Showing newest 9 of 11 posts from October 2010. Show older posts
Showing newest 9 of 11 posts from October 2010. Show older posts

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

korean tea.

Sighhhh. No time to say much today, but I thought I'd post photos of Jasmine, the 8-year-old I babysit, making me korean tea this afternoon. She wanted me to try it.





 I liked it! It's like marmalade with honey. Jasmine only added some hot water and used a spoon to mix.

See you tomorrow morning. Much to share!

-A-

Monday, October 25, 2010

too much chocolate.

Somehow and suddenly I started to feel unwell earlier this afternoon. I’m really really hoping it goes away soon, like right now! I have too much to do to be sick. And like usual with the rare times I’m ill, I comfort eat: so it been too much chocolate today. It really hasn’t been too bad, but tomorrow whether I feel better or not, I’m going to work at sticking to wholesome eating.

Totally unrelated, but have any of you read ZZ Packer? She’s a really big deal right now.  She was one of the writers included in the New Yorker's 40 under 40. I’m only mentioning her because she’s coming to read at my school tonight and I’m so excited, sickness and all.

Oh! And Melinda, who drew my header, ran a marathon recently. I asked her permission to share the comics she drew based on the experience:



The Portland Marathon
The Aftermath
 
To see more of Melinda's comics, please see here.

Till tomorrow...

 -A-

Breakfast Soup.

Soup.
My mother’s soup.


Yes, please.

I came home to soup last night. And even though I’d already eaten for the night, I was tempted. Then I remember that I’d already posted all my eats for the day on this here blog to help me keep on track. So I drank some water instead. Probably my favorite weight-loss tip: It's okay to go a bed a little hungry.

Now, back to the soup :)
I enjoyed a bowl this morning. With avocado. In our house, we’re almost incapable of eating/drink soup with what you probably call avocado, and we call "pear."  If we make soup then realize that we have no avocado/pear in the house, we almost don’t know what to do with ourselves. It's a tiny tragedy! How Jamaican of us.


My mother made the soup from what we call "gungo peas" and Americans seem to call "pigeon peas." She used lots of ground provisions: yams, potatoes, etc. I need to learn how to make this soup!


Be back soon...

-A-

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Back to the gym.

You know what's harder after you haven't done it for awhile?

It's the "e" word. 

Yup, that "e" word.

Exercise.

But let's back track a little. 

I left this guy at home and headed out to the gym. Wrapped in my laptop charger, he takes lazy sunday way seriously.
Then on my way to the train station, I spotted something blue.

Mmmm.
When I got into the city, I realized that I'd forgotten to bring a pre-workout snack with me. So I stopped in a store looking for something healthy and reasonably priced. I left with an overpriced ($2.59) Kind Bar. I'd been meaning to try one of these after seeing them on Jenn's blog way back when.

I tried the Apricot Almond flavored one at 190 calories. Folks, it so so good. Almost worth $2.59 ;) I kid. I kid. I've tried Luna & Cliff bars and I'm not a big fan. I prefer Kind Bars--or at least the one flavor I tried. I loved that the bar relied on natural fruits and nuts for flavors and for the bulk of it's ingredients. I actually don't recall more than five ingredients.

Well, anyway, I finally got to the gym. The first thing I did was to sign up for a 5:15 hour long spinning class. Since I was early, I also did twenty eight minutes on the elliptical. Honestly, I was only a bit motivated on the machine. Like I said, I hadn't worked out in so long.

I've found that fitness classes suit me better and that was the case today. I was motivated to work hard because I wanted to keep up with everyone and the instructor pushed us really hard. Overall, the class was really really good. I can't remember why I stayed away from the gym for so long!

 After I left the gym, I stopped at Trader Joe's and was immediately distracted by some cuties.
Don't be fooled. They're actually in this size range.

I didn't buy anything at Trader Joe's. The lines were too long.  So I headed off to babysit for a friend in the area.

While the kids were sleeping, babysitter me had a piece of chocolate :)
And then some brown cow cream top maple yogurt with sunflower seed butter, kashi cereal, and half a banana.
I'd never tried sunflower butter before. When I tasted it by itself, I wasn't big on it. But I really really liked it in yogurt mix.

Hope everyone is well :)))))

Now, I'm off to school work!
Till tomorrow...

-A-

Pumpkin: two simple ways I love.

You know what I've been seeing lots of in blogworld?

Pumpkins.
Yes, pumpkins.
Mmmm.

Recently I've read lots of blogs with all sorts of pumpkin recipes: cakes, bakes, oatmeal, etc.
I want to try all those things :)
Mostly all we do with pumpkin is Jamaican Pumpkin soup (which I'll blog about next Sunday) and these two simple ways I love to eat it:

Spooning out the inside is always fun!

And then I cut that half a pumpkin (in the photo above) into six pieces (leaving the exterior skin on) and dropped them gently into a boiling pot of salted water until it's soft and ready to eat. Here's the first way I love to eat pumpkin! Easy huh? We add a piece of boiled pumpkin to whatever we're having.

The second way is to mash it up with a little butter. My mother use to make it this way when we were really little and starting to eat soft foods.

Both ways:
With Scrambled eggs for brunch. 
So so good. I had to go back for a little more ;)

You know what else I love about pumpkin?
How low cal & healthy it is :)

Hope y'all are having a good weekend! I'm heading to the gym in a little. I'll come back later tonight to share how it feels to go back after all these weeks off.

Oh, and I have to ask: What's your favorite way to eat pumpkin?

-A-

Friday, October 22, 2010

my cats, chinese food, + weekly goals.

I hadn't eaten much all day, so by 3 p.m. I was famished, and that was my excuse to get Chinese food when I got to Brooklyn from my classes in the city. It's funny the excuses I make to validate my behavior. I mean, it's not like I didn't have any healthy options.
But, anyway, when I got home and started eating...

Paisley and Moses kept looking at me. I felt like they were judging me! 


I even tweeted about it and one of my twitter friends responded. Silly gal :)!!  

Well anyway, thankfully, they soon feel asleep. It's insane how easily they fall asleep.
Mmmm.

Ok. fine. Hehhheeeee. Those first two photos aren't from today. But today when I saw my cats swarming around me as I ate my food, I created a story in my head about them judging me, but really I was the one judging myself. It's just frustrating when I do unkind things to my body when I know how to and why I should do better. But moving on--I've learnt that it's better to make better choices next time, instead of beating myself up.

So to that point, here's what I'm working on next week, from sunday to friday:

Fitness every day
- The gym three times: Sunday, Monday,  & Wednesday
- The shred three morning: Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Nutrition
- Tracking & eating well.
-  To make & share one or two Jamaican recipes.
-  Water, water, water. Maybe even tracking to make sure I drink enough.

Next friday I will share how my week goes. Do y'all make weekly goals? If yes, share?

Have a fab weekend!
Love!

-A-

P.S. Yesterday post and today's post are dangerously similiar. So apparently semester health goals = weekly health goals. Huh.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I will.

Look what happens to my skin when the semester workload starts to affect my sleep, I'm not drinking enough water or eating well. And sssssshhhhh, I haven't gone to the gym since the month started, which is especially painful since I'm living above my means and paying $85 per month at Crunch. .
 
So just to remind myself, here are some health goals I made so I won't end the semester with my skin in an even worse place and twenty five pounds heavier:

- I will track my food, cook, and eat well. And bring food from home = Hello poorness, I'm Alexia.
- I will drink lots of water.
- I will exercise at least 25 minutes per day.
- I will get more sleep.
- I will use my organizer so I can stay on top of my eating well, exercise, homework, studying, EVERYTHING.

Will come back tomorrow to share specifically what I want to work towards for the next week. And it's been so busy I haven't seen how you gals (guy? guys?) are doing. Will stop by soon! Promise.

-A-

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Loving My Body.

Now, I'm nowhere close to where I'd like to be in terms of weight.

And I could talk about my bad skin/hair issues/too big breasts/back fat/too broad shoulders/big head/stretch marks/scarred legs from rough jamaican childhood playing/etc. I could go on and on, but since it's Love Your Body Day, here are nine things I love about my body:

(1.) I love my masculine strong looking calves for running.
 (2.) I love my moon face for comparing with owls. No, I'm not kidding.
 (3.) I love my body for being able to roll down a hill.
 (4.) Lips for kitty kissing!


(5.) My arms for hugging cute friends!
                                                              last year:

 last sunday:
(6.) I love my nose for smelling sunflowers.

(7.) Obviously, I love my mouth for mango eating. Maybe I should have named this blog, "mango eater"? Hmmm.
 (8.) I love my neck for scarf wearing. Mmmm. Love scarves!
(9.) I love my feet touching beach sand!

What do you love about your body?

Inspired by Angela's post.

-A-

Apple Picking.

I went apple picking for the first time this weekend, and later I realized that it's the first time I've picked and eaten from a tree in over ten years since we left Jamaica. Isn't that insane? I live in New York, by the way.


This summer I grew tomato plants in pots, but that doesn't count.
One of highlights of my childhood was climbing our mango tree.

I almost ate a bee or a wasp. I'm not sure which. And we spotted a nest.

My friend, Juliette/Julieta.

I added half of one of the apples I brought home to today's brunch. I've really fallen in love with almond butter recently.
 
Hope y'all are well!

-A-