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Keeping New Year's Resolutions Simple

Guest post from our Baker's Staff, ErinJoy Nash!
Throughout 2012 I regularly set new goals and made new resolutions for myself. I've found that having smaller, short-term goals helps me achieve my overall goal of living a happier and healthier life. As 2013 approaches I'm taking time to reflect upon how my goals and resolutions have helped me change and I can honestly say I am happier and healthier than I was this time last year because of them!
Looking forward into the New Year, my overall resolution is the same: live a happier and healthier life. What simple steps will I take to get there so that I'm not overwhelmed? Here's my break down:
    • Eat in! I will continue my resolution to have a food prep night once a week.
      I cook a couple different healthy meals (lately my favorite is brown rice mixed with chia seeds and some sort of vegetable or lean protein stir fry). I eat one serving for dinner and divide the remaining servings into to-go containers. Half go into my fridge and half into my freezer. I use these as quick lunches or dinners for the week so I have no excuse to buy less-than-healthy food when I'm at work or in a hurry.
    • Don't keep junk food in my cupboards. If I don't have chips and candy on hand when I'm feeling "snacky" then I won't eat them!
      Instead I will keep my fridge and cupboards stocked with healthier snacks that I love: avocado, tomato, carrots, apples, bananas, pears, yogurt, cheese, turkey, a mix of nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate, plain popcorn, and of course Breakfast Cookies and Baker's Granola! I will also keep some of these snacks with me in my car and purse so I'm not tempted to stop for fast-food when I'm out running errands.
    • Be active five times a week.
      In the winter months this is especially challenging for me. But even if I don't make it to the gym or outside for a run I want to do some sort of exercise five times a week. Lately I have found many fun workout videos online, which allows me to work out in the comfort of my own living room. I love the 8-minute Abs and Zumba workouts!
  • Making time for people I love and including them in my happy, healthy lifestyle!
    My last resolution is to spend time cooking a good meal or going on a walk, climb, hike, bike or to the gym each week with a person I care about. Involving my friends and loved ones in my lifestyle is just as important as eating healthy and working out... so why not do those things WITH them?
What are your goals and resolutions? How will you be happier and healthier in 2013?
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ErinJoy Nash - Erin Baker's Staff

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