Lacking Motivation? Join My 30 Day Health Challenge!

Summer is coming to an end. I know many of your kids have already started back, but we are a little on the late side here starting the end of next week. I was thinking the start of school year felt similar to the start of the calendar year and you know how everyone sets goals and resolutions that time of year. I’ve been eating too many treats over the summer with my kids and want to jump start some motivation as we get back to a crazy activity-filled schedule. I have a soon-to-be kindergardener, a preschooler and a 9 month old and we will be starting the kid’s activities soon too including dance, gymnastics and soccer. Things will be busy.

In addition to having to be even more organized in the kitchen, I know the rain will start up soon and I will need an extra push to get outside to exercise. All of this made me think of creating a mini challenge for the month of September. Why wait for January to set health and fitness goals? I thought of some mini goals that can be accomplished each day  so that we can focus on being healthy instead of putting our needs on the back burner. Each day we’ll focus on a new goal (diet, fitness or mental health related). I will be tackling each one in order (days 1-30) but feel free to print this off and accomplish them in any order you want. Just make sure to cross off each day’s goal. By the end of the 30 days we will know that everyday we did something to be a little bit healthier.

Some of these things might seem challenging (like going vegan) but remember it’s just for a day! You can totally do this!

With the plan to start Sept. 1st, we have about a week for everyone to get this printed off and posted to your refrigerator or work office. Hope you have fun with this. You might even like some of these changes that you decide to try them out more than once. Of course you can always complete the challenge again the following month too!

So are you in?!  Make sure to pin the challenge or share it so others can join us! Cheers to your health!


P.S. You can print off the challenge by using the “print friendly” button below. Also if you’d like to share your progress with me each day you can join me on Instagram, Nutritious Eats’ Facebook page or Twitter. If you aren’t connected with me, just click on those cute round buttons up on the top of my blog!


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  1. says

    Hi Melanie, I love this idea! My cousin from Italy has been living with us for the past 5 weeks (he leaves this weekend) and I have done a not-so-great job of taking care of myself and my body and I REALLY need to get back on track. I have had too much soda, too many sweet treats, and more fast food than I care to admit. I feel so icky! I also stopped going to my Yoga classes, but…I have been walking every single day because I have to walk my dog in the mornings, so I guess all isn’t lost! I feel the same way about September–it’s like a mini new beginning towards the end of the year that always makes me feel renewed and refreshed-especially with the cool weather setting in. Thanks for sharing such a fantastic idea with your readers. I am looking forward to participating! Hugs!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      I am glad I am in in good company. Way too much summer ice cream for me. Hope you had a great visit with your cousin. I am sure you hate to see him leave, but it’s always nice to get back to the ol’ routine. Thanks for sharing sweetie!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Definitely Heather! I have a feeling I will need lots of challenges to keep my health and sanity in check as soon starts.

  2. Dana M. says

    Now that i have school aged kids i always make more ‘resolutions’ at the beginning of the school year than at the beginning of the calendar year. I will do my best to follow along.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      That is funny Dana because I have never thought of it that way until now. I guess just having the 3 kids and starting “real” school have me in a different mindset. Things are about to get crazy. 😉

  3. says

    I’m in, and I’m posting a link to this page on my blog tomorrow to share. I love that each mini challenge is only one day, and you can mix it up to suit your life – awesome! Makes you really think about your food, your fitness, and your health!

  4. says

    I’m in. I love a challenge. Starting a little late but I have made many of the changes listed to it will be easy to catch up. I like that it is practical too.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Absolutely! I’ll admit I kind of went into the next month because I forgot a couple days but it was fun and made me think of doing healthy things. You can definitely do this whenever you want!

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