Archive | March, 2012

Bye Bye 1/2 Inch, We Won’t Miss You Here!

31 Mar

I couldn’t wait until Wednesday, when Michelle and I are supposed to do our measurements again, and instead sneakily did it this morning, and oh boy, was that a good morning for me?! :) I have lost half an inch of the most important measurements so far. Here are the numbers from roughly a month ago and now:

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Diet Drop Preview for Next Week

30 Mar

Dear readers,

Happy Friday! Here’s a quick update of some things you can look forward to from us next week:

–Michelle will return from a weekend trip of visiting with her in-laws in New Jersey and will post about vacation eating on the east coast with a bunch of Peruvians.

–Both of us will be posting our first Wednesday Weigh-In since we started Diet Drop. Yikes! The thought of stepping back on the scale makes us both a little nervous but it’s a necessary part of measuring how successful our efforts are as we move toward our weight loss goals.

–We also plan to go to the grocery store together again and pick out an ingredient to use in a dinner (separately) for a new Rashomon-style post.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitter @DietDrop! We’re posting little notes and tips throughout the day on Twitter along with links to the blog and retweets of health-related articles and recipes we like.

Have a great weekend!

Best always,

–Michelle & Vita

Vita’s Style Improvement

30 Mar

Even three years ago, as ashamed as I am to admit it, I did not have any style of my own. I was totally lost in any trends, fashion, design, or style that every time I was going to the mall, I didn’t know what to buy. My idea of a style was whatever feels comfortable, pretty much jeans and T-shirts. It was a loneliness factor, which I intend to write about in a separate post, but nevertheless I was at total loss. It wasn’t until I was living with three other gals that I started to pick up ideas of some style. At that time I was a plain canvas ready for them to experiment on with some colors and textures and designs.

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Grocery Shopping: Girls versus Guys

28 Mar

My husband and I share everything and enjoy doing most things together. Grocery shopping together, however, is a different matter. It’s usually a lot of work to do this task together because we have such different approaches to the chore. To get around our differences, we either split the shopping list and meet at the check-out line or one of us just goes alone. Since Vita and I have started this anti-diet weight loss project however, I’ve realized that I have a lot more fun–and am a better shopper–when she and I go to the grocery store together than when I go alone or with my husband.

When I compare the different outcomes, It’s obvious, at least in my case, that my shopping habits not only reflect my eating habits, but also my moods. Because of this correlation, I’ve decided to give more thought to how I time my trips to the store rather than just focusing on making a detailed shopping list.

Let me breakdown the differences in grocery shopping style. Here are typical examples of what happens in these different shopping scenarios:

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5 Songs That Make Me Shake It

27 Mar

I have music everywhere I go every moment of my day. Every morning, I wake up with a tune in my mind. Today for example, Red Hot Chili Peppers were playing The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie. The radio is always on ether in the kitchen when I’m making a breakfast, in the shower, in my studio, or in the car. Our ultimate preference is KLOS, a Los Angeles classic rock station, with the car also preset for Jack FM, KYSR, two really cool stations; and KROQ, which I rarely tune to because of their rather commercial approach to rock (sell outs!).

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Rainy Day Adventure — Vita’s Story

26 Mar

We decided it’d be fun to do more joint posts so that you can get a more intimate look at our friendship and have fun hearing about the same day from two points of view (giving you the Rashomon effect). Enjoy!


I love rain. Love everything about it, the calm warm weather prior to the rain storm, falling asleep listening to the lullaby of rain drops hitting the roof, sleeping in without being able to make what time is it, watching movies all day long under a cozy warm blanket, the ability to wear rain boots… But most of all, I love fresh clean air, which is so wanted and desired in smoggy Los Angeles. I guess people here are so spoiled with sunny weather that couple days of rain is considered a storm, worthy of occupying two thirds of the local news broadcast. Perhaps I’m not a meteorological genius, but I believe it’s a quite a stretch to be panicking about few inches of rain, especially when it should be taken as a blessing, not as a curse.

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Rainy Day Adventure — Michelle’s Story

26 Mar

We decided it’d be fun to do more joint posts so that you can get a more intimate look at our friendship and have fun hearing about the same day from two points of view (giving you the Rashomon effect). Enjoy!


Sunday was a blustery, rainy day in Los Angeles. Normally such dark, ominous, wet weather makes me want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and an old movie. I appreciate rain but I prefer to not be cold and wet. However, Sunday was different. Vita and I had planned to go check out a JCPenney because they’re advertising new rebranding efforts as an always-affordable, no-gimmicks kind of store and we both wanted to look at dresses (I haven’t decided yet what I’m wearing to a big party next weekend). We both thought we knew where there was a JCP near our neighborhood…but we were both wrong.

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Visually Tricking Your Hunger

24 Mar

Since the beginning of Project Diet Drop, I started to cut down on my meal portions, eating from 1/3 to 1/2 of what I’d eat before, and giving myself around 20 minutes to see if I’d want any extra. It’s an old trick, because usually that’s how long it takes for a meal to start digesting, and therefore the need to eat more disappears. And sure enough, I do not go for extra, I just allow myself room for a choice without any restrictions (that’s the reason why all strict diet plans always fail for me). They also advise people to eat on a smaller plate, which visually makes your portion look bigger. Well, I decided to implement another technique: I put this smaller portion onto a full dinner plate and fill out the rest of the empty space with bulky cauliflower,  broccoli, or salad. We all know that we mainly eat with our eyes, and it helps to see big plate full of food in front of you rather than small one. It definitely works for me!

I also read about a couple of other tricks that you can use to help yourself lose some weight:

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What Could Be a Better Workout Than a Night Of Salsa Dancing?!

23 Mar

I have mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of exercise. I only like it when it’s fun, and usually it’s some sort of a sports game like tennis, volleyball, or ice skating. There is one more fun activity I’d like to share with everyone, which is guaranteed to boost your mood to the sky, leave tons of positive emotions for the whole week ahead, and make you exercise without even noticing, and that is salsa dancing!

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Family Eating Habits That Shape Us

22 Mar

There’s no denying that our environment and social behavior affects how and what we eat. Social eating as a separate issue will be a future post on this blog. But let’s start with a look at how we were raised to eat. Below, we both share descriptions of how our families approached meal options when we were growing up and how our perceptions of those choices affect our own approach to food now. We look forward to sharing how our meal-creating skills evolve as we continue to pursue our weight loss goals. [By the way, does chasing weight loss goals burn calories? ;) ]

Michelle’s Family:

I was fortunate, in a way, that I grew up with a few picky eaters in my family because they never forced me to eat anything I didn’t like or made me clean my plate if I was already full. My mom, for example, is lactose intolerant and has trouble eating many types of vegetables, so she has to get creative to keep up a balanced, nutritious diet. However, she is a wonderful mother, so when I was very little she wanted me to try lots of different foods to learn what I liked. Continue reading

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