Four for Friday: Some Things to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

9 Jan

It’s the end of the first week of the year, which seems good a time as any to share some things I love that may come in handy for some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. I love a goal and a resolution , so while everyone else is telling you that NYR are a waste of time, I’m that voice in your head saying that you should absolutely go ahead and do everything you can to make it happen. And that’s what I have to say about that.

If your resolution is to…

Get green: check out these razors and toothbrushes that are made out of recycled yogurt containers. I absolutely love these guys. They are comparatively priced, can be recycled AGAIN (re-recycled?) and are pretty easy to find if you live near a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or small natural food store like YES! or Mom’s. (BTW: shouldn’t the plural of toothbrush be teethbrushes? I really need to speak to Webster about this.)

Get fit: I absolutely love the Nike Training Club App. After downloading it for free, you can pick a level, focus, and duration of work out. Then, hit play and your own little personal trainer guides you through a set of tough timed exercises. This is so helpful to me because it pulls out the terrified-of-making-her-coach-mad swimmer in me– I won’t always push myself to do that extra set of squats, but if some computerized voice coaches me through it, I’ll give 110%. Music-dependent athletes, have no fear: you can even set it to play WITH your music. It’s pretty awesome.

Get Trim: I’ve decided it’s finally time to start paying attention to portion size (truly the end of the “One Pizza Must Mean One Serving” Era), and I have found My Fitness Pal really helpful in that endeavor. You enter your goals and it tells you how many calories you “should” eat based on those goals (NB: maintenance is an option, so it’s not all about losing weight). You can track by searching or JUST SCANNING THE BAR CODE, which I find amazing (it can even scan that teeny label on apples and bananas, so it’s not-processed-food friendly). One of my favorite things is that you can pull in recipes from your favorite food blogs (you know… like, this one!) and then divide by servings to keep track of homemade food. Probably my favorite feature is that it tracks exercise, too–so you really see the “point” of working out (ie: you get to eat more!), and if you have a FitBit, it connects to that. If you’re driven by data, there are a bunch of ways to splice and dice the information you give it and really take a look at your intake vs your output… but that ain’t my bag.

Get Saving: There’s tons of advice on how to save money–take it directly out of your paycheck, don’t link your savings account to your checking out, etc. I came across this 52-week money challenge and it seemed like a good place to start. Before you start, read this guy’s thoughts on the matter and consider doing in reverse.

What are your favorite tools?

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