5 Year Plan

Where are you going to be in five years?

I personally don’t know where I am going to be five minutes from now.  The idea of knowing where I will be in five years isn’t something that I think about a whole lot.  I mean, yes I have long-term goals.  Move into a slightly larger place, where my dining area consists of more than a tray on the bed.  Where I can have people over for game nights and laughter can fill my home until the wee hours of the morning.  I would love to see myself continue to he happy, and healthy and making smart choices in regards to what I eat and the activities that I engage in.

So how do I go about starting to plan for my future?  Well readers… I was at the local bookstore searching out a book to read and help me start my New Year right, with a challenge to myself and I found something unexpected.

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I didn’t go looking for this book. In fact I didn’t even know it existed!  I grabbed it off the recently reduced shelf and started flipping through the pages.  The book is broken up into 5 parts.  Emotional and Physical Health, Family and Relationships, Home and Community, Work and School, and Here I am Again, Building on my Own Experience Up Until Now.

It seems like a pretty awesome way to guide myself into looking at my future in a more concrete light.  It asks you for specifics, measurable and attainable goals. Plus, it is a hardcover book that you write in… that always makes me feel like a rebel!  ~dun dun breakin the law breakin the law dun dun~

So after only a few moments of deliberation I knew I needed to have this book and that it was meant for me.  Afterall part of this years #DoD was that I am writing in my 5-year journal.  One entry in my paper journal everyday, even if it isn’t anything particularly meaningful. Observations, quotes, thoughts, it all counts.  I looked at the shelf space where I had taken the book from and saw there was one copy remaining and decided that I wanted to share this book with someone else.

That is where you come in!  Do you have a 5 year plan?  Is it written down?  Are you interested in setting yourself up for success in the next 5 years?  I can’t guarantee that it will work for you, but we could do it together!  So I am giving you the chance to win my second copy of this book.

Here is the deal, Winner will be selected by random.org on 1/13 because I like the number 13! Several ways to enter, but you have to do the mandatory one to be entered at all. Winner will be contacted and have until 1/16 to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Mandatory Entry… I am taking a question directly from the book… Please answer in a comment below (and include contact information incase you win)

“If I were describing myself in the third person as a character in a novel, this is what I would say:”

Other ways to enter…

  • Tweet about my giveaway
  • Blog about my giveaway

Be sure to leave a separate comment on this post for each entry and make sure I can contact you!

Welcome to 2012

Well hello there little blog, and my dear friends.  I sit here looking at the blinking cursor after a very long night at work.  The days draw longer as I near a new chapter in my life.  Or what I hope is a new chapter in my life.  As I enter 2012 I am setting forth a few mini goals.

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My goals are not so much resolutions as “Declarations of Dedication” More of the same things that I have been doing, only bigger and better.  Towards the end of 2011 I got lazy, I got off track.  I stopped tracking again, I slacked off at the gym.  The excuses started to pile up.  I felt like I had no one to be accountable to, which is a load of horse crap if I ever did know one.

The only real thing that I want to make sure that I change this year is that I want to make this year injury free.  I spend so much of my life in pain already dealing with my various funkadelic illnesses that I truly don’t need to keep adding problems to it!  I need to take the time to stretch before and after my workouts.  I need to take the proper vitamins and supplements for my body.

I also need to be more aware of my surroundings.  As I went into work this morning to finish up some paperwork that I postponed during my shift last night to avoid being on the roads at that ever popular bar closing time I found this…

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Now if you can’t tell that staircase is loaded with a nice layer of ice.  The parking lot was tons worse where the cars and trucks had been in and out of the lot during the night as the snow fell.  I didn’t think twice as I tried to go up the center of the stairs without the use of the railing.  Duh Kris!  Use the railing!  I searched for some salt, unsuccessfully!  I also almost went ass over teakettle on my own stoop going out to my car this morning as well.  I need to slow down and look around.

So as I step into 2012 I am going to take things one step at a time.  Look around me and make sure I am setting myself up for success.  I would like to be in the low 200’s by this time next year.  My finish line ideally is 199.  I am not under any delusions that it is going to be easy, because god knows that it has certainly not been easy up to this point.

I want to leave you with this thought though as so many people are taking today, or tomorrow to finally start their diets.  You can do anything you put your mind to.  You may fail 99 times, but you have to get up 100 to succeed.  Please don’t ever give up on what you want out of this life.  You only get one shot at living and you have the power to create yourself.  It starts with the first step.  Take those steps now!

Happy New Year Everyone!  Welcome to 2012

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First Steps of 2012

Missed it by That Much!

So during the month of August I was stepping things up for my workouts.  I am not giving that up for September, don’t worry.  I know that I need to continue to track my calorie intake and be mindful of what I eat and workout and push myself to get to where I want to be.  However during August I went back to tracking my workouts with DailyMile!

DailyMile lets you chart all kinds of things, and when I started using it at the beginning of the year I would chart my water aerobics workouts along with my elliptical workouts.  Now I am tracking just pure mileage.  So every day I would come home from the gym and plunk in my mileage.  So what did ass-kicking awesome August have to say for itself?  It said I missed the mark!  I missed the 100 mile mark.  I hit 99 miles.

I don’t actively participate in the #GoTheDist where you set monthly mileage goals for yourself, however after having just missed 100 miles for the month my just that tiny amount I can see how motivating setting a goal like that can be.  Perhaps for October I will set a goal mileage wise for the month, bot this month I am sticking with trying to maintain the 2 times a day 4 days a week workout schedule I have set out for myself. It is a very tough goal at times with my job.

I really struggled with it this week since the YWCA Midtown (my usual location) had their annual shutdown for pool cleaning this week.  That meant my workouts were all cardio.  Yuck!  I did have the option to hit the pool at Uptown or Downtown, but I made the decision to just do cardio.  The classes at the other facilities were not working with my schedule.  So be it, that is how it goes.

So next week starts the grind all over again, gym is closed Monday for the holiday.  So I hope everyone enjoys this “last weekend of summer”!  Don’t eat too much junk, get out and enjoy it!

Kick in the Pants!

What did I get Myself into?

Am I REALLY headed to Sushi? REALLY?

So 2011 the year I cross things off my list! When most people spend New Years making their resolutions and the subsequent months not following through it seems a bit depressing.  I have been on my journey to get healthy, lose weight and find things that make me happy.

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Edamame, Kick in the Pants Roll, Winter Roll

Happiness… huh… Well… If I am unsure what makes me truly happy then I sure can’t just wait around for it to find me! Time to stop watching others do things and start trying them for myself.  So on my 2011 To Do list are things like Complete a 5k that isn’t on a treadmill, an actual tangible walk complete with T-shirt. (Scheduled, May 30th!) Take camera and visit the boulder field at Ringing Rocks Park (in Pennsylvania).  and Try SUSHI. SAY WHAT?! Girl you done lost your mind, you don’t eat fish! You ate Tuna out of a can, and Papaya Fig and Cream cheese Rolls from Lunds and you think you are going to do Sushi?

So when there was talk of another #SushiTweetup at TiGER Sushi2 well I would not miss my opportunity again! I popped my name on the RSVP list at the last-minute and knew it was time.  Experienced people could help guide me into something that would be a good choice for a Sushi Virgin!  I did not want to end up with… a bad taste in my mouth simply because I didn’t know what I was doing. 

So Today was Fishy Friday! I headed out to TiGER Sushi in Minneapolis.  I got there a little after the “start time” which is unusual for me.  Parked, checked in with work to make sure I was clear for at least a little while and headed in.  I was only a little apprehensive.  I had been asked just prior to heading out by Beth (@WhereitBlooms) how adventurous I was… I feel I am pretty adventurous when it comes to food.  We joked about my Papaya Fig Cream cheese Rolls not being sushi, and that a California roll would also not satisfy the “sushi” demand.  I agree! Besides the worst thing that happens is, (well I could be allergic to it, which I don’t think I have any seafood allergies (YAY!)) I hate it but like I said some hand holding was what I wanted. 

There were tons of twitter peeps there, Too many to mention, as I don’t want to leave anyone out! However our dear #PriorFatPack girl Meredith (@pnutmn) was there! At Coffee and Conversation we talked briefly about sushi, and my desire to try it, and lack of knowledge of knowing what I like.  I was stoked to know I could ask her, or Beth or Missy (@MarketingMama) or Sushi Diva Jenny (@PrincessSushi) for help!

Meredith and her guy Ryan (I think… please correct me if I am wrong) and I decided it was a good idea to perhaps split a few rolls to get my feet wet.  We looked over a special Tweetup Menu (HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!! THANK YOU TIGER SUSHI!!!) and decided to get some edamame, which I just love!  I keep a bag in my freezer and eat it as a snack all the time so I knew it would be safe, and fishy free!  We also ordered two rolls off the Tweetup Menu to start.

Kick in the Pants Roll: Inside is a lively mixture of marinated seared tuna, minced fresh ginger, cilantro, fresh mint leaves, cucumber and kaiware sprouts.  Outside is layered with slender filet of tuna that has been marinated in a zingy sauce. Finally it is sprinkles with finely minced jalapeno & red tobiko.

Winter Roll: Inside: Tuna, salmon, & yellow tail, avocado, spicy garlic mayo & mesago.  Outside: sushi rice, crispy tempura flakes & sesame seeds drizzled with unagi sauce and creamy mango sauce.

 So there it was… order placed.  I really wasn’t feeling any anxiety.  I was surprised!  Perhaps it was that I would be crossing something off my list for the year, perhaps it was the great company, perhaps it really was that I am the Brave Little Toaster I thought I could be!  Word got around a bit at the tweetup that I was a #SushiVirgin.  I felt like I should have been wearing a T-shirt or something with a big V on it. 

We devoured about half of the edamame before the rolls came… and then it was time.  Missy offered me some tips about mixing the wasabi into the soy sauce, and to eat the sushi in one bite.  I grabbed my chopsticks and went for the winter roll first.

I grabbed a piece and dipped it, moved it to my mouth and WE HAVE CONTACT!   I gave it a moment for the flavors to register before i began full on chewing.  I wanted to make sure I was not just inhaling it.  As someone who has on more than one occasion inhaled food and not stopped to figure out what it tasted like I wanted to make sure I was experiencing this. 

Guess what? I LIKED IT! There was no gagging, or freaking out about the fact that I had just eaten fish.  As a kid I wouldn’t go near any kind of seafood, boy how I have grown!  Next up was the Kick in the Pants!  I was so not afraid of this “spicy” roll.  Jalapeno peppers do not scare me.  I grabbed a piece of it, and again put it in and savored it.  I liked this one too! *cue “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead”

I was… on a “roll” get it? HAHA! but seriously! I enjoyed the sushi, I also sampled a piece of a Caterpillar Roll which contains Unagi, and had a piece of a Lucky 13 Roll.  (You can look up the descriptions on the Tiger Sushi site if you like!)

We decided that it was time to order just one more roll.  We scoured the menu and I spotted…

The Snow Monkey: Inside: Tuna, salmon, & yellow tail, avocado, spicy garlic-chile mayo & masago. Outside: sushi rice and layers of bincyo (super white tuna) that have been ever so slightly seared and drizzled with ponzu sauce.  Scattered with togarashi flakes. 

So we shared that roll, it was SOOO GOOD! I am glad I spotted it on the menu, it means I know I can find something on the menu that I can identity that I would eat! Woot Woot!

Snow Monkey Roll

The Snow Monkey Roll (To Go)

So I stayed and chatted for a long time and as things started to wind down I decided I wanted to place a to go order.  I still had a long night ahead of me.  A Snow Monkey would be great for dinner.  I guess this means I am a convert!  I will be watching for Groupon to have another Tiger Sushi deal!

After #SushiTweetup a few of us went to Common Rootsfor some coffee and chatting.  It was lovely to just sit and chat about all kind of things.  It makes me feel almost human when I get to go to these things.  Sometimes with my night shift work I feel out of contact with the world.  I am glad that I can connect and laugh and share a night with good food and friends.  It feeds the soul. My soul is overrunning with goodness this week!

Thank you friends! Next week I shall be nourished too!  Are you busy next Wednesday? Want to come to Woodbury and hang out with Jenn and me?  It is bound to be AMAZING!