2013 Fitness Goals – My Progress

Back in January, I made a few fitness goals for myself and finally posted my Cooking Bucket List. I also posted specific nutrition goals so I could measure my progress more accurately.

I am on a serious muffin kick lately, but because I haven’t had a chance to fix up the pictures of the recipes I’ve been tinkering with, I decided to take a moment to evaluate those goals I posted.

First off, you can track my Cooking Bucket List progress on the new tab up there on my blog’s menu bar! This makes it a little easier for me to add items to the list and cross them off as I make them…I’m already making good progress!

Now…onto the fitness side of things.

the squirrels have been AGGRESSIVE in the park this week!

the squirrels have been AGGRESSIVE in the park this week!

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)

How have I been doing?

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my dodgeball team is lime green this season. jealous? {sidenote: this was a day i ran inside on a treadmill to avoid allergies. let’s just say the “after” picture wasn’t pretty}

  • Run a 5K race

Some of you may have seen on Instagram that I signed up for one THIS Saturday! I have run 3 miles twice this month, am feeling good health-wise, and most importantly, found a friend who wants to run it with me 🙂

I’m planning on doing one last run today, probably with a goal time (30 minutes) rather than distance. Then dodgeball tomorrow, and perhaps an easy elliptical/ab workout on Friday? I’m afraid it’s going to be a difficult race and I don’t want to injure myself, but I can’t help but think that’s just my inner worry wart kicking in. I’ve been running 2.2-3.0 miles for 2 years now, with a couple of off months here and there. As long as I don’t push myself too hard (my friend runs faster than I do) I’ll be fine! I’ve been running really slowly lately for some reason, so I’m hoping for a time of 30 minutes or less. I’m sure I’ll be able to manage it!

steak. the ultimate protein.

steak at T-Man’s mom’s house this weekend. the ultimate protein.

  • Start weight training again (and eat more protein!)

I’ve been doing so-so. I have been weight training more when I go to the gym (mostly upper body), but that usually only happens once per week.

I have been keeping my protein up! I have averaged 50g or more 3 out of the last 4 weeks, and there hasn’t been a day that I’ve gone under the 43g recommended for non-exercise days! You’re supposed to hit up to 70g on days that you’re active, but I usually only get to around 60g on my workout days. This is just on days that I track what I eat (which tend to be Monday-Friday).

T-Man thinks I could gain a pound or two; I’m happy where I am. However, I’d like to think it’s an improvement that now I say things to him like “I need to eat more protein tonight!” instead of “I can’t have dessert, I already ate too much today”.

Of course in an ideal world, I wouldn’t be saying either thing. I wouldn’t be tracking my food at all; I’d eat without being so conscious of everything, and not be deficient in anything. But I’m trying to maintain my weight. So far I’ve had success – PLUS, I’m not having nearly as many digestive issues as I had at the end of last year.

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Killing 2 birds with one stone: dessert AND protein! Almond butter/choco chips, and Chobani bite

  • Be able to do a 2 minute plank and 2 minute leg lifts

PFFT. I’m currently at 2-1 minute planks, but I’ve got a ways to go before I inch up to 2 minutes!

  • Run 25 miles in a month (several times if possible)

Last month, I ran 11.5 miles…nowhere near 25! But after essentially taking December and January off, it was my highest in months.

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Until this month! If you include the 5K on Friday, I’m on track to run about 20 miles this month, plus whatever I end up running later today. Not too shabby! Especially since there were only two weeks that I got more than one run in (this week and the week of the 11th). Blasted sickness.

Thanks if you read all of this! I sometimes wonder if anyone else finds this stuff interesting, but it’s super helpful for me to keep track of everything!

Any tips for my first 5K?

What’s on your Cooking Bucket List?

Have you ever noticed that your diet is lacking in a certain category?

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Since I didn’t post a “weekend in photos” this week, I decided on another way to give my faithful readers their regular fill of weirdly filtered square photos of my life.

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Have a great weekend, and GO NINERS! It’s gonna be a crazy weekend in Northern California, you can be sure of that! Continue reading

Life According to Instagram

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Since I didn’t post a “weekend in photos” this week, I decided on another way to give my faithful readers their regular fill of weirdly filtered square photos of my life.

To see all these & more, make sure you’re following me at @krhanzlik!

Have a great weekend, and GO NINERS! It’s gonna be a crazy weekend in Northern California, you can be sure of that! Continue reading

Roasted Chickpeas with Orange, Ginger & Coriander

I’m kind of a snacker.

I love to put together a fancy meal as much as the next food blogger, but a lot of the time I just don’t have the patience or energy at the end of a work day to spend 1+ hour on dinner.

Sooo I snack. My nightly routine when I get home from work is usually to go straight to the kitchen and snack on a few pita chips with some hummus. That would be Dinner #1.

If I’ve decided I’m committing to the snacky route that night, I will then mill around the apartment for a while, clean up the mess I probably made rushing to get ready in the morning…and have Dinner #2, which is usually closer to a normal person-sized meal. A tostada with beans and veggies…Toast slathered in jelly or PB (Or more hummus. I’m obsessed.)…Or maybe a bowl of whatever soup I made that week.

Finally, on the nights I end up at T-Man’s house, I will also consume Dinner #3, because I inevitably snack on whatever he is eating for his “dinner” at 9:30pm (I prefer to eat between 6-7:30, but homeboy is a night owl and eats even later). This usually involves a few potstickers, or a couple of bites of his sandwich or of his specialty- chicken Caesar wraps 🙂

So it’s no surprise that the first item I chose to cross off of my Cooking Bucket List was one of the only snack items on the list – Roasted Chickpeas!

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I have been seeing recipes for Roasted Chickpeas forever, and I knew I would have to make them eventually because I love garbanzo beans. When you roast them in the oven instead of employing them in their typical uses (in salads or hummus), they get crunchy. Remember Corn Nuts? They’re like that! Except these are full of protein and fiber and won’t crack your teeth.

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I based my idea off of this recipe, but I didn’t have any lemon (or thyme…or smoked paprika) on hand – just a humongous bag of Cuties (AKA Clementines). So I improvised, and researched which flavors would go best with orange. The internet told me coriander, and my heart strings told me ginger. Both the interwebs and my heart strings were right, and these were delicious!

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Roasted Chickpeas with Orange, Ginger & Coriander
loosely adapted from Diane, A Broad

1 40-oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
zest of one small orange (in strips)
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp olive oil (I used sunflower oil)
salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. After rinsing the chickpeas, spread them on a clean dishtowel or paper towel to dry. Zest your orange – for best results, cut the orange part of the peel into strips. (If you want a more pronounced orange taste or don’t have the tools to cut the peel into strips, you can zest the orange with a microplane and use about 1 tsp of the zest.)

Toss the dry chickpeas with olive oil and spices (not the orange yet) and spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven, toss with the orange peel, and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, try a few chickpeas. Most will be crunchy, but if they all aren’t, mix them around and put them back in the oven at 5 minute increments until chickpeas are at your desired texture.

Chickpeas will keep in an airtight container for about 2 days, but their maximum crunch factor is in the hours right after you make them!

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!