Tuesday thoughts

Ok, so I had grand plans of sitting down and actually writing a decent post – you know, one with actual content and quality pictures. I have a great pumpkin smoothie to share… But then I got side tracked trying to transfer files from my old PC to my new Mac. My mom needs a laptop so I’m giving her my old one but before that happens I need to get everything off of it. Kind of a nightmare is all I can say. Luckily I seem to have found a solution. Cross your fingers.

Dinner was Chris’ favorite chicken penne pasta which is not mine. Even though I was the original creator of this recipe it’s too blah for me. But the way to man’s heart is through his stomach right? So I pick my battles :) And since I knew I wasn’t going to love dinner, I made myself a tasty little appetizer…a bowl of brussels sprouts. I LOVE the b sprouts. And tonight I just steam/sautéed them in some chicken broth with salt/pepper/garlic. I was so excited to eat them that I burned my tongue.

Speaking of tongues, something that was delicious on mine were plums from our yard. This is the first year our tree has produced legitimate fruit. If anyone has any great recipes that include plums, send them my way. I’m thinking some sort of plum sauce with pork or chicken?

And last but not least – my workout. I ran 4.5 miles and it was glorious. Somehow the weather continues to cooperate and I was able to spend my lunch hour running in the sunshine. I had zero knee pain while running but unfortunately I have a little right now so I’m going to whip out my ice cups and give my knees a good freeze while we watch some shows.

I love that we’re finally getting new stuff on TV…Parks & Rec, New Girl, Parenthood. Any new shows you’re getting super excited about or can ready recommend? I haven’t watched anything new to me yet but I can’t wait for Nashville.

And I’m out. Hope you all have good Wednesdays.

I could never be a housewife

I’m off work this week and had grand plans to accomplish a bunch of things I never got to this summer – cleaning closets, organizing the gym etc. And today, I had a rather large list of things I was hoping to check off. And yet somehow it’s 2:17 and nearly none of those have been accomplished.

Except one.

So that’s good I guess.

And now, while I still have the opportunity to be productive I’m sitting here waiting for some delicious smelling things to be done in the oven. Because of course the logical thing to do when you have a million tasks to accomplish is to bake pumpkin peanut butter cream-cheese filled muffins. Duh.

So the lesson we have learned here today friends is that I could never be a stay-at-home housewife. I would have the dirtiest house ever, my husband would not arrive to a home-cooked meal, and I’d weigh a million pounds.

But he would have muffins.

And speaking of my husband, he is amazing. Because of some work stuff we celebrated our anniversary at home last week which I completely enjoyed. As long as we’re together on 9/11 I don’t care what we do. Except he did. He decided to surprise me with a night in Hood River after we got back from the rodeo. It was perfect. And I have tons of pics to share but downloading and editing them are on my list of things that have not been accomplished.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with one of my favorites.

And that’s all I have for you today.

Technology problems & Strawberry salads

It has taken me all night to download photos off my camera.  I’m annoyed, frustrated and exhausted.  I now have lion on my mac instead of whatever was there before and somehow the Cannon software I’ve always used to import my photos isn’t compatible.  And no matter how much google research I do, I can’t find the link to the software update that Cannon apparently has released.  So I finally figured out how to upload my photos via iphoto but if I want to edit them in Photoshop it’s not easy.  Or I can’t figure it out.  I know a lot of people like iphoto, I do not.  I just want to download my photos onto my pictures folder and open them up in photoshop.  Just like I used to. And I work in a world where this should be easy for me to figure out and that drives me even more crazy.

Anyone else have this issue?  Do you use a Mac with Lion and a Cannon Rebel T3i?  Can you help me?

And because it’s taken me 1 million years to download and edit my photos you will get 3 smaller than normal, nearly identical but slightly different views of the same salad.

Help me.

Take a good look at that salad because it’s probably the last time you’re going to see it.  At least until next summer.  Fall is right around the corner and pretty soon we’ll be trading in dinners on the grill for dinners in the crockpot.

Also, side note, I overheard someone saying that pumpkin spice latte’s are back at Starbucks on Friday.  I can neither confirm or deny this rumor, all I can say is that it feels too soon.  Welcoming Fall before celebrating Labor Day just feels wrong.

Another random story – somehow I got a blackberry seed stuck in my gumline a few days ago and not sure if it’s because I kept picking at it or what but I’m pretty sure I have a gum infection.  My mouth hurts.  I don’t want to have to go to the dentist because I’m not sure what else he could do for me besides give me antibiotics and I’m not a big fan of those so I’ve spent the evening rinsing my mouth with salt water and baking soda.  Hopefully I wake up feeling better tomorrow of I’m going to have to go in.

What else do I have to say to round out this random post…? My workout was all about the cardio today.  I took a 30 minute spin class and then went on a 2 mile walk with a couple of friends.  I also got another 20-30 minute walk in after work with Chance.  Grabbing that vitamin D while I can :)  Tomorrow is pilates and maybe an attempt at running.  I think I may have overdone it this weekend with the 3 Jillian’s in a row.  My knees and IT band have been screaming at me lately.  No good.  Lesson learned.

If you’re still reading, thank you!  I’m all over the board today.  Cross your fingers I’ll be a little more focused (and able to download photos and chew on the right side of my mouth) tomorrow.

This heat is too much…too much

Look closely at this picture.  Notice anything strange?

Ooooh, right.  Portland is never supposed to be 108 degrees.  Ever.  Now granted my car was sitting directly in the sun so it wasn’t quite that hot but when I get into the car and can’t touch anything – the seats, the steering wheel, my sunglasses…I kind of reach my limit.  Not to mention I didn’t have time to workout during the day and planned on riding the spin bike at home…hahahahah.  I’m all for a good workout but riding my bike in the Sahara is just plain crazy talk.

Instead I’ve kind of been lying around on the couch in my non air-conditioned house, melting, and feeling generally unsettled.  Chris made chicken fajitas (but it was too hot to get my camera out) and then he met his friend for a drink and I’ve managed to waste multiple hours on the internet pinning things, reading celebrity gossip and randomly grabbing handfuls of chips from the pantry every time I walk in to get water..someone has boredom hunger.

And now I’m giving myself 7 more minutes of my “it’s too hot out” pity party before I have to be productive.  Priority #1 being to pack my gym bag for yet another early morning workout.  I’m aiming to get to the gym by 7 to do some weights before my 8am meeting and then hoping to get back at lunchtime for Zumba.  We shall see.

Ok and now I’m down to 4 minutes…better get a move on.  But before I go, here are a few pics from last night.  A last-minute birthday celebration for Dan.  Dinner and drinks at Rouge (where we barely missed the Real World Portland cast and then later went and stalked their house) and then back to the village to cap off the night at Journey’s.  Excellent.

Is anyone else experiencing a heat wave right now?  Or what about the people who deal with this kind of weather all the time.  Does it ever just kick your butt?  Do I sound like a total baby right now hahah?

Be Inspiring

Apologies for the lo-res image quality and the fact that I can’t figure out the original source but I had to share this. Jillian Michaels shared this on her Facebook wall yesterday and I fell in love with it. Such a great message!!

This has been going through my head all day. I think my favorite part is that it’s not just saying be a good example, be a leader etc. It’s saying to inspire. That’s huge! I mean, I hope that through my actions people are inspired. It’s why I have this blog…why I put my life out there. I want to help inspire people to get fit and healthy. But I guess sometimes I forget that my ability to inspire can go beyond just telling people what my workout was for the day. I mean, in my day-to-day life, am I inspiring? When I’m in a meeting, at the grocery store, talking to people – am I always being the best example I can be? Would people be influenced by what I do? I don’t know if I have the answer. I hope I am but it’s just a good thing to think about…

What about you, does this resonate?

In other news, I’m exhausted. I’ve had yet another week of full-day meetings which makes gym-time super tricky. And in order to fit in my pilates and cardio I’ve been cranking up the double days. Here’s how things break down:

  • Monday: 60 minute run on the treadmill in the AM + lunchtime pilates reformer
  • Tuesday: Levels 2 & 3 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred in the AM + 30 minutes elliptical/15 minutes rowing machine at lunch
  • Wednesday (today): 45 minute run on the treadmill (at 5AM! thank you 8am meeting) + lunchtime pilates reformer.

I don’t have crazy meetings tomorrow so I’m super excited to be back into my normal lunchtime routine. I might try to do spin & sculpt or group power…we’ll see.

And tonight I was looking forward to lying around and relaxing but we got home and found out it’s our friend Dan’s birthday so we’re heading down to Rouge to get him is birthday beer :)

What time do you eat dinner? + great new dinner ideas

So Chris and I were driving home at around 5:45 and I asked him what time he would like to have dinner…and he told me 8.  Which is what led me to this post and made me realize I wanted to see what life is like at other people’s houses.

I love my husband very much but the one thing we are pretty different about is food.  As in he naturally eats like a bird where I eat more like a dinosaur. I swear he could go an entire day without eating.  Even on days where he runs 7 miles, he never gets hungry (I admit I could be exaggerating…he probably gets hungry… but for the sake of this post, humor me).  Now me, if I get hungry and there are no plans for food in the near future it’s not a good situation…picture a crazed animal on the attack. And it’s frustrating sometimes to not be on the same page.

Needless to say, I like to come home and eat my dinner right away.

I typically eat my standard protein shake breakfast at 7:30.

Today’s included blueberries, watermelon, spinach, peanut flour, protein powder and almond milk

And I follow that up with a snack at around 10:30/11, lunch after my workout around 1 or 2 and some sort of light snack around 4 or 5 with dinner preferably at 6 or 6:30.  But the problem is that Chris never wants to eat before 7.  For the most part, this is because he’s not hungry but I think this also has to do with “work style.”  He likes to come home and do tasks – walk the dog, work in the yard, misc chores etc and then relax where I prefer to relax, eat, and then do my tasks.  They say opposites attract right?  :)  Oh and let me also clarify that I am not some 50’s version June Cleaver who always does exactly what my man likes.  There are definitely days where we eat earlier or compromise.  Like today when we landed on 7:30.  Equal opportunity household here :)

Typically to get me through I end up having to eat a snack.  Like today:

Not the best choice but at least it wasn’t a bunch of chips.   Even though I ate that I’m still hungry but at least it’s manageable.  Plus I’ll head into the kitchen pretty soon to start working on dinner…penne rosa pasta with shrimp.  I seriously cannot wait.

Speaking of waiting…do you remember the movie, Can’t Hardly Wait?  I loved that movie when I was in high school and ended up watching it this morning while I ran on the treadmill.  I’ve totally gotten into a new favorite routine.  I dial up a movie on HBO on my ipad and watch it while cranking out 30-60 minutes of easy jogging.  Today I went for 60!  That’s the longest I’ve run in who knows when.  My knee only slightly started to hurt at the end and didn’t bug me at all once I got off.  I think my body is telling me it does not like hills and that all the hilly runs around my house contribute to my knee pain more than I thought. I also went to a pilates reformer class at lunch time.

All around great workout to kick off the week.

Now it’s your turn.  Tell me about your typical food eating routine. 

What time do you guys eat dinner? 

Do you have to work around the needs of other people in our house? 

Any tips for how to not be starving after work?

Oh and last thing – wanted to pass along this awesome collection of recipes my friend Amanda sent me.  How good do some of these look?

I will definitely be trying some of these out in the next few weeks so be on the lookout.  You can also check out my Pinterest Board for new healthy recipe ideas too.

Have a great night/good morning.

Is a sweet tooth genetic?

I feel like I’ve had that exact same title in a post before…Anyway, I think they are.  I am a sugar bug just like my dad who is a sugar bug just like my grandpa.  My sister is a sugar bug just like all of us but my brother tends to crave salt which is just like my mom.  I mean give the lady a box of crackers or chips and watch out, but a bowl of ice cream – no way.   Chris never craves sweets.  Just like his parents.

So it begs the question – genetically are we predisposed to a certain flavor preference?  Or do we take cues from our parents and those around us as we grow up.  I mean, would I love cookies as much as I do if I grew up without them?  There’s an interesting article that came out last year basically saying that what a mom eats when she’s pregnant sets the child’s food preferences later in life.  This totally makes sense to me and when I’m pregnant I sure as heck plan to lean heavier on the veggies than the brownies but my mom was the one who carried me and yet I still have my dad’s food preferences.  Makes you think right?

Are any of you moms out there?  Do you have any thoughts/insights here?

What are your thoughts on sweet tooths (teeth? feels weird) and food preferences?  Are they genetic or learned?

And speaking of my dad, he’s the reason I’m on this rambling train of thought.  He had to come to town for work and after dinner (pizza) we hit up this place:

For some serious deliciousness.

Blizzards are kind of our thing.  Call it Father/Daughter bonding :)  And we both get the same flavor: Butterfinger with an additional serving of peanut butter cup.  This is very important and not to be confused with a 50/50 single serving mix. We’re talking two servings of toppings.  It’s the absolute best.  And it was so delicious.

And while not nearly enough to offset my diet today (and let’s be honest, the entire week) I did manage to crank out a slow 47 minutes on the treadmill because 45 just didn’t seem like quite enough and 50 seemed daunting.  I’d like to be able to get up and work out tomorrow AM too but I don’t know…that would be 4 5:30am workouts in a row which feels like a lot.  We shall see.

Happy Friday to you all.  Hopefully you’re doing something fun :)


Biking while reading

This is what happens when you read too long in the sun on your iphone/ipad.  See, I’d planned to spend my day off reading in the sun which meant I needed to have an actual book not my ipad.  But going to the book store seemed like so much work especially when the next installment of Christian Grey Fifty Shades was available at the click of a button.

I was not the biggest fan of the 1st book and had no plans to keep reading.  The submissive woman thing totally bugged me to the point where I was kind of disgusted by the whole thing.  I do not think that it’s ok to let men dominate you.  Ug and the whole rules/contract/you can’t look me in the eyes thing, bleh.  But I was talking to my friend and she told me to keep reading, that the dom/sub thing gets slightly less intense and you get to learn a little more about Christian Grey’s background and why he is the way he is.  Since I was curious to know his back-story I bought book 2.  So far, things are better in this book.  We get a little more vanilla and less crazy times plus you learn more about his childhood and there’s even a little mystery woman thrown in.  I was so hooked that I read for 40 min on the spin bike.  Sure, not the most intense workout but it was a little cardio/active rest which my body appreciated.  I’m actually about to hop back on the bike and read some more.  I’ll probably only read for 30 min and then pick up the pace for the last 30.

Question for you…have you read all the 50 Shades books?  Thoughts? If you have, who do you think should play Christian in a movie?  I’m going with this guy.  

And because Christian Grey is a fictional character in a book and my husband is so much better, I ditched the ipad for the night and we headed downtown to enjoy the 1st real night of summer in PDX.  We met up with some friends at Mellow Mushroom for some pizza and then headed across the street to Rouge.

I love Portland in the summer :)  It’s crazy that I still have a whole weekend left to enjoy the sunshine.  How nice would it be to only work 2 days a week all the time?  Once Chris gets home today we’ll be doing some sweaty (back and arm toning) labor and moving some river rock from the top of our driveway to the backyard.  He moved half the pile yesterday but there’s still a lot more to go.  He has done an amazing job with the backyard.  I can’t wait to share pics.  Not sure of our plans after that.  Tomorrow we’re celebrating a friend’s 30th bday and taking a brew tour by bike.  Not sure how good all the beer calories will be for me but at least we have to ride a bike around to get them right?  That counts as cardio.

And I’m out.  Gotta go ride the bike and read about Mr. Grey.  But before I do, just want to check in with you on the #hydrateinJuly challenge.  I drank all 120 oz yesterday including 16 oz when I woke up.  I felt great but I did have to go to the bathroom like every 5 minutes.  Hopefully once my body gets used to the water that won’t happen as much.  I have also found it super helpful to drink out of a straw.  For my last 32 oz I stood in the kitchen and sucked the whole thing down in about a minute.  That might be my new strategy.

How is everyone else doing with the challenge?  Any tips to share?

Horrible Shoes

If my feet could talk they would be screaming obscenities at me for what I just put them through.  A 30 minute round-trip walk of pain.  I was walking back from a meeting and just about the time I took this picture I was seriously considering taking them off and walking the rest of the way back to my office barefoot.  But it’s hot out and the pavement would have burned my feet (not to mention my co-workers would wonder what I was up to) and I figured blisters would be better than burns?  I might be regretting that decision tomorrow. Who knows.

I’ve had these shoes for at least 5 years and have never experienced anything like this before with them.  In fact, they’re some of my go-tos for comfort so I’m not quite sure what happened.  I guess they will now be relegated to the back of my closet, only to come out to play on days when I’ll be sitting at my desk for long periods of time.  Sad.

They did manage to get me through my walk to the gym where I changed into sneakers and did a pilates reformer class (my abs were on FIRE!) and 25 minutes of intervals on the elliptical.  Note, we had a mini photo shoot session in class today to accompany an awesome guest post I have coming your way all about pilates.  Hopefully I’m building up some good anticipation.  Seriously.  Get excited.

They also got me through a walk to the coffee cart where I got this:

Grande iced Americano with a splash of rice milk

and this:

I love coconut

Luckily the day is almost over and I will definitely not be wearing them when I walk Chance dog tonight or when we’re eating leftover BBQ Chicken Quinoa salad for dinner.   Cardio tomorrow is going to be rough and band-aids for my blisters are definitely in my future.  Stupid shoes.

Do you guys have shoes that look cute but kill your feet?  Any good flat brands you’d recommend? Clearly I’m in the market.


Reading Books

When I went to bed last night I told myself I would be out the door and on a run by 8 and then I would work in the yard and clean the house.  But when I woke up this morning I decided it would be ok to read one chapter of The Hunger Games.  Except one chapter turned into 4 straight hours of laying in my bed reading.  And when I finally finished book 1 I got out of bed (after buying book 2 and charging my ipad), ate breakfast and made some coffee.  And then it was noon so I put on my bathing suit and headed outside.  To read more.  And that’s pretty much how I spent my entire day until Chris got home from his bachelor party at 3:30.

And at first I felt a little guilty for doing nothing with my day.  I kept thinking maybe I could spin on the bike, or take Chance for a walk but I quickly brushed those thoughts aside.  Sometimes you just need a day to rest, to give your body a break.  And today was my day.  And guess what?  It’s been glorious.  I’ll get back on the workout train tomorrow.  I’ll push myself hard at the gym every day this week but today, I’ve 100% enjoyed not pounding the pavement, not lifting weights, not getting sweaty from anything but the sunshine.

Me and Chance – my “fur” son – spending Mother’s day together.

Oh but I did make sure to take some time out of my busy book-reading day to call my mom.  She lives in Olympia and I wasn’t able to make it up there.  She’s spending the day with her brother and my grandma, working out in the yard.  And even though I told her on the phone, I want to make sure she knows just how much I love her so I’m putting it out here on the internet.   That even though I’m not there with her in person, she still means the world to me.  That I love being her daughter and that I’m so proud to have her as a mom.  I could never have asked for a better person to be my role model.  For a better example on how to be a genuinely good human being.  She’s an amazing lady my mom.  And I love her very, very much :)  Thank you for being my mom and everything you do for me.  I love you!