Aug 232016
 

Sunday I had a quickie breakfast and then went swimming a little earlier than normal and then we hit the road for Hood River. Thankfully the 100+ heat wave in Portland was lessening and it was only in the high 80’s. Much more comfortable!

I love Hood River. It’s so picturesque! This time we wanted to hit some breweries since Michael’s dad is in the beer business and likes checking out new beers. We went to lunch at Full Sail Brewery. The guys went in and got a table while I sat in the air-conditioned car and fed Logan before I joined them.

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I got the the turkey/bacon wrap with a salad and their IPA. The wrap was really delicious! I want to try and create a similar wrap at home for lunches. It was really simle–turkey, bacon, tomato, lettuce and a chipotle ranch dressing. Yum!

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Then we went down to the waterfront and checked out the pFriem Brewery.  I’ve been hearing about their beer for over a year but I was pregnant at the time and couldn’t partake! Finally, I was able to try it. 🙂

Michael and I both got the IPA and I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite beer but I enjoyed it from start to finish. Michael felt like it was too malt-y. Michael’s dad got the lager and wasn’t a fan. But it was still a nice afternoon just hanging out.

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We sat outside because the wait for a table (to get food) was over an hour and we just wanted to try the beers. It was kinda nice being outside in the fresh air, shade and breeze.

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Then we went down to the waterfront and walked the path along the water for awhile. It was really sunny, hot and windy. Hood River is VERY windy, all the time. It’s a great place for kites, surfing, kiteboarding, SUP, etc. and it was a super popular place on Sunday!

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After we walked around in the sunshine for awhile we stopped at Cathedral Ridge Winery. Michael was kind enough to take care of the baby while I got a tasting! It’s been soooo long since I went wine tasting! I think the last time I was at Cathedral Ridge was my bachelorette party. Again, when I was pregnant I kinda missed it and thought about going wine tasting once I could…and we just never found the time to do it. So it was kind of nice to go to one of my favorites.

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might have ended up joining their wine club. It’s been a zillion years since we belonged to a wine club and we both missed it. Sooo we signed up! And got to take a box home of a few favorites.

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After I was done tasting the four of us sat outside in their garden for a few hours just enjoying the summer sunshine and breeze.

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It was so delightful, I didn’t want it it to end…

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But it had to. We had to get back to Portland and drop Michael’s dad off at the airport. It was a really nice day and it was fun doing something different.

Jul 182016
 

I find it interesting how predictable the gym is. The weather gets bad, the gym gets crowded. Summer and nice weather, people are on vacations or doing their fitness outside. Hood to Coast comes and the treadmills are empty. Most holidays–empty. It’s nice that it’s pretty predictable.

I recently noticed that my gym is insanely packed on Mondays. Like it’s full. The parking garage and parking lot has been 100% full–which I’ve only seen on Thanksgiving morning when everyone and their brother is trying to counter-act the day’s eating.

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And it’s not like I was getting to the gym super late on Mondays; I was getting there just before 5 and it was still packed. What was going on? I started to think it was everyone trying to “fix” their weekend indulgences. Then a twitter friend said that Mondays have always been packed at her gym because everyone is trying to start their week off right. That makes sense. And it’s a slightly more positive twist on it.

But as the week goes on, the gym thins out. That’s why Friday nights have always been my favorite gym night of the week. When I started getting fit and losing weight I swam on Friday nights at the nearby community pool because it was usually pretty empty. Instead of fighting over a spot in a lane, or competing with the swim team, swim lessons and water aerobics, I was able to get my swim in and actually enjoy it.

That habit continued over the years. In some ways I kind of disliked working out on Friday nights. The work week would wind down and I’d be itching to get out of office, get my workout in and then start my weekend off right! So even though I disliked having to wait a few extra hours to start my weekend, it was really nice having the gym/pool mostly to myself.

I’d get home after my workout and finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. WEEKEND! Yay! Michael and I would open a bottle of wine, relax and have a movie night with some pizza.

Since I’ve been back to work part-time I’ve switched my gym schedule. Now Wednesdays and Fridays are my rest days. I just didn’t want to go to the gym or pool after work after being away from the baby so long. And so I get home from work earlier and it’s kinda nice to get to enjoy my Friday nights and relax.

I’m not sure yet what my workout schedule will look like in the future. But right now I swim on Sunday mornings, walk or go to the gym on Mondays and Tuesdays nights, go to the gym on Thursday nights and then gym Saturday morning. (Back in the day I’d get to sleep in on Saturdays and Sundays… a really really really nice, long sleeping in session…I barely remember those days!)

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My goal is to be more efficient when I am in the gym–especially when it’s crowded. The Monday thing is kind of annoying. So when I get there and it’s really crowded, instead of being frustrated I try to be flexible. If what I intended to do isn’t available, I usually have an idea of other things I can do. It’s good to have options–and look at this as an opportunity to switch up the fitness routine–or try a class you’ve never done before. It’s really easy to get into a rut and do the same thing every time you go. You have favorite machines and activities and before you know it, you’re working out the exact same each time and that’s not going to get you anywhere.

So this past Monday when it was packed and there wasn’t a lot of places to work out how I wanted, I switched things up. I did my stretches, ab work and PT exercises first and then did some free weights instead of using the weight machines I wanted to use. And by the time I was done with that, the cardio machine I wanted to use was available. I still got a good workout in, even if it wasn’t what I intended to use.

I’m sure at some point when I’m back to work full time I’ll go back to my old schedule and hit the gym on Fridays. Calm, quiet, relaxing Fridays. A little swim, then home for movie night!

What does your gym schedule look like? Any favorite (or hated) days of the week?