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It’s been a whirlwind here with all the holiday planning, shopping and activities.
I love spending time with family and everything about Christmas but I’m ready to get back to basics and start a fresh, New Year.
I’m not big on making New Year’s resolutions but I do like to set goals and get back on track with routines that I know work for my family.
Here are some things I’ve been pondering. Maybe these thoughts will give you ideas for goals you’ve been thinking about.
Eat and Juice More Fruits and Veggies
Eating healthy is always at the top of my list but not always top of mind. I have to say, I’ve gotten off the track over the holiday’s but I’m ready to go buy some kale!
I have a Breville juicer and love it! Here’s a link to the model I bought. It’s still going strong even after 7+ years of constant use.
I buy in-season produce and have a few tricks for making juice that tastes good so my kids and hubby will drink it and actually like it!
If you’re interested in getting started juicing, check out my posts: Juicing 101 – Lose Weight Juicing and The Secret to Making Great Tasting Vegetable Juice – Every Time!
Use the Crock-Pot More Often
I spend a lot of time cooking and we rarely eat out. The crock-pot is a great time saver so I need to plan ahead and use it more.
My goal for the new year is to branch out and try some new, healthy crock-pot meals. I’ll definitely share if I find a great recipe. If you have an awesome recipe and don’t mind sharing, please leave a note in the comment section.
Restock the Pantry with Healthy Staples
The holiday cookies, candy, chips, dips and so on need to go. I’ve made a shopping list and plan to restock my refrigerator and pantry with healthy staples.
I have a ton of pasta, potatoes and white rice. I plan to replace white potatoes with sweet potatoes and pasta and white rice with quinoa and brown rice. I also need to make a big pot of beans. I like to make black beans at the beginning of the month and freeze them to use in recipes later.
Exercise 30-Minutes Every Day!
During the holiday’s I did exercise but not consistently.
I always feel better when I get 30-minutes of cardio in each day. I’m a runner so I jog on a treadmill in the winter months and outside the rest of the year.
Running has benefited me in so many ways over the years that I would never think of stopping.
If you’re looking to start an exercise routine or just need some motivation, you can read some of the ways I’ve benefited from sticking with it as a runner in my post Surprising Benefits of Running from a Seasoned Runner and 20-Minute HITT Treadmill Workout.
The title of this post is Getting Back to Basics so I plan to hit the reset button and cut all unnecessary spending in January and February.
I might have to get a little creative but I really want to save some serious money this year. Who doesn’t right?
I just finished making my January budget in everydollar. If you don’t have a budgeting app you’re currently using (or like), give everydollar a try. It’s easy to use and totally free unless you want to link to your bank. And no, I’m not getting anything to say that, just sharing what works for me.
I’ve been using it since May 2016 and it’s helped out tremendously since I’m the chief, cook and financial planner in our house.
Get Organized One Room at a Time!
I’m pretty good at keeping up on the laundry and dishes but some days that’s all I get done. My goal is to pick one area of the house each day and organize it.
I plan to tackle one area at a time…a junk draw, a closet, a corner, starting Jan 1 (maybe Jan 2nd, that’s when the kids go back to school 🙂
I’d like to put up shelves or storage in the basement for the kids toys and donate some of the things they don’t use anymore. Since I’m cutting spending too, I’m going to look around and see if we (hubby) can build something from supplies we already have.
Well that’s my plan. What do you do after the holiday’s to get back to basic? Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.