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Let do this once and for all!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wow, really, May was the last time I blogged? LAME!

Well, where have I been? Super busy, actually. Working, getting cosplay ready for MetroCon in Florida (I live in Washington State), went to New York with my best friend for a vacation, finished having a major falling out with a roommate, moved, and pretty much regained everything I had painstakingly lost. So then, on August 1st, pretty much as soon as I got back from Florida, I rededicated myself.


Iíve been lazy, and know how to tweak my calories to have my junk and eat it too. No more. I put some very strict rules on myself (practically Paleo, but without the cheese), but they are WORKING for me. Iím almost 7 pounds down this monthÖ Iíve almost made up all the damage I did. Which seems CRAZY to me because it took me 6 months to lose those 8 pounds last time! (But then, when I lost those, it was SLOW because I was still eating all the crap I could fit into my tracker)

Todayís lunch was almond meal coated chicken fingers, with slices of raw tomatoes, with a light dusting of salt. DELICIOUS. The leftovers are lunch tomorrow, since Iím staying through lunch at work for the rest of this week.

Iím ready. Iím prepared. Iím COOKING. And, maybe, this will finally be the last time.

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CANDIK48 8/29/2013 11:10AM

    Best of wishes for you and hopefully your "tweaks" will continue to give you the progress you want and the success you strive for!

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Saturday: Veggies, Wine, and about town

Monday, May 13, 2013

This weekend I spent a lot of time running around to various markets, price comparing on their veggies and organic produce.

My best friend and I started the day out heading down to the farmerís market. We stopped into Great Harvest Bread, and I got a fresh out of the oven slice of cherry-white chocolate bread (specialty of the week for Motherís Day). We went to the farmerís market, but everything there was pretty pricy. I DID get a bottle of Organic Vanilla Milk from a local dairy. Because its delicious.

After we were done there, we headed up the street to the Co-Op to price out their fruit and vegetables. Ended up getting a bag of organic chia seeds that were $2 off. Interesting texture, that.

Then we headed back down town to go to Dokata Art for ink. Sami needs to dye her wig for Fi, for our Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword cosplay coming up in July. Since we were already in the area, we headed to the Public Market where we got some fresh juice (they have an industrial juicer) and then looked at their produce. Prices pretty much the same as the Co-Op.

We went back to the car (weíd been walking around this whole time) and went home to drop stuff off. Then back into the car and to Trader Joes! Cheese and eggs priced really well at Trader Joes. I got a free little cut of coffee, and we taste-tested the item of the day; a eggplant parmesan with a really delicious tomato sauce. We ended up getting a box of the eggplant and a bottle of the sauce with the intent to make it for dinner. (I also stocked up on my favorite brand of tuna)

Then we crossed the street to the fruit and vegetable stand. WOW. The fruit and veggies were so BIG and SO well priced. This is where we will be going to get fruit and veg, hands down. (At least, until October, when they close for the winter season until April) 4 avocados for $1! Score!

Dropped stuff off in the freezer at home, and then headed out again. This time down to Fairhaven. We stopped by Abby Tea Garden for some more loose-leaf (Rose-Scented and Queen Victoria), and then went to Katieís Cupcakes to pick up a cupcake each to go with dinner. (These would later get kind of melty in the car, but still delicious!)

Our last place on the list for Fairhaven was Drizzle. A vinegar and olive oil place. BUTÖ right next door, was a wine and wine accessories place. And look! Wine tasting! So we stopped in. $5 each for 5 tastings. We figured why not! ButÖ all weíd really had to eat (and by this time it was about 2:30 in the afternoon) was a slice of bread, a tasting from Trader Joes, a cup of juice, a miniature cupcake, and a little coffee. BAM that wine hit us hard.

So we bought a bottle of white to go with our Italian dinner, and headed to drizzle. WOW, the place has really expanded! I got a refill on my California Garlic Olive Oil, and we also picked up a Cranberry-White Pear Vinegar that is SO delicious.

Now this should have been it, and we should have headed back to the car, and gone to Costco to finish our price comparison.

BUT, as we were checking out, they handed us a 2 for 1 coupon for a different wine-tasting room a block up.

So we went.

It was lots of fun and the server was really nice. But then, yeah noÖ. no driving of any kind could be had.

But I remembered a little soup, salad, and sandwich place at the top of the bookstore, so we went there and got a BellingHAM and Cheese sandwich to split. And it was DELICIOUS.

After that, we took a walk down to the pier and walked along the water until we got to Wood Coffee. I got us a Funfettie shake to split, and we chit-chat for awhile until we felt sober enough to head home.

By this time, it was going on 6pm, so we decided to forget Costco and just go home.

We made our eggplant Parmesan, cooked in a little of the garlic olive oil, over noodles and broccoli, with the sauce we bought, with our chilled wine, and a cupcake for dessert. We were the envy of all the other roommates!

In retrospect, the only thing I wish I had done differently, is get something a little lighter than the shake (but at least we split it)

In all, it was a wonderful Saturday!


Oh Bento! #4

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Broke out the cute bento boxes and such today. I have HAD this stuff awhile, I just donít USE it. But it looks so nice instead of the clean containers I have been using.

I got all this bento-making stuff back when there was still a Daiso in the mall. Its pretty nice quality too. And, predictably, all my stuff is in my favorite color!

Here is todayís lunch! SUPER delicious. Its leftover from dinner last night. Thin strips of beef cooked in sesame oil and a little teriyaki sauce with some cooked down cabbage/carrot mix. Served over Thai rive noodles (vermicelli). Then we have a cucumber and tomato mix with a little apple cider vinegar. And fresh cut watermelon. (Youíll be seeing that in my lunch all week, as I bought a whole watermelon and am cutting it up as I go)

I've noticed that my lunches are a bit bigger than any other meal of the day... but then, I don't always eat it ALL at once, and I am here at work for 9 hours. It makes more sense to eat more during the day than wait until I go home and eat around 6 or 7 at night and eat a huge meal.

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MAMAKATTORRES 5/7/2013 10:39PM

    jelly...looks great!

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Wearing a Dress, and why they are always ignored in my closet

Monday, May 06, 2013

Iíve got a confession to make. I secretly LOVE dresses and skirts. I have a whole bunch of them. Sundresses, and floral skirts, pleated skirts, business dresses, pencil skirts, skirts with awesome snaps on them, a dress I call my Star Trek dress, skirts with elastic that can be a dress OR a skirt, skirts and dresses that I fell in love with at the store and just HAD to have. I love them.

And I rarely ever wear them.

Unless itís a Ďspecialí day, or Iím dressing up on purpose, I wear jeans at home and slacks at work. With t-shirts, or work shirts (blouses/nicer shirts/sweaters). Some of my dresses still have the tags on them.

Why? Is it more comfortable? Eh. About the same. Though I always am more concerned about getting my dresses dirty than my black slacks. Is it more work? Oh yes. If Iím wearing a dress at work, Iím wearing nylons. Which means Iíve stopped being lazy and have shaved my legs. Shaved legs too, for a skirt, even if Iím not wearing tights. But thatís the only real Ďtime consumingí thing that comes from a dress or skirt.

Am I just lazy then? Is that all thatís keeping me from Ďdressing upí?

Well, no, I donít think so.

I judge myself harder, when Iím wearing a dress or a skirt.

Am I having a fat day? Does this make me look lumpy? Whatever. Throw pants and a shirt and forget about it. But if itís a dress? I look at myself from every angle and if I donít like what I seeÖ I run and change into a shirt and pants. And if I DO go to work anyway in the dress? I tend to think about it constantly.


Is it because the dress/skirt is more feminine? And I WANT to look nice in it? And pants and a shirt are so normal that I donít even really worry how it looks? (Even when it looks NICE too)

And Iíve got dresses and skirts bought at such DIFFERENT weights too. Iíve got ones bought and worn (once) at my lowest around 150, and Iíve got dresses I bought a few months ago when I was about 8-ish pounds heavier. Iím wearing one of those today.

So, I think, especially now that the weather is getting so nice (indeed, I got a sunburn over the weekend) thatís going to be one of my new goals. Wear a dress or skirt at least once a week.

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    About half the shirts I own and nearly all my jeans have the same effect on me. (Despite my being a guy) I don't feel comfortable wearing them.

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STITCHINGNAN 5/6/2013 9:09PM

    I have started wearing skirts again , I am sure I make more effort with my general appearance in a skirt, it's so easy to pull on pants and a top but I never feel smart in them, I have one dress which I love but am saving it for a special occasion,! Why! I do not know. Everything is so casual now . But I am making an effort to smarten up and feel good about myself . You wear what you feel happiest in, Irene emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 5/6/2013 5:38PM

    o my you sound like me. And now that I'm retired I rarely wear dresses for sure!!!

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My First 5K

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I went on m first 5K today!

Okay, I walked it. It took JUST under an hour. But I did it. And it was pretty fun. My roommate went with me, and we chatted the whole walk.

I think my shoulders are a little sunburned. It WAS the first really nice, sunny weekend we've had all this year.

After the 5K, I took the bus down to see my sister and we did lunch, and then walked around town, which was really fun too. More walking tomorrow morning around Lake Padden planned!

I wish I had a pedometer!

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CERULEANTEAR 5/15/2013 7:49PM

    Congrats on your first 5k!

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PJ2222 5/4/2013 8:44PM

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SFREY217 5/4/2013 8:41PM

    Congratulations !!! On your 1st 5K. Keep up the good work. It gets addictive when you beat you best time as you get better and faster. I did my first sprint triathlon last weekend and it was fun to try something new. I too started out doing 5Ks and worked up to the Tri.

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