Easing In …

I have this rule that I can buy magazines only when I’m traveling. When I’m on the road, I have a permission to pick up any publications, even trashy tabloids, although I usually end up selecting my usual The Oprah Magazine and Real Simple (and maybe The New Yorker when I’m in the mood for some intellectual read).

On my last trip, I picked up the February issue of the O Magazine and found an exercise called, “You … in Six Words,” where you are challenged to come up with a haiku-like memoir that describes your life in six simple words. Oprah’s was, “Seeking the fullest expression of self.” Some of my favorites were, “I dance daily, watched or not,” “Recipe for failure, changed my ingredients,” and “The good child, until I wasn’t.” I gave this some thought during my five-plus hour flight and came out with this:

Finally growing into my true self.

What’s yours?

Breakfast (9:00 a.m.): Had a quick rice bowl with leftover Korean BBQ beef and seaweed salad for breakfast before the workout. I was halfway through the bowl when I realized that I forgot to take a picture.

Workout: Saori came over to my neck of the wood and trained me, Tiffany, and Shannon on Kangoo at Rose Bowl. She has wanted me to try this rollerblade-meets-trampoline exercise for several years but I resisted, until today.

It was a little difficult to get the hang of it at first, but it became super fun once I got over the fear. We ended up having an absolute blast! I think I’m officially a Kangoo addict. I can’t wait to do it again on Wednesday!surprised

Lunch (1:30 p.m.): After the Kangoo workout, we went to Le Pain Quotidien (our usual) for well-earned lunch. Instead of the usual bread basket, we split two chocolate croissants among the four of us.

I enjoyed a plate of smoked salmon tartines with a cup of Café au (soy) lait. I still feel strange drinking a hot drink with a cup with no handle …

I was still hungry so I had two pieces of bread with its homemade Nutella-esque hazelnut spread. I was in heaven.

Snack (5:00 p.m.): After I came home, took shower, and threw clothes in a washing machine for the second time, I had a small bowl of rice with squid kimchi and seaweed salad.

I also had a box of this Korean chocolate snack that I picked up yesterday

Dinner (7:30 p.m.): I realized that I ate just a little too much again today (despite the workout) so I decided to go light and ate shabu nabe with napa cabbage, mushrooms, onion, tofu, and five pieces of sliced pork for dinner. No rice because I already ate it for snack a few hours earlier.

It was a wonderful weekend.  I’m looking forward to a great week!