Little House. Big Resolutions: A Check-Up I

Hold on to your hats for a moment, dear readers. I’m about to go nerd on you (just for a minute).

Statistics show that about 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions (read ours here). About 75% of resolutions are kept after one week and only about 64% are kept after a month. February is fading fast, which means we’re almost at the two month mark. Where do we stand? We thought we’d take this week to discuss where we are on each of our five resolutions for 2012: where we’ve succeeded, where we’ve not done so hot, and what plans we have to do better down the road.

Resolution #1: Get Healthy.

As we said before, this resolution started simply as get in shape, but the more we talked about it, the more we realized we wanted an entire lifestyle change.  We wanted to change the way we eat, not only by eating  healthier, but also by making efforts to eat both locally and seasonally. This week, we joined Greenling, a Texas based company that delivers local, seasonal groceries right to your front door.

It’s not a co-op, so we only order when we want. It’s about $35/week and is delivered right to your doorstep (at at time that’s convenient to you). We’re really excited to try it out. This week’s local box has:

  • Shiitake Mushrooms – Texas Organic Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens – Lightsey/Texas Youth Village
  • Turnips – Lightsey Farm
  • Rutabagas – Just Peachy Farm
  • Avocado- G&S Groves
  • Oranges – G&S Groves
  • Romaine Lettuce – Walnut Creek Farm
  • Yellow Onion – Walnut Creek Farm
  • Brussels Sprouts Greens Bunch OR Brussels Sprouts- Green Gate Farm
  • Cut Spinach – Hillside Farm
  • Sweet Potatoes – Gundermann Acres

The boxes come with recipe suggestions and tells the specific farms where all of the produce is grown. We’re really excited to try this and can’t wait to get our first box!

As part of the “Get Healthy” resolution, we also wanted to eat out less and drink less alcohol. We’ve struggled some with eating out less. Life has been more than crazy around the Little House and sometimes it’s just easier to grab a bite on the go. I’m hoping to start planning our meals a week in advance (the Greenling boxes should help) and hope  that will help us eat in more. We’ve really been working to cut our alcohol consumption… at least a little. We’re making a serious effort to have water with dinner (instead of a beer) and are trying to limit ourselves to five drinks a week.

Much like eating out, exercising has been hit and miss due to our busy schedules. We have tried to run at least a couple times each week with Indy (who loves going for runs), but hope to add cycling into the mix now that my new bike is on it’s way (it’ll be here Wednesday!). We’re also debating whether we want to join a gym or work out at home. Both would cost about the same, we’re just not sure which would inspire us to actually work out the most.  Running our first 5K is still on the list; I think we just need to pick one and go for it! There’s one here in Dallas this St. Patrick’s Day… maybe we’ll give it a try!

How are your resolutions coming along? Are you doing anything to help keep them fresh? Have any ideas on how to make pizza and beer not sound so darn good? We really wanted to share ours here to help keep us honest… so your suggestions are more than welcome!

PS. As usual, I don’t get anything from any of the companies I say I like. I just like them.


12 thoughts on “Little House. Big Resolutions: A Check-Up I

  1. Well I tried cutting down on chocolate, but that didn’t last very long. I have been working out more though – I like watching TV shows so I load it up on the computer and work out on the elliptical while I watch it.
    Oh and I also gave up coke for lent. It’s only been a week, but so far, so good!

  2. My resolutions are a complete wash at this point. I know I could get back on track and I will next week (I’ve been saying that since the middle of January).

    Awesome on the local and seasonal produce though. I didn’t know something like that existed. I need to look into whether or not something like that is available around here!

  3. I love the idea of the local produce, we have a co-op here that we can do it through that we might try this spring/summer since it is seriously cheaper than buying produce every week from the grocery store.

    My suggestion is take the leap and join the gym. To me, If I have to pay for it, it makes me feel accountable to go, whereas if I buy a treadmill, I can stick it in a corner and forget about it. We are actually un-joining the gym we started out at and going to take advantage of the sidewalks in our new neighborhood (only because our old gym in now 30 minutes away from our new house and we want to make sure we have all of our other house finances in order since we’ve never paid some utility bills before). But after we make sure we are set, we have already picked out the new gym we are going to join (that is only 5 mins away from home and the same price). Plus, they get all the newest and best equipment in, so you don’t have to buy everything. But that’s just how I feel lol!! Good luck deciding and great job with your resolutions! We are working hard on ours 😉

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