Friday, May 30, 2014

Healthy Go: Reset. Reset Quicker!

Reset: I’ve been sleeping better lately - well, for the past week at least. I’ve been able to fall asleep between midnight and 1 a.m. fairly regularly, usually no later than 2 a.m. In the past week of this, I used a sleep aid only once or twice, which is really good. I wake up at different times still, so working on that end is yet in process. Most nights, I slept through the night.

What has helped has been being fairly consistent with the process - no drinking after a certain time, turning off the main light at night, turning off the computer by a certain time, etc. Then I read. Turning off the lights is the easiest because the days have started to get hot, so I have been sitting in the dark or going by Christmas lights indoors.

Various meals since last time:

More seared salmon on spinach and mushroom salad with a side of asparagus topped with parmesan cheese. Blackened the salmon a bit more.

Ramen with kamaboko, green onion, and vienna sausage.

Not pictured: baked potato, spinach and cheese wrap, bananas, baked cheese puffs, Snapea Crisps, almonds, and more.

On the list for the coming week: more artichoke, asparagus, baked potato, mushroom, banana, celery, eggplant, and more.

I have been getting more water in. I also had two treat drinks, this time from Jamba Juice instead of iced mochas (no mochas this week). I still have yet to get a blender or juicer (also looking for a salad spinner, to better dry spinach).

The past week, I mostly used the jump-rope; I have to tidy up my indoor exercise area again. It stormed on Sunday, and there was space in the garage, so I went outside and jump-roped. I also walked around to see if I could get any shots of lightning but no deal.  

Between jumping, I decided to try the stop-block in the garage as a step and did alternating step-ups. I wasn’t able to do much more with the stop-block because it’s not actually bolted into the ground, it wobbles just a tiny bit, and it’s not wide like an exercise step would be. As one prone to falling down while walking on flat ground in flat shoes, I thought it best to be a little cautious with the step-ups.

I’m going to start looking for an exercise mat that I can use in the garage for workouts. As one might have noticed in previous updates, I usually just lay a towel down on the carpet floor when I exercise at home, indoors.

Reset?: every so often, I get a sense that something is… off, or… “a disturbance in the force”. I tried describing this to someone recently, and I can’t - maybe not yet. I cried earlier in the week and spent some time with a friend, which helped a little, yet the disturbance remains. I’m okay, I think, I’m just going to try to… something.

So, hopefully, as HG continues to build up this reset, something will get figured out or it helps me get through this time. Sigh.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oh, Brother

[Disclaimer: this is my own personal musings about type and family. I am not a professional practitioner of typology but a “civilian” explorer. Take that as you will. Anything else I say here may or may not be true.]

Brother and I may both be INTPs. Imagine that.

It has taken me some time to write out my thoughts on an INTP brother. As a reminder, he studied typology a bit for a course in college, and generally knows more about this kind of stuff than I do, so I am going by INTP for him because that’s what he remembers he was back when he studied it.

I don’t disagree with INTP for Bro; rather, I don’t think I can be very objective about what I have observed about him. I probably don’t show it as much as I ought to, but I do have a little-sister-admiration-for-her-big-brother thing going, so understanding that I am an INTP and looking at what a wonderful brother I have, who seems so different from me, seeing INTP for him becomes confused. (Not that an INTP cannot be a wonderful sibling.)

Most of our differences I attribute to birth order, gender, and individual personal experiences. For instance, Bro was quite the obedient child (as my memories go), which may have been due to having a few years as the only child until I came along, or perhaps he became more obedient because I came along and he felt an older brotherly affection/ responsibility over me. I was the not-so-obedient child; being mainly responsible for myself only, I stubbornly didn’t take naps when I was told, didn’t clean my room ever, and ate a whole bag of Skittles candy when I was told to only have 5 pieces. Maybe Bro’s obedience developed as a response to my disobedience, because one of me was enough for the whole family!

Oh, and Bro has a better brain than I do. I know, it’s not difficult to have a better brain than mine, but dude’s got accolades to back it up. (“Accolade” is a funny-sounding word in my mind.)

This might have been the moment Bro realized that
having a younger sibling wasn't as fun as he'd hoped.
I have started to see points where we are very alike in ways that are probably INTP. Science, computers, and gaming, I have sort of deemed as Bro’s realms, while mine leans towards design. However, we still come together over a few similar interests, like in movies, music, and books (mainly science fiction and fantasy). When it’s about common interests, we can talk on.

We seem to respond to our parents in the same way. We both received comments/ complaints from our teachers about not doing homework, yet we both did well on the tests. When we’re into something, we get into it, like having the complete series of a show or book series, and some extras or specials if they’re available. We both enjoy the featurettes and commentaries for movies and shows that we like.

I think we’re both our own worst critic. I know this of myself, because I make mistakes all the time and can be hyper-aware of them. I don’t imagine that Bro makes a lot of mistakes. One happened recently, and for me it triggered a recognition, memories, of Bro being very tough on himself. Thankfully, our parents are very loving and understanding - they just want to know that we’re first okay, and then that things are being handled. We both tend to go over errors again and again… and again… again… and our parents do their best in not adding to it.

Differences, other than my obedience-training failure? Hmm… nothing else seems to be as glaring. Bro is more responsible than I am *shrugs*. Oh yes, and he talks more than I do.

Bro tends to do things in a wider manner while I do things in a localized manner. For example, he can do all manners of cooking well, whereas, I can’t bake and I haven’t really tried grilling, etc. He seems confident exploring/ travelling wherever he is on his own, whereas, I am confident exploring on my own locally.


So, the conflicts.

I’d say… they’re mostly typical sibling stuff. Actually, I don’t think we conflict a lot. The year that we were at the same high school was probably horrible for Bro, when it came to me, because I was a brat.

Tense moments occur here and there, but, I get over them quickly and Bro seems to as well. I assume that any irritation I felt was unintentional on his part. I think it’s mostly misunderstandings, like Dad will plan things out with him, in front of Mom so she knows about it, kind of, but I will be in my room by myself, unawares of any plans which apparently involve me also. Sometimes, I am trying to catch up to what the plans are, ask Bro a question, and he’ll respond in a gruff, irritated way, as if I’m dumb (which, to be fair, is not impossible). Sometimes, our common language of sarcasm sets off a minor explosive that was hidden, where it’s just not a moment for humor but the other person didn’t know it - it’s like innocently patting someone on the back without knowing (or sometimes momentarily forgetting) that they’re recovering from back surgery or something.

Otherwise, I would say that we get along great. I think some of it may be because we do have our own areas; I can’t recall anything serious where we were very competitive with each other.

Christmas: this is how ALL of our photos with Santa look
- smiley bro, annoyed Santa, and sis just trying to get it over with.

A few fond memories: I remember being woken up by a strange noise in the home - I think I was maybe 5 or 6. I snuck into Bro’s room because I was scared. I think that’s the night Bro… described Santa Claus to me. Well, basically, Bro calmed my fears.

I remember following Bro up trees. I remember trying to keep up with his stride - probably why I tend to walk quickly at times. I wanted to do what he was doing, and just as well as him, though I think I learned soon what a challenge that could be. I don’t think I complained about people much, yet when I would, he would reply, “Want me to beat ‘em up?”

In the 7th grade, I took up band. I played the clarinet, partially choosing it because it was small enough to carry around. Still, Bro would pick me up after school, occasionally carrying the clarinet for me as we walked about 20 minutes to the high school.

Bro treated me to a few theater productions, also providing for me to bring along a friend at least once. I think we saw “The King and I” and “A Little Night Music.” He’s also invited me out with his friends a few times, usually hiking or the movies, out of his own volition, because he thought I’d be interested. What have I invited him to?- not much.

Overall, a wonderful brother, I have!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Healthy Go: Re-Processing

Hapa Grill's Crab-stuffed Shrimp and Furikake Salmon

I know that after a year of building up a Healthy Go life (late 2012 - 2013), I ought to be disciplined enough to make the healthier choices regularly, so that whenever and whatever challenges may come, I am able to face it and not have my weight go up and down so much anymore. I thought I was building those habits up, but what I realized recently was that I hadn’t; I had built up habits that worked for me as long as I had a fairly regular schedule, structured by outside forces. I did not control the schedule or the structure, so when my schedule became irregular again, so did the HG life - something to work on.

The fact that I stuck with it fairly well for a year, and that I’m continuing on, is fantastic to me. I’ve slacked this past year, got a bit disappointed with myself, and things tend to take awhile for me to assess what I am definitely going to do next, but I’m determined to keep on with it.

Making changes that stick is what I am mainly seeking, like how I haven’t had soda in years. Treat drinks or liquid refreshments remain a weakness for me, they just change appearance and taste. I’ve been upping the water intake and lowering the iced mochas over the last two weeks, which is a good start as a hot summer is on its way! If I can get myself habitually drinking more water, it would be great. “If?” When.

Current mode: processing and testing….

Various meals since last time:

Mother’s Day meal, Hapa Grill - Mom had some kind of crab-stuffed shrimp (pictured above: left). I had the Furikake Salmon with garlic mash and steamed veggies (pictured above: right). I think they fried the salmon, so it wasn’t entirely healthy but oh so tasty!

More Greek/ Mediteranean from the Greek Corner - this time, I had the beef and lamb gyro with Greek salad, split into two meals. I used very little sauce for taste. It’s pretty much the same stuff, just more, as the beef and lamb gyro sandwich that I’ve had before, but putting it together myself. I think I’ll go with the “sandwich” style, as it’s easier for me to manage and still satisfies me for two meals.

The Greek Corner's Beef and Lamb Gyro with Greek Salad

Pan Seared Salmon on a bed of spinach and mushroom salad with artichoke - the salad is easy. A simple salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice seasoning of the salmon. Artichoke - I’ve gone from over-steaming (to be thorough) to slightly under-steaming - I’ve got to watch that more closely. I had it just right the previous time.


Asparagus fries - a recipe I found on Pinterest. I put too much salt and pepper this time. I don’t really like how it tastes when it’s cooled, but I will try the recipe again to see if the seasoning and production changes improve the experience.

Baked Asparagus

Sushi - locally, one of the places I like for quick sushi is Ninja Sushi. Pictured is their Salmon Skin Temaki. It’s crunchy mixed with spicy sauce.

Ninja Sushi's Salmon Skin Temaki

Clam Chowder - I really like clam chowder, but there’s a theory that I’m allergic to a preservative in the canned versions, so I only have it once or twice a year now unless I get fresh clam chowder at a restaurant. I was in the mood for itchy skin, so I braved it one day recently.

Progresso's Clam Chowder

On the agenda for tonight is corned beef cabbage - yum! Oh, yes - I’m making dinner.

Still terrible with the exercising. I’ve got a date with the jumprope today. I’ve been experiencing soreness in my side so am a little concerned about it. Maybe it’s just that I’ve got to detach from the computer and the desk, because I don’t have a proper chair to sit on here. However, the last six months of the new bed has been wonderful - my lower back doesn’t hurt as much in the morning anymore!

Right, so… exercising… need to do more of that.

I don’t have much more to say so… the end.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Look At Me: Silent Treatment Eyes

For a recent family dinner, I wore this look featuring the Wet ‘n Wild Silent Treatment shadow trio.

Products used:
MAC Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion*
L’Oreal True Match Powder (Creamy Natural C3)*
Tarte Maracuja Foundation (Light)
Nars Deep Throat blush
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (to contour)
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder (Taupe/ Ash 03)

Tarte Maracuja Concealer (Light) - used as an eye primer*
Wet ‘n Wild Silent Treatment 335 eyeshadow trio
Physicians Formula Shimmerstrips Eyeliner Trio (Black)
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
NYX EL 104 lashes (One side, cut in half)*
Duo Eyelash Adhesive (dark-tone)*
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick 17

*Not pictured.

I’m out of eye primer so I used the Tarte Concealer to even out the color on my lids. From the Silent Treatment trio, I swept the taupe (bottom) shade all over the lid, blending it up towards the brow bone. The light pink brow bone color (top) was placed on the browbone. The crease color (middle) went towards darkening the outer corner.

The light pink shade was also used to highlight the tear duct. I lined both lash lines with the Physician Formula eyeliner, smudging it out with a shadow brush tipped with the taupe shade.

I paired the eyelook with Nars’ Deep Throat blush. The Rimmel by Kate 17 lipstick warms up the face a bit.

So… like my face?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Healthy Go: Jumpin’ Jumpin’

I broke out the old jump rope again. I can’t recall the last time that I had used it, but it was probably earlier this year, just not in the last month. Jumping rope (that sounds strange to me) is one of my preferred exercises. If I do just that in one day, I’m okay. Obviously, I should do more than jumping rope, but if it’s the one exercise I do, it’s a good one. My whole body gets a workout, my posture is good, shoulders back, with the only downside being that my big toes get beat up.

I’ve also been moving around a little more. This past week, I’ve just been getting myself up and moving, doing exercises randomly, seeing how my body does. For instance, I had seen a ZuzkaLight video on The Best Lunges for Women and tried the backward lunges instead of doing the forward lunges. Back in March, when I had injured myself, I had done forward lunges that showed that my balance was poor (which I had already known). My balance is still poor, but better managed with the backward lunges, stepping back with one foot planted rather than pushing forward on the toes to plant a foot. I did a few with upright posture, hands on hips, no weights. I think I’ll be able to get used to them and build up from there.

And, apparently, I have weak hamstrings (among other things). So, I still need to be careful in building up backward lunge ability, lest I break myself… again.

The YouTube channel that I go to for exercise ideas and workouts is cyclonefit with Sara. I watch the video first to understand the moves. Then I try it out, usually modified without weights or with lower weights until I’m familiar with the move, or modified because I don’t have all the equipment that she has. I’m not as fit as she is, but I’m encouraged and the workouts leave me tired yet feeling stronger, feeling more confident. Sara’s workouts are definitely not boring!

Food! Last Saturday, I made honey ginger salmon on a bed of sauteed spinach and mushrooms with a side of parmesan-topped asparagus. How good does that sound?! I did my best to make it picture-worthy presentable, and then demolished it - yummm.

The rest of the week, I had some steak, white cheddar mac & cheese (held myself to one serving), grilled shrimp, fish patties, a sushi roll, snacked on apples, almonds, Snapea Crisps, bananas, grapes, and baked white cheddar puffs. I like white cheddar, it’s sharp, creamy, a hint of sweetness.

I don’t change up my diet a whole lot. When getting food for just myself, I like what I like. A lot of it depends upon preparation - having a stash of healthy things ready to be eaten. Because my mode of choosing what to eat is: look in fridge, look on snack shelf, what do I have? Eat that.

Not much else to say right now, so… thank you for reading!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Healthy Go: May It Be

So. I took my measurements today. It seems that since January, I’ve lost 5 ½ overall inches. Somehow, that sounds unlikely to me, but… it is what it is. Measurements went down in the chest, arm, waist, hips, and thigh. Huh.

Well, yay.

It’s a good way to start off May!

I did a lot of food photo sharing last HG post, so by now, I only have photos of a steamed artichoke. I read somewhere that the artichoke “meat” itself has a nutty taste and I would agree with it. I usually flavor artichoke with cooking wine, Hawaiian sea salt, garlic. Sometimes, I put a little olive oil and basil.

I reported last HG that my weak leg is better, and the flexibility is, but I still get some odd sensations through it.

Ehmm… yes. I don’t have much to report this week, just that measurements are going in the right direction. I’m trying to get back into the weekly updates as “summer break” nears.

Charis the Scavenger, thinks that face will get her some
of my food  (and she's usually right!)

Goals for May:
More exercise
Increase water intake
Cut down on high calorie drinks
Increase fresh eating

Current overall goal:

Fit into beach shorts and have Seattle shirt fit looser.

  • Share your current healthy goal(s) in the comments below!