Simple Resolutions for the New Year

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I don’t know how the years fly by so fast, but here we are at the end of another one! So I’ve been setting some goals and resolutions I’d like to see happen this year! One thing that I’d love to do is re-create some of my favorite recipes with a healthier twist – like Orange Chicken or Sweet Potato Gnocchi, (pretty much anything Italian actually).

All consuming thoughts about some of my favorite foods got me to thinking about what favorite food you might be missing – so please leave me a comment to let me know what recipe you’d like to have a healthy version for!

I’ve been doing a little reflecting over the last few days, and wondering how to distill all my resolutions down to something simple. So… here it is, I’m only making 1 resolution but it’s a big one:

I want to be consistent in working little by little everyday towards my goals!

It seems like all the worthwhile things in life take time, some things even take years to build, so it’s incredibly important to do a little something that direction every single day! I’ve never been very good at consistency or moderation for that fact – I tend to be on the opposite end of the spectrum going full tilt towards something until I run out of steam, whether it’s ambition, energy, or both! Often I accomplish my goals but it’s usually at the expense of my health, so instead of living in the extremes I simply want to take life at a different pace without the superhuman expectations I place on myself!

So… in the case of full disclosure, I’ve actually already begun my New Year’s resolution starting a couple of weeks back – I’m more of the see a problem and start the solution right away kind of person! And in the interest of keeping things simple, (maybe that should be the resolution instead) I’ve come up with one simple way to accomplish my resolution:

Make a simple to-do list everyday, and then actually follow it!

I find it’s so easy to get off track, so a to-do list is a necessity for me! Usually my list is filled with more work oriented tasks, but just recently I’ve changed my strategy to include really simple tasks that always get overlooked. For instance, at the top of my list everyday right now is to start the day with lemon water, (instead of coffee being the first liquid).

The simple act of writing it on my list has helped me create a new, much better way to start my day. When it truly becomes routine, I stop putting it on the list and add something else I want to change instead. I’ve already got 2 weeks under my belt of hydrating with lemon water first thing in the morning followed by making a green smoothie, and I’ve found my energy has definitely skyrocketed which sets me up for the whole day!

Even in the 2 short weeks since I’ve started adding the little things to my to-do list, the cumulative effect has been significant, and I’m excited for a whole year of little achievements!

So… in closing I have 2 questions for you:

1) What’s your New Year’s resolution?

2) What’s your favorite food that you’d love to have a healthy recipe for?


10 thoughts on “Simple Resolutions for the New Year”

  1. 1) Get out of my comfort zone and travel, meet new people, …
    2) A dairy-free and nut-free cheesecake would be awesome! πŸ™‚ I think ingredients like coconut milk, eggs, lemon juice would work when baked but I am not very good at baking.

    • I love your resolution of getting out of your comfort zone! I know for myself I seem to get into ruts over time, un-intentionally but it seems to happen just the same! πŸ™‚ I’m not sure about the cheesecake idea just yet, but something will come to mind! I think the best bet would be for a no-bake type of cheesecake, but I’ll really have to do some creative thinking on this one! πŸ™‚

  2. Good advice and love the pics!

    1) Want to be on time for “things”
    2) Love casserole type dishes that are loaded with protein and veggies instead of heavy sauces and empty carbs, like we typically see.

    • Casseroles and one-pot dinners/skillet dinners are some of my favorite dishes, especially for weeknights! I’ll see what I can do to develop a recipe before we loose the chilly weather! πŸ™‚

    • I’ll be sure to check it out, I’ve enjoyed many of their articles before, so I’m looking forward to reading this one over coffee tomorrow morning! πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you for your wonderful blog. My resolutions for this year are to get my body back in shape after having a hip replacement operation; to become completely vegetarian by the end of the year (I am still eating fish); to incorporate meditations into my regular routine .

    I have no favourite food, I love all kinds, but I would like it if you could produce an Indian-inspired recipe. I love Indian food in the winter-time, it is so warming with all their wonderful spices.

    By the way, where was that fantastic photo taken at the top of your page?

    • Thanks Jacqui for your kind words! I love Indian food in the winter too, there’s something about the spices that’s really satisfying! I’m making a note in my recipe book for a future vegetarian Indian dish, and the photo at the top of the page was taken at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park! πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful photo, Kari!! Love it.
    1) I’m not real big on resolutions…I tend to adopt them throughout the year.
    2) Fried chicken πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Heidi! I like making resolutions/changes all year long too because I find it way too overwhelming to make too many changes at once! I hear you on the fried chicken, (my mom makes a great version) I’ll have to look at her recipe and see if we can’t make it a bit healthier! πŸ™‚


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