I do okay with my fitness goals, but there’s always room for improvement. So in addition to increasing the amount of time spent exercising, I’m making sure I add some strength training in. I’ve been guilty in the past of exclusively focusing on running and exercise biking and not doing much strength training, but I got myself a good pair of dumbbells especially to improve my strength. I know there’s a LOT more I could do, but I can only handle a little at a time. 165 minutes divided by 4 sessions per week comes out to an average of 41.25 minutes per session, which is 11.25 more than I had on the last goal too. Aiming for six weeks on this goal. FOR SCIENCE. 2 months ago
My daily exercise regimen was generally a success. I managed to do at least 4 weeks in a row, twice, and that’s decent enough dedication. I normally set myself 8 weeks straight for these exercise goals, but I’m thinking that might be a little long commitment before I move up. So next goal I’m just going to keep for five weeks, one week longer than I generally do. If I get sick, I won’t be so dogmatic, but otherwise: four days a week for five weeks means twenty sessions in thirty-five days. That’s doable, right? 2 months ago
I figured the best way to cap off this goal would be to cook the goat that I’d hac in my freezer for entirely too long. I had to cut the recipe down to a fifth (because I only had about a pound of goat) and I did put in the split peas, and I used my Agent Orange instead of peppers. And it was SO GOOD I need to go out and buy more goat now and make a full-sized order. And then have a Goat Party. 2 months ago
This one was a little slack, I will admit. Only 2 blu-rays consumed last month. I have to pick up the pace on this, so I’m going to say I need to at least double it. Four blu-rays by the 10th of March. That sounds like I’m making it out to be something awful, but it’s going to be much more fun than that! 3 months ago
Still at 56% done but I finished five DVDs in the past month. Lots of them, like I said, were TV series, so multiple discs per set. So, I’m going to shoot for 5 DVDs again this month. Any more than that and I think it’ll be a real time-sink. 3 months ago
In a month (and a bit), I finished 14 comics TPBs! That’s not bad, only 60 more to go. I think I will try for an even 20 this month. If I can get 20 done by March 10, I will reward myself somehow. But not by buying another comic! 3 months ago
I think it’s bizarre that there’s no future tense. I would imagine that would get a little confusing. But since people have been speaking it for hundreds of years, I guess I’m wrong! 3 months ago
cardio AND strength training: Total success!
- writing the 5 reviews I didn’t make it to
- recording a new podcast
eating well: Moderate success! lots of water: Total success!
- 43rd recipe! 3 months ago
I’ve never made a gratin before, so I decided to do a little research about how they are made. Turns out, I had everything I needed at the house! Once again, I jury-rigged two recipes together and made Individual Potatoes Gratin With Blue Cheese. And it is delicious! A wonderful snack, or probably more appropriately, a side dish. But tonight, it was a snack. 3 months ago
Until a while ago, I didn’t realize that mushrooms on toast was a thing, but apparently it’s a British tea-time tradition. I found two separate recipes and jury-rigged the two together. I think I might have cooked the mushrooms a little too long, as they’re more brown than golden in my recipe, but it tasted delicious. And it goes well with beer as well as tea! 3 months ago
I found this page when I was looking for something to make in the slow cooker at a party a couple of weeks ago, but you can barely call it a recipe. Then I looked up how to make Buffalo Sauce and figured that combining the two of them (and leaving out the ranch powder) would make a pretty decent recipe. The Buffalo sauce was really good, and the chicken was moist and delicious. With some blue cheese on top and between some rolls, everyone was pleased and satisfied! 3 months ago
cardio exercise for 30 minutes yoga meditation
- write my article for the theater
- record my podcast
- write 5 reviews of a minimum of 200 words each 3 months ago
I sent my email to my estranged spouse by the end of January, but just BARELY. And I haven’t heard back yet, but it’s only been two weeks. I’m going to give her a little more time but then I’m going to pester a little more. Because I need this over and message redacted for excessive whining3 months ago
Today I realized that I’ve been just floating along. Three days of not caring, not trying, and not progressing. And while that’s okay, sometimes, it’s not okay when it lasts for months, which is what often happens with me. At least I noticed today and not a week or three from now. So right now I made myself do three things:
1. Get a glass of water.
2. Write this entry.
3. Make a plan of attack for the rest of my day.
The horse that I keep falling off of and getting back on must be getting REALLY tired of me. 3 months ago
I’d throw you a parade if I could, but since you said there’s no need for one, I will just give you an internet high-five! This entry made me smile. 3 months ago
I’m on a bit of a bean kick, apparently! Beans & greens is a traditional Italian dish: it can be a soup, a casserole, or a pasta dish (apparently). And Mark Bittman did it again for me. 3 cups beans, 3 cups boiled cabbage, 2 small onions (fried), 230 grams pasta. Mix it all up with just under a cup of chicken stock and serve when it’s moist but not soupy. And of course, you serve it with delicious parmesan cheese! 3 months ago
making healthy food choices (this weekend was a little rough)
- writing 3 short reviews
- exercise (even just a little)
- baking bread
- going to bed “early” because waking up “early” today was awesome
drafting F’s and J’s e-mails BEFORE anything else3 months ago
Sometimes you have a lot of leftover refried beans and want to figure out what you can do with them. And then you talk to your friend, and he mentions bean dip. Finding a recipe that has everything you need right in the house, you cut the recipe in quarters and make your own personal-sized bean dip. And although you wanted to eat so much more, you are satisfied because that bean dip is ROCKING AWESOME. 3 months ago
doing some sitting meditation using my lieu time to exercise
- watching Les Invasions Barbares
- planning out new and healthy recipes for the weekend
- completing edits on LM: Episode 1
getting wire and hanging my four pictures
- starting K’s fingerless mittens
- filling out the maintenance form for the bathroom
- calling the bank to straighten out RSP stuff 3 months ago
One of my cooking heroes (and life heroes, really) is James Barber, also known as The Urban Peasant. His philosophy was that cooking didn’t need to be fiddly or incomprehensible or tough to do: it could be quick and hearty and delicious if you just “get on with it,” in his words. So this afternoon I took his philosophy to heart. Here’s my recipe.
Brown around 250 grams of ground beef in a Dutch oven; drain almost all of it. Slice up half a head of cabbage and two carrots; cook in the pot with some salt and pepper. Add the beef back in and pour in some leftover bean water that you saved from when last you cooked beans (which I did yesterday), and top off with a little more water until it covers everything. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it with the lid on for 30 minutes. Then eat it.
It was delicious, fast, and simple. Thanks, James. Today, at least, I lived up to your example. 3 months ago
Everyone needs to whine, so don’t worry about that. Just try feeling better and being awesome tomorrow! 3 months ago
In the last fourteen days I’ve done at least twenty minutes of meditation for ten of them. Not bad, and even though I was doing at least six days of meditation per week when I was on the Mindfulness Meditation program, I think five days per week works better with my schedule.
This is a goal I’m going to keep for a long time, just because I think that if I keep it on here I won’t get complacent and drop down to four days one week, then a few months later three, and then two…and you know the rest. So this isn’t going away, and I’ll try to check in at least once every two weeks or so. 3 months ago