New Year’s Resolutions!

Posted on Jan 26 2012 - 10:06am by Garret Stembridge

This year I really didn’t get into the New Year’s celebration scene. My wife and I finally admitted to each other that we were old and therefore don’t have a life. Kidding. We decided to have a night in together. Two movies and a homemade King Crab leg dinner is what our night consisted of. It was awesome! Even though I slacked on my New Year’s celebration, I didn’t slack on determining what my New Year’s resolutions would be.

Resolution #1: Exercise
Exercise can be SO boring, especially when done in a gym. To stay motivated throughout the year, I am trying new and exhilarating ways to exercise:
– Hiking
– Running outdoors
– Swimming
– Biking
Staying active is key. If you suffer from boredom at the gym like I do, try to find enjoyable, active activities for exercise.

Resolution #2: Living Cleaner and Less Cluttered
I kicked off this resolution by organizing my garage. The Extra Space Storage blog post Organize Your Garage gave me several great ideas on how to do so. Now my garage is organized, pegboard and all!

My wife and I moved into our new home seven months ago. One of our spare bedrooms is STILL piled high with all sorts of stuff. There is absolutely no reason why this bedroom should still be this stuffed and cluttered. A lot of the items in this bedroom are those we rarely use (most of which are boxes containing my wife’s lifelong accumulations (a.k.a. junk) she’s kept ever since she was a little girl). A storage unit will help us get back that spare bedroom and use it for something other than storage.

Resolution #3: Eating At Home
Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I LOVE to eat out! Not having to cook for yourself, socializing with good company, and eating delicious food are a few of the many reasons I love to eat out. This year, however, I want to focus on eating at home for the following reasons:

Cost: Eating out is expensive! Try searching online for the favorite meal you constantly order at your favorite restaurant. You will be surprised at what you can find. I’ll bet the groceries you buy to make that meal will cost less than if you were to eat the meal at the restaurant. Also, you will undoubtedly not use all of the groceries on just that meal alone, leaving leftovers for future meals.

Take for example the King Crab dinner I made on New Year’s eve. We would’ve spent double on that meal had we gone to a restaurant. We still continue to use some of the ingredients we purchased for that meal today.

Healthy: Eating out is less healthy than eating at home (if you cook right). I have no control over what is put in my food at a restaurant. Loads of fat and unhealthy amounts of sodium are all too common in restaurant food.

Being Together: There’s something special about making a meal together as a family. Starting off can be hard, and the thought may come that this is the last thing you want to do. I promise that if you maintain a good attitude you will enjoy this time. Nothing can beat working together, uninterrupted conversation and being able to eat around the dinner table as a family.

Do you have a fun way of exercising? A delicious healthy meal? Share it with us!

Garret Stembridge