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 🙂
- 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
- 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!)
- 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
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.
(Drinking beer while we make beer…typical)
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!