Monday, July 30, 2012

Day 212: Another Day


The past week’s readings were: Psalm 35- 53; Acts 25- 28; and Romans 1 & 2.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to touch on for today’s reflection. Many thoughts are racing around my mind that it’s difficult to get a grasp on one.

How about the Book of Romans? It’s a good book, one to read especially if one is confused about what the whole message of the Bible is about. At times, it’s uncomfortable to read it, as it was Paul’s letter to the Romans, and Paul… he was zealous for his God. I read him as quite a no-nonsense kind of writer and a tough act to follow.

And then I remember that God made me as I am and Paul as he was. I just have to be me, but how I pray to have Paul’s zeal.

Psalm 50: 15 reads [NLT]
“Then call on me when you are in trouble,
And I will rescue you,
And you will give me glory.”

This verse comes from a psalm of Asaph, written in part from the perspective of God to his people [verse 1 starts with: “The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; …].

Well, my heart and mind have been troubled for the past few days. Yesterday was difficult. I ended the day with calling out to God and he gave me some rest and another day of life. I didn’t think I would sleep at all.

Today, I have a headache.

I apologize for this distracted post.

I hope that you are well and will have a great week!

Thank you for reading and thank God for another day.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Healthy Go: Inner Health


I love being a female, yet if I were to envy guys one thing, it would be their athletic ability. I want a chance to be a ninja. I’ve been watching too much American Ninja Warrior and seeing what those guys can do. I am amazed.

Plus, if I were a guy, it’d be a bit easier to lose the excess fat but I won’t complain. It just means I have a tougher challenge and I’m not one to balk from a challenge, usually. I am on my specific journey for a reason.

What is also exciting and inspiring are the Summer Olympics, coming up! I will definitely be watching the swimming and the gymnastics competitions. I might also watch soccer and some of the lesser-hyped events. I haven’t looked up the programming schedules yet.

I watched the swimming trials and if I could be an Olympian, I would’ve wanted to be like Dara Torres, fit and going strong at 40. So what if she didn’t make a team this year? She gave these young people a good scare!

We still get to see Natalie Coughlin this year, and I’m excited to see how Cammile Adams does in the 200 fly- she uses a side-breathing technique that is hardly done with the fly and she was one of the fastest at the trials. And I’ll be watching Lochte.

However, I am not a male Olympic Ninja. I am who I am.

They do help to motivate me to move more though. Just to think that is what a ninja or an Olympian can do, that is the athletic best of the human physique, I can do a few more pushups or mountain climbers, etc. I can drink more water, I can eat more vegetables.
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Inner health is so important to outer health.

It feels like I’m struggling just to stay at level and so easily knocked down low. It’s frustrating because I wasn’t always like this. I think I used to be able to control my emotions better. Not that I think I was ever a happy-go-lucky kind of person, but I don’t remember struggling as much as I am now.

I used to be a fighter; maybe not physically, but in spirit definitely. I miss being a fighter.

So Wednesday saw me in tears again. I was having an okay day, feeling a little good about something I was able to do when I met some unknowing criticism that shut me down. Sigh. It wasn’t as bad of a cry as last week. Yet, I kept to myself the rest of the day.

I don’t want people thinking I can’t handle criticism. I’m just… struggling for now. It won’t always be like this, right?

I have been reading Lisa Bevere’s “Be Angry but Don’t Blow It.” I don’t think I’m an angry person either, I don’t think anyone would suggest that I need anger management, but there is still specific pain from the last few years that I am dealing with, and it seems I am to figure out how to deal with it on my own.

I have been the listening ear and leaning shoulder for a friend though he/she was hesitant at first. I told my friend that I would rather be the one my friend can talk to than to have my friend feel like he/she has no one to talk to, to feel like he/she is all alone in whatever is painful to him/her.

If it were up to me, I would have no one feel like they’re all alone.

I’m going to cut that off there for now or this will become a whole different post. I will move on to say that I tabbed so many passages in “Be Angry ---.” I was on chapter 13 on Wednesday; it was on “Letting It Go.” Reading that chapter, I started to cry, but it was a good cry this time.

So the whole day wasn’t all bad. I didn’t exercise on Wednesday- wasn’t motivated, as one can imagine, and my stomach was upset about something too. My stomach was still a little iffy on Thursday.

It’s something to work on: more constancy, even through adversity and pain. If I used to be like that, I should be able to get there again, right?
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I did two set workouts this week. Otherwise, I tried to keep moving when I could- I pushed the cart at Sam’s Club, I “danced” with my cat, etc. My left leg is still achy though and I had a few shocks that felt like it’s getting worse. I don’t know if that’s a good sign or a bad sign.

Here are the set workouts I did-

Saturday- Insane Home Fat Loss: International Love Workout
3 rounds of 4 exercises, 10 reps each exercise
#: 10, 3s, 10, 10
Notes- They didn’t say the names of the exercises but it was mainly focused on shoulders, back, and glutes, I think. The 3s was on the exercise that I wasn’t so familiar with so I did lower weights and concentrated on having good form. It was a good workout, I could feel it in my movement.

Monday- BodyRock.Tv: Hard and Strong Workout
2 rounds of 4 exercises, as many reps as able in 50 second intervals
Sumo squats, plank knee touch, sandbag swing, plank hops
#: 20, na, 10, na
Notes- Another good workout. The video shows one round, and then repeat video for consecutive rounds. I was tired after 2 rounds.

Thursday, I started another IHFL workout but that’s when my stomach felt iffy, so I stopped after the first exercise.
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This week’s stats----
Weight: no weigh in
Size: easier 10
Activity:  starting to move more, looking to increase
Food: maintaining calorie goal; looking to eat healthier foods in general
Liquids: H2O 48+ oz. (looking to increase); 1 soda

Current Goal----
To fit into the size 10 dress comfortably. [no dress fitting this week]
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I probably fit the dress already; it’s hard to tell when I’m trying to zip it up myself but the zipping is getting easier. I don’t have a scale at home anymore and I haven’t gone anywhere to weigh myself.

I’m going to see how it is with no sodas this week and try to have less juices/more water as well.

This coming week, I also want to see if I can push myself a little more, get in more of those workouts… and put in gym time.

Sigh. Wish me luck in the comment section below!

Mahalo for reading.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beauty Spotlight on Solia Flat Iron


Solia 1" Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron

Hola’migos!

My hair is naturally thick, wavy, and unruly! If I sleep with my hair in its natural state, it will be frizzy and tangled up like crazy. To help tame this rebel hair, I straighten it.
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I’ll get to the Solia in a minute, but first I’d like to give a little background. I can be quite frugal about certain things. I used to be very frugal about all things hair. I mean, it’s amazing if I get my hair cut more than once in a year. It’s not even like I go to a pricey salon to get a haircut either; my haircuts cost about $10 + tip.

I used to get my hair tools from the local drugstore, mostly Conair brand stuff, but I had a Revlon flat iron that worked well enough for me. When that one quit on me, I got another Revlon flat iron. The second one was a total lemon of flat irons- it died in 5 months. While I looked around for a replacement, I also looked up reviews of the Revlon and others complained of the same thing, that the particular model didn’t last long at all.

It had worked really well. It just died too soon for me.
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I finally decided that it was worth it to spend more money for a good flat iron. I straighten my hair frequently, about 3 or 4 times a week, especially when I have classes or events or will be seeing friends.

I had heard good things about the flat iron that Chi makes, but it was quite pricey. I shopped around and watched/ read reviews.

After months of research, I settled on the Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron; I got mine from Folica.com and it came with a heat proof pouch. I got the 1-1/4”, but there are more sizes; the 1-1/4” iron comes in different colors too.

I’m sure it was on sale when I got it- I got it years ago so I don’t have the notes on exactly how much but I believe the total was around $75 w/s&h. My parents helped me out and counted this as my birthday present!

I’ve been meaning to write about this several times before and wouldn’t you know, I’ve had it for about 3 years now and just getting to the write up. It is still going strong so I would say that it was well worth the money!
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Features and Use:

The plates are Ceramic Tourmaline. I have used it with my hair still damp and it has not done further damage to my hair; my hair comes out shiny, healthy-looking and dry (I do use a heat-protect spray from the salon). My hair is thick and I have a lot of it yet the Solia allows me to dry and straighten my hair in about 30 minutes.

The highest heat setting is 450° F. I use it around 320°; it reaches that heat in about 15 seconds- the light near the heat dial will flash when it’s reached the setting. Usually I turn it on, spray my hair with heat-protect, and the flat iron is ready to go.

Heat-setting dial, ready LED light, and on/off switch

It has a swivel cord which is handy; as one moves to different sections of hair, the cord doesn’t get tangled.

The swivel cord
 The site page says that this 1-1/4” flat iron is versatile to bend, flip, spiral, and curl hair. I haven’t used it for anything but straightening, so I can’t say how well it does the other things, but perhaps that might be a deciding factor for someone else for which size to get.
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The Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron is still available through Folica.com and it still comes with the heat proof pouch offer and a 2 year extended warranty.

Heat proof pouch- included in some orders
The pouch has a section to keep the cord neat also- it
doesn't get tangled with other cords in the drawer where I
keep the flat iron.

I highly recommend this flat iron. Let me know if you decide to get one and how well you like it or not!

Thank you for reading.

P.S. Please excuse the cat hair on the pouch- I did the best I could to keep it cat-hair free!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday 205: His Handiwork


A beautiful dusk sky
I have kept current with my Bible reading! I am still in the Psalms and latter half of Acts.

Today, I think I shall keep it simple. Today, I am in awe.

I wonder that in all pieces of creation, someone will find the beautiful.

I may not see beauty or purpose in a flying roach chasing me, but I’m sure there is a bug fanatic who finds them fascinating.

I wonder that people find sunsets and sunrises beautiful, and they also find stormy skies beautiful.

I wonder that there is so much variety. I wonder at how much in the world is unique yet so much can also be the same- like human beings, we are all the same, all of one kind, and yet no two alike.

A beautiful night sky
Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to see the beauty in myself. I feel so alone at times, all but for the mean, lying voices in my mind.

And then I wonder that there’s something in that beautifully shaped tree or the peace I feel at the sound of rain; I wonder if God’s reminding me that he’s here, that I am not alone.

I wonder that he sent a specific person to give me a much needed phone call to tell me that I am not forgotten. I hope that person knows how beautiful they are.

Why are things beautiful? Why are people beautiful? What is it that causes us to seek beauty?





A beautiful betta though, not beautifully shot

What compelled me to stop and take a picture of this water lily?

A water lily, beautifully made by God

Why did my heart warm at the sight of your smile?

My friend Rachel, whose smile is beautiful, made by God

And when I feel all alone, why do I not give up? Why do I cry out? To whom am I crying out?

Perhaps it is that still small voice that speaks Truth, that just like the beautiful person who called me, I was made by my Creator, and that is where I should look for my worth.

Psalms 139: 13- 14 [NKJV]
“For you formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.”

You are wonderfully made too. I hope you know that.

I think David said it best so I will end with a psalm of his; it is a great chapter that was part of my reading last week. It’s a great one for reflection.

Thank you for reading.

God, I don’t understand why you thought me worthy to be made; I don’t understand why you’ve made such a wonderful world for us to live in; I don’t understand your ways, yet keep showing me please. Continue to remind me who I am in you. Do the same for all the others. And thank you for it all. -Jennifer
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Psalm 19 [NKJV; BibleGateway.com]

The Perfect Revelation of the Lord

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.


19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Healthy Go: Funk and BodyRocking


This week, I was in a funk. Nothing was really wrong; in fact, I had a few good days where I was setting up and writing pre-posts for this blog and had successful errand trips.

Every so often, I get a sense that something is wrong or out of order. I’m not saying I’m like an antennae to the universe or anything like that. I just get a strong sense of strangeness. Sometimes I’m right, other times wrong, and mostly it’s a vague sense.

That didn’t tell you anything, did it? I have a strong or sensitive intuition that kicks in sometimes. No, I can’t tell you where to put your chips at the roulette table, or I’d be rich right now.

I just wasn’t motivated for anything. Wednesday night, I broke down and had a bad cry. Not a good cry, a bad one.

The upside to all of that is… can there be an upside (?)… I didn’t sabotage my diet. I only had one soda for the whole week which hopefully means I will be off soda completely soon. I drank at least 2 bottles of water a day (48 oz.), and some days I had 3 (72 oz.). I ate pretty much the same stuff I have been eating for the past month and hovering  +/- 200 calories around the daily calorie goal.

I did want to pig out on corned beef hash yesterday but decided to portion it out and save the rest for another time instead.

I’m still not close to eating as healthy as I would like to but at least after a month and a half, I have not gone backwards with eating. Whatever cravings I’ve had, they have not been that strong and I was able to deal with them in a healthier way than before.
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In the previous update, I mentioned that I was going to start working in workouts for this healthy endeavor. Well, as said earlier, I couldn’t get myself motivated….

I only worked out on Thursday; otherwise I just did a little walking around. I typically type these updates for the period of Friday to Thursday, and post on Friday. Thursday, I did some 2-minute planks and then I tried to BodyRock for the first time.

Well, it’s not exactly for the first time, as I’ve watched videos here and there and would use certain exercises on my own, but this was the first time I watched a workout through and just did it at the same time- the full thing all together and without any extra pausing.

This is the workout I did on Thursday:
I Can Only Imagine Workout - BodyRock.TV
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It took me just a little while to get into the rhythm and coordination of the butterfly. This is why I generally stay away from aerobic stepping and such; it will take me about 20 seconds to get into the groove and then it’s on to the next combination already. The butterfly wasn’t too bad as I followed her rhythm.

The burpees I pretty much skipped both rounds. I did jumping jacks instead. At the moment, burpees feel strange for my lame leg. My foot and knee tends to ache afterwards. I am working on this though because the Jillian Michaels DVD has burpees in it as well. I don’t always baby my lame leg, I want it to be just as strong as the right, but the knee area has been aching and twitching for about a week.

The toe touches went well.

I don’t have a UGI ball so I was just on the floor, straight armed (but not locked). I did straight mountain climbers for the whole section to keep pressure off of my left toe (the one with the nail that digs into the flesh).

For the seated raise, I used 3# dumbbells. I only have a 3# pair and a 10# pair at home. The 3 worked fine for this exercise for now.

I also used the 3# for the woodchop.
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It was a good workout. I did sweat, though not as much as the JM DVD gets me sweating. I was breathing heavy and I could feel my muscles get tired. I really couldn’t wait for the second set of mountain climbers to be over!

I also did 2 sets of 12 un-pretty pushups to make up for missing the burpees. It was definitely not the best pushups I’ve ever done.

I think I will continue trying out the BodyRock.TV workouts to give variety to the JM DVDs or anything else that I do. I do mainly cardio at the gym, but I would also like to lift weights too so if you’d like to help me in that area, give me a sign!
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I need to look into getting more workout clothes. I don’t really have any shorts that are good for wearing at the gym, ones that won’t make me self-conscious that my underwear might be showing.

More importantly, I could use some new sports bras. And tops. I wear my bras to the death and then some. Usually, as they get worn out, I wear them for around the house, at night, getting ready for bed, to sweat in while I clean, etc. I have too many of the worn out ones and not enough of the to-wear-out ones that actually give support.

Speaking of clothes, my used-to-be-loose shorts are starting to get loose again! Yay! I might be moving slowly, but at least there have been small signs that I’m moving in the right direction.
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This week’s stats----
Weight: no weigh in
Size: easier 10
Activity:  I Can Only Imagine video
Food: maintaining calorie goal; looking to eat healthier foods in general
Liquids: H2O 48+ oz. (looking to increase); 1 soda

Current Goal----
To fit into the size 10 dress comfortably. [no dress fitting this week]
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Insert encouragements in the comment area below and tell me what is your current Healthy Go endeavor?

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Music: Christina Perri- Arms


I stumbled upon Christina Perri through YouTube. I had seen two ladies cover this song and I thought that they and the song sounded good, so I checked out more of Perri through iTunes.

This is the video of the cover; I think they both have beautiful voices:



Quite possibly, “Arms” could be in my Top 100 all-time, easily. I like the melody, the orchestration, the lyrics, etc. I like Perri’s voice. I could listen to it all day.

Some of the lyrics:

I hope that you see right through my walls
I hope that you catch me, ‘cause I’m already falling
I’ll never let our love get so close
You put your arms around me and
I’m home

At least, that’s what I believe the words are.

I even like the accompanying official music video. Visually, it really suits Perri’s style and the song. In my opinion, the guy’s arm being tattooed is a nice touch; I can only really see one of his arms in the video.



The personal point for me is that I am attracted to good, strong arms. I mean, personality and smile aside, I like a guy with strong arms. Hugs, hand-holding, all of that is good. I think it goes deeper too, that the image of strong arms representing safety and security appeals to me. When I want to keep something, I hold on to it. …I’m going to leave it there for now.

It’s the kind of song that I wish I had written myself. So, thank you, Christina Perri for writing it and singing it so lovely.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this song as well! Happy Wednesday!

Mahalo for reading.



Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday 198: Psalms and Acts


Charis, taken in June 2008. She's a smart one!

I am into the Psalms and the latter half of Acts.

I admit that I don’t understand Psalms as well as I would like to, yet even if I mastered Psalms, it would still have an air of mystery and wonder for me.

When I read it, I feel as if I am reading someone’s intimately personal journal. I’m rather sensitive to that feeling and hold a sense of honor that I get to glimpse into someone’s thoughts like this.

I guess the sensitivity I feel is partly due to the fact of me posting things on this online journal. I have gone back and forth about having it private, for only good friends to read, but now it is open for all. I took the decision very seriously to open it and keep it public. I am a deeply private person.

I had been in contention with someone I once trusted to be a friend, someone who knew about this journal and used to read it (may still be reading it or not), and I was gutted when that person twisted and tried to use something I posted against me. I get it that I opened myself up for that kind of thing by sharing my thoughts here, but to have someone I personally knew and trusted… I just felt utterly violated.

Anyway, all that is to try to convey the honor I feel whenever I read Psalms, and in how I would like to do it justice and treat it with care.

In other parts of the Bible, we’ve read about David’s life, the things he did, good and bad, the things he went through. In Psalms, which I understand to have been written largely by David, we read the Psalmist’s thoughts and inner struggles to remain focused on God’s power and God’s plan.

I can relate to that, whenever I post here publicly about depression and such. Can you relate to David in the Psalms?

I just had a thought to wonder if David, when young and before the anointing through Samuel, would have thought to be content to be a shepherd the rest of his life. I wonder if he imagined himself to have a freedom to simply write and sing out songs of worship to his God. Even though he did the fighting- and then the king-job well, or rather that he did pretty much anything well because he did it for the Lord, I wonder if music and songs were his most favorite expression of his devotion to God.
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On the side of Acts, chapter 18 was a part of the reading and includes something that has been on my mind for quite some time, ever since the E&I Conference of 2011. We’re following Paul on his travels and reading about some of the people he’s meeting on the way, reading about some happenings and Paul’s firm stance on the gospel.

Then in verse 24, we start reading about a Jewish man named Apollos. He knew the scriptures well and “had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism” [v. 25; NLT].

Apollos is heard by Priscilla and Aquila, people whom had travelled with Paul some, and they “explained the way of God even more accurately” to Apollos [v. 26].

The point that Pastor Carl Moore made at the conference, the point that struck me, was that Apollos didn’t know the full thing about Jesus, but he gave what he knew. And then when someone came along to explain things more fully to Apollos, Apollos took it in and then he shared more fully.

It says in v.27-28 that Apollos “proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.”

For my personal take, I guess I feel like that’s what I was trying to do, to give what I knew, and to learn more and then give that. I wanted to teach and show others that this faith in Jesus is a living and amazing thing, that God is real and powerful, that the foundational disciplines, like constant prayer and Bible reading, are foundational for a true reason.

And no, I’m not a great debater (I don’t enjoy debate but could be good at it if I tried), I’m not a natural teacher (I’ve only tutored a friend in Geometry), but I feel like people discounted me from the beginning, that I didn’t really get a chance to try and to grow into being the leader (I believe) I was called to be at that time.

I feel like people discounted me just because they’ve seen how I behave, which I admit isn’t always right or “Christianly,” I don’t hold myself out to be “perfect,” and/ or they discounted me because they don’t think that I’m as smart or smarter than them. I think they think that because they “know” more than I do that I have nothing of value to give or teach.

That may or may not be true, but it’s certainly my impression of things. The thing that I thought I could give best was that I’ve been actively seeking out more about this faith and to grow and had been at this longer than they have. That may or may not be true also in terms of “how long,” as some of them probably had accepted Christ at an earlier age than I did, maybe, and because of my episodes with depression, though the part I thought I had was mainly the active part, especially at that particular time. It came after a year or so of actively seeking God as a believer, of actively doing things I am unaccustomed to doing in order to give God more of my trust. And it weighed on my heart to see people of a rather stagnant faith when this faith is meant to be alive and active.

That’s my thoughts on it. Why I let myself be discouraged by those people, … let’s face it, I didn’t have that much faith in myself. I had very little faith that I could do what I was being called to do, and so when faced with others saying to me what I was already saying to myself, I was sunk from the start anyway. I mean, who am I to do such things?! That part is on me, as it wasn’t about my faith in myself; …

…rather, I was meant to continue stepping out in faith in MY GOD who did the calling.

I was supposed to have courage and give what I had.

So now, as Carl Moore teaches to do, I’m trying to “be ready in season and in out” with what I have in faith. "Give what [I] got for as long as [I] got." Perhaps I might be more courageous and just give it everything I got next time … if there will be a next time.
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How are these reflections going? Am I a little clearer with writing my thoughts now that I’m current with my readings? Let me know if I’m being at all interesting or if I’m just zzzzzzzzzzzz---

And to be clear, I think of myself as of average- a little on the higher end of average- intelligence. It’s just that I rarely sense the need for know-it-all moments. I like to be goofy and say off-balance things, so I often come off as not-so-bright. I just don’t care much about sounding smart, so I think that some people actually believe that I am not so smart. Plus, I have a bad memory for certain things so I know I am fully capable of being wrong.

Even when I disagree with someone or they are flat out wrong about a detail, I try not to have the know-it-all air in saying something in reply. I try to always be respectful of the other person. I’m not always respectful in the full sense of the word always, I will say, but I was raised that way, to think of others.

You’ve probably guessed in reading this journal that I am okay with making fun of myself too! I’d rather make someone laugh than to be right. I would rather remain friends with someone than to be right.

If I ever do know-it-all to you, just like, you know, punch me in the arm or something.

Thank you for reading and as always, feel free to leave a comment/ suggestion/ hello/ ni hao ma/ in the comment section below- it could be done anonymously as well for you ninjas out there! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Healthy Go : Get A Move On!


Ahhh, cravings for the old food are starting to hit me! Dad likes to go to Kay’s and Tanioka’s on Fridays. I love Tanioka’s- fried chicken, musubi, spicy ahi, shrimp tempura… so delicious! The fried chicken has just the blend of spices that I crave.

See, the counter's on 3 [x24= ounces]
Dad went today, but didn’t get anything for me from Tanioka’s because he’s noticed that I’ve been on a health kick lately. Sigh. Well, perhaps I shall have to make Fridays my “free day?” It’s generally what I’ve been doing anyway, without going overboard either. So I told Dad that next time, I could go for some fish patties or salmon patties and vegetable tempura next time.

Water intake is getting better! I had at least 48 ounces a day. One day I got up to 72 ounces of water so yay!
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[Image from Amazon.com]
My legs and buttocks are sore because I’ve been reviewing the Jillian Michael’s workout DVDs that I have. I really like the “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” one [find it on Amazon.com here] because the only thing one needs is an exercise mat and a lot of the moves are taken from kickboxing, which I enjoy. I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not a peaceful exerciser- I like moving, I like punching and kicking. I like that kind of pain. 

Rachel wants me to go with her to yoga one of these days and I’ll go try it out, but generally, I like to be punching something!


The only difficulty for me are the moves that put pressure on my toes- jumping or sometimes jogging in place- because of my messed up big toe nail that cuts into the flesh. It would take surgery or another horrible toe-bruising to fix this problem so for now I just deal with it.

This past week, I’ve done the warm up section, and then 1 or 2 of the seven 6-minute circuits. I also added a few other ab and push up exercises.

I also have the “30 Day Shred” and the “No More Trouble Zones” DVDs. Some of the moves use weights, as one is comfortable with them.

I like all 3 DVDs. I naturally do not sweat much, but these moves make me sweat. I can workout and not feel it in my muscles until 2 days later but with these workouts, I’m feeling it the very next day. I’m feeling muscles that I didn’t even know had done anything in the exercises. This could just be because I haven’t done much exercise-wise in awhile, which is why I only lasted a couple circuits at a time.

That’s okay, I’ll get stronger in time, right?

As long as I keep going… and going… and going…

I’ve also been looking at websites for exercise-planning advice. If you know of a good one, let me know!
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So… the current goal of the dress… I tried it on again today and it went on a little easier than last week so I am hoping that is a good sign.

It is still tight in the chest area, and that is going to be difficult… it’s going to take awhile before that area fits comfortably. For those who didn’t know, I am well-blessed in that area. From my experiences in the past, the area grows as I gain weight- typical. The thing is that I tend not to lose any in that area as I lose weight. I’ve gone up and down in weight over periods of my life, but that area has only gone up so far. We shall see what happens this time.

Hopefully, getting my diet under control with the exercising will have better results.
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This week’s stats----
Weight: no weigh in
Size: easier 10
Activity: moving! (looking to increase)
Food: healthier! +
Liquids: H2O + (looking to increase); 1- 2/3 sodas

Current Goal----
To fit into the size 10 dress comfortably
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Insert encouragement in the comment area below or tell me what is your current Healthy Go endeavor?

Mahalo for reading and LET’S GET MOVING!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Haruyo Moon Logo


 It’s been awhile since the last update on the yet potential business of mine.

So, I believe I am set on naming it “Haruyo Moon,” after my grandmothers.

I’ve done some work on the logo, but I’ve also slacked a bit on it. It’s been awhile since I’ve drawn anything by hand, or have had to practice my critical aesthetic sense, so I’m a little nervous about my creative skills. I've been practicing just drawing for fun.

While looking up logo designs and advice, I came across this article [Cracked.com] which added to my sense of caution as I continue on with this, at this point, on my own.

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I’m a bit in between the hands-on and the technological or digital age; I still like going back and forth between paper and screen.

In order to have a hint of personal touch to the logo, I decided to try out my handwriting. For this pass, I wanted to try out having a smooth writing flow from the H to the M. The two versions I practiced were having the M come off of the H’s crossbar and having the M come off of the H’s down-stroke. Did that make sense? Here’s the illustration.


It felt smoother and looks better, I think, with the M coming off of the crossbar. I then traced it in pencil- yes, I still like yellow trace more than white, for my old studio buddies. And traced it again with a green felt pen to try and smooth out the edges more. I filled it in with black on Photoshop Elements.



The wrinkling is from the trace paper; I didn't bother to
smooth it out for the scan this time.
Then I added on the moon image.





I don’t know if this will definitely be the direction I’ll ultimately go for the logo. This is as far as I want to go for this pass for now.
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Next, I’m considering other ideas for the logo. I just want to make sure I’m exploring all I want to before I make a final decision. After that, I will probably ask some of my graphics/ architecture friends for more help/ advice on how to polish up the final choice.

Until then, feel free to comment on this logo pass, or to suggest other designs. I would appreciate it! I personally tend to like simple, easy to read designs. Definitely let me know if you’re seeing some kind of inappropriate message in the design!


Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

JewelMint- All Wrapped Up and Paradise Plume


I believe that I heard about JewelMint from Elle on AllThatGlitters21 [Elle on YouTube]

JewelMint is a $29.99 monthly subscription service for jewelry. One may skip the month by the 5th of the month and not be charged, so one doesn’t have to pay the fee every month if nothing in the collection is interesting.

Each piece is designed by Kate Bosworth and her stylist Cher Coulter.

For years, I was only subscribed to about 7 YouTube channels; in the past few months, my subscriptions are in the hundreds [because of Holla’s Eye Makeup Challenge] so I have been hearing more and more about JewelMint.

I became interested in the company from watching Hollyannaree [Hollyannaeree on YouTube]because I remember her talking about the quality of the pieces that she’s bought. She showed a piece and how the connector rings in the piece were soldered, making the link secure. 

Signing up for JewelMint is free; one isn’t charged the monthly fee until after the first purchase. I signed up to check out the showroom. I’ll say that a lot of the pieces are rather unique and interesting designs. At first, I didn’t see anything that was “my style” so I just kept checking back.

I purchased my first piece in March of this year. I found a code for 60% off of a first purchase, so the total was ~$12. It arrived quickly, in about 4 days.
  
Before I tell you what it is, I’ll say some about the packaging because I think they’ve done a good job of it. My item came in a black padded envelope with “JewelMint” on it. Inside was the packing slip and a rather sturdy mint green box. The black bow ribbon has elastic on the back, so it can come off and be put back on easily. The box has a magnetic closure; it flips open to reveal a black velvet pouch, which holds the item and is embroidered with “JewelMint,” and a card which describes the item.

[Click on pictures for a larger view]



My first JewelMint item was the “All Wrapped Up Bracelet.” Crystals and brass studs adorn a black leather strip with a belt buckle closure. It is 15 inches in length. It’s not really “my style (hard to define what it is)” but I thought that it was something I could possibly pull off wearing.

I rarely wear bracelets though I’m trying to wear them more often now to show off the few that I have. I thought the AWU bracelet would be a good addition to my collection. It’s a bit edgy with a hint of femininity. Bangles are my least favorite type of arm pieces and I think the wrap style bracelet is going to be my favorite; this is my first one. To me, it looks well-made but again, my bracelets don’t get a lot of wear and so they tend to stay in great shape anyway.

I have worn it once so far and I liked it. I just have to get used to wearing something on my arms again.

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I have a lot of earrings already, including ones that I make myself, so I was telling myself to limit the amount of earrings that I get from JewelMint. I should go for more bracelets and necklaces instead.

However, in the April showroom were these feather earrings that I thought were beautiful. They were the Plume Paradise earrings. I have not worn them yet but I plan to at some time.



They are post-back earrings with a milky white crystal in a gold plated setting, a circle and a rectangle gold plated connectors, and two feathers at the bottom. A small fluffy light golden feather hangs in front of a long milky white feather. They fall about 6 inches in length.



I adore them. I attempted to make feather earrings several years ago. I still have them but they are nowhere near the quality of the Plume Paradise.
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Shipping is free. The company is located in California, so both pieces arrived within about 3 or 4 days (to Hawaii).

If one forgets to skip the month, one will be charged the $29.99, the price for one piece, and given one credit which can be redeemed at any time. One may purchase more than one piece a month as well.
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At this point so far, I had smooth dealings with JewelMint. I enjoy my pieces.

The next two orders of mine got a bit snagged in the processing of them. I did have good customer service to remedy the situations, so I am yet a fan of the company and I will explain all of that in my next JewelMint post.

If you decide to try out JewelMint, please use my referral link [Here]. This is my first time posting about the referral; supposedly I can earn free jewelry if someone uses it so we’ll see what happens.

The All Wrapped Up bracelet and the Plume Paradise earrings are both sold out at the moment, but sometimes they bring back the popular pieces, so there is still a chance to get these if you’re interested in them in particular. For now, there are quite a few pieces in the current (July) showroom that I think are worth it, though I have skipped June and July in order to save money for an upcoming trip. Check out July’s showroom; something might catch your eye!

Please leave a comment below just to say hello, ask a question, or give feedback- it would be appreciated and I will respond as soon as I am able.

Have you purchased any JewelMint pieces? Which ones have you been wearing a lot?

Mahalo for reading!