So it's been a while since I've last blogged. I guess I have been too caught up in stuff....here and there, that I really didn't make the time to sit down and release my thoughts and ideas. But I'm glad I am typing away at this moment because physically writing out what I've been thinking about allows me to gain a better sense of self awarement, rather than just thinking about what I need to do or need to change when I'm frantically driving home from work.. I get to come back and reflect what I have written, and at the same time reflect on what exact moods I was going through when jotting down this post. Anyways.. school is slowing creeping around the corner. I am filled with both excitement and nervousness. I hope I'll do well with school and be a good PA despite my issues with hyperhidrosis. I don't want that to hold me down anymore. I recieved more information through UTMB via email about my orientation and white coat ceremony dates... ^_^. whoohoo. It's really coming together...   Although I wished I had accepted my other interviews that were out of state, I know in my heart that UTMB is right for me.. a lot of factors that I need to be realistic about, such as --> tuition, distance, rate of passing for PANCE, education, and length of program. UTMB has it all--- but deep inside my adventurous side, I really wanted the chance to self explore in another state. hmm, oh wells. I can always travel, and who knows where my career will take me... I might just be spontaneous enough to close my eyes and randomly pick a place on the globe to move to. Wouldn't that be exciting?? (ha.. if I actually did it.) So I haven't been taking pictures of my "food" because I don't want to become too obsessive. There has been times where I am constantly counting calories in my head..adding..subtracting... guesstimating.. sigh. It felt like it briefly took over my daily routine and I don't want to feel like that certain person who has 'issues'. However... I have been working out a bit too much lately,. When I say lately, I mean.. for only the last 2 weeks.. lol. It's becoming addicting where at first I was really proud of myself for my drive and motivation, But now after 10 days, it has became an obligation. I am not sure how to describe it but a good workout usually keeps me sane. However now, if I missed a workout, or if I felt that my body has been 'lazy' today, I get in a really grouchy mood and I put it on others too, because I think badly about myself..like I'm useless. Hmm.. so I guess this realization is the first step to accepting that it is okay to have a day of lounging around... and it is okay to do consider other  positive activities like stretching and yoga as a 'workout.' :) I'll be alright. I just have alot of things I gotta do on my to-do list that I feel like a good workout is the only "me" time I have left for myself... but like I said, I shouldn't beat myself up if I skip one or two a week... or three.  x]

Awesome TTP-ians all dolled up for the department banquet

Thought I'll throw some spice into my post by adding a picture :)

Until next time, Diana C.

Good morning 🙂 it’s 10:27am and I am finally having breakfast, which consists of my personal oatmeal mix (rolled oats/oat bran/flax seed meal) with 1/2 banana sliced and lots of cinnamon 🙂 As Rachel Ray would say… it was YUM-O! Along with it, I had a cup of earl grey tea with a dash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (which was also in my oatmeal this morning). Pre-breakfast I had an orange and a cup of green tea.

and yes..  that is one of my  Yellow Angry Bird earbuds in the background. *I’m kind of obsessed with them* (yellow bird ftw)

I tried waking up this morning to work out (thanks to the lovely ‘workout reminder’ text from my bff in Dallas at 5am) I was going to skip because I only had about 5 hours of sleep in but then I couldn’t really go back to sleep for some odd reason, so I dragged my booty out of bed around 5:40, left the house at 6am and got to my gym at work at 6:30am. Being late and all.. I guess I still managed to get a semi-workout by going to a class (late!). Hmm.. I am thinking about going to Zumba @ 24hrs after volunteering today. >.< Just a thought.

Now… I am confused to what I want to do with this blog. I obviously know for sure that I want this to be about fitness/food related because… its my passion 🙂 However, I am trying to figure exactly what direction I want to take this to.. maybe a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Whatever the ‘bits’ might be… its a blog I made for me— I feel like I should feel free to talk about anything I want, right? I mean, having to read so many wonderful wonderful food bloggers (pbfingers, carrotsncake..etc.), I don’t even know if I’ll ever be up to par with them in regarding to blogs. I absolutely love their blogs!! Hmmm, I think I just need to do my own thing and make my own discovery by going with the flow?
However…my current blog to-dos are:
1.) Blog more often
2.) Add a workout log (it will help me keep track/motivation)

As for the other things that are currently going on in my life….. I absolutely LOVE going to the SPCA and help out! 🙂 I urge everyone to please please please go and volunteer your time (it may be as simple as 1 or 2 hrs a week) just to give back and let these animals know that they are loved, even in the more direst situations. Plus– by walking the large dogs outside, you get added bonuses like a good cardio workout, a sexy tan, and lots of doggie love! 🙂 ❤

Time to get back to my daily grind, but before I go– I want to show off my new work out shoes 😉 I was a little skeptical about the ‘zigs’ because I didn’t know how they were going to feel like and most importantly, they looked funny to me/how am I suppose to match? (Being a girl I know…ya dee da..)

I absolutely love love them!! They were so comfortable, and so sweat absorbent (I have hyperhidrosis btw). and they LOOKED AMAZING! purple and black… power boosting colors any one? I have that song Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa (in my head but just replaced with “black and purple black and purple”  right now.. teehee!!)

ps: i just realized I have too many happy faces in this entry. Kinda gaudy.. But I guess its been a good day so far *crosses fingers*

Till next time,
-Diana C.

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I woke up this morning feeling very sluggish, and yep, I knew exactly why. I have been eating terribly the past few days weeks, and I am feeling (and seeing) the consequences. Yesterday’s dinner consisted a mixture of fried chicken, fries, mashed potatoes, biscuit, eggs, cheese, Tostito chips, sirarcha sauce (all in one sitting). Dude, I seriously got issues and I need to put a “stop” to this right now. I’m thinking… I’ve been too comfortable lately because there really hasn’t been much to stress about. My boredom turned into baking (endless batches of granola!), which turned to tasting, eating, enjoying eating, and replacing other activities to more cooking and eating. I am all for jolting my taste palate any time, any where.. but this isn’t the best habit. lol ok ok– so maybe this is why I am blogging this morning, because by “writing” this down, maybe I will actually do what I plan to and not fall off the wagon on my track to getting back to being a bit healthier. :p and don’t you all dare ‘pish posh’ me!! *shakes fist.

So anywho, I woke up this morning, dragged my butt to the gym in MDA, did a light workout because  its hard to run a long distance with my dreadful, fat-infused stomache that drags me down. Work out this morning consisted of 7mins warm up on the treadmill and a work out plan (click to view) that consisted of pushups, planks, and dips, with an additional set 30 squats (15 stand stills and 15 alternating).

I am ready to eat my breakfast! Although I was going to wait until 9am to eat, but my tummy is gumbling so I am gonna eat now! suckaaaa x)

Breakfast is a blend of Mott’s blueberry ‘flavored’ (flavored…as most supposed blueberry products now a days do not actual contain these berries! Ain’t that shocking… oh– all the advertisements!) applesauce mixed with Oiko’s 0% plain yogurts with 1/4 cup of quick oats. 😀 nom nom nom, with a cup of green tea ❤

and yes I saved the container for cilantro dip that my coworker brought, its just so cute! It’s made from glass so i can keep re-using it (and microwave it) 😀 ehehehehe. I am going to leave this morning off with a recipe to share you guys that is completely delicioso and savory!!!

Savory, Breakfast, Cheesy

Cheesy Breakfast Quiche:

4 slices bacon
2 links of hot dogs (chopped to small bit size pieces)
4 ounces shredded Mexican blend cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup finely chopped onion (I love onions, but you may add less if you wish)
2 cloves of minced garlic (what can I say, I love strong flavors– just don’t talk to me within 6 inches afterward)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk

Directions

  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. Then using the same pan, cook the hot dog pieces and set aside as well.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch deep dish pie pan.
  4. Line bottom of pie plate with cheese and crumbled bacon. Combine eggs, butter, onion, salt, flour and milk; whisk together until smooth; pour into pie pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, until set. Serve hot or cold.

You may also modify it by add veggies such as bell peppers, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes.. the options are endless! 🙂 Enjoy! Happy Wednesday!

-Diana C.

Good morning 🙂

For breakfast– it was broken up in two parts. Before leaving for work, I had 5 wasabi almonds and then I had a cup of chocolate milk on my drive here. Then I had a chia seed pudding with cinnamon and a banana.

I received early acceptance to the Physician Assistant program to UTMB Galveston!!!! I am soooo happy, still pinching myself to make sure this is real and not a dream. My interview with them was on Friday August 12th. It was my very first interview and I thought I did just  okay, I was really hard on myself (you can ask my friend Kim), and was quite bummed because I wished I did better on the written essay. So this past Wednesday (8/17), as I was doodling around my desk at work [during lunch], working on my supplemental essay to PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), looked up and saw there was a new mail in my inbox. Thinking it was just another random Linkedin news update or a friend request, I didn’t think too much of it. When my browser refreshed and I looked at what this email was…. I was literally light headed.

It was entitled as, “UTMB Physician Assistant Program – Acceptance 2012”

It was my very first interview, in which I thought to myself.. “if I wasn’t rejected right off the bat then maybe I’ll be ranked on the bottom of the pond in which there was still ‘hope’ I can be wait listed.”

So I am still in a state of shock! I’m so on cloud 9 right now. I have kept pinching myself everyday since Weds…

Now… the sad part is that I have to withdraw my applications from out-of-states schools. Which means, although I was done with my PCOM essay (its all color printed and folded neatly in an envelope), I am not going to mail it in.

The part that breaks my heart the most is calling the schools that have already offered me an interview to withdraw my spot. The ‘greedy’ and ‘stingy’ part of me do not want to give up my spots for these interviews (2 pending so far…), because I worked so hard to get here. It truly shatters my heart, more than a bit. But oh well— being accepted to a Texas school means I get to pay resident tuition and I can still be close to home <3. Though I would love love love the experience that I may gain by moving to another state.. I definitely have to think about the costs. Aside from more tuition loans and debt, I’ll be studying and crying all the time anyway in PA school, lol. Additionally, I’m still currently paying minimum payments for my undergrad loans.. :/ bleh.

Overall, if I am invited to other interviews for schools in Texas, I would definitely take the opportunity to check it out. But most likely, I will attend UTMB because as much as a nervous wreck I was on my interview day, I had an amazing time. The faculty were more than helpful and were extremely approachable. Go TEXAS!! yee-haw.

Anywho, I think I pulled something today in my Turbo Kickbox Class.
because my lower back hurts like a#$%$! Sometimes I don’t know why I push myself. I guess its the prideful side of me when I am in a class. I get so immersed into my workout that even though my back is throbbing, I still push myself to try to finish the set. (It helps to mention that I have a mild scoliosis and a chip on one of my lower spinal disks.) I guess its also because I try to not stop in the middle of a set, I will feel embarrassed that me, a 24yr old., can’t finish a set while the middle age ladies in class are pumping through it easy breezy. I guess I’m an ageist. Today’s workout consisted of. –> 1 hr of Muscle Blast class and 30 mins of TKB.

So I had the baking itch the other day and I made this. I have not perfected the recipe yet– but it is not too bad. I think I put too much EVOO so the “bar” turned out to be more cake like. It contained.. rolled oats, chopped almonds, raisins, fresh cranberries, carob chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, whole wheat flour, 2 packs of truvia, 1 pack of splenda, and flaxseed meal (to substitute for eggs). So pretty much, this is “vegan” 🙂

vegan, dessert

My breakfast was sugary and “unhealthy” I had chocolatey rice cereal, honey oat ganola, cheerios mix with 2% milk, and some wasabi almonds. Then I nibbled at Whole Foods after the gym on some crackers, plaintain chips. Nibbled on hershey’s chocolate.  Then had a Cascade Lemon yogurt (a bomb-diggity yogurt!)

Sigh. I am such a nibbler.  I have a sugar addiction. I have a problem.

Lunch consisted of fresh salad ❤
(cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower bits, feta cheese)
dressing: mix-ins of balsamic vinegar and Kraft’s Asian sesame salad dressing.
It was YUM-O!!

here’s a close up– (though blurry :[, booo)

Now it’s time to get my clothes altered and hit up Barnes and Noble for some magazine therapy!!! (I am sooo bummed out that Borders everywhere are shutting down!!, I blame it on the kindle. hmph)

Diana  ^_^


Today is my first day and the official first post of my … *drumroll*… BLOG!

I am just way too excited to post something.. anything. I know I should first figure out what a widget is and work on the appearance of this plain and lonely page. ..but.. oh well!

Why create a blog?
Is it because it’s the trendy thing to do? nope.
I love food. I live for food. I crave sugar, hence, the title of my blog. 🙂
I absolutely enjoy, and I  mean really enjoy reading up on blogs on foods, healthy cooking, and fitness. These are the things I consider my happy tickles.

Happy Tickles? ..seriously?
To those that are ticklelish, you know what I’m talking about. For example, if you run your fingers across your belly area where someone would typically tickle you and there’s a sensation to just giggle, that’s your tickle spot. However, happy tickles are tickles that are enjoyable, ones that bring a smile to your face when you think about it, not those that are insufferable. Cooking, exploring with new ingredients, trial and errors (with baking, poo.), tricep dips, a field trip through Whole Foods Market… are my happy tickles.

Anyways, to what basis I am going to write about on my blog is still yet to be decided. Nevertheless, I am excited! I can’t till I get cookin’ and posting!

Stay Tuned.

<3, Diana