Monday, December 24, 2012

Dieting woes and other things

I have lost about 5 pounds in the last few days, but mostly because I was sick. Yesterday I was feeling all blarghy, so I didn't eat anything all day.

I went to the store today, did you know you can't buy a single 12 oz. soda by itself. They are all 20 oz. or more, if you want a 12 oz. can you have to buy more than one. all the 20 oz. sodas are 200 and more calories, even the tiny 9.5 oz of Starbucks frappuccinos are 200 calories.

So I ended up with a 20 oz. Gatorade, even though I really did want something with caffiene in it. It is still 160 calories.

I want to keep the weight I lost off, so I have to count my calories, also if I do the Kaiafit thing I have to keep a food log any way, so I figured that I better start now. Of course I had half a fillet of mackeral for lunch and I have no idea how many calories that is... this counting calories thing sucks.

Although I am baking cookies today. Tomorrow is Jasmine's last day of school before the winter break, and they are having a pajama party. So I am going to make Chocolate and Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies and some sugar cookies shaped like snowflakes. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance.

12/24/12 Oops, forgot to publish this. Anyway, went to Kaiafit on Saturday and I am still sore. I did sign up for the BRIK. I am going to die.

I need to figure out some New Year's resolutions, besides the same one I have every year, lose weight.

I finished watching an old Korean drama, Assorted Gems. It was 50 episodes long, and very rushed at the end. I think the last episdoe in particular was rushed and too much was just slammed together.

I will try to remember later to write about the variouse Korean dramas I have watched.

I will try to post my 순두부 찌게 Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew) recipe before we leave for Las Vegas, for New Year's.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

End-of-the-year-rush update

I stareted using to help selecting dinner items to cook. They have a spot that you can design weekly menus, you have to pay to save them, but I can plan out the whole week and just write in a notebook the items I selected and then purchase just what we need. That away we aren't throwing away so much excess. We are really trying to cut down on eating out so much and dinners out is where we spend the most. The second is lunches, or more lunches for Jasmine. But some times she is so picky.

I texted the above to myself at the beginning of November, as you can tell it did not get posted. I have tons of things I want to post, recipes, crafts and just life in general posts, but often finding the time to set down and write out a post doesn't happen.

As an example I used the site for one week, and then life, visitors and finals happened and I haven't been able to use it since. But for that week it did work out pretty well, even when I had to make adjustments for a few days of not having the husband around. I think we will try it again after the New Year starts, but can't guarantee anything.

The beginning of the New Year is when we will start trying to sell our house. We ahve found a rather nice set of apartments that have an indoor pool, which if there is availabilty is where we will move to temporary, until the reall big move. Right now we are waiting on Oxford and Brown University in Rhode Island. Cambridge said no, Auckland said yes. We should hear from Oxford and Brown by the end of March and will make our decision then.

If we move to Rhode Island or Oxford I may need to go back to work. If we move to New Zealnad I am not sure what we are going to do, it is apparently ver difficult to get a work visa. What I would like to do is apply to the University of Auckland myself and go through their Bachelor's of Asian Studies with an emphasis in Korean. Afterwards I could work on an MFA in linguistics/translations. But I don't know if we could afford having both of us go to school. But still, I would like to try.

I think one of the things I need to do is get back into writing, and maybe see if I can sell some short stories or something. Maybe I can earn some money that away, since we are going to keep our P.O. Box due to the husband's home business.

I think it will be easier to sit down and write once we move and get rid of all the excess junk we have collected over the years. Right now everything feels messy and I never get anything done.

In the New Year the husband and I are thinking of doing a fitness/workout bootcamp with one of the local fitness clubs. I am also thinking of eating a pescetarian diet for a while. I think I need to cut out beef, pork and dairy. I often crave beef and cheese, but I think it is making me fat and tired. My mother was here the last week and during that time I was eating a mostly pescetarian diet, and while I didn't lose any weight I did feel better.

I choose my end weight sort of at random, it is the weight I was at the end of college, but that part is not so important for me. I want to look better, but I really also want to feel better and especially have more energy.

So far I have 2 goals for 2013, finish and submit a short story, lose weight. I am also going to try to write a post once a week, but it won't be a hard goal.

I'll write more later.

Book recommendation:

Abandon Book 2: Underworld by Meg Cabot

I don't know why, but recently there has been a lot of Hades/Persephone books come out. Everneath is another series about the Hades/Persephone myth, but I didn't like the first book very much and have not read the rest of the series. This series Abandon by Meg Cabot isn't as good as some of her other works, but in my opinion a better take on the myth than Everneath. There is still another book to come out in the series, so I don't know how it is going to end.

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