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Loveland Resolutions for 2019

Devil's Backbone, photo by Nathan Timmons

I’m all for simple resolutions. I never resolve to workout seven days a week or to stop eating sugar. I can’t do that and neither can most people, but I can do simple things like buying more bouquets, eating at a new restaurant or making a piece of pottery.

Whether you live in Loveland or elsewhere, these are great resolutions to stuff in your back pocket for 2019. After all, no one wants a boring, routine life.

Shop Somewhere New

I know we’ve all barely survived the holidays and shopping is the farthest thing from our minds, but we will shop in 2019.

Shopping Loveland, Colorado for the Holidays. Sunny Jim's 2. Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

Whether you always shop at the mall or always patronize downtown, how about giving a different area of town a try? There are gems hidden all over. Try one of my personal favorites, Sunny Jim’s out west, for instance.

Eat at a New-to-You Restaurant

All of us get stuck in a rut when it comes to dining out. We know what we like and we like getting what we expect and this keeps us going to the same restaurants month after month.

In 2019, it’s time to branch out. This past year, I discovered the tortas at Taqueria Rancho Alegre on Highway 402 south of downtown Loveland. I can’t get enough of these mouth-watering Mexican sandwiches.

Loveland Resolution, torta by Heid Kerr-Schlaefer
Torta at Taqueria Rancho Alegre

Whether it’s a brand new establishment (AKA Kitchen) or a place that’s been around awhile, Justine’s Pizza comes to mind, why not give it a try? You just may find a new favorite place to dine in Loveland.

Loveland Resolutions, AKA Kitchen brunch
Brunch at AKA Kitchen


This one takes a bit more dedication and some time and research, but the payout is huge. You can be part of the solution in the place you live. Most cities, including Loveland, have pet rescues that need help walking dogs or spending time with cats.

Food Bank of Larimer County Volunteer, courtesy photo
Photo courtesy of the Food Bank of Larimer County

Helping those less fortunate is always a good thing and you can volunteer at organizations such as Loveland’s Community Kitchen. Or you can contribute time to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

Walk More

I am not a fan of going to the gym unless it’s for a yoga class. For me, exercise includes getting outdoors and onto a trail. Thankfully, Loveland is not short on trails. The Devil’s Backbone, just west of town, is a wonderful place to stretch one’s legs in a beautiful Larimer County Open Space.

Devil's Backbone, photo by Nathan Timmons
Devil’s Backbone, photo by Nathan Timmons

The Recreation Trail in Loveland provides views of nature on a mostly paved route that goes on mile after mile. You can jump on the trail at various points but I like to access the trail where Wilson Avenue crossed over the Big Thompson River. Or, there are ample parking spaces and trail access at the ball fields just east of Taft Avenue and on the north side of 1st Street. Go here to see a full map of the trail.

What other, small and yet impactful things would you consider adding to your life in 2019?

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the founder of and author of Mountain Living’s The Heidi Guide. She has lived in Loveland with her husband since 2003. 

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