Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Hello...there.

It just occured to me how long it has been since the last entry on my blog. I knew the days were flying past me though I didn't realize just how fast. This past weekend, we went to John and Maggie's for Easter Brunch. Our friends, Teresa and Shannon also met us there.

This time, instead of driving, Johnny and I rode a glistening black Harley Road Glide. The fears I had about riding on a motorcycle at high speeds fled from my mind, like the road underneath us as I watched its reflection fade away on the back of his helmet. There's nothing like the feeling of flying down an open stretch of highway and no seatbelt on...with no one else around but just us two and the sound of the bike's engine humming to the tune of the music from speakers of the Road Glide. Though it was a sunny morning, it was rather breezy but the wind didn't keep us from having fun on the road.

We arrived at John & Maggie's home shortly thereafter to a beautiful brunch. Need I say more?

Our original plan was to ride off to the Valley of Fire but the wind had noticeably picked up since our arrival to Boulder City so Johnny and I decided to head home and enjoy some margaritas under the sun in our backyard, sheltered from the wind. Before I dawned on my Harley protective gear, it appeared Johnny's dad got a hold of it first.

Frankly, I think my helmet looked better on him than me! What do you think?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Healthy Recipes

A collection of healthy recipes I found on the internet that are relatively easy to make and also easy on the budget. My goal is try these recipes but if you get a chance to first, feel free to post your review as I will too!

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Cilantro Chicken with Chili Corn (Serves: 4 Prep: 10 min Cook: 13 min Bake: 20 min)

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Wild Pacific Salmon with Creamy Avocado Sauce (Makes 6 Servings (1 salmon fillet and 2 tablespoons of sauce) Per Serving: 290 cal, 38 g pro, 3 g carb, 13 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 80 mg chol, 1 g fiber, 220 mg sodium Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes)

Poached Salmon with Yogurt Sauce and Mustard Seed Spinach (Makes 4 Servings, 351 calories)

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops (Makes 4 Servings Total Time: 25 minutes)

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Spinach-Cranberry Salad with Toasted Walnuts and Berry Vinaigrette (Makes 6 Servings Per Serving: 110 cal, 2 g pro, 18 g carb, 4 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 1 g fiber, 65 mg sodium Prep Time: 20 minutes)
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Gingered Green Grapes (Makes 4 Servings, 131 Calories per serving)

Best Workout Music

I am always in search of motivating music for my workouts. My favorite album of all times is "Heaven" by DJ Sammy.The tracks on this album are excellent for interval training on the treadmill or eliptic trainer--just put your head phones on and go! It was the music behind my weight loss success.

I found a site that will allow you to search for music by beats per minute: http://www.bestworkoutmusic.com/

More to come...

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DJ Sammy's other website: http://www.djsammy.de/home.html (but it tends to be slow and ties up my computer. Follow link on DJ Sammy above for his other site: http://www.djsammy.com)

Sunday, April 02, 2006

A History: Inside Out

I had a wake-up call. No, it wasn't an accident, or life-altering news. I turned 29 years old. While that may be relatively young, it was a wake-up call for me. Perhaps because I am getting married soon and just want to look good--now...and (hopefully) forever.

I once was at my heaviest weight of 163 lbs. and since then I've lost thirty pounds...and on my 5'6" medium frame, 123 lbs. is not bad though my sister thought I looked anorexic. While 30 lbs. in reduction may not qualify me for the biggest weight loss success story, it was a big deal and achievement to me.

I've managed to keep that weight off for a couple years...until I starting working full-time and now my full-time class schedule is starting to get to me. Emotionally and physically. I now weigh in at the mid-130s.

I thought I would never have to diet again. After all, my weight loss was the result of a lifestyle change and not because of any "diet". Diets have never worked for me and believe me, I have tried almost EVERY diet there was and none have helped me to lose more than 2 lbs. I've always gained more weight than I lost. I learned to think differently about food--that was all it took. Exercising had less to do with my success as the scale tipped in my favor.

But now I'm happy, things are going great, life is good, and even though we're in the fourth month of the year already, I still feel like I'm recovering from the holiday, and yes--I haven't stopped all the guilt-free indulging. The only bad news is all that relaxing cost me ten lbs and I started dieting again since the end of January.

This time, I do not have the luxury of "changing my lifestyle" to gradually losing my blubber. I only have several weeks until I have to look--not my best but in good shape. I don't believe in looking "your best" on your wedding day only to go downhill thereafter. I think you should be at your best every day (mentally and physically) until you can't literally take care of yourself anymore.

So...it's April and I only have several weeks to try and look good for my wedding. Up 'til now, I've tried the low-glycemic diet (gained weight), Atkins (lost weight but yo-yo-ing), Body-for-Life (no results), and anything-I-damn-well-please-to-eat diet (gaining weight). Now I have nowhere else to go. I am confused and so is my body with all this yo-yo weight gain, weight loss in the past several weeks.

SIGH. I better go to bed before I find something to eat or drink myself to sleep. Tomorrow is a new day.

April's Fool

My the weekend sure flying by! Friday night, after a late night at the office, Johnny and I went to Midnight Mayhem where any street-legal car or motorcycle can drive on "the Strip" at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and see what their time is for a quarter-second mile. Here, we saw everything from an old beat up truck and pinto to slingshot motorcyles. Just amazing how fast these cars and bikes go down the speedway. It was a lot of fun to watch! We were hoping to see our buddy, Mark, race his new lifted black Dodge truck but it was almost 1:00 a.m. when we left and Johnny had to work the next day. Next time, Johnny will test his Dodge SRT-4 on the Strip.

Saturday, was April Fools' Day and I had a few tricks up my sleeve. It started when Johnny came home (he normally parks in the third garage and has his own opener.) Then I heard the main garage door go up and down, up and down. Surely he was confused why the main door was opening and closing and not his garage door so I went to investigate just to make sure he saw the boxes I made especially for him....

Well, well...I caught me my first April's Fool--Johnny! Earlier that day, I dropped off lunch to him at work and took the opportunity to switch our garage door openers.

Before the night was over. I made sure to rubberband the spray nozzel to the kitchen sink so he'd have a wet surprise went he went to turn on the kitchen faucet. I couldn't snap a picture because I was trying to avoid the water bottle he was chasing me with...LOL (but here's a visual of how to set the trick up. I saw someone do this on America's Funniest home video!!)

Finally one last trick. I couldn't resist slipping into the foot of his side of the bed, this scarf I got one Christmas (the one with a bunch of rabbits' tails tied strings), for a holy-moly-there's-an-animal-in-my-bed feel when he crawled into bed for the night. Needless to say, it did the trick. But this trick backfired on me the morning after, when he leaned to kiss me awake in the morning and I ended up with the scarf in my face as I leaped out of bed.

I am already plotting next year's bag of tricks. He's already dreading the day April Fools' comes around again.

Sunday, John and Maggie came over. John helped install the coilovers in Johnny's SRT-4 and Maggie and I worked on the wedding arch and bird seeds. We later went shopping at Trader Joe's after we finished folding the napkins for the yacht club restrooms.

While I was at Trader Joe's, still miffed about the cases of three-dollar "Two-Buck Chucks" I purchased a couple weeks before, I meandered down the wine aisle looking for an equally cheap alternative to the Charles Shaw. Under Maggie's recommendation, picked up a bottle of PKNT (pronounce "Picante") Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 from Chile. They also make a Merlot which I also picked up.

So while Johnny was working on his car in the garage with his friends, I took a little break from my coursework to have a teeny sample of this PKNT. Now, I'm not wine expert but I can tell you, this--any wine with 13.5% has to be GOOD, and it is!! The name can be misleading, this wine is not spicy but has a red berry, tobacco smell and is light-medium in flavor and goes down smoothly with a lingering woody taste. I don't have a recommendation for pairing but it tastes great with jerky!!