Jan 202015

For years Bend was my birthday tradition. My birthday often falls on the holiday weekend. It was a tradition I loved and we stayed in all sorts of different place and different parts of Bend, Sunriver and surrounding areas. Last year we went to the beach instead. It was just as great, but not quite the same! Now that we have Bella we wanted to go back to Bend so we could take her with us. She LOVES the snow and our hope was that she’d be a good snowshoe buddy.


We booked a house in downtown Bend through AirBnB with another couple. Since it had been about 2 years since we’d been to Bend, I was excited to try the new restaurants and breweries that have popped up, see how the town has changed (I’d heard it grew a lot) and of course get some of my beloved Boneyard Beer!

Early Saturday morning I got up and did a kettlebell workout at home. I didn’t want to get up really early and waste time going to the gym, so I did a living room workout while Michael got ready and finished packing.


Then we hit the road! It was a gross, rainy drive. Bella was super excited about the car trip but eventually slept through a lot of it. :)

Most of the drive it was pouring rain. We got into Bend around noon and met up with our friends at Brother Jon’s Public House for lunch. The awesome thing about Bend is that everywhere you go, Boneyard Beer is on tap. Everywhere. It’s my #1 favorite beer and so it’s like being in heaven. I can get it anywhere! I got a RPM and a BLTA for lunch. Michael got the steak and blue cheese salad (and gave me a bite–it was delicious!).



My sandwich was okay but it had too much lettuce on it.  While we were at lunch I got a text that the house we rented was ready if we wanted to check in early so we decided to check in, unload the car and then go to the outlet mall (where I got a new jacket and some hiking pants that I’ve desperately needed).

The house we rented was near downtown, less than a mile. The location was fantastic!



The house was adorable and perfect for what we needed. It was two bedrooms, one bath, with a huge fenced yard and plenty of space for four people and a dog. We unpacked our cars and then Michael and I took Bella for a short walk after being in the car for three hours. The house was a block from the river and they were building a nice walking/running path along it (that wasn’t quite done yet).


After shopping we took our growlers to the Boneyard Beer tasting room. We got some tastings and we all filled our growlers with RPM  (four growler!). I bought myself a t-shirt as a birthday present to myself. :) Man do I love their beer.

We went back to the house and we spent the rest of the evening in. The boys went out for burritos and brought them back to the house where we hung out, played card games and enjoyed our beer. The owner of the house had also left us this little treat in the freezer as a welcome gift:


Sunday we got up and ate breakfast and planned on going snowshoeing. That was the entire plan for the weekend. Our friends, Sean and Margie, had never been before and really wanted to try it. We decided to leave Bella at the house and take them to Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. It’s one that Michael and I have done a few times and it’s a fantastic adventure–complete with little cabins in the middle of nowhere that you can dry off and rest in.

Virginia Meissner is a really popular sno-park and unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed, but it was the perfect beginner trail. It’s groomed and it’s not super strenuous. We drove up Mt. Bachelor and I was noticing that there wasn’t any snow on the road or pretty much anywhere…The sun was out and it was warm and beautiful. We got closer and closer to the turn off and realized, uh there’s no snow. There’s ALWAYS snow. We’ve never been to Bend in January and NOT been able to find snow.

Sure enough, the sno-park was empty. There wasn’t enough snow to go out in. We were about 12 miles from the house so we decided to go back to the house and get Bella and go to one of the dog-friendly trails higher up on the mountain. When we got back to the house Margie made us all a picnic lunch and I looked up snow conditions online to check the other trails I’d planned on going to that trip. Sadly, they all reported “Inadequate snow”. What?!? NO SNOW?!

So snowshoeing was a bust. To be continued….

Jan 132015


Lately…I’ve been struggling. What I find most discouraging is that I’ve become the cliche…now part of the “gained it back” club. I fought that for so long. For 6 years I maintained my weight loss and didn’t see fluctuations that tipped me over my goal weight and I felt confident and happy that I was able to keep it off. I didn’t worry too much about gaining back the 100 pounds I’d lost because I knew I wouldn’t let that happen.

I’m not trying to be melodramatic. I am fully aware that gaining 10-15 pounds is NOT the same as gaining back ALL the weight. No, I have not gained 100 pounds. But it’s a damn slippery slope and 15 pounds is a lot. It needs to stop before it DOES become 100 pounds.

It’s hard that weight is still such a big thing on my mind. I wish I could “let go” and not worry so much. I wish I could not stress about those few pounds. I just can’t shut that off–well, I did, for September and gained 10 pounds! It sucks that food is ONCE AGAIN back in the forefront of my life and my mind. For so long I was able to do what I do — count my calories, eat in moderation, continue exercising — and not be super focused on every single pound and every single bite. Sadly, that focus is back.

The holiday season is making it even harder. I was making progress and had lost about 3-ish pounds of the Honeymoon Weight, which is A LOT for me. When I am this close to goal weight, losing even 1 pound a month is a struggle. It’s a struggle for several reasons. First, my body is used to eating the calorie count I’ve been eating for so many years. In order to see a loss, I would have to restrict my intake pretty drastically. This is hard at the level of fitness I engage in. Restricting too much will just backfire. So where is that happy medium?? Second, my activity level is already really high and that means I can’t do MORE without risking burnout, overuse or injury. I am not going to risk injury by working out more. That is not the answer.

One of the other cliques is the Healthy Living Blogger/Weight Loss Blogger that suddenly disappears and then you find out it’s because they gained a bunch of weight back. No one is immune to this! Which I am figuring out now. I am trying not to be like this. I am still trying to lose the weight. If I disappear for awhile it’s mostly because I’m kind of tired of blogging and need a break…not that I am gaining more weight.

I’ve been trying to figure out what works. I am still counting my calories. I’m reminding myself, on a daily basis, that I need to create a deficit in my calories–that means NOT always eating all the calories I burn at the gym.

I still work out 5 days a week with 2 rest days. I’ve been in kind of a workout rut lately and I think my body is used to what I’m doing. One thing I’m considering for January is increasing my days at the Warrior Room to 3 per week instead of just the 2 I currently do. I think I will see more definite results with that third day. One concern I have is overuse injury potential. Stay tuned.

Sorry to sound like such a Debby Downer. Losing weight was so much easier the first time….go figure.