If you’re like most, around day ten of the new year reality sets in: you really don’t feel like eating healthier, and you actually don’t want to stick to your new budget. We’re right there with you — all we really want is a delicious, cheesy slice of Mineo’s pizza, but this year we’re going to put up a fight and try and stick it out til at least spring.  And to make it a little less painful, we’ve pulled together some ideas to make sticking to your resolution easier… and dare we say, fun?

If you’re dieting/eating healthier/working out more…

After all the cookies, cocktails and meals out, we’re all about cutting back for January and adding in more time at the gym.  But we aren’t interested in only eating carrots or doing the same gym routine every day. Add some variety to your workout schedule with yoga on Thursdays at CMOA ($10), or grab that sweatband and head to Ace for their Monday night pickup games of dodgeball ($5).

And the same goes for eating. There are tons of spots across town that are serving dishes that are not only amazing, but they’re also healthy. We’re heading to Reed & Co for smoothies (like the Chocolate Hulk), toasts (with toppings like coconut peanut butter, banana, tahini, agave, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes) and a Beyond Meat burger.  We are also excited to try out Muddy Waters’ latest outpost, Kahuna, for juice or a protein-packed poke bowl.

If you’re trying to stick to a budget…

A budget can easily get away from you, and we know from personal experience.  Five dollars for a drink here, twenty dollars for dinner there.  Our secret weapon to staying on track? Planning!  If you have your calendar stacked with great free and inexpensive events, it’s easier to stick to your budget.  Fill your calendar with inexpensive events like Legume’s Cheap Date Night, City Theatre’s Pay-What-You-Want Show, and Good Fridays at the Warhol, and be sure to keep your eyes on this space for others.

We are also all about an afternoon coffee date instead of a cocktail this winter. Here’s why: Coffee is delicious, warm, and most importantly, inexpensive!  If you really want to treat yourself, grab a treat from Relish at Adda or one of the amazing chocolate chip cookies from Commonplace — and to be even more budget-conscious, stick to drip coffee instead of that matcha latte you love.

We know that you just can’t drink coffee all day and night, but instead of heading out for cocktails, head to Pennsylvania Libations with a friend for an afternoon date sampling all their PA offerings.  Pick your favorite and head back to your place to continue the party with craft cocktails crafted by you!

If you are looking to expand your horizons…

blending into my natural habitat photo cred: @coltguthrie

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Even the most seasoned city explorer still has ground to cover in 2018.  There are so many things to see and experiences to check out, from card readings at Juju to a demonstration class at Pittsburgh Glass Center.  There’s also the galleries at Wood Street & Space Downtown (free!), hog butchering classes at Cure, cider house tours at Threadbare, the Maxo Vanka’s murals at St Anthony’s (free!), kitty play dates at Colony Cafe, La Huttë Royal (free!), Bike Haven (also free!). The list goes on and on!