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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 – Steamed 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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30DC: 10 + 11

Have 11+ days already passed since I first starting blogging on this WordPress site? It’s amazing how time slips through your fingers when you’re not fully aware of day and night. Yes, I sleep and wake up at my usual time for work, but I don’t realize when the trickles of light enter the horizon or when they slowly fade away. I’m not sure if I’m not being observant, or because my mind if preoccupied with other matters, but, it just seems like summer (or my life in general) has been slipping away. But, I’ll be writing about that tomorrow.

Onto the 30 day challenge…

Day 10: Put your music player on shuffle and write down the 10 song that play

*Note: Since reformatting Winston (le computer), I haven’t downloaded any music back onto it, so I’ve been relying on various radio stations on Pandora…. and this is what it has given me (all liked music, by the way!)

  1. No light, No light by Florence + the Machine
  2. Hands all Over by Maroon 5
  3. Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  4. Piggy bank by Never Shout Never
  5. She is Love  by Parachute
  6. Boston by Augustana
  7. Turn on Billi by The Pierces
  8. Make it Mine by Jason Mraz
  9. These Walls by Teddy Geiger
  10. Porcelain by Patrick Stump

After the 15th or so song that Pandora played the music tempo picked up considerably — I’ve recently gotten really into post-hardcore and punk music again. Some metal too… so please give me suggestions if you love those genres too!

11: Your Family

I’m the only girl in a family of boys. Three brothers, in fact, one older than me by two years, and two younger brothers 5 years and 7 years apart respectively. My parents are still together, going strong (maybe a little too strong sometimes, if you get my drift…), and I live with my grandparents and one of my aunts.

At one point, a decade or more so ago, in the tradition of a traditional Vietnamese family, I lived in a house with my grandparents, two aunts, three uncles, and my own immediate family. Yes. That’d be 12 people in a house. And it was great (for the most part). I miss having a big family, but at the same time, it’s nice to hear myself think.

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This post hasn’t been particular interesting, I think, but in the spirit of a challenge, I felt the need to write on the prompts, however mundane my answers seem to be. I’ve been up to a lot lately – mainly broadening my experiences through the written word and contemplating. Tomorrow is a new day filled with events, however, so hopefully that’ll give me a well needed rest from my thoughts. Time will tell.

So, I’ll leave you with this, dear reader: how do you “stop” thinking?

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