Resolutions: Then and Now

2010 absolutely flew by for me. A lot of huge things happened this year! I got married. Betsy and I went to Italy for our honeymoon and then promptly moved to Colorado.

It’s been a busy year.

But since the year is almost over, I wanted to take a post and review all my resolutions from last year. Just to keep myself honest you see.

One at a time…

300 Posts. I think I pretty much met this goal. I might be a few posts short, but I figure I made up for it with photos that I’ve posted under Daily Snaps (More like Weekly Snaps but whatever). All-in-all I feel like I’ve really hit a stride with my posting schedule and while it sometimes seems like a lot, I really enjoy writing everyday. I count this one as a success.

Meat Four Times a Week. I think this one was kind of a bad goal because it was hard to keep track of. The good news is that I’ve reduced my meat intake from a year ago, without a doubt. And the meat I do buy, I try to buy the best I can find. These days Betsy and I eat a lot more vegetables and whole grains accented with the occasional piece of meat which I think is how it should be.

I’ll count it as a half win since I can’t actually verify that I ate meat only four times a week.

Brew a Batch of Beer. FAIL. I still owe you all this one. I have an idea for it… just need to pull the trigger.

Lose 10 Pounds. A half success. Literally. I started the year at 185 and I’m hitting 180 these days. Five pounds isn’t a lot, but it’s 50% of what I wanted to lose so I’ll take it.

Finish The Book. I did! It’s finished! It’s an ebook called 55 Knives and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

So all-in-all, I think I did okay on these in 2010 given the busy year I had.

But enough of the past, let’s talk about the future! Here’s a few goals I have for 2011!

Brew a Batch of Beer. Repeat. But seriously. I’m going to do it. I’m also going to write up a quick guide on how you can do it on the cheap. It’s going to be solid.

Do Some Canning. I really want to get into canning/pickling/etc. Now that I actually have space to store the stuff in, I want to do it. It seems a bit like a lost art. I’ll post on this sometimes, but I get the impression that people who are interested in canning already know how to do it. But leave a comment if there’s anything specific that you’d like to see a canning post on.

Grow a Garden. I have the space and it’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’ll definitely post photos of it and you’ll obviously see the various vegetables in recipe posts (assuming things I plant actually GROW).

Freelance Articles. I’d like to write at least one (hopefully more) freelance food articles in an actual publication. While it would obviously be drop-dead-unbelievable to be in something like Bon Appétit, I’ll probably set my sights a bit more realistic.

Hit and maintain 175. I’m pretty sure that’s my ideal weight. I’m gonna nail it this year and maintain it.

Those are my goals for 2011! As you can see, a lot of them are Do-It-Yourself goals which is a direction in which I’d like to continue pushing myself.

So, do you have any goals for the new year? Food-related or not. Leave a comment!
Cool 2011 design by [Mooi].

16 comments on “Resolutions: Then and Now

  1. My resolution this past year was to learn a British accent. I failed. I even taped myself and listened to it, practicing a few times a week. My friends still cringe when I sing along to arctic monkeys and kate nash.

  2. I really want to get into canning/pickling too. Especially lacto-fermentation. I keep missing the classes at our local co-op :-( I'd also like to be able to do it without a major cash outlay!

    My son can't have artificial colors or sodium benzoate so it's really hard for us to find any kind of pickles – which sucks because we LOVE pickled everything! That boy would live on Peperoncini and pickled okra if I would let him.

    I make him pickled raw beets every 2 weeks or so but everything else I've tried has been a super bust! So, I'd be interested to see your take on just about any pickled veg!

  3. I started canning this year since I live in an apartment and freezer space is limited. After the initial outlay of costs for the jars and equipment, I've saved tons of money on jams, pickles, apple butter, tomatoes, etc. since it costs nearly nothing to buy all this stuff in bulk. It's also nice this time of year to see a recipe for canned tomatoes and being able to put in your own very fresh can of tomatoes that doesn't have that weird "processed" taste or those nasty preservatives. The Ball book of canning is a great starter. I found one at our library when I got started with it since I didn't want to put out the money on a book if I wasn't going to use it.

    1. OH yea… I'm most excited about tomatoes, but until then I need to find some stuff to get me going in the winter months ;)

      1. me too!! Livin in Ecuador, its hard to get good italian food (its hard to get any good food that isnt ecuadorian, so its pushed me into the kitchen more and more and led me to your blog) so i generally make it myself. i used to make gravy a couple times a year, but down here canned tomatoes are REALLY expensive, and tomatoes are not – like $6 for a 28oz can or 25lbs of tomatoes at the market for $7 – so i now make my sauce COMPLETELY from scratch (which is very satisfying, but also means it takes all day to cook out the acidity of the tomatoes – i dont like to put in sugar if i can cook it out). Anyway, when i move back to the states, I would like to continue making sauce from bulk tomatoes and canning it for the whole year (makes those midweek easy pasta dinners cheaper and better than buying jars at the store). I think learning the technique might motivate me to try other stuff too!!

  4. When you start canning you should totally check out http://www.weckcanning.com/ instead of the traditional Ball jars. I've heard only good things about them and they are more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional Ball jars.

  5. Hi Nick! I always do a year-end, come to Jesus accounting of my new year's resolutions, too. LOL. As a canner, mostly of jams and some veggies, I think you are really going to enjoy the learning process. I recommend you begin with jams since they are easy and the results are so enjoyable.

    My new year's resolutions were to lose weight. I dropped 35 lbs. this year. I still have a bit to go, but at least I feel like I made great progress. Next year, I'm hoping to finish the weight loss. I have also started a small food blog, shared it with my friends, and one of my resolutions is to keep up on that. Anyway, here's to a new year and great food with friends and family!

  6. My goal as always is to cook more. To make sure I have to, I'm planning on giving up meat (continuing to eat fish, eggs and dairy) which limits my ready to eat options from the grocery store (big weakness).

    My other goal is to get in the best shape I have been in since high school. I play competitive ultimate, so in addition to my practices I want to run 30 miles/week and do interval workouts at least once a week. Long term I would like to run a marathon, so I will probably up my mileage over the summer and try to do that in November.

  7. For canning: something really awesome when pickled is sweet and spicy carrots. However, for some reason whenever I pickle carrots they come out very mushy. I'd say that's the hardest thing about pickling vegetables yourself: trying to get it so that the vegetables are as crisp as store-bought pickles. Anyway, if you could do a post on that, it would be useful to me, and possibly one other person on the planet.

  8. I want to learn how to can things with meat in them (i.e. pasta sauce). Currently I store it in my deep freeze, but that simply isn't going to work as well next year since we'll probably still have a good portion of the half a beef my dad gave us for Christmas.

  9. Happy New Year! Awesome job on your resolutions! I've never been an avid reader, but this year I made a point to set a goal to read 25 books. I'm about half way through my 25th book, and will hopefully finish it tomorrow! yea!
    Anyways, excited about your canning resolution. My husband got me a great canning book for Christmas, "Preserve it", and I look forward to canning all my farmers market goods, and small garden crop in the coming year. I've never done it before, so I could use all the tips I can get. Good luck!

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