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Iiiit’s Sunday!

Hi everyone! How are you doing on this fine Sunday? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally! A break from school and I can sit and relax (and work on my art projects). Okay, I’m 2/3 way done, so that’s…pretty good! I need a break from art too ๐Ÿ™‚ Because sometimes, art doesn’t come to you; you just have to wait for the right timing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Review Alerts!

Trio Bars from Costco! Know what’s good about this product?

It’s veeeeeegan! ๐Ÿ˜€ If that’s the first thing mentioned on any food, that makes it 10 times better!

Open the box, and here they are. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cranberry

Tropical

Strawberry

Blueberry

I tried the tropical flavor, cranberry flavor, and the strawberry flavor, but they all taste the same. So really, it doesn’t matter what flavor you get. And I was excited and happy about finding a bar that is healthy AND I can eat as a snack, until I saw this:

Product of...

China!! Does this HAVE to be from China?!?! I was like “Really?!?! Wwwwhhhhhyyyyyy!?!?!?!?!” (I’m very against Chinese food; you don’t know WHAT’S in them!!) So this, gave me a heart attack. (But I have to eat it anyways…St***** product of China!) >:P That made it taste 10 worse than it was. S***** product…*mumble mumble*

Oh well. (It says it’s vegan, no trans fat, no additives, no preservatives, no cholesterol, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, non-GMO, and Kosher, so I GUESS it’s okay and safe, but it’s China…you never really know what they have up in their sleeves…Grr) Hmp, I got other food that made me happy so it’s all okay though.ย ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m talking about other food like these…

Almond bu-tttter!

Odwalla!

Mmm! Costco gets bonus points for having these!! Almond Butter isn’t as “buttery” or “oily” as Peanut Butter, and the Odwalla juice was very sticky/slimy, but it tasted thick and rich!!! I really love it, and I will repeat both of these soon enough! (and NOT get the Trio bars)

Moving on, sometimes for school lunches, you want something other than the same ol’-same ol’. So, I tried these instead of my usual sandwich!

J & Yogurt Sandwich!

I didn’t have PB (major problem!!!), so I used soy peach yogurt instead ๐Ÿ™‚ Very sweet, but my boyfriend didn’t say anything about it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And for the last two days, I’ve been craving for…bagels! (weird…) So, I had this for a snack! (overstuffing – a biiiiiiiiig no no, but still)

Raisin Bagel

Also from Costco (really?). But I was really shocked about how it has “bleached white flour” because that’s really bad for you. But then, I can’t really say anything because I already bought it, so I might as well just live with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, did I ever post this picture up? I don’t think I did, so I will now ๐Ÿ™‚

Reese's Pieces Vegan Mode!

Because I wanted something sweet after lunch, I made this, but instead of using PB, I used vanilla soy yogurt for the filling! ๐Ÿ˜€ It tasted separate; It tasted like “Harden Chocolate” and “Yogurt”. It was still good though, because it made me happy ๐Ÿ™‚ (though I had it after school because it wasn’t ready by the time I was about to leave the house.)

Sunday's Lunnnnnnnch!

And I had another 1/2 bagel after this, but still, this lunch (- trio bar) is the lunch I had EXACTLY in mind. (Hm, I’m getting better at imagining in my head exactly what I want. Woo Hoo!) It’s a good skill to have, so you can imagine the person you want to be in the future. ๐Ÿ˜€ (or any good that you want to be/happen in the future) Yeaaaaaaaaaaay imaginatioooooooooohn!!!

Hm, after doing the 5-Week Ab Challenge, I realized that 1.) I feel really fat if I don’t do any workout in that day and 2.) My voice sounds better and flows stronger when I sing (not that I sing for a living or anything, but still) Cool! I always wanted to have my voice flow better! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love getting all the benefits of this challenge! ๐Ÿ˜€

And know what? My stomach is collaborating with me!!! Wooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Because of that, I’m in a super-good mood (and when it’s not, I feel pretty rotten). Seriously, the Ab Challenge IS helping out!!! And because I know I’m doing it with other friends, I can seriously motivate myself to do 50 sit-ups and 20 push-ups in the 20 minute range (at 11 o’ clock at night. Wow). And usually I’m too lazy to do it that late at night!! I love working for the good with other friends!! I hope your friends are motivating you to doing it, girls! ๐Ÿ˜€

On top of the 5-week Ab Challenge, I’m lifting my dumbell friends up and down, so I’m gettin’ some muscles on my arms! (YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHYY!!!!) I’ve ALWAYS wanted arm muscles (Don’t have a super-duper specific reason, but I did and I still do, of course!!), so I’m pretty excited!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Maybe I want some muscles to protect my innocent muscle-less cute boyfriend! Ha ha ha!!)

Choco-Cereal balls!

I’m seriously like an expert at this. (But for this one, instead of actually mashing up the cereals beforehand, I just dumped it in and crushed them as I was stirring it in chocolate) Anything easy, love to experiment with food, I shall say. ๐Ÿ˜€ (And know what? I’m almost done with the two-pounder of chocolate I had since…Valentine’s Day! It will be gone sooner than I expected!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ahh, poor boy. Michael’s apparently really sick (cough attacks!), so he can’t really do too much…And I just got a call from him (super good timing, boy!) and he said that he won’t be going to school tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Just to make sure he’s okay) Well, good thing he didn’t die and his lungs didn’t explode on him. (because then, THAT would be bad.) I really want to go give him a hug right now, but since I can’t I’ll post the art piece that *deff* needed the help of his construction paper to make him feel better ๐Ÿ™‚

AP art!!

Semi-lots of yellows…I really love this color; it’s the best color for anything! (without it, there’s no way I can do art) And hey, peta2’s nugget is yellow too! Hmm…I guess I’m attracted to the color yellow in general! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Btw, it really did help, so thank you my boy) ๐Ÿ˜‰ I owe you lots when you feel better.

Actually, I owe him more than “a lot” because he’s done so much for me. (Like buying clothes when I need/want it.) I’m totally a baaaaaaaad lady, asking him to get my clothes…

Free 2B Me!

Pink!

I needed a green t-shirt for Japanese School (we all had to wear the color we chose from the rainbow, and I chose green but didn’t have one) And since this was at Kohl’s, there were so many other clothesย that were cheap and cute. This one *deff* caught my eyes and I REALLY wanted it (it was cute!) I have the exact same one (but blue), but I wanted it, and he asked me if I did want it, so I kind of said yes…Total under $20, but I still felt bad (because it’s not his) He is the sweetest person ever, and I really love him in all ways Iย can think of. (yes he tries to think of a better way to do stuff, but that’s a part of him and I love him for that too) ๐Ÿ™‚ So thank you and really, I owe you lots!

Fhew! I left this poor computer on for the whole day, so it needs to rest! (and my blog actually started around 12:30 in the afternoon but didn’t get published for the next few few few hours…Hm, wonder why…) Multitasking; we’re so good at that, aren’t we, teens? ;D

Well anywho, I finished my art projects (x 3!!), got some my fave-anime sketchings done, and all I have to do is go to bed! Hope you all had a good Sunday!

Thaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Out of it…Or am I?

Heey world! How are you doing today? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whoa, don’t know why (actually I do, but…) but I’m totally OUT OF IT this week. Perhaps it’s because I have 3 art projects due on Monday, which means I only have 3 days to work on it! Ahhhh!!

So the food-consumption level has gone waaay up (and there was an International Festival where there was ONE vegan food someone prepared (other than salsa and chips), so I had too many of those and…ahya), but I’m still continuing my 5-week ab challenge, so for that case, I’m in good shape! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yesterday was the worst; I was completely out of it. I was tired and sore and…all that jazz. Which made me have a wholeย 3.5 0z (100g!) of chocolate in one day (at once, too!) Ho-oly moly! That’s why my head started hurting crazy!! (once you go a healthy lifestyle, you get SUPER-sensitive to stuff) So yeah, that’s not fun, but I will get back on track, so it’s cool.

On top of that, since I’m doing this ab challenge with many of my friends in the bloggingworld, I’m very…dedicated. Yes, I know I’m doing it for myself, but even more than that, I think I’m able to push myself to the limit everyday because I know my friends are doing it too. I really thank all of them girl friends and girls, lets keep it up! ๐Ÿ˜€

Review Alert!

WF's Super Green Bar!

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Mmm! Because I didn’t have pictures the first time I ate it, I bought more! (I did this just forย Michal. I’m so nice, aren’t I?ย *sigh*) I ate the chocolate one first, and this was the original kind. Both very chocolaty, and this one tasted very…green! ๐Ÿ˜€ Very healthy, and it’s a score after working out and sweating like crazy. (though PURE bars are still 100 times better than these greenies!)

Ahh…It’s so interesting how in life, things just happen/occur at the right timing. Why do I say this? Because this week is National Eating Disorder Week. (Found out about this from Genaย and the Twins.) It’s a perfect week for me (and honestly, WHAT I HAVE IS NOT A DISORDER!!!), and though the week is more than half-way over, I can still keep it up and do good! (and I explained info about veg*nism today to my friends! Now THAT rocks!) ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, sometimes it’s hardย for people (especially us girls, correct gals?) to admit that eating is fun. We don’t want to sound like eating is a bad thing, but you know…it’s tough! But then, if we appriciate it and treat ourselves with nice, good, nourishing food, our body will thank us! So if you haven’t already, please admit and tell yourself “It’s okay to say and admit that I like eating. It’s true, I love it, and it’s O-KAY”. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, if you exercise, it balances out! Yeay exercising for 30 minutes and walking to school (also 30 minutes) in the morning everyday!

So please, if you want something to eat, don’t go out getting that poptart in your cupboard. It ain’t good for you. Instead, try something healthy like this!

Apple Granola Yogurt Parfait!

I really had this cravings for apples and yogurt (like a fruit salad,ย but just with crunchy, nice, juicy, apple), andย I really enjoyed eating my salad with oats in them, so I turned it into a…parfait! It was very good, yummy, crunchy (yes!), and very silky + peanutbuttery. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I added strawberry jam and PB) Mmmm guilt-free healthiness!

Regardless of the situation I’m in (totally out of it or not, sad, angry, hard, tough, horrifying, etc.), I’m always pretty happy and positive. (practicing and telling yourself to always be postivie and happy actually helps A LOT on the long-run. It might take a while, but it’s REALLY WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT.) So even though I have too many projects I need to work on, I’m still happy because I STILL have time to blog! (yeay!) ๐Ÿ˜€

Smile!

Smiles make me happy and cheery. It makes me want to give a big smile back too! This is Michael’s knee smiling at me and him from the rip of his pants ๐Ÿ™‚

And friends! Yes, friends. They are the nicest people you can find around you. They are there for you, they respect you, and they just rock your world. (Some may be doofballs, so if they’re a serious doofy, just leave. Them not respecting you for who you are ain’t worth your time AT ALL.) I love my friends because they make me laugh, I can share ideas with them, I can talk to them, and they help me when I need it. Though I am no way nearly as close to my friends than I am to my boyfriend (not by a LOOOOONG shot), they are still there for me when I need them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Meee-chain!

One of my good friend made this for meee! It made me so happy because now I have a chibi-keychain of me! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I gave her one on her birthday, and now she gave me one! Karma totally does exist!) I knew it ๐Ÿ˜€ But because this totally inspired to make me something that is more “original” and me, I made this!

Iiiiiit's nugget!

Let me repeat that again because it’s totally worth the repeat. Iiiiiit’s nugget!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love this peta2ย nugget! I really wanted my own key-nugget-chain for a while, and because I born to be creative and use my head for once, I totally had to make this happen! It’s very cute, and really, I want to make a variaty of this chick!

Comparison ๐Ÿ™‚

I love D(o)I(t) Y(ourself) activism! Very easy, fun, and I can express myself! (yeaaaaaaay!!)

Whoo! I somehow finished my math homework (wow, when did I even start on it??), and I had this super-sunlight spark moment today, so next week is going to be a blast for many reasons! ๐Ÿ˜€ (By the way, Me and Michael’s One Year Anniversary is coming up! It’s March 6-8 if anyone’s curious and/or going to remember!)

Thaaaaaanks for coming! ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S: Averie is having a Nutty Giveaway!

P.S.S: Ahh, I love blogging because you get to meet so many other bloggers! Goodies Galore is having a Giveaway!

First Date!!

Hi peeps! How ‘u all doin’? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, so today was probably one of the whackiest days ever. Michael and I went to Whole Foods in our city 3 times in one day!! (too many little trips!!) It was quite funny, but I *deff* had fun all those times!

Oh My Gosh. Though we’ve been going out for…11months and a little, we’ve never been on an actual “date” before. (not my style period endย of story) So today, I took him on a “date” to…

Chipotle! It’s right in front of Whole Foods, and I really wanted to check it out, so I did! (thanks for the inspiration and help Nick, Michal, and Katie!)

Sooo we shared the Vegetarian Burrito (because a lot of people said it was huge and it was), and it was deeeelish!

Ta da!

Spliiiit!

Yum yum yum!! I got all the vegetarian stuff: black beans, some stirred vegetables, lime rice, mild salsa, lettuce, and a little bit of guac to the side.

Totally stalking (?) Michael while he’s eating. ๐Ÿ™‚

He he ๐Ÿ™‚ I love him so much!

Good thing we split, because I was pretty done with (the main) food! I still can’t believe I didn’t go to this place until..now! It was really yummy, and I will *deff* give it another chance!! ๐Ÿ˜€ (why not?)

Then after that, we walked to WF and got this to split!

Rice Dream!

Rice Dream Oatmeal cookie chocolate covered sandwich! Yumm yumm yummers! Totally tasty, and if you haven’t already, go try it out! (it’s like you’re missing out Chipotle!) It’s so necessary to get this if you’ve never tried it before. The cream tastes very smooth (because it’s Rice Milk), and the cookie + chocolate combo gives it a sweet, mouth-kicking flavor! ๐Ÿ˜€

Then we went to Fred Meyer’s and came back to WF for the 3rd time (First: Got gum. 2nd: Got ricecream), and while Michael was buying lunch for his mom, I got what I needed and started taking pictures of my green friends!

Greeeeeeens!

From the left: Chocolate Covered Super Greens Bar, Spearmint Glee Gum, Apple Cinnamon PURE bar, and Original Super Greens Bar. Very green, I know. ๐Ÿ™‚

And dinner was pretty well-rounded. Very proud of myself there. ๐Ÿ˜€

So I’m getting back and track of my healthy life, and I’m enjoying it so far! (yeay for walking to school!) ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope life works out for you, and thaaanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S: Kris is having a detox giveaway!

Fasting and chocolate

Hello peoples! How are you doing today?

Okay, so my tummy is being nice to me today (though I’m a little….stuffed today, but oh well) I fasted for a day; all I ate was 3 apples and had LOTS of liquid. Very fun; I felt a lot lighter and I wasn’t as hungry as people think. I really love doing this;ย I think I’m going to do this more often. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (that’s when my eating-digesting habits all get back in shape)

(this was yesterday, but) After school was over, I delivered Michael some chocolate goodienesses!!

Muffiness!

Vegan Reese's Pieces!

Yum yums! The top is aย ย muffin ( x13)ย from thisย recipe (vegan, of course!) and vegan Reese’s Pieces ( x 10) from thisย recipe (tweeked it a little and looked at another website but don’t know which one), and they both look like winners! ๐Ÿ˜€ The Pieces are SUPER HARD when you eat it right out of the fridge, but they are filled with hyperness of…chocolatey-peanutbuttery-yummersness! (and my girl friends at Japanese School enjoyed my vegan “muffins” as well!) Yeay triple score!

Ooh, and for the past two days, I’ve been with Michael’s family. (because they’re son was born) It’s quite different from what I usually do, because I’m just not the type of person who goes and sees people or go to movies with. (NOT anti social. I love people too much :)) So I went to the hospital to see the baby (very cute and very small; 5 lb 5 oz and 18in), and I saw how the baby was living its hardest already (breathing very hard). It’s quite interesting to think how WE were ALL once like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So when I went to the hosp with Michael and his little brother (15), my mom got a really cute baby set (with towels and a really cute, soft, cuddly stuffed monkey) that she gave me to give to their mom, and that saved my butt!! Their mom liked it A LOT, and I was really glad about that. (now they won’t hate me as much as they used to, I think and I hope…) I thanked my mommy A LOT for that, because that just totally…saved me! (from what? being hated for not seeing them “formally” until I was with Michael for about…almost a year? Ha ha)

And today, I was offered to go to dinner with them (!), and something inside of me was yelling “GO WITH THEM THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THEM!!!!!” So though I semi-refused at first, my mom said it was okay, so I went, and we went to this sushi place. (though it was a Japanese place, it was very Christian in a way. Interesting) Good thing I did my research beforehand, because if I didn’t, I would be panicing about how there’s nothing I can eat! But luckily, there wereย  few things that I was able to eat. (and I was pretty stable from the huge lunch that I had. A huge salad from Whole Foods! No pic though because I didn’t have my camera with me!) It was very good, and I felt good because 1.) I was able to finally meet them “formally” and 2.) I was able to teach them about the Japanese culture. I really like talking about something I know really well about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After I got home, I had the rest of the salad I got for lunch, had 2 PB & Js, and a pure bar. (Oops!) But that’s okay. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually hungry because I didn’t have a lot at the restaurant. (mmm pure bars!) So tomorrow, I have to get moving again!

Speaking of exercising, have you heard about my girl friend Michal’s challenge? Go check it out, and if you are totally up for it, join! I’m in with this girl, and I’m going to…

  1. Train my core every other day. (My week starts on Monday, so it would be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
  2. Do cardio at least 30 minutes, 6 times a weekย (good thing walking counts!)
  3. Rest for one day (don’t do yoga, so I should take a nice, easy, slow-paced walk)
  4. Eat healthy. “Healthy” as in…
  • Drink lots of water
  • Limit the amount of sugar I have (a few chocolateย won’t hurt)
  • Eat until I’m 8/10 full
  • Eat my greens (salad!!)
  • Fast once in a while (for detox reasons)
  • Take suppliments that will help me
  • Drink vegetable juice

It’s a 6-week challenge for her,ย but I’m going to make it a 5-week challenge (because the week after is Spring Break. It’s just easier for me to keep track of how many days/weeks I’m doing this :)) And tennis season is the week after this Monday’s week (really?), so I’m dreadful that I can’t see my boyfriend that often! *super sobb*ย should be getting back in real good shape! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, my 5-week Ab challenge (from 2/22 [Monday] to 3/28 [Sunday]) will look like this!

5-Week Ab Challenge!

Exercises:

  • Train the core 3 alternating days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri, etc.) with 3 sets of 25 reps of any two of these: Crunch, cobra, plank, squats, sit-ups. I will add 10 push-ups and lifting weights with these. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Do cardio everyday for at least 30 minutes: walking, swimming, running, tennis, etc.
  • Do my usualย 4 exercises that are effective for digestion
  • Rest on Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ I will take a nice and slow/easy walk on this day.

Food:

  • 2 meals a day:

Morning: have 1-2 cups of water and carrot/vegetable juice

Lunch: salad, apples, sandwich, rice, etc.

Dinner: (with a minimum requirement of) Brown Rice, miso soup, and vegetables

Snack: A little is okay ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Remember* LOTS OF WATER!

So yes. This will be my schedule, and I will have fun with this! ๐Ÿ˜€

Going back, at Whole Foods today, we were supposed to get this detox liquid called Flor Essence, but instead, my mommy got me something else that will help me out! ( x 2 + the one mommy decided to buy for her + family)

Super-girrrls!

(I say girls because this consists of Rose Hip, Plant Enzyme, and Ground Flaxseed. If these were Magnesium and caffine and whatnot, it would be a man;)) Rose Hip has about 30 times more Vitamin C than oranges and lemons (holy sh*t that’s a lot!!), and the Plant Enzyme (which is a “Vegetarian/Vegan Product – yeay!!) will help me digest. (of course I still need to eat proper sized meals and exercise) But this means A LOT to me when something that helps me the most isn’t available in America. ๐Ÿ˜€ย (anyone going to Japan soon?)

And the flaxseed is famous for its goodness, so I will skip the explaining part. ๐Ÿ™‚ I shall add it when I bake or when I make salads! (and today I just totally realized that putting steelcut (don’t really know if it was, but) oatmeal in the salad is butt-kickingly good! I discovered that raisins were good with salads, but this was…pretty nifty!) And the Raspberry vinegar was very sweet with my salad too. ๐Ÿ™‚

And I shall introduce you to my newest morning girl friend ๐Ÿ™‚

What a cutie! Very orange, but actually, very carrot-y. ๐Ÿ˜€ But since carrot has the ability to reduce the power of your body to take in Vitamin C, I combine this withย  hugeย squeezes a little squeeze of lemon because it helps the body absorb Vita C. ๐Ÿ™‚ (and it makes the taste more mild) It tastes really yummy, and this will help me with my tummy too! (but I still have to combine it with my exerciese!)

I’m actually really glad that I got to a point where I get extremely frustrated and cranky when I don’t digest. Why? Because now I truely, and deeply understand the importance of eating and exercising. They are both very important and very…precious.ย Yes, sometimesย I want to eat more, but nowadays, I appriciate the food that’s going in my mouth to keep me moving.ย I think way more about what I eat now, and I’m really getting better.

So now, I’m going to enjoy my not-so-quite-but-working-on-becoming-healthy (and my Vegan Reese’s Cup!)! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

My friend Michal is still having her giveaway! Hurry!

Rain of joooooooooooys!!

ยกHola mi amigos! ยฟCรณmo estabas cuando no era aquรญ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I postponed blogging ON PURPOSE. You will see the reason why later. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t worry. I wasn’t hiding from blogging (like my boyfriend) ๐Ÿ™‚ (I would DIE if I didn’t have bloggging!)

First things first! Rush rush rush post!

Catching up on Valentine’s Day! My amazingly cute boyfriend brought me a huge American Eagle Bag with these in it!!

Woooooooooow!! Chocolate goodieneeeeeessss!!!!

Yum yum yum! (This was problamatic at firstย because I’m try to eat healthy (but I can work it out). But he knows I love chocolate, so it’s okay. Besides, the expiration date isn’t until June and September 30! I got time to leave it in the fridge) ๐Ÿ˜‰ The TJ’s Vegan cookies were a winner, though! (and on top of that, he said he tried to make me more cookies! But then I called him at the exact timing, so I have prevented (semi-sobb) him from baking me cookies!) I’m excited for tennis, because THAT’S when I’ll be needing my PURE Bars!

Totally took a snapshot of him. ๐Ÿ™‚ He totally looked this way, so I told him not to.

What a guy he is. He understands me, he comforts me, he knows me, he only looks at me, and he thinks I’m beautuiful (I’m pretty sure he’s just saying that. All guys do that to their girlfriends. And if he thinks that for real, he needs to go get his eyes checked along with his hearingness.) Even though he may be his weird little himself at times (like the time where he stayed afterย class/school because he was fascinated by magnets), I still love him with everything I have. He’s the person I’ve been looking for. (and he was right there! Hellllllooooo junior high kids! Totally blind kids!) If he wasn’t in my life, my life would have been…pretty miserable. He brings light and hope (and sometimes chocolate!) and he’s just amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Going back to the topic, say “teas”!

I don’t know if they’re really helping with digestion, though. (The exercises from Dr. Mitsuo Koda seems a lot more efficient than tea.)

Ooh! Got some more presents!

Good book. Goooooood book. I recommened you lazy fat a**s to go read it right now! (hey, men get “Skinny Bastard”, so check that out the next time you’re at a bookstore.) ๐Ÿ˜‰ I enjoyed it so much, that I read it in one day and I’m reading it again! (thank you for buying it for me Michael!)

Boom! What is this package, you ask?

Ta-da!!! Vegan hoodie!!! It made it in…a week! That was really fast and sooner than I expected. Happiness!!! It’s very warm and cosy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if I would pay $40 for it though, because it’s not as thick as it looks. But anywhoo, I love it.

My super healthy salad I made yesterday! Combined pretty much everything I demanded wanted in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

For Valentine’s Day (finally I’m on the topic), instead of plan A, we (as in family + me + Michael) went to a Sushi Place where my mom’s friend is the owner. Pretty good, but I was kind of teased about my veganess. (But that’s okay. People are butt. Ooh, that reminds me. PEOPLE = ASSES. SNOBBY GIRLS = ASSES. I-LOVE-MY-SELF-TOO-MUCH PEOPLE = ASSES. End of story) ๐Ÿ™‚

The owner’s son and daughter (son = my bro’s best friend)

Lets call him Y ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets call her C ๐Ÿ˜‰

What cute friends I got ๐Ÿ™‚ 13 and 10. They are super gamers.

Moving on, I won this award from my beloved friend, Michal!

Yeay for the Sunshine Award! (and thanks!) I have to give this to 12? other people, and this award goes to the blogs of “My Personal Fave” section of the sidebar there, so congratulations girls!

Speaking of Michal, today (2/16) is her 1 year Vegan Anniversary!!!! Congraaatulations, girl! I really want to give her a present but since she lives waaaaaaaaaaaay over there, I decided to…do something that would make her happy for being who she is.

Ready?

Here it comes.

It’s scary.

But it’s true.

Ready…

And…

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Yes, it says ZUMBA. I went to Zumba today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooooooooooooooooow!!! Scary from the past posts, huh?

I went to the Zumba class (where I discovered that it was only 5 minutes away by driving. Yes!!) right by my house, and I danced like a crazy girl for AN HOUR!!! Ho-ly crapola!!!

People at the gym were very friendly, and I was able to blend in with the croud pretty fast. Zumba itself was very fun, energetic, surrouned by old women (no really. pretty much everyone was passed their late 50’s), and it was…AMAZING. Will I give it another shot? Absolutamente yes!!!!

Fhew! I’m doing real good this week! Good amount of food, and I 1.) walked with Michael for an hour and a half on Monday and 2.) I did Zumba(!); my mood feels a lot better when and after I exercise. Fun! Thanks to all of you that suggested and sent me links to awesome exercising websites and videos! I am putting many of them into action!

Closing must be funny. Who’s “cuter”?

My boyfriend

Or my little brother who’s dressed all in red?

I think Michael is cuter (just because he’s my boyfriend and the angle of the picture is so adorable!) but then, my brother would be “cute” because…he’s red! What’s NOT to consider cute about that?

Well, now I shall go sleep and prepare for tomorrow! And tomorrow is supposedly “Walking Wednesday”, so that is something I am looking forward to tomorrow! (Hope I’m not sore and it doesn’t rain!)

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming!

P.S: My girlfriend Michal is having her first vegan giveaway!

The World doesn’t suck. It’s OUR choice.

Hola a las personas del mundo y ยฟcรณmo estรกs? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hi. I’m still struggling with my eating “problems”. I don’t know what to do. I’m not that much of an exercise person, and I’m living everyday thinking the purpose of life is to become a better person than the day you were born.

That’s my mission in life, you see. And because I’m “struggling” with my “problems”, I’ve been on one of my inspirational websites, and from there, I was looking at other blogs that were linked from hers.

Then, I’ve encountered many fantastic, inspirational ones, and I was thinking about myself.

“What am I doing right now?”

I’m sitting here, eating (again, but not as I type) and not burning those calories, yet suffer from overeating but want more to fill up my “desire”.

Wow, I honestly have to say: I SUCK. Okay, I know I do, and the good thing about that is that I WANT to recover. I WANT to be healthy, and I WANT to feel better.

Just to tell you (and myself), I eat like this because whenever I see my friends blogging, I see how much food they’re eating, and somewhere in my brain I tell myself, “I wish I can eat a lot just like them”. (No, I really do. I feel and know that I do. Wow)

It sucks, it honestly sucks. But still, there is this side of me that is struggling to get out of this situation. It’s just that exercise really doesn’t seem like a thing for me and I’m too/really scared to take the first step. I’m here, but I’m there, I guess. (So I’m asking those bloggers for exercising tips. Anyone have good, easy, beginner ones?) Anything would help.

Second, as I was going through the blogs, I discovered (RE-discovered) how wonderful this world was. There are so many goods going on in the world, but we (as in “many of us”) are NOT taking it forgranted. (I’m not saying I 100%, 24/7 take things forgranted. I’m working on it big time, though). But I KNOW I can say that I take things more forgranted than the people around me.

Do Americans (or any other people that aren’t Japanese) say “I thank you for this meal”? If you say the whole pray thing is this, I say no. The whole pray thing is to god, right? I’m not talking about that. In Japanese, before we eat, we ALWAYS say “Itadakimasu”. This has no literal translation, but it is the closest to saying “thank you for this meal”. (But really, there’s no translation for it)

We say this because we are appriciating mother nature and where the food comes from, who manufactured it, and the plants that gave up their souls to become food for us, selfish humans. (If you say plants don’t have feelings, please get out of here. It’s not worth your time reading this) Plants totally have feelings and they DO scream and cry when they’re cut. We just don’t hear it. But just because we don’t hear it, that doesn’t mean they’re NOT screaming, correct? (Veg*ns, you should know what I’m talking about. Just because normal people don’t hear the animals cry when they get slaughtered, that doesn’t mean they’re NOT screaming, right? Exactly.)

So the next time before youeat (especially if you eat a lot, because you are taking in more things that should be appriciated), please think about how it got on to your plate and appriciate it. (For more information on the word “Itadakimasu”, please visit this website.)

Everytime I encounter this problem, it makes me want to tell the world all the good things they should do. But more than that, I’m TELLING MYSELF. By telling others, I’m telling myself. Why? Because what you want people do do for you, is generally what people want you to do.

Going back to my blog surfing, I (re-)discovered how people were exercising and staying fit/happy/healthy. I am happy the way I am, but not really. This “problem” bothers me when it shows up out of no where.

But then, it’s not the world that sucks. It’s OURSELVES that’s creating the problems, not the others. (So stop blaming that you got in a car accident because of the person in front of you. If you were more cautious, it wouldn’t have happened). People need to stop blaming everything on the other person, and start taking responsibilities on their own.

Yes, there might be times where you KNOW FOR SURE that it’s the other person’s fault. But think about it; really? Was it really his fault for taking the last piece of cake though YOU WERE THE ONE THAT LEFT IT ON THE COUNTER? Really? It sure doesn’t seem like it. (This totally ties back into the idea of Ho’ oponopono) And FYI, ever since I learned about how Karma exists and how what goes around DOES come around, I stopped blaming things on other people. I COMPLETELY stopped blaming things on people. And know what the result of that is? I feel a lot happier! I feel a lot better because if I knew I did it and caused the problem, I don’t have anyone to be mad at! It takes the weight of being mad at someone off me and makes me happy. (So that’s ONE improvement that I accomplished throughout my almost-18-years of life)

My point is that life nor the world suck. It’s US that’sย making the choice, and it’s OUR fault. If we want something bad to happen, it happens because we made that choice. So, if you want, go knock yourself out and die. That’s your choice. But if you want to become a better person than you were yesterday, go do it.

But these “changes” don’t start all of a sudden. Yes, sadly to admit, but it TAKES PRACTICE. (And patients, too. Did I hear that? P-A-T-I-E-N-T-S.) You have to keep reminding yourself why and for what purpose you are living for, and HOW you want to make your life.

Seriously, the world is beautiful. It’s dirty from places-to-places, but if you look in the right spots, it’s amazing how marvelous this world is.

For inspirational, life-changing moments, take your time and look at these:

Yes, some of them are repeats from the older post, but I will repost them to make sure that it’s out there again.

There are many helpful, inspirational blogs out there too, but I will write about them in my future post because “blogs” don’t fit under the same categories as these inspirational webpages.

So guys and gals, it’s YOUR choice to make good things (and bad things) happen. Be wise, and choose the choice RIGHT FOR YOU. (and if it’s not fun, don’t do it. It’s just simple as that) ๐Ÿ˜‰

And if I can improve as a person (inside and out!) throughout and with this blog, I am more than happy. This blog is basically for me, but if I (can) somehow inspire you to do/be good in life, I’m very happy about it.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! And thaaaaaaaanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cooking and fun!

World!! Hola y cรณmo estรกs? ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s mid-winter break, and I’m taking things real easily. Being with my silly boyfriend, shopping, and cooking! What fun is that?

A while ago, (it was SUPPOSED to be for Valentine’s Day, but someone made it 7 days before the day. “Patients, young one!”) me and my BF made Choco balls and I ate most of it within that day. ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Choco balls!

ย I used the 100% Cocoa chocolate bar (for BAKING. NOT for eating straight!) that Michael bought me, and it turned out very…dark. Very easy to make, and it’s very tasty, so it’s a win-win game. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wowha!

Michael’s hand has turned very black…Wooh! What powerful chocolate that was!

Today, because it’s almost Michal‘s 1 year vegan anniversery, as a present (in the blogging world), I made these!

Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

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It turned out very bright-colored compared to hers, and I think that’s because I used dates with the white powder on them. (Does anyone know ifย they’re raw?? I really need this question answered!) I always use the powdered dates, and they are good simply to snack on!

On top of that, she gets chocolate-covered ones (that Michael made), too! ๐Ÿ˜€

Since he had to leave early, he made this at his house. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then emailed me the picture with a comment: “…it was very chocolaty (the taste of the cookie was kind of covered by the chocolate task).” I’m looking forward to trying it myself tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€

Another Michael Creation!

Is that what I think it is? Lets take a better view…

I โค U!

Awwwww! That’s so cute of him to do this for me!! I couldn’t help it but smile! ๐Ÿ™‚ (He had a hard time making the “I” and the “U”) It’s so adorable! I love you too Michael! ๐Ÿ˜€

Other than loving my BF and the world (didn’t I start off a paragraph like this yesterday?), I love earrings!! (and bracelets! But if I took pictures of all of them, it would be over 50, so I won’t do that) I was counting how many I had, and it turned out I had quite a few!

Whoo! That was a lot! You can see that I like dangly ones A LOT. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m very aware of it myself.

Ooh boy, my nerd project for math art is coming pretty good. (I honestly couldn’t believe that I proved the $^%#&&^%&$*# Theorem to myself. I was quite happy and satisfied) Ahh, nerdiness happiness and joy… (-u-) Love it!

Tomorrow’s plan for the day is to finish my Japanese School homework, make more creations, and…make more creations! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yeaaaaaay hand powerrrr!!!!

It’s supposed to rain (again) tomorrow. I hope it’s not too cold, or I won’t get out of bed!!! (I like warm places, period. End of story)

Thaaaaanks for coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

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