Getting back up again...
Thursday, April 25, 2013      3 comments

The last several days have been a blur of non-productivity. Not sure if it was the food I ate (increase in carbs and fast food), my lack of exercise or general depression, but the only "yay" moment I have is that I watched and listened to a lot ... Read more
Wannabe-developer, Day 2. 5: Turn around
Saturday, April 20, 2013      2 comments

Four screens stared at me: CNN blaring in the background, SparkPeople CEO's frozen on my laptop, cinematic soundtracks paused on my tablet, and my phone blinking with Twitter updates. Last night I got distracted from completing chapter 1 of the ... Read more
SparkPeople repurposed: Wannabe-developer edition
Friday, April 19, 2013      9 comments

I'm committed to complete what is considered an intense, self-paced course on computer programming: Michael Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial. To succeed in this task, I will broadcast my progress here. SP helped me lose 15 pounds and understand ba... Read more
Sparkpeople vs. MyFitnessPal: One is silver and the other gold
Thursday, April 18, 2013      7 comments

I credit SparkPeople for helping me lose a herculean 15 pounds in a first-time effort. Since then I've moved on to MyFitnessPal for its mobile app and because my real-life friends are using it. But I've never closed my SP account, despite the te... Read more
Life is settling down again
Monday, May 07, 2012      7 comments

I'll be moving again soon but only within the same town, after having found an initial landing pad. I'm just checking in out of guilt for not having been much of a Sparker in the last few months. The guilt I feel is mostly because I'm a su... Read more
Feeling stressed - but I know what to do.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012      7 comments

I can feel my body tensing up. There is a small, tender bump on the inside of my lip. It's the start of a canker sore. It is telling me that I'm stressed - something I had been avoiding. I'm moving and leaving my family, my friends and the geogr... Read more
Updates & Welcome new co-leaders EOWYN2424 and CLAIRELYSE!
Monday, February 06, 2012      2 comments

My life is going through a lot of changes this month, as are the lives of Upside of Downsized members. For example, in my last blog post on Jan 23, 2012, we had about 200+ members. Today, we have 550 members! In December, we had about 40 members... Read more
Free Peer Coaching & Procrastination Resources
Monday, January 23, 2012      7 comments

I just sent a SparkMail to all 200+ members of Upside of Downsized to welcome all the new 2012 members. I also put out a call to members who are interested in 1-to-1 coaching calls. The coaching idea came to me after I finished a similar ca... Read more
Sitting in the kitchen makes me hungry
Sunday, January 15, 2012      4 comments

I'm trying to fight off my midnight snack urge. I'm visiting family and am sitting in the kitchen, procrastinating on my work. Trying to resist the urge to eat an indulgent leftover of ravioli. We made a seafood marinara sauce that is simply del... Read more
Writing through a binge
Wednesday, December 21, 2011      4 comments

All I ate today was a half a bag of tortilla nachos covered in melted "New York sharp cheddar cheese." Plus some sauteed kale. And boy, it was good and filling. So it's hard to resist my body telling me that I need to wolf down a pack of sweet ... Read more
Sparkin' up the Android app -- My Kindle Fire
Saturday, November 26, 2011      8 comments

Until now I've resisted purchasing an i-anything, a touchscreen smartphone, etc. Then I received a lovely Amazon Kindle Fire as a gift the day before Thanksgiving. At my parents' house where we were celebrating, I was swiping my fingers over the... Read more
Thursday, November 03, 2011      3 comments

Because I lost my ATM card, I avoided going to the grocery store and instead cleaned out my fridge to find something to eat. I discovered a tub of dark, thick soybean paste known in Korean as doenjang that my parents gave me. Whenever I co... Read more
New year, new habits, new excuses)
Saturday, October 15, 2011      0 comments

Great news. Got a job offer-ish that I'm probably going to take (wish me luck). In September, I reignited my diet/exercise interests. Unfortunately, I let it fall away in the last few weeks. Excuses: 1. Got sick. 2. Traveled. 3. S... Read more
I'm listening to yoga podcasts
Thursday, September 29, 2011      2 comments

But I'm too worried to start. I don't want my knees to hurt or get raw from deep lunges and twists and warrior poses. They feel fine now after a two week break from hardcore yoga sessions at home and in studio. So here we go again, with a ... Read more
Holding Steady
Tuesday, September 27, 2011      0 comments

For the last four days, I let go of my diet / nutrition tracking. I didn't exercise. I was relishing the freedom of being sick. Had a flu-like virus that left me hacking, sleeping a lot, and drinking lots of tea. It's finally going away and I'm ... Read more

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