Run, Pari. Run!

I have started running again! This girl WILL run and complete a half marathon! Granted I was doing so well in April and May and have fallen back a bit, but I will be back! By Friday I should be back to my 4 mile run and then next week get to 6. I want to fit in a long run at some point this weekend. Not sure when that will happen.

For those of you that do not like to run and have thought “it would be nice to run”, I’m telling you, it is possible to be a “runner”. The hardest part about running…is just doing it. Getting up and starting down the block out of your place. You are in your room, your heater is on, you’re in your bed. Why would you want to get out? BECAUSE! It’s actually really nice when you get a good pace going. The only time it sucks, in all honesty, is up a damn hill. That’s when I promise myself I will get to walk if I make it up the hill.

While in Yosemite, I hit my foot against the grill (which hilarious enough, Achyutha did the last time we went camping) and I think I hit a vein and it hurts to put shoes on. So running has been a bit difficult, but it doesn’t hurt to walk or run, just when anything touches it, i.e. my damn shoes. It’s a bit swollen and bruised 😦

Don’t fret folks, I am a champ, I will get through this. I will try my hardest not to be dramatic about it! Okay, on to my good moments! (PS – I am working on my Yosemite post, that will hopefully go up by Friday!)

Today:

1. Getting my Farm Fresh to You box and eating an orange and getting excited over squash! I wasn’t sure if I wanted the box but I decided to go with it. I was determined to be good about using the vegetables, after all, I am trying to be a locavore!

2. Running – I am not at my usual pace or distance, but I am getting there, I feel it coming back! It was really nice and I have a new hill to conquer, running around George Washington High School in the outer richmond, those hills are a…well you know what they are!

3. Cooking at home! I have been SO SO SO good about cooking food and bringing a lunch! Tonight I used the squash and tomato from the FFTY box and made some Quinoa kichadi (unfortunately my grains are not from a 100-150 mile radius of me) and have some for leftovers!

Well folks, I am off to bed! Gnite! Oh, I would love to hear your good moments!

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Sleepy

I am feeling very sleepy. I will keep this short. Want to get my good moments out before I fall asleep.

1. Made my dinner – It’s been awhile since I have made some dinner, so tonight I made burritos!

2. Hanging out and taking pictures of me and the PCs levitating 🙂 – that’s nuff said.

3. Packing for Yosemite!! I leave for Yosemite very soon and I cannot wait! I also blogged after a long time (I’m cheating by adding two good moments in one!)

Okay, I am off to bed, nite!

Locavore

So I have been doing a lot of research on what I want to do for myself and how I can improve my mind, body, and soul. I know that I can take little steps into being a better person in this world and one of the things I want to do is watch my carbon footprint, but it’s a HUGE task to take one, so we’re going to start off with little steps. I think the first step is to understand what local foods are available in SF and what foods are in season, so that way I can better plan my meals.

I am thinking about getting this book, DIY Delicious by Vanessa Barrington, mainly because it talks about how to make basics that you need in your kitchen and shows you how to make them. Some of the recipes look pretty simple, plus I enjoy the back story Barrington gives. Her reasoning and inspirations are inspirations to others as well. I like using cook books from authors who are inspired or realize that every day people do not have the fancy appliances. I will be checking it out at Green Apple.

The other thing that I want to get from Green Apple is the “Local Food Wheel” for San Francisco. Shows what foods are in season in a 150 mile radius of San Francisco. I am absolutely blessed to be living in the Bay Area where the temperature and climate is perfect for local farming year round. I want to start going to different Farmer Markets in SF, notably the Ferry Building Farmers Market and the Fillmore Farmers Market. I also want to purchase food on a weekly basis, instead of a monthly basis. Buy what I will use for the week, this way I don’t waste food or my money and really think about my meals. I know that this may take me time because planning for meals in advance is difficult and I am such a mood driven eater. I have to “feel like” eating something and I am so bad about eating leftovers. I should be shamed for this, I need to learn how to recycle my leftovers in different meals. (Update: turns out it sold out at Green Apple, must find another vendor!)

So I really want to think about the steps that I need to take in becoming a locavore. I may have to give up certain foods, which I know will be difficult (Goodbye chips ahoy and girls scout cookies!) but I know it will be better for my body, my mind, and the, especially, the world (which my little soul is connected to). I think its  big thing to really think about what you want for the world and how you will take care of it because our beings, our self, our souls are connected to its vastness. We, though small and insignificant, can make small and impactful changes to our habits, thus making this world a better place for our children.

I wish I didn’t hoard my stuff and was my careful about my wastefulness but I know eventually I can get to a place where I can be fine with the minimum in life and live in the enriching world around me. I know I don’t need the superficial and I know what the world has to offer (naturally!) will be more enriching for me. I think this is why I constantly am pulled by wanting to change my habits for the better, I know there is more meaning to the every day, mundane things in life, but that there is a deeper, more essential need to be at one with the universe and world. I cannot claim to be perfect or a good person but I want to try to be a good person.

I will be using this blog to talk about this journey into becoming a Locavore. Please keep in mind that I am managing this into what fits me the best, if you want to become a Locavore please take the time to research and realize what your restrictions may be. It’s a process and I am not perfect, but I can share with you my research and findings. Please also note that I am still trying to understand what a Locavore is and am only restricting myself to what I make  at home for the time being and am in a transitional period, which means I will not radically change but take a little longer to make the changes in my life. (I feel like I am giving a disclaimer here, eeks!)

Thanks for reading all of this!

Okay, gotta get some good moments in!

Monday, August 22:

1. Having a pretty productive day at work, getting things done for the Curriculum and Exploration Days for our Fall Schedule. It is nice when I get home and think about all that I did in a day, because there are days when I feel like I am moving a slow pace. (Shh, don’t tell my boss, jk jk)

2. Having a good talk about college and life with one of my youth, Angelina. She’s such a good kid and I am so happy to see her growing up! I have known her for over 2 years and remember my first meeting with her! But yes, a good conversation is always nice

3. Hanging out with the roomie, Nisha – She and I have been playing tag with each other and finally got some quality time with her

Tuesday, August 23:

1. Had workshop at Sports Basement where I bought a top (for 14 bucks!) – it was too hot for my long sleeved shirt and bubble vest, so I bought a tank top that’s pretty stylish from there. I also bought a bathing suit!

2. Volleyball! – Had a good game and had some great ups!

3. Survived a 3.9 earthquake! HOLLER!

And today’s will come later! Thanks for reading!

Real Quick

I have a massive update coming, with all of my thoughts about work, life, etc. But for now, I want to just share my good moments from Friday onwards!

Friday August 12:

1. Sleeping in – One should never take for granted sleeping in their bed! It was so nice to lay there and relax

2. Dinner with Amiku – We went to CPK, Borders, and Yogurtland and it was so much fun! It was really nice catching up and having a delicious meal. Plus! We got to buy books for cheap!

3. Taboo/MadGabs w/ the Talkads – Great times and in all honestly it only made it more obvious that girls are better than boys!! 🙂

Saturday August 13:

1. Enjoying the sun – it’s rare when the sun shines in the Outer Richmond, and I enjoyed it!

2. Food Festival in Japantown – Delicious food and having some jokes with the coworkers!

3. Getting my deposit back – man, getting every single penny back from your deposit is GREAT!

Sunday August 14:

1. Seeing family & friends – Went home for the day and it was so good to see all my family and friends!

2. Eating – man, having that meal at 7pm was so amazing! I had to fast because I was going to taking part in the puja at our house and I only had strawberries.

3. Bathmats – Okay I know this one sounds ridiculous but I was so excited when my mom told she bought me some bathmats, they are so comfy and so soft! Now I have bath mats and match towels and a new toothbrush holder! Thanks mom!

Okay, will write my good moments for today, later on! See ya!

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

I don’t like having a mirror in my room, I feel like I am constantly watching myself. I wish…no, I don’t want to think like that. I know that I have not honestly been taking care of myself, physically, mentally, emotionally. My last few posts have been about me making promises, making good habits, and I feel like I want to and I am thinking it, but I am waiting. What exactly am I waiting for? An auspicious moment? This isn’t some kind of religious ceremony that must fall on a specific date and time, if I want to make a change, I need to do that now.

I know this is bad and I know I am not, but I am feeling fat. Let me rephrase, when I say I am feeling fat, I don’t think I am fat, I mean…I feel the sluggish-ness in my body, I feel unhealthy, I feel blah. I can’t say that I am honestly happy with my body, but I also cannot say I am unhappy with my body. I love my hips, I love my curves, I love my body, but I know that I haven’t been taking care of it, which means I cannot reach my full potential in things that I like doing. I can’t help but stare at the cottage cheese thighs, or the flabby arms, but then I know it’s a downward spiral and a black hole of never returning to light if I keep thinking like that. So I appreciate what I do have. Two functioning legs, two function arms, a body that is capable of moving, a mind that works, a body that functions.

I don’t like the mirror, but I shouldn’t hate the mirror, it is a reflection of who I am. I shouldn’t focus on the flaws, I should see where I can improve but also see where I have succeeded. It’s funny, how everything connects. Who I am as a person runs in every part of my being. I have a horrible tendency of only seeing the imperfections, but in the imperfections lies the beauty. So I won’t hate the mirror, I will stand in front of it and look at the beauties of what I see. It’s something that I will have to actively do and eventually make it the norm.

So mirror, mirror on the wall…I see me and I am proud.

Today’s good moments:

1. Buying groceries – honestly I probably spent more than I should have, but I was excited to get good food to take care of me.

2. Working out – I did some weights today and I, also, did some crunches. I have been meaning to workout but I finally did it. I pumped up my visio ball (which took forever) and started my workout

3. Gosh, this third moment is so hard to think of, it’s not like I had a bad day, but nothing stands out. Hmm, I think I will say making myself a good, healthy meal and cleaning up after myself. I know that this may sound lame, but it was actually really nice. I ate tacos and made sure to clean up the kitchen right after. Trying to form good habits!

Okay, I am off to bed now. Gnite!

No Pain, No Gain

Okay, I think the moving and unpacking finally got to me, because today I had volleyball and I slowly felt my legs losing their strength. I just tiger-balmed my left leg, and I counted all my bruises…1 million, more like 17. I have realized that I haven’t been taking care of myself, my body, my mind, my habits. So with this move, I really want to set some good habits for myself.

The first thing I have promised myself is to clean my room and bathroom at least once a week, like a good clean, broom, sweep, windex, all purpose clean it, etc. The second thing I want to make sure of is that my laptop is turned off before I go to sleep. And the last thing, I want to exercise at least 3 times a week. This does not include volleyball! So those are my goals! I definitely want to start meditating, but I’m gonna wait until I set these habits for myself.

Okay, so on to my good moments:

1. Having a productive day with the PCs – they are great, wonderful kids. They want to do so much and I am glad we had a productive day!

2. Volleyball – So I definitely have a lot to improve on, but I have been really trying to make sure I hit right, I square up, and that I can really get to the ball. I had some good hits, just wish that I could move faster!

3. Parking in my garage spot IN MY APARTMENT! Oh man, it was so nice to drive into a garage and not have to walk 6 blocks to get to my apartment.

And there you have! I am off to bed, gnite!

Unpacked

Man, unpacking is a pain, I think most people hate packing, I don’t mind it as much. I think unpacking is hard, mainly because I am extremely OCD and hate changes, great combination so I stress about where everything should go. Most likely I will rearrange the kitchen a few times before feeling satisfied. It’s a bad, or maybe good, habit that I have. Today was a great day, a very long day, but a great day. I can’t believe I have been up since 630am, anxiously waiting for 830am so that I could return the U-Haul truck back to the drop off center. Once I did that, I took a 30 minute nap before Comcast called and said they were here. Now we are setup with our TV and internet and I am happy. I then began to unpack my room. I sent a quick text over to Divya to see if she was available to come over and she was! Hurrah! I got to catch up with her, try out the burger joint around the corner from my house, and she helped me unpack the kitchen. I have to share my good moments now!

1. Unpacking my room – besides the one box I have, I have unpacked everything! I can’t wait to move my papasun in and read my books in it, all curled up!

2. Taking a moment to realize how fortunate I am to have amazing coworkers and friends – I honestly cannot thank you all for what you have done. Even you Larry! You were willing to drive from Oakland to help me!

3. Hanging out with Divya – honestly, I love this girl! We never actually hung out when we were in BU but our time in SF has really made us into good friends. She is one of the nicest, sweetest girls I know! I am so happy that she and I have become great friends! Love you!

This move, I felt a lot of positive and happy emotions. I am so thankful for everything that I have and I really appreciate all the support that I have. The stress of moving is off my mind and I feel as if I can focus more! Here we go, new start, new ways.

Gnite, world!