Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Function on Your Computer: Alt-J | Beats and Patterns

A Function on Your Computer: Alt-J | Beats and Patterns

Directed by Emile Sornin
Band Members: Joe Newman, Gwil Sainsbury, Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton
Alt-J is a British indie rock brand formed in 2007. These group of guys met at Lee University, to create some of the most avant gards sounds out there. Fitzpleasure is an amzing visualization of Alt-J’s sound. Check out more videos here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Taking a break

Even though I just started this blog, I realized it will be too much for me to do at this moment in my life. I will probably start up again after I finish school becuase balancing work, school, marriage, a home and everything else is a little much for me. So until then CIAO!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lots of tasty food

Yesterday was full of yummy and tasty foods. I was in a big rush so I wasn't able to pack my lunch like I usually do (which I HATE), so Bubba and I ended up going to one of our local favs L&L Bistro.

They moved locations so they are still in the process of finishing up. But Im sure the finished product is going to look A-MAZING!

I had the chicken breast w/ curry couscous and a side of roasted eggplant. GET IT!!!!!

I got to work and I though this would be a perfect time to let everyone see what I have in my locker. I try to keep a variety of foods in my locker so when I have a snack attack I am WELL prepared!
I have: oatmeal
organic bunny biscuits
popcorn &
Soy Crisps.
There is a twix on the bottom just regard that it was left over
from my birthday. I ended up eating it though that day :-/

For Dinner I took a doggie bag from L&L Bisto for work, since again I had no time to pack my food

I had a shrimp salad with oil vinaigrette dressing yum yum!
Other foods that day included
Murray crackers
Organic bunny biscuits
However, heading home is when my hard day of eating well came to an end. Bubba call me and tell me "Mama I passed the 177 mark". He has been trying to go below 177 for the longest and he finally beat his plateau, GO BUBBA. BUT he then tells me "lets get TACO BELL" Yes! you heard right TACO BELL! HE fell into the temptation and so did I, Oy! 

Not only was it a Taco Bell I went to it was a double whammy a Taco Bell/KFC....AHHHHH! But I only got the TAco Bell.

That was the end of my night...It was not a good ending BUT what can I say! I circumed to temptation. Today is a new day!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

DAY 15

Im SUPPOSED to be on Day 15 of The 28 Day Shapeover Experiment but since I fell behind Its actually day 20. However, I did cardio  and DAY 15 will be on Sunday because that is when I normally start the week. However, I must say I have been seeing the results, my triceps have become much more toned and I am starting to lift heavier, meaning Im building STRENGTH :) REMEMBER I dont want to BULK up, I want to tone and define.

SO I started my morning off with a run.

I was SUPER happy because I ran 3.72 miles at a pace of 8'55" per mile @ a time of 33:14. For me this is
an accomplishment because my average run has been @ 9'44" per mile...eeek. But Im building my endurance and every run will produce better results

AFTER my run:
There is some ab definition however, my problem issue is my lower abs the HARDEST muscles to tone. BUT I gotta keep at it!
I burned 323 calories @ an avg heart rate of 153

Breakfeast was a quick bagel with some turkey slices and a slice of cheese....I was in a rush had to go to work for an early meeting


I forgot to add that my co workers also got me this cute inspirational book that I will share with everyone on my post. This was the first thought that I was given

Its all in those words. When you believe things will happen and they will gravitate toward you. So if you believe that you are going to get in shape you will make it happen!

Ive been MIA now im BIA...

HELLOOOOOOO EVRYONE!!! LET ME TELL YOU.... I have NOT I repeat NOT been good this past week, well past week and a half. I have been trying really hard to find the reasons why I fell off track. In the beginning it was just the stresses of life. School, work, studying, and a house to maintain. This is all fairly new for me. I have always been used to someone taking care of me, my mom, and now I have to take care of things. It is a growing process for me, trying to balance all the things life has to give me. Believe me, I thank GOD everyday for all the things I have in life, an amazing Husband, a supportive mother, a job, my health and everything else others may have to struggle to have in life. Back to my stresses though, I was so occupied with school and freaking out about tests and trying to get everything done that I just ATE. I am an EMOTIONAL eater! When I am happy I have a cupcake, when I am sad I have a gallon of ice cream, when I am stressed I have Taco Bell or Mc Donald’s, among other things. I come in contact and devour everything I am not supposed too....eeeeeeek. This is what many define to be an emotional eater as. I become uncontrollable. I even stopped the gym in the middle of the week.... I just felt BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! All of this binge eating lead to a gain of 3.4 pounds OUCH! But I knew what I had to do, I had to get my SHIT together I had to stop my emotion from controlling me, that is one powerful B#$^H. There is also something else I begin to over analyze food and make bad decisions when I was at my healthiest point. I look at the cookie and I say, should I eat it, should I REALLY eat it and my mind goes back and forth for 5 min until I eat it, then I feel kind of guilty and sometimes I feel like I screwed up by eating that cookie and then I just start eating everything else. That is NOT the way to go and I know that. You mess up, who cares, just get back on track. I know I have worked so hard to get where I am and I am not going to let a week of havoc mess me up on my journey. Gotta keep going.

I have also been postless because of exams and my BDAY! It was on 4/20 so I was kind of busy celebrating :)
Here is some of the goodies I got from co workers for my BDAY....




Of course I had some of the sweats but I made sure not to take any of it home, except the cupcakes for Bubba.

So my advice to everyone on this beautiful Thursday is mess up, give in so you see how your body reacts to your abuse, your abuse of bad food and not giving it the right attention. Ultimately, you body will retaliate and tell you this is not how I am supposed to feel I have so much MORE to offer when you treat me right.

KIKI wrote: how do you get that lil evil voice that gets you to make bad decisions to shut up and how do you just DO IT?!?!?
April 13, 2010 12:35 PM

That stupid little voice that we all have is something we wish we could all pay a large amount of money for and just surgically remove. I hate it! I have one and it will always be there taunting me, pushing me down, and not pushing me forward to where I know my body should be. DAMN you Evil voice... What really pushed me to eat healthy and stay fit was kind of superficial. I love clothes I have always been amazed of how it can change a person’s mood, how people view others by their clothes, and the beauty of it. So I wanted to look GOOD in my clothes I wanted to feel comfortable and self confident not self conscious. I did not want to have to buy a larger size or stretch out my shirt so it would not stick to my stomach. I did not want an ICE CREAM CONE shaped body because my pants were too tight. I just wanted to feel more CONFIDENT about myself. Now listen, I’m not saying to be self confident you have to be skinny, I just wanted to be comfortable for myself. So I knew the only way was to eat right and work out. Believe me I tried the NO CARB, I did the SOUP DIET, I even took pills. They all worked BUT It just wasn’t ME. I wasn't happy at all. I had no energy at all, because I did not have the right food in my body. So what I had to do to not gain all that weight back was find the right form of healthy lifestyle for me. I eventually did and that little evil monster started to quiet down. Once I started seeing the results and getting into a routine I got excited, I felt athletic and accomplished. The little evil voice was on mute now. It was still there but I had more control over it and my lifestyle had more control over it. But, it is still there and it is seen in what I wrote today and what happened the past week and a half. It came back and it kicked my ASS! BUT, I knew I worked so hard to get where I was and to just let it all fall apart over a week and go back into a bad way of life was not my goal. So I fought back and I am slowly recovering. You have to give in sometimes because when you don't you will get hit harder later on. So I am telling you if you want to go to dinner with your friends and enjoy yourself, DO IT! But just remember tomorrow is a new day and you need to get back on track because you owe it to yourself and your body does not deserve that type of abuse, what has it done to you to make you hurt it?

I hope this helps

<3 Nowel


LUV IT!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

What to eat?

Trying to figure out what to whip up for din din... Any suggestions? I want something light yet filling. Does that even make sense? hmmmm
Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been pretty busy with school and work and  actually I should be studying for my exam today but I wanted to give you a quick run through of the past 3 days.

So Lets being....


Day 7 was a cardio and I decided to go for a run.

Gotts to Do IT....

Yes it was 5am in the morning on a Saturday... BUT.... had to get in a run before a hectic day at work

Had a minor malfunction with the heart rate monitor ( pressed wrong button ;-/, still getting used to it) So these are the two stats. 339 calories in total. 


 Mi comer
Oat bran

 Summary of dinner and snacks for the day....

 Loved my outfit that day....What do you think?

Went to Starbucks before the store opened...I always feel like I am stepping into the gates of hell when I come to Starbucks. Donuts, bagels, crumb cakes, malorca bread, scones, cupcakes... and theres coffee too. The funny thing is they have healthy alternatives but why would anybody in their right mind go for a fruit cup....

But I did not fall into the evil temptations that Starbucks had to provide.... I opted for an iced coffee

That night I had dinner with my BEST friend Jess.... she came down from CHI town so we celebrated her visit

We ate at RA a sushi joint

And did I enjoy myself.......But we could not end the night on Sushi so.....

We had Kilwins....and alot of it....no worries when you have a bad day there is always hope for tomorrow.... You Gotta live....right?! ;-\

However... I did forget to include the Jamaican Beef patty I scarfed down at lunch instead of having my chicken :-\ I fell into temptation....but it was yummy...


DAY 8 is Week 2 of the 28 Day shapeover program.
Week 2 focuses on the development of lean muscle tone and muscular endurance.

SETS: Some sets are performed straight while others will employ supersets, which is two exercies performed consecutively, with no rest between.... THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT...PAINNNN
Doing supersets supposedly increases workout intensity and heightens fat burning to an even greater degree.

REPETITIONS: There will be higher repetitions, aiming for 15-20 reps per set, this is said to heighten local muscular endurance and improve quality of muscle tissue, without increase muscle mass, which I DONT want. My goal is not to look like a SHE MAN :)

DAY 8 consisted of Shoulders, biceps, and triceps
Arnold Press
One Arm Cable Lateral
BEnch Rear Lateral Raise
Dumble Incline Curl & 2- Arm Dumbbell Overhead Triceps Extension
Dumbell Hammer Curl & Triceps Dip
Prone Incline Curl & Nosebreaker 

Not much logging this day :(
However, I did eat clean this day to make up for yesterdays last supper


Went to my 24 hour shape class, a boot camp consisting of 3 min cardio drills and weight exercises. I took the class with Rasha....she is great she always describes weights as appetizers, main courses, and desserts and the pain of these meals as Yummy and delicious.... Ummm yeah

 Today was exciting BECAUSE.... I noticed some changes in my shoulders.... there were lines forming... actual tonnage....AMAZING!!! I was so psyched I couldnt stop looking at them in my Shape class becasue I was like DAMN Im the shit.....hehehe

Have to go cram now but I will leave you with my power song of the moment..

Melissa Auf Der Maur - Meet Me On The Darkside

Its a pretty eerie song but I like running to it....Everyone does have a darkside sometimes.....