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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  1. Camille

    I love how you’ve decided to make your goals for 2015 simple and attainable. I’m taking cue from you and going to commit to using this new year to develop my families taste for healthy alternatives to the things we eat now. Thanks Lauren!!

  2. Amy S.

    My goal for the New Year is also to have a few little victories of 1) moving more (hopefully that will mean actual workouts but as a mom to 3 young ones, it may not be) and 2) drinking more water (optimally half my body weight in water) and 3) getting better sleep (hopefully getting my toddler to cooperate and sleep through the night)

    I like the idea of little victories much better! A series of little victories helps one on the way to a big one!

  3. Amy Fleming

    My little victory is sleeping in until almost 9am! I have two kids and can’t tell you when I was able to sleep that late. That’s not a little victory. That’s a HUGE victory! BOOM!

  4. Susan

    I’m going to try to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet. Easier said than done because it’s everywhere, but it’s worth trying.

  5. AmyR

    I LOVE Kroger stores! They’re the only place I do my shopping now, hate shopping at Wal-Mart! My Little victory this last year has been cutting down to one Dr Pepper a day – this next year I’m going to try to get that down to only a couple times a week. My reason for going so slowly is that I get really bad and hard to get rid of caffeine headaches if I go too long without one, so weaning off of the DrP it is! I have lost 15 lbs so far with in the past 4 months with eating out less and drinking less DrP!

  6. Kimberly R.

    I am proud to say that I turned 52 today! and just as proud to say that I am 15 pounds lighter than I was on my birthday last year. This is a BigVictory for me. but it was the little victories that got me her.

  7. Laurie Klenosky

    My little baby step will be to exercise 4 days a week. I like your approach to taking little steps and having little victories! Happy new year!

  8. Susan Linn

    I no longer drink any soda, I have cut down on fried foods and no longer eat french fries and walking is my new daily “thing”. Thanks Lauren for your support.

  9. Kris

    Love this! You are a motivator just by sharing your goals! I, too, am a carboholic. I plan to lower my intake of the “bad” ones and eat better in the new year.

  10. Allison Hutchens

    I am going to try to eat out less. Admittedly, have already failed and we are only 10 hours into 2015. But going forward… 🙂

  11. heidi

    So, I know I should give up diet coke, but it just tastes so darn good!!! I do believe that would be a big victory for me…but perhaps I will try.

  12. Rachel

    I will continue working out so I can get in the best shape I have ever been in and I will also work on drinking more water and eating better.

  13. Sonja

    Today I really don’t have a victory, the year is starting on a somewhat unhappy note. But I look forward to great improvements as the days go on.

  14. Hanna Valenzuela

    My little victory will be to add healthier food options to my diet like smoothies, more greens and veggies, and no soda. 2015 is a new year and it’s going to be awesome!

  15. Melissa B in IL

    My little victory is adding less creamer to my tea. Trying to ease back on the generous amount I’ve been adding!

  16. Beth

    Drinking more water and prepping fruits and veggies for ready to eat snacks and meals is key to my success Also cleaning out junk food stash

  17. Kimberly Hill

    My Little Victory will be to drink more water each day. I’m striving for 8-10 glasses a day which is HUGE for me because I don’t enjoy drinking water AT ALL. I understand all the benefits from drinking it though and look forward to the day when I don’t feel (and probably look!) like a shriveled up prune anymore! 🙂

  18. Jean M.

    My little victory will be do cut down on the sugary sweets. I love love love desserts, but don’t need all the sugar. I want to eat more fruit and turn fruit into healthy desserts. Also need to incorporate more vegies into the meals I serve everyday.

  19. Leticia Navarro

    Awesome way to start the new year! Thanks for all your tips & recipes. I’ll be following you another great year 😀

  20. Samantha

    My little victory goals are to start eating healthier, work out more, smile more so maybe it will rub off on others and using salt less (high blood pressure). I so glad you are going to post healthy recipes that I can make.


  21. ten vaz

    i am starting to workout and watch what me and my family eats well. we started eating chia seeds and quinoa instead of rice in salads

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