Sunday, January 29, 2012

Still Alive!

Hi everyone!
Sorry I've been gone so long. I haven't posted because I haven't set up my internet or cable yet, and I gotta say, it's been kind of nice. Going back to the olden days of reading and late night puzzles... kind of fun, oh and lots of baking!

What I've been up to... well the new job is great. I love my boss and working in a public health clinic with lots of women where I feel each day gives me purpose. I feel my roll is pretty important, my position is funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act with the Center for Disease Control. My boss and I are single-handily working on improvements for the way public health departments are billing for immunizations in the state of Nevada. Even though it's a big task and only been a few weeks, I feel like we are already taking vital steps toward making a difference. Plus I'm meeting lots of super cool ladies!


Did you hear about the big fires in Reno/ Washoe Valley again that occurred last week?
(This is a pic of the storm coming the day prior.)

Well, it was my first week and right in the heart of my commute, which led me to realize how important it is to carry emergency clothes at all time in my car. Then, I finally had my first drive in the snow and ice this week, (Tahoe has had a huge shortage of snow this year). But I can't complain, because I actually love my commute.

Kitty and I are getting acclimated in our new home, though it wasn't easy for her at first or my new sleep patterns, but we love it! We've just been hunting for a few more pieces of furniture, then everyone thing should be good and hopefully more regular blog posts again soon! I've gotten a few worried emails from you... sorry!


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Friday, January 13, 2012

Moving Day

The Day has come... finally! From wearing flip flops in Florida for over four years, to warm boots in Truckee for six months, I'll be walking in some new shoes soon. (I'm still on the hunt for them!) I can honestly say I never thought I'd live in Nevada. But each time I visit, I love it more and more, and tomorrow it will be home.





Looking forward to sharing the journey!


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Changes

I'm not going to lie, it's been a tumultuous couple of weeks. So I apologize for my absence.

I have a friend who is superstitious about a certain week of the year where bad things always happen to him, so he is always very cautious at that time. My bad week seems to be the last week of the year. Come to think of it the past few Decembers haven't been the best. This year was no different, and 2011 closed at midnight with a definite bang.

I had one quick rendezvous with the city (SF) a few days ago, just to make sure life in the big city isn't what I want, and though my visit wasn't under the best circumstances, it affirms I'm making the right decision to stay in the Reno/ Tahoe area for me. As I was driving back from SF, I saw a billboard for a local pizza parlor. "Life is like pizza. Enjoy every slice." Mundane advice, but sometimes it really is that simple. It was enough to remind me that everything will be ok.

On a brighter note, I am moving this weekend! So I'm busy packing up and after exactly 6 months and one day, I'll be leaving the nest again. Here is sneak peak of my new home...




Looking forward to future food posts from my new kitchen!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Resolutions

Everyone's talking about it this week. Either making goals to be a better person or shrugging it off because you think you may not hold to it anyway. Or maybe you will cram all your resolutions on the last day of the year like Michelle Pheiffer's character in New Year's Eve (loved it). I'm keeping mine simple this year, besides my personal mission statement: to rebuild.

1. To tackle my cookbooks. I have many that I get as gifts, collect for myself, etc. What I don't do... is actually try the recipes. So this year, I plan to get back in the kitchen and try out more recipes.


2.  To expand my social circles. No, not social media. But to actually get out there, join some groups. To meet amazing new people.



There you have it. Just two.

I could go with the obvious. Health and weight loss. Well, since it is the first week of January, I will go ahead with bragging rights and say that just yesterday, I reached my lowest weight of 118 since my senior year of high school! Not bad for the first of the year. Good bye decade of laziness! It was one of those things, where I didn't realize I put on that much weight until hating all pictures of myself the past few years. So, my goal is to maintain which I have for the past few months.

Here is how I lost 15 lbs:

Exercise: Jogging an average of 8-12 miles a week has helped tremendously, not to mention provides clarity. It began on Monday evenings, just for stress relief. Then even if it was only once a week, I made it my goal to never miss a Monday for months. Naturally, I started to like the way I felt and began to jog 2-3 times a week for 4.5 miles each time. I went from a size 6 to a 2. On non-running days, once or twice a week, I do lite cardio with 3 lb weights for about 20-30 minutes. Yes, a good music mix is mandatory for my ability to stick with the program.

Food: Even though my goal is get back in the kitchen, I plan to choose my recipes wisely. I have gone extremely easy on dairy. That means limited cheese (very hard to do since I love gourmet cheeses, Cambozola is my favorite, but not figure friendly at all). I had it one day this year and although it was sheer ecstasy... I couldn't breath the next day. I also limit red meat and go even easier on the carbs and sugars. When I do go for carbs, I usually opt for rice noodles because they are gluten-free. My weakness is Asian food which can be healthier, but is high in sodium. I splurge maybe once a weak on Chinese and justify it as being better than a Whopper and Fries or a whole triangle of Cambozola cheese and loaf of French bread. When I bake, I give away about 97% of the goodies to others. :) But the main thing is I try not to let myself get hungry, because if I get hungry around 10:30 or 11, that's when the bad food cravings start for lunch. So, I eat oatmeal and fruit in the morning, and snack on almonds or the Asian rice crackers so I get my little dose of sodium, then I'm less inclined to go for anything really bad at lunch. But I never deprive myself of anything. If you want something, eat it, but try sharing it with someone else so you don't hate yourself after, use small plates, take home leftovers, whatever it takes. That's the key for me: I don't let my stomach growl and I don't let myself get stuffed.
Rice noodles with tuna, bell pepper, black sesame seeds, tossed in sesame oil.

Liquids:  I drink tons of liquids (water and tea), which helps with not feeling hungry, and at over 6,000 ft elevation... drinking lots of water is mandatory to fight dehydration. Though I drink lots of hot tea... I occasionally just drink hot water to help keep warm, lay off the caffeine a little, and up the daily water intake.

There you have it. I didn't join Jenny. Just stuck to the basics and remembered one important thing. Did it to make myself feel better, not anyone else... just me.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Recipe

If you have leftover holiday items in your pantry... you might enjoy this Pumpkin Spice Bread... like I did!






Bon appetit!


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