GOLDCHOCOBO's SparkPeople Blog GOLDCHOCOBO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My love of Quinoa. And a bit of an update! I'm here! I really am! <BR> <BR> I've been working really hard! My job is going okay. I have a performance review on the 10th! This is kind of scary, but I hope I do really well! It means a lot to me. <BR> <BR> With the holidays coming, I have christmas shopping and have quite a few presents bought. The job helps. I had to repair my car too, but I am so glad I have new brakes, wipers, battery, and fluids. I have a wonderful dealership that was very honest and understanding to my nee... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:40:15 EST News and a Question about a Gym So I got a job. It's a bit further of a drive than my old job, and I am terrified of screwing it up, and new jobs are terrifying in general, but I start July 30th in the lab business again. It's exciting. I am a girl that actually likes working. I even missed complaining about a job. I felt so left out. <BR> <BR> I would listen to my boyfriend rant about his such and such a customer was just awful, or this one coworker never shows up on time etc and I caught myself saying "At ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:05:32 EST Summer is Here in Full Force! I just got the stupidest craving for a hot dog right now. It's 11am! What? That will pass. It always does. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to try some Pilates moves. I used to do Pilates and hated it. But that's before I felt productive after working out. After I drive my boyfriend to work, I will find a Pilates vid on here. I say this so that I will actually do it. I have been pretty lazy lately. Last night we had Popeyes chicken. Yeah, that's pretty bad. I just rid myself of the ext... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 12:03:35 EST Girls Will Understand. I'll admit, I havent been very active on here. I have ran a couple of times, but this awful heatwave hit and I just couldnt. My body is having a hell of a time adjusting to the heat this summer.... I have to take it really slow. The other day I had dizzy spells. Am I drinking 'too much' water? We buy the bottles and I drink about 4 a day, but I'm sweating too so I feel like Im losing water too... I just need to listen to what my body is trying to say I guess. I actually enjoy drinking... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:10:52 EST Let's Not Lie... does us no good. <BR> <BR> And these images go to show that even those blessed in the figure-department are just like us. <BR> <BR> Kim K wore a tight black leather dress to a talk show a short while ago: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love or hate her, she knows what she's got. <BR> <BR> She also is slightly delusional in thinking we believe her antics. She still insists she's a size 4. Well her 'Size 4" dress ripped up ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:51:24 EST We've All Heard it Before.... ...So I'll spare you. I miss running, more than I will care to admit. I cut back on my running, because my brother was in town for my birthday week and the weather was H.O.T. (humid, hot, gross....I got a touch of heat faints...I can't puch myself so hard.) We ate crap, but we walked a LOT. I don't actually feel bad about that stuff, but I feel bad about the drinking. In excess. I had a hangover at one point. Oh well, you only turn 29 once right? <BR> <BR> So the weather is cooler no... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:38:56 EST What I'm Discovering I have discovered so many great things about myself this past month.. <BR> <BR> 1) I'm not as lazy as I think. <BR> <BR> This isn't meant as a put down to myself. I just mean that I feel like I can put my mind to ANYTHING and I can get it. I feel great when I complete the tasks I set out to do. I love contributing in any way I can. In fact, when I get an interview for a job, I am going to point this out because I feel so great about it and I know it will translate into the workplace s... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:16:21 EST Cathartic Post. Nitz is very ambitious lately. He made the suggestion to run father yesterday. So we got up (he literally pushed my off the bed LOL) and we donned our running clothes and away we went. We ran about 3K. At one point, I caught up to him, LOL. At another point, I felt this feeling of zero suffering. Suddenly, this pace wasnt even hard. I could go forever. My legs were absolutely fine. The reason we took a small break was to get our breathing under control. It's weird. My legs are fine... Mon, 14 May 2012 11:31:15 EST It's a Choice The last couple nights in a row, Nitz has been awoken by calls from his store. He is on the alarm call list if the motion sensor is triggered after hours. A mouse has woken him up at 4:30am and 3:30am on two separate days by triggering this poorly placed sensor. Nice huh? His boss was also contacted these times. Needless to say they are going to re-position the sensor so this crap doesn't happen again. Understandably, we are both groggy. I slept in today and I totally didn't mean to. <... Sat, 12 May 2012 11:56:46 EST Meet the Drill Sergeant.... I did a run on Sunday, which wasn't a scheduled cardio day, so I told myself I would take today off. But it's bothering me, which in turn scares me a little. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have to do it, or I have failed. But I don't want to be one of those "All or nothing" people. I have run twice this week and it's only Wednesday, I will finish my full body exercises and I am ahead on calorie burn this week, so why does my brain tell me that I HAVE to do it? My brain says I am meeting a frien... Wed, 9 May 2012 13:39:44 EST Back at it! Nitz told me last night we were running this morning. Yeah okay. Saturday was a rest day, and I kinda had some alcohol, so the run would help me focus and get back in the saddle again. Nitz woke me up this morning and I really didn't want to go, but I did it for him. He said he almost backed out, but he told me he would do it because I was in on this too. We were holding each other accountable I guess. <BR> <BR> He likes the evil hilly route so we did that, and I ALMOST caught him on th... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:19:30 EST Forced to Rest and Reflect ....Because of a damn power outage on my street! <BR> <BR> Nitz politely requested a ride to work today, which is fine because it forces me to get out and be conscious. So as I'm taking him to work (what is with all the idiot drivers today??) I notice the clouds are looking pretty ominous. I'd better jog now or I might get soaked. <BR> <BR> So I drop him off, come back home, and lace up. It's a beautiful day. 18 degrees and overcast. Just perfect for a jog. Just as I am texting Nitz t... Thu, 3 May 2012 16:09:29 EST Baby, I Love You So Much That I Would Run To You... I was thinking this song to myself as Nitz was up ahead of me while jogging today. He wanted to join me on a jog today, had been talking about since last night actually. He was so adamant about it, he asked if we could stop at the sports store to buy shorts. I thought for sure he was going to find an excuse, lol. But when we got home from shopping (today was his day off) he was all like "Yeah! Joggin' pants on! Lets go!" <BR> <BR> Turns out, Nitz is an excellent running partner. He ha... Tue, 1 May 2012 15:14:22 EST Found that Stride... Today's run was MUCH better. Maybe it was the caffiene I had or something, but I wasnt gaspy and groany this time. I think I found a good pace to start and I will increase it weekly from there. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my boyfriend and I went to see "Cabin in the Woods". I really enjoyed it. It wasnt traditional horror, it border lined on horror satire, which is right up my alley. We had free tickets. The tickets came with popcorn and a ginormous drink. I did eat some popcorn, but I had a ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:56:30 EST Try and Catch Me! LOL Don't you love it when you turn it to the discovery channel and a show about hoarders is on, and you feel so grossed out you clean your apartment from top to bottom? File that under cardio 'Heavy Cleaning' on top of my upper body workout today. Yikes. <BR> <BR> I served Nitz the Spark Recipe with the Black Beans and Quinoa I spoke about earlier. I was a little apprehensive when I gave it to him. I mean, I made so much of it. If it's a failure, it's a total waste of time, effort, and mon... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:55:35 EST Really good shopping trip Yesterday I waited for my boyfriend to come home so he could help me with groceries. I usually go during the week by myself, but he agreed an extra set of hands would help. We had no meat in the freezer and I was running low of frozen fruit. <BR> <BR> I found this new store where our dollar goes further, it's closer to home, and the produce is really good. Nitz is going through an avocado phase. He eats one a day, instead of a salty snack. When we got our cart set up he immediately we... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:44:35 EST Nori as a Snack Today there were temptations by my own hand, but I resisted them pretty well. <BR> <BR> I did my kickboxing today and I ran up the stairs of our 4 floor walk up twice. I forgot something on the trip down to the recycle bins on purpose, just so I would have to run down again. My legs still felt like lead, but I soldiered through. <BR> <BR> Then temptations started to come. I opened the cupboard and saw all my Easter snacks: chocolate eggs, bunnies, a chocolate bar, cotton candy. I keep i... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:07:31 EST Good Day Today...Damn Stairs So I did that pesky jogging thing. Man, did that suck. It was basically more like walking with intermittent sprinting. But I did what I could. <BR> <BR> I was trekking through a ravine. There are lots of joggers there, so it was safe. You have to climb down into the ravine to start on the trail. No worries, there's a set of stairs by the bridge. I hop down the stairs (I love stairs! No lie!) and stumble around in my workout, wishing I looked professional but I know I look more like... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:36:27 EST Running? Me? Ugh..... Hey! <BR> <BR> I was with my boyfriend at Mark's Work Warehouse today. I hate Mark's. All the clothes are lame and they cost too much. But the best pair of ballet flats I ever owned came from there, so I always look at the shoes when we go. <BR> <BR> Do you guys find running shoes at the mall an insane price? Nitz was at FootLocker the other day. Because of his knee and feet, he needs a shoe with really good support, so he bought this crazy-cool greeny-grey running shoe for too much mo... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:30:42 EST Because You Never Know How Your Day is Going to Go! Yesterday was me shopping and running errands, followed by a three hour webinar for career assessment. All that and I managed to make a healthy supper and do dishes. I was super awesome! No work out though... <BR> <BR> So today, my boyfriend gets up at 7ish to get ready to go to work. I usually don't get up with him. I am not a 'leap out of bed' person. But as he hopped in the shower, I forced myself out of bed, made the bed, put the laundry away and I was dragging out the DDR mat when... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:37:28 EST Workin' Out Like a BOSS! Today I did all sorts of floor exercises with my kettleball. I hated it, of course, but I felt so good afterwards. Noodle arms! LOL. I followed this up with a spinach/corn/sausage/brown rice meal. I could have had a BBQ pork bun but I walked away! <BR> <BR> I have no scale, no full body mirror, no measuring tape... The only thing I have is the feeling I get of doing a good job. My clothes will tell me how I'm doing. I'll go with that. I'm flying a little blind but that's okay for me... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:37:48 EST What Happened? It's a bit of a shock. <BR> <BR> This fell off the radar, and took a back seat for a number of reasons I am not proud of. I suppose I let my health slip. Never again! <BR> <BR> I apologise. I feel like I have lost a few friends on here due to my lack of motivation. It's shameful. But I have had an epiphany! <BR> <BR> During the second half of last year I struggled with my job. A coworker got let go, and I I had trouble keeping up. This left me miserable. My acne got worse, my nails... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:45:43 EST Heat Wave 2.0 Tomorrow is supposed to be crazy! <BR> <BR> Nitz is off tomorrow, so he will be doing laundry (possibly) and looking after Dante (definately). This is crucial because tomorrow is supposed to be 48 degrees CELCIUS. 118F for my American friends. That is WITH the humidity, and I hope they are very wrong. <BR> <BR> We have been really good at keeping the apartment cool, but I hope people dont run their A/C so much that it causes transformers to give out. I really dont need a power outage wh... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:16:00 EST My Unintentional Offroading Adventure I havent been on here in a while, so I thought I would update! <BR> <BR> Jozza's wedding went fantastic! I had a wonderful time, however, I have an adventure to share: <BR> <BR> I drive an ivory while PT Cruiser. Actually, the color is described as "Cool Vanilla". It's a 2008 car. Look it up on google image search. I'll wait. See it? Yeah, that's the one. I love my car and it's paid off this year and did I mention that I love my car? Yeah, I really do. Anywho, the car isnt an SUV.... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 20:32:35 EST A Wedding Today is going to be a busy day for me, in the form of primping and prepping. Im a perfectionist, so I want to make sure I look my best. <BR> <BR> Why, do you ask? My friend Jozza is getting married tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We met in highschool and I didnt like her. She was a friend of my friend, so we hung out in the same crowd. Like she always does, Jozza worked her way through my barriers and we became friends. We spent 5 long highschool years together (Grade 13 has since been discontin... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:33:04 EST The only thing that's shrinking is my bank account.... Hi! <BR> <BR> I finished another dentist appointment today. It was covered under insurance, thank goodness. I have one more visit then we "worry about the wisdom teeth some other time" so I guess that's a good thing! <BR> <BR> I also ordered new glasses online. I got an eye exam done on saturday, as I had not had one since I was 19 or so, and June pointed me to wicked website to buy lenses and frames from. I bought two pairs of glasses (it was a BOGO sale) for a fraction of what I woul... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 21:25:51 EST Testing testing Tue, 31 May 2011 20:03:08 EST Happy Face!! I know my blogs havent been the cheeriest, so I have an uplifting one for you guys today! <BR> <BR> I sat down with my boss for my final meeting with her. I've been calling it Purgatory, neither heaven or hell, not sure what to expect. I have done everthing she has suggested, taken all of her advice, crossed every T and dotted every I... <BR> <BR> So when I sat down and she asked me what was up, I had my questions, outlined a problem I had that week, and she was all smiles. <BR> <BR> "We... Sat, 7 May 2011 18:44:28 EST ROUND TWO! *Ding!* This blog title refers to my dental work. <BR> <BR> I got a few more deep ones filled, so Im getting there! It cost a ton, but Im not even sad! This is work invested in ME. Worth every penny, I say. I booked the next appointment to coincide with my insurance coverage, so I will not have to pay like this again. <BR> <BR> My dentist is such a sweetie. It was near the end, and he was getting ready to polish the teeth, and the disc polisher fell out of the tool and landed in my mouth! It ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:11:16 EST *tears* My boss was trying to help me with some things today and she said "Do you understand this? I mean seriously, do you?" as if I had limited intelligence! I wanted to yell at her. I wanted to say "I do, but you arent guiding me me! You arent telling me how to do these things! I have to make the time, then something else will suffer, then I'll get in trouble again!" I hate it so much. I feel like a failure. I feel frustrated! I just want her to feel like I did well. <BR> <BR> But I sho... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:51:44 EST A little of this and a little of that.... Today I joined a social networking site for professionals. Exciting I guess. Maybe I'll meet someone with a career like mine, or find a great opportunity. <BR> <BR> I miss dealing with patients sometimes, like, dealing with people face to face. I think maybe I need more of that. I think it would let me feel more joy in my career. I just feel like Im slogging through right now because Im wrapping my brain around new processes and terrified to do the wrong thing. I want to make my boss p... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:58:46 EST Tides have Turned! So today I had a weekly meeting with my boss at 4pm. I worried about it all last night. <BR> <BR> Nitz had asked me out on a date on Sunday. We live together, and have been in a relationship for 5 years, but we still try to 'date'. He said he wanted to take me to the art gallery. I accepted his invitation politely (jumping up and down in my head of course, wondering what I was going to wear) and went about my week, but when Nitz asked me last night if I had thought about further date pla... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:53:43 EST :( This month has not been good to me. <BR> <BR> Im trying really hard to be positive right now, I really am. <BR> Last week I got in trouble at work. I got a written letter sent to HR because I didnt follow through on a few things and my boss was really upset at me ('Gross incompetence", "So disappointed"). I dont want to make her mad, I really dont. I want to make her proud of me so for the next month on fridays at 4:30 I have to meet with her (fun fun fun fun....heh). I feel like a tot... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:57:49 EST *Eeeeep! What have I done to myself!?* I feel terrible. <BR> <BR> My dentist's office emailed me today with my treatment plan. It's worse than I thought. Too many cavities, possible root canal, those wisdom teeth should come out in the next two years, ick! I called the office and the receptionist talked shop with me, calming me down. I need work done, and March 28th cant come fast enough. That's all Im going to be thinking about. It's going to haunt me at night: images of my teeth turning to dust because I didnt get this d... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:46:36 EST The Dentist, My 2011 Accountability This year is about my overal health and happiness, which includes my heart (cardio), my body (strength training and conditioning) my mind (stress reduction) and of course, my mentality on food and drink. This is a promise I made myself, and I intend to never let myself down again. Oral health is part of that equation, and often forgotten. <BR> <BR> Why did I avoid the dentist for the closer part of a decade? Hmmm... <BR> <BR> Mostly because I wasnt insured, and now I am. And sure, my in... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:15:32 EST GRRRRR! I get so frustrated with my boyfriend sometimes..... <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm the only one that cleans anything around here. He does the laundry (I flat out refuse to, he needs to be responsible for something!) but I am constantly doing recycling, dishes, dusting, putting away laundry, general tidying..... He says he cant find anything but I tell him that is because I am constantly putting it away! There's cat hair in the corners, would it kill you to dust??? Thank god he isnt home, or ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:32:38 EST Delayed Reaction! XD I dont know whether to laugh or cry! <BR> <BR> After my last post, when no one noticed a sexy strut in my step, I got ready for work the next day and dressed "The Usual Way": Business casual three-quarter sleeve sweater, black dress pants, cute heels. Here's the kicker: no makeup at all. I have a few blemish marks on my chin and cheek but decided that I didnt care enough to use concealer or foundation of whatever. I just put on face powder to do oil control, that's it. I decided I wanted... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:21:30 EST Frustrated My calories eaten today are sooooo low! I didnt break 1200, what gives??? Maybe I calculated wrong, saying I had less peanut butter than I did, or whatever. I dont know. I just added the icecream I forgot to add and Im still under. I dont want to eat anymore today! Im tired and it's tiring to eat at night and I just dont want to because I wont feel good when I go to bed....UGH! <BR> <BR> I know this rant seems ridiculous to some people, but writing this helps me understand. I havent t... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:12:27 EST Super Bowl Sunday Today I had like 4 cups of coffee. I set the pot to trigger at 8:30 this morning and it brewed while we slept in. Nitz didnt drink much of it, so I greedily chugged the stuff. I love Sunday coffee. I usually have a cup a day at work (along with 2 mugs of green tea, water, and an ginger tea at bedtme) but since I havent been to work in 5 days, I havent had caffiene at all. I find it very cleansing, as well as recharging and empowering to drink. I hate the taste of some coffee, but a gour... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 14:16:25 EST Friday! Ab spectacular!!! <BR> <BR> Today is productive and it isnt even noon! I did all my core exercises and I took out the weighted boxing gloves I recently bought and did some arm and back toning. I love these gloves. Dante was trying to catch them as I sat on the floor and flung my arms around, but it's okay, he's cute and cuddly. <BR> <BR> I threw on a jacket and ran out and did the recycling, Then I grabbed my wallet and ran back downstairs and darted across the street to buy milk. I fo... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:51:45 EST Snow? Bah! I decided to book wednesday, thursday and friday off this week. There are a few reasons for that: <BR> <BR> 1) Toronto was calling for snow, and I personally couldnt be bothered to drive to work in it. My boss thought a vacation day was fine for this. <BR> <BR> 2) My boyfriend has this weekend off, so I will get no me time. It's superbowl sunday, so I will sitting on the couch with a glass of wine pretending I know what the hell is going on. <BR> <BR> 3) I hate February so much I need t... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:30:31 EST New Year and Already I Feel Better I feel quite proud of myself in sticking to a decent floor and cardio routine. I was even thrilled to buy a kickboxing DVD that came with weighted gloves. The gloves arent heavy but a little resistance is better than none at all. Im going to try the cardio portion when Im done on here! <BR> <BR> I actually feel excited to work out when I get home now, so to me this is a great feeling! I like feeling productive like that and cooking meals I know are good for my body. I hope it's an addic... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:01:40 EST Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Mine was good too! Very busy but good. <BR> <BR> I woke up on Christmas day and had my first ever christmas day with my boyfriend. For the past few years, Nitz would go to his family and I would go to mine, mostly because Nitz`s family are `Christmas Nazis`, people who need Christmas one way and a change is very upsetting. I put my fit down this year and said Nitz was visiting my family because they miss him and I was going home on Christmas day. His mother was upset at this, but she war... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:08:48 EST I Tried Video Blogging..... Okay, so the Vlog thing didnt work. I mean, it DID but it was taking years to post....and I didnt like how I said 'so' every three words. Made me sound like a moron. I will try again another time. <BR> <BR> Doesnt anyone else have issues with loading videos? Do you find it takes a looooong time? Or am I the only one? <BR> <BR> I got a new doctor, a much nicer doctor and for that I am happy! He's a very kind man and I appreciate him taking me on as a new patient. He's Nitz's doctor so... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 16:35:57 EST No News. I havent been on here as there hasnt been anything new ot report. Well, not really anything ineresting/newsworthy. <BR> <BR> Nitz made so much chili today it was insane! It is his best batch yet, and the left overs are very welcome :) Looks like I will have plenty for lunches and this is a healthy chili made with beans, veggies and lean meat. <BR> <BR> We were to have friends over but my girlfriend cancelled because she was feeling ill. I was ill for a day a week or so ago (first sick d... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 18:46:01 EST Holiday Advice This week has been tough, really tough. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving was last weekend and I have felt bloated and gross ever since. I've been trying to eat as clean as possible and only now do I feel slightly more human. It doesnt help that my TOM isin the next few days. I dont want to feel like a marshmallow any more! It's frustrating when my pants feel tight. It makes me feel like a lump. ICK!! DDR high scores, here I come! <BR> <BR> Monday at work is pizza lunch. Our company took a f... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 10:03:43 EST I Hate the City Sometimes My boyfriend and I just came back from dinner. It was dark, and we were walking through the park and out of the blue this guy asks us if we have any change. Nitz says no and we keep going... <BR> <BR> ....the guy started following us. <BR> <BR> We walk at a very fast clip on a good day. We dont dawdle, but knowing this guy was following us made my skin call. I wasnt scared, I was actually calculating the odds if the creep jumped us. He'd go for Nitz first, I figured, and I have a spr... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 20:56:46 EST Myself and the Grief of Others I should really start looking after myself more.... <BR> <BR> In my early 20's I dove into all physical activities with reckless abandon. I cant do that anymore. I'm only 27, but I want my joints to hold out until im 90! <BR> <BR> I say this bcause of two things: <BR> <BR> A) I got my gyno exam and everything checked out great. Now to wait for the pap results and I will be set up for another year with my pills. I was no nervous that I turned red as a tomato. It's so embarassing. I ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 19:35:00 EST Poor Bedside Manner My Doctor is a jerk. <BR> <BR> I took today and tomorrow off as a vacation. I decided I was going to pick up more birth control pills because I was on my last pack. Oops. So I go to my Clinic and eventually get called in and I see my Doctor. Dr. N. I HATE this guy. <BR> <BR> I was hoping he wasnt working today so one of the other doctors could write my prescription and push me out the door like they always do I was stuck with this D-Bag. He has no bedside manner whatsoever and he call... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:31:22 EST 5 Years Wow! <BR> <BR> Today is our 5 year anniversary. My previous relationship was 3 months. Yeah, definitely a new record. <BR> <BR> In order to commemorate it, I bought him a watch to celebrate the passage of time. I thought it was very symbolic! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I gave it to him a bit early but he loves it! I gave him a watch for christmas too, but this one is so classy! He's going to wear it to dinner tonight. Im ... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:37:22 EST