ice, ice, baby

well, i was hoping i would luck out and not get nominated for the als ice bucket challenge, but unfortunately i did lol. it’s not that i don’t want to help raise both awareness and donations for the association, i just didn’t want to get drenched with ice cold water…and i knew brian would have way too much fun at my expense!

in other news…

this was the first week of having students again, and it was tough! and i got sick after only 3 days with them! on friday night i decided that i needed to have fun! not worry about counting calories, not stressing about work, just kicking back and relaxing. brian and i made pizza and played donkey kong and it was the best!

wpid-wp-1408908067687.jpeg wpid-wp-1408938914113.pnggotta admire that concentration haha

 on saturday i ran. then i worked on a quilt. then we went to a few stores so i could try to find a dress for my cousin’s upcoming wedding. no luck. we ate at olive garden and came back home. that was about it lol.

oh! kohl’s was one of the stores we went to. i found a scale on sale for $20, and had a $10 off coupon, so it ended up only being $10. i thought that was a great price for being a nice, glass, digital scale. i’ve never owned one before, so hopefully i don’t get obsessed, especially with all this weight loss i’m trying to do. which leads me to some good news…i have now lost 14.5 pounds!!

wpid-wp-1408908089232.jpegcan i please use this picture again because i’m just so thrilled that i am now on the third tier?! still have some work to do!

fattoday i did some more crafting, made a roast in the crockpot for tomorrow night’s dinner, ran again (tried different intervals today and liked it way better! and even got a bit of a tan while i was at it, lol), did laundry, babysat, and went grocery shopping. (well brian did those last three things with me)

 and completed the als ice bucket challenge (strategically done after my run in 88 degree weather, lol)

now i’m beyond tired and am headed to bed. only 5 work days until i am off for 9 whole days!! i think i can, i think i can!

c & b


Making :  lots of progress with my reading goal!
Cooking :  lots of things with fresh veggies from ashlee’s garden. up next, zucchini brownies!
Drinking :  lots of water. shocked right?!
Reading:  just finished “everything i never told you,” book 23 on my quest to finish 30 before 30. don’t know what to read next. suggestions??
Wanting:  to live closer to my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents
Looking:  for new chicken recipes!
Playing:  the music video for “all about that bass.” LOVE that song!
Wasting:  plastic water bottles :(
Sewing:  anything and everything!
Wishing:  for a bigger house, with a bigger/better craft room, and more storage room, especially in the kitchen!
Enjoying:  orange is the new black
Waiting:  for labor day, when our week vacation to washing dc will begin!
Liking:  my new classroom and how great it looks! (will post pics in a later post)
Wondering:  how my baby sister is going to do at purdue
Loving:  losing weight and feeling great about myself!
Hoping:  i can keep up with the couch to 5k app
Marveling:  at how time flies
Needing:  to save more money for future goals
Smelling:  eucalyptus mint. yum!
Wearing:  a new dress. and a size smaller at that!
Following:  a million people on instagram
Noticing:  more and more gray hairs. ugh!
Knowing:  he loves me!
Thinking:  i need a mani/pedi
Bookmarking:  new blogs to read
Opening:  lots of emails. trying to keep my inbox uncluttered
Giggling:  at brian’s doing the als ice bucket challenge
Feeling:  anxious about my first day with new students tomorrow

this weekend we took my baby sis out to eat for a belated birthday dinner. we made a quick stop at gardenridge to look for a few things, and my mom goes, “let’s take a selfie.” LOL

wpid-wp-1408326424519.jpegthen today we dropped her off at college :'( here’s my mom testing out tori’s new bed in her dorm. she said it was actually pretty comfy lol

wpid-wp-1408326416731.jpegapparently tori’s RA loves pokemon, because these are the signs she made for the girls’ doors, lol

wpid-wp-1408326410147.jpegi’ve been feeling pretty good about myself lately. at the school where i teach, they make us have a photo shoot every so often. the last two or three i did were hideous, and i was determined to make this one cute for once. the theme was “back to school, nerd/geek/dork/etc.” here’s me on the way to work with curly pigtails and glasses. my smurf shirt says, “geek is the new chic,” lol. once they “release” the ones we took, i will for sure share them here. they were pretty fun to take!

wpid-wp-1408326438579.jpegparent orientation was the same day, and although many of my fellow teachers told me that my hair was cute, and to keep it that way, i decided to change into a more professional look, lol

wpid-wp-1408326455167.jpegone of the dads asked if i was going to be teaching the kids spanish…ugh! i’m asian people!!

and finally…the other day at target i found a really cute dress at a really great clearance price. the only problem…it was a size smaller than i usually wear. today, i went to a baby shower and decided to try it on…

wpid-wp-1408326397065.jpegblack is slimming, but i am 12 pounds down now, and still going strong! i had lunch with a friend the other day that i hadn’t seen in a while and she said that even my neck looks smaller. what?! lol. at least it’s a compliment i guess. and tori’s best friend said my arms look smaller too. love it when other people notice my progress. makes me feel awesome!



something i really need right about now if y’all could help me out!!

i have been counting calories for over 60 days now, i’ve lost track…and just completed day 1 of week 4 on my running app (couch to 5k)

that moment when c25k is more running than walking, shit just got real! that moment when you test out a new route in your ginormous neighborhood and find out the hard way that it doesn’t connect and you have to more than double back, and you have to pee really bad and your phone dies…yea, that just happened to me lol

i’ve been in a rut lately because i’ve been SOOOO grouchy with not being able to eat or drink whatever i want, and having to force myself to run…ouch! but now my body is holding me accountable. the other night i ate something not so good for me, and my stomach was growling the rest of the night and i felt really guilty! and i went two days without running because it was raining and also because i was dreading the intervals on this current week, and my body was restless…

as i tried to make excuses for wanting a snack, or wanting to skip exercising, i kept seeing signs everywhere, such as this on my instagram feed:

wpid-wp-1406852947101.jpegi also kept getting quotes in my pinterest feed such as:

“fat lasts longer than flavor”

“do something today that your body will thank you for later”

“suck it up, and someday you won’t have to suck it in”

but the biggest motivation thus far, is that i’ve lost almost 10 pounds!! and my clothes are getting too big!! and my tummy is getting flatter!! (that’s me on the second rung!! not literally me, but a representation, lol)

fatevery day it’s a struggle. it was getting worse, but now it’s getting manageable. next maybe it will be enjoyable?? nah!

my friend paige came to visit me the other day. we hadn’t seen each other in awhile and the first thing she said to me was, “you look tiny!” that made me feel freakin awesome! every day brian tells me that all of my hard work is  paying off and that i’m looking great…music to my ears.

guess there’s not stopping or turning back now. it’s a lifestyle change that i really need to keep up with.

i read an article that said it takes 4 weeks to notice a change in your own body, 8 weeks for your friends and family to notice a change (about where i am right now), and 12 weeks for the world to notice. give it 12 weeks. don’t give up. so i need to at least stick with it for another month. on average i’m losing about 5 pounds a month. losing another 5 pounds? i could totally go for that!

on cloud 9




it’s our anniversary! (tomorrow)

july 28th is me and brian’s anniversary. it seems like it has been longer than that! i was looking back at old pictures today…here is the first picture we ever took together:

usfirsthere we are on our first anniversary:

ussecondour second year anniversary

IMG_1508and one from this weekend/our third anniversary!

wpid-img_20140727_201450.jpgthis year brian promised to finally go paint pottery with me (on friday after work)…this should be interesting! then we are going to dinner at the place we first met…bdub’s! i know, classy right? lol. on saturday we are going to do something else too, but we haven’t decided what yet.

we are saving for our trip to dc in september, and we also just bought our new camera not too long ago. therefore, the only thing he asked for, present wise, was zucchini bread and cherry cheesecake. my good friend ashlee has a garden and provided us with the delicious squash. the cheesecake is chilling in the fridge and doesn’t have its toppings on yet, so i didn’t think it was photo worthy, lol


in other news, i returned to school this week, even though there are still three more weeks until my children come back. last week we had training with all of the other teachers from the other centers. i got a lot of great ideas, and can’t wait to try them out in my classroom this year! unfortunately i did not win the asian teacher puppet, but my friend was nice enough to let me take a picture with her, lol

wpid-img_20140722_165247.jpgi’m also continuing to count calories and work toward my goal to run a 5k. i had a very proud moment when i was able to fit into a size 8 lulu lemon work out tank!


slow and steady, but getting there!

saturday we went to dinner at the ram for our friend katie’s birthday. i had never been there before. it was pretty good. we also tried out our second new church, and liked it much better than the first. stay tuned, because i’m definitely going to post a picture of whatever brian creates at the pottery place! :)

c & b

just girls weekend…

i go back to my “real job” on monday…i can’t believe my summer is already over! although with this weather lately, it hasn’t really felt much like summer anyway! i decided to treat myself with one last day off.

knowing that i didn’t have anywhere to be friday morning, left my thursday night wide open as well. my best friend jenny and i took her son grayson for a walk on the monon trail. what a great exercise! it was a nice change of scenery too. after that, her parents treated us to dinner at the monon food company. luckily we had burned a lot of calories on our walk, because i indulged in the spicy steak and bacon mac and cheese. delish!

friday, i met my other good friend angela, at the pool in our neighborhood. it was the perfect day, because it was kind of overcast, so we stayed there quite awhile talking and tanning.


friday night, i met yet another close friend of mine, ashlee, for vietnamese pho. yum yum! and even though we have lived 25 miles apart for years now, she finally made it out to my house for the first time ever! she came bearing gifts of fresh fruits and veggies from her garden, and we traded lessons in crafting. we could’ve had a sleepover, but she had to get back to her kiddos. after she left, a bit before midnight, i stayed up another 3 hours or so crafting, lol. yeah, i’m THAT girl haha

i can’t believe it, but saturday i actually set an alarm to wake up early and run. i just finished week 2 of couch to 5k. groupon is tempting me with different 5k’s too! there is the color run, and there is one at night that’s glow in the dark, and there are beer/wine runs…maybe i could start to like this after all? lol


really i was just preparing and trying to burn some calories before the feast i had at my friend kara’s bridal shower. aren’t these decorations adorable? i even got to see our friend elecia, who is the matron of honor and flew in all the way from new mexico for the occasion.


after that, my sister and i went to see, “sex tape,” and ate dinner at studio movie grill. trying to sneak in as much time with her as i can before she’s off to school next month.

it was a solid few days with all of my favorite ladies!


what baby?

have you ever seen “two weeks notice,” with sandra bullock and hugh grant? it’s one of my favorite rom coms ever. there’s a scene where the pair are interviewing a larger sized lady, and hugh grant mistakenly thinks she’s pregnant, and tells her congratulations on the baby. she gets pretty upset, for obvious reasons, and confronts him with, “what baby?”

one of the main reasons i wanted to get in shape, is because this started happening to me all the time! people would ask if i’m expecting. yes, i’m expecting you to get the heck out of my face thank you very much! clearly, i’m not pregnant, and although one day having a baby will bring me great joy…having a pooch so large people actually think i’m growing a small child inside of me is not a great boost for my self esteem if you know what i’m sayin!

in my previous posts, i’ve been expressing my frustration with hitting a plateau even after maintaining a miniscule 1200 calories a day, and now adding regular workouts on top of that…but i’m pleased to say that when i weighed myself at work this morning, i had lost another 2.5 pounds! that’s a little over 7 pounds total, in about 6 weeks. as you can tell, that made me feel just a little bit better, lol and like i’ve said in the past, it’s not just about the number on the scale, but instead about how i feel about myself, how my clothes fit, and my overall health.

this weekend i needed to wear a dress for some specific errands we had to run. the one i originally wanted to wear, but i got make up on :( fit very loosely…which makes me think i went down a size! this is the one i ended up wearing instead


i want to point out, that the top left picture is from my brother’s graduation about 2 years ago. look how chubby my arms and face are. the bottom left picture is from our good friends’ wedding last fall. i read a passage during the ceremony, but refused to be tagged in the picture on facebook because of my stomach. looking at it now, i am faced with the harsh reality that yes, it does in fact look like i am with child. and finally, the picture on the right is from this weekend. i still have some work to do, but i am getting there, and it feels great!

i wanted to make this post interesting by telling you some amazing household item that weighs 7 pounds, so you could relate to it…but unfortunately i could not find anything. however, what i was able to find, that i for some reason didn’t think of on my own, is that the average newborn baby weighs about 7 pounds lol. isn’t that gross? i’ve pretty much lost the size of a whole human baby! which is funny and ironic, because isn’t that the look i was going for in the first place? ;) lol

so, next time someone makes reference to me being pregnant, i’m going to yell, “what baby?!” lol. no seriously, hopefully there won’t be a next time, because i’m bringing sexy back ;) lol

#cowabunga dude!



4 day weekend!

being able to make your own hours sure has its perks! i decided to not only take off friday, the 4th of july, but also today, the monday after the holida weekend!

thursday night we headed to noblesville to hang out with our good friends jason and kate. we went to moondog tavern to enjoy food, drinks, and a live band. it was a good time as always! (here’s kate showing off her festive red and blue nails, lol)

wpid-img_20140703_194032.jpgwpid-img_20140703_194258.jpglooking at myself in this picture made me realize that even after 5 weeks of counting calories, and losing a little over 5 pounds, i’m still not where i would like to be. i realized that along with watching what i eat, and eating healthier, i was going to have to do it the old fashioned way…putting in some exercise. of course i was not at all excited about that! i thought of all the people i’ve known who have lost a significant amount of weight, and one think they all had in common, is that they started running.

wpid-20140708_000730.jpgon friday i downloaded the “from couch to 5k in 30 days,” app and got started right away. it hurt, and it sucked, but i felt a lot better about myself afterwards. i just realized i made the mistake of doing three days in a row, when i was only supposed to do 3 days per week, lol. no wonder i was dreading it so much and hurting so bad! “week one,” aka the last three days lol consisted of a 5 minute brisk walk for warm up, followed by 1 minute of running to 90 seconds of brisk walking alternating for 20 minutes, finishing with a 5 minute brisk walk for cool down. we shall see what “next week,” holds in store for me. i complained about it a lot on instagram (missbiro is my name if you want to follow me!) and everyone kept saying it will get better…i sure hope so!

here are a few progress pictures. still have a ways to go!


wpid-img_20140706_183811.jpgsaturday i got a TON of crafting done, and went to visit kara and elliott in westfield for a cook out and ufc.

sunday i got to go to breakfast and the craft store with my best friend jenny and my nephew grayson. i even inspired jenny so start couch to 5k too! and i get to babysit grayson for a few hours after work tomorrow so that should be fun! he’s such a cutie!!

wpid-screenshot_2014-07-06-20-21-26.pngand finally today, i got to go to the zoo with the schnell troop! luckily we missed all of the rain, and even got to see all of the orangutans in the new exhibit! i gave archer her new umbrella anyway, and she loved it! after that, i gave ashlee a quick crafting lesson. then they made me a delicious greek pita dinner (for meatless monday) and fresh berries with homemade whipped cream for dessert. yum! i was spoiled this (extended) weekend, for sure!

wpid-img_20140707_175448.jpg wpid-img_20140707_183148.jpgback to work tomorrow. it’s already after midnight because i’ve stayed up blogging. i’m gonna be hurtin!