protein shake for breakfast 5x per week
How to Successfully Do These Challenges
The first step to achieving any goal or completing any challenge is changing your mindset and making a plan.
Well, your bullet journal with a structured layout for each monthly challenge is your plan. Now, you just gotta change your mindset.
Don’t go into this with a, “I can’t do it” attitude. Decide that you can do it. That you can achieve your goals and kick ass each month.
The next piece of advice is to choose challenges that will be doable for you. For example, walking or biking to work every day may not be a great option for a November challenge if you live in a place that gets drastically cold. Or if you live 20 miles away from where you work.
Make sure your challenges are realistic. Don’t set out to run 200 miles in a month if you haven’t run in 10 years. While they should be challenging, they also need to be realistic and achievable.
The Ultimate Health and Fitness Printable Bundle
If you want to get a jump start on your health and fitness goals, check out this printable health and fitness bullet journal bundle in my shop. It comes with the 12 months of healthy challenges spread plus other pages to keep you motivated and accountable.
The bundle includes:
- Weight and Measurement Tracker
- Annual Activity and Fitness Tracker
- Health and Fitness Goals and Rewards Page
- 30-Day Water Challenge Tracker
- 12 Months of Healthy Challenges Spread (2-pages)
What are your health and fitness goals for the upcoming year? Will you be participating in these challenges in 2019? Do you have any challenge ideas to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.