30 Days to Your Best Year Ever

How are you keeping up with those New years Resolutions?

2012 is off to a great start

So far, I am happy to report, I have been doing relatively well on my goal to attain more balance in my life (although I admit I’ve been swinging my balance farther toward family time and rest than I have toward work…). 2012 is off to an amazing start.

The main thing I’ve been working on this week? Spending more quality, relaxed time with my kids and cooking real food for dinner every night.

On Saturday, I made my family Basil Chicken Salad Wraps using Tyson® Grilled & Ready® chicken strips. Oh. My. Goodness. My mouth is salivating just thinking about how amazing they were! The recipe was so incredible that I shared it on my blog that night.

The best part about our dinner was my husband’s reaction, though. He knew that I was getting “something frozen” from the grocery store, and he turned his nose up, proclaiming to the kids that he wasn’t going to eat the frozen dinner. I lured him up to the kitchen after I was finished making the chicken wraps and he saw that THIS meal was anything BUT frozen.

He had thirds.

Stay on track with your goals in 2012!

Tyson Foods and Hungry Girl have teamed up to coach women through the next month via the recently launched “30 Days, 30 Ways, 30 Rewards.”

As of January 2, you can visit www.30days30ways30rewards.com for everything you’ll need to get on track and stay on track all year long. 

Each day that you visit the site during January, you’ll find three ways to balance an active lifestyle: a nutritious and quick recipe (with fewer than 500 calories), a clever tip (including some from Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl) and a chance to win a health-themed prize.

So far, the tips provided have been so helpful:

I’m excited to see the tips for the rest of the month.

Enter to win!

Tyson and 5 Minutes for Mom is offering a giveaway for a free bag of Tyson® Grilled & Ready® products as well as Hungry Girl’s new book, Hungry Girl Supermarket Survival Aisle by Aisle HG-Style!

To enter, leave a comment below with your favorite tip on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.

This giveaway ends January 23rd and a winner will be chosen by random.org and announced the next Sunday in Around The Blogosphere. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Disclosure: Tyson provided me with the book and a coupon for a free bag of Tyson chicken for review, but the thoughts and experiences expressed here are my own.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.


  1. Amber says

    My favorite tip is to make a very specific new year’s resolution that you can quantify. My new year’s resolution is to cook 4 dinners a week at home from scratch, not just to eat healthier.

  2. Ivy T says

    I like to keep inspirational quotes around (like on post-it notes) on places where they will remind me of why I’m working on this goal/resolution. Sometimes I’m overly critical of my appearance, so I’ll put a quote on the bathroom mirror so that I’ll see it when I’m getting ready for the day.

  3. DeeAnn S says

    My best tip is to set achievable, realitic goals. If you reach too far and don’t make the finish line, it’s too easy to say “I can’t do it”. Then you won’t!

  4. heather h says

    I always make sure I write in my journal my daily progress of goals this ensure that I keep it in my mind and I am always focused

  5. says

    I’m going to drink more water and walk the steps instead of taking the elevator as much as possible – especially if its only a floor or look for the “furthest” parking spot to pick up a few more steps instead of driving around looking for the closest spot. Hey every little bit will help

  6. says

    My resolution is also to cook real food for my family and to have sit down traditional dinners with placemats and all! We started just after Christmas and did very while for the holiday break until the over blew out… back to the microwave until we get the oven fixed!

  7. Nancy says

    To help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, write them down as well as the reasons why you want to keep them

  8. CORRIE says

    my tip is to journal everything u eat, if u have a habit of over eating. it helps your stay in control and accountable of yourself.

    kadia3 at yahoo dot com

  9. Barbara M says

    Best tip – have a resolution you’re passionate about – will help you stay motivated.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  10. Lynda E says

    Hubby and I are walking every night on the way home from work. The important thing is to do it before we get home, because once we get in the house, that’s it!

  11. says

    The best way to keep resolutions is to have accountability! Let others know your goals and tell them you’ll keep them updated. :) That usually helps. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Vanessa says

    It takes 28 days for something to be a habit so powering through January will make it a reality! momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

  13. Susan Ladd says

    The way I keep my New Year’s resolutions is I have a note on my ref each morning that lets me know that I am on diet this year and it is working for me. I want to thank you for this fantastic sweep and hope to win :)

  14. Denise B. says

    Tips I don’t have, because I don’t make resolutions. I prefer to take each day one at a time and strive to make life better each and everyday.

  15. Lachelle B says

    I have a friend who makes one new resolution each MONTH. I love it because it supposedly takes about 30 days to build a habit and it’s not nearly as overwhelming to focus on one new thing each month!

  16. Vickie COuturier says

    My best tip is not to set your goal so high,start with a lower goal that is more easy to get too then set your self another after that

  17. says

    Don’t make em! Ha. I just try to let the new year be a reminder of what direction I’d like to head in life, and serve as a fresh start.

  18. susan varney says

    be strong, be determined,be honest, and keep your willpower-if not you only cheat yourself and sometimes even your family

  19. says

    My best tip is to make resolutions that benefit others, not just yourself necessarily….they’re easier to keep when others are benefitting!

  20. Danielle Davis/Grady says

    My tip on how to keep My New Years Resolution is not to let any junk food in the house..My Resolution is to eat healthier & get back to my prebaby weight!!

  21. Debbie Kennedy says

    I keep my resolutions reasonable – like trying to lose 5 pounds every 3 months…..even doing that would get me 20lbs down by the end of the year!

  22. Amy S. says

    When I set my goals, I do it early so that I have time to think it over. It has to seem attainable, not far-fetched like losing 20lbs/month or learning everything about physics…well that year, but ever, really. 😀 Then, I find a way to dipict my life after reaching my goal and keep it visible all the time. When I decided to lose weight, I was 220…I hung a picture of a lady that was just a little thinner…each time I reached her weight, I’d hang a new picture of someone slightly smaller than me.

  23. ♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ says

    don’t think about it as a resolution but more as a goal – so you will stay more motivated

  24. marla k says

    Track/log everything you eat. This way you are aware and accountable. You can see where your downfalls are and your energy lulls are and plan for them and change your eating habits accordingly. It helps me tremendously!!!! 😉

  25. cwaltz says

    Set up a reward system for successfully following through on your goals/resolutions. For example, you might resolve to treat yourself to a Starbucks coffee if you walk daily for one month. That way you have something to look forward to after working hard towards a goal.

  26. danielle says

    Set one goal and work everyday to maintain or achieve it. Make sure your goal is realistic. Once you have reached to maintained your goal you can set another, no matter what time of year it is.

  27. Alison Flores says

    It helps me to have things written down & to make charts! It is also a great help to involve others so I have some personal cheerleaders!!

  28. CMC says

    I make my resolutions into smaller, more palatable pieces. For example, thirty pounds to lose is a lot – I make it five, then five, then five, etc. It doesn’t seem like such a monumental task if I break it up!

  29. Kati S says

    The best advice I’ve seen for making a resolution (or a general new habit) was from ZenHabits.com: Set detailed and specific goals, avoiding vague expectations or accountability.

    Also, only concentrate on one goal at a time, overloading yourself with too many resolutions and drastic changes all at once isn’t good for staying power!

  30. Rachel says

    I think the best way to keep your new year’s resolutions is to be honest with yourself about what you can realistically accomplish.

  31. rebeka deleon says

    mine is to get fit and healthy so i just start early in the morning and usually that helps to keep it up all day. get it out of the way!

  32. CHANDA DILKS says

    My goal this year was to be more mindful of our budget so just taking a minute before I make that purchase to decide is it something that we really need or not. I have put many things back that we did not need rather then just running up to the cash register to pay.

  33. robin says

    my resolution is to lose weight. I have a jar of colorful marbles that represent .1 pound each. I take out accordingly each time I weigh. My sons have a joke that Mom is “losing her marbles!” :)

  34. Robin says

    My goal is lose 20 pounds this year so I will track my progress by weekly weigh ins and if I fall behind in my goal then I will workout an extra day in the next week to get back on track

  35. bhaley518 says

    On the 1st i spend 30 mins making nicely decorated signs for myself and post
    them around the house… they maybe the resolution itself, encouraging words and gentle reminders.. it makes me think twice if I am having a week moment

  36. says

    Write it down! Keep yourself accountable. If you are trying to watch what you eat, literally watch it! When you write down what you eat, you will be amazed at how hard it is to have to write down that you ate an entire bag of M&Ms, versus a whole bag of baby carrots. And sometimes it just feels good to vent, to write what’s going good, and maybe what’s going bad too!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  37. Melissa says

    Get the whole family involved!! My husband, 11 year old daughter and myself recently joined the local gym. We go as a family and keep each other motivated throughout. It’s also a great way to catch up on family time when life gets a bit busy.

  38. ts8256 says

    I try to wake up every day and think about what i would like to acomplish for the day and pray for the strenght and resolution to accomplish my goals.

  39. Katrina Page says

    I think that the best tip is to just never give up. Yeah, I didn’t feel like working out yesterday so I didn’t. But today, I’m going to do it. And tomorrow.

  40. Jill l says

    My resolution was to get closer to God. Less time on the computer or in front of the tv would free up my time to pray. So I guess making time for whatever you resolve to do is important.

  41. Shari says

    Start off by making small goals and work up from there. Every little victory will make your resolution a little easier.

  42. Paula Hafner says

    The bast way is to be reasonable and realistic when you make a resolution. That way it’s easier to keep.

  43. Jason says

    The best tip is to not make a resolution that is so overwhelming that you can never live up to it. Keep it simple but effective


  44. Michelle says

    My best tip is to not make a resolution but to make a plan instead. If you have a roadmap, you’re more likely to get there.

  45. amy v says

    Best tip: don’t be so overly strict that you don’t allow for mistakes. Learn from them but don’t beat yourself up! When it comes to food, enjoy whatever you’re eating so it’s worth it! I know this works because it’s been 6 yrs and I’ve kept the 40 lbs off and am maintaining my weight! Just keep moving and lift weights. :)

    annae07 at aol dot com

  46. Erica C. says

    My biggest tip to keeping up with your New Year’s resolution is telling people about it. The more people you tell…the more likely you are to feel like you have to stick to it!

  47. Kathleen M Smith says

    It is important to be realistic about your resolutions and have a plan that is reachable, measurable and flexible and avoid “everyday” or “never again” (unless it is a medical or addiction issue).

  48. ferriz says

    dont pick anything too big or crazy. set your goals small and then once you hit them keep building. like a new years resolution to lose 10lbs by summer. if you hit 10lbs in april then say “ok 10lbs to summer” and just keep going. that way it doesnt seem so impossible or scary!

  49. Tawnya S says

    I think realistic achievable goals are important. I tend to give up if I have to work too hard or change too much. Baby steps!

  50. meme says

    Don’t set goals that are impossible to achive. Set realistic goals that can be accomplished and take it one step at a time.

  51. Debbie C says

    Allow yourself a few lapses, acknowledge from the start that you might fall off the resolution wagon and are allowed to climb back on the next day or the next week.


  52. Karen Gonyea says

    I learned that I need to be realistic in my goals… I didn’t put the extra weight on overnight and it is not going to come off overnight !!!

  53. Diane W says

    Have healthy options that are easy to grab so you don’t eat other foods.

    Remember small changes add up to big results!

  54. Samantha Hill says

    Post-Its here, there & everywhere! They are gentle little reminders for me until my resolution becomes habit 😉

  55. Britt H says

    Share your goals with a friend – or better yet, a group of people who are all motivated to achieve the same goal. Not only will you push each other to stick to your resolution (and feel that twinge of guilt when you don’t stick to it) and have people to share your successes and failures with.

  56. trishden says

    I’ve always heard that the best way to keep a New Years resolution is not make one. Seriously any commitment should be made when your in the right frame of mind and not based on the time of year. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  57. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    start with goal that is easily reached that way you c an succeed and then set a new one
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  58. Betty says

    resolutions have to be attainable. While it sounds so spectacular to reach for the moon, you have to know yourself and have a reasonable and reachable goal otherwise the resolutions get easily shrugged off as undoable.

  59. Renee G says

    One of the ways that I am meeting my resolution to lose weight is by eating soup for lunch each day.

  60. Danielle Oyen says

    Favorite tip on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions. I plan on keeping my resolution by cutting back my portion size while still enjoying a sensible meal and exercising at least 1/2 hour everyday.

  61. Whitney says

    My favorite tip is just not letting myself get hungry, eating small meals here and there so I don’t become ravenous. It makes portion control much simpler!

  62. shirley pebbles says

    I think setting small goals makes it easier because you’ll obtain them quicker and get motivation to carry on.

  63. crystal allen says

    i try to stay positive and focused on my goals daily. When I wake up, I remind myself of my goal and when I go to bed, I do another reminder. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

  64. Molly says

    I think its important to remember the quote “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started a year ago.” It reminds me to be mindful and stick to it. It can only get easier!

  65. amie d says

    I set realistic goals and am not to hard on myself if I don’t reach them. I just keep them in sight and try to do better in the future. Thank you!

  66. Dara Nix says

    I have made sure that my goals are attainable and within reach! As long as I know that I CAN achieve these goals, it is easy to stick to them!

  67. Veronica Garrett says

    My tip is to write down your goal and steps needed to attain it in a journal. This keeps you focused on your goal.

  68. Deborah Wellenstein says

    I share my resolutions with my family, so I am accountable to them for my success or failure.

    dwellenstein at cox dot net

  69. says

    I don’t expect perfection from the moment the ball drops. My resolutions are a goal of where I want to be by the end of the year, so if I slip up a day or two, I just get right back on track and keep going. That helps me not give up.

  70. Jennifer J says

    Make small resolutions through out the year, so there is not too much pressure in the beginning of the year. Thanks!!

  71. cassandra says

    My best tip is to start it as soon as possible so you don’t get lazy and keep putting it off.

  72. says

    My tip is, find your motivator, write it down, hang it on the fridge, or wherever you need it to be reminded of whatever your resolution is. This will help keep on track with your goals.

  73. says

    Treat everyday as if it is a new year! If you mess up and eat those three Oreos, forgive yourself and just make sure you stay on track the rest of the day! Surround yourself with those who will help you reach your resolution goals, no matter what they may be!

  74. Marcy Strahan says

    My tip to keep new years resolution is to keep it written down & pin’d to the Icebox!
    Front & center reminder…that I see everytime I open the Icebox!

  75. heather c says

    I use my fitbit to reach my fitness goals, and know that if I reach them, I’ll get a huge reward, like a sweet vacation!


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