Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Rude Awakening

It's been about 2 years since we've had a working scale in the house.  Well, working for me.  Since that time, our scale has decided to guesstimate just how much I weigh.  During our "Operation: Sweating for Seoul" mission, it was a bit annoying.  But once Jason was off to South Korea, it kind of allowed me to slip back into my bad habits, and be come blissfully unaware of the damage I was doing to my weight loss progress.

I mean sure, I knew I had put on some weight-- because my clothes were a little snug, and my face was a bit more round.  But I didn't really know how many pounds had made their way back onto my thighs...

Flash forward to two weeks ago.

"We need to buy a new scale."  I said out of the blue one day after work, when we had stopped at the Wal-Mart across the street to buy a money order to pay for something or other.

"Why?" Jason asked.  "Our old one works fine for me."

"Well it doesn't flash 'ERROR' every time you step on the damn thing," I said.  Then hustled over to find a scale, grabbed one off the shelf, and hurried to the check out line to make it mine.  We got it home, and it sat in a box for a day or two before we finally opened it, set it up and stood on it.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lemon Chicken Soup

Spring has sprung!  And to me that means sunshine, flowers, and the beginning of the fresh fruit and vegetable season.  Jason and I are working on starting our own vegetable and herb garden-- more on that later-- and that will soon mean lots of delicious recipes riddled with vegetables, herbs and hopefully fruit.

That brings me to my reason for this post.  I love sharing the delicious recipes I've found all over the internet, and this one certainly evokes the feeling of spring whenever I eat it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

48 Hours in San Francisco

I've only been to San Francisco a time or two-- and only for a day.  It was never really a destination I HAD to see.  Sure, if given the chance I would vacation there-- but we had never made specific plans to go.  So when Jason got home, we decided to take a long weekend-- and see San Francisco!  (He'd never, ever been-- by the way)

Before Jason got home from South Korea, I'd done a bunch of research about the city, and found several blogs about things to do when you visit, listed below:

There's a lot of good information in these posts-- and our bucket list was long after I read through them all.  When Jason got home, we narrowed things down, writing the "Must See" things down on the back of an old receipt, and sticking it in my wallet. 

There was so much to see and do, we didn't get to it all.  But we managed to pack quite a bit in our 3-Day "Weekend."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Positive Body Image

As many of you who have been following my weight loss journey know-- there is a point where I get discouraged, start binge eating and gain back the weight I worked so hard to lose.  Usually that point comes hand in hand with a big life event.  The passing of my grandfather, Jason losing his job, moving to Portland, the death of my grandmother, my other grandmother's battle with cancer, my move to Sacramento, Jason's move to S. Korea, and my Grandmother moving in to a retirement home and selling her house.  It's definitely a pattern of mine to eat my feelings when I'm down and out.

Over the past five years, I've begun to notice another pattern of mine.  I like to make goals for what I'm "going to do" if I ever lose the weight.   At first glace, this may seem like no big deal.  Just goals.  But after thinking about it-- I realized making these goals doesn't push me any harder.  In fact, I usually wind up shrugging and saying to myself: "Oh well."  And upon further inspection of these habits, I'm starting to realize that a lot of this comes from my complete lack of self confidence when it comes to my body.

Oh sure, I'm confident in my personality, my smarts, and my abilities.  But do not underestimate how little confidence I have in my body.  I've never really been all that confident in my body, to be quite honest.  I've always been on the bigger side.  Both in height and weight.  And for some reason, people have always managed to point that out to me.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Getting to Know Sacramento

Now that Jason is back home, I wanted to show him our new hometown.  We moved to Sacramento right before he left for South Korea-- so we didn't get much time to explore the area.  I saved a lot of things for Jason, and I did a little exploring myself while was gone.  So after all the hugging, kissing and ... when Jason first arrived home, we spent a day getting to know Sacramento.

Rooting on the Sacramento Kings

My friend and coworker Maria managed to get us some pretty awesome seats to the Sacramento Kings game versus the Boston Celtics.  I'm not a huge sports fan, but I'm also not one to turn down and opportunity to got to a game for free.

We got to sit in the mid-lower level, with a pretty nice view of the court.  But I''ll tell you one thing-- seats in an old basketball arena are not spaced well enough for anyone more than 5'7" tall.  Jason and I were crammed in those seats and I felt bad for the people whose backs we were kneeing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Surprise, Surprise!

So, Jason came home a week early from South Korea-- completely surprised me at work, in front of all of my Coworkers.  The timing was particularly lovely, since I was having a pretty crappy day.  To make matters even more special, one of our photogs was rolling on the whole things (the dangers of working in a television newsroom).  Take a look, the good part starts about 1:30 in:

He got me, I must admit!  The funny thing about all of this is that I was pretty sure I had figured out when he was coming home, but the bastard was lying to me the whole time!  In fact all of my family, friends and even some of my coworkers knew when he was coming home-- so everyone lied to me!  But in the end, the surprise outweighed the lies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What I've Been Up To...

Hello strangers!

It's been quite a while since I updated you on my life.  I've missed my little corner of the internet, and I hope you haven't felt neglected.  Based on my Pintrest feed, a few of you have been getting some good use out of my Yumm Sauce recipe!  That shit is delicious-- I need to make myself some, and a Yumm Bowl to go with it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving is Alright for Fighting

I haven't spent a lot of time posting to this blog.  Mostly, I've been filling my time trying to figure out what it was I did to entertain myself before I met Jason.  I've been binge watching a lot of TV, which doesn't feel right-- but hell, I only have three more months before he comes home from Korea.  Who knew another human being could occupy so much of your time?  I was blissfully unaware, until the bastard got on a plane and flew halfway across the world to get away from me for a year.

When I'm not trying to remember what I did when I was single--  I'm on the phone listening to the ever-unfolding family saga.  Fuck!  I'd rather sit in dead silence... which actually isn't true, because despite the fact that the news frustrates me, or makes me cry, or makes me want to drive 12 hours, bang on some doors, and shake some sense into people-- it's the kind of thing I'll look back on and laugh about.

Anyway...  Let's get to the drama.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yum Pow Chicken Tacos

Prepare to have your world rocked!!  This is my all-time favorite recipe, and it's incredibly simple and fast.  I like to pull it out when I have guests coming over-- because they're always so impressed I made it all by myself!

So delicious!  That's plate above contains Kung Pao Chicken Tacos and Coconut chicken tacos.  They're so delicious.  The right hint of spice, and cooling coconut.  Plus, you make anything into a taco and it's delicious!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Guide to Vitamins

I've heard mixed reviews on vitamin taking.  Some people swear by it, others say it makes them throw up.  I've been experimenting with it for the past few months now-- and I've got to say I like it.

It all started when I still lived in Portland, and my OBGYN suggested that I start taking a daily Vitamin D supplement, because Oregon doesn't see much sunshine in the winter.  I added it along with a good multivitamin to my routine, and started noticing that I had more energy.

Friday, September 5, 2014

What I've Been Reading

Now that life has calmed down a bit, and the house is mostly unpacked-- I've finally managed to do some reading.  In fact, for the past 2 months I've dived right in and read some really great works of fiction.  So great, that I wanted to share them with you.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pressed Penny Magnets

I have a confession my friends, I'm a total nerd when I travel.  I collect smashed pennies!  Wherever I go, if there's a penny machine I have to have one.  Some people collect pens or shot glasses-- I collect pennies.

I've been doing this since I was a kid, which means I have TONS of pennies!  Jason and I broke down and bought a penny passport to store all of our pennies at one point.  But at one point we had so many we had to triple up on slots.  And I wanted to do something different with them.  So I emptied out the passport, and did some thinking...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lost at Horsetail Falls

My first adventure in California after Jason left for South Korea was one giant mess.  It was a big reminder for me of just how out of touch with singledom I had become.

I decided I wanted to go for a hike.  I didn't really know many people at my new job that well, so I went online and started researching nearby hiking trails.  Having lived in three different cities, all with hiking trails within city limits-- and all that I was pretty familiar with, I was a bit rusty at searching for quality hiking trails.

That was mistake one.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Banana Smoothie Muffins

I love to start my day with a delicious smoothie!  Those of you who have been following this blog for a while an attest to that.

I've shared some of my favorites with you right here:  The Monster Smoothie, The Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie, and The Apple-Kale Smoothie.  It's the perfect way to get protein, veggies, and fruit in your breakfast.  Plus, I can drink them during the car ride to work.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Shift in Focus

Forgive me readers, I've committed the ultimate blogging sin-- it's been about four months since my last blog post.  I won't bother you with excuses... because I don't have any.  I've been doing a lot of thinking over the last few months about me, my life, and my blog.

Last year, I put a lot of emphasis on weight loss as Jason and I embarked on a journey to lose weight and get him to Korea.  At the end of last year, and for the first half of this year-- I've struggled with stress and gained some of my weight back.  I've had a hard time finding the motivation to get back into my healthy living style and have stayed away from this blog, since that was the main focus of my posts.

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