The weekend where all I ate was halloween candy

I’m dead serious.

This weekend could easily go down in history as the weekend when I did nothing but lay around the house, watch Dirty Dancing (twice!) and eat Halloween candy. And guess what? It was glorious!!!

Chris was on a work trip and with him went my camera so you get to enjoy my talents with the iphone.

Friday was rather traumatic as I had to pick Chance up from the vet after he had surgery to remove a skin tag (gross). Everything went perfectly normal except he was super drugged up on morphine and I opted to spend my Friday afternoon working from home with a 90lb dog snuggled up by my side on the couch (which never happens but the guy had stitches so what can you do?). Pretty sure we stayed there until we went to bed (except for the time I got up and moved the bowl of Halloween candy right next to me).

Saturday I stayed in my jammies until around 2 and then cleaned the house, rode the spin bike for an hour (while watching Stepmom – um, do not try to workout while crying. There were a few moments where I seriously couldn’t catch my breath) and hit up Nordstrom rack from some new work clothes and Petsmart for toys for Chance (which he promptly tore up). And ate more Halloween candy.

And then I came home and watched the Beav game. Yay. Beavs win. And then I found Dirty Dancing on TV and watched it. Love. Favorite movie ever. It will never get old to me.

I woke up Sunday, ate breakfast and hopped on the spin bike again and low and behold, Dirty Dancing was on again!!! Count my lucky stars. I spent 45 minutes watching Johnny and Baby have the time of their lives and the best part was this must have been the special 25 year anniversary version because there were actually scenes that were new to me. NEW! I have every line in this movie memorized so it was like an early Christmas present or something to see new scenes. Now I feel like I need to buy that version to go along with my other version.

And then I picked Chris up at the airport. Went grocery shopping, walked Chance (awesome, warm, fall night) and ate pizza (but did not eat Halloween candy!).

There you go. My weekend. Riveting I’m sure. I gained 5 pounds and want to take dancing lessons but it was great. Especially since things are about to get nutty with a 3 day work-week, PTO in San Francisco straight to some work meetings in Atlanta.


Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday my friends. Hoping you have some fun things planned today? I will be at the WSU v Oregon game where I will be watching my Cougs get crushed by the Ducks. They’re predicted to lose by 28 points. Yikes.

On the trip up to Seattle Chris and I played one of our favorite car games – name that 80’s or 90’s tune. You have to guess the artist, title and year of the song. Trust me. It makes car rides fly by.

We stopped in Olympia and saw my brother on the way up. Loved hanging out with him. I don’t get to see him nearly enough. Also in Olympia we saw a gorgeous sunset.

When we got to Seattle I chatted with my sister and got stressed out about the youth of America. She is 11 and receiving texts from stalkerish boy who calls her sexy and goes to school with a group of girls who call themselves the “sexy 7.” Do I really want to have kids? (Note – my sister does not participate in any if this “sexy” calling thank goodness).

I also stayed up way too late watching Eight Below, the movie with Paul Walker and these amazing dogs in Antarctica. If you like dogs you should watch it. Totally tugs at your heart.

With that, I’m off to start my day but wanted to leave you with a quote I saw on Facebook.


Things I am jazzed about

Can you tell I’ve been busy at night enjoying our glorious weather that seems to be never-ending?  Instead of trying new recipes, taking pictures or talking about my workouts we’ve been celebrating our anniversary, meeting friends downtown for dinner, going on long walks and eating Chipotle.  Ahhh the life.  And the best part, it looks like the sun is going to stick around at least for another week which is even better because I’ll be able to lay out all day and enjoy it.

“How?”  You ask?

Because this gal is taking a vacation.  Except not really.  I just have tons of time off saved up. So much that if I don’t use it I’ll lose it so I took all of next week off.  Chris and I might go to the beach for a couple of days or we might not.  And on the days he has to go to work and I don’t, I’ll be laying out on the deck.  Soaking up those fleeting summer rays.  Can’t wait.

You know what else I can’t wait for?  The rodeo!  Tomorrow AM we’re heading to Pendleton, OR to catch the finals of the Pendleton Round Up.  We’ve never been to this rodeo and I’m super excited.  As long as I can find a cute dress to wear…that’s my after-work mission.

To match these boots.

But first I have to get through the rest of today.  A couple of meetings, a workout, the Coug game.

And while we’re on the topic of workouts, it has been a pretty good week on that front.  Pilates + cardio Monday and Wednesday, circuit workout + cardio Tuesday, and yesterday I went for a 4 mile run outside.  The best part – my knees didn’t hurt on the run, after it or this morning.

Alright, I feel like this post has been random enough so I better get a move on.  But, I will leave you with one of my favorite photos from Tuesday’s 2 year anniversary photo session (and by photo session I mean me strategically setting the camera on the deck and running back and forth between auto-timed shots).  Chance dog was so excited for me to be in the pic that he full-on licked my face.  That guy.

Hope you all have good weekends.

Hot Dog

Someone is hot.

And he’s kind of been driving my crazy since we got home.  It was about 90 F so it was too hot to walk him after work which made him extra wild (this dog knows when it’s time for his walk and for food) and he ended up running around through the house/deck…panting around.  He just finally settled down.  I mean, who can blame him?  I certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing a fur coat in weather like this.

And because it was this hot out you would think I would have been extra good about staying hydrated?  Um no.  I did good and drank 32 oz of water first thing when I woke up but that was it.  No more water until around 2 which is not normal for me.  I always drink another big jar before I work out but work was so crazy this morning that it didn’t happen.  And I paid for it.  I was so thirsty when I got done with cardio that I wanted to drink the water in my shower.  Gross.  Not my finest moment.  But in case you were wondering, I made up for it and so far I’ve had at least 150 oz today!

Remember, it’s not too late to join the #hydrateinjuly challenge.  Read about it here.

For dinner, we had one of my favorite summer dishes – Strawberry salad with Cajun chicken with lettuce from our yard.  So good!

Oh and jumping back to my workout…I’m already sore.  Not sure if it’s because it was my 1st time in a gym since last Tuesday or it pilates was just extra hard… After an hour on the reformer I decided to get a little sweaty and did 25 minutes on the elliptical, primarily at resistance level 10.  The I jumped onto the treadmill and walked for 20 minutes.  4.0 speed and starting at incline 5, increased the incline by 1 until I got to incline 15 and then gradually dropped back down.

Tomorrow is going to be a bike in the morning kind of day and leftover-from-4th-of-July burgers kind of night.  I think we’re going to hit up a movie after that to beat the heat.  I believe we’ll be seeing Ted.  Has anyone else seen it?

Oh and a couple of Monday tidbits to pass along…

  • Head over to Healthy Living Blogs and read their Monday announcements.  Lots of good challenges & contests going on.
  • There’s an article on about 15 incredible bodies you must see.  I went to college with #15. Go Rachel! Talk about some motivation to get your booty to the gym :)
  • And last but not least, scientists have created a healthy pizza that you could eat 3 times a day.  Um, sign me up.

Hope you all had a great start to your week.  Anyone taking their workouts outside?




Return of my running buddy + my favorite bottle of wine

As I’m sure you’re aware (because I mention it on here all the time) I love running but my knees suck. And even though I’ve just completed 2 months of physical therapy (my 2nd time in less than two years) I am still crazy enough to think I can run Hood to Coast in August.  And so I’ve slowly been bringing running back into my workout rotation.  I try to only allow myself 1 run a week and keep it at less than 3 miles.  My physical therapist says I can run as long as the pain level is a 3 or less (I’ve definitely been at a level 10).  And so I was super excited when my favorite running buddy asked me to start getting some regular runs back in with her.

Mandee (who writes over at You Say At Best…go check her out) and I met in pilates a few years ago and not only did we share a love of all things core, but we also realized we both love to run and last summer were on a pretty regular routine…usually running about twice a week.  Well then fast forward through HTC and my running hiatus and well, I didn’t do any running with my buddy because I didn’t do any running at all.  But all of that changed yesterday.  Woo hoo!  3.8 miles at a 0 pain level. I can’t even tell you the last time that happened.  I wore my knee brace (mine is like this) to help stabilize my knee cap and that seriously helped.  I need to remember to wear it more.

But besides the fact that my knees didn’t hurt, my run was so good because Mandee was there running with me. We chatted about blogs, races, weekend plans… I know sometimes I’ve heard that if you can keep a conversation while working out you’re not working out hard enough but I disagree.  It’s hard to run and talk.  And I like that challenge.  And chatting makes the time fly by.  I barely even realized how far we’d gone.  So yeah.  Great day.   Great run.  Great running buddy.  Thanks Mandee!  Can’t wait to get more into a routine.

Question for you – does anyone else have running buddies or workout pals?

After my run I hit the gym for a few weights – deadlifts, squats, step-ups, push-ups and some planks (I rotated through 30 sec of front and side holds for a total of 6 minutes).  And when I got home from work Chris and I took Chance on a walk.

And by the time we got home I was dying.  I felt like every part of my body was sore.  Golf, pilates, running…I’d done it all this week and my muscles were making that clear.  So I spent some time with the foam roller in our “gym.”  Which is still not home to our spin bike (which lives in the guest room) because we still have random office supplies and artwork stored in there.  Oh well, it works for now.

By this time it’s around 6 and I’m feeling great.  Good workout, nice stretches… Feeling pretty good about myself.  And then we went to a family dinner with some friends and everything kind of went downhill :)  We had a nice healthy dinner of grilled chicken and veggie kabobs, asparagus and strawberry kiwi salad.  And I started innocently enough with a slice of Cougar Gold cheese.  For those unfamiliar with this cheese it is amazing.  It’s produced at the Washington State University (my alma mater) creamery and I actually hadn’t eaten any since leaving Pullman 8 years ago.  And needless to say I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in cheese.

But the night doesn’t end there.  Besides eating my weight in cheese, I decided to wash that down with nearly an entire bottle of wine.  Whoops.  My favorite wine was on sale (Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc) and that just spells trouble.  I think my friend had one glass but otherwise I downed the whole thing.  Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing that I pretty much felt fine when we left dinner (maybe wine and cheese cancel each other out?) and someone I managed to get myself out of bed this morning and spend 50 minutes on the spin bike.  If I’m going to play I better work right?

What about you guys?  Do you ever have nights where the drinks are just going down a little too good?

I’m hoping I can keep the rest of my weekend eats and drinks pretty healthy.  Chris is off on another bachelor party so I’m not entirely sure of my plans.  It’s suppose to be in the 80’s this weekend so I’m thinking yard work, backyard sunbathing, the dog park, driving range and Journey’s are all in my future.  Hopefully everyone else has good things planned for the next couple days. Oh and if it’s sunny, make sure to wear some sunscreen.

Mind over matter

That’s what Jillian told me this morning, “mind over matter.”  She said this to me as I was doing her 30 Day Shred.  The ENTIRE DVD.  That would be all 3 levels in descending order.  See normally, you’re supposed to do 1 level for a good 20 minute workout but I wanted to kick my butt so I did them all.  Am I a crazy woman?  Maybe so.  Am I going to be sore tomorrow?  You bet.

See, I just haven’t felt like I have it together this week.  Last weekend I enjoyed myself and didn’t worry about food or fitness.  And normally I’d get everything back in order during the week – eat good, work-out etc.  But this week has been super random.  I went out with some friends for a belated bday celebration Tuesday (had Mexican food and drinks) and then the rest of the week has been spent at the photo studio, totally throwing off my normal schedule.  I’ve had to squeeze workouts in at random times and I haven’t been able to push myself as much as I normally like to.  Add that to a table full of sweet temptations at the studio (which I’ve enjoyed) and larger than normal lunches and I just feel like of blah.

I did manage to eat a pretty healthy dinner last night though.  Left-over stir fry with some kale chips.  I’d made kale chips once before and they were kind of a fail but last night I followed a recipe from Kath Eats Real Food and they were fantastic.  Highly recommend them.  I actually ended up eating my whole bunch of kale so I’m going to need to pick some more up this weekend.

Kale Chips (Recipe from Kath Eats)

  • Preheat oven to about 375
  • Use about 1 OXO salad spinner’s worth of kale (which was a stuffed grocery store veggie bag). Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan, Asiago or your seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of kosher salt.  Note – I added some cayanne.  I like my food spicy!
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved in pan.

After dinner, my random schedule continued when I went over to my friend’s house to drop off some dinner and visit with the most adorable 1 month old ever.  Can I just say that baby John is so cute???  Chris and I aren’t quite ready for kids but after holding this little guy for almost 2 hours the idea is certainly a little more tempting.  He just smelled so good and when he was all cuddled up, sleeping in my arms… kind of blissful :) Not to mention I was able to enjoy a mason jar of beer while holding him.  Multi-tasking at it’s finest.  I also learned some lessons from the new parents – apparently the Happiest Baby on the Block is the method to follow if you have a crying baby.  Good to know for the future.

When I got home, it was around 8:30 and I still hadn’t gotten a workout in and I was dying.  Just feeling a little gross.  So I hopped on the spin bike and rode for an hour while watching TV.  I’ll admit, not the hardest workout but I did get my heart rate up and worked up a sweat.  And I felt better doing something.  Plus Chance kept me company :)

And even though it was pushing 10pm when I finished, I made myself a protein shake.  Mostly because I wanted something sweet as opposed actually needing the protein.

Cherry Cheesecake Protein Shake:

  • 1 cup frozen dark pitted cherries
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar-free/fat-free instant cheesecake pudding mix

And then as I was crawling into bed later I told myself I was going to get up in the morning and work-out.  The shoot was probably going to go long and then I had plans to meet up with friends later so I knew that getting a workout in was going to be challenging.  Plus, at least for me, I tend to make better food choices if I know I’ve already worked out.  For example, I’m much less likely to snack on peanut M&Ms when I know I can’t work them off.  Make sense?  Yesterday for example, I kept telling myself, “I’ll workout after work and work off all of this that I’m eating.”  Basically erasing the calories I’ve consumed.  But with working out at the beginning of the morning, I won’t have the chance to erase things and I’m more motivated to keep my diet clean.

But when my alarm when off at 5 am I was just not feeling it.  I seriously laid in bed, hitting the snooze for almost 45 minutes trying to talk myself into getting up.  I kept rationalizing why it would be okay to skip my morning workout…I’ll eat good, ride the spin bike after work, skip drinks with my friend.  And finally at around 5:45 I just got up and MADE myself but on my training shoes.  And I’ll be honest.  It sucked at first.  I was cold and tired and Jillian was yelling around.  Ug.  But then something happened.  By the time I was halfway through the 1st level I had found my groove.  The cobwebs were gone, the workout endorphins were starting to kick in and I was so glad I’d made myself get up.  Mind over matter.  Jillian was right.  No excuses.  Just do it.  Sometimes you just have to force yourself to get out of that bed and work up a sweat.  You’ll thank yourself later, because I honestly can’t think of a time where you’d regret it.  And then because I was enjoying (is that the right word hahah?) I made myself do all 3 levels starting with 3 and going backwards.  I’ve only done that one other time and all I remember is being super sore the next day so I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll wake up to tomorrow.  But it will be worth it.

Allrighty, this has turned into the longest post ever and if anyone has made it this far, nice work!   Hopefully you all have some fun plans for the weekend…Until tomorrow :)

Earning my breakfast

Happy Saturday afternoon.  I hope you’re doing something fun…maybe that’s going to the gym, exploring the outdoors, eating something delicious or just lounging around your house.  Saturdays are days to relax from the week so whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying it.

Last night we took it easy and stayed home which hasn’t happened in forever.  We tried to take Chance to the dog park but when we got close to the park it started to thunder and the sky looked super ominous so we decided to turn around.  Chance still got a 3ish mile walk and he didn’t know we were going to the park so we figured he wouldn’t mind.  We were lucky and avoided the storm.  It started raining the minute we got back to the house.

Instagram makes it look nicer than it was

This morning we got up and headed into the village to grab some breakfast.  Round-trip the whole walk is around 4 miles (519 calories per my Fuel band) and it took us about 2 hours which included the walk, breakfast and a quick stop at the dog park.  The weather wasn’t as nice as we were hoping but we did get a little sunshine.  We went to Grand Central Bakery for breakfast and each of us got cheddar/egg biscuits but I went with sausage and Chris went with bacon (FYI I firmly believe people are bacon or sausage people not both).  These breakfast sammies are so good but I really think it’s the actual biscuit that seal the deal.  When we first moved into the neighborhood I could never decide if I wanted the sandwich or a “jammer” which was basically a biscuit with jam.  And then one day I figured out that if I ordered the sandwich and only ate half the biscuit I could save the top half and add jam to it….breakfast sammie and a jammer :)   I guess Chris had never tried my concoction before but he did today and decided that next time we should just have a protein shake before the walk and then come and get the biscuit and jam because it truly is AMAZING.  I’m on board with that.

Only time I ever get flavor in my latte - grande non-fat almond latte with stumptown beans.

Egg, cheddar, sausage + biscuit

The best part

So good

How cute is this guy hiding under the picnic table?

We walked back home through the village and stopped in at the dog park.  I swear Chance likes people more than dogs because while he played around a little bit with other dogs, he spent most of him time getting pet by their owners. And now we’re back at the house, chilling for a bit while the sun (hopefully) decides to come out a little more.  I’ve thought about hoping on the spin bike since I’m already in workout clothes.  We also have some yard work to do and then might be heading to NW to meet some friends and then to Journey’s later on.  PS I’m sure you’ve noticed how often we talk about Journey’s and today on our walk we decided we’re only allowing ourselves to go there twice a week and we can only eat there twice a month.  Save calories and cash.  We’ll see how we do.

My boys

Someone is tired now

What about you guys? Do you have any favorite weekend breakfast treats?

I am a cookie monster

I have eaten 5 servings of Mint Milano Meltaways.  Yes, you just read that correctly.  5 servings.  That’s 10 cookies at 700 calories.  700.  I am  cookie monster.  And on top of that I’ve eating multiple York Peppermint Patties (minis), a mini bag of peanut M&Ms and a hefty amount of gluten-free pretzels.  And it’s all because my mom gave me an Easter basket.  See, we don’t keep candy and cookies in our house.  It’s too big of temptation for me.  I love dessert…cookies, brownies, ice cream, you name it.  Love it.  And I cannot just eat one bite.  Doesn’t work for me.  I’m of the “all or nothing” philosophy when it comes to sweets.  I wish I wasn’t.  I wish I didn’t like it.  But I do.  Oh I do.  And while I should be sitting here totally grossed out about all the cookies and crap I just ate I’m trying hard not to. Obviously this was way too much sugar and calories to consume.  And I ate it when I wasn’t hungry.  And I feel a little sick. And I’m going to be pissed at myself when I get on the scale tomorrow.  But oh man those cookies were delicious.  And I’ve worked out every day for the past who knows how many days so I think it’s ok to have an off day.

Could I eat like this every day?  No way.  But I think I’ve mentioned it before on here that life is one big balance beam and I’m just doing my best not to fall off.  There are going to be days where you get out of control.  Oh well.  No use crying over spilled milkshake (bonus points for whoever can tell me what movie that was in).  All I can do is make better choices tomorrow.

Besides the Easter basket, my mom also brought with her a fun day of shopping.  We bummed around a variety of stores and I ended up with a couple of dresses for some upcoming weddings.  We also hit up Home Depot and visited my aunt.  My mom went to my cousins Catholic conversion mass and Chris and I hit up Journeys.  Now she’s  back and we’re chilling on the couch getting her caught up on Revenge (you MUST watch if you don’t already.  It’s so good).

As for workouts…I ran 3.5 miles this morning with Chance.  Same route we ran yesterday.  Normally I wouldn’t be over the moon for running 7 miles in two days but this has not happened since Hood to Coast training last summer.  I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to get back into running shape but at this point I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s going to happen. I mean, it’s just crazy to me to think that at the end of August last year I thought I was hanging up my running shoes for good.  But it just goes to show the benefit you can get from Physical therapy. I didn’t get any pictures today but here is  me and Chance’s photo sesh that happened after yesterday’s run.  As you can see, he was not having it.

Signing off for the night to finish TV watching with my mom.  Have a good night.

Womens’s Health + 90s on 9 = my Friday night



Yes, this is what I’m doing right now. Chris’ flight gets in at 6 and normally it only takes 20 minutes to get to the airport but today I gave myself an hour, thinking traffic at 5 on a Friday would be a mess. Apparently not. So now I have some time to kill (can I interrupt this post to share that “I wish” by Skee-Lo just came on? Classic). Anyway, I’m finally going to crack open this Women’s Health. We got it a while ago and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it which makes me a little sad. I use to LOVE magazine in the mail day. I would basically drop everything and read it cover to cover. But now I feel like the internet has ruined print (this is very obvious with newspapers). I basically read all about everything they cover way before it even gets to my mailbox. Not to mention I follow them on Twitter and Pinterest…And while they always have great workouts, I feel like its so much easier to find one that I can save to my phone on the web.

Anyway, kind of bums me out and makes me think I should spend a little more time in the print world. We’ll see how that goes.

The rest of my Friday has been pretty packed. I woke up, got out of the shower and had to deal with doggy vomit. Poor Chance. He is the most emotional dog and always gets sick/sad/depressed when one of us is gone too long so I wasn’t too surprised by his upset stomach. Once I cleaned it up we had to spend some good cuddle time. He was super needy but seems to be ok now. He’s hanging in the car with me waiting for dad.

Once I finally got into work it was a total mad house. I work in the digital world and sometimes things are just nutty. But luckily it finally died down and I was able to get to the gym where I walk/ran for 45 min and then did one of my favorite weight circuits. Once I get back on my real computer and not my phone I’ll write everything up.

Breakfast was another green smoothie (details to come) and lunch was this: leftover quinoa, goat cheese, carrots and peas. Totally random but totally delicious.


Not sure what dinner is going to be. My guess is that we end up at Journey’s. Chris’ favorite beer (Double MT Vaporizer) is next up on tap as soon as a keg is killed so I’m sure after a week in Texas he’ll be ready for some NW microbrew.

Alright off to my magazine (and Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe) Have a great night!

Sunshine makes it better


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We have had some crazy weather here this week.  Snow Tuesday morning which turned into beautiful sunshine followed by what felt like an almost warm spring day today.  I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life and I swear … Continue reading