Monday, March 30, 2015

A Healthy Lifestyle Plan // 30 March 2015

I think making goals can help keep you accountable when it comes to health and weight loss. Goals are just what I need with Gene's crazy work schedule right now! I thought I would take the time to share my goals for the week here on the blog to be one more way to keep me accountable, so look for progress reports and goals weekly!
FIRST: Hit my step goal. I have my step goal rather low, at 7,500. Even with it this low, there are some days I don't even hit 2,000. That's like "sedentary plus" when it comes to movement in any given day. As a housewife, even when I run errands and go grocery shopping, I'm not hitting half way! So I'm starting walking daily again. In California, I had my routine where I would go down to the Oceanside Harbor every morning and walk my three miles, no problem! Our neighborhood is about a 1.75 mile loop. I'm looking to start back up with one loop in the morning and one loop in the evening.

SECOND: HYDRATE! I'm doing pretty good with hydration, but I keep it as a goal so I can focus on it, because when I stop focusing on it, I stop drinking. When Gene was gone last time, I got pretty swept up in drinking Japanese coke. YOU GUYS- it's just delicious and so different and better than American Coca-Cola. I'm on strict water, water, water. I'm using the SLIMQUICK Pure Weight Loss Drink Mix as well to aid in both weight loss and hydration. Even if it does nothing for weight loss, I find I'm drinking 96oz of water even if all I drink each day is that.

THIRD: Meal Plan, and stick to it! Meal planning is kind of easy for me: "We're going to have chicken this week!" "Do we have chicken in the freezer?" "Awesome, let me pull it out and we'll have it Wednesday night for dinner!" Then Wednesday comes along and the last thing I'm wanting to do is cook chicken for dinner. Especially if it's just me. Sticking to the meal plan I have come up with is going to be the hardest goal, I think. I've included eating out for two dinners and lunch on the weekend. Ugh, it's only Monday and we already used one of our eating out options.

Those are my big ones this week. I guess a goal would also be finding awesome recipes for my next round on the 21 Day Sugar Detox, which I am starting next Monday, April 6th! I'll be sure to be back with an update then!  

Do you set monthly or weekly goals?
What are your goals this week?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GEN - It Means "Great Sushi"

This week has definitely proven to be a fun week of stepping out of my comfort zone! Pedis at an island favorite yesterday and sushi at an island favorite today! I went on a fun adventure with some of the ladies in N.I.O.S.C. today down to Naha (about 45 minutes or so away from us up North) to learn all about a Japanese Tea Ceremony! (I promise I'll share all about that once I go through all the pictures and pick my favorites!) Afterwards, we went out to lunch at a restaurant called Gen that everyone raves about. (It should be noted Gen does not literally translate to "great sushi.") There was a variety of foods available: yakisoba, soba, salad, various rice dishes, and of course: SUSHI! I am not a sushi person at all, y'all. I just can't do it... or can I? I don't like fishy sushi, but I'm learning there are tons of other kinds out there and today I tried one!
Gen is located outside of Camp Foster, one of the Marine Corps bases on Okinawa, and is a tiny little "hole in the wall" restaurant. I've passed it a few times but have never been in, because, hello- I don't do sushi, and that's all I had heard about them! I had heard on Instagram that they had something called a "Mexican Roll" though, so when it came up as a suggestion for a lunch spot on our way home, I happily 2nd it thinking today was going to be the day I tried it!

When you pull up to Gen, they have the cutest collection of Sisha dogs on their roof! I could tell by that alone that this was going to be one fun place, and somewhere I would have to bring Gene!
There menu is out of this world, and I don't care how picky you are- there will be something on there for you to love! Look at all the food our group of four ordered:
Kind of working clockwise from the top left, there was a Godzilla roll (which had eel, and octopus I think?), fried rice, asparagus and bacon, a garlic butter fish platter with sashimi, a chicken teriyaki rice plate, Mexican roll, and another garlic butter fish platter with tempura. In that bowl in the middle of the table *was* little fried cheese triangles. They were yummy! I had the chicken teriyaki bowl and Mexican roll!
In Japan, it's totally cool to just pick up your sushi with your hands!
The Mexican roll was filled with a fried chicken breast strip, avocado, and cream cheese, then drizzled with a kind of chipotle type dressing. IT.WAS.DELICIOUS. I'm already thinking of how soon I can go back! Is tomorrow for lunch too early?! I think Gene has the day off, so don't be surprised if you see us there when they open! It would only be fair, since I brought him home some Mexican roll pieces, but he didn't get back to the island early enough to enjoy it before I ate it for dinner.

I never thought I would be the kind of girl who really got into Japanese food- before we moved here, there was nothing about it that interested me, but the more I adventure out with my friends, the more I am finding that Japanese (and more over- OKINAWA food!) is where it's at! I just heard that my lover, Anthony Bourdain, is filming in Okinawa this weekend for an episode of Parts Unknown. It's no wonder- the food here is amazing, and while I doubt he'd find himself at Gen, I know I will be there many more times before we leave this island!

What's YOUR favorite Sushi Roll?! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My First Okinawa Pedicure

When we found out Gene was getting orders to Okinawa that stuck, one of the first things I was told was how I would just love the pedicures here. In fact, ask most women what they're going to miss the most about their days on this island and many of them will tell you the pedicures. I can't tell you how many times I've been told how much I'll just love them and the almost outrage when people learn I have still not been to get one. Well... the shock and awe can end, because today, I went with some girlfriends for my first Okinawa pedicure at what seems to be the most beloved salon on the island: Cocok's (we went to the one on the 23. I know. I'll try the Chatan one next.)!
I haven't really had the desire to go since I kind of hate pedicures: I don't like people touching my feet because feet in general gross me out, I'm ridiculously ticklish especially on my feet, and people always hurt me because I'm pretty sure I broke my big left toe in a car accident that everyone was surprised didn't kill me back in 2009. All those reasons aside, when a friend invited me along, I was kind of ready to jump in and have this amazing experience.

You see that spread of nail art up there in the book on my lap? There were easily 20 pages full of nail art like that to pick from! So, after being seated in an over-sized recliner, brought what I think was a shikwasa tea (a local citrus fruit), and having a little blanket draped on my lap- I opened up the book and got to looking! Thank goodness they give you an amazing foot and leg massage to give you more time to browse!
I went with a pink backdrop to a floral and cheetah print nail art design. I bounced back and forth between a few designs that I kind of liked, but I figured I'd go bold with my first pedicure and man- you can't miss this pink!

The nail technicians were the sweetest girls ever. There were four of us that had gone to lunch and to the salon together, and they sat us all right in the same little spot- two facing two. We were able to laugh and talk the whole time. It was relaxing after I let myself relax. The gal who did my toes was awesome and didn't get too upset when I jerked my foot away from her from a case of the tickles! She also is maybe the first person who didn't make me wince in pain while working on my left foot during a pedicure! I think I could get used to this!

Out of our group we had cherry blossoms, koi fish, tropical flowers, and my "garden walk on the wild side" pedi! I think what I love the most about them was the nail art is just included- like, they know you're coming to get pretty nails and they do not disappoint. Also: they put a little something on every single toe, not just one flower on your big toe! Here is a group shot of our toesies for all you foot fetishists:
I don't know how often I will go, but when this pedicure starts growing out, I will make an appointment, and I will go back to get them done again. After all, I am living on a sub-tropical island! My toes have to be ready for flippy floppy season, which has already begun! I don't know if I'm already converted to the point of needing a pedicure like some gals out here, but I'll give it an honest go!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Life, Currently // March 2015

I've been in kind of a blogging funk, lately. Could you tell by the fact that I've only been writing about the things I'm reading and watching? I've been doing some fun stuff (tipsy painting, spouse club socials, and exploring), but just haven't felt the motivation to write it all out lately.  
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I know. I thought this would be the perfect time to get a post together about all the random stuff going on in life, currently!
The view from The Tee House on Kadena AFB at a recent spouse luncheon. This was the one picture from the event I took, haha.

COOKING: Not a whole lot of anything! I've been on a real big "entree salad" kick so the most I've been cooking is bacon. I've been baking it, actually, following the recipe in Diane Sanfillippo's book Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle. It's been crunchy enough to chop and toss on salads without being ruined (like I do every time I try to pan fry bacon for salads).

DRINKING: JAPANESE COKE. Ugh, I know, I know. I've kicked the habit more times than I know, and every time I drink one I feel my mouth just getting coated in sugar. I'm actually doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox next month, partially in part due to these bad boys! I'm cutting them out, because my body just can't handle them.

LISTENING TO: My girl T SWIZZ. Say what you want, but I love Taylor Swift. Gene actually answered a question about my favorite musician at our last marriage enrichment retreat with Taylor Swift and I said "I don't think she's my favorite!" He was right though, and he said "but you always have at least one of her songs playing!" and it's true- I love every song that has come on the radio by her and I have a mix in my car of just Tay.
Album artwork from Amazon, I bought it from iTunes, though.
WATCHING: This month we decided to start getting DVDs in through Netflix. We get three at a time since it takes about 15 days from me sending one back to it getting out here! This month our picks have been: Maleficent (ok, this was all me while Gene was working nights), Let's Be Cops (this was all Gene, but I liked it enough), Brave (this one is all me, too!), The Fault In Our Stars (oh, all me with a box of tissues on standby. I don't think I've ever sobbed so hard during a movie), and Butter.

ENJOYING: Time with Maylee, a pup I am dog sitting for the week! I can't wait to share all about our week with y'all!

READING: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I missed the book club meeting this weekend to talk about it, but I'm pushing through and giving it a read. We're getting together next month to watch the movie adaptation (I think! If not, I'm watching it as soon as I'm done and can rent it off iTunes).

BUYING: My most recent amazon purchases include Jojoba Oil & Zeiss pre-poistened pens cleaning wipes. I swear by those wipes. They are the best I've used! Gene uses them daily on his glasses and I use them maybe weekly (I don't wear my glasses all the time). We'd been relying on Nan to get them for us at Walmart- the only place I had ever seen them, but another victory for Amazon :D I just got the package in today, so I'll share more about the jojoba oil soon- I'm using it on my face!

What are you up to, currently?

*Any links taking you to Amazon are affiliate links. I make a fraction of a penny or so on each purchase through those links. I save up those fractions and use them on regular spending & trashy romance novels.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Queueing To Melrose Place

Back in October, 1992, I turned eight. I guess knowing that piece of information, it's no surprise that I did not tune into Melrose Place when it was first airing. I've had it in my Netflix queue for quite some time though, and my friend Nicole and I decided we would watch it together!
From: Amazon
This afternoon, Nicole came over, and after like two hours of running our mouths (ok, or maybe like three hours!), we finally watched the pilot episode. The first thing that really made us laugh was that it's a square show, not widescreen, and definitely not in high def! Then, THE OUTFITS! What in the world are those people wearing? Really? If that how people dressed in the early '90's? I mean, I was in third grade at the time, so I went from wearing a school uniform in Catholic School to public school dress code that year, and again, I was eight, but man oh man. I guess I thought I would grow up and get to dress like them!

I don't really remember too much about Melrose Place, commercials or anything, but I do vaguely remember someone gets scalped in a fight? One of the girls? I think I remember that being quite the controversy, so I'm excited to get to that point in the show, even if it takes us two years to get through the series!

That's another thing that really shocks me! Season One has THIRTY TWO EPISODES! At an average of 45 minutes an episode, that's 24 hours of TV! At the rate we're going, that'll take two months! I promise you this- before we leave this island, we will make our way through to the end and see what happens to this motley cast of characters!

For now, it's awkward watching them and thinking "wait, isn't she the mom on that show now? He's definitely a dad on a show I watch on either ABC Family, or Lifetime or something!" I don't remember any of them as young stars, but I sure know them as adults.

What are you watching?
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