Monthly Archives: December 2010

Living Healthy

To fully enjoy life, we need to take care of our bodies. They are sort of like babies- if you be kind to them they won’t neccesarily break all your things as much (Believe me, I have too much experience with that.)

I started becoming aware of exercising and healthy eating in 5th grade. But back then, it was mostly just playing outside and not eating too much junk. Now, though, I have made it a lifestyle. And I realize how important it is to learn that at a younger age. But truly, anyone can make a difference in their life if they just make it happen and commit. Just jump in and take action! You’ll learn things as you go along.

For me, when I started taking an interest into exercising and eating well, there was no doubt that I had a lot of questions. So after reading in and searching, I eventually learned what comes naturally to me now: To eat well and be active.

Eating Well.

Having a healthy diet is mostly just common sense. There are so many diets and fads out there that can be so overwhelming, but just remember to stick to your gut! It’s most important to eat real food in moderation, instead of processed, fake ones. Eat vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Believe it or not, you also need some fat in your diet, too! You can get these from nuts, peanut butter, and avocados.

Allow yourself to eat whatever you want every once in a while. Go crazy and have your fill of fried things, or just go with the old burger and fries combo. Anyone need a chocolate meltdown sundae? By doing this, you won’t feel like your missing out on anything, because food, after all, is one of the greatest joys in life. Deprivation has never done anyone good.

Yes, there may be much more to this science, but for now, all you need to know are the basics. After this, you can branch off and add to your internal knowledge of health. I know I did.

Food Rules by Micheal Pollan is the perfect “Eater’s Manual”. He gives you 64 tips, tricks, and advice on eating wisely, in a very casual, non-complicated way.


Ah, this one’s easy. All you have to do is get your patooty up out of that couch and move. Like everyone else, I’ve noticed a huge change in America’s culture. To sum it up, all this new technology and fast food is making us, well, fat. And not to mention unhealthy.

When I watch Jane Austen movies set in 18th century England, you never see those perfectly healthy people going to the gym and working out. That’s because they’re lifestyle demanded them to be physical. There were no cars to ride around in, so people walked. There were no TVs, so instead of being locked up inside the house all day, they went outside and took a turn around their fancy English garden. Food was cooked fresh from markets everyday. They were aware that a little exercise would go a long way. Life back then was more natural and alive, and sometimes I wish that we lived more like the people did back then.

But now, we have cars, and computers, and TVs, and malls, and Mcdonalds, and…

And it has become more of a chore to get up and get moving. People think of exercising as having to drag themselves to go to the gym for three hours. No! Do something that you enjoy, like taking a walk and enjoying nature. Do yoga, dance, garden, play with kids, run, skip, jump, swim…there are so many options to choose from. This doesn’t have to be at all complicated, unless you over-think it.

The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises is a wonderful compendium of fitness, and probably the only one you’ll ever need. It is truly awesome.And, oh, look at that-they have one for men, too.

I just discovered the enthusiastic community of BodyRock.TV literally two days ago. I love it because it has some serious workouts, exercises, and eating tips all for doing right at home. You can also share your support and stories with the many users who go there. It’s like you’re in a candy store.



Glee hasn’t been on for awhile, and it’s winter break. Lazy days have come, and I’m just relaxing while the snow ices up the northeast. And without warning, I’ve developed this inhumane addiction to Heroes.

It started one night when I fell asleep early. Downstairs my mom and my sister were watching the first four episodes of “Heroes” on Netflix. I’m fully aware that this series ended awhile ago, but when I started watching, I couldn’t stop. For instance, last night I had this dream about Mica and Niki-they were just there, it was really random, but it’s PROOF of how much I’ve taken to this show.

When I become this obsessed about something, my favorite thing to do is look up some fanart on I love it how people take in the series and interpret it in their own ways. Especially when they turn it into a funny comic strip or something. I’ve gone through this phase with Twilight, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Harry Potter, and Studio Ghibli movies (ah I’m so typical 🙂 ).

Some thoughts on the topic: (SPOILER)

Every time someone dies, I keep thinking that they’ll just somehow come alive again. I’ve been too influenced by Claire and Peter. Those two just can’t seem to stop dying. Oh look, there’s, a stick in her neck! On no, he got stabbed by a blade of glass! That’s interesting, she woke up in the middle of her autopsy. Such a nice image. Like when Isaac died, I was just like, “Oh, he’s not dead. That’s probably just Claire or Peter in disguise. Or that morphing woman. Or maybe he has a special power to come back from the dead, too!! Maybe his paintings will save him and beat Sylar senseless!! GO PAINTINGS!”

Besides the fact that the decapitation this is sort of disturbing, you’ve got to admit, the idea is pretty interesting. The brains are supposed to be like watches or something and Sylar feels inclined to fix them. I’m just wondering what he does to extract the powers from the brains. I could totally picture him just standing there with all the brains and him being like”What now?”

Admit it. Everyone was totally up for Peter and Claire becoming a couple until we found out they were related.(Or maybe they do get together, I’m not that far yet)

serious moment.


I feel so protective of Hiro. I don’t want his enthusiasm and happiness to be crushed! He’s just trying to save the world!! WHY WON”T ANYONE BELIEVE HIM!! I almost cried when Suresh nearly injeected him with the poison. He’s also asian like I am, so there’s another connection I’m feeling. He probably also reminds me of my brother. My brother can make the same “Hiro” face as him. Haha, I just thought of that one.

I’m sad that the person who played Sylar also played Spock on Startrek, because I actually liked him as Spock. He was my favorite. Now I’m just afraid of him.

no comment.

I wish that I had figured about Heroes sooner, when the series was still on. Now there’s no one to gush about it with besides my mom and my sister. But they’re too busy trying to finish the season like I am. Back to where I started

“What You Ought To Know”

My newest obsession.

It’s Christmas season, and everyone’s going around giving gifts and candy canes. The time where everyone gets jolly and fat like Santa. So my friend gives me some “Lumpy Fudge”, and I’m all excited and can’t wait until lunch when I can eat it. Little did I know that this would be the start of my obsession.

She tells me it’s made of marshmallows, peanut butter, and chocolate. My three two favorite things (Marshmallows aren’t that great). And low and behold, I open the thing, and it’s all there. The lumpy, overly sweet treat. It’s so sweet, it’s almost disgusting how sweet it is. You’ll feel the saturated fats creep in on you. But anyway, the fudge came with a note, saying that she had gotten the recipe from a podcast site known as “What You Ought To Know”, and also adding that she will, and I quote, “make all of you WYOTK fans!!!! :P”.

And as I stared at those letters and realized what they stood for, I checked out the website.

Needless to say, I’m hooked like I am on “Heroes” in Netflix. I love the humor, and I can tell that I’m going to be quoting quite a lot. It’s just another way to add to my library of random knowledge, I guess.

What You Ought To Know

11 Things I Love Right Now

  1. Eating Like a French
  2. Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Panini for breakfast 7 days a week
  3. Running
  4. us band geeks
  5. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1
  6. Barbecue Sauce
  7. Holidays
  8. Carrot Cake
  9. Broiled t-bone
  10. the warm winter clothing
  11. *the family

Life’s been hard lately, so I wanted to post a few things that I am grateful for.

The Younger Storyteller:The Tale of the First Rose

The Younger Storyteller

By Isabel



Once there was a butefull meadow. There was flowers notingells exept the wispring sweet sound of the wind. So evry time you go in there you would hear the wispring wind. One day a little rose was sprawting in the wide meadow with the wild flowers. So as usawell the big flowers took care of the rose they didn’t see a rose befor. they thoghot it was a daisy. So as she grew the dafedels, daisys, vaeoletsand all the other flowers where jealus that the rose looked much more Butefull then they are. But she didn’t care how she looked she was caring abot friendship while the other flowers were thingking abot how they look. So they tried so hard to look much Butter then her. A few months later new roses grew and usual men gives the roses to the ladys when the have dates and usually it manes the sihgn of love. One day a man came and said. “A new flower with red petels? I shall name this flower a rose.” So when ever you see a rose give it to someone you love. So evry day they came out to play with other flowers to. So from this day on I hope that you enjoy this story that I made and worked very very very very very heard on and that was the tale of the first rose. that the end bye!

An oreginal folktale.

A little bit of caveman talk going on!

Was probably largely influenced by Sailor Moon, where there’s this hero named Tuxedo Mask who uses roses as his weapon of choice. Very romantic.

The numerous “very’s” at then served as a page filler. I wanted to use up both sides of the page!

Very nice ending…

P.S. I didn’t know what a folktale was back then. It sounded right, I guess!