Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Liebster

I was given the Liebster Award by my cousin Fatima from Baby Teems.  Let's see how well I can do this.

The Challenge: 

Once this award has been given to you you are challenged to share eleven random facts about yourself. You then have to answer eleven questions from the 
blogger that gave you the award. Then you have to pick eleven bloggers to share the award with, and come up with eleven questions for them to follow. Ok here we go.

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I celebrated my first birthday in Jamaica during Hurricane Gilbert.
  2. I collect ticket stubs - movies, shows, concerts - I have them all.
  3. While I was am obsessed with strawberries, it is not my favorite fruit.
  4. I've sprained the same ankle over 8 times (I stopped counting after that)
  5. My right index finer nail is narrower than it's left counterpart, and grows slanted.
  6. The only colors I have not dyed my hair are blue and green, don't think I ever will either. 
  7. I'm OCD about organizing things, but am messy in general, until the fated day I decide to clean and I go ALL in. I'm talking down to the way the bottles of lotion are positioned on the dresser. :-X
  8. I would like to be a stay at home mom when that time comes, contrary to what most people think about me.
  9. I want a Corgi when I move somewhere I can have pets. A Corgi or a Golden retriever, or a Rottweiler. Random and very different choices, I know. 
  10. I'm terribly afraid of heights and don't like flying or roller coasters.
  11. I also don't like long car rides, or sitting in movie theaters too long because I feel trapped and need to get out to move.

Eleven Questions from Fatima: 
  1. What is your nationality? My mom is Chinese and Black Jamaican, my father is Indian Trinidadian.
  2. How many siblings do you have? I have a half sister by my father.
  3. What was your favorite subject in school? Creative Writing
  4. Where is the most memorable place you have been so far? I haven't gone many places, but out of the few, I'd say Jamaica.
  5. If someone offered you great wealth in exchange for fame, would you take it? I'm not too sure how to answer this, but I'm going to go with no.
  6. If you could live somewhere else, where would it be? Sweden, or any other country with free health insurance. But seriously, I wouldn't leave NY unless I had to.
  7. If you were a professional athlete, what sport would you play? Me a professional athlete? HA! If I was one, maybe I'd play American football, or be a wrestler. Something where I could tackle people. LOL 
  8. What is your ideal job? I would have to say magazine editor.
  9. What do you love about yourself the most? Can I pass on this question? If I had to choose, I'd say... there isn't anything I can pinpoint at this moment.
  10. Would you rather have a nice car or a big house? Big house hands down.
  11. We all try to maintain a kind of popularity as a blogger. Would you say that you were popular growing up? Not hardly. I was always the odd one out, the nerd, the geek, the loser.

I shall now pass the torch to 11 2 blogs (because 1 +1 = 2, and I don't know that many people)
  1. MJ Fan Girl
  2. Feeling Fabby

Here are my questions for those above who wish to take the challenge:
  1. If you had the chance to change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  2. What's your favorite childhood memory?
  3. What's the most challenging thing you've had to do so far?
  4. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be?
  5. If you were Rose in the Titanic, would you have let Jack die?
  6. If you could be anyone else for a day, who would you be? (Has to be someone alive)
  7. What would be your ideal date?
  8. What do you like to do when you're alone?
  9. What's your pet peeve?
  10. If you had to choose between being frozen to death, or being burned alive, which would you choose?
  11. What color underwear are you wearing right now?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ready to Give Up

I stopped calorie counting after 3 days. -___- I knew I was destined to fail. I have no self control, willpower, or anything to make me stay on course. That being said, I wish I could say I didn't fall off the ball with my diet. Sadly, I can't. BUT I didn't do terrible. I am still figuring out a balance that works for ME. After my 2 week hiatus from the gym, back I go today. I'm not going to bother setting a goal or anything. It'll happen when I'm ready. While I would like to look stellar for my birthday in October, I'm not pushing things. I would still like to eat and enjoy my food, just in moderation. Beside I know I still got it ;-)

As for the shopping.... let's not go there. I'm working on it though! I have, however, learned how to do a nice makeup look that I like, and am becoming comfortable with lipstick. I even rocked red lips on date night! Bold moves for my beginner status, but I felt comfortable. Thus I am off of Sephora for the next few months. I just have to tackle this hair and I will be set. I'm on my way to looking and dressing like a young woman and not a behemoth running out the house. Too bad I can't wear heels* ::sigh::

Work's been treating me well. Can't complain. Hoping that when that time comes they'll hire me. But if not, no biggie - on to the next one!

That's about it for now. Catch you next time.

* I've permanently damaged my ankle so I can't wear heels, or else my ankle swells and I am in pain.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Calorie Counting

I gave up on all my dieting plans and pigged out for a bit thinking I was ok. I'm going to the gym it can't be that bad.. Until I went to the doctor and I gained 20 lbs. Yeah, I couldn't believe it either. I didn't look any different, I didn't feel bigger, but most of all I didn't think 20 lbs! Maybe 5-10. I went home on my Wii, only to have it confirmed that the doc's scale was right. (The medical asst didn't even 0 the scale out before I got on, she just kept it at the last person's weight and said that we were spot on.) Yikes!! not only did I pass my max weight, I passed it by 10 lbs. So I knew I had to settle down and do something about this.

I made a plan, that doesn't include starving myself into oblivion. I downloaded one of those stupid calorie counter apps and now am keeping track of everything I eat. Now that I see how many calories per serving there are, its opening my eyes. I have horrendous eating habits that need to be changed, and I am serious about changing it. Dieting doesn't help because its short term. So if I want to do this the right way, then I have to make a lifestyle change.

I also never understood how much your job affects your eating habits, but boy did I realize it. From the sitting down all day, to the crap I eat when we order lunch as a group, I realized it was all too easy for me to gain those lbs. This is a damn shame for me! The last time I was at my heaviest, I was freakishly huge. This time I am close to the weight I was before, but I'm carrying it differently because I do not look the same as I did before. Still that's not an excuse. I'm just like damn, I still can't believe it!

Don't worry I'm not making this into a weight loss blog, but it's still gonna have updates. I still stand firm on not having pictures in my blog also. It's somewhere in the air about what my main topic is going to be.

On a side note, I also have to watch my alcohol then, there's a whole bunch of calories hidden in those drinks! (Not like I'm an alcoholic or a drunk) I'm just sayin' Maybe I should check out those Skinny Girl drinks. ;-)

*chuckin them deuces*

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I must stop. I swear I cannot do this anymore. I checked my Mint account a few weeks ago and I am a certified shop-a-holic. Too much of my money gets whisked away before I even know it. Part of it is that I have absolutely no self control, the other part of it is me having money. Sounds odd, but when I was making single digits an hour I had no choice but to pay all my bills and barely have money for a metrocard and lunch, let alone to shop. Now that I make well above what I was making before, I am going out of control. I already know I'm more than over-compensating for the fact that I could never buy anything before when I was consistently living paycheck to paycheck. But its hard to see something I want and not buy it. Especially since I know I can afford it and I'm totally compulsive and have to have it yesterday. Did I mention I have horrible self control? Don't get me wrong I do save, and I have a decent savings. I'm not neglecting my bills either. Everything gets paid on time, believe that! Credit card companies are vultures and they do not joke around.

I am slowing down now though. Majority of my money goes to food, but we all gotta eat right? I am cutting down on spending exorbitant amounts of money on lunch, and jumping on it when the company buys us lunch. Shoot.. I'm not turning down anything free. I also don't shop for clothes. Mostly because I'm fat, and partly because I don't care how the hell I look 80% of the time. I'm a very low key, in and out of the bathroom kinda gal. I secretly do like to dress up, but my esteem is shot with my waistline, and I really don't have the time for all the dolling up. I'd rather sleep than wake up early to do makeup, hair and all that extra stuff. Which makes me wonder why I made VIB status at Sephora in less than 3 months and am at over 600 points -__- I still have not found a good foundation I like, so that's my reason for not using all the million products I have. What's the point in dressing up everything else if your face is all blotchy and shitty looking?

Anyway I digress. I will put myself on a new savings plan and see how that works out. I'm putting more towards my bills so I can be free from these predators scavengers, whatever you wanna call them. I've already set aside a moving out fund, and am almost done with my emergency fund, so I will start a vacation fund, or something similar. Maybe I'll just name it "Just Cause" fund. That has a nice ring to it :-) But less shopping! After my birthday splurge, I will take a hiatus. I promise!

Ciao bellas!

Friday, August 3, 2012

911.. I Need a Band-Aid

I reached my eligibility requirement for my agency's health insurance. I waited for the enrollment forms and information and as soon as I received it I was shocked. The monthly premium is ridiculous. It would basically be them taking my entire first paycheck the first of the month, every month.Then I have to pay for dental coverage separately from a different provider. Like seriously? While I have never took for granted my free health insurance, I was so gung-ho on receiving benefits from my agency because I have to renew and I know the free insurance is going to drop me because my income has increased. So I find myself stuck in the middle. I'm making too much for the free plan, but not enough to pay for myself. And I realize this is something a lot of people are faced with, so I am not alone in this struggle. I never guessed a temp agency would be offering something of this caliber. I immediately looked up other plans and options, only to find that they're almost all the same. Guess I'm not getting any insurance. 

Although I've never been one to go to the doctor all the time, let alone once a year for check ups, I still go to the gyno for the obvious reasons. That ish is not cheap! Trust me. I had to pay out of pocket once and it cost me a bit, not including cost of birth control. Plus I need dental work done, and new glasses. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt. I have a small window before my free insurance runs out, so I will have to try to squish as much stuff into it as I can. I mean I can get a dental implant done in 3 months right? But geez, I guess I will be sticking to home remedies and trying not to get sick or injured beyond what some tape and a band-aid can fix. 

On that note folks, enjoy it if you have it. Happy Friday.