About Amy Nievera

Author Archive | Amy Nievera

Week 2 Update: At A Standstill

Goal 1: Lose 30 pounds.

I haven’t bought a scale yet. (Getting to Costco by bus from my apartment is a real pain in the ass.) My gym doesn’t have a scale either. Super weird.

I haven’t gone to the gym yet. We packed up my workout clothes in November and now we can’t find them. The husband says he looked everywhere and he only found pants. So last week, I ordered a new sports bra and a top from Amazon and picked up another top at Target the last time we went. I think the Amazon stuff arrives next week? There’s no way in hell I’m going to the gym without a sports bra (oh, the woes of the busty). At least I don’t have to buy new shoes, too.

Meanwhile, I use the cats for exercise. They love their loofah bird dangly thing and I drag it while jogging up and down the stairs for them to catch. I know this isn’t much but it’s more than I’ve been doing. Oh! And I’m watching my calories. That’s been pretty horrible: no chocolate, no cake, no soda. I’m not cutting them off entirely but I am being choosy about what I spend my calories on. We had birthday cake in the office this past week and I said no. Safeway chocolate fudge cake doesn’t taste good enough for the 4,000,000 calories!

Goal 2: Learn something new.

WordPress is slow going. I haven’t really made much effort.

Goal 3: Blog at least once a week, with the end goal of daily posts.

Still happening! Woo, me.

Goal 4: Have an ongoing emergency fund of at least $1,000 by the end of the year.

We’re setting aside $5 daily. This equals out to $1,825 by December 31st which is almost double my original plan – which is awesome. I’m not going to be comfortable with more than $100 sitting in an envelope in our bedroom so I think I’ll open a separate bank account. Once upon a time, I would have opened a new checking account with Chase but Chase is instituting this new policy where you must have a $500 direct deposit or make 5 debit card transactions per month. Considering this is an emergency fund, the latter is not going to happen. The hard part is deciding where to open a new account. Bank of America and Wells Fargo are definitely no-goes. What would you suggest for a new bank with free checking?

photo source

Comments { 0 }

Week 2 Update: At A Standstill

Goal 1: Lose 30 pounds.

I haven’t bought a scale yet. (Getting to Costco by bus from my apartment is a real pain in the ass.) My gym doesn’t have a scale either. Super weird.

I haven’t gone to the gym yet. We packed up my workout clothes in November and now we can’t find them. The husband says he looked everywhere and he only found pants. So last week, I ordered a new sports bra and a top from Amazon and picked up another top at Target the last time we went. I think the Amazon stuff arrives next week? There’s no way in hell I’m going to the gym without a sports bra (oh, the woes of the busty). At least I don’t have to buy new shoes, too.

Meanwhile, I use the cats for exercise. They love their loofah bird dangly thing and I drag it while jogging up and down the stairs for them to catch. I know this isn’t much but it’s more than I’ve been doing. Oh! And I’m watching my calories. That’s been pretty horrible: no chocolate, no cake, no soda. I’m not cutting them off entirely but I am being choosy about what I spend my calories on. We had birthday cake in the office this past week and I said no. Safeway chocolate fudge cake doesn’t taste good enough for the 4,000,000 calories!

Goal 2: Learn something new.

WordPress is slow going. I haven’t really made much effort.

Goal 3: Blog at least once a week, with the end goal of daily posts.

Still happening! Woo, me.

Goal 4: Have an ongoing emergency fund of at least $1,000 by the end of the year.

We’re setting aside $5 daily. This equals out to $1,825 by December 31st which is almost double my original plan – which is awesome. I’m not going to be comfortable with more than $100 sitting in an envelope in our bedroom so I think I’ll open a separate bank account. Once upon a time, I would have opened a new checking account with Chase but Chase is instituting this new policy where you must have a $500 direct deposit or make 5 debit card transactions per month. Considering this is an emergency fund, the latter is not going to happen. The hard part is deciding where to open a new account. Bank of America and Wells Fargo are definitely no-goes. What would you suggest for a new bank with free checking?

photo source

Comments { 0 }

Day 16 First Haircut of the Year [Project 365]

image

Back to the side bangs and the layers. I think the only way I can change my hair is if I dye it. I can’t go shorter because my hair does this weird cowlicky thing. If I go longer, it’s just such a pain to wash and dry. I think I may dye it like Ayumi Hamasaki next. Ooooo.

(I look awkward smiling in pictures. Goofy faces are easiest.)

Comments { 0 }

Day 14 Two When You Only Expected One [Project 365]

The facade of my favorite chain: Target! Tonight’s purchases: a workout shirt (because we can’t find my other ones!)

San Francisco City Hall. It’s always lit at night which is kind of wasteful but so pretty.

Comments { 0 }

Day 13 Orange You My Favorite [Project 365]

image

Comments { 0 }

Day 12 SPCA Cute As A Button Calendar [Project 365]

image

The cuteness makes me squee. The calendar sits where a photo of the husband and I used to be.

Cats: 1
Husband: 0

Comments { 0 }

Day 11 CoverGirl NatureLuxe [Project 365]

With one old item, the Benefit Boi-ing Concealer. Seriously, the best heavy duty concealer I’ve ever used for my crappy dark undereye circles.

The new items are three different shades of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm. Natureluxe is the new eco-friendly line (with Taylor Swift as the spokesperson!). Packaging is made of a sugar cane derivative and ingredients include natural things like jojoba and cucumber. I actually bought the NatureLuxe Silk Foundation. It’s wrapped up in the paper bag to the left. Unfortunately, the foundation was a shade too light for me – the color was named “bamboo.” I thought, Ooo, bamboo. Asian. Asian skin tone. Foundation for me!

Yeah, no.

The NatureLuxe Silk Foundation was nice, otherwise. It was kind of creamy and provided a good, fairly smooth, light coverage. I’m debating whether to exchange the bamboo shade for a darker one. I like the foundation but it was $13 and I have two other liquid foundations and one mineral foundation I need to use up first. But this one has SPF!

Moving on: I’m definitely keeping my three different shades of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm. I admit, these three shades aren’t very different. You can’t tell from the photo either because they’re maybe a shade or two off from each other. I bought Peony, Muscat, and Cabernet. I always though muscat was a green grape and a white wine, but the Gloss Balm is a slightly darker red but a few shades lighter than Cabernet. Peony is a little pinker than Muscat but still solidly in the realm of red.

I think I ended up choosing all these reds because I overdosed a bit on pinks with CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain. Just a bit. By about five sticks.

As for quality, I love CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm! It is exactly what I have been waiting for and what the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstains didn’t deliver. The Gloss Balm isn’t exactly glossy but it feels like a high quality lip balm with an even color you can layer and intensify on your lips. The only con is the smell. They have your stereotypical lipstick smell. It’s not too horrible if you’re used to it/like it but if you’re not into that smell, this definitely isn’t something you want under your nose.

I’m actually considering exchanging the Silk Foundation for another Gloss Balm… in pink. Or a coral! I have nothing in coral. Yes, that’s it. I’m getting a coral Gloss Balm!

P.S. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm includes SPF 15. Suck on that, Burt’s Bees!

Comments { 0 }

Day 10 First Movie of the Year [Project 365]

image

Also the first movie seen in theaters, alone.

Comments { 0 }

Week 1 Update: This Isn’t Going So Well [2011 Goals]

Goal 1: Lose 50 pounds.

I’m changing this. Not because I’m chickening out! No, no. It’s medically advised, you see. I told my psychiatrist about my goals and he pretty much called me insane when I said 50 pounds. Nicely but he meant it.

We don’t have a scale at home. The husband is against it because he thinks I’ll be obsessed with the scale and my weight and be on it every moment of the day. That, of course, is just silly. I would only be on it after every meal! So the only time I weigh myself is during my annual exam and trips to Costco, when I can hop on a display scale.

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Costco. I stepped on the digital scale. It said I was 180 pounds. 180! I thought that was kind of high but then… it was the holidays and I’d been eating a lot… and I was stressed… so I was eating even more… and I wasn’t working out. The number made sense. Sort of.

My psychiatrist made me get on the scale at his office after I told him my weight loss goal. He didn’t think that Costco scale was right and I thought, what the hell, I need an exact number for my calorie counter app anyway. 

154.

Oh.

Obviously that Costco scale was wrong. And being 150 and losing 50 pounds is batshit insane. I’m 5’1 but my frame can’t take 100 pounds. I would be anorexic. So I’m adjusting my weight loss goal to 30 pounds. I was 120 when I was 16; 120 now shouldn’t be unhealthy, right?

Goal 2: Learn something new.

I don’t really plan on this one happening until August. Why August? That’s when the Fall semester starts at my local community college. I know I can learn something on my own, beforehand, but I’m already working on learning WordPress.

Oh, there you go!

Goal 3: Blog at least once a week, with the end goal of daily posts.

I’m actually doing pretty good on this one! Both Stuff About Cats and AmyNievera.Com have had more than one post in the last week. Pintucked only had one but I have some ideas for posting more often.

Respy and Buddy are so cute!

Goal 4: Have an ongoing emergency fund of at least $1,000 by the end of the year.

Every day, I put $2 into an envelope set aside for the emergency fund, a.k.a. cat fund. Right now we have $18. By the end of the year, I’ll have less than $1,000. This isn’t going to work very well – $2 a day plus $10 on the weekends seems better. Though $1,000 isn’t very much. I’d throw our tax refund in there too but the entirety of that is going towards my naturalization and our credit card bills.

How are you doing on your goals?

photo source

Comments { 1 }

Day 9 Closeup [Project 365]

image

I almost forgot about Project 365! I was half way asleep.

This is a closeup of our duvet cover. From IKEA, not Target. For once.

Comments { 0 }