Saturday, August 18, 2012
Hello everyone! I'm so thrilled to be back online and here at Spark. I hope all of you have stuck with me and will continue to cheer me on through my weight loss journey. It's been very stressful the last few months as my husband has had two companies urging him to work for them. While it's a blessing and we're incredibly thankful, it is stressful trying to decide which one to go for since they are on different parts of the nation. One was in California, which I have always wanted to move to ever since I was young. The second one was in Virginia, a place we have visited and enjoyed. My husband finally after months of hectic conversations and mulling over which one to chose finally chose right before we went to Hawaii. In Hawaii, my Japanese sister got married and we had a wonderful time celebrating with my Japanese family and new "in-laws". When we got back, my husband finally sent out a signed contract and now we are moving to VA. Right now we are having numerous problems trying to find a rental house that is a nice quality but not over priced. Apparently the realtors we talked to said that there was a million available last month and this month there is nothing. Even the towhouse and apartments are all taken up - never even heard of that, yikes!
So, that's my life in a small paragraph as of this summer. We haven't had much of a summer let alone have I been working out like normal for this time of year. But, I am hoping if we can find a house and finally move (which has to be done by the 31st of this month), I will be less stressed and my headaches will go away.
I hope everyone will stick with it through my non-correspondence, I cherish everyone's support through it all. Plus, I can't wait to read what I have been missing with all of you. For now though, I'm off to run in the sunshine before it gets cold again.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Did everyone get to see the Transit of Venus? So amazing! It's always one of those "must do" things since it's only going to happen, oh, once in our lifetime. The husband and I have been looking forward to this event for a few weeks now and finally when the day came around to it, it was cloudy. Thankfully we went ahead at the last minute and went to our nearby lake lookout which was having a viewing event and had a good time. The clouds whisked themselves away and we were left with the viewing of Venus right in the middle of the sun. Even though it looked just like a black dot, it was quite remarkable to think it was another planet in between us and the sun.
So anyways, the hubby and I made a protein packed dinner for two and went to have a nice picnic. It was a bit windy but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. We didn't get much exercise in but that's okay because we can only use this excuse once in our life, so we might as well use it when we can...
Breakfast: I've been trying new things for breakfast. The husband found a box of Malt o Meal at the store the other day and wanted to try it again. His parents used to make this all the time when he was young and he has fond memories of it. I read the outside package and wasn't turned off by the natural ingredients (minus a few preservatives) so I said okay. Now I'm trying to get used to it but haven't gotten the taste for it yet. I have tried various things in it but today was Sesame Fig Jam from Israel. It gives a nice flavor. I forgot to take a photo - sorry. I also had Michigan Cherry Coffee.
Lunch: Today was leftover day and miso. I made the miso in a large batch so that we could have enough for dinner too. I just love having it daily. I added so many things to it as you can see... My favorite is Korean Sundried wakame and Chinese White Fungus in it. Mmmm To the side I had leftover Japanese potatoes, cabbage and onions. For a cold drink I had leftover Michigan Cherry coffee with Trader Joes' unsweetened almond milk and a little brown sugar.
Snack: Leftover Flourless Citrus Mint Chocolate Chip cookies and a cup of milky tea (again with Trader Joes Unsweetened Almond Milk and brown sugar)
Picnic Dinner: Japanese Red Miso with Chinese white fungus, Korean dried wakame, carrots, onions and American radishes. We also had a traditional Japanese tofu "scramble" that contained a few Japanese sauces, tofu, carrot and fresh spinach. Alongside these two plates we had Korean brown rice and Korean sun-dried, salted seaweed. For dessert we had an apple each. Nom nom nom
For a snack after getting back from the event, we went ahead and make 1/2 c popcorn to share between the two of us. We make it on the stove instead of in the microwave.
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