Cooking Bucket List + Fitness Goals for 2013

Generally, I don’t make New Years resolutions. I like to set goals for myself throughout the year, and I’d like to think this blog keeps me pretty accountable for those goals.

This year, I’m in the midst of participating in Elf for Health, which has set daily challenges for the holiday season. I admit I haven’t been participating 100%, but today’s challenge is to Set a New Fitness Goal.

Well Elf for Health, I’m going to one-up you. I have a couple of fitness goals, but something I’ve also wanted to do for a long time is make a Cooking Bucket List. Inspired by Emily’s Food Bucket List, I made a list of things I’ve always wanted to cook from scratch. She and I even have a few in common :)

Fitness Goals
  • Run a 5K race
  • Start weight training again (and eat more protein!)
  • Be able to do a 2 minute plank and 2 minute leg lifts
  • Run 25 miles in a month (several times if possible)

The biggest goal is to run the 5K race. I have run 3+ miles a good handful of times, and I have all but signed up for 5K races several times before…but I never actually registered. I have already ran 25 miles in a month before, but not since I broke my hand in June.

Cooking Bucket List
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • French Onion Soup
  • Cheese (Ricotta and Mozzarella)
  • Homemade pasta and/or ravioli
  • Crackers
  • Breakfast Quinoa
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Use cauliflower as an alternative for potatoes (like here, here or here)
  • Bagels (preferably with some kind of cheese broiled on top!)
  • Donuts
  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Traditional Lasagna (I’ve only made a vegetable one, with zucchini/eggplant “noodles”)
  • My Great Grandma Rose’s famous New York Coffee Cake
  • Beer

I’ve already got a head start on that last one! I bought T-Man a beer brewing kit for his birthday and we decided New Years Day was as good a time as any to get started.

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(Drinking beer while we make beer…typical)

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It was a pretty long process (it took us about 3-4 hours including set up/sterilization) but hopefully it turns out! It’s bubbling away in a box in T-Man’s closet as we speak. Hopefully in about a month we’ll have a delicious IPA. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it :-)

Tomorrow’s Elf for Health challenge is to eat 3 food groups at every meal. I’m having (very minor) surgery early in the morning to get a mole removed from my scalp, so I’m not sure how I’ll get in 3 food groups while that is all going down…but lunch and dinner should be no sweat! On Friday the challenge is to run a mile the fastest you can…I’m aiming for 8 minutes (my all time best is something like 7:50) but we’ll see how it goes!

Hope everyone had a happy new year!

53 thoughts on “Cooking Bucket List + Fitness Goals for 2013

    • Thank you! I got a mandolin slicer for Christmas, which I think will make it muuch easier to slice onions for soup! I hope to make it soon, since it’s still soup season :)

    • Thanks Becky! The fact that they told me I’ll be able to drive myself there and back made me a little less leery :) I’m so anxious to taste the beer! I hope it’s drinkable!!

  1. Please invite me over when you tackle homemade mozzarella? :). I love your running goals! I thought about making a few goals pertaining to running, but I wimped out… Too much pressure since I hate running and I need exercise to be relaxation, not stress.

    • Pretty much the *only* reason I like running as one of my main forms of exercise is because I max out around 3 miles, or ~30 minutes…and I don’t have patience for a much longer workout than that πŸ˜› Otherwise I hate every second!! (except afterward. I always feel awesome after!)

  2. Please invite me over when you tackle homemade mozzarella? :). I love your running goals! I thought about making a few goals pertaining to running, but I wimped out… Too much pressure since I hate running and I need exercise to be relaxation, not stress.

    • Pretty much the *only* reason I like running as one of my main forms of exercise is because I max out around 3 miles, or ~30 minutes…and I don’t have patience for a much longer workout than that πŸ˜› Otherwise I hate every second!! (except afterward. I always feel awesome after!)

  3. Please, please, please sign up for a 5K! It’s a gateway drug to 10Ks and half marathons πŸ˜‰ I’m doing a 15K next weekend that gives you a big bowl of chocolate at the finish line! How’s THAT for motivation. I really need to commit to my baking bucket list. I should blog about it and force myself to get cracking,

    • I am definitely going to do a 5K sometime this year. I’m not sure if I’ll make it up to a 10K or half marathon anytime soon because I’m a lunchtime runner (AKA 35 minute runs or shorter!), but a bowl of chocolate at the end ~is~ some serious motivation…

  4. Good goals! I haven’t really set any resolutions for myself this year (I usually don’t, to be honest) – I’m just trying to keep up the good habits I got myself into last year! Can’t wait to see how the cheese making goes down. πŸ˜‰

  5. Good goals! I haven’t really set any resolutions for myself this year (I usually don’t, to be honest) – I’m just trying to keep up the good habits I got myself into last year! Can’t wait to see how the cheese making goes down. πŸ˜‰

  6. I can’t believe I never saw this post… I’m sure I was notified of the trackback but I don’t know! Anyway 1) thanks for the mention doll you are too sweet and 2) yes we have a lot in common on the list! more reason for you to take a vaycay on over here to visit so we can have a cooking fiesta!

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