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New Year Resolutions

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I was compensated by Kroger to write this blog post and share my ideas for ‘Little Victories’. All opinions expressed are completely my own. 

Well friends, a new year is upon us! I can’t believe it. Cue the Auld Lang Syne. Orrrr if you like ABBA, this little gem. #omg

Looking back, it went by pretty fast. I feel like I just wrote this post about 50 Easy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle last week. And by last week I mean last year?!  WHAT.THE.HECK.

Lots of you read that post and shared it on social media making it one of my most read posts of the year. I like to think its because I’m awesome but I’m pretty sure it was like, because I listed totally do-able things. Little baby steps that add up to fulfilling big goals.

Well, Kroger contacted me all about my 50 Easy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle and was all like “Hey! We’re all about easy steps toward a healthy lifestyle too!” and then we held hands, sang kumbaya and drank hot chocolate by the fire.


Ok, that never happened but, doesn’t it sound nice? Ithinkso.

ANYWAYS, Kroger is encouraging everyone to reach their goals and attain these ‘little victories’ in 2015 to help keep your healthy-lifestyle-healthy-eating New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that nearly 90% of people giving up on their goals well before the year is even really started? That’s because they make resolutions that are too lofty, too hard to keep up with, too hard to follow, or resolutions they never had any intent of keeping in the first place.

That’s why taking baby steps is the way to go! Little victories, ya’ll. It’ll change your life.

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*My Little Victories*


What are my little victories going to be this year? Here are a few:

1. I’m not drinking any soda in 2015. I was never much of a sugary-soda kind of drinker. I am however a diet soda drinker. Like, I’ll have one if we go out to eat and will buy a case mayyyybe twice a year. But, did you know my husband gave up soda 5 years ago?! Five years he’s been soda-sober! {Cough cough….show off.} So, that’s something I feel like is attainable for me. Flavored water…here I come!

2. Exercise at least 4 times a week. This shouldn’t be too hard. I switched gyms. I have a friend to meet there weekday mornings. I take classes on certain days. The teachers now know my name {yikes}. I need accountability, so that’s what I tried to do for myself by meeting a friend and getting to know the instructors. Once I get to the gym, I really enjoy working out…its just getting there that’s hard. Right now I average 3 times a week, so adding 1 more day should be do-able.

3. If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I am a carbaholic. I love cheese and I love carbs. All carbs. It’s potentially a problem, but mostly just for my thunder thighs. Anyways, this year I’m going to try and incorporate more ‘good for you’ carbs/grains into my meals. Please note: I’m not talking about going on a low carb diet {pretty sure I would die}. I’m talking about substituting my usual staples with healthier options. More bread, waffles, pancakes, etc. made with whole wheat flour. More whole wheat pasta instead of regular. Cooking with brown rice instead of white. Incorporating more quinoa into my mexican dishes and salads. I found these products at Fred Meyer {a Kroger affiliate} and am so excited to try them in some new recipes! Long grain brown rice, tri-color quinoa, low calorie pasta and vegetable penne rigate {pastas not pictured}.


Some healthier recipes featuring quinoa would include Roasted Veggie Quinoa Salad {pictured at the top of this post} Southwest Sausage and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps and Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken over Quinoa Pilaf.

Some recipes featuring brown rice include but are not limited to Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Skillet  {as seen below}, Asian BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini Fried Brown Rice and Orange & Hoisin Glazed Pork Medallions with Pineapple Fried Brown Rice.

This year, I’m hoping to post a lot recipes featuring these kinds of products. Woot!

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Over the next month, I’ll be featuring lots of healthy {and delicious} products from Kroger with 9 other blogging friends to create a fun blog hop! I’ll be posting a lot more links to these sorts of posts on my Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to follow along and stay tuned! Also, head on over to your local Kroger store to get some of these items. I’ve tried them all and they truly taste awesome and are typically the cheapest brand on the shelf!

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644 Responses
  1. Sharon W

    We don’t have a Kroger store in our small town, but do in the bigger city. That said, anything that allows you to eat better and more healthy with simple choices is for me.

  2. Kristine Bunting

    thanks for the post, love your blog and I am trying to be more healthy too! Excited to see more recipes this year!

  3. Ashley L.

    i am going to start my year off with water consumption. Especially as a nursing mother, I know how water is important. I lack on getting the right amount every day and am always kicking myself for not drinking enough. I stay focus on my diet but not in an obsessive way. Baby steps is my model

  4. Mary Beth Elderton

    My little victories are steps that take me in the direction I want to go. It has been a fairly long process to learn to cook most everything from scratch at home. This year I will be working on reducing waste. So, along with new recipes, I have my eye out for recipes that incorporate leftovers, bits, and pieces into real meals.

  5. Karen Skaggs

    I have numerous changes I want to start the new year with and they all center around HEALTH. I want to start eating healthier, walk more, and quit smoking, also want to get more organized. Love Kroger and look forward to seeing more of your posts

  6. Amy O.

    My big victory today was making homemade cinnamon rolls for my boys..and not eating or but drinking my green juice instead 🙂

  7. Melissa K

    I totally believe that success is related to realistic goal setting with short term goals to achieve along the way….I am resolving to exercise 3x a week!

  8. Erin

    This year I am going to be more aware. I want to pay more attention to what I need, including what I need to be healthier. That varies from month to month, but hopefully healthy eating and exercise will be increasing this year.

  9. Sandy F.

    Thank you, Lauren and Kroger, for this giveaway! My New Year’s resolution is to not have a resolution and to keep on doing what I am already doing. 😉

  10. Stephanie Foster

    I don’t think I can give up my diet sodas but I am going to try and drink more water this year! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Paula in Colorado

    I changed my eating habits quite a bit last year and hope to continue that in 2015. My biggest goal in the new year is going to be to reduce my stress/anxiety and to just generally be kinder to myself.

  12. Daire L

    thank you for this post. I hope to increase my water intake and actually drink the recommend amount. I follow your food blogs and it will be cool to see what
    healthier foods you’re able to come up with.

  13. Maria D.

    I am resolved to drink more water, cut my soda consumption by at least half and eat healthier carbs too….I plan to eat more quinoa this year (just tasted it last week and loved it!) and brown rice

  14. Christie

    While I’m not quite ready to “quit” sodas, I am open to drinking more water.
    I can’t wait see what this year holds for me.

  15. Sarah T

    I think your resolutions sound very reasonable, and they make me think about the changes I can make this year. Happy New Year!

  16. Sean C

    Victory for today – I had it on my list to send a few special folks a Happy New Year message and I’ve completed that task. Bring on the day.

  17. Donna

    I am a relatively new visitor to your blog. I have really enjoyed reading your posts and enjoy your honest candor !!
    Please keep writing and I love your yummy recipes !!

  18. Susanne

    I am going to TRY to get myself on the treadmill this winter. No gym/fitness center within 30 miles….motivation at home is so hard!