Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A quick shopping note

I completely lost my gatdamn mind today and bought a ridiculous number of things from Loft.com. But in my defense, they were having a pretty awesome sale. I also wouldn't have known if it weren't for Annie so I'll just go ahead and blame her for it instead of holding myself to my actions. Just kidding, I really appreciate her heads up because I needed some new shoes! One of my shoes broke down yesterday, actually, and even though it's fixable, I should have more than 3 pairs of shoes in the rotation. The pair I'm wearing right now is holding on for dear life. I generally try to thrift as much as I can, but sometimes I just cannot find a pair that fits me and it gets super irritating coming up empty handed all the time. And how can I pass up a $10 pair of shoes? However, these things better fit, otherwise I'll have to sell them or something. And gripe about it. I'll post photos of what I got if I can ever find the DANG CAMERA CORD, and short of that I'll just link to the product description.

Stuff I Don't Need: Bento Boxes

Okay guys, I have a confession. I love buying stuff that I have no need for. Just, useless crap, from hair products, to tupperware, to nail polish (I already have over 100 polishes already but I keep buying more). The latest thing I've had my eye on is bento boxes, and all the cute little accessories that you can get with them!

So first you've got the boxes themselves. From my intensive browsing on Amazon research, Kotobuki seems to be a brand with a wide selection of boxes. They have ones with cute little owls, adorable kitty cats, and other animal faces. (But why is the frog crying?) There are plenty of other selections available, with or without super cute animals. Just do an online search for "bento box." Once you've picked your poison, you can move onto the really good stuff, tiny accessories to junk up your kitchen and waste money on that you'll probably never really use!

I have found so much random stuff used for making lunch look cute. Things like rice molds, vegetable presses, tiny soy sauce containers,  spiral vegetable slicers, and boiled egg molds.

super kawaii!
I mean, look at these adorable little lunches! Can you imagine how many cute little slicers and stampers and molds are available to make these things? This is really an art for the people who do it. Some of them are just so intricate and creative, and I'm in awe that people have the talent (and the time) to create things like this.

But sadly, I have absolutely no art skills whatsoever. Like, none. My time management skills are also pretty questionable. And whenever I think about making adorable lunches with rice hearts and bunny eggs and cucumber stars, reality hits me and reminds me that I usually don't bring lunch to work at all and when I do, it's stuffed into some plastic ziplock bags and thrown into a grocery bag all willy nilly. I mean really, can you imagine me cutting nori into tiny faces to put on little balls of rice every morning?

I know that's right.

I still might get that cat bento box though.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Workin' On Mah Fitness

I've been going to the gym consistently since May 28th! Wooooooo! This is a huge accomplishment for me because a) I don't like working out and b) I tend to give up on things and resort to complaining easily. But not this time! It's been almost a month, and my motivation hasn't yet waned. So what's different this time?

I've stopped thinking of exercise as punishment. I used to be in the mindset that if I slipped up on my diet, I had to go to the gym the next day and work off what I wasn't supposed to eat. Now I realize that while I can't go hog-wild and nom everything in sight, I can have a little ice cream, or chocolate (or pie, or cookies, or cake... this is how I get carried away) and I probably won't gain a gazillion pounds. Exercise is something I should do for fun and to stay healthy, not because I had too many calories and I have to make up for it.

I don't weigh myself as often. Occasionally, I can get addicted to the scale. Two years ago I weighed myself every day for almost the entire year. I know, that's horrible! Bad Vanna! I slapped myself on the back of the hand just now if it makes you feel any better. In my defense, I had other issues going on at the time and was very stressed out. The problem with weighing myself too often, other than that it's cray cray, is that when I gain muscle, the number on the scale doesn't go down, and when I don't see it going down, I quit. I know you've heard that muscle weighs more than fat, so that probably means I won't see much difference on the scale initially. This time, I weigh myself once a week, if that. I have been looking in the mirror, trying to see if I notice any changes (before and after pictures are probably more useful for this purpose, but since I can't find my DRATTED camera cord, I haven't bothered taking pictures lately). Maybe I'm noticing a change, or maybe it's all in my head. But I won't be letting the scale dictate my exercise regimen anymore.

I make time to exercise and don't make excuses. Well, I still make excuses sometimes, but I am making fitness more of a priority now. Instead of going home after work to sit around and play video games, or do something else non-productive, I go straight to the gym. I pack my gym attire and take it to work with me to be sure that I can't use not having anything to wear as an excuse. The payment for my membership gets taken out of my paycheck and knowing that I'm paying for something is another subconscious motivator for me to go. I'm a gal who likes to get her money's worth.

It really takes a change of perception to be successful at sticking with anything, especially for me, and especially with exercise. To be honest, I have had some positive changes in other parts of my life, and that has allowed me to see more clearly and get out of the "funk" that I'd been in for a while. Now I see that I really can do whatever I put my mind to (within reason of course). Now if only I could put my mind to winning the Mega Millions, I'd be set.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hunger Games

Sometimes I just want to eat. Even when I'm not even hungry. For instance, I had a big bento box at Sushi 101 today for their lunch special, and I'm still pretty full. But It's 4 o'clock and I've been craving the Larabar that's in my desk since 2:30. My mind is playing tricks on me!

I think the problem is that I find it difficult to resist food when it's right in front of (or in the drawer behind) me. If I know it's there, I want to eat it. The main remedy for this problem is logic and self control. I just ate lunch and I'm still full, so why would I eat more? Because food is good, duh. I'll just drink my water and exercise some self control before I got to the gym and exercise... my body.