Day 1: Calorie Counting Sucks

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5 Thoughts Calorie counting and logging food SUCKS. So much. Sure, the app helps. But hot dang! Finding food to nibble on SEVEN times a day takes a lot more energy than expected. Thank goodness my desk is well stocked. I don’t think I got a chance to feel hungry except for that gap between Tea and Dinner. Then again… …I rode my bike to and from work today. The ride home was brutal with the Santa Ana wind blowing into my face all the way home…on a beach cruiser. Longest mile and a half ever! And now my sinus...
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The Hobbit Diet: A Food Nerd Journey

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Alright. I’m doing it, kids. I’m going on the Hobbit Diet for a month starting May 1. 7 meals a day. For a month. Why are you doing this? Curiosity. I want to see if it’s possible to sustain the Hobbit Diet. That’s it. Pure and simple. This is a chance to prove once and for all if all Thais are descendants of Hobbits! I mean, we’re tiny people who love food, love to eat and have a good time. Okay. Maybe it’s just me. I set this as one of my 2014 goals. Before the summer gets crazy, leading...
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Unconditional Love of YOU

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I was hanging out with my friends in Sacramento this weekend. After a few glasses of wine, and the conversation turned Sex and the City-esque.  My love history–or lack thereof–surprised the hell out of everyone. And I heard myself said this. “It wasn’t like I had a self image issue. I was perfectly happy with who I was and I knew who I was. I was content that guys aren’t attracted to any of this [pointing around myself]…” At which point, as good girl friends do, my friends chimed in, “”Aww! Stop it. You’re totally hot!” “Oh, I know I’m...
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10 Goals for 2014

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Let’s do a quick recap of 2013 first. 2013 Goals: kind of 7 out of 10 Find a job I love? Check! Oh my god, check! Don’t finish last at Race on the Base? Totally check. What I didn’t expect is that I would stick with running and continue to run 5K races around the neighborhood. This year’s Race on the Base is my one year anniversary race, and also my last race in a series of 3 to receive my first ever series medal! Be able to do 20 burpees in a row? I wouldn’t say in a CONTINUOUS...
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Counting my 2013 Blessings

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I know I usually do a 2013 recap here with all of my high points and low points of the year. 2013 has been a year of great things. You could say it might have been one of the best years of my life. So, instead of the usual recap, I’d like to actually, literally, count my blessings. Blessing #1: A Permanent Job Since I moved on from the last permanent job in 2011, I was freelancing for about 12 months of the 24 years of being unemployed.  My last temp assignment was to Frieda’s Specialty Produce.  It was supposed...
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Everything has changed: 10th Blogoversary

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Might as well join in the crazy world of Blogging. So I don’t have to keep sending you emails to update and stuff. Hehe. That was my first blog post on this very day, 10 years ago. Oh yes, kids. I’ve been providing you with entertaining verbal vomit for 10 years now. Back then, not a lot of people were doing it. And those of us who did, we were writing about anything and everything. Now, we’d be called a “lifestyle blogger” since we don’t specialize in anything. Or maybe even “humor blogger” if we were slight bit funny. Two...
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