Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Giveaway!

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Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 27 (SPF 42) by Missha M

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Back to Blogging

The past week has been such a head-jammer: Thanksgiving, then post-Thanksgiving duties, appointments and a million exams.  I'm in the homestretch at school.  Exactly 2 weeks of classes left, and 10 days of exams.  It's a tough road but I see the light!

The diet hasn't been entirely atrocious but not the best either.  I've decided not to stress about it so much.  With my demanding schedule and goals, I can't commit as much as it takes to lose the weight I want and need to, but that's okay.  My priority is school and my career right now, not my physique.  When my schedule loosens up a bit, I'll refocus on the exercise and diet.

There are 33 days left of the year.  What are your 33 day resolutions?

Mine are:

  1. Finish school with flying colors
  2. Budget my Christmas expenses
  3. Moderate my food intake
  4. Exercise 3x/week
  5. Get at least 5.5-6 hours sleep/night

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Abdominal Pain.
I did Zumba for the FIRST time today and wowjeezus, my body is feeling it.  Especially my abs.  Maybe it's aggravated by PMS? I dunno, but it hurts.  (sorry, tmi?)
Anyways.. Hot d@mn, that is a hard workout!

I got a private zumba first-timers lesson from a Zumba/Pilates/Personal Trainer at MIT.  She's an awesome awesome trainer.  If anyone's in the area and interested, just shoot me an email and I'll get you her info.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


A few months ago, I had a falling out with a group of my closest girlfriends.  We've known each other since grade school, so basically we've known each other longer than we haven't.  I'm not going to go into the details of the fall out but it suffices to say it all happened due to betrayal, I was on the betrayed end and I'll leave it at that.  I wasn't sure/ready to just get over it and move forward so I just took my space and focused on my life.  Recently, I decided to forgive even if it didn't feel like the easiest thing to do, and extended my olive branch.  I thought, after our history, we would figure out a way to patch things up.  It turns out I was wrong. No one took hold of my branch and it looks like it's really the end for now.  Of course I'm disappointed.  I've known these girls forever but I can't force them to do anything, nor can I change what happened.  The only thing I can do is to internally forgive the whole situation, let go of all the negativity and move forward.

The same is true with my own hurdles.  In the past, I've set up big goals for myself only to swing and miss and I get pretty bummed about it.  Striking out is a statistical expectation but emotionally, you are never really ready or expecting it, and it takes a toll.  It chips away at your own self-confidence and pride.  The thing is-- that is all normal.  We are human, we are supposed to keep striking out until we hit the homer.  (Don't know why I'm so into sports analogies these days, sorry!).  We've just gotta keep getting up, dusting yourself off, and trying again.  Most importantly, we need to forgive ourselves for the screwing up.  I personally find that last part the hardest.  I really get in my own way!

Since it is Thanksgiving, I started thinking about all I have to be thankful for this year, which turns out to be a lot!  Then I started to think about how much I've disappointed myself.. which makes my stomach sink, but what's also obvious is that those disappointments are nothing in comparison to all the blessings in my life.  Now, let me just say- I'm not one of those people where a light goes off and my feelings suddenly change.  It takes time for me but I'm proud to say that I do have the ability to analyze my emotions with my logical side and even if it's slowly, do a little work on the more irrational.  Anyways, this post is about forgiveness.  Forgiveness in order to find thankfulness.  The little things that irk you? Those can be let go.  The things that you're thankful for? Those cannot.  Just think about it.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Random but true

This family looks like a commercial.  Down to every last detail.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

No Excuses.

This evening, I hit a breaking point during my studying.  I have so much on my plate right now - 6 classes plus work and trying to maintain my sanity...well that last one is the hardest.  And tonight, I just lost it.  The proverbial 'straw' was a moldy sweet potato. Let me explain.

After the GRE on Friday, I had a delicious dinner and then went straight to bed. As soon as I woke up on Saturday morning (at 4:30am!), I started my homework and studying. I grabbed chips, bread, instant noodles (basically any easy carb to snack on) and ate mindlessly as I kept studying through the entire day (and evening).  The same thing was on the bar for today. (side note: I've been sitting so much that my butt literally feels bruised).

By the evening, I had eaten every junky carb in the kitchen/pantry (which I know, is totally gross!).  This should have been a red flag, but.. sigh.. it wasn't.  Anyways, after all the junk eating I wanted something warm and slightly healthier and something that I could make in less than 5 minutes.  I nuked a sweet potato, and once it was ready, I removed in from the microwave with a paper towel.  I rushed back to my desk, panicking at the realization that I'd lost 5 minutes.  Without even looking down at the potato, I started eating it and studying at the same time (bad!).  Only at the end of the potato eating, I started to realize it had a funny texture.  It was then that I looked down and realized.. holy crap, I was eating something BLUE.  I was eating mold.  Yeah.  You read that right.   It was a small potato, so I'll be alright but the important thing was- I had just unintentionally eaten a moldy potato.  What was happening to me?

As I looked up from the BLUE potato, I saw candy & granola wrappers, literally in every nook of my desk that didn't have books on it, and in my trash, so many empty chip bags, that I flushed with embarrassment.  Now, I know I said before that I would do whatever it took to hit this semester out of the park, but I had just hit into the foul zone.  Literally.  It finally clicked- what I'm doing.. well, it's gotta stop.  This is not healthy, not sane, not productive.  There is NO EXCUSE for this grossness.

Not giving myself 20 minutes to breathe in some fresh air outside or 15 minutes to whip up a healthier, more satisfying meal, not letting myself off my study chair.. none of these things were okay.  I'm not a robot.  (Even if I were, I don't think moldy potato is the right battery lol).  I've decided, NO EXCUSES, I'm not going to do this to myself anymore.  I'm going to take breaks, stretch/exercise, eat better, and LOOK at my food as I eat it.  I can't become perfectly healthy with my current workload but tonight I realized I was far beyond unhealthy.

Now, I tend to make grand plans on how to improve myself but they are usually too grand and quite unrealistic.  I am not good at working on a longterm lifestyle change but I am pretty good at tackling each day.  So here are my goals for the next 24 hours:

1. Get 30 minutes of stretching/yoga in before bed tonight
2. Eat 3 square meals tomorrow
3. Drink two 1L bottles of water tomorrow
4. Eliminate junk food, candy, gum, bars

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Popsugar box of November!

Who doesn't enjoy a lovely surprise in the mail? Not me!  I was happy to receive my Popsugar box of November today :)

An Intro Card

A few recipes for Thanksgiving!

A box of Thank-You Cards by Snow & Graham

One Credit for Stylemint

Yemen N.10 Spices by La Boite

Blood Orange Lip Balm by Mor Cosmetics

Latest Weigh -In

Weighed in at 133.6 This morning. Last time I weighed in was on 11/7, and I was at 133.2 lbs.  Considering how much pigging out I did during this 10 day span, I'm okay with the latest stats.  The calorie run down was:

Day              #   Cal   Avg  Burn  Net   Avgnet  Cum-net +/- Weight
Wednesday, 11/7 1 1450 1450 -400 1050 1050-200.0    -0.1 133.2
Thursday, 11/8 2 2000 1725 -600 1400 1225 -50.0 0.0 133.2
Friday, 11/9 3 2300 1917 -100 2200 1550 900.0 0.3 133.5
Saturday, 11/10 4 2400 2038 -100 2300 1738 1950.0 0.6 133.8
Sunday, 11/11 5 1000 1830 -400 600 1510 1300.0 0.4 133.6
Monday, 11/12 6 1300 1742 -100 1200 1458 1250.0 0.4 133.6
Tuesday, 11/13 7 1200 1664 -100 1100 1407 1100.0 0.3 133.5
Wednesday, 11/14 8 1450 1638 -200 1250 1388 1100.0 0.3 133.5
Thursday, 11/15 9 1650 1639 -300 1350 1383 1200.0 0.3 133.5
Friday, 11/16 10 1500 1625 -200 1300 1375 1250.0 0.4 133.6

My BMR is 1250 calories so I've gotta stay closer to that number when I don't have time to exercise.   Time to buckle down!  I have a photo session on the 22nd of December!

ByeBye Twinkie

Hard to believe, but it's the end of an era... of Hostess!

I guess, someone else will take up the job of producing snack cakes like these but it'll just never be the same. 

RIP Hostess..

On the other hand, have you all tried Chocopies?

They are the quintessential old-school Korean snack cake and I would argue they are even better than Hostess cakes.  If you're nearby a Korean grocery store, pick up a box and give 'em a try!

Friday, November 16, 2012


Took the GRE today, and now I'm dunzo!  I'm so tired, I can barely see straight.  Time to rest it up before getting back on the work saddle tomorrow.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

GRE Day!

12:30pm EST Friday the 16th, is when my brain will be hitting it out of the park on this exam. Hollah! Lets get this party started! J/K- I'm going to bed now to rest up!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Status at 11:05pm EST

Back at home and studying again. 

I was at school studying/going to classes 6:30am to 5pm, went to work from 5-9pm, then had a late dinner.  Just got home, and now it's studying time.  Head- achey.  Yuck.

I haven't been able to work out since Saturday.  Like I said, I'm doing whatever it takes!  I gotta admit though, I'm excited for a session with my trainer tomorrow and then hopefully a weekend including exercise! I miss my gym!!!

Loving Winter & Correcting my Game

Some of my winter favorites are: chunky sweaters, boots, Christmasy desserts, Christmas(!), snowmen, gingerbread cookies, down parkas and... Starbucks Red cups!

I don't know why, but they really cheer me up a lot!

Anyways, I'm at school early today (got here at 6:30) to get some work done (which I haven't gotten to yet) that's due today.  I know.. last minute preparation, but hey it's better than no preparation!  I'm kind of off my study game lately, and something's gotta be done about that. I've just been so distracted!    Then I end up losing sleep due to inefficiency, stressing like crazy in my attempts (note: not successful oftentimes) to cram last minute and just falling behind.  I know I have a lot on my plate.  6 Classes and a 30hour/week job, but I should still be managing my time better.

The truth is I am not 100 % efficient when I'm studying (or trying to) at home. I'd like to think I concentrate just as well at home as I do at school or a library, but the harsh truth is I usually can't/ don't.  I get distracted by things and people around me, the option of making myself something yummy, internet shopping, etc.  Maybe it's just too darn comfy.  Since I need to finish this semester with a bang, I will be shuttling me and my books to school or library now. Yipee?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Current Craving


Status at 2:30am EST

Status at 12:54am

Status at 10:30pm EST

Yes, my computer and I are in love.  Don't judge.

Currently Craving

Double stuff Oreos.. again
Fresh-out-of-the-oven Apple pie with Haagen dazs Vanilla bean ice cream and maybe a dollop of home-made whipped cream?
Sweet Ice Tea
Watermelon Italian Ice
Bear Claw from Starbucks
Frosted Strawberry Poptarts
Butter Croissant

I mean, I crave these things but half of them sound gross to me too.  Weird.

Elmo?!! Twinkie Diet?

I really have a tough time believing this, nor do I want to!

Has anyone seen the movie Being Elmo?

On an entirely different note, I can't believe I hadn't seen this headline until now:

Twinkie diet helps nutrition 

professor lose 27 pounds

Yup I'm headed out for a snoball.  J/k... I think?


I have WAY too many blogs on my Google reader.

It's time to let them go.  Detox time. Byebye time-consuming, procrastination-source!

Here's to a simplified (hey, it's all relative) blog roll.

If you can't read the little writing in the circle, I went from 676 Subscriptions to ... (drumroll please) 186 Subscriptions!  < Patting myself on the back now:P >

Currently Craving


Hit the Gym & Post-workout Sauna!

Spa day - Manipedi, facial, massage.. the whole shabang!


Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

Ginger bread
Pumpkin Scone
Filet mignon
Truffle Fries
Margarita pizza IN Italy
Flourless Chocolate souffle

Back to studying

Woke up at 5:30, had 2/3 Japanese Mountain Yam for breakfast, started studying and had a purple yam and the other half of my cantaloupe from yesterday at 9:30am as a larger snack.  These purple yams are so delicious and anti-cancerous! Way better than my weekend junk foods!

Back to studying...

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Did a quick 40 min workout from Exercise TV, gave my dog a thorough bath, and now I'm back to studying with a mini lunch of coffee and Japanese sweet potato. Healthy & yummy.

Then half a cantaloupe

Food-Hangover Breakfast

2 cups of Delicioso Coffee with milk

1 Toasted bagel -plain, nothing on top.
The Bagels by Alvarado Street  are the healthiest, most natural type of bagel you can get!
Luckily they have a nice texture and good flavor too!

Thank you

If you've ever been to Vegas, you know the gross & sick feeling you have in the morning after a much-too long night of dancing, drinking, eating.  Yeah, that's how I feel right now.  Tots gross.

Ms. Toronto Runner has inspired me to get in a a$$ kicking workout this morning.
But first...

This little one is begging to go out for a walk.  Yep, that's her Christmas garb.  She's a little ahead of schedule :P  

Most importantly though, I want to recognize and express my gratitude for all of those serving and who have served our country, in the pursuit of preserving what we are continually able to recognize as God given rights and liberties. 

Thank you.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


But so gooooood

Happy Saturday!

I got up this morning yearning for a big, greasy meal to cure my post indulgence hangover, but I held back and whipped up some High protein banana muffins instead:

Yummy yummy.  They were a little on the denser side but much better than the mushiness I've had in the past.  Recipe: 3 bananas, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tp baking powder, 4 egg whites, 1 cup Atkins baking flour, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder.  I mixed up all the Ingredients, poured it into a muffin try, and popped it into the oven at 360 deg F for 15 min.  Golden brown perfection.  Go ahead, give it a try :) 150 calories each!

Now I'm ready to hunker down for a day full of studying (and a good sweat sess later today!)

Friday, November 9, 2012

ICF = Indulged Cravings Friday

We all deserve a little indulgence, especially at the end of the week!

I had a little bit of this:

Chinese Pork filled steamed buns 

Bread from Clear Flour Bread Bakery, dipped in Olive oil - yummm

Chocolate wafers 

Neuhaus chocolates.  Best in the world!

Korean Ramen.  I cannot live without spice. 

Yeah, I know it's a lot but we all need break days.  Back to clean eating tomorrow :) Happy Friday everyone!

Hit the Gym

Yesterday I hit the gym for the first time in a while!  I mean, I have a little exercise area at home where I do my workout DVDs and basic hand weights/bands, but going to the gym is a whole different animal.  To add madness to the fury, I had a training session with a friend trainer of mine.  She just had me do basic things plus some interval training and initially I thought it wasn't so bad.  Then... I got home. I was so hungry last night (hence the kit kat cave in) and sooo tired.  Studying didn't happen past midnight (but I'm hoping to make up for it this morning!)  But hot D@mn, I feel good!  The sore muscles.. love it!

Anyways, Happy Friday everybody!  With a long weekend coming up, I'm planning on a lot of sleep, a lot of studying and a lot more exercise!  How about you guys?

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Currently Craving

Tasti D Lite fro yo
Slice of NY Cheese pizza
bucatini pasta with homemade red sauce
Korean ramen with kimchi

Gave into my Kitkat cravings- had a big pack but now I'm all set on that craving for a while!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Double whammy: Clean House & Burn 100 calories!

I was inspired by Giuliana Rancic's Fabfitfun newsletter for the day.  I thought all of you guys should know!

To burn a quick 100 calories, Do some:

Duration (min)
25 min
15 min
20 min
25 min
Giving a full body massage / Getting it on
however long you need. I'm not setting a time limit! 
Washing the car
18 min (&save a few $!)
Walking to the local cafe
20 min
Washing the dog
14 min
Getting your shop on
25 min

Now. go double-task!

Currently Craving

Strawberry cheesecake
Twix bar
Cinnamon French toast
Corn bread

Give away!

Here's another giveaway for the week!

It's the Cabana Glama Make up set by Benefit!

Just post a comment by Saturday morning :)

Weigh in Wednesday

Okay considering all the Halloween candy binges I've been on!

Time to scale it back!