By February 1st, according to one 2015 study, 64% of those who have made new year’s resolutions will have stuck with them. Unfortunately, six months out, only 46% will be actively maintaining those same resolutions. What the data tells us is this: Maintaining a goal is hard.

It makes sense, especially when one’s goals need to be balanced out by the responsibility that comes with everyday life. Eating right, losing weight, and trying new things are all on my 2016 resolution platter. However, all of these goals need to be constantly planned out and acted upon between connecting with family, fixing up the apartment, and working the good ol’ 9-5. To say I’ve mastered it, well that would be a lie.

What’s worked for me, however, is echoed by Confucius: 

“When it is obvious goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

In my life that means finding ways to incorporate my goals into my everyday responsibilities. Instead of driving to work, I walk. When I splurge on a meal out, I take the time to plan some cheaper meals in. All of these moments allow me to live my goals instead of working them.

As a company, one of Cookpanion’s goals is to be an advocate for those who love food, and for those who want to engage in acts of self-improvement by expanding their culinary palates. That’s why, day in and day out, we work to bring businesses and individuals together in ways that foster fun and active relationships with the food we cook and enjoy every day.

So, as we move into February, here are some recipes to help you live your goals, not just work them.

Pro Tip: Save these recipes for later by clicking the “Bookmark” tab on each recipe page. You could even create new bookmark categories for each of your resolutions!

1. Pork Tenderloin (Slow Cooker Recipe)

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Pork Tenderloin – Slow Cooker | Kara Gonzales

Free time galore!
What’s not to love? Slow cooker recipes give you the benefit of being able to tend to other tasks while the meal prepares itself. Have a date night? The crockpot will do all the work while you clean the place up!

2. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap by Coley | MyHotDip.com

Healthy and different.
Avoiding carbohydrates? Try some of these delicious wraps and load up on protein and veggies. Lettuce wraps like these are a great way to spice up what could’ve been a bland piece of baked chicken!

3. Waldorf Mason Jar Salad

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Waldorf Mason Jar Salad by Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

Save money and enjoy a unique take on lunch.
Here’s a sweet way to avoid the lunch rush that wipes out both your time and wallet. It’s a resolution triple threat that contains healthy ingredients, a wallet-wise price, and spill-free transport.

4. Bourbon Crunch Iced Latte

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Bourbon Crunch Iced Latte | Torani

Moderation and espresso!
Feel free to reward yourself with one of Torani’s signature sweet treats while knowing that moderation is a part of the key to success.

Know someone looking to live his or her goals this year? Send them a link to our recipe app: apps.facebook.com/cookpanion

Sources: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/confucius140548.html

By Benjamin Porter