Resolution Solution: How to Really Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions
These tips will help you stick to your resolutions long after you’ve made them!
We all make New Year’s resolutions with the best intentions. But somewhere along the way, around February, we all seem to sputter short of our goals. It’s easy to fall back into old routines. Remember there’s a reason you made your resolution—you actually want to make a change. We’re here to help. Here are our tips and tricks for sticking to your goals all year long.
Everyone starts the new year with a plan to eat healthy, which usually includes cooking (and meal planning) more. Oftentimes, life just gets in the way, and coming home after a long day and cooking a healthy meal just isn’t in the cards. Our trick? Load up on tools that alleviate some of the work.
The Power Quick Pot™ is a multi-cooker that you can use as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more. Just add your ingredients, press a few buttons, and you’re good to go. It’s truly that easy.
Pro tip: Meals that work great in a multicooker, like soups and stews, also freeze well. Make extra portions and freeze them in individual serving sizes (that way you don’t have to thaw out more than what you want to eat during one sitting). When you have a busy day ahead, take one (or more) out of the freezer at the beginning of the day to let it defrost. When you get home, all you have to do is reheat!
Food Storage Containers
Meal prep: You’ve heard about it, but you may not have taken the plunge. Prepping ingredients for the week isn’t that different from prepping ingredients for a single meal. Pick a day that works for you. (We like Sundays.) Set aside approximately two hours. Use the time to chop up vegetables for salads, snacks, and stir-fry dishes; cut and group fruits together for smoothies; and prep proteins for lunches and dinners. Make a big batch of grains, like quinoa or farro. Keep your ingredients in food storage containers in the fridge (or freezer, depending on when you want to use them). When it comes time to make a meal, all you have to do is throw the ingredients together, add some seasoning or a favorite sauce, and you’ll be ready to eat in under 30 minutes.
If spending a few hours chopping sounds daunting, here’s another trick: You don’t have to do all of the work yourself. With the PL8 professional chopper, you’ll be able to chop and mince vegetables quickly and easily for cooking or storage.
Beginning an exercise routine and sticking with it is not easy. But, it is worth it, and it really does get easier the more you do it. If you’re just starting out, here are a few tips to help keep you on track.
If it’s your first time getting out there in a while, or ever, that’s great. It’s easy to bite off more than you can chew initially and become intimidated. Start slow. You’re not going to be able to bench press 200 pounds or run a marathon today. But, if you do five minutes today, it’s five more than you did yesterday.
We like products that make it easy to work out at home or on the go. Invest in a mat, put it somewhere you can see it, and commit to 15 minutes of body-weight workouts (think push-ups, sit-ups, and the ever-dreaded burpees) a few times a week. Create the workouts yourself, or go online. There are lots of great websites and smartphone apps that offer exercise plans for free! Resistance bands are also great to keep handy. They’re really useful and take up virtually no space.
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If you’ve got the space and want to level up your equipment a bit, go for this 2-in-1 SlimCycle™ machine. You can use the pedals to work your legs and glutes, and the resistance bands for your arms and shoulders.
If you woke up on January 1 saying, “This is the year I’m finally going to get my home in order,” we believe in you. This is your year. More importantly, we can help you. Here are a few things to get you started.
The area under the bathroom sink can be a really frightening space. What with all the extra toothbrushes and shampoos, hair tools, half-used toiletries from hotels, and who knows what else, you can end up with a cluttered mess that becomes so unwieldy you can’t actually get to your things. It doesn’t have to be this way. A shelf organizer gives you additional space, and we love how customizable this one is.
Vertical Organizer Rack
Sure, cutting boards, baking sheets, and pan lids are slim, but if they’re not organized, they can take up an entire cabinet. Store them vertically with a rack. This way, you’ll be able to see and access everything you need, and still have room for that blender you’ve been eyeing.
Stackable Shoe Racks
This is not backed by science or research, but we believe that the single greatest cause of closet-based stress is piles of shoes. Unchecked, these piles can lead to things like being late for work and tripping hazards. Get some shoe storage racks, and keep your shoes in line. We like this stackable version so you can increase your shoe count without worrying about disrupting the order you’ve created.
Do you have New Year’s resolutions? What are your tips for sticking to them? Let us know in the comments!