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.

The cool thing about having a blog is that even if I don’t make a resolution, I have historically wrote some kind of symbolic entry around the New Year. Take this post from 2011, for instance, which I wrote just weeks before I landed an internship in a state senator’s office. And there’s last year’s sappy post about how I love my boyfriend and stuff, ha.

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!

33 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 😛 Otherwise I hate every second!! (except afterward. I always feel awesome after!)

  2. Please, please, please sign up for a 5K! It’s a gateway drug to 10Ks and half marathons 😉 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…

  3. I love your bucket lists! I’m right with ya on the 5k 🙂 And your food list- no words! Bagels, cauliflower potatoes, and breakfast quinoa?! YES.

  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. 😉

  5. 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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