#100DaysOfFitness: A Simplistic Way to Get in Shape This Year

#100DaysOfFitness Challenge

I don’t really consider myself out of shape, but I’m also not where I want to be.  I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, but just kept putting it off.  I really don’t like push-ups and curl-ups, but my body isn’t going to get in shape doing nothing.  At least not the shape I want. Some people only do stuff to get in shape for summer.  I missed the timing for that, but I’m OK with that.  Although this challenge is only 100 days long ,this is the beginning of a new way of living.  I enjoy running, but the hardest part is finding time.

I made a change in my schedule.  Fitness is no longer something I fit in where I can, I have intenionally put it on my calendar.

Overall Fitness Goals

Since I’m only tracking number for running, push-ups, and curl-ups, it may seem like this is focused on my Navy Reserve physical readiness test (PRT). That’s important, but there are other reasons I want to be in the best possible shape.

  • Kids.  My kids are 4 and 11.  I want to be able to keep up with them as they get older.
  • Fire Department. Be fit enough to continue doing my job as a volunteer firefighter for many years to come.
  • Navy Reserve PRT.  Improve the score on my fitness test.
  • MapMyRun You vs the Year 2018.  I’ve signed up for the challenge to run 1018 KM (~633 miles) this year.  So far I’m a little behind from where I’d like to be, at 190 KM (~118 miles), with 206 days to go.

#100DaysOfFitness Rules

For the purpose of this challenge, a week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.  Every week, I want to:

  • Run an average of 20 miles.
  • Do at least 75 push-ups. This breaks down to 15 push-ups five times a week. 
  • Do at least 150 curl-ups. This breaks down to 30 curl-ups five times a week. 
  • Post my progress, to include:
    • Running Distance. 
    • Running Time. 
    • Push-Ups.
    • Curl-Ups.
    • Weight.
    • Waist measurement.
    • Photo.
    • Other, such as physical activities not specifically being tracked.
    • Steps Taken calculated by my FitBit.
  • Tweet my progress using the #100DaysOfX and #100DaysOfFitness hashtags.

On your mark, get set, go!

Have you started you own fitness routine?  What are you doing to get in shape?  What are your goals?  I’d love for you to let me know in the comments!

2018 is my year to get fit.  I intend to post a before and after picture.  As a starting point, my day measurements are:

Day 1

  • Weight: 205.2
  • Waist: 36-1/4″

Other Resources:

Welcome to Island of Aloha and Happy Kamehameha Day!

Welcome to Island of Aloha

Happy Kamehameha Day!  Today is in honor of King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great. He united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in 1810.  Read more about King Kamehameha Day.  It’s no coincidence the official launch date for Island of Aloha is a Hawaiian holiday.

E komo mai (that means “Welcome, come in” in Hawaiian”) and thank-you for visiting Island of Aloha – my new personal site.  Island of Aloha officially launches today.  There may still be some changes as I figure out what works best. 

My name is Geoffrey and I’m passionate about all things Hawaiʻi.  I have a website where I share web development-related topics, but this is my place to share everything else.  Some of the things you’ll see here include:

  • Hawaiʻi-related topics.
  • Recipes.
  • Productivity and organization tips.
  • Activities and projects.

For more on what you can expect, please take a look at the Start Here page.

Have any questions or comments about anything you see on Island of Aloha or suggestions on what you would like to see?  Let me know!  Even if I don’t know the answer, I’ll do my best to find it for you. Now it’s on to the exciting stuff.

Aloha a hui hou (until we meet again)!

1-Ingredient Slow Cooker Caramel Recipe

1-Ingredient Slow Cooker Caramel

1-Ingredient Slow Cooker Caramel Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Cook Time Maximum 8 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Place unopened can on dish in crockpot to prevent rust stains from getting on the bottom of your crockpot; I used a glass bread pan.
  2. Put enough water in the crockpot to cover the can.
  3. Turn the crockpot on low; cover. Let cook for 3-8 hours in the crockpot. I let ours go closer to the 8 hour mark.

Recipe Notes

As you can see in the last picture, the can definitely left a rust ring on the glass, and even that took some scrubbing to get off. Make sure you put the can on something so it won’t stain your crockpot. I tried two different brands of sweetened condensed milk, just to see if there was a difference. The consistency of Nestle Carnation was very smooth, just like what I was expecting. I also tried Eagle Brand and it was more the consistency of sour cream, but the taste itself was similar.

Zucchini Casserole Recipe

Slow Cooker Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini Casserole

Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 cups zucchini steamed and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2/3 sleeve approximately 27 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Dice the zucchini into quarter- to nickel-sized pieces; spread in a 9″x13″ pan.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion; drain off any excess fat.
  4. Add soup and stir well. Spread mixture evenly over the zucchini; sprinkle with crackers and cheese.
  5. Bake approximately 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Slow Cooker Tuna Casserole Recipe

Tuna Casserole

Slow Cooker Tuna Casserole Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 can 10 3/4 ounce condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can 4 ounces tuna, with liquid

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter and saute vegetables and garlic until they are slightly tender.
  3. Stir in soup, milk, cheese and pepper. Cook over Medium heat until cheese is melted, stirring frequently.
  4. Add pasta and stir until evenly coated.
  5. Mix in tuna; cook until heated through.
  6. Top with additional mozzarella cheese if desired.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: Chicken of the Sea’s Tuna Twist Casserole.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Casserole
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Tater tots enough to line a 9×13″ casserole dish
  • 1 16 ounce package sausage
  • 8 pieces bacon
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Brown the sausage over medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, place a layer of tater tots in a greased casserole dish, completely covering the bottom.
  4. Spread the sausage evenly over the tater tots.
  5. Cook the bacon until crisp.
  6. Cook the eggs, scrambling them as they cook.
  7. Spread the eggs evenly over the sausage.
  8. Break the bacon into small pieces; sprinkle over the eggs.
  9. Pour milk over the eggs.
  10. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top; cover with foil.
  11. Bake 45 minutes; remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Sprite Lasagna Recipe

Sprite Lasagna

Sprite Lasagna Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Casserole, Italian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 1-3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon basil leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper divided
  • 2 cans 28 ounces tomatoes
  • 1 can 15 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 can 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 cup Sprite
  • 1 pound cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cups parsley
  • 18 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 8 tablespoons parmesean cheese
  • 1 box 1 pound lasagna noodles
  • 1 can 4 ounces mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic; saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the meat; cook until browned.
  4. Sitr in oregano, basil, bay leaf, half the salt, and pepper.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and Sprite.
  6. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 60 minutes, stirring occassionaly.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, eggs, remaining salt, and pepper; beat until smooth.
  8. Stir in the parsley, 12 ounces of mozzarella cheese, and 4 tablespoons parmesean cheese; set aside.
  9. Cook the lasagna noodles as directed on the package.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Grease two 7×12-inch baking dishes.
  12. Remove the bay leaf from the meat sauce.
  13. Spread a little meat sauce in the bottom of each pan.
  14. Layer noodles, cheese mixture, and meat sauce in the pans, ending with sauce.
  15. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesean cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  16. Bake 45-60 minutes.
  17. Let set 5 minutes before serving.

Copycat KFC Famous Bowls Casserole Recipe

Copycat KFC Famous Bowls Casserole

Copycat KFC Famous Bowls Casserole Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Casserole, Copycat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Popcorn Chicken
  • 12 Servings Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • 2 Cans 15.25 oz. Whole Kernel Corn, Drained
  • 1 Jar 18 oz. Brown Gravy (I used Heinz Home Style)
  • 3 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare mashed potatoes per directions on the package; spread evenly in a 9×13″ cake pan.
  3. Spread corn evenly on top of mashed potatoes.
  4. Bake popcorn chicken for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place a layer on top of corn.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top of the chicken. Drizzle gravy over the entire dish.

Recipe Notes

This is a very easy recipe that you can change the ingredient proportions to make it just the way you like. You can also make these in oven-safe bowls, but the casserole was more convenient for us.

Doughnut Burgers Recipe

Doughnut Burgers

Doughnut Burgers

I saw these on Facebook what seems like forever ago, but forgot all about it. Then one of my friends posted a picture of him eating one at the fair over the summer and I remembered that I really wanted to try one. But who sells doughnut burgers? Nobody around here, that’s for sure! Then, there were a couple booths at our fair that were offering them. I tried one. Then another. They are delicious! After that, we bought a baker’s dozen of doughnuts (that’s 13) and made some for ourselves. If you are a picky eater, this probably sounds pretty weird, but you should at least give it a try!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fair Food
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 glazed doughnut
  • 1 hamburger we used Bubba Burgers for these
  • 1 cheese slice
  • Lettuce optional
  • Tomato optional
  • Bacon optional
  • Onion optional

Instructions

  1. Place the doughnut on its edge; cut in half.
  2. Fry the hamburger; drain grease.
  3. Place hamburger patty on one half of the doughnut.
  4. Top with condiments such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and onion.
  5. Place the other half of the doughnut on top.

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake Recipe

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake Recipe

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can 15 ounce Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 1 pkg 8.5 ounce corn muffin mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray 8 or 9-inch square baking dish or 2-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  3. Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling it as you cook it.
  4. Stir in sloppy joe sauce; heat thoroughly.
  5. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
  6. While you are browning the ground beef, add corn muffin mix, milk, butter, and egg in a medium bowl; stir until combined.
  7. Spread corn muffin mix over beef mixture; cornbread may not cover the meat completely.
  8. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, and a toothpick stuck in the corn muffin comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

Original Recipe: Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake