Best Ways to Keep or Break Your New Year's Resolutions

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Let's be honest, when January kicked off, we were all pretty gung-ho about the New Year. "This year will be different. This year I'll eat better and work out more. This is the year."

Yes, we've all been there and we sure do start strong. Sometimes good practices turn into habits...and sometimes they don't. February is almost over and the year presses where are you with your New Year's resolutions - steadfast, barely holding on, or long gone?

All judgement aside from us, here are some of the best ways we found to keep - and break! your New Year's Resolutions in the city.


EAT AT HOME! Cooking at home is a great way to eat healthy - especially since you see everything that goes into your food. Shop LOCAL at the Public Market, Hart's, or Abundance Co-op and enjoy the comfort and quiet of your own home.

Why yes, that bowl is bigger than your face! Don't force yourself to finish it, take half home. And, if it was a delicious meal, you'll get to enjoy it twice... what's not to love? Pictured above is the quinoa beef kabob bowl at Saha Med Grill on University. Quinoa, grilled veggies and beef kabobs. Don't devour the entire thing (and the soup or salad it comes with) and this could help you keep your diet resolutions...


A garbage plate a day will not keep the doctor away. Rochester (and Nick Tahou's) is home to the "Garbage Plate". This classic has grown from more than just burgers or dogs over fries/homefries, mac salad, and beans, to Italian sausage, chicken fingers and more, oh and don't forget the hot sauce. But according to Wikipedia, has named the Garbage Plate the "fattiest food in the state of New York".

Burgers smothered in cheese, topped with onion strings, mac & cheese, pulled pork, fries, and more, that's what you'll find at Bunga Burger Bar. But, don't despair, their menu has "lighter fair": turkey burgers, black bean burgers, salmon burgers, and portobello mushroom burgers. You will also find 2 salads on the menu, but alas, they are covered in Caesar dressing & cheese, or blue cheese and buffalo wing sauce. These may not be on the New Year's Resolution diet either...

Apparently, all of our break-your-resolution food ideas involved burgers... and Furoshiki's Ramen Burger makes the list with their ramen buns. Though we will say, it is topped with tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado with a side salad. Maybe this won't won't break your diet after all.


We've written about the Downtown Fitness Club before, because of their stellar memberships starting at $5 a month. For what we spend out to eat and on coffee, we can probably spare $5 a month to get fit, right?

Maybe you need the appropriate gear first. Head over to Fleet Feet in the Culver Road Armory and stock up on all the essentials. Maybe a new outfit will inspire you to hit the gym more often.


Amore's latest happy hour deal is sure to delight those who want to eat out and save money. Tuesday thru Thursday, 4-7pm, sit in their wine bar area and get $5 pizzas - that's half price! And enjoy their happy hour drink specials. Heading out on a Monday? Well, that's Flight Night with its own set of deals. Great food and drinks for a steal.

Did you know tickets for a Monday movie showing at The Little Theatre are only $5? Compared to national chains where tickets can cost $10-15 dollars, you can't go wrong. And if you're a fan of strange or offbeat movies, check out their MONDO MOVIE Series on Friday night's, these screenings are also only $5.


If your resolution was to save money, then spending it would be the opposite. What better way to splurge and indulge than on high quality, American made clothing at the new BENRUS in the Culver Road Armory. This military inspired company fits perfectly with the history of the Armory which was built in 1918.


Maybe your goal this year is to learn something new. Check out the offerings at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education if you're looking for something creative to tackle. You'll find paper making, bookbinding, letterpress classes, a community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more.

Maybe you don't have days or weeks to commit to something new, try Rochester Brainery. Learn something new in 2 hours for a price tag you can afford. Classes range from topics on technology and crafts, to architecture and languages. Maybe you're on the opposite end of the spectrum and you have something to share with others - why not teach a class? You'll even make a few bucks in the process.

And don't forget about this thing called a LIBRARY, it lets you borrow books, audio books, dvd's and even art with just the swipe of a library card! Check out the Central Library's new media center while you're at it!

So, whatever your goals and dreams may be - stick to it! And remember it's not bad to splurge every once in a while. Happy resolution keeping.... or breaking!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She isn't really one for writing resolutions so it's safe to safe she hasn't kept... or broken any! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.