02; serious motivation

As I’m sitting here with my organic, homemade mint tea (a few mint leaves my dad picked from the garden and ¬†hot water), there are a few things that I am realizing. One, I need an herb garden like my grandma’s when I have a permanent location, and two, I’m pretty good at starting things but very bad at completing unless I have a serious motivator. For example, this past quarter I took 22 units. My motivator? Cum lade when I graduate – all things considering I only had two more quarters to attempt the high marks. And guess what? At least I know that when I put my head to something, it works out. This quarter I had a 4.0 ūüôā

Anyways, since I’ve green home, I’ve had this crazy hankering to be fit again. And I realized that, even though i have eaten reasonably healthy and have done some exercising, its not regimented enough to get me where I need to be.

And so, here is my list of “I’m Bribing Myself with Gifts so I can Loose Weight, While Stimulating the Economy”… Yeah. Needs a better name.

*for every 10lb lost, make a bracelet commemorating the achievement. I’m starting at 180, and am going to be getting this bracelet done. Picture to come ūüôā

  • CW: 180
  • Gw1: 175 – 1 new CD for working out
  • Gw2: 170 – Yoga mat holder
  • Gw3: 165 – cover for nexus
  • Gw4: 160 – “train like a beast, look like a beauty” top or something similar
  • Gw5: 155 – Concert or musical tickets
  • Gw6: 150 – one new workout outfit (top, bra, and pants), 2 CDs
  • Gw7: 145 – HP series in EBook form
  • Gw8: 140 – hair cut, color, and Mani OR pedi
  • Gw9: 135 – new pair of jeans, one new set of workout clothes if needed
  • Gw10: 130 – ¬†full body massage/spa day
  • Gw11: maintain 130 for 2 months – new pair of running shoes, one new workout outfit (top, bra, pants), one new complete outfit (Top, shoes, bottoms, outerwear, undergarments)
  • UGW1/Gw12: 120 – $200 shopping spree (anything)
  • Gw13: maintain 120 for 3 months – weekend getaway

Yeah. I think with this kinda motivation, I can do it ūüėÄ

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So after doing this exercise¬†last night, my quads have a nice slight burn when I flex, and my calves are just¬†no bueno. On top of that, did some additional calf raises (3 sets of 15) so everything is extra… achy.

Anyways. If you didn’t guess already, I’m kinda of a foodie. As defined by Google,

Foodie. epicure: a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink).

Without exception, here’s my daily dose of (healthy) food porn from my meals today.

IMG_3309Oatmeal Banana Bars, Juice, Greek yogurt w/ Chia seeds (with honey and granola)

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Warm Kale salad with cherry tomatoes, roasted squash and beets and pita chips

IMG_3307Afternoon snack! Most delicious and carried me over for about two hours through my afternoon slump

Okay. I admit. chia seeds look like bugs when they’re hydrated, but the sheer fact that they are tasteless and generally very soft when hydrated, you don’t really notice them in whatever food you’re eating (and the fact that they boast omega 3’s is nice).

Do you guys have anything you like to eat to carry you through the day?

 

Re/boot

Okay, so I admit I’m a desert-er of sorts when the times get tough. Or, actually, when I’m just too busy to consistently find inspiration/time/a desire to do anything for an extended amount of time. Thankfully, it’s the summer. Goodbye 22 unit quarters! It’s a time for a 9-5 job, a steady paycheck, and evenings to myself.

Which, thankfully, brings to me to here and now. About three months ago I bought myself a juicer in hopes that I could garner enough willpower to do a 7 day juice cleanse. But alas! It ended up a 1 day event, with a few mornings thrown in for good measure. However, as the title of the post suggests, this is both a reboot for the blog and a reboot for my new healthier lifestyle.  Notice that I wrote lifestyle, instead of diet, because 1) it sounds more permanent 2) has a better connotation to it and 3) just sounds lovelier.

So, on to the so-called lifestyle change, I juiced last night:

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Super juice!

If you can’t see – two carrots, one small cucumber, half an apple, and a handful of baby kale yielded about one serving of 12 ounces of delicious juice. For those that want to start juicing – or have and just stopped – I highly recommend my¬†concoction. It’s sweet and refreshing, and¬†definitely¬†doesn’t feel like you’re giving anything up. If you want, and I did, add a knob of ginger to boost up the drink. Gateway drink? Me thinks so.

So I juiced up two mason jars, had one for breakfast (super cold with extra ice) and it lasted me from 8AM-2PM. Then I had lunch:

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(to be fair, I only had half of those pita chips, and the sandwich like thing you see is half of one of Costco’s chicken bakes. For the love of all things, if you get one of them ever, eat half. It’s 810 calories!)

And dinner came around and my mom and I teamed up to make one of my favorite dishes, ever РSteamed teriyaki salmon with vegetables.

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It’s not cooked yet, but it’s still pretty!

YUM! The salmon and vegetables are bundled in foil (or parchment paper) and baked. When you take it out of oven, everything is steamed to perfection. Interested?

And, of course, while waiting for the food to finish in the oven, juiced for tomorrow…

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Squash, carrots, cucumbers, apples, and kale

With left over kale – my brother went to the Farmer’s market and brought back a lot of produce – I made a warm kale salad with roasted beets and squash. Picture tomorrow!

And now, it’s time to exercise before my night activities.

Ciao lovelies! I promise to write more often, seeing that blogging my journey to a healthy lifestyle is actually one of my main motivators of change – there’s a sense of¬†permanency¬†to document the journey. After all, if I make it to the end within a reasonable amount of time, there’ll be a lot of goodies. More on that later.

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wowZERS

I’m so bad (bad to the bone).

To be honest, I’ve been so busy that I’ve slightly forgotten about this site. Between fraternity life, having a boyfriend, and doing 20 units, I think I’m just slightly burnt out.

But I *promise* to come back. There’s been a lot on my head and there’s no better way than to write out all your¬†frustrations, right?

Over & out until next time! 

30DC: DAY 30!!!

Cue lights! Cue streamers! CUE THE EXCITEMENT!

This is the last post on the 30 day challenge, which, if you’ve been keeping up with this site (that was sarcasm),¬†that means that I’ve completed my first internet challenge!

(And the crowd goes wild!!!)

Day 30: One thing you’re excited about

I think, in my usual (as of late manner) it’s much easier to say¬†what I’m not excited about,¬†but that would be a bit drab and pessimistic. And, I don’t I’d get a lot of happy readers that way.

So. What am I excited about?

The fact that, even though I’ve been completely stressed out of my mind and just want to punch a wall and eat lots and lots (and lots and lots) of chocolate and consume boba, I have yet to snap at someone. That, in itself,¬†is such a big accomplishment.

If you knew me prior to this year, you’d say that I’ve grown up. Like, taking my first steps, learning to use the john, and eat spaghetti without swimming in it, proud. For a 5′ & 1 3/4″ there’s quite a bit of pent up anger,¬†frustration¬† and hate seething through my veins.

I guess this change of events¬†might be attributed to my whole Zen, breathe twice before you speak, frame of mind, but I’ve been pretty… lax? as of late. Maybe that’s the description, or maybe, I just don’t give a fuck. Either way, I’ve found, retrospectively, that I haven’t been a raging (well, somewhat)¬†psychopath¬†trying to make everyone happy.

That’s one thing. I’ve realized that you can’t appease everyone, and that trying to is only going to make your hair turn grey (no offense to pepper heads. I hope I look as good as you do when the time comes) prematurely and really isn’t healthy. Maybe I’m being selfish and thinking that… hey, maybe I don’t have to keep explaining myself¬†when you are just going to keep pushing me down.¬†Negativity¬†is such a bad thing to feed upon.

Oh – to anyone that has stopped by in the last few weeks and see that I haven’t posted — I haven’t forsaken this site!! I’ve just been busy moving into my apartment and getting back into the swing of school, personal, and fraternal life. And, let me tell you, that is a whole ball of mess that I’m not¬†altogether¬†(although, probably will) excited to write about.

Anyhow… I’m squeezing in this¬†explanatory¬†post as I’m waiting for my class to start.. and as it seems to be starting soon, so…

TOODLES!

*end scene.

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30DC: Day 29

I actually really like this prompt, which is probably why I’m writing it now.

5 weird things you like

  • ZOMBIES. In theory, not in reality (nor in practicality). Out of all the late-night creepy crawlers, I’m pretty sure that I could deal with zombies over, let’s say, the oogey-boggey man (The Nightmare Before Christmas¬†is forever etched in my mind).

And, because well, zombie heros sounds so much cooler

  • AVOCADO¬†“MILK” SHAKES/SMOOTHIES. Don’t hate until you try it. It’s so utterly sweet and delicious, and¬†despite¬†the fact that it looks like puke, you won’t be regurgitating it anytime soon. I actually chug this down pretty quickly…

(click for a link – the Vietnamese version uses condensed milk, which replaces the need for milk & sugar)

  • CRAWDADDIES. Some people think it’s pretty gross, since crawdaddies (crawfish) live in the muck and mire, but if you’d only image them as mini lobsters, it makes it sound so much more appealing. But, I don’t stop at just¬†nibbling¬†at the tail meat, I slurp¬†all the way¬†into the top¬†portion, where all the flavor’s at.

(I try not to look into their eyes while I’m eating them up. Makes for a better eating experience)

  • BALANCING THE LIGHT SWITCH BETWEEN ON/OFF. Probably really bad for the electrical circuits, but I love tettering between the two options, in total¬†suspense¬†if the lights are going to turn on. I’ve seriously spent about 5 minutes doing this at one point because it was so fun. Yes, I’ll tell you, it doesn’t take much to entertain me…
  • and last, but not least, PRESSING MY FACE TO JUST-PRINTED PAPER/just dried clothes.

Anything weird that you like or do?¬†I’d like to know I’m not a complete wacko ūüėČ

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30DC: 15-28

Ah, shit. I’m really bad at this updating thing. But, in my defense, it’s been pretty hectic since I last wrote something. I’m in my last few days in the northern part of CA before jetting off to school again (which, in all honesty, I’m am very much excited for). But, holy guacamole. 14 days have passed?! That’s an entire novel right there that I could have written! In internet land… that’s,¬†like, CENTURIES!

But, hey – a novel I will write now in attempts to catch up! I guess, after this post, there will be only¬†two more posts until I’ve “finished” this challenge. Finished, being used, as a very loose term.

Post is kinda picture heavy. You’ve been forewarned (although your browser has probably already loaded them all by now, just thought I’d be¬†courteous)

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Day 15: Your zodiac/horoscope and if you think it fits you

I’m a Scorpio, for all of your horoscope lovin’ web-netter’s out there that can garner a person’s personality from how/what they write about. And this is what my zodiac¬†says about me (just bullets… if I had copied and pasted everything it would have been too long to post).

Taken verbatim from Zodiac Signs Astrology.

Scorpio Astrology October 23 – November 21

  • series of extremes, they can even be downright moody for no apparent reason
  • excellent memory and combined with an inability to let things go
  • persistent and determined
  • Scorpios are fierce competitors, combined with their powers of observation and their excellent memory, they will recall facts and when necessary, bring them to the table at the time of need
  • ¬†all about intensity and contradictions
  • Scorpios are all about control, they need to be in control at all times. To be out of control is very threatening, even dangerous to the Scorpio’s psyche, when they control, they feel safe.

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16: Something you always think “what if” about

what if…

  • the world was color blind?
  • humans weren’t at the top of the food chain?
  • fairy tales were real?
  • I had a Big Mac¬†right now? Would my stomach reek revenge on me?! (I’ve been a vegetarian for about 5 years now…)
  • I had to live my life on repeat (but not a day, specifically. Let’s say, a week or a month. Just to be interesting.)

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17: Something you are proud of

Making my own planner/notebook/journal. No, seriously. It’s friggin’ baller, and will get it’s own post very soon

(Sneak peak!)

Pardon that it’s a bit yellow – there’s little lighting where I am right now.

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18: A problem that you have had

Forgetting things. “It’s in my horoscopic nature” you may say. If you do one thing to¬†extremely¬†irk me off, you betcha that 50 years down the road I’m still going to be peeved. But, thankfully, I do forgive easily, especially if you bake me a chocolate cake. Just don’t serve it with arsenic & dolly it up with old lace.

Get it??

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19: Five items that you lust for

Nexus 7 (but getting it soon!) This is pretty much my first Anti-Apple large-statement purchase… Yes, I realize that leaving the Apple sphere to join into the Droid cult is essentially the same move (ie. joining another following), but with the string of recent Apple moves lately, I’ve been thinking that they’ve become a little bit too bit for my liking (pretty sure this statement is going to bite me in the ass sometime down the road).

  • Boba! Because you can never have enough…. a delicious,¬†chewy, aromatic¬†concoction¬†served with a side of diabetes.

 

 

  • A (nice looking) (sturdy) (will look better after aging) leather messenger bag. Oh! Like this one

Because nothing is better than quality meeting functionality & aesthetics

Um, that’s pretty much it. I haven’t really lusted for anything all summer due to the fact that I’m trying to be as content as possible with everything that I currently own/have no business in purchasing/should really detach myself from worldly¬†processions. I’ll probably get these items (erm, the boba and messenger bag, that is) eventually, but at the expense of tossing/donating something else.

Oh – did I mention? I threw out an entire box (about 30 articles of clothing) last week. No picture though, sadly, as I was in this frenzy of “need to get it out of my sight and into the hands of Goodwill extra-extra-extra quick before I regret something” From start to finish (including unloading the car at Goodwill, I probably¬†de cluttered¬†in 15 mins.¬†Now, that’s what I call productivity!

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20: Your fears

I guess I’ll put the most practical:¬†graduating with a B.Arch degree realizing that I learned little, and can’t find a job in a related field.¬†Oh, and¬†not getting into a Master’s program and excelling.

And, (this is on my over arching bucket list) not traveling to Japan. That would make me so utterly devastated

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21:¬†how you hope you’re future is like

I hope it’s filled with rainbows, stars, and pixie dust.

But, no, seriously, I just hope I’m happy and get to do what I want instead of feeling obligated to follow the every whim of the people around me.

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22: Your academics

I’m studying Architecture… so I’m not sure exactly what this prompt is looking for?

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23: Something that you miss

Fried chicken from Popeye’s. I grew up with it in Texas and it was such a delight to eat. But since giving up meat, I still crave it in my dreams sometimes…

I hope you don’t think I’m kidding – yes, I could start eating meat again, but 1) it would totally wreck my system for the longest time, and having hives isn’t my idea of fun and 2) the only meat i would eat would be fried chicken.

So, pretty much, I’m better off with my faux Morning Start chikn ‘nuggets with lots of BBQ doused on top, practically til it becomes BBQ soup with chik’n nugget croutons on top.

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24: 5 words/phrases that make you laugh

its actually is really easy to make me laugh…. i’m not sure if i have easy button words/phrases. But, when I do find out/realize that they are making my laugh manically, I’ll have to change the answer to this prompt. But for right now? I’ll just say boobies.

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25:¬†Something you’re currently worrying about

If I’ll actually be able to stick to my monetary budget for the next year.

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26: Things you dis/like about yourself.

I love myself! What’s wrong with you?

Ha, I’m pretty sure the creator of this challenge was female, because body image/perception seems (more commonly) a female issue.

But, if i could pinpoint one thing that I disliked about myself, physically, would be that I wish both my eye lids had the american fold just because trying to eye line one “American” eye versus the “Asian” eye so that they appear even when my eyes open makes me waste so.much.eyeliner!

And one thing that I love about myself? I bake really, really well. Like, good enough to sell! I’ve actually sold around $400 in baked goods (donated after I payed myself for supplies), as well as was payed $200 to cater. Not bad for my self-taught-baker high school self!

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27: A quote you try to live by

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Specific author not known (it’s been attributed to several different people)

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28: somewhere you’d liked to move or to visit.

On my bucket list (which, until recently, has not changed in about 8 years) is to travel to Japan, Alaska, and Russia (just St. Petersburg).But, I’ve swapped out Russia for Switzerland, as my love of chocolate has grown¬†exponentially.

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WHEW! I FINISHED! Count it, 14 prompts done!

Now, if only I can make it and not get lazy on the last two…

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