Regarding my last post on sugar… lets just say it was a really good concept and an good attempt for about two days. x) good try Diana! Good Try! I still want to cut down my sugar intake but its what tickles my tastebuds…. sigh. I will succeed…. one day. One day.

So school’s around the corner and I am..honestly.. petrified. Not to much as to living on my own, I’m sure I’ll ask enough questions and assistance that I’ll settle in just fine. I’m not one thats high maintenance since all I really need is a mattress, a lamp, crockpot, and some eating utensils. I don’t even care for TV as I don’t watch much TV right now. Got an early bday present from my mom (laptop whoowhoo!) so I should be fine on the ‘entertainment’ arena. What I’m worried about is failure. Ok ok… I have already had my textbook that I need to study (as we will be quizzed the first day/ or week? of school) for about two months and I barely had looked at it– and I have a little over two weeks to tackle it. This time frame also includes moving in so I’ll be busy while I try to study… I wish I wasn’t such a slacker. No, I wished I had quit my previous job a bit sooner so I will actually had some time to enjoy some sort of freedom so I won’t feel so rushed as to get all my stuff together for school, study, apply for FAFSA, background checks, submit more files and forms…and dental appts…ya dee da da da. It’s astounding to know how much you can accomplish once you quit a 8-5pm job. Yes– 8-5…not 9-5 like normal folks. Now that I can actually take a breather…its like, BAM! Time to cram and time to gather all your shizz and move out. ahhhhhhhhhh.

I miss my sister. She moved to Philly about three days ago. It didn’t really hit me that ‘oh man, she’s going to be gone and I won’t be able to see her.. until the holidays‘ until about 4 days prior to her leaving. It is true what they say… you never know what you have until you lose it.
>>Camilla, if you are reading this blog entry I want to say that I miss you very very much and I’m still acting like the cry baby that I did two nights before you departed. haha, I will be strong!!!! ** add oil to the both of us. Stay safe, I love you!!

Today… I was going to attempt my first real cross fit class. The reason i said ‘real’ is because the ‘fit camp’ classes I went to at MDA had a crossfit concept but weren’t exactly titled “Cross Fit.” In addition, we didn’t use certain equipment you would typically see… I think. What do I know, I still haven’t went!  Anyway….so… I decided to cop out at the 5pm class today (its 3:31pm), after I saw today’s WOD. It included pullups (o.O!?! seriously… I can’t even do one!), burpees (the death of me!), walking lunges (when my stink face comes out!)….and 400m run (which I should be good at). I’m sure I will not regret going to it (who regrets a workout?!) but im not sure what level of confidence  and motivation  I will be left with afterwards. I am looking forward to one that includes some situps, squats, pushups, runs…in which I can push myself, set a new mental PR, and be motivated to come back the very next day. I can already imagine myself discouraged at the pullup exercise if I go to today’s PM class. …. I will attempt cross fit tomorrow. 🙂  yeah yeah yeah, I know what chall thinking. What a quitter!! pfft.

It’s ok. I already workout out today at least. I might do another one later if I need a study break. I hate sitting for a long time since our bodies are not made to be idle for so long.

Desk job is NOT the job for me! ❤

Until next time…and excuse all my grammatical errors. Me no good @ engrish.

Thanks,

Diana C.

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You know I love sugar. I know I love sugar.. hence the name of my blog. Sigh.

However, due to last night’s binge on sugary stuff. I end up feeling nauseated, regretful, and disappointed at myself for a lack of sugary control. Not to mention that all these sugary concoctions aren’t doing too much justice to my teeth. >.< So.. after inhaling two dove’s milk chocolate, candy caramels, and an entire coconut cream pie with extra chocolate syrup (friend said she was going to share with me but only took 3 bites, in which I end up downing the whole thing), I went to bed at 11pm feeling sooo yucky.

(missing the chocolate syrup I had gulped down)
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I always told myself to limit my sugar intake (I see sugar through the eyes of a 5 yr old), to enjoy and savor it (not inhale), and in moderation. I have not be ‘moderating’ my intake.. I’ve never did. I say it but I don’t do it.

So it’s time for that challenge. I am not cutting out sugary goods for the rest of my life. However, I am traveling across the continent to visit my family in a couple weeks.. so the challenge to myself is.. to cut it out until then. haha, there will be light at the end of the tunnel, but not for these few weeks ahead of me.

Challenge:
1.) NO to desserts/candies (ice cream/popsicles, cookies, froyo, cakes, muffins, scones, decadent breads, chocolates, gummies,..etc.)

2.) NO to sugary drinks (flavored coffee drinks, sodas, juice, sugary alcoholic beverages)

3.) NO to artificial sweeteners, white/brown sugar, stevia, cocoa powder, agave..etc

4.) YES to peanut butter (I can’t live without it)

5.) YES to honey (sparingly)

6.) YES to wine (1 gls limit per day) I don’t want to get hammered anyway. :p

7.) YES to all fruits (grapes? YEA!.. time to bust out frozen grapes)

**8.) An exception will be when it comes to occasions where it’s someone’s bdays, get togethers..etc. (let’s hope no one has a party in these few weeks, lol~~!! jkjk)

Only a couple weeks..less than one month.

I really hope that by writing this out it will be the extra push I need for myself to stay committed. It will be SO rewarding if I make it through!!

I CAN DO THIS… …can I?

until next time,

Diana C. 🙂

I saw this post from Julie (PBfingers) and decided to see what foods I have and haven’t tried. I would like to tackle all of them one day…(maybe the exception of ‘Squirrels’ or ‘Sweetbreads). I googled Sweet breads and it is DEFINITELY NOT what I thought it would be. lol

1. Abalone

2. Absinthe

3. Alligator

4. Baba Ghanoush

5. Bagel and Lox

6. Baklava

7. Barbecue Ribs

8. Bellini

9. Bird’s Nest Soup

10. Biscuits and Gravy

11. Black Pudding

12. Black Truffle

13. Borscht

14. Calamari

15. Carp

16. Caviar

17. Cheese Fondue

18. Chicken and Waffles  (4/21/12)

19. Chicken Tikka Masala

20. Chile Relleno

21. Chitlins

22. Churros

23. Clam Chowder

24. Cognac

25. Crab Cakes

26. Crickets

27. Currywurst

28. Dandelion Wine

29. Dulce De Leche

30. Durian

31. Eel

32. Eggs Benedict

33. Fish Tacos

34. Foie Gras

35. Fresh Spring Rolls

36. Fried Catfish

37. Fried Green Tomatoes

38. Fried Plantain

39. Frito Pie

40. Frogs’ Legs

41. Fugu

42. Funnel Cake

43. Gazpacho

44. Goat

45. Goat’s Milk

46. Goulash

47. Gumbo

48. Haggis

49. Head Cheese

50. Heirloom Tomatoes

51. Honeycomb

52. Hostess Fruit Pie

53. Huevos Rancheros

54. Jerk Chicken

(4/21/12)

55. Kangaroo

56. Key Lime Pie

57. Kobe Beef

58. Lassi

59. Lobster

60. Mimosa

61. MoonPie

 62. Morel Mushrooms

63. Nettle Tea

64. Octopus

65. Oxtail Soup

66. Paella

67. Paneer

68. Pastrami on Rye

69. Pavlova

70. Phaal

71. Philly Cheese Steak

72. Pho

73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese

74. Pistachio Ice Cream

75. Po’ Boy

76. Pocky

77. Polenta

78. Prickly Pear

79. Rabbit Stew

80. Raw Oysters

81. Root Beer Float

82. S’mores

83. Sauerkraut

84. Sea Urchin

85. Shark

86. Snail

87. Snake

88. Soft Shell Crab

89. Som Tam

90. Spaetzle

91. Spam

92. Squirrel

93. Steak Tartare

94. Sweet Potato Fries

95. Sweetbreads

96. Tom Yum

97. Umeboshi

98. Venison

99. Wasabi Peas

100. Zucchini Flowers

🙂 Not too shabby, eh?

-Diana C. 🙂

So in the past recent months I have came to the realization that my workouts has transformed into a ‘challenge’, rather than just another workout. I noticed myself aiming for ‘miles/resistance’ > ‘times’ > ‘calories’. I remember when I first joined a gym back in my sophmore year of high school, I would jog on a treadmill but I would only focus on how much calories I’ve burned. Nowadays, I even forget to look at the calorie display when I complete a work out, and it makes me happy that this is my mentality now. Since I hate being typical or the ‘norm’, it makes me quite giddy that I now focus on pushing and challenging myself to work a bit harder, run a bit longer, add a few reps..etc, rather than being who I was before (and most women in my opinion!) — focusing on the big scary Calorie monster. BLAH! Screw that!

I run for my sanity.
I spin for the burn in my legs.
I kickbox because it makes me feel like I can kick anyone’s ass.
I lift because I love muscle definition over flabbiness.

and… I do Zumba because it costs less than it is to go out dancing at a club. 😉 hehe (think– no cover!!)

I do all this because it makes my body feel good, keeps my mind clear, and most of all- I feel accomplished.

You’ll never regret a work out, but you will regret skipping one.

-Diana C.

Ahh! and its already APRILLLLLLLLLL~~~~~~~!!! Where did the time go!!!

I slept at 9:30pm last night 🙂 Like a baby… I had set my alarm at 4:50am so I can clock in a couple miles before work this morning. I need to run more for my first 10k next Saturday. The most I have done is about 5 miles…which took me about 55mins =( No bueno. I am hoping to aim for less than 10mins/mi, 9:59secs will do =) Anywho– I decided to stay in my bed and roll around until 5:50am because I really didn’t want to go to the neighborhood gym all alone this early since they don’t have staff members on site until mid morning. I decided to chill-lax and be safe at home!

Does anyone still write in their diaries at this age? I’ll be 25 (I know…) in three more months. Anywho, that is exactly what I did this morning. It always feels nice to jot down any new revelations that come across my mind. I can see myself flipping through my diary collection when I’m old and reminiscing the good and bad times. Anyway, my new revelation in life is that lately.. I’ve been too focused on the immediate things in life, in other words, I feel like I’ve been shortsighted lately. Looking through food bloggers (hence was the reason why I was motivated to start my blog) and going through recipes on Food Buzz and Food Gawker had made me a bit tooo obsessed with food/gym. It hasn’t gotten out of control yet but I see myself trying to fit in a 90min. hot yoga session post work..where I’m already exhausted being at work all day and I’ve already worked out earlier the same day. So usually, I end up not having enough time to take care of other things..like clean my car (it really needs a deep cleaning), take care of my cat, and mostly– spend quality time catching up with my mom and sister.

So— I am going to do less of stalking food bloggers and less of trying be so physically active. More leisure reading with fiction/nonfiction books and current events, explore local antique shops, farmer’s markets, bowling, trying new food trucks, diy-ing..etc. I guess.. I want to add more spice to my life. 🙂 Of course– most face time with the fambam and less time on the computer/phone. I think that’s a good plan! but before I become less obsessive about these things… check out my new shoes! woot woot

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The blue Asics actually gave me a really bad blister on my left ankle. I think I just need to break into them and maybe wear higher socks next time (fashion fauz pas!). Plus.. I think it’s also the way I run. I don’t think I run evenly in terms of landing and putting the correct weight on each stride. =[ boo.


Good afternoon 🙂

First and foremost, I am not a Catholic.. but I think the idea of ‘lent’ is a good strategy to help better shape a person’s lifestyle, which is why I am partaking in this tradition. Who says you can’t do it because you are not religious? 😀

So, to answer the question/title of my post. I am giving up ‘fat talk’ for lent. I think it would definitely be beneficial to my mind and to those around me who may be tired of my constant jibber jabber over diets, calories, healthier substitutes, cutting out carbs/sugar…ya dee da da! And of course, to nix out the “I feel fat!”, “I ate too much today”, “I need to stop eating sugar” comments!! I believe by refraining from broadcasting these thoughts, I may actually be able to do some mental cleansing. Don’t get me wrong, I am still going to continue to try to eat as healthy as possible, still have my daily hourly sugary indulgences, and sticking to my usual workout routines. I already told my best friend up in Dallas to refrain from talking to me about diets for the next 40 days. So…Wish me luck!

Today’s lunch consisted of leftover Chinese food my mom made last night. I feel like Chinese food all smell the same, even though my co-worker disagrees. Haha, I probably just think my mom’s cooking all smell the same =), maybe that’s more accurate..

Chinese Food

Today’s workout consisted of a 45min cycling class in courtesy of MD Anderson’s Fitness Center. Seriously, one thing I love about my work place is their effort to promote a healthier life style. Our gym has clean, well-kept showers, towels, complimentary blow-dryers, makeup/a-getting-ready section, and water/ice machine…and don’t let me get to the classes. Most of my workouts in my fitness log are the classes I take at work (during my lunch hour, post/pre work of course!). ..lol, I kid you not– I shower more at work than I do at the home. Anywho, the workout today was good– wasn’t too hard but I still tried to push myself… I don’t think I can do spinning more than once a week, although I try to do it twice/wk every now and then. I didn’t sweat that much in class today, which I believe its mainly due to Robinul. Robinul is a medication I currently take to make my Hyperhidrosis more manageable.

It’s not until recently (this year), did i start becoming more comfortable talking about this condition of mine. Hyperhidrosis is a genetic (current assumption) disorder that consists of excessive sweating with or without the cause of body heat/raise in body temperature. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but in my opinion, unless you have the actual disorder you won’t have any idea how it feels to live with it day by day. I won’t discuss it much here because I do have a lot to say about it and I plan on publishing a post on it soon so more people can be aware of this condition. To learn more, please go to http://www.sweathelp.org/en/

Moving on.. I got this new water bottle from Ross this past Saturday for $5.99 and I love it!
It’s made out of glass (and BPA-free!) with a silicone cover that wraps the outside. I love the bubble design– it’s kinda cute =) There were other color options available, think pink/purple/green/blue/black.. I don’t know if it’s a mind thing, but it makes me want to drink water from such a pretty bottle. By 1pm today, I was already on my third round…(already 40 ounces down!) One thing I love about glass bottles is that I don’t get the plastic-y taste from a regular water bottle I re-use (think Dasani). After a while, I don’t know if it’s just me– but I feel like the plastic breaks down after a while and my water literally taste like plastic! yyyyuck. What I love about this water bottle is that the silicone cover helps prevent the glass from shattering. Of course, I’m not about to throw it on the ground to test this theory out. 😉

Off to the doctor’s office for a follow up to my TB shot. It’s flat– I do not have TB. *lol…
(vaccinations for school)

Until next time,

Dianaaaa