You Certainly Are What You Eat
I've never been one with stellar eating habits. I have a sweet tooth and have always chowed down on chocolate, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other desserts. On top of that, I also am a big fan of fatty foods --ribs, fried chicken, steak, lechon, etc. You name it and I eat it. This past week, my eating habits have just been horrendous. I think it's due to stress from my job and thinking about home improvements. On a given day, I think I consume about 2,500-3,000. This is a lot considering I'm only 5'2. Okay, I'm really 5'1. It's not that I don't try to eat healthier, because I do. In fact, I do have days where I eat breakfast, a salad for lunch, and a small dinner. But days like that are numbered. This week alone, I've had cupcakes for breakfast, filipino food for lunch (and I'm talking 2 cups of rice, 2 ulams, and dessert --this is why I practically fall asleep in court), and chinese take-out for dinner. Completely unhealthy. Talk about a smorgasboard of unhealthiness --fat, sodium, cholesterol, oh my!
It takes willpower to change your diet to a healthier one. That, and you can't live on "eating healthy" alone. You must also get regular exercise. The most exercise I've been getting lately is climbing the stairs to get to my floor at work (6 flights); this I do everyday. If I know all this, then why don't I follow it? Pure and simple: I'm lazy. It's easier to order chinese food rather than make your own healthy meal. It's easier to blow off the gym than to make the effort to actually drive there. My laziness outweighs my vanity at times. It's no secret that I've gained weight. I see it. It's not that I'm fat. I know I'm far from being obese, but I do know my body fat percentage is getting up there. I am certainly heavier than I was 8 months ago. I know that my pants are tighter; I can't wear my favorite pencil skirt because I'd have to give up breathing; I have to forego one suit altogether because the skirt is too tight and rides up all the time; I get winded pretty easily (oh those stairs!); and I just feel less energetic. The heaviest I've ever weighed was 125 lbs. That is fairly hefty for a chick my height. I gained that weight because of the "freshman 15" in college, plus I had surgery the year after that and recuperated by lying around a lot and doing nothing but eat. I lost 25 pounds gradually and normalized my weight. I have no clue how I did it, but heck, I figure if I did it once, I'd do it again! So this will be the start of a new "Kat" (I say this to my husband almost every weekend after chowing down enormous amounts of food). I just want to be healthier and not end up with heart disease at the age of 35. So these are my health goals:
Go to the gym at least 3x a week.
Limit beef and pork to only once a week.
Eat at least 2 kinds of vegetables a day (I actually like veggies more than fruits).
Avoid sweets/desserts after lunch.
Lose 8 pounds.
Gain more muscle and tone body.
Avoid processed foods.
Limit carb/sugar intake in general.
Cook at least 3x a week (I actually like to cook, but rarely do out of laziness).
That should put me on the right track.
Take Me Out! – Weekend in Pictures
- Saw Franz Ferdinand this past Thursday – they rock! I smuggled in my camera only to have it die on me as soon as I tried to take a picture inside the Roseland Ballroom. Hence, this one surviving photo. I love going to shows; the scene is just so vibrant and energetic (mixed, diverse crowd, the most eclectic fashion scene; and of course, the great music). I'm watching The Killers on Oct. 4th…the show should be kick-ass as well!
- NJ Prosecutor's Convention, Atlantic City, NJ 2004 – Oh yeah! Lawyers can certainly party. Each county usually rents out a 'hospitality suite' so guests can wander in and out and chill. Even the Attorney General of NJ came to party with in our suite (no pics of that though), as did my boss. No one got severely bombed (that I saw first-hand...hearsay is another story). I'm not the world's biggest drinker anymore (I'm buzzed after 4 drinks; 3 if they are strong and haven't eaten; drunk at 5 or 6), so I usually retire earlier than the others. The hubs even came out to join me! Turns out, he graduated from high school with one of our ex-prosecutors.
My co-worker Priya (we are dubbed "Kapriya" since we started together and are joined at the hip) with Jhanice, the only other Filipino prosecutor I know of in the State of NJ at the moment. Jhanice is from Somerset County.
Primping before a mandatory dress-up Awards Banquet.
Me with the hubs (or is it?!)
- I gambled a bit. Black Jack is my game. I was up $60, but lost it. At the end though, I came out completely even with $50 in my pocket. I'm such a conservative gambler though; the highest I bet is $15 (on a $10 minimum bet table). I'll be back in AC next weekend for a family gathering and this time, I'll be a bit riskier! (Or so I say, it's hard parting with cash!)
Atlantic City by day:
- Monday: back to the daily grind. Went to work then band practice. I don't think I can squeeze in morning workouts anymore because our new judge wants us in court at 9 am on the dot. I don't sleep early enough to wake up early enough. But must squeeze in gym time --gotta lose weight! I promised myself I wouldn't buy any NEW clothes until I lost 8 pounds. I'm an effing heifer! Do you see the size of my arms?! Naku!
Random Blurbs and a Look at the Past
- I walked across the George Washington Bridge this past weekend as part of my training for the upcoming Avon Walk-a-Thon. I think it’s about 1.5 miles across (but I’m bad at mileage). It was a bit scary because I stopped and looked down. You can also feel the vibrations from the vehicles that go through. I took some pics (even though it’s illegal to take pictures) but the day was overcast so they didn’t come out too well. Otherwise though, the view is amazing. You see Manhattan in all it’s glory, as well as views of the Palisades, and the NJ side of the Hudson River.
- I saw the movie Hero. The cinematography was amazing, the story was interesting (told in a slightly unconventional way), but the overall movie was a bit too long. Also, I prefer my fight scenes to have cool, fast-paced background music –it wasn’t the case here. Altogether, I would give it a 2 thumbs up, but a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- The hubs posted some more pics of our trip to Portugal and Spain in our website. Click here to view the pics.
- The new judge I’m in front of prefers to go through his entire calendar with no breaks. So today, I was in court from 9:30-2 pm straight. By 1 pm, I thought I would pass out from hunger. I was literally light-headed. I don’t care if I’m in court all day (in fact, I prefer it to being at my desk), but food is another issue. I get cranky and unmotivated once I get really ravenous. Note to self: stash some granola bars somewhere in your files. I’m going to have to get used to this new routine. I still don’t know what the heck I’m doing. I already got snapped at a few times from the judge, and I miss my old team. Oh well. Gotta deal with it.
- I took my car to the dealership to get an estimate for my side view mirror (it got knocked out when I got into an accident). Guess how much the estimate was? It’s a whopping $1,178 for the damage! Que horror! So I called the guy who hit my car and he was of course appalled at the price and asked why so much. I told him what the mechanic told me: When the mirror got hit, it damaged the motor inside the mirror. You see my car has a button that retracts the side view mirrors (handy for parking in the city and parking in my spot at work b/c the entrance is very narrow). So BMW has to order a new motor, replace it, replace the entire mirror case, fix the wiring, paint the new mirror case, and then install the whole thing. The guy is going to pay me on a bi-weekly basis. I don’t mind, as long as he keeps his word. I know he will though, because he saw my badge during the accident. Muhahahah! *evil laughter*
- I was cleaning out my documents and came across my resume. It hasn’t been updated, but it’s the resume that got me my job at the moment. Reading through it though, I can’t help but think how conventional (not to mention, boring) my experience has been. Nothing spectacular is in it, unlike my cousin’s whose resume is a veritable music A-list (e.g., Janet Jackson, Sting, Usher). I should’ve put the fact that I studied in London for a summer but I didn’t because I received no credit (turns out the class did not fulfill the requirements of my university). In short, it’s a straight-laced resume, but I shouldn’t complain because I’m happy where I’m at. Each job experience is unique not only because of where I worked, but because of the social situation I was in at the time. Here's a cut-n-paste version:
Update: The hubs advised me to take off my resume since people up to no good may use it for their own purposes. I'm only leaving the Education and Skills part.
- New York Law School
Juris Doctor, June 2002; Member, NJ Bar, December 2002; Member, NY Bar, July 2003
Activities: Recipient, Joseph Solomon Public Interest Fellowship 2000
Co-President, The Public Interest Coalition
Executive Vice President, Asian American Law Students Association
- Barnard College of Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts, May 1999; Major: Sociology; Minor: Psychology
Concentrations: Social and Poverty Theories; Asian American Studies; Comparative Lit.
Activities: Executive Board Member, Liga Filipina
Copy Editor, The Asian Journal
- Languages: Fluent in Tagalog; Proficient and conversant in Spanish
- Other: Highly proficient in both PCs and Macs; Microsoft Office Suite; trained in LEXIS and WESTLAW; attended the Gotham Writer’s Workshop for Fiction Writing.
It’s only my 5th day here in the Juvenile Unit and I’ve already witnessed some unnerving things. Like yesterday, we prosecuted this 15-year old who was arrested with 166 vials of crack cocaine in his possession. 15 years old! That’s just sad. And this morning, we handled a case where the kid was arrested with a .45 caliber gun –he was 14 years old. What’s even more distressing is the clear lack of guidance that these kids get. When juveniles are processed and given a court date, their parents/legal guardian are of notified and required to appear in court along with the juvenile. This whole week thus far, I’ve noticed that:
- some parents just don’t show up (as with this kid I have who’s charged with robbery and has 2 open complaints for attempted burglary; he’s 14)
- someone else shows up –i.e., the grandma, a sister, or someone else because the kid just doesn’t live with the mom or dad or hasn’t seen the mom and dad in years
- the mom or dad who does show up looks only a few years older than the kid him/herself
- the parent who does show up looks disinterested
- the juvenile him/herself looks disinterested
- all are dressed as if they are either going to a club, going to the gym, going to loiter around a park, living in the 70’s/80’s; or just look unkempt in general. Nice to set an example for your kid by wearing a black, mesh tank-top, shorts, and flip-flops to court.
It’s not surprising that these kids are in trouble. Of course, I’m just making a superficial (and judgmental) observation, but you can learn a lot just by watching. You can tell that these kids are loved; you can tell when a kid seems afraid; but you can also tell when the parents could hardly give a flying f*ck that their kid is charged with 2nd degree robbery.
Today, there was this kid who was charged with a violation of probation (he was placed on probation under conditions that he would attend a program).
Judge: Why didn’t you go to the program last Saturday?
Kid: Huh? What you say?
Judge: Why didn’t you go to the program last Saturday?
Kid: Oh…uhm, I didn’t wake up early enough.
Judge: You didn’t wake up early enough? That’s your excuse?
Kid: Yeah, Uhm. A bunch of kids got in trouble at the youth house last night on Friday and we got home late and I woke up late.
Judge: Waking up late is not going to help you complete the program or stop your from getting re-arrested.
Kid: Yeah I know. Imma get mahself an alarm clock.
Judge: You better.
**other stuff happens, etc…**
Judge: So at this point, are you satisfied with the legal assistance of Ms. B (the attorney assigned to the kid)
Kid: Who? What you say?
Judge: Are you satisfied with the advice that Ms. B has given you so far?
Kid: Who her? *points to attorney*
Kid: Oh her? Oh, yeah. Sure. I didn’t know her name.
Then the mom said something confirming that yes, the kid woke up late and missed the program that morning. Not that I’m into enabling kids or anything, but as the mom, you could’ve woken up the kid yourself and make his ass go to the program, don’t you think?
I came into Juvenile hoping to help out. Yes, to this day, I still have idealistic notions that I’m be making a difference in someone’s life (I’m a bleeding-heart liberal with conservative tendencies). However, reality doesn’t work that way and you’ll often find yourself getting exasperated with your victims, the defendants, and the families involved. Everyone is just out for their own self. Not all victims are victims and no one really knows what the truth is. I think what these kids needs is a good bitch-slapping or ass-kicking to knock some sense into them. They have no respect for themselves, their parents, or the judge. I was trying to place myself in their shoes and I know for a fact that I would’ve been scared of the judge (the Juvi judge is a formidable man, big in stature with a booming voice) and would’ve said things like “Your honor”, “Yes sir”, “Excuse me sir” or something to that effect instead of strolling into court with a walkman on, saying shit like “Huh? What you say?” or saying “My bad.”
In Other News
- I went to the gym yesterday! Yahoo! I may even go today! (2 days in a row?! *gasp*)
- I got my green card approved yesterday! (I had a conditional one before, but now this is a green card with no conditions attached. This means I can actually apply for citizenship! You'd think after being in the country since 1988, I'd be a citizen by now...but no, America does not make is easy for a contributing member of the society to become legalized right away.)
- I'm going to lose 10 pounds. That is my goal and I'm sticking to it, dammit!
- I'm buying a dining table set, hopefully this weekend.
Okay, that's actually only 2 new things about me (and 2 goals). But just thought I'd share. Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Am I a Girly-Girl?
I think about 60% of me can be described as your quintessential "girly-girl." As in, the kind of girl who likes to shop; look all dolled-up; act "proper"; follow the rules; screams at bugs; doesn't know much about football (the American kind), basketball, or baseball; plays with make-up; etc, etc. Of course, I'm not like that all the time, and I like to think that I can be a "guy's girl." While I may not know a lot about popular sports, I can kick yer arse in snowboarding (aka riding). I have a scar on my left shin from the time I attempted to do a table-top trick at Hunter Mountain. Here are my other "guy's girl" qualities:
- I like watching extreme sports (skating, riding, skiing, surfing, etc.) and I like watching robots battle it out. Yeah. Bring it on.
- I love watching action/sci-fi flicks. Some of my fave flicks are: Leon (aka The Professional); Total Recall; Terminator 1 & 2; Goodfellas; Underworld; Akira; Pulp Fiction; Braveheart; Gladiator; Kill Bill Vol. 1; and movies w/ ninjas, samurais, kung-fu fighters; sword-wielders; all over the place.
- I love to eat and I eat/try anything (except lamb & goat and derivatives thereof). Picky-eaters annoy me at times. It's exasperating when they dismiss a dish and say they don't like it when they don't even want to try it. Just eat the darn thing. It's not going to kill you.
- I burp. Loudly and proudly. Especially after a great meal (or just a meal in general).
- I like porn. Yeah, I said it. But not the girl-on-girl kind. It just doesn't do it for me. (But I hate hip-hop videos where all you see are dancing hoochies. I am disgusted with them. Go figure.)
- I think these women are hot (some I even consider beautiful): Natalie Portman (one of my fave actors); Angelina Jolie; Jessica Alba; Eliza Dushku; Naomi Watts; Mila Kunis; Beyonce; Catherine Zeta-Jones (when she was in Zorro, her beauty heyday); etc.
- I'm not into "romantic-comedies." I didn't say I don't watch them, because I do. But I'd rather wait for the DVD, or go only because a bunch of my other gf's want to see it. I can live without seeing them. I can only name 4 romantic-comedies I truly dig: Notting Hill; 50 First Dates; Bridget Jones (but mainly cuz of the book); and...hm, I don't really know a fourth, actually. Oh wait! "Four Weddings and a Funeral" would be the 4th.
- I don't do the whole calorie-counting/diet thing. I always say I'm going on a diet, but in reality, I don't really care or go on one. Like I said, I love to eat. I just don't have any willpower. *sigh*
That's all I can think of at the moment. Okay, I admit they are not the best guy-type qualities nor should we really classify habits/hobbies/likes & dislikes into "masculine" or "feminine." But I think y'all know what I mean, right?
Weekend in Pictures
Thought I'd post a few pics from what I did this past weekend.
The Party Posse (peace out to Bryan)
Point Pleasant Beach
Me Staring at the Sea