Somebody needs a detox

Happy Monday. I’m currently en route from the beach. We wanted one more night at the coast so we got up early this morning for the hour and a half drive home. Then we’ll drop Chance off and get to work by about 9.


I’m sipping on a 16oz non fat latte from The Human Bean which is my favorite coffee place because they give you a chocolate covered bean with your drink. And my breakfast is a PB chocolate zone bar (Karen, if you’re reading this, thanks in advance because we took them from the pantry).



And even though we’re getting to work later than normal I really hope I can get to the gym because my body needs a workout like you wouldn’t believe. I ate and drank so much this weekend. Including multiple slices of the most amazing birthday cake ever. It’s always been a tradition that I get an ice cream cake for my bday. My mom did it when I was little, my dad continued it through college, and now Chris has taken on the responsibility. It’s typically from Baskin Robbins but this year was a game changer. This year it came from Dairy Queen, and it was a Blizzard cake. And my friends, it was amazing. My favorite blizzard flavor is Reese’s PB cup with an addition serving of Butterfinger. Not half & half. Additional. And this weekend that was turned into a cake. With some chocolate fudge and chocolate cookie crumbles. And melted PB drizzled on the top. Amazing is the only word that can describe it.


Pretty sure I have enough calories stored up in my body that I could fast for the next 5 days and not even be hungry but that would be really bad. Instead, i’m going to drink a lot of water, focus on getting veggies back into the routine and try to minimize my carb intake.

And do a lot of cardio to sweat out all that sugar :)

Feel free to pass along any detox tips you have. I leave for Mexico in 23 days so I need to pull it together pretty quickly.


My Next 30 Years


I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Today, at approximately 6:30 AM PST is my 30th bday.  And I am happy.

When I was a little girl, 30 seemed so old and far away and it was hard to really comprehend what it would be like to be closer to my parents age than to my friends.  Of course I had dreams and I imagined what my grown-up life would be like.  I wanted a good job, friends, a house, a car, a dog and a husband (and eventually kids but not before I turned 30).  I wanted to have the kind of life where I’d hang out with my husband and friends, drink wine beer and be sophisticated but also still country enough to pack up all our stuff, go camping and swim in a river.  I even had ages by when all of these things needed to be accomplished by…23, 25, 28, 30.

When you’re little and you play house and imagine your life you always hope that everything works out like you want it to.  But then you get older and you realize that sometimes life happens, things change and the dreams you had when you were 7 might not happen.  But you were ok with that.  And it would be alright if that picture that played in your head as a little girl didn’t become reality.

Except that didn’t happen for me. Somehow I got everything I could ever want.

My 1st 30 years

That’s certainly not to say that my life has been perfect and I figured out the magic formula to eternal happiness.  I’ve dealt with family issues, gotten in fights with my best friends, struggled with money, dated crappy guys and worked my butt off to get where I’m at with my career.  And somehow it all came together.
And here are just a few things that have helped me along the way:

  1. Get a dog
  2. Have a best friend who’s not your husband (I’m lucky, I have two – Kara & Chels)
  3. Drink water
  4. Communicate
  5. Know yourself
  6. Be yourself
  7. Have hobbies
  8. Read books
  9. Learn to cook
  10. Wear Sunscreen
  11. Travel
  12. Try something that’s hard for you
  13. Have a garden/grow something
  14. Sleep outside under the stars
  15. Go for a  boat ride
  16. Go to a country concert – preferably outdoors
  17. Love your family
  18. Floss
  19. Camp (in a tent)
  20. Have a favorite – food, color, show, place
  21. Follow a budget, avoid credit cards, and remember that for the most part, you’re always going to make more money
  22. Work out your triceps
  23. Be nice to people and follow the golden rule
  24. Learn how to use tools
  25. Learn a sport
  26. Know your roots – where did your family come from?
  27. Laugh (including at yourself)
  28. Enjoy the moment & people you’re with
  29. Ask for the things you want including at work and in relationships
  30. Fall in love

More than anything, #30 is responsible for so much of my happiness.  Meeting and marrying Chris was the best decision I have ever made and our wedding day was the best day of my life.  He’s made me a better person and together we’ve built an incredible life.  He’s my prince charming cowboy on the white horse.  But beyond Chris, I can truly say I’ve fallen in love with all my friends and most importantly my family.  It’s all of these people – my mom, dad, step mom, brother, sister, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, best friends, old friends new friends…  That have all shaped my life and made my birthday today simply incredible.  They’ve all helped me to get to the place I am right now which is the best possible place I could ever ask to be at this moment.

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife husband
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here, In my next thirty years

So as I start the next big chapter of my life I’m so excited to see what things come my way.  But I’m not going to lie. I have some pretty big expectations because up until now, my life has been amazing. And today, when I blow out my candles the only thing I will be wishing for is 30 more years with all the people who’ve gotten me this far and made the past 3 decades the best I could have asked for…

Beach day

Just a quick note from the coast, checking in so you don’t forget about me :)

Last night we went to Dundee’s in Seaside which is home to my absolute favorite pizza ever and I barely had enough time to take a picture before I ate it all. And yes. At Dundee’s on this pizza I dip it in ranch and am not even ashamed.


After Dundee’s we stopped at the Sandtrap for some drinks and them headed home. The boys sat outside around a fire while the girls chatted for a bit before heading to bed. This morning we had a delicious breakfast courtesy of our friends Brad and Sarah – it’s called “Brad’s Northwest” and involves toast, eggs, salmon and a delicious cheese sauce.

After that, we headed on a walk down to the beach for some football tossing and frisbee chasing (Chance, not the humans).


Now we’re waiting for the boys to get back so we can finish marinating tonight’s dinner (carne asada and shrimp tacos). We went to the store yesterday but forgot the cilantro.


And after that’s all taken care of we’re heading into Astoria for a late lunch at FT. George (also known as the brewery that made the beer we served at our wedding), a drink at The Rouge (I get a free beer for my birthday) and then back here for a delicious dinner and large marges.

Pretty. Good. Day :)

Best workout of the week

I can’t wait for the hours to tick away today.  Sunday is my birthday and this afternoon we’re heading to the coast for a weekend of all my favorite things.  Tonight we’ll be enjoying my favorite pizza in the entire world, tomorrow we’ll be going to my favorite brewery for one of my favorite beers.  Tomorrow night we’ll be eating Mexican and drinking large marges, my favorite drink, and Sunday we’ll (hopefully) be grabbing breakfast at my favorite bakery and ending the night at one of my favorite restaurants.  And the best part?  We’re doing it all with some of my favorite people.  PS I may have just set the record for the number of times I could write favorite in a paragraph :)

Needless to say, I’m excited and want to get this show on the road.  But first, a recap:

Yesterday was by far my best workout of the week.  I did this legs circuit but before that I did 30 min of interval sprints on the treadmill that looked a little like this:

  • Min 1-3: walking warmup levels 3.5 – 4
  • Min 3-6: sprint at 7
  • Min 6-7: walk at 4
  • Min 7-9: sprint at 7.5
  • Min 9-10: walk at 4
  • Min 10-12: sprint at 8
  • Min 12-13: walk at 4
  • Min 13-15: sprint at 8
  • Min 15-16: walk at 4
  • Min 16-18: sprint at 8.5
  • Min 18-19: walk at 4
  • Min 19-20: sprint at 9
  • Min 20-21: walk at 4
  • Min 21-22: sprint at 9.2
  • Min 22-23: walk at 4
  • Min 23-24: sprint at 9.4
  • Min 24-25: walk at 4
  • Min 25-26: sprint at 9.6
  • Min 26-27: walk at 4
  • Min 27-28: sprint at 9.8
  • Min 28-29: walk at 4
  • Min 29-30: sprint at 10

And after the intervals and leg circuit I did 5 sets of 25 crunches alternating with 25 frog kicks all on the swiss ball. And then I stretched and hobbled out of the gym.  My legs are definitely feeling it today after all of this week’s crazy leg toning.

Last night for dinner was a re-run of a new favorite – almond crusted chicken and sweet potato fries. This time I used less olive oil on the fries and did a salad instead of asparagus.  So good.  Especially because our salad came directly from my backyard raised bed to our plates.  Talk about farm to fork.   Now I just need to grow some sweet potatoes (Chris has vetoed the chickens).

I’m heading to Zumba later this morning to get a good calorie burning sweat session in before I cram my face full of pizza tonight.  I hope you all are having a great Friday and are getting excited for the weekend.

Oh and wanted to pass along this documentary I read about yesterday.  It’s going to be on HBO May 14th.  It’s called Weight of the Nation and I guess it’s all about our nation’s obesity crisis.  I’ll be watching for sure.  Let me know if anyone else plans on checking it out.

Thank you Jillian

So Tuesday night I did Jillian Michaels’ killer buns and thighs.  I’ve done that DVD a couple of times, usually level 1 so I switched it up and tried level 2.  It was definitely harder – hello 1 legged squats! and then there were a couple lunge combos I couldn’t do because of my knees so I did some squat leg lifts instead.  I finished the DVD, went about my business and thought I would be ok.  And I was until halfway through the day yesterday when I got up from my desk and could barely walk.  My buns were on fire!  It was like all the sudden that entire workout hit me.  I hobbled to the gym and struggled doing any sort of leg workout because mine were so tight.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love it when I feel sore after a workout, I just didn’t expect to be that sore after that DVD.  I was pretty jazzed. I love a good leg workout so I’m going to add that DVD to my regular mix and make sure I do at least level 2, maybe 3 if I’m feeling crazy.  If you haven’t done any of Jillian’s workout DVDs I highly recommend them.  I honestly think that if I didn’t have access to a gym I could do a couple of her DVDs a day and be in the same or better shape then I am now.  Plus they’re only around $10 a pop which is always nice.

Because my legs were on fire, yesterday’s workout was a little random.  I warmed up with 15 min on the rowing machine and then worked my way through some machines.  I was planning on doing chest/triceps but I was having so much fun on the machines that I ended up doing an overall upper body workout.

3 sets of 12 reps at a challenging weight

  • Bench Press
  • Incline bench press
  • Seated chest fly
  • Lateral raise
  • Tricep pull down
  • Lat pull down

And then I headed into the small studio to attempt some jump roping.  After what felt like a million years looking at all the ropes to try to figure out which one would work for me, I took one jump and realized the ceiling was too low  – Doh!  So that didn’t work.  The other studio has a higher ceiling so maybe one day I’ll head over there.

Instead, I jumped rope without a rope.  I alternated about a minute of “jump roping” with a minute of abs.  I ran though of couple of my favorites from here.  I did that whole thing about 5 times.  I ended with some planks and stretching and called it a day.

In the eats department, my breakfast yesterday was a smoothie with spinach from our yard.  It was the standard PB/blueberry recipe (1 cup blueberries, 2 cups spinach, 2 cups milk, 1/4 cup peanut flour, 1 cup greek yogurt) but I felt like it just tasted better because the veggies were grown by me.

My pre-workout snack was cold coconut oatmeal minus the honey.  The other day I’d made oatmeal with the intention of warming it up later but didn’t have time and just ate it cold.  Turns out I love it!  Who knew?  I want to play around with the recipe and try adding in some protein powder or something to see if I can bulk it up a little bit better.  I’m excited about the prospect of this though.  I really haven’t been able to get into the whole “overnight oats” craze but apparently I’m all over cooked oatmeal cold.

Lunch was another protein smoothie…I didn’t take a picture or write down the recipe.  Sorry.  And dinner was leftover pizza and a salad.  So freaking good.

I went to the gym this morning and seriously kicked my butt.  It was by far my best workout of the week and if I thought my buns were sore before, I can only imagine the pain I’ll be in tomorrow. But alas work calls so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the recap :)

Question for today – Is anyone else out there a fan of Jillian Michaels’ DVDs?  Are there any other great at home work-outs I should be trying?

Have a great Thursday.  You only have one more day until Friday.

Homemade pizza & The Biggest Loser

Ready for the oven

Is there any irony in the fact that our dinner last night was homemade pizza and yet right afterwards we watched Biggest Loser – a show where people are trying to lose weight and change their lives?  I’m glad Bob Harper was in my TV screen and not in my living room.  (Although I did get a little visit from Jillian last night when I did level 2 of killer buns and thighs after work).

And because we try to eat veggies around this house we ate a salad before we dug into our pie.  I have so much lettuce growing in the back yard right now that I can barely keep up.  We’re having salads with every meal this week so we don’t waste anything.

My crops

Side salad

Chris’ homemade pizza:

Pre-heat oven to 500F with pizza stone inside.

For the sauce: Simmer all of the below for about 20 minutes.  This makes a tons so we usually save a couple servings in sandwich baggies in the freezer.

  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 small can tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
  • Minced garlic – to taste
  • Italian seasoning – to taste

For the crust, you’ll need a store-bought whole wheat crust (we’ve made our own before and it just takes too much time), olive oil, corn meal and granulated garlic. Liberally sprinkle corn meal on a pizza board and knead/roll-out crust on top.  Rub crust with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic, cover with sauce.  Add cheese and toppings. We make ours with turkey pepperoni.  Delish.

Bake for 12 min.  Remove, let cool and cut into slices.


The Biggest Loser definitely got me choked up. It was the final episode before the finale and while I think this season was full of way too much drama at the beginning it got great in the end and once again proved to be such an inspirational show.  I can’t wait for next week and am hoping Kim takes it all.  She’s so awesome. Look at her:

Then (Source)

Now (source)


1st night bike of the season

To satisfy the patio Gods…we have all night HH tonight at the J.
All Drafts $3.50 (Wit and Cider are super low for you Keg Killers).
All Wines $1 off per glass ($1.50 off for club)…I have Rose!
All Cheese Bites are $5
Don’t forget – we now open at 4pm!!
The Adirondacks are out along with smiling, happy people.

Come on by and if it cools off enough…we’ll have a campfire too.
Cheers & raise a toast to the patio Gods!

That is the email I got yesterday from Journeys.  While sitting at my desk looking out at the sunshine streaming in through windows.  See somehow it was in the 80’s in PDX.  In April.  Which NEVER happens.  And so while we had plans to hang at home and dine al fresco we could not pass up such incredible weather or such an inviting email from our favorite neighborhood bar.

We hurried home from work, walked Chance, ate a quick dinner (leftover carne asada and stir fry) and pulled out the bikes. I mean, if we were going to go have some drinks, we at least had to get exercise out of the deal, right?  I swear it felt uphill all the way into the village and my legs were screaming with every peddle push.  I had already run 3 miles at lunch and my poor quads thought I was killing them or something.  Add in the heat and I was dying.  Chris however, hauled some serious you know what and made it to Journey’s in 12 minutes which had to have been a record.  He’s been killing it on the spin bike lately and it was super obvious that all that training translated into much faster actual biking time.  Looks like I need to turn that resistance knob up a little higher next time.

Pre-Journey's walk

When we finally got there the patio was packed!  I don’t think I’d ever seen it that full.  Apparently everyone was also coming out to take advantage of our unusual weather.  But luckily we scored some adirondacks and were able to enjoy a couple of hours of evening spring sunshine.

It was dark out when we headed home and surprisingly, I love night-time bike rides (except for one part through the park which kind of creeps me out so Chris makes sure to wait for me and ride through it together).  While it feels like uphill the whole way into the village, it definitely feels like downhill all the way back and something about soaring down a hill at night, with a warm breeze blowing past your shoulders while hearing frogs croak around you is awesome.  Such a great way to end our summer sneak-peek.    PS it took us 10 min to get home.  New. Record.

After all of yesterday’s exercise my legs were sore this morning but I still crawled out of bed at 5:15 and biked it out for 50 minutes.  I’ll admit it wasn’t the hardest cardio of my life but it was still cardio.  Later today I’m heading to the gym for some weights. Still trying to figure out what muscle part I’ll be working on… I’d like to do legs but not sure if they’ll be up for that :)  And then for dinner we’re doing homemade pizza.  My favorite!  Can’t wait.

And speaking of workouts, I wanted to pass along this post from Young Married Chic.  It’s all about jumping rope.  Apparently she was chatting with an instructor at her gym and he said that he tells anyone wanting to lose weight to incorporate 10 min of jumping rope into their daily routine.  My friend Steph at Tall Adventures has also jumped (punny!) on the jump rope bandwagon.  Sounds like something I need to get on.
Here’s a good circuit to get you started:

Sweaty Jump Chic Workout (Courtesy Young Married Chic)

  • 1:00 of jumping rope, both feet off of the floor
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 1:00 of jumping rope, alternating feet (like skipping in place)
  • 1:00 of high knees
  • 1:00 plank on the floor
  • 30 seconds rest
  • 1:00 jumping rope
  • 15 push ups
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 1:00 jumping rope
  • 10 burpees
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 1:00 jumping rope
  • 30 seconds of rest
  • 20 bicycle crunches
  • 20 regular crunches
  • 1:00 plank on the floor
  • Stretch!

Let me know if you try out the circuit and/or your thoughts on jump-roping in general or any recommendations on brands/kinds of rope.  I’ve done fake jump-roping before where I jump and twirl my hands but haven’t actually used a rope in who knows how long.

Finally, in other news, I got my rings back yesterday and I was chatting with the jeweler (we’re talking nice, custom designs shop… not a random mall jewelry chain) and he said definitely do not wear your rings at the gym.  He recommended getting a ring box and leaving your rings at home when you head for a sweat session or if you can’t do that, to get a chain and wear them around your neck while you’re working out.  This seems weird to me and actually makes me more nervous about breaking the chain or something but I guess if the chain was sturdy enough it would work.  He also recommends taking your rings off every night.  He said “when you take off your face, take off your rings,” and then when you put your face back on in the morning to put them back on.  Basically because you never know if you do any weird things during your sleep (slamming your hand against a headboard etc).  I slept without them last night and it felt a little weird but I’m going to take his advice and see if I can keep them looking nice and shiny for longer than a day :)

So there you go.  Bike rides, jump ropes, rings…you get it all here my friends :)  Happy Tuesday.  3 more sleeps until we head to the beach for my birthday weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.

Wedding rings at the gym?

Yesterday I dropped my wedding and engagement rings off to be cleaned and polished.  I do this about every 6 months because I’m not the most gentle person and tend to scratch up the platinum pretty bad.  Normally I drop them off and come pick them back up a couple of hours later.  But yesterday they told me they wanted to keep them overnight to soak.  Um, does that mean they’re super scratched?  Either way I just said ok and sadly walked out of the jewelry shop ring-less.

I hate not wearing my rings.  My hand just feels weird.  And I keep touching my ring finger with my thumb, panicking, before I remember that it’s ok that I don’t feel the double bands of metal.  I should be able to pick them up today after work and then I have a decision to make…do I continue to wear them at the gym when I lift weights or do I take them off and put them in my bag/locker/desk?  I would guess that 90% of the scratches come from the weight room.  I don’t wear gloves and the free weights I use are metal which totally rubs up against my rings.


Chris never wears his ring at the gym.  He either puts it in his pocket or leaves it in his locker.  I don’t have pockets in my workout clothes so that’s not an option but I could easily leave them in my locked locker.  But it just feels weird.  My biggest worry is that I’ll lose them or that someone would take them out of my bag (unless they have a lock cutter I really don’t see how that could happen).  But beyond that, I wonder what people would think if they saw me, a married lady, not wearing her rings.  Most people at the gym know that I’m married so would they think something’s going on with Chris and I if they saw me sans ring?  Probably not, they probably wouldn’t even notice but that’s where my head goes. But I’ve got to figure something out.  I can’t keep scratching them up like this.  I haven’t even had them for 2 years.  How are they going to last for 50?

What about you guys?  What are your thoughts on this?  Do you wear your ring or take it off?  And if you take it off, what do you do with it?

And because we’re talking weights and gym, here are 4 circuits I pulled off Jamie Eason’s Live Fit program.  I don’t follow the plan but I thought these were some pretty good.









Hope you all have a good Monday.  It’s another beautiful day here in Portland so I’m planning to take advantage of the sunshine and get a run in at lunch time and maybe the leg circuit above.  Dinner tonight is leftovers (carne asada for Chris, stir fry for me) which we’ll be enjoying outside on the picnic table.  The sun is supposed to go away soon but it’s been a fantastic glimpse of what’s to come :)

The last sunday in which my age starts with a 2

That is correct my friends. Today is the last Sunday of my 20’s. And I spent it doing this:

Before that, I spent some time at Nordstrom Rack, doing this (sadly I got home and knit sparkle tank top had a hole in it so I took it back and got something else):

Happy early bday to me

While Chris spent the day doing this:

With Dan:

And now we have some new stairs (not showing the final project, still a work in progress):

Saturday went like this…

Started the morning with a run:

Backyard sunbathing:

With Chance:

Reading magazines and got excited about camping:

Drank out of a mason jar:

Made hummus (with this recipe) but used red peppers instead of jalapenos:

Went downtown for a friend’s bday dinner and actually got ready and straightened my hair instead of wearing it in a headband/pony combo and put on high heels instead of converse:

And enjoyed a delicious dinner…a glass of rose, cobb-like salad, and sweet potato fries.

And currently I’m hanging on the couch with my best friend, drinking wine and watching Drive. Starring Ryan Gossling. Yes.

6 days left until I turn 30 and I was thinking about it today and realized there is not one thing about my life that I would change. No regrets. No what-ifs, no things I wish I’d done differently. And that my friends, is an awesome feeling.