New England Patriots WIN Superbowl LI!

pwsThis is what they do… it seems like the New England Patriots THRIVE on nothing left to lose. Like millions of other people out there I too was at the edge of my seat thinking after the first quarter 0-0?! What is going on?! Then 3-21 Atlanta after the 2nd quarter it was more like “What the hell is going on?!” So I guess by the time the 3rd quarter rolled around they finally remembered that they’re the New England Patriots and they are playing the SUPERBOWL! …but that’s the Patriots just doing what they do best. What an awesome comeback. How about that first ever in history overtime game? Cool stuff man. Way to go Pats!

I’m Not Dead.

I have no excuses.  I’ve been lazy – such a slacker Sharon!  I just wanted to report that I am not dead.  I’m going to give you a quick overview of what I’ve been up to then leave a special treat from YouTube P!NK’s song “I’m Not Dead” and the lyrics below. Enjoy!

So I’m almost done with my Whole30 Program. Finishing up Day 29 to be exact.

Positive thoughts:

  • Looking in the mirror my face seems to be less pudgy. lol
  • My arms are a little more defined (still flabby but I know if I start working out they’ll be toned soon especially if I keep eating right at least 90% of the time)
  • My jeans/shorts no longer require me to lay on the bed to zip up and my buttons aren’t threatening to pop out on me
  • I like wearing tank tops again as they are not showing my “rolls” as much. haha
  • My boobs are smaller (which is fantastic because I can wear my old bras again)
  • My abdominal area is starting to take shape (again, if I keep eating right and start working out I know I can maintain/improve this area)
  • My hair seems longer?  I will have to take an after photo and compare haha
  • As for my butt… well, I need to hit the stairs and squats to improve that area!

My favorite part of the Whole30 is not having the same mentality like “hmm… what should I eat?” but it’s more like “OH MY GOD it’s almost MEAL 2 and I haven’t cooked my chicken yet!” lol  Seriously, I mean, I’ve always LOVED food but now it’s more like a priority and I’m really starting to think of my meals as… what would give me the nutrients I need to get through until my next meal?  As opposed to “hmm.. what sounds good?” I mean, the fact that my food have been DELICIOUS is absolutely a bonus.  I don’t want to be a zombie any more and just go for the latest appetizing commercial on TV where flavor is OVERKILL and nutrition is compromised.

I’ve gotten so used to throwing my simple meals together… I’m kind of afraid of the next step: the reintroduction.  I’ve got the basic idea of how it’s supposed to work… reintroduce myself to “regular foods” but in increments with specific groups (e.g. legumes, grain, dairy, etc).  I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of scared it’s like meeting someone for the first time – not really sure what to expect. haha

I know that everyone is different and that your plan of a reintroduction may not be the same as mine just like how I may react to certain foods while you don’t.  I read that if I don’t particularly like a certain type of food then I probably shouldn’t even touch it again (e.g. red/kidney/pinto beans).  What I’m really looking forward to is Tiramisu, chocolate glazed donut, ice cream, mushroom cheese burger, and 1lbs. The Boiling Crab Shrimp. (Not at the same time or even day of course). I haven’t created a game plan yet and I SHOULD.  In fact, I made a pact with myself that I am to keep eating like I’m still on the whole 30 until I get a solid plan down for the reintroduction phase.  I don’t want my 30 days of good food to go to waste. It’s time to get intuned with my body and learn what it doesn’t/does like.

A bunch of other stuff is going on but you know what… I’m going to leave those for other entries. 😉

Without further ado…

Lyrics:

I’m Not Dead
BY: P!NK

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

There’s all these cracks, crack of sunlight
Crack in the mirror, on your lips
It’s the moment of a sunset Friday
When our conversations twist

It’s the fifth day of ice on a new tattoo
But the ice should be on our heads
We only spun the wheel to catch ourselves
So we weren’t left for death

And I was never looking for approval from anyone but you
And though this journey is over, I’ll go back if you ask me to

I’m not dead just floating
Right between the ink of your tattoo
In the belly of the beast we turned into

I’m not scared just changing
Right beyond the cigarette and the devilish smile
You’re my crack of sunlight

You can do the math a thousand ways
But you can’t erase the facts
That others come and others go
But you always come back

I’m a winter flower underground
Always thirsty for summer rain
And just like the change of seasons
I know you’ll be back again

I’m not dead just floating
Underneath the ink of my tattoo
I’ve tried to hide my scars from you

I’m not scared just changing
Right beyond the cigarette and the devilish smile
You’re my crack of sunlight, oh

I’m not dead just yet

I’m not dead I’m just floating
Doesn’t matter where I’m going, I’ll find you
(I’m not scared at all)

Underneath the cuts and bruises
Finally gained what no one loses, I’ll find you
(I will find you)

I’m not dead just floating
I’m not scared just changing
You’re my crack of sunlight, yeah

Songwriters
Moore, Alecia B / Mann, Billy

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Top 10 Break Up Songs

Here is my list of the best breakup songs.  I don’t mean the sad lovey dovey type songs like Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” or ‘N Sync’s “Gone” no I am talking about the songs that say “THANK YOU for getting out of my life” or “Oh yeah I’m doing so much better now that you’re gone” type songs.

10. We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

9. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

8. Don’t Want You Back – Backstreet Boys

7. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette

6. The Sign – Ace of Base

5. It’s Not Right But it’s ok – Whitney Houston

4. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey – Cole Swindell

3. Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake

2. You’ll Think of Me – Keith Urban

1. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Thrice Advice: Sharon’s Advice Column

OK so my friend Amanda invited me to join her radio station venture and I will now run an advice column called Thrice Advice. You can access our radio station’s website at http://izimmbiradio.com.  Listen to the radio station LIVE at: http://mixlr.com/izimmbiradio.  Amanda had me record the intro – that was a lot of fun putting together!  Tonight’s show is more of a trial run but good music will still be played. Please help us out by chiming in what you think about the show.  Also, if you have any request for my advice column feel free to leave a comment on this post OR alternatively go to my Contact Page.  Also you can text your request to 856-IZI-MMBI (494-6624).

Revenge (TV Show)

So no one warned me about this show being addictive! My mother-in-law and I just finished watching the second season today. Wow, what a drama filled show that makes me feel so lucky to be living my much simpler life!

Emily VanCamp (any relations to the canned beans brand?) who plays Emily Thorne is so pretty. I recognize her from the show Brothers and Sisters. I thought that show was great as well until it got a bit weird the later part of that show.

So many hours have been spent cheering on this character and the people she loves. I hope she finds peace in season 3. Aw but I just looked it up and there are actually 4 seasons of this show. Yikes!

Why I don’t watch the news.

Why I don’t watch the news.

SAM_5148People sometimes wonder why I don’t watch the news.  I’ll be talking to one of my friends and they’ll tell me something like “Did you hear about what happened to that family in Texas?” and my answer is no.  I don’t watch cable TV and I don’t watch the news.  The only reason why we have cable in this apartment is because the bundle package was cheaper than ordering the internet package alone. I don’t watch TV because I don’t like commercials. I don’t like being shown things that I don’t really need that I could possibly want.  I see enough of that on the internet.  I don’t need it blasting in my face while I’m watching a movie or tv show (that’s why I love Netflix so much).

I don’t watch the news because 99.9% of the time the “information” covered on there does not relate to me or affect me or my family and friends directly.  Think about it, when was the last time you’ve seen some horrible news coverage that actually affected you other than your reaction/emotion from images presented to you?  The only time news information has affected me directly has been the weather reports and even those aren’t accurate. Seriously, with all the technology available today they can’t get the weather right? I once considered being a meteorologist because they never get in trouble whenever they’re wrong.

“But Sharon, you have to stay informed in what’s going on in the world?”  Excuse me? Why? The only thing that the news seems to do is provoke people to be angry or worse to make people feel scared.  Sorry, I’m not interested in that.  People may think I’m delusional for thinking that humans are MEANT to be happy and love one another.  Tragedies in life will happen and I will deal with those things as they come – I don’t need to shoulder the “world’s” problems too.  Why want to learn about unfortunate events when there is nothing you can do about it?  If you want to make a difference in this world you will not do it by watching the news.  You can volunteer.  Join the Peace Corps.  Volunteer for the Red Cross.  Make a difference by volunteering to a local charity.

Sometimes I think people watch the news just so they can have something to talk about when the conversation comes up at work or social gathering.  Want something to talk about?  How about talk about the things we are thankful for? How about express to one another how important they are to us?  Yesterday, I talked about how I went for a walk in the morning.  Well, on that walk cross paths with an older lady, I smiled and said good morning and she pulled her dog closer to her and walked faster without saying a word to me.  For real?!  Seriously lady, do you think this 4’11” Filipino girl is going to attack you or something, despite the fact that you have a golden retriever mix?  I feel like as a society we are so far apart from each other and although we talk we’re not saying much to enhance each others’ lives.  Nothing will change unless we look at ourselves first.  As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Latest Netflix Binge: Ascension

Latest Netflix Binge: Ascension

IMG_20150705_211555My husband and I spent the afternoon/evening watching this TV show on Netflix.  It is only 6 episodes long but is very intense.  Gosh, I don’t know how to talk about this without spoiling it for any one.  It’s such an interesting concept though.  This mini series starts off with a murder of a girl and everything just escalates from there. The show is set in the 50s but not exactly. Ugh, this is difficult! lol  If you’re into sci-fi and action films I recommend you watch this TV show.  Ascension is rated TV-MA so viewer discretion IS advised.

Have you seen this TV show? What did you think of it?