Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Dinner and Other Notables

Well, I may have gotten off track for part of this week, but today I'm right back in the saddle!

First off: I made dinner :)

That is Asian-Style Scallops, a "recipe" of my own creation that I also shared with the Weight Watchers community (my first ever!)  Although really, "recipe" is a bit of a stretch, since the preparation isn't all that complicated.  It required a) cooking rice, b) chopping and steaming veggies, c) braising scallops and baby bok choy, none of which is particularly complicated as long as you have enough counter-space and range-space.  But, it looks fantastic and also counts as a home-cooked healthy meal a-la my 2013 resolutions.

Speaking of 2013 resolutions, I also signed up for the Monument Ave 10k race earlier this week.  I really REALLY want to be able to run without stopping, and that only gives me 3 months to take my run-without-stopping record from 1.5 miles to 6.5.  Eesh, that is not gonna be easy.  But that just makes it a challenge, and while I'm not always fond of challenges, they do bring about a sense of satisfaction once you meet them.  So, onward!

And in other news, it is 70 degrees in Richmond right now, which is officially way to warm for mid-January.  I want my winter, gosh darn it!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Resolutions - 2013

This is definitely the CapitalOne process dork in me coming out, but this year I'm going to try something slightly different and make S.M.A.R.T. resolutions for New Years.  For the uninitiated, SMART is a framework that helps you make better goals, and stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-specific.  Basically, it forces you to be very clear and specific about what you actually want to do, and avoid overly vague statements like "live life better".  It works decently enough in a professional setting, so I guess it won't hurt to give it a shot here!  And now, without further ado, Nik's 2013 resolutions:

Health & Weight Related:
- Lose an average of 5 lbs per month for the first 6 months of 2013.  That may sound like a lot, but when you break it down it's only about 1 1/4 lbs per week, which is well within the 1-2 lb range that's generally considered healthy.  Plus, last year I actually did it for 2-3 months before going off track.  So definitely attainable.
- Run & complete the Monument Ave 10k on April 13th.
- Limit myself to 1 16-oz coffee per day on 4 of 5 work days - allow myself another cup on 1 weekday.
- Make at least 1 meal/recipe per week that I've never made before.  I have a TON of recipes that I've ripped out of Men's Health magazines over the years but have never tried (don't judge).

Social & Personal
- Go to Nu Nightclub at least once per month.  This really shouldn't be that difficult - it's within walking distance, I know people who go there so I don't have to go alone, and it has beautiful dancing men.  'Nuf said.  It'll also help me meet more guys, which directly feeds into another resolution below.
- Go to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at least once every 2 months.  I'm a member so I get into most exhibits either for free or at a reduced rate, but I go way too rarely.  Even if it's just a Wednesday Jazz night, I really should go more often.
- Take a cruise.  It doesn't have to be at a particular time or to a particular place, but I want, nay - NEED, a vacation this year.  I haven't had a real vacation in 5 years, and it's starting to gnaw at me.  I need a break.
- Keep my work-related email to less than 100 at day-end, and don't allow any email to get past 2 weeks.  I know, I know, this really shouldn't be on my list ... but it is.  I want to do better in ALL aspects of my life, and for better or worse, work is a significant part of life.
- Break the being-single-streak with a somewhat serious relationship.  Ok, so this one isn't exactly a SMART goal, but given how important this one is to me, I'm giving it a pass.  I don't exactly have a way to measure it, but I'll know it when it happens.

2013 - Starting it out right with a kitchen disaster!

Well, I certainly didn't waste any time on that one - barely 10 hours into 2013 and I've already managed to have a giant pan of liquid custard and boiling water slide off of my oven rack and splash all over the oven door and kitchen floor.  Apparently, it also somehow managed to work its way inside my oven door, because after I'd cleaned it all up and shut the door, a magic flow of liquid custard appeared and flowed down between the glass door panes.  *sigh - gonna have to leave that one for this weekend, I think.

At least I had enough left over batter that I could do another (albeit smaller) batch of 4 ramekins, so tonight's dessert is still on track.