The New Year is here, and that means a whole list of new resolutions. You probably woke up on January 1st, motivated and eager to achieve a set of goals for the new year. But, you work towards these goals for a few weeks or so just to let them fizzle out come February. The short life cycle of New Year’s resolutions is pretty common — according to one statistic, 80% of people give up on their resolutions within the first six weeks.

While that number might seem bleak, making a New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be a pointless pursuit. A little planning and the right tools are all you need to stay on top of your goals this year.

Use These Tips to Stick to your New Year’s Goals

Weight loss, scaling back alcohol consumption, and upping fitness levels are common new year goals that people seem to set for themselves year after year. With some easy-to-implement tips, you can find greater success in achieving your goals.

Weight Loss and Improving Health

It’s no secret that weight loss and health improvement resolutions are two of the most common goals people make in the new year. These two resolutions are also some of the easiest to give up. If you’re looking to shed pounds or be healthier overall, slow and steady wins the race. To achieve weight loss as a New Year’s resolution, consistency and making small changes are key. Start with a daily walk or substitute one meal with a smoothie or add some veggies to your favorite meals.

Pick Up a New Skill or Hobby

You’ve been wanting to learn how to develop your own app but it never really felt like the right time. Maybe you want to brush up on the Spanish language skills that you haven’t exercised since college. Whatever the case, picking up a new skill or hobby is a rewarding way to start the New Year.

With an abundance of online classes in pretty much any category you could think of, learning something new is now easier than ever. Take the leap and enroll in an online course.

Getting Organized

Tired of losing things or missing appointments? You’re not alone. Many people view the New Year as a perfect time to get organized. Becoming organized in the new year can be achieved of course with determination, discipline, encouragement, and consistency.

Quitting Alcohol

While plenty of folks will be participating in Dry January, some might feel inspired to give up alcohol on a long-term or permanent basis. If you’re looking to quit drinking for your New Year’s resolution, you’ll need to take small steps and find alternatives. Taking a break can really allow your body to rebalance on a massive level, remove cravings, and dramatically improve your mood. Try serving up a good old mocktail or alcohol-free beverage.

Blueberry Maple Spritzer

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place water, blueberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and mint in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain mixture and return to pot. Press to extract as much juice as possible from berries.
  4. Bring back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and simmer 20 to 30 minutes more until thickened and reduced to about two cups.
  5. Cool and store in a jar in the refrigerator.
  6. Mix 2 tablespoons syrup with 8 ounces of sparkling water and serve over ice.
  7. The boiled syrup can be stored in your refrigerator for several weeks.

Stress Less

Easier said than done, right? If there’s one resolution to try to stick to, this is it. Too much stress leads to chronic health issues like depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and other issues. Throughout stressful days, check in with yourself. Deep breathing, calling a friend, or just taking a stroll in nature can give you some relief. Little breaks and checking in with yourself can make a big difference.

Get Quality Sleep

If you regularly skip over good sleep, you’re also skipping over good health. Studies show that sleep deprivation has both short- and long-term consequences on the body. Losing out on good sleep impacts memory, mood, and judgment along with causing even deeper health issues. Sleep deprivation leads to a risk of issues like diabetes, obesity, and more.

Cut Out Sugar

This one doesn’t always seem easy when you consider sugar is hiding in many foods. Not surprisingly, the average American eats an average of 57 pounds of sugar a year. Eating more than the daily recommended limit (no more than 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men) leads to obesity and sugar cravings. One way to cut out sugar is to substitute it for maple syrup.

Here at The Sugarman of Vermont, we love substituting maple syrup for other sugars in our recipes. Here are a few recipes using our Pure Maple Syrup which we are sure to please everyone at your dinner table.

Maple Bacon Monkey Bread

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 (12 oz) package bacon
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugarman of Vermont Organic Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 (16.3 oz) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, separated and cut into quarters

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to Bake at 350°F (175°C).
  2. Coat the inside of a 9-inch fluted tube pan with cooking spray.
  3. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; crumble and remove extra fat.
  5. Melt margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in brown sugar and maple syrup. Bring mixture to a boil; cook and stir until mixture begins to foam, about 1 minute. Remove the saucepan from heat.
  6. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a resealable plastic bag; add 6 to 8 biscuit pieces at a time and shake until well coated. Pour any remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture into the brown sugar mixture. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook and stir until sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle 1/4 of the bacon pieces in the bottom of the tube pan; pour in about 1/4 of the brown sugar mixture. Arrange 1 layer of biscuit pieces in the tube pan; sprinkle in 1/4 of the bacon pieces. Drizzle about 1/4 of the brown sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces. Continue layering until all the ingredients are used, ending with a drizzle of brown sugar mixture.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until biscuits are cooked through, about 35 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan, 10 to 20 minutes; invert onto a serving plate.

Maple Ketchup

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a small pot/pan and whisk together.
  2. Place on the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until reduced to the consistency you prefer.
  3. Store in the fridge.