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!

First Run of the Year!

Breakfast (9:00 a.m.): Special K cereal with almond milk.  The chocolate chips in here are so good!  I wish they sell them separately for me to snack on!

Lunch (12:30 p.m.): I had hiyamugi (Japanese noodle, a little thicker than somen) with pre-made dipping sauce, and vegetable and shrimp pancake (onion, garlic chives, carrot, and shrimp).

I really wanted to eat tempura soba but realized that I didn’t have any buckwheat noodle left midway through cooking cry so I settled for hiyamugi that my fiance apparently purchased and hid in the pantry when I wasn’t watching.  I ended up eating two pancakes.

Dinner (5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.): Tiffany, Shannon, and I went for a run after work. We ran around Rose Bowl only once, for a total of 3.1 miles, but they were quality three miles. We walked a little but dashed the last quarter mile like our lives depended up it!  I was out of breath at the end and my lungs and heart were pumping but it felt really, really great. YAY to the first workout of 2012!

I had a small bowl of spaghetti with bolognese sauce before the run to make sure that I had enough energy for the workout (which helped tremendously), but we ended up having real dinner at Pita Jungle in Old Town Pasadena afterward. I was actually pretty surprised how clean Colorado Boulevard was, considering that this was the heart of yesterday’s Rose Parade.

We shared a few appetizers (hummus, pita, sliced cucumbers, scallops, and shrimp) and shared the plate of grilled vegetable salad and black bean burger.  Oh, and two glasses of red wine.

I’ve gained a few pounds in the last several days, which is not too surprising … but I have to get back on track now.  I’m so happy that I’ll be working out with my sister tomorrow!

This is usually how I feel …

biggrin When I  see my sister … very happy to see her!
eek When I find out what she is going to put me through for the next 60 minutes
mad When I have to start
cry When I can’t do some of the moves (burpies!) because I’m so out of shape
razz When I’m DONE!
twisted And this is my sister, with her tough love!