Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bring it on 2014!

I'm a big fan of lists.  I get this twinge of satisfaction when I can cross something of that I've accomplished.  I'm not looking at this as a list of resolutions for 2014, but rather a list of goals that I'm determined to accomplish in the upcoming year.  While some goals are a bit loftier than others, I think each one is something I have the ability to attain in the coming year.

Reflecting back on the goals I had set for myself last year, I feel pretty good about where the year ended up.  I ran my first half marathon (and lived to tell about it), found a new love in CrossFit which has helped me regain the athlete that was lying dormant inside me and realigned the way I look at food completely.  James pointed out the other day, if two years ago, you would have told me I'd have given up wine for weightlifting, I would have laughed uncontrollably.  While wine isn't completely off the menu in our household, the amount consumed has drastically dropped as our workouts have increased.  It's definitely funny how your priorities realign over time.

Now, without further adieu, my official goal list for 2014:
  • Run at least three obstacle course races (Diva Dash, Spartan Race & Tough Mudder) 
  • Compete in one CrossFit competition outside my gym 
  • Break my 5k PR
  • Fix my lifting technique and increase my clean, jerk and snatch PRs by 10%
  • Deadlift 250+ lbs
  • Link 5 kipping pull ups together 
  • Launch Primal Kitchen (more on that soon as well) 
  • Preform a minimum of 15 minutes of mobility training per day 
  • Reduce my credit card debt by at least half 
  • Out preform the past two years in client billing for my job 
  • Read at least 10 books 
  • Volunteer for at least 3 Cooking Matters programs 
  • Write a minimum of 10 insightful blog posts per month 

Monday, December 9, 2013

200 Posts and We're Still Kicking!

Two and a half years, two hundred posts and I'm still here... that's gotta count for something, right?  It's funny going back and looking at my early posts in comparison to what I share now.  My lifestyle has completely pulled a 180 and I couldn't be happier for it.  It's made me ponder as to wether or not "The Tipsy Cupcake" needs a full overhaul.  Although it's a question I keep going back to, I feel there is some value to where I started this whole project.  A piece of me, if you will.  So for the time being, even though I'm far less tipsy and eat significantly fewer cupcakes than I did two and a half years ago, we're going to keep plugging away, staying true to our roots here.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy December Everyone!

Well, first and foremost, I hope you all had a wonderful, healthy and happy holiday this past week.  I'm a huge fan of Thanksgiving - a holiday based around family, food and football - winner.  I can hardly believe that it's already December!

This past weekend was a great chance to catch up on some much needed rest from the gym - which I know I need more of but always managed to avoid.  The gym being closed however, kind of forced me to take a breather.  James and I incorporated mobility training and a body weight met-con on Friday but for the most part, I relished in four days without picking up a barbell.  As a result, I felt pretty solid kicking off my week.  

Our kitchen has been re-paleo-ized after the holiday and purged of tempting cheat foods.  We're trying to look at the holiday season as a few scattered, special days without rules governing our eating as opposed to a full blow season on binging.  I feel better when I eat well and I can honestly say I'll enjoy the holidays more if I'm not bloated and dealing with stomach discomfort.  

I'd love to hear some tips from our readers regarding their best tips for staying on track over the holidays.