My Fitness Bucket List (and Some Mangy Pantry Pasta)

by Kim on June 20, 2012

I noticed a few FitFluential bloggers posting their fitness bucket lists on Pinterest recently. Since I’m a total follower and want to be just like FF bloggers when I grow up, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and make my own. You should too!

I’ve actually had most of the items on my list floating around in my head for a long time, so it was just a matter of jotting them down and finding some badass photos to pair them with. Done and done.

Here are the results:

Fitness Bucket List

In case you can’t read size 0.02 font, the list includes:

  • Run marathons (or half marathons) in Hawaii, California, and Florida
  • Take a boxing class
  • Do 5 pull-ups
  • Learn how to swim properly (including breathing out underwater!)
  • Learn how to snowboard
  • Climb a large mountain (one that requires training — Mt. Kilimanjaro?)
  • Stand up on a moving surf board (not necessarily “learn to surf” haha)
  • Run a half marathon in under 1:50

In other news, we’ve been running deeesperately low on groceries and it’s forced me to get creative with the mangy contents of our pantry. So last night, we had this little pile of carby glory:

tomato goat cheese pasta

(P.S. I’m no food blogger, and definitely no food photographer, so bear with me while I make it painfully obvious how out of my league I am  confirm all suspicions that I never would have cut it in culinary school tell you about this meal.)

It started with a can of crushed tomatoes I found buried in the depths of the pantry, behind the giant bag of Boy Scout popcorn seeds we will never, ever pop (that is DEEP in the pantry). While staring at said can, I remembered reading that you can add goat cheese to spaghetti sauce to creamify the sauce a little, and I wondered if that principle applied to plain crushed tomatoes too. (I happen to regularly buy giant logs of goat cheese for use in my daily salads, so I had some on hand.)

I simmered the two together on the stove for a bit, sprinkled in basil and oregano, and added some chopped chicken sausage that needed to be used up. I served the whole mess over spaghetti noodles and melted a little mozza on top.

And for a mangy pantry meal, it wasn’t half bad.


And hey, pretty good for you too!

Tomato Goat Cheese Pasta

(These facts are super approximate, since I didn’t pay any attention to the actual amounts of ingredients I was using. And this was for a heeeaaaping Papa Bear serving, so if you’re one of those people who subsists on bird food, you will have leftovers for a week and you can divide all these numbers by like 5.)

Something To Think About


I’ll never forget something my 4th grade teacher randomly told us once. He said he gave up sugar for awhile and then, once he’d green-lighted himself to eat it again, he found that he never really regained the taste for it. In fact, he said he didn’t really even like sweets anymore. As a 4th grader, I was totally appalled by this ridiculous confession. And I still think giving up sugar completely is pretty extreme and unnecessary, but the moral of the story is pretty cool.


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