Atta Ikede

July 12, 2010

Claudia Schiffer work out videos

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 12:22 pm

Yesterday, my friend showed me her Claudia Schiffer workout videos. They’re all really basic workouts which only require a mat and chair, because Claudia, being a jet setting model and all, needed something that she could do regardless of where she was even when she didn’t have time to go to the gym. They’re super tough though. Claudia swears by them. They’re a bit old now – I guess they were vhs tapes, but my friend has a digital version with helpful Korean subtitles. My friend said the videos definitely work and she at one point was investing 2 hours a day in them!

The videos themselves are amazing. The soundtrack is kind of a funky beat that keeps you engaged without being distracting. Claudia actually does the workout with you, which I didn’t think would be motivating, but it is! As I watched the video, I found myself first getting frustrated that she was making it look so easy, but then focusing all my attention on trying to see if she was feeling tired, and noting with satisfaction when she was. There are a few tiny instances where she’ll take a deep breath or something, and it’s like “aha! you’re human!”

I haven’t actually done the workouts yet. I’ll have you know it’s a multi-step process:

1. Get the videos. This involved finding and cleaning out my usb key. Complete!

2. Review the videos to make sure they don’t involve potentially unsafe moves or fads. Complete! Looks safe.

3. Make sure I have the proper equipment. Well, Claudia works out on a mat that looks a bit cushier than my yoga mat. At first I thought I could make do with my yoga mat, but then I started worrying it doesn’t offer adequate support so I started browsing on amazon. But then I remembered my RBC Visa card is cancelled because they found $21 of fraud on it, so then I decided I can probably live with my yoga mat for a while. Complete! The only other piece of equipment required is a wooden chair. Luckily I already have one – it’s part of the Ikea bounty I harvested from my parents house before I moved out. Yay!

4. Think about doing the exercises. Will this workout fit into my exciting, cosmopolitan lifestyle? Is Claudia a good role model for me? I thought about it on my way to work today and concluded, yes! I can do this. I googled her and it’s all good. Claudia paved the way. I will follow. Step complete!

5. Do the exercises.

So as you can see, only one step left. Hehe. I’ll keep you posted.


July 11, 2010

Lance Armstrong

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:07 pm

… is apparently 12 minutes behind the leader.

Every time I hear about him I think about how apparently, my coworker’s ex girlfriend’s college acquaintance is apparently pregnant with his baby.


July 10, 2010

Korean friend is back!

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:46 pm

My Korean friend came back to visit SF and she stayed with me again. I think the last time she stayed with me, we didn’t know each other that well, and I was pretty new here, so i remember the experience being a little formal. This time, it wasn’t formal at all and it was fun! I think … she’s the first visitor I had all year? Yeah, except for my dad and my brother back in April, and my friend from LA who stayed for a bit, yeah, I think so. Hmm. Anyway, she brought me this Korean pancake mix that lets you make this delicious peanut pancake creation I ate back in Korea. She also brought some kimchi instant noodles and a few other snacks. We (mainly I) feasted on all that stuff tonight. I also made some rice and an improv spinach stew to round things out. Mm! I’m in my post-dinner coma right now. I’m a bit tired out from slaving over the stove, but very full and happy. Just so you know, we had two pans going for the pancakes so managing those really does count as “slaving”!!

I’ll post a couple of photos for you!

(Regarding the peanut pancakes – it was pretty much the only street food (or any food) that I could enjoy heartily as a vegetarian in Korea. Korea isn’t very vegetarian-friendly, but between these peanut pancakes and the buddhist food and maybe a trip to the supermarket for some fruit I survived ok. All in all, much less painful than the absolute zero vegetarian love in Japan. )

July 9, 2010

Same old same old

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 11:41 am

I was talking to a friend last week who was telling me how funny it is to talk to tourists in San Francisco. “They get so excited about taking the bus!” She was incredulous!

I told her the bus was so fun when I moved here that I even wrote a blog post about it!

It’s funny thinking back to those days, when everything was new. The fog, the bay, the colourful vistas, the old crumbling buildings, the hipsters, the bicycles, the flowers, the sailboats, the hills. I still love it here, but it’s different now. I’m used to it.

I think part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as much is that the things that get me excited these days aren’t as newsworthy. For example, I discovered freeze dried blueberries at Trader Joe’s. Yes, first of all, I started shopping at Trader Joe’s. I don’t buy the tragic containerized produce there, but I do buy dry and packaged stuff there. The Israeli couscous is awesome. Anyway, freeze dried berries on cereal is just about the most delicious thing ever. So I was obsessed with eating that for a while. The other issue is just that I have a normal life here now which keeps me busy with things and prevents me from doing some of the “I’m going to go check this out” type stuff I used to do during the first year. I’m busy enough that when I have nothing to do, I take advantage of that and take a nap!

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